Archive for October2012

FF & PO Arthur Lopez: To An Athlete Dying Young

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In Nassau, It’s Body Armor Optional Earlier I wrote about the killing of Officer Lopez during a traffic stop last week.  He was not wearing a vest, which seemed odd–it still does. Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano is quoted in Lawofficer as saying, “Nassau does not have a mandatory bullet-proof vest policy,  it’s up to […]

FF and PO Arthur Lopez: Killed in Traffic Stop

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His lack of personal protection seems inexplicable given his experience and training, especially as a firefighter.

Pups: Giant Wiener Dog in Tug of War

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  But Still Plenty to Go Around Our nationwide obesity epidemic has run riot through the human population, and like a lethal flu virus has leaped to the canine species. Meet Obie, the apparent current title holder of the world’s plumpest weiner dog, weighing in at a hefty 77 pounds. The Obster is so rotund […]

Nudists in the News

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  Nigel the Nudist Paramedic They say that “idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” UK Paramedic Nigel Webb is reported to have had a wee bit of spare time on his hands whilst waiting for his next run. Which led him to the local Little Chef (see:  Burger King) where, according to the Daily Mail, […]

Kookie Byrnes “Twin” and IAFF VP Gets Days Off in FB Dust-up

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  77 Sunset Strip, Hialeah Style Attorney, fire chief and blogger Curt Varrone writes, “Eric Johnson is a firefighter with the Hialeah Fire Department, and vice-president of the Hialeah Association of Firefighters, IAFF Local 1102.”  To this bio should be added Mr. Johnson’s public relations work as he pokes fun at the apparently ubiquitous Hialeah […]

Cowboy Greeter Seriously Burned at Texas Fair

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Former Santa Claus Texas mourns today as word spread of the injuries sustained by “Big Tex”, the official greeter at the fair. Investigators suspect that an electrical fault may have caused the deadly blaze.  Governor Rick Perry issued a statement, calling it a “Sad day…across the Lone Star State.” Tex, 60, has been on the […]

Bloody Irish: Religion, Freedom and Democracy

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  A Search for the Truth:  When Government Loses Control Religion is taking a central place in the US presidential election as evangelicals continue to cast aspersions on Obama’s Christianity, preferring to see him as a Muslim in disguise, while others see Romney caught in the “cult” called Mormonism.  A society over indulging in religious […]

Lance and the Gang: Goodfellas, Pedaling

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  A Cycling Mafia? Perhaps nothing is so irritating to the ultimate athlete than being forced to suffer by comparison.  After all, the whole reason to be on top is to be above the fray, where comparisons, especially of the suffering kind, are singularly inapt. Poor Lance.  He passed on the opportunity to go to […]

Not a “Trusted Traveler”: Yongda Huang Harris

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  Boston Resident, Returning From Japan, Detained Suit case contents: “Knives, body bags, a hatchet, a collapsible baton, a biohazard suit, a full-face respirator, billy clubs, handcuffs, leg irons and a device to repel dogs” (NYT) (and a smoke grenade.) Yongda, a US citizen, was also wearing a bullet-proof vest and flame resistant pants. In […]

Coming to Terms With the Past: Emory, Garaufis and FDNY

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Termed a “liberal crusader” and an “Emperor”, it turns out that the judge has been on a journey of his own.

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