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Susan Collins, Trump and the GOP

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Unworthy of Being Our President Today’s Washington Post contains an Op Ed written by US Senator and Maine Republican Susan Collins explaining why, as a lifelong member of the GOP, she will not be voting for Trump in November. Collins is a member of a vanishing species, the Moderate Republican (MR). A sign of a […]

Trump and the Fallen

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Many firefighters feel a special veneration for Americans who have given their lives in service to our country. Perhaps that’s because in some very small way they understand the tension and force of danger and pushing beyond it. Thousands of brave soldiers have been taken from us either in their absolute prime or just on […]

Department of Irony: Trump, Clinton and the Obama Effect

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Trump as the Anti-Obama It has been said that Donald Trump is the exact opposite of Barack Obama and therefore the perfect antidote for those stricken deathly ill after eight years of a knee-grow president. Trump’s spewing of racist and bigoted commentary and the support he draws puts Obama’s blackness center stage and seals the deal […]

Obama, O’Reilly and the Slaves

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Well Fed, Decent Lodgings First Lady Michelle Obama, in her DNC speech the other night, referenced the use of slaves in the building of the White House. Last night, Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly ended his segment clarifying that there were also “free blacks, whites and immigrants at work on the massive building.” O’Reilly also said […]

War, Terror, Policing

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Death in Baton Rouge Three Baton Rouge, Louisiana, police officers were murdered yesterday in a daylight ambush by Gavin Long. Long was later killed. He  was from Missouri and apparently leaves behind a trail of social media posts defining his radical views and beliefs. According to the Guardian, “In May 2015, Long filed court papers […]

Schaitberger and that “Knee-Grow in the White House”

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Tony Barcelona Writes: “Do not appreciate the ethnic play on words, you lose credibility when you stoop to that level. This is so not the time to add fuel to the racial fire, especially when we have brothers and sisters that are vulnerable to the threats that have already been made.  WSCFF chose to endorse […]

Schaitberger Stalls Again: “Waiting on VP”

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IAFF Dead in the Water Anyone who has known Harold Schaitberger, Our Dear Leader, over the years knows well of his all-consuming devotion, lust really, to be involved in US presidential electioneering. He begins by wining and dining every prospective nominee, chatting them up at the Prime Rib or the Capital Grille. A “lucky” few […]

Safety: Engagement and Escalation

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A Rush to Act?  As America explores its uneasy relationship with law enforcement, hopefully part of that process will be an excruciating review of the manner in which they engage and then escalate encounters with citizens. Within the decisions which lead to engagement can be found, at least in part, the solutions to the current […]

Ambushed: A McVeigh Moment

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Dallas Undone Last night, five Dallas, Texas, police officers were shot and killed and another seven wounded apparently by a shooter targeting them over recent police shootings of civilians. The New York Times reports that David Brown, police chief in Dallas, said about the shooter, “he was upset at Black Lives Matter, said he was […]

Books: Lincoln’s Citadel

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The President, the City and the War The museum shop at the National Archives has to be just about the best in a city with some pretty cool ones. They seem to have something for everyone. There with a group of eighth-graders recently, I made an impulsive purchase of a book because it was about […]

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