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IAFF: Beware the Fallen Hero

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What Pat Tillman’s Death Teaches Us Pat Tillman was an NFL player who turned down a 3.6 million dollar contract to join the Army, along with his brother Kevin, after the 9/11 attacks. Their father said,  “We were at war and the idea that my kids would allow someone else to fight their battles for them… […]

IAFF: The Schaitberger Loyalty Treatment

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Bide’n Time International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) president-for-life Harold Schaitberger made a faint ripple of news this week when he urged former Democratic vice-president Joe Biden to run for president in 2020. Biden is fondly recalled for being Barack Obama’s “wingman” and less fondly for never shutting up. Schaitberger’s ardor for Uncle Joe approaches that […]

Fire Fighter Deaths: Don’t Wait for NIOSH

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Safety in the Digital Age Fire/Rescue groups, including the International Association of Fire Fighters, helped to create the investigative arm at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) which examines “line-of-duty deaths.” (LODD) The NIOSH/LODD program has been extremely important in the effort to determine the elements related to these casualties. Any LODD […]

IAFF and Shady Schait: Trump’s Best Friend

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Old Dog, New Tricks, Not Anyone who knows Harold Schaitberger at all knows that he is, first and foremost, interested in protecting his own sweet deal. That translates into never taking any action which might disrupt or upset the many folks who have been bought off along the way. Any union member or leader with […]

Race: Franklin, Earl and Ike

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There’s a meme making the rounds this week marking the anniversary of the decision to imprison American-Japanese and others, after the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941. The error and hastiness of the decision is decried, perhaps as a pointed reference to Trump’s views towards immigrants. The back story is interesting and noteworthy. Many will know […]

Race: Hanging Tight or the Big Squeeze?

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The Miami Four According to the Miami Herald, in 2017 “a group of Miami firefighters working at historic Charles Hadley Park Fire Station 12, thought it would be funny to draw penises on framed family pictures of a co-worker who wasn’t at the station that night.” The coworker was Lieutenant Robert Webster, a black man. […]

IAFF’s Golsteyn Charged with Murder

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Charges Stem from Afghan Incident IAFF Chief of Operations Mathew Golsteyn has been charged with premeditated murder in the killing of an Afghan man in 2011 while he was deployed there. Read more about Golsteyn here. The news of the killing isn’t really news. The Times reports that the Army investigated the killing in 2013 […]

Leadership: Liars, Cheats and Thieves

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Wishing for Incompetence Oh, for the good old days when the misdeeds and blunders of our leaders were policy-related and borne of incompetence. The worst disasters were errant and stupid wars where presidents led us into military quicksand even when the writing was on the wall. Lyndon Johnson didn’t start us on the road to […]

Thank You for Your Service

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In Harm’s Way In this 17th year of the war in Afghanistan, we Americans express thanks to the troops, the question is for what? Two days ago, at least 55 people were killed and 94 injured in a suicide bombing in the capital, Kabul, during an event “commemorating the birth anniversary of the prophet Muhammad,” […]

California Firefighters Force Shady Schait Off Trump Teet

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IAFF Issues Lukewarm Wildfire Statement   Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, has remained silent as Trump has dismantled middle class America, especially unions and working families. Never forget that Schaitberger caused the IAFF not to endorse in the 2016 presidential election, the sure sign of a coward obsessed with […]

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