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On Memorials, Water and Respect

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A Cool Spot on a Very Hot Day There’s a bit of web-inspired kerfuffle this morning over a photo of visitors standing in the water at the WWII Memorial in front of a sign saying not to. The sign says, “Honor Your Veterans, No Wading…” obviously implying that standing in water up to your ankles […]

Guiding: Philip Keeps It Real

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The Old Group Photo One of the joys of guiding, especially 8th-grade school groups, is the apparently mandatory group photos taken in front of Washington attractions, both major and minor. The phrase “herding cats” doesn’t even approach the task of attracting the attention of 50 kids to have them form in some mass likely to […]

Race: The Colored Purpose

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How Quickly We Forget Rachel Dolezal, apparently of caucasic origin but who wished to be seen as black, has resigned from her leadership post at the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The Times reports that Ms. Dolezal told Matt Lauer on the Today Show that “I identify as […]

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 […]

To OM or Not to OM

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Drums in the Distance I live a stone’s throw from the “Hinkley Hilton” in Washington, DC, where the Jodie Foster obsessed assassin nearly murdered Ronald Reagan in 1981. This morning I awoke to the sound of beating drums and chanting; nearly as loud as when the Lubavitcher Jews are celebrating in the street on the […]

Streets: Nine and a Half D

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A Lunchtime Encounter I was on my way to meet a friend for lunch at the Gordon Biersch just around the corner from Ford’s Theater while riding my slightly wacky and very comfortable short wheelbase recumbent bicycle. Sitting at the traffic light at 12th and G streets, NW, I noticed two dudes in a car […]

Over the (Double) Rainbow: WDC

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8 July 2014     With apologies to Dorothy.

Hanging with the Wolf Pack

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To the Moon and Back This week I toured with a group from, let’s just say, Andrew Jackson territory. Their school sent two buses and as they often are, they were divided by gender with me winding up with 36 eighth grade boys. Was this divine retribution? Coin Toss At the very first stop, the […]

Wheel Chair For Two, Please

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Just in Case You Need It I finished up the week working with a group of eighth-graders from Lamar Middle School, a touch of irony or humor that was lost on both them and me. It was a superb day at Mount Vernon and down at Pioneer Farm it was sheep shearing time, the old […]

Emmett, Ireland and Easter

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Make Way for the Elephant Robert Emmett, Irish patriot, was hanged, drawn and quartered in Dublin, Ireland, convicted of leading a failed rebellion for Irish freedom in 1803. He was 25 years old. Emmett was a protestant from a wealthy family, hardly the type to commit “high treason.” But he identified strongly with Catholics in […]

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FE Talk: Humpday Hangout

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David R. Anders
Schaitberger MDA Shakedown: “Unprecedented”
Have you heard the saying that it is like trying to squeeze blood out of a turnip. Eric, you may be squeezing a beet thinking the red juice is blood. You are looking dumber by the day. A lot more than me keep asking you where is the beef?
2015-09-04 02:20:52
Eric Lamar
Schaitberger MDA Shakedown: “Unprecedented”
Dano--Thank you for failing, completely, to address the issue of the IAFF shaking down the MDA. Quite a feat on your part. E
2015-09-04 01:35:52
Eric Lamar
Schaitberger MDA Shakedown: “Unprecedented”
Marv, Who luvs ya? But, wake up and smell the coffee. Do you have any idea how the trial board system works? The DVPs decide whether or not the charges go forward. Yes, Marv--those DVPs, the same ones he owns. The IAFF is far beyond internal reform. The calvary is now required. xoxo--Eric
2015-09-04 01:34:16
Dan
Schaitberger MDA Shakedown: “Unprecedented”
two major charity watchdogs, the BBB Wise Giving Alliance and CharityWatch, say that charities shouldn’t spend more than 35 cents for every dollar they raise. Put another way, the charities should receive at least 65 percent of the take. Looks like IAFF is getting about 5% . Seems like they are doing just fine! Stop…
2015-09-04 00:53:50
Marvin Wilson
Schaitberger MDA Shakedown: “Unprecedented”
This has been reported by Vinnie Bollon several years ago. It was published in the Firefighter magazine. Do y'all not read. Do some research and you will see that this has been happening. I agree with Dave Anders, put up or shut up!! File charges if you have the evidence and make yourself ethical eric.
2015-09-03 22:05:09
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