Race: The Colored Purpose

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How Quickly We Forget Rachel Dolezal, apparently of caucasic origin but who wished to be seen as black, has resigned from her leadership post at the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The Times reports that Ms. Dolezal told Matt Lauer on the Today Show that “I identify as […]

Islam, Conservatives and Science

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When Blue Jeans Are to Blame Fox News reported yesterday that Maulana Fazlur Rehman, a conservative Pakistani politician and cleric, proclaimed that blue jean-clad-women were responsible for “earthquakes, inflation and natural disasters.” Does Rehman present another easy opportunity to heap scorn on Islam? The real object of scorn is so called “conservatism” wherever it is found, […]

Headline of the Week

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From the UK’s Daily Mail Top Fashion Hairdresser Drowned in a Stream After Breaking into a Zoo Wearing Rubber Bondage Gear While High on Crystal Meth   Stay out of the Zoo!

War: Truth, Trust & Betrayal

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Mathew Goldsteyn and the CIA US Army Major Mathew Goldsteyn revealed to the CIA during a 2011 job interview that he had “captured and shot and buried a suspected IED bomb maker” while deployed in 2010 to Afghanistan’s Helmand province. Never one to keep a secret (or kill a collateral quasi-combatant either,) the CIA notified […]

Guiding: The One That Got Away

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Summertime and the Living is Easy The onslaught called spring break has made DC the land of a million motor coaches just in time for the first legitimate heat wave of the season. I toured last week with eight-graders, mostly boys, on one of those languid afternoons around the Tidal Basin. As we neared the […]

Slavery: Ben Affleck and Buyer’s Remorse

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 A Complicated Matter Hacked Sony emails show that Actor Ben Affleck, while participating in PBS’s Finding Your Roots, found his and wasn’t so thrilled. His very great granddaddy owned African slaves. I can remember when the scandal would have been the discovery of African blood coursing in “white” veins, certainly not owning a few. Is Affleck’s […]

Farewell to Dave McCormack

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A Renaissance Man Dave McCormack was, in no particular order, a Navy veteran, a very seasoned FDNY fire fighter and fire officer, a gifted union leader, an academic, first superintendent of the National Fire Academy, very smart, and much more. He was also my boss for several years when I went to the International Association […]

Nepal to Rescue Teams: Bye-Bye

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Pack it Up Nepali officials have requested that all foreign rescue teams leave the country with a Friday deadline. NYT reports that some rescue teams, such as one from Spain, said they had no intention of leaving. Sounds like the nasty in-laws who refuse to depart. Don’t expect to be invited back next time. Should […]

Hey, Hon, They’re Rioting in Baltimore–Again.

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As American as Apple Pie Baltimore may not be the first American City but where rioting is concerned they have to be close. When talking of riots and Baltimore, one must be specific. 1861? A.K.A. the “Pratt Street Massacre” when southbound Union troops were waylaid by traitorous “secesh” trash as their rail cars were pulled […]

Kathmandu, Undone

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I started visiting Nepal to trek and climb in 1993 and my most recent visit was just two years ago. On this latest trip I was amazed at how the Kathmandu valley had grown to become a densely crowded metropolis. At about 220 square miles, roughly half the size of Fairfax County, it has 2.5 […]

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