Private Pilot Shortage Leads to Traveling Crisis.

Affirmative Action wipes out all demand.

After you. No, no. After you.

The world’s super-rich could soon be forced to slum it on commercial planes due to a worldwide shortage of pilots which means fewer than in years past are working for private jets.

According to the aircraft seller Colibri Aircraft, which sells pre-owned private jets,  big-name airlines are turning their recruitment efforts to pilots in the private sector.  They say that between now and 2038, 98,000 new private plane pilots will be needed to meet demand, they say.

It is down to an increasing number of pilots being recruited by major airlines including British Airways and Virgin Atlantic thanks to a global shortage of pilots.   As commercial airlines claw to keep up with the growing demand, they are focusing on luring as many pilots as they can into their rosters.  High salaries and steady work plus benefits are among the perks on offer. The result is that more pilots are turning to commercial work over private contracts.

The problem is so serious, that those impacted are demanding action from Washington DC.  The affluent travelers group, consisting of movie stars, rap musicians, and professional sports figures are joining forces to lobby lawmakers and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that governs the industry for relief.

Given the money and influence of the group, the FAA immediately relaxed the standards for licensing of private pilots.  Under the Agency’s emergency powers provisions, pilots for private aircraft need only complete a five-hour online class or use the free app “FlyNow” available on the I-Tunes store or on Google Play.

Passengers will be required to sign a waiver form to be able to travel in private aircraft.  The form also requires complete information for next-of-kin.

NBA’s Houston Rockets GM gets $10 Million Nike Deal.

Nike cites ‘Colin Kaepernick effect.’

Oh. Wait. Nevermind.

“I’ve been politically corrected.”

Citing the windfall that the sports apparel giant reaped when the signed  Colin Kaepernick, Nike announced a similar deal with the NBA’s Houston Rockets General Manager.    But given the backlash Nike was walking the deal back, even though the poster emblazoned with “Because sometimes you have to rise above principle” had already been printed.

Kaepernick was permanently sacked after he knelt during the playing of the National Anthem.  No NFL team wanted him, mostly because he was a sucky quarterback.  Nike seized the unemployed hero, offering him a $10 Million deal, something Mr. K. called, “Way better than having to work for a living. Heck, I can go back to sleeping until like 2 in the afternoon.  Because America is just oppressive like that.”

Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tried to defuse the growing fallout over his deleted tweet wherein with great temerity he said “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong” offending the delicate  sensibilities of Communist China.  No known connection but it turns out, there’s more than a few billion dollars of NBA income on the line.

The NBA, which is rolling out it’s new slogan, “Playing Basket without Balls“, caved to the ChiComs faster than Pope Francis could allow the regime to appoint Chinese bishops, saying it was “regrettable” that the tweet offended China. That followed several companies in China, including some of the NBA’s major business partners there, to hit the NBA in the pocket book:

    • Tencent, a major media partner of the NBA in China with a streaming deal that is worth $1.5 billion over the next five years and Chinese state television both said they would not be showing Rockets games.
    • Chinese athletic apparel maker Li-Ning released a statement saying it was upset with Morey’s tweet.
    • The Chinese Basketball Association, whose president is former Rockets center Yao Ming, said it was suspending its relationship with the team.
    • Rockets player James Harden, who frequently travels even when he’s not on the court, criticized Morey’s tweet because the Chinese “show us the most important love.”

Not to be outdone Houston Rockets Plantation owner Tilman Fertitta tweeted that Morey does not speak for the Rockets, “Sure China has concentration camps with widespread rape, forced abortions, and forced sterilization.  And the government is using deadly force against unarmed Chinese citizens who only want freedom.  But that’s nothing compared to the tyranny that Colin Kaepernick faced.”

For his part, Morey fell short of the required self-immolation necessary to appease Communists in Beijing and in the US Media. Morey tweeted early Monday, “I did not intend my tweet to cause any offense to Rockets fans and friends in China.  I was merely voicing one thought, based on one interpretation, of one complicated event. I have had a lot of opportunity since that tweet to be politically corrected.”

In an ironic twist of fate, the whole kerfuffle arose because the offending phrase “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong” is identical in Chinese to “never trust anyone you can blindfold with dental floss.”

Pope Francis converts, actually becomes Catholic

Answering the oft asked rhetorical question: Is the Pope Catholic?  Finally!

