Schaitberger Stalls Again: “Waiting on VP”

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IAFF Dead in the Water Anyone who has known Harold Schaitberger, Our Dear Leader, over the years knows well of his all-consuming devotion, lust really, to be involved in US presidential electioneering. He begins by wining and dining every prospective nominee, chatting them up at the Prime Rib or the Capital Grille. A “lucky” few […]

Safety: Engagement and Escalation

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A Rush to Act?  As America explores its uneasy relationship with law enforcement, hopefully part of that process will be an excruciating review of the manner in which they engage and then escalate encounters with citizens. Within the decisions which lead to engagement can be found, at least in part, the solutions to the current […]

Ambushed: A McVeigh Moment

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Dallas Undone Last night, five Dallas, Texas, police officers were shot and killed and another seven wounded apparently by a shooter targeting them over recent police shootings of civilians. The New York Times reports that David Brown, police chief in Dallas, said about the shooter, “he was upset at Black Lives Matter, said he was […]

Harold Schaitberger: Our Fidel

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IAFF Delegate Writes: “I’ve heard HAS speak at many gatherings. There’s a running joke about his presentations being similar to those of Fidel Castro. At a recent state association convention, he mentioned his many dinners (an obvious reference to you Eric), defending them as sessions in which things get done. Meal time is sacred in […]

Schaitberger: Bloviator in Chief

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Did You Say Windbag? As Schaitberger makes his pre-convention rounds, word is seeping back that his propensity to yammer on, well known by many, is on full display. The average time for these state-of-the-union-stem-winders is about seventy minutes during which he grinds on about all manner of this and that, most of it inane chatter. […]

IAFF Politics: Palin With A Pecker

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Schaitberger Stalls Over a Racist Buffoon Here’s former GOP vice-presidential candidate and Alaska governor/quitter Sarah Palin on Paul Revere, “He who warned, uh, the British that they weren’t gonna be takin’ away our arms, uh, by ringing those bells, and um, makin’ sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots […]

Schaitberger MDA Scandal Set to Go to IAFF Convention

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“Stop Ripping Off Sick Kids” Resolution At least one IAFF local is repulsed enough by Schaitberger’s extorting $1,400,000 from kids with an often fatal illness that they have introduced a convention resolution to stop him from doing it. The resolution was apparently emailed in with a hard copy to follow leaving Schaitberger a precious few […]

War: Flag(s), Raised

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Wrong Guy, But It Doesn’t Matter The U.S. Marine Corps this week announced that the identification of John Bradley, a heretofore Iwo Jima flag raiser was incorrect and that the actual soldier was Private First Class Harold Schultz. The date was February 23, 1945, and the Marines were engaged in a desperate, foot by foot […]

Department of Distraction: “Taking Care of Business”

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A Wee Bit of Political Theater Here we are in the season of presidential conventions. In time past the IAFF has been fully geared up, focused on supporting a candidate who can be depended upon to both care for and about working Americans and union members. Formerly, IAFF leadership has been out on the trail […]

Books: Lincoln’s Citadel

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The President, the City and the War The museum shop at the National Archives has to be just about the best in a city with some pretty cool ones. They seem to have something for everyone. There with a group of eighth-graders recently, I made an impulsive purchase of a book because it was about […]

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