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Male, Jewish, in my extremely early sixties, 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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MARCH 8, 2015 11:30PM

UCLA: I don't blame the students

The other day, I wrote a post about an incident that occurred last month at UCLA.  In case you're curious, though you don't need to read it to understand this post:

The comment thread there has made me realize the… Read full post »

MARCH 6, 2015 9:29AM

An Incident at UCLA

Double-posted at Our Salon as usual

A friend of mine sent me a link this morning. Once I read it, I realized it was worth a post.

Here's the link:

Last month an extremely qualified Jewish student by the name of Rachel Beyda was nomina… Read full post »
MARCH 4, 2015 11:21AM

One Sentence Wednesday: The Speech

What Congressman Boehner's invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu means is that everyone in the world dealing with the United States now knows that it's fine to ignore a sitting President and his State Department when it comes to matters of foreign policy.

FEBRUARY 26, 2015 8:49AM

Doot Doot Doot Lookin' Out My Back Door

All photos taken within the last hour (currently 8:23 AM)

Doot Doot Doot


Out back door, turn right

Back stairs, Before



Back stairs, After



Back stairs, During



Mabel on deck



Mabel relax

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FEBRUARY 23, 2015 4:48PM

Rock'n'Roll Who's On First?

A few months ago, someone mailed me a comic strip, I think it was my mother. I was about to toss it but it's hysterical, particularly if you followed the kind of music I did. 

So I looked around and found a link to it, so now I can toss the… Read full post »

What the window treatment store buys from the manufacturer if they get a better discount than they do on forty-nine shades.

Now that Jan's back and we can go about our business, I read a post by a blogger named Tom King

 which is blatantly a shaggy dog story. I assume most of you have them.  I'll share one. I… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 16, 2015 7:21PM

Intolerance and Religion

I’ve watched and participated in a lot of arguments about intolerance and faith lately. Recently, Jonathan Wolfman posed a question about Atheism, Agnosticism, and Theism: What does it matter?

From a religious standpoint or even from an intellectual standpoint, it doesn’t matter much. I

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Now that I've got your attention, what do you think this post is really about?

It's about Australia's oldest guy knitting sweaters for little penguins. It turns out there's a kind of penguin called the "little penguin." It's about a foot tall. It's indigenous to an area of Australia and New Zealand.

Au… Read full post »
This was forwarded to me. 

This is a better explanation of why the anti-vaccinators are nuts than anything I could come up with.
And a Hell of a lot funnier. Read full post »
FEBRUARY 4, 2015 2:10AM

Assumptions About My Name and Avatar

I was looking through an old thread of mine today. It's from this past September 3, and the title is Israel Annexes More West Bank Land. Keep in mind as we continue that this post was primarily critical of Israel. At the time I was royally pissed off at the Netanyahu government's… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 3, 2015 9:29AM

My Blogging Career In One Cartoon

You've heard the expression "A picture is worth a thousand words." 

 In my case, this cartoon is worth considerably more than a thousand.

My wife e-mailed me this.

By Tim Eagan, Press Democrat

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Greenheron inadvertently gave me an idea:  If I ran an announcement at the beginning of each post saying: "I reserve the right to republish any comments, even for profit" and I just republished large swaths of my streams, I could write the next Waiting For Godot. Read full post »

If someone wrote a post entitled "The first thing we do, let's kill all the Jews" and then told you: "Of course it isn't antisemitic - it's a Shakespeare reference: 'The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers,'" 

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JANUARY 28, 2015 12:13AM

A Lifetime of Famous Performers

Who have I ever seen perform that anyone has ever heard of? A whole lot of people, especially when I was younger. Sometimes I try to remember them all, but the list just keeps going and going and I end up leaving out performers that people would yell at me about… Read full post »

JANUARY 26, 2015 7:06PM

Happy Birthday Jonathan Wolfman

Mazel tov! May this be a thoroughly enjoyable one. 

Ks Read full post »

JANUARY 26, 2015 1:00AM

Master Race

A friend of mine of German ancestry is extremely interested in genetics. He has shared some of the information he has found in the course of investigating his own genetic background and the genetic patterns of Germans in general. He has apparently been using an outfit called Eupedia, an organization… Read full post »

JANUARY 23, 2015 9:56AM

This Is Not My Puppy

Yesterday, I meantioned in some thread or other that I was playing with my new puppy. Nerd Cred picked up on that and told me I had to post pictures. "We haven't named her yet" I said. She said we didn't need a name to post pictures. She's right. 

But first, if/… Read full post »

Lately I've been writing a lot about racism, and I'm one of the Open Salon/OurSalon authors of an e-book on that subject. Sometimes I write about other kinds of bigotry. Sometimes I write about Judaism and once in a while about Israel, both of which people associate with me because ofRead full post »

The majority of American public school students are now low income.

If you wanted to know why Republicans talk about how private schools are doing better than public schools, now you know why, and you also know why they don't like fRead full post »

JANUARY 10, 2015 11:57AM

Sir Mixalot's Country Masterpiece

This is amazing. My wife heard this on ATC, looked it up and forwarded it to me. 
A Nashville songwriter by the name of Gregory Todd who posts on YouTube under the name Sir Mixalot noticed that a couple of country hits seemed awfully similar, so he downloaded them into… Read full post »

My son's death is full of a long line of strange coincidences. I am not in any way attempting to persuade anyone of anything regarding this. Maybe there's a weird mathematical function that covers this.

Video, rarely shot of J, was shot three weeks before his death to the day. It's not… Read full post »

JANUARY 6, 2015 11:47AM


It all began on Guam; actually it didn’t, but close enough. I finally got off that island and went to work as a pole dancer, moonlighting as an LA Cop in a small town in Ontario. While there, I decided to become a Wiccan because I’d always wanted to be the… Read full post »
JANUARY 2, 2015 10:59PM


Published a moment previously on Our Salon.

In starting this post, I am not at this point at all sure where it's going to finish. I suppose it will take me where it takes me.

We raise our kids pledging to the flag every day in school. With liberty and justice for all.… Read full post »