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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 14, 2013/ 8 Elul, 5773

Holder On Crime: Turn 'Em Loose

By Dick Morris

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Attorney General Eric Holder is planning to use his broad executive powers to free tens of thousands of criminals from federal prisons and to encourage states to do likewise.

Under the guise of releasing "non-violent" and "low level" criminals, the Attorney General is going to let drug dealers back out on the street, having completed their graduate education in crime during their incarceration. By the time drug offenses are pled, they often end up as "non-violent" crimes, but frequently those classified as such are really quite violent and dangerous. To presuppose that these men and women are low level and just caught up in the system is a very dangerous and self-defeating position.

Holder gets his powers from the Supreme Court decision invalidating the 1986 mandatory sentencing federal law — one of the most successful in history. The Court loosened the mandatory sentencing framework and gave judges back some of the latitude they had enjoyed before which led to turnstile justice, freeing criminals as fast as we locked them up. The 1986 law passed the Senate unanimously, sponsored by Jesse Helms and Ted Kennedy, a pairing which suggested the shared frustration of all Americans with the slap-on-the-wrist sentences being handed out.

But after the Court struck down this law, judges and prosecutors still used the sentencing requirements as guidelines and suggestions and tough sentences have remained the norm. Until Holder.

Two key phenomena have happened simultaneous with a 25% drop in felony crime in the past twenty years and a halving of the murder rate: Federal sentencing guidelines and increased gun possession. As a result of federal guidelines (and the similar truth-in-sentencing laws at the state level), the prison population has doubled during this period and now approximates 2.5 million. Gun possession, in this same period, has gone up 20%. Where in the mid-nineties, only 41% of American households reported owning guns, now 48% do today.

The twin deterrents of a criminal justice system that means business and widespread mean of self-protection have joined to cut the crime rate dramatically. But now Obama and Holder want to strike at the twin pillars of this progress: tough sentencing and gun possession.

They will reap what they sow. We can expect crime to rise again under the Holder guidelines. Once again, it will be the threat it was twenty years ago on the streets of our cities. The pendulum is swinging again.

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