Friday, December 4, 2020


Marty Kaplan

The President of Stranger Things

A full moon ambushed me the other morning. It was pasted on the sky like a crafts project, too flat and too burnt orange, and...

The God of CSI: Las Vegas

Means, motive, opportunity. For detectives, nailing down those is the perp trifecta. In Las Vegas, the forensic postmortem on the deadliest mass shooting in...

Guilty of good grammar: you’re right and your right and ur rite

“You know the difference between ‘your’ and ‘you’re.’ ” That line shows up in a JDate profile. It’s from the section where you tell prospective...

Holy hurricane

Denial just ain’t what it used to be. Maybe it’s only me, but as recent news has delivered one gut punch after another, it’s been...

This is your brain on Trump

Do you ever find yourself wondering what the story is with those thrilled faces behind Donald Trump at his rallies? Unlike us, they’re not...

Zen and the art of nuclear war

In the contest between crisis and calm, oy has an edge over om. Case in point: Just as I was giving meditation another try to...

Will Kelly last longer than Scaramucci?

John F. Kelly’s front-stabbing Donald Trump’s new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci only hours after Trump named the four-star Marine general his chief...

Will Pence pardon Trump?

“Thank you, Mr. President,” Vice President Mike Pence tweeted on July 15, celebrating the one-year anniversary of candidate Donald Trump naming him to the...

Roget’s Trumpasaurus

“What is the first word that comes to mind when you think of Donald Trump?” That’s the open-ended question a Quinnipiac poll asked Americans in...

Hunk hawks hideous health bill

John Thune is the most handsome man in the U.S. Senate. Square jawed, gleaming smile, cowboy tan, the 6’4” South Dakota Republican’s rugged good...

The trouble with Trump’s tolerance tour

Post-truth POTUS turns out to be perfect casting for tackling the One True Religion problem. Even if it were someone else, not Donald Trump, pulling...

The stigma of the unworthy unhealthy

There was something sublimely degrading about the beer bash President Donald Trump threw May 4 for House Republicans who passed his health care bill...

And on his 92d day, he fired the surgeon general

At least I got to thank him for his service while he was still serving. If you saw the “Diabetic Lesbians and a Blushing Bride”...

My iPhone is my Egypt

What is your Egypt? The people, the food and the storytelling are what I love most about the Passover seder I go to, but I...


“I blame myself — it was my fault, and I take full responsibility for it,” Donald Trump said, not once, ever, in his entire...

Good news about bad news

Everyone knows TV political journalism failed us during the 2016 campaign. Everyone knows TV news was clueless about Donald Trump voters and blue states swinging...

Good news about bad news

Everyone knows TV political journalism failed us during the 2016 campaign. Everyone knows TV news was clueless about Donald Trump voters and blue states swinging...

Searching for truth in an age of lies

Let’s give it up for truth. C’mon, a nice hand. It gave us a lot of good years. Back in the day, Truth began with...

I know how you feel about Trump

Remember when we couldn’t wait to say good riddance to 2016? We’d had it with that abusive spouse of an election year. We were...

Waterboarding Washington

President Trump feels waterboarding works. If you knew what he knew, wouldn’t you? He heard Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham say torture works...

Skipping the inauguration

Many people are saying they won’t be watching the inauguration on TV.

How to love Trump

For a majority of Americans, feeling traumatized and terrified are reasonable responses to the words \"President-elect Donald Trump.\"

None dare call it treason

In 1964, when Barry Goldwater ran against Lyndon Johnson, a man named John A. Stormer self-published a book called, “None Dare Call It Treason.”

Like kryptonite to campaign finance reform

When Hillary Clinton lost the Electoral College, most post-mortems faulted Democrats for failing to empathize with the anger and abandonment that non-coastal Americans were feeling.

Trump’s Needed Act (Part #2)

Last week, this blog <a href="http://www.jewishjournal.com/thewideangle/item/trumps_needed_act ">wrote about the impact of the Trump election and the steps that ought to be taken to counteract the...

The prostate presidency

In her Clinton wardrobe and hair, accompanying herself on the piano, Kate McKinnon’s cold open of the \"Saturday Night Live\" after Election Day was a dirge for the loss of Leonard Cohen, for the loss of Hillary Clinton and for the lost Americans now struggling for hope and direction.

King Comey is rigging the election

I was afraid the October surprise was going to be an act of terrorism on U.S. soil. I thought that ISIS, like Putin, calculated that hothead Trump would better serve its interests than cucumber Clinton.

Ghosts at the presidential debates

Like many others who watched the presidential town hall in St. Louis, I loved how it revealed Donald Trump’s character, and I wanted to take a shower when it was over.

Who by strangling and who by Starbucks: the fate of Yom Kippur

What would you give to know who’ll win the election? A lot, I bet — not because you’ll know whether to get out of the stock market, but because the anxiety is killing you.

Trump wins first debate

Apparently pretty much everyone I know is a bed-wetter.

New Articles

6 Prominent Holocaust Survivors Have Died in Europe Over the Past Month

Six prominent Holocaust survivors who had dedicated much of their lives to educating others against hatred have died in Europe over the past month.

Jewish Man Says Company Fired Him After Refusing to Write BLM Press Release

A Jewish man has alleged that a company fired him because he refused to draft a Black Lives Matter (BLM) press release due to...

New Iranian Law Ramps Up Uranium Enrichment — If Biden Doesn’t Reenter Deal

Iran’s parliament passed a law on Wednesday aimed at pressuring President-elect Joe Biden to reenter the Iran nuclear deal almost as soon as he assumes office.

Israel’s UN Ambassador Demands Recognition of Jewish Refugees

Israel passed its first laws recognizing some citizens of Arab descent as refugees in 2002

Naftali Bennett: Approving a Palestinian State Would Be ‘Biggest Mistake’

Israeli Knesset Member Naftali Bennett warned that Israel approving a Palestinian state would be the “biggest mistake” of the country’s history.

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