In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 8, 2014 / 8 Iyar, 5774

A Sterling cast of characters

By Ron Hart

JewishWorldReview.com | The story of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has all the elements of a titillating tale: Sex, lies and audiotapes – plus politics and our Constitution.

What we should worry about here is why a rich 80-year-old man can’t have an honest and private conversation with his 31-year-old mistress in the privacy of his and his wife’s home. What has become of America?

The mistress, V. Stiviano, is a wretched woman, arguably worse than Sterling. She seems deceitful and duplicitous. She shortened her name to “V. Stiviano” because she gets sued so many times that Sterling et al v. Stiviano just saves court reporters’ time.

She’s running around with Magic Johnson – another solid decision. My theory is that Magic helped leak the offensive tapes, either for revenge or so Sterling would have to sell the Clippers to him at a distressed price.

Both Democrats and Republicans try to say Sterling is not one of theirs. He seems to have no deep political ties. He gives money mostly to Democrats, but you have to do that in California to protect yourself from persecution. Under Obama, Democrats have used the power of government to go after enemies as never before. They cannot win arguments with facts and reason, so they seek to destroy those who dare oppose them.

Sterling, an ex-plaintiff’s attorney, has all the traits of a liberal Democratic opportunist. He twice contributed to Democratic California Gov. Gray Davis, Vermont U.S. Sen. Pat Leahy, and former New Jersey U.S. senator and ex-NBA player Bill Bradley. He gave so much to the NAACP that the Los Angeles chapter gave him a lifetime achievement award in 2009 and canceled plans to present him a second such award when the tapes went public last month. Knowing Sterling’s long history of alleged racist acts, the NAACP still took his money and honored him. Its moral high ground, like skyboxes at Clippers games, is apparently for sale.

Liberal elites will forgive Sterling because he will continue to give to liberal causes. Like church indulgences in the days of not-so-yore, Sterling can buy his way out of sin.

But so maligned is he now that liberals will soon feel sorry for him, and he will be rewarded with the highest honor Democrats can bestow upon themselves: victim.

And, of course, President Obama, who never misses an opportunity to call America racist, chimed in about America’s “legacy of race, slavery and segregation.” He’s always so helpful in healing racial issues.

Should Sterling be forced to sell his team and thus trigger a big payment to the IRS, Obama will ultimately have to determine if Sterling is a Democrat or Republican, in order to decide how much tax he’ll pay. If he gets audited, Sterling is a Republican.

This man is unmistakably an accomplished racist, hypocrite and cad. Under the NBA’s owner laws and strict code of ethics, Sterling’s offenses are punishable by getting high-fives from all 29 other NBA owners for having a hot, 31-year-old mistress sitting next to him at Clippers games.

The NBA proved that it would not stand idly by and tolerate clear, demonstrable racism by an owner for more than a couple of decades – until its hand was forced by TMZ’s journalistic work, not the mainstream media’s.

But let’s keep perspective here. Before he was reeled in by the NBA commissioner, loquacious Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban hit on it when he said taking a team is “a very slippery slope.” We have basic property rights in America. When Anthony Weiner showed his to women, did we seek to make him sell his property? Are private conversations we have in our homes, like the one in which Sterling was taped, no longer protected? It is illegal to tape a conversation in California without the consent of both parties. Will there be a U.S. Justice Department v. V. Stiviano? DOJ went after Linda Tripp for taping Monica Lewinsky when she outed Bill Clinton.

Economics always wins over fake moral outrage. Sterling will have to sell his team. Many Clippers sponsors are in PR damage-control mode, announcing that they have suspended their sponsorships. These companies – loan sharks, used car salesmen and purveyors of booze and stimulant drinks aimed at kids – don’t want this jerk to tarnish their good names.

No matter what happens, at least Donald Sterling has his wife, mistress and selectively enforced parts of our Constitution on his side. And he so loves the NAACP; isn’t taking the 2014 NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award away from him punishment enough? Those things cost something like 25,000 deductible dollars.

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JWR contributor Ron Hart grew up in Tennessee and began writing a column for his hometown paper in 2002. He attended The University of Memphis and the Institute for Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown University. Ron graduated Magna Cum Laude and was elected student government president. Upon getting his MBA, he went to work for Goldman Sachs. He was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Regents by then Governor Lamar Alexander and is now a private investor. He appears on CNN and has been quoted in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal.

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