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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 8, 2011 / 6 Tamuz, 5771

Sleaze in Office

By Greg Crosby

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Forget about doctors without boarders, we've got politicians without morals. Yeah, yeah, I know what you're thinking - elected officials have been riding on empty in the scruples department forever, so what's new? Well, in addition to the good old garden variety of crooked politicians, cheating politicians, and lying politicians, a new sub-species has recently developed - call it the "yuk" politicians.

Anthony Wiener, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and John Edwards are just the latest in a long line of sleaze bags that goes back to impeached President Bill Clinton and the famous "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinski." It may seem like ancient history, but a bit of recap on what exactly went down (if you pardon the expression) back in the mid-nineties in the Clinton White House could be enlightening in retrospect.

The fact that Bubba messed around on his wife is one thing, and frankly that in and of itself is the least of it. What brings the Clinton/Lewinsky affair down into the "yuk" pit is the fact that the guy did it right in the Oval Office while claiming he was "working for the American people." And sometimes the sex acts between them actually were going on while he was talking on the phone to heads of state!

Besides the immoral aspect, there is a larger question of judgment and common sense. I don't know why more people just didn't get that. How can we put our trust in a leader who exercises such terrible judgment and lack of self-control? If he can't manage himself how can he be expected to manage the delicate subtleties of an entire nation? Another thing, he put himself in a position of possible blackmail, which could have compromised his decisions and leadership ability. Put it all together and it spells poor judgment, lack of common sense, lack of self-control, and just plain stupidity. And this from a person who supposedly is extremely intelligent and world-wise.

Clinton lead what was to become a repulsive parade of yuk politicians including Larry Craig, Eliot Spitzer, John Edwards, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and of course the ever photogenic Anthony Wiener. These sleaze-iticians rate a special place among the cheaters because they didn't simply have a lapse in judgment or a one-time slip, or even a "normal" affair, no, these guys crossed the line into "Eeeew! Yuk! Creepy."

You have to have a real deficit of morality to do what John Edwards did to his wife while she was dying of cancer. Not only was he cheating on her, but he got his bimbo pregnant, then used campaign funds to hide her out and pay her with, and getting campaign workers to cover for him, all the time while running for president and then having been elected as the vice presidential running mate for the Democrats. Wow, what a guy!

Arnold Schwarzenegger didn't just jump into the sack with some hard-to-say-no-to movie starlet; oh no. Arnold did it with the family maid and used the family bed. Then he got his maid/family friend/mistress pregnant and as the child grew up he was included as part of the household, celebrating family holidays and other events, right under his wife, Maria's nose. All the while Maria not knowing that the child was sired by the old sperminator himself. Nice, huh?

And Wiener, what is there left to say about that one? That guy really makes my skin crawl. I wouldn't want to walk into the same room as that guy let alone have him represent me in Congress. Did he really think he looked hot in all those disgusting photos he took of himself? Then twittering those photos all over the internet. Just another politician "working hard doing the business for the American people." Giving the American people the business is more like it.

I have purposely not included Ted Kennedy in the "yuk" group since allowing your girl friend to actually drown in order to save your political career falls into another category altogether…like that of second-degree murder.

Womanizers, cheaters, liars, crooks, thieves, frauds, even murderers. Yep, we've had them all in elected office in Washington, DC through the years. Now, along with those distinguished American politicians we can add the yuk squad. I just can't wait to see the next recruit into that esteemed group.

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