Says it all.
A few decades ago, I spent a lot of time driving…windshield time it’s called. I like driving. When my wife and I take a trip, my eyes are constantly moving. I see stuff my wife misses, and my daughter, too, when she was younger. Mostly, I saw animals—deer, turkeys, armadillos (yes, there are armadillos in Missouri,) porcupines, coyotes, a long list. One of the things I especially looked for was road-side airports and airplanes.
I used to fly. I stopped when my daughter’s college tuition, some other items, needed the cash more. But, I love flying and still, from time to time, visit local airports and watch the weekend pilots practice touch ‘n goes.
I like airplanes. I think I’ve said that a few times. One reason why the new Disney animated movie, Planes, drew me, was the planes. The hero in this movie is Dusty Cropduster—an animated, Piper Pawnee crop-duster.
I was once returning from an all-day trip to and from Omaha, NE. I had left KC early that morning, arrived in Omaha well before noon, visited some customer sites, fixed their equipment and was on my way home, southbound on I-29.
Just south of the Iowa/Missouri border, a crop duster was spraying a corn field along side of the interstate. I pulled over, got out and leaded against my car watching him work the field.
He would make a long run down the field at about 30′ above the corn. At the northern end of the field was a line of trees. He’d pull up, pop over the trees and disappear. Out of sight, he’d pull a 180° turn, pop up over the trees and proceed down to the southern end of the field.
I had seen this particular crop-duster before. He had a small grass strip a few miles up the road along the east side of I-29. I drove away before I drew the attention of the local Deputies or State Troopers. A few minutes later, I neared that crop duster’s field. He had finished and in the light of the setting sun, was lining up for a landing…returning home. The scene from Planes above, reminded me of that moment.
When I visit airports and watch the planes land, I can still feel the controls, my feet on the rudders aligning the plane to that thin strip in the windshield. Flaps lowered, throttle back, the hiss of passing air waiting for the flare and, moments later, the Skeep-Skeep of touch down.
I miss it.
By-the-way for you who may see the movie. A hint that it’s not real. There’s no way on God’s earth a Piper Pawnee can reach 317 knots as shown in one scene. Overpowered, the Pawnee may be, but in the end, it’s still a brick with wings.
Union kills Twinkies, Ding-Dongs and Cup Cakes
Hostess Brands announced today they will cease business and liquidate their assets. The announcement ends a company that started in 1930. The company filed for Chapter 11 earlier this year. The bankruptcy court dissolved the contracts with the two unions to allow the company to negotiate wage and benefit cuts. One union, the Teamsters, agreed and negotiated a new contract. The other union, the Baker and Confectionery Workers, refused and went on strike.
The two unions, combined, number about one-third of the total 18,000 employees. The strike closed the company’s bakeries and put all 18,000 jobs in jeopardy.
The union complained they’d already made concessions after a bankruptcy several years ago and that the company had ceased contributing to the union pension fund.
Pension fund! That’s the reason for the strike?
Most companies now have no pension fund. They can’t afford any in today’s economy. Like their public-sector brethren, unions still cling to their pensions, killing companies and jobs while ignoring the welfare of their members and the other employees.
White House proven to be a liar—again!
November 16, 2012 | 6:36 am
Congressional intelligence committees yesterday got an exclusive look at video footage from the terrorist attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
After the hearing, Reuters reports, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein revealed that the video included footage of the attack from a Predator Drone.
“The film is a composite from a number of sources,” Feinstein said. “It is real-time, it does begin from when the incident, before the incident started, and it goes through the incident and the exodus.”
The video from the drone is proof the White House lied about the events in September. The drone video was available real-time. The question is whether the White House actually had anyone on duty at the time to alert Obama, the State Department and the National Security Adviser of the attack? The investigation will continue today with the testimony of ex-CIA Director Petraeus.
Money allocated for security wasted
No wonder Hilliary won’t come home. An investigator revealed that money for Consulate security had been increased. Little was done with that money and the question now is where did the money go?
Says department was overly ‘reactive’The State Department has seen dramatic boosts in diplomatic security funding and staffing but failed to spend the money strategically and didn’t fill key posts, a congressional investigator said Thursday as Congress took a closer look at how four Americans died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.
Where the blame truly lies
Finally, here’s Michael Ramirez’s contribution for the Cartoon of the Week.
Mrs. Crucis and I have errands to do today. In lieu of an actual, well thought out post, I’ve decided to return to cartoons of the week. Enjoy! I’ll be back tomorrow.
Here’s one from Glenn McCoy.
The one below is from Chuck Asay.
The cartoon below is from Dick Locher remembering the best quotes from our Presidents.
As usual when the Muse flees, I’m punting today. Once again, it’s time for…the Cartoons of the Day.
When you have almost 50% of the country’s population on the public dole in some form or another, it’s not surprising the polls still show Obama with a two point lead. That’s includes, to an extent, Social Security recipients. Too many subsist solely on Social Security.
My wife and I receive Social Security payments too. Over half our fixed income comes from Social Security. But we’re not voting for Obama. We realize that if the country collapses, there won’t be any Social Security for anyone. Voting for Obama brings that collapse closer.
Obama spoke at the UN last week. As expected, he joined the chorus blaming a 10 minute YouTube video for the riots across the Islamic world despite the evidence it was a planned attack by Al Qaeda. It was his and Hilliary’s policies that disarmed our Embassies and Consulates. The FBI still, after more than two weeks, have not started their investigation in Benghazi. Why? It’s too dangerous.
It wasn’t too dangerous to send our Ambassador there without guards or any protection. The White House and the MSM continue to parrot blame against a video contrary to all the evidence and a two-day warning by the government of Libya.
He was too busy to meet with BiBi Netanyahu while at the UN, nor listen to his speech warning of Iran’s race for the Bomb. Obama’s schedule was too full for that.
To coin a phrase from Ann Coulter—Despicable!
Our heat wave has changed for this coming week according to forecasts. We’ve had a week or more of 100+F temperatures. Several times last week the highs hit 106. This week the forecasts project highs in the high 80s.
Take it while you can. The lowered temps mean my blog posting will change. Most of the year I get up early (for me), find a topic and write. For the last week or so the temps have been in the high 90s or 100 by the time I’m finished. This week, I’m doing my errands while it’s cool and writing later. For now, this cartoon by Chuck Asay will have to suffice until I acquire new habits.
Another from Michael Ramirez.
This last cartoon disturbs me. Unfortunately, it holds true for so many. I heard a question recently, “What would you be willing to die for?” For many of us, the immediate answer is family and friends. We never consider the question beyond those boundaries.
Would you be prepared to die to preserve the Constitution? That is the spirit of the oath every member of the military takes. Would those of you who have never served take that oath today if you KNEW it would take you into immediate, personal danger and possible death?
Or, would you let that decision pass?
My wife and I will be tied up today and tomorrow. I don’t have the time to write a full, long-winded, wordy blog. I’m gonna cheat.
It’s Cartoons of the Week day!
Heh, heh! How’s blaming equity capitalists working for ya, BO?
Cultists! Yep, that fits.
You all have a great weekend, here?