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Kurt F. Stone
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.
Interests: dashiell hammett, antiques, silent movies, raymond chandler and the los angeles dodgers.
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Audio Link to "I'm Shocked . . . Shocked!" This past Friday, April 18, the Obama Administration delayed a decision on construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, citing a Nebraska state court decision that invalidated part of the project's... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Not All Resident Aliens are Foreigners" Every president has one or more nicknames. Some are instantly recognizable: "The Father of Our Country" (Washington) "Old Hickory" (Jackson) "Honest Abe" (Lincoln) "The Roughrider" (Teddy Roosevelt) Some are rather obscure:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Things Don't Go Better With Koch" What is that god-awful noise we're beginning to hear from above? Sorry to inform you, but it's the thudding sound of shovels-full of dirt landing atop Democracy's coffin. And who's doing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Be Careful What You Litigate For" First things first. In the spirit of full disclosure, it must be revealed that: I am not an attorney; I have never played one on television or in film, and I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link To "Fred Phelps Meets His Maker . . . Sort Of" This past Thursday, the Rev. Fred Phelps passed away at age 84. Phelps was the virulently antigay preacher who attracted overwhelming condemnation and revulsion for picketing military... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
Audio Link to "An Acapella Purim" Once upon a time long ago in the land of the Persians there ruled a king named Achashverosh. And man, did he ever like to party . . . sometimes 180 days at a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Putin Envy . . . Or What in the Hell Are 'Mom Jeans'?" According to an old statistician's joke -- for all I know the only one there is -- "A man who has his head in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "The Peril of Manichaeism" Over the past six weeks, three Democratic members of the House of Representatives -- Henry Waxman and George Miller of California and Michigan Representative John Dingell -- have announced their retirement from Congress.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Galileo Must Be Spinning . . ." A couple of days ago, the National Science Foundation released a report showing that a quarter of Americans surveyed could not correctly answer that the Earth revolves around the Sun,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Rechanneling Will Rogers" In all American cultural history, there has never been a phenomenon quite like Will Rogers. For in his relatively brief life Rogers (1879-1935) was a man who wore many, many hats: cowboy, vaudeville headliner,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Where There is Smoke . . ." Like many of you, I am a former smoker. And like many of you, I well remember how difficult it was to break the habit once and for all. For... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to Henry Waxman: First (and Last) in His Class This week, California Representative Henry Waxman announced that after 40 years in office, he would be retiring. Waxman was a member of the fabled "Watergate Class" of 1974 --... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Eventually Everything Gets Outsoured -- Even Ethics" According to Merriam Webster, the transitive verb "outsource" first entered the English vocabulary in 1979 -- a scant 35 years ago. It's hard to believe that the term -- if... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Denying Reality For Fun and Profit" For all those who have yet to make his acquaintance, permit me to introduce you to Oklahoma's senior senator, James Inhofe. The 79-year old Inhofe, who served six years (1978-1984) as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "A Roster of Republican Possibilities" Last week, we took a look at five Democrats -- along with perceived front-runner, Hillary Clinton -- who could all play roles in the 2016 presidential primaries. This week, we take a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "A Roster of Democratic Possibilities" Now that we've entered 2014, it's high time to give serious thought to the 2016 presidential election. I mean, let's face it: when it comes to presidential races, 35 months just isn't... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2014 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Just Ducky" We begin with a couple of disclaimers: first, I have never watched a single episode of "Duck Dynasty," and until a couple of days ago knew nothing about it other than the fact that it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2013 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
Audio Link to "The Taliban Descend on Lansing . . . and Bismarck, Wichita and Pierre" Remember Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock? They are the two failed Republican Senate candidates (Akin in Missouri, Mourdock in Indiana) who somehow snatched defeat... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2013 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Worse Than the First?" This past Wednesday (Dec. 4), President Obama, speaking before a gathering at the Center for American Progress -- a liberal think tank -- called income inequality "the defining challenge of our time." It... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2013 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Anything But Anodyne" For the past ten or so days I have been researching and writing the last of six lectures in a series entitled How Many Trials of the Century Can One Century Have? The first... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2013 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "KA-BOOM!" OK, so the Democrats have exercised the so-called "Nuclear Option," thereby adding an even greater measure of venom to an already toxic political situation. The historic step assures next to nothing save streamlining the process by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2013 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "The Enemy of My Enemy is Not Always My Friend" Honestly, this essay will not be an attack on former President George W. Bush -- although he does figure prominently in what follows. Then too, it will... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2013 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "General Sheridan Was Right" Back in 1855, a recent West Point grad named Phillip H. Sheridan -- one day to become a famed military commander and General of the Army -- was sent to Ft. Duncan, a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2013 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Crist Almighty" The Red Sox victory in this year's World Series represents far more than one team defeating another. In taking the decisive game before a packed house at Boston's beloved Fenway Park, the Red Sox victory... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2013 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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Audio Link to "Have a Heart?" On April 23, 1951, actor John Garfield (The Postman Always Rings Twice, Body and Soul, Gentleman's Agreement, Force of Evil) spent the better part of the day being grilled by the House Un-American Activities... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2013 at The K.F. Stone Weekly
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