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Lincoln (and Liberty), Captive

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Abraham Lincoln died 150 years ago this morning here in Washington, D.C., as he lay propped sideways on a too small bed, unconscious and insensible. His costly triumph was the saving of the Union. In modern consciousness he not only freed the slaves but is a civil rights super hero, too. Busy man. Lincoln famously suspended the […]

Remembering Glenn

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I want us to recall his way with humor. In this blur of grief we can forget that Glenn was very funny– mostly in person when his subtle and quick facial expressions were fully “deployed” in the best firefighting sense. He was a master of the sidelong glance, often paired with a quick rolling of the […]

Kentland’s “Gone With The Wind”

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Statter911 posted a story last night entitled “Kentland VFD (33) Tells How Fire Engines Were Caught in Wind Driven Fire”. The epic film “Gone With The Wind” is very briefly summarized by IMDB as, “A manipulative Southern belle carries on a turbulent affair with a blockade runner…” In the KVFD remake, 33′s crew is the bosomy […]

Safety and Firefighting: Of Romance and Religion

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Kentland’s Messianic Zeal The news is awash this morning with photos of Prince George’s County, Maryland’s Kentland Volunteer fire rig, itself afire, during a working incident. Kentland (FS 33) is an all volunteer fire department in an urban county with a population of 900,000, an oddity in itself. On their website they trumpet: “100% volunteer […]

IAFF Ethical Crisis: Shrouded in Secrecy

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Bigoted and Racist Actions? A  senior IAFF official was recently charged with bigoted, offensive behavior by another top-level leader. The allegations, apparently related to hiring, are specific and the term “racist” was employed. Such reputed behavior would be serious in any setting but is especially so in an organization with a history of retarded racial […]

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 […]

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Eric Lamar
13 @ 45 / Houston, We Have A Problem
Thank you, sir.
2015-04-20 15:07:31
cortez lawrence
13 @ 45 / Houston, We Have A Problem
Eric: Good history lesson. For some reason I thought you were getting ready to get into the Texas City explosions. I think I saw that anniversary is upon us as well. Thanks for your kind work about Glenn. I have repeated them often as the most fitting obituarial words I ever have heard, i.e. "he…
2015-04-19 16:11:36
Charlie Dickinson
Remembering Glenn
When you were around Chief Gaines for any length of time you realized that notwithstanding his long and distinguished career in the active fire service, that just because he retired didn't mean he was no longer engaged learning and sharing on many different subjects and issues of the fire service! Oh no...if anything he "dove…
2015-04-16 00:46:35
Smitty
Lincoln (and Liberty), Captive
Thanks for your big-picture perspective, Eric. I think that when we most need to keep our wits about us and keep in mind a larger context is when we are least likely to do so. Maybe this is why we're all told to count to 10 before responding when we're upset.
2015-04-15 19:21:20
Steve Deutsch
Remembering Glenn
I had never met Chief Gaines until just last month at the National Fire Academy, but having heard much about him in previous classes, it was nice to hear him in person. What strikes you almost immediately is a sense of pride he had, mixed with a passion for the fire service that instills that…
2015-04-15 02:20:15
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