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- February 14
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MY RECENT POSTS
- Benghazimania, Cleveland-style
June 23, 2014 10:20AM
- A "Support Our Troops!" ribbon
magnet is not patriotism
June 06, 2014 02:37PM
- Israel has bigger problems
than Kerry using the 'A' word
April 30, 2014 01:36PM
- But which party does the "I
LOVE ISRAEL!" dance better?
April 25, 2014 11:38AM
- Sorry, Charlie...
April 20, 2014 02:47AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Let me preface this by
stating in no uncertain terms
April 17, 2014 06:16PM
- “The widely held belief
that Israeli leadership
enthusiastic about the
April 17, 2014 01:47PM
- “Since Nugent, Jones and
other absurdists among the
January 24, 2014 01:35PM
- “Before I read one word
of the article, the title
scene from an episode
October 14, 2013 02:47PM
- “The push to healthcare
for all Americans didn't begin
Obama, or even Bill
October 11, 2013 02:23PM
Mark Ira Kaufman's Links
This is Kevin O’Brien. He is the assistant Deputy Editorial Page Editor for The Plain Dealer, Cleveland’s daily newspaper.
O’Brien will never be mistaken for a serious political analyst. But shave his head, give him a big cigar, get him some contact… Read full post »
70th anniversary of D Day got me thinking about patriotism, what
American are capable of, and why the most self-styled American
patriots today are posers.
Isoroku Yamamoto, Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Japanese Fleet during World War II, revealed an understanding of what Japan fac/… Read full post »
“I will not allow my commitment to Israel to be questioned by anyone, particularly for partisan, political purposes,” Kerry said in a release put out by the State Department. “… If I could rewind the tape, I would have chosen a different word to describe my firm beli… Read full post »
Immediately after I wrote Which party REALLY has Israel's back? several readers vigorously objected to my assertion that the Obama administration has been friendlier and more supportive of Israel and its security than all other administrations.
The outrage came from Israelis and Ame… Read full post »
Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer looks sad.
"He always looks sad!" I hear you shouting.
But a few weeks ago, while appearing on Fox News Channel's Special Report, he looked positively heartbroken.
He admitted that “time has run out on Re… Read full post »
So which administration has
supported Israel more than all others?
As it turns out, the widespread perception that the Republicans have been better for Israel than the Democrats is one of the grossest distortions and most successful misinformation campaigns in the histor/… Read full post »
Do you remember the dog fighting scandal involving NFL quarterback Michael Vick? Of course you do.
When the scandal broke, the details were so appalling that the thought of forgiving Michael Vick never entered any civilized person’s mind. He was indicted on severa… Read full post »
Hundreds of thousands of vehicle catch fire every year. But the advanced technology in electric cars means they come under intense scrutiny every time someone mentions the ‘f’ word. As such, Tesla received a lot of attention for the three fires involvi… Read full post »
Over the years I’ve been paid more than a few compliments for my musical skills. I’m a pretty fair pianist. And I know how to arrange songs for anything from piano to a full orchestra and every ensemble in between.
Composing, however, has always eluded me.… Read full post »
I recently contacted Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder to ask his position on a specific aspect of the abortion debate. This was the first time I sent anything to his office.
Like Governor John Kasich, Batchelder is a hard-core opponent of abortion rights. I… Read full post »
The Tesla Model S is an awesome car. It’s such a great automobile that one could assert it’s the greatest car ever made without a lot of difficulty justifying such a claim. As such, it represents one of the free market’s most conspicuous ac… Read full post »
Pete Seeger’s passing leaves a hole in American culture the size of the Grand Canyon. His impact on American music and environmental concerns may be too vast to ever fully comprehend.
As important as his music and his love of the land was, his confrontation with the forces… Read full post »
I wish I could meet Alex Jones or Ted Nugent face to face.
For those who might not know them, Alex Jones is a syndicated radio host, firearms rights absolutist, documentary film maker, and conspiracy zealot. He achieved wide exposure last January when he was a… Read full post »
There’s a new link at Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell’s Facebook page. The link, full of righteous indignation, is to a petition called “Demand Better,” created by McConnell’s campaign.
The McConnell campaign has its baggy Republica… Read full post »
At his recent bloated press conference on the George Washington Bridge fiasco New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie insisted that officials as high up as Bridget Anne Kelly, his deputy chief of staff and his own top appointees at the Port Authority, which controls the bridge, s… Read full post »
On CNBC's The Big Idea, host Donny Deutsch asked right-wing proselytizer Ann Coulter: "If you had your way ... and your dreams, which are genuine, came true ... what would this country look like?"
Coulter responded, "It would look like New York City during the… Read full post »
Most people think I’m younger than I am. At my age I should be wearing plaid golf pants with the waist pulled up to my nipples, driving a Mercury Marquis at 40 mph on the highway, having dinner at noon and getting grouchy over things that wouldn’t matter/… Read full post »
Cleveland talk show personality Bob Frantz makes a living peddling racism. But this radio bigot’s mouth bit off more than his brain could chew when he pointed his venom gland at a sports broadcast legend.
This is the new face of racism - a… Read full post »
I’ve been labeled a liberal more times than I can count. Some of my political positions have elicited other labels, like “socialist,” “Nazi,” “communist,” “statist,” “fascist,” “conservative,” and more.
Those of us who have the senses of sight and hearing are reflexively grateful to have them and would never want to lose them. But on rare occasions, something comes along that could minutely ease the pain of losing them.
I refer… Read full post »
House Speaker John Boehner continues to be succeed at convincing the American people and even those in the news media, who shouldn’t be so easy bamboozled, that he’s never asked for earmarks.
Part of this PR campaign was his highly visible pledge in the… Read full post »
There was a lot of pink on the field Thursday night when the New York Giants played at Chicago, but if you looked closely, you saw some green too.
Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall wore green shoes against the Giants to show support for Mental… Read full post »
As Republicans keep the government in lockdown and piss into the winds of change symbolized by the Affordable Care Act by shouting “SOCIALIZED MEDICINE!” to anyone they deem uninformed enough to believe it, there is one question few Americans would consider asking:
Does… Read full post »
It didn’t start with Barack Obama, or even Bill Clinton.
To understand when the mandate in the Constitution’s preamble to promote the general welfare was first considered to include health care, one has to go back more than a century.
Theodore Roosevelt endors… Read full post »
Although the UN visit by Iran’s new president is grabbing the headlines, threats to Israel's security and the plight of the Palestinians continue unchecked.
The Palestinians want - and NEED - exactly what Jewish Palestinians fought so hard to achieve in the mid and late… Read full post »