New Leaders: JFK’s Nightmare

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When Doing Nothing Is Doing Something Being chosen as a leader is an experience both heady and gratifying. You are being recognized for what you know and what you will do. But, one of the most difficult aspects of new leadership may be the propensity to act, even when wisdom and experience counsels otherwise. After […]

It’s OK.

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Compassion, American Style Last month a nine-year-old girl shot and killed her Uzi “instructor” at a firing range in White Hills, Arizona. The weapon was on full automatic and the recoil caused her to lose control. Her family was on a Las Vegas vacation from their New Jersey home. They had finished a “monster truck” […]

Techno: Could Be Time

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“Hold On–I’ll Google it.” When I retired to the world of part-time work I made a conscious decision to give up the “smart-phone” in favor of simple talk/text. I didn’t want to be a zombie-like compulsive email checker strolling through life reacting to an incoming message chime like a middle-aged Pavlov’s dog. In truth, it […]

Labor: Leave Ray Rice Alone

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An Extra-Judicial “Lynching” Ray Rice, former Baltimore Ravens running back is being destroyed by law enforcement, the NFL, Ravens management and reckless media for an unsavory act that has been handled by the justice system. Rice has not been convicted of a crime, if fact, he hasn’t even been prosecuted. Still, he lost his job. […]

9/11 at 13: Memory, Memorial, Myth

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How Do You Feel About Pearl Harbor? At some point 9/11 will likely become an anniversary celebrated each ten years. No matter how compelling the catastrophe, time erodes both the power of it and the decreasing number of people with a personal connection. People pass on and they are replaced. You could be half way […]

Ethics: The MOBO No-No

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The First (In Line) Family The story of the year here has been the trial of Virginia’s former governor Robert McDonnell and his zany wife Maureen on public corruption charges; they were both found guilty last week. McDonnell and family of Fairfax County are of relatively modest circumstances perhaps making the “high life” they found […]

Safety: Lopez Killer Sentenced

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Arthur Lopez, Police Officer and Firefighter Lopez made a routine traffic stop in Nassau County, New York, in 2012. He walked up to the car and the driver, Darrell Fuller, a criminal with a long and violent history, shot him point blank in the chest. This past week Fuller was sentenced to life without parole. […]

Labor Rights Are Human Rights

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Yes, Happy Labor Day Should Barack Obama, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul all agree that we have the right to band together to fight for decent wages and benefits for working Americans and their families? I think so. And yet, in many parts of the US firefighters and paramedics are denied that fundamental right of […]

Does It Really Matter Department

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Will That Be One Shot or Two? When I was growing up, firearms were commonplace. Hunting was a routine activity. The woods were close enough, out the back door, and after school afternoons could include a foray sometimes for groundhog, often for squirrel or rabbit and when the season was right, deer. Squirrel or rabbit […]

IAFF Politics: Shit-Canned?

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Another One Bites the Dust Word on the street this week is that local 2068 president John Neimeic, a Harold Schaitberger protege, has been unceremoniously kicked to the fourth district curb. Some background is called for. The IAFF’s 4th district includes Virginia, Maryland, DC, West Virginia and Delaware. (All of the professional firefighters in Delaware […]

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Bill Hand
Nepal: Disaster On A High Pass
Thanks for the story Eric. I knew that you had been there, but never heard any of the stories. Got any other mountains on your bucket list?
2014-10-22 02:34:59
Eric Lamar
Film: When “D” Stands for Dog
Thanks, Betty. Super seeing you. Eric
2014-10-22 01:24:29
Betty K
Film: When “D” Stands for Dog
Eric, you are so right. Keep up the good work and thanks for the visit.
2014-10-21 18:47:57
Eric Lamar
Nepal: Disaster On A High Pass
Thanks, Tom. High praise from a professional editor.
2014-10-21 02:06:55
tom walter
Nepal: Disaster On A High Pass
Very informative, Eric, and good background for the recent tragedy. Especially striking your description of the sky and mountains before dawn. Tom
2014-10-20 12:13:45
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