Archive for March2013

History and Race: March 18, 1942

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  The War Relocation Act Seventy-one years ago today Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed an executive order requiring 120,000 mostly Japanese-Americans to report for forced relocation. In the wake of the December 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, politicians, leaders and many others concluded that all Americans exhibiting the features of Japanese ancestry were potential spies, soldiers or […]

EMS Delivery and Leadership: Officer Down!

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  On Waiting  The DC press was all over a recent incident where a Metropolitan police motor officer was struck and injured by an auto while stopped in far southeast DC, close to the border with Prince George’s (PG) County, Maryland.  No DC ambulances were available and the officer was eventually transported by a PG […]

Words: “She Read Me The Riot Act”

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  Origins of an “Ass-Chewing” Nothing makes the sting go away quicker than sharing it with others.  The term often employed, as short hand for the experience is “being read the riot act.”  It roles off our tongues and fits the occasion perfectly.  But what does it really mean? It turns out that for an […]

Red Cross Get’s a Make-Over

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  Martha at the Helm As some folks know, I am a DC city guide.  The 2013 guiding season is underway despite the see-saw weather. The newest memorial, honoring Martin Luther King, Jr,  is proving to be a big hit.  It may be the most well lit memorial for night time viewing in the city. […]

License to Die

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  “License and Registration, Please” First, thanks to everyone who read (and commented) yesterday about the “no-CPR” incident.   This update from the press:  “Lorraine Bayless had chosen to live in a facility without medical staff and wanted to pass away without life-prolonging intervention, her family said Tuesday.” Most, but not all,  commenters were somehow related […]

Let’s Live…FOREVER!

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  “Harrowing” and “Horrifying” The Associated Press reported yesterday that an 87-year-old Bakersfield, CA, woman collapsed at the dining hall of her assisted living facility and that staff refused to perform cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR).  She died. Now, all hell is breaking loose. Never-mind that the “residents of the facility are informed of the policy (no […]

March 4, 1908: Catastrophe in Collinwood

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No doubt they would marvel at both our schools and our unwillingness to keep our children safe in them.

Joan, the Holocaust and Hot Heidi

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  Can Tragedy Be Funny For a Reason? Joan Rivers, the nearly octogenarian, outrageous comedian, recently observed regarding Heidi Klum that, “The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.” The response has been predictable, including from the (Jewish) Anti-Defamation League, who said, “This remark is so […]

Fire Politics: Hagel’s Squeaker

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  You Can Call Me Mr. (Barely) Secretary. In the last 35 years all but one nominee for Defense Secretary has been easily confirmed.  The exception, John Tower, US Senator from Texas, was rejected in 1989 by a vote of 47 to 53 because of his drinking and carrying on.  The other ten were confirmed with […]