Christmas @ NGA Rotunda

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Washington has many impressive interior spaces and one of the best is the rotunda of the west building of the National Gallery of Art, designed by architect John Russell Pope who also created the National Archives on Pennsylvania ave., as well as the Jefferson Memorial.      

IAFF Politics: Shady Schait ‘Splains

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Windbag-in-Chief IAFF’s Harold Schaitberger waxed eloquently this week to an NBC reporter about the 2016 election. His conclusion: the Democratic Party supported minorities and college-educated whites over “blue-collar” types so we figured it was best to vote for Donald Trump and Mike Pence. Schaitberger terms himself “blue collar”, an abuse of words if ever there […]

Christmas in DC

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Rudolph Pulls It Off “National Weather Service reports a Dense Fog Advisory issued for December 24, 2016 until December 25, 2016 at 6:00 am eastern standard time. Visibilities: One quarter mile or less. Impacts: Areas of dense fog will cause sudden reductions in visibility and create dangerous driving conditions. Area affected: District of Columbia.” You […]

Race: Homeless in the Bronx

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The Stereotype I read of the tragedy last week in New York, where two young girls were killed when a radiator malfunctioned and they were scalded in their city-funded housing for families. I created an image in my head of the family and they were black. I was wrong and their story upends a box […]

Words: A Tree Falls

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There was a horrible accident in the Los Angeles area this past weekend when a large tree fell on a wedding party killing one person and injuring others, including a young child. Perhaps it’s the circumstances, a wedding celebration, and the “struck by lightning” nature of the event that is both compelling and repelling at […]

Wall of Honor, One Spot Left

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MIA That’s Miami International Airport, not Missing In Action, though it could apply. I was walking through the airport yesterday, something I have done many times, when I (finally) noticed what is a very public war memorial, dedicated to Miami/Dade area soldiers who have died since 9/11 in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s right in the […]

Walk-About

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Just Drop It Off On the way to the Natural History Museum yesterday I walked down 12th St., NW, passing beside the former “Old” Post Office which is now the new Trump International Hotel. Besides mostly being surrounded by barricades and security guards, I noted, as you can see from the image, that the Internal […]

Pensions: Bank Holiday in Dallas

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Bully for the Mayor Don’t you just hate it when someone starts off an article by defining a word? Sorry, here goes. pen·sion (penSHÉ™n/): a regular payment made during a person’s retirement from an investment fund to which that person or their employer has contributed during their working life. They have entirely forgotten that in […]

Leadership: The Day After the Day (Of Infamy)

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December 8, 1941 The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on the 7th of December was a rude wake-up call for Admiral Husband Kimmel and General Walter Short, the Navy and Army commanding officers there. Both had been individually and repeatedly warned of the imminent danger of war. Yet, they did little to prepare and seldom […]

Drain the Swamp: Bob Dole

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Old Men, Old Tricks President-elect Trump’s recent kerfuffle-making call to the president of Taiwan wasn’t such a newbie gaffe after all. Turns out that former US senator and failed presidential candidate turned lobbyist Bob Dole was behind the call in his role as a once and former power-broker. Dole receives $25,000 a month to lead […]

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