Sunday, April 30, 2017

Airlines Have Crossed the Line this time & it's Time We Push Back...


By now everyone just about everywhere has heard about the United Airlines debacle where a paid passenger was forcibly removed from a United airlines flight 3411 on Sunday, April 9, 2017. The flight was from Chicago, IL to Louisville, Kentucky. According the United, at first, the plane was "overbooked" and they had to remove four passengers. What happened next is a nightmare, not just for the passenger that was forcibly removed but for every passenger that gets on a plane. First, I know from experience that every flight I’ve ever been on that the airline knows before they let people board that they are overbooked or not. So, how did United Airlines let all the passengers on board, let them sit down and get settled and anxious to get going, and then, decide they are overbooked? Sounds like a bad case of miscommunication and management here in more than one way? Second, yes the airline may have had the right to remove passenger(s) when they overbook the flight, but how should they do it? Should they do it? What happened to offering compensation until all the number of volunteers needed step forward? That wasn’t the case here. 

Contrary to what United Airlines first claimed, the flight was not overbooked. In the end, it turned out that they had to get four employees of Republic airlines to Kentucky. Of course, Republic airline declines to comment. In other words, when staff fly on a plane to go from point A to point B, they have to go on standby: that is standard operating procedure, which wasn’t the case here. Guess none of the crew wanted to fly standby, but why should the passenger be forced out because the airline fouled up? Now, we all know that as far as airlines go, passengers don’t have any rights at all, certainly not before boarding. Yes, United had the right to remove a passenger if they actually overbooked, but exactly how far should they have gone? And what are the rights of a passenger who already boarded, sat down and settled in? 

One right does remain that no one including the airlines can take away: No one, not you, not me has the right to lay a hand on another person. That includes police et al, unless you have one hell of a damn good reason. Sitting in your seat on a plane not causing any ruckus certainly doesn’t give anyone the right to touch you. Least of all man handle you. It certainly doesn’t give the airline the right to publicly humiliate you, forcibly remove you from your seat, bang your face on the arm rest, drag you down the aisle and take you off the plane screaming. Hell, the police couldn’t do that to a terrorist even though they know he is one until he actually does something. Check your plane ticket. Show me on there anywhere that it says, “We the airline have the right to forcibly remove you from our plane if we so choose.” It doesn’t. It never will. That’s a violation of our civil rights. How dare United airlines do such a thing? Doctor or no doctor, they just didn’t have the right to do this to anyone. It didn't matter who the passenger was. This was just plain wrong. Imagine that this could have happened to any one of us at any time. They attacked a 69 year old man, a screaming senior citizen. Three strapping police officers did this, too. Oh-and did anyone else notice that this senior citizen was wearing eyeglasses? What if they had broken and cut his eyes, his face and more?

Missed seeing the actual video of the United Airlines Passenger being dragged out of his seat and down the aisle off the Plane? Here is the link to the one of many aired:
                        https://youtu.be/STJQnu72Nec

The video itself shows just how very arrogant and stupid the airlines are? How do you contemplate handling a passenger in such a way when you know every passenger on board has a cell phone camera? They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well a video is worth a million and so clearly, too. Now, the CEO of United, Oscar Munoz apologizes, only after public out roar. He has the nerve to say it won’t happen again. It shouldn’t have happened at all. Fact is, everyone connected to this debacle from Munoz on down should all be fired. I don’t know about you, but I have not the slightest empathy for United airlines. I have no sympathy for any airlines. During the last several years, they have gotten totally out of hand with baggage fees and shrinking seats and more. This was only the straw that broke the camel’s back. The government has given them so much freedom that they think they can do anything they want and they have. Until now. People must stand up and say enough is enough. The airlines have crossed the line this time and we are not going to take it anymore. Did you know that different regulations govern passengers before they enter the plane, and once they are boarded? True. That is why United claimed at first that the flight was overbooked. They lied to protect themselves. Check it out for yourself like I did at 14 CFR 250.2a. here's a tid bit from it shared by another  twitter user.

