KOSHER SALAAMI

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  • Dartmouth returns to requiring standardized testing

    Dartmouth returns to requiring standardized testing

    Some poorer minority students who hadn’t submitted test scores and were rejected would have been admitted had they submitted their scores.
  • Best Case Scenario

    Best Case Scenario

    But what happens if the Palestinians get a state? The Arab debt to the Palestinians is paid, at least as far as the Arabs are concerned, and in this case that’s what matters.
  • The White House Gigs

    The White House Gigs

    We’re warming up and playing. I glance up from my music and I involuntarily jerk, because the President of the United States is standing about ten feet in front of us looking at us and smiling.
  • Meeting Rosalyn Carter

    Meeting Rosalyn Carter

    A photo was taken. I am lucky enough to be beside her.
  • Two sentence post: 1. Ceasefire 2. Proportionality

    Two sentence post: 1. Ceasefire 2. Proportionality

    It’s 2 sentences. Just read it.
  • Jews and Hamas

    Jews and Hamas

    For Jews, that’s where we are. This is either completely unacceptable or it’s not.
  • Was Ronald Reagan one of the top 3 presidents after WW II?

    Was Ronald Reagan one of the top 3 presidents after WW II?

    Ronald Reagan presided over the real beginnings of American wealth polarization, which has resulted in the vast majority of Americans not seeing gains in America’s economy.
  • Unintended Consequences

    Unintended Consequences

    What happens to White students when race is taken out of the equation at premium institutions?
  • Merry Christmas from Ohio

    Merry Christmas from Ohio

    Right now it’s ten degrees. I never thought I’d look at ten degrees as a relief from the cold but it absolutely is.
  • Dave Chappelle on SNL and Jews

    Dave Chappelle on SNL and Jews

    Don’t blame us for reacting to attacks. We have to.
  • Where is accountability for something this big?

    Where is accountability for something this big?

    This is one of the biggest smoking guns in American history
  • Why Trump

    Why Trump

    The thing about Trump, the huge thing about Trump, is that he gets it. He’s the Only Sane Politician. Everything that’s obvious to you but not obvious to the politicians and the media
  • The terrorist next door

    The terrorist next door

    I didn’t hear anything in the morning when it happened. I was downstairs getting breakfast. I don’t think any shots were fired at the FBI building.
  • Lunar eclipse right now

    Lunar eclipse right now

    Go outside and look up
  • My latest thinking on Palestine

    My latest thinking on Palestine

    This particular path comes from wondering about Palestinian self-determination. I’ve noticed that the Palestinians seem far more concerned with getting the Jews out of Israel
  • Ipswich

    Ipswich

    Sometimes age startles me. I’m looking at buildings in the US that were around for at least a quarter of a century before Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi were born.
  • Musicians I found on YouTube during COVID

    Musicians I found on YouTube during COVID

    Like everyone else, presumably, I spent a lot of time on YouTube during COVID. I ran across a few musicians whom I thought were worth learning about.
  • A story about Madeleine Albright

    A story about Madeleine Albright

    "Did you notice who we just passed?" I asked my wife. She hadn't. "Madeline Albright." "You're right."
  • Nukes

    Nukes

    Vladimir Putin recently brought up the idea of using nuclear weapons. When he talked about invading Ukraine he wasn’t bluffing. About using nuclear weapons
  • How will you know if the news is real or fake?

    How will you know if the news is real or fake?

    Quora is a site where people pose questions and whoever feels like it answers them, with or without listing credentials. I sometimes find questions I’m interested in answering
  • A dog bowl

    A dog bowl

    The bowl hasn’t worn at all in a half century of use.
  • Site Closing, continuing to gather?

    Site Closing, continuing to gather?

