Corrupt Schaitberger: The $1,000,000 Question

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Gorman Cites Additional Retaliation Peter Gorman, a 34-year FDNY member, former president of local 854 during the 9/11 attacks, and Schaitberger’s chief of staff for seven years, was fired in 2015 after he raised concerns regarding hiring practices at the IAFF. In firing him, Schaitberger said, according to court documents, “That he no longer trusted […]

This Evening at Iwo

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Sunset, Saturday, March 4, 2017

Religion: Washington, Hitler and Toleration

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Into the Trumposphere Just like Haley’s comet, every few decades bigotry reappears here resulting in some group suffering oppression, often violent and obscene. Jews are a perennial favorite but over time Catholics, Mormons, Italians, Irish and others have had their “turn in the barrel.” The bigotry and hate very often comes under the guise of […]

The Donald and Some Deep Throat

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“The FBI is totally unable to stop the national security “leakers” that have permeated our government for a long time. They can’t even find the leakers within the FBI itself. Classified information is being given to media that could have a devastating effect on U.S.” Trump “I’m, like, a smart person” DJT, our “so-called president” (as […]

Safety: U.K. Fire Results in Guilty Plea

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In July of 2009, a mid-afternoon fire in a residential high-rise in London killed six people, among them three children. The fire occurred in Camberwell and the Guardian now reports that officials there are agreeing to plead guilty to breaking fire regulations. Over the years since the tragic event there have been a number of reports […]

Springtime in Washington?

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February and 75 degrees with trees in bloom, yesterday at Arlington Cemetery, as I toured with a group of students from Finland where that is as warm as it ever gets — no wonder they wanted to stay outside–I did, too!

Dear Ivanka, We Wish You Luck With That

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Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter, has taken to twitter decrying the rise in anti-semitic acts across the country. “America is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance. We must protect our houses of worship & religious centers. #JCC” Mrs. Trump is married to Jared Kushner, an Orthodox Jew and has converted to Judaism […]

DC Gem, Revealed

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Last week I posted this beautiful image asking for ideas where it might be located. Today, the answer. The Second Infantry Division is known as “Indianhead” or 2ID. The Second was created in 1917 in France and fought at Belleau Wood, Chateau-Thierry, the Aisne and Saint Mihiel. During WWII, they came ashore at Normandy and […]

The Corrupt IAFF: Anders and the Wizard of Oz

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Dave Anders, Again Mr. Anders, a perennial supporter of Our Dear Leader, had this to say about Mack’s comment from yesterday: “Eric, again, the letter is not signed. If an IAFF member has criticism of the IAFF or our GP, surly [sic] he/she would not hesitate to sign their name and list their Local number. […]

The Corrupt IAFF: Mack Writes In

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A “Peek Behind the Curtain” “Eric, thank you for providing this blog, and giving people the opportunity to hear another viewpoint. Long ago I had the (mis)fortune of dealing directly with Shaitberger, my District VP, AND Pete Gorman. Until that point, I had no idea what went on at the IAFF. How would I ever […]

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