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IAFF: Schaitberger Issues Statement

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He calls for unity amidst pension scam and growing probe.   President-for-life President-for-life Harold Schaitberger posted a letter on the IAFF website in the face of mounting evidence of his unethical and corrupt actions. In it he tries to explain his on-going and unsuccessful attempt to cover up and downplay the revelations in secretary-treasurer Ed Kelly’s widely […]

IAFF: Edzo Peeps Out

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But please, let’s not get too giddy.   Three-(Very-White)-Guys Ed Kelly made a (surprise) appearance on Facebook, in garb designed to drive IAFF president-for-life Harold Schaitberger right up the wall. Schaitberger hasn’t worked a shift in 44-years, yes — you heard it right — 44; seeing Edzo on duty at Ladder 17 is yet another […]

FDNY’s Hagan: Schaitberger = Treason

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Former Local 854 Leader   FDNY’s Hagan Al Hagan, the respected former president of the IAFF’s New York Fire Officers 2,700-member Local 854, makes no bones about it when he asks: “I wonder if anyone will get to spend some quality time in a Federal Correctional Institution?” Hagan was commenting on the recent revelations concerning […]

IAFF: The List of Charges

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It’s not just a pension scam.   Brother, can you spare a dime? The board has apparently acted to stop Schaitberger’s illegal pension grab but he will need to be watched closely as he will try to undo their work through bribery, bullying and treachery. It’s crucial to remember that where Schaitberger’s damage to the […]

Schaitberger Cut Off

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Vice-Presidents Stop Pension Pay-Out   Schaitberger IAFF executive board members have stopped payment on Harold Schaitberger’s improper pension as a result of pressure from the membership, affiliate leaders and negative news coverage. IAFF members are reported to be furious at Schaitberger’s pension scam as well as the board’s attempt to hide the details. Schaitberger has […]

Please Mind Your Own (Damn) Business

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The Missionary, PETA and the Evangelicals It’s only been a week or so since that fine young man paddled ashore to a secluded island in the Andaman Sea in order to declare to the inhabitants that the risen Jesus Christ is the one true savior, destined to return to take the chosen few heavenward. The […]

Leadership: Bearing Witness

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  Ike Goes to Ohrdruf President Dwight Eisenhower understood, long before he took office, that true leadership means dealing with the thorniest issues. John Kennedy said the day before his inauguration, Eisenhower told him, “…no easy problems ever come to the President of the United States.” We expect our leaders to tackle the tough ones and […]

Country Music Killing, California Style

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Last night, at least 12 were killed, including a police officer, when a gunman opened fire at a California dance hall. Focus on the effect. As we (properly) obsess over the length of the war in Afghanistan, it is past time to admit that we are also in a low level simmering war right here […]

Fairfax: Barlow Seeks Stanley’s Removal

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Ignorant in the Classic Sense The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) and its union, IAFF Local 2068, continue to be roiled by controversy, most recently from the twin shocks of the resignation of Battalion Chief Kathleen Stanley from her role as a Women’s Program Officer and from notice of the retirement of fire […]

Vegas: Our American War

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War needs neither cohesion, organization nor centralized purpose to levy a terrible price. Our American war is fought one-sidedly with high-capacity magazine weaponry made possible because of the “sacred” principle of unfettered gun ownership so, oddly, we fight simply for the right to maim and kill at will. Even more bizarre, in a nation which […]

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