Category Archives: History

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 […]

Dystopia: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Going for the Uber Experience Some readers will know that I have previously reflected on the always bizarre and often cruel manner displayed by many United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) staff towards visitors. Examples include forcing fifth graders to needlessly stand outside in a howling wind and frigid weather to barking insults(calling them cry […]

Politics: Eric Holder, A Felon’s Best Friend?

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Wants to Lift Ban on Felons Voting Holder, US Attorney General (AG), is out speechifying to allow convicted felons the right to vote, casting it as a civil rights issue. Things must be slow at Justice. The NYT points out that Holder has no say in the matter as states decide voter eligibility. If justice were truly served, […]

Politics: A Bully Gets Busted

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  When Loyalty is But Skin Deep New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s super bowl weekend took a bit of a dive after David Wildstein, the ousted Port Authority Executive, dropped a stinker late in the week. Wildstein was widely touted as a high school chum of the chubby Guv but the former federal prosecutor disabused […]

DCFD/DCFEMS: Adrift

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  Fortresses of Fire Washington, DC press reports that last Saturday a 77-year-old man collapsed across the street from 26 Engine/15 Truck. His timing was most unfortunate since persons seeking assistance by knocking repeatedly on the door at the firehouse were turned away.  They were told to call 911. This kind of stuff happens more often […]

At The National Portrait Gallery: Rittenhouse

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  The Self-Made Man David Rittenhouse (1732-1796)  was a world renowned astronomer, scientist, mathematician, surveyor and inventor. He was also entirely self-taught. Rittenhouse grew up near Germantown, PA.  It is said that at age 13 he had mastered Newton's laws of motion and gravity.  He was one of the first Americans to build a telescope and […]

The Venerable Bill Hand Weighs In

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Senior IAFF Member and Haz Mat Instructor Bill Hand, of IAFF Local 341, is one of the most seasoned and distinguished hazardous materials and firefighting experts in the US.  I suppose his career success has many reasons but foremost among them is his totally commonsense and plain spoken wisdom.  I think people have always considered him […]

Leadership: Team Christie

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  What Would the "Boss" do? Most by now have heard of the "shit-storm" enveloping New Jersey's governor and 2016 Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie. Here's a quick synopsis relevant to the topic at hand: Christie wants to present himself as the Republican "Everyman" beloved by Dems, too.  In his bid for re-election, endorsements from democrats would prove […]

Correction: Dear Leader Good Guy After All

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  "Hounded" by False Rumors Kim Jong Un, the repressive and outfit deprived leader of North Korea apparently DID NOT set a pack of starving dogs on his uncle as previously reported here. This unfortunate mis-reporting underscores how even the most bizarre and dictatorial leaders can be harshly and unfairly judged.  We stand chastened. The […]

IAFF…For Sale.

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  “Let Them Eat Cake.” The International Association of Firefighters was born in the beer halls of great North American cities like Pittsburgh, Toronto, Chicago, Milwaukee, New York and Boston.  There, workers could talk about long hours, low wages and no rights—the very concerns that led to our union’s birth 96 years ago. How ironic then, that 2014 […]

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