Liberals are first and foremost about protecting the vulnerable and we have never seen a President who so universally despises the vulnerable, which for us is a cardinal sin, perhaps The cardinal sin.
Thank you Ron for pointing out in PM that today is Thursday. Title changed.
Boanerges was surprised no one had written about Kristallnacht, which happened eighty years ago Friday. I don’t want to disappoint.
The day before yesterday was the eightieth anniversary of Kristallnacht. It was ostensibly a spontaneous reaction to the shooting of a German diplomat, Ernst von Rath, by a seventeen year old Jewish kid by the name of Herschel Grynszpan. Not too spontaneous, it was actually government ordered. It is named for all the broken window glass…Continue
Republican morality is based on the proposition that it is less of a sin to allow a poor person to starve or to get sick without medical care than it is to allow someone to freeload.
A friend of mine was speaking to me on the phone today about the election results. He was angry about the results in Arizona, where the Democratic candidate for Senate lost to the Republican by a smaller margin than the Green vote. He viewed the Greens as spoilers.
There was a time I would have agreed. I don’t any more. As I have been told many times on this site, the Greens don’t owe us their votes.
I’ve made a mistake about the Greens. I’ve thought of them as liberal allies.…Continue
Some people wonder why Trump gets so much devotion and why his party has been forced to follow him. He has done something very simple and very effective: He has listened to what makes his constituents angriest, validated them issue by issue, and tried to mold policy to addressing those issues. No one else has done this, so no one else gets the kind of devotion Trump gets. That’s why he could shoot someone in Times Square at noon and get away with it. That’s why his constituents will ignore…Continue
Being a sycophant for your country does not constitute patriotism.
What strikes me most when talking to conservatives about race is how adamantly they deny any White responsibility for bad race relations.
I’m not on Facebook. My former head rabbi in Greensboro is, and my wife showed me something he posted this morning. He is politically active, does a ton of outreach to clergy of other religions, I was a regular attendee of his Saturday morning Torah study sessions that were always well populated at any time of year because he’s that good. When the 50th anniversary of the March on Selma was held a few years ago, he realized that no rabbis were involved (they were on the original march) and,…Continue
I’ve been blogging on another site lately because I was looking for a place with some activity and someone I know here told me he was also there. It is mostly a luridly conservative site, you know, blaming victims, blaming Jews for everything wrong with the world (on a scale I never saw here), etc. A lot of post titles that sound like Ann Coulter wrote them.
So this morning I decided to respond.
Here’s my post title
”Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” only works if the man has access to a lake, but lakefront property tends to be expensive and lakefront property owners don’t take kindly to trespassing.
Jason Stanley, a philosopher at Yale University, has recently written a book called How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them. He was interviewed on the Vox website.
His take on fascism is that it isn’t a system of government so much as a system of politics. In the interview, he summarizes fascism better than I’ve ever seen it done. See if this looks familiar.
In the past, fascist politics would…Continue
This photo was taken in my neighborhood yesterday. It is of a crosswalk light being installed, I think by the State of New York.
A lot of people in the neighborhood have been asking, quite sensibly, why these are being put up. If you look closely, you may be able to see…Continue
Last night I voted in the NY primary. For Governor, I voted for Cynthia Nixon.
This morning, I was informed that, in public, she ordered lox, cream cheese, tomatoes, onions, and capers
on a cinnamon raisin bagel.
Some sins are cardinal. I may have to Repent.
This morning my wife received a condolence note on line over the death of our son. It seems this woman went to elementary school with him, decided to look him up on Facebook, found his page, discovered he’d died, and wrote a note to my wife.
He died on January 8, 2012.
I’m wondering if we’ve seen the last of these. Another happened about a year ago, different path to finding out.
originally written May 4, 2011 on Open Salon
I was kidding. Jack Heart thinks I'm close.
This post started life as a comment I wrote on Old New Lefty's blog. It is expanded here with his permission.
In the mid 1960's, an extremely wealthy oilman bought a magnificent penthouse in lower Manhattan. It was on the top floor of an elegant building. The penthouse was spacious, with tall ceilings, but its crowning glory was its view: a Southern exposure,…
May you be inscribed for a good (happy, healthy, prosperous) year
I wrote to my Senators about the Kavanaugh nomination. This is from Chuck Schumer’s reply:
”In considering a candidate for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, I have three main criteria: legal excellence, moderation and diversity. Judge Kavanaugh was picked from a list of 25 people who were vetted and approved by the Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation — special interest groups devoted to overturning Roe v. Wade, the court case protecting a woman’s right to…Continue