Saturday, August 22, 2009

Just one question

If Stephanie knows, then Bryan very possibly does.

How about it Mr. Baum? Care to enlighten us?

I didn't think so.

And thereby hangs an election - you can re-elect Roger Lange who works to keep it clean or Bryan Baum, whose wife actively rakes the muck.

Your choice Longmont.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Examining Hypocrisy

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I love how some people bray endlessly about the law (copyright in particular) but have absolutely no respect for it.

I've been accused of 'stalking' and 'threatening' repeatedly*, but what can be said about someone so consumed with hate that they continually scour my personal website and my Facebook page for things to attack me with** and rip off my photos from my Flickr feed? Who's 'stalking' whom? If I considered them a threat it would be worrysome, but they're so pathetically sad it's more comic relief than anything else. I honestly feel sorry for someone who has such a burning need to attack people constantly. It tells me they're pent up.

Please, get an enema, get laid, go for a long drive in the garage, whatever it takes. Maybe buzz the city repeatedly and make as much racket with your aircraft as possible - that's really something a 'professional pilot' would do and doesn't make the other pilots look so good either.

Please, keep it up, you make yourselves more and more an example of what this city repudiated in the last election - and will very likely again, regardless of how much money and energy you throw at this election. The public is on to the tricks of the lunatic fringe and they're not going to fall for them again.

It's time for people that don't run smear campaigns using catspaws to get elected - and I believe they will.

What will the lunatic fringe do then? Norm Coleman is a good example.

* and not one thing has come of it, which means the accusations are fantasy.

** like the oh-so-classy veiled insults (on Times-Call stories) referring to my wife's death from cancer as well as references to my new fiance - those are somewhere in the 8-year-old range of childishness and far beneath supposed 'pillars of the community' behavior. What's more repulsive is the Times-Call 'moderators' (I'm looking right at management) -allowing- them to be published - repeatedly.

FAA allows terrorist pilot's license

This is just nuts... but I guess in a field where supposedly sensible people leap eagerly (not just jump) out of aircraft this makes some kind of sense...

From the NY Times:

Fugitive Still Licensed to Fly by the F.A.A.

Published: August 18, 2009

WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a $50,000 reward for a Seattle man it says is a domestic terrorist. But that has not kept him from keeping his pilot’s license or from trying to sell his airplane online, apparently because the Transportation Security Administration has not compared the F.B.I.’s wanted list with the Federal Aviation Administration’s list of licensed pilots.

There's more and it's just as nuts.

Of course once the media got ahold of this, the FAA in a stunning display of post-haste suspended his license - and the other six loons charged with posing a threat to national security.

(from the story)

Last week, the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee and its aviation subcommittee sent a letter to the Transportation Security Administration and the F. A. A. asking whether the two agencies were reconsidering which lists to use to match against the list of pilots. The letter referred to “apparent weaknesses in the existing vetting system.”

Holy crap.

I swear, if I didn't know better I'd swear the FAA wants another 9-11 to happen.

Hm. Wouldn't that be oh-so-convenient.

I hope all the embedded wingnuts in the government can be caught before they encourage some serious violence.

Another hat tip to the Drudge Retort!

GOP = Cult?

Johann Hari: Republicans, religion and the triumph of unreason

How do they train themselves to be so impervious to reality?

Something strange has happened in America in the nine months since Barack Obama was elected. It has best been summarised by the comedian Bill Maher: "The Democrats have moved to the right, and the Republicans have moved to a mental hospital."

The election of Obama – a black man with an anti-conservative message – as a successor to George W. Bush has scrambled the core American right's view of their country. In their gut, they saw the US as a white-skinned, right-wing nation forever shaped like Sarah Palin.

When this image was repudiated by a majority of Americans in a massive landslide, it simply didn't compute. How could this have happened? How could the cry of "Drill, baby, drill" have been beaten by a supposedly big government black guy? So a streak that has always been there in the American right's world-view – to deny reality, and argue against a demonic phantasm of their own creation – has swollen. Now it is all they can see.

