Safety: USS Fitzgerald Collision

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A Cole with No Explosives? This past weekend, the USS Fitzgerald, a Burke class, Aegis equipped vessel, was struck in a t-bone type accident by a large cargo carrier off Japan during night operations; seven sailors were killed. Ship collisions are hardly rare but a t-bone is, especially involving a naval vessel on patrol. Most […]

MAGA: Donald Brings Out the Wackos

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A Lefty with a Gun It’s been a long time since lefties were running around shooting, kidnapping and bombing. I recall some of it during the Vietnam war in the early 70’s. America was sorely tested by an avalanche of tragedies including the murders of MLK, RFK and the war. Richard Nixon, a figure once […]

Wait, I Know That Guy

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Ripping Off Sick Kids Donald Trump’s ghastly behavior, his lying, bullying and abuse, have caused more than one person to say, “wait, I know that guy.” That guy being Harold Schaitberger, of course. Forbes, the business magazine, dropped a bombshell this week that Eric Trump’s pediatric cancer charity was paying huge sums to the Trump […]

Words: The Manchester Bombing

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To Speak, or Not, of War In the aftermath of the Manchester bombing, UK government officials and the press refer to the incident as a “terrorist attack” while those killed and injured are “victims”, who, according to at least one source, were “murdered.” They fail to employ the language of war even when that is […]

Here We Mark the Price of Freedom

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National World War II Memorial

Planet of the Apes: Firehouse “Jokes”

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Pass the Salt? When is a “joke” really ritualized hazing or bullying? I worked in a firehouse once where three members decided to place pubic hair in the kitchen salt shakers. The same crew would also rub their exposed genitals up against anyone they thought they could. That’s called whipping it out. The officer-in-charge knew […]

Fairfax: The Best of “Family Night”

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No Moms Left Behind Peggy Fox, a WUSA reporter, talked to a parent who confirmed that during a recent Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Family Night for recruit firefighters, a “captain said that “some practical jokes go on in the station with the new recruits some might call it hazing, some might call it bullying.” […]

Comey (Mostly) Self Destructs

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Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey because the short-term political stars aligned nearly perfectly in the president’s favor. Comey is to blame for the circumstances. In the Clinton email investigation Comey defied FBI investigative procedure when he revealed the results of one investigation or the fact that the other would be conducted. In the […]

Guiding: Bring Out the Bilge Pump

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A basic tenet of guiding is that, with a few exceptions, if the client wishes to venture forth, we do. Many is the day I have looked outside from my glassed-in porch and breathed a sigh of relief that I was not “out there in that.” Friday was not, unfortunately, one of those days. In […]

Trump and the Civil War: He’s Right

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Give the Douche Bag His Due Regarding the Civil War, Trump asked “why it could not have been worked out” and then observed that he “always felt that the South overplayed their hand.” In Trumpian language the deal on the table in 1861 was that President Lincoln, chief negotiator for the Union, was fine with […]

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