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 July 11, 2013/ 4 Menachem-Av, 5773

The Zimmerman trial's racists

By Jack Kelly

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman "profiled" black teenager Trayvon Martin, "stalked" him, and started the fight that led to his death, prosecutors asserted.

But the testimony of nearly every witness for the prosecution bolstered Mr. Zimmerman's claim he acted in self defense, said attorney Andrew Branca, author of "The Law of Self Defense."

The prosecution's case was so weak that Judge Debra Nelson should have granted the defense motion for a directed verdict of acquittal, said Mr. Branca, who is covering the trial for the blog Legal Insurrection.

When Mr. Zimmerman shot Mr. Martin, they were on the ground. The one on top was banging the head of the one on the bottom against the pavement.

Mr. Zimmerman was on top, the prosecution contends. It is Mr. Martin's voice which is heard calling for help on a 911 tape, prosecutors say.

Mr. Martin was on top, said the eyewitness called by the prosecution. Mr. Zimmerman's injuries were consistent with his claim of self defense, and he seemed pleased when he was told (falsely) the fight had been videotaped, said the police officers the prosecutors put on the stand.

It was their son screaming, testified Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton. But when he played the tape for Tracy Martin, he said it wasn't Trayvon's voice, testified the lead detective. The screamer was Mr. Zimmerman, said half a dozen defense witnesses. It's impossible to tell who was screaming, testified an FBI audio expert.

The prosecution's star witness, Rachel Jeantel, 19, was talking with Mr. Martin on his cell phone when the fight started, but doesn't know who threw the first punch, she acknowledged during cross examination. She was belligerent, admitted to multiple lies, couldn't read the letter she'd allegedly written to Trayvon's mother.

"Rachel Jeantel was a train wreck as a witness," said defense attorney and blogger Jeralyn Merritt (TalkLeft). "Most strikingly, she made Trayvon Martin out to be the profiler of Zimmerman."

Mr. Martin described Mr. Zimmerman to her as a "creepy ass Cracker," Ms. Jeantel said.

Two employees of NBC News doctored the tape of the call Mr. Zimmerman made to the Sanford Police Department to report suspicious behavior to make it appear he had a racial motive. In fact, it wasn't until after the dispatcher asked him if he could identify the race of the person behaving suspiciously did Mr. Zimmerman say: "he looks black."

Since prosecutors offered no other evidence of racial bias, this appears to have been the basis for their assertion Mr. Zimmerman "profiled" Mr. Martin.

report found traces of marijuana in Mr. Martin's blood and urine, which could account for why Mr. Zimmerman thought he was behaving suspiciously, but prosecutors withheld this exculpatory evidence from the defense.

Mr. Zimmerman got out of his truck and followed Mr. Martin after police told him not to, prosecutors asserted. But he never told him that, the police dispatcher testified. He did ask which way Mr. Martin was going, which Mr. Zimmerman might have interpreted as being asked to follow him, Sean Noffke said.

"All of this evidence makes clear that Zimmerman should never have been arrested," said George Parry, a former federal prosecutor who practices law in Philadelphia. That he was "is a sad reflection of the prosecution's cowardice in the face of media-spawned hysteria."

The shooting of Trayvon Martin was racially motivated, said most in the "mainstream" media. To sustain their narrative, some journalists fabricated evidence. NBC doctored the NEN tape. ABC and CBS doctored photos to make Mr. Zimmerman's injuries seem less serious. Mr. Zimmerman had uttered a racial slur, CNN claimed, when the word he had said was "cold." CNN also broadcast his Social Security number.

Many news organizations broadcast or printed a photo of Mr. Martin when he was 12, not as he was at 17. This caused Jeannee Nanalo, who could see only that the bigger guy was on top, to tell police initially she thought Mr. Zimmerman was the aggressor, she testified. (Trayvon Martin was 6 feet tall and weighed 160 lbs, the police report said. Mr. Zimmerman was 5'9". No weight was listed. A friend said he was 5'8", 170.)

George Zimmerman's mother is Peruvian. A great grandfather was black. He was raised in a mixed race household. Black friends testified on his behalf.

If George Zimmerman had Hispanicized his first name (as Geraldo Rivera did) and adopted his maternal last name, it's doubtful he'd have been arrested, much less put on trial for murder, said historian Victor Davis Hanson.

Jorge Meza would have been spared this ordeal. George Zimmerman must hope the jury has more integrity, more respect for the law and the truth than do the prosecutors, the judge, and so many journalists.

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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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