IAFF Politics: A Cricket Chirps

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Schaitberger Drafts Mikell as Latest Human Sacrifice? James “Cricket” Mikell, past president of Norfolk, Virginia, Local 68, has apparently decided to enter the race for 4th district vice-president out of the blue. Could this be yet another attempt by Harold Schaitberger to prevent either Art Martynuska or Andy Pantelis from winning as they, God forbid, have […]

Zadroga: Where’s the IAFF?

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Missing in Action? A reader posted a comment purportedly from the “The New York City Firefighter Brotherhood Foundation” (NYCFFBF) evaluating the IAFF’s performance on lobbying for the reauthorization of Zadroga coverage. The bill, among other things, “extends the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program Fund indefinitely.” The NYCFFBF says: “We can’t honestly say where they (IAFF) have […]

Walking DC: Beautiful Mosque, Beautiful Day

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The Islamic Center of Washington, located at 2551 Massachusetts Ave. in Embassy Row, was completed in 1957 and dedicated by then President Dwight Eisenhower. “In his address, he praised the Islamic world’s “traditions of learning and rich culture” which have “for centuries contributed to the building of civilization.” He affirmed America’s founding principle of religious […]

Schaitberger In Defeat

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Taking the Least Worst Option In a stunning indication of waning influence and power, Harold Schaitberger, IAFF General President, has chosen Jim Lee as his next chief of staff, as suggested here, a month ago. Jim Lee’s dropping out of the 2016 race for General Secretary Treasurer  (GST) and his appointment to the staff role is […]

IAFF: The Chief of Staff Crisis

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Who’s Next? It’s been about a month since IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger fired long-time chief of staff Pete Gorman. When his first chief, Mike Crouse, retired, the imperative was to find a replacement at least as good as the departing one. Schaitberger managed to pull that off. Hiring Pete Gorman was a coup. Gorman […]

Terror: Is Washington, DC Safe?

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Depends. ISIS says they will attack the nation’s capitol but intelligence agencies say, “all quiet” or thereabouts. Meanwhile, a recent New York Times op-ed tells us that we are no Europe with their porous borders; all is safe, sort of. They also remind us that so-called “lone wolf” self-radicalized jihadists are a persistent concern here because assault […]

IAFF 2016: Weak or Weak-Willed?

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The Race for General Secretary-Treasurer If politics is about perception, Ed “Edzo” Kelly of Boston, Massachusetts, is either “running the table” or at least running circles around Harold Schaitberger as Kelly racks up support for next year’s race to replace Tom Miller. Schaitberger famously installed Tom Miller as GST when Vinnie Bollon stepped down; now […]

Anniversary of Terror: November 22, 1963

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Death of a President Fifty-two years ago today, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th president of the Unites States, died instantly when he was shot in the head while riding in an open limousine through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. It was an act of terror committed by a deeply troubled and dis-affected young man, Lee Harvey […]

Schaitberger Cans Martynuska

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Longtime 4th District DFSR Art Martynuska has been a well regarded fixture in the IAFF’s 4th district for many years. His resume is impressive: -retired in 2010 as a fire fighter/paramedic for the City of Johnstown, PA, and as president of the Johnstown Fire Fighters Union, a position he held for 14 years. -elected to […]

America, the Disgraceful

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A White & Christian Double Standard Uber-patriotic and liberty loving ‘mericans have their drawers seriously twisted at the thought that a single Syrian might come here as a refugee. God forbid. According to them, its both wise and a good thing to exclude an entire nationality from consideration as if there is no way to […]

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