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TED2: Baggers

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IAFF Flirts with a Racist An earlier post covered Tea-Bagger Ted Cruz’s recent appearance before IAFF leaders in Washington, DC, and resulted in the following reader comment: “Little hard on the Hispanic guy there Eric…..hasn’t the left worn out the “tea baggers” moniker……how about something new?” New? The “Tea Party” appropriates, as well they may, […]

Politics: Cruz and His Racist Tea-Baggers

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Big Week for the Jesse Helms Fan Club Fresh on the heels of appearing at the International Association of Fire Fighter’s Legislative Conference, Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced his campaign for the presidency among a group of college students required to attend the event. I wonder if “knee-grows” were allowed? Maybe in the very back […]

Leadership: IAFF Ethics Over the Cliff

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Four Reasons Why the Ethics Policy is a Disaster In virtually all organizations it is the elected leadership who set the overall tone. And, so it is at the International Association of Fire Fighters but the results are devastating. The new ethics policy has more holes than a piece of Swiss cheese and is nothing […]

IAFF Ethics: Confidential Hypocrisy

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It’s So Harold Schaitberger We now know that Our Dear Leader’s plan to hide his conflicts of interest is to: a) exempt himself by creating his own personal definition for them and to, b) make them confidential while threatening to have the IAFF board come after anyone who dares to discuss them openly. So much […]

IAFF Ethics: ODL Trashes the Rules

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ODL in Wunderland Many will know that IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger, Our Dear Leader, a.k.a. ODL, engaged in a conflict of interest surrounding his cozy real estate deals with Jim Franzoni of S.F.& C. Insurance, who heads up the Nationwide and Liberty Mutual dealings with the IAFF. The accepted definition of conflict of interest […]

Leadership: A Cracker and Some Fruit Loops

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A Fire Chief, Social Media and Gender Identity Last week Statter911.com reported that Charlotte, North Carolina, deputy fire chief Jeff Dulin was in the hot seat for a posting from his personal Facebook page. The image appears to show the famed athlete Bruce Jenner on the iconic cereal box as Olympic champion and then again […]

Conflategate: Brain Williams’ Fish(y) Story

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The One That Got Away? TV personality Brian Williams is enduring some unwanted fame as the onion is peeled, partly by him, over his story of being aboard a US military helicopter under fire in the Iraq war in 2003. Williams has apparently said in the past, including on the Letterman show, that he was […]

To OM or Not to OM

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Drums in the Distance I live a stone’s throw from the “Hinkley Hilton” in Washington, DC, where the Jodie Foster obsessed assassin nearly murdered Ronald Reagan in 1981. This morning I awoke to the sound of beating drums and chanting; nearly as loud as when the Lubavitcher Jews are celebrating in the street on the […]

All In The Family: “Herald Cheeseburger”

Linda Fillah says: Eric, most of HAS’ staff know what he is all about! The board knows what he is about! You know what he is about! Harold is a contol maniac, that stops at nothing until he gets his way. He is all about character assassination. He doesn’t care how lo he has to go […]

FACEBOOK Life: Come Hither

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Privacy–What’s That? I was doing what people do the other evening, scanning Facebook, when I was presented with a post of a scantily clad woman turning toward me as she lay abed with what could be described as a “quasi-come-hither” gaze. Hmm. Clever ad? “Sponsored content”? Nope. A “friend” at least of the facebook genre, […]

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Joe Kameros
Politics: Cruz and His Racist Tea-Baggers
Little hard on the Hispanic guy there Eric.....hasn't the left worn out the "tea baggers" moniker......how about something new?
2015-03-26 23:34:28
Eric Lamar
Safety Gaps: Learning from Columbia
M- Thank for writing. Here's what Bill Hand, a foremost firefighter safety professional had to say about the comparison, not just to firefighting, but worker safety in a universal sense: "A great example to use when discussing almost anything that has to do with safety." NASA leadership is ultimately responsible for the procedural and systemic…
2015-03-23 15:09:10
Miguel A Lima
Safety Gaps: Learning from Columbia
Hi Eric. I just read your report from the space shuttle disasters and although it truly is a shame how people have become complacent in their responsibilities, to compare NASA to the Fire Service or vise versa is a little far reaching. I do agree that we've all become guilty of normalizing risk but there…
2015-03-23 15:04:41
Eric Lamar
Safety Gaps: Learning from Columbia
Thanks, Cortez. I will give serious thought to that! Eric
2015-03-23 13:07:01
Eric Lamar
Safety Gaps: Learning from Columbia
Thanks, Bill. If the best can let things slip (twice) it shows the challenge of keeping safety "fresh" in our minds. Eric
2015-03-23 13:05:54
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