Author Archives: Eric Lamar

Words: The Manchester Bombing

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To Speak, or Not, of War In the aftermath of the Manchester bombing, UK government officials and the press refer to the incident as a “terrorist attack” while those killed and injured are “victims”, who, according to at least one source, were “murdered.” They fail to employ the language of war even when that is […]

Here We Mark the Price of Freedom

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National World War II Memorial

Planet of the Apes: Firehouse “Jokes”

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Pass the Salt? When is a “joke” really ritualized hazing or bullying? I worked in a firehouse once where three members decided to place pubic hair in the kitchen salt shakers. The same crew would also rub their exposed genitals up against anyone they thought they could. That’s called whipping it out. The officer-in-charge knew […]

Fairfax: The Best of “Family Night”

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No Moms Left Behind Peggy Fox, a WUSA reporter, talked to a parent who confirmed that during a recent Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Family Night for recruit firefighters, a “captain said that “some practical jokes go on in the station with the new recruits some might call it hazing, some might call it bullying.” […]

Comey (Mostly) Self Destructs

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Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey because the short-term political stars aligned nearly perfectly in the president’s favor. Comey is to blame for the circumstances. In the Clinton email investigation Comey defied FBI investigative procedure when he revealed the results of one investigation or the fact that the other would be conducted. In the […]

Guiding: Bring Out the Bilge Pump

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A basic tenet of guiding is that, with a few exceptions, if the client wishes to venture forth, we do. Many is the day I have looked outside from my glassed-in porch and breathed a sigh of relief that I was not “out there in that.” Friday was not, unfortunately, one of those days. In […]

Trump and the Civil War: He’s Right

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Give the Douche Bag His Due Regarding the Civil War, Trump asked “why it could not have been worked out” and then observed that he “always felt that the South overplayed their hand.” In Trumpian language the deal on the table in 1861 was that President Lincoln, chief negotiator for the Union, was fine with […]

Schaitberger on USFA’s Onieal: “Take Him Out”

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IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger has reportedly indicated that he will “take out” Denis Onieal, the acting administrator of the United States Fire Administration (USFA). Schaitberger is said to have made his threat at a recent meeting of Metro Chiefs. His reason? The National Fire Information Reporting System (NFIRS) and the National Fire Operations Reporting […]

Guiding: The Wall and Ritual

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The Vietnam Veterans Wall, opened in 1982, is a shade under 500 feet long with over 58,000 names of those killed or missing etched into its shiny black panels. While other war memorials also list names, the Wall stands alone for its enveloping design and enormity. The names take center stage, a tidal wave of […]

War: Boys and Their Toys

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July Fourth, Early This past Thursday the US military deployed the GBU-43, the largest non-nuclear weapon in the arsenal, at a cave site reputed to be used by ISIS in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province. For the military it’s the equivalent of  being able to take that brand new Harley you bought out for a spin after a […]

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