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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 December 18, 2013 /15 Teves, 5774

Jang-o Unchained--- Kim Jung Un Offs His Uncle

By Ron Hart




JewishWorldReview.com | The very public execution of Comrade Jang Song Thaek, the uncle of North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un, reminds us of the brutal nature of dynastic power and what totalitarian Communist dictators do.

"Lil-Kim" Jung Un inherited his evil dictating business. Before he died in 2011 his dad, Kim Jung Il, bequeathed the job to his youngest son, passing over Un's older brothers Kim Jung Tito and Kim Jung Jermaine.

Per the state-controlled news agency (MS-North Korea), Kim Jung Un had his uncle killed for "unwillingly standing up from his seat and half-heartedly clapping" when Kim Jung Un was being honored.

It came out later that Un felt his Comrade Uncle Jang drank and womanized too much. In American politics, that gets you a plum Senate committee chairmanship; in North Korea it gets you shot. That's the Dear Leader's job.

Jang's wife, the sister of Kim Jung Un's dad, was spared and maintains her role in the Worker's Party. Some say she green-lighted the execution, which is always quicker and more conclusive than a divorce.

Earlier this year, Lil' Kim received special envoy Dennis Rodman to his country. Kim's advisors live in such fear they could not bring themselves to tell Un that Rodman was not President Obama. Shortly thereafter, Lil' Kim knocked up his girlfriend (I think her name is Kim Kardashi Un), which is not surprising since he had just spent a week hanging out with an NBA player. Un's fatherhood became public when the child was born and it looked like him. But to be fair, all kids born there look like him.

Rodman fits the pattern for Un, where the bizarre is the norm.

Un did invite Rodman to return to North Korea, hopefully for good, so Rodman can teach the state basketball team what he knows about winning: pass the ball to Michael Jord-Un.

In addition, Bill Clinton went to North Korea in 2009. My guess is a city named "Pyongyang" sounded compelling to him. He did bring back two young women journalists. Imagine that.



North Korea has been under communist rule since the 1940s. There is little electricity, free health care (but no one can see a doctor or get medicine), and the government starves its people and tells them what they can eat. It is as if Obama had been running the country for twenty years.

Kim Jung Un will have his scientists killed if they cannot figure a way for him to take a bubble bath with his medals on his chest.

The West's willingness to ignore the inhumanity in North Korea has served to embolden its despotic leader. South Korea does not want Un removed from power for fear of having to deal with an influx of 24 million North Korean refugees.

Tribalism and faux Communist brotherhood keep China from doing anything, while the US dances a delicate dance with China on human rights. It is like you know your landlord is beating his wife and kids, but you owe him so much back rent you cannot pay that you are afraid to say anything or he will start eviction proceedings.

The plight of the people of North Korea under command-and-control rule should be educational to anyone paying attention. Man will always want to control others by any means necessary. It can be done by a Communist dictator or by religious fanatics, like in Iran. It can also be done slowly, via populist politicians who engage in class warfare and "give" people health care. It never ends well for a country.

Embarrassed by its dysfunctional Communist economy, Un said that his country has developed a smart phone. It turns out the phone was built in China and shipped to North Korea. In fact, when you ask the Siri a question, it turns you in to the police.

To further control the citizenry, there is no Internet in North Korea. Men actually have to go to strip clubs and buy drinks if they want to see a woman naked.

Those concerned about the regulators, czars, ObamaCare and heavy-handed government measures need not worry. Jay Carney's North Korean counterpart said that there was a meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea at which Uncle Jang was found guilty of crimes that day, and executed that afternoon. So it sounds like he got a fair hearing.


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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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