• Deana

    I just got home a little bit ago – had no idea this had happened today.

    I’m just stunned. How could something like this have happened???

    You can’t even parody these people.


    I watched the news today and saw visitors to the Statue of Liberty scattering in 6 different directions.

    Incredibly dumb stunt.

    “I take responsibility for that decision,” said Louis Caldera, Dir. White House Military Office.

    Egads! Another leftover taken in from the Clinton era.

  • Danny Lemieux

    ooooh, I dunno. Knowing how the Obamation feels about this country and considering what he’s doing to this country, it could have been a trial run. (Ooops! My bad!).

  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

    Honestly, I can’t imagine the Pres actually knew about this….

    But, *his* people surely did….and let it go on….and did NOT make sure that the NYC populace knew what was happening.

    What a bunch of complete and total maroons!!

    It’s going to be a looooooooooooooooooooooong four years, folks!

    Oy Vey!

  • http://photoncourier.blogspot.com David Foster


    The direction to do this was given to USAF mission planners

    Who informed the FAA of their intent

    Somebody (either USAF or FAA) informed the city government

    …and it appears that either *nobody* in this chain said, very forcefully, “hey, I don’t think this is a good idea”

    …or somebody *did* make such a statement and was ignored

    All of this speaks to me of a management climate in which people are not empowered to think for themselves and to raise concerns when appropriate.

  • Quisp

    The NYPD has confirmed they were informed, but told not to alert the public.

    I’m trying to believe the Micromanager in Chief didn’t know about this, so busy was he deciding credit card rates and reviewing college loan applications. But doesn’t someone pretty high up in his staff have to approve use of Air Force One or its backup?

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    The NYPD has confirmed they were informed, but told not to alert the public.

    The peons at the bottom slaving to make sure Obama gets his OBSCENE luxuries don’t deserve to know what is up. That’s for their betters, those of true blood.

    People may remember the Bush Years when they called the last President a cowboy, a reckless fool, an idiot, and an insensitive warmonger.

    It just goes to show that the universe has a rather perverse sense of irony, for it has given us exactly what the Left claimed to decry. It has given us a cowboy, except no real cowboy was ever a warmonger. But Obama is, for he is too megalomaniacal to let peace stand in the way of his power.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    Every cut in defense promotes war and that is a price Obama is willing to pay, because he knows it won’t be anyone he gives a damn for that will have to die to pay the price of peace for his manufactured war.

    The crisis cannot be wasted, no matter how many powerless dupes and idiots and innocents in America must suffer. Or the world for that matter. All are less important than Obama’s fingernail.

  • http://photoncourier.blogspot.com David Foster

    I’m still focused on the management & cultural aspects of this mistake. Sounds like people either didn’t speak up, or were ignored when they did speak up.

    There is a long history of aircraft accidents in which the failure to speak up played a major part–like the airline copilot (I believe it was a non-US airline) who did’t want to tell the Captain his concerns about the low-fuel state, for fear the Capt would lose his temper. For that reason, there has been a lot of emphasis in recent years on “cockpit resource management” or “crew resource managment” training, which specifically emphasizes the obligation to raise safety issues even when in the presence of possibly-intimidating authority. So it is particularly disturbing that this happened in an aviation-related area.

    For related thoughts, see my post conformity kills.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    For that reason, there has been a lot of emphasis in recent years on “cockpit resource management” or “crew resource managment” training, which specifically emphasizes the obligation to raise safety issues even when in the presence of possibly-intimidating authority.

    Its other name is a Loyal Opposition. For example, someone on your military and general staff that lets you know where the holes in your plans are, but will back you once you have made a decision. It is not “adversarial” or “political” backstabbing where you criticize in order to fulfill your own ambition and career over the bodies of others.

    America has lost sight of duty, and have therefore lost sight of the Right Path. And not just in politics.

    No wonder the universities need to kick out ROTC. The questioning of authority, even in a conformist and hierarchical system as the military must be, cannot be tolerated by the cult addicts and intellectually slavish Ivory Tower Aristos.

    The destruction of courage paves the way to the destruction of a nation by fire, war, rape, and infrastructural collapse. The destruction of the virtues of honor, duty, obligation to one’s ancestors and the dearly departed and honorable head, paves the way for power mad megalomaniacs and con artists.The destruction of a person’s duty to defend himself, by making him and his family a slave to the power of an aristocrat class, paves the way for a pooling and redistribution of power from the many to the few.

