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December 2, 2014

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 Feb 19, 2014 / 19 Adar I, 5774

Obama's Attorney General Americanized (in part)

By Nat Hentoff




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Attorney General Eric Holder, long dutifully obedient to his boss's vandalizing of the Constitution, now emerges as a vital opponent of one of the most damaging abuses in our history of the American definition of justice.

Quoted in "Breaking our prison habit" in the Feb. 13 New York Daily News by the invaluably probing news analyst Errol Lewis, Eric Holder declares: "Too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no truly good law enforcement reason."

How many Americans are what Errol Lewis adds to Eric Holder's judgment of our overflowing cages:

"The number of inmates in federal prisons has soared by a staggering 800 percent since 1980, and federal lockouts are now 40 percent overcapacity ...

"Individual states are groaning under the burden as well. Nebraska's prisons are at 140 percent of capacity. Oklahoma's have exceeded 99 percent of capacity.

Adds Errol Lewis: "The failed war on drugs has also swelled the prison population. Addicts caught with small amounts of the illegal poison they ingest -- 30 grams of cocaine, for example, the equivalent of 30 restaurant sugar packets -- can be labeled 'traffickers' and tossed into prison for years."

And in "America on Probation," (New York Times, Jan. 27), Bill Keller, the New York Times columnist and former executive editor, made this key accusatory point: "The quest for safe and humane alternatives to lockup faces opposition from prosecutors protecting their leverage, from corrections employee unions protecting jobs and from a private prison industry protecting profits. "(Private prison operators, who house about 9 percent of prison inmates, have a vested interest in keeping prisons full because they are paid based on occupancy)."

And now comes Eric Holder, not only protesting our epidemic of prisons but also trying to do something about keeping Americans released from prisons from going back after they become free citizens again.

On Feb. 11, the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University school of Law reported on Holder's "great step forward on restoring voting rights."

On that day, the attorney general "urged states to restore voting rights to people of past criminal convictions." To be covered, the Brennan Center explained, are "those who have completed probation, parole and paid all fines. Many states already go further than this and restore rights upon release from incarceration."

But Myrna Perez, Democracy Program Deputy Director, reminds us that "Nearly 6 million Americans are barred from voting because of a criminal conviction in their past."

And dig this: "Three states permanently disenfranchise the citizens." Calling Eric Holder's pledge "a significant step forward for democracy," she makes the important point that "citizens with criminal convictions who are living and working in our communities should have the responsibility and the right to participate in our democracy by voting.

"Congress should act quickly to pass the Democracy Restoration Act, which would restore voting rights and federal elections to those who have served their time." This Congress? Where a majority of both parties are far less concerned with strengthening actual real-time democracy than with dominating the ceaseless civil war in the House and Senate?

Moreover, adds Nicole Austin-Hillery, director of the Brennan Center's Washington office: "With the largest prison population in the world and millions of Americans caught in a system of mass incarceration, ensuring that former offenders can fully regain their core rights as American citizens is a vital means of reducing recidivism, by integrating them back into society."



As I will report in detail later, a new book by Doran Larson presents a collection of essays written by prisoners across America. In "Fourth City: Essays From the Prisons in America," (Michigan State University Press), Larson tells you in his introduction:

"The United States imprisons a greater number and percentage of its own citizens than any other nation on earth; greater than Russia, China, Cuba or Iran."

From his cage, James Castrillo of Maine writes in "Fourth City": "I was blind to the reality that the path I was on leads nowhere, and fast ... Is this too great an obstacle to overcome? A part of me says, yes, there's no sense in trying; it's too hard, too late ...

"Another part of me, the strongest part, won't quit. Wants to keep fighting. I think of how badly ... I want to make it in this world, the right way ... Can I overcome the disappointment that tests my sanity?

"Disappointment is useless in a place like this because it gets you nowhere."

What Eric Holder and others are doing, says Errol Lewis, "adds up to the start of something big: a nation beginning to think outside the cell when it comes to crime and justice." As always, how big a change depends on you, the citizen voter.

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Nat Hentoff is a nationally renowned authority on the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights and author of several books, including his current work, "The War on the Bill of Rights and the Gathering Resistance". Comment by clicking here.

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