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Male, Jewish, in my extremely early sixties, 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.)


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OCTOBER 14, 2014 10:08PM


Previously posted at


I was having an e-mail conversation with a friend yesterday and the subject of composers came up. The conversation started with Pachelbel (I've played the bass line to that Canon on viola da gamba and the damned thing consists of eight notes, all exactly t… Read full post »

This morning I realized that there is a fairly strong correlation between my ability to hold a decent political conversation with someone and their concentration on cause and effect.  Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 3:22PM

Eliminate Israel? OK, now what?

Also published on OurSalon


There are some I’ve come across who think that Israel should not exist at all. I’m not going to justify Israel’s existence here. Instead, I’m going to assume for the sake of this post that these people are right and that Israel should not exis… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 21, 2014 11:01PM

Four of us write a book

About a year and a half ago, over on OurSalon, four of us got into a very comprehensive and detailed discussion about racism. When all was said and done, one of us, Ron Powell, looked at the result and thought there was a book there, so he asked the other three… Read full post »
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This should be blasted for proper effect.

I absolutely love "knavish tricks."

I'm lousy at embedding videos, so instead I've just embedded links. 

In 1601, a German composer by the name of Hans Leo Hassler published a work including a tune called
Mein G'Mut is Mir Verwirret. I unfortunately have no idea what that means. Here's a recording of it. See if you recognize t
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Today I read a post by Ted Frier on Open Salon entitled S&P Downgrades Supply-Side Economics. In it, he talks about how Standard & Poors and a billionaire by the name of Nick Hanauer have both recently published works indicating that income polarization is becoming economically and polit/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 10:54PM

Israel Annexes More West Bank Land

Also published on Our Salon

A couple of days ago, the Israeli government announced that they're expanding a West Bank settlement called Etzion by a little under a thousand acres. This is the largest expansion of Israeli holdings in the West Bank in about a quarter of a century. Its ostensible justific… Read full post »

I might take this one down in a little while because I don't really want to encourage a dustup, but I appreciate good writing. I enjoyed reading this.

"....  if you meet a loon on the street, and the loon mistakes you for Godzilla, and claims that you are trying to possess… Read full post »

I looked at a recent post of Token's a couple of minutes ago in which he discusses guns. Not his most recent, the one before that:
In it, he wrote part of a sentence that I thought wa… Read full post »
AUGUST 23, 2014 11:45PM

Ending the Occupation

published previously on Our Salon  (by a few minutes)

We look at Israel and we wonder when and how it will all end and what we can do to bring about its ending. American Jews are torn. On one hand, there is the overwhelming question of survival. On the other, thereRead full post »

 That Hamas is responsible for luring three West Bank teenagers into a car and murdering them has been confirmed by a Hamas official in Turkey. This news is of interest because this event triggered the current war.
AUGUST 18, 2014 1:11AM


I was having an argument with anti-terrorUSt$ over on his latest post, trying to explain to him why a post claiming that almost every significant politically conservative Jew in a national public policy position had dual Israeli-American citizenship and favored Israeli interests at American expense -… Read full post »

A friend I call my Negative Muse recently forwarded me a blog by a British Jew by the name of Blake Ezra, called Dear World

In it, he describes in detail the recent rise of antisemitism across Europe to levels not seen since the Holocaust. I forwarded this to… Read full post »


A friend I call my Negative Muse recently forwarded me a blog by a British Jew by the name of Blake Ezra, called Dear World

In it, he describes in detail the recent rise of antisemitism across Europe to levels not seen since the Holocaust. I forwarded tRead full post »

AUGUST 7, 2014 7:28PM

The Problem with "Tu Quoque"

Are you a good person?

How do you make that evaluation? 

You have to do some bad things, some mean things, some inconsiderate things, some unethical things. Everyone does. After all, perfection is an extremely elusive goal. 

So, if you do some bad things, are you a good person?

Chances are you… Read full post »


A few posts ago I talked about what dynamics were driving the war. Some details have changed, but this is still
mostly accurate (from July 15):

The Israelis are trying to accomplish two goals:

1. Kill people who are actively involved in attempts to kill Israelis.

2. Destroy missiles.

Hamas is
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JULY 31, 2014 1:29AM

What I Would Do

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu may have a very interesting opportunity. I don't know if he realizes it and I doubt he'd be inclined to take it anyway, but I think he has one. 

He doesn't want to negotiate with Hamas over the formation of a Palestinian state. At the moment, no… Read full post »
JULY 18, 2014 12:16AM

Privacy, for what it's worth

I don't begrudge you your anonymity. Please don't begrudge me mine.

To the extent that I value you, it is for a number of reasons: Because of how you express yourself, because of what you care about and why, because of who you care about and why, because of how well you… Read full post »

Published earlier on Our Salon


Israel has been in the news a lot lately. Prior to the recent open warfare with Hamas, there were three incidents involving the killing of teenaged Israelis. Two of those incidents have been discussed quite a bit.

The first of the three
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JULY 5, 2014 12:02AM

Two Americas

Those of you who have read me for a while know about my Negative Muse. She's a woman I used to know from AOL Jewish chat who lives in Florida and hangs out with a very conservative Jewish crowd. (Conservative Jews drive me nuts. They should know better.) She passes a… Read full post »

JUNE 27, 2014 10:18PM

Guess the Author

This is a pretty good piece of comedic writing. It was published the day before yesterday. If you don't already know, who do you think wrote this?

I've held off on writing about soccer for a decade -- or about the length of the average soccer game -- so as not… Read full post »
JUNE 23, 2014 2:09AM

Second Religion State by State

My wife showed me a map today. It apparently comes from an NPR report and it's based on the 2010 census. Here's a link to the article:

Every state in the union has more Christians than adherents to any o… Read full post »
JUNE 15, 2014 3:40PM

My Father's Voice

My father died on September first of 2013, making this the first Fathers' Day I don't phone him. Or maybe phone him the day after, but usually on the day. 

I have his voice on phone messages. I hadn't heard it in a while and I was worried about how I'd… Read full post »

We got home a little while ago from Ohio. I managed, unusually, to get my wife and daughter up and out in a timely fashion this morning, so we were making pretty good time - we needed to get home before the kennel closed to pick up the puppy, which we… Read full post »