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Road Trip: London

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Wembley, Actually I grew up eating those white and black packages of cheese and powdered milk marked “USDA Government Surplus”,  a 1960’s form of food stamps, which may in part explain my perpetual desire to save a buck. So it was I found myself in a “World Traveler Plus” seat aboard a British Airways 777-200ER, […]

Battlefield in Repose

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Antietam Sublime A road trip yesterday to gather up my young cousin for a visit included a return to Antietam battlefield located south of Hagerstown, Maryland, and just north of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. It was late on a summer Saturday, hot but dry, with billowing clouds dotting the sky, perhaps not unlike September 17, […]

Iran and “The Deal”

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 […]

Pollard the “Kook”

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Timing is Everything Dare I say it, but I easily recall when J.J. Pollard was busted for selling US secrets to the Israelis in 1985. He pled guilty in 1987 and received a life sentence, becoming a cause-celeb in Israel as someone whose jail term was unfair as he was only selling US secrets 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 […]

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 […]

Special Forces Alert: When in Bastrop

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Do As The Bastropians Do Conservative patriotism apparently has its limits. Just ask the folks in Bastrop, Texas, population 7,218. US Special Forces are soon set to begin Jade Helm 15, a huge multi-state training exercise (Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah) to help our troops fight effectively. But, some Bastropians, and others,  see a “darky” […]

Guiding: Philip Keeps It Real

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The Old Group Photo One of the joys of guiding, especially 8th-grade school groups, is the apparently mandatory group photos taken in front of Washington attractions, both major and minor. The phrase “herding cats” doesn’t even approach the task of attracting the attention of 50 kids to have them form in some mass likely to […]

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FE Talk: Humpday Hangout

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Jeremy
IAFF Corruption: $795.30
I'm pretty sure the gift rule doesn't apply to dinner.
2015-08-28 16:47:24
Jeremy
IAFF Corruption: Shaking Down Jerry’s Kids
I see a lot of accusations and no proof of anything. Do you have any to back up these claims?
2015-08-28 16:45:37
Eric Lamar
IAFF Corruption: Shaking Down Jerry’s Kids
Of course, what Joel fails to say is that Greater Washington MDA then sends money to MDA which then sends money to the IAFF. You can dress it all up in a fancy disguise but it is all still there and it isn't pretty.
2015-08-28 13:09:21
Joel Kobersteen
IAFF Corruption: Shaking Down Jerry’s Kids
Milton: I can assure you that, at least in the 10 years that I have been involved in Fairfax County's effort, 100% of Fairfax County's collections go to Greater Washington MDA. Not to the IAFF and not to the MDA HQ. I certainly didn't make that change, so I have to believe that arrangement has…
2015-08-28 11:49:09
Milton Painter
IAFF Corruption: Shaking Down Jerry’s Kids
A few years ago, someone told me the IAFF received a "kickback" from MDA, I didn't (want to) believe it then and (really) don't (want to) believe it now, but..... As someone who is retired from the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department, that for as long as I can remember, consistently went back and…
2015-08-28 02:46:56
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