Making Hay on 9/11

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  343 One of my union local officers posted a piece on Facebook the other day reporting that a Florida elected official, Janet Long, was quoted as saying that firefighters, “have really taken advantage of 9/11 and what happened then and capitalized on it and the emotion” among other things. Ms. Long is going where […]

Books: Leadership- LBJ and that Day in Dallas

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  President Johnson This November 22 marks the 49th anniversary of JFK’s assassination as he rode in an open convertible through Dealy Plaza.  America was changed forever in the minutes that followed as Kennedy’s death was confirmed and Lyndon Johnson (LBJ) became president as he stood in a commandeered examining room at Parkland Hospital. Robert Caro, […]

EMS Fees Redux: Quacks Like a Duck

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Money does have a tendency to smooth the way.

9/11: It’s Just Business

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Perhaps a fitting American way to acknowledge the looming 11th anniversay of the 9/11 attacks is US District Court Judge Alvin Hellersteins decision that the holding company for American and United Airlines, UAL, will go to trial over assertions that they were negligent in preventing the attack.  World Trade Center Properties (WTCP), the group that […]

Ethics: Sir Lance-or-Not and Cycling’s Holy Grail

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  Knights of the Round Table Here’s a partial list of the substances employed by bicyclists since 1896 to enhance their performance: Aspirin, Chloroform,Amphetamines, Erythropoitin, Clenbuterol, Cocaine, Heroin,  anabolic steroids, CERA, transfused blood. Dozens of cyclists have died as the result of drug effects and many more have been caught and disqualified for using these and other substances or for being […]

Was It Good For You?

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Naomi Gets Her Groove Back ‘I realised one day, as I gazed out on the treetops outside the bedroom of our little cottage, that the usual post-coital rush of a sense of vitality infusing the world, of delight with myself and with all around me, and of creative energy rushing through everything alive, was no […]

Road Trip: Marlene, Albert and Me

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This past week I visited friends in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego, a place with virtually perfect weather and stunning outdoor scenery. After a few days there, perhaps to remind myself of what I was missing in DC, I made a trip east over the mountains to hike in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.  […]

Politics: Some S.E.A.L.S. Bark at Bam

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  In their undoing of Osama Bin Laden (OBL), Navy S.E.A.L.S. have secured their place in the Pantheon of American heroes. Though we knew them as nearly super-human before, now their chiseled stature has acquired added luster as the avengers of America’s 9/11 attacker. Their arrival as serious cult heroes in our fame obsessed society […]

County Fair: Some Monkey (and Gator) Business

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It’s That Time of Year This is when we celebrate the American farmer with the ubiquitous county fair: pure bred swine, rabbits, sheep and dairy steer and don’t forget the mule team obstacle course.  So much to choose from. In my youth the big attraction, livestock aside, was the “Man Fights Chimp” show where a […]

Your House Fire Comes to $41,655. Cash or Credit?

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Oh, your taxes?  That was just in case you needed us. Montgomery County, Maryland, is one of the richest and most educated counties in the United States.  Their 2013 approved fire/rescue budget is $196.6 million, an increase of $16.6 million over FY 2012.  Just what does $197 million dollars get you?  Apparently not a ride […]

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