Overheard

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In the locker room at the gym the night of the White House Correspondent’s Dinner from a lawyer/lobbyist type:   “I can only sit in black tie so long…”   You’re right, it’s tough out there.

A Titanic Moment

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This coming Sunday, April 15th, marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of RMS Titanic, an event which captures the collective imagination as few others do. The facts are simple enough: big ship hits ice, 1,500 die, but they fail to explain our endless fascination with the event.  The sinking of the Titanic may rival […]

On Ethics and Hiring

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Well, thank you to my Local Facebook friends who saw fit to send along the recent breitbart.com/Big-Government posts detailing the IAFF decision making process to hire Mr. Ron Saathoff as their “pension czar”.  I had no idea I had such conservative acquaintances.  Mr. Saathoff,  longtime former head of the San Diego Firefighter’s Local and a city firefighter’s […]

“Blue Balls Mystery Close to Being Solved”

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Now, that’s my kind of headline. Best, of all, it’s straight out of the Guardian. On first reading, the question appears to be, why are those balls blue? Numerous reasons come to mind, from the chronic to the acute. But the real question is not why the blue balls, but how did they get there? […]

Ellerbe’s Elegy: Saga of the 12-hour Shift

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District of Columbia Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe is set to forge ahead with his recently announced plan to convert the department from the current 24/72 work schedule to a 12-hour shift format.  According to Ellerbe, the change saves money ($36M?) and results in decreased staff of up to 400. There are arguments for either side […]

Grieving Penn Fan Glues Self to Paterno Statue

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An obviously overwrought Penn State fan made an out-sized display of emotion today when he glued himself to the bronze statue of Joe Paterno on the university’s State College campus. The University has been overwhelmed by the historic out-pouring of grief over the long-serving coach.  Thousands of fans have traveled to the college town to […]

FDNY as Snack: Nuts and Crackers, Mostly.

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Why should you care about this? It’s simple. FDNY is the most revered fire department, period. They are copied and imitated in ways too numerous to even begin to list.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Office

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Is it terrorism when governments do it? The other day, on Gol Nabi street, in Tehran, Iran, Mostafa Roshan was on his way to work when he was killed by a magnetic bomb which had apparently been attached to his Peugeot by a motorcyclist.  Mr. Roshan was a manager at Natanz, a uranium enrichment site. […]

Brit Charged in Theft of Saddam’s Ass

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In the topsy-turvy world of Iraqi heroes, past and present, a hapless British war veteran has been threatened with prosecution for having or possibly selling, or both, a bronze ass cheek of the former notorious dictator Saddam Hussein. Who could have guessed that the vilified Saddam, cruel despot and murderer of tens of thousands of […]

A Word is Born

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Dude, you are so Schettinoed. Ask any “hoodyed-up” , skateboarding twenty-something all the way up to a 95-year-old triathlete who is the last person off a ship and they will universally exclaim, “Why, the captain, of course!” Apparently not so, in what now passes for the Italian Navy.  Last week as the Costa Concordia cruise […]

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