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Rules of Engagement for News Media Consumers

December 16, 2016 Leave a comment

How to stay informed without losing your mind: 

  1. Journalistic objectivity is and always has been a unicorn.
  2. Neither news, nor history, nor life is “made” on TV, in a newspaper article or with a social media post.
  3. Media bias evident during an election cycle is always there…every day…in every news “story”…on any subject.
  4. Never confuse a poll result with a historical event or even a newsworthy one.
  5. Never, ever, ever read a “news story” about a media personality.

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Big Government at Work

July 5, 2016 Leave a comment

2016 RNC TFR

Multiple Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) are expected to be issued for Cleveland, OH during the Republican National Convention July 17-23, 2016.  These TFRs will affect flight in the area.

30 NM RADIUS TFR

Location

On the CHARDON VOR/DME (CXR) 272 degree radial at 23.5 nautical miles.
From the surface up to but not including 18,000 feet MSL.

Times

6:00 PM local Sunday, July 17, 2016 until 1:00 AM local Thursday, July 21, 2016
2:00 PM local Thursday, July 21, 2016 until 3:00 AM local Friday, July 22, 2016

10 NM RADIUS NO-FLY ZONE

Location

On the CHARDON VOR/DME (CXR) 272 degree radial at 23.5 nautical miles.
From the surface up to but not including 18,000 feet MSL.

3 NM RADIUS EXCLUSION

Location

Cuyahoga County Airport (CGF)

Times

6:00 PM local until 10:30 PM local Sunday, July 17, 2016
10:00 AM local Monday, July 18, 2016 until 1:00 AM local Tuesday, July 19, 2016
2:00 PM local Tuesday, July 19, 2016 until 1:00 AM local Thursday, July 21, 2016
2:00 PM local Thursday, July 21, 2016 until 3:00 AM local Friday, July 22, 2016

3 NM RADIUS NO-FLY ZONE

Location

On the CHARDON VOR/DME (CXR) 272 degree radial at 23.5 nautical miles.
From the surface up to but not including 18,000 feet MSL.

Times

10:30 PM local Sunday, July 17, 2016 until 10:00 AM local Monday, July 18, 2016
1:00 AM local Tuesday, July 19, 2016 until 2:00 PM local Thursday, July 21, 2016

Affected Public Use Airports

KBKL Burke Lakefront
KCLE Cleveland-Hopkins Intl
KCGF Cuyahoga County
4G8 Columbia Station, OH
KLNN Willoughby Lost Nation Muni
6D5 Schmeltzer
1G1 Elyria
1G5 Medina Muni
4P2 Old Portage
1G3 Kent State Univ

KLPR Lorain County Rgnl
2G1 Concord Airpark
7E3 Mills
KPOV Portage County
92D Lagrange
7D8 Gates
15G Weltzien Skypark
7G8 Geauga County
KAKR Akron Fulton Intl
3G3 Wadsworth Muni

 Additional Notes:

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION FLIGHT ADVISORY
Republican National Convention
Cleveland, Ohio
July 17 – July 23, 2016

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be issuing Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR’s) in support of the Republican National Convention taking place in Cleveland, OH. The restrictions are designed to provide a safe and secure environment for the event.

Pursuant to 49 USC 40103(b), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) classifies the airspace defined in this advisory and the published NOTAM as ‘National Defense Airspace’. Pilots who do not adhere to the following procedures may be intercepted, detained and interviewed by law enforcement/security personnel. Any of the following additional actions may also be taken against a pilot who does not comply with the requirements or any special instructions or procedures announced in the NOTAM:

A) The FAA may take administrative action, including imposing civil penalties and the suspension or revocation of airmen certificates; or

B) The United States Government may pursue criminal charges, including charges under Title 49 of the United States Code, Section 46307; or

C) The United States Government may use deadly force against the airborne aircraft, if it is determined that the aircraft poses an imminent security threat.

Be advised that noncompliance with the published NOTAM may result in the use of force.

On 17 July, a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) will be placed at 412947N/0814117W which is the CXR 272 at 23.5 and will consist of a 30NM outer ring and a 10NM inner core with a 3NM cut out around KCGF, from the surface up to but not including 18,000 FT MSL. The TFR will be in effect from 1800 -2230 Local.

On 17 July to 18 July a TFR will be placed at 412947N/0814117W which is the CXR 272 at 23.5 and will consist of a 3NM ring, from the surface up to but not including 18,000 FT MSL and a 30NM ring from the surface up to but not including 18,000MSL. The TFR will be in effect from 2230-1000 Local.

On 18 July to 19 July a TFR will be placed at 412947N/0814117W which is the CXR 272 at 23.5 and will consist of a 30NM outer ring and a 10NM inner core with a 3NM cut out around KCGF, from the surface up to but not including 18,000 FT MSL. The TFR will be in effect from 1000-to 0100 19 July Local.

