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The Trumpster, Unleashed

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“Riling Up the Crazies.” John McCain knows his party pretty well. In response to Donald Trump’s Mexican trash talk, the Times reports that McCain said, “Trump is riling up the crazies.” Yesterday, at a Republican political forum, Trump replied: “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people […]

60 Seconds to Save the IAFF

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Stop the Corruption A number of people have asked what they can do to reverse the rot at the IAFF. It’s easy, simple and fast. Send some version of the sentence below, even a cut and paste, to the address just beneath it. I am a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters and […]

IAFF Ethics: Schaitberger Found at Fault

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Federal Department of Labor Finding Many will know that IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger engaged in a blatant conflict of interest surrounding his cozy real estate deals with Jim Franzoni of S.F.& C. Insurance, who heads up the Nationwide and Liberty Mutual dealings with the IAFF. Schaitberger purchased an $800,000 waterfront home from Franzoni and […]

Farewell to Dave McCormack

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A Renaissance Man Dave McCormack was, in no particular order, a Navy veteran, a very seasoned FDNY fire fighter and fire officer, a gifted union leader, an academic, first superintendent of the National Fire Academy, very smart, and much more. He was also my boss for several years when I went to the International Association […]

Hey, Hon, They’re Rioting in Baltimore–Again.

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As American as Apple Pie Baltimore may not be the first American City but where rioting is concerned they have to be close. When talking of riots and Baltimore, one must be specific. 1861? A.K.A. the “Pratt Street Massacre” when southbound Union troops were waylaid by traitorous “secesh” trash as their rail cars were pulled […]

IAFF Ethical Crisis: Shrouded in Secrecy

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Bigoted and Racist Actions? A  senior IAFF official was recently charged with bigoted, offensive behavior by another top-level leader. The allegations, apparently related to hiring, are specific and the term “racist” was employed. Such reputed behavior would be serious in any setting but is especially so in an organization with a history of retarded racial […]

Safety Gaps: Learning from Columbia

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STS-107 On February 1, 2003, space shuttle Columbia experienced a loss-of-control and catastrophic break-up at about 180,000 feet altitude during re-entry at hyper-sonic speeds. All crew members were killed as the orbiter rapidly depressurized. Years after the original investigation, a followup study closely examined crew survivability. The NASA  study touches on every aspect of safety from […]

Ethics: The Secretary Out for a Walk

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Laundry Time I headed out from my apartment on California Street in Washington, D.C., a little while ago on the way to an appointment. As I approached Connecticut Avenue on this chilly March morning I spied Jack Lew, Treasury Secretary of the United States, with a member of his security detail in tow, walking south […]

IAFF Ethics: Ted Cruz and the Flintstone Steak

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Pass the A1 Sauce The 2015 International Association of Fire Fighter’s (IAFF) Legislative conference is this week when our union’s affiliate leaders come to Washington to lobby congress on key issues and to listen to selected politicians pontificate. How the pontificaters are chosen is always a subject of discussion. Are they selected to inspire or […]

Leadership: IAFF Ethics Over the Cliff

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Four Reasons Why the Ethics Policy is a Disaster In virtually all organizations it is the elected leadership who set the overall tone. And, so it is at the International Association of Fire Fighters but the results are devastating. The new ethics policy has more holes than a piece of Swiss cheese and is nothing […]

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