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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 "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 2 days ago 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
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Audio Link to "'The Only Democracy in the Middle East' -- But For How Much Longer?" Ever since its founding in 1948, one of the proudest -- and truest -- facts over which khov'vei yisrael ("Lovers of Israel") have been... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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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 Nov 24, 2014 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