2011-05-19

What a strange dream!

I had the urge to write down and share this strange dream I had this morning.

I was in some hospital's emergency department and a man was there waiting to be discharged. He was getting frustrated with the wait and decided to leave along with his adult daughter without waiting for the discharge paperwork or to have his IV removed. Security started after him and I followed after. I figured I could take out his IV for him and try to talk him back in, but let him go if he really wanted to as there's no legal requirement to see and sign the discharge papers.

Outside, the man got into a rental moving van with his family. A security guy drew his Taser. I said to him, "If you're going to escalate this, I'm going to film the whole thing." and I pulled out my smartphone. So this hopped-up security guy decided to Tase *me*.

The darts hit me in the groin and started discharging, but I felt nothing. I then remembered that I had left my cycling shorts on under my uniform because I had been running late that morning- the Taser darts couldn't penetrate the chamois!

I went up to the dumbfounded security guy, called him an @$$hole, and put his hand on the contacts and let him get shocked.

Things got a little surreal after that; security was filling up an inflatable kiddie pool. I assumed it was out of the family's moving van, but it could've been from the hospital's decon kit.

Finally, the moving van drove away, but I wasn't sure if the man was in it along with his family.

And that's about when I woke up and wrote this down.

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Elias Friedman A.S., CCEMT-P
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elipongo@gmail.com

2011-04-24

A poor excuse for journalism in the New York Times, and biased to boot!

This morning I read Israeli Is Killed in the West Bank in the New York Times. This is the letter that I wrote to that (so called) story's author:

Wow! Those surreptitiously sneaky Israelis dared to fail to make an appointment to go and pray! Of course the Palestinian Authority Police simply HAD to shoot to kill after firing warning shots! And of course the Palestinian youths can be excused because they only set SMALL fires to the holy site.

There are gaping holes in this story even before you added in the biased language I highlighted above. For example, did these "police" make any serious attempts to stop what was obviously a familiar civilian vehicle before resorting to deadly force? What could have triggered the use of deadly force in the first place- did the civilians threaten the police in some way? Did the civilians aim weapons at or try to run over the police or something like that to actually justify being shot at? And for that matter, what did these "small" fires consist of? Trash? parts of the site complex? Molotov cocktails? And hasn't such vandalism happened before?

I'm sorry, but leaving such gaping holes in a story and writing with such a biased tone makes me seriously question your own credentials as a journalist. This story wouldn't even pass on Wikipedia!

As an exercise, I would like you to read this story you wrote, but replace Israelis with Canadians and Palestians with Americans. Makes those holes and bias I mentioned pretty glaring, eh?

Easter is a traditional day when Christians would kill Jews, I would've thought you might be more sensitive. So sad that these families have to mourn on Judaism's big holiday, Passover.

2011-03-22

Kashruth Alert - King Star Foods - Chicken Flavor Soup

From: Orthodox Union <orthodoxunion@jangomail.net>
Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Subject: Kashruth Alert - King Star Foods - Chicken Flavor Soup


KASHRUTH ALERT


March 22,
2011
King Star Foods - Chicken Flavor Soup

Brand:
King Star
Foods

Products:

Chicken Flavor Soup


Company:
Tavlinei Shemesh - ISRAEL

Issue:
This product
bears an unauthorized OU-P sticker. This product is not certified for
Passover by the Orthodox Union. Product is being recalled from the
market place.

This e-mail was sent
by Orthodox Union, located at 11 Broadway, New York, NY 10004 (United
States).

Elias Friedman A.S., EMT-P ⚕
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elipongo@gmail.com
http://elipongo.blogspot.com/

2010-12-21

[Ellington Shul] Fwd: HHNE Grand Opening Email

Glad to see this happening!

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Elias Friedman A.S., EMT-P
אליהו מתתיהו בן צבי
elipongo@gmail.com

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Ann Oken" <oken@hhne.org>
Date: Dec 21, 2010 4:04 PM
Subject: HHNE Grand Opening Email
To: <elipongo+shul@gmail.com>

Dear Rabbi,
 
It is with tremendous delight and excitement that we attach the following e-mail announcing our January 9, 2011 ribbon cutting
ceremony and community-wide celebration for the Hebrew High School of New England. We are in our 14th year serving Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform teens who are getting a wonderful private education as they become more educated, affiliated, and passionate Jews. Over 40% of our currrent students consider themselves non-Orthodox. 
 
Can we request three things from you? 
  • Your own presence on January 9 to help us celebrate as a community
  • Your distribution of the attached e-mail flyer to your congregation's e-mail list and printed bulletin
  • Your announcing the event from the pulpit over the next few weeks
In addition, we would appreciate it if you could personally put a good word in for the event with any families with teens and pre-teens.
 
We are so grateful for your help in making the Hebrew High School a greater success as we move into our beautiful new campus next to the University of Hartford and across from the Jewish Community Center. 
 
Best wishes for a peaceful and healthy 2011 for you and your congregation.
 
Ann-Margaret Oken
Development Associate
Hebrew High School of New England
1244 North Main Street
West Hartford, CT 06117
860-231-0317 x203





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2010-09-13

Sceptical of the Ground Zero Mosque's Imam

For the second time in less than a week the Imam behind the proposed Islamic Cultural Center, formerly known as the Cordoba House, has threatened us with Muslim violence unless he gets his way. "Man of peace"? Yeah, right!

I've been getting more and more sceptical of his announced motives of "bridge building" and "peacemaking" given that his refusal to compromise even one iota is actually BURNING bridges and DESTROYING peace.

If he offered to move this center even just a couple more blocks away, he'd not only take all the wind out of the sails of the opposition, but he'd likely vastly increase support for the project and even get donations! The fact that he hasn't done this and is now making unsubtle threats makes me very suspicous of his motives.

Ground Zero Mosque Imam: "If I Could Do It Again, I Wouldn't" - DNAinfo.com

http://www.dnainfo.com/20100912/downtown/ground-zero-mosque-imam-if-i-had-do-it-again-i-wouldnt

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Elias Friedman A.S., EMT-P
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elipongo@gmail.com

2010-09-08

Fwd: Kashruth Alert 9/8/10

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Elias Friedman A.S., EMT-P
elipongo@gmail.com

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From: "Orthodox Union" <postmaster@ou.2dialog.com>
Date: Sep 8, 2010 1:12 PM
Subject: Kashruth Alert 9/8/10
To: <elipongo@gmail.com>












KASHRUTH ALERT






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2010-07-15

Fw: cRc kashrus Alert,  JELL-O Strawberry Cheesecake Snacks 

Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry


From: "Chicago Rabbinical Council" <alerts@crcweb.org>
Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2010 12:35:04 -0400 (EDT)
To: <elipongo@gmail.com>
Subject: cRc kashrus Alert

KASHRUTH ALERT

 
      
     
July 15, 2010
 
The following alert was sent out by the OK:
 
 
Please be advised that some
 
JELL-O Strawberry Cheesecake Snacks
 
Recently produced by Kraft Foods
 
were incorrectly labeled with an OK-D. The OK does not certify this product due to the fact that it contains gelatin.
 
If you have purchased this product and would like a refund from Kraft Foods please call the 800 number on the package.
 
Any questions or comments regarding this alert should be sent directly to the OK at http://www.ok.org/
 
 
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