    Right now there is a petition circulating on Change.org to remove CEO Oscar Munoz from his job. (see below) I signed it and hope you will too. Great! He should be removed, but so should every other United employee that was on that United flight and let this happen. From the pilot, to the stewardesses to the security and the police officers that actually removed him. This shouldn’t have happened and we must take steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Personally, I hope this passenger gets the best ambulance chasing lawyer he can and takes United Airlines to the cleaners. Of course, in the end any lawsuit that results will cost all of us because s--t always runs downhill and airlines, as with all businesses always passes the expense onto the client. In this case, I’m willing to take that chance since I have no intention whatsoever of every flying United Airlines again.  In the meantime, this is what United has done: United has apologized, refunded fares to all passengers on that flight, no doubt to try and buy their silence, and said the airline won't ask police to remove passengers anymore. The three aviation police officers who removed Dao were suspended. That's a start, but it isn't enough. Where' the accountability of United? People are threatening to boycott the airline. Many already have. I have. That’s my take on it. I fly a great deal. I visit Europe every year and United is usually the airline I fly. Not because I’m a loyalist but that is what comes up. No more. I won’t fly United again. Never. Nada. What is your opinion about all of this? How do you think United Airlines should have handled it? Did they bullying a senior citizen and then lying about it change your mind about the airline? And what about the passenger that was removed from an American Airlines flight simply because he had to use the restroom while the plane was awaiting takeoff? What was the passenger supposed to do? Go to the bathroom in his pants? Sometimes when you have to go, you just have to go and nothing is going to stop it. (See article below). Update: United Airlines Reached a settlement with David Dao. See link below. I hope it was enough to deter this sort of action again. 
Change.org Petition:

Under Oscar Munoz's watch, United Airlines employees forcibly and violently removed a doctor from United flight UA3411. Despite the doctor's insistence that he needed to be at a hospital the next day to attend to patients, security officers forcibly pulled the doctor from his seat and to the floor of the cabin. His face was slammed against his arm rest, which broke off of the seat. He can be seen bleeding from his mouth as he is dragged down the aisle.
After public shock and outrage, Munoz delivered a non-apology apology where he stated “I apologize for having to re-accommodate these customers.”
United claims that the doctor was chosen at random to be removed from the flight, which United overbooked. Had they not overbooked it, or had they offered higher rates for volunteers, or even had they avoided the brutal use of force, this incident could have been avoided entirely.
In addition, Oscar Munoz's United Airlines defended a sexist decision two weeks ago in which employees forced two teenage girls off of a flight to Minneapolis for wearing leggings. The company claimed that the decision was made because the girls did not meet their dress code for pass riders, despite the fact that no issue was raised with the girls' dad, who was also a pass rider but wore shorts. This double standard cannot be tolerated.
CEO Oscar Munoz's actions endanger the safety of passengers, and he must resign.
 Here's one article about the entire debacle you just have to read:

Update on United Airlines:
United Airlines reaches settlement with passenger dragged from plane


For More Information:


People are threatening to boycott United after a passenger was dragged off the flight


United misses Senate deadline for info about passenger removal:

United Airlines Removes Passenger and Accidentally Shoots Brand In Foot

United Airlines CEO: ‘This will never happen again’

Know your rights: What to do if your flight is overbooked

What are your rights on an overbooked flight?

Delta says bumping rules not needed, touts its own record

United 'clarifies' that Flight 3411 was not oversold

Social media offers savage #NewUnitedAirlinesMottos

United Airlines CEO issues second apology, 'I promise you we will do better'

The Internet has a few suggestions on new United Airlines mottos following disturbing video

United Airlines had a right to remove that flier. But should it have?

United Airlines under fire after man is dragged off overbooked flight

Video shows passenger removed from United flight

United Airlines trolled by rival airlines for forced removal of passenger

United CEO: We won't let police drag people off planes anymore

The United fiasco: What we know now

All the ways you could lose your seat on an airplane

Here's how much airlines will pay you to give up your seat

 That’s it for this time. Thank you all for visiting with us. Until next month, every one please stay safe. Smile. Be happy. Show compassion. Be nice to others. Put a little love into your heart. Please speak up for those without a voice, whether it be a dog, cat, elephant or monkey.  One person, one voice can make a difference. Read a book. Review it. Share it. Pass it along.


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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Trump: Just How Did He Win? It Was Really Quite Simple Actually.....

