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One God, one vote

By Marty Kaplan

4 days ago

Photo via shutterstock.com

I wonder if Tavis Smiley got the same Happy Passover mailer from Amy Howorth that I did.

Mr. Smiley and I are neighbors in California’s 26th State Senate District, which includes coastal... read full article

  • The ironic ma nishtana

    By Marty Kaplan

    3 weeks ago

    There are two ma nishtanas – one adorable, and one ironic. 

    They both mean the same thing in Hebrew: “What is different?”  “What has changed?”

    The adorable one gets its charm from being sung by the youngest child at the Passover seder.  Ma nishtana starts the sentence setting...

  • This is how you’ll feel when the GOP wins the Senate

    By Marty Kaplan

    March 24, 2014 | 10:06 am

    It’s the morning after.

    You stayed up late watching election results on TV.  By the time you went to bed, the Republicans had won five of the six Senate seats they needed to take control of both houses of Congress.  As the networks called each state for the GOP, it felt like a...

  • Which algorithm are you?

    By Marty Kaplan

    March 10, 2014 | 9:55 am

    I love online quizzes.

    The one I currently love most is “How Millennial Are You?,” which the Pew Research Center put out on Friday. You answer 14 questions, ranging from whether living a very religious life is very important to you to whether you have a piercing in a place other...

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  • Once upon a climate change

    By Marty Kaplan

    February 24, 2014 | 12:57 pm

    Those who tell the stories rule the world, it’s said, but it’s hard to tell a story unless you know the ending.

    We don’t yet know the ending of the climate change story.  The beginning of the ending, though, happened in Kyoto, Japan in 1997, where delegates from 37 industrialized...

  • The Flappy Bird of Paradise

    By Marty Kaplan

    February 10, 2014 | 10:16 am

    Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, but Flappy Bird was definitely not just a game. 

    If you’ve been on an aboriginal walkabout, you may not know that, until yesterday, Flappy Bird was the most popular iPhone and Android app on the planet.  Its appeal lies neither in its crappy...

  • The curious case of criticism

    By Marty Kaplan

    January 23, 2014 | 2:29 pm

    What do you say to a friend whose work has been panned by a critic?

    Until I actually read it, I was thrilled to see a review of the new book by an author I’ve known since college on the front page of the Arts section of the New York Times, written by the paper’s top daily book...

  • Christie’s Weiner

    By Marty Kaplan

    January 13, 2014 | 10:38 am

    I did not have sex with that bridge.

    That was Chris Christie’s Hail Mary play at his press conference last week.  He looked us in the eye, he told us he’d done nothing wrong and he prayed it would turn out better for him with George Washington than it did for Bill Clinton with...

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