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Schaitberger’s IAFF: Crashing

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The Future Betrayed The IAFF Executive Board’s cowardly decision to sit out the 2016 US presidential election is a big win for that group of ancient white men but a big loser for everyone else. Way back in October 2015, 11th district vice president Sandy McGhee summed it up when he said, “Secretary Clinton doesn’t […]

Race: “I’m the Law Today, “Ni**a”

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So posted now former McKeesport, PA, recruit police officer Melissa Adamson several months ago on Snapchat when she was with another department. She was in uniform when she posted it, making it the digital equivalent of a kill shot. Given the current national crisis around policing, could there possibly be a more inappropriate thing for […]

Leadership: Eisenhower and Little Rock

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59 Years Ago This Week In 1954, the United States Supreme Court held in a unanimous decision, Brown v Topeka Board of Education, that segregated public schooling was unconstitutional. Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote the landmark opinion. U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower invited the Chief Justice to dinner at the White House and said to him, […]

Charlotte: Apocalypse Now

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Release the Video Kerr Putney, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police chief, is hanging onto the Keith Scott video for dear life. His strategy is archaic, even ancient, and is totally at cross purposes with the notion of building trust. What we are seeing week after week, is stunning visual evidence of something seriously amiss. And its happened before. […]

Hatein’ White Folk

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It’s All About Success Just when you thought that the current national crisis of police shootings of black men could not possibly get worse, in steps North Carolina Republican Congressman Robert Pettinger. Pettinger, a Trump supporter, was being interviewed by Great Britain’s BBC when he explained protester anger in Charlotte, NC, site of a recent […]

Words: Some South Dakotan Slaves

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“Think we should make slaves again….” Media reports that, “The (Facebook) account of John Nygaard, of Dell Rapids, South Dakota, made a post stating “Think we should make slaves again….” The account also said, “Vote Trump.  Fuck These people.” Mr. Nygaard was apparently a Dell Rapids Fire Rescue volunteer before his foray into social commentary. The […]

Race & Politics: Trump Pivots

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And Lies Again For years Donald Trump has been the leader in questioning President Obama’s citizenship. His reason was far more than a casual interest in Obama genealogy. It was a sly and racist gambit to destroy our president through innuendo. Colin Powell points out that when the President’s birthplace was undisputed, Trump was still […]

Race: Born in the USA

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Pence, Trump-the-Birther and the Fault Line of Race Donald Trump has both energized and fueled the “discussion” of whether President Obama was born here. Ashley Parker and Steve Eder have explained Trump’s motivation for doing so:  “Mr. Trump recognized an opportunity to connect with the electorate over an issue many considered taboo: the discomfort, in […]

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 […]

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