The Campaign For DA

4.11.2017

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts



  • The apology from the head of United for dragging the passenger off the plane was a perfect example of what not to say. " "I apologize for having to re-accommodate these customers." First we have the phrase "having to." Uh, no you didn't. And then we have the tone deaf word of "re-accommodate." 
  • By the way, WBAP's Hal Jay supported United this morning much to the amazement of his co-workers. 
  • That flight wasn't "overbooked". They kicked four passengers off the plane to get four flight attendants on the flight for another gig at the flight's destination.
  • And Mike Huckabee made dads everywhere cringe with an "attempt" at comedy:
  • Others were very funny: 
  • Sad to see Tech's Spike Dikes passing away. I always liked the guy. He had a handwritten sign up in his office, "If you have to convince someone to come here, you're probably going to have to convince them to play hard." (And hard core Tech fans took note of the death of Byron Hanspard a couple of weeks ago. Edit: Eek! Make that James Hadnot. My apologies for killing Hanspard!)
  • Trump this morning. (Great, he got a taste of dropping bombs and he liked it):
  • Alabama's governor had to resign after having an affair with a staff member half his age and then using the power of the office to try and cover it up. One of the ways the scandal broke was when he texted his wife, "I love you, Rebekah." Uh, his wife ain't named Rebekah.
  • You know how when watching a golf tournament on TV they'll do that cool graphic off the T-box that shows where the ball is going? There's actually an app for that called "Shot Tracer." Here's a Ticket guy at the #1 on Colonial yesterday: 
  • A Wichita Falls woman pleaded guilty for her role in having her husband solicit and undercover officer to kill her daughter's boyfriend.  What they thought was a fair fee? $500.
  • In the middle of Lake Bridgeport, far under water, is the site of the former Cactus Hill Ranch and cemetery. When Wise County was beginning, and had less than 400 people, it served as a make shift way station for travelers and locals alike. When the lake was built, the graves were moved to East Bridgeport cemetery. Any chance they didn't get all of them? (Great history about the place here.)



37 comments:

Anonymous said...

I get that a ticket isn't a contract for the airline to board you, but what seems incredible to me is that they're allowed to deplane you after you've been seated (if you're not being disruptive, drunk, whatever).

This is an issue of the airline industry's own making. I get that each seat on a flight is a one-time revenue opportunity and the industry has ruthlessly optimized their routes, schedules, and aircraft size and configuration to get as close to 100% seating as possible, but to stop the bidding at - what was it? - $800 is stupid when you're asking someone to get to the destination somewhere around 24hrs later. If they'd bid up based on what the cost was of not having those crew members make it to their flight somebody would have taken the cash.

Rusty said...

That was James Hadnot that passed away last month, not Byron Hanspard.

Anonymous said...

I cant find B hanspard's obit. are you sure ?

Anonymous said...

Trump's attack on Syria is similar to the one Obama tried to get approval for from Congress. Senate committee approved but the action never even was brought up for a vote. Now cowboy Trump throws 59 missiles at another country (act of war) without Congress involved. Now consider a similar decision on North Korea. Not just SAD, really scary!

Anonymous said...

So did you pick the former AL gov's pic with Pence to be snarky or to illustrate the difference between the two? I'll reluctantly give you the benefit of the doubt.

Out Rage

Anonymous said...

Barry, what is the latest news on Trump's ties to Russia?

Anonymous said...

Airlines are notoriously tone deaf when it comes to customer service. What are you going to do, take the train to Europe? Nope. They know they've got you, and they act accordingly.

I can't believe nobody took the money. It almost never gets past $500 when I'm flying and they get in the same situation. And there's usually even some schmuck that grabs the chance at $200.



I'm actually looking forward to this Korea thing. I've said for years we need to bomb them, and I still believe that. Hit their artillery with every bomber we have, and every Tomahawk in the inventory, and drone what's left. Mop up the infantry with what we have at the DMZ, plus the aircraft from any carrier around. Done deal.

They can't hit us. That is simply not a threat at all. What they can do, however, is hit Seoul with about 50,000 artillery shells within about five minutes of the word 'go'. Because of that, even Trump won't do what needs to be done. But if you degrade their artillery and command/control enough in the first salvo, they are too backward to do anything but lead a bayonet charge. Ask Pickett or Hood how that turns out.

Rage

Anonymous said...

I found some interesting dirt on a Dallas media personality who has been less than nice to me on Twitter & the internet.

Mr. Media guy has an arrest for DWI, possession of marijuana and obstruction of highway. Those were all separate incidents if the arrest records I saw are real and accurate.

I probably will not do or say anything about this unless someone forces my hand. Who knows. I'm too lazy to make a FOIA request to check the veracity of these arrests so I will remain silent.

Triple Fake... said...

