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  • Managing Trump’s anger

    By Marty Kaplan

    3 weeks ago

    Donald Trump needs help with anger management. So do I.

    At a Saturday rally in a hot New Hampshire gym, Trump called Hillary Clinton “unstable,” “unbalanced” and “totally unhinged.”  “She is,” he said, “a horrible, horrible human being.” 

    That made me want to do to Trump what...

  • Letters to the editor: Marty Kaplan, race relations in America and more

    July 20, 2016 | 9:28 am

    We Are All in This Together

    Dear Marty Kaplan, I am a 90-year-old African-American with a 100-year-old Jewish friend. You said all that can and should be said on this tragic state of affairs in our country (“Are We Better Than This?” July 15). May you continue to write such...

  • Forget Brexit. Remember rain.

    By Marty Kaplan

    June 27, 2016 | 9:04 am

    I was startled to see Laura Haim’s face on TV. It made sense that she’d be on cable news last week; as White House correspondent for the French network Canal Plus, she was well placed to tell Americans the French reaction to Brexit. What brought me up short was that I’d forgotten...

  • Why Trump is Velcro, not Teflon (and how that helps him in the age of reality TV)

    By Marty Kaplan

    May 31, 2016 | 9:51 am

    If there were a Pulitzer Prize for getting the best quote from a random person at a political event, it would have to go to Yamiche Alcindor, the New York Times reporter on the Bernie Sanders beat.

    The winning quote comes from Victor Vizcarra, 45, of Los Angeles. At a Sanders...

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  • Spiritual, but not religious, but not woo-woo

    By Marty Kaplan

    April 18, 2016 | 10:27 am

    Years ago, a few days before Passover and a few days after we moved into the house where our children would grow up, I ran into one of my new neighbors, Mr. M----. We’d met on moving day, but I’d been too crazed dealing with boxes to more than shake his hand, so I was glad for this...

  • Why Clinton needs to adopt Sanders’ message

    By Marty Kaplan

    February 22, 2016 | 11:16 am

    Hillary Clinton is going to be the Democratic nominee for president, and Donald Trump is going to be the Republican.  But unless she signs on to Bernie Sanders’ message, she may not be able to beat Trump, and even if she does, without the mandate and the Congress that running on...

  • Letters to the editor: Women in the bible, Cruz control and more

    February 3, 2016 | 9:25 am

    Donors and Pinatas

    Rob Eshman’s column (“Cruz Control,” Jan. 22) was brilliant! More Jews should read about Ted Cruz and others like him who share an erstwhile “love” for Israel ... Donors and pinatas ... excellent description ... Thank you. Your columns (mostly) never fail to...

  • The idiocy of the Iowa caucuses

    By Marty Kaplan

    January 25, 2016 | 11:51 am

    What were we thinking? 

    If we’re lucky, the day will come when we look back at the Iowa caucuses and the quadrennial carnival they inaugurate with the same embarrassed horror we now feel for duck-and-cover as a safety drill for nuclear war. 

    What a dangerous distraction the...

  • Professor, you’re fired! Or, the education of a Trump voter

    By Marty Kaplan

    January 11, 2016 | 11:29 am

    “@marty kaplan Let me guess Marty you believe in global warming too Doctoral degree holder here”

    There it was, captured in a single sad, hilarious tweet: the whole maddening trainwreck of American democracy, 2016. 

    Two days before that taunt from someone I don’t know was...

  • The 7 stages of Too Much Trump Media Disorder

    By Marty Kaplan

    December 28, 2015 | 10:45 am

    A news binge, not a booze binge, is why you’ll be starting the New Year with a civic hangover. You’ve been watching too much TV, and TV has been watching too much Donald Trump. 

    It’s not your fault.  You thought you were just doing your good government due diligence – tracking...

  • The San Bernardino terrorists’ 6-month-old

    By Marty Kaplan

    December 7, 2015 | 9:12 am

    Think about the day she finds out who her parents were.

    For a while, all she’ll know is that, yes, she did have a mommy and daddy, but they died. But one day, whoever is then caring for her may be unable to avoid telling her the rest of the story — how they abandoned her to do a...

  • Jihadism is not nihilism

    By Marty Kaplan

    November 20, 2015 | 10:17 am

    In the partisan battle over describing the Islamic State, Democrats have fastened on a philosophical term from 19th century European intellectual history. They’re being too clever by half.

    “Extremist nihilism” is what Barack Obama has called ISIS’s ideology. In the second...

  • For whom the polls toll

    By Marty Kaplan

    November 9, 2015 | 11:50 am

    The horserace polls dominating today’s political news are worse than misleading – they’re bad for democracy. They’re as corrosive of America’s self-image as the news industry’s obsession with murder and disaster, a black hole wildly unwarranted by actual crime and catastrophe....

  • The enemy of my enemy is my candidate

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 26, 2015 | 11:08 am

    “End this notion that the enemy is the other party. End this notion that it is naïve to think we can speak well of the other party. What is naïve is to think it is remotely possible to govern this country unless we can.”

    The speaker was Joe Biden. Along with other Jimmy Carter...

  • Letters to the editor: The Pope; Water crisis; The Laugh Factory and more

    October 8, 2015 | 10:43 am

    Not a One-Man Show

    I think David Suissa perfectly summarizes some unique Jewish principles (“Why Jews Don’t Have a Pope,” Oct. 2). For us, mutuality, collective decision making, mutually complementing cooperation above and despite our inherent differences, arguments and diversity...

