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NBC News just released a story about police racial profiling of drivers. The story concerns a national study done by the Stanford Open Policing Project, who released their traffic stop data to NBC. The sample size:

Nearly 100 million stops over 21 states and 29 municipal police departments from 2011 to 2017

The search rate is…


Added by koshersalaami on March 15, 2019 at 5:49am — 8 Comments

Another musical RIP

What do Be My Baby (Ronettes), Mr. Tamborine Man (Byrds), Strangers in the Night (Sinatra), Good Vibrations (Beach Boys), the Pet Sounds album (also Beach Boys), Mrs. Robinson (Simon & Garfunkel), Bridge Over Troubled Waters (Simon & Garfunkel), The Way We Were (Streisand), Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In (Fifth Dimension), the theme for Three’s Company, Close to You (Carpenters), and the theme for The Brady Bunch have in common?

That, by the way, is an insanely abbreviated…


Added by koshersalaami on March 11, 2019 at 5:43pm — 6 Comments

On the first day the Lord created Property

I just wrote this for another site, where this probably describes most of the blogging population. I thought you might enjoy it.

In the beginning was the Void, and the Lord spake, saying: There is nothing to own here. Let there be Property. 


And He could not see that it was good, so He spake, saying: What is the point of having Property if I cannot see it? Let there be Light. And He separated…


Added by koshersalaami on March 7, 2019 at 9:18am — 11 Comments

Grace Slick and a Chick-Fil-A commercial during the Grammies

Chick-Fil-A, an extremely conservative anti-gay marriage company, ran an ad during the Grammies. It consisted of cows handing out VR headsets and people reacting with obvious delight to whatever the video is, then a note to go to their website to view it.

Maybe one of you can find the ad. It may prove difficult as it’s been pulled, even from YouTube. The video it links to on the Chick-Fil-A website has also been pulled.


It has to do with the music from the ad, which…


Added by koshersalaami on March 1, 2019 at 6:34am — 10 Comments

Emailed to the Warren campaign, at Ron’s suggestion

edited from my original comment because both the audience and point are different.

Title, character limited: Dem. policies are better for business than GOP policies

.....but we don’t seem to care, which is odd and counterproductive. We do it by putting money in poorer hands.

You can look around the world. Every prosperous wealthy country shares one characteristic that no poor countries have: a big middle class. There’s a very good reason for…


Added by koshersalaami on February 22, 2019 at 7:33am — 9 Comments

A question no boomer should ever have to hear

i was visiting North Carolina a few weeks ago and Rich, my old bandleader, handed me a CD. I'm on one cut. Just before I moved north, he befriended an older musician by the name of Juma Sultan, a percussionist. I never got to play with him though the rest of the band did. Recently they put together a CD with him on it. One song they wanted to do was the old Eric Burdon song Spill The Wine, which my old band has put into its rotation on occasion. On a previous visit, Rich asked me to lay down…


Added by koshersalaami on January 30, 2019 at 2:30pm — 17 Comments

Monopostal Monday: The biggest difference between liberals and conservatives

In my experience, the biggest difference between liberals and conservatives is that conservatives don’t know what minorities really face and don’t want to know. 

Added by koshersalaami on January 28, 2019 at 6:28am — 18 Comments

How not to wake up

I'm on my way home from a business meeting in Anaheim, on a three hour layover in Newark heading for Syracuse. My daughter wanted me to bring her home some candy, so I started looking at retail. I've been here for a couple of hours, this place is wide awake with a lot of open businesses at five in the morning. 

So I looked at this shop called "America"

and found…


Added by koshersalaami on January 23, 2019 at 5:21am — 6 Comments

In case you still think the Wall is about immigration

The day before yesterday, there were a couple of demonstrations at the Mall in Washington, DC.  One was the March for Life, an anti-abortion demonstration; the other was a much smaller Indigenous Peoples’ Day march. As the Indigenous Peoples’ Day march wound down, an Omaha (the tribe, not the city) tribal elder by the name of Nathan Phillips was playing a drum and leading a chant for a small group.  A group of Catholic high school students from Covington, KY, there for the March for Life,…


Added by koshersalaami on January 20, 2019 at 1:30pm — 38 Comments

Good morning from the Southern Tier

I just took my dog Mabel out at 9:00. We’re supposed to get serious weather here.…


Added by koshersalaami on January 20, 2019 at 7:23am — 19 Comments

Tales of J: Yorzeit, it’s been seven years


It’s been seven years today since the worst day of my life. We lit a yorzeit - literally “year time” but really annual memorial - candle last night. They burn about a day. Supermarkets serving areas where anyone Jewish lives typically have them. There is no blessing. 

Precisely three weeks before J died, he was in a…


Added by koshersalaami on January 8, 2019 at 7:41am — 5 Comments

An answer to those saying we should get rid of welfare

This was an answer to an anti-welfare post on another site which I wrote a day or two ago. Slightly edited for context. 

I think to a certain extent the case against welfare is a bit simplistic. If the question is: “Welfare: yes or no” I think the question can be answered by what a debater would call a “negative repairs” case, in this case meaning that refining the welfare system makes more sense than trashing it, and trashing it could have a lot of expensive…


Added by koshersalaami on January 7, 2019 at 11:05pm — 11 Comments

I saw Mary Poppins on Friday

My wife wanted to go see it and I had no objection, so we went. It’s a decent remake, but I’m not writing a review of the picture. I just want to talk about a single scene featuring a cameo.

The character played by the cameo actor is an old man, white hair, heavy white beard. He is stooped, and he does a tap dance on a desktop. Quite a graceful one. He moves like a young man playing an old man. …


Added by koshersalaami on December 30, 2018 at 8:33pm — 11 Comments

Happy Chanukah (final night)

Added by koshersalaami on December 9, 2018 at 8:33pm — 12 Comments

One Sentence on a Thursday: Why liberals hate Trump to an extent conservatives don’t get

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.

Added by koshersalaami on November 29, 2018 at 5:30am — 27 Comments

Kristallnacht , America today, and Veterans Day

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…


Added by koshersalaami on November 11, 2018 at 8:55pm — 12 Comments

One Sentence for a Friday: On Republican morality

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. 

Added by koshersalaami on November 9, 2018 at 7:30am — 23 Comments

On Arizona, Democrats, and Greens

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.…


Added by koshersalaami on November 7, 2018 at 6:06pm — 14 Comments

On Trump and what yesterday’s election means

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…


Added by koshersalaami on November 7, 2018 at 8:05am — 17 Comments

Video link: GOP Jesus

Added by koshersalaami on November 5, 2018 at 6:25pm — 9 Comments

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