The question is not whether, it’s when: When will some boy bring down an airliner with his toy?

The pilot of the airliner “expressed his surprise” after spotting the object shortly after take-off, the UK Airprox Board (UKAB) said.

He was turning right at an altitude of 450 metres (1,500ft) – a “critical phase of flight” – when the incident occurred.

The report stated that the drone was “extremely close to the aircraft”, passing just 15 metres above and 30 metres to the left.


Bob Molinaro spots a sporting twit:

Bottom line: After UCLA signed a $280 million shoe and apparel deal with Under Armour – the biggest for a college program – Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen put up an Instagram that read, “We’re still amateurs though. Gotta love non-profits.” The post was taken down, but the sentiment resonates.


Build your own bubble.


In a long, thoughtful post at the Boston Review, David Sehat analyzes the history of conservative Christians’ assertion that that “freedom of religion” means “freedom to discrimination”; he concludes it’s about power, not piety.

A nugget (emphasis added):

But once Christian conservatives realized that they were not, in fact, in the majority, they turned RFRA (the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993–ed,) into a weapon. Complaining of a war on religion, they sought exemptions to otherwise-applicable laws. They also began to pass religious freedom acts on the state level, even before the Court’s rulings on gay rights in Lawrence and Obergefell. An extensive 2006 New York Times report found that, thanks in part to state-level RFRAs, religious organizations across the nation enjoyed exemptions to laws dealing with taxes, immigration, discrimination, employment, pensions, child care, and land use, among other issues. The objective has been to carve out ever-widening swaths of life in which places of worship, hospitals, schools, daycare centers, and—with the Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores (2014)—for-profit businesses no longer have to abide by generally applicable law, if they can make a claim on the basis of religious freedom.

Read it.


It’s a con, perpetrated those who believe that there is no such thing as the public good.


Image One:  Republican Elephant listing objections to Donald Trump (uninformed, divisive, immature, ignorant, etc.).  Image Two:  Republican wearing Trump hat dreamily saying,

Via Job’s Anger.


Worship with politeness.


Coleen Carlstedt-Johnson considers the complaints about Hillary Clinton and decides that there’s no there there. Here’s her take on one of them (emphasis in the original):

She’s too guarded. You would be a little circumspect about what you said and how you said it, too, if you had suffered 25 years of brutal verbal abuse, lack of respect and outright degradation by the opposing party. If I were she, I’d be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Wouldn’t you prefer a president who thinks about the ramifications of her statements before she speaks, rather than someone who blurts out what is expedient at the moment, then changes his stance, so that you can never rely on what he says?

Follow the link to see what she said about the others.

Remember, the Clintons have been targets of a quarter-century of conservative calumny. It’s effective to the extent that the lies have been repeated so relentlessly that folks who don’t pay close attention have come to accept them as true.


Flannery O’Connor:

Policy and politics generally go contrary to principle.


Follow this link and read the story, then look below the fold to see what I think is the most outrageous statement in it.

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Chris Busby reflects of the media’s inability to dig out from under Donald Trump’s blizzard of lies. A snippet:

Trump’s endless parade of lies, half-truths and slander put the media in an awkward position. Writing in The New Yorker this week, Adam Gopnik observed that “Trump’s lies arrive with such rapidity that before one can be refuted a new one comes to take its place. … The media eventually moves on, shrugging helplessly, to the next lie. … If the lies are bizarre enough and frequent enough, they provoke little more than a nervous giggle and a cry of ‘Well, guess he’s changed the rules!’”

From where I sit, the broadcast media doesn’t even try to keep up. Print media is a little better.

They don’t report, not any more. They just repeat.


Reg Henry marvels at the Tarheel Potty Police and their numerous auxiliaries who would make your business their business. A snippet:

Where did this absurd concern suddenly come from? Are there not enough terrorists to make people fearful and thus politically exploitable? Do we have to invent new bogeypersons to trouble our dreams? Well, of course.

A classic script of right-wing paranoia unfolds. Select a tiny minority to be demonized, act on weird feelings about sexuality and then drag in the Almighty as justification.

Yet it’s a strange sort of Christianity that punishes the powerless and has no comfort for sobbing and confused children.


My local rag tells the story of a captain who went down with his slip.

The executive assistant at shipbuilder Austal USA planned to meet Navy Capt. Jeff Riedel at a hotel east of Mobile, Ala., the evening of Jan. 24, 2012. From there, she was going to hop into his rental car to go to an out-of-the-way restaurant 45 minutes away in Gulf Shores, where prying eyes wouldn’t spot them together.

Loving said her orders were clear: She needed risque photographs with Riedel so the company president could use them as leverage over the officer who oversaw acquisition for the troubled littoral combat ship program, which Austal had been awarded a $3.5 billion contract to build in 2010.

I think it can be argued that the Navy officer got his foot caught in a military-industrial complex. (Much more at the link.)


Inculcate politeness from an early age.

A student brought a loaded handgun to an elementary school in the city’s Tioga section Wednesday morning, but a police investigation determined it was an innocent mistake involving his father.

The 28-year-old father had the gun, which he is licensed to carry, when he was taking out the trash and didn’t want people to see it, so he put it in his son’s school bag, police said. The father forgot about the gun and went to work.

No charges will be filed because of course they won’t.


Better, and still nicely under 300k.

Initial applications for unemployment benefits dropped by 10,000 to 268,000 in the week ended May 21, a report from the Labor Department showed Thursday. The median forecast of 49 economists surveyed by Bloomberg projected 275,000 claims.

Economists’ estimates in the Bloomberg survey for weekly jobless claims ranged from 270,000 to 297,000. The previous week’s figure was unrevised at 278,000.

Wyoming estimated data last week and otherwise there was nothing unusual in the figures, according to the Labor Department.

The four-week moving average of claims, a less volatile measure than the weekly figures, increased to 278,500 from 275,750.


Josh Marshall tries to figure out just what Trump thinks he can accomplish attacking Hillary Clinton by blaming her for her husband’s imperfections.


The Bundy Bund have discovered that jail is restricted. A snippet from the story at TPM:

Specifically Ryan says lack of access to talk with Ammon Bundy violates his freedom of assembly. He also argues that his Second Amendment rights have been violated, presumably because guns are not allowed in jails.

Yeah, Bundy wants his gundy back.

Apparently, the Bundy Bund believed that they could take over a Federal Nature Preserve, trash the premises, terrorize the town, and just walk away, Renee, or ride off into the sunset, or something else ending in “get off scot free.”

These fellows must think that John Wayne movies are historical documents, much as the aliens in Galaxy Quest believed in Star Trek.

In other news of the Bundy Bund, legal stuff is taking place.


Guy de Maupassant:

Any government has as much of a duty to avoid war as a ship’s captain has to avoid a shipwreck.



Who knew that the CSA has a New Jersey brigade?