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DeFence of "SELF", a Justification

TEACHER : "Use defeat, defense and detail in a sentence".

LITTLE BILLY: "When de Wabbit jump over defense, defeat goes over defense before detail."

 

DeFence

 

Fendo, fendere - Latin verb: to push from

De fend-push out from (a fixed…

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Added by Token on June 18, 2010 at 5:30am — No Comments

J.S. Bach Part 1: How he Changed my Life

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Added by John Manchester on June 17, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

One Sweet Memory, One Happy Day Today -- a postscript (OS Archive - 2010)

Something slid in my thoughts today

while writing.

Glimmers... 

real? 

My small head on your chest,

our two hearts beating

...warm 

...safe. 

Could this be true? 

The smells are of leather

and smoke.

You are reading, 

I am smiling. 

You are not a photograph,

you are not over there...  

The candle's flicker

creates child's trance.

The sounds

of Benny Goodman's…

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Added by Anna Herrington on June 17, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Making a Case for Affirmative Action for Conservatives

Originally posted June 16, 2010 on Open Salon

I'm a liberal. I make no secret about that, nor do I call myself a progressive, even though conservatives have managed to saddle the term "liberal" with a whole lot of baggage. I'll deal with the baggage, thanks. 

There are things that drive me nuts about being a liberal, chief among them watching my allies fail dismally at talking to conservatives. I'm in sales for a living, and I can tell you that using a sales…

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Added by koshersalaami on June 16, 2010 at 9:00am — 21 Comments

What I Saw on My Walk

What I saw on My Walk

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Added by John Manchester on June 15, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Guilty Pleasures: The Beach Boys

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Part 2 - The Warmth of the…

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Added by John Manchester on June 11, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Kids Summer Reading---the Flop on the Couch Kind (OS Archive - 2010)

This list was compiled by the sensations evoked by summer---the timeless kind that may or may not actually exist any more, but hey, maybe some of these reads will inspire a timeless afternoon. These were all choices that brought a smile when remembering reading them in the first place, and they were usually the first thought of by those in our family.  They range from very young on up to teens....

Young Ones Books: 

Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett…

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Added by Anna Herrington on June 11, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

My Second First Post (OS Archive - 2010)

I finally found a topic I felt I could post about without getting all caught up in nerves, in details-- an open call for summer reading books for kids.  I spent a week thinking about it, thinking of how different we all are in our clan, and what did we find to be perennial favorites to read over the years? I scoured our bookshelves, I thought of all the sensations arising when I thought of summer, I thought of my title---Kids Summer Reading, the Flop on…

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Added by Anna Herrington on June 10, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Getting Antisemitism and Jews - It's Not About the Holocaust

Originally published on Open Salon on June 9, 2010

I've been watching a lot of reactions to the flotilla incident, particularly here on the OS, and it's making me realize that there are a lot of things people just don't get. Some of this has to do with Israel, some of it has to do with Jews in general, and some has to do with what I think is an overestimation of the influence of the Holocaust; it's important, just not completely central.

You've probably noticed that…

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Added by koshersalaami on June 9, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

Guilty Pleasures: The Beach Boys

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Added by John Manchester on June 8, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Antisemitism, Israel, and the Double Standard

Originally published on Open Salon on June 4, 2010

If I were to say that people around the world are out to get me, would you say that I was paranoid?

If you answered "yes" to that, you aren't thinking enough. The correct answer is:

Only if I'm wrong.

We Jews are notorious for seeing antisemites under every rock and behind every tree. But are they really?

In the United States, no. Here we have scattered antisemitism with some concentrations at the…

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Added by koshersalaami on June 4, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

Part II –Why We Built my Father's Coffin

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This is an excerpt from my memoir:

 

In his last years my father told me, “When…

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Added by John Manchester on June 3, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

It's the Sixth Anniversary of my Father's Death

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Avatar: of Violence and Vileness

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Avatar: of Violence and Vileness

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Added by Betty Deeds on May 31, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Avatar: of Violence and Vileness

A Definition of Terms

 

I start out with the adjective “Non-Violent” as a descriptive of a philosophy of life.

What does it mean to be “Non-Violent?”

 I can’t define the term from personal knowledge.

I am not “Non-Violent”

 This does not mean that I am therefore “Violent” or an advocate of  “Violence”

It means I am aware of the possibility of violence and I do not exclude it from the means…

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Added by Token on May 31, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

Regulation Is Good For Business

originally published on Open Salon on May 29, 2010

A lot of economists and business people will tell you that regulation is the enemy of business, that a free market left alone functions optimally and that government invariably screws it up - the more regulation, the worse.  According to this model, the private sector is inherently efficient while government is inherently inefficient. In an awful lot of circles, this is dogma, accepted as truth by definition.

 It is…

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Added by koshersalaami on May 29, 2010 at 9:00am — 12 Comments

Memorial Day Biker's Special

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I grew up, small for my age, constantly afraid of the big tough Sicilian kids I’d see hanging out on my way to school. My fear was overblown –…

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Added by John Manchester on May 28, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Ick Factor - 10 Worst Songs of the '60s

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Added by John Manchester on May 26, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Fishin Blues Part 3: Ear Worms

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Added by John Manchester on May 24, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Why are you so concerned about illegal immigration?

Moved from Open Salon on March 16, 2015

A couple of weeks ago, an online friend forwarded me an e-mail stating that Bank of America and Wells Fargo were offering low-limit credit cards to illegal aliens (without SS numbers) and that we should boycott those banks for this reason. I disagreed and replied with an e-mail entitled "Why Are You So Concerned With Illegal Immigration?" After reading her reaction, I realized I was kind of proud…

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Added by koshersalaami on May 24, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

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