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FDNY History: A Roar Amidst the Flames

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Steamer Tremont The Tremont was a 260-foot long, side-wheel paddle-steamer plying the waters between Providence, RI and New York. She originally made the Boston to New York run but the burgeoning railroads had put a stop to that. Railroads were willing to cut their freight and passenger prices to match or undercut the steamer lines […]

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 […]

Heard

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Socialize That My work life used to be meetings, meetings and more meetings. Now, not so much, thankfully. Still, one does not escape entirely from the round table. I was sitting in one the other day being dutifully attentive. The subject had turned to scheduling the next meeting, (of course.) The person in charge, when […]

Techno: Could Be Time

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“Hold On–I’ll Google it.” When I retired to the world of part-time work I made a conscious decision to give up the “smart-phone” in favor of simple talk/text. I didn’t want to be a zombie-like compulsive email checker strolling through life reacting to an incoming message chime like a middle-aged Pavlov’s dog. In truth, it […]

American Jihad: 1865-2014

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The Inner Struggle The news that Moner Mohammad Abu-Salah, a 22-year-old from Florida, was the driver of a huge truck bomb in a Syrian suicide attack has caused consternation here in the U.S. as officials express deep concern over his “radicalization.” Abu-Salah has company. He was a young American, almost always  in his twenties. He […]

EMS Study: Shut the F–k Up.

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When “Quiet Please” Just Isn’t Working. We’ve all been there before: that patient who is making the proper provision of care all but impossible because of their yammering on. Loud, obstructive and verbose, they refuse to cooperate. Apparently faced with just such a patient, UK West Midlands Paramedic Richard Playford employed the crucially important but […]

Cock Fight: Mass. FF Suspended

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“I Couldn’t Take It Anymore.” One rooster and 12 hens. Busy, busy rooster. You’d be crowing too. NYDN reports that Carlisle firefighter Frank Sargent confessed to whacking his neighbor’s noisy chickens using a variety of poisons. I’m With Frank On This One A guy’s gotta get a good night’s sleep. Still, whatever happened to a […]

This and That: 22 May 2014

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  Heard near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery with a British Accent: “Well, he has to pee doesn’t he?”   Headline of the week From the Daily Mail: Silvio Berlusconi DENIES calling Angela Merkel a lard-ass – but admits he DID jump out at her and go ‘cuckoo’ (and says […]

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 […]

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FE Talk: Humpday Hangout

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Dennis
Politics and Patriotism: Torture, Religion & Truth
"Partisan lines are drawn around the issue of the disclosure of the report where some suggest that disclosure is un-American and aiding the enemy." I am not really clear why it was necessary to release the report at this point other than it was a politically inspired action by the Democrats, as part of their…
2014-12-12 01:31:58
Miguel Lima
Politics and Patriotism: Torture, Religion & Truth
I just read your piece and I have to admit that you and many of the unethical liberals, in OUR country, have gotten it wrong. At what point do we finally admit that it is because of information gathering, no matter how it's gathered , that many more attacks on US soil have not occurred.…
2014-12-11 22:49:04
Victoria Huckenpahler
Politics and Patriotism: Torture, Religion & Truth
I agree 100%, Eric. I would hope that even if I were a victim of terrorism I would not want torture on my conscience. "Do unto others..." This is a blight on our national conscience. We, as a nation, have lost our moral compass, and I would feel ashamed now, going abroad as an American.
2014-12-11 18:48:48
Bob Gray
Politics and Patriotism: Torture, Religion & Truth
Amen
2014-12-11 18:12:57
Glenn
Ferguson: Two Wrongs, No Right
All this in the midst of an environment where the number one cause of law enforcement LODD last year was gun fire. Don't know who started these tragic events, however, it is bound to make an unexperienced loan cop a bit nervous when he/she is physically challenged.
2014-12-03 19:41:49
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