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Kurt F. Stone
I am an ordained rabbi who spends most of his time as a writer and college lecturer, teaching courses in political science, American history and cinema.
Interests: dashiell hammett, antiques, silent movies, raymond chandler and the los angeles dodgers.
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Audio Link to It Pays to Administer We begin with two items which, to a certain extent, are interrelated. The first item is apocryphal: Back in 1930, when Babe Ruth was asked to comment about the fact that he had... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Addicted to Simplicity" Those who have studied a bit of philosophy will likely recall the term "Occam's Razor." And, if you're like most, you've likely forgotten what in the heck it is . . . I mean,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "In Praise of Glenn Beck (!)" If anyone had told me even 72 hours ago that this week's essay would be entitled In Praise of Glenn Beck, I would have thought that either they were out in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Anti-immigranteitus Virulentis" Good Day Class: By a show of hands, how many of you can honestly trace your American roots back to the Mayflower -- or the Concord, Margaret of Bristol, Fortune, Sparrow, Amity -- or any... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
Audio Link to "Can You Pass a Citizenship Test?" With all the ongoing sturm und drang about illegal immigrants, "no pathway to citizenship" and the like, it seemed to me that perhaps on this, our 4th of July weekend, it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Howard Baker: Last of the 'Eloquent Listeners'" Former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker (R-TN) passed away this past Thursday, June 26, 2014. Ironically, the very next day -- June 27th -- marked forty years to the day... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to" If Money is Speech . . ." Back in late October of 2010, I published an essay entitled Worse Than Dred Scott. It dealt with the Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United v Federal Election Commission, which... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Dubito ergo cogito" Few statements are indubitable -- meaning impossible to doubt. In a world in which so much jabber, blather, and prattle seeks to pass itself off for absolute truth, indubitability is as rare as a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to This Just In . . . From a Parallel Universe Nearly 35 years ago a cosmologist named Alan Guth first posited a parallel universes theory. Although "I am not a scientist" -- to use a phrase which... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "The Last Refuge of the Unimaginative" Unless you've been off vacationing on Neptune or Uranus, you're aware that it's open season on Hillary Clinton. And although no one -- save perhaps Bill, Chelsea and Mrs. Clinton herself... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "And You Thought Louie Gohmert Was Nuts?" All self-respecting political nerds, geeks and aficionados are familiar with Texas Representative Louie Gohmert. He is, without question one of the political world's most certifiable nuts, one of its most... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Not the "What . . . But the "How" Writing and posting a weekly thousand-word essay requires a certain amount of discipline. Setting aside the many hours it takes to decide on a topic, then research, write,... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Divide and Conquer?" This past Tuesday, May 6th, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis won his state's Republican Senate primary, and now can put all his energy into challenging incumbent Democratic Senator Kay Hagen. Tillis, who came... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "The Prescience of Andy Warhol" Back in 1968, artist Andy Warhol gained lasting fame for 15 words of oracular wisdom: "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." Warhol's aphorism, which originally appeared in the... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Sedition is Not a Fashion Statement" Prior to this week, the only folks named Bundy I was familiar with were the brothers McGeorge (1919-1996) and William (1917-2000), lions of the post-war American foreign policy establishment and charter... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "I'm Shocked . . . Shocked!" This past Friday, April 18, the Obama Administration delayed a decision on construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, citing a Nebraska state court decision that invalidated part of the project's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Not All Resident Aliens are Foreigners" Every president has one or more nicknames. Some are instantly recognizable: "The Father of Our Country" (Washington) "Old Hickory" (Jackson) "Honest Abe" (Lincoln) "The Roughrider" (Teddy Roosevelt) Some are rather obscure:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Things Don't Go Better With Koch" What is that god-awful noise we're beginning to hear from above? Sorry to inform you, but it's the thudding sound of shovels-full of dirt landing atop Democracy's coffin. And who's doing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Be Careful What You Litigate For" First things first. In the spirit of full disclosure, it must be revealed that: I am not an attorney; I have never played one on television or in film, and I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link To "Fred Phelps Meets His Maker . . . Sort Of" This past Thursday, the Rev. Fred Phelps passed away at age 84. Phelps was the virulently antigay preacher who attracted overwhelming condemnation and revulsion for picketing military... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
Audio Link to "An Acapella Purim" Once upon a time long ago in the land of the Persians there ruled a king named Achashverosh. And man, did he ever like to party . . . sometimes 180 days at a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Putin Envy . . . Or What in the Hell Are 'Mom Jeans'?" According to an old statistician's joke -- for all I know the only one there is -- "A man who has his head in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "The Peril of Manichaeism" Over the past six weeks, three Democratic members of the House of Representatives -- Henry Waxman and George Miller of California and Michigan Representative John Dingell -- have announced their retirement from Congress.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Galileo Must Be Spinning . . ." A couple of days ago, the National Science Foundation released a report showing that a quarter of Americans surveyed could not correctly answer that the Earth revolves around the Sun,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Rechanneling Will Rogers" In all American cultural history, there has never been a phenomenon quite like Will Rogers. For in his relatively brief life Rogers (1879-1935) was a man who wore many, many hats: cowboy, vaudeville headliner,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly