Archive for September2012

The Chief and the ‘Stache

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  Tagging the Chief DC’s all atwitter after a mustache was drawn on a photo of FEMS Chief Kenneth Ellerbe which was then turned upside down at 10 Engine and 13 Truck in the Trinidad neighborhood of Northeast. Our own Dave Statter and Tom Sherwood, one of DC’s most respected local reporters, covered the story. […]

Politics Across the Pond: a Stiff (and Salty) Breeze

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“You F—–g Pleb” With weeks to go before our election day and as sick as we all are of politics both presidential and otherwise, here comes  doughty old Mother England to remind us how the game is really played. Seems Andrew Mitchell, Prime Minister David Cameron’s Chief Whip, was prevented from leaving Downing Street’s  Number […]

Package Check: Blame it on the Ladies

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  The Incredible Shrinking Weenie Any list of the least credible information sources would undoubtedly include Italian researchers and, of course, our own Rush.  In fact, that may be the only match-up where Italians come out first. It seems that the Italians have been researching the size of the male sexual organ, hard work if […]

Making Hay on 9/11

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  343 One of my union local officers posted a piece on Facebook the other day reporting that a Florida elected official, Janet Long, was quoted as saying that firefighters, “have really taken advantage of 9/11 and what happened then and capitalized on it and the emotion” among other things. Ms. Long is going where […]

Books: Leadership- LBJ and that Day in Dallas

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  President Johnson This November 22 marks the 49th anniversary of JFK’s assassination as he rode in an open convertible through Dealy Plaza.  America was changed forever in the minutes that followed as Kennedy’s death was confirmed and Lyndon Johnson (LBJ) became president as he stood in a commandeered examining room at Parkland Hospital. Robert Caro, […]

EMS Fees Redux: Quacks Like a Duck

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Money does have a tendency to smooth the way.

9/11: It’s Just Business

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Perhaps a fitting American way to acknowledge the looming 11th anniversay of the 9/11 attacks is US District Court Judge Alvin Hellersteins decision that the holding company for American and United Airlines, UAL, will go to trial over assertions that they were negligent in preventing the attack.  World Trade Center Properties (WTCP), the group that […]

Ethics: Sir Lance-or-Not and Cycling’s Holy Grail

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  Knights of the Round Table Here’s a partial list of the substances employed by bicyclists since 1896 to enhance their performance: Aspirin, Chloroform,Amphetamines, Erythropoitin, Clenbuterol, Cocaine, Heroin,  anabolic steroids, CERA, transfused blood. Dozens of cyclists have died as the result of drug effects and many more have been caught and disqualified for using these and other substances or for being […]