  • Cock-and-bull candidates

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 28, 2015 | 2:27 pm

    Did you make it through Sunday’s lunar eclipse OK?

    When the moon turned blood red, I bet you didn’t shake spears at it, or beat your dogs to make them bark, as the Incas did to scare away the jaguar that had swallowed the moon. I also bet you didn’t shoot off cannons, or bang...

  • Whose 5776?

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 16, 2015 | 9:24 am

    Until I graduated from college, I hadn’t traveled farther than a few hundred miles from home.  Aside from a family visit to Washington, D.C., when I was 11, my firsthand knowledge of the world was limited to the northeast corridor from New Jersey to Boston, and it felt like just...

  • The National Academy of Sugar

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 24, 2015 | 9:08 am

    You might think an outfit calling itself an academy would be, you know, academic.  But as Jon Stewart put it, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is as much an academy as the “Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product” called Kraft Singles is cheese. 

    The last time the academy was...

  • The quantum theory of presidential politics

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 6, 2015 | 11:12 am

    Future events decide what happens in the past.

    That’s not science fiction. It’s science. Quantum physics, to be precise.

    “Quantum physics is a weird world,” begins a Digital Journal article reporting on a recent experiment by Australian scientists confirming the weirdness of...

  • Jon Stewart is getting serious

    By Marty Kaplan

    June 22, 2015 | 9:32 am

    What will we do without Jon Stewart?

    I hear that a lot.  Of course I hope his writers will be able to make more magic with his successor, Trevor Noah.  And no matter what happens on "The Daily Show," we will still have John Oliver and Larry Wilmore, and I'm praying that Stephen...

  • Kyle Clark, Brandon Rittiman should moderate all the debates

    By Marty Kaplan

    May 11, 2015 | 11:21 am

    Here’s Kyle Clark grilling Republican Cory Gardner, who went on to oust Mark Udall from his Colorado senate seat in 2014:

    “You continue to deny that the federal Life at Conception Act which you sponsor is a personhood bill to end abortion, and we are not going to debate that...

  • The Washington Dread and Denial Association

    By Marty Kaplan

    April 27, 2015 | 10:41 am

    “Don’t do it!”

    Stories, whether torn from history or made from whole cloth, can make us want to shout that. Don’t open that door at the top of the stairs. Don’t get on that boat. Don’t believe that president, general, journalist, preacher, cop. 

    This packs a punch in a short...

  • Schmaltz is gluten free

    By Marty Kaplan

    March 16, 2015 | 11:11 am

    If the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is saying that Kraft Singles are good for us, surely schmaltz is next.

    The metaphoric meaning of schmaltz is sentimentality – a heart-tugging moment, accompanied by real or virtual violins.  The literal meaning of schmaltz is rendered...

  • What matters to me & why

    By Marty Kaplan

    March 13, 2015 | 11:33 am

    I began making a list of what matters to me. Intellectual curiosity. Climate change. The First Amendment. My family. Giving back. One friend said to me, I know what I’d say: Money. Another friend told me: Those talks can be surprisingly honest.

    That got me thinking. What’s the...

  • Letters to the editor: Hollywood, Selma and European Jews

    February 25, 2015 | 9:40 am

    The Future of European Jewry

    Couldn’t agree more (“Why Jews Must Stay in Europe,” Feb. 20). While Israel is and always will be a home to Jews from all around the world, clearing out of Europe is not the answer. 

    Noga Gur Arieh via jewishjournal.com

    Of course each side, so to...

  • Letters to the editor: Matzo Ball, Barbara Boxer, French Jews and more

    January 28, 2015 | 10:46 am

    If I Go, There Will Be Trouble; If I Stay Will It Be Double?

    I am an American non-Jew and basically secular in thought. Until recently, I was completely unaware of Jews feeling threatened in Paris (“Stay or Go? French Jews Face a Growing — and Emotional — Dilemma,” Jan. 23). I am...

  • Letters to the editor: Mensches, Rabbi Toba August, OAN and more

    January 14, 2015 | 10:59 am

    Leading Lady of Lev Eisha

    The article “Female Rabbis at Forefront of Pioneering Prayer Communities” (Dec. 19) gave well-deserved recognition to women rabbis who have defined and inspired several previously unserved groups of Jews in the L.A. area and beyond. However, it...

  • Sony ‘R’ Us

    By Marty Kaplan

    December 15, 2014 | 10:12 am

    The most shocking thing about the digital disemboweling of Sony Pictures’ computer data is that anyone would actually find it shocking.

    That goes for everything from the vulnerability of everyone’s personal and proprietary data, not just Sony’s, to the revelation that a...

  • God gave this land to them

    By Marty Kaplan

    December 1, 2014 | 2:14 pm

    Pat Boone wrote the words to “Exodus.”

    If you’re below a certain age, Pat Boone is some random dude you need Google to ID, and “Exodus” is the new Ridley Scott 3D with Christian Bale as Moses and a wicked cool CGI Red Sea. 

    To Boomers, Pat Boone was the un-Elvis in white bucks,...

  • Letters to the editor: Har Nof attack, Jewish journalism, Obama and more

    November 25, 2014 | 9:05 am

    Revenge Recourse

    No debate: The heinous slaughter in a Jerusalem synagogue was an example of unmitigated evil (“Celebrating the Murder of Jews,” Nov. 21). The subsequent celebrations by some people in Gaza and the West Bank were offensive, sad, disturbing and indicative of...

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