- October 01
- Male, Jewish, in my fifties, married with kids (well, at this point I guess that should be "kid"). Thanks to Lezlie for avatar artwork - sort of a translation of my screen name. "Salaam" is peace in Arabic, hence the peace sign. (No, my name doesn't mean "hunk of meat" and yes, the pun is intentional.)
MY RECENT POSTS
- OPENSLONKA: Repost from Dec.
March 12, 2014 12:55AM
- Reply to Time Warner
March 09, 2014 08:23AM
- Religion, Ideology, and
March 09, 2014 03:55AM
- Finally! Someone influential
explains economy in English
March 01, 2014 03:19PM
- Putin, Netanyahu, and
February 22, 2014 03:57PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “I'm watching that here.
The poll data show the parents
Thank you for
asking me the question about
the supernatural, and
- “Sorry, Amy, but his
sample is excessively limited.
have to be
- “As regards gay marriage,
it depends on which
denomination. I'm not
in a st…”
- “Still reading”
Repost inspired by Con Chapman. You have to know Fiddler on the Roof, including some talking parts
In case we have to move:
Today I received this in my email:
… Read full post »March 2014
Dear Valued Customer:
Recently, Time Warner Cable announced plans to merge with Comcast, forming an industry-leading technology and media company dedicated to delivering great customer experiences.
Above all, this merger will benefit you, our custome
There's an argument going on between a couple of my online
friends at the moment. I'm not interested in going into the
particulars of the argument, but I am interested in the standards
that the argument is raising.
There's a musical, a rather popular one, playing on Broadway at the moment.… Read full post »
There is an old argument in American political circles having to do with responsibility for crimes committed by poor inner city minorities. The conservative side says that it's all about personal responsibility: Do the crime, do the time. The liberal side says that… Read full post »
My daughter is thirteen. She is very, very difficult to wake up.
Mostly for school, but today for a doctor's appointment.
I'll try anything. This morning I went into her room and intoned, in a loud, deep, stentorian voice (when I'm still tired I can make my voice deeper):
FE FI FO FUP!
TIME… Read full post »
Taken by one of my wife's students.
He's an Akita puppy, here maybe 13 weeks old. It's been a couple of weeks and he's blatantly bigger now.
Gives new meaning to PIP (picture in picture).
My wife told me this. It comes from a friend's Facebook page.
Descartes walks into a bar. The bartender says: "The usual?"
Descartes replies: "I think not," and disappears. Read full post »
‘The Monuments Men’ Shows How America Saved Paintings While Letting Jews Die
This event happened maybe fifteen years ago.
My wife, son and I were in the minivan driving to a hospital about an hour away to see a specialist for the kid. Given my kid's cerebral palsy, that was pretty routine. On the way down the interstate I start to get sleepy, so… Read full post »
January 4, 1987. A good friend from New York, a woman who would eventually become J's godmother, was visiting us at our house in Takoma Park, MD, just outside of DC, for the holidays. I had a cold. I was looking forward to a nap after I put her on the… Read full post »
when I heard the newscaster read the following. It's way better in a British accent, trust me. She didn't miss a syllable.
This is what the written BBC report says, so they might not match verbatim:
"A giant yellow… Read full post »
This was written as a comment on a post entitled "Obamacare is Mostly a Wealth Redistribution Program" by Kenn Jacobine on Open Salon. He objects, among other things, to Obamacare's shared risk.
All insurance is based on sh… Read full post »
There are a number of people on OS who frequently post the work of other writers, attributed of course. I don't normally do that because, frankly, I'm deluded enough to like my own work. I very rarely read something and think
I wish I'd written that.
In yesterday's New York Times, Paul… Read full post »
Last night, Karen McKim posted a wonderful piece about crowds gathering in her community to welcome returning Honor Flights.
For those of you who don't know, Honor Flights are trips to Washington, DC for surviving WWII veterans to b… Read full post »
My wife and I come out of services yesterday morning. The rabbi was doing a service oriented around Breast Cancer Awareness Month and needed a pianist, so we stayed for the service after Chevra Torah (Torah study group). We get in the car and she excitedly shows me this video on… Read full post »
At Torah study this morning, we looked at Sodom and Gomorrah. The story has been discussed by at least one prophet, Ezekiel, later in the Bible. It has also been discussed in the Mishnah and in the Babylonian Talmud. In each case, prophets and rabbis discussed what they thought the sins… Read full post »