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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 Dec. 26, 2008 / 29 Kislev 5769

The Governor Strikes Back

By Dave Weinbaum

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Email this article | In our last episode, Federal Prosecutor Paddy Fitzgerald was seen in full attack mode, convicting Democrat Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich in the press. Ole' Paddy claimed he had tapes of Blag putting up Obama's senate seat to the highest bidder. The screaming from Obama's camp for Blag's immediate resignation echoed throughout the leg tinglers and fainters of media land.

Then Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan brought a motion to the state's Supreme Court to remove Blag.


Because Blag is so nuts, he's unable to do his job. Every ten year old Chicagoan knows you don't reveal the "families'" business on open phone lines. While I have empathy for the Attorney General's line of reasoning, the Supremes threw the case out.

Full disclosure informs that Madigan covets the governorship.

The next attack on of the Democratic governor saw his legislature bringing charges to impeach.

In a related action, the governor has a seven percent approval rating from the citizens of Illinois.

Despite the cave-in of a panel on Fox News as to the future of this scandal, with the notable exception of Fred Barnes, I think there are loads of land mines ahead for the impending Obama Administration:

  • As Barnes pointed out, the statement exonerating Obama and staff came from Barack's lawyer, White House Counsel to be, Greg Craig. Gee, what was he going to do, plead Obama guilty?

  • Blag swore innocence. He was so serious he quoted Kipling's poem, "If". To all the "Resign Now" shouting Dems, he's pled to fight until the bitter end.

  • Blag hired one tough lawyer in Ed Genson.

  • Federal Prosecutor Fitzgerald needs to explain the timing of Blag's internationally reported arrest. Was Fitz's press conviction and arrest a cover up to let Rahm, Obama, Jarrett, and or Jesse Jackson Jr. et al. off the hook before they had a chance to counteroffer? Seems they held fund raisers for Jesse Jr. just in case.

  • Ed Jenson's pledge to subpoena all of the above, with the current exception of Obama, has caused the aforementioned to hire their own attorneys.

  • Paddy Fitz's refusal to cooperate with the Illinois legislators' race to impeach Democrat Governor Blagojevich. Fitz seems to be saying, "Step away from the Blag!"

We can look forward to years of scandal under the new administration of Barack Hussein Obama. It's a wholesome old fashioned Chicago Democratic Party disgrace, gone national. Unlike Clinton scandals, even the kids can watch!

All the above can be avoided only if ...

Somebody can shut Blag up.

Now there's hope you can believe in; Democrats that haven't been bankrupted by Bernard Madeoff coming up with enough change to buy Blag off and have him plead out with guaranteed silence.

Once again, I'm driven to song.

To the tune of "The House of the Rising son" By the Animals.

There is a state in the Mid West,
It's evil by the ton.
And it's been the ruin of many a poor pol,
Guv Blag he knows he's one

Well Rezko is convicted.
He brought Blag needed cash.
His best pal is the president,
And Barack now calls him trash.

The only think Guv Blag needs
Is a senate seat to sell.
And he'll accept cash or jobs.
Or condemn you straight to Hell.

Seems Obama told his Clintonites
To make a deal with Rod
But before they called to make the sale,
Fitz threw Guv Blag in jail

Blag got one foot on the campaign trail,
The other foot in lockup,
He pled his case in public,
After lawyering up.

There is a state in the Mid West,
It's evil by the ton.
And it's been the ruin of many a poor pol,
Guv Blag he knows he's one

Next week's episode; "The Return of the Depos," to the tune of Sweatin' to the Oldies.

Let the farce be with you!

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JWR contributor Dave Weinbaum, originally from Chicago, is a businessman, writer and part-time stand-up comic. He resides in a Midwest red state. Comment by clicking here.


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