Monday, April 27, 2009


Is there no end to the rank stupidity?

Earlier today (Monday, April 27, 2009) New Yorkers were "treated" to a 747 flying low over New York City and Jersey City.

From the ground it appeared that two F-16 fighters were chasing it.

Understandably, people were taken aback at best.

One witness reported that at one time it looked as though the plane was headed straight for the building he was working in.

Even you, dear liberal reader, can understand the sudden shot of adrenaline that would have coursed through that man's body straight to his heart, can't you?

According to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, nobody in New York City government was informed that what turned out to be an photo-op exercise was going to take place.

At 4:39 p.m. Monday, the White House issued an apology for the flyover. Louis E. Caldera, director of the White House Military Office, who served in the Clinton administration as secretary of the Army, said in a statement:

"Last week, I approved a mission over New York.

"I take responsibility for that decision.

"While federal authorities took the proper steps to notify state and local authorities in New York and New Jersey, it’s clear that the mission created confusion and disruption.

"I apologize and take responsibility for any distress that flight caused."

Here's another case of a President BO appointment gone bad.

It seems that his appointee, Louis E. Caldera, was unable to foresee the possible pandemonium such an exercise could cause.

Perhaps he does not remember that there used to be two large buildings that are no longer there because they were crashed into by two large airplanes.

Maybe he could not connect the dots that would lead to the citizens from the almost 3,000 people who were mercilessly killed in those buildings.

It could be that the date 9/11 just doesn't mean anything to Mr. Caldera or to President BO.

"I take responsibility for that decision," he said.

No he doesn't.

Responsibility always comes with a price (think speeding ticket...the responsible person pays for it).

There will be no price paid by Louis Caldera. This will be treated as a non event.

Please don't come to this blog with excuses for this episode or trying to explain it away.

Don't try to equate this with something President Bush, or President Reagan did.

They are not the subject here.

President BO and his appointees' inane behavior is the subject.

It was an egregious (for you public school graduates, that means: conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible) action and cannot be mitigated (moderated in force or intensity).

The people in this administration do not know what they are doing, but seem determined to do it anyway.

How you, Mr. Average American, can stand by and let these things go on is beyond my ability to intellectualize.

When...oh when will you get out of the way and let us return to being what America should be being?

When will your stupidity end?

Here's another look at what people saw:


BetteJo said...

I would think the mere sound of a large plane flying so close to the city was probably terrifying to a lot of people. The site of the 2 military planes that appeared to be chasing it had to be more than many people would ever have wanted to see.

Joe said...

BetteJo: Louis E. Caldera just reminds me of Goofy, and he's the Director of the White House Military Office! Lord, help us!

Ration Al said...

Joey, given the same facts, would Jesus have reacted the same way as you did to this situation?



Ration AL

Joe said...

Ration AL: What in the world does that mean? Haven't you learned to put a rational thought together YET?

In case the question is serious, which seems unlikely at best, Jesus is very much in favor of leaders NOT scaring the bejeebers out of people.

Ration Al said...

Joey, how, especially for as small an infraction this particular mistake was, simply "foregiveness".

Or, "he who is without sin cast the first stone..."

I mean really, don't you think you're guilty of a partisan over-reaction?

Jesus would have never reacted that way to this situation.

You should be ashamed of yourself.

Mustang said...

Al, if you will forgive me for saying so … this has nothing to do with forgiveness. We are talking about the President of the United States scaring the dickens out of people. I wasn’t in NYC on 9/11, but I can understand how people who were would have a panic attack over something like this. No, I think what we are discussing here is a somewhat Freudian slip; a demonstration of such arrogance that he and his minions are incapable of imagining how other people feel. I’m sure you know what I mean … sort of like telling Henrietta Hughes that help is on the way, when it wasn’t, and isn’t.

Joe said...

Ration AL: Interesting that you would choose "...he who is without sin cast the first stone..."

Which, as a theologian of your caliber knows already, referenced a woman caught in the act of adultry, not some generalized concept of sin. Plus, Jesus was talking to the Pharasees...religious leaders, not the general public.

Joe said...

Mustang: BINGO!!

Bob said...

Amen, you and DD2 ( I saw your link there) got this right.

Lone Ranger said...

What's ironic about this is that whatever photos they took will never be able to be used because it will just remind people of this boondoggle. And I'm waiting for someone to calculate the cost of this "mission," including fuel, salaries and carbon footprint.

Joe said...

Bob: DD2 is usually right there with the best of the best.

LR: Carbon footprint! Of course! I had not thought of that angle.

Tom said...

Perfect waste of taxpayer dollars for a postcard...

Barry O said...

The stupidity ends in slightly less than 4 years. What will I do with my time???

Joe said...

Tom: I never though perfection was possible, but you are right. This is a perfect waste.

Barry O! Welcome to my humble blog. It is SO...SO...unexpected to see a person of your not so obvious quality way down here in Florida. We have some nice golf courses. Why don't you spend more time on them.

To the rest of you: If you have not visited The Audacity of Barry O (, you MUST do so.

As soon as you catch on to what it's about you will be hooked forever (or at least the next four years)..

Lone Ranger said...

OK, the number floating around is $328,835. I'm not sure if that included the fighter jets that were following the plane. With Photoshop, they could have had Air Force One landing on the moon and it wouldn't have cost anything.

Joe said...

LR: $328,835? Are you sure that's all? President BO is not known for spending that little bit of money at one time.

Lone Ranger said...

Maybe he had a little pocket change left over from lunch.