Race: “I’m the Law Today, “Ni**a”

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So posted now former McKeesport, PA, recruit police officer Melissa Adamson several months ago on Snapchat when she was with another department. She was in uniform when she posted it, making it the digital equivalent of a kill shot. Given the current national crisis around policing, could there possibly be a more inappropriate thing for […]

Leadership: Eisenhower and Little Rock

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59 Years Ago This Week In 1954, the United States Supreme Court held in a unanimous decision, Brown v Topeka Board of Education, that segregated public schooling was unconstitutional. Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote the landmark opinion. U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower invited the Chief Justice to dinner at the White House and said to him, […]

Safety: Situational Stress

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Uncertainty and Expectations Every working incident, fire, rescue or EMS, contains an amount of stress that can be said to be both normal and expected. Stress is the human reaction to events and allows us to be properly vigilant and therefore more effective. While a routine building fire might induce a normal amount of stress, […]

Charlotte: Apocalypse Now

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Release the Video Kerr Putney, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police chief, is hanging onto the Keith Scott video for dear life. His strategy is archaic, even ancient, and is totally at cross purposes with the notion of building trust. What we are seeing week after week, is stunning visual evidence of something seriously amiss. And its happened before. […]

Hatein’ White Folk

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It’s All About Success Just when you thought that the current national crisis of police shootings of black men could not possibly get worse, in steps North Carolina Republican Congressman Robert Pettinger. Pettinger, a Trump supporter, was being interviewed by Great Britain’s BBC when he explained protester anger in Charlotte, NC, site of a recent […]

Golden (Gate) Shower

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Humiliation, San Francisco Style SFGate reports this week that some firefighters at the city’s Chinatown station, “waged a six-month campaign of harassment against a female co-worker, urinating in her bed and taunting her with verbal abuse, officials said Tuesday.” Longtime fire chief Joanne Hayes-White wrote in a letter, “egregious harassing and retaliatory behavior by firefighters at Station […]

Words: Some South Dakotan Slaves

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“Think we should make slaves again….” Media reports that, “The (Facebook) account of John Nygaard, of Dell Rapids, South Dakota, made a post stating “Think we should make slaves again….” The account also said, “Vote Trump.  Fuck These people.” Mr. Nygaard was apparently a Dell Rapids Fire Rescue volunteer before his foray into social commentary. The […]

Ahmad Khan Rahami, YML

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Young Male Loser Rahami is the suspect in the bombing and placement of explosive devices in the New York area. He is a naturalized citizen (1995) who was born in Afghanistan and later returned there and then to Pakistan, perhaps to learn the do’s and dont’s of bomb-making. In the midst of our political frenzy […]

48/96: Self-Inflicted Irrelevance

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So Much for Mission Critical Statter 9/11 highlighted a California newspaper editorial this weekend outing the apparent ridiculousness of firefighters having a regular duty shift of 48 hours followed by 96 hours off. The writer, Diana Diamond, seems no friend of firefighters, but that hardly matters when she’s right. 48/96 is the unassailable triumph of […]

Race & Politics: Trump Pivots

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And Lies Again For years Donald Trump has been the leader in questioning President Obama’s citizenship. His reason was far more than a casual interest in Obama genealogy. It was a sly and racist gambit to destroy our president through innuendo. Colin Powell points out that when the President’s birthplace was undisputed, Trump was still […]

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