Tag Archives: Firefighter Politics

London Fire Brigade: Boris Knows Best

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  Mayor Overrules Brigade Leaders London’s Mayor Boris Johnson is pressing ahead with cuts to the London Fire Brigade (LFB) which would result in a decrease of 520 firefighters.  A dozen stations and some 18 engines would be closed or placed out-of-service. The LFB is one of the world’s largest fire services, deploying about 5,800 […]

Sex Academy: Slut, Dyke or Bitch

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  Air Force Leaders Before Congress Members of Congress, unable to perform chores of state, called senior members of the US Air Force to testify this week over the Lackland AFB Sex/Training scandal.  It may not be more important than a “fiscal cliff” or “debt ceiling” but it is certainly more titillating.   The Lackland […]

When Monopolies Fail

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Postal Service Fails to Gain Federal Contracts   Let’s face it–monopolies are not supposed to fail.  By their very nature they have captured a market to the extent that they control the vast majority of business and are often, by hook or by crook, able to set prices and the terms and conditions of business. […]

Fire & Art: The Zouaves

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  Ellsworth, Lincoln and the NY Volunteers The Smithsonian Museum of American Art is running an exhibition through April 28th, entitled The Civil War and American Art.  It includes 75 works, mostly created during the war by some of America’s most famous artists of the period: Winslow Homer, Frederic Church and Eastman Johnson.  It also […]

Fire Politics: Sodomy, The Litmus Test

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  GOP to Nix Republican Chuck Hagel at Defense GOP forces are gathering to oppose the presumed nomination of former  Nebraska senator and current republican Chuck Hagel to replace Leon Panetta as Secretary of Defense. They are apparently in search of someone with the “right” credentials.  Hagel must not have them despite his service in […]

Kookie Byrnes “Twin” and IAFF VP Gets Days Off in FB Dust-up

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  77 Sunset Strip, Hialeah Style Attorney, fire chief and blogger Curt Varrone writes, “Eric Johnson is a firefighter with the Hialeah Fire Department, and vice-president of the Hialeah Association of Firefighters, IAFF Local 1102.”  To this bio should be added Mr. Johnson’s public relations work as he pokes fun at the apparently ubiquitous Hialeah […]

Bloody Irish: Religion, Freedom and Democracy

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  A Search for the Truth:  When Government Loses Control Religion is taking a central place in the US presidential election as evangelicals continue to cast aspersions on Obama’s Christianity, preferring to see him as a Muslim in disguise, while others see Romney caught in the “cult” called Mormonism.  A society over indulging in religious […]

Fire Politics- US Senate: (Con) Fusion Centers a (Bad) Joke

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  DHS/FEMA Implicated in Tomfoolery You know, those centers–sleek, state-of-the-art facilities bristling with technology where trained professionals quickly and deftly analyze incoming local and state intelligence data to find crucial information on developing terror schemes.  Then, key reports are quickly written and disseminated across the intelligence community, the FBI moves, arrests are made. Not. A […]

Here Come Da Judge: FDNY’s Garaufis Does Some (White) Handholding

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Curiously, the NYT reports that of the 180 who signed up for Monday, only 36 testified. Perhaps rage, like beauty and color, is only skin deep.

Politics Across the Pond: a Stiff (and Salty) Breeze

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“You F—–g Pleb” With weeks to go before our election day and as sick as we all are of politics both presidential and otherwise, here comes  doughty old Mother England to remind us how the game is really played. Seems Andrew Mitchell, Prime Minister David Cameron’s Chief Whip, was prevented from leaving Downing Street’s  Number […]

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