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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 […]

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: The White House

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Almost Hidden DC: Winston’s Rude Awakening

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  Nelson Moves In Washington, DC’s MassachusettssAvenue is called “Embassy Row” for a reason: lining the street for several miles are a string of mostly stately buildings which now serve as the Washington home to foreign governments. These buildings are on their second lives, at least, having originally been built as stately mansions of the […]

Guiding: Your Money For Your Christ

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I chose death. Let’s be honest, that’s where the drama is.

The Apparition

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Here we are, on the cusp of Memorial Day, when we honor and remember those who died serving our country.

History and Race: March 18, 1942

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  The War Relocation Act Seventy-one years ago today Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed an executive order requiring 120,000 mostly Japanese-Americans to report for forced relocation. In the wake of the December 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, politicians, leaders and many others concluded that all Americans exhibiting the features of Japanese ancestry were potential spies, soldiers or […]

March 4, 1908: Catastrophe in Collinwood

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No doubt they would marvel at both our schools and our unwillingness to keep our children safe in them.

Of Villainy and Religion

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  To Apologize for Kindness You may recall that after the Newtown massacre where 20 children and six adults were murdered, an inter-faith memorial service was held. Reverend Rob Morris, a Newtown Lutheran Minister, one of whose young parishioners was among the dead, gave the benediction at the service. Reverend Morris was subsequently forced to […]

Almost Hidden DC: What Lovely Lamps You Have

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The (mostly) federal buildings around the city are adorned with some extraordinary lighting.                                                                                     […]

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James Walsh
Ethics: Reg Wants to Know
As I sit here and read the various issues surrounding our International I find it interesting the various positions my union brothers and sisters take based on competing influences. Whether it's the issue of ethics or the vote on the conference floor, I would hope our brothers and sisters across the International would want the…
2014-08-27 17:40:54
Mike
Firehouse Culture: “Say You Want To Be My Bitch”
How and why are you comparing this to slavery? You do a disservice to every hard-working firefighter in FDNY, both white and especially black. It sounds like typical locker room crap. You think they did that because he's black? I'll bet they would have done it to the covering guy regardless of his color. Try…
2014-08-26 02:37:53
Eric Lamar
Firehouse Culture: “Say You Want To Be My Bitch”
Hi, Greg. Not sure where you are from. New York has a population that is at least 50% non-white. FDNY is about 95% white. Something is amiss and you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out. Thanks. Eric
2014-08-26 01:16:42
Greg
Firehouse Culture: “Say You Want To Be My Bitch”
This is why our employers have these "no tolerance" policies. The two guys that started this situation have not had their annual sexual harassment and hostile work environment refresher. Anyway the department I just retired from had only three black firefighters out of 110 the whole 21 years I was there. Does that automatically suggest…
2014-08-26 00:12:54
Tim Kash
Firehouse Culture: “Say You Want To Be My Bitch”
This is not an article it's an opinion.
2014-08-25 22:57:21
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