Archive for September, 2008

Mesa is Furloughing Again

26 September 2008 at 4:12 pm
by Berck

Hopefully not me, yet, but no hard numbers so far. The e-mail said mentioned 150 surplus pilots and offered voluntarily leave of absence to anyone who wants it. There are 189 pilots below me, so I should be okay for another week, but who knows.

I suspect it’s simply a matter of time before I’m looking for another job. Anyone need a pilot?

Sarah Palin Corn Maze

26 September 2008 at 10:10 am
by Jonah

25 September 2008 at 8:50 pm
by Jonah

Are politics really that confusing?

25 September 2008 at 12:08 pm
by Berck

Wow. So, there’s a real chance that if elected, McCain might die in the next 4 years, and this is the woman he’s picked??? It’s not like Couric was asking really tough questions here, or even surprising questions.

I’ll just go ahead and toss in (in case you missed it) Letterman’s bewilderment at McCain calling him on the phone to say that he was rushing back to Washington, so he couldn’t be on the show. Which turned out to be an out and out lie, since he was actually next door doing his interview with Couric.

All I can say is that I’m amazed that there are so many people willing to vote for this man. While I’m at it, I would also like to disagree with Letterman’s statement that, “He’s a man who gave everything except his life for his country.” What a crock of hooey. It’s well documented that McCain was an absolutely lousy pilot. He never would have gotten through flight training in Pensacola had Daddy and Grandaddy not been 4-star admirals. The man destroyed 5 aircraft, 3 of them accidents that were blatantly his fault. Had he been flying under FAA regulations, his certificate would have been revoked after the second one, in all likelihood.

Being a pilot isn’t that hard. Had he actually given his all, studied harder, known his aircraft better, and displayed some real dedication toward his chosen career, perhaps he never would have been shot down. As someone who’s trained hundreds of military aviators, I’m saddened that this man was allowed to ever be in the cockpit of a fighter.

Worse, he was rewarded for his poor service! The man only flew 20 hours of combat, and in that time managed to collect 28 medals. Do you really believe those 20 hours were that meritorious?

Now, after voting for the deregulation that helped put this country in the financial crises in which it now finds itself, he’s asking you to reward his continued poor service with the highest promotion we’ve got? Now that takes some serious balls.

New York Nomenclature

24 September 2008 at 1:32 pm
by Berck

The aptly-named B train runs from Bedford Blvd, Bronx to Brighton Beach, Brooklyn.

In inaptly-named Madison Square Garden is nowhere near Madison, is not in any way a square (it’s more of a cylinder), and is certainly not a garden by any stretch of the imagination.

The BQE is easily confused with the BQ in casual conversation. One is the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, while the other is a pair of concurrent train lines.