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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 Link to "Can You Say Cognitive Dissonance"? The late social psychologist Leon Festinger (1918-1989) has never been what you'd call a household name. From where I sit, he really should be, for he was responsible for a truly important... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "A Memo to His Holiness, Pope Francis" To: His Holiness, Pope Francis From: Rabbi Kurt F. Stone Re: Poverty and Peace, Climate and Capitalism, Misery and Miracles Your Holiness: I am a bit hesitant to compose and... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "What Some People Won't Believe" It is a fact -- a maddeningly, stupifyingly, frightening fact -- that for every off-the-wall paranoid conspiracy, there are thousands upon thousands if not millions, of "true believers," who are being spoon... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "All 'Bout Bernie" In a recent online essay, Esquire Magazine's Charles Pierce correctly noted that over the past generation or so, " . . . every time a Democratic senator runs for president, the National Journal .... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to A Memo to Gov. Jerry Brown To: Governor Jerry Brown From: Kurt F. Stone Re: California's Latest Drought While reading articles on the current 3-year long California drought and immersing myself in the latest United States Drought... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "The Endangered Super Majority" There's an old Yiddish expression which goes, שווער צו זייַן אַ איד (pronounced shvair tzu zein a yid), which means "It's hard to be a Jew," and for generations of Eastern European Yiddish-speaking... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Silly Season is Upon Us" Back in 1855, the British Tory Sir Alexander Beresford Hope (1820-1887) founded The Saturday Review of politics, literature, science and art. During its estimable 83-year run, Review contributors included such literary, artistic... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Three Cheers For Nancy Detert" Florida State Senator Nancy Detert is hardly a political superstar -- let alone a household name. Indeed, none but the geekiest of political wonks have likely ever heard of her . .... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Everyone Hates Obamacare: Just Ask Ted Cruz and Cathy Rogers" Its now been more two years since the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) got off to a less than stellar start. One will recall that during its first... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to :Edna Ferber: The Triumph of Archetype Over Stereotype" Over the past year, I've put together a lecture series entitled Short Story Writers and Their Art. I'm happy to report that so far, the lectures have elicited some... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Old Doc Logan Must Be Spinning in His Grave" In one of the most stunningly, unfathomably, incomprehensibly chuckleheaded moves in all American political history, 47 Senate Republicans (including Majority Leader McConnell, and potential 2016 presidential candidates Marco... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "I'm Not a Scientist, But . . ." Down here in Florida, our governor, Rick Scott, is well-known for a couple of things. First, he is the fellow who, as CEO of Columbia/HCA oversaw what was until... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Congressional Republicans Are All a Bunch of Marxists" By now, it seems like the 2014 midterm elections were a hundred years ago. One has a vague memory of Republican candidates from Maine to Arizona promising voters in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to"A Memo to All Those Contemplating Throwing Their Hat Into the Ring" TO: All Those Contemplating Throwing Their Hat into the Ring FROM: KFS RE: Reality Check Now that we are already in what one might call "spring... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to The Punter "England and America," the Irish writer George Bernard Shaw supposedly quipped, "are Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker two countries separated by the same language." Note the qualification supposedly; some attribute the bon mot to Winston Churchill,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to Barack Obama Channels Augustine of Hippo and Gets Scourged For His Efforts This past Thursday, President Obama addressed the National Prayer Breakfast, an annual event held in Washington, D.C., on the first Thursday of February. The first... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Lately, in what passes for my "free time," I've been reediting the first decade's worth of K.F. Stone Weekly essays, the first of which -- As Dad Used to Say -- posted on February 4, 2005. It is my intention... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "The Politics of Beauty . . . The Beauty of Politics" Israel is back in the news this week in two separate stories which, truth to tell, aren't the usual fare: The kerfuffle over the Misses Israel... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Just Because One May, Doesn't Necessarily Mean One Should" One unexpected yet valuable byproduct of last week's massacre in Paris is the emerging debate over the propriety of publishing -- or republishing -- images and cartoons which... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to Qu'allons-nous faire au sujet de Charlie The first section of this morning's Sun Sentinel contained no fewer than 6 articles dealing with Islamic terrorists and acts of terror -- and not just in Paris. A sampling of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to When Politics Get in the Way of Empathy A couple of days ago, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid (D-NV) broke several ribs and facial bones when a piece of exercise equipment broke, causing him to fall. Taken... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "The Battle of the Hexes" 2014 is ending on several upnotes: The nation's unemployment rate is down to 5.8%, the lowests its been since July 2008; The latest quarterly data on real gross domestic product shows the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "North Korea, Cuba and Sir Charles Chaplin" All the folderol concerning the Rogen/Franco/Goldberg film The Interview, the alleged North Korean hacking into Sony Pictures' cyber secrets and the latter's caving in due to the fear of God... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to : "Of Giants and Pygmies" Come the fifth of January 2015, Congress will be without a handful of giants, all of whom have decided to retire. The upcoming 114th Congress will be the first since 1933 without... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "What I Most Dislike About Democrats" Over the course of this blog's first decade, I have frequently been accused of being a robotic political partisan; of what, back in the day was termed a "Mad Dog Democrat"... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly