Archive for February2017

DC Gem, Revealed

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Last week I posted this beautiful image asking for ideas where it might be located. Today, the answer. The Second Infantry Division is known as “Indianhead” or 2ID. The Second was created in 1917 in France and fought at Belleau Wood, Chateau-Thierry, the Aisne and Saint Mihiel. During WWII, they came ashore at Normandy and […]

The Corrupt IAFF: Anders and the Wizard of Oz

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Dave Anders, Again Mr. Anders, a perennial supporter of Our Dear Leader, had this to say about Mack’s comment from yesterday: “Eric, again, the letter is not signed. If an IAFF member has criticism of the IAFF or our GP, surly [sic] he/she would not hesitate to sign their name and list their Local number. […]

The Corrupt IAFF: Mack Writes In

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A “Peek Behind the Curtain” “Eric, thank you for providing this blog, and giving people the opportunity to hear another viewpoint. Long ago I had the (mis)fortune of dealing directly with Shaitberger, my District VP, AND Pete Gorman. Until that point, I had no idea what went on at the IAFF. How would I ever […]

Leadership: The Press and the President

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All Hail Aurora To hear Donald J. Trump and his dwindling band of die-hards tell it, he is the first US president to feel the lash of the vicious media as they write away about his version of leadership and governance. George Washington, with his famous temper, is turning in his grave at the very notion. […]

Walk-About: An Obvious Gem

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My third career has made a walker of me, first for work and now for exercise and pleasure, as well. Though I never would have guessed it before, there are few places I need to go in the city that are farther away then a 75-minute brisk walk. If you would have asked me how […]

IAFF Corruption: Ahoy Asks

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“What is the consensus of the local fire department’s Union elected presidents? Do they support Leader? If this corruption is going on, why wouldn’t one of these “Presidents” step up to be heard? Especially if Leader is worse than Hitler! Just curious.”                           […]

IAFF, GOP and Right-To-Work

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You Wanted It, You Got It Yesterday’s New York Times includes a feature story detailing how the GOP is now in full control of 25 state governments and 33 governorships and what that means for organized labor. They report that while politicians in Congress may be confused about what to do, no such disorder reigns in […]

Leadership: Trump and the Three Branches

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A President in Training It’s often been said that there is no real training for presidents, they learn how to do the job by doing it, a fact that can have messy consequences, at least in the early stages. Being a successful president clearly requires a broad range of skills including having a vision and […]

Leadership: My Favorite Royal Moment

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I was in Starbucks the other afternoon standing in line, when my time came I ordered an English breakfast tea which caused the lady in front of me to inquire if I was celebrating the Queen’s platinum jubilee anniversary or some such award, given to the longest serving monarch ever. I replied in the negative […]

Corrupt IAFF: Shady Schait, Slevin and the Counter-Suit

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Slevin Stays Silent The news is out that Our Dear Leader has filed a counter-suit against Local 854 IAFF member Pete Gorman. Gorman alleges that he was fired from his staff position in an act of retaliation for bringing to light concerns about hiring practices at the IAFF. He states that Jim Lee, current IAFF […]

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