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9/11 at 13: Memory, Memorial, Myth

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How Do You Feel About Pearl Harbor? At some point 9/11 will likely become an anniversary celebrated each ten years. No matter how compelling the catastrophe, time erodes both the power of it and the decreasing number of people with a personal connection. People pass on and they are replaced. You could be half way […]

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 […]

American Jihad: 1865-2014

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The Inner Struggle The news that Moner Mohammad Abu-Salah, a 22-year-old from Florida, was the driver of a huge truck bomb in a Syrian suicide attack has caused consternation here in the U.S. as officials express deep concern over his “radicalization.” Abu-Salah has company. He was a young American, almost always  in his twenties. He […]

EMS Study: Shut the F–k Up.

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When “Quiet Please” Just Isn’t Working. We’ve all been there before: that patient who is making the proper provision of care all but impossible because of their yammering on. Loud, obstructive and verbose, they refuse to cooperate. Apparently faced with just such a patient, UK West Midlands Paramedic Richard Playford employed the crucially important but […]

Phrase of the Week

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Does Anybody Edit These Letters? Mergers, mergers. Like a lot of folks I belong to a gym, in my case, The Sports Club/LA (SCLA) because it has an indoor pool. It’s ridiculously expensive but very convenient so I cringe and pay. Last week they posted a notice that SCLA had been purchased by Equinox, the […]

Anti-Racism, Deconstructed

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Story of the Grateful Negro Who doesn’t like the age old narrative where good triumphs over evil? It reminds us of how the world should be and eases the daily injustices we all have to face. In that vein there’s a You Tube Video making the global rounds called “Stop Racism”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxJgZwtJHg8 On first glance […]

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 […]

Hanging with the Wolf Pack

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To the Moon and Back This week I toured with a group from, let’s just say, Andrew Jackson territory. Their school sent two buses and as they often are, they were divided by gender with me winding up with 36 eighth grade boys. Was this divine retribution? Coin Toss At the very first stop, the […]

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 […]

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FE Talk: Humpday Hangout

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Washington Leadership: Trust As Instinct September 30, 2014
gay flag wik Providence: A HoMo Horror September 27, 2014
socks Cops: Sock Drawer September 25, 2014
jfk face New Leaders: JFK’s Nightmare September 17, 2014
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michael
Providence: A HoMo Horror
There is always more to the story. Beside the obvious, that being the firefighters unwillingness to be put on display at the gay Pride parade, which in Providence ten years ago was pretty much out of control, there was a lot of politicl stupidity going on at the time, closing stations, cutting manpower, the usual…
2014-09-29 19:36:06
Ryan
Cops: Sock Drawer
I'm not concerned with security for the president, whitehouse, or any other building or official in the district of criminals. What I am concerned about is the American people and our future being secure from them.
2014-09-25 18:19:40
Mike Schwartz
Cops: Sock Drawer
Thanks for making me think about this in a different way instead of the overwhelmingly common perspective that the Secret Service didn't do their job.
2014-09-25 17:29:58
Bill Hand
Labor: Leave Ray Rice Alone
I will keep it simple. In my culture you do not hit a woman. If that had been my daughter he would answer to me first and then possibly others if he survived our meeting!
2014-09-23 02:17:27
R.L. Jordan
Murder, Social Media and Moral Culpability
I struggle with the ever present freedom of speech concern and lean more towards the freedom of living, probably like the slain officers family believed in.
2014-09-19 03:22:59
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