Since Obama's rise, the US right has been skipping frantically from one fantasy to another, like a person in the throes of a mental breakdown. It started when they claimed he was a secret Muslim, and – at the same time – that he was a member of a black nationalist church that hated white people. Then, once these arguments were rejected and Obama won, they began to argue that he was born in Kenya and secretly smuggled into the United States as a baby, and the Hawaiian authorities conspired to fake his US birth certificate. So he is ineligible to rule and the office of President should pass to... the Republican runner-up, John McCain.

Read the rest, it's great.

Hat tip to the Drudge Retort!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

YourHub, Home of the Lame

While I no longer post or comment on the Longmont YourHub (one of the remaining Denver fishwrap factories' foray into the web), I do keep up.

It's sad that YourHub encourages the kind of spittle-splattered slime artists that post there. I honestly don't know why people I care about bother to write on YourHub, the entire site is taken over by raving sociopaths that pretty much vent their spleens nonstop. It's kind of like Matt Drudge having all-out 'roid rage (and I mean hemorrhoid rage since they're obviously sitting on something sharp).

I have to think that there's motive for allowing it and that motive sure looks like big chunks of GOP money to me... and that smells like desperation and fear.

Ah, Colorado... some of the best journalism money can buy.

Problem is, after eight years of a crazed, dry-drunk fratboy in the White House manipulating the media, no one is really listening - except for comic relief.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Air Traffic Non-Control

Saw this a while back and just have to wonder how the guy only got suspended.
The air traffic controller at Teterboro Airport was on the phone with his girlfriend during the mid-air collision over the Hudson River.

His supervisor had wandered off and wasn't even in the tower.

Horrified officials called their actions "unacceptable," even though they were not blamed for Saturday's crash. << HUH??

Both controllers - who were not immediately identified - have been suspended and will likely be fired. (likely? How about arrested and charged with negligent homicide??)

Crash probes by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration revealed the two controllers seriously deviated from their assignments at the time of the collision. (seriously deviated?? How about 'fucked up massively and got people killed' good grief!)

Nine people died when a single-engine Piper plane with three aboard clipped a Liberty Helicopters sightseeing chopper carrying a pilot and five Italian tourists. Both aircraft plummeted into the river.

The NTSB and FAA discovered the controller lapses by listening to audio recordings from the Teterboro tower.

"We learned that the controller handling the Piper flight was involved in apparently inappropriate conversations on the telephone at the time of the accident," FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said. (oh great, talking dirty to his girlfriend while people were being slaughtered... nice.)

"We also learned that the supervisor was not present in the [tower] building as required."

Babbitt said, "We have no reason to believe at this time that these actions contributed to the accident" but he called the laxness unacceptable. (again, HUH?? Who the hell is covering for these jokers? Must be great to have high friends in low places or something...)

"We have placed the employees on administrative leave and have begun disciplinary proceedings," he said.

Air traffic control transcripts indicated no problems in the exchange between controllers at the New Jersey airport and the plane's pilot, Steven Altman, who was heading for Ocean City, N.J.

The controller gave Altman two choices of route, and he chose a straight shot down the Hudson.

NTSB chairwoman Debbie Hersman has said the controller told Altman to switch his radio over to the Newark tower - and gave the correct frequency - but Newark never made contact.

The controller was also on a separate line with his girlfriend.

"The handoff was never made," an aviation source said. (well, some kind of 'handoff' was made but it wasn't in the air)

Mayor Bloomberg was alarmed by the development.

"If true, this is an unacceptable breach of the trust we put in those who watch the city's sky," he said.

New clues to the crash may be contained in a dramatic tourist video of the tragedy that surfaced Thursday on NBC News.

The footage, taken from a boat on the river, shows Altman desperately trying to lift his left wing to avoid hitting the helicopter.

Meanwhile, the remains of the five Italian tourists were welcomed home to Bologna by a large, emotional crowd of friends, relatives and mourners.

Silvia Rigamonti, who lost her husband and youngest son, threw herself at her husband's casket.

