Don’t bring guns into a knife fight

April 9, 2014

Okay Lissa, I can’t wait for the gun freaks to start pointing to today’s stabbing rampage at the school in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, and start saying, “See, it’s not the guns. People are just insane.”

While I won’t argue about the last part of that premise, I feel obliged to point out that if that student had had a gun, there would be 22 dead instead of 22 wounded, and we would never know what triggered the episode because the gunman would most likely be dead also.

Yes, people are crazy. Yes, we need better mental health care. But when you get right down to it, GUNS KILL PEOPLE. People hate people, people attack people, people stab people, but GUNS KILL PEOPLE. Where’s the argument? I DARE you!

In most states, it’s easier to get a license for your gun than for your dog.

My 9-year-old son keeps telling me, “it’s not fair.” He says this about everything, from being deprived of his recess to study for the FCAT exams to having to walk the dog when he comes home from school, in exchange for time on the computer.

Life is unfair. And people are irresponsible. You can’t just give everyone who wants one a gun. Sorry, but some people are stupid. Some people are ignorant. Some people are criminals, and some people are just plain evil.

Some people should never have kids. Some people should never have dogs. MOST PEOPLE SHOULD NEVER HAVE GUNS.
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Peewee
I agree. Licenses need to be issued after serious background and foreground checks before people have pets, children and guns!
Lis

Moving on!

April 8, 2014

Well Peewee

its looking a lot like Christmas, everywhere we see…..  Not really    It’s looking a lot like getting out of  Homestead, finally so free!

With luck and lots of it back to The Keys We will be!   

Whats up with you??

lis

Well Lissa, it’s nice to have a plan. I wish I had one.

I’m still applying for jobs, saving my money and trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.

I’d like to manage a mosquito control organization, particularly in light of the impending threat of dengue fever and a new and rapidly spreading threat from Africa called Chikungunya, but it remains to be seen whether I can convince anyone I am up to the task. I know I could do a really great job, if I just got the chance.

Still, things work out for the best, in the end. I’ll just have to wait and see. And so it goes.

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This is just like one of Lissa’s Dogs!

April 5, 2014

This Dog Was Busted With a Hidden Camera. What He Was Caught Doing Made Me Laugh So Hard!.

This one’s funny too: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=733092423401783&id=166337376743960&_rdr
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Peewee,
That second one is so funny. I have watched it so many times I know it by heart!
Lov
Lis

It’s your Day!

March 31, 2014

ImageHey old Girl!

happy birthday my best friend

I hope you you are having some fun today

not to be too depressing but Steeler my old girl who’s turning 13 had a stroke a couple days ago she’s doing fine now   it was in mini stroke   Makes me think  we need to have an exit strategy in life

I’m not about to let her suffer I won’t hold her rear end up when she poops.  The minute she can’t walk I’ll call the vet for that final housecall.  I hope we get the same for us when we are ready.  

Use by expiration date for me is clear  No walk, talk and dance and I’m done!
Check please?!

lis

 

Wow, Lissa, 13 is good for a dog that size. I remember when I picked her out – she was the clown. Such a character! She always had that beautiful gait, so full of energy and so light on her feet. I hope she hangs on a few more years. She’s been a good friend.

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A Rush to Closure

March 25, 2014

Call me a conspiracy theorist Lissa, but I still can’t help but wonder why NO ONE has followed up on any other possibilities as to the whereabouts of the missing plane. Although they claimed to be searching 23 countries or some jibberish, it seems like the whole focus has been on the Indian Ocean right from the get go. It’s as though the plane vanished by magic – magic by misdirection, that is.

Obviously without clear details as to what kind of signals were received when, there’s no way for anyone not privy to the real facts of the case to come to any sort of conclusion about the plane’s whereabouts beyond the one they’ve served up on a platter, just a little too quickly, in my opinion.

Even if they did have some sort of catastrophic event that took out the radios (how come other pilots heard cabin noises over the frequency?) and the transponder, and they programmed in a heading to take them back towards the airport or one nearby with a longer runway before they succumbed, what made the airplane turn AGAIN and head towards Australia?

I think the plane is out there, in the hands of terrorists who are plotting to do nefarious things with it while the world frets about some mysterious vanishing debris seen on a grainy satellite photograph.

I hope the authorities know more than they’re letting on, and they’re just pretending to go along with this ridiculous story.

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Yeah Peewee,
The facts just don’t add up to the Indian Ocean theory. I don’t buy it either.
I’ve had my hands full this week. Rescued and adopted out the most precious puppy ever! Soliciting donations and sponsors for the animal Shelter golf tournament. In and out of vet with poor Bradshaw. Saved the neighbors dogs from a alligator in the backyard. Bought Big new skincare equipment. Learned it. It’s only Tues. Phew
Lis

Flight #370 ‘Malaise in Air’

March 23, 2014

Hey Peewee

all your experience flying for the Army, flying  commercial airlines and flying as an instructor and all your other flight experience shows in your last post!  

In following the news tonight the networks are just now mentioning your theory from last week   I know you are watching these news stations too   But   You are way better   Absolutely fascinating!

What do you think now?   Any new thoughts or revelations?   You are good!

lis

Plane, Plane, Who Took the Plane?

March 18, 2014

That’s a question for the intelligence community to suss out, using their vast resources, analyzing “chatter” around the world and so forth. I just hope they do it quickly, before this becomes even more of a tragedy than it already is.

It seems pretty clear to me that the missing Malaysian Airlines 777 was definitely stolen, most likely with the complicity of one or both pilots.

The first thing they did was climb above 30,000 feet, which was the plane’s last reported altitude before they turned off the transponder. Now the plane was no longer responding to ground radar, so that they would only show up as an unidentifiable blip on the controller’s radar screen. They said “good night” to the controller – sounds like they were being handed off to the next one, with whom they never checked in.

