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New Leaders: JFK’s Nightmare

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When Doing Nothing Is Doing Something Being chosen as a leader is an experience both heady and gratifying. You are being recognized for what you know and what you will do. But, one of the most difficult aspects of new leadership may be the propensity to act, even when wisdom and experience counsels otherwise. After […]

9/11 at 13: Memory, Memorial, Myth

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How Do You Feel About Pearl Harbor? At some point 9/11 will likely become an anniversary celebrated each ten years. No matter how compelling the catastrophe, time erodes both the power of it and the decreasing number of people with a personal connection. People pass on and they are replaced. You could be half way […]

Ethics: The MOBO No-No

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The First (In Line) Family The story of the year here has been the trial of Virginia’s former governor Robert McDonnell and his zany wife Maureen on public corruption charges; they were both found guilty last week. McDonnell and family of Fairfax County are of relatively modest circumstances perhaps making the “high life” they found […]

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 […]

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R.L. Jordan
Murder, Social Media and Moral Culpability
I struggle with the ever present freedom of speech concern and lean more towards the freedom of living, probably like the slain officers family believed in.
2014-09-19 03:22:59
John Davids
Murder, Social Media and Moral Culpability
It is a fine line between freedom of speech and potential deadly threats. The Secret Service receives thirty treats against POTUS everyday, resonds to all of them. I agree Eric we as citizens, must begin to police ourselves. We in Law Enforcement must begin to find a way to address these threats seriously without violating…
2014-09-19 01:54:33
Victoria Huckenpahler
Murder, Social Media and Moral Culpability
I agree, Eric, but am uncertain whether it would do much good. If we see a gunman enter a bank, it's pretty clear he has evil intent, not to speak of probable illegal gun possession, and the police can arrest him asap. But if you report someone making threats online, can an investigator discern if…
2014-09-18 16:45:03
Groove Merchant
Labor: Leave Ray Rice Alone
There are probably a lot of women that aren't going to like this post......but I have to write it. By no means do I condone Ray Rice's actions, but on the surface his actions were instigated by his then fiancé'. She shoved him more than once and from the video it appears that she spat…
2014-09-18 04:11:31
R.L. Jordan
It’s OK.
I agree Eric. The child who shot the instructor is the victim. The parents are responsible for this tragedy as equally as the instructor himself and the management of the shooting range. Another example of a total lack of common sense. And as usual, captured on video for all the world to see.
2014-09-17 02:08:26
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