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IAFF and Cancer: The Schaitberger Sellout

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Fox Guards Hen House In the current issue of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) magazine, Fire Fighter, General President Harold Schaitberger remarks, ” I say it a lot — nothing is more important than the health and safety of our members.” He may say it a lot but he can hardly mean it. […]

IAFF: Beware the Fallen Hero

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What Pat Tillman’s Death Teaches Us Pat Tillman was an NFL player who turned down a 3.6 million dollar contract to join the Army, along with his brother Kevin, after the 9/11 attacks. Their father said,  “We were at war and the idea that my kids would allow someone else to fight their battles for them… […]

IAFF: The Schaitberger Loyalty Treatment

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Bide’n Time International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) president-for-life Harold Schaitberger made a faint ripple of news this week when he urged former Democratic vice-president Joe Biden to run for president in 2020. Biden is fondly recalled for being Barack Obama’s “wingman” and less fondly for never shutting up. Schaitberger’s ardor for Uncle Joe approaches that […]

Fire Fighter Deaths: Don’t Wait for NIOSH

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Safety in the Digital Age Fire/Rescue groups, including the International Association of Fire Fighters, helped to create the investigative arm at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) which examines “line-of-duty deaths.” (LODD) The NIOSH/LODD program has been extremely important in the effort to determine the elements related to these casualties. Any LODD […]

IAFF and Shady Schait: Trump’s Best Friend

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Old Dog, New Tricks, Not Anyone who knows Harold Schaitberger at all knows that he is, first and foremost, interested in protecting his own sweet deal. That translates into never taking any action which might disrupt or upset the many folks who have been bought off along the way. Any union member or leader with […]

Race: Franklin, Earl and Ike

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There’s a meme making the rounds this week marking the anniversary of the decision to imprison American-Japanese and others, after the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941. The error and hastiness of the decision is decried, perhaps as a pointed reference to Trump’s views towards immigrants. The back story is interesting and noteworthy. Many will know […]

Race: Hanging Tight or the Big Squeeze?

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The Miami Four According to the Miami Herald, in 2017 “a group of Miami firefighters working at historic Charles Hadley Park Fire Station 12, thought it would be funny to draw penises on framed family pictures of a co-worker who wasn’t at the station that night.” The coworker was Lieutenant Robert Webster, a black man. […]

Rolling Thunder: Destination Patriotism

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  News reports last week indicate that 2019 will be the final year of the massive motorcycle rally. Rolling Thunder is a subset of Vietnam-era and other veterans and their supporters who love motorcycles and any opportunity to ride them. For many, these motorcycles have become a potent symbol of veteran solidarity and patriotism. One […]

EMT McNabb: Infamy has its costs

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An Unpaid Vacation Alex McNabb, small town Virginia EMT and budding white nationalist, now has more time to appear on his “Daily Shoah”  (an insult on the Holocaust) while also retreating into vicitimization via his twitter account. And, Patrick County’s leaders are not so happy, either. CNN reports that the Chair of the Board of Supervisors […]

IAFF’s Golsteyn Charged with Murder

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Charges Stem from Afghan Incident IAFF Chief of Operations Mathew Golsteyn has been charged with premeditated murder in the killing of an Afghan man in 2011 while he was deployed there. Read more about Golsteyn here. The news of the killing isn’t really news. The Times reports that the Army investigated the killing in 2013 […]

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