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 June 8, 2011 6 Sivan, 5771

Is it illegal to be a pig?

By Roger Simon

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | John Edwards is a beast. He cheated on his wife, told many lies and used political contributions — or gifts, depending on your point of view — to cover up those lies. He now has been indicted on six felony counts, including accepting illegal campaign contributions totaling $925,000, filing false statements about them and conspiracy.

He could be sentenced to prison for up to 30 years and made to pay a fine of $1.5 million.

Bill Clinton also once was a beast. He cheated on his wife, told many lies and was impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice by the House of Representatives. But he was acquitted by the Senate and left office with the highest approval rating — 66 percent — of any president since World War II.

The point being that you can be a cur one day and top dog the next.

In the case of Edwards, I don’t think I have ever seen a criminal indictment met with such derision by the media. In story after story, the government’s case has been attacked as being weak, vindictive and unnecessary.

The headlines included:

POLITICO: “Edwards Case May Be Tough to Prove”

The Boston Globe: “Prosecutors Face Tough Task in Edwards Case”

OpEdNews: “The John Edwards Case; Justice or Personal Vendetta?”

Last Friday, The Washington Post ran a news story announcing Edwards’s indictment, stating in the first paragraph that Edwards was undergoing “a stunning fall from grace.”

But in the second paragraph, the story said experts consider the government’s case “unprecedented” and “weak.”

The third paragraph contained a memorable quote: “‘It’s not illegal to be a pig,’ said Brett Kappel, a Washington campaign finance expert who has worked for Republicans and Democrats.”

On the very same day, The Washington Post ran an editorial attacking the indictment, headlined: “The Questionable Legal Case Against John Edwards.”

Edwards had accepted large payments from two friends, but, according to the editorial, there “is scant evidence that Mr. Edwards understood the payments to be campaign contributions.”

How do we know this? The chief witness against Edwards is Andrew Young, a former campaign aide who is an unindicted co-conspirator in the case. An unindicted co-conspirator is sometimes a person who rats out someone else in order to save his own neck (or, in the case of Richard Nixon, just a rat).

In his book about Edwards, Young wrote that the payments were “gifts, entirely proper and not subject to campaign finance laws.” Young also claimed, at least for a while, to be the father of Edwards’s and Rielle Hunter’s baby.

Young also said on “Good Morning America” that he had a sex tape of Edwards and Hunter and that he had been offered a “gigantic” amount of money for it, but that it wasn’t for sale.

I predict that if it is played in court, however, the TV ratings are going to surpass those of O.J.’s trial.

Young might not make a terrific witness, but he is not the only witness the government has. There are the two people who actually gave the $925,000 to Edwards.

Except that one is currently dead, and the other is 100 years old.

If John Edwards knowingly lied in documents to the Federal Election Commission, that would be perjury. But he says he didn’t knowingly lie.

On the day the indictment was handed up, Edwards said he would “regret for the rest of my life the pain and the harm that I’ve caused to others. But I did not break the law, and I never, ever thought that I was breaking the law.”

Oh, Johnny, we hardly knew ye. The very first campaign trip I took for POLITICO, before we had even started publishing, was in late December 2006, when I went down to New Orleans to watch Edwards announce his candidacy for president. He stood in the muddy backyard of a flood-ravaged home in the Lower Ninth Ward.

He said a lot of things about war and peace and poverty and the two Americas of the haves and have-nots. It was very, very good stuff. This was a man who knew how to wow a crowd. “I think it’s also really important that we be honest with people,” he said simply.

His wife, Elizabeth, was not at the announcement. His lover, Rielle, was there, shooting video. A short time later, John would tell Elizabeth of his affair. The news made her cry, scream and throw up. “I wanted him to be faithful to me,” Elizabeth would later tell Oprah. “It was enormously important to me.” But Elizabeth agreed to keep the affair a secret so her husband could become president.

That was not to be, and four years later, Elizabeth would die of complications from her breast cancer. Her family, including John, was at her bedside. Were there last words between them? We do not know. Perhaps he told her he loved her. Perhaps he meant it. Perhaps she believed him.

John Edwards does sincerity very, very well. His next act may be to jurors. And I’ll bet you he wows them.

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