koshersalaami

koshersalaami
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October 01
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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.)

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 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

Speechless

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

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/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

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/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:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/theprotojournalist/2014/06/21/322919723/the-runner-up-religions-of-america

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 »


My father-in-law was a Korean combat vet who died this past August a few days after being diagnosed with lung cancer, nine days before my father died. My father was in the hospital when I went to Ohio for the funeral.
 
He was a big, gruff guy who sounded… Read full post »

 

  

A critical difference between honest and dishonest arguments is that honest arguments are primarily about actions whereas dishonest arguments pretend to be about actions but are really about actors. Read full post »

APRIL 28, 2014 1:27AM

The Holocaust as a Jewish Phenomenon

I am posting this because of a recurring criticism from Safe Bet's Amy that has made its latest appearance on the current post of OESheepdog:

http://open.salon.com/blog/oesheepdog/2014/04/27/how_i_taught_a_gen...

That post is about a particular remembrance. I'll cover more general issues here. 


I'v… Read full post »


Recently, on Open Salon, Daniel Rigney wrote a post about the giving pledge initiated by Bill and Melinda Gates. The gist of the pledge is that billionaires agree to give away at least half their worth during their lifetimes or immediately upon their deaths. http://open.salon.com/blog/danagram/2Read full post »

Earlier today, James Emmerling asked me to explain Passover to him, on his current post, so I did. In case anyone else wants to know who doesn't read his blog, here's what I said (bracketed addition at the end was added here):


James,
You want me to explain Passover to you?

OK. 
Do you know… Read full post »

APRIL 17, 2014 12:11AM

Regarding Conspiracy Theories


This started life as a comment on Jonathan Wolfman's post. He wanted to talk more about it, so I'm editing it a bit and turning it into a post. 

I will not be around much on April 17, so please forgive me if you comment then and it takes me a while… Read full post »

Lezlie asked why all the open calls. I decided it was a good question. 

The subject of the Closed Call is an answer to James Emmerling's Open Call.

I am not interested in reading anyone else telling me about the meaninglessness of it all, so this is a Closed Call. 

I am experimenting with… Read full post »

APRIL 8, 2014 6:47PM

J would have turned 20 today

Like everything else I write about this experience, it somehow feels self-indulgent. But it helps anyway, just to get it down. That's enough of a reason to write it. It's more important to me to process (?) it than to reach an audience. I can't tell you why sharing this has… Read full post »

This series of posts is written for a very specific audience, unlike most of what I write. It is mainly geared toward musicians who don't read music, though of course anyone can read it who thinks they might be interested in the subject. The final link, "Harmonics and the Science Behind… Read full post »

This post is both an experiment and a link. It's a link because I want control over the content in this case. 

I realize that this won't be of interest to most readers. Still, I've run across this phenomenon enough (musicians who don't read) that I wanted to try my hand at
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But probably not

 

 

 

 

 

It occurs to me that if the post this was based on disappears from the feed, this will make no sense, as this was initially intended as an extremely temporary post. So:

http://open.salon.com/blog/jimgalt/2014/03/24/you_may_be_spied_on 

 

&n… Read full post »