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July 4, 2009 by Larry Kuperman
I have recently written an article on Sarah Palin's resignation (see and as one of the minority of Liberals still writing on JoeUser, I have no doubt that I will catch flack for my opinions. I don't mind the grief that I get for my decidedly Liberal point of view, but it does offend me when it is implied that Liberals are in some way un-American. I love my country and, even during the darkest days of Vietnam and the Bush Presidency...
December 7, 2008 by Larry Kuperman
We had a very special 8th Grade Class today. We were privledged to have a guest speaker, Larry Hiss, a Holocaust survivor, who shared his personal exparience.

As readers of my blog know, I teach both 8th Grade Sunday school and Adult Education classes for the JCS (Jewish Cultural School) of Ann Arbor. I asked Larry Hiss to come to speak with the 8th Grade class and to share his experiences.

One of my goals was to ensure that the class understands that history is not just something that you...
May 11, 2008 by Larry Kuperman

Last weekend I was informed (loudly, repeatedly and, in my not-so-humble opinion, obnoxiously)  that I am a supporter of genocide. The story follows and you can judge for yourself.

January 24, 2008 by Larry Kuperman
Despite the bold words that are being bandied about ("Failure is not an option" by example) there will be no peace in the Middle East. This week's incident at the Rafah Gate shows why.

Hamas has been firing hundreds of missiles into Israel. Why? Aside from the usual hatred of Jews, they want to make sure that the current round of peace talks is derailed. Hamas is heavily invested in making sure that there is no peace. The have refused to acknowledge Israel's right to exist under any cir...
December 12, 2007 by Larry Kuperman
Every year there seem to be more and more articles by people who complain that Christmas isn't getting its fair share. There aren't enough Christmas specials on TV (something less than 24/7), the (obvious) Christmas Tree in the office is called something else, people say "Happy Holidays" as if Jews, Muslims and Hindus might think you actually know what our holidays are.....but the real truth is that people in America need more of an education in tolerance, not less.

Last week in New York City...
December 5, 2007 by Larry Kuperman
Thanks to my son, Jon, for making me aware of this.

According to the witness, the driver of the Cadillac said "I'm a ninja in my Caddy" and then ran Brian Deneke down.

The date was December 12th, 1997. The place was Amarillo, Texas. The driver of the car, who would be convicted for the murder, was Dustin Camp. Dustin was an athlete, a high school football player and a "clean cut" kid. His lawyer kept on stressing how clean cut he was at his trial. It must have worked, because Dustin got 10...
July 25, 2007 by Larry Kuperman
I had a "Homer Simpson" moment yesterday. I actually thought my beloved Michigan (pronounced "Meeeeeechigan" during college football season) was leading the nation in an important category only to find, upon further investigation, that we were actually only number 6.

The category in question is obesity. Click the link below to see an animated map.


But all my hopes and dreams were dashed when I read the following from the Trust For America's Health site:

"Michigan ranked 6th in t...
December 15, 2006 by Larry Kuperman
There is an old joke to the effect that every Jewish holiday can be described as "They tried to kill us, we survived, let's eat." Hanukkah (or Hannukkah or Channukah or..well, you get the idea) is no exception. Tonight begins the Hanukkah festival.

After Alexander the Great died, his empire split into three parts. Egypt was ruled by the Ptolemaic kings, while Syria was ruled by the descendants of Seleucus. The kingdoms fought amongst themselves and in 198 BC Antiochus III defeated the Egyptia...
November 30, 2006 by Larry Kuperman
More than Al Queda, I fear the growing power of the Shiites and the possibility of a pan-Shiite state.

Iran is on the verge of becoming a nuclear power, if it is not already one. 90% of the Iranian population is Shi'a. The country is a theocracy, ruled by the Supreme Leader (Rahbare Enghelab) currently the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, although the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appears most often in the media. A substantial amount of evidence points to Iran as the leading supplier of arms a...
June 4, 2006 by Larry Kuperman
I am feeling old. As I read about the war, I seem to be asking myself more and more, "Which war is this again? Vietnam or Iraq?"

We are fighting a war against an "Invisible enemy," one who blends into the civilian population that we are trying to protect. This enemy goes to lengths of brutality that seem impossible to combat. Remember the children lining up for candy only to be killed by a car bomb? See the reports of the dead found "executed" inside the nation's capitol? How do you convince ...
April 17, 2006 by Larry Kuperman
I just posted an article on the Hamas' supported attack on civilians eating lunch in Tel Aviv and, while it made me feel better, it occured to me that nothing will come of it. I added the link, read it if you want, but in the end it hardly matters.

There will be no marchs, no protests outside the Palestinian embassy, Cindy Sheehan won't camp on the President's door step demanding action. Oh, the usual people will make the usual remarks about condemning "violence against civilians" making sure...
March 17, 2005 by Larry Kuperman
Andre Norton is dead at the age of 93. For those of us that grew up with her books, she will be sorely missed.

I first read an Andre Norton book....well, I don't want to say how long ago. I think the first one that I read was "The Beast Master." Don't judge the book by the terrible movie of the same name. Later, I became a big fan of the "Witch World" series. I can't begin to count how many wonderful hours of enjoyment I found with her books.

When Ms. Norton began to write, Sci-Fi was not ...
March 4, 2005 by Larry Kuperman
Al Queda should hate us. They have every reason to. For we are going to destroy their way of life.

Bin Laden should hate us. For he sees the inevitabilty of defeat. Everything that he holds dear is going to fall and be forgotten, except as a historical footnote. And he knows that he can only delay it but never defeat it.

All the little tin dictators in the Middle East should hate us. For we will render them as irrelevant as the dinosaur and just as extinct.

The winds of change are blowi...
December 7, 2004 by Larry Kuperman
I'm a little late this year, but let me wish Happy Hanukkah to all.

Although best known as a Jewish holiday, Hanukkah is a celebration of the triumph of freedom over oppression, a theme that we can all relate to. If you are not familiar with the story of Hanukkah, I have posted a link to my JoeUser blog which explains the history behind the holiday.

At this time of year, I encourage everyone to reflect on their freedom to follow their own traditions and how hard won that freedom is and t...
November 30, 2004 by Larry Kuperman
Interesting article at CNN. Merriam-Webster Inc. said on Tuesday that blog was one of the most looked-up words on its Internet sites this year. Their definition is "a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments and often hyperlinks."

How do I get them to add "See for example?"