Boots on the Ground: Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Cooper Dayton

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Killed on Thanksgiving Chief Scott Dayton was killed on Thanksgiving Day as part of US Special Forces fighting ISIS in Syria. The Times reports that he died in “Ayn Issa, a town halfway between Raqqa and the Turkish border.” Dayton is the first publicly disclosed US casualty in Syria. Special Forces are training and preparing […]

Christmas Crisis

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Lives Wrecked The Guardian reports that the prestigious medical journal Lancet Psychiatry has published an article detailing the potential harm associated with gaming the wee ones over Old Saint Nick. It’s about the moral compass, you see. They say, “lying to children, even about something fun and frivolous, could undermine their trust in their parents and […]

Firefighter Pensions: 297 Millionaires

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Got a Spare $1.1 Billion? About a year ago the Dallas Morning News reported that 297 vested members in the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System had Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP) accounts valued at $1,000,000 or more. One account was worth more than $3,000,000. This past week the New York Times reported that the […]

November 22nd

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9/11 Moment Today marks 53 years since President John Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas. The president had gone on a campaign trip there and was accompanied by vice-president Lyndon Johnson, a Texan who had political troubles in his home state. Kennedy got caught up in a squabble between Texas Senator Ralph Yarborough […]

Trump, Bannon and Schaitberger

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Coming Home to Roost Stephen Bannon, Donald Trump’s pick for Senior White House strategist, despises the IAFF generally and Our Dear Leader, specifically. Several years ago, his Breitbart News published a scathing series detailing Schaitberger’s choice to lead the IAFF’s Pension Operation, saying, in part, “Fire fighters’ union General President Harold Schaitberger flaunted his power […]

What Goes Up

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A Stairs Tower I was able to spend a few quick minutes yesterday inside the new National Museum of African American History and Culture here in Washington, D.C. One of my objectives was to make sure that I appreciated that it was a 2016 purpose-designed major museum building, a fairly rare occurrence in itself. How […]

IslaFire: IAFF Legislative Conference Imagined

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IslaFire wrote: “Leg Con should be REAL interesting next year. I would love to see the Board emails being bandied back and forth. I’m pretty sure there are plenty of oh shits, what do we do now? “Down Ballot”, They Cried It’s doubtful that there are many emails being bandied.  Historically the IAFF board keeps […]

Schaitberger IAFF: What’s the Plan?

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The Deal with Trump Since Harold Schaitberger and the IAFF executive board sat out the election and helped to ensure an anti-union US president as a result, it is time for them to tell the members what the plan is for the next four years. Or, do they even have one? Perhaps their plan is […]

Let the Fun Begin

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Reasons Everyone from Robert Reich to Robert Redford has weighed in on Donald Trump. Reich suggests that Trump’s victory is due to economic fears which is certainly true, but like a plane crash there are always multiple and interlocking causes. One of the largest has to be the extraordinary Clinton baggage (both Bill and Hillary.) […]

Now, That’s a Veteran

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Sergeant Bill Mohr Out touring with high school seniors from Kansas yesterday on a crisp and glorious Fall afternoon, we walked from the White House down to the World War II Memorial with the Washington Monument beginning to glow in the setting sun. Down at the Memorial I spied a Veteran in a wheelchair, blanketed […]

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