The plane’s engines transmitted that they climbed to nearly 45,000 feet, which is above the plane’s maximum recommended operating altitude. Why? To put the passengers and non-cooperating crew members to sleep.

Remember, the plane took off after midnight. Everybody was no doubt hunkered down for the long overnight flight. The pilots only needed to surreptitiously let the plane’s cabin pressure altitude climb, instead of setting it at around 5000 feet, which would have been comfortable.

If they did it slowly enough, no one would have noticed. The passengers would have simply nodded off, never to awaken. I used to hear pilots joke about adjusting the cabin pressure to control unruly passengers.

At around 12,000 feet, the cabin masks should have dropped. Maybe they did, or maybe the system was disabled, which I believe could have been done by something as simple as pulling a circuit breaker. If they did drop and the passengers started using them, the oxygen supply would have run out after about 12 minutes, according to various sources.

Airlines are only required to have enough oxygen on board for the passengers to breathe for the amount of time it would take the plane to descend from cruising altitude to 8,000 feet, whereupon the ambient air would be breathable. And we all know the airline’s not going to go beyond that if they don’t have to.

The pilots have their own supply, and crew members have oxygen bottles in the cabin.

At 45,000 feet, hypoxia would have rendered anyone not breathing oxygen unconscious within less than a minute, with death occurring 4 or 5 minutes later. This would certainly explain why no one is answering their cell phones.

The plane’s rapid descent from 45,000 feet could have been because the remaining crew members were running out of oxygen, or it could have mushed around and stalled in the thin air.

An aviation hobbyist and blogger by the name of Keith Legerwood has a very plausible theory about where the aircraft went from there, that has got a lot of people talking. It seems there was another 777 in the vicinity of the spot where the Royal Malaysian Air Force radar last picked up the plane, after it had altered course and flown west out over the Malacca Strait, just south of the southern tip of Thailand.

Singapore Airlines Flight 68 (SIA68) was in the immediate vicinity, and on a heading towards the same airway waypoint that the missing flight appeared to be heading for when it was last seen on RMAF radar.

Legerwood believes the 777, with all of its reporting equipment turned off, could have slipped right underneath or above SIA68 and “shadowed” the plane. With just 500 feet vertical separation, and SIA68′s transponder transmitting its discrete code, the two would have appeared as one aircraft on any radar screen.

And because the missing aircraft’s transmitting equipment was disabled, the Singapore Airlines plane would have no clue the other plane was there. They certainly couldn’t see it above or below them (have you ever tried to look out of one of those cockpit windows?) and their equipment couldn’t detect it either. But because THEY were transmitting, the pilots of the now stealth plane could easily use their own detection equipment to maintain position with SIA68.

Although they weren’t responding to radio calls, it’s believed the radio equipment was still turned on, which would have enabled the pilots to monitor SIA68′s communication with controllers, to anticipate any heading or altitude changes. Other pilots who attempted to contact the plane reported hearing muffled conversations and cockpit noises through the radio, but no response.

Legerwood was able to obtain SIA68′s complete flight path, across the Andaman Sea into the Bay of Bengal and finally into India’s airspace. Those searching the Indian Ocean for wreckage maintain the plane could not have penetrated India’s airpace unnoticed, but in this scenario, I believe it could.

SIA68 continued across India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan, and then crossed Europe to its destination of Barcelona, Spain. I doubt our missing airplane is in Spain, however there’s an awful lot of stans along the way, with a lot of wide open spaces to land and stash a plane and a lot of hostile people to hide it.

Supposedly you need at least 7,000 feet of runway to land a 777, and the experts are saying that any airport with a big enough runway would also likely have a tower and air traffic control and so the plane could not have surreptitiously landed at one of them. Not without, say, some sort of prior coordination by complicit personnel. I think anyone who could have pulled off the rest of this scenario certainly could have managed a landing spot and place to hide the 777.

I remember during the first Gulf War they would shut down a stretch of Tapline Road periodically to land and take off C130s. A flat stretch of road out in the desert somewhere and some camouflage netting are really all they would need, especially if it was somewhere no one was looking, like anywhere but the Indian Ocean.

So why steal a 777? To fill it with gas and explosives and fly it into a high profile target? Could the same “shadowing” maneuver be used again, to penetrate other airspace? Or could a scheduled airline flight into Washington, DC be blown out of the sky at some point in its flight by a missile, and replaced immediately by another 777 slipping into its airspace, emitting the
same transponder code of the downed aircraft?
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Was pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah sufficiently outraged that Malaysia’s ruling party had used his own airline to charter as many as 16 flights a day from Borneo into Kuala Lumpur to fraudulently vote in the national election, ultimately securing their victory and control of parliament despite the opposition party winning the popular vote, to seek revenge? In which case, will the plane be used for a local attack in Malaysia or is it part of a bigger terror network like Al Qaeda?

I hope smarter people than me are looking at this, because I think concentrating all the effort on the Indian Ocean is stupid. Nobody goes to all the trouble to steal an airplane full of people just to fly it quietly into the ocean without a peep, or a “hey look at me” or “Allah will prevail.”

What the pilots didn’t count on was the aircraft continuing to respond to satellite pings, which tell us the airplane continued for fly for some eight hours. They probably thought it would be assumed lost at sea and eventually forgotten. Then once the alert level goes back down, and everybody gets complacent again, they could put their ultimate scheme in motion.

Check out http://keithledgerwood.tumblr.com/post/79838944823/did-malaysian-airlines-370-disappear-using-sia68-sq68 for more details.
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That’s diabolical Peewee!
Hey how’d your job interview go ?
Lis


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