In this issue

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 August 3, 2010 / 23 Menachem-Av, 5770

Winner in Sherrod's threatened suit against Breitbart may surprise you

By Jack Kelly


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Shirley Sherrod has difficulty recognizing when her 15 minutes of fame are up. This may hurt Barack Obama.

Ms. Sherrod, you'll remember, was fired as director of rural development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Georgia July 20 because her superiors feared Glenn Beck of Fox News was about to air a two and a half minute excerpt of a speech she made to an NAACP audience in which she described her reluctance to help a farmer because he was white.

Ms. Sherrod was canned so fast she wasn't given time to explain the point of her speech was how she overcame racial prejudice to assist the farmer.

When the full 43-minute tape was made public, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and President Barack Obama apologized to Ms. Sherrod. They offered her a new, better job at the Department of Agriculture.

The administration hoped the story would end there. Ms. Sherrod wasn't invited to appear on any of the Sunday talk shows July 25, despite the fact hers had been perhaps the biggest news story of the preceding week.

Willie Brown, the former Democratic mayor of San Francisco, who is black, said in his column in the San Francisco Chronicle July 25 there was more to the story than has been reported.

"As an old pro, though, I know that you don't fire someone without at least hearing their side of the story unless you want them gone in the first place," Mr. Brown wrote.

Now, thanks to Ms. Sherrod, the rest of the story may be told. In a speech to black journalists July 29, she said she planned to sue Andrew Breitbart, the conservative activist who posted the speech excerpt on line, for defamation.

If she does file a suit, Ms. Sherrod will have to demonstrate she is not a public figure, which is difficult for a government official to do, and that Mr. Breitbart posted the excerpt knowing it gave a false impression of her entire remarks.

Mr. Breitbart said his source gave him only the excerpt.

Even if Ms. Sherrod could prove Mr. Breitbart acted "with reckless disregard," she'll have a hard time proving harm. It wasn't Mr. Breitbart who fired her, and those who did swiftly offered her a better job.

And since Ms. Sherrod made the baseless charge on CNN that Mr. Breitbart "would like to get us (blacks) stuck back in the times of slavery," he could countersue.

Ms. Sherrod has had success suing before. Just days before she was hired by the USDA in July, 2009, the Agriculture department awarded her and her husband, Charles, $150,000 each in settlement of a lawsuit.

Willie Brown thinks this is the reason Secretary Vilsack was so quick to fire her. "This woman has been a thorn in the side of the Agriculture department for years," he wrote. "She has been operating a community activist organization not unlike ACORN."

In 1997 Timothy Pigford and 400 other black farmers brought suit against President Clinton's Agriculture secretary, Dan Glickman, alleging racial discrimination in price support and disaster relief loans. In 1999 Secretary Glickman agreed to pay $50,000 to every farmer who had wrongfully been denied a loan.

Ag has so far paid out roughly $1 billion in settlements to 16,000 black farmers. The largest of these -- $13 million -- to New Communities Inc., a communal farm started by Ms. Sherrod and her husband.

In 2008, Sens. Charles Grassley, R-Ia, and then Sen. Barack Obama lobbied to have added to the settlement some 70,000 additional people whose claims had been denied. On Feb. 23 of this year, the Ag department agreed. This brought to 86,000 the total number of claimants to be compensated.

Some think this is fishy, because there were fewer than 40,000 black farmers in the entire country at the time the discrimination was alleged to have taken place.

So it's understandable why the administration would want Ms. Sherrod to go away, quietly. But if she sues Mr. Breitbart, that won't happen. People who are sued have a right to discovery.

"If having to defend a suit of dubious merit allows Breitbart to put Sherrod's life on trial, to conduct an inquiry into the NAACP and Sherrod's connections in the movement, and to take depositions of administration officials, that just might be a price Breitbart is happy to pay," said Web logger William Jacobson, who teaches law at Cornell.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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