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 10, 2011 8 Sivan, 5771

Weiner in Hell

By Roger Simon

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When Anthony Weiner was in college, his career goal was to become a TV weatherman. All he wanted to do with his life was talk about cold fronts from Canada, el Nino, and the relative humidity.

He should have followed his dream.

Instead, he became enamored of student politics and felt the heady rush of being listened to, recognized and admired. At the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, he became a big man on campus.

Upon graduation, he went to work for then-Rep. Chuck Schumer. A blink of time later, just six years out of college, Weiner became the youngest person ever to be elected to the New York City Council. He was 27.

He would serve on the council for six years and then make the leap to the House of Representatives, a job, for the moment, he stills holds.

His life has been filled with magic. He pals around with movie stars liked Ben Affleck and TV stars like Jon Stewart. He married the beautiful (and very private) Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton. Bill Clinton officiated at their wedding. The New York Times has reported the couple are now expecting their first child.

But on Monday, the magic ended, with Weiner tearfully announcing on national TV that over the years he has sent lewd photographs to women on the Internet and lied about it to his wife, colleagues, friends and reporters. In the 27-minute, often raucous news conference — he held it in New York, so what else? — he apologized 29 times.

He insisted that his wife was standing by him. But he was speaking symbolically, because she was nowhere to be seen. Late the next day, she boarded a plane to Africa, for what press accounts say is a "week-long, four-country visit."

All of this has given commentators free rein to commit sociology: What is the role of spouses in either saving or sinking their wayward partners? What is it about power that not only corrupts but also leads smart men to do stupid things? Have social media created new forms of boys acting badly or merely facilitated the old forms?

If Anthony Weiner had been born Anthony Smith, thereby robbing the media of the opportunity to make endless sniggering jokes, would the scandal have been so deliciously impossible to ignore?

And where are our women elected officials when it comes to sex scandals? There are 17 women in the Senate and 75 women in the House, and when it comes to carnal wrongdoing, you never hear a peep out of them.

This is odd when you consider the English language has so many ugly terms for wayward women (slut, tramp, bimbo and so forth) and so few to describe wayward men (Lothario? womanizer? playboy? dude? None seem to quite do it.)

Women are always clambering about equality, yet when it comes to publicly debasing themselves through sexual misadventure, they hold back. (Prime example: the history of the Kennedy men compared to the history of the Kennedy women.)

If you take a look at the history of Weiner's behavior — and who hasn't? — you see a man who has a compulsion, perhaps an illness. When, on Monday, I suggested this on the "Charlie Rose Show," it seemed a little over the top. Today, just two days later, it seems obvious.

A normal person would seek professional help, but Weiner is not a normal person. He is an elected official. And he might find it difficult to tell the public he deserves re-election and the same time he is telling the public he is seeing a psychiatrist.

But he should do so anyway. His health plan will pay for it. How could it not? His health plan covers members of Congress.

The public loves to see the mighty brought low, but they also love a good comeback. Weiner can come back. He has already done the groveling phase, next he must do the seek-help phase and then the new-man phase. His political resurrection will almost surely follow.

But it might be a long and rocky road, unlike any he has traveled. His life thus far has moved smoothly and at warp speed. No more. Now he realizes how ordinary people live their lives, moving down a highway strewn with potholes and speed traps, lurching between victory and failure, scrabbling to stay on track.

Anthony Weiner may be dreaming about life as a weatherman right now. We never know what lies on the path not taken. But we know where Weiner's chosen path has led him.

His wife is in Africa. Weiner is in hell.

Enjoy yourself, dude.

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