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The French State stifles and old American lady and a WWII veteran, and puts her down.

I'll be quite tied up for most of the coming 5 to 7 days, so here's a few pictures of flying beauties I've shot in 2007 and 2008 at the air show in Cerny (La Ferté) near Paris.

Glance at the piccies, and consider this an open thread, if you feel like hanging around.

A cute German chick doing crazy things on the wings:

The unmissable Vaught F4U Corsair:

The B-17 Pink Lady, "the only flying survivor to see action in Europe during World War II":

There's been dark clouds on the horizon for the Pink Lady for severals years now. Alas, if this post is any indication, she finally met her end, not at the hand of German anti-air defenses, not under the blows of time and neglect, but in the mortal coil of French red tape (emphasis mine):
[...] the Pink Lady has found a sponsor to cover flight insurance costs for 2008, and so she will continue to fly this year. Next year is uncertain however. The problem is that (as I covered in an earlier post) the insurance costs in France for this aircraft have been multiplied by 8 in recent years, thus bringing her into the same category as the other, more modern Boeing, the 767 passenger jet...Indeed, it costs 7,000 euros per meeting.


Concerning the state of the aircraft, she is in absolute prime flying condition. Indeed, she even underwent a major overhaul a few years ago, and has never missed a meeting due to any mechanical problems.

Something bewildering to us Americans, is that she cannot be capitalized in order to cover insurance costs. In France, article 1 concerning historical aircraft states that the aircraft can only have on board people that perform a specific on-flight function. Consequently, it is impossible to pay for her flight costs by giving tours during air shows, something commonly done in the US for b-17s. As she receives no help from the French government, all her insurance costs must be paid for by sponsors.

Therefore, given that mechanically she is in pristine condition and that there is no shortage of qualified pilots, it is clear that it is only the French government (whether by inappropriate insurance costs, absence of funding, and idiotic laws) that is doing everything possible to assure she is grounded, for she will fly as long as the ATV can cover insurance costs.
No surprise here, this is typical French government "works". Don't get me started on the sorry state of this miserable country please-thank-you-very-much-okay?

If the last reader comment is to be believed, the Pink Lady last took off in Auxerre, on September 28, 2008 around 6:00 PM.

I was lucky to see her fly three years in a row, and it is a wonderful sight. Not anymore.

Here's an idea: perhaps one of the few guys who asked and actually got a bigger paycheck in today's France could be interested in sponsoring the Pink Lady?


Information is hard to find, but maybe the Pink Lady is not permanently grounded: a look at the Cerny Air Show list of planes for 2009 shows a "Boeing B-17G" without further identification - I suppose there's not too many of these still flying so perhaps they've found enough sponsors to keep her in the air another year. That's good news. Try to see her while it last.



“(...) throw down your Arms ye Villains, ye Rebels!”

Image: Patrick Henry's "Treason" speech before the House of Burgesses by Peter F. Rothermel, 1851.

Jules Crittenden with a riveting, monster of a post on Patriots Day: It Was About Hope, And Change...
"To give a particular account of the ravages of the troops as they retreated from Concord to Charlestown, would be very difficult, if not impracticable. Let it suffice to say that a great number of the houses on the road were plundered and rendered unfit for use; several were burnt; women in childbed were driven by the soldiery naked into the streets; old men, peaceably in their houses were shot dead; and such scenes exhibited as would disgrace the annals of the most uncivilized nation.

These, brethren, are marks of ministerial vengeance against this colony for refusing, with her sister colonies, submission to slavery, but they have not yet detached us from our royal sovereign. We profess to be his loyal and dutiful subjects, and so hardly dealt with as we have been, are still ready with our lives and fortunes to defend his person, family, crown, and dignity. Nevertheless, to the persecution and tyranny of his cruel ministry, we will not tamely submit. Appealing to Heaven for the justice of our cause, we determine to die or be free."
That's the Massachusetts Provincial Congress trying to set the record straight with their "Friends and Fellow-Subjects" in Britain.

Go read it all, and let it be a lesson for our modern times.

UPDATE: added the picture. Hey Reuters! Two can play this game!



This one is coming right up my list of the most absurd headlines ever. From the BBC:
Obama to regulate 'pollutant' CO2
So CO2 is now officially a pollutant? And the Obama is going to "regulate" it? — which, in real English always mean tax it, incidentally.

So what's next? Oxygen to be declared a toxin just to make sure the whole cycle is covered? Followed by a mandatory respiration license, and perhaps breathing quotas?

Thanks to Obama, the cause of climate anti-science just made a great leap forward, pushing us back steadily to the Middle Ages. This new US Administration is following in the footsteps of Europe, using plain old fashioned superstition under the influence of witch-doctors as a cover for more confiscation and taxation.

And these frauds dare call themselves progressives.



The big event in the social-media bobosphere at this moment is that Ashton Kutcher [He of the sinister North-Korean State-propagandish video "I pledge (to worship and obey the Dear Leader)" fame] has "won" a "race" against CNN by reaching the one million followers1 mark to his Twitter thingy.

In effect, this means that the little twerp has found more than a million of other twats willing to lend their continued attention to his fascinating "tweets" under the nom de plume "aplusk", such as:
lol RT @gembuild: @aplusk will RED put his foot in your ass if you LOOSE?
I think I've acquired some type of virus that is taking down my wifi... sabotage? lol
Or even:
Thanks dude lol RT @jeremybunner: i think ppl are following CNN bc they think @aplusk is a douche.
Douche, indeed — at least that one makes sense.

That's just a sample. I pulled the hard work of rummaging through Kutcher's seemingly endless flow of retarded teenage syntax so you don't have to. Now slowly awake to the realization that there is, at this moment in mankind's (globally) glorious history, more than a million of our fellow naked bags of water and calcium with just enough thinking matter2 to follow that kind of blabber every day, several times a day.

Gives you the creeps yet? Wait, that's not all: realize that this is the kind of folk — Yes, I mean the cretin who graces the world with such insightful snippets as "Thanks dude lol i think ppl are following CNN bc they think i is a douche" for instance — who are, in effect, the bulk of what we cannot avoid to call the international elite, for lack of a better... Well, elite.

If you're American, it's even worse: you also have to realize that they are running your country at this very moment. I feel your pain.

The so-called "web 2.0/social media" movement is a venture capital-wasting scam brought to us by a crowd of bleeding-heart iPoded/iPhoned Socialist socialites, but there is no escaping reality: with public performances such as Kutcher's "tweets" we are reminded, once again, that their leaders are dribbling imbeciles, advancing in front of a rank and file made up of dull, conformist and unthinking human2 automatons.

And that is good news — at least in the long run, for as far as the short run is concerned, there is little hope left when you know that Oprah just joined the herd of twats. Or is it Twits? Whatever.



British Bulldog quote:
"A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him." [Winston Churchill]
For the sake of mutual comprehension between the concerned parties, let's have that in Arabic
سجين الحرب رجل يحاول قتلك ولا يتمكن، وبعد ذلك يطلب منك أن لا تقتله
And, why not, in Persian too:
اسیر جنگی کسی است که میخواسته است شما را بکشد ولی موفق نبوده است , و بعد از شما می خواهد که شما او را نکشید
You never know. Could come in handy.

More versions for the global understanding of this very simple concept to ponder before closing Gitmo here.
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