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Politics: Some S.E.A.L.S. Bark at Bam

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  In their undoing of Osama Bin Laden (OBL), Navy S.E.A.L.S. have secured their place in the Pantheon of American heroes. Though we knew them as nearly super-human before, now their chiseled stature has acquired added luster as the avengers of America’s 9/11 attacker. Their arrival as serious cult heroes in our fame obsessed society […]

Firefighter Politics: Gambling Man

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Democratic Congressman John Tierney of Massachusetts, a “firefighter’s friend” who has helped to bring millions in federal aid to MA fire departments may soon need a little mutual aid himself. The Boston Globe and the New York Times are reporting on a possible brewing ethics investigation about Tierney’s knowledge or involvement in an illegal off-shore gambling […]

One Per Month

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Make a list of all the durable, non-expendable items which you purchase at the rate of one per month or more.

Words: 7 Minutes of Bullshit

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NASA’s “7 Minutes of Terror” Joins the Hype Nearly 2 million people have viewed NASA’s YouTube video trumpeting the Mars Curiosity Rover’s descent and landing on the Red Planet. NASA, said by some to be impotent in the field of social media, has hit the sensationalist gold mine while simultaneously managing to degrade a word […]

Rich and (In)Famous

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This is a story about wealth and power. Word emerged this week that Denise Rich, songwriter and former wife of  well, uber-rich, Mark Rich, had renounced her American citizenship to become Austrian, in order “to be closer to her family.”  Rueters reports that Ms. Rich could save “tens of millions of dollars or more in US taxes”. […]

How the US Military Proves FDNY Wrong

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“A Social Experiment” President Harry Truman’s grandparents owned slaves and historians have said that he was raised and conditioned to be a racist.  Yet, just 100 days before the 1948 elections and despite 82% of Americans disagreeing with his position, he issued Executive Orders 9980 and 9981 ordering the racial integration of the US military. […]

Demise of the Wandering Mind

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No Gettysburgh Tweet I always thought that slaves in America were confined to a never-ending existence of unrelieved dawn-to-dusk forced labor.  Turns out I was mistaken, at least in part. Many 18th century slaves in the south worked in a task-based system. When they finished their task, usually hoeing a quarter-acre plot, they were done […]

That Rolling Thunder

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Easy Rider Meets Easy Company   It’s Memorial Day here in the Nation’s Capital and the motorcycles have once again arrived to remind us of something.  Just exactly what remains unclear. Tens-of-thousands of doo-rag wearing white-haired Vietnam era Veterans and their legions of followers careen hither and yon in the costume and style of motorcycle […]

Overheard

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In the locker room at the gym the night of the White House Correspondent’s Dinner from a lawyer/lobbyist type:   “I can only sit in black tie so long…”   You’re right, it’s tough out there.

On Ethics and Hiring

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Well, thank you to my Local Facebook friends who saw fit to send along the recent breitbart.com/Big-Government posts detailing the IAFF decision making process to hire Mr. Ron Saathoff as their “pension czar”.  I had no idea I had such conservative acquaintances.  Mr. Saathoff,  longtime former head of the San Diego Firefighter’s Local and a city firefighter’s […]

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