                                           
  Election 2016 was a hell raiser, to say the least. It was also a hair raiser. For some people it was a stressful situation in the making. Schools even took part in helping calm the fears of children. Hillary Clinton was a shoo-in to win, some say. However, in the end it was businessman Donald Trump was elected the next President of the United States. A great many people objected to his winning. Many more were scratching their heads as to how someone like him, a bully, a racist, a sexist had won. How? Voters asked. How? Democrats asked? How on earth did this happen? I didn’t scratch my head. I wasn’t surprised at all. And here is my explanation on why he won.
                                             
      Putting aside the hacking that the Russians took part in our American Democratic process of doing things, people were just plain tired. They were tired of the Democratic Party’s way of doing things. It’s no secret that the Democrats are liberals. Bleeding Heart liberals. Being liberal is no crime. I’m a liberal, but I’m also a realist. It seems that Democrats want to take all our money, yours and mine and give it to everyone else even illegal immigrants. They want to continue to give jobs to illegal immigrants and not Americans. Their support of keeping illegals here repeatedly demonstrate that. And then there’s talk of free college. And who exactly is going to pay for that? We are. You and I. American citizens are. Not illegal immigrants because they don’t make much and what they do make is sent back to their native countries. But, it would be the illegal immigrants that would benefit from the free college taking up spaces that American children should be taking. 
                                  Federal inmates are receiving instruction from BOP staff while attending a BOP program
           Above Federal inmates in a FREE class for their benefit.
How about prisons? Democrats want to reform the prison system. They should, but not in the way they want. Did you know that in the Federal Prison system inmates can say no when told to work? They don’t have to work and when they do they actually receive a pay check. They have access to big screen televisions and sports. They get free medical and dental care, three hot meals and a bed. In some prisons that are designed like dorms, they have private rooms.  Despite having every opportunity that you and I had to go to school and get an education, they chose not to and instead delved into criminality, the Prison system helps them get their GED and go to college. Did you know that Obama wants to give inmates back the Pell Grant and in some places he already has? That takes slots away from hard-working students. Young people that didn’t commit crimes. Yes, your child will now have to compete with a convict for a Pell Grant? Doesn't our children deserve better than this? Inmates had the same chance as anyone else did and blew it? Why give them a second chance? Because Obama felt sorry for them. By the way, the federal Pell Grant program is the largest single source of grant aid for undergraduate postsecondary education funded by the federal government. Doesn't that make you feel good?  Oh yes and all this is for free. Homeless people and students don't get a free education, but this is the reality of our Federal Prison system thanks to Democrats. Yes, the Prison system needs to be reformed but not the way the Democrats aim for. This is the legacy of President Obama and the Democratic Party: take from the working Americans and give to the lazy and/or illegal immigrants, and criminals.
                                       ObamasNumbers4thquarter2013
     Despite Barack Obama making many promises, he kept none. Despite, giving a good talk every time he spoke, he failed to walk the talk. The man really just didn’t do anything positive for the United States. He had only one agenda: Obamacare. Millions of Americans are still unemployed. Millions of Americans still live in poverty. Despite promising that his administration would be the most transparent, it was anything but. Despite being the President to the entire nation, when it came down to race, he took sides. Before gay marriage was legal, he had a gay staff member get married on the White House lawn. He threatened schools with cutting budgets if they didn’t provide bathrooms to those that choose to live the opposite sex different from the one they were born. There's nothing wrong with Gender neutral bathrooms but forcing men and women, especially children to share bathrooms with others of the opposite sex simply because they choose to be the opposite is just plain wrong. Despite promising to enforce strict gun control even with an Executive Order after a school of young children were slaughtered to death in Newton, CT, he did nothing substantial except to enforce laws already on the books and form committees. Despite promising to provide jobs to millions of Americans through various routes, he didn’t. Despite, promising to raise taxes for the rich, he didn’t.