    Just read the damned piece
  • Justice Sotomayor’s Question

    Justice Sotomayor’s Question

    ”Will this institution survive the stench that this creates in the public perception that the Constitution and its reading are just political acts?”
  • Monosentence Monday: the Filibuster

    Monosentence Monday: the Filibuster

    it’s a one sentence post, just read it
  • Abortion

    Abortion

    there are a lot of politicians and judges…not really trying to reduce the number of abortions in America by the most logical means, which would be reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies, putting the lie to what this issue is …
  • Spoiled by music in college

    Spoiled by music in college

    Getting older, actually turning 67 yesterday, I was recently reflecting on the music I heard in college. I’ve spent a lot of time on campuses because my wife is a professor. We spent ten years with her teaching at Purdue. …
  • Not exactly a silver lining, but close

    Not exactly a silver lining, but close

    Image taken 9/26/21, Stowe, VT
  • One sentence post: what defines conservatives

    One sentence post: what defines conservatives

    It’s a one sentence post
  • Lightning bugs

    Lightning bugs

    Forget the porcupine. This really is about lightning bugs.
  • Mowing the lawn

    Mowing the lawn

    This post is really about mowing the lawn. This isn’t code for anything andI’m not making a larger point.
  • Understanding American wealth distribution

    Understanding American wealth distribution

    The problem with looking at wealth is that we don’t have a sense of scale.
  • 4,000 attempted murders that somehow don’t count

    4,000 attempted murders that somehow don’t count

    That’s over 4,000 attempts to kill civilians. If this was being done on the ground we’d call it terrorism, which is of course what it is.
  • Guest Post: We hold all of these truths

    Guest Post: We hold all of these truths

    In case you’re wondering what liberal Zionism looks like outside of me
  • East Jerusalem and what’s happening in Sheikh Jarrah

    East Jerusalem and what’s happening in Sheikh Jarrah

    If Israel wants East Jerusalem to be considered other than occupied territory, it is incumbent on the Israeli government to treat the Arab population there like they are treated within Israel’s borders and not like they are treated in occupied …
  • Let’s Flip This

    Let’s Flip This

    It’s 2020, President Hillary Clinton runs for reelection and loses. She does not, however, accept her loss.
  • One sentence post: Fringes

    One sentence post: Fringes

    One sentence post, you don’t need an exerpt
  • Europe 1348

    Europe 1348

    Art thou more afeared of side effects than of death?
  • Scene from a Georgia voting line

    Scene from a Georgia voting line

    see attached clip from Ben-Hur
  • Accountability – one sentence post

    Accountability – one sentence post

    It’s a one sentence post. There’s no sense in reading an excerpt, particularly given that this excerpt contains one more sentence than the post does.
  • Piano Magic Tricks

    Piano Magic Tricks

    These tricks will work on an acoustic piano. If you hold down a key gently enough for the note not to sound and hit the right other key sharply, a third predictable note will ring.
  • Revenge of the Boring Man

    Revenge of the Boring Man

    My wife, when having trouble sleeping, would sometimes ask me to tell her about the overtone series.
  • Which posts would you save?

    Which posts would you save?

    When you look at your posts, which ones would you want to save and why? I guess this is sort of an open call.
  • Attacking 15th Amendment now, 19th later

    Attacking 15th Amendment now, 19th later

    “Because it puts us at a disadvantage relative to Democrats.”
  • Texas, Take 3

    Texas, Take 3

    You’d think that with all that weather-related power grid crap that the Texas government wouldn’t do anything else stupid. You’d think.
  • Texas, Take 2

    Texas, Take 2

    On August 29, 2011, I published a post on Open Salon called “Governor Perry’s Flirtation With Secession.” I’m reprinting it here, with an epilogue.
  • Seeing the Capitol

    Seeing the Capitol

    Seeing it was jarring. I’ve never had a negative reaction to it before. It means something different now.
  • A question, using the Rice Krispies jingle

    A question, using the Rice Krispies jingle

    Snat Crackle Tot
  • Only Trump stands between us and the Tooth Fairy

    Only Trump stands between us and the Tooth Fairy

    She buys up teeth for a pittance, then sells them on the lucrative International Tooth Market.
  • One Sentence post: on Fake News

    One Sentence post: on Fake News

    Fake News is what cowards say when they’re afraid of facing something.
  • Jonah’s Yorzeit, that time of year again

