Schaitberger’s IAFF: Crashing

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The Future Betrayed The IAFF Executive Board’s cowardly decision to sit out the 2016 US presidential election is a big win for that group of ancient white men but a big loser for everyone else. Way back in October 2015, 11th district vice president Sandy McGhee summed it up when he said, “Secretary Clinton doesn’t […]

Safety: Beminio and Martin

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Second Amendment Martyrs Two Iowa police officers, Anthony Beminio and Justin Martin, were ambushed, shot and killed yesterday. Their apparent killer,  Scott Michael Greene, used an AR-15 type rifle. Reasonable people rally around the twin concepts of moving to keep weapons out of the hands of those who should not have them and the fact […]

USS Weiner

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FBI Director Richard Comey fired a shipboard cruise missile yesterday. Mrs. Clinton, whom I strongly support, says Comey’s decision to launch is “deeply troubling.” There is a lot of that (deeply troubling) to go around, especially where Mrs. Huma Abedin and her train wreck spouse are concerned. If Mrs. Clinton was going to make Mrs. […]

IAFF: “Not the Words of a Labor Leader”

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IslaFire Weighs In “The lack of an endorsement for POTUS is truly embarrassing and may forebode a difficult time when HRC is elected. The excuses I heard behind the scenes at Convention were silly and lacked substantive leadership. Our International, our State Associations, our Locals, all endorse candidates that are sometimes distasteful to the membership. […]

IAFF: Mission Impossible

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A Million Little Pieces IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger, by failing to either stand up to Donald Trump or defend his own members, has severely weakened the IAFF. For an international union to be on the wrong side of a presidential election is always problematic. Schaitberger has taken that problem to a whole new level. […]

“She” Finishes Him Off

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Fitting and Proper Donald Trump has insulted prisoners of war, Latinos, including a sitting federal judge, repeatedly shamed the parents of an American soldier killed in combat and ridiculed a reporter with a disability. His fervent supporters have variously explained away his appalling behavior by suggesting that it is all part of the Donald’s “telling […]

Guiding: Satchmo and One Small Step

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Fly Me to the Moon After a slow Summer, guiding in D.C. has picked up with a mix of traveling adults and students arriving to take in the sites. My favorite place continues to be Arlington National Cemetery, a unique setting because of its sacred nature, beauty and history. It’s about to become a slightly […]

Schaitberger: Unfit to Lead

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A Coward at the Top It’s now clear that this is a crucial moment in both American and union history. Donald Trump, a candidate for president, spews hate and venom and despises working Americans. He brags about his love for right-to-work as he rips off small business owners. Perhaps his most serious transgression is to […]

IAFF: Marvin Wilson Responds

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“OK Eric, enough is enough. You are not changing anyone’s mind here. If you are that dis-satisfied, get the hell out and shut up. You are doing more damage than any one else has in my 47.6 year membership in this UNION. SIT DOWN, SHUT UP AND QUIT RUINING MY UNION!!!” Marvin Wilson Dear Marvin: […]

IAFF: “I Did Try and F**k Her”

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A Defining Moment Any member who has been around for awhile knows that Harold Schaitberger made his name as “Mr. Political.” Originally,  it was exterior politics and he was heavily involved on the Hill in Washington, D.C. His mantra for political action was “Get in early or make a difference.” Schaitberger’s legacy, corruption aside, is […]

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