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The First United Bronco Church of North America

“The Broncos are not very good,” wrote Boston Globe sports columnist, Dan Shaughnessy, the day after they defeated his New England Patriots.

He’s absolutely right.

Just one thing: This not very good team keeps winning, one ugly game after the next.

The Broncos are bad for heart patients. It’s more than nail-biting to watch these inepts play. If your heart flutters, don’t watch. The Broncos bumble all the way to the end.

Then, some fantastic defensive play.

My guess is, the Carolina Panthers are watching.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 January 2016 14:47 )

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View From Denver

Should we read Mein Kampf?

Hitler’s earth-shattering bigotry —his rationale for the Holocaust and the death of millions of others — was laid out in 1923 in his book, Mein Kampf. It was banned in Germany after WW II, but its copyright has now expired and it has been reprinted in an annotated edition. Should we read it? Should we make it mandatory reading in schools? Should we try to ban it again? I firmly believe it is critical to read it. It should not be banned. Quite the contrary. It should be duly examined as...
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View from Central Park

Tale of two heroes

You hear the news we are all still reeling from — a mother of six children who, despite heroically fighting back, was brutally butchered into submission, all while bloodcurdling screams and a pool of blood were gathering, all this before the eyes of her children, and you wonder. Just how can any human do this to another human? Seriously, how? As terrible as shooting another human is, it is usually done from afar, so you don’t have the kind of intimate contact and proximity that a stabbing e...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 January 2016 10:02 )

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View From Denver

Do not resuscitate

Unfortunately, I have recently spent a lot of time in and around three hospitals and other health facilities in New York and Colorado, not as a patient, but as a patient’s advocate or visitor. I witnessed a lot of excellent medical care and compassionate nursing. Iam grateful. However, I also was taken aback to see that the welfare of the patient is not always the goal any more. Legal and “ethical” considerations interfere. No one today would argue for dispensing with seat belts. Yet, if ...
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View from Central Park

The ‘get away with it’ factor

With the recent article in The New York Times and the consequent rise in public awareness about the abuses of Marc (Mordechai) Gafni, and about the effort to once and for all marginalize or eliminate him from public life, I am wondering about leadership. Not to mitigate the appalling, disturbing and cruel abuses of Gafni, but since an effort is being made to have him removed from the position of educator and leader, as he should be, it makes you question why some leaders’ egregious errors are...
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Andrew Tobin The new Captain America comic book includes an epic reveal, and some people are not happy about it. When fans ran out to grab Marvel Comics’ “Captain America: Steve Rogers #1” on its relea... [Link]

US health firms, Haifa hospital team up to ‘incubate’ digital medicine start-ups

Andrew Silow-Carroll (JTA) — IBM Watson Health and Medtronics are teaming up with an Israeli hospital to create a high-tech “incubator” to encourage innovations in digital medicine. Rambam Health Care Campus in... [Link]

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Julie Wiener (JTA) — Speaking at Harvard University’s commencement, filmmaker Steven Spielberg said he was “wrong” as a kid to think anti-Semitism “was fading.” Spielberg, whose 99-year-old father Arno... [Link]

Transgender Israeli Arab wins historic Tel Aviv pageant

Julie Wiener (JTA) — A Christian Arab-Israeli ballet dancer won Israel’s first-ever transgender beauty pageant. Ta’alin Abu Hanna, 21, was named “Miss Trans Israel” in Tel Aviv Friday, the Jerusalem Post... [Link]

NY Times removes quotation marks from Israeli ‘occupation’

Gabe Friedman (JTA) — The New York Times removed quotation marks originally used around “occupation” in one of its news stories. The word appears in the phrase “Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and ... [Link]

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