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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 31, 2010 / 18 Sivan 5770

Motor City mayor gets his

By Mitch Albom






http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Henry Thoreau famously said that if a government imprisons people unjustly, the place for a just man is in prison.

So you figure if a government that imprisons people justly, the place for an unjust man is also in prison.

Either way, it's hard to argue that Kwame Kilpatrick isn't where he belongs.

Since the former mayor of Detroit was led away in handcuffs this past week, some people have argued a cell is the wrong form of justice.

"He's not a violent criminal," some insist. Or "he's not a threat to society." I even had one of his lawyers tell me that putting Kilpatrick behind bars, in an overcrowded prison system, would likely mean another criminal would "have to be moved out" and that criminal could be violent, so it could actually endanger society.

(That lawyer, by the way, has resigned from the case and now will work for a religious television network. I doubt the Lord will be swayed by such logic.)

Look, if not being violent kept you out of jail, there would never be a white-collar criminal behind bars. Bernie Madoff would be home, despite the fortunes he stole or the lives he ruined.

And if not being a threat to society was an adequate argument, then why imprison deadbeat dads or feeble former Nazis? Who are they going to hurt today?

FORGOT ABOUT THE MONEY
Still my favorite argument is this: "How is Kwame going to pay the city all he owes if he's behind bars?"

Answer: He isn't.

Just like he wasn't when he was out.

Kilpatrick sits in prison today because he used countless hours in our judicial system squirming out of paying his debt and then squirming out of revealing his assets.

It was Kwame who came forth and said he only had $6 a month to pay. It was Kwame who asked for reduced terms. It was Kwame who fudged about a $240,000 loan he had received. And it was Kwame who said he didn't even know if his wife worked, an idea so laughable it barely warranted a headshake.

If you believe the mountain of evidence, Kilpatrick had hundreds of thousands of dollars that he had no intention of using toward repaying Detroit. To the city, he was broke. In Texas, he had a big house, fancy car and bought gifts for his wife. It's as if he felt entitled to be wealthy there, while playing the pauper around here.

This isn't just hypocrisy. At some point, it becomes illegal. Like when you lie on the stand. That's called perjury. Or when you don't do what you agreed in your plea bargain. That's called violating probation.

And when things become illegal, you can be tried and convicted. And guess what comes next?

They lock you up.

Is this really news to a lawyer?

THE RIGHT WAY TO LIVE
Let's be clear. Despite the gasps at his maximum sentence of five years, Kilpatrick likely will not serve much more than one year. Then he will be out, presumably saying what he said the last time: that all he wants to do is be with his wife and kids.

If those things were so precious, he should have been protected them all along. You know how you do that? Avoid incarceration.

You move into a humble apartment. You drive a used car. If someone offers you a deal -- heck, if someone wants to give you a house -- you say no thanks, I need to behave a certain way to stay out of prison.

You tell your wife you will buy her gifts later -- after you've paid off your debt. You make your records totally transparent. You offer every check, every tax document. You don't argue over what's fair, because you want to stay out of jail and be with your family, right?

It's simple. Play it clean, you're a free man. Kilpatrick didn't. So he isn't. As for the 99 days he already served -- and critics who say he doesn't deserve more time? First, that was a plea deal Kilpatrick took; it could have been more.

Secondly, if you want to count days, count these: In August 2007, he testified that he didn't have an affair with Christine Beatty. In October 2007, he OK'd an $8.4 million payoff to cops he had fired to cover his behind. Yet he didn't confess any guilt until September 2008.

That's a full year of freedom, mayor status, money, big house, while he knew full well he had committed a crime. How about we count that as time he "didn't deserve"?

Had Kilpatrick followed the deal he took, we wouldn't be talking about him today. And the truth is, we won't be talking about him in a few weeks. This is not a scar that haunts the city -- only for the few days he's a headline.

The rest of the time, he's all he should be: an example of what happens when you break the law once, cut a deal and start messing with it again.

Where else but behind bars makes sense?

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