Trump and the Civil War: He’s Right

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Give the Douche Bag His Due Regarding the Civil War, Trump asked “why it could not have been worked out” and then observed that he “always felt that the South overplayed their hand.” In Trumpian language the deal on the table in 1861 was that President Lincoln, chief negotiator for the Union, was fine with […]

Schaitberger on USFA’s Onieal: “Take Him Out”

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IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger has reportedly indicated that he will “take out” Denis Onieal, the acting administrator of the United States Fire Administration (USFA). Schaitberger is said to have made his threat at a recent meeting of Metro Chiefs. His reason? The National Fire Information Reporting System (NFIRS) and the National Fire Operations Reporting […]

Guiding: The Wall and Ritual

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The Vietnam Veterans Wall, opened in 1982, is a shade under 500 feet long with over 58,000 names of those killed or missing etched into its shiny black panels. While other war memorials also list names, the Wall stands alone for its enveloping design and enormity. The names take center stage, a tidal wave of […]

War: Boys and Their Toys

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July Fourth, Early This past Thursday the US military deployed the GBU-43, the largest non-nuclear weapon in the arsenal, at a cave site reputed to be used by ISIS in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province. For the military it’s the equivalent of  being able to take that brand new Harley you bought out for a spin after a […]

Guiding: Arlington Seen and Heard

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This past Wednesday was a glorious day here in Washington with the sky cloudless and the temperature a sweet 75 degrees, a superb day to be out and about. Those familiar with DC will know that the city is full of trees and lushly landscaped with special spring and summer plantings and a huge variety […]

Guiding: St. Pete and a Global Mom

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I toured with fifth-graders and their parents the other day and we concluded with an evening visit to the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial. (The Pentagon was struck by a commercial jet on that day and 184 people were killed either in the building or on the aircraft.) With the attack now 16 years ago, it is […]

Guiding: The Longest Day

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Yesterday afternoon was the end of a 4-day tour of Washington, DC, with thirty of the most exuberant seventh grade boys ever collected into a single group, I think. I hollered myself hoarse saying, “Please walk on the right”– on the left they went. The attention span of a seventh grader must be measured in […]

James Jackson and His Emmett Till Thing

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Sexual Rage and Deadly Racism Last week, James Jackson of Baltimore, an Army veteran, traveled to New York and stabbed Timothy Caughman to death on a city street “in order to launch a campaign of terrorism” according to Cyrus Vance, Jr., the Manhattan DA. The Washington Post reports, “Police said Jackson left no doubt about […]

Joe Blow on Pete Gorman

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“Joe Blow”, a sometimes commenter who often takes me to the woodshed, at least metaphorically, wrote in responding to a recent Dave Anders rant about me, the IAFF and Gorman. He had this to say about a Dave Anders comment: “Did you just refer to Pete Gorman as a fly? The man is a colossus […]

IAFF Spying and Corruption: Backdraft Writes In

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“As a 38 year IAFF member, I  have to confess that I must not have been paying attention.  As close as I am to retirement, it would be so easy to ignore this stuff. However, if we can’t operate our Union without hiring private detectives to spy on other Members, then we’ve already lost.  Where […]

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