So, I'm sitting on the hotel eating my breakfast and the people in the table behind me are having a little political discussion. And I overhear one of the ladies there say, "I'm a Liberal, Black, American, and I'm never voting for Obama again." And the bonus is she's in college.
So, I'm on my way to Columbus OH, for a last interview for a job in Lear 45's up there. And I've decided to come clean finally.
I hate airports.
I know that's shocking to see. Doubly so because I'm a pilot and we, you know, kinda have to use them.
And don't get me wrong. I love to fly. Best office window view you could ever get, all the buttons you'd ever want to push, etc.
But when I have to use the airlines to get anywhere, I'm virtually bombarded with reminders of why traveling this way sucks. Normally, I don't have to worry about the suckage. Being a corporate pilot, when I'm flying the trip, rarely do I use the main passenger terminal at the airports. In fact, we actively try to avoid using the same airports airlines use. And if we do, we'll use the private or general aviation terminal. No lines, no TSA gropings, no gigantic fat guy who just sat in the gate seat RIGHT NEXT to me when there's 80 open seats all around us. WTF, srsly dude?
Great, we're boarding now. And only 20 minutes late too.
came out just after the OccupyOaklanders were dispersed/arrested by the police. I've watched it several times and I've come to some conclusions about this.
She used the term "chemical weapons" twice. Once before the cut to the Oakland Police Chief's comments and once after. Notice the police chief didn't say chemical weapons and I would have to doubt that the officer who made the announcement before tear gas was deployed used that term.
When asked if this was an "appropriate response", she pauses and looks up and left. As if she is trying to remember what she was told.
Call me crazy, but she had to have been coached. And badly at that. I can see whoever coached her telling her to make sure to use the words "chemical weapons" but not telling her that throwing bottles and rocks at the police is assault. So, she's grabbed from the crowd, told what the interviewer will ask, instructed to use the incendiary catch phrases and then gets blindsided when the talking head decides to ask a preliminary setup question not on the script she'd been handed. At which point the fail became avalanche like in proportions.