Farewell to Dave McCormack

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A Renaissance Man Dave McCormack was, in no particular order, a Navy veteran, a very seasoned FDNY fire fighter and fire officer, a gifted union leader, an academic, first superintendent of the National Fire Academy, very smart, and much more. He was also my boss for several years when I went to the International Association […]

Nepal to Rescue Teams: Bye-Bye

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Pack it Up Nepali officials have requested that all foreign rescue teams leave the country with a Friday deadline. NYT reports that some rescue teams, such as one from Spain, said they had no intention of leaving. Sounds like the nasty in-laws who refuse to depart. Don’t expect to be invited back next time. Should […]

Hey, Hon, They’re Rioting in Baltimore–Again.

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As American as Apple Pie Baltimore may not be the first American City but where rioting is concerned they have to be close. When talking of riots and Baltimore, one must be specific. 1861? A.K.A. the “Pratt Street Massacre” when southbound Union troops were waylaid by traitorous “secesh” trash as their rail cars were pulled […]

Kathmandu, Undone

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I started visiting Nepal to trek and climb in 1993 and my most recent visit was just two years ago. On this latest trip I was amazed at how the Kathmandu valley had grown to become a densely crowded metropolis. At about 220 square miles, roughly half the size of Fairfax County, it has 2.5 […]

Congressional Staffers: Pay Raise Needed!

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Forced to Go Abroad New information out this week underscores the critical need for congressional staffers to receive a substantial increase in pay. Fred W. Pagan, a staffer for U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) was arrested by officers from Homeland Security yesterday for allegedly purchasing drugs from China with the intent to sell them for “sexual favors.” Pagan was […]

Our American Sharia

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Executed for Committing Suicide It was reported last week that an ISIS sheikh had his head lopped off for smoking a cig. That’s not precisely accurate as smoking is apparently legal under the dictates of Sharia. The exact reason is that the Sharia masters had apparently decided that smoking cigs was tantamount to committing a […]

13 @ 45 / Houston, We Have A Problem

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Change as an Accident Cause Friday last was the 45th anniversary of the splashdown of Odyssey, the Apollo 13 command module, after it survived a nearly disastrous explosion on the outbound journey to the moon. The enroute spaceship consisted of command, service, and lunar modules. Odyssey was equipped with two spherical liquid oxygen tanks for […]

History: Was Brad City Arson?

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Thirty years ago next month 56 peopled were killed and at least 265 injured, some critically, when a fire engulfed bleachers at Bradford City’s Valley Parade stadium in West Yorkshire, U.K. I was on duty at the firehouse and I can still remember watching clips on TV.  In one epic shot escapees are running across […]

Lincoln (and Liberty), Captive

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Abraham Lincoln died 150 years ago this morning here in Washington, D.C., as he lay propped sideways on a too small bed, unconscious and insensible. His costly triumph was the saving of the Union. In modern consciousness he not only freed the slaves but is a civil rights super hero, too. Busy man. Lincoln famously suspended the […]

Remembering Glenn

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I want us to recall his way with humor. In this blur of grief we can forget that Glenn was very funny– mostly in person when his subtle and quick facial expressions were fully “deployed” in the best firefighting sense. He was a master of the sidelong glance, often paired with a quick rolling of the […]

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Bill Hand
Semper Fi: Deport Those Damn Marines
My only hope is that someday we don't have to vote for "the best of the worst". So far I am not really impressed with any of this gaggle from either party. Happy 4th and God Bless America because we need all the help we can get these days. I just hope it doesn't take…
2015-07-04 23:29:26
Eric Lamar
Semper Fi: Deport Those Damn Marines
Ah, Spartacus--more disconnected blather? Try to stay on topic. By the way, following your contrived logic, do two wrongs really make a right?
2015-07-04 16:46:34
Spartacus
Semper Fi: Deport Those Damn Marines
And your alternative? A disrespectful, disconnected, deceitful, disdainful woman devoid of honor and destitute of character? Where's the marines when you need 'em?
2015-07-04 16:25:50
Mike Lambert
Farewell to Dave McCormack
Hi, Eric...you probably don't remember me, I worked at the IAFF in the late 80s and throughout the 90s about the same time you were there. Ironically enough, my wife and I were discussing just last night the several (REALLY enjoyable!) Christmas parties that the McCormacks hosted back in that timeframe. I happened to pick…
2015-07-01 16:15:24
Eric Lamar
On Justification: Equality, Scripture & Politics
I marvel at your ability to entirely miss the point. I did not choose those verses. They were chosen by the supporters of slavery to justify their actions. Does the historical truth offend you so?
2015-06-28 01:41:06
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