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Bowers and Niemiec: Solidarity Forever

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Joined at the Hip Within days of one another Fairfax fire chief Richard Bowers and Local 2068 president John Niemiec wrote emails to their prospective constituents, many of whom overlap as members of the department and the union. Their messages were strikingly similar both in what they say and what they do not. Bowers employs […]

Fire and Race: “That Nigger Funeral Home”

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“You Know I’m Not a Racist.” News services report that a North Carolina volunteer fire chief, Todd McNeill, who also works as a career firefighter in a nearby department, was ousted this week after referring to a Sanford, North Carolina, funeral home as the “nigger one.” McNeill applies the vilest racial epithet also to the […]

Jaffna: A Port With a Fort

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Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, was on the “spice route” and therefore a likely place for Europeans to haul up in search of cinnamon, as well as the opportunity to provision ships. The Portuguese were the first to arrive around 1600 and they were followed by the Dutch and finally the Brits who “ruled” until independence began […]

The Social Media Ejaculation

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Last week the Washington Post reported, “During a heated exchange with another commenter, Guy Estergall, a 26-year veteran of the Cleveland Fire Department, wrote that the “overwhelming majority of pedophiles are homosexuals” before calling on the man to get psychiatric help “to become normal.” The smashup was in reference to a Facebook page showing a tearful […]

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 A good move as the flag was a historical reference to US citizens turned traitors and latterly a symbol of hate appropriated by the KKK and others.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” […]

Semper Fi: Deport Those Damn Marines

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JFK Would Still Be Alive President John F. Kennedy would undoubtedly have served a second term and retired to a long post-presidential career had it not been for the murderous Marines. Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK’s assassin, was a marksman trained by the Corp. Oswald enlisted in the Marines in 1956 and served in the Marine […]

Celebrating the America Ideal

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Tolerance and the Rule of Law Two hundred years ago this year, in 1815, America was embroiled in a war with England during which our capitol city was destroyed.  The war was fiercely unpopular with many Americans even though we were under direct attack. And, in 1915, one hundred years ago, we were once again […]

Formula for Mayhem: Booth, Oswald & Dylann Roof

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The Inner Struggle The news that Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old, was the murderer of nine black church-goers in Charleston, SC, has caused both grief and consternation as Americans express deep concern over his “radicalization” and racist views. Dylann Roof has historic company where acts of infamy and horror are concerned. He was a young American, […]

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