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The second best air and space museum

I was working with a guy from out of town today and we finished about midday. Normally when I've got someone from out of town and we get free time I take them to downtown Washington to show them tourist sites, usually the Lincoln Memorial and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. It's the best of its kind anywhere. Hanging from the ceiling in one room are the X15, which set altitude records, the jet Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in, and the Spirit of St. Louis. If you view…


Added by koshersalaami on October 17, 2017 at 7:30pm — 8 Comments

I Used To Be Able To Write: from 8/28/12, Speech I Wish I Could Have Given in 1968

originally published August 28, 2012

So much of what happened then set the stage for now. 

It also earned one of my few Editors' Picks. 


This was inspired by a post by Jeremiah Horrigan called Neil Armstrong without tears.

I look at my elders and notice they wonder what on Earth is going on with the…


Added by koshersalaami on October 7, 2017 at 4:00pm — 8 Comments

Repost: Phony Individualism: Why we undertax the wealthy

I think of myself as a primarily economic blogger. However, in looking back over my posts, I realize that hasn't been true for a long time, I guess because I got tired of saying some of the same things repeatedly in different ways. In the last couple of years, who is active on Our Salon has changed, and so my self-image doesn't match what current bloggers have seen of me, so I think I'l repost a few old pieces.

This was originally published on March 20, 2014, both here and on… Continue

Added by koshersalaami on October 7, 2017 at 6:59am — 22 Comments

The King's Birthday Event I Attended

Originally posted in early 2016. Updated to include a YouTube link to the speech/sermon

Every year, my Temple holds a Friday night service in honor of Martin Luther King, jr.'s birthday. This was the twentieth annual service and the first I've attended. 

The main rabbi (as opposed to the assistant rabbi) at my Temple, Rabbi…


Added by koshersalaami on October 7, 2017 at 6:37am — 9 Comments

Tom Petty dead at 66

Tom Petty was found in total cardiac arrest today and was initially on life support but he didn't make it. He was 66.

My daughter's boyfriend asked me if I were worried. After all, I turned 63 yesterday. No, not really - my drug intake was pretty minimal. He was on heroin for a decade. I know about that - my twenty-seven year old nephew's heart gave out last winter a year after he kicked heroin.

Petty had just come off a very long tour and was looking forward to spending… Continue

Added by koshersalaami on October 2, 2017 at 2:00pm — 12 Comments

Worst Mass Shooting in US History just happened in Las Vegas

Check your news. Country music festival, 64 year old local guy opens fire with automatic weapons from a room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. At least Fifty dead, two hundred injured. Shooter dead, police searching for his girlfriend.

Added by koshersalaami on October 2, 2017 at 4:30am — 23 Comments

9/11: an unexpected parochial perspective

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

Added by koshersalaami on September 13, 2017 at 6:00am — 39 Comments

Walter Becker died today

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

Added by koshersalaami on September 3, 2017 at 4:19pm — 1 Comment

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

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

Added by koshersalaami on September 2, 2017 at 6:31am — 23 Comments

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

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

Added by koshersalaami on September 1, 2017 at 1:16pm — 26 Comments

DoodoodoodooDoot doot doot dooDoodoodoot

I sang that tonight.

A few months ago, my wife said she wanted to go to a concert and told me what day tickets went on sale. I looked it up, they went on sale at noon. At 11:59 AM, I sat at my computer, ticket site web address in my window, watching my second hand sweep toward twelve. The instant after it got there I hit return. The site generated two tickets for me.

We were seated about half a dozen seats to the right of center. If I stretched my leg out while seated I… Continue

Added by koshersalaami on August 28, 2017 at 10:55pm — 15 Comments


8/25 6:42 EDT

Amy no longer stands by this comment, which I appreciate - its source was insufficiently vetted.

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy 47 minutes agoDelete…


Added by koshersalaami on August 23, 2017 at 12:00pm — 118 Comments

A fundraising letter about founding an Israeli equivalent to the SPLC

I belong to the Reform Judaism movement, "Reform" being the name of a denomination. It's the largest Jewish denomination in the US and is now headquartered here though it originated in 19th century Germany.

One of its functions is something called the RAC, or Religious Action Committee. This is really more of a Social Action Committee, organizing around various liberal causes. The Reform movement is liberal for religious reasons. (Not that conservative members aren't accepted, just… Continue

Added by koshersalaami on August 22, 2017 at 10:00pm — 30 Comments

Single Sentence Sunday: Why Trump is being deserted in the wake of his remarks on Charlottesville

To support or condone the Charlottesville marchers is to abandon the ability to deny one's own racism.

Added by koshersalaami on August 20, 2017 at 3:38pm — 10 Comments

Jerry Lewis passed away today

He was 91. I'm too young to have been aware of him when he was at his peak, particularly with Dean Martin. His telethons collectively earned well over a billion dollars for his cause.

His career took off faster than anyone's I know about. He was twenty years old playing a club in Atlantic City, a singer got sick, he knew Dean and suggested him as a replacement, saying they could do an act together. Dean showed up, they hadn't produced the joint act, the owner went to Lewis and said… Continue

Added by koshersalaami on August 20, 2017 at 3:21pm — 5 Comments

Kennedy Center Honors - Trumps won't attend and Kennedy Center is grateful

For the fourth time in its history, a sitting President will not attend the Kennedy Center Honors. The other three times entailed either emergencies or overseas trips. This one is an attempt to de-politicize the proceedings. Normally, the White House hosts a pre-event gala. Not this year - three of the five honorees were either considering not attending or stated outright they wouldn't: Carmen de Lavallade (a dancer I've never heard of), Lionel Ritchie, and Norman Lear.

Kennedy… Continue

Added by koshersalaami on August 19, 2017 at 3:51pm — 5 Comments

Guest Post: Dr Wayne Journell on Confederate statues

Dr. Journell is a professor of education whose area of specialty is history, which is to say he teaches history teachers. This is a post of his on Facebook. He is a former colleague and current Facebook friend of my wife, teaching at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). I am not on Facebook - my wife read me this. I got Dr. Journell's permission to reprint this.

The Facebook post has photographs. They did not convey… Continue

Added by koshersalaami on August 17, 2017 at 3:57pm — 2 Comments

Who just said this in The American Prospect? (according to the Wash. Post)

“Ethno-nationalism — it’s losers. It’s a fringe element. I think the media plays it up too much, and we gotta help crush it, you know, eh, help crush it more.....

“These guys are a collection of clowns."

Added by koshersalaami on August 17, 2017 at 6:25am — 8 Comments

Fish Love

These are remarks by a Chasidic rabbi/psychiatrist, Dr. Abraham Twersky.
Interesting way to express this concept. Video under two minutes long.

Added by koshersalaami on August 10, 2017 at 8:21pm — 2 Comments

It's About Thyme

I'm in the kitchen this morning. My daughter's boyfriend is cooking, some potato recipe (little red ones) as an alternative to the oily but good sautéed version he and my daughter usually cook, incessantly because my daughter loves it. He says to me

"Do you have any time?"

For what?

It turns out he's saying "thyme." He's never heard of it, but there happens to be a jar of it out on the counter that he finds immediately.

You might think that made me… Continue

Added by koshersalaami on August 6, 2017 at 7:52am — 97 Comments

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