My running commentary on events: local, national, and international. Areas of special interest include Israel, Iraq, and dissidents in the Muslim world.

Most do nothing – but judge

November 18, 2011

This intelligent column in the New York Times by David Brooks on the Sandusky/ Paterno controversy makes the point that people love to judge others, but few stand up to evil.

To that I would add, people also love to demonize those...

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Herman Cain can’t prove a negative

November 8, 2011


We know for certain only a couple things regarding the Herman Cain controversy: the National Restaurant Association reached agreements during the 1990’s to give payouts to at least two women who were accusing Cain of sexual harassment,...

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Joan Rivers comes to the Pantages, disses, then dishes with this reporter

November 7, 2011

From Weekly Volcano


“Where are we?” Joan Rivers rasped from offstage last Friday. “The Pantages Theater in Tacoma? It’s come to this?”

So the icon kicked off a performance so politically incorrect it would make the diversity-minded...

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King Tut resurrected: A comic legend comes west

November 2, 2011

From JTNews



In advance of her November 4 performance at Tacoma’s Pantages Theater, the indefatigable Joan Rivers made time to speak with JTNews about her two TV shows, memories of her Jewish grandmothers, and how to stay forever young at...

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Come west, funny woman: Joan Rivers talks tattoos, military men and staying sexy in her 70s

November 2, 2011

From Weekly Volcano



Since her days on The Tonight Show in the 1970s, Joan Rivers has been a comedic icon. Now 78, Rivers, as captured in Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (last year’s film documentary about her life) seems to fear just one thing: a blank...

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Let accusors come forward; otherwise, forget it

October 31, 2011

A few brief thoughts about accusations against Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain.

When they face no public scrutiny and there is no potential downside for them, plenty of people make false accusations. Learning this fact was, for...

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Cain can!

October 11, 2011


A force to be reckoned with, Herman Cain, who has been surging in the polls, is a self-made man. From what I’ve read, he shone once again in Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate.

Cain, who has frequently been attacked...

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Amanda Knox coming home to Seattle as case built on hysteria dissolves

October 4, 2011


Amanda Knox (pictured above), the University of Washington undergraduate who has spent four years in an Italian prison for the murder of her roommate–a crime it would seem she did not commit–is on her way home to Seattle. As much as...

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If conservatism = common sense, the Repubs will pick Romney

September 22, 2011


Republicans will debate tonight, 9pm, EST, with Fox News’ Bret Baier to moderate with input from Chris Wallace and Megyn Kelly.

Apparently FOX News and Google have partnered for the debate so that viewers can weigh in by...

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RJC candidates’ debate tonight in Teaneck

September 20, 2011


Tonight (Tues. Sept. 20th) I will be moderating a candidates’ forum hosted by the Republican Jewish Coalition at the Jewish Center of Teaneck. Each of the three candidates attending is challenging a democratic incumbent in...

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