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The Reality of Our Salon Politics

  • There is too much racism in law enforcement and sentencing and government at all levels should mobilize to address this.
  • There is too much money in politics and Citizens United should be overturned.
  • There should be strict separation of Church and…

Added by koshersalaami on April 20, 2017 at 10:32pm — 65 Comments

I don't mean to scare you guys, but have you been following the news on North Korea?

Just to let you know what's going on:

President Trump has telephoned the Chinese leadership over North Korea. We don't know the contents of the call. Here's what we do know:

There's a US Navy strike force on its way to the Western Pacific. North Korea has promised nuclear retaliation for a show of force.

China stopped importing North Korean coal last week. That represents a major chunk of North Korea's exports.

China now has 150,000 troops on the… Continue

Added by koshersalaami on April 13, 2017 at 6:08am — 24 Comments

Tonight's Survivor

I was watching Tv with my wife this evening. she watches Survivor and I often watch with her. I don't normally write about television but this was different.

I'll assume most people are familiar with the show. Each episode ends with something called Tribal Council where a member of a tribe is voted off the main contest in the show. There was a guy by the name of Jeff Varner at the bottom of the heap who knew he'd probably be voted off and he was doing what he could to stay on. A… Continue

Added by koshersalaami on April 12, 2017 at 10:41pm — 16 Comments

Guest Post: Rachel Dolezal's Argument That She's Black Is Perfectly Logical

From Intellectual Takeout, by Martin Cothran

The gist of the article is that if gender is a social construct, so is race.

The article is pretty short, so it won't take much of your time.

April 24, Addendum. In case anyone reads this

The author… Continue

Added by koshersalaami on April 9, 2017 at 7:00am — 29 Comments

Wasted Effort

I'm shopping for a few ingredients for tonight's dinner. My wife's cooking. I get a text from my daughter's phone:

Can you order Chinese food and pick it up when you get back

I tell her No, her mother's…


Added by koshersalaami on April 6, 2017 at 7:40pm — 8 Comments

How Obama Bugged Trump Without a Warrant

There has been a lot of speculation as to how the Obama White House managed a wiretap in Trump Towers.

I leave the description to the former President himself:

"I directed the FBI to put wiretaps in the Trump Tower on suspicion of Russian involvement in the campaign. However, they couldn't do it - it seems they have to get a judge to issue a warrant. The CIA wouldn't budge either: same reason and some nonsense about how they're not allowed to operate… Continue

Added by koshersalaami on April 4, 2017 at 6:00am — 16 Comments

Conservatives: Anti-Family, Anti-Christianity, Anti-Country


This post is dedicated to Doc Vega, who inspired it. Every once in a while I get an urge to attempt to approximate his style. This is one of those days. I’m not a perceptive enough writer to really get it right, but I think I’m at least in the neighborhood. Obviously, we do not share viewpoints – I am not interested in approximating his content. I’d rather hold down my lunch.


I write about the greatest danger facing America today: Conservatives.…


Added by koshersalaami on March 29, 2017 at 9:30am — 39 Comments

Tortoises, a cat, three more cats, a dog, a couple of national monuments, and a dress face

That's what's in my camera phone from the last couple of weeks. 

My brother in law has unfortunately found himself in territory I know all too well - he lost his first-born son and was a couple of rooms over while it was happening. Our wives our sisters. Within the last couple of years, my mother in law also lost her first born son,…


Added by koshersalaami on March 26, 2017 at 5:53pm — 9 Comments

News Bulletin: Trumpcare

Trump just cancelled the vote. The Republicans did not have the votes. For the time being, ACA stays in place.

Added by koshersalaami on March 24, 2017 at 1:02pm — 12 Comments

A coming phenomenon I will name R.I.D.

Daily Kos pointed me toward an article about a large Social Security savings under the Republican insurance plan. Three billion dollars. Sounds great, right? This figure comes from the Congressional Budget Office.

So where do you think this savings comes from?

Extra deaths from people who lose coverage.

They calculated this by looking at how many lives the Massachusetts plan saved when implemented and reversing the number.

I have a suggestion. I… Continue

Added by koshersalaami on March 15, 2017 at 3:15pm — 22 Comments

So, Dear, did you get yourself to school this morning?

=========================================================== same day:

My daughter texted me a couple of pictures this evening.…


Added by koshersalaami on March 14, 2017 at 8:00am — 18 Comments

Bluexit, an interesting proposal

Below is a link to an article in the New Republic. It's kind of long, so I'll give you the gist of it.

The author, Kevin Baker, suggests an approach that is sort of half secession, economically and politically. I'll get into exactly what he suggests in a minute, but he says there are three regions that could do this: Northeast through Virginia, West Coast, and mountain Colorado and New Mexico.

What he suggests is that when Republicans want to shrink the Federal government,… Continue

Added by koshersalaami on March 12, 2017 at 9:52pm — 12 Comments

A lesson about establishing closeness and a subsequent story

When my oldest nephew was two, a couple of years before J was born, my wife and I went on vacation with her parents, her sister and husband, and my nephew. We rented a house at the beach in North Carolina for a week. I was not yet a parent but was anxious to become one and I had always liked kids, so I spent a lot of time that week playing with my very cute nephew.

I think my sister in law was pregnant with her second son on that vacation. Once I had two nephews, I saw the boys on… Continue

Added by koshersalaami on March 11, 2017 at 8:00am — 33 Comments

Bad joke I heard on Fixer Upper tonight

If you're Russian when you go into the bathroom and Finnish when you come out, what are you while you're in there?



Added by koshersalaami on March 7, 2017 at 9:43pm — 5 Comments

One sentence observation about Trump's favorite news source

Whoever Bart is, he's not very bright - more like Dimbart.

Added by koshersalaami on March 6, 2017 at 10:30pm — 8 Comments

One Sentence Quiz: Who wrote this and when?

"It's well documented that more than 80 members of Congress and the Senate are card carrying Communists, a system in direct conflict with our system of social economics and defense of inalienable rights."

Added by koshersalaami on March 5, 2017 at 6:13pm — 20 Comments

Muslims and Jews in America: Mutual Support

The first article is about the Muslim community raising money to restore a St. Louis Jewish cemetery that was badly vandalized.…


Added by koshersalaami on March 1, 2017 at 8:12am — 4 Comments

Trains and Planes

A couple of days ago I heard a train in the distance, its chugging and its horn echoing through the valley. I live high up on a hillside on one side of the Susquehanna River valley, so the sound is trapped. I hadn't heard that sound in a while or at least been conscious of it. I used to hear it all the time.

The airport near where I live is not very active. We don't hear planes much.

In North Carolina, we lived pretty close to the local airport. A highway was under… Continue

Added by koshersalaami on February 24, 2017 at 8:06am — 4 Comments

Starting with an old photograph

This photograph was taken sometime around the turn of the last century in a town called Lipshitz (pronounced "Leapsheets") in what is now Belarus but was then Russia, near Minsk. At least that's where they lived - I don't know if they travelled for the photograph.

I don't know her name,…


Added by koshersalaami on February 23, 2017 at 4:33pm — 6 Comments

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