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Step Right Up: Your Jew Free Holocaust

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“An Incredibly Inclusive Group” Today’s news may be dominated by Trump’s bungled attempt to institute a religiously based ban on Muslims entering the US, but as New York Magazine (NYM) points out, the White House offered up a  “Jew-less Holocaust Remembrance” on Friday, a nice bit of airbrushing. Perhaps the team over at the White […]

Race: Phil Says, “Comedy”

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Jordan, Robinson and Obama There’s a video circulating on the web entitled, “Farewell Video to President Obama.” During the video, Michael Jordan, when speaking of the President, mentions the legendary Jackie Robinson which caused me to note that, “When Michael Jordan references Robinson he connects 65 years of Civil Rights history and reminds us that […]

Race: Homeless in the Bronx

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The Stereotype I read of the tragedy last week in New York, where two young girls were killed when a radiator malfunctioned and they were scalded in their city-funded housing for families. I created an image in my head of the family and they were black. I was wrong and their story upends a box […]

Words: A Tree Falls

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There was a horrible accident in the Los Angeles area this past weekend when a large tree fell on a wedding party killing one person and injuring others, including a young child. Perhaps it’s the circumstances, a wedding celebration, and the “struck by lightning” nature of the event that is both compelling and repelling at […]

Christmas Crisis

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Lives Wrecked The Guardian reports that the prestigious medical journal Lancet Psychiatry has published an article detailing the potential harm associated with gaming the wee ones over Old Saint Nick. It’s about the moral compass, you see. They say, “lying to children, even about something fun and frivolous, could undermine their trust in their parents and […]

Now, That’s a Veteran

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Sergeant Bill Mohr Out touring with high school seniors from Kansas yesterday on a crisp and glorious Fall afternoon, we walked from the White House down to the World War II Memorial with the Washington Monument beginning to glow in the setting sun. Down at the Memorial I spied a Veteran in a wheelchair, blanketed […]

USS Weiner

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FBI Director Richard Comey fired a shipboard cruise missile yesterday. Mrs. Clinton, whom I strongly support, says Comey’s decision to launch is “deeply troubling.” There is a lot of that (deeply troubling) to go around, especially where Mrs. Huma Abedin and her train wreck spouse are concerned. If Mrs. Clinton was going to make Mrs. […]

Guiding: Satchmo and One Small Step

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Fly Me to the Moon After a slow Summer, guiding in D.C. has picked up with a mix of traveling adults and students arriving to take in the sites. My favorite place continues to be Arlington National Cemetery, a unique setting because of its sacred nature, beauty and history. It’s about to become a slightly […]

IAFF: “I Did Try and F**k Her”

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A Defining Moment Any member who has been around for awhile knows that Harold Schaitberger made his name as “Mr. Political.” Originally,  it was exterior politics and he was heavily involved on the Hill in Washington, D.C. His mantra for political action was “Get in early or make a difference.” Schaitberger’s legacy, corruption aside, is […]

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 […]

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