Archive for January2012

“Blue Balls Mystery Close to Being Solved”

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Now, that’s my kind of headline. Best, of all, it’s straight out of the Guardian. On first reading, the question appears to be, why are those balls blue? Numerous reasons come to mind, from the chronic to the acute. But the real question is not why the blue balls, but how did they get there? […]

Ellerbe’s Elegy: Saga of the 12-hour Shift

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District of Columbia Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe is set to forge ahead with his recently announced plan to convert the department from the current 24/72 work schedule to a 12-hour shift format.  According to Ellerbe, the change saves money ($36M?) and results in decreased staff of up to 400. There are arguments for either side […]

Grieving Penn Fan Glues Self to Paterno Statue

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An obviously overwrought Penn State fan made an out-sized display of emotion today when he glued himself to the bronze statue of Joe Paterno on the university’s State College campus. The University has been overwhelmed by the historic out-pouring of grief over the long-serving coach.  Thousands of fans have traveled to the college town to […]

FDNY as Snack: Nuts and Crackers, Mostly.

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Why should you care about this? It’s simple. FDNY is the most revered fire department, period. They are copied and imitated in ways too numerous to even begin to list.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Office

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Is it terrorism when governments do it? The other day, on Gol Nabi street, in Tehran, Iran, Mostafa Roshan was on his way to work when he was killed by a magnetic bomb which had apparently been attached to his Peugeot by a motorcyclist.  Mr. Roshan was a manager at Natanz, a uranium enrichment site. […]

Brit Charged in Theft of Saddam’s Ass

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In the topsy-turvy world of Iraqi heroes, past and present, a hapless British war veteran has been threatened with prosecution for having or possibly selling, or both, a bronze ass cheek of the former notorious dictator Saddam Hussein. Who could have guessed that the vilified Saddam, cruel despot and murderer of tens of thousands of […]

A Word is Born

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Dude, you are so Schettinoed. Ask any “hoodyed-up” , skateboarding twenty-something all the way up to a 95-year-old triathlete who is the last person off a ship and they will universally exclaim, “Why, the captain, of course!” Apparently not so, in what now passes for the Italian Navy.  Last week as the Costa Concordia cruise […]

(Almost) Hidden DC: Jones, USN

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That’s as in “John Paul”. He added the “Jones” after killing a sailor (“running him through”) while he was a merchant marine captain sailing in the Caribbean.  He escaped to America, adopted the pseudonym and expected to lay low, but the war with Britain intervened. Though born in Scotland, John Paul readily took to America […]

Firehouses: History Versus Safety

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There was an article in the New York Times recently reporting that the US Coast Guard has increased the average body weight calculation for passengers where commercial boating is concerned.  The old weight was 160 and the new one is 185.  Surprise:  people are getting bigger, fast. It seems that fire trucks  and ambulances are […]

The Cardinal, the Queers, and the Klan

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Chicago’s Catholic Cardinal Francis George compared the Windy City’s Gays and Lesbians to the Ku Klux Klan recently.  (Some of them may like to dress up, but not in robes with hoods.  Although, let’s be honest, the hood could be intriguing.) The Cardinal was all jacked up over their plan to march past his church […]

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