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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 […]

Shady Schait: Desperate in the 7th

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Walsh Comes Within a Whisker of 50% The results of the snap election to fill Kelly Fox’s board seat in the IAFF’s 7th district are in. Ricky Walsh garnered over 5,100, Ryan Mudie around 4,200 and Greg Womack about 900. Walsh needed only 57 votes for an outright 50% majority but a run-off election between […]

Here We Mark the Price of Freedom

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National World War II Memorial

Guiding: Breakfast, Chompers and the Babe

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One Hell of an Omelet After seven years as a DC city guide I have long since grown accustomed to clients arriving here with some odd notions about touring, including some strange itineraries; this week, though, was a keeper. Here’s an (obvious) tip: the closer you stay to the city the more time you have […]

IAFF: Who Will Represent Him?

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We Will, Of Course A reader asked the question regarding a possible legal action filed against IAFF President for Life and Our Dear Leader (ODL) Harold Schaitberger. Given what we know about how Our Dear Leader operates, it’s quite likely that the same firm representing the IAFF would also represent him; possibly even the same […]

Christmas @ NGA Rotunda

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Washington has many impressive interior spaces and one of the best is the rotunda of the west building of the National Gallery of Art, designed by architect John Russell Pope who also created the National Archives on Pennsylvania ave., as well as the Jefferson Memorial.      

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