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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 […]

Headline of the Week

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From the UK’s Daily Mail Top Fashion Hairdresser Drowned in a Stream After Breaking into a Zoo Wearing Rubber Bondage Gear While High on Crystal Meth   Stay out of the Zoo!

History: Was Brad City Arson?

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Thirty years ago next month 56 peopled were killed and at least 265 injured, some critically, when a fire engulfed bleachers at Bradford City’s Valley Parade stadium in West Yorkshire, U.K. I was on duty at the firehouse and I can still remember watching clips on TV.  In one epic shot escapees are running across […]

IAFF Ethics: Joined at the (Osso Buco) Hip

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IAFF-FC,  S. F. & C. Insurance Associates, Inc. & Liberty Mutual The IAFF board is having their “winter get-away” in Bal Harbor, Florida, during the next week or so. It is usually preceded by the board meeting of the IAFF Financial Corporation, IAFF-FC for short. IAFF-FC is essentially a shell (shill?) to sell Nationwide and Liberty […]

“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 […]

DCFD, the West End and “Air Rights”

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Washington’s West End is tucked in between Foggy Bottom and the Dupont/Kalorama neighborhoods. It also perches on the edge of the now fashionable Georgetown. Early on the area was a modest Black neighborhood though many homeowners sold their properties there during the housing crunch created by the New Deal and Second World War. Today the […]

Ebola: The Real Lesson

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUVzpoLysAk

Perversion of Courage: Tom Neathway’s Story

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British Paratrooper Gravely Injured In 2008, Tom Neathway was a sniper assigned to combat duty in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province. He was moving a sandbag, later determined to be booby trapped, when it detonated taking with it both of his legs and one arm. Neathway was in his mid-twenties at the time; he went on to […]

Fastball, Inside: WMATA, Babes.

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Ethics: What They’re Saying

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Virginia’s President Mike Mohler: I was on the Constitution and Bylaws committee and it was one of my proudest appointments. I worked with people like Frank Montenaro who set a great example for younger leaders. When it became obvious that I am not a rubber stamp for anyone I was removed from the committee. I […]

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FE Talk: Humpday Hangout

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Darrell
On Memorials, Water and Respect
In this day and age some think it is ok to think these signs are only a suggestion. Now I must admit that I have disregarded signs like this in my past. But as I grew into adulthood, I learned the value of respect and honor. If you want to show and teach respect, then…
2015-07-22 04:10:47
Eric Lamar
The Trumpster, Unleashed
I agree. the hypocrisy is stunning.
2015-07-22 01:30:03
Brien McNamara
On Memorials, Water and Respect
My thoughts and feeling about the memorials and behaviour have also evolved. I pretty much gauge my outlook on how visitors from that time (Korea and Viet Nam vets, members of the Greatest Generation, etc.) would expect and regard the behaviour. Sitting on the ledge unobtrusively dipping one's toes is not especially disrespectful. Kicking water…
2015-07-21 21:31:36
Mike Schwartz
The Trumpster, Unleashed
As a democrat, I whole-heartedly support Trump exercising his first amendment rights. Frankly, his free speech is he best thing the Democrats have going for them coupled with the hypocracy of the Republicans and their tea party/evangelical base. I love that Republicans who criticized Clinton for dodging the draft have no problem when it is…
2015-07-21 21:16:45
Lori Cohen
On Memorials, Water and Respect
I asked a park ranger if it's OK for kids to sit with their feet in the water (not wade). He said yes. I agree with this wholeheartedly. By this point in a tour, I have already told stories and explained symbolism of the memorial. Sitting allows the kids to stay and enjoy on a…
2015-07-21 14:30:44
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