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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

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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

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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

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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 Nov. 23, 2005 / 21 Mar-Cheshvan, 5766

America's Courts Stuffed with Turkey Lawsuits, gobbling up court time and taxpayer dollars

By Drs. Michael A. Glueck & Robert J. Cihak

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Just in time for Thanksgiving, we're serving up some of America's greatest lawsuit "turkeys."


"Thanksgiving isn't the only time for turkeys," commented Orange County Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (OCALA) Executive Director Maryann Maloney. "Lawsuit turkeys like these gobble up taxpayer dollars and fatten up lawyers' wallets."


And just in case you missed some of the scariest lawsuits of the year while sugar-high on Halloween we've added some ghastly medical-legal hobgoblins.

(ONION) RING AROUND THE COURTROOM
A Chicago man filed a lawsuit for $50,000 against a restaurant after hot grease burned his arm when biting into an "unreasonably dangerous" onion ring. The man claimed he suffered great pain and anguish in mind and body following the incident. (Chicago Sun-Times, September 30, 2004)

EAT, DON'T DRINK & BE MERRY
Connecticut's Attorney General has banned the import of a holiday beer from England on the grounds that the label might entice minors to drink the beer. The bitter winter ale called "Seriously Bad Elf," comes complete with a drawing of an elf with a slingshot firing Christmas ornaments at Santa's sleigh. (CBS 4 Boston, October 28, 2005)

FINGER LICKIN' GOOD
A Las Vegas woman planted a human fingertip which she bought from her husband's co-worker injured in an industrial accident in a bowl of Wendy's chili. The woman then filed a lawsuit against the franchise owner claiming she suffered from "severe distress." After an investigation the woman and her husband were arrested and pleaded guilty to felony conspiracy and attempted grand theft. (San Francisco Chronicle, September 9, 2005)

LAWSUIT FLY TRAP
An Ontario couple filed a lawsuit after discovering a fly in a bottle of water. The two claimed they were so traumatized after the incident that they allegedly suffered from nightmares and loss of sleep. The husband also claimed he "lost his sense of humor and became argumentative and edgy," among other ill consequences. (Windsor Star, April 26, 2005)


Now that's an understatement!

CUCKOO FOR COCOA SUITS
A mother of two filed a lawsuit against several cereal companies contending their products are not as healthy as consumers are led to believe. According to the suit, the woman became alarmed after watching a news story where it was reported that even low-sugar cereals have little nutritional benefit. (San Diego Union-Tribune, March 29, 2005)


And we thought the lawyers were suing food makers for too many calories?

GAMBLING DEMONS
A man filed a class-action lawsuit for millions of dollars against drug manufacturers claiming the medication he took to control Parkinson's disease turned him into a compulsive gambler. (CBC News, Toronto, May 9, 2005)

TRICK OR TREAT
A personal injury lawyer in Florida had his paralegal take training to be admitted as a hospital chaplain, whereupon he solicited clients while wearing a pastor's uniform. (www.overlawyered.com, March 28, 2005)

PHANTOM PAINS
A New York City firefighter filed a lawsuit claiming he developed asthma as a result of 9/11, even though he didn't even join the department until months after the attack. (New York Post, March 24, 2005)

FEAR FACTOR
A viewer sued NBC for $2.5 million contending that he threw up because of a 'Fear Factor' episode in which contestants ate rats mixed in a blender. (Associated Press, March 10, 2005)

HAUNTED BY HOMEWORK
A 17-year old student and his father filed a lawsuit against his high school arguing that mandatory summer homework should not have been assigned in the honors math class the student wanted to take. (Wisconsin Gazette, March 9, 2005)

FRIGHTENING FREIGHTER
A woman and her son sued a cruise line after getting sick on a cruise where they said toilets overflowed and crew members were seen with prostitutes at ports of call. The lawsuit seeks compensation for pain and suffering; emotional distress; loss of earnings; legal fees and medical expenses, including a colonoscopy and hemorrhoid surgery.(Reuters, April 1, 2005)


Lawsuit abuse can be frightening, said Maloney, "Even when frivolous lawsuits are eventually dismissed, it still costs the court valuable time and wastes taxpayer money."


When our legal system is used for greed instead of justice, we end up paying a "lawsuit tax" in the form of higher prices on everything we do and buy — from toothpaste to healthcare insurance. These lawsuits may sound funny, but when you realize that they cost us $2000.00 per person per year it's downright scary.


Frivolous and abusive lawsuits are one American tradition we can live without. When our courts are stuffed with frivolous lawsuit turkeys, authentic victims with real injuries are denied their right to swift justice.

Editor's Note: Michael Arnold Glueck submitted this week's column

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Michael Arnold Glueck, M.D., is a multiple award winning writer who comments on medical-legal issues. Robert J. Cihak, M.D., is a Discovery Institute Senior Fellow and a past president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. Both JWR contributors are Harvard trained diagnostic radiologists. Comment by clicking here.

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