     In the end, when faced with his broken promises, he blamed the Republicans for blocking him. He could have made an Executive Order, but chose not to. However, he did make an Executive Order to keep over 15.4 million of Illegal immigrants in this country. He also made one to make certain areas into National Parks. And what about Guantanamo Bay? Didn't Obama promise to close that? I bet you didn't know that any illegal immigrant can enter the U.S.A. and go to the local social services office and apply for and receive Food Stamps, money and medicaid even though they are not American citizens. The Federal Government makes sure of that.  And what about the $221 millions that Obama sent to the Palenstinian Authority during his last hours of his Presidency? This is the legacy of Obama and the one that Hillary Clinton would continue, if elected. 
                                       
Frankly, people got tired of it. I got tired of it. By now, you’re probably guessing I support Trump. Wrong. I don’t. Second, you’re probably guessing I voted for him. Wrong again. I didn’t. I don't support bullies, sexists, or those telling women what to do with their bodies. I’m also not anti-Obama. I actually hoped he was different. You’re probably guessing I’m a Republican, too. Wrong again, though I have been at one time a long time ago. I’m a Democrat, or at least I was until Obama failed to make good on his promises, on top of using my hard earned money to give away.  The Republicans want to keep us poor. The Democrats give our money to everyone. I supported Hilary, but I couldn't vote for her. Now I’m a Libertarian. I’m a Realist. I no longer vote because in the end for me, does it really matter. But that is another post I already wrote about.
                                         Obama speaks about unemployment
     Why did Trump win the election to the office of the 45th President of the United States? Simple. He wants to make America great again: strong and unified. He wants to help Americans and not the rest of the world. He wants to cut government waste. He wants to do what is best for the United States and not for the United Nations or Mexico, et al. Americans are tired of being trod upon while illegal immigrants are given more rights than they are; while LGBQT are elevated; while convicted criminals are catered to. People are tired of terrorists attacking the U.S. Americans are tired of the Democratic party taking money from the working people and giving it to everyone else including illegal immigrants and the lazy good for nothings. One of the last things Obama did in the last few hours as President was to give 221 million dollars to the Palestinians. Shouldn't America be taking care of our own in poverty before sending money away to others? Democrats don't seem to think so.

     There was a time not so long ago that being an “American” meant something. People were proud to be American. Not anymore. Under Democratic leadership, America bowed to the will of the United Nations. America sends billions of dollars of our money to other countries while Americans are struggling to get by. All this has to stop and Trump has promised to do so. That is why he won. And contrary to what you may think, minorities, women and even Muslims voted for Trump. Seems they were a bit tired of Democrats too. Now whether he’ll actually does these things is another matter. Fact is that most people seem to ignore is that any one running for office will say anything to get into office. That doesn’t mean they will keep their promises. Fortunately, Mr. Trump is unlike other Presidents before him. As a private businessman, he doesn't drag his feet when doing something. He doesn't consult Congress. He doesn't believe in red tape. His travel ban was blocked by bleeding heart liberals. As actions demonstrate, Americans seem to care about everyone else rather than other Americans, which is very sad.
Frankly, all this makes my stomach turn. It's also why I prefer animals over people. Animals don't lie. They don't betray you. They don't see skin color, sex or religion. They expect nothing from us and give us love, friendship, unwavering support, and undying loyalty in return. Too bad they can't be in politics. That's my opinion anyway. What is yours? Why do you think Trump was elected?

    For more information related to this post:

    US sent $221 million to Palestinians in Obama's last hours:


    Executive Orders Made During Obama Administration: www.whitehouse.gov

    Obama’s Numbers (January 2014 Update):

    Obama Unemployment Reality: Number of Americans Not Working At Record High:

    22 Million Americans Are Unemployed Or Underemployed:
    
    How Trump won the election: volatility and a common touch:

    Trump Won Because Leftist Political Correctness Inspired a Terrifying Backlash:

    How Trump Won the Election According to Exit Polls:

    The Improbable Demographics behind Donald Trump's Shocking Presidential Victory:

    7 Groups Who Weren't Supposed to Vote for Trump, but Did:
   http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/trump-groups-vote-demographic/2016/02/24/id/715875/

   12,000 inmates to receive Pell grants to take college classes: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2016/06/24/12000-inmates-to-receive-pell-grants-to-take-college-classes/


 That’s it for this time. Thank you all for visiting with us. Until next month, every one please stay safe. Smile. Be happy. Show compassion. Be nice to others. Put a little love into your heart. Please speak up for those without a voice, whether it be a dog, cat, elephant or monkey.  One person, one voice can make a difference. Read a book. Review it. Share it. Pass it along.


