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“9/11 Drove Me Crazy”

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  Workin' It The Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus Vance, will hold a news conference this afternoon detailing a long running scheme involving retired police and firefighters fraudulently receiving Social Security Disability Benefits for mental health problems, many based on 9/11. The Times reports that the operation actually dates from 1988 and involves over a hundred officers […]

Top Ten Ways To Save The Cathedral

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Washington National Cathedral To Charge Admission It’s official: beginning in 2014 Washington, DC’s iconic National Cathedral will begin charging a $10 admission fee. To wit, the top ten ways to cover their budget gap. 10. Baptismal Font Admission Lottery- The Font will be refit as a lotto-style ping pong blower with balls marked $5 to $25. Pay […]

What’s Next for Virginia’s Firefighters?

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Terry and the Cooch Only a Ken Cuccinelli could pave the way for a Terry McAuliffe to emerge as victor of the gubernatorial race in Virginia. McAuliffe’s improbability as a successful candidate is matched only by Cuccinelli's fatal and self-inflicted fascist social rhetoric. McAuliffe has no elected governing experience and his chief accomplishment is his […]

Invisible

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  Place of Honor I was at Arlington National Cemetery Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers yesterday, attending the hourly changing of the guard when I apparently witnessed a most rare event:  the oncoming sentry failed inspection.  I had never seen it happen though I knew it was part of Arlington lore and a possibility as […]

Review: WaPo Goes To Fire Land

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  Welcome to the Park The Washington Post, a.k.a WaPo, trekked to Fire Land, a.k.a. Prince George’s County, Maryland, to cover the aftermath of a 2012 fire where firefighters were injured. “Cold Air. Then Heat. Then Terror.” That’s the title of their tale, but it’s mostly hot air.  It’s a professionally embarrassing story about a  “fire […]

On The Frontline: Christ, The Free Agent

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Notes From The White House Since the federal shut down I have spent some time most days in front of the White House in what might be called a “crazy old man supportive vigil.” I carry a home-made sign saying, “US Shutdown = Tea Party” and a smaller sign saying, “Christ is for Healthcare.”  I […]

Race and Symbols: The Enigmatic Flag

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  The South Will Rise Again? Last week white folks gathered in Chester, Virginia, near the state’s Capitol in Richmond, to raise and otherwise glorify the flag of the Army of Northern Virginia, better known as the Confederate flag. There were rifle-firing porcine confederates (much, much larger than the real thing) and speeches about southern […]

On the Frontline: The White House

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Words: The Reality Obit

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  Keeping it Real Time was when the notice of a passing was an opportunity to laud achievements, celebrate family and otherwise ignore the deceased’s infuriating shortcomings, at least in writing.  Acknowledgment of the departed’s pain-in-the-assness was limited to oblique comments where the assembled mourners would nod and titter nervously at an honest observation. Not […]

Almost Hidden DC: Winston’s Rude Awakening

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  Nelson Moves In Washington, DC’s Massachusetts’s  Avenue is called “Embassy Row” for a reason: lining the street for several miles are a string of mostly stately buildings which now serve as the Washington home to foreign governments. These buildings are on their second lives, at least, having originally been built as stately mansions of the […]

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