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Labor Rights Are Human Rights

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Yes, Happy Labor Day Should Barack Obama, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul all agree that we have the right to band together to fight for decent wages and benefits for working Americans and their families? I think so. And yet, in many parts of the US firefighters and paramedics are denied that fundamental right of […]

Leadership: Some Real “Swag”

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On the Square Benjamin Ogle Tayloe (1796-1868) is the son of Colonel John Tayloe III, the man who built the Octagon House at 18th and New York Ave., NW, Washington, D.C., about 1800. The Octagon House was the stand-in White House for the Madison’s after the Brits burned the real one around the corner during […]

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 […]

Life Online: The Breana Effect

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The “Clutch” I have taken to noticing lately how many people, most actually, walk around clutching their “smartphone” (SP) in one hand. It has become so essential to the pulse of life that it cannot be stowed, even for a moment. People will place an infant child in a backpack or carrier but the SP […]

Books: So, You Want to be President?

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Camelot’s Court: Inside the Kennedy White House “He can’t do that to me.” Such was JFK’s response when he was told at 8am, while still in bed in pajamas, reading the morning papers, about the missiles in Castro’s Cuba. He, of course, was Nikita Khrushchev, Soviet Premier and Kennedy’s chief antagonist. Kennedy’s exclamation underscores how […]

IAFF History: Conflict of Ideals

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Patriotism is the Last Refuge of a Scoundrel -Samuel Johnson Britain’s Dr. Johnson was not just talking about America though he heaped scorn on revolutionary patriots when he also said, “How is it that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty from the drivers of negroes?” He had a point. A “splashy” display of love […]

Quest For Equality: U.S. @ 238

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 That All Men are Created Equal Of course, they meant white men with property and as for women, well, not a word. Black Americans, free and slave, fought for both America and Britain, hedging their bets on an outcome that could include freedom for some and citizenship rights for all. But blacks lost the bet […]

Mt. Everest: Dying To Be There

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Last Friday 16 Nepalese Sherpas were killed in an avalanche on the “shores” of Mt. Everest, a stormy sea known for its exacting toll of victims. Sherpas are a cultural group native to Nepal; the word also connotes specialists in mountain climbing. In a team of Sherpas the person in charge is referred to as […]

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 […]

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David Barbour
Labor Rights Are Human Rights
Thanks for reminding us that Labor Day is about more than going to Walmart, which we shouldn't do anyway. David B.
2014-09-01 14:53:29
Eric Lamar
Does It Really Matter Department
J- Thanks very much for writing. You, of course, are the REAL voice of experience. Eric
2014-08-29 23:24:46
John Davids
Does It Really Matter Department
Eric, I am a Second Ammendment guy. But I am very disappointed with some on my side, we are fighting for a way of life, the life that you so eloquently described. I have used UZI's in my government employment, and a grown law enforcement agent cannot control this weapon's rise on fully auto. We…
2014-08-29 22:53:12
James Walsh
Ethics: Reg Wants to Know
As I sit here and read the various issues surrounding our International I find it interesting the various positions my union brothers and sisters take based on competing influences. Whether it's the issue of ethics or the vote on the conference floor, I would hope our brothers and sisters across the International would want the…
2014-08-27 17:40:54
Mike
Firehouse Culture: “Say You Want To Be My Bitch”
How and why are you comparing this to slavery? You do a disservice to every hard-working firefighter in FDNY, both white and especially black. It sounds like typical locker room crap. You think they did that because he's black? I'll bet they would have done it to the covering guy regardless of his color. Try…
2014-08-26 02:37:53
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