Around the World in 30 Days

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Sri Lanka and Thailand, Mostly I’m off to attend the wedding of a good friend in Thailand, what better place to be in the middle of winter? I’ve always had a hankering to see Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, the teardrop island off the southeast coast of India. So, here I am, though it took almost […]

Just Don’t Bed The Young White Chicks

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Mandingo Invasion The state of Maine is in the thrall of a serious opiate epidemic.  In a state with less population than the borough of Manhattan they are experiencing an average of five overdose deaths every week. But Governor Paul LePage used his bully pulpit this week to sound the cry against the real culprit: […]

Best of 2015: Banner Year for Turnout

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Thank You, Readers Thanks to all of you for having a look during 2015. The stats are amazing:  56,519 individual readers viewing 175,000 pages. Perhaps best of all, the percentage of new readers was 52% meaning more and more people are coming to the site. And, thanks to everyone who took the time to write […]

DCFEMS Does it Again

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Cardiac Arrest News sources are reporting that once again the District of Columbia Fire and EMS Department (DCFEMS) failed to provide services after being notified of an emergency. This time, units were dispatched for a heart attack and the first arriving fire company mistook police activity on the block of the actual address for their […]

The Bundy Bunch: Citizens for Constitutional Freedom

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Rancher Welfare The Bundy family is back, once again hiding behind a fake constitutional argument that because they raise cattle the US owes them a living by allowing free grazing. They have taken over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon and are engaged in an armed stand-off with authorities. The kinder and gentler feds are taking […]

Stand With Ricky Walsh?

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Tell Me More My friend Scott Brines upbraided me over a recent post regarding candidates to succeed the ousted IAFF 7th district vice-president Ricky Walsh. He said, in part, “Bravo to Brothers Womack and Fox for having the courage to step up and lead … both of these Mag 7 leaders have what it takes.” […]

I Saw the Figure Five in Gold

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This birthday week I like to recall the number of times my worst case scenario has ever actually happened. Perpetual worry is the mental equivalent of moving a pile of rocks from one point to another and back. It never ends and nothing is ever accomplished. In my case it’s probably from a feeling of […]

Mike Mullane Dies

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Led “Largest Local” in the IAFF That’s what they called the IAFF’s 3rd district under Mullane’s leadership and that’s the way he ran it. There always seemed to be a degree of unanimity and cohesion not seen in other districts. There can be no doubt that Mullane ran a tight ship but he also looked […]

Merry Christmas, Board

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From: Eric Lamar <ericslamar@gmail.com> Date: Fri, Dec 25, 2015 at 11:04 PM Subject: Merry Christmas To: “Romaka, Bill” <bromaka@iaff.org>, “Woolbright, Mark” <mwoolbright@iaff.org>, btaylor@iaff.org, Todd Danny <dtodd@iaff.org>, fleblanc@iaff.org, Ferguson James <jferguson@iaff.org>, jjohnson@iaff.org, Osborne Larry <losborne@iaff.org>, lwest@iaff.org, “Rahne, Ray” <rrahne@iaff.org>, McGhee Sandy <smcghee@iaff.org>, tthornberg@iaff.org, dburry@iaff.org, phufnagel@iaff.org Board- I hope you took time to read my blog today […]

IAFF Politics: 7th District 800 lb. Gorilla

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Walsh Jumped by IAFF Board Ricky Walsh was forced out as 7th district vice-president by Harold Schaitberger who lied and stole his emails in a trumped up smear campaign. Schaitberger and the rest of the board jumped Walsh in a surprise attack at a meeting two weeks ago. Well, it wasn’t a complete surprise; Schaitberger […]

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