    Jonah’s Yorzeit, that time of year again

    There are people here who were very supportive and I want to thank you. Oddly, that’s most of the people here. Not everyone here knew me at the time.
  • For The Record: January 6, 2021

    For The Record: January 6, 2021

    And now I’ll say something I never expected to say in my lifetime: How the police have treated Black protesters would have been more appropriate yesterday than how they treated those White protestors. They are terrorists and traitors.
  • A photo for Christmas Eve

    A photo for Christmas Eve

    I like the mood.
  • Good morning

    Good morning

    However, it lacks a certain.........perspective.
  • MLB Recognizes Negro Leagues as part of Major Leagues

    MLB Recognizes Negro Leagues as part of Major Leagues

    ...MLB commissioner Robert Manfred announced that the Negro Leagues are now recognized as Major Leagues by Major League Baseball. What that means is that Negro League stats now count, which of course affect the player and team rankings.
  • For those of you who have trouble posting

    For those of you who have trouble posting

    I post from an IPad. This is how you do it.
  • Where we are now

    Where we are now

    It’s life and death time. We have to stop this however we can and we have to survive this however we can.
  • On the Second Amendment – one sentence post

    On the Second Amendment – one sentence post

    No excerpt necessary for a one sentence post.
  • The Affirmative Action Hire Fallacy

    The Affirmative Action Hire Fallacy

    The assumption being made here, and it’s a surprisingly common one, is that in the workplace the choice is between Merit hiring and Affirmative Action hiring.
  • Proposition 16 and unexpected consequences

    Proposition 16 and unexpected consequences

    What? You didn’t think that all college admissions policies favored women and minorities, did you? 
  • A quintessentially American photograph

    A quintessentially American photograph

    What’s so American about that is precisely that it’s ordinary.
  • A better image than a rising tide and boats

    A better image than a rising tide and boats

    A while ago I thought of a way to illustrate the difference between injecting money into an economy at the bottom and at the top.
  • A pair of one-sentence posts:Republicans, Have-nots, & Rising Tides

    A pair of one-sentence posts:Republicans, Have-nots, & Rising Tides

    Not necessary for this short a post
  • How will you address civil unrest in South Carolina, Take 2

    How will you address civil unrest in South Carolina, Take 2

    So what he was actually saying was: You cannot be elected to public office in South Carolina if you’re a liberal young African-American or immigrant.
  • How will you address civil unrest in South Carolina?

    How will you address civil unrest in South Carolina?

    Under review. Context of this post may be wrong. ks Answer: “If you are a young African-American, an immigrant, you can go anywhere in this state. You just need to be conservative, not liberal. Sen. Lindsey Graham, 10/9/20
  • The strange stupidity of the Supreme Court nomination

    The strange stupidity of the Supreme Court nomination

    I don’t understand the Republican calculation here. The math doesn’t work. 
  • Reckless Endangerment

    Reckless Endangerment

    I understood that he wouldn’t care if people he didn’t know got sick with COVID-19. I didn’t know that not caring would extend to people he interacts with all the time personally. 
  • A new old photograph

    A new old photograph

    The [photograph] above came into my mother’s possession (electronically) a few days ago. She’d never seen it. I think she was told it was taken in 1910 in Jamaica Bay, Queens. I think it may be a bit more recent, …
  • Guess what other population Trump’s in trouble with?

    Guess what other population Trump’s in trouble with?

    A poll was just conducted by the Yale School of Management. They polled attendees at Yale's Chief Executive Leadership Institute CEO Caucus. These guys like Trump because of his tax and regulatory policies, right? Wrong.
  • In 2017, Trump paid $318,672 in taxes. Why doesn’t he say that?

    In 2017, Trump paid $318,672 in taxes. Why doesn’t he say that?

