Category: Politics

Save Net Neutrality

Friends. Allies. Compatriots.

We may have lost the net neutrality battle, but the war is far from over.

Our FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, was once a good man. A smart man. A fair man. He was a man with the best interests of internet users in his heart.

Unfortunately, it now seems clear that brain parasites have taken our beloved FCC chairman away from us. From the eyes-up, Ajit Pai is now just an empty head-shaped chamber, home to a tiny alien pulling levers.

All sense, all reason, and any sense of duty has been stolen from Ajit. He is gone.

This intergalactic menace can still be thwarted, however! It’s not too late. Congress can overrule the FCC vote to repeal net neutrality, but, much like my kids brushing their teeth, they probably won’t do it unless we yell at them a lot.

Please, raise your voices and join us in yelling a lot.
https://www.battleforthenet.com/

-Brett
@DreamHostBrett

My God we made a mistake fighting a war to keep the south in the union!

CNN’s Jakes Tapper fact checks Roy Moore campaign spokesman Ted Crockett, who inaccurately claimed that a Christian Bible must, by law, be used when being sworn into office.

Public officials should swear on a copy of the Constitution.

That might be a good idea.  How about they have to take a test first and see if they can read and if they can understand what the Constitution is and how it works?

  Jim Howard

Trump to Have a Physical at Walter Reed

CNN report:  “Trump will undergo a physical and release details early next year

CNN says that Trump will undergo a physical examination early next year and allow doctors to release details of his medical evaluation.

  We all know how Trump acts and we know that he lies. I do not think he can open his mouth without lying.
So it will not be “early next year” and he not allow the release of an exam.
It will not surprise me if he does not have it done at Walter Reed Medical Center.  He will call their medical care “fake” or something.
What he needs is a mental exam.  I am sure they are not going to do that on the Donald. 

Is President Donald Trump Mentally ill? 

Diagnosing Donald Trump

Psychiatrists Say Trump Has “Dangerous Mental Illness”

 

Trump Hints at Scarborough MURDER

Trump is now asserting that Joe Scarborough killed an intern while he was a congressman in Florida. Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola, the hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below. Read more here: http://www.newsweek.com/trump-suggest… “When a guest, Markos Moulitsas of the Daily Kos, mentioned the scandal on air in 2011, he was banned from appearing on MSNBC again. Trump’s accusatory tweet was in response to the announcement this morning that NBC had fired longtime host of NBC’s Today, Matt Lauer, for inappropriate sexual conduct following a Monday-night complaint. Trump has been a vocal critic of many famous men accused of sexual harassment, like Lauer and Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.), but has been strangely supportive of Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, despite the many allegations he faces. Scarborough has been the co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe since 2007. Although a Republican, he has often butted heads with the current Republican president. He penned an op-ed for The Washington Post during the campaign calling for his party to dump Trump, and President Trump has frequently retaliated since then. He’s called Scarborough “Psycho Joe,” and has insulted his co-host, Mika Brzezinski, as well. It’s not the first time Trump has drawn attention to a conspiracy theory via social media or participated in creating one. His latest, according to The New York Times, is his suggestion to advisers that the Access Hollywood tapes in which he made vulgar sexual comments about women were fake. He famously asked for President Barack Obama to present his birth certificate and prove he was American-born, but backtracked on that claim in 2016. Lately, according to the Times, Trump has been telling advisers he thinks Obama’s birth certificate is a fake. Just before his Scarborough tweet, Trump retweeted several violent videos on Wednesday morning from a sketchy account known for its anti-Muslim rhetoric. One was titled “Muslim Destroys a Statue of Virgin Mary!” Hosts: Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola Cast: Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola

Happy Halloween 2017

I am 77 years of age.  Wanting a return to the “good old days”, I suspect, is code for wanting a time when America was white and colored knew their place.
There was a time when  Halloween was a great holiday.  I suspect that it was as great for colored but I do not know for sure.  I did grow up in black and white neighborhoods. I do not remember any differences to problems.
Happy Halloween 2017

I am not sure when Halloween went to hell.  I think when news reports of drugs and razor blades and stuff like that in the candy was reported.  If it did happen it was rare and I am not even sure there was a case of it happening.
Then hospitals that charge hundreds of dollars to do an x-ray on a person started to scan candy for free.  People would come in with their candy to have it scanned.
I worked at hospitals when that took place.  It was stupid and never did any hospital ever find anything.  I think that was the end of the real fun Halloween for kids. Now kids do not go door to door.

I am not sure when the born-again Christians, you know the same people that elected Donald Trump, decided to make war on Halloween.   I learned not to ask someone what their kids were doing for Halloween.
I guess when I was a kid I missed out on all the pagans and witches having sex and doing “ritualistic cannibalism” on children.
Well, as soon as Halloween is over I can start my war on Christmas.

 

President Trump to make it unsafe to fly?

 

FAA Panel Delivers Sweeping Recommendations on Deregulation — Update

DOW JONES & COMPANY, INC. 7:29 PM ET 9/17/2017

A federal advisory committee’s sweeping deregulation proposals are roiling the world of airplane safety.

As part of President Donald Trump’s governmentwide drive targeting what he and aides call outdated or unnecessary restrictions, the panel of industry and labor representatives has delivered a report urging the Federal Aviation Administration to eliminate or roll back more than 50 longstanding air-safety rules.

