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Ebola: The Real Lesson

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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 […]

FDNY: Death as a Footnote

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Lt. Gordon Matthew Ambelas Lt. Ambelas, assigned to Ladder 119, was killed fighting  a high-rise fire in Williamsburg. His death barely makes the front page of the New York Times, effectively buried as a footnote. In the “New York/Region” section where you would surely expect greater notice it is the ninth story down under “More […]

Firefighters, Facebook and Life Online

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In January I wrote of dozens of New York firefighters and police officers caught up in a Manhattan district attorney (DA) investigation over obtaining fraudulent disability benefits, including from 9/11. Supposedly fully disabled public safety types were outed by their Facebook photos on jet skis, etc. [ http://www.turnoutblog.com/2014/01/07/911-drove-me-crazy/ ] The plot has thickened a bit as Facebook […]

IAFF Ethics: The Gold Letter

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Piercing the Veil of Ethical Secrecy Laurence Gold has been retained to assist in the review of the Schaitberger house purchase/conflict of interest. Mr. Gold: My name is Eric Lamar and I am a member in good standing of the International Association of Fire Fighters, AFL-CIO.  My membership number is 0293837.  I have been a […]

DCFD: Quander’s Squander

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  The Mills’ Death as Anti-Union Agitprop Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you have no doubt heard of the January 25th incident in Washington, DC, where an in-quarters truck company crew ignored multiple and repeated cries for help from the public after 77-year-old Cedric Mills collapsed right across from the fire station. At […]

When the Goose Flew the Coop

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  Where's "Roland"?  “Roland” commented on my recent post when I was banished from the IAFF Blog Roll apparently for wandering outside the acceptable "thought boundaries."  In amongst "Roland's" meandering and bizarre commentary was this: “I’ve seen the current leadership support you on issues (dear to your heart) that many of our less progressive members find controversial.” That […]

Leadership: Team Christie

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  What Would the "Boss" do? Most by now have heard of the "shit-storm" enveloping New Jersey's governor and 2016 Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie. Here's a quick synopsis relevant to the topic at hand: Christie wants to present himself as the Republican "Everyman" beloved by Dems, too.  In his bid for re-election, endorsements from democrats would prove […]

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FE Talk: Humpday Hangout

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Dennis
Politics and Patriotism: Torture, Religion & Truth
"Partisan lines are drawn around the issue of the disclosure of the report where some suggest that disclosure is un-American and aiding the enemy." I am not really clear why it was necessary to release the report at this point other than it was a politically inspired action by the Democrats, as part of their…
2014-12-12 01:31:58
Miguel Lima
Politics and Patriotism: Torture, Religion & Truth
I just read your piece and I have to admit that you and many of the unethical liberals, in OUR country, have gotten it wrong. At what point do we finally admit that it is because of information gathering, no matter how it's gathered , that many more attacks on US soil have not occurred.…
2014-12-11 22:49:04
Victoria Huckenpahler
Politics and Patriotism: Torture, Religion & Truth
I agree 100%, Eric. I would hope that even if I were a victim of terrorism I would not want torture on my conscience. "Do unto others..." This is a blight on our national conscience. We, as a nation, have lost our moral compass, and I would feel ashamed now, going abroad as an American.
2014-12-11 18:48:48
Bob Gray
Politics and Patriotism: Torture, Religion & Truth
Amen
2014-12-11 18:12:57
Glenn
Ferguson: Two Wrongs, No Right
All this in the midst of an environment where the number one cause of law enforcement LODD last year was gun fire. Don't know who started these tragic events, however, it is bound to make an unexperienced loan cop a bit nervous when he/she is physically challenged.
2014-12-03 19:41:49
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