BLOGS


  • United Airlines Is Just One Miscreant In The Age Of Frustration I have believed for a long time now that Donald Trump was elected president partly because of the behavior of companies like United Airlines and its large and growing fraternity of institutions that find the individual customer an inconvenience. We live in an age where we have to take what we are handed by the institutions ...
  • Friday Talking Points — Trump Advisor Apologizes Without Getting Fired! This week saw some history made in the Trump White House. For the first time (at least in our memory), a White House top aide actually apologized for saying something stupid. So far, being Donald Trump (or being a Trump spokesperson) has meant never having to say you’re sorry over any idiocy that gets said ...
  • Trump’s (Mis)guided Missile Policy It was a predictable act. When a leader is embroiled in intractable domestic problems, with sliding approval ratings and a federal investigation into members of his administration, launching guided missiles may be the best cop-out. But beyond the question of motives and legality –as important as they are– Trump’s decision last week to launch $90 ...
  • Arkansas Is Trying To Repeat My State’s Gruesome Mistakes Almost three years ago, Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner were scheduled for execution in Oklahoma on the same night. You might remember that it didn’t go well. Of the two, only Lockett was killed that evening, and the manner of his death—the 43-minutes of torture—still haunts us. Our state government spent many months on investigations ...
  • Yom Kippur vs. Good Friday — Truth In Advertising Early in my Jewish immersion, a.k.a. getting to know Karen’s family, I greeted my future brother-in-law with a hearty “Happy Yom Kippur!” He looked a little shocked before he chuckled and told me that’s not really the way you do it on Yom Kippur. Heck, how would I know? I grew up in a family that ...
  • ’13 Reasons Why’ Forces You To See Rape From The Victim’s POV “13 Reasons Why” was going to be an emo-teen tale that I could mindlessly watch while trying to be a responsible adult by ironing my work clothes. I had never read the book but had heard the premise ― the now seemingly mandatory inclusion of nostalgia through the use of cassette tapes ― and I was ...
  • Transcending Interfaith Fear Minority faith communities are undergoing great stress in today’s America. Over the past several months, Jewish cemeteries, synagogues, and even a Jewish museum have been vandalized across the country, while Jewish community centers have received a litany of bomb threats. One rabbi in Seattle, whose synagogue of 16 years was graffitied with such slogans as, ...
  • Composting Religion As I don my vestments and stole to take part in ritual ceremonies of Holy Week, the most sacred liturgical moment of the Christian calendar, I realize I am not what most people envision when they hear the word “reverend.” – with my youth, brown skin and curves. I wear my clerical collar with skinny ...
  • Turkey’s Referendum: Free and Fair? Turks will vote on Sunday in a referendum to amend the constitution, and establish an executive presidency, eliminating checks and balances. The referendum will change the way Turkey is governed, establishing one-man rule and transforming Turkey into a dictatorship. There are two ways to rig an election: obstruct your opponent’s campaign, or stuff the ballot box. President ...
  • Jackie Collins’ Daughter Picks Up The Torch For Mom’s Work Jackie Collins was one of the world’s best-selling novelists of all time. Her 32 novels were all New York Times bestsellers and went on to sell over 500 million copies in more than 40 countries. Collins’ captivating and colorful characters transported readers into another world. With each twist and turn of her pen, Collins’ stories ...
  • Anti-Lent Even though I was not raised Catholic, I always enjoyed the idea of giving something up for Lent. I remember viewing it as a challenge – a redeeming opportunity to absolve myself of my shortcomings and my personal defects. I also believed that it somehow made me more worthy ― that being willing and able ...
  • Trump’s Far-Right Israel Stance Creates An Opening For The Left This is a revised and updated version of an article that originally appeared in In These Times on February 17, 2017 It was a surreal scene this past February, when President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Washington, D.C. and spoke of their “shared values” which have “advanced the cause of ...
  • Debunking The Washington Post’s Latest Outrageous Attacks On Social Security A just-released report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) reveals that, once again, the “serious people” in Washington are weaponizing shoddy, inaccurate data to stoke false claims about Social Security. The CAP report exposes The Washington Post’s misuse of data to inflate the numbers of working-age Americans receiving Social Security disability insurance benefits. The Post ...
  • From IKEA to Ellen: The Beautiful Story Of These Gay Dads And Their Triplets Originally published on Gays With Kids, by Erika Prins Simonds. Justin Ruehs and Adam Smeets tried for two and a half years with three surrogates before finally getting pregnant. Then they learned they were expecting triplets. The arrival of Harper, Collins and Emmett in June has been celebrated in the media worldwide. Even before then, the family ...
  • 9 Things You Need to Give Up If You Want to Be Happy and Successful Stop waiting for happiness and success — you can start achieving them in the present by giving up these toxic things. When we aim to become happy and have a successful outlook, we often focus on getting to the next station in life. Happiness is seemingly always “someday” in the near-distant future — like once we finally land that promotion ...
  • While The Media Slept Donald Trump has called the mainstream media “the enemy.”  But since January 20th, the media has been Trump’s best friend because they have, in the main, ignored the big stories about his disastrous presidency. To be fair, Rachel Maddow has been superb.  And the New York Times, Washington Post, and a few other print outlets have ...
  • Trump, King And Moral Equivalency We offer, as Rod Serling might’ve said, the following for your consideration. Two different persons light a blaze in a field. One has the intention of creating a firebreak to stall a potentially out-of-control wildfire. The other has the intention of igniting a wildfire that will cause untold damage. The first is a firefighter. The second is ...
  • Aisle View: International Incident What was terrific last July is now superb. J.T. Rogers’ Oslo is the most engrossing new drama on Broadway. Director Bartlett Sher and his excellent cast have ramped up the tension, resulting in an altogether riveting evening. Let us add, a riveting three-hour evening which breathlessly speeds by. Rogers gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the ...
  • Coming Out As Genderqueer This piece by Eloise LeBel originally appeared on The Establishment, an independent multimedia site founded and run by women. First I was a tomboy. Then a teenybopper, a bisexual woman, a drag queen. Through my life I have struggled to find the right words, the right explanation for what I really am: a genderqueer, non-binary person, no gender and ...
  • What United Airlines Really Wants Is to Privatize America’s Skies United Airlines CEO, Victor Munoz, appears to be conflicted about the passenger who was violently dragged off of one of his flights over the weekend. On Monday, he defended his staff and blamed the passenger, whose face was bloodied by aviation security personnel, for being “disruptive and belligerent.” On Tuesday, he apologized: “No one should ever ...