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Iran and “The Deal”

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A Coming Together The US, Russia, China, Great Britain, France and Germany  (P5+1) have agreed on a framework with Iran to prevent their development of fissile nuclear material in exchange for  relaxation of sanctions considered “the most comprehensive and complex ever imposed on a sovereign state.” According to Brookings, “Since 2010, the sanctions’ impact on Iran has […]

DCFD: “Show the Kind of Commitment”

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Train Wreck First, a correction. I wrote yesterday, “Engine 20 was apparently dispatched after all, then cancelled and failed to take in the incident even when they knew they were closer.” I was relying on Post coverage and I was wrong. As readers pointed out, neither Engine 20 nor Ambulance 20 were ever dispatched. They […]

DCFD: Incompetence Writ Large

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Technology as Cover-up The Washington Post reports that the city released a scathing review this week on the choking death of  a 13-month old infant after the closest unit failed to respond. Thanks to the apparently faulty rollout of a dime-store solution to GPS tracking, the communications center had inaccurate information regarding who was available […]

The Apocalypse and John Houser

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Hitler and Westboro Baptist Tea Party supporter and Hitler-admirer John Houser killed two and wounded nine more in a shooting rampage in Lafayette, LA, this week. News sources report that Houser admired Oklahoma City bomber Tim McVeigh and often described America as a “financially failing filth farm” a not especially optimistic alliteration. He also was […]

History: “I’m Not a Crook”

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Watergate at 41 This is the week 41 years ago when the House Judiciary Committee voted to impeach then president Richard Nixon on a charge of obstruction of justice. Republican operatives planned and executed a scheme to break into the Democratic National Headquarters in Washington, DC, in order to tap phones. The June 1972 burglary […]

IAFF Ethics: A One-Year Anniversary

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The Knights of Summer So, it was exactly a year ago that delegates including local, state, and provincial leaders strangled that newborn called ethics in a crushing defeat at the convention. They were led, of course, by King Harold and his knights-errant, on their crusade to pillage the IAFF. How it must feel because, “to […]

On Memorials, Water and Respect

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A Cool Spot on a Very Hot Day There’s a bit of web-inspired kerfuffle this morning over a photo of visitors standing in the water at the WWII Memorial in front of a sign saying not to. The sign says, “Honor Your Veterans, No Wading…” obviously implying that standing in water up to your ankles […]

The Social Media Ejaculation

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Last week the Washington Post reported, “During a heated exchange with another commenter, Guy Estergall, a 26-year veteran of the Cleveland Fire Department, wrote that the “overwhelming majority of pedophiles are homosexuals” before calling on the man to get psychiatric help “to become normal.” The smashup was in reference to a Facebook page showing a tearful […]

A Confederacy of Dunces*

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The Revisionist Itch Last week South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed legislation removing the confederate battle flag from the statehouse. A good move as the flag was a historical reference to US citizens turned traitors and latterly a symbol of hate appropriated by the KKK and others. While it is an inapt democratic symbol, current […]

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 […]

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FE Talk: Humpday Hangout

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Eric Lamar
Iran and “The Deal”
You make a lot of declarative statements without facts or support of any kind to the point that it is absurd. The leader of Iran is not Hitler. There are Americans in jail EVERYWHERE. The sanctions surely worked and they can be reinstituted. The "they will nuke Israel" stuff is right-wing evangelical christian propaganda. Holding…
2015-08-03 13:00:56
Joe
Iran and “The Deal”
I think you are wrong. Once the assets that we have frozen are unfrozen, they will be moved beyond our control. Sanctions can't be turned on and off like a faucet. Iran supplied bombs that killed and maimed US servicemen in Iraq. That is much more recent than 1979. There are currently 4 Americans being…
2015-08-03 06:35:48
Eric Lamar
Battlefield in Repose
Thank you, dear.
2015-08-03 02:07:30
Betty K
Battlefield in Repose
Thanks for the history lesson for which we need reminding. Betty
2015-08-02 20:13:29
Victoria Huckenpahler
Iran and “The Deal”
I agree, too, Eric. Sometimes one has to take a risk and extend some trust -- even while carefully watching one's back.
2015-07-31 17:50:55
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