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Pensions: Disaster in Dallas

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That Firefighter Brotherly Love? The Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund needs a $1.1 billion dollar bailout from the city in order to avoid insolvency as a result of a combination of actions all rooted in fiduciary recklessness over a 23-year period. From a guaranteed 8.5% annual interest rate on DROP accounts to pie-in-the-sky investment […]

Christmas Crisis

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Lives Wrecked The Guardian reports that the prestigious medical journal Lancet Psychiatry¬†has published an article detailing the potential harm associated with gaming the wee ones over Old Saint Nick. It’s about the moral compass, you see. They say, “lying to children, even about something fun and frivolous, could undermine their trust in their parents and […]

What Goes Up

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A Stairs Tower I was able to spend a few quick minutes yesterday inside the new National Museum of African American History and Culture here in Washington, D.C. One of my objectives was to make sure that I appreciated that it was a 2016 purpose-designed major museum building, a fairly rare occurrence in itself. How […]

Now, That’s a Veteran

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Sergeant Bill Mohr Out touring with high school seniors from Kansas yesterday on a crisp and glorious Fall afternoon, we walked from the White House down to the World War II Memorial with the Washington Monument beginning to glow in the setting sun. Down at the Memorial I spied a Veteran in a wheelchair, blanketed […]

Battle Creek on Strike!

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Go, Chief Haggard, Go If you are traveling on I-24 through Marion County, Tennessee, and your vehicle catches fire you better have a fire extinguisher because the local fire department, led by Fire Chief Eddie Haggard won’t have your back. And that includes a bus full of U.S. Marines who found out the hard way […]

Dept. of Doggerel: The Donald and His Health

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Mogul There once was a mogul from Manhattan, Who took an aspirin each day with his statin, Junk food he did like, As he watched his waistline spike, Till one day the scale he did flatten.  

Prop Her Up, Ice Her Down

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Weekend at Hillary’s Mrs. Clinton said she did not reveal the Pneumonia diagnosis because she did not think “it was a big deal.” Then, some liberal bloggers came along to say it isn’t a big deal. Imagine yourself sitting on the examining table in your doctor’s office when she or he strides in, test results […]

Sex-Dolled 9/11

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What Does It Say About Us? The media is awash this weekend with images of a group of grown men lounging and preening at the New York 9/11 Memorial taking “selfies” with a female “sex doll” in tow. Reports suggest that it was Brits on a “stag-do”, ¬†a.k.a. bachelor party outing, as if that explained […]

Health: Facebook Traumatic Stress Disorder

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The “Faces” of FTSD There I was, fidgeting anxiously in my shrink’s waiting room, thumbing through magazines, nervous for the session to start, but also afraid of where the conversation might go. I had been struggling for months with anxiety and paralyzing panic attacks, unaware of the cause of my deepening distress or even that […]

Books: Lincoln’s Citadel

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The President, the City and the War The museum shop at the National Archives has to be just about the best in a city with some pretty cool ones. They seem to have something for everyone. There with a group of eighth-graders recently, I made an impulsive purchase of a book because it was about […]

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