IAFF and Shady Schait: Trump’s Best Friend

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Old Dog, New Tricks, Not Anyone who knows Harold Schaitberger at all knows that he is, first and foremost, interested in protecting his own sweet deal. That translates into never taking any action which might disrupt or upset the many folks who have been bought off along the way. Any union member or leader with […]

Race: Franklin, Earl and Ike

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There’s a meme making the rounds this week marking the anniversary of the decision to imprison American-Japanese and others, after the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941. The error and hastiness of the decision is decried, perhaps as a pointed reference to Trump’s views towards immigrants. The back story is interesting and noteworthy. Many will know […]

Race: Hanging Tight or the Big Squeeze?

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The Miami Four According to the Miami Herald, in 2017 “a group of Miami firefighters working at historic Charles Hadley Park Fire Station 12, thought it would be funny to draw penises on framed family pictures of a co-worker who wasn’t at the station that night.” The coworker was Lieutenant Robert Webster, a black man. […]

(Not So) Darkest Africa

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Ethiopia: The North I arrived back in the states a few days ago after 12 days in Ethiopia and 5 in Germany; that’s pretty much the yin and the yang of it, civilization wise. It was my first trip to Africa (and Ethiopia), the lush and forbidding jungle it ain’t. Much of Ethiopia sits on […]

Hiawatha

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A Christmas Journey Last week, on the 22nd, I drove up to Pennsylvania to visit my family, many of whom live south of the Altoona area, the former railroad mecca. As is often the case, the weather in D.C. was sunny and mild and the farther north and west I drove, the grayer and chillier […]

Lightening Strikes Twice: 7th and Penn, NW

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Situational Awareness Two women were run over by a tour bus and killed on December 19th, as they crossed Pennsylvania Ave., NW, in Washington, D.C. Eleven years ago, in 2007, two women were also killed at the exact same place, also by a bus making the same left turn from northbound 7th onto westbound Pennsylvania. […]

Rolling Thunder: Destination Patriotism

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  News reports last week indicate that 2019 will be the final year of the massive motorcycle rally. Rolling Thunder is a subset of Vietnam-era and other veterans and their supporters who love motorcycles and any opportunity to ride them. For many, these motorcycles have become a potent symbol of veteran solidarity and patriotism. One […]

EMT McNabb: Infamy has its costs

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An Unpaid Vacation Alex McNabb, small town Virginia EMT and budding white nationalist, now has more time to appear on his “Daily Shoah”  (an insult on the Holocaust) while also retreating into vicitimization via his twitter account. And, Patrick County’s leaders are not so happy, either. CNN reports that the Chair of the Board of Supervisors […]

IAFF’s Golsteyn Charged with Murder

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Charges Stem from Afghan Incident IAFF Chief of Operations Mathew Golsteyn has been charged with premeditated murder in the killing of an Afghan man in 2011 while he was deployed there. Read more about Golsteyn here. The news of the killing isn’t really news. The Times reports that the Army investigated the killing in 2013 […]

Leadership: Liars, Cheats and Thieves

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Wishing for Incompetence Oh, for the good old days when the misdeeds and blunders of our leaders were policy-related and borne of incompetence. The worst disasters were errant and stupid wars where presidents led us into military quicksand even when the writing was on the wall. Lyndon Johnson didn’t start us on the road to […]

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