Archive for November2015

Terror: Is Washington, DC Safe?

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Depends. ISIS says they will attack the nation’s capitol but intelligence agencies say, “all quiet” or thereabouts. Meanwhile, a recent New York Times op-ed tells us that we are no Europe with their porous borders; all is safe, sort of. They also remind us that so-called “lone wolf” self-radicalized jihadists are a persistent concern here because assault […]

IAFF 2016: Weak or Weak-Willed?

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The Race for General Secretary-Treasurer If politics is about perception, Ed “Edzo” Kelly of Boston, Massachusetts, is either “running the table” or at least running circles around Harold Schaitberger as Kelly racks up support for next year’s race to replace Tom Miller. Schaitberger famously installed Tom Miller as GST when Vinnie Bollon stepped down; now […]

Anniversary of Terror: November 22, 1963

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Death of a President Fifty-two years ago today, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th president of the Unites States, died instantly when he was shot in the head while riding in an open limousine through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. It was an act of terror committed by a deeply troubled and dis-affected young man, Lee Harvey […]

Schaitberger Cans Martynuska

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Longtime 4th District DFSR Art Martynuska has been a well regarded fixture in the IAFF’s 4th district for many years. His resume is impressive: -retired in 2010 as a fire fighter/paramedic for the City of Johnstown, PA, and as president of the Johnstown Fire Fighters Union, a position he held for 14 years. -elected to […]

America, the Disgraceful

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A White & Christian Double Standard Uber-patriotic and liberty loving ‘mericans have their drawers seriously twisted at the thought that a single Syrian might come here as a refugee. God forbid. According to them, its both wise and a good thing to exclude an entire nationality from consideration as if there is no way to […]

The “Pat-Down”

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ISIS Targets France Last Friday, ISIS-inspired terrorists murdered 129 people and injured hundreds more in a series of attacks using automatic weapons and explosives. Targeted were a music venue, a sports stadium and several restaurants. France has apparently taken an aggressive role in combating ISIS in Syria and elsewhere and may be paying the price […]

Schaitberger Corruption: The Family and Friends Discount (1)

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Quacks Like A Duck? The recent New York Times article on Harold Schaitberger included a laundry list of improper activities of substantial breadth: – Lavish over-spending –  Usurping all power –  Operating with little over-sight or checks –  Pretension to a royal lifestyle –  Flagrant self-importance –  Advancing his own causes –  Isolating or undermining […]

American Horror: “Please, God, No”

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“To Care For Him Who Shall Have Borne The Battle” A. Lincoln This Wednesday is Veteran’s Day when we both remember and honor the millions of Americans who have served our country in the military. I want to concentrate on one in particular: Andrew Alan Myers. A Saturday Morning Bike Ride Andrew Myers was on a […]

IAFF Corruption: The Lackey Search Update

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 New “Chief of Staff” After firing Local 854’s Pete Gorman, who gave eight years of very effective service to the IAFF, Harold Schaitberger may be finding it difficult to find a “chief” for several reasons. Anyone who interacted with Gorman found him to be straightforward, and approachable with integrity. Schaitberger won’t make that mistake again. […]

Pete Gorman: What They Are Saying

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IAFF Members on the Record It is a sad day when a union and fire service leader of Pete Gorman’s caliber is fired by the likes of the current IAFF president. During 9/11, while Pete was dealing with the loss of members of his local as well as missing and injured members he still took […]

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