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Conflategate: Brain Williams’ Fish(y) Story

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The One That Got Away? TV personality Brian Williams is enduring some unwanted fame as the onion is peeled, partly by him, over his story of being aboard a US military helicopter under fire in the Iraq war in 2003. Williams has apparently said in the past, including on the Letterman show, that he was […]

To OM or Not to OM

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Drums in the Distance I live a stone’s throw from the “Hinkley Hilton” in Washington, DC, where the Jodie Foster obsessed assassin nearly murdered Ronald Reagan in 1981. This morning I awoke to the sound of beating drums and chanting; nearly as loud as when the Lubavitcher Jews are celebrating in the street on the […]

Todd, the Play: Team of Muses

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A Life Apart Perhaps it is the noted Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer who reminds us the Lincoln marriage was one lived largely apart. During the early years, Abraham Lincoln, a busy Springfield lawyer, rode the circuit, gone for weeks at a time,  with judges and other counsel. They would huddle around a campfire or sleep […]

Willkommen Nazis

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The Holocaust in a Whole New Light Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Eric Lichtblau lectured yesterday at the National Archives about his new book The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler’s Men. He became aware of the subject when a source told him that the US Justice Department had […]

Winning: Battle NOLA @ 200 Years

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Seesaw on the Mississippi War consists of two basic options: defense or offense. The middle ground is the perilous transition between the two, mastered only by the truly expert. Two hundred years ago today, the war of 1812 thundered to an effective close when two able leaders, Andrew Jackson and Edward Pakenham made history on […]

Selma

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Lyndon and Martin at the Movies In this 50th anniversary year of the passage of the Voting Rights Act, a new film directed by Ava DuVernay tells a version of the story of the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, which focused national attention on the plight of blacks in the south. I say “version” […]

Some Kimchi Blow Back

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Sony “Un” Done Leave it to Hollywood to assume that they can make a film depicting the assassination of the world’s most vicious dictator and that he would happily go along with it, perhaps in the spirit of Christmas. Not. North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un, gastric-banded dictator and cheese fanatic, is reportedly behind the hacking of Sony’s IT […]

FDNY History: A Roar Amidst the Flames

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Steamer Tremont The Tremont was a 260-foot long, side-wheel paddle-steamer plying the waters between Providence, RI and New York. She originally made the Boston to New York run but the burgeoning railroads had put a stop to that. Railroads were willing to cut their freight and passenger prices to match or undercut the steamer lines […]

A Tale of Two Wars: JFK and Obama

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Nobody Likes to Lose, Especially Generals John Kennedy was shot and killed 51 years ago this week. He had served in WWII in the South Pacific and been seriously injured when his torpedo patrol boat, 109, was sliced in half by the Amagiri, a Japanese destroyer while on night patrol. His combat duty and military […]

Safety: Hillsborough at 25

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Crowd Control or Part of One? Pay Attention. 2014 is the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough football disaster when 96 fans were killed and 766 injured in a crowd crush in Sheffield, England. Fans, most of them young, were pinned in or near the fence surrounding the field and died of compressive asphyxia. Though it […]

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FE Talk: Humpday Hangout

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UnionFire43
IAFF Ethics: Harold, Ed and the Silent Picket Line
You guys are amazing.... I'm going to ignore the fact that most of you have missed Eric's point completely, that he was making a statement directly at Schaitberger hand-picking a new district VP that would be more of a yes man, and speak to the "two-hatting". It is amazing that we have so many hypocrites…
2015-02-28 15:45:59
Eric Lamar
IAFF Ethics: Harold, Ed and the Silent Picket Line
Thanks for once again dragging in all the extraneous nonsense but this is all very simple. Harold Schaitberger attempted to recruit a candidate who has (at least) 20 members serving as volunteer chiefs in just one jurisdiction. That's extraordinary and it flies in the face of protecting the rights of brother and sister firefighters or…
2015-02-28 04:13:01
Chris Sullivan
IAFF Ethics: Harold, Ed and the Silent Picket Line
In the meantime...Eric Lamar still does not engage in meaningful conversation nor can he refute any of the comments here...Its obvious that you have a history with the IAFF President and maybe its warranted..however, because you do not like the man..don't bad mouth his choice for the 4th District President.....coming from a right to work…
2015-02-28 02:57:12
Eric Lamar
IAFF Ethics: Harold, Ed and the Silent Picket Line
No relationship with any of the candidates, announced or unannounced or previously thrown to the wayside. Feel better?
2015-02-27 16:21:16
Richard Peterson
IAFF Ethics: Harold, Ed and the Silent Picket Line
"By the way, it is my experience that people do not share posts they don’t agree with and 1,180 have shared this one in a little over 24 hours." We all know that statement is BS. People share posts all the time on subjects they don't agree with...it starts dialogue and that can make for…
2015-02-27 12:21:01
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