Haveil Havalim #275: The “I’m so busy that putting together this blog carnival is actually what substitutes for taking a break” Edition

Welcome to this week’s edition of Haveil Havalim #275: The “I’m so busy that putting together this blog carnival is actually what substitutes for taking a break” Edition. Founded by Soccer Dad, Haveil Havalim is a carnival of Jewish blogs — a weekly collection of Jewish and Israeli blog highlights, tidbits and points of interest…

Two from Some People Pay Me Dept.: On Afghanistan, On Political Dynasties

Two recent pieces from the Some People Pay Me Department (and many thanks to those that do – I can’t believe it’s been nearly nine years since a certain Plain Dealer writer suggested I try my hand at freelance writing). 1. Why It’s Okay to be Person Most Likely to Stand in Front of a…

Who among us are the real yentes, complaining about Obama-Jewish leaders meeting?

I’m on the board of the local chapter of the American Jewish Committee and a few weeks ago, I had a chance to listen to and speak in person with Jason Isaacson, the AJC Director of Government and International Affairs, who just so happened to have been one of the participants at the Roosevelt Room…

Violent Radicalization! It’s not just for the left-wing anymore!

You know, isn’t it amazing how folks seem to have completely forgotten about this little bill, the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007, which House Minority Leader John Boehner voted for (but which never became law and still is not law), along with more than 400 of his 110th Congress colleagues, even…

[video] I pay taxes so we can all have a public place to protest

Well, at least that’s why anyone who is partaking in the tea party protests today should be saying.  Ya think they’ll be cleaning up after themselves, to save taxes? Or helping clean the water into which they’re dumping the tea, to save taxes?  Maybe they’ll recycle the teabags at least? If you need to get…

Obama set the bar, but the GOP embraces defense mechanisms

One thing that I’ve noticed since President Barack Obama was inaugurated, but which comes as no surprise, is that, how, when you campaign on the idea of transparency, and you succeed a president whom people say they voted for because he was so folksy and you’d want to have a beer with him but that…

On DST: Stop banging your head against the bedpost & go play golf

For those of you banging your head against your bedposts over daylight savings time, just a reminder of what I learned two years ago: George Bush and the GOP Congress didn’t bother beating back chambers of commerce that supported the change and benefits the industries that lobbied them hard – industries like golf and outdoor…

[update] Pentacostal Pastor, 26 year old Joshua DuBois, to head Faith-Based Office

UPDATE: The most recent AP report on this appointment, in six paragraphs of coverage, not once mentions DuBois’ status as a Pentacostal pastor or his age. Come on. The guy is heading up the faith-based office – I think that pastor thing is relevant and the age of 26, heading up a federal office? Also…

Clean coal argument a farce, Harriman, TN fly ash breach proves it

I’ve been following this since yesterday when Amy Gahran started to tweet about it.  How many times here in Ohio have we heard politicians talk about the “promise” of clean coal? More like the fantasy. Here’s what you need to read to get up to speed: Nightmare before Christmas about the spill form the Center…