IAFF Corruption: On Motivation

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A Force for Change How many people outside the IAFF, longtime members, have spoken up about the corruption they witness in Washington? At least six and almost certainly more. While not in a position to know of everyone, those six are all seasoned leaders with decades of experience, and some are on the record. They […]

IAFF: If the Corruption Crisis Were a Working Fire

The DVPs and staff would be the engine crew and Harold would be the (not so) steadfast incident commander. You see, it’s his first real fire and the team pulled a booster line when a 2 1/2 is called for. In fact, one attack line clearly won’t do the job. Let’s hope everyone has their […]

IAFF Corruption: The Nixon Playbook

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Bring in the Plumbers IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger has apparently concluded that incriminating information, perhaps in the form of documents, is leaking from the IAFF. Many will recall that President Richard Nixon, also faced with leaks, created a special White House unit called the “Plumbers” to find and plug them. If it’s good enough for […]

Multiple IAFF Corruption Investigations?

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Shining a Bright Light in a Very Dark Place Word is emerging this week that a major US newspaper is conducting a thorough investigation into the finances at the IAFF, among other things. While it’s widely known that Harold Schaitberger lives a life of luxury paid for by IAFF rank-and-file members, this is apparently the […]

Battlefield in Repose

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Antietam Sublime A road trip yesterday to gather up my young cousin for a visit included a return to Antietam battlefield located south of Hagerstown, Maryland, and just north of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. It was late on a summer Saturday, hot but dry, with billowing clouds dotting the sky, perhaps not unlike September 17, […]

Iran and “The Deal”

A Coming Together The US, Russia, China, Great Britain, France and Germany  (P5+1) have agreed on a framework with Iran to prevent their development of fissile nuclear material in exchange for  relaxation of sanctions considered “the most comprehensive and complex ever imposed on a sovereign state.” According to Brookings, “Since 2010, the sanctions’ impact on Iran has […]

DCFD: “Show the Kind of Commitment”

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Train Wreck First, a correction. I wrote yesterday, “Engine 20 was apparently dispatched after all, then cancelled and failed to take in the incident even when they knew they were closer.” I was relying on Post coverage and I was wrong. As readers pointed out, neither Engine 20 nor Ambulance 20 were ever dispatched. They […]

DCFD: Incompetence Writ Large

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Technology as Cover-up The Washington Post reports that the city released a scathing review this week on the choking death of  a 13-month old infant after the closest unit failed to respond. Thanks to the apparently faulty rollout of a dime-store solution to GPS tracking, the communications center had inaccurate information regarding who was available […]

Three’s a Party: A Very Lusty Lord

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“I Want to be Led Astray” We Americans have an imperfect and  overly proper view of Brits perhaps influenced by their wonderful way of speaking and all that royal pomp. After all, how could anyone speaking like that be naughty? Well. Lord Sewel, a.k.a., Baron Sewel of Gilcomstoun, helps us understand. The Baron is a bit […]

Pollard the “Kook”

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Timing is Everything Dare I say it, but I easily recall when J.J. Pollard was busted for selling US secrets to the Israelis in 1985. He pled guilty in 1987 and received a life sentence, becoming a cause-celeb in Israel as someone whose jail term was unfair as he was only selling US secrets to […]

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