Some days...

...the bear eats you.

I found this story interesting because I used to work for a very right-wing loon who did the very same thing at his home up in the foothills. Thought it was 'cute' and didn't wise up even when a bear broke into the house and did a lot of damage.

Here's hoping he keeps doing it. More power to ya bro.

Gunny Bob finally bites the dust

Well, not him personally but his idiotic radio show.

Buh bye Bob!!

(Yeah, I know it's old news but I'm still tickled to report it)

Arrest now, pardon later

Spotted this a while back:

Denver drops case against protester at McCain speech

Carol Kreck, who was cited for holding a paper sign outside presidential candidate John McCain's town-hall meeting last summer, had her trespassing case dismissed by the Denver city attorney's office Wednesday.

Kreck, 61, was ready to go to trial — more than a year after the incident — when Assistant City Attorney Vince DiCroce asked the court to dismiss the trespassing citation.

"I thought we were going to win the case at trial, but we are just as happy with a dismissal," said Kreck's attorney, Peter Hedeen.

DiCroce said he decided to dismiss the case, in part, because several weeks ago, County Court Judge James Breese ruled in the city's favor that the galleria where Kreck was protesting was not considered a public forum.

"We received that, and this case is over a year old now, and so they were going to move to continue the case, and rather than drag it out, the city and the Performing Arts Complex had already achieved what we sought to achieve out of it," DiCroce said.

DiCroce said the city did not spend any money to prosecute Kreck because he is paid a salary by the city to appear in court on those cases.

Kreck said she reimbursed her attorney $25 for a jury-trial fee that was paid to the court, but her legal expenses were covered by a fund that was partly paid for by mug and T-shirt sales carrying the logo of the sign she held.

Kreck's civil-rights attorney, David Lane, said he expects to file a lawsuit in the next month against Denver alleging that Kreck's First Amendment rights were violated.

On July 7, 2008, Kreck was standing outside McCain's town-hall meeting in the galleria of the complex holding a sign that said "McCain = Bush."

A videotape shows that a security guard from the complex approached Kreck and told her that the U.S. Secret Service asked to have her removed.

But later, a spokeswoman for the Denver Performing Arts Complex said the security guard was mistaken in mentioning the Secret Service and that it was actually McCain's staff who asked that people not be allowed to display signs outside the venue.

McCain's spokesman denied the campaign made that request and emphasized that the Arizona senator welcomed discourse at his public events.

Kreck, a former Denver Post reporter, said she hoped to find out who wanted her removed from the galleria during the course of her trial but says now that she may have to wait until the civil case makes its way through the court system.

She may have trouble proving that her rights were violated because a federal appeals court also ruled in a prior case that the galleria area of the venue is not a public space where protests are allowed.

"I think she was in an area that was protected by the First Amendment," Lane said. "Some people say 'no,' others say 'yes.' We'll just have a judge decide."

I hope Ms. Kreck wins her civil case and the shitheels that violated her 1st Amendment rights get their tiny little balls handed to them.

I hear a lot of bullshit coming from the right about people trying to 'silence them' but the bald truth is that when in power, the right routinely abuses the right to free speech, acts like thugs, makes wild threats, commits acts of violence (including murder) hides behind technicalities and basically acts like the Nazis they accuse everyone else of being. This case just proves it again and the fact that the courts dismissed it shows that it was bullshit all along - just like entire McCain campaign.

McCain definitely was Bush and I'm thrilled he was defeated - if McCain's behavior on the campaign trail was any indication I can only imagine the evils he would have perpetrated in office.

Not to mention the horror of having a mental midget like Sarah Palin one heartbeat away from the Big Red Button. Whew. Missed it by that much...

No one pays attention to fools

In answer to a question posed earlier on the web, um uh... no.

No one's paying attention to you and it should be pretty fucking obvious, but the obvious does appear to be well beyond your grasp (like many things such as honesty, decency and human compassion).

If this seems cryptic, it's that way for a reason.

Feel free to write and ask for details.

Meanwhile, have a lovely week all!