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IAFF/MDA Deal: The Comments

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If True? I’m all about giving the benefit of the doubt but these folks who still qualify their concern by saying “If True” regarding the great IAFF/MDA rip-off are pretty amazing. Here’s why. No one, to my knowledge, has ever denied that the IAFF received $1,400,000 from MDA in 2015. Even an MDA coordinator confirmed […]

Give That Kid a Sucker

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Trump in 54 Seconds: “Get the Baby Out of Here” Forget the Ukraine, Crimea or Russia. Or whether or not he trashes women or people of color or folks with disabilities. A crying kid in Ashburn, Virginia, sums up the utter strangeness of the craziest candidate since Andrew Jackson. Trump calls attention to the crying […]

Harold and Karen (and Us)

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When $300,000 Just Isn’t Enough Many were those who shook their collective heads a few months ago when Harold Schaitberger led the effort to oust former 7th district vice-president Rick Walsh over phonied up allegations that he had subverted the IAFF Constitution and By-Laws. (IAFF-CBL) Schaitberger made it seem as if he lives and breathes […]

Best of 2015: Banner Year for Turnout

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Thank You, Readers Thanks to all of you for having a look during 2015. The stats are amazing:  56,519 individual readers viewing 175,000 pages. Perhaps best of all, the percentage of new readers was 52% meaning more and more people are coming to the site. And, thanks to everyone who took the time to write […]

Survive the Holidays, Literally

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Don’t be a Mess Many fires can be attributed to some aspect of poor housekeeping.  Clutter both hides (and promotes) fire hazards. Any device requiring energy or generating heat must have a clear area around it for cooling and ventilation. (portable heaters, furnaces, water heaters, appliances, electronics) Use extension cords VERY sparingly; make sure they […]

Schaitberger Violates IAFF Whistleblower Protection Policy

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Thousands Support VP Walsh Most affiliate leaders now know that Harold Schaitberger is a ruthless hypocrite who lives by two standards: the one he applies to himself and the one everyone else must live by. His own standard allows him to do as he pleases, squandering hundreds-of-thousands of dollars of dues money while he also […]

Politics: Love the One You’re With

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Wisdom Bestride Twin Towers of Ambition

The General in a Different Light

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I toured with a group from Wisconsin yesterday and saw GW illumined by stained glass at the Cathedral.

IAFF-MDA: The Shakedown, Believe it or Not

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$1,385,000 I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that a few folks actually can’t bring themselves to believe that the IAFF Executive Board shakes down MDA for just about $1.4 million dollars each year. One commenter suggested it must be for banners, bags and buttons. Indeed. $1.4M is a lot of money. I bet IAFF leaders […]

In Harm’s Way, At Home

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The Killer Archetype in Transition? “While we expect our sailors and Marines to go into harm’s way, and they do so without hesitation, an attack at home, in our community, is insidious and unfathomable.”  Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy Yesterday in Chattanooga, Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez attacked two military installations killing four US Marines and wounding […]

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