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Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D. is the editor and publisher of The Ho-Ho-Kus Cogitator and its blog found at here. He is the author of The Oy Way www.theoyway.com, the Ben and Zen, Now and Then Writing Almanack and My Father Was Born on Trafalgar Street. He was editor and publisher of The Highway Seventeen Almanack & Gazetteer. His articles and editorials on Holocaust survivors, former Japanese American internees, media, politics and travel have appeared in magazines, newspapers and online publications. He lives in Santa Cruz, California.

Entries by Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D.

I Am Gay and I Play. Send in the Clowns

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 11:33 AM

When Michael Sam was interviewed on ESPN's Outside the Lines program on February 9, he reiterated that he was African-American (which was obvious from the dark-hued color of his skin), that he was a football player (also obvious since at 6'2", 255 lbs. he had been named defensive player of...

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Super Bowl or Bowl of Soup

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 3:13 PM

Sunday, February 2, 2014 is like every other day -- it's a day filled with choices. According to the U.S. Census clock, there are more than 317,450,000 citizens who have to decide what they want to do with their time.

Those in Hawaii and Southern Florida can expect temperatures in...

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A Skewed Realty Reality, In Northern California

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 1:20 PM

Be It Ever So Humble

My Santa Cruz dwelling is a two-bedroom, one-bath town home, with 950-square feet, which is sufficient for my wife and me.

The affluent city of Piedmont is about 75 miles north, and it is surrounded by the not-so-affluent city of Oakland. A wealthy Piedmont homeowner...

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Millionaires Running Around in Their Underwear

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2013 | 1:07 PM

The National Basketball Association opens its 2013-2014 season with three games on Tuesday, October 29, and one of those games features two Los Angeles teams, The Clippers and the Lakers.

The ailing star of the Lakers is their 6'6" shooting guard Kobe Bryant, who has amassed 31,617 points, has helped...

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Electronic Nonsense Sure Makes No Sense

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 6:46 PM

From 2007 through the fall of 2012, I posted more than five-dozen entries in my Ho-Ho-Kus Cogitator blog on Google's blogspot. Then I became completely involved with the writing, publishing, marketing and selling of my book, The Oy Way.

I tried to get back to my blog...

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Deck the Malls With Boughs of Challah

(2) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 8:59 AM

'Tis the season for eliminating guilt by spending gelt (Yiddish for money) to alleviate the feelings that you may not have taken care of your loved ones like you thought you should have during the year.

Now there are a plethora of pre-holiday sales days including Blue Thursday, followed by...

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Candidates Who Are Skittish, Should Campaign in Yiddish

(1) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 3:14 PM

With the upcoming election of 435 members of Congress, 33 U.S. Senators, and one president in fewer than seven weeks, it seems like many of the voting electorate are once more befuddled by their lack of a viable, knowledgeable choice.

This apathy is exacerbated by a bipartisan electioneering condition, better...

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Celebrating Independents Day

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2012 | 6:07 PM

Santa Cruz, California is a laid-back, university town on the coast, 75 miles south of San Francisco. However, it is forced to wake up when Silicon Valley tourists invade it all summer long and on weekends throughout the year.

In March 2011, the city's Yacht Harbor was set upon...

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Whatever Candidates Say, The People Reply Oy Vey

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2012 | 10:00 AM

What in the world is going on here?

The GOP presidential primary campaign has been more like an undeclared war, with constant verbal battles being fought between the candidates, accompanied by shots heard around the world by their "unconnected" Political Action Committees.

These competing PACs have some things in common;...

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All's Well That Ends

(5) Comments | Posted January 5, 2012 | 6:06 PM

It's the morning of the last day of the year 2011 A.D., but not for many Jews. A.D. stands for Anno Domini, which means "in the year of our Lord" and that intones Jesus. Instead it's the last day of the year 2011 C.E., which is the more secular-sounding designation...

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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 3:27 PM

Since the start of the GOP presidential campaign, stalwart candidates have fallen away like hair from worn and weary follicles. Gone are Thad McCotter, Tim Pawlenty and Herman Cain, the latter now wants to be Secretary of Defense, but not under Obama. There have also been several potential candidates who...

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Obama vs. Newt or Mitt Can't Compare to the Fighting Okras vs. the Gorillas

(2) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 3:24 PM

The cruel, cold months of December and January bring warmth to the hearts of college football fans everywhere -- but only if their Division I team is involved in one of the thirty-five scheduled "major" college bowl games.

Each bowl's selection committee scouts the possible teams for both the match-ups,...

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'Wee the People,' No More; 'We the People,' Know More

(56) Comments | Posted November 5, 2011 | 3:51 PM

Those in power and those who deem themselves powerful, may have finally discovered that there is a preamble to the U.S. Constitution that reads, "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote...

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We Can Gather Together

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2011 | 12:13 PM

The headlines on Oct. 10 read "Extremist violence expanding in Israel." The story was about Jewish extremists who vandalized Muslim mosques and farmlands within the State of Israel proper. The fanatics also spray painted "Death to the Arabs" in both Muslim and Christian cemeteries, and did so immediately after the...

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Yiddish Is Alive and Well

(2) Comments | Posted August 1, 2011 | 9:15 AM

Why is it that insane and inane narishkayt (Yiddish for nonsense) continues to permeate societies everywhere? In Norway, one man's ideologically inspired insanity wreaked havoc in a peaceful nation, while the United States suffers from a disturbing and disruptive ideological confrontation between 535 legislators and the President. Sadly, both situations...

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American Idle

(3) Comments | Posted June 2, 2011 | 6:41 PM

I have no desire to be a teenager again complete with a face full of zits, a changing voice, sweaty palms around members of the opposite sex, and always wondering why. Perhaps I have been resurrected because I still wonder why.

For instance, why is there such an emotional clamor...

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Payoffs in the Playoffs

(2) Comments | Posted May 16, 2011 | 10:26 AM

Ron Artest, a 6-foot 7-inch 260-lb. basketball player on the Los Angeles Lakers, was given a flagrant foul when he walloped relatively diminutive 6-foot 175-lb. Dallas Maverick guard J.J. Barea with only 24.4 seconds remaining in the Lakers dismal second straight playoff loss. Artest, an African American, said...

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Certifiable Idiocy in the Matter of Birth and Death

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2011 | 2:23 PM

My father was a tax accountant who never had the opportunity to garner a CPA designation and become a Certified Public Accountant. He was never 'certified' in the dictionary sense that "he had passed a test or achieved a certain standard," nor did he meet the second definition of being...

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Super Winners Have No Score to Settle

(4) Comments | Posted February 10, 2011 | 9:37 AM

Historically, the first Sunday in February has been set aside by more than 100 million Americans who spend the day ensconced in front of their television sets to watch a confrontation between two groups of people. That was the case once again on February 6 during Super Bowl XLV; an...

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A Pat on the Back -- and Elsewhere

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2010 | 11:00 PM

Our divided federal government is facing a nearly $14 trillion national debt which grows exponentially by the minute. If you have a strong constitution (not the one with a capital "C" that the Tea Party recently discovered and commandeered as only their own) then go to http://www.usdebtclock.org/index.html...

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