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 Sept. 17, 2010 / 9 Tishrei, 5771

A Tale of Two Killings

By Greg Crosby

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The influx of illegal immigrants into Los Angeles is undoubtedly the worst of any city in the nation. LA is one of the many cities in the country which proudly has proclaimed itself to be a "sanctuary city," which says to the world, "Come one, come all. We won't ask to see your status." So naturally LA is filled with illegals to the point that it is virtually impossible to determine just how many we actually have here.

Stats are widely varied. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Immigration Statistics estimates the percentage of California's illegals to be around 7 percent of the total population, or anywhere from 2,500,000 to 3,000,000. This is based on their estimate of total illegal immigrants in the entire country to be in the neighborhood of 11 million. Other sources claim that number is an underestimation. Other stats claim anywhere from 15 to 20 million nationwide. If that is so, than we must have a million or two right here in LA County alone.

Defenders of the illegals like to say it's all about poor hard-working folks who come here to do the jobs that Americans won't do. If that statement were completely true, it still wouldn't make it right, but the truth is that along with the maids and gardeners we are getting a tremendous amount of gangbangers, drug dealers, professional criminals and other lowlifes flowing across our boarders and into our communities.

I'm sick and tired of hearing about some dirt bag who kills one of our citizens then hightails it back across the boarder never to be seen or heard from again. The latest case in point would be the murder of a young Valley Village woman who was found stabbed to death in her apartment which was then set on fire by the killer. This was back in July.

Now this week the police have announced that they have identified who the murderer is through DNA. He is Omar Armando Loera, a 34-year-old who was described as a "parolee at-large" with tattoos of Aztec women on both shoulders. He is described as Latino and weighs 170 pounds and stands at 5 feet, 9 inches tall. Police say he is a transient who also goes by the names Arturo Benitez and "Taz." They also have released a photo.

The murderer has five convictions for drug and weapons charges, including assault with a deadly weapon and robbery with a knife. He served only about two years of a 32-month sentence for the robbery, and then failed to report to his parole officer in Fresno after being released in February, according to authorities. It was unclear if he was still in Southern California; in Fresno, where he has family; or if he had fled to Mexico, police said. Hmmm…fled to Mexico. Ya think?

Meanwhile, in another recent story, a Los Angeles-based immigrants' rights group called for the Los Angeles police officer who fatally shot immigrant Manuel Jamines earlier this month to be prosecuted for murder. The group specifically called on County District Attorney Steve Cooley to file murder charges against LAPD officer Frank Hernandez for the murder of Guatemalan migrant Manuel Jamines. Gee, I wonder if Jamines is an illegal. The papers won't say, but I'll take bets on it.

Okay, let's go through the facts of this thing. Jamines was killed Sept. 5 after police were flagged down by witnesses near West Sixth Street and South Union Avenue to complain that a drunken man was threatening people, including a pregnant woman, with a knife. Get it so far? People on the street were scared to death of this maniac, so they waved the cops over to help them. The officers approached the guy and asked him in both Spanish and English to put the knife down, but he continued to wield it around in a threatening manner. As he raised the knife over his head as if to strike, the police shot him.

"Community organizers" and other professional protesters have taken to the streets to stir up the immigrants against the police. The neighborhood experienced three-nights of civil unrest. And now this "immigrant rights" group has called for the police to be charged with murder. Los Angeles Police Protective League president Paul M. Weber responded:

"The call by self styled 'community organizations' for an LAPD officer to be charged with murder for shooting a drunk man who had threatened both innocent civilians and police officers is ludicrous. Credible witnesses, both civilian and police, have stated the man was armed with a knife; his behavior was so threatening that the police were asked to stop him. These activist groups can 'demand' whatever they want; fortunately decisions in our justice system are based on facts and evidence, not wild ranting by those with dubious motivations."

Still the illegal immigrants continue to march in the street to protest that one of their own was killed, but no one is marching in the streets to protest the murder of that innocent young woman of Valley Village who was knifed to death and set on fire by someone who was let out of prison early and in all likelihood an illegal immigrant.

What a world.

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