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Cops

“PEOPLE ONLY care about us after we are dead,” were the words a NY cop said to me over 20 years ago after helping me out in a difficult situation. As I expressed my gratitude to him, we somehow got into an extensive conversation about a cop’s duties.

Lately, with all the current tension, his words have been echoing in my ears.

After 9/11, America loved our cops. Heroically, they sacrificed their lives for us, and we as a nation authentically grieved for them and with them, as a community. In solidarity, navy blue NYPD baseball hats (as well as FDNY hats) were worn by many of us.

I suppose it is common to have issues with those who enforce authority and conformity, law and order. As police often cordon off areas with their yellow tape and wooden barricades, it seems sometimes that a true barricade is erected between authority and community, creating an “us” vs. “them” dynamic.

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Conservative Lens

PhDs and other false gods

I have been devoting my recent columns to the Ten Commandments because we need a fixed moral anchor to solve the problem of evil. Nothing is as effective as the Ten Commandments. Everything needed to make a good world is contained in these Ten Commandments. Here is my commentary on the second commandment as enumerated in the oldest, that is, the Jewish, tradition. In Christian tradition, it is the first commandment. The most common translation begins: “You shall have no other gods before me...
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View From Denver

CU vs. aches and pains

Like many people, I have benefitted from physical therapists. They make the aches and pains go away. That’s why I was receptive when Pat Grant, a former Colorado state legislator and president and CEO of the National Western Stock Show, told me his story — and what it inspired him to do. He went to a “PT” (physical therapist) who was a CU faculty member. “My physical therapy was so successful that I became committed to the program,” Grant, the perennial activist, told me. The pro...
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View from Central Park

It’s Chanukah and Purim

Is this Chanukah or Purim? After many years of Hamas petitioning the EU to remove the terror appellation from Hamas, the EU has voted to honor the request and has reversed Hamas’ status as terror organization. Officially and legally, according to the EU, Hamas is no longer a terrorist organization. On the very same day, however, at the UN in Geneva, Switzerland, the irrational obsession with Israel continues unabated, this time in investigation for war crimes. You can’t make this stuff up....

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 December 2014 11:13 )

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View From Denver

Four pieces of beauty from Los Angeles

Last Shabbos in Los Angeles, I bumped into four pieces of beauty: human, generational, material and spiritual. I bumped into . . . Shoelessness on Shabbos. Double eternity. The Garden of Eden. History of the future.
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Obama: I criticize Israel because I care about Israel

Ron Kampeas Defending Jews from anti-Semitism is necessarily entwined with criticizing some of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians, President Barack Obama told a Jewish audience. ... [Link]

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