Pope Francis as Company Officer

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Anybody hanging around a firehouse for a bit has come across the unhappy crew intent on driving their leader crazy. Perhaps it is the unfortunate officer’s first posting or possibly a mutiny in the making by the salty dogs. At any rate, the symptoms and behavior are easily spotted: the crew’s surly demeanor coupled with […]

Eleven, Eleven, Eleven

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When the Bell Tolls Tuesday, November 11th at 11 a.m. we pause to honor all who have served in our armed forces. That now famous hour signaled the end of the First World War in 1918. This 11/11/11 is like no other as it is also the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the “War […]

Sex, Religion and Power

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You’re On Mikvah┬áCamera The religious world, or at least a segment of it, was shaken recently by the news of Washington Rabbi Barry Freundel’s arrest on charges of voyeurism. The Rabbi is alleged to have videotaped female congregants and others as they disrobed and used a ritual bath known as a “mikvah.” Freundel, in addition […]

Our American Terrorists

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Eric Frien, cold warrior Eastern bloc stand-in and accused cop killer was finally apprehended after weeks on the run in northeastern Pennsylvania. It seems agreed that he disliked the federal government with some passion and that he also developed a deadly grudge against police. Those traits combined with the fact that he was living at […]

England’s Fire Brigade on Strike This Weekend

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Pensions the Focus Thousands of firefighters are strike on through Monday night in the latest escalation over the Conservative government’s program to “reform” pension benefits for firefighters across the nation. The crisis has continued for well over a year including shorter strike actions as the Fire Brigade Union (FBU) has fought to counter assertions that […]

Streets: Nine and a Half D

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A Lunchtime Encounter I was on my way to meet a friend for lunch at the Gordon Biersch just around the corner from Ford’s Theater while riding my slightly wacky and very comfortable short wheelbase recumbent bicycle. Sitting at the traffic light at 12th and G streets, NW, I noticed two dudes in a car […]

Ebola: The Real Lesson

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Nepal: Disaster On A High Pass

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Death Toll: 39 and Rising Last weekend’s cyclone inspired blizzard in the Annapurna range of western Nepal caught hundreds of trekkers, sherpas and porters in exposed positions as they traversed a 17,500 foot pass. Hundreds were trapped or forced to make life and death decisions to try to get lower or to a point of […]

Film: When “D” Stands for Dog

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History as Pop-Up: Imax “D-Day Normandy 1944″ Winston would be appalled. After all, it was he who said, “Never was so much owed by so many to so few.” His poetic turn of phrase in praise of the RAF victory during the Battle of Britain, indeed anything even remotely approaching it, is sorely missing in […]

Perversion of Courage: Tom Neathway’s Story

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British Paratrooper Gravely Injured In 2008, Tom Neathway was a sniper assigned to combat duty in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province. He was moving a sandbag, later determined to be booby trapped, when it detonated taking with it both of his legs and one arm. Neathway was in his mid-twenties at the time; he went on to […]

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Dennis
Politics and Patriotism: Torture, Religion & Truth
"Partisan lines are drawn around the issue of the disclosure of the report where some suggest that disclosure is un-American and aiding the enemy." I am not really clear why it was necessary to release the report at this point other than it was a politically inspired action by the Democrats, as part of their…
2014-12-12 01:31:58
Miguel Lima
Politics and Patriotism: Torture, Religion & Truth
I just read your piece and I have to admit that you and many of the unethical liberals, in OUR country, have gotten it wrong. At what point do we finally admit that it is because of information gathering, no matter how it's gathered , that many more attacks on US soil have not occurred.…
2014-12-11 22:49:04
Victoria Huckenpahler
Politics and Patriotism: Torture, Religion & Truth
I agree 100%, Eric. I would hope that even if I were a victim of terrorism I would not want torture on my conscience. "Do unto others..." This is a blight on our national conscience. We, as a nation, have lost our moral compass, and I would feel ashamed now, going abroad as an American.
2014-12-11 18:48:48
Bob Gray
Politics and Patriotism: Torture, Religion & Truth
Amen
2014-12-11 18:12:57
Glenn
Ferguson: Two Wrongs, No Right
All this in the midst of an environment where the number one cause of law enforcement LODD last year was gun fire. Don't know who started these tragic events, however, it is bound to make an unexperienced loan cop a bit nervous when he/she is physically challenged.
2014-12-03 19:41:49
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