The Bundy Bunch: Citizens for Constitutional Freedom

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Rancher Welfare The Bundy family is back, once again hiding behind a fake constitutional argument that because they raise cattle the US owes them a living by allowing free grazing. They have taken over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon and are engaged in an armed stand-off with authorities. The kinder and gentler feds are taking […]

Stand With Ricky Walsh?

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Tell Me More My friend Scott Brines upbraided me over a recent post regarding candidates to succeed the ousted IAFF 7th district vice-president Ricky Walsh. He said, in part, “Bravo to Brothers Womack and Fox for having the courage to step up and lead … both of these Mag 7 leaders have what it takes.” […]

I Saw the Figure Five in Gold

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This birthday week I like to recall the number of times my worst case scenario has ever actually happened. Perpetual worry is the mental equivalent of moving a pile of rocks from one point to another and back. It never ends and nothing is ever accomplished. In my case it’s probably from a feeling of […]

Mike Mullane Dies

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Led “Largest Local” in the IAFF That’s what they called the IAFF’s 3rd district under Mullane’s leadership and that’s the way he ran it. There always seemed to be a degree of unanimity and cohesion not seen in other districts. There can be no doubt that Mullane ran a tight ship but he also looked […]

Merry Christmas, Board

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From: Eric Lamar <ericslamar@gmail.com> Date: Fri, Dec 25, 2015 at 11:04 PM Subject: Merry Christmas To: “Romaka, Bill” <bromaka@iaff.org>, “Woolbright, Mark” <mwoolbright@iaff.org>, btaylor@iaff.org, Todd Danny <dtodd@iaff.org>, fleblanc@iaff.org, Ferguson James <jferguson@iaff.org>, jjohnson@iaff.org, Osborne Larry <losborne@iaff.org>, lwest@iaff.org, “Rahne, Ray” <rrahne@iaff.org>, McGhee Sandy <smcghee@iaff.org>, tthornberg@iaff.org, dburry@iaff.org, phufnagel@iaff.org Board- I hope you took time to read my blog today […]

IAFF Politics: 7th District 800 lb. Gorilla

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Walsh Jumped by IAFF Board Ricky Walsh was forced out as 7th district vice-president by Harold Schaitberger who lied and stole his emails in a trumped up smear campaign. Schaitberger and the rest of the board jumped Walsh in a surprise attack at a meeting two weeks ago. Well, it wasn’t a complete surprise; Schaitberger […]

IAFF: Release the “Confidential” Emails?

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Was Walsh Really Sacked Over Secret Stuff? If Schaitberger and the board say that Walsh’s expulsion was over the release of confidential emails then it’s fair for all members and especially those from the 7th district to be curious about their content. Exactly what qualifies as being so “confidential” that a duly elected and well […]

Why The Walsh Sacking Matters So Much

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The Death of Local Autonomy We have had something extremely important taken from us and most do not realize it. The IAFF as a union was created with a “bottom up” philosophy. That is, the strength and the power come from below. Individual local affiliates are supposed to have great autonomy and freedom in decision […]

Survive the Holidays, Literally

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Don’t be a Mess Many fires can be attributed to some aspect of poor housekeeping.  Clutter both hides (and promotes) fire hazards. Any device requiring energy or generating heat must have a clear area around it for cooling and ventilation. (portable heaters, furnaces, water heaters, appliances, electronics) Use extension cords VERY sparingly; make sure they […]

Stop Harold Schaitberger: The New Year’s Resolution

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It’s a Lot Easier Than You Think Schaitberger is in sole control of the IAFF. He absolutely proved it when he forced out Ricky Walsh on trumped up, bullshit charges. The vice-presidents are both complicit and impotent in his reign of terror. They went along with Schaitberger’s plan to destroy Walsh. Stop Him In His […]

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