    The NY Times has reported that Donald Trump paid $750 in taxes in 2017.  Well, that’s how most people are reading it but, strictly speaking, that’s not what the Times reported. They reported that he paid $318,672 in taxes in …
  • Perspective

    Perspective

    Saturn is quite a bit dimmer than Jupiter is, even though Saturn isn’t all that much smaller. It is, however, roughly twice as far from Earth as Jupiter is. That’s the main reason it’s dimmer. So I look at them …
  • AGT: bad news, not a real $1 million, good news, who won

    AGT: bad news, not a real $1 million, good news, who won

    The winner is promised $1 million and headlining a show in Las Vegas. The show turns out to be two performances of a variety show, and the million is paid out over forty years. 
  • T’kiah

    T’kiah

    the shofar didn’t originally exist for the High Holy Days. It existed as a sort of ancient siren, a call to action, often with military applications
  • Pack The Court

    Pack The Court

    Packing the Court is a violation of tradition, but so is refusing to vet the Supreme Court nominee of a sitting President. Both are technically legal. The fuss will be asymmetrical. That will be the height of hypocrisy and we …
  • Rock Bottom

    Rock Bottom

    What happens after an alcoholic or addict reaches bottom is they start to develop new habits and priorities that will help them remain clean and get prosperous. That’s exactly what I expect to happen to the United States.
  • The most blatant racism in Kenosha

    The most blatant racism in Kenosha

    Can you imagine the Kenosha police waving past a seventeen year old Black kid with that kind of weapon?
  • To America’s College Students

    To America’s College Students

    You might wonder why most schools don’t just bite the bullet and operate almost entirely on line. The reason is that a tremendous amount of their revenue comes from housing. They need this revenue to operate.
  • If I were a family doctor, I’d reach out to my patients about COVID

    If I were a family doctor, I’d reach out to my patients about COVID

    I have been saying for a while that it makes no sense for those claiming that COVID-19 is a hoax to be relying on their politicians for information about infectious diseases rather than talking to their doctor, the person in …
  • What the Hell is China doing?

    What the Hell is China doing?

    From an international standpoint, [the Chinese] are basically shooting themselves in both feet. It isn’t prudent, it isn’t playing the long game, it isn’t anything that we normally expect from China. 
  • To anyone still defending Trump

    To anyone still defending Trump

    If you needed an unassailable assessment of national leadership, you’re looking at it.
  • Making America Great Again….No, not MAGA, For Real

    Making America Great Again….No, not MAGA, For Real

    We are not in the middle of a long, awful slippery slope. We are at the apex of a very violent swing of the pendulum.
  • If you have a hidden belief in Black inferiority

    If you have a hidden belief in Black inferiority

    Most racism in the United States is perpetrated by people who don’t admit their racism. Because they don’t admit their racism, the reasons for their views are not discussed; if they do discuss their reasons they are dismissed as immoral. …
  • A lesson from Anne Frank about martyrdom

    A lesson from Anne Frank about martyrdom

    How would we feel if modern day Nazis or Nazi sympathizers presented evidence that she wasn’t as nice as we thought? Documented evidence that she was nasty to her sister or her parents? Would that mean every bookstore would pull …
  • Knees

    Knees

    The strangest irony in all this is that NFL players will now be free to take a knee, not because Kaepernick did but because Chauvin did. And, in dying, George Floyd became one of the most potent political activists in …
  • What police chiefs and prosecutors should be telling cops

    What police chiefs and prosecutors should be telling cops

    Doing something really stupid qualifies as fucking your fellow officers because we’re all going to have to deal with the fallout.
  • Three good things that will probably come out of the epidemic

    Three good things that will probably come out of the epidemic

    The COVID 19 epidemic is obviously a net negative. However, that doesn’t mean it won’t have any positive consequences.
  • 65 Degrees

    65 Degrees

    This is what it looks like at my house. Maybe I should go somewhere warm.
  • The Democratic electoral impeachment mistake

    The Democratic electoral impeachment mistake

    It doesn’t matter that the majority of Americans want testimony or even if the majority of Americans want Trump removed. What matters is where those Americans live
  • A scenario and a question about it

    A scenario and a question about it

    The couple is ordered out of the car. The young man is cuffed and kicked in the back of the legs. The young woman is ordered repeatedly to exit the vehicle but she’s on a side in the back seat …
  • Chutzpah Redefined

