ARC's 1st Law: As a "progressive" online discussion grows longer, the probability of a nefarious reference to Karl Rove approaches one

Friday, April 07, 2006

Economic Update - Unemployment

From the WSJ

U.S. Payrolls Expanded
By 211,000 Jobs in March
A WALL STREET JOURNAL ONLINE NEWS ROUNDUP
April 7, 2006 1:02 p.m.

Employers added new jobs to U.S. payrolls at a healthy pace in March, as the unemployment rate slipped to the lowest mark in more than four years and wages grew modestly.

The Labor Department said Friday that nonfarm payrolls increased by 211,000 jobs last month after rising by revised totals of 225,000 in February and 154,000 in January. The unemployment rate, tabulated from a survey separate from the payroll data, fell to 4.7%, matching the lowest level since July 2001.

"The report shows a tighter labor market and implies solid gains in income from employment which will support consumer spending," said Nigel Gault, U.S. economist at Global Insight. "But at the same time, a tighter labor market raises nerves about wage inflation."

Average hourly earnings rose three cents, or 0.2%, from a month earlier to $16.49, suggesting that a tightening jobs market hasn't yet led to significant wage pressures. The increase in year-on-year terms was 3.4%. The average work week was unchanged at 33.8 hours.

Federal Reserve officials have cautioned in each of their last three meetings that high resource utilization -- and the jobless rate is considered a key indicator of resource use -- could pose a risk to underlying inflation. The latest unemployment rate data may heighten fears that workers will be able to bid up wages down the road despite the tame March hourly earnings gain.

"With unemployment rates at their recent levels, some possibility exists that labor costs will begin to rise faster than productivity, which in turn could put pressure on inflation," said Boston Fed President Cathy Minehan, on March 20.

Also, check out these interesting tidbits:
  1. 40% of employers are having difficulty filling positions, according to Manpower
  2. Monster Employment Index rises sharply in all US Regions
  3. Management & IT Consulting agencies struggle to meet demand
Despite this news and the interesting tidbits I provide above, the economy is really in the crapper, isn't it?

No doubt we've got zero room for immigrants in this hellish economy. And with regard to immigration, Jeff at Protein Wisdom has this excellent post which mirrors my position.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Steele: Is He Still Simple Sambo?

I pose this question for a variety of reasons... And keep in mind it's the intolerant* Left that characterized Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele as "Simple Sambo."

(* Intolerant of African-Americans who don't toe the Democratic Party line)

Perhaps this is the reason that the Left feels obligated to use such racially charged attacks against Steele:

Poll Finds Steele May Be Magnet for Black Voters
Candidate's Ties to President Bush Judged a Potential Vulnerability

By Matthew Mosk
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, April 6, 2006; B05

An internal document prepared by a top Democratic strategist warns that a majority of African American voters in Maryland are open to supporting Republican Senate candidate Michael S. Steele and advises the party not to wait to "knock Steele down."

The 37-page report says a sizable segment of likely black voters -- as much as 44 percent -- would readily abandon their historic Democratic allegiances "after hearing Steele's messaging."

"Governor Ehrlich and [Lt. Gov.] Michael Steele have a clear ability to break through the Democratic stronghold among African American voters in Maryland," says the March 27 report by Cornell Belcher, polling consultant for the Democratic National Committee, which bases its findings on a survey of 489 black voters in Maryland conducted last month.

The report, given to The Washington Post this week, drills into a topic that has emerged as a key focus of this year's U.S. Senate contest in Maryland: race.

In 2002, Steele became the first African American elected to statewide office in Maryland, and he has designed his Senate campaign to cut into the black support that has traditionally flocked to Democrats.

More than a half-dozen Democrats are vying for the open seat being vacated by Paul S. Sarbanes (D), including the former head of the NAACP, Kweisi Mfume.

Maryland Democratic Party Executive Director Derek B. Walker said the study verified what, internally, party strategists had already concluded: that African American voters who have served as a reliable base for generations cannot be taken for granted.

"It confirms that in this day and age, everyone expects us to do more than just rest on history," Walker said. "We knew we were going to have to engage. But we also know it will be easier for us to forge that relationship because we're right on the issues."

