Between the Synapse

Blogging by Mark Toubin

M Toubin

M Toubin
Houston, Texas, USA
December 03
Mark Toubin practiced civil litigation for eleven years and participated in federal, state and local politics before joining the American Israel Public Affairs Committee ("AIPAC") as its Southwest Regional Director from 1999 to early 2008. Most recently, Mark runs his own consulting practice focusing on public affairs, politics, non-profit and business. The full version of Between the Synapse may be found at


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JULY 21, 2012 3:23PM

Not All Guns are the Same

Before I begin, let me get this out. I’m not against gun ownership. Hunting? Fine by me as long as the animals aren’t endangered and you don’t waste the meat. Sports shooting? It’s a lot of fun. Self –defense? If you feel the need but purchase appropriate guns, g… Read full post »

JULY 21, 2012 3:21PM


I guess it’s a good thing to still be shocked by events such as today’s tragedy at the Aurora Movie Theatre. To feel otherwise would imply numbness and acceptance.

Many questions obviously remain unanswered though the next few days will be replete with drabs and dribbles of specu

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FEBRUARY 20, 2012 6:04PM

Does OS have to call it "Popularity"

So you want to check out how you're doing. Click on "View Blog" and see three options: Recent Editor’s Picks Popularity. Ok, Ok, what? Popularity? I thought I was done with High School. "Only 4 people think I'm popular while the guy with a profile picture of mud onRead full post »

FEBRUARY 18, 2012 7:21PM

Doggonit, Romney Will Never be President

I prefer not to begin with disclaimers but in this case let me state I am not a Romney hater. If I had to pick between the remaining republican presidential candidates, he would be my choice. I’m not saying I would vote for him in the general, just that my/…

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Two political phenomena occurred within the last two weeks, and no, I am not referencing Newt Gingrich’s attempt at moral salvation. The first involved the public’s reaction to SOPA and PIPA while the second involves the potentially more impactful conflict between The Komen Foundation (K… Read full post »

JANUARY 10, 2012 11:21AM

Takes One to Know One


The Arab League recently appointed Sudanese General Mohamed Ahmed Mustafa al-Dabi as the leader of its monitoring mission in Syria. Dabi is the military intelligence chief to Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, indicted in Febru… Read full post »

If Orwell’s 1984 ever imagined the impact of the 1984’s Do They Know It’s Christmas, “Big Brother” would have certainly taken Bob Geldorf to “Room 101” for some serious re-education. Recorded on December 7, 1984 by a collection of rock stars perform

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Editor’s Pick
DECEMBER 18, 2011 2:05PM

Vaclav Havel’s Passing & 1st Anniversary of Arab Spring


This weekend marked the one year anniversary of the self-immolation of Tunisian protestor Mohammed Bouazizi, credited with triggering what we now refer to as the “Arab Spring,” as well as the passing of dissident playwright and former Czech President Vaclav Havel, who led th… Read full post »

The recently disclosed Grand Jury testimony of former Penn St. Coach Joe Paterno (SEE Yahoo Sports – Paterno Grand Jury Testimony) reveals that the coaching icon waited at least a day to disclose the alleged 2002 sexual assault on a nine-year old boy, by former Penn St.… Read full post »

BOSTON, Oct. 13 (UPI) – Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown was accused today of plagiarizing his penis with that of former N. Carolina Senator Elizabeth Dole in a 1982 Cosmopolitan photo spread that named Brown the “sexiest man in America.” Brown denied the charge but would… Read full post »

AUGUST 22, 2011 10:26PM

15 ways to improve college football

In 1920 following the lowest point in baseball’s history, yes lower than the steroid era, owners of Major League Baseball teams selected Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis as the first Commissioner of Baseball and provided him with powers to restore public confidence destroyed by the 1919 Black Sox… Read full post »

Rick Perry: President Houston, good to see again.

Sam Houston: Wish I could say the same.

Rick Perry: What’s the matter Mr. President?

Sam Houston:… Read full post »

JULY 17, 2011 12:48AM

Fond Farewell to Friday Night Lights

Admittedly, I came late to the party. Mostly because I have never watched any TV shows derived from movies that merited even the slightest attention (Animal House – the sitcom anyone?). So for years I ignored the Panthers and Coach Taylor like I avoid bad reality TV… Read full post »

Here is an excerpt from Art Van Delay’s announcement yesterday of his intent to seek the Republican nomination for President of the United States, presented in front of the administration building of Fabor College.

“Well what I want them to know is just like Jim Belushi attended Fa… Read full post »

By Johnny 99

AP Music Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Clarence “Big Man” Clemons has joined Heaven’s Rock-n-Roll All Stars, adding a much needed saxophone to the band, which features Keith Moon on drums, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix on guitar, Danny Federici on keyboards, Georg… Read full post »

BTS correspondent Art Van Delay sat down with former US President Theodore Roosevelt in the bar of the Menger Hotel to discuss his thoughts on our country and world today.

AVD:      Thank you Mr. President for taking time to visit.

TR:      &nbRead full post »

Put your Ambien and Melatonin on the shelf, last night I discovered a natural cure to insomnia which will not expire until early November, 2012. It puts you to sleep gradually and leaves no ill effect in the morning. Its one side effect, however, involves weird, nonsensical dreams.

For… Read full post »

Anyone remember the “old days” when you got invited to watch someone’s vacation slides? We sat in a darkened room looking at a canvas screen while the trip taker clicked the slide cartridge one picture at a time. Most shows included two full cartridges and we usually got sna… Read full post »

 Obama has doubled down on a failed strategy

President Obama’s speech yesterday at the State Department not only failed to reset American Middle East Policy on stronger and more thoughtful footing, but by utilizing new terminology vis-à-vis the border issues between Israel and th… Read full post »

2011 The Hollywood Gossip May 18

After ten years, actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger admitted he fathered a male child out of wedlock with a domestic assistant. Many are asking what provoked the “Terminator” to publically acknowledge the love child now, risking bot… Read full post »

 Like everyone one, I have been reading and watching the coverage of OBL’s death. Below find a summary of the most salient takeaways:

Ø  Obama avoided his “Jimmy Carter” moment and provides him momentum not only for 2012, but to pursue his Administration’s pri… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 28, 2011 8:26PM



By Needa Newcareer, Associated Press– 42 mins ago

Actor Charlie Sheen and Libyan Dictator Moammar Gadhafi have just announced the formation of their new public relations firm, YTOTI Public Relations.  The partnership will seek to represent non-democratically elected p

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FEBRUARY 4, 2011 12:35PM

Recognizable Unrecognizable Girl

Despite the promise of snow blankets, Houston remains naked but for the tiniest shivers of ice. As most schools and businesses heeded the warnings, our city is enjoying a long, albeit somewhat chili weekend.

Ignoring idle threats of ice patches, I ventured out this morning seeking my daily dose of St… Read full post »

Two cents remains just that; but with everyone and their former professor chiming in, seems like as good a time as any to add comment. As much as is being written, the only truism is no one is right, or wrong. Predictions read like the National Weather Service’s Hurricane tracking “Cone… Read full post »


Jan. 29, 2011, 7:08AM

With Federal and State budget cutters taking aim at education, one school district in Texas has located a novel source of funding which will, “not only eliminate our deficit, but put us in the black for the first time in a generation,” this accordin… Read full post »