Safety: Drunks R Us

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Long Island Crash Kills Four Four young women riding in a chauffeured limousine making a U-turn were killed when their car was rammed by a pick-up truck. The driver of the truck has been charged with driving while intoxicated and is being held on a $1M bond. Risk Factors? Being on Long Island is apparently […]

The Trumpster, Unleashed

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“Riling Up the Crazies.” John McCain knows his party pretty well. In response to Donald Trump’s Mexican trash talk, the Times reports that McCain said, “Trump is riling up the crazies.” Yesterday, at a Republican political forum, Trump replied: “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people […]

The Social Media Ejaculation

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Last week the Washington Post reported, “During a heated exchange with another commenter, Guy Estergall, a 26-year veteran of the Cleveland Fire Department, wrote that the “overwhelming majority of pedophiles are homosexuals” before calling on the man to get psychiatric help “to become normal.” The smashup was in reference to a Facebook page showing a tearful […]

A Confederacy of Dunces*

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The Revisionist Itch Last week South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed legislation removing the confederate battle flag from the statehouse. A good move as the flag was a historical reference to US citizens turned traitors and latterly a symbol of hate appropriated by the KKK and others. While it is an inapt democratic symbol, current […]

In Harm’s Way, At Home

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The Killer Archetype in Transition? “While we expect our sailors and Marines to go into harm’s way, and they do so without hesitation, an attack at home, in our community, is insidious and unfathomable.”  Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy Yesterday in Chattanooga, Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez attacked two military installations killing four US Marines and wounding […]

Special Forces Alert: When in Bastrop

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Do As The Bastropians Do Conservative patriotism apparently has its limits. Just ask the folks in Bastrop, Texas, population 7,218. US Special Forces are soon set to begin Jade Helm 15, a huge multi-state training exercise (Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah) to help our troops fight effectively. But, some Bastropians, and others,  see a “darky” […]

Bam at the Border?

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Fact Check:  Illegal Immigration To hear the Trumpster tell it you would think President Obama is at the border giving them a leg over the fence. What bullshit. First, illegal immigration from Mexico is an historic issue, as is the importation of illegal drugs. In both cases we have ourselves to blame. Americans buy and […]

Guiding: Philip Keeps It Real

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The Old Group Photo One of the joys of guiding, especially 8th-grade school groups, is the apparently mandatory group photos taken in front of Washington attractions, both major and minor. The phrase “herding cats” doesn’t even approach the task of attracting the attention of 50 kids to have them form in some mass likely to […]

60 Seconds to Save the IAFF

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Stop the Corruption A number of people have asked what they can do to reverse the rot at the IAFF. It’s easy, simple and fast. Send some version of the sentence below, even a cut and paste, to the address just beneath it. I am a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters and […]

IAFF Ethics: Schaitberger Found at Fault

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Federal Department of Labor Finding Many will know that IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger engaged in a blatant conflict of interest surrounding his cozy real estate deals with Jim Franzoni of S.F.& C. Insurance, who heads up the Nationwide and Liberty Mutual dealings with the IAFF. Schaitberger purchased an $800,000 waterfront home from Franzoni and […]

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