Brunacini: Jesus on a Firetruck

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He Came From The Desert The man called “Bruno” died Sunday, age 80, apparently with, as they say, “his boots on.” As chief of the Phoenix fire department and afterwards, he was a constant professional presence, lecturing to the four corners of the world. He spoke the gospel according to Alan and he amassed legions […]

Stephen Paddock: Why?

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“Lone Wolf, Anti-Social, God Complex” Paddock, who killed 58 and wounded nearly 500 in Vegas last weekend, apparently left no clear indication of the reason for his rampage. The FBI and others are investigating every aspect of his life and so far no motive has emerged. Perhaps one never will. According to the Bureau of […]

Vegas: Our American War

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War needs neither cohesion, organization nor centralized purpose to levy a terrible price. Our American war is fought one-sidedly with high-capacity magazine weaponry made possible because of the “sacred” principle of unfettered gun ownership so, oddly, we fight simply for the right to maim and kill at will. Even more bizarre, in a nation which […]

Ford’s: A Salesman

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Of Willy and Bernie Thanks to knowing the “right” people, for once in my life, I was able to attend the dress rehearsal for Arthur Miller’s legendary play, Death of a Salesman, at Ford’s theater this past week. Set mostly in New York City in 1948, there is precious little difference between Willy Loman’s world […]

War: Afghanistan/Chicagoland

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A Picture Worth a Thousand Words Those dark splotches on the map, looking a little like coffee stains, outline the areas of Afghanistan under the control of either the Taliban (light gray) or ISIS (darker gray). They are mostly non-contiguous, floating zones where these groups have exerted enough muscle or influence to drive out government […]

Hidden DC: An Aqueduct Bridge

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Watering Washington Montgomery Cunningham Meigs, Quartermaster General of the Union Army during the Civil War, was the brains and driving force behind the creation of the 12-mile long Washington Aqueduct system which supplies water to the city to this day. The 9-foot diameter brick and mortar conduit begins near Great Falls on the Potomac river […]

Kelly, Trump & Schaitberger

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Boss as Bully Narcissist The Kelly in the headline is White House chief of staff John Kelly, not the IAFF’s Kelly, a clarification that is essential because the difference could not be greater. John Kelly is a tough and disciplined gentleman, a decorated senior Marine officer with a very long record of service. You can […]

Our Man, Joe Blow, and the Race in the 7th

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Joe Blow writes in so often (we like that even though we have no idea who he really is) that he needs an image so I googled Joe Blow and here is what I got. Joe loves Trump but appears not to be a fan of Shady Schait which could put me in a moral […]

7th Says NO to Shady Schait and EDZO

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Walsh Wins by 20 Points In a closely watched race to replace retiring IAFF vice-president Kelly Fox, Ricky Walsh, former DVP, defeated Ryan Mudie in a run-off election where IAFF principal officers Harold Schaitberger and Ed “EDZO” Kelly pulled out all the stops in their drive to defeat Walsh. They made calls, held meetings and […]

Leadership: Bullying

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Not a Winning Formula While we digest Trump’s recent Phoenix rant where he viciously attacked the First Amendment, we should also keep our eyes on what is happening in the Senate. “In a series of tweets this month, Mr. Trump criticized Mr. McConnell publicly, and berated him in a phone call that quickly devolved into […]

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