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Response Times: Canada

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IAFF vs CUPE The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is none too happy with the Ontario Professional Firefighters Association’s move to begin providing fire-based EMS first response. According to the CBC, Jeff Van Pelt, chair of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which represents more than 6,000 paramedics in Ontario, said, “The move […]

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 […]

“America’s Most Alarming Story”

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The Bear Interferes The Washington Post has an opinion piece by Eric Chenoweth,  co-director of the Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe, upbraiding us collectively for our failure to be appropriately outraged at Putin’s supposed meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Chenoweth suggests we should have mouths agape at “the successful effort by a hostile foreign […]

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 […]

November 22nd

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9/11 Moment Today marks 53 years since President John Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas. The president had gone on a campaign trip there and was accompanied by vice-president Lyndon Johnson, a Texan who had political troubles in his home state. Kennedy got caught up in a squabble between Texas Senator Ralph Yarborough […]

Let the Fun Begin

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Reasons Everyone from Robert Reich to Robert Redford has weighed in on Donald Trump. Reich suggests that Trump’s victory is due to economic fears which is certainly true, but like a plane crash there are always multiple and interlocking causes. One of the largest has to be the extraordinary Clinton baggage (both Bill and Hillary.) […]

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 […]

Trumped

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Reality TV Star as US President As writer Doris Kearns Goodwin would say, “this is no ordinary time.” Folks will talk for months about how Clinton lost but the Washington Post had an extraordinary explanation as to why. “Of the nearly 700 counties that twice sent Obama to the White House, a stunning one-third flipped to […]

Schaitberger’s IAFF: Crashing

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The Future Betrayed The IAFF Executive Board’s cowardly decision to sit out the 2016 US presidential election is a big win for that group of ancient white men but a big loser for everyone else. Way back in October 2015, 11th district vice president Sandy McGhee summed it up when he said, “Secretary Clinton doesn’t […]

USS Weiner

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FBI Director Richard Comey fired a shipboard cruise missile yesterday. Mrs. Clinton, whom I strongly support, says Comey’s decision to launch is “deeply troubling.” There is a lot of that (deeply troubling) to go around, especially where Mrs. Huma Abedin and her train wreck spouse are concerned. If Mrs. Clinton was going to make Mrs. […]

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