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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 March 8, 2011 / 2 Adar II, 5771

Chicago Politics Targets High Court

By David Limbaugh




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The Alinskyite left is not content with cramming its legislative agenda down the American people's throats. Next stop, the Supreme Court, where it is seeking to attack and discredit justices who will pass upon the constitutionality of its overreaching legislation.

Liberals were incensed when the Supreme Court, in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, struck down a provision of the McCain-Feingold Act that prohibited all corporations and unions from broadcasting "electioneering communications" — broadcast, cable or satellite communications that mention a candidate within 60 days of a general election or 30 days of a primary. So incensed that President Barack "New Tone" Obama departed from years of custom and proper decorum and personally lambasted the justices for it in his 2010 State of the Union speech.

Obama said: "Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections. I don't think American elections should be bankrolled by America's most powerful interests or, worse, by foreign entities. They should be decided by the American people, and I'd urge Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps correct some of these problems."

Obama's attack was both untrue — they can't spend without limitation — and highly improper, forcing the justices to remain defenseless in the face of Obama's tongue-lashing.

Justice Samuel Alito could be seen quietly mouthing in protest "not true," but that was hardly an effective rebuttal to the strident political assault Obama had just unleashed before millions of television viewers against the nonpolitical branch. Even the normally mild-mannered Chief Justice John Roberts told law students at The University of Alabama that Obama's public criticism and the surrounding democratic congressmen's catcalling reaction to it was "troubling."

Obama having set the tone, his leftist disciples have followed suit in various venues to ratchet up the attack on the court, knowing that at some time in the near future, it will hear and pass upon the question of whether Obamacare is constitutionally enforceable.

But sadly, to these street brawlers, the law's constitutionality is irrelevant. The only thing that matters is results. They will do whatever they can to achieve their end of preserving Obamacare as "one of the most important pieces of social legislation in this generation." If maliciously and unfairly taking down a couple of "conservative" justices is necessary to accomplish their goal, so be it — in fact, all the better.

Even if their efforts to get these justices removed from the bench or to force their recusal in the Obamacare case and others fail, they hope that their intense political pressure will intimidate the "conservative" justices into softening their positions or perhaps influence "swing justice" Anthony Kennedy. Whatever it takes.

On Monday, Politico reported that liberal groups still upset about Citizens United and fearful the court could overturn Obamacare "have launched an aggressive — and at times personal — attack on the court's most conservative justices." They've targeted three out of the four "conservative" justices, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia and Alito.

The groups have accused Thomas and Scalia of engaging in partisan politics and of conflicts of interest and have called on the Justice Department to investigate them and possibly invalidate their votes in Citizens United. One group also asked the Missouri Supreme Court to disbar Thomas.

These attacks are so vicious and spurious that even liberal Harvard law professor Noah Feldman wrote a New York Times op-ed criticizing them and pointing out that any political involvement of Thomas and Scalia pales in comparison with that of many of their predecessors on the bench.

Feldman pulled no punches, suggesting that the left's attacks on Thomas and Scalia seemed "suspiciously partisan." It's not only Feldman. Politico notes that "other legal scholars and court watchers from across the political spectrum have also dismissed the campaign as a stretch, at best, and dangerous, at worst." The Washington Post's editorial board pointed out that "liberal" justices have also affiliated with groups whose interests come before the court.

The liberals' complaints mainly center on the justices attending or making speeches at conservative events and the involvement of Thomas' wife, Virginia, in tea party activities. Some Democratic congressmen, such as Rep. Anthony Weiner, have tried to draw a specious connection between these events and the justices' ability to rule impartially on Obamacare and are pressuring the justices to recuse themselves from the case.

But even liberal legal experts have outright rejected this effort. CNN legal commentator Jeffrey Toobin said of attempts to force Thomas to recuse himself, "I don't think there is even a specter of a conflict of interest."

The left's unconscionable campaign to slander the justices should be seen for what it is: further evidence that it is ruthlessly devoted to its political ends and unscrupulous in the means it will employ to achieve them.

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