Faithful Catholics and others who hold to the Truth of the Catholic Church got some surprising good news from a completely unexpected source today: Pope Francis I.

Pope Francis has been subjected to criticism from the laity and from his brother bishops since the beginning of his pontificate.  Francis has frequently caused consternation with his vague and often confusing declarations that hinted at his efforts to set aside – and in some cases, completely reverse – historic Catholic teachings.  The Pope has even provoked Catholics, calling it “an honor” when Americans voiced disagreement with him.

But the disclosure of a private letter written by Pope Francis I has served to brighten the outlook for orthodoxy being protected and promoted.  In the wide-ranging letter, the Pontiff noted that he, “felt this irresistible wave of grace, that just had to be the Holy Spirit, sweep over [him].  And [he] was finally able to overcome the deceitfulness of the Marxism that, as a Argentinian and a Jesuit had been such a pervasive part of his upbringing.”

Francis continued that he was able to “interiorally repent” and subsequently make a good Confession, hoping that going forward he “would have a renewed heart for evangelization of the world” in the time that he has left.   When the recently appointed Prefect for the newly formed Congregation of Really Cool Vibes and Ecumenism was asked to verify the contents of the letter, he responded simply, “Uh oh.”

Talking to some of them,” the Pope continued “is like playing a game of theological wack-a-mole; they just keep shifting their paradigm.  I call this group porta-protties because they just keep making up s[tuff] as they go along.”

Perhaps the biggest papal reversal came from the Pope’s comments on other faiths.  Francis who has made several controversial declaration about Islam as well as other religions.  “I have some damage to undo” said Francis, “I made a grave error in exposing the Faithful in Communist China to government-approved bishops.  Gotta fix that el pronto.  And I was especially naive in my approach to Islam, which seems to me now to be insatiable in its desire to shed Christian blood.”  The Holy Father also had some words for Protestants and the heirs of the Reformation.

“And I know that the Catechism calls these children of the so-called Reformation our ‘Separated Brethren’ and I shall endeavor to treat them as such.  But a large number of these ‘Brethren’ seem challenged to approach history and their faith with intellectual honesty.  Talking to some of them,” the Pope continued, “is like playing a game of theological wack-a-mole; they just keep shifting their paradigm.  I call this group porta-protties because they just keep making up s[tuff] as they go along.”

There has been no official word from the Vatican on Pope Francis’ new found faith.

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez becomes the voice of reason.

Supporter makes A Modest Proposal.

AOC nods assent.

Democratic Congressman and Squad member,  Alexandria Ocasio Cortez took her “End-of-the-world” show on the road where she was greeted with a very enthusiastic supporter.  AOC, who has heretofore been the champion of dire climate change predictions, appeared to attempt – though never disagreed – with one of her supporters.

During a Q&A session, a young woman stood up to announce to those gathered that the sky was indeed falling and there were just “too many people” and we needed to start “eating the babies.”  The gathered crowd appeared non-plussed by the suggestion.  And though AOC appeared to try and curb the enthusiasm, she was also nodding in agreement during the plan’s unveiling.


One cynic made the ridiculous assertion that the young woman was engaging in the discredited literary form of something called satire.   According to Harvard Professor of Literature Jon Swift, that idea is nonsense, “First of all women hate satire.  For example, they don’t even like The Three Stooges; how ridiculous is that?  So the notion that this woman was engaging in this, is itself ridiculous.  Second, liberals don’t get satire.  They take themselves way too seriously, as you can see by the audience just nodding their assent.  Third, satire is man’s work.  Having a woman do satire is like . . . I dunno . . . having a woman drive.  She just needs to go do dishes or something.”

For her part, OAC took on an unusual calming tone, “Fortunately, we have time. We have hope.  We always have hope.  But if things don’t turn around, you might have a pretty good idea there.”

At the close of the Town Hall, all present were invited to dine on a sumptuous buffet provided by Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood Builds Mega-Mill on the Sly

After over a year of secret construction, Planned Parenthood announced its newest abortion facility on Wednesday: an 18,000-square-foot mega-clinic in southern Illinois. The new location is just 13 miles away from Missouri’s last remaining abortion clinic, a facility in St. Louis fighting to keep its license.