    Chutzpah Redefined

    For those of you who aren’t familiar with this particular Yiddish word, it means unmitigated gall but more extreme than that. My father used to give the classic example of the guy who kills his parents, then throws himself on …
  • The one advantage to Trump’s Syria withdrawal

    The one advantage to Trump’s Syria withdrawal

    ......the move has a single silver lining. It has badly undermined Netanyahu’s position in Israeli politics.
  • Jon Wolfman’s book challenge #3

    Jon Wolfman’s book challenge #3

    I usually stay away from terms like Paradigm Shift but this was one.
  • Jon’s Open call on books #1

    Jon’s Open call on books #1

    One of the biggest ideas I got out of it is that we shouldn't expect our lives to resemble those of our parents when we get to their age because what our lives look like at any given age is …
  • My answer to Jon’s most recent post about Israel & the Palestinians

    My answer to Jon’s most recent post about Israel & the Palestinians

    This is fundamentally a fixable problem, and it could be accomplished by either side damned near unilaterally. Frankly, it could be accomplished by the US damned near unilaterally
  • Are they completely out of their minds?

    Are they completely out of their minds?

    Today the Israeli government, after being advised by President Trump to ban Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from visiting Israel, banned them from entering Israel. This is both ridiculous and insane.
  • The day White people are no longer the majority in America

    The day White people are no longer the majority in America

    There are apparently White people out there who are afraid of this day. This day will eventually come, and you know what will happen when it does? Absolutely nothing
  • I discover the Social Security Admin. didn’t know I’m a citizen

    I discover the Social Security Admin. didn’t know I’m a citizen

    My question is whether it would have been an issue had McCain run as a Democrat. Would Fox News have been talking about Panamanian gunboats on the Potomac?
  • Trump’s influence on hate crimes

    Trump’s influence on hate crimes

    The study compared counties that hosted rallies vs. counties that didn’t. In comparison, the counties that had rallies had a 226% rise in hate crimes.
  • Go Back Where You Came From

    Go Back Where You Came From

    Go Back....
  • MAWA (Make Ariel White Again)

    MAWA (Make Ariel White Again)

    It’s not just the virulent racism, masquerading as usual as something else, in this case some sort of concern for authenticity. Of an animated character. The arguments here go from ridiculous to clinically insane.
  • Who did Trump pull out of the Paris Accords for?

    Who did Trump pull out of the Paris Accords for?

    When Trump pulled out of the Paris Accords, I assumed he did it to take limits off of American corporations. I guess that’s a logical assumption.
  • An incident with my stereo in college

    An incident with my stereo in college

    I had a clock radio at the time. I couldn’t figure out how to rig up my stereo system to wake me up, so I had an idea: take an earphone, the kind we used to use with transistor radios, …
  • What I wrote about

    What I wrote about

    What did you find when/if you saved your old posts? Did anything surprise you? koshersalaami
  • Why income polarization is a problem

    Why income polarization is a problem

    Someone comes to a Chamber meeting and announces that you all have a choice: Either one person is going to move to town who makes a billion dollars a year or ten thousand people are going to move to town …
  • Single Sentence Sunday: Playing the race card

    Single Sentence Sunday: Playing the race card

    Playing the Race Card is one of those expressions like Class Warfare that is all about a dominant population telling a dominanted population to shut up and accept oppression. Koshersalaami
  • Regulation is good for business

    Regulation is good for business

    A lot of economists and business people will tell you that regulation is the enemy of business, that a free market left alone functions optimally and that government invariably screws it up - the more regulation, the worse. According to …
  • Factoid:NYC borough populations compared to other cities

    Factoid:NYC borough populations compared to other cities

    “The remaining borough, Staten Island, would show up as #42 on the actual city list if it were broken out....greater than: Minneapolis, New Orleans, Tampa, Cleveland, Honolulu, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Orlando.” koshersalaami
  • I get hired for a recording session

    I get hired for a recording session

    By: koshersalaami I’ve been doing some local playing and a guy I’ve done some playing with told me about a local recording studio where he does a lot of work. He’s mainly a guitar player/bass player but he’s been playing …

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