No Egos at Mark Rubin Writes. Pardon?

July 20, 2017

No Egos at Mark Rubin Writes. Pardon?

Mr. President

Here at Mark Rubin Writes we keep our egos in check. Truth be told, that’s not a challenge. There’s just me, Mark Rubin, and I show up with not a lot of ego. Psychoanalysis might explain the situation—the last go around, years ago, provided some insights—but for a lot less time, effort, and money (the 45 minute hour ain’t cheap), I’ll just stick with the length of my subscriber list, and views per day. Short, and not so many, and both explain adequately the lack of ego!

Ego issues aside, I read with interest Trump Team Seeks to Control, Block Mueller’s Russia Investigation, from the Washington Post on July 20. (The

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The Anti-Israel Boycott Act … and More

July 19, 2017

The Anti-Israel Boycott Act … and More

I ran across U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign against Israel recently. Glenn Greenwald—who worked with Edward Snowden*—and Ryan Grim wrote the piece for The Intercept, an impressive journalism enterprise which Mr. Greenwald started with others.

The story reports on the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, S. 720, and a companion bill which sits in the House of Representatives. S. 720, among other things, prevents U.S. persons who are engaged in interstate or foreign commerce from:

Requesting the imposition of any boycott by a foreign country against a country which is friendly to the United States; or

Supporting any boycott fostered or imposed by an international

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The Trump Administration: Farce? Tragedy?

July 11, 2017

Mr. President

The Trump Administration: Farce? Tragedy?

Today, Ezra Klein wrote The Trump administration isn’t a farce. It’s a tragedy. Mr. Klein is the Editor-in-Chief for Vox, and one of our very best writers. He’s also only 33, born 117 months, to the day, after President Richard Nixon waved and left the White House grounds on Marine One on August 9, 1974. Read the next paragraph, please, for his age matters.

In his excellent piece Mr. Klein posits that “this must be what it was like to live through Watergate.” His statement begs the question, for as a 33-year-old he was not around. I was!

Honestly, Trump-i-stan feels much, much worse than Watergate. President Nixon was bent, evil, and surely mad.

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Dear Mr. President

July 8, 2017

Mr. President

Dear Mr. President,

We’ve never met. Still, I despise you more passionately than I ever thought possible. You are arrogant, dishonest, greedy, ill-informed, pompous, selfish, short-sighted, stupid, and untrustworthy. Truly, you are a despicable man.

Alas, you are also the man who, by virtue of a quirky electoral system, sits at the head of our government. (Save that load of horse-hooey about millions of people voting illegally for your opponent for the alt-facts crowd.) You’ve been our servant, now, for 169 terrible days, and you had 72 to prepare yourself for the job we gave you. (You had a lifetime, before Election Day 2016, but I don’t get a sense from you that you place much stock in being prepared.)

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Pardon!

June 16, 2017

Pardon!

Mr. President

Lots and lots of words, written and spoken about Mueller, Rosenstein, Russia, and Trump. Most of what we read and hear focuses on who can fire whom, and whether when the firings will happen. In and amongst the noise, though, we get plenty of “there’s no evidence” and “firing Mueller will destroy Trump.”

Bad frames. People, the Watergate break-in happened on June 17, 1972, 45 years ago, to the day. We live in a different world. To the “no evidence” crowd, evidence exists—or not—and we find out about it through investigations. They take time! Reading tweets, watching the news, and knowing the basics does not qualify you to say evidence does or does not exist to support a …

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The Stupidest Public Man … Ever? Donald Trump!

June 1, 2017

The Stupidest Public Man … Ever? Donald Trump!

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Many words came to mind this afternoon, as President Donald Trump excised the United States from the Paris Climate Accord. Stupid is the only one I came up with, to describe our POTUS, which gets me past Facebook censors.

I’m taking a pass on the merits of staying in or getting out. Frankly, there’s no intelligent discussion to be had. All of the credible evidence demonstrates the existence of a problem, a problem created by humankind, and a problem for which our country bears a grossly disproportionate share of the responsibility. And a problem whcih threatens the existence we know! (Don’t believe me? Comment below, or send me a

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Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc

March 1, 2017

Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc

Donald Trump

Among many logical fallacies, consider Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc. Roughly, the words mean, “after this, because of this.” It’s a common fallacy, and one which comes easily to those with tunnel vision. (For those whose comfort zone involves English, correlation does not imply causation may seem more familiar.)

Certainly, we all want to avoid the fallacy associated with attributing an outcome to an event, just because the former follows the latter. That said, although correlation does not imply causation, events do cause outcomes. And sometimes we need to look with clear eyes at what we’re facing.

So about the threats against Jewish Community Centers. Threats against JCCs or other Jewish institutions did not

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Amateur Hour at the White House

February 2, 2017

Amateur Hour at the White House.

To say that it is amateur hour at the White House is to slander amateurs. The recent executive orders were drafted and signed without any normal agency review or even semicoherent legal advice, filled with elemental errors that any nursery school student would have caught.

–David Brooks, from his January 31 piece for the New York Times, The Republican Fausts.

Sadly, while David Brooks tries to separate President Trump from the Republican Party, they are of a piece, completely. The other day on Facebook I wrote: “The incompetence transcends the malevolence.” Obviously, some Rs are competent (and there are incompetent Democrats, too.) However, Ronald Reagan told us 36 years ago, in his first

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The Refugee Policy Stinks!

January 29, 2017

The Refugee Policy Stinks!

I’ve been quiet here for more than three weeks, if you ignore recycled posts from my childhood and six years ago. Lots of life, for better and not so much, and I’ve been wrestling hard with finding my voice. Socia l media abounds with sound and fury. Before I added to the mix, I wanted to be sure I could be significant.

Whither, the refugee policy aka travel ban aka a solution in search of a problem. Contrary to candidate Donald Trump’s lies, we don’t have a terror problem in the United States. We don’t! Here’s a fact sheet from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism. (Between 1995 and 2014

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