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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. 11, 2008 / 11 Elul 5768

When presidents attack

By Julia Gorin


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | During the Republican Convention I kept expecting Bill Clinton to take over the headlines any minute by announcing he was checking into a hospital for some medical procedure as he did the last time. During the Democratic Convention, I kept worrying that someone would make Bill Clinton angry and get hurt. But with both conventions safely behind us now and the Obamas and Clintons at least officially friends, one can reflect on the 2008 campaign season and see what lessons we can take away from it. If one recalls the Clinton-Obama war and Bill Clinton meltdowns, one comes to a startling realization: There are no laws in place governing what is and isn't permissible for a citizen's self-defense when the attacker is a president or ex-president.


It was in the final chapter of the primary season — soon after Hillary suggested that someone could assassinate Obama and thereby seal the nomination for her — that Bill Clinton's last great tantrum occurred, in which he called Vanity Fair writer Todd Purdum, "'sleazy' and a 'scumbag' who dished dirt to Ken Starr on the Whitewater controversy years back," as Canada's National Post reported. But this vintage Clinton verbal assault included another increasingly noted pattern of a Clinton meltdown: physical intimidation: "Somewhere in that discourse — in which Bill refused to release the [Huffington Post] reporter's hand — is buried a sharp attack on Obama as complicit in the recent attack on [Hillary] by a visiting preacher at his former Chicago church."


The refusal to release the reporter's hand is an example of the by now familiar physical component of a Clinton rebuttal. We of course also have the classic finger-wagging in the face, but this year witnessed a new one: When an Obama supporter at a Clinton rally in Ohio in February told Bill that he and Hillary were dividing the Democratic Party, the Secret Service had to physically remove Clinton's elbow from the man's cheekbone, where it had wedged itself:


As shown on a videotape broadcast on MSNBC Monday morning, Clinton repeatedly wagged his finger in [Robert] Holeman's face. At one point…Clinton hit him in the face with his elbow while he was reaching into the crowd…"In fact," said Holeman, "the Secret Service actually took his elbow out of my face is what happened. While he was shaking hands his elbow started to go up and down in my face, that's when the Secret Serviceman realized, 'Wait a minute. I need to move him away from him like that.' So, the Secret Service was all around me. They never moved me. They literally had to move the president…I thought it was just him [reaching] for somebody else, but when the man actually took his elbow out of my face, I kind of figured it was his gesture to say, just sort of move on, get out of my way, or whatever."


Indeed, the Secret Service doesn't follow the Clintons around in order to protect them from us, but to protect us from them. (And them from each other, of course, as when Hillary clocked Bill in the face and threw a lamp at him in December 1998 — such that he commanded his security detail to "keep that bitch away from me," and wore cover-up the rest of the week.)


The country previously got a taste of Clinton's violent temper on national TV in 2006 when Fox News Channel's Chris Wallace ventured to ask him the first tough question of his presidency, six years after it ended. Wallace asked Clinton whether he could have done more to get Osama bin Laden. Clinton's reply including repeatedly jabbing Wallace's lap with his index finger. What if Chris Wallace poked him back? Would Secret Service have had to shoot him? Can Bill Clinton really poke at you all day long and there's nothing you can do about it? If Bill Clinton is jamming his elbow into your eye socket, what is legally allowable in defending yourself, if anything? I've been pondering such questions since I first heard the name Juanita Broaddrick. Indeed, if a president or ex-president is raping you, are you allowed to fight him off?


Watching Bill Clinton in action this year, suddenly names like Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, and 1982 Miss America Elizabeth Ward Gracen (whose 1983 experience with Clinton was eerily similar to Broaddrick's) took on a less obscure and distant note — probably even to the enlightened women who couldn't believe there were women who wouldn't welcome sex with Bill Clinton.


Although Clinton wasn't yet president when he allegedly raped Broaddrick and possibly Gracen (who smartly insists the violent tryst was consensual), a national protocol needs to be established to this effect. For women especially, there should be a self-defense manual specific to presidential violence, so that they know what they are and aren't allowed to do to defend themselves from an attack by a president.


Imagine if Juanita Broaddrick or Miss America had been armed when Bill Clinton was still only acting as Arkansas attorney general, and then governor, while raping them, and therefore had no Secret Service following him around. They could have avoided being raped, and spared the White House the same fate.

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JWR contributor Julia Gorin is a widely published op-ed writer and comedian who blogs at www.JuliaGorin.com She's the author of the just-published "Clintonisms: The Amusing, Confusing, and Even Suspect Musing, of Billary". Comment by clicking here.

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