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Friday, January 27, 2023

CARLSON: I'm completely in favor of a Bay of Pigs operation to liberate that country. Why should we stand back and let our biggest trading partner, the country with which we share the longest border, and actually, I'll just say, a great country, I love Canada, I've always loved Canada because of its natural beauty, why should we let it become Cuba? Like, why don't we liberate it? We're spending all this money to liberate Ukraine from the Russians, why are we not sending an armed force north to liberate Canada from Trudeau? And, I mean it. read more

Friday, January 13, 2023

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Thursday that he's willing to take a look at expunging an impeachment of former president Donald Trump by the Democratic-led House. read more

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Fox News host Greg Gutfeld on Tuesday dug up the false, racist "birther" conspiracy theory that made the baseless claim that former President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.

During a panel discussion on "The Five," Gutfeld acknowledged that the discovery of potentially classified materials in offices once used by President Joe Biden could be a "nothing burger."

"But the thing is, I would not be doing my job if I didn't raise the important questions that need to be raised about what actually happened," said Gutfeld.

"What if he has Barack Obama's real birth certificate, and that's what got him the VP job! He's been blackmailing the Black males?"

Wednesday, January 04, 2023

The eldest son of Donald Trump was accused of "peak grift" over a video promoting a "We The People" Bible. read more

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Donald Trump touted the release of "digital trading cards" with his likeness on Thursday after teasing a "major announcement" earlier this week. read more


Not that long ago (the 1990's), I worked for a company that required all females who interacted with customers on a face-to-face basis, irrespective of their position in the company, to wear either dresses or business attire consisting a white blouse, black or navy skirt and a matching jacket and heels WITHOUT open toes. Men in similar situations were required to wear black or navy suits, white button-down collar long-sleeved dress shirts, modest neckties and shoes with laces. Now this was a Fortune 500 company and these rules were imposed by the company's founder, who was a Naval Academy Graduate.

A few years after the company's founder left the company, they changed their rules a bit, allowing women to wear dark slacks and men to wear sports coats, non-white shirts and slip-on shoes. They even went a bit further since many employees were assigned to work for extended periods of time at customer sites, in which case on the first day of their assignment they had to adhere to the company dress code, however, subsequent to that, they could dress based on the customer's dress code.

During the 11 plus years that I was with the company, since my role was as a sales and marketing liaison, meeting customers and representing the company at conferences and symposiums around the globe, I continued to comply with the original dress code as it did tend to project the best possible professional image that one could achieve. It was only after our division was acquired by a large European company which had a much more lax dress code, that I started to wear a sports coat and polo shirts (they actually provided us with both polo and short-sleeved dress shirts which displayed the company name).


Note that the Lockerbie bombing is of particular interest to me in that I was flying back from Frankfort to L.A. on that same day. I had been visiting Opel in Russelsheim (they're owned by GM) with a co-worker for a series of meetings (we had just gotten GM as a client and we were asked to look at how Opel was was using CAD/CAM as they wanted them to be one of the early adopter sites for our software).

The original plan was for three days of meetings but we finished up early and since it was close to Christmas, rather than spending an extra day playing tourist (we had arrived on Saturday so we had all day Sunday to walk around Wiesbaden, which was where our hotel was, to see the Christmas decorations and even visited the PX at the US Army base). So when our meetings finished up around noon on Tuesday, we decided to try and get an early flight home. Now we had flown from LAX on American Airlines and we had tickets to fly home on Thursday, December 22nd.

We had the people in the local EDS office change our tickets (we were still part of MDC back then, but technically, EDS was our customer as they handled all the software needs for GM, worldwide, and besides, they had helped arrange this trip in the first place). Now we lucked out as they were able to just change our original tickets from Thursday to Wednesday, flying on the same American Airlines flight, Frankfort to LAX. However, if we couldn't have gotten that flight and they had offered instead to book us on a Pan Am flight out of Frankfort with us changing planes in Detroit, we probably would have taken it.

Now on Wednesday, when we were waiting at the Frankfort airport for our AA flight I commented that I had never seen security so loose (remember that the Pan Am flight originated in Frankfort as well). I had flown out of or through that airport at least a dozen or more times and security there was always very strict with personal with guns always very visible and never more than five minutes or so without seeing at least a pair walking around in uniform with automatic weapons. Now there weren't nearly as many security people as normal and when we went through the security line, it felt like they were just pushing people through as it was very busy that day with lost of people carrying packages and extra carry-on. In fact, I mentioned this to my co-worker, who didn't fly as often as I did and certainly not to Germany all that much.

Anyway, we got on our flight and made it back to LAX with no problems, and I got a Super-Shuttle to take me to my house (I didn't call and tell my wife I was coming home early as I wanted to surprise her as we had a houseful of company that year). Note that we never heard anything about the Lockerbie incident while on the plane nor at LAX nor during the shuttle ride. In those days, the LAST place that you would ever hear bad news about an air accident was at an airport (this was before everyone had smartphones with news feeds and the internet). When I walked in our front door that was the first time I knew there was something wrong because my wife virtually yelled at me as to WHY did I pick THAT day to fly home considering WHAT had just happened, as if I had any control over events.

So, to this day, whenever I hear someone mention the Lockerbie crash, I shudder thinking of how things might have turned out if we had NOT been able to get our tickets on that American Airlines flight changed.


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