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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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JULY 18, 2014 12:16AM

Privacy, for what it's worth

I don't begrudge you your anonymity. Please don't begrudge me mine.

To the extent that I value you, it is for a number of reasons: Because of how you express yourself, because of what you care about and why, because of who you care about and why, because of how well you… Read full post »

Published earlier on Our Salon


Israel has been in the news a lot lately. Prior to the recent open warfare with Hamas, there were three incidents involving the killing of teenaged Israelis. Two of those incidents have been discussed quite a bit.

The first of the three
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JULY 5, 2014 12:02AM

Two Americas

Those of you who have read me for a while know about my Negative Muse. She's a woman I used to know from AOL Jewish chat who lives in Florida and hangs out with a very conservative Jewish crowd. (Conservative Jews drive me nuts. They should know better.) She passes a… Read full post »

JUNE 27, 2014 10:18PM

Guess the Author

This is a pretty good piece of comedic writing. It was published the day before yesterday. If you don't already know, who do you think wrote this?

I've held off on writing about soccer for a decade -- or about the length of the average soccer game -- so as not… Read full post »
JUNE 23, 2014 2:09AM

Second Religion State by State

My wife showed me a map today. It apparently comes from an NPR report and it's based on the 2010 census. Here's a link to the article:

Every state in the union has more Christians than adherents to any o… Read full post »
JUNE 15, 2014 3:40PM

My Father's Voice

My father died on September first of 2013, making this the first Fathers' Day I don't phone him. Or maybe phone him the day after, but usually on the day. 

I have his voice on phone messages. I hadn't heard it in a while and I was worried about how I'd… Read full post »

We got home a little while ago from Ohio. I managed, unusually, to get my wife and daughter up and out in a timely fashion this morning, so we were making pretty good time - we needed to get home before the kennel closed to pick up the puppy, which we… Read full post »

My father-in-law was a Korean combat vet who died this past August a few days after being diagnosed with lung cancer, nine days before my father died. My father was in the hospital when I went to Ohio for the funeral.
He was a big, gruff guy who sounded… Read full post »



A critical difference between honest and dishonest arguments is that honest arguments are primarily about actions whereas dishonest arguments pretend to be about actions but are really about actors. Read full post »

APRIL 28, 2014 1:27AM

The Holocaust as a Jewish Phenomenon

I am posting this because of a recurring criticism from Safe Bet's Amy that has made its latest appearance on the current post of OESheepdog:

That post is about a particular remembrance. I'll cover more general issues here. 

I'v… Read full post »

Recently, on Open Salon, Daniel Rigney wrote a post about the giving pledge initiated by Bill and Melinda Gates. The gist of the pledge is that billionaires agree to give away at least half their worth during their lifetimes or immediately upon their deaths. full post »

Earlier today, James Emmerling asked me to explain Passover to him, on his current post, so I did. In case anyone else wants to know who doesn't read his blog, here's what I said (bracketed addition at the end was added here):

You want me to explain Passover to you?

Do you know… Read full post »

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: 


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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 »