If the findings of the poll are correct, they paint a somewhat different vision of the black electorate from what has been commonly understood to this point, said David Bositis, a senior research associate at the D.C.-based Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. Bositis said nothing in his research suggests that an African American Republican will be able to grab a significant segment of the black vote.

The DNC survey finds that 22 percent of black voters support Steele when matched against a "generic" Democrat.

I suppose that the attack ads will start to appear in the next few weeks, since they have to knock Steele down before he gets a chance to communicate his message to the voters.

For some reason Maryland resident Oliver Willis, who posts on the most trivial information about the upcoming election and attacks Steele on an almost weekly basis, hasn't found the time to post and comment on this article. Wonder why...

Interesting that this news came out and shortly afterwards I was listening to NPR (don't ask me why) and this segment was on:
Conservative Black Clergy Make Waves from Pulpit

Listen to this story... by Barbara Bradley Hagerty

All Things Considered, April 6, 2006 · Black churches, often a bastion of groups calling for change and reform, have seen the recent rise of a few prominent conservative black pastors. In many cases, their work has energized, and divided, their congregation -- and the split has spilled over into politics.

You can listen to the segment from NPR by clicking here.

The key point here is that much of the Democratic Party platform is out of step with the desires and wishes of African-Americans. From gay marriage to school choice, the Democrats are diametrically opposed to the wishes of their "most reliable" voters. Even the tired, old 1960's class-warfare rhetoric doesn't sell anymore... not when many of the policies championed by the Left turned out to be just as destructive as institutionalized racism and "separate, but equal."

Perhaps this is why the Left is so vehemently opposed to school choice - in order to insure that this reliable voting block never thinks for themselves.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Your Daily Dose of DU Derangement

Here's an interesting post on Democratic Underground... It starts off as just another faithful and reassuring proposition that this is truly the "tipping point" and the Chimpy W. McBushitler's illegal reign will surely end soon.

patcox2 (1000+ posts)
Tue Apr-04-06 02:49 PM
Original message
Behold the unfolding of a tipping point, the camels back is breaking,

its happening now, right now, slowly at first, starting with Schiavo, the public revulsion at the Social Security plan, then the biggest bomb of all, Katrina, Iraq a constant slow boil all the time, Abramoff and Delay, the ridiculous Medicare drug benefit, it started slowly, but suddenly it has spiraled out of control. The majority of americans have come to accept that Bush is a corrupt and incompetent man.

Bush is over. What you are seeing is a major turning point, a major shift in public opinion. This is going to have a long lasting impact on our society.

But, as you venture into the rabbit hole, you find yourself in the DU wonderland... where there are calls for revolution, fears that Bush & Rove are going to stage another terrorist attack in order to impose martial law, and dreams of giving Bush the "mussolini" treatment:
enid602 (1000+ posts)
3. treatment

Should we allow * to keep cyanide pills in the bunker during his last few days? Should we let him escape, only to flush him out of some rat hole some weeks later? Should his folks be given the Mussolini treatment (public stoning) in a New England town square?


hwmnbn Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Tue Apr-04-06 03:01 PM
Response to Reply #3

4. My vote is for ........

the Mussolini treatment. It could be telecast live. Hell, if it were pay-per-view, I'd get cable just for that.

And check out this passionate comment about America's enemies:
The Wizard (20 posts)
Wed Apr-05-06 04:26 PM
Response to Reply #53
95. agreed

When the enemy is down step on his neck. When they're on the run, chase them, when they hesitate, hit them. When they surrender, make sure they're defeated. Never let up. Our enemy has no scruples. Lying, cheating, stealing and crimes against humanity are their trademarks. Our President is a nut.

If only they were as passionate and resolute in our War On Terror as they are in their War On Bush.

And to wrap everything up, they display the usual disdain for average Americans (which the Dems use to great success at the polls every two years):
Seabiscuit Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Wed Apr-05-06 06:24 AM
Response to Original message

55. Unfortunately, 30%-40% of the American public is still terminally stupid.

Edited on Wed Apr-05-06 06:26 AM by Seabiscuit
That's enough stupid people to populate 20 average sized States and to create a million tons of stinking verbal caca each year.

