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Fairfax: Cyber-bullying 2.0

It’s Steve’s Turn Now Earlier this week I wrote about recent developments in the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department related to the treatment of women there. In recent days the women’s program officer tendered her resignation and Steve Mittendorff, whose wife was a department member when she committed suicide in 2016, urged Richard Bowers, […]

Leadership: Shitheads

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Cotton, Perdue, etc.   Let’s start by recalling that Donald Trump has made a career out of saying outrageous things from “grab’em by the pussy” to saying he would date his own daughter because she’s hot.   So, Dick Durbin’s revelation that Trump referred to African countries as shitholes is hardly extraordinary or out of […]

Where’s My Roy Cohn, Trump Asks

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Cohn was a lawyer and friend of Trump’s when he was younger. Cohn was a pure maggot, serving as Joe McCarthy’s chief counsel during the infamous Army-McCarthy hearings. He was also a big pal of Roger Stone, another Trump apologist. Stone says of Cohn, “He was interested in power and access.” Stephen Miller, Trump’s bizarre […]

Franken-Photo

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As Bad As Trump The Franken-Photo should be the iconic image used to explain how men in power think and feel about women. And, it’s much worse than it seems. Franken felt so empowered that he wanted a “pic” of the moment for posterity. He wanted to preen as he documented his authority. Not only […]

The Yakkers

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Blah, Blah, Blah Everybody knows one. That guy or gal itching to bend your ear. So eager to talk they would chat with a corpse if no one else was around. I once worked with someone who was so verbose that if she cornered you it was known as being “pinned down under heavy fire.” […]

Leadership: Gold Star Madness

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Trump, Right and Wrong U.S. Army Sergeant La David Johnson was killed in action in Niger, one of four soldiers who died in an apparent ambush. The exact circumstances of his death remain in dispute as does the manner in which President Trump attempted to console his family including his wife Myeshia Johnson, and mother […]

“Road Trip” Off to Greenland

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But Copenhagen First (and Last) So, it’s off to chilly Greenland for ten days but who knew that the way there was through Denmark? The Danes own Greenland (sort of) so we come here and then fly back across on Tuesday. I had paid for an economy-plus ticket on Scandinavian Airlines but my so-called frugal […]

Words: N*gg*r in the Woodpile

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Anne Marie Morris, British MP: Clueless or Worse Her gentle-ladyship was discussing the exit of Britain from the European Union when she said: “Now I’m sure there will be many people who’ll challenge that, but my response and my request is look at the detail, it isn’t all doom and gloom. Now we get to […]

Philando Castile: “A Legal Lynching”?

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Philando Castile was shot and killed by St. Paul, MN, police officer Jeronimo Yanez on July 6, 2016, during a traffic stop for non-working tail lights. Officer Yanez was charged with second-degree manslaughter and acquitted in a jury trial last Friday. The verdict is being referred to as a “legal lynching” once again raising questions […]

Words: The Manchester Bombing

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To Speak, or Not, of War In the aftermath of the Manchester bombing, UK government officials and the press refer to the incident as a “terrorist attack” while those killed and injured are “victims”, who, according to at least one source, were “murdered.” They fail to employ the language of war even when that is […]

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