Progressive Populism for the 21st Century

Populismo Progresista para el Siglo XXI!!!
JULY 9, 2014 2:00PM

Der Führer mit Kinder

These photos were intended to soften Hitler's image, so as to make his dictatorship more palatable to the naive. 

Now that we know what we know, do these pictures seem disturbing? They seem slightly bizarre to me, at the very least.

These photos are also interesting. Politicians have always… Read full post »

JULY 1, 2014 9:20AM

The Rebel Yell

I love reading about Civil War battles. I even have some old lithographs of Civil War battles hanging in my law office. I visit Civil War battlefields whenever I can.

As we all know, whenever Confederate troops were close to Union lines, either because the Confederates were on the attack,… Read full post »

JUNE 28, 2014 11:22AM


Its very hard to find competent people, professionals and businesses in this day and age.

I have an excellent tailor. His name is Joe. He can do anything to a pair of slacks or a suit--you name it. He's an old Italian gentleman. He's missing half of his finger. He's… Read full post »

JUNE 19, 2014 8:29AM

My Hillary Clinton Story

Shortly after college, I began my second stint on Capitol Hill, this time as an intern for a top-ranking Democratic Senator from a western state. (I will keep the specifics of this job confidential, as there's juicy material here). It was one of the most interesting and exhilerating jobs I ever… Read full post »


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JUNE 13, 2014 9:09AM

Family and Recession

As I study my family history, I realize that many branches were well-able to weather the storm of prior recessions, due to the fact that they had a large and supportive family.

My family, from the 1850s up through the 1910s, lived in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn. They lived… Read full post »

Recently, I started reading a book called "Dirty Little Secrets of World War II," written by James F. Dunnigan and Albert A. Nofi. Aside from interesting analytical essays about the war and how it was fought, the book contains many nuggets of fascinating military anecdotes. One of my favorite is the… Read full post »

Facebook and Twitter have been, for the past few hours, on fire with news that Obama is going to, through Executive Order, forgive all Federal Student Loan debt interest.

This will be done through the government purchasing all high-interest loans, and allowing you to pay them back with minimal intere… Read full post »

I'm a bit of a centrist when it comes to illegal immigration.

The liberal side of me adamantly supports mandatory minimum wages, workers' rights protection, workers compensation, unemployment insurance, legal rights to sue their employers (and others), their right to an attorney, and their right to… Read full post »

The deafeat of Nazi Germany was just as much the result of the Soviet efforts, as it was of Western Allied efforts, if not moreso.

That said, aside from politics, there's a fundamental reason why we celebrate D-Day and the Allied liberation of France, Italy, the Low Countries, Western Germany… Read full post »

 I am often deeply perturbed by the "popular history" of the WW2 period, peddled by Hollywood (even Steven Spielberg), high school and college textbooks, the History/Discovery/National Geographic Channel.

PBS and the BBC are much better, but they, too, inevitably fall into silly jingoism. … Read full post »

I am going through many of my books, which I am relocating from one storage facility to another. I rented a small U-haul truck and packed it front to back, top to bottom, with nothing but boxes of books. 63 large boxes in all. I underestimated the amount I had, so… Read full post »

MAY 29, 2014 7:37PM

Death in the Civil War

I watched a documentary the other day on PBS. It was from the excellent series, "The American Experience." This is one of my favorite TV series.

This episode was titled "Death in the Civil War." It was about how the death of soldiers during the US Civil War impacted communities,… Read full post »

MAY 28, 2014 5:56PM

Robert DeNiro's Gay Father

Throughout my life, I've always heard right-wingers (both the religious and the atheist social darwinist types) say that homosexuals cannot be allowed to have children, whether through adoption or through normal biological processes. They often say that gays cannot have children, because they will "t… Read full post »

MAY 15, 2014 6:19PM

Walmart Employee Manual

I have spent two days looking for one of these online.

No luck. 

I have a low-income client who is unfairly being railroaded by Walmart. 

She doesn't have access to the manual. And I've sent a subpoena duces tecum to the corporate office. They may not comply.  If that… Read full post »

MAY 9, 2014 9:10AM

A Response to Jonathan Wolfman

Jonathan Wolfman's recent post seems to be a response to the comment I made on Timing Logic's blog.

 Right after I made a comment comparing the bloodsport American politicians engage in (to destroy their mistresses) to how the wealthy in France and Italy behave regarding their mistresses, JW sa… Read full post »

MAY 8, 2014 10:50AM

A Solution for I-76

Arguably the worst road I have ever been on has been I-76, which one takes through Philadelphia to the Walt Whitman Bridge, over the Delaware River, into NJ. I-76 completely goes through Philly and goes up to the PA Turnpike. Strategically, it is one of the most, if not the most,… Read full post »

MAY 7, 2014 1:28PM

The Rise of Italian Food!

I had a friend who went to Central America on a mission. He came back and told me that the locals frequently made Spaghetti and sauce in their homes. He said they would often do this rather than have local cuisine, because the prices for traditional Central American foods, at least… Read full post »



Russian leader Vladimir Putin is very big on having the ancestral lands of nations returned to their former owners. This, in part, forms the basis of his claims in the Crimea and possibly, even in Eastern Ukraine, which he feels were part of the historical Russian Empire.

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MAY 6, 2014 10:56AM

Capitalism and Casinos

I was studying gambling law last night, and how it handles "card counters."

Contrary to popular opinion, card counters don't literally "count cards." This is a myth perpetrated by Hollywood. From what I understand, the only thing that card counters (or other "advantage players") do, is try to see how… Read full post »

APRIL 29, 2014 8:26PM

Confederate Flag

I have mixed feelings about the Confederate Battle Flag (the blue St. Andrews Cross, on a red field, with white stars inside the blue cross). 

On the one hand, I think its weird to see it flying over some State Capitol buildings, as well as its imagery incorporated within a… Read full post »

APRIL 9, 2014 10:28AM

Galileo Under Attack (Again)

 I'm a Catholic, born and bred. But I like to call-out idiocy wherever I see it.

In case you guys haven't heard about it, a new film is about to hit cinemas. Its called "The Principle." Its produced by a right-wing Catholic-Fundamentalist and Holocaust denier named Robert Sungenis.

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We all remember the Texas case, where an intoxicated teen committed vehicular homicide against four people was not sent to jail, but rehab, because of his entitled, affluent upbringing. Basically, the lawyers said that he was so rich and entitled, he didn't know right from wrong, and that this was a… Read full post »

APRIL 1, 2014 11:36AM

Dynamic Conservatism

One of my favorite books is "Safire's Political Dictionary." (Random House, NY, 1978)

Bill Safire was one of the most eloquent and erudite commentators on American politics since 1945. A former speechwriter for President Nixon, I was always impressed with his intelligence, moderation, command of issu… Read full post »

MARCH 28, 2014 6:12PM

New Star Wars Movie

Many folks on Open Salon don't like Star Wars, and haven't seen any of the films since 1977. I get it.

Many saw the prequels and hated them. I saw the prequels and although I hate the dialogue, I think the story is better than the originals.  I also think… Read full post »