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Male, Jewish, in my fifties, married with kids (well, at this point I guess that should be "kid"). Thanks to Lezlie for avatar artwork - sort of a translation of my screen name. "Salaam" is peace in Arabic, hence the peace sign. (No, my name doesn't mean "hunk of meat" and yes, the pun is intentional.)

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APRIL 17, 2014 12:11AM

Regarding Conspiracy Theories

This started life as a comment on Jonathan Wolfman's post. He wanted to talk more about it, so I'm editing it a bit and turning it into a post. 

I will not be around much on April 17, so please forgive me if you comment then and it takes me a while… Read full post »

Lezlie asked why all the open calls. I decided it was a good question. 

The subject of the Closed Call is an answer to James Emmerling's Open Call.

I am not interested in reading anyone else telling me about the meaninglessness of it all, so this is a Closed Call. 

I am experimenting with… Read full post »

APRIL 8, 2014 6:47PM

J would have turned 20 today

Like everything else I write about this experience, it somehow feels self-indulgent. But it helps anyway, just to get it down. That's enough of a reason to write it. It's more important to me to process (?) it than to reach an audience. I can't tell you why sharing this has… Read full post »

This series of posts is written for a very specific audience, unlike most of what I write. It is mainly geared toward musicians who don't read music, though of course anyone can read it who thinks they might be interested in the subject. The final link, "Harmonics and the Science Behind… Read full post »

This post is both an experiment and a link. It's a link because I want control over the content in this case. 

I realize that this won't be of interest to most readers. Still, I've run across this phenomenon enough (musicians who don't read) that I wanted to try my hand at
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But probably not






It occurs to me that if the post this was based on disappears from the feed, this will make no sense, as this was initially intended as an extremely temporary post. So: 


&n… Read full post »

Sorry, I had to, just to reinforce the feed. 

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There's a major philosophical argument underpinning the major economic disputes in Congress, and it has to do with whom is owed what. 

Why aren't we taxing the wealthy enough? 

There are two justifications given. The first is that you don't overtax people who create jobs if you want them to… Read full post »

MARCH 17, 2014 3:29PM

Irish Dog Breeds

In honor of the holiday, my wife sent me a link to an article about Irish dog breeds.

How many are there?

Well, how many AKC (American Kennel Club) breeds are there?

I could name most of them, but some are newer to the AKC. And I had a few bad guesses.

As it turns/… Read full post »
MARCH 16, 2014 9:31AM

One Sentence Sunday: Purim

"It's Jewish Halloween; you're supposed to get wasted!"


(overheard in Temple this morning)  Read full post »

MARCH 12, 2014 12:56AM

OPENSLONKA: Repost from Dec. 17, 2010

Repost inspired by Con Chapman. You have to know Fiddler on the Roof, including some talking parts


 In case we have to move: 


Someone should have pulled the plug on this place long ago.

A poem, a rant

So, what's an argument? Or an observation?

People who pass

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MARCH 9, 2014 11:15PM

Reply to Time Warner

Today I received this in my email:


March 2014

Dear Valued Customer:

Recently, Time Warner Cable announced plans to merge with Comcast, forming an industry-leading technology and media company dedicated to delivering great customer experiences.

Above all, this merger will benefit you, our custome

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There's an argument going on between a couple of my online friends at the moment. I'm not interested in going into the particulars of the argument, but I am interested in the standards that the argument is raising.

There's a musical, a rather popular one, playing on Broadway at the moment.… Read full post »

Those of you who have read a lot of my stuff know that I've talked ad infinitum about income polarization, how extreme it is, how bad it is for the country, and why. It's what I wrote my very first post about. I've come up with analogies to show scale: a dollar equals… Read full post »
Published a bit earlier on Our Salon

There is an old argument in American political circles having to do with responsibility for crimes committed by poor inner city minorities. The conservative side says that it's all about personal responsibility: Do the crime, do the time. The liberal side says that… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 21, 2014 11:51AM

Bad Giant Rhymes

My daughter is thirteen. She is very, very difficult to wake up. Mostly for school, but today for a doctor's appointment. 

I'll try anything. This morning I went into her room and intoned, in a loud, deep, stentorian voice (when I'm still tired I can make my voice deeper):

TIME… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 11, 2014 9:52AM

The Wonkette Nazi Analogy Flowchart


My wife shared this with me and I just had to share it with you.


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FEBRUARY 9, 2014 9:36PM

My Puppy: unusual shot

 Taken by one of my wife's students.


He's an Akita puppy, here maybe 13 weeks old. It's been a couple of weeks and he's blatantly bigger now. 


Gives new meaning to PIP (picture in picture).  

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My wife and I get a lot of e-mails from liberal causes wanting us to sign petitions (sure) and donate money (no). Today she got one from some organization concerned with firearm safety about signing a petition to get WalMart to stop carrying guns for kids, in pink and

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FEBRUARY 3, 2014 11:19AM

Descartes walks into a bar

My wife told me this. It comes from a friend's Facebook page.


Descartes walks into a bar. The bartender says: "The usual?"

Descartes replies: "I think not," and disappears.  Read full post »

My wife sent this to me. I thought it put a recent movie into perspective.
link is first.

‘The Monuments Men’ Shows How America Saved Paintings While Letting Jews Die

Audience… Read full post »

If you object to how Israel behaves and want Israel to change, given that Israel is a nuclear power with AIPAC, you're going to have to address how to influence Israelis, which means influencing Jews. If you don't bother addressing how to get Israel to change, criticizing Israel is a… Read full post »
JANUARY 14, 2014 11:34PM

I See One Moon

Tonight, for the first time in months, I look at the sky with both eyes and see one moon.

Recently, when I looked at the sky with my right eye open, I saw about six, arrayed in a sort of inverted apostrophe. It's been a few months since I was sure I/… Read full post »

JANUARY 11, 2014 4:28PM

Feeling Like a Chesspiece

This event happened maybe fifteen years ago. 

My wife, son and I were in the minivan driving to a hospital about an hour away to see a specialist for the kid. Given my kid's cerebral palsy, that was pretty routine. On the way down the interstate I start to get sleepy, so… Read full post »

January 4, 1987. A good friend from New York, a woman who would eventually become J's godmother, was visiting us at our house in Takoma Park, MD, just outside of DC, for the holidays. I had a cold. I was looking forward to a nap after I put her on the… Read full post »