Since August 2018, Planned Parenthood has used a shell company to construct the facility, leaving no public trace that the former medical office would become one of the largest abortion clinics in the country. CBS News first visited the site in August, while it was still being built.

Colleen McNicholas, the chief medical officer of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, said the facility was built in secret to avoid protestors and delays.

Other Planned Parenthood projects ran into problems once the public realized the construction was for an abortion mill. In one instance, a communications company had refused to install telephone and data lines; in another, a cabinet maker never delivered an order, McNicholas said. In Birmingham, Alabama, protestors targeted Planned Parenthood’s suppliers, flooding their social media accounts with negative reviews.

Black Deputy fired for Stereotyping a Black Deputy.

One Sailor’s tale: How Cocaine Saved My Life

Goes on speaking tour for the Libertarian Party.

One man’s cocaine bale is another man’s personal flotation device.

Three suspected drug smugglers survived in shark-infested Pacific waters by clinging for hours to floating bales of cocaine, Colombia’s navy said Tuesday.

The three Colombians are suspected of smuggling 1.2 tons of cocaine from Tumaco in Colombia when their boat was hit by a wave Saturday and capsized, Captain Jorge Maldonado of Colombia’s Task Force Against Drug Trafficking told AFP.

By the time the men were picked up around 30 nautical miles from Tumaco by a Colombian coastguard vessel, they had been in the water for about seven hours, Maldonado said.

“The coastguard arrived and these three people were floating on a material that by its characteristics resembled drugs,” said Maldonado.  The men were taken ashore along with the floating bales, which tested positive for cocaine hydrochloride.

One of the rescued sailors observed, “With cocaine getting so much bad press over the years, it was important for us to point out the positive aspects as well.  That includes using it as a personal flotation device.”

Planned Parenthood: All Babies are Equal.

“Some are just more equal than others.”

Real reason former PP President got fired: She’s having a product of conception.

“My babies are more equal than yours.”

Leana Wen apparently was not pro-abortion enough for Planned Parenthood.  But the former CEO of the abortion chain still supports abortion.

In a recent interview with The Baltimore Sun, Wen discussed her work at Planned Parenthood, her new job teaching at George Washington University and her family. She currently is pregnant with her third child.

Planned Parenthood fired Wen in July, less than a year after she took on the role as CEO. Despite the contention between her and the abortion chain, Wen told The Sun that it was an “honor” to work there.

“I had the opportunity to travel around the country and to meet incredibly dedicated doctors, nurses and advocates who put everything on the line to care for their patients,” she said.  However, Wen admitted that the constant traveling was difficult for her and her family.

“My son, Eli, is now 2 years old,” Wen said. “… I was often traveling from Sunday afternoon to Friday evening. I missed my husband, Sebastian, and Eli very much. It broke my heart when, a few months into the job, Eli began crying when I came home because he saw me as a stranger.”

But father Sebastian comforted the lamenting Eli, “Don’t worry, son, no one is stranger than Mommy.”

Lion dodges cholesterol nuclear bomb.

PETA says lion a ‘vegan’; denies racial motives.

The other white meat

A woman climbed over a visitor safety barrier at the Bronx Zoo’s African lion exhibit over the weekend, according to the zoo.

Video posted to Instagram shows a woman in a T-shirt and pants standing  just feet away from a male lion. They stare at each other for a brief period of time. Then she seems to almost taunt it, raising her arms and wiggling her body for a second as if she’s dancing. The lion just stares.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) spokesman, who said they were “non-binary” and went by the name Ocean, observed that the lion is “obviously a vegan which proves the better karma flowing from loving all life forms, except for unborn babies.”

The lion’s keeper disagreed with the PETA assessment, “He just prefers white meat.”


Zoo Officials cause panic during French First Lady’s Visit.

An understandable mistake.

A snafu in internal zoo communications resulted in a panic at Riverside Park and Ralph Mitchell Zoo in Kansas.  Zoo officials announced that a cougar was on the loose in the zoo, causing visitors to run for safety.

Turns out that someone made a reference to visiting French First Lady Brigitte Macron, who was her husband’s teacher when she, aged 39, began a relationship with her soon to be husband, then 16.

Initially, officials in Independence said  that local law enforcement, along with park officials, were searching the area for any sign of the animal.  But a short time later, city officials realized the mistake.  No zoo visitors were injured during Mrs. Macron’s stay.