Jonathan Wolfman's Blog

      The fate of homosexual couples in California (and likely elsewhere) who wish to marry there under law and enjoy all the legal, financial, medical, and social benefits I enjoy as a married person is going to be decided sooner than later. My hope is that the courts wRead full post »


     Less than a year after the Gulf was poisoned, the government is considering a request from British Petroleum to resume deep water drilling at its ten deep water wells that haven't exploded or killed workers. The official ban on Gulf drilling, put into effect after theRead full post »

     Woke up to a New York Times Magazine eight-page spread on my Phillies new Pantheon of Pitching Aces, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels. Numbers of baseball writers have written near-poetry this spring about their individual and collective eRead full post »

     Abortion opponents have, on occasion, made the argument that supporting choice is akin to supporting slavery. While that's at best a stretch and at worst ahistorical, mean-spirited, and nonsensical, Arizona's disingenuous and ludicrous new anti-choice statute is nothing shortRead full post »

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MARCH 31, 2011 6:45AM

Carry a Big Stick--When I Was Ordered to Paddle Students

            In the early '90s, when I was named one of four Deans of Students at Green Valley High, then the newest suburban high school in Clark County, Nevada, I was issued a large paddle. The tan, wooden paddle's handle was about hRead full post »

MARCH 30, 2011 7:17AM


     You may recall this not-altogether bygone American cultural oddity even though a million years has passed since the 1960s. You may recall thinking  How Ironic!  after a day at the beach or the summer club watching white people slather oRead full post »

 This was originally published at under the title 'Universal Justice'.
     I think a good deal about Justice, social, economic, political. As we seem to be haltingly clawing outRead full post »

This piece was originally published as "Reclaiming The Heart of the Texts" at, Nikki Stern, Editor. Over the next two to three weeks, I'll publish companion pieces.


     The harm pedophilic priests do, the child-labor exploitation Iowa's slaugRead full post »

MARCH 27, 2011 7:14AM

Were Your Ancestors Feral Hogs?

     If you or I were to make a stupid, violence-tinged ethnic joke, it would likely offend or delight, depending on our audience, and that would be that. Unless we were popped in the nose for our troubles. Then that would be that. Now, if you or I were a state reRead full post »

     I surprised myself Wednesday morning when I heard the news. I welled up some. I never have done that at the death of an actor or actress. Never. Yet Wednesday I did. I've thought a lot in the past day about why. 

     I saw BUtterfield 8 fRead full post »

MARCH 24, 2011 6:51AM

Women As Infants

      Among all the odious aspects of South Dakota's new, highly restrictive abortion law is its mandatory three-day waiting period during which a woman must submit to 'counseling' before she may avail herself of her rights under 'Roe v. Wade'. The statute requ… Read full post »

     I am the cheapest guy I know.

     I tell you this as I'm about to ask you about you and your public commitments, and your money, knowing full well it's none of my business. Still, if you're willing, it may shed some light about what some of the peopRead full post »

MARCH 22, 2011 6:48AM

Grinning Over Corpses

 - one image from the My-Lai massacre in Vietnam

     Militaries rarely express regret for errors and outright poor behavior that kill innocents and/or desecrate their corpses. We know that Israel and Great Britain, on occasion, have, for the former. We know, tooRead full post »

     The coalition now finishes its third day of action in support of the Libyan rebels. There are risks, of course, and all may not go as hoped. As the coalition acts, it may be useful to recall that not so long ago the president who lied our way into the Iraq warRead full post »

     These comments were made in a recent interview in a famous magazine. You know the publication. You likely know of the person who made these remarks, too. Tell me who you think made these statements. The person is an American. Try to resist Googling. :)&nbsRead full post »

     National opinion and money apparently do talk.  In fact, they shout. They have forced Arizona to step back from the brink of wholesale nativist insanity. The state senate has  roundly defeated a number of bills this week that divided the Republican senateRead full post »


     The Talk Radio News Service reports next-to-bizarre remarks from Donald Trump as to whether or not President Obama is an American and eligible, under law, to hold his office. Mr. Trump told Good Morning America, “He [the president] grew up and nobody knRead full post »

MARCH 17, 2011 6:57AM

Odd What Japan Now Conjures In Me

     Oddly, the deeply compromised Japanese nuclear plants put me in mind of a far, far less dire structural failure I lived through in 1970. So strange how our emotions work in us. I suppose they tend to analogize from our experience even when comparisons aren't apt at all.Read full post »

MARCH 16, 2011 6:55AM

Justice for My Mom

     My mother was a quiet activist. She cared about and devoted her energies to numbers of policy fights, including the racial integration of unions, schools, ending the war in Southeast Asia, and a far less popular cause, prisoners' rights. No softie, she nonethelRead full post »


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     The news from Illinois is terrific. After painstaking consultations with victims' families, activists, lawyers with a broad range of opinions, and his legislature, Illinois governor, Patrick Quinn, signed into law a ban on capital punishment. The evidence has been mounti… Read full post »

     Someone must tell me, and rationally, why, when we have the FBI, CIA, NSA, and other agencies successfully and in an ongoing manner, investigating and snatching up would-be terrorists (people of many religions and backgrounds), Representative Peter King insists on holdinRead full post »

MARCH 8, 2011 6:22AM

My Glenn Beck Bet

     Ever want to say something you believe in your gut but for which you haven't the evidence? Sure. We all have and many do. I'm going to now because it's a sense I've had about Glenn Beck's core audience for a while, explains some of his success, and because no numberRead full post »

     This is not so much, for me, about WikiLeaks itself. I've no doubt that many connected with it are sincere activists who believe that the more the public knows about the workings of governments and quasi-governmental groups, the more informed choices we can make...and thRead full post »

MARCH 4, 2011 8:57AM


     Not only did the unemployment rate dip to 8.9% in February, the best number in two years and down from 9.8% as late as November, 2010, but the December and January revised numbers indicate that tens of thousands of private sector jobs were added over and above what had beenRead full post »