1917: “Some Men Just Want to Fight”

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  All wars are horrible but not equally so; WWI will always rank among the worst chiefly because of the gruesome reality of trench warfare where opposing sides faced one another for months or years in a static defense. Enemies could be close enough to hear one another and on at least one occasion, get […]

The Bound Brook, NJ Fire

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  Bound Brook, NJ, experienced a devastating fire and facts are once again ignored concerning a primary community function: fire protection.   If there had been a serious crime event, perhaps a mass shooting, there would surely be details about the police response including the number of officers and their response times to the scene. […]

Travel: Under the Lucky Star

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To the Caucasus (and Back) Last Summer I traveled with a friend to the Central Asian countries of  Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, of the famed Silk Road, the ancient trading route stretching from China to Europe and the Middle East. For thousands of years it was the path of commerce and a swirl of clashing […]

Istanbul 2019

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I’m on the way to Tblisi, Georgia in the Caucasus and stopped in Istanbul for three days mostly because as a Turkish Airlines passenger the stopover was free. The flight from Dulles was smooth (I flew business class on an A-330) and took about ten hours. Istanbul has a brand-spanking new airport located about 45 […]

Leadership: The Colonel Steps Up

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Washington, Braddock and the Battle of the Mon Poor George, he comes down through history as a white haired, grimacing founding father with sore gums and a paunch. It’s hard to imagine the tough, hardened veteran who was fearless in battle again and again. Ah, but a chance to remember: this week is the 264th […]

Normandy Check-In: D + 30

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There to Stay Much hullaballo surrounds June 6, 1944, but the events following seemingly drop off our radar; the battle surely didn’t stop, though. Success depended on pushing inland at Normandy and the Contentin peninsula, both to foil German counterattacks and to make way for succeeding waves of troops, weapons and support elements. Airborne troops […]

IAFF: And Just Like That, Tom Was Gone

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Woodley McGillivary No More Tom Woodley, longtime IAFF legal counsel and managing partner at his law firm has (been) disappeared. Woodley worked with and for the IAFF for decades, going all the way back to when the firm was known as Mulholland and Hickey, more on that later. Woodley advised former IAFF presidents McClennan, Gannon […]

Leadership: D-Day + A Little Luck

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Hitler Micromanages Much is made of D-Day, but the Supremes would never have given it a go without a reasonable expectation that they could at least get ashore. Staying ashore was another matter entirely. Allied forces knew they would face an inevitable counterattack and unlike the decision to choose Normandy, they would have no say […]

IAFF: Bye, Bye Biden

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Schaitberger for Trump? The IAFF’s answer to North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, Our Own Dear Leader, Harold Schaitberger, finds himself in very hot water courtesy of Trump-loving IAFF members who aren’t taking his “we’re for Joe” message laying down. The Trumpies are busy showing Shady Schait that they know a thing or two about political organizing. […]

IAFF: The Schaitberger/Biden Memes

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Social Media Woodshed Since IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger enthusiastically embraced Joe Biden for the 2020 U.S. presidency, his members have been on the war path. Some are puzzled at the endorsement timing, a few think it’s way too soon in the process, but most appear to be ardent Trump supporters out for blood. They […]

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