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MY RECENT POSTS
- English vs. political
February 16, 2014 06:27PM
- He was for competition, until
he was paid to be against it.
February 11, 2014 02:44AM
- A gift from Pete Seeger
greater than his music
January 28, 2014 01:00PM
- They love their guns, but
they're not straight shooters
January 23, 2014 01:09AM
- If you can't dazzle with
brilliance, baffle with
January 18, 2014 08:59AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “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
- “I’ve always been
– and shall always
– disquieted by
October 11, 2013 02:11PM
- “My age and background
gives me a perspective on the
of Daniel Ellsberg
June 24, 2013 03:35PM
Mark Ira Kaufman's Links
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 »
The desired destruction of the State of Israel has been official Iranian policy for decades, and continues to feature prominently in official Iranian government communications, political rhetoric and media content.
Hossein Sheikholeslam, current head of the Iranian P… Read full post »
Why are Ohio State Representative Bill Batchelder and Governor John Kasich smiling? With no medical training, they get to play doctor! It’s a snap because actual doctors aren’t doing much of anything to stop them.
I read your book “The Cushion in the Road.”
Based on your history of implicit and explicit anti-Semitism, I had no interest in reading it. But there has been such an abundance of criticism leveled at the book’s Jew-hatred lamely disguised as informed opin… Read full post »
I rarely think about the Vietnam War anymore. I didn’t think about it when, at 18 years old, I entered the Air Force in the mid 1960’s. Even when our Bomb Wing was sent to Guam to fly missions over Vietnam, I didn’t think much about… Read full post »
When it comes to Israel’s Ethiopian community, Israel isn’t merely assailed for mistakes in their integration. Israel is now being bashed for honoring their accomplishments.
Israel, like all countries, has its problems with racism. But the problems describ… Read full post »
There is a principle of pseudo-logic known as ‘post hoc ergo propter hoc,’ or ‘after this, therefore because of this.’
It is the baseless assumption that if two things happen in sequence, the first one must have caused the second one. Such 'logic' is often… Read full post »
When Senator Rob Portman of Ohio announced that he has a gay son and, as such, could no longer justify his opposition to same-sex marriage, reactions were mostly predictable.
Tea partiers were outraged.
Proponents of marriage equality were thrilled.
Well, most of… Read full post »
Joan Rivers recently stepped into some hot water when speaking about a showstopping gold dress with a seriously plunging neckline worn by German model, television host, businesswoman, fashion designer, television producer and occasional actress Heidi Klum
Rivers r… Read full post »
Arafat is back in the news with new allegations that the PLO
leader was poisoned with radioactive polonium.
Earlier this year Jerusalem-based BBC Radio commentator Matthew Kalman claims to have uncovered definitive proof that the Palestinian leader was murder… Read full post »