Thursday, January 15, 2009

Here's to Sully........

Sully Sullenberger, hero pilot of the plane crash in the Hudson tonight......

Eclipsing the excruciatingly humiliating farewell speech of whatever that fuckhead's name was that used to be President.....

Proving once again that there is a God, and She has a Sense of Humor.......

During the swan song of Der Furter......what a weenie......a union guy with 40 years on the job in one of the only jobs left that could not be outsourced...... completely bitch-slaps the Prez.

Oh, the Employee Free Choice Act is up for a vote soon....

Imagine having workers able to protect their jobs and working conditions by joining a union......

The Bushies have completely villified everything about unions for eight years.....and layered that on top of Ronald Reagan bullshit going back to 1980.

Society is supposed to benefit somehow by de-emphasizing skill and stability and emphasizing short term profits.

A brand new pilot, with skills unchecked by annoying interfering government regulations, would have cost US Air probably a third or a quarter of Sully Sullenberger's salary. Think of all those lost profits.....

Sully was the Safety Officer of the pilot's union......the first guy fired if the Bushies had their way. The strength of his union is the only thing that kept a guy like this on the job for forty years and all that expensive seniority. In Bush World there should have been a 25 year old Peruvian Halliburton sub-contractor at the helm.......

In a big AirBus like Sully was flying today.....when the engines are destroyed by geese the plane has a glide ratio of 20-1.......twenty feet horizontal for every foot of vertical. The sink rate is 1000 feet per minute.

Sully was a 3,000 feet when the foie gras hit the jet fan. Eleven miles.....and more importantly..... three minutes until impact.

The guy hit the center of the bullseye.....cruising over the George Washington Bridge......think the Golden Gate......at 900 feet. Carefully laying down the plane so that none of it broke up.

And my final bitch.....

New York City and its people get a lot of sarcastic bad press for being the unfeeling, brutal beating heart of all that is callous and wrong about America.

In New York, when there is trouble, New Yorkers run TOWARDS the problem, not away.

(Do a search of this blog for "That Day Again" to understand my gratitude to New Yorkers for saving me from a different plane crash).......

There were Trans-Hudson ferries at the plane within 90 seconds of impact. No one was whining about liability and insurance. The passengers on the ferries jumped up and got to work....self organizing, triaging and delegating....without a thought. Yeah, whatever. You do what you can, and maybe a little more.

A perfect backdrop to the exit of the most disgusting, corrupt, venal and criminal regime ever to seize the reins of power in America.

Bye, George.....you fuck.

Everyday workers and some union guys and gals pulling off the anti-911 and pissing all over your parade.....

Here's to Sully!

Now if we can only get union guys doing the food on US Air.....

1 Comments:

Blogger Luana said...

The comments Sully made to Congress received virtually no play in corporate media, just a lot of rah rah hero worship (well-deserved) with the content stripped so as not to upset the masses by causing them to think.

What's happened to the airline profession got a look in Moore's latest film. Pilots $100,000 in debt for their training at $24,000 salary.

We know what happens to an economy fueled 70% by consumers when us consumers have little left to spend.

"Americans have been experiencing huge economic difficulties in recent months – but airline employees have been experiencing those challenges, and more, for the last 8 years! We have been hit by an economic tsunami. September 11, bankruptcies, fluctuating fuel prices, mergers, loss of pensions and revolving door management teams who have used airline employees as an ATM have left the people who work for airlines in the United States with extreme economic difficulties.

It is an incredible testament to the collective character, professionalism and dedication of my colleagues in the industry that they are still able to function at such a high level. It is my personal experience that my decision to remain in the profession I love has come at a great financial cost to me and my family. My pay has been cut 40%, my pension, like most airline pensions, has been terminated and replaced by a PBGC guarantee worth only pennies on the dollar."

For Sully's entire statement on labor read:
http://aircrewbuzz.com/2009/02/what-capt-sully-sullenberger-told.html

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