Tag Archives: Firefighter Politics

EMS Fees Redux: Quacks Like a Duck

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Money does have a tendency to smooth the way.

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 […]

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 […]

Firefighter Politics: Gambling Man

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Democratic Congressman John Tierney of Massachusetts, a “firefighter’s friend” who has helped to bring millions in federal aid to MA fire departments may soon need a little mutual aid himself. The Boston Globe and the New York Times are reporting on a possible brewing ethics investigation about Tierney’s knowledge or involvement in an illegal off-shore gambling […]

How the US Military Proves FDNY Wrong

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“A Social Experiment” President Harry Truman’s grandparents owned slaves and historians have said that he was raised and conditioned to be a racist.  Yet, just 100 days before the 1948 elections and despite 82% of Americans disagreeing with his position, he issued Executive Orders 9980 and 9981 ordering the racial integration of the US military. […]

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.

Selective Justice: Arson as Terror

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Harry Burkhart in Los Angeles and Ray Lengend, recently of New York, have both been arrested and charged with a string of serial arson fires that all but dominated the headlines during the New Year. Burkhart, a German national, hates Americans (F–K the United States), and Lengend hates Muslims and anyone who has pissed him […]

FF Schedules: DC Bucks the Trend

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Amidst the growing tendency in some parts of the  US to approve 48-hours as the normal for firefighter duty shifts, the fire chief of Washington, DC, Kenneth Ellerbe, is taking an assertive step in the opposite direction. According to the Washington Post, Ellerbe is promoting a schedule change from the current 24-hour system to 12-hour […]

Obama: Cheeky-In-Chief

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I admit it. I’m one of those guys who talks about how smart and deft the President is. But you have to wonder. Was it a moment of fatigue, weakness or just plain idiocy that caused him to ask for his drone back? I mean, really. Who went into the Oval Office with that bright […]

Sour Milk

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Cream rises to the top.  Many are aware of the saying, often delivered in a smug tone, to explain the inevitable emergence of a person into a position of leadership and power.   The words are delivered with an inflection that implies the certainty of the occurrence as well as our daftness for not seeing it […]

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