According to the story on the front page, the AL guv resigned over non-reporting of a loan to his campaign and misuse of funds to pay legal bills for his non-wife, Rebekah. Those charges came as a result of an investigation into the affair.
But if you think it's justified to lose your government gig over an affair with a much younger aide and the cover-up, that's cool, too

Anonymous said...

I've known about the cemetery in the lake for years. Every time I boat or jetski over the area, I get visuals of the movie Poltergeist. When the bodies rise from the swimming pool.

Ernest T said...

Just judging by the other passenger's reactions to the incident, I would say that the man on the flight was not being "belligerent." All of the passengers are on his side. If he was being belligerent, then they would have been happy to have him removed.

United screwed up badly on this and then the CEO turns around and makes it even worse with his memo. Looks like he could use some additional Public Relations training. He should have known that one of the thousands of United employees would release this memo publicly.

Anonymous said...

She is flat out hawt!
Great job. Post her all da time.

Anonymous said...

Barry, I'm not dead.

DF Byron Hanspard

Anonymous said...

But I'm a Baptist deacon and Sunday School teacher, so you know my love for my busty assistant is pure and chaste. Yea!

DF The Luv Guv

Anonymous said...

Triple Fake, if you don't think it's okay to lose your government gig over threatening to arrest officers who discovered the affair, and have everyone investigated using state law enforcement to keep them from taking, that's cool too.

Otherwise, it's apparent that you need to read up on what's happening in Alabama.

Anonymous said...

@9:29

Do tell. Radio or TV?

Anonymous said...

The Wichita couple should have offered $800 like United Airlines. It's a sellers market these days.

DF Faux News

Anonymous said...

We are now including this new business approach in our curriculum. Take the customer's money for a product, then beat the heck out of them to build brand loyalty. Yea, that'll work.

DF Harvard Business School

Anonymous said...

5 star general douche!

Anonymous said...

I seem to remember folks like Wordkyle complaining about Obama's vacation expenses. Any word on how he feels about this, and why he hasn't been harping on it like he did Obama?

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/10/politics/donald-trump-obama-travel-costs/

Anonymous said...

The United CEO is a perfect example of what you get when you make a diversity hire!

Anonymous said...

United parody site untied.com

Triple Fake... said...

The implication here was that he lost his job because of the affair and cover-up. I simply pointed out that they went after him because of the money, which is true. If they hadn't discovered that, they certainly would have charged him with the other stuff, which I am cool with.
My second point was a little dig at Bill Clinton.

Speaking of digging, when your panties get bunched up like they apparently are, feel free to reach up in there and dig 'em out!

Anonymous said...

United uses the infamous Chicago (Chiraq) business model instead of Continentals.
Me thinks Munoz needs to go to paranormal seer and have them conjure up Ol Herb Kelleher for a talk.

Not Sam

Anonymous said...

Seer? I'm not dead yet, either. Have him buy me ticket on Southwest and I'll be in Chicago pronto for consultation.

DF Herb Kelleher

wordkyle said...

"seem to remember" is such a vague term. Out of that vagueness we get "why he hasn't been harping on it like he did Obama?" Such leaps can be tweachewous.

1. If you're going to use me as an example, then point out specific instances, cookie.
2. Did invoking my name fulfill some sort of need of yours?

Anonymous said...

Dang, WK do you folks have an official playbook? Deflect, obfuscate, deny, ignore, change the subject, etc. Seem to hear a lot of the Trumpers use the same strategy these days. Not sure that game plan will win when the final score is tallied.

DF Vince Lombardi

Anonymous said...

Fairly decent write-up on the regs that allow airlines to deny boarding:

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/04/united-video-scandal-law/522552/

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

10-4 on Hood, Rage... There was a lot of Wise County blood spilled at Franklin cause of his dumba$$. No love lost for him then or now.

DF Hiram Granbury

Anonymous said...

Hey United, It's a free ride when you've already paid.

DF Alanis Morissette

Anonymous said...

Vamos Toros!

Anonymous said...

Herb is no CR Smith!

Anonymous said...

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wordkyle said...

Dear Vince,

It's not my obligation to address the hallucinations of every baked anon who plucks at my sleeve for my attention.

Anonymous said...

United should have bought tickets for their employees on a real airline that provides customer service. That way they would have gotten to where ever they were needed and the paying customers would not get beat up.

Anonymous said...

It is now officially over. The White House just reported that Hitler did not use chemical weapons on German citizens. Wow. This can't be real. Again, Hitler did not use chemical weapons on German citizens, apparently. Those Jews in those horrible graves? Apparently none were born and living in Germany, and all died of natural causes in the greatest coincidence in human history.

Anonymous said...

The United flight was not actually oversold, which means the oversold procedures/rules do not apply (and the passenger should have been able to keep his seat). I work with a lot of lawyers and there was a lot of debate around this today. The passenger will get a nice settlement out of this and United may get a new CEO.