Monday You Are Not The Center Of The Universe Open Comments

You are not the center of the universe. You live on a speck sitting on a mote of dust on a grain of sand on the Ipanema Beach that is the universe.

This wouldn’t be complete without showing the source of my analogy.

Note: Video is work-safe. Contains Girls From Ipanema. (Rrrrroooowwwwwrrrr…)

Weekend Over Libya Open Comments

25 years ago, Brian Shul and Walter Watson made a short incursion into Libyan airspace. Though the Libyans noticed their incursion and decided to do something about it – firing a couple of most likely SA-2 and SA-4 surface-to-air missiles capable of Mach 5 and reaching the altitude our heroes were flying (at or over 100,000ft – airliners fly at around 30-35,000ft.

I estimated that we could beat the rocket-powered missiles to the turn and stayed our course, betting our lives on the plane’s performance.

After several agonizingly long seconds, we made the turn and blasted toward the Mediterranean ‘You might want to pull it back,’ Walter suggested. It was then that I noticed I still had the throttles full forward. The plane was flying a mile every 1.6 seconds, well above our Mach 3.2 limit. It was the fastest we would ever fly. I pulled the throttles to idle just south of Sicily , but we still overran the refueling tanker awaiting us over Gibraltar.

To give you an idea of how fast that is, the distance involved here is between 800 and 1,000 miles (Houston-Tucson, Houston-Savannah). At the speed they were going, they would have covered that distance in about 20-30 minutes, then blown by a tanker flying around 500mph.

One day, high above Arizona , we were monitoring the radio traffic of all the mortal airplanes below us. First, a Cessna pilot asked the air traffic controllers to check his ground speed. ‘Ninety knots,’ ATC replied. A twin Bonanza soon made the same request. ‘One-twenty on the ground,’ was the reply. To our surprise, a navy F-18 came over the radio with a ground speed check. I knew exactly what he was doing. Of course, he had a ground speed indicator in his cockpit, but he wanted to let all the bug-smashers in the valley know what real speed was ‘Dusty 52, we show you at 620 on the ground,’ ATC responded. The situation was too ripe. I heard the click of Walter’s mike button in the rear seat. In his most innocent voice, Walter startled the controller by asking for a ground speed check from 81,000 feet, clearly above controlled airspace. In a cool, professional voice, the controller replied, ‘ Aspen 20, I show you at 1,982 knots on the ground.’ We did not hear another transmis sion on that frequency all the way to the coast.

There’s a similar story where a pilot contacts ATC:
Pilot: Request clearance to flight level 1,000 (100,000ft)
ATC: Sure, if you can get there.
Pilot: Roger. Descending to flight level 1,000

Here’s the author and his EWO:

Friday “Diggin’ in the Dirt” Recovery Open Comments

Okay, I’m a little sore and moving a little slowly today. I’ve actually swept the floor and made the tea. Sugar’s on the table. I think I’m going to sit down for a while now…come on in and make yourselves at home.

What “dirt” shall we discuss? Charlie Sheen shutting down “Two and Half Men” with his bad behavior, putting hundreds of people out of work? Libyan leader on the run? Obama partying down while the Middle East melts?

So many topics, so little time…but we’ll manage, I’m sure.

Thursday Leader of Libya Open Comments

So, how should Big Mo’s name be spelled? We’ve all seen lots of variations in various articles in many places.

Each time Libya appears in the news, scores of newspaper editors go bananas. Once possessed of faculties that could detect a breaking story as readily as a dangling participle, these poor souls are now reduced to a jabbering stupor, as though they had gazed into the tentacled maw of Cthulhu himself.

Blame it on the name of the country’s head of state, Colonel Gaddafi. Wait, no, that’s Kaddafi. Or maybe it’s Qadhafi. Tell you what, we’ll just call him by his first name, which is, er … hoo boy.

Homeboy can’t seem to make up his own mind, either.

Libya’s Brother Leader lets a hundred flowers bloom. The banner at the top of his official website spells it, “AL Gathafi.” But if you go deeper into the site, you’ll see it variously rendered as “Al Qaddafi,” “Algathafi,” and “Al-Gathafi.”

It just gets more and more confusing, until…

This is the point where most editors give up and run a story on Justin Bieber instead.

On a related note, the years are starting to take their toll on our erstwhile protagonist. At one time, he was quite the handsome young colonel, with a Tom Jones-like look.

Lately, he’s looking more like a washed-up Ron Jeremy’s older uncle.

Or a South American tinpot dictator.

Wednesday Open Comments

I see that Harry Reid is calling for an end to prostitution in their state, claiming it discourages businesses from settling there.

It never seemed to stop business in DC. I don’t know why Mr. Reid has such an issue with people selling themselves for a price.

No link provided, as I am protecting Hammy’s Comfy Couch from being stained by Righthaven bottomscumsuckingfeeder lawsuit.  I believe you can find a link on BigGovernment, however.

The kitty barf has been cleaned up and the remote retrieved from the cushions. Come on in and have a seat!

Tuesday Unions Fighting The Man Open Comments

It looks like the longer the nonsense in Wisconsin goes on, the more the unions will ultimately lose, whether in Wisconsin or elsewhere. The shrillness, the angst, the sheer overreaction displayed by the unions have confirmed what those of a conservative mindset knew all along. It turned off most of the Vast Undecided Middle Ground voters who the Tea Party had aroused from their civic slumber. It has even swayed more than a few children of the Left.

Phil Hands is a political cartoonist for the Milwaukee State Journal. In his own words:

This debate over Gov. Scott Walker’s budget bill has been difficult for me. I have progressive values. I believe in gay marriage, I believe in mass transit, I believe in global climate change, I believe in abortion rights, I believe in urban planning and I believe in a single payer health care system. But on the issue of public employee compensation and the role that their unions play in our government, I find myself siding with conservatives.

He says this in a column in which he acknowledges that the accompanying cartoon likely won’t make him popular among his fellow travelers.

There are a couple of other pretty good cartoons of his linked on that page.

Monday Open Comments

Okay, running late, I know…

More hypocrisy by unions. I think this says it all:

Union members can’t even do their own work on the picket line.

And SassyFrasse had a great comment:

OKAY,…….If the UNIONS can hire the HOMELESS to meet their job requirements…..

~ WHY are TAXPAYERS FORCED to subsidize such UNION WORKER for $90 – $300K per annum?????

Weekend Open Comments

From Daletoons:

Michelle Antoinette, the queen of deified fiber, cares about you. After all, the them she’s talking about is you. Too slack-jawed to feed yourselves properly, much less your kids, the First Lady is sacrificing herself by doing battle with Big Chow on our behalf. Unfortunately, Americans having freedom, will probably not eat from the list of State sponsored foods until the food you love is made too expensive to buy. Look what we’re making them do! Let them eat taxes. –Dale

(h/t Texpat)