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Wow the old Jews/international banking…


Added by koshersalaami on August 23, 2017 at 12:09pm — 9 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 — 22 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 — 6 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 — 3 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 — 12 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 — 3 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 — 103 Comments

Muelller impanels Grand Jury and the Senate reacts

Robert Mueller III has impaneled a Grand Jury in Washington, DC to look into coordination between the Russians and the Trump campaign. The investigation has now gotten serious. 

How has the Senate reacted? They're worried that Trump might try to fire Mueller, so there are now a couple of proposals for limiting the President's ability to fire Mueller without cause. One comes…


Added by koshersalaami on August 4, 2017 at 2:23pm — 3 Comments

A few random photos

I live near Binghamton, NY, which has had record precipitation this year. This past winter, the area got more snowfall than Syracuse, the major city with the greatest average snowfall in the US. I posted pictures of a  snowfall. But the precipitation hasn't stopped in warm weather. We're on our way to setting a rainfall record as well. Last Tuesday, I happened to be in a spot where I could get a good long look at the…


Added by koshersalaami on July 29, 2017 at 8:56pm — 7 Comments

An extreme (and fairly short) lesser-evilism hypothetical

Someone criticized me the other day for my lesser evilism in the last election. (The last election was not the topic of discussion.) Given the events of the last few days - the transgender in the military pronouncement and the Justice Dept. claiming that LGBTQ individuals are not protected by the Civil Righs Act - the "lesser" part of lesser evilism is becoming more obvious, so I decided to write about lesser evilism a bit.


Let's say we all live… Continue

Added by koshersalaami on July 26, 2017 at 7:30pm — 85 Comments

Do I owe you an apology for being a Jew?

“It is not a disguised apology. I am not happy to be a beneficiary” . Nor am i happy to be a beneficiary and as i am not (as far as i know but still to me at least matters not a whit) a jew, but if were jew (esp ala zionaziism) in this present age i would feel even more apologetic about our planet’s current state of distress, dysfunction and suicide.…


Added by koshersalaami on July 25, 2017 at 7:56pm — 16 Comments

I try out an analogy to explain White Privilege

Let's say I live in Alaska, and the state government makes a lot of money from oil revenues. Let's also say that the State Government decides to cut checks to residents rather than increasing services. (So far, I think this happened.)

Let's say that the State Government, for the sake of my analogy, only cut checks to White residents.

I'm White. My check comes from the State in the mail. I was not involved in the decision to cut checks only to White residents. I cash my… Continue

Added by koshersalaami on July 23, 2017 at 12:04pm — 41 Comments

Guest Post: This Shiplap Is Killing Me, by Ricky Dobbs

I need peppermint Schnapps in a Yeti tumbler. I can relate to WAY too much of this.

Added by koshersalaami on July 22, 2017 at 9:56am — 6 Comments

I might have made musical history

I may be the first guy to have ever been flown to a gig to play melodica.

There are probably other musicians who have been flown to gigs who…


Added by koshersalaami on July 19, 2017 at 4:18pm — 19 Comments

One hour from now

Turn it up

Added by koshersalaami on July 16, 2017 at 5:01pm — 8 Comments

A net neutrality suggestion

I get emails about this stuff like I assume most of you do.

This link includes a list of companies involved in the effort to preserve net neutrality.

Amazon, Netflicks, Vimeo, and a bunch of porn sites are on the list, along with the Nation and the ACLU.

But I think one company on the list could have the most influence of… Continue

Added by koshersalaami on July 7, 2017 at 11:10am — 3 Comments

Independence Hall

Many years ago I worked a trade show in Atlantic City with a guy from California. If I work with guys from out of town, sometimes, if we have time, I'll take them somewhere touristy if they've never been. I've taken a couple of guys to Air and Space because it's too cool to miss. On this occasion we went somewhere I'd never been: Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

This and Congress Hall next door are, as far as I'm concerned, the coolest historic sites in America. The world changed… Continue

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

An idle, trivial, utterly non-controversial question

How many States (DC counts) have you had an address in during your lifetime and which ones?

As a later afterthought, how about foreign countries?

Added by koshersalaami on June 22, 2017 at 6:00pm — 18 Comments

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