An Open Letter to the University of California Board of Regents: Reject the Anti-Free Speech Resolution

I am writing you to ask you to reject the resolution that states that “anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and other forms of discrimination have no place at the University of California.”  As Jewish Voice for Peace points out, one can be against Zionist without being anti-Semitic.  Conflating the two is wrong and  will lead to an unacceptable infringement of free speech.

Why I'm Going Supernova on Neil deGrasse Tyson over Donald Trump

It’s hard not to love Neil deGrasse Tyson. I challenge you to listen to Star Talk Radio and not be impressed by his humor, his warmth, his humanity, his concern for society and the environment, and his ability to explain science.  That’s why I was shocked when I saw his tweet implying that those who oppose Trump are only doing so because they fear his followers.

The Supreme Court, The GOP, and the Strom Thurmond Rule

Republicans are invoking the  Strom Thurmond rule  as an excuse to deny President Obama his right to appoint a Supreme Court Justice. They aren't even going through the pretense of waiting until Obama nominates a new Justice before saying they intend to shoot him down.  

Will Michael Bloomberg Be The Next Ralph Nader--Or Will He Raise Billions For Charity By Challenging Trump?

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is getting serious about running for president as a third party candidate.  In January, three of his associates said that he might run to stop Donald Trump or Ted Cruz from becoming president. That is a noble ambition, but it would be a disaster if Bloomberg went through with it. 

New York State Assembly-Reject the unconstitutional anti-BDS bill (A9036)

I wrote an article two years ago about an attempt by some of Israel's supporters to pass a blatantly unconstitutional New York State bill  that would punish supporters of BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions.)  The bill failed back then, but its supporters are at it again.  

How to Fight Online Recruitment By ISIS

In his Daily Beast column, "Can Muslim American's Stop ISIS?", Dean Obeidallah notes that Muslim leaders are already reaching out to fellow Muslims to prevent them from turning to the evil distorted vers

The Stupid Is Strong Amongst Donald Trump supporters

Wow! A recent poll showed 41% of Trump supporters approved of bombing the fictional city of Agrabah.

This shows that the evilness of a significant number of Trump supporters is matched only by their stupidity.

It is evil to want to bomb a city you know nothing about.

Let Syrian Refugees In

Scared-of-their-shadow Republicans (and a few Democrats) are trying to block Syrian refugees from entering the U.S.  They must not be allowed to win for the following reasons.

 

An Open Letter to Neera Tanden of the Center For American Progress

Dear Neera Tanden,

I am dismayed that you would lend help legitimize Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his policies by asking him to speak before the Center of American Progress tomorrow.

Stephen Colbert and Donald Trump's Soul

Steven Colbert did a great thing.  That's not news.  Steven Colbert does a lot of great things.  But this may be one of the best things he has done.

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