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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 Got Chutzpah One of the chief joys - and supreme challenges - of writing a weekly blog devoted mostly to progressive politics, is going through the various comments sent in by readers. I must admit that for... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Taking the Time to Interview Our Brains" Annie and I just returned from several days up in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, where I gave a series of lectures at the Wildacres Conference Center and Retreat. We... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Israel, the Middle East and the 2016 Election" Precisely 100 years ago – in the election of 1916 - Jewish voters, for the first time in American history, cast a majority of their votes for the Democratic... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "ISIS 101" An introductory note: In a few days Anna I will be traveling out of state where I will be delivering several lectures in a bucolic mountain setting. In order to make best use of my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "We Can All Trust Donald Trump . . . Really!" If we all had a quarter for every time the words "trust" or "likeable" were used with regards to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in but a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Whatever Became of America?" As of this coming Thursday the candidates for POTUS and VPOTUS will be cast in concrete: Trump/Pence vs. Clinton/Kane. The Republican National Convention concluded this past Thursday; the Democrats begin their confab tomorrow,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "A Challenge to All Those Considering Voting for Donald Trump" I was originally intending to entitle this piece "A Challenge to All Potential Trump Supporters Who Can Read Above a Third-Grade Level." After giving the matter some... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Remembering Abner Mikva" Abner Mikva - former Congressman, federal judge and Counsel to President Bill Clinton - passed away the other day. He was 90 years young, and one of the few people in American history to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to A Brief Interview With Adams and Jefferson on the Fourth of July An introductory note: Today, the Fourth of July, is the nation's 240 birthday. On this day, in 1776, the Declaration of Independence - next to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Brexit+Frexit+Texit = Ipse Dixit" Gawd, what a week: The Trump for President campaign filed a financial report which was "highly disappointing" at best, "utterly disastrous" at worst. It showed that the Trump campaign hasn’t raised nearly enough... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to Speaking of . . . speaking In order to get as clear a picture of the 2016 presidential race as possible, let's spend a bit of time speaking about . . . well, speaking. For despite the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Taking a Tip From Tevye's Rebbe" Up until about 48 hours ago, few - outside of diehard conservatives and political nerds - had ever heard of Georgia's junior senator, David Perdue. But all that changed when Perdue,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Out of the Mouths of Babes, Boobs and Donald Trump" There's no getting around it: this past week was one of Donald Trump's worst. For this was the week that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2016 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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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 May 31, 2016 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