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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 Feb. 25, 2013/ 15 Adar, 5773

If only Jesse Jr. would have read his own book

By John Kass

John Kass


JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) There's no way America can fully understand the odd expenditures of guilty former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. — like those $7,058 stuffed elk heads — without reading a special book.

It's called "It's About the Money!" by the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. and Jesse L. Jackson Jr., billed as a guide in "How to Build Wealth, Get Access to Capital, and Achieve Your Financial Dreams."

The message? Don't live beyond your means. Don't waste your money on fancy baubles. Be prudent. Pay your own way.

"Living above your means is financial sin," the Jacksons say in their book. Of course, if voters give you campaign money and you spend it hand over fist, it might also mean prison.

It's a rare book from 1999, but I have a copy and I'm looking at the cover as I write. It shows the Jacksons in happier days — long before Junior pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to a conspiracy count for looting his campaign chest of about $750,000 on crazy junk, personal stuff and weird memorabilia.

Included in his purchases were those bizarre elk heads, $17,000 spent at tobacco stores (he smokes cigars), almost $61,000 for restaurants, nightclubs and lounges, thousands for electronic toys.

But in "It's About the Money!" the Jacksons urge a primarily African-American readership to maintain financial responsibility. Because they "have felt denied for so long where material goods are concerned, they're particularly inclined to spend money on 'flash' — flashy clothes, expensive cars, fancy jewelry."

Clearly, Junior didn't read his own words.

Much of the book is full of good old common sense. Sadly, there is no mention of Junior's appetite for a $43,000 Rolex, the mink capes, the Michael Jackson memorabilia, wife Sandi's shopping sprees and on and on.

Also missing from the book is an explanation as to why the heck the two stuffed elk heads would be hung upon the wall as if the Jacksons were the Duke and Duchess of York.

"The elk heads bother me," said my colleague Old School. "What black people buy elk heads as a symbol of stature?"

"I know a lot of black people," said Old School, who has been African-American his entire life. "And not one person I know puts elk heads on the wall."

Our favorite chapter is the first, titled "Making Your Money Work for You Through Consistent Budgeting and Saving." It contains this fine line:

"Don't spend money just for pleasure; use it to build wealth and, in so doing, acquire power to manage and control your life."

And:

"Rich people tend to have certain habits that poor people would do well to emulate. For example, rich people understand that you shouldn't fritter away your money on such baubles as cars and clothes, which quickly depreciate in value."

Junior and his free-spending wife, the former Chicago alderman who pleaded guilty Wednesday on a tax charge, clearly ignored the lessons in the book.

And when the FBI got close last year, Junior developed emotional problems. He'd already been caught with a bikini model, and he was dangerously close to that Blagojevich fiasco about buying the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama.

So having the feds crawling up your legs searching for the clue to stuffed elk head purchases and Best Buy spending sprees may cause emotional problems in certain politicians.

But is that an excuse? No, especially since the Jacksons — master media magicians — selectively leaked out reports of his mental illness in an orchestrated media plea for sympathy.

Is that a reason to mitigate prison time? No.

A reading of the plea agreement signed by Jesse Jackson Jr. on Wednesday doesn't lead you to believe he was out of control. It's full of admissions about hiding signatures, setting up straw purchases with campaign staff as fronts, and other devious methods to shield who was buying the elk heads and other stuff.

One of the places the Jacksons dropped oodles of campaign cash is Antiquities of Nevada, where the Jacksons spent thousands of dollars on celebrity autographed items, like a football signed by U.S. presidents.

"I'm a high-end autograph gallery, and certainly people furnish their man caves, their corporate offices, their law offices, their homes," owner Toby Stoffa told us after the Jacksons pleaded guilty. "It's a gallery that has beautiful things."

The gallery, located at Forum Shops at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, attracts travelers from all over the world and is a big hit with celebrities and others with deep pockets.

"He usually had things in mind and he was a very, very nice person," she said, correcting herself to say that he "is" a nice person.

"He was always a gentleman."

Why wouldn't he be a gentleman? He was getting stuff with other people's money.

Another fine section in "It's About the Money!" is Chapter 8: "Dealing With Major Life Events."

It involves paying for college, divorce, and buying cars and stocks. But there's nothing in it about losing a job or pension, going to prison or trying to hide your elk heads when the FBI comes knocking.

There is this sentence, though, and perhaps Junior and Sandi didn't appreciate it until now:

"You need to pay your taxes, whatever your income bracket. It is your civic duty, and it is the law."

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John Kass is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune. Comments by clicking here.



Previously:



02/11/13 Secret drone strikes simplify Obama Doctrine
01/29/13 Making a pet project out of Neanderthals
01/17/13 Spielberg stops 'Robopocalypse,' perhaps on orders of evil master robot
01/07/13 Reality TV, how deep can it sink?
11/08/12 Thanks, voters, for caring enough to argue
11/05/12 It's Romney by a head
11/01/12 Sandy swoops in to save Obama. Should it be allowed to?
10/18/12 The other side of the emergency room curtain
10/15/12 Droopy Chia candidates get a do-over
10/04/12 :Schoolchildren's stomachs rumble; drama queens grumble
10/01/12 : Chia Obama vs. Chia Romney: May the best greenfro win
09/25/12 : With bitter campaign in full swing, you need to watch some movies
08/02/12 : Toasting culture's absurdities
04/24/12: Why do you have to sell your privacy to win?
10/13/11: Stupid things men say to pregnant women
09/26/11: Desk zero: ‘Contagion’ lurks just outside office bathroom
09/08/11: Light up your lottery tickets, pass the Hopium
08/31/11: It was only a paper moon , but a legendary hoax
05/27/11: For 2012, it's Obama vs. the smoothies
05/05/11: Is it time to de-friend Pakistan?
04/12/11: China stretches the bounds of decency with cow-human-breast milk
03/23/11: No you're not in control; get over it
02/28/11: Chicago wanted a strongman, and it got one
01/26/11: Oh, c'mon, c'mon, Rahm-bo a victim? That's a stretch
12/13/10: WikiLeaks and Assange pretend there are no consequences
12/09/10: Trendy toys don't stand up to playthings of yore
10/11/10: Obama and his pals need some scarce Hopium for the next election
09/14/10: Obama gets a little bossy with tacit endorsement of Emanuel
08/18/10: Dead Meat walking, but heat to be applied again
07/28/10: No verdict, but Blagojevich trial still has its winners, losers
07/26/10: Obama's fall guy in Shirley Sherrod case is Vilsack the Pooh
07/21/10: Loathing of Steinbrenner softens after his death
07/19/10: Summertime, and the race cards are easy
06/28/10: Does Congress have the guts to fix what court gutted? Honestly, no
12/17/09: Belt-tightening presidential aspirant leaves room for Spam
09/27/09: ACORN can teach the GOP a thing or 2
09/03/09: Blago as author gets it wrong yet again 06/22/09: Obama's latest political play should shock no one
06/17/09: Presidential satire takes Hopium break
06/11/09: E-Verify works, so, of course, let's not use it
06/09/09: First Lady Macbeth's the man, so in your face, Eminem
06/02/09: Judge Sotomayor would think me most unwise
05/12/09: Parents, enjoy this time, in all its creepiness
03/18/09: Stem cell policy shift brings a sinking feeling
03/09/09: Name That Blago Book contest names its winner
03/05/09: Contest: Name Blagojevich's book
02/16/09: Dems undercut aid for U.S. workers
01/20/09: Let the carving begin on Tombstone's tomb
01/12/09: Obama serves Reid taste of Chicago Way
01/02/09: Jesters don't pick up the race card in a nationally televised news conference and slam it into the face of every Dem in the Senate, a palm heel strike to the tip of the nose, leaving all of them watery-eyed, their lips stinging
12/24/08: Governor waxes poetic, but Combine rolls on
12/23/08: Got corruption? Get Jesse Junior G-Man
12/18/08: Will ‘feditis’ spread to Obama and Daley?
12/15/08: Man behind curtain is wizard of Rod, Rahm

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