Road Trip: London

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Wembley, Actually I grew up eating those white and black packages of cheese and powdered milk marked “USDA Government Surplus”,  a 1960’s form of food stamps, which may in part explain my perpetual desire to save a buck. So it was I found myself in a “World Traveler Plus” seat aboard a British Airways 777-200ER, […]

Health: Flying Too Close to the Flame?

Who We Are, Really Peter Wollheim, a Boise, Idaho based licensed professional mental health counselor and nationally known suicide prevention advocate committed suicide last month. His sister, quoted in People magazine said, “Peter had been very depressed for years, but didn’t seek therapy, even though he knew firsthand what people go through and how important it […]

IAFF Corruption: On Motivation

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A Force for Change How many people outside the IAFF, longtime members, have spoken up about the corruption they witness in Washington? At least six and almost certainly more. While not in a position to know of everyone, those six are all seasoned leaders with decades of experience, and some are on the record. They […]

IAFF: If the Corruption Crisis Were a Working Fire

The DVPs and staff would be the engine crew and Harold would be the (not so) steadfast incident commander. You see, it’s his first real fire and the team pulled a booster line when a 2 1/2 is called for. In fact, one attack line clearly won’t do the job. Let’s hope everyone has their […]

IAFF Corruption: The Nixon Playbook

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Bring in the Plumbers IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger has apparently concluded that incriminating information, perhaps in the form of documents, is leaking from the IAFF. Many will recall that President Richard Nixon, also faced with leaks, created a special White House unit called the “Plumbers” to find and plug them. If it’s good enough for […]

Multiple IAFF Corruption Investigations?

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Shining a Bright Light in a Very Dark Place Word is emerging this week that a major US newspaper is conducting a thorough investigation into the finances at the IAFF, among other things. While it’s widely known that Harold Schaitberger lives a life of luxury paid for by IAFF rank-and-file members, this is apparently the […]

Battlefield in Repose

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Antietam Sublime A road trip yesterday to gather up my young cousin for a visit included a return to Antietam battlefield located south of Hagerstown, Maryland, and just north of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. It was late on a summer Saturday, hot but dry, with billowing clouds dotting the sky, perhaps not unlike September 17, […]

Iran and “The Deal”

A Coming Together The US, Russia, China, Great Britain, France and Germany  (P5+1) have agreed on a framework with Iran to prevent their development of fissile nuclear material in exchange for  relaxation of sanctions considered “the most comprehensive and complex ever imposed on a sovereign state.” According to Brookings, “Since 2010, the sanctions’ impact on Iran has […]

DCFD: “Show the Kind of Commitment”

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Train Wreck First, a correction. I wrote yesterday, “Engine 20 was apparently dispatched after all, then cancelled and failed to take in the incident even when they knew they were closer.” I was relying on Post coverage and I was wrong. As readers pointed out, neither Engine 20 nor Ambulance 20 were ever dispatched. They […]

DCFD: Incompetence Writ Large

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Technology as Cover-up The Washington Post reports that the city released a scathing review this week on the choking death of  a 13-month old infant after the closest unit failed to respond. Thanks to the apparently faulty rollout of a dime-store solution to GPS tracking, the communications center had inaccurate information regarding who was available […]

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Eric Lamar
IAFF Corruption: Shaking Down Jerry’s Kids
D- You are right, nobody cares. Where is our own local president on the issue? E
2015-08-29 13:37:02
Eric Lamar
IAFF Corruption: Shaking Down Jerry’s Kids
M- The simple fact is that Schaitberger runs the MDA as a for-profit IAFF business netting $1.4 million a year when he shakes them down. $1.4 million could help a lot of kids and families. All you will hear from those in positions of authority is silence. They just want you to forget about it.…
2015-08-29 13:36:20
Eric Lamar
IAFF Corruption: Shaking Down Jerry’s Kids
It's right on the IAFF website: $1.4 million from MDA. Please get in the game.
2015-08-29 13:33:41
Eric Lamar
IAFF Corruption: Shaking Down Jerry’s Kids
Prove it? Dude, it's on the IAFF website. Smell the coffee. refuse to accept the simple fact that IAFF gets a $1.4 million kick-back from MDA. It’s nothing more than a Schaitberger shakedown. $1.4 million could help a lot of kids and families.
2015-08-29 13:32:47
Eric Lamar
IAFF Corruption: Shaking Down Jerry’s Kids
Mike- The refuse to accept the simple fact that IAFF gets a $1.4 million kick-back from MDA. It's nothing more than a Schaitberger shakedown. $1.4 million could help a lot of kids and families. E
2015-08-29 13:31:22
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