On 19 July to 21 July a TFR will be placed at 412947N/0814117W which is the CXR 272 at 23.5 and will consist of a 3NM ring, from the surface up to but not including 18,000 FT MSL and a

30 NM ring from the surface up to but not including 18,000MSL. The TFR will be in effect from 0100-1400 Local.

On 19 July to 21 July a TFR will be placed at 412947N/0814117W which is the CXR 272 at 23.5 and will consist of a 30NM outer ring and a 10NM inner core with a 3NM cut out around KCGF, from the surface up to but not including 18,000 FT MSL. The TFR will be in effect from 1400-to 0100 Local.

On 21 July to 22 July a TFR will be placed at 412947N/0814117W which is the CXR 272 at 23.5 and will consist of a 30NM outer ring and a 10NM inner core with a 3NM cut out around KCGF, from the surface up to but not including 18,000 FT MSL. The TFR will be in effect from 1400-to 0300 Local.

3NM TFR and 10 NM TFR
The following restrictions will be in place when the 3NM TFR and 10 NM TFR are in effect, July 17 – 22.

Aircraft flight operations will be prohibited within the 3NM and 10NM TFRs except as specified below and/or unless authorized by ATC in consultation with the Air Traffic Security Coordinator via the Domestic Events Network (DEN):

DOD aircraft in direct support of the event, air ambulance aircraft and law enforcement aircraft are authorized. Operators must coordinate in advance with the FAA at the Aviation Security Operations Center (ASOC) located in the Cleveland Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) at a phone number that will be available in the published NOTAM.

10/30 NM TFR
The restrictions below will be in effect for the 10/30NM TFR throughout the event.
See the published NOTAM for final instructions.

Aircraft flight operations will be prohibited except as specified below and/or unless authorized by ATC in consultation with the Air Traffic Security Coordinator via the Domestic Events Network (DEN):

A. Within the 10NM inner core, all aircraft operations are prohibited except for:

1. DOD aircraft in direct support of the event, air ambulance aircraft and law enforcement aircraft are authorized. Operators must coordinate in advance with the FAA at the Aviation Security Operations Center (ASOC) located in the Cleveland Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) at a phone number that will be available in the published NOTAM.

2. Regularly scheduled commercial passenger and all-cargo carriers operating under one of the following TSA-approved standard security programs/procedures: Aircraft Operator Standard Security Program (AOSSP), Full All-Cargo Aircraft Operator Standard Security Program (FACAOSSP), Model Security Program (MSP), Twelve Five Standard Security Program
(TFSSP) All Cargo, Or All-Cargo International Security Procedure (ACISP) and are arriving into and/or departing from 14 CFR Part 139 airports.

3. Aircraft operating under a SPO, GOV or ELO waiver.

B. For operations within the airspace between the 10 NMR and 30 NMR or the 3 NMR and 30NMR area listed above, known as the outer ring:

1. All aircraft operating within the outer ring listed above are limited to aircraft arriving or departing local airfields.

2. Workload permitting, ATC may authorize transit operations.

3. Aircraft may not loiter.

4. All aircraft must be on an active IFR or VFR flight plan with a discrete code assigned by an air traffic control (ATC) facility.

5. Aircraft must be squawking the discrete code prior to departure and at all times while in the TFR.

6. Aircraft must remain in two-way radio communications with ATC.

C. The following operations are not authorized within either TFR:

1. Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)

2. Practice instrument approaches

3. Aerobatic flight

4. Glider operations

5. Seaplane Operations

6. Parachute operations

7. Ultralight, hang gliding

8. Balloon operations

9. Agriculture/crop dusting

10. Animal population control flight operations

11. Banner towing operations

12. Part 101 operations

13. Model aircraft operations

14. Model rocketry

15. Flight training

16. Utility and pipeline survey operations

Gateway Instructions
Aircraft not operating under a TSA-approved standard security program previously listed above who are arriving/departing Cleveland or Burke Lake front, when the TFR is in effect must be security screened by TSA at a designated gateway airport or location.

A. TSA security screening and gateway operations will be available on 18 July through 21. July 18 hours are from 1000 to 2400 local and July 19 – 21 hours are from 1400 to 2400 local for those operators wishing to operate into Cleveland Hopkins and Burke Lake Front. Screening sites have been established at Youngstown Airport (KYNG) and Akron Canton Airport (KCAK) for inbound flights.

B. A TSA screening site will be established at Cleveland Hopkins- Airport (KCLE) and Burke Lakefront (KBKL) for aircraft departing during the effective times of this TFR. See published NOTAM for actual availability of TSA screening.

C. Aircraft not operating under a TSA-approved standard security program previously listed above who are arriving/departing CLE or BKL, when the TFRs are in effect must be security screened by TSA at a designated gateway airport or location.

D. All aircraft requiring security screening at a gateway airport must register with the TSA, telephonically at least 24 hours prior to the planned flight. The TSA registration phone number will be provided in the NOTAM when published. Registration prior to the publishing of the event NOTAM will not be available. TSA security screening at the gateway locations will consist of ID verification of all passengers and crew, physical screening of persons and baggage, and inspection of the aircraft.

