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Inauguration: The Left Wing Militia

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On Inauguration Day my friend Tom O’Donnell invited me down to watch the festivities (and to be very well fed doing it) at the University of Texas LBJ Center in Washington, which is a few blocks from the White House. Weather-wise it was a bleak day here, cloudy and chilly with periods of rain but […]

History: My, Don’t You Look Nice

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The Trump Effect It would be a rare president, indeed, who, when leaving office, wasn’t at least a bit concerned about their legacy. Our collective view of past presidents is constantly changing and the line-up, best to worst, can see some swap outs. A few years ago, Jon Meacham wrote a well received biography of […]

Warming to the Donald

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The Great Uniter Am I beginning to like the Donald as his true role emerges?  The other day he said of Congressman John Lewis of Georgia, the legendary civil rights Freedom Rider, “All talk, talk, talk — no action or results.” Lewis, a very young and brave man of conviction during the famous rides through […]

Shady Schait’s Uphill Battle

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Conspiracy? Former IAFF chief of staff Pete Gorman alleges in court documents that Harold Schaitberger, General President of the IAFF, retaliated against him “deliberately, with malice, with intent to injure, and in reckless disregard for Mr. Gorman’s rights.” Gorman also alleges that “Schaitberger began orchestrating the termination of his employment and enlisted other senior staff to […]

Race: Phil Says, “Comedy”

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Jordan, Robinson and Obama There’s a video circulating on the web entitled, “Farewell Video to President Obama.” During the video, Michael Jordan, when speaking of the President, mentions the legendary Jackie Robinson which caused me to note that, “When Michael Jordan references Robinson he connects 65 years of Civil Rights history and reminds us that […]

Shady Schait: Hot Seat?

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DC Superior Court Our Dear Leader is due in DC Superior Court the end of this month to face a charge that he retaliated against former IAFF chief of staff Peter Gorman “deliberately, with malice, with intent to injure, and in reckless disregard for Mr. Gorman’s rights.” It will be a pivotal moment, for sure. […]

2017: Schaitberger Sued?

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Happy New Year Harold Schaitberger, IAFF General President for Life, may be off to a rocky start in 2017. Word on the street is that he could be making an appearance in court, and soon, though the specifics remain hard to decipher. Hard because he hypocritically controls information that might cast a shadow on the […]

Race: Homeless in the Bronx

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The Stereotype I read of the tragedy last week in New York, where two young girls were killed when a radiator malfunctioned and they were scalded in their city-funded housing for families. I created an image in my head of the family and they were black. I was wrong and their story upends a box […]

Wall of Honor, One Spot Left

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MIA That’s Miami International Airport, not Missing In Action, though it could apply. I was walking through the airport yesterday, something I have done many times, when I (finally) noticed what is a very public war memorial, dedicated to Miami/Dade area soldiers who have died since 9/11 in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s right in the […]

Pensions: Bank Holiday in Dallas

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Bully for the Mayor Don’t you just hate it when someone starts off an article by defining a word? Sorry, here goes. pen·sion (penSHÉ™n/): a regular payment made during a person’s retirement from an investment fund to which that person or their employer has contributed during their working life. They have entirely forgotten that in […]

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