Leadership: Bullying

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Not a Winning Formula While we digest Trump’s recent Phoenix rant where he viciously attacked the First Amendment, we should also keep our eyes on what is happening in the Senate. “In a series of tweets this month, Mr. Trump criticized Mr. McConnell publicly, and berated him in a phone call that quickly devolved into […]

Jerry Lewis, My Brush With Fame

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When I was still working at the IAFF, and during my last convention, in 2008, my job was to “bird-dog” the schedule and keep things running smoothly. The meeting began at about 9AM and was mostly a series of speakers and work on IAFF business, usually attended by about 1,500-2,000 union officers. Jerry Lewis, the […]

IAFF: When the Secret Report Fizzles

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So Much For That Idea In a move increasingly seen as bizarre, Shady Schait and EDZO decided to release a heretofore super secret report purportedly showing leaks at the IAFF. The confidential report, prepared by private detectives under the control of Schaitberger, cost members $350,000. The reason for the release was to try and influence […]

IAFF: Mr. Joe Blow on the Not-So Secret Report

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Mr. Joe Blow, Trump Lover and occasional contributor, gives his view on the Shady-Schait / “Edzo” decision to suddenly open up their “confidential” report for all to see, but no note taking or photos, please. “Maybe someone will go in wearing one of those old Google glasses! This way they can copy everything and post […]

IAFF Releases “Confidential” Report, Sort Of

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Must Come to Headquarters to View It IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger and GST the “Edzo” Kelly are releasing the hitherto super secret “Final Report to the General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters Regarding Safeguards over Proprietary Documents.” That’s a long and fancy name for the $300,000+ term paper prepared by Shady-Schait’s private […]

IAFF: Kelly Fox and Stalog 1750

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Escape From IAFF Foiled IAFF Vice-President and soon to be Cal-PERS pension guru Kelly Fox apparently thought escaping 1750 New York Ave. would be as simple as cutting the barbed-wire and then an easy jog to freedom. Nien! Like it or not (probably not) he has now been dragged into the Schady-Schait / “Edzo” orchestrated […]

IAFF: “Edzo”, “The Rat” and DOL

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America’s Dumbest Video Am I the only person who has noticed that “Edzo” is just two short letters from Bozo? Bozo was, until the appearance of “Edzo”, our most famous clown. Bozo, like Edzo, made films, his best being Bozo’s Big Top. But Edzo’s latest film is no clowning matter. In it he trashes the […]

IAFF: Edzo Does His “Charlie McCarthy”

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A Fool and His Microphone IAFF General Secretary-Treasurer Ed “Edzo” Kelly was in the 7th district this week making a fool of himself while simultaneously embarrassing our union as he campaigned in the district vice president race there. In a reprise of the famous ventriloquist Ed Bergen and his side-kick Charlie McCarthy, Kelly was Shady […]

Shady Schait: Desperate in the 7th

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Walsh Comes Within a Whisker of 50% The results of the snap election to fill Kelly Fox’s board seat in the IAFF’s 7th district are in. Ricky Walsh garnered over 5,100, Ryan Mudie around 4,200 and Greg Womack about 900. Walsh needed only 57 votes for an outright 50% majority but a run-off election between […]

Qaasuitsup Fire and Rescue Department

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To the amusement of some, I always visit a fire station, wherever I am, to see how they do what we all do. Those visits have included places as diverse as Kathmandu, Nepal, London, England, Kandy, Sri Lanka, and Istanbul, Turkey. And yesterday I added Ilulissat, Greenland, to the list. Fire protection, as essential as […]

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