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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 […]

Ethics: Reg Wants to Know

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IAFF as ATM Reg Verner, of IAFF Local 3591, pegged me yesterday as a faker because I didn’t call an ethics foul while I worked at the IAFF. Actually, he’s not the only one to do it, there have been others, including guys from my own local. As they have no substantive response to all […]

Ethics: IAFF’s Schaitberger Under DOL Scrutiny

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2010 Reporting at Issue IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger has attracted the attention of the United States Department of Labor (USDOL)  regarding his handling of financial disclosure requirements. According to USDOL, they ” require public disclosure of certain financial transactions and financial interests of labor organization officers and employees and their spouses and minor children. […]

Anti-Racism, Deconstructed

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Story of the Grateful Negro Who doesn’t like the age old narrative where good triumphs over evil? It reminds us of how the world should be and eases the daily injustices we all have to face. In that vein there’s a You Tube Video making the global rounds called “Stop Racism”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxJgZwtJHg8 On first glance […]

Ethics: Just the Way You Are

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With Apologies to Billy Joel Keith Kemery of the IAFF’s first district wrote regarding yesterday’s “Squeaker” post: “…While my Local’s votes were not in favor of the pay increase, we fully support Mr. William Romaka as our 1st District Vice President and thank him for his work on behalf of our Local and all members […]

IAFF Ethics: Squeaker

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A Leadership Referendum The recent and rather predictable IAFF convention was considerably enlivened by General President Schaitberger’s narrowly successful attempt to line his Board’s pockets. He presented a resolution calling for a 60% pay increase over three years for the 16 district vice presidents (VPs) that barely passed. A swing of less than 1,100 votes […]

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R.L. Jordan
It’s OK.
I agree Eric. The child who shot the instructor is the victim. The parents are responsible for this tragedy as equally as the instructor himself and the management of the shooting range. Another example of a total lack of common sense. And as usual, captured on video for all the world to see.
2014-09-17 02:08:26
Victoria Huckenpahler
It’s OK.
I'm not fully in agreement with you on this, Eric. Yes, one wonders what those parents were thinking, allowing a child to handle that kind of weaponry. And yes, they owe the victim's family a huge apology (which they may have made privately). But from the other side, the victim's family has the wisdom and…
2014-09-16 14:25:43
Mike Schwartz
Techno: Could Be Time
It's about time! Guess you can teach an old dog new tricks.
2014-09-14 22:30:09
jb
Labor: Leave Ray Rice Alone
What Ray and his wife need is alcoholol rehabilitation. Would any of this have happened if they were both not totally drunk on their assess?
2014-09-14 15:10:22
Prince
Labor: Leave Ray Rice Alone
I have something to say... I have no problem with the NFL kicking Ray Rice out the NFL league for hitting his fiancee....... but that door have to swing both ways..... if a woman who play basketball in the WNBA hit her fiancee on video........ should the WNBA kick her out of the WNBA.......... what…
2014-09-13 13:50:33
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