- 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
- Privacy, for what it's worth
July 17, 2014 07:21PM
- 3 killings of Israeli
teenagers/Who wants what & why
July 15, 2014 03:21PM
- Two Americas
July 05, 2014 12:02AM
- Guess the Author
June 27, 2014 10:08PM
- Second Religion State by State
June 23, 2014 02:03AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “It's not the seeing,
it's the looking.
first time I ever got high, I
- “I loved this, and it
- “So the story was
inspired by the cactus in
- “Have you ever read
Nickled and Dimed? It's a
whole book about
this kind of
- “It's one thing to buy
weapons we need. It's another
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… Read full post »
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 »
Every state in the union has more Christians than adherents to any o… Read full post »
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 »
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 »
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
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/2… Read 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):
You want me to explain Passover to you?
Do you know… Read full post »
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
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 »
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 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… Read full post »
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:
&n… Read full post »
Sorry, I had to, just to reinforce the feed.
There's a major philosophical argument underpinning the major economic disputes in Congress, and it has to do with whom is owed what.
Why aren't we taxing the wealthy enough?
There are two justifications given. The first is that you don't overtax people who create jobs if you want them to… Read full post »
How many are there?
Well, how many AKC (American Kennel Club) breeds are there?
I could name most of them, but some are newer to the AKC. And I had a few bad guesses.
As it turns/… Read full post »
"It's Jewish Halloween; you're supposed to get wasted!"
(overheard in Temple this morning) Read full post »
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 »