- 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
- One Sentence Sunday: about
concentration of wealth
December 01, 2013 12:47PM
- Racism on Open Salon: What are
we tolerating here?
November 17, 2013 03:46PM
- Answer to a Conservative
November 05, 2013 10:04AM
- Pets - the strangest 48 hours
I've ever experienced
November 01, 2013 11:08PM
- An Amazing Article by Paul
November 01, 2013 11:45AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Coming up next: Gary
exposes the Easter
- “I liked watching the
skaters on the rink at
Center as a
- “Oh, you can get attacked
here. However, there is
little cost to simply
- “Ms. Elder,
- “We don't
not proud of everyone Jewish,
like, for example,
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 »
This was originally published in November of 2012 on Our Salon, then posted here on Open Salon as a link, not as actual text. There were so many technical problems with Open Salon during that period that I didn't post normally here, and this occurred just a little before the temporary… Read full post »
If you claim to have been involved in the civil rights movement in some way (I know more than one person here who fits this category), I'll care when I see you defend minorities here. Read full post »
posted both places as usual
If the US Gov't has to pay higher interest rates, it is of course banks who profit enormously from this. We know who is pushing default in Congress, but have we considered why? Where do most bank campaign contributions go? Read full post »
Published on Open Salon and Our Salon
Two years ago, a Sudanese human rights activist by the name of Simon Deng gave a speech at the Durban Watch conference in New York. Here is a link to the text of the speech in case you want to verify it, though I have… Read full post »
Posted on Open Salon and Our Salon
I'm going to start with a pair of stories that won't look like they address this topic at the outset, but they do. Both take place when I was in college.
I fenced in college. Seriously, intercollegiate, I actually wasn't bad. We didn't… Read full post »
Today is Yom Kippur, the day of atonement finishing the period that started with Rosh Hashanah (Jewish new year, among other things) and represents the period when God is supposed to write your fate for the coming year based on what you did the past year. It's also the day of/… Read full post »
As usual, cross-posted at Open Salon and Our Salon
9/11: As I think of other things I add them. I added two paragraphs today, one about getting up early, the other about Dad's blind spot about the dominos.
If you've already read this and part of this didn't make sense, I… Read full post »
Posted on both Open Salon and Our Salon
I'd never watched anyone die before. Not close up. Not in real life - I've seen it in news films and such.
But I did today, just over five hours ago.
I don't know if I was holding his hand when it happened. I… Read full post »
The third statement:
3. I was once talking to a magician, telling him I had absolutely no idea how he did a particular… Read full post »
This is the story of the second statement in my 2 truths/1 lie post. Please read that post before this one.
The second statement:
2. I have played a musical instrument most people have never heard of in th… Read full post »
This is the story of the first statement in my 2 truths/1
lie post. Please read that post before this one. It immediately
precedes this post.
The first statement:
1. I was once on Jeopardy. I placed second. The guy who placed first and won the rest of the week was on Who Wants… Read full post »
Late last year, this site was having so many problems that
some of us were strictly posting on Our Salon. I've been looking
through my Our Salon posts from that period. A lot of them were
very time sensitive and so wouldn't be worth reposting.
Not this one. Also, this one is… Read full post »
This morning, a comment from Arthur James, known on this
site as Art James, appeared on an old post of mine on Our Salon.
The post dates from Nov. 25, 2012.
When I went to answer him, I realized I'd forgotten about this post and a few others. I generally look… Read full post »
Posting on both OurSalon and Open Salon
I'm not partial to antireligious bigotry. I don't mean bigotry against religions in general; this isn't about my ribbing atheists about being evangelical. I mean bigotry against specific religious groups. I'm not calling it "religious bigotry" because I'm not t… Read full post »
I once, in these pages, called Eric Holder an idiot for his public comment on drones. He is clearly not remotely an idiot.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/holder-seeks-to-avert-mandatory-minimum-sentences-for-some-low-level-drug-offenders/2013/08/11/343850c2-012c-11e… Read full post »