    The Democrats have told people that the Republicans are too rich for America’s good, that people like us want to hoard wealth to ourselves cause we are greedy and don’t want to share. Their solution is to steal power from everybody else and give it to themselves and their little faukity friends and relatives: like Feinstein and Obama’s wife.

    All it takes is a lesson in military history, authority, personal virtues, and the tools of the art of propaganda and a person would realize all this. But no, that is not the kind of knowledge allowed to the iditards.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    and honorable head

    Cor: honorable dead.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    Monday, July 28, 2003

    DOE efficiency proposals penalize appliances that operate on natural gas, even though in most cases these appliances are–considered from a total system viewpoint–significantly more efficient than their electrical counterparts. According to Chuck Warrington, chairman of the American Public Gas Association, the DOE standards measure efficiency from the standpoint of “energy at the outlet.” This ignores the losses in the generation and distribution system, which are very significant for electricity.

    When natural gas is burned at a power plant to generate the electricity to run your water heater, most of the energy in the gas never makes it to your home. Some is lost as a result of thermodynamic factors in the generation process, some is lost due to mechanical friction, and some is lost in transmission. Typically, only 30-40% of the energy in the fuel is deliverable in the form of electricity at the main switchboard of your house. So, it would seem that the DOE standards are giving gas appliances an unjustified penalty of more than 2:1. The result will be to discourage their manufacture and use, even though in actuality they would reduce the overall consumption of energy, and would specifically aid in conserving natural gas.

    Why the flawed standards proposal? Surely people in DOE are familiar with electrical generation and transmission efficiencies. I would suspect that part of the reason is that the “pre-outlet” energy efficiency is a variable; it may be 30% at one home and 40% at another, depending on the characteristics of the central station and the distance of that station from the home. So any adjustment factor would have to be based on an average of some kind, and thus might be hard for DOE to defend.

    But it’s better to be approximately correct than perfectly wrong.-one of David Foster’s posts at his blog

    Why the flawed standards proposal? Here’s my theory.

    The DOE operatives have relatives and friends in the electricity generating business and they are taking a slice, a kickback, a cut in order to funnel business to their very special friends in the electric heat business.

    The second reason is that they know that so long as energy is used inefficiently and wasted, there will always be a DOE, and thus more powerful, perks, and friends for DOE operatives.

    Human nature is not unpredictable. In fact, it is all too predictable. And the only thing that ever stopped such things were pain. Pain and punishment from those more powerful than they.

    But there are no pain and punishment for corruption and power mad bureaucrats. They are the new aristos and us the new serfs and slaves.

  • Quisp

    $328,000 (panic not included in total price).
    Rest of my comment on Tuesday open thread.

  • Mike Devx

    This fits Book’s post’s Title: “White House Attacks America”, though it’s off topic.

    In Obama’s speech today, he touted the 200 jobs gained by some fricking small company that works in windmill technology. Oh, joy, how wonderful.

    Meanwhile, a different headline:
    AP: Wichita’s Cessna Aircraft laying off 2,300 more workers, closing Ore. plant as it restructures.

    So, if you take those two little nuggets as suggestive of a trend, we lost 90% of our jobs.

    Consider the millions of jobs lost since Obama’s Inauguration day. He’s gonna get us 10% of those jobs back, with his emphasis on “new energy technology”. Gee. How wonderful.

    I know you can’t pick and choose such examples and call them a trend, but I’m not the one touting the gain of 200 jobs while I’ve presided over the loss of millions.

    Am I suffering from Obama Derangement Syndrome Yet? Whenever I see a picture of Obama, Emmanuel, Geithner, I just want to slap them till they’re on the ground and then start kicking. It’s hard to control. I fear I’m moving closer into ODS territory.

    I can’t stand to see my country ruined. We know letting people control their own decisions, living their lives in freedom, leads to prosperity. We know from the entire 20th Century, that the government seizing control of the economy, and attempting to manipulate every decision from the top-down, leads to collapse and disaster. I can’t bear to see this happening to my country. Our government is seizing control of all investment and banking, all medical and health care, all education, all automotive, …. on and on and on it goes. Collapse in the future, everywhere I look.