Jeez, I hate what this country has become.




wordpix Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Wed Apr-05-06 09:48 AM
Response to Reply #55

61. yes but with Geo. Clooney, Julia Roberts & Dixie Chicks on our side,

the sheeple are starting to wake up.

Yes, with such intellectuals like Clooney, Roberts, & the Dixie Chicks... it's just a matter of time before the Sheeple start listening.

LOL!!!!

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Better Late Than Never

Fellow St Louis blogger Jim Hoft (aka the Gateway Pundit) has alerted me to this situation of an Iraq War vet.

Many of our heroes serving in Iraq came home to celebrations and warm embraces.

MSG Rhys Wilson from northwest Missouri came home from Iraq to find his wife Theresa diagnosed with 4th stage neuro-endocrine cancer, unusual for a woman her age. The cancer has metastasized throughout her body.
[...]
The Airman was brought back from Iraq to assist with his wife and her 8 year old who has undiagnosed heart problems. (They have a total of 6 children in their blended family, five are pictured here.)

The maintenance treatments (3 shots per day) cost $6000.00 per month and they have to advance those costs and then get them reimbursed by insurance. The actual treatment is close to $20,000.00 and is only available in Basil, Switzerland. She is under the care of an oncologist from the University of Iowa and from Columbia, Missouri. This treatment is not covered by insurance, nor will airfare, lodging or food so the family is looking for frequent flyer miles as well.

Please donate and help this family out! They've served to protect us... it's the least we can do.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Perhaps they should lower the driving age?

At least, that's what appears to be the initial focus of Bill Hutchinson in this article about teen sex:

40% lose virginity by 14th b'day, survey sez
BY BILL HUTCHINSON
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Urban teens are increasingly losing their virginity before they can legally drive.

A new survey shows four out of 10 city kids say they have had intercourse before age 14, and have engaged in oral and even anal sex by 17.

"This study makes clear that urban young adults engage in a variety of sexual behavior beyond vaginal intercourse," said Dr. Danielle Ompad, who authored the survey for The New York Academy of Medicine.

Ompad said the findings raise concerns about the possibility of a boom in sexually transmitted diseases among teens who don't know about safe sex.

"raise concerns?" about the "possibility of sexually transmitted diseases?"

And is the concern here really about whether 12 and 13 year olds know about safe sex? Shouldn't the concern be that they're not ready for sex (oral, vaginal, or otherwise) at this age? I realize that yes, youths throughout the ages have engaged in sexual activities... however, I would submit that sex at 12 and 13 was an outlier in the statistical sample in past generations. 42% is not a statistical outlier.

It goes on:
The study showed that 42% had engaged in vaginal intercourse by the age of 14. About 14% of kids said they had sex before the age of 13, a 9% jump from a similar survey by the Centers for Disease Control in 1995.

Former radio sex therapist Judy Kuriansky, author of "Generation Sex," said she found the results disturbing, but not surprising. Kuriansky said 14 is far too young to have sex.

"They're not emotionally capable of dealing with this," she told the Daily News. She blamed the youth sex surge on the media's obsession with sex and the explosion of sexually explicit Internet chat rooms.

And this is juxtaposed nicely with the "Marriage is for White People" article from last week's Washington Post. Perhaps it should've been titled "Marriage is for Suburban & Exurban people."

Oh, and I would be remiss to not tie this in, as well... perhaps Basic Instinct 3 should have a 14 year old in the role of Catherine Tramell. Perhaps the reason for Basic 2's flop is not that we're living in Puritanical times thanks to the Bushies, but rather due to the fact that even 14 year olds aren't titillated by sex in movies anymore? Especially since they've already "experienced" acts which might make some in Hollywood blush...

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Is this Journalism?

Michelle Malkin highlights NBC News division trying to "stage" news:


I have been talking with a producer of the NBC Dateline show and he is in the process of filming a piece on anti-Muslim and anti-Arab discrimination in the USA. They are looking for some Muslim male candidates for their show who would be willing to go to non-Muslim gatherings and see if they attract any discriminatory comments or actions while being filmed.

