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The Jersey Sting: A True Story of Crooked Pols, Money-Laundering Rabbis, Black Market Kidneys, and the Informant Who Brought It All Down Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 15, 2011
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And these are supposedly observant religious people. Same can be said of Catholic priests. What can we say of those who profess to live a life in accord with divine law yet commit crimes of greed and perversion? Someday I would like to see each and every one of the world religions and sub divisions, spiritual movements, sects and belief systems - get a report card based on how its adherents actually behave, using some objective criteria such as criminal conviction records. Would be an interesting statistic and say something about walking the talk.
The less interesting part of this book is a minutely detailed catalog of every small time crooked politician in New Jersey. The authors are newspaper reporters and here they have simply dumped out all the data they know about each and every pol. All of it. For anyone not equally obsessed, there is way too much exhaustive detail. There is no discussion of why NJ came to have such a culture of corruption. There is no discussion of the Syrian Jewish community. There is no discussion, period. All trees, no forest. And whereas the key event is the arrest of 44 people on one day, it takes 292 pages of a 386 page book to get to that event. Don't books have editors anymore?
....it is also rather disturbing,and not just because so many mayors council-persons,political fixers and clergy were involved,but the detestable reaction amongst the syrian Orthodox jewish community to revealations that many of its revered religious leaders were in fact little more than hypocrite rogues hiding behind thier holy books...The book makes it quite clear that the sort of million dollar money laundering described was a well known and well kept secret among the community,and that far from being pleased that the bad apples among them were exposed the community instead vented its rage against the"rat" whose undercover work made the whole sting possible..Solomon Dwek,the ponzi scheme artist whom the feds used to get both the crooked pols and the crooked rabbis has been vilified by his own orthodox religious community,apparently on the absurd and dangerous notion that being a crook,being a religios leader who is a crook is somehow better than being the one who exposes this sort of activity ...Loyalty to the tribe is,in thier absurd way of thinking more important that following the laws of the land,or exposing the rogues to justice.
Many of the crooked pols and the religious leaders caught confessed and have been sentenced...Most of those who chose a trial were convicted...
All in all an excellent read.
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Everything you ever heard about N.J. is true. These guys just happened to get caught. There are many more still out there running the statePublished 6 months ago by MARCO
Great reader, especially if you are from NJ. You can really relate to the contents of this reader. Even if you are not from NJ, it is a great reader. Price was awesome.Published 7 months ago by kathleen Melyan
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