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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 […]

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 […]

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