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Interview with the Devil

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2015 is the 70th anniversary of the liberation by allied troops of Nazi extermination camps at Sobibor, Treblinka, Auschwitz and other locations. Many of the architects and perpetrators of the mass killing were eventually rounded up and imprisoned for trial and punishment. In 1946, American psychiatrist Leon Goldensohn (G) interviewed dozens of these prisoners at […]

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 […]

“Fairy” Tale Atlanta: Kelvin and the Beasts

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According to media, Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran, a former US Fire Administrator, has been terminated for lack of judgment in publishing and disseminating a book which compares homosexuality to bestiality and pederasty and for giving it to employees, some of whom complained. Cochran and others, including the Georgia Baptist Convention, charge that his religious […]

Politics and Patriotism: Torture, Religion & Truth

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This week the US Senate released a report detailing CIA abuses related to torture and other mistreatment of detainees. Partisan lines are drawn around the issue of the disclosure of the report where some suggest that disclosure is un-American and aiding the enemy. Suddenly it’s patriotic to be pro-torture and anti-truth. Tim McVeigh would be […]

Pope Francis as Company Officer

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Anybody hanging around a firehouse for a bit has come across the unhappy crew intent on driving their leader crazy. Perhaps it is the unfortunate officer’s first posting or possibly a mutiny in the making by the salty dogs. At any rate, the symptoms and behavior are easily spotted: the crew’s surly demeanor coupled with […]

Sex, Religion and Power

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You’re On Mikvah Camera The religious world, or at least a segment of it, was shaken recently by the news of Washington Rabbi Barry Freundel’s arrest on charges of voyeurism. The Rabbi is alleged to have videotaped female congregants and others as they disrobed and used a ritual bath known as a “mikvah.” Freundel, in addition […]

Our American Terrorists

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Eric Frien, cold warrior Eastern bloc stand-in and accused cop killer was finally apprehended after weeks on the run in northeastern Pennsylvania. It seems agreed that he disliked the federal government with some passion and that he also developed a deadly grudge against police. Those traits combined with the fact that he was living at […]

Providence: A HoMo Horror

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The Ideology of Queerness? In 2001, Providence, R.I., firefighters drove a rig in a Gay Pride parade. Thirteen years later, that drive is the subject of a R.I. State Supreme Court case. Firefighters allege that their rights of free speech and religion were violated by then Mayor Vincent A. Cianci Jr.’s edict to participate. The Providence Journal […]

Top Ten Ways To Save The Cathedral

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Washington National Cathedral To Charge Admission It’s official: beginning in 2014 Washington, DC’s iconic National Cathedral will begin charging a $10 admission fee. To wit, the top ten ways to cover their budget gap. 10. Baptismal Font Admission Lottery- The Font will be refit as a lotto-style ping pong blower with balls marked $5 to $25. Pay […]

On The Frontline: Christ, The Free Agent

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Notes From The White House Since the federal shut down I have spent some time most days in front of the White House in what might be called a “crazy old man supportive vigil.” I carry a home-made sign saying, “US Shutdown = Tea Party” and a smaller sign saying, “Christ is for Healthcare.” I […]

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FE Talk: Humpday Hangout

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Joe Kameros
Politics: Cruz and His Racist Tea-Baggers
Little hard on the Hispanic guy there Eric.....hasn't the left worn out the "tea baggers" moniker......how about something new?
2015-03-26 23:34:28
Eric Lamar
Safety Gaps: Learning from Columbia
M- Thank for writing. Here's what Bill Hand, a foremost firefighter safety professional had to say about the comparison, not just to firefighting, but worker safety in a universal sense: "A great example to use when discussing almost anything that has to do with safety." NASA leadership is ultimately responsible for the procedural and systemic…
2015-03-23 15:09:10
Miguel A Lima
Safety Gaps: Learning from Columbia
Hi Eric. I just read your report from the space shuttle disasters and although it truly is a shame how people have become complacent in their responsibilities, to compare NASA to the Fire Service or vise versa is a little far reaching. I do agree that we've all become guilty of normalizing risk but there…
2015-03-23 15:04:41
Eric Lamar
Safety Gaps: Learning from Columbia
Thanks, Cortez. I will give serious thought to that! Eric
2015-03-23 13:07:01
Eric Lamar
Safety Gaps: Learning from Columbia
Thanks, Bill. If the best can let things slip (twice) it shows the challenge of keeping safety "fresh" in our minds. Eric
2015-03-23 13:05:54
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