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koshersalaami commented on Ron Powell's blog post Question for a Wednesday
"Ron, I'd go further.  In a case like this with multiple storms, I would suggest that whatever national meteorological association exists organize its member broadcasters to issue a common statement along the lines of the two in my earlier…"
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koshersalaami commented on Ron Powell's blog post Question for a Wednesday
"I disagree - there is interpersonal chat in television news. I think there can be occasions where a meteorologist interjects what I said above. My first statement would take under fifteen seconds of air time. "
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koshersalaami commented on Ron Powell's blog post Question for a Wednesday
"I hope this comment publishes - I've tried to leave a comment here several times this morning.  Yes, it should be done, and it can be done quickly. Advice is given on the air all the time, quickly.  "This is a Category 4…"
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koshersalaami commented on Johnny Robish's blog post Man Gets Bitten on Face Trying to Barbecue Rattlesnake
"Good material"
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koshersalaami commented on cheshyre's blog post How Far We've Fallen
"If you watch a Kennedy-Nixon debate now you could cry. They're erudite, on topic, more courteous, analytical. "
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"Good piece.  I've never read The Fourth Turning but I read their Generations, a book I think is enormously important.  Those analyzing Strauss and Howe here miss something they write about: Most generational cycles are four but if a…"
koshersalaami commented on Johnny Robish's blog post Study Finds T. rex Was Not as Fast as Previously Believed
"Last I heard, they think T Rex was a scavenger when not banging a gong Captain goes down with ship? Depends if all passengers are evacuated    "
koshersalaami commented on Ron Powell's blog post Health-Care: Privilege v Right?
"When Jefferson wrote that, he was helping found a new country in which mainly Madison compiled a document to move toward implementing it. Jefferson's statement is a big deal specifically because he was involved in the path toward…"
koshersalaami commented on Anne Armand's blog post MY FOREVER FRIEND IS IN CONSTANT CONTACT.
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koshersalaami commented on Ron Powell's blog post Health-Care: Privilege v Right?
"How exactly did race make it into an argument about logistics?  Principles without logistics = posturing. The point becomes worth something when you start worrying about How, not just Why. That is a fully legitimate question.  As questions…"
koshersalaami commented on Safe Bet's Amy's blog post Barry, Barry, Barry... You Were In On The Con All Along, Weren'tcha?
"I don't care if he takes speaking fees - let him cost Wall Street money - but he was a corporatist President. The Republicans refused the cooperate with him at all because he's Black, not liberal. They started working to get him defeated…"
koshersalaami commented on Robert Young's blog post Where Have Oli Garchs Gone?
"Anti-patriots "
koshersalaami commented on Doc Vega's blog post The New Hillary Book Defying Reality!
"If you don't like long comments, skip this. Why might someone not comment here (legitimately): They don't want to get involved in acrimonious arguments that will go nowhere, as typically happens here They don't want to encourage…"
koshersalaami commented on Ben Sen's blog post Dad: The Numbers Man
"this would make a good Fathers' Day post"
koshersalaami commented on Robert Young's blog post Thought For The Day - 13 September 2017
"Kochtopus may be the best single word I've read for what's most wrong with America. "
koshersalaami commented on koshersalaami's blog post 9/11: an unexpected parochial perspective
"Saying "Frisco" to a native is like saying "whirlybird" to a military chopper pilot. "

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9/11: an unexpected parochial perspective

Posted on September 13, 2017 at 6:00am 40 Comments

My wife had forgotten to email something home to herself and it was pressing, so yesterday evening before dinner I drove her over to campus. She's a professor and her department caters to graduate students only. We were on our way to her office when we ran into a couple of her students, there for an evening class with another professor. We're in New York State at a state university, so the students tend to be in-state.

The conversation was pretty short as their class was about to… Continue

Walter Becker died today

Posted on September 3, 2017 at 4:19pm 1 Comment

Walter Becker was half of Steely Dan, not the vocal half. It's hard to write about Becker because I can't tell you exactly what he was personally responsible for. His partner Donald Fagen you can hear, in the vocals and on electric piano, but Becker is less conspicuous. The band tended to use studio musicians for anything difficult.

It's easy to write about Steely Dan. As a musician I can tell you they're one of the few pop artists whose chord progressions I can't simply pick up in a… Continue

A theory about why Trump is making a point of looking racist

Posted on September 2, 2017 at 6:31am 23 Comments

When Steve Bannon left the White House, he made a remark that generated a piece in the NYTimes asking "What if he's right?" The remark was that if the Democrats concentrated on racism, the Republicans would win the midterm elections. The more Democrats get distracted from economics, the easier it is for Republicans.

Why? Mainly because a lot of racism conversations center a lot on PC, and PC appears to be what conservatives hate about liberals above all else - PC demonizes them and… Continue

Guest Post: Seven Reasons Police Brutality Is Systemic, Not Anecdotal, by Bonnie Kristian

Posted on September 1, 2017 at 1:16pm 26 Comments

From the American Conservative

State of the Union

Seven Reasons Police Brutality Is Systemic, Not Anecdotal

By BONNIE KRISTIAN • July 2, 2014, 6:00 AM

Darrin Manning’s unprovoked “stop and frisk”… Continue

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At 1:26am on July 17, 2017, MV Neland said…

Koshersalaami, i always look forward to your posts because they both explain and further challenge. It's a gift. Thx for the invite.

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, J.P. 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, J.P. 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, J.P. 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?


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* 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.




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Minority Report, part the second

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Question for a Wednesday

Posted by Ron Powell on September 20, 2017 at 2:00am 17 Comments

How Far We've Fallen

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Burn Out

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Retirement Life; What's It All About?

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Where Have Oli Garchs Gone?

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