Political Lomcevak (Tumbling the Liberal Mindset)
Friday, July 04, 2003
Thursday, July 03, 2003
AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) is telling the TSA, " I told you so."
Apparently, a pilot ran out of gas, waiting for his flight plan, and crashed 4 miles short of the runway.
ATC (Air Traffic Control) held this guy for one hour while they searched, in vain, for this guy's flight plan.
Now, I agree with Phil Boyer that fuel management is the pilots responsibility. It is of primary concern at all times, and the second a pilot cuts into minimums,(30 minute day/ 45 minute night) the time has come to declare an emergency. In addition, I doubt I would have waited the hour. Instead, I would have flown somewhere else and landed, and then taken care of the situation over the phone. Then again, I bet they strung this guy along, and once you have half an hour invested in waiting it gets tough to leave.
However, this is what really gets me. The utter lack of common sense exhibited by the entire ATC facility. They hold up this flight plan as the sacred security talisman. Do you think that each flight plan is closely scrutinized by the TSA before admission to the secured airspace? No. I think it is compared with a database of suspicious numbers, and then passed. Possibly the name is checked, possibly. I consider that remote.
I also know that there is no one checking ID's upon entry of a flight plan. (They are phoned in, or entered into a computer) Therefore, a prospective terrorist could easily fake a flight plan. And that terrorist would not spend an hour circling waiting for his errant flight plan to be found. Is this reasoning hard? I am not a genius. However, it is obvious that the controllers were not also.
Wednesday, July 02, 2003
Nope, no inconsistency here
This line is the best
"Dean argued his position on the use of force is not out of line with his opposition to the war in Iraq."
Why, you may ask.
""The situation in Liberia is exactly the opposite," Dean said. "There is an imminent threat of serious human catastrophe and the world community is asking the United States to exercise its leadership."
So Iraq was a workers paradise, and had no imminent threat of human catastrophe.
Hullo, Mr Dean. Iraq was an ongoing human catastrophe. And the world community asked us to help in numerous resolutions.
I know, let the UN pass a resolution, so we can argue about the meaning.
Why this man is considered a serious contender escapes me.
Maybe that's why it make you paranoid?
"Regular cannabis users 'at greater risk of mental illness'
Regular cannabis users are at greater risk of developing mental illness later in life, according to research.
One study found that the risk was seven times higher for heavy users, said Professor Robin Murray of the Institute of Psychiatry in London.
Speaking at the Royal College of Psychiatrists' annual conference in Edinburgh, he said: "In the last 18 months a number of studies have confirmed that cannabis consumption acts to increase later risk of schizophrenia. This research must not be ignored."
The findings come as the Government prepares to downgrade cannabis from a Class B to Class C drug next year.
Most people caught in possession of a small amount will have the drugs confiscated and receive a reprimand or warning, the Home Office has said.
According to a Government fact sheet, cannabis "can cause psychotic reactions amongst individuals with mental health problems", but it does not suggest use of the drug can prompt those problems.
For his study, Professor Murray reviewed research in Sweden, Holland and New Zealand.
A recent Dutch study of 4,000 people in the general population showed that those taking large amounts of cannabis were almost seven times more likely to have psychotic symptoms three years later.
Another study, in 1987, of 50,000 Swedish Army conscripts, found that those who admitted at age 18 to having taken cannabis on more than 50 occasions, were six times more likely to develop schizophrenia in the following 15 years.
Professor Murray said these findings had been largely ignored.
One of the things that always gets me is that the same people who hate smoking, are usually the same who want to legalize pot.
"Why do you hate smoking?"
"Oh, the smell."
"But Pot smells"
"and the addictiveness"
"Pot is not addictive?"
"and people who smoke pot are slobs"
"Yeah, but aren't pot smokers also?"
Hmmmmmm. And now they go insane. This could explain a lot of things though. Bill Clinton (maybe he did inhale), Al Gore, almost all the mental health problems of most liberals. Heh
Tuesday, July 01, 2003
If Sharon is going to trust this guy, then I guess I will have to also. After all, there are few in the world who are as intimately aware of the duplicitous nature of the Palestinian leadership then him. And no force on earth would have convinced him differently.
We shall see.
My father taught me a lesson early on in life. He who has the gold, makes the rules.
We have the gold, so they must follow the rule.
Okay, maybe that is callous. But still, if the country is not interested in heeding our wishes, we are just as free not to give them aid. There have already been proceeding brought against Tommy Franks in Belgium, expressing exactly why we should be leery of this court.
Need a good laugh
'CBS Evening News' Hits Ratings Low
There you go, Dan. People are just enthralled with your intense journalism. Bad news buddy. Rush slays you.
Want to know why I am leaving the (formerly) great state of California. This story is an example
Love some of these quotes.
"We still have an opportunity to find common ground. Failure to do so would be irresponsible and dangerous," Davis said. "Critical funding for hospitals, nursing homes, community colleges and small businesses is at stake."
Yes, Gray. You wouldn't cut one, not one, staff member, but you sure as hell would cut off the old people. It drives me crazy that people would put up with this crap. And why does small business depend on the budget? How come they never say something like, "well, if the budget doesn't get passed, we will have to curtail our legislative staffs." But no, they threaten to shut down the police, fire stations, education, hospitals and every other necessity, like it is the only thing the state does. Give me a break.
"But Assemblyman John Laird, D-Santa Cruz, said the Republican plan provided no common ground. "I think it's a compromise from within the Republican caucus but what we're really looking at is a compromise with the Democrats and everyone else in California," said Laird."
I love how we go to a comment from the Assembly member from Santa Cruz. Why not pick the Assemblyperson from Berkeley? I am sure he/she is just as balanced. And moron, who do you think elects those minority of the Republicans? They don't just wonder off the street in the chamber.
And it appears that the Californiana blissfully go along with this shit. That's why I am leaving. This state is turning into Massachusetts, and I don't feel up for the ride.
Monday, June 30, 2003
And the experiment continues
The only thing I can think of is that the Israeli's (and Bush) have decided to give the Palestinians one more chance. I think that there will be violence coming, and the re-starting of the homicide bombings. However, this time no one can blame the Israeli's and they will have carte blanche to do what they must.
This must be the guarantee that Bush is making to Sharon.
Sunday, June 29, 2003
I guess the Israeli's did not take my pop quiz
What the hell are they thinking?
Look at the headline of the article. "Palestinian militants unify for truce." That doesn't sound good to me. That sounds very bad. I preferred it when the militants were at each others throats.
On the other hand, this could be one of Bush's devious ideas.
Look. Over to the left side of my blog is a bulletin board, with one pathetic comment from me. I only ask that you leave a small message. Possibly only a hi? If one will start, others will follow. Be a leader then, make a comment.
Yes, I know pathetic, isn't it?