What Goes Up

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A Stairs Tower I was able to spend a few quick minutes yesterday inside the new National Museum of African American History and Culture here in Washington, D.C. One of my objectives was to make sure that I appreciated that it was a 2016 purpose-designed major museum building, a fairly rare occurrence in itself. How […]

IslaFire: IAFF Legislative Conference Imagined

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IslaFire wrote: “Leg Con should be REAL interesting next year. I would love to see the Board emails being bandied back and forth. Iím pretty sure there are plenty of oh shits, what do we do now? “Down Ballot”, They Cried It’s doubtful that there are many emails being bandied. †Historically the IAFF board keeps […]

Schaitberger IAFF: What’s the Plan?

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The Deal with Trump Since Harold Schaitberger and the IAFF executive board sat out the election and helped to ensure an anti-union US president as a result, it is time for them to tell the members what the plan is for the next four years. Or, do they even have one? Perhaps their plan is […]

Let the Fun Begin

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Reasons Everyone from Robert Reich to Robert Redford has weighed in on Donald Trump. Reich suggests that Trump’s victory is due to economic fears which is certainly true, but like a plane crash there are always multiple and interlocking causes. One of the largest has to be the extraordinary Clinton baggage (both Bill and Hillary.) […]

Now, That’s a Veteran

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Sergeant Bill Mohr Out touring with high school seniors from Kansas yesterday on a crisp and glorious Fall afternoon, we walked from the White House down to the World War II Memorial with the Washington Monument beginning to glow in the setting sun. Down at the Memorial I spied a Veteran in a wheelchair, blanketed […]

Trumped

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Reality TV Star as US President As writer Doris Kearns Goodwin would say, “this is no ordinary time.” Folks will talk for months about how Clinton lost but the Washington Post had an extraordinary explanation as to why. “Of the nearly 700¬†counties that twice sent Obama to the White House, a stunning one-third flipped to […]

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. […]

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