Archive for March2017

IAFF Spying and Corruption: Backdraft Writes In

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“As a 38 year IAFF member, I  have to confess that I must not have been paying attention.  As close as I am to retirement, it would be so easy to ignore this stuff. However, if we can’t operate our Union without hiring private detectives to spy on other Members, then we’ve already lost.  Where […]

IAFF in Court: Shady Schait Goes Fishing

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Forty-One Years That’s how long I have been a proud member of the IAFF, I joined in 1976 when I was nineteen-years-old and W.H. “Howie” McClennan was our International President; I met him at one of the first local union meetings I attended. I kept in touch with Howie; he would occasionally call me at […]

Guiding: Springtime, Sort Of

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Out and About The snow is nearly melted from the other day’s surprise weather and the pace of the guiding season is picking up. To wit, some images from around town. Scaffolding is up at the Jefferson Memorial as they repair (at least) the interior lighting. Generally speaking, the major memorials are in poor condition […]

Ethics: The Navy and Fat Leonard

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7th Fleet Mafia The US Justice Department has charged nine more senior Navy officials in the long-running scandal where the Japan-based 7th fleet staff conducted what amounts to a continuing criminal enterprise as they illegally passed information to Leonard Francis, owner of Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA). “Fat Leonard”, as he is known, used the […]

History: Some Presidential Tweets

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General George Washington on Traitor Benedict Arnold Damn that Arnold, traitor turn-coat, left wife behind too, no worry-we will treat her well–pretty young thing.  SO SAD! Adams to Jefferson on Missing His Inauguration  Tommy, skipping the big “do”, catching early stage to Philly, give Sally a kiss and my best to the kiddies. DRESS WARM! […]

Great Wall: Trump Targets FEMA

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Proposed $370M Cut Donald Trump’s signature campaign promise, a multi-billion dollar wall on the southern border, will apparently be paid for, at least in part, by steep cuts to FEMA. Politico reports the cuts will come from the, “agency’s program for countering violent extremism and preparations for a wide-scale terrorist attack.” The New York Times […]

War: Deadly Kabul Hospital Attack

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Never-Ending Afghanistan We may have gone to war in Afghanistan in 2001 to destroy Bin Laden and al Qaeda, but yesterday’s deadly attack on a military hospital in Kabul which killed 30 and wounded 50, was staged by ISIS, our newest enemy there. Our actual “enemy of note” isn’t even ISIS but rather the Taliban, who […]

Shady Schait: Facing the Music

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First Time Ever There are a few people, Kelly Fox, Jim Lee and Kevin O’Connor among them, who were in Harold Schaitberger’s original “Inner Circle” and who recall how he dominated the IAFF in order to win the presidency in 2000. That domination has continued ever since, made much easier once he had control of […]

Corrupt Schaitberger: The $1,000,000 Question

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Gorman Cites Additional Retaliation Peter Gorman, a 34-year FDNY member, former president of local 854 during the 9/11 attacks, and Schaitberger’s chief of staff for seven years, was fired in 2015 after he raised concerns regarding hiring practices at the IAFF. In firing him, Schaitberger said, according to court documents, “That he no longer trusted […]

This Evening at Iwo

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Sunset, Saturday, March 4, 2017

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