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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 […]

Roland/Flatratz: Mystery Solved

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  Email Belongs to IAFF Manager Roland, a nom de guerre for an email account operated by an IAFF manager, commented on my post regarding being dismissed from the IAFF Blog Roll.  They made some interesting statements: 1-      “Eric, are you off your meds again? You know what that does to your perspective.” 2-      “I've […]

Dis…MISSED!

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  Was It Something I said? I couldn't help noticing that I was dropped from the IAFF Blog Roll yesterday. Our union theoretically promotes vigorous free workplace speech as a crucial way to protect union members but when confronted with the opportunity to welcome a dissenting opinion on our beloved IAFF and to put theory into […]

IAFFFor Sale.

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  “Let Them Eat Cake.” The International Association of Firefighters was born in the beer halls of great North American cities like Pittsburgh, Toronto, Chicago, Milwaukee, New York and Boston.  There, workers could talk about long hours, low wages and no rights—the very concerns that led to our union’s birth 96 years ago. How ironic then, that 2014 […]

Burgled

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  I Was. Burgled, I mean; they came in through a rear window the other day.  So much for the very merry Christmas. At first the word sounded odd but on reflection it is preferable to "burglarized" which sounds so processed. And, burgle is textable.  It's the CU2morrow of I've been broken into. What's with "ized" anyway?  Who came […]

Invisible

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  Place of Honor I was at Arlington National Cemetery Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers yesterday, attending the hourly changing of the guard when I apparently witnessed a most rare event: the oncoming sentry failed inspection. I had never seen it happen though I knew it was part of Arlington lore and a possibility as […]

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