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9/11: The Box Cutters

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Our Selfie Culture Jerry Casale, aging rocker, married Kristi Napp on the 14th anniversary of September 11th in an event which included  the Twin Towers as wedding cakes and box cutters as keepsakes. Thus, the death of 3,000 people becomes the amusing backdrop for Hollywood nuptials. What would Tish Baldridge think? We are at that […]

Terror Strikes the Hilton

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Appeared From Nowhere I live five minutes from the Washington Hilton, site of the attempted assassination on Ronald Reagan in 1981. The hotel has a heated Olympic-size pool open six months of the year and I have a membership as swimming has replaced running as my primary means of fitness. Last night I wandered over […]

London: Kumar’s Cup of Coffee

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Tale of the Idiot American First, a weather report, especially for my east coast friends:  65 degrees with the sun in and out of the clouds, just cool enough to need a light jacket. Sorry, I had to do that. I returned to the hotel at about 6PM and happened to notice that the coffee […]

London (D3): Soane’s, Surgery, Dr. Sam and a Look at the Thames

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John Soane, Architect My friend David Barbour suggested I see the home of John Soane, a 19th-century architect who lived in Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Soane collected Roman antiquities partly as teaching aides for students when Rome was off limits for military reasons. Today, the house is a museum by act of Parliament. It may be […]

Road Trip: London

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Wembley, Actually I grew up eating those white and black packages of cheese and powdered milk marked “USDA Government Surplus”,  a 1960’s form of food stamps, which may in part explain my perpetual desire to save a buck. So it was I found myself in a “World Traveler Plus” seat aboard a British Airways 777-200ER, […]

Three’s a Party: A Very Lusty Lord

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“I Want to be Led Astray” We Americans have an imperfect and  overly proper view of Brits perhaps influenced by their wonderful way of speaking and all that royal pomp. After all, how could anyone speaking like that be naughty? Well. Lord Sewel, a.k.a., Baron Sewel of Gilcomstoun, helps us understand. The Baron is a bit […]

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 […]

On Justification: Equality, Scripture & Politics

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“Equal dignity in the eyes of the law.”                                     Justice Anthony Kennedy  Twenty-five years from now folks will look back on this week’s Supreme Court Decision declaring marriage for gays a fundamental right and say, “How could they […]

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 […]

Kathmandu, Undone

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I started visiting Nepal to trek and climb in 1993 and my most recent visit was just two years ago. On this latest trip I was amazed at how the Kathmandu valley had grown to become a densely crowded metropolis. At about 220 square miles, roughly half the size of Fairfax County, it has 2.5 […]

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star witness
IAFF Corruption: Nice Ride, Dude
The IAFF membership has no idea what is spent by the king pin. Wine of choice often is Opus One and other expensive wines. One would only have to see his private wine locker. It's worth thousands! Do you think he spent his money, I know he doesn't.
2015-09-25 16:58:16
Bill Hand
Line of Duty: An Imperfect Martyr?
Will said Eric! I am pretty sick of the news media versions of this.
2015-09-24 21:08:59
star witness
IAFF Corruption: When $630,000 Isn’t Enough
If this is correct, Eric, he certainly didn't claim it on his tax returns.
2015-09-18 17:13:41
Eric Lamar
IAFF Corruption: When Walker Wins
Hi, Curtis. I would answer your question by saying that the information fully represents his current reckless spending of member's dues. If I am wrong, and he has suddenly switched to eating at Golden Corral and Sizzler's, he should prove it. Stay tuned and thanks. Eric
2015-09-17 14:57:07
Curtis dunn
IAFF Corruption: When Walker Wins
Eric, do you have anything that's not 5 years old??? Thanks just curious.
2015-09-17 14:44:01
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