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Jo Fish

About Me:
Jo started blogging when the right-wingers started making utter, complete asses of themselves, which would be since around 2002 or so in their current incarnation as mind-sucking zombies. A life-long Democrat and career DFH whose parents voted for all the Kennedys at one time or another, he still has an "RFK for President" banner in his garage from 1968. Jo still flies airplanes for a major airline, and is proud of his safety record: his take-offs and landings are still equal in number. The cost of fuel may soon end that career, in which case he's planning to become a pan-handler or investment banker, whichever is more prestigious.
 
Website:
http://usndemvet.com/blog
About Me:
Jo started blogging when the right-wingers started making utter, complete asses of themselves, which would be since around 2002 or so in their current incarnation as mind-sucking zombies. A life-long Democrat and career DFH whose parents voted for all the Kennedys at one time or another, he still has an "RFK for President" banner in his garage from 1968. Jo still flies airplanes for a major airline, and is proud of his safety record: his take-offs and landings are still equal in number. The cost of fuel may soon end that career, in which case he's planning to become a pan-handler or investment banker, whichever is more prestigious.

The Other Side of Airline Safety Kabuki

By: Sunday January 3, 2010 8:30 am

The airline industry has been caught in the post-Underpants Bomber security scare, and the bedwetters at DHS have been imposing draconian, virtually useless screening methodologies on the traveling public ruining both the industry and the public’s desire to travel at all. And it’s all in the name of Safety, right? Not so fast…

Confessions of a SERE Veteran: What It is, and What It Was Not

By: Thursday April 30, 2009 6:03 pm

Earlier today Spencer had a pretty fine piece quoting Malcolm Nance the former SERE instructor about the techniques used at SERE school. I am a graduate of the US Navy’s SERE school, albeit from the early 80s, and the training has changed I am sure since then so I can only speak to the things I know of, anything else is conjecture.

The First Oral History (non-revisionist version)

By: Saturday January 24, 2009 5:44 pm

The new Vanity Fair is out on the news stands, and on the internet with a very, very interesting piece…and “oral history” of the last eight years. Independent interviews with both players in the recently-departed 1600 Crew and those who opposed it, paint a revealing first sketch of the inner-workings and bubble that our unlamented and recently-departed Decider Guy lived in.

The Bush Legacy

By: Sunday December 7, 2008 4:00 pm

I visited a Big Eastern City several times over the last week, which is and of itself not a big deal. As I walked down the street I saw something that brought home the real meaning of George Bush’s America. Homeless Americans by the score. Sleeping on sidewalks and railroad grates for warmth on cold late-November/early-December nights.

Get off the SOFA

By: Sunday November 16, 2008 7:00 pm

The most lasting legacy amongst all the other detritus of the outgoing Bunnypants Administration will likely be how we fucked up the sovereign nation of Iraq. Briefly, it went like this… We had a love-hate relationship with dear old Saddam, selling him weapons to use with no questions asked… then allowing him to almost sink a US Navy warship (no reprisals, no problem-o with the old Iraqi oil spigot)….

Yes. We. Did. Now we must…

By: Sunday November 9, 2008 5:00 pm

Yup, we did it. We officially terminated the republican preznit and his minions but the rubber-stamp congress as well with a somewhat more convincing majority. So, can I get a big w00t? Thanks.

The Last 48 Hours

By: Sunday November 2, 2008 4:45 pm

So many of us who have been blogging about politics for the last four, six or even eight years are looking at the next 48 hours with a mix of hope and trepidation. I have never been one to underestimate the stupidity of the “low-information” voter, and it’s that particular member of the human species (specious?) that might well tip this election in a direction that might make me take up Bill Maher’s “Exit Strategy”.

Unions and the Return of the Middle Class

By: Sunday October 19, 2008 4:12 pm

As a member of a union that I have to wonder about sometimes (ALPA, the Airline Pilots Association) I think it’s certainly worthwhile to talk for a minute about the Employee Free Choice Act and the role of unions in building a stronger middle-class and hence stronger America. A quick and simplistic review for those not old enough to remember the ultimate Federal Union Buster, Ronnie Reagan and his most excellent PATCO adventure.

The 3R’s: Republicans, Rhetoric, Rocks…

By: Sunday October 12, 2008 4:00 pm

American Political Violence…It would hardly be a problematic issue if there were no American citizens out there who feel that it’s acceptable to settle a grievance at the barrel of a gun, or with fisticuffs or perhaps the more subtle rock thrown through a window belonging to an opponent. The McCain campaign seems to somehow be suffering from a distorted “50 first dates” syndrome…

Debt now, Debt forever

By: Saturday October 4, 2008 12:56 pm

So the House “Leadership” is up giving their self-congratulatory speeches after caving in once again to Preznit Laffer Curve and handing over a minimum of $700 Billion Dollars to Wall Street to pay for his deregulatory orgy of free marketeering. The bill passed because the republicans once again rolled the “Leadership” into enacting tax-cuts along with the legislation.

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