Archive for September2014

Leadership: Trust As Instinct

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“Who Can We Trust Now?” 234 years ago this week, George Washington sat down to one of his most perplexing meals at the Robinson house near the strategically critical fort of West Point, New York. The house was the war appropriated home of General Benedict Arnold, the newly appointed commander of the fort on the […]

Providence: A HoMo Horror

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The Ideology of Queerness? In 2001, Providence, R.I., firefighters drove a rig in a Gay Pride parade. Thirteen years later, that drive is the subject of a R.I. State Supreme Court case. Firefighters allege that their rights of free speech and religion were violated by then Mayor Vincent A. Cianci Jr.’s edict to participate. The Providence Journal […]

Cops: Sock Drawer

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The Most Proportional Police In America Ferguson, Missouri continues as a slowly boiling cauldron after the shooting of Michael Brown there on August 9th. Like it or not, it is a contemporary touchstone for the notion that police departments across the U.S. constantly employ excessive force. If perception is reality, there’s a problem and not […]

Murder, Social Media and Moral Culpability

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“This Was Not A Surprise.” Eric Matthew Frein is the chief suspect in the assassination of Pennsylvania state trooper Byron Dickson last Friday night. The shooter ambushed the Blooming Grove Barracks at shift change also critically wounding trooper Alex Douglass. Pennsylvania State Police have referred to Frein as “an anti-law enforcement survivalist.” Police also reported […]

New Leaders: JFK’s Nightmare

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When Doing Nothing Is Doing Something Being chosen as a leader is an experience both heady and gratifying. You are being recognized for what you know and what you will do. But, one of the most difficult aspects of new leadership may be the propensity to act, even when wisdom and experience counsels otherwise. After […]

It’s OK.

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Compassion, American Style Last month a nine-year-old girl shot and killed her Uzi “instructor” at a firing range in White Hills, Arizona. The weapon was on full automatic and the recoil caused her to lose control. Her family was on a Las Vegas vacation from their New Jersey home. They had finished a “monster truck” […]

Techno: Could Be Time

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“Hold On–I’ll Google it.” When I retired to the world of part-time work I made a conscious decision to give up the “smart-phone” in favor of simple talk/text. I didn’t want to be a zombie-like compulsive email checker strolling through life reacting to an incoming message chime like a middle-aged Pavlov’s dog. In truth, it […]

Labor: Leave Ray Rice Alone

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An Extra-Judicial “Lynching” Ray Rice, former Baltimore Ravens running back is being destroyed by law enforcement, the NFL, Ravens management and reckless media for an unsavory act that has been handled by the justice system. Rice has not been convicted of a crime, if fact, he hasn’t even been prosecuted. Still, he lost his job. […]

9/11 at 13: Memory, Memorial, Myth

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How Do You Feel About Pearl Harbor? At some point 9/11 will likely become an anniversary celebrated each ten years. No matter how compelling the catastrophe, time erodes both the power of it and the decreasing number of people with a personal connection. People pass on and they are replaced. You could be half way […]

Ethics: The MOBO No-No

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The First (In Line) Family The story of the year here has been the trial of Virginia’s former governor Robert McDonnell and his zany wife Maureen on public corruption charges; they were both found guilty last week. McDonnell and family of Fairfax County are of relatively modest circumstances perhaps making the “high life” they found […]

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