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Kurt F. Stone
Hollywood, California
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. I have published two massive histories of the United States Congress which can be found in just about every library in America. For the past 20 years I have also worked as a medical ethicist; first for the Cleveland Clinic Florida and currently for Schulman Associates IRB.
Interests: dashiell hammett, antiques, silent movies, raymond chandler and the los angeles dodgers.
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Audio File to "Hillary Clinton - An Endorsement With a Difference" Regardless of who wins the 2016 election, the 45th President of the United States will represent an historic first: the first woman, Jew or person without a whit of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "BDS is NOT a Gastric Condition; It IS a Bloody Pain in the Rear" Depending on one's age, ethnicity, the source(s) of their news and knowledge of both history and current events, the term "BDS" can elicit... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Living Without Asterisks" What would modern life be like without asterisks? Either one heck of a lot more truthful or one hell of a lot more mendacious - take your pick. Coming from the Greek ἀστερίσκος -... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Professor George Katzman passed away last week, just a few hours before Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Memorial Day. His death also came two weeks after Florida Governor Rick Scott came to the David Posnack Jewish Community Center in Davie to... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to Trump and Cruz : "The Difference Between a Diarrhetic and an Emetic" At least once a week for the past couple of months, some student in my "All Politics All the Time" class will say something like:... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to 'Pesach and Foreign Policy' Without a doubt, Pesach (Passover) can be the most rigorously demanding of all Jewish holidays: changing dishes and utensils; scouring surfaces till they shine; eliminating a ton of different foodstuffs that don't pass... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "The Narcissism of Small Differences" OK class . . . by a show of hands, how many are beset with a gnawing feeling that civilization has become seriously unhinged? That nothing works and no one gets along... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "A Memo to Those Who Believe It's 'Heads I Win, Tails You Lose!'" To: Those Who Believe It's "Heads I Win, Tails You Lose!" From: K.F.S. Re: Reality Like many, I receive tons of email on a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Mitch McConnell - Hoist on His Own Petard" Let us begin with a bit of history and etymology: In Hamlet (act III, scene IV), Shakespeare gives his title character the line For tis the sport to have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Who's to Blame? We All Are" The irrepressible Dorothy Parker once quipped that no matter how long she lived, there were two things she knew would always confuse her: the theory of zippers and the exact function... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Thinking Can Be Nothing Short of Miraculous" I don't know about you, but I'm suffering from a bit of partisan political fatigue. There's a lot of sound and fury out there signifying God knows what. And so,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Fighting BS With a Marshmallow" The story has long been told about the great actor John Barrymore's last few moments. According to the tale - perhaps apocryphal, though I pray not - as "The Great Profile" lay... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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The two pictures below highlight better than ten thousand-word essays, the essential difference between the Trump and Clinton campaigns. They also highlight, better than fifty thoughtful commentaries, the inherent difference between Mr. Trump's America and that of Secretary Clinton. Can... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Send in the Clowns - With Apologies to Stephen Sondheim" Isn't it rich? Are we a pair? Me here at last on the ground, You in the air. Send in the clowns. Within moments of learning that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to Pete Gizinski For President Cognitive neuroscientists inform us that virtually everything we've ever seen, done, heard - perhaps even dreamed or smelled - is retained in our brains' memory banks. The overwhelming majority of these stored memories... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Constitutional CPR" Shortly before last night's Republican presidential debate in South Carolina, word came that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had unexpectedly passed away at age 79. Without question, the conservative icon's death added a dramatic dimension... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "On My First Day I'll . . ." If we are to take the various Republican presidential candidates at their word, their first day in the Oval Office will need to consist of somewhere around 35,000 hours.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to A Memo to the Fourth Estate To: Members of the Fourth Estate From: Kurt F. Stone Re: Professionalism, Culpability and Journalistic Ethics It is as both a producer and a consumer of political news and views that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Weather is Not the Same Thing as Climate" Climate change deniers from Ted Cruz to Rush Limbaugh are enjoying the hell out of Winter Storm Jonas. To them, the massive, one-in-a-generation snow storm and attendant floods attacking... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Criminal Intent?" Over the past ten days or so, I've been spending a lot of time preparing for a major lecture on ISIS - the "Islamic State." This lecture, which is part of the Foreign Policy Association's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to Give Me Imbruvica or Give Me Death (Los Angeles): First the good news: Back on September 28, 2015 (the day on which our newest granddaughter, Claire Emily greeted the world), I posted a piece entitled Cat Crap... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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In a lengthy 1852 essay entitled The 18th Brumaire of Louis Napoleon, Karl Marx famously wrote that "History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce." (In reality, Marx cribbed the comment from his future writing partner Friedrich Engels, who... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Every Break He Takes" Damn Donald Trump. Every time you think he's finally sunk about as low into the primeval ooze as is humanly possible, he descends yet further. Every time you figure he's sucked up the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Chanukah 101" Truth to tell, Chanukah - the Jewish "Festival of Light" or "Feast of Dedication" - is a very minor holiday. Although about as devoid of any religious or spiritual import as a holiday can be,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Shame - 'A Soul Eating Emotion'" Although this is not specifically an essay about Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson or Carly Fiorina, they do figure into its construction, for this is a piece about that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly