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Leadership: Some Real “Swag”

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On the Square Benjamin Ogle Tayloe (1796-1868) is the son of Colonel John Tayloe III, the man who built the Octagon House at 18th and New York Ave., NW, Washington, D.C., about 1800. The Octagon House was the stand-in White House for the Madison’s after the Brits burned the real one around the corner during […]

Books: So, You Want to be President?

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Camelot’s Court: Inside the Kennedy White House “He can’t do that to me.” Such was JFK’s response when he was told at 8am, while still in bed in pajamas, reading the morning papers, about the missiles in Castro’s Cuba. He, of course, was Nikita Khrushchev, Soviet Premier and Kennedy’s chief antagonist. Kennedy’s exclamation underscores how […]

IAFF History: Conflict of Ideals

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Patriotism is the Last Refuge of a Scoundrel -Samuel Johnson Britain’s Dr. Johnson was not just talking about America though he heaped scorn on revolutionary patriots when he also said, “How is it that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty from the drivers of negroes?” He had a point. A “splashy” display of love […]

Emmett, Ireland and Easter

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Make Way for the Elephant Robert Emmett, Irish patriot, was hanged, drawn and quartered in Dublin, Ireland, convicted of leading a failed rebellion for Irish freedom in 1803. He was 25 years old. Emmett was a protestant from a wealthy family, hardly the type to commit “high treason.” But he identified strongly with Catholics in […]

Dystopia: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Going for the Uber Experience Some readers will know that I have previously reflected on the always bizarre and often cruel manner displayed by many United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) staff towards visitors. Examples include forcing fifth graders to needlessly stand outside in a howling wind and frigid weather to barking insults(calling them cry […]

Correction: Dear Leader Good Guy After All

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  "Hounded" by False Rumors Kim Jong Un, the repressive and outfit deprived leader of North Korea apparently DID NOT set a pack of starving dogs on his uncle as previously reported here. This unfortunate mis-reporting underscores how even the most bizarre and dictatorial leaders can be harshly and unfairly judged.  We stand chastened. The […]

Dogs of War?

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  When Anti-Aircraft Guns Just Aren't Good Enough Our Christmas season was made slightly less merry by the news that the pudgy and hereditary leader of North Korea Kim Jong Un had "cleaned house" by seizing and executing his uncle Jang Song Thaek with anti-aircraft weaponry.   Not so fast. The Singapore-based Straits Times reports that […]

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 […]

Vietnam’s Washington: Vo Nguyen Giap (1911-2013)

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Defeated France and the US in Two Wars Vo Nguyen Giap (vo nwin ZHAP) died this past week in an army hospital in Vietnam. Giap was the tenacious military leader credited with defeating France in the First Indo-Chinese War and then the US in the Vietnam War. Giap studied military leaders such as Napoleon and […]

Flu shot?

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Count Me In. 95 years ago today,September 28th, 1918, a World War I Liberty Bond parade in Philadelphia unleashed the tidal wave of a flu epidemic which would eventually kill 50 to 100 million people worldwide, including 675,000 in the US. Liberty bonds were sold by the US government and the proceeds were then […]

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David Barbour
Labor Rights Are Human Rights
Thanks for reminding us that Labor Day is about more than going to Walmart, which we shouldn't do anyway. David B.
2014-09-01 14:53:29
Eric Lamar
Does It Really Matter Department
J- Thanks very much for writing. You, of course, are the REAL voice of experience. Eric
2014-08-29 23:24:46
John Davids
Does It Really Matter Department
Eric, I am a Second Ammendment guy. But I am very disappointed with some on my side, we are fighting for a way of life, the life that you so eloquently described. I have used UZI's in my government employment, and a grown law enforcement agent cannot control this weapon's rise on fully auto. We…
2014-08-29 22:53:12
James Walsh
Ethics: Reg Wants to Know
As I sit here and read the various issues surrounding our International I find it interesting the various positions my union brothers and sisters take based on competing influences. Whether it's the issue of ethics or the vote on the conference floor, I would hope our brothers and sisters across the International would want the…
2014-08-27 17:40:54
Mike
Firehouse Culture: “Say You Want To Be My Bitch”
How and why are you comparing this to slavery? You do a disservice to every hard-working firefighter in FDNY, both white and especially black. It sounds like typical locker room crap. You think they did that because he's black? I'll bet they would have done it to the covering guy regardless of his color. Try…
2014-08-26 02:37:53
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