E. Positive pilot identification procedures will be in effect during this TFR. Special ATC procedures and routes to and from this airport may be assigned prior to departure from a gateway airport. Upon departing the gateway airport, all aircraft must be on a VFR or IFR flight plan, maintain radio contact with ATC and continuously squawk an ATC-assigned discrete transponder code. Intermediate stops are not authorized unless there is an emergency. If an intermediate stop occurs, aircraft will be required to return to a gateway airport to be re-screened prior to continuing flight with the TFR.

The NOTAM(s) discussed in this advisory may change with little or no notice. Pilots are advised to check NOTAM(s) frequently for possible changes prior to operating in the area.

For questions about the information contained in this advisory contact the Security Operations Support Center (SOSC), available 0800-2000 Eastern M-F, phone 202-267-8276.

 

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Election 2016 Roundup

February 26, 2016 Leave a comment

Donald Trump  — The perfect candidate for the “Comments Section Constituency.”


Marco Rubio — Fez from That 70s Show: Married but still not getting any.


Ted Cruz — The Joe Friday of Politicians


Ben Carson — Too much Marcus Welby, not enough Perry Cox


John Kasich — Dennis the Menace from Ohio again

Hilliary Clinton — The Wicked Witch of the West Wing


Bernie Sanders — The Democrat Party’s literal “Picture of Dorian Gray” brought down from the attic.

 

 

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9/11 — A World Turned Inside Out

September 11, 2015 Leave a comment
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Constitutional Crash Test Dummies (Redux…sigh)

It is with absolutely no joy that I feel compelled by recent events to repost an essay from nearly three years ago.  Specifically:

Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed.”

Hillary Clinton, Democrat Candidate for President

Women in the World Summit 2015 at Lincoln Center, April 22-24, 2015

From Give Me Liberty Blog:

Justice Samuel Alito: “In the Bob Jones case, the Court held that a college was not entitled to tax-exempt status if it opposed interracial marriage or interracial dating. So would the same apply to a university or a college if it opposed same-sex marriage?”

Solicitor General Donald Verrilli: “It’s certainly going to be an issue. I don’t deny that. I don’t deny that, Justice Alito. It is — it is going to be an issue.”

U.S. Supreme Court Arguments
April 28, 2015

 

Constitutional Crash Test Dummies

Originally Posted May 10, 2012

So, President Barack Obama has evolved, devolved, re-evolved and now favors same-sex marriage and the MSM has a collective orgasm. But, frankly, the political slight of hand at work here reminds me of the classic head-on collision between reason and power in the movie Jaws:

Contrary to popular opinion this “hot bed” political issue is not about gender or sexual preferences or even “civil” rights for an “oppressed” minority. The tug of war here is the classic battle between government and religion, with the homosexual community in the role of the oft abused crash test dummy from Mythbusters in this societal stress test of our Constitution’s First Amendment — You know, the one that begins:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . .

Government issues marriage licenses for its Citizens to establish a legal kinship relationship. Religions conduct services and ceremonies to bless, celebrate and sanctify the familial union of their members according to their commonly held beliefs.

If a government wants to license same sex marriages (like New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, and New Hampshire) or a particular religion believes in the sanctity of same-sex marriage (like the Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America or the United Church of Christ) fine — No problem — go forth and multiply. Sorry.  But seriously, this is America.  Move to one of those states.  Join one of those religions.  Go live your life and pursue happiness.

But if government establishes marriage as a “Civil Right,” then what happens if a particular church does not believe in nor sanctify same-sex marriage and that institution refuses to perform or bless such unions? Are those religious beliefs trumped by the secular dictates of Government? Will those churches be legally and financially persecuted for their beliefs in the name of equality and justice?

Anyone remember, oh so long ago, how the federal government woke up one day and just declared that a woman’s right to contraceptives trumps the beliefs and teachings of the Catholic Church?

President Obama has tried to change the sense of the First Amendment by recognizing “freedom of worship”, which is very, very different from the “free exercise” of religious beliefs.  In other words, you can have your church service on Sundays, but on Saturdays or any other day you had better not think about actually practicing those beliefs by declining to provide employees with contraceptives or by refusing to allow homosexual couples to get married in your church.

Make no mistake this fight is not about protecting the legal rights of a minority.   It is the next battle in the Secular Reformation.  The fact that civil unions or domestic partnerships are not acceptable solutions betrays a purposeful political and cultural strategy to impose secular humanism on our society and annul the First Amendment.  The last annulment this big, ended up with Anne Boleyn losing her head.

Unlike taking prayer out of government schools . . . . or removing Christmas decorations in the town square . . . . or taking down the Ten Commandments from the courthouse wall . . . . forcing same-sex marriages on religious institutions will see the federal government literally invading the sanctuaries of religions.

This puts gay men and lesbians in the driver’s seat of a veritable Constitutional Mythbusters test.

And we all  know what happens to Buster.

“Believing that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their Legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church and State.”

Thomas Jefferson
Letter to the Danbury Baptists, 1802

 

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Merry Earth Day — 45 and Still Going Strong

April 22, 2015 Leave a comment
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