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Ellerbe’s Elegy: Saga of the 12-hour Shift

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District of Columbia Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe is set to forge ahead with his recently announced plan to convert the department from the current 24/72 work schedule to a 12-hour shift format.  According to Ellerbe, the change saves money ($36M?) and results in decreased staff of up to 400. There are arguments for either side […]

FDNY as Snack: Nuts and Crackers, Mostly.

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Why should you care about this? It’s simple. FDNY is the most revered fire department, period. They are copied and imitated in ways too numerous to even begin to list.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Office

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Is it terrorism when governments do it? The other day, on Gol Nabi street, in Tehran, Iran, Mostafa Roshan was on his way to work when he was killed by a magnetic bomb which had apparently been attached to his Peugeot by a motorcyclist.  Mr. Roshan was a manager at Natanz, a uranium enrichment site. […]

The Cardinal, the Queers, and the Klan

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Chicago’s Catholic Cardinal Francis George compared the Windy City’s Gays and Lesbians to the Ku Klux Klan recently.  (Some of them may like to dress up, but not in robes with hoods.  Although, let’s be honest, the hood could be intriguing.) The Cardinal was all jacked up over their plan to march past his church […]

Rape: The “Survey”

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Some Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity members at the University of Vermont are alleged to have disseminated a “survey” last week which apparently included questions such as, “who they would like to rape.” USA Today reports that Wes Lewis, a former Fraternity member, said, “it was not a survey, but it was a series of questions between […]

The Perfect Storm: Killed in the Line of Duty

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Does society have a special duty to those on the front line? While humans are inherently fallible,  Peter Figoski by all accounts, was less so than most.  He was an NYPD Patrol Officer with 22 years of experience and a devoted father of four daughters. This past Monday he was shot to death in Cypress […]

HO, HO, HO: The Crucified, Death’s Head Santa

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  Christmas will never be the same again. Loudoun County, Virginia, residents, some of them anyway, are up in arms over the appearance of a “Claustumed” skeleton with his arm casually draped over a wooden cross on the grounds of their County Courthouse. There’s been “hell to pay” with charges that it is an attack […]

Obama: Cheeky-In-Chief

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I admit it. I’m one of those guys who talks about how smart and deft the President is. But you have to wonder. Was it a moment of fatigue, weakness or just plain idiocy that caused him to ask for his drone back? I mean, really. Who went into the Oval Office with that bright […]

Whip Cream With That?

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Our local rag, The Washington Post, a.k.a. TWP, reports that in trendy Georgetown, (or as trendy as Georgetown can get,) a local eatery recently sold an ice cream sundae for $1,000. The eater of said sundae? A 12-year-old celebrating his birthday with mom, dad and nine friends.  (Let’s hope they are very good friends.) What’s […]

The Moment That Mattered

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Don’t you think that first Thanksgiving was so simple? Or, maybe elemental is the better word.  Participants were expressing thanks for their  very survival.  They had made it through that first year, with some important help from the natives.  They had roofs over their heads and the bounty from a successful harvest was stored away. For […]

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