Completed last week but not yet publicly released, the document recommends loosening controls over everything from pilot training to structural testing of new models. Several of the specifics are prompting opposition from some union groups, outside safety advocates and families of crash victims.

The panel, called the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee, in a prior report identified hundreds of other regulations it said were ripe for repeal or modification, according to one person familiar with the details.

The agency’s initial response was noncommittal, stressing that the recommendations “do not mean any action will be taken to modify or eliminate existing rules.” A statement from a spokeswoman over the weekend also said the agency intends to carefully review each item and determine next steps by applying “the FAA’s prevailing criteria to maintain today’s historic level of aviation safety.”

The recommendations set the stage for debates in coming years over loosening or entirely doing away with some rules that are integral parts of the FAA’s safety program but haven’t been amended or, in many cases reassessed, for decades.

Some of the proposals involve obscure or relatively minor irritants, such as redundant paperwork, duplicate regulations and outdated requirements for ashtrays outside lavatories dating back to an era when smoking was allowed on airliners. But others focus on big-ticket regulatory mandates that entail major costs for industry, including the way plane makers and the FAA determine the structural integrity and fatigue tolerance of large airplane parts or sections.

The panel, among other things, urged more flexibility by substituting computer simulations and inspections of older aircraft for more-expensive ground tests. The savings “could be hundreds of millions of dollars” versus full-scale testing, according to the report.

Two other recommendations urge relying on engineering analysis, rather than primarily flight tests, to determine vibration characteristics or strength of certain parts.

Critics contend neither FAA nor industry experts are familiar enough yet with the long-term structural strength of certain composite structures to ensure the validity of such computer-based analysis.

The committee also is seeking to revise certain reporting rules, echoing unsuccessful efforts in the past by industry officials. One rule submitted for modification deals with data collection about engine reliability, in-flight shutdowns, oil loss and uncommanded power changes for twin-engine airliners authorized to fly extended routes over water or polar regions. The changes appears designed to reduce certain FAA reporting requirements for this category of aircraft — as long as the problematic events occur during trips over land or shorter overwater flights.

In addition, the panel reiterated calls by other FAA-chartered committees and industry-backed studies to find new alternatives to requiring most co-pilots to have 1,500 hours of flight time before they can be hired to fly passengers. A Senate bill extending the FAA’s overall authority, which expires at the end of the month, includes a similar provision.

According to the report, reducing the 1,500-hour minimum is essential to prevent pilot shortages from reducing commercial service commuter carriers are able to provide rural communities. Pilot unions and other groups strongly oppose dropping the 1,500 hour threshold, contending it would erode safety. The report notes that alternate “pathways” to hiring new co-pilots “would only be approved if they were proven to enhance safety.”

Commercial accident rates across the U.S. have been at record low levels for years, with the last deadly crash involving a scheduled domestic carrier occurring in 2009.

Yet by challenging certain traditional safeguards — and advocating changes tied to potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in industry savings over the years — the report primarily reflects the desires of manufacturers, equipment suppliers, airlines and private aviation groups.

After months of internal deliberations with mixed results, FAA officials in April asked the panel to identify regulations that are outmoded, unnecessary or ineffective, “Inhibit job creation,” or “impose costs that exceed benefits.”

The Association of Flight Attendants, a union with nearly 50,000 members, officially dissented from the latest report. It argued that the package of recommendations amounted to “a grab bag of unfiltered wish lists submitted by individual” interest groups participating in the process.

Labor representatives also objected to calls for less-stringent pilot training rules increasing credit for time spent in simulators versus behind the controls of an actual aircraft. The union representing airline dispatchers dissented from a proposal lowering to 21 from 23 the minimum age for obtaining a certificate to perform such work.

Write to Andy Pasztor at andy.pasztor@wsj.com

It is rare for me to fly.  I also made up my mind that I did not want to fly again due to seat size and other things about flying.

But I have a daughter that flys all the time.  I worry about her flying so much.  Now, I will be scared to death.
We do not need deregulation.  We need more regulation.  We know that industry and big business does not care about us.  They are only interested in making money.

 

No Florida for me

In 2000 I moved from Missouri to Florida.  I lived for a year or so in Orlando (FL) and it was OK.  Nice weather and I drove over to Miami and went to a nude beach.  I went to Titusville for a beach a number of times.  I loved the beach.
I then moved to Texas for a year or so and then back to Florida.  I lived in Miami (FL).  I loved the weather and beaches and driving down to the Florida Keys.
I was in FL for a number of years and for a number of Hurricanes.
I still loved Florida.
I moved back to Texas because of the family but my dream was to move back sometime to FL.

CNN:  Nursing home deaths how the risks of being old in Florida

   I am 76 years of age now.  Now, is the time to give up the dream of Florida.  I am too old to put up with Hurricanes.
I may end my days in Texas, God help me.  Fort Worth is a nice town.  I like the downtown area.  There are a lot of great eating places here.
If you follow my blog and my YouTube videos you will know that I am a Democrat for sure.  I am very Liberal.  I think all of the big cities in Texas are Democratic.  Austin is one of the most Liberal cities in the United States. 

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