- 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
- Four of us write a book
September 21, 2014 11:01PM
- Consider Their Knavish Tricks
Frustrated (see 2nd verse)
September 19, 2014 07:52AM
- Evolution: Following the
historic progress of a melody
September 15, 2014 01:36PM
- My 1st Post: Why Income
Polarization is a Problem
September 06, 2014 04:20PM
- Israel Annexes More West Bank
September 03, 2014 10:54PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Open is good”
- “Any form of government
is ultimately dependent on
impartiality and ethics
- “The comment contains a
generalization about a
- “Good luck with your new
turned eleven months”
- “My belated
September 21, 2014 09:45PM
This should be blasted for proper effect.
I absolutely love "knavish tricks."
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 »
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, there… Read full post »
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 »
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 »
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 »
He doesn't want to negotiate with Hamas over the formation of a Palestinian state. At the moment, no… Read full post »
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 »