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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 […]

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, […]

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Perry Kaemmerling
Ethics: IAFF’s Schaitberger Under DOL Scrutiny
Mr. Lamar In regards to "Ethics", how did you come across this email address in which you are using to advertise your blog?
2014-08-20 23:36:49
Eric Lamar
Ethics: IAFF’s Schaitberger Under DOL Scrutiny
Laugh-out-loud. Whatever you say.
2014-08-20 22:44:24
Reg Verner
Ethics: IAFF’s Schaitberger Under DOL Scrutiny
I guess you helped me make my point! Martin Luther King jr. didn't wait nor would he stand silent to keep himself in good with other American leaders. His integrity stood strong and he did what was right especially in that moment!! your Johnny come lately tactics just aren't credible to me! I can't get…
2014-08-20 22:41:43
Eric Lamar
Ethics: IAFF’s Schaitberger Under DOL Scrutiny
I am comfortable with what I did while I was there, especially under the circumstances. Should Martin Luther King, Jr. have stopped speaking out when Bobby Kennedy or "cracker" southern democrats told him to hush up? I have no agenda other than transparency and now I am in a position to say that, whatever you…
2014-08-20 22:31:12
Reg Verner
Ethics: IAFF’s Schaitberger Under DOL Scrutiny
I guess my question is: Was the GP unethical when you worked for him? If so why didn't you come out to us in such a public forum while you were still serving your tenure? Was being LAUDED for your work so important to you that you forgot to tell the rest of us what…
2014-08-20 22:23:45
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