Politics: Eric Holder, A Felon’s Best Friend?

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Wants to Lift Ban on Felons Voting Holder, US Attorney General (AG), is out speechifying to allow convicted felons the right to vote, casting it as a civil rights issue. Things must be slow at Justice. The NYT points out that Holder has no say in the matter as states decide voter eligibility. If justice were truly served, […]

IAFF: Board or Bored?

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  Crewless Ship? Recently I wrote that an IAFF manager controlled the email address used for particularly unsavory comments directed at an IAFF member, a.k.a., me. I absolved that manager believing the action was borne of ignorance though faulty leadership can create the atmosphere where such events occur. IAFF leaders have not replied, underscoring that the facts and the conclusions are valid […]

Politics: A Bully Gets Busted

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  When Loyalty is But Skin Deep New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s super bowl weekend took a bit of a dive after David Wildstein, the ousted Port Authority Executive, dropped a stinker late in the week. Wildstein was widely touted as a high school chum of the chubby Guv but the former federal prosecutor disabused […]

DCFD/DCFEMS: Adrift

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  Fortresses of Fire Washington, DC press reports that last Saturday a 77-year-old man collapsed across the street from 26 Engine/15 Truck. His timing was most unfortunate since persons seeking assistance by knocking repeatedly on the door at the firehouse were turned away.  They were told to call 911. This kind of stuff happens more often […]

At The National Portrait Gallery: Rittenhouse

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  The Self-Made Man David Rittenhouse (1732-1796)  was a world renowned astronomer, scientist, mathematician, surveyor and inventor. He was also entirely self-taught. Rittenhouse grew up near Germantown, PA.  It is said that at age 13 he had mastered Newton's laws of motion and gravity.  He was one of the first Americans to build a telescope and […]

Roland/Flatratz: Mystery Solved

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  Email Belongs to IAFF Manager Roland, a nom de guerre for an email account operated by an IAFF manager, commented on my post regarding being dismissed from the IAFF Blog Roll.  They made some interesting statements: 1-      “Eric, are you off your meds again? You know what that does to your perspective.” 2-      “I've […]

The Venerable Bill Hand Weighs In

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Senior IAFF Member and Haz Mat Instructor Bill Hand, of IAFF Local 341, is one of the most seasoned and distinguished hazardous materials and firefighting experts in the US.  I suppose his career success has many reasons but foremost among them is his totally commonsense and plain spoken wisdom.  I think people have always considered him […]

When the Goose Flew the Coop

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  Where's "Roland"?  “Roland” commented on my recent post when I was banished from the IAFF Blog Roll apparently for wandering outside the acceptable "thought boundaries."  In amongst "Roland's" meandering and bizarre commentary was this: “I’ve seen the current leadership support you on issues (dear to your heart) that many of our less progressive members find controversial.” That […]

A Deadly Dive: Leadership, Safety and Training

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  Seven Minutes and 150 Feet Nearly one year ago, February 26, 2013, two young Navy divers died during a reckless and unnecessary certification dive in frigid 150 feet deep water at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.  Their deaths were attributable to inadequate leadership, poor procedures and lack of risk assessment. Just four weeks earlier a […]

Leadership: Team Christie

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  What Would the "Boss" do? Most by now have heard of the "shit-storm" enveloping New Jersey's governor and 2016 Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie. Here's a quick synopsis relevant to the topic at hand: Christie wants to present himself as the Republican "Everyman" beloved by Dems, too.  In his bid for re-election, endorsements from democrats would prove […]

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