Archive for May2015

War: Truth, Trust & Betrayal

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Mathew Goldsteyn and the CIA US Army Major Mathew Goldsteyn revealed to the CIA during a 2011 job interview that he had “captured and shot and buried a suspected IED bomb maker” while deployed in 2010 to Afghanistan’s Helmand province. Never one to keep a secret (or kill a collateral quasi-combatant either,) the CIA notified […]

Guiding: The One That Got Away

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Summertime and the Living is Easy The onslaught called spring break has made DC the land of a million motor coaches just in time for the first legitimate heat wave of the season. I toured last week with eight-graders, mostly boys, on one of those languid afternoons around the Tidal Basin. As we neared the […]

Slavery: Ben Affleck and Buyer’s Remorse

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 A Complicated Matter Hacked Sony emails show that Actor Ben Affleck, while participating in PBS’s Finding Your Roots, found his and wasn’t so thrilled. His very great granddaddy owned African slaves. I can remember when the scandal would have been the discovery of African blood coursing in “white” veins, certainly not owning a few. Is Affleck’s […]

Farewell to Dave McCormack

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A Renaissance Man Dave McCormack was, in no particular order, a Navy veteran, a very seasoned FDNY fire fighter and fire officer, a gifted union leader, an academic, first superintendent of the National Fire Academy, very smart, and much more. He was also my boss for several years when I went to the International Association […]

Nepal to Rescue Teams: Bye-Bye

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Pack it Up Nepali officials have requested that all foreign rescue teams leave the country with a Friday deadline. NYT reports that some rescue teams, such as one from Spain, said they had no intention of leaving. Sounds like the nasty in-laws who refuse to depart. Don’t expect to be invited back next time. Should […]