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Fairfax: John Niemiec With Prejudice

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Open Mouth, Insert Feet Statter 911 reports that Patricia Tomasello, of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) , has filed a lawsuit charging civil conspiracy, malicious interference and emotional distress. IAFF Local 2068 President John Niemiec said yesterday, via social media, about the suit, “Many of you have seen that another lawsuit was […]

Act of Honor: Flags

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The Cemetery, final resting place for tens-of-thousands who died in service to America, is arresting in its beauty. Away from the Tomb and the Amphitheater, the tall trees quietly and gracefully cast swaying shadows on markers of memory, an invitation to reflect on unknown acts of valor. Those valorous acts, from battles past, complete with […]

Mittendorff, Justice & My Union

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Time to Take a Stand The leadership of the Fairfax County Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics, IAFF Local 2068, needs to awake themselves from their collective ethical slumber. This is a critical time for leaders, if there are any, to make their presence known. The death of Nicole Mittendorff is a “fire bell in the […]

Of Sex and Suicide: Fairfax Couplings

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Mittendorff Found The body of Nicole Mittendoff, Fairfax firefighter, was located in Shenandoah National Park and the cause of death has been ruled a suicide by hanging. News reports suggest that anonymous postings on the site Fairfaxunderground about sexual activity may have led to her death. The postings are being characterized as an act of […]

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 […]

Just Don’t Bed The Young White Chicks

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Mandingo Invasion The state of Maine is in the thrall of a serious opiate epidemic.  In a state with less population than the borough of Manhattan they are experiencing an average of five overdose deaths every week. But Governor Paul LePage used his bully pulpit this week to sound the cry against the real culprit: […]

The Bundy Bunch: Citizens for Constitutional Freedom

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Rancher Welfare The Bundy family is back, once again hiding behind a fake constitutional argument that because they raise cattle the US owes them a living by allowing free grazing. They have taken over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon and are engaged in an armed stand-off with authorities. The kinder and gentler feds are taking […]

I Saw the Figure Five in Gold

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This birthday week I like to recall the number of times my worst case scenario has ever actually happened. Perpetual worry is the mental equivalent of moving a pile of rocks from one point to another and back. It never ends and nothing is ever accomplished. In my case it’s probably from a feeling of […]

Mike Mullane Dies

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Led “Largest Local” in the IAFF That’s what they called the IAFF’s 3rd district under Mullane’s leadership and that’s the way he ran it. There always seemed to be a degree of unanimity and cohesion not seen in other districts. There can be no doubt that Mullane ran a tight ship but he also looked […]

IAFF Politics: 7th District 800 lb. Gorilla

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Walsh Jumped by IAFF Board Ricky Walsh was forced out as 7th district vice-president by Harold Schaitberger who lied and stole his emails in a trumped up smear campaign. Schaitberger and the rest of the board jumped Walsh in a surprise attack at a meeting two weeks ago. Well, it wasn’t a complete surprise; Schaitberger […]

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