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March 26, 2015

Two pilots and the same plane -- Airbus 320--US Air 1549 and Germanwings 9525

Remember Sully Sullenberger? Remember the story of the plane that he ditched successfully into
the Hudson River when it lost power after geese flew into both engines? All 155 passengers and crew survived. Well, guess what it was? Yes, an Airbus 320. The same plane that the German co-pilot appears to have deliberately flown into a mountain, killing all 150 aboard.

I've seen a lot of talk the last few days, speculation, that oh, they should have been flying Boeing. Or, gee, the plane shouldn't have
been so old. But the reality is slowly coming to light that the tragedy of this flight going down was no accident, but a deliberate
act of a pilot. How and why someone could be trusted with such a job and so callously cause the deaths of so many innocent people will surely be thoroughly investigated.

Why would someone do such a thing? It's hard enough to trust (US) airlines when so many of us have had experience where we know
the agents of the airline are lying to us about delays and cancellations of flights. But the pilots? We've always trusted the pilots.
After all, they do superhuman things, like landing planes in the middle of a river.

I am really glad I have no flights planned. I'm pretty fed up with the entire airline industry. But now? Jeeze.

March 23, 2015

Turkey buzzard!

I was sitting at my desk and two great big turkey buzzards flew in and landed on a tree on our back hill. We see them
flying overhead all the time, but I've never seen one land. Grabbed the camera and sneaked out on the deck--crouching
on my poor arthritic knees--and got these two shots (the same bird) before they both flew away.

Looking at me:


Looking away from me:


March 19, 2015

Goolsby appointed to UNC Board of Governors--Repubs out to destroy UNC system

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The North Carolina Senate voted Wednesday to appoint former senator Thom Goolsby to the UNC Board of Governors, the governing body over the UNC system.

Sen. Bill Rabon (R-Brunswick) nominated Goolsby for the position, according to the Senate Clerk's office.

Goolsby says he wants to make sure taxpayers get their money's worth from the UNC system by cutting wasteful spending. Goolsby says people deserve a huge return on investment from the UNC system.

I think we have our answer regarding the intent of the Republican dominated UNC Board of Governors:
there can be little doubt they are out to destroy the prestigious and respected UNC system.

In January, the President of the BOG, Tom Ross was, without warning, forced to resign.


Then in February, the BOG decided to close a well known social justice center in Chapel Hill,
The Center on Poverty, Work & Opportunity--even though the Center was self-funding.


A former Chancellor of the University, James Moeser, penned an op ed recently in the Raleigh News & Observer
decrying the attempt by the BOG to chill free speech in the University system, saying "UNC-CH faculty members are concerned about the university, concerned that its core values of academic freedom, the freedom to follow the truth wherever it leads without fear of censorship or review from higher authorities, may be under attack."

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article12869321.html#storylink=cpy

So, who is Goolsby? None other than the jerk Republican who went after the leadership and participants in the Moral Monday
events, calling them--in print--"morons and clowns" in an op ed he wrote.

This is the type of person the NC Senate nominates for the Board of Governors? It is not good times here in NC to see
what these Republicans continue to do in their efforts to destroy what is great about this state.

March 10, 2015

The GOP Open Letter to Iran: Write to your Senators

I am ashamed, and embarrassed, once again, to have two Republican Senators from North Carolina who care
more about their dislike of the President than they do about upholding the Constitution of the United States.

I just sent this e-mail to BOTH Senators Burr and Tillis:

I am writing to express my extreme disgust that you chose to sign the disgraceful Open Letter to Iran which disrespects the Office of the President. I refer you to an editorial which pretty well explains my position and ends with this sentence: "But the Republicans who dispatched this letter have done more than embarrass a president they dislike. They have also disgraced themselves and undermined the credibility of the nation whose constitution they took an oath to uphold."

I have known for a long time that you and your Republican scumbag buddies cannot get over the fact that this country voted--twice--to elect a black man as President of the United States. Get over yourselves. The world is changing. We need peace, not war. We need respect and tolerance for others, not hate and bigotry. And above all we do not need a bunch of condescending a$$hole Republicans attempting to undermine the Constitutional authority of the President of the United States.

The only good to come out of this letter is the recognition that at least seven Republicans care more for upholding the Constitution than aligning themselves with Tea Party traitors. It's a start.

I would encourage any and all of you represented by this gang of 47 to also write to them expressing your thoughts and also send letters to the editor of your local newspapers. I wish we could do what is done to shame dogs: make them all stand outside on the steps of the Capitol Building with signs hung around their necks saying "I'm an a$$hole. I have broken the oath of my office."

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