Make adoption your first option when seeking a pet. Adopt. Don’t shop. Can’t adopt. Please consider fostering one. The animal will have the taste of home and the shelter will cover the expenses. Can’t foster? Make a donation or volunteer at your local shelter. Please, don’t hunt. Unless you’re starving down in a ditch somewhere, there is no logical reason to do so. Whatever you do, however you do it, please be a voice for the animals large and small. All it takes is one to make a difference, good or bad. 
 
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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Marmite: Should You or Shouldn’t You Try It? What is it?

                                             

     You’ve probably heard of Marmite. Then again, perhaps you haven’t. If you’ve ever visited Great Britain, Australia or New Zealand odds are you heard of it. I have, but though I’m a frequent traveler to Europe always beginning in London for summer holidays, I’ve never tried Marmite. What the H--- is Marmite you may ask. Excellent question. First, what is it? From Wikipedia: Marmite is the brand name for two similar food spreads: the original British version, since 2000 a Unilever product; and a modified version produced in New Zealand by Sanitarium Health Food Company and distributed in Australia and the Pacific. Marmite is made from yeast extract, a by-product of beer brewing. Basically, it’s the excess yeast that comes off the beer when beer is made. Tell me, who thought of such a thing? Did a beer maker watch as the yeast came off the brewery and spread it on a cracker? Who really knows.  Does it even matter? I did realize one thing: It was time that I gave marmite a try. I really should, though. In order to get the overall English experience. Besides, I’m just one of those people that will try any food once. My adage when traveling is “when in Rome do as the romans do, or eat as they would”. It does make for a more enjoyable visit.

                                          
       I went to my local market in Jackson, Mississippi just the other day and purchased a genuine jar of Marmite. A small jar, just in case I didn’t like it. Yes, grocery stores in the U.S. now carry it. Not all stores but those that have an international section should. Well, after hemming and hawing over an entire day, I decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, just the name of it, Marmite didn’t do anything to draw me to it. Neither did the fact that it is labeled “Yeast Extract”. But, I decided to give it a try and try I did. I opened the jar and spread it thinly on a Wheat Thins cracker. Hmmmmnnnn…..it’s brown like beef base. It’s salty, very salty in fact and it even tastes like beef base. Not bad. Not great. I don’t love it. I don’t hate it. I might even eat it again. I certainly won’t go out of my way to eat it. I know the small jar I bought won’t get emptied fast, but I shall endeavor to try it every now and then. Next time, I think I’ll spread it on some toast with some strawberry jelly. They say people that have tried it either hated it or loved it and I believe it. It does take some getting used to. It does take some will power to get past the name and what it is. All in all, not a disgusting item to digest. It could even be used to make a nice vegetable soup. After all, it is vegetarian. Oh, should you find yourself interested in trying it and can’t find it at your local supermarket, no problem for amazon carries it.

                                                

For more information about this British delicacy:

   Anglo-Kitchen Taste Test: What Does Marmite Taste Like?  http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2014/02/anglo-kitchen-taste-test-marmite-taste-like/

   Marmite: Ten things you'll love/hate to know: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-13541148

                 

  What Is Marmite?  All about Marmite - History, Uses, Nutritional Content, and Where to Buy:

    The great Marmite conspiracy: has it secretly changed its recipe?


      A Yank’s Perspective on Marmite:  http://wearenotfoodies.com/a-yanks-perspective-on-marmite/


 That’s it for this time. Thank you all for visiting with us. Until next month, every one please stay safe. Smile. Be happy. Show compassion. Be nice to others. Put a little love into your heart. Please speak up for those without a voice, whether it be a dog, cat, elephant or monkey.  One person, one voice can make a difference. Read a book. Review it. Share it. Pass it along.


Make adoption your first option when seeking a pet. Adopt. Don’t shop. Can’t adopt. Please consider fostering one. The animal will have the taste of home and the shelter will cover the expenses. Can’t foster? Make a donation or volunteer at your local shelter. Please, don’t hunt. Unless you’re starving down in a ditch somewhere, there is no logical reason to do so. Whatever you do, however you do it, please be a voice for the animals large and small. All it takes is one to make a difference, good or bad. 
 
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