The media are all ablither about Rudy Giulani's recent accusation that the President does not "love America." What does it mean? It must mean something -- or more than one thing -- because so many…Continue
I like to ridicule the way religious people look to the Bible for morality (selectively, of course: modern people don't kill their children for disrespect or execute their neighbors for violating the…Continue
Carlos Mencia complained that Mexicans were the only ethnicity that saw religious figures in its food. He sang something to the effect of (I'm paraphrasing) "Hindus don't look at their curry and…Continue
I have a longer familiarity than most people with Chomsky, since I too was trained in linguistics. I haven't always agreed with him, but this assessment seems right on. …Continue
Alan Perlman has not received any gifts yet
My fellow Americans,
Tonight I speak from the heart. My words are not ghostwritten or focus group tested. This is what I, as leader of the free world, truly believe.
Let me talk about the real nature of terrorism (the kind that most affects us, since many different terrorist groups wreak havoc around the world). And let me call the enemy by its real name.
Violent Muslim attacks on Western countries -- and let's face it, they ARE Muslim, and I apologize for my verbal…Continue
“Now that I’ve shed my skin completely,
One true reality alone exists.”
Amid the twin excitements of Super Bowl and blizzard, we vaguely recall that today is also Groundhog Day, which was nothing more than a rather witless locally-oriented celebration until Harold Ramis’ brilliant movie of the same name. It was and is my all-time favorite message film.
Groundhog Day explores the everydayness of life with an ingenious premise…Continue
I have often observed that Judaism is a high-input, low output religion. There are countless commandments (over 600) and obeying them is a full-time job...yet there is no well-defined promise of punishments or rewards in the after life.
So why do it? Why bother with dietary laws, 3x/day prayer, a zillion Sabbath regs, and much more?
Occasionally my wife or I will take a walk on the wild side and visit chabad.org,, a nexus for Modern Orthodox Jews and a platform on which they…Continue
Carlos Mencia complained that Mexicans were the only ethnicity that saw religious figures in its food. He sang something to the effect of (I'm paraphrasing) "Hindus don't look at their curry and see a swami...Jews don't see Moses in their salami."
Well, Carlos, it seems that other ethnic groups -- I'm going to assume that the complainer was Jewish -- are prone to pattern-creation, driven by touchiness and political correctness, often around the Holocaust. The discipline of…Continue