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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 Oct 7, 2011 / 9 Tishrei, 5772

Regrets? They've Had a Few

By Cal Thomas

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's Supremes week in Washington and I don't mean the Motown group once led by Diana Ross.

The Supreme Court is back in session and the nine justices will consider a number of polarizing and controversial issues, not the least of which will likely be the constitutionality of "Obamacare" and its mandate that every citizen purchase health insurance.

Just in time for their reconvening is a fascinating new book by Texas writer William T. Harper (for which I have supplied a blurb). It's called "Second Thoughts: Presidential Regrets with their Supreme Court Nominations." (Buy it at a discount by clicking here.)

We tend to think of the justices as members of an elite club, smarter than any other legal mind and gifted with insight beyond the rest of us mere mortals. But as Harper writes, that has often not been the opinion of the presidents who nominated them, or the opinion of some of the justices toward the presidents who placed them on the bench.

Harper reveals that there is more going on under those long black robes than meets the eye. Such as: a justice who was having illicit sex in his judicial chambers; another was thrown twice into debtors prison; one received a lifetime membership in the Ku Klux Klan; another said the president who nominated him should die; still another called his president "a crippled son-of-a-b---h"; and one justice called a colleague "partially deranged."


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It gets worse. Among presidents who regretted their choices: One referred to his choice as a "dumb son-of-a-b---h"; another called the justice he nominated "the biggest damn fool thing I ever did"; still another said his nominee had "less backbone than a banana"; and one referred to his four court nominees, along with the other five members of the Court as "b-----ds."

Most of those criticized by the presidents who nominated them incurred their wrath by voting differently from what had been expected. In recent years, Republicans Ronald Reagan (Sandra Day O'Connor and Anthony Kennedy), George H.W. Bush (David Souter) and Richard Nixon (Harry Blackmun and Lewis Powell Jr.) sold their nominees as conservatives or "strict constructions," but they ended up mostly voting liberal. Nixon suffered the double indignity of seeing all three of his nominees vote against him in the Watergate tapes affair, which led to his resignation. Two of his nominees were rejected by the Senate.

Harper's book reminds us that even members of the Supreme Court are fallible and subject to the same temptations of lust, greed and hubris as any other human. "There were nominees and even members of the court," writes Harper, "who spent time in debtors prison, were indicted for murder, were locked up in an insane asylum, and more."

George Washington was not exempt from having problems with the Supreme Court. As our first president, he was uniquely able to name every justice. And yet the Senate rejected his selection of John Rutledge to be chief justice; William Cushing declined to serve as chief because of ill health; James Wilson landed in debtors prison because of "nefarious financial dealings"; Robert Harrison insulted the father of our country by refusing to serve at all; William Paterson was nominated, withdrew and then was re-nominated; and Samuel Chase was impeached.

Even Washington must have had "second thoughts" about some of these men.

Scoundrels and schemers populate the history of the Supreme Court, along with intrigue, back-stabbing and political one-upsmanship. It reads like a political novel, but it is fact.

"Second Thoughts" is self-published, which is too bad because it ought to be more widely distributed. For those who want to learn more about the Supreme Court and fill in some gaps in their knowledge of American history, the book is available by clicking here.

You won't be disappointed.

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JWR contributor Cal Thomas is co-author with Bob Beckel, a liberal Democratic Party strategist, of "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America". Comment by clicking here.

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