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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 "Sam Cooke Must Be Spinning in His Grave" It's hard to believe that in just a couple of weeks it will be 50 years -- one half century -- since the murder of Soul legend Sam Cooke... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "The People Have Spoken . . . Or Have They?" As I have long told my politics students at Florida International and Florida Atlantic University, politics -- at most every level -- is not a game of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Should Political Lies Be Protected Speech" Now that the 2014 midterm elections are 98% over, we politically active folks can expect to see a dramatic reduction in the number of emails finding their way into our electronic... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "The Midterm Election: Why 'The Worst Thing in the World' Might Not Be That Bad So here we are, about 60 hours before the polls close in Alaska and Hawaii. Finally, finally, the 2014 midterm elections will... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "The Politics of Ebola" Once upon a time not so very long ago, worldwide crises -- of the pestilential-natural disaster sort -- brought people and nations together in common cause. Many remember America's -- and the world's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to Blame It On the Villainovans Back in the days of Hollywood's early adolescence, producer/director William C. deMille (being Cecil's, more gifted, less narcissistic older brother and Agnes' father) facetiously proposed the formation of a syndicate to purchase... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "OPR: Remembrance of Things Future" This past Tuesday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags in pharmacies and grocery stores. The ban, which follows the lead of more than 100... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Awake! Awake!" (Note: This is an extremely busy couple of weeks for yours truly. For in addition to preparing lectures (the history of Islam, the short stories of Anton Chekov and John Barrymore's 1921 silent film "Sherlock... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "E Unum Pluribus" This past Thursday the people of Scotland voted on whether their country should break away from the United Kingdom. Voters from the Shetlands to the Borders and from Glasgow to the Scottish Glens came... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "The Fine Line Between Heroes and Hooligans" Once there was a time when the daily sports section was filled with scores, standings and stats. I for one loved nothing more than sipping my early morning cuppa hot... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Sinning While Wearing a Halo" This week, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was found guilty on eleven counts of federal corruption; his wife Maureen, guilty of nine counts. For those who have been out of touch the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "What's It Going to Take?" It seems like every time you think you've seen or heard it all, something else pops up to prove just how wrong you can be. Take the horror of gun violence. A... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "And There's a Rose in a Fisted Glove . . ." Outside of those who majored American Lit or are otherwise major fans of Mark Twain, the name Charles Dudley Warner is likely to draw a blank.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Islamophobia For Fun and Profit" Without question, Americans' feelings about Arabs and Muslims have taken a nose-dive over the past several years. Many of us are bombarded on a daily basis with emails that warn, frighten and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Income Inequality . . . or, the Horse and Sparrow Theory" Question: Which fuel best drives a nation's economy: wealth or consumption? Answer: It depends, my friend . . . it depends. "Depends on what?" I hear... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "A War No One Can Win" One of the most educative and entertaining things about writing, posting and syndicating a weekly online op-ed piece is reading reader's comments. Over the years, they have run the gamut from... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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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 Jul 28, 2014 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