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koshersalaami commented on Rodney Roe's blog post Democrats; Time to Re-brand and Reboot.
"Amy, You have a habit of confusing what I want with what I think we can get. I've written far more about income/wealth inequality than you ever will. You assume a lot that's not there. It's not that I object to Green policy -…"
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koshersalaami commented on Rodney Roe's blog post Democrats; Time to Re-brand and Reboot.
"Maui, Is she responsible for her father's actions? Fill us in here.    "
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koshersalaami commented on nanatehay's blog post RIP
"Nan, Why untreated? I mean what led you to that choice? i get the wistfulness, and I get the trying to get inside the mind of someone who makes that choice. I wouldn't characterize that as glorifying suicide, just on trying to get a handle on…"
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koshersalaami commented on nanatehay's blog post RIP
""Now, some guys’ five minutes are worth other guys’ fifty years, and while burning out in one brilliant supernova will send record sales through the roof, leave you living fast, dying young, leaving a beautiful corpse, there is…"
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koshersalaami commented on Rodney Roe's blog post Democrats; Time to Re-brand and Reboot.
"Rodney, My job entails a lot of driving. It also did during the embargo. In the D.C. area we had lines around the block. I had to drive up to Jersey on business. There there were price wars and no lines. Shortages for the influential. I drew…"
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koshersalaami commented on alsoknownas's blog post I Love Bearded Iris
"But I'm sorry you missed the circus"
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koshersalaami commented on Rodney Roe's blog post Democrats; Time to Re-brand and Reboot.
"Kill a third party? There's no significant third party to kill. "
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koshersalaami commented on Rodney Roe's blog post Democrats; Time to Re-brand and Reboot.
"I disagree with your assessment of how a lot of this happened, on both the social and economic sides, though not much about the end result. Race drove a lot of it, but the sixties revolution and Democratic reaction to the war in Vietnam drove a lot…"
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koshersalaami commented on Rodney Roe's blog post Idolatries of the Mind and Spirit; A Sunday Meditation
"Rigidity as desire for control that's good "what you believe is not as important as how you behave" is also, believe it or not, true of Judaism"
koshersalaami commented on Rodney Roe's blog post Confederate Statues; History or Hate
"Moving the sculptures is an interesting idea. "
koshersalaami commented on Rodney Roe's blog post Confederate Statues; History or Hate
"I deleted it to rewrite it. revised version above. "
koshersalaami commented on Token's blog post Jim Comey: Weasal or Scumbag?
"What happened to your spelling last night? This isn't how you write.  Trump,thought everyone would be happy he fired Comey for essentially that reason. His timing and rationale changed things.  The outrage over the Comey firing has no…"
koshersalaami commented on Rodney Roe's blog post Confederate Statues; History or Hate
"Good question. These are not religious statues but they are part of history. But what would we think of enormous statues of Lenin or Saddam Hussein? What would we think of enormous statues of Stalin or Hitler? Or Pol Pot? To Black people,…"
koshersalaami commented on JMac1949 Today's blog post Alternative Facts and the Bizarre Reality of the Beast "45"
"The press is only beginning to figure out how it's been played"
koshersalaami commented on Rodney Roe's blog post Here's Why We Need a Single Payer Healthcare System
"Bureaucracy 101"
koshersalaami commented on Mike Shields's blog post Destroying Dixie: Confederate Monument Removal
"Amy, What else he was saying was too much worse to bother"

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Male, Jewish, in my early sixties, married with kids (well, at this point I guess that should be "kid"). Thanks to Lezlie for avatar artwork - sort of a translation of my screen name. "Salaam" is peace in Arabic, hence the peace sign. (No, my name doesn't mean "hunk of meat" and yes, the pun is intentional.)

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Guest Post: Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, "The Mutating Virus: Understanding Antisemitism"

Posted on May 17, 2017 at 12:27pm 7 Comments

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks is the former Chief Rabbi of Great Britain.

I'm rarely struck by the brilliance of the author when I read. The last time I was, I was reading a book by Rabbi Sacks. I finished wishing I could take a class with this guy. That book is called "Not In God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence."

The following was given as a speech at "The Future of the Jewish Communities of Europe" conference at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium on Sept.… Continue

The President leaks classified information to the Russians

Posted on May 15, 2017 at 4:00pm 20 Comments

The President has apparently leaked classified information to the Russians who visited the Oval Office. This information was about ISIS. It came from another country who shared it with our intelligence…


One sentence Saturday: Toward more successful communications

Posted on May 13, 2017 at 9:35am 8 Comments

What people ask is usually less important than why they ask.

Fourteen Wolves

Posted on May 7, 2017 at 1:45pm 23 Comments

This morning, my wife showed me a video about the introduction of fourteen wolves into Yellowstone National Park in 1985. The consequences of  that action go way, way beyond what any person could reasonably expect. This action completely transformed Yellowstone, drastically altering the fauna and flora (to the better) and even altering the course of a river. …


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At 11:03am on April 11, 2017, Maui Surfer said…

Yeah, I thought something I commented on had disappeared, but couldn't actually remember what it was for sure! Thanks for the heads up ... lorianne is truly amazing- she's the bomb.

At 11:46am on January 9, 2017, James Hart said…


Never hire a LitAgent whose a bigger

D than you

racing toward 'dem sticks and stones











the craft is beautiful albeit this 'tramp-o-lien-like' floor remains too cold for bare feet. 


Universal Soldier

over the BBC

fingers crossed that the rain upon the doom keeps

dripping of the plexiglass . . . .

Roberta yust noted: it's a jingle-jangle-jangle tangle, a Fellini wire tangle,

all this @ the day before; this visual like one of those Viking spike balls

rollin' down to the


She pleads that I let spleeping dogs lay.


I thought --- opting to doze rather than risk


At 10:50am on January 9, 2017, James Hart said…

right now I have to spend up for Leon Ledderman's Poetica mit Quantum Physics'.  Trouble with being a xylophone tuner ... gotta beware that RhinoVirus.

We the Living.

Re-reading Ishmael Beah's

A  Long Way Gone

Memoirs of a Boy Soldier 

yipster! When the snow flys!


Have THEY loaded the midnight train

today's re-current grip is about BIGSPEAK and how they 86'd antiseptic soaps (those 99.9ers)

the backoftheclass pleads for an ANSWER

How many toothpastes do we need?

Surely our empiricism can homogenize best.

and don't let's not get started on all that 'loose cannon stuff' in Victor Hugo

Here's tomorrow's adadge


You know? How's it all gonna work for the kids. I'm saying fight rings ARE SQUARE. 

Meanwhile, Roberta tweets:

Someday Soon

& I go:

Tomorrow May Rain


BREVITY is the moniker of the clothing line!

At 10:19am on January 9, 2017, James Hart said…

thanks K

its been sd the oldest man is an uber  taskmaster, ive seen that portrait of J , by golly, turned wrongly one more time, on past Robertas (') all was dark and she's jiggered that 2nd wooden step with a sound alarm, CM's its alright caught me on tip-toe, all was calm albeit the Comedian in Chief absolutelee gotta fly on over the big drink (humbly, porfabor) and parley with the source; gone again: much of it, and 'dis unvetted ramble of the 'cart in front o' the horse' like insouciant saliva, where was the Don during the CubanOmissel crises????????????????????????????????????????????????????


I PAID (people against impaired driving)


to d bro (or the oldest MAN) or the S, I'd never O-loaded mine obsolete sixer [phone (surf's up somewhere)] nor busted my Lbow post body-slam afterwhich they had to snip off my Egyptian ring due to the swelling.

Sure Ive been busy with my reconstruction (even-t thought of self-publishing a cookbook in order to keep the thermostat on at least '72) all this with false correlation(s) although I've been hacked trice during this unprepared thank you,


I'm living in an experimental flotation out here in ground 0zero center of Lake MI and All is Calm without OP to count those blue cars, ah honey! Let me add, graci: old friend!

Wonderful back in the straddle. 

Fingers crossed we'd meet (not hook) up at the NJ concert @MKE 2June2017.  Haps(pur) (I've just turned down JC's poignant Danny Boy) WOW that portrait of J, K thanks and maintain strength.

Presumably youre wellAware of that phraseology: ... any day now ...

Alas, you didn't know. Graci and choi, as I'm more relaxed, with this blue blue Centrum on my tongue.

Indeed. CountemNweep.

Where Have All the Flowers Gone (string of ? marks implied . . .)

At 1:01pm on June 24, 2016, Mike Shields said…

You are a sharp cookie Kosher. I don't always agree with your posts, but I do like reading them.

At 2:00pm on March 28, 2015, Phyllis said…

Hi! I'm glad you enjoyed the limerick post enough to keep it. It's a favorite of mine, too.

At 8:23pm on March 21, 2015, Theodora L'Engle Knight said…

I sent a message to you. hope it got there. my laptop is really fucked up at this tim.e

At 5:30pm on September 28, 2014, koshersalaami said…
Why not? I don't know why you blocked me unless you assume I had something to do with your OS account closing. Not involved, not informed up front.
At 1:59am on June 21, 2013, Arthur James said…


I just noticed the Accept or Ignore ` Pick Fried Chicken For Friend.

I lost Art James


older Arthur James


Kerry's never been responsive.

He'd cut his lover's nose off.

@ Salon?


2- paid non-advertising names:

* bebop-o

* GoodCelery!


a couple other non ` $45.00 names



Something isn't right with some folks.

Who pays these critters to be Nasty?

They are not well. Serious Nasty.

At 10:15pm on November 25, 2012, Heidi Banerjee said…

Good morning,good night Kosh.


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