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Hanging On The Telephone

2008-05-13 - 1:11 p.m.

As I've mentioned, we've been chasing a bug in our bowling game at work. With some help from e-mails from the tech in Virginia, we finally found the problem - a bad wiring harness.

So it's on order and on its way. Hooray huzzah.


Southwest Airlines may have to pay a $25,000 fine because a businessman refused to hang up his cell phone during the flight and during the landing...and in fact became belligerent when asked to do so.

According to the article, he told the flight attendants to "kiss my [expletive], not happening" when told to end the call.

When later contacted a representative from his business told reporters that the man's father was in a cardiac unit at the time and the businessman was trying to reach officials in that cardiac unit...but he didn't say that to the attendants. He basically told them to fuck off, and they evidently couldn't tell from his part of the conversation that it was a life-or-death situation.

It's against FAA regs to have an operating cell phone on a plane unless it's on the ground - there's a possibility of the phone signal interfering with the navigation and comm systems on the plane.

If that plane had gone down with almost 150 people on board (and I got this number from a CNN video) - would it have been worth it?


All those green energies, at this moment in time, are just not cost-effective, according to this article from the Wall Street Journal.

Oh, that's right - I've been told (but given no proof) that the WSJ is in the pockets of the petroleum companies. So never mind.


So there's this nice guy who wants to be a teacher. He has seizures, so he has a service dog in case something happens. Good dog, protective...doesn't bother anyone.

So why is this "good student and committed young man" leaving one of the training locations? One of the Muslim students was heard threatening to kill his dog. The Muslim faith says dogs are unclean - although some of the less militant students got around that by petting the dog through sheets of paper.

What gets me is this: Muslims are constantly calling for us to adapt to them (usually by screaming about intolerance) but are seldom willing to allow the reverse - even if a young man's life may be on the line.

Besides, what else can be said about a religion that doesn't like dogs?

UPDATE (July 2): The CAIR branch in Minnesota came to the defense of the student teacher, saying "[t]he moral and legal need to accommodate individuals using service dogs far outweighs the discomfort an individual Muslim might feel about coming into contact with a dog, which is one of God's creatures".

Good for them. I think that's great. When moderate Muslims speak up, it deserves more press than the extremists get when they go on a rampage. Well done, CAIR of Minnesota.


Time to get on with things.

Be seeing you.


2 comments so far

Brin - 2008-05-13 16:20:44 -
I don't think Southwest will have to pay the fine, because they did tell him over and over again to hang up. If they'd ignored what he was doing, that would be different.


Bob - 2008-05-14 10:17:29 -
But wait, I thought the WSJ was a Rupert Murdoch mouthpiece ...


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