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December 2, 2014

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 Sept. 18, 2006 / 25 Elul 5766

Osama wants to dance with somebody, too

By Clarence Page


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's sad that Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston have decided to call it quits after 14 years, which sounds like a lifetime compared to most celebrity hookups. I only hope Brown didn't split out of irrational fear that Osama bin Laden might whack him.


After all, the final days of their marriage coincide roughly with a report that the leader of al Qaeda has had a major crush on Houston.


This word comes from the autobiography of Kola Boof, a Sudanese-American feminist poet and novelist who claims to be bin Laden's former mistress. In excerpts from "Diary of a Lost Girl" in the September Harper's magazine and on the magazine's Web site, Boof says she was kept against her will as Bin Laden's mistress for four months in 1996. During that time, she says, he showed a liking for marijuana, Van Halen's music, American TV shows, Playboy magazine and Ms. Houston.


Curiously, she says he also expressed disrespect for black women, even though Boof is a dark-skinned African and he, by her own description, had "very sexy Negro-like facial features, forged by generations of desert sun."


"He explained to me that to possess Whitney he would be willing to break his color rule and make her one of his wives," she writes. "I tried to hide my outrage at his racist remarks, but it would come to pass that for the entire time that I would be trapped in his palm, Whitney Houston's was the one name that would be mentioned constantly.


"How beautiful she is, what a nice smile she has, how truly Islamic she is but is just brainwashed by American culture and her husband, Bobby Brown, whom Osama talked about having killed, as if it were normal to have women's husbands killed." Like the old song goes, love is strange.


But imagine how Whitney's husband took this news tidbit. In the tough neighborhood where he grew up in Boston, threats of homicide over a love triangle are not to be taken lightly. So, now, as the crew said on Tom Joyner's national radio show after the news of the breakup, Osama may be rolling up to Whitney's doorsteps any day now. Hey, dealing with the thugs down the street is one thing. But, an international fatwah? Not cool, man.


But, relax, Bobby. There's probably not much chance that you would be lined up in al Qaeda's bombsights. Ms. Boof's credibility has been challenged by none other then Peter Bergen, a leading bin Laden biographer, who describes Boof's claims as "delusional."


Nevertheless, the Bush administration is probably taking notice. After all, Boof probably is no less credible than "Curveball," the code-named Iraqi defector who provided the CIA with the bogus information that Saddam Hussein was building mobile biological weapons labs. Or, for that matter, Ahmad Chalabi, once the darling of Vice President Cheney and other neo-conservatives, but since fallen out of favor, wanted for bank fraud in Jordan and currently under investigation by several U.S. government agencies. If federal agents and intelligence experts will believe those guys, why not Boof?


In fact, knowing this administration, the National Security Agency could have a warrant-less wiretap or big-ears listening dish aimed at Whitney's crib even as we speak. After all, as Bush corrected a reporter in his Friday (Sept. 15) news conference, it's not eavesdropping, it's "the terrorist surveillance program." Court testimony and congressional debate indicates that the Bush administration is targeting for surveillance anyone who is suspected of being a terrorist, having contact with terrorists, or having contact with someone who has had contact with terrorists.


In the name of "keeping America safe," this administration is ready to do whatever they and their compliant legal advisors think it takes, then argue about it later before the courts and Congress.


And we know from Ron Suskind's book, "The One-Percent Doctrine," the administration's threshold for action is pretty low. The title comes from Vice President Cheney's view that possible terrorist threats with even a one percent likelihood must be treated as certainties. The result is actions like the Iraq invasion, a deployment of maximum force based on minimum facts.


So it doesn't take much for the feds to come snooping these days. How could they pass up the possibility of a call to a major American singing star by the world's public-enemy No. 1?


That's another possible reason for Brown, who has a history of drug and alcohol arrests, to want to flee his wife's company. Maybe he's worried about his privacy. Some folks just aren't ready for Bush's war on terror.

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