I mentioned on Mary Gravitt’s blog in answer to something she said about people excusing Trump’s vulgar behavior because he’s in business that I wouldn’t hire Trump and could write about that. Ron asked me to elaborate.
I’ve been in business for my adult life, starting a summer in college, part of it working for my father, part of it working with my father, part of it working alone. There are aspects of my business that have shifted over time, though some are remarkably…Continue
I live in a pretty depressed area. Industries have left here. Johnson Shoes was founded here and, more importantly, so was IBM. When IBM left, there was a lot of housing inventory. Even years later, we got a good buy on a house because they’d left. It had been on the market for a…Continue
The year was 210 BCE, give or take a few years. The Romans were fighting with Hannibal. Judea was a Greek colony, peacefully so as the Jews liked Alexander, who had conquered them about a century earlier. It would be about forty more years before a king from the Syrian branch of the Greek empire tried to outlaw traditional Judaism, suffered a revolt, and Judea won its independence in a guerilla war, some of which is celebrated on Chanukah. It would be roughly another century and a half…Continue
“I've got no opposition whatsoever to shooting, but for heaven’s sakes, I don’t think that the general population needs to have automatic weapons.”
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not in favor of murder, but let’s face it: Prohibiting murder clearly isn’t working. We still have thousands of murders every year, murderers clog our courts, they clog our prisons because so many states don’t have enough sense to execute them. So why bother? There’s a better way.
Arm everyone. Think about it. How many cops are there? How many adult Americans are there? Wouldn’t it make more sense to use the entire adult population of America to prevent…Continue
There is absolutely no question that the country and the world would be better off right now if Hillary Clinton had been elected, but would the country be better off five or ten years from now? Was Susan Sarandon right when she said that Trump would galvanize the country such that we’d see more change and so we were better off with him than with Hillary?
The real question is how long-lasting Trump’s damage is likely to be. How quickly can we reverse what Congress is doing? What will…Continue
What Newtown and the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords didn’t accomplish, Parkland might. Why do I say this?
Because of two people. The first is a Parkland student by the name of Emma Gonzales who has delivered an eleven minute speech that is nothing short of magnificent. The speech has been posted by Ron and Foolish Monkey. You can go to either of their blogs to see it:…Continue
I knew pretty soon after the shooting that five of the dead were Jewish, including four kids who attended the Reform Jewish movement’s Camp Coleman. My North Carolina assistant rabbi worked at that camp some summers because it was the Reform movement’s regional camp. I haven’t spoken to him since, but there’s a strong possibility he knew these kids.
This morning an article was forwarded to me stating that that is unlikely to have been coincidental. It turns out that Nikolas Cruz, the…Continue
The biggest problem with Donald Trump as President is that he has no concept of service.
The way to tell the difference between Republicans who are flawed human beings and those who are absolute monsters is that the flawed human beings have limits.
My daughter, seventeen, is as usual telling me I don’t understand her generation, mainly because I’m old, and of course I’ve never been young.
“When I was your age, we all had three noses. Do you have any idea what it’s like to have to live with three...”
”Dad, my generation eats Tide Pods.”
Today she related that story to my wife, who told her that for our generation it was too inconvenient to measure the detergent.
Both original posts from January 2013
I watch the budget negotiations in Washington and wonder what planet these guys live on. It sure isn’t this one.
Before I proceed, it might help to point out that the big difference between wealthy nations and Third World nations is the size of their middle classes. Wealthy nations have big ones; Third World nations have a whole lot of poor people and a very few filthy rich people.
I have an unusual question…Continue
Just replied to me. Taking a break, disheartened after election.
No other details yet.
Which state’s coastline is the Trump administration Not opening to drilling?
I posted this a year ago today. I’ve edited one word (“fifth” became “sixth”). This is just obviously on my mind and we tend to talk about what is here. And, of course, the candle is on the mantle again, though it’s late in the day so it will go out soon.
"Year time" literally, in Yiddish. It's the anniversary of a death. Today, January 8, is the sixth anniversary of the unexpected death of my seventeen year old son whom I refer to here as…Continue
When wind chills are minus 100 Fahrenheit, the only appropriate clothing is a space suit.
Yesterday, the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, passed a bill requiring a two-thirds majority to divide Jerusalem. The vote was 64 to 52. The only bright spot is that there’s enough internal opposition to this idiocy that a change of seven votes would have defeated it.
This is not a good idea. The reality in Israel/Palestine is that neither population is going anywhere and the only way to achieve anything like peace is to come up…Continue
The unwritten campaign promise that Trump has kept to the letter has been the maintaining and displaying of profound disrespect for the Washington establishment, a promise of visceral importance to his supporters.
I grew up outside of Christmas, as one would expect. I wasn't exactly jealous of it because we had Chanukah and that took care of the gift issue in addition to adding the candle lighting, which is a compelling ritual. Chanukah is not remotely equivalent to Christmas in that Chanukah is a minor holiday, celebrating a war of liberation from the Syrian branch of the Greek empire and a minor miracle from that period. In…Continue