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Boots If you joined the US military in 2001 you could be 1/2 way through a service career and have been on combat related duty the entire time, an extraordinary fact. 13 years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq have exacted a heavy toll. Our volunteer army has been run ragged. How we acknowledge that […]

Leadership: Trust As Instinct

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“Who Can We Trust Now?” 234 years ago this week, George Washington sat down to one of his most perplexing meals at the Robinson house near the strategically critical fort of West Point, New York. The house was the war appropriated home of General Benedict Arnold, the newly appointed commander of the fort on the […]

Providence: A HoMo Horror

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The Ideology of Queerness? In 2001, Providence, R.I., firefighters drove a rig in a Gay Pride parade. Thirteen years later, that drive is the subject of a R.I. State Supreme Court case. Firefighters allege that their rights of free speech and religion were violated by then Mayor Vincent A. Cianci Jr.’s edict to participate. The Providence Journal […]

Cops: Sock Drawer

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The Most Proportional Police In America Ferguson, Missouri continues as a slowly boiling cauldron after the shooting of Michael Brown there on August 9th. Like it or not, it is a contemporary touchstone for the notion that police departments across the U.S. constantly employ excessive force. If perception is reality, there’s a problem and not […]

Murder, Social Media and Moral Culpability

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“This Was Not A Surprise.” Eric Matthew Frein is the chief suspect in the assassination of Pennsylvania state trooper Byron Dickson last Friday night. The shooter ambushed the Blooming Grove Barracks at shift change also critically wounding trooper Alex Douglass. Pennsylvania State Police have referred to Frein as “an anti-law enforcement survivalist.” Police also reported […]

New Leaders: JFK’s Nightmare

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When Doing Nothing Is Doing Something Being chosen as a leader is an experience both heady and gratifying. You are being recognized for what you know and what you will do. But, one of the most difficult aspects of new leadership may be the propensity to act, even when wisdom and experience counsels otherwise. After […]

It’s OK.

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Compassion, American Style Last month a nine-year-old girl shot and killed her Uzi “instructor” at a firing range in White Hills, Arizona. The weapon was on full automatic and the recoil caused her to lose control. Her family was on a Las Vegas vacation from their New Jersey home. They had finished a “monster truck” […]

Ethics: The MOBO No-No

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The First (In Line) Family The story of the year here has been the trial of Virginia’s former governor Robert McDonnell and his zany wife Maureen on public corruption charges; they were both found guilty last week. McDonnell and family of Fairfax County are of relatively modest circumstances perhaps making the “high life” they found […]

Does It Really Matter Department

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Will That Be One Shot or Two? When I was growing up, firearms were commonplace. Hunting was a routine activity. The woods were close enough, out the back door, and after school afternoons could include a foray sometimes for groundhog, often for squirrel or rabbit and when the season was right, deer. Squirrel or rabbit […]

Firehouse Culture: “Say You Want To Be My Bitch”

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$2.5 Million Lawsuit The facts are basically these: Guy’s on the job for 10 years, first day on a temporary assignment,  in the locker room looking for a locker. He asserts that a co-worker said, “Hey, Sugar” and then two co-workers “grabbed him from behind, simulating sexual intercourse while one fondled him.” He choked one of […]

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Victoria Huckenpahler
Film: When “D” Stands for Dog
People, apart from historians, tend to forget that D Day signaled some of the War's greatest losses. We tend to think of the landing on Omaha Beach as marking the end of the troubles, but by no means. Under the circumstances it is not just sad, but obscene, that the event would be treated cavalierly.
2014-10-14 15:30:56
David B.
Film: When “D” Stands for Dog
Americans either don't know or don't care to admit that without the enormous sacrifices and steady advances of the Red Army, the outcome at Normandy might have been very different.
2014-10-14 15:07:23
Mike
Film: When “D” Stands for Dog
Tks for the review!!!!!
2014-10-14 14:00:06
Eric Lamar
Film: When “D” Stands for Dog
J- Indeed, you are right and thanks for writing. Eric
2014-10-14 13:55:10
Jim Malone
Film: When “D” Stands for Dog
Good effort Eric, I along with 6 other ex firefighters have just returned from a charity walk commemorating the sacrifice of our fathers, grandfathers and relatives in both World Wars, from St Valery en Caux where Churchill abandoned the Highland Division in June 1940, to the divisions final battle honour, Goch on the Rhine. Any…
2014-10-14 13:53:24
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