Monday, 29 April 2013

My Neighborhood

Sometimes, you get a glimpse of how bad DC has become and just kinda trying to avoid thinking about how bad things have become.

DC, for those who aren't aware of it....has this unusual situation with its fire department.  Basically, they are at total odds with the Mayor, the fire chief, and the city council.  It's so bad.....that there hasn't been a contract for them to operate under....since 2007.

The chief cause?  Well....years and years ago....the fire department was essentially made up of a bunch of white guys.  They came in....got the jobs....and stayed long-term.  When openings occurred, they traditionally went to another white guy.

So as the 1970s and 1980s came around....the DC political establishment went to a strong black base.  Face it.....the city has a majority population base of blacks and they vote black in every single election.

A couple of years ago.....the mayor went out and did his best to find a qualified ranking black somewhere in the nation, and brought him here to DC as the chief of the fire and rescue service.  From day one, there's a general feeling that he just isn't up to the job and is there more to lean on the hiring of more blacks for the fire department.

Last month, the fire department had a meeting, and a vote of 'no-confidence' occurred with the fire chief. It doesn't mean much....but it's one of those oddball things that will determine his next job offer and just how he can't fit into some other job.

So this week, the newest episode came up.  The mayor looked at the Boston episode, and has said that the DC fire department can't possibly react in a good manner to such an extreme emergency....if it were to happen in DC.  The logic?  Well....the boys had someone pull up the mapping of the every member of the fire department and figured out where they live.

A mere 28 percent of the fire department live in the DC area.  Sadly almost fifty percent live within the next 30 miles, and almost 30 percent live more than thirty miles away.  The hint here?  Close to eighty percent of the fire department are non-DC guys.  They live in Virginia or Maryland.  They pay taxes in those states, and are taking good jobs away from the DC crowd.

Mayor Gray is suggesting a definite weakness in DC....how they can't act or work to handle serious episodes.  The comical side of this....even if he had every single fireman show up in one hour.....he'd still have to call out to Maryland and Virginia fire resources, and within the same hour.....a thousand of their best men would be on the scene as well.  The mayor didn't mention that though.

DC is like some third-world banana republic....always working at an angle.....trying to rig things to fit into their tidy mess.

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