[...]

That said, I'm urgently looking for someone who can be filmed this April 1st weekend at a Nascar event (and other smaller events) in Virginia. NBC is willing to fly in someone and cover their weekend expenses. The filming would take place all day on Saturday and Sunday.

We already have a hijabi sister who will be filmed there but a Muslim is also needed to join her. I also need candidates for the other filming segments which will take place in the following weeks.

A few weeks later, NBC will fly all the filmed participants to New York City to interview them as a group about their experience and thoughts on discrimination they've faced in America, especially in light of the times we live in (war on terror, 9-11, etc.). The show, if approved by NBC (highly likely), is expcted to air sometime this summer.

So, basically NBC News is looking to pay someone to show discrimination at non-Muslim events. If the discrimination doesn't happen, then the participants won't get the expense paid trip to New York City and be on TV. Doesn't this influence the events then?

If discrimination at NASCAR events, or other "non-Muslim" events [what an interesting choice of words, since when is a sporting event classified on a religion? -ed] is so rampant, why can't you just put out a call for people that have been discriminated against, get their details, and report on it? Why do you have to set up some elaborate sting operation?

The only thing NASCAR fans are discriminating against is the driver your rooting for. They would probably tell the Muslim men to root for Jeff Gordon or something.....

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: Brian

Marketing 101: Don't let the product catch on fire

Oops!

Unisys smokes at LinuxWorld Expo

Tuesday April 04, 2006 (04:07 PM GMT)
By: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
Boston, Mass -- Less than an hour after the show floor opened at the 2006 edition of the Boston LinuxWorld Expo today, fire alarms went off and a plume of smoke arose from the server cabinet in the Unisys display. "I knew we had a magician scheduled," said one rattled Unisys employee,"but this isn't what I expected." Indeed, this was an unexpected event. It was a real fire -- or at least a considerable smolder, complete with firemen, evacuation orders (soon rescinded), and other hoopla.
Video included thanks to a member of the Army of Davids...

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: Brian

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

In Good Company With Kudlow

I have to say that this is an excellent article on NRO by Larry Kudlow:


[...]
Over the past fifteen years, according to the World Bank, China and India have surged ahead of Mexico and the gap is widening. Mexico has gone nowhere. And until Mexico’s economic malaise is cured, millions will continue to seek economic opportunity in the United States. Can you blame them?

As long as the American boom beckons, Mexicans in search of prosperity will continue to stream to this country. They have a strong incentive to do so. The only way to reduce illegal immigration, therefore, is to raise the unskilled H-2B visa level and bring it in line with job openings in the United States. This is the only feasible economic solution to the chronic problem of illegal immigration. The idea worked forty years ago with the successful Bracero program for farm workers. It can work again.

Today’s low visa limit of only 140,000 has caused illegal flows to skyrocket. This must be changed. Tamar Jacoby of the Manhattan Institute estimates that U.S. labor-market conditions can absorb about 400,000 Mexican immigrants per year. This would balance labor supply-and-demand conditions and illegal immigration would plummet.

You can build a fence, but desperate Mexicans in search of economic opportunity will climb over it or tunnel under it. This is the reality. And by the way, our H-1B visa program for skilled workers, now at only 65,000, should be unlimited. We need all the scientists and engineers we can get.

Once these immigrants get here they work hard. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Hispanic unemployment is only 5.5 percent, compared to 4.8 percent overall.

As for the claim that illegal workers don’t pay taxes, Princeton professor Douglas Massey estimates that roughly two-thirds of undocumented immigrants pay the FICA payroll tax. Overall, illegals have fed $7 billion to Social Security and $1.5 billion to Medicare. They are contributing to our wealth, not reducing it.

And what do they take from the system? According to Forbes magazine, only 10 percent of illegal Mexicans have sent a child to an American public school and just 5 percent have received food stamps or unemployment benefits. A U-Cal Davis study also shows that more immigrant workers leads to more economic growth. This is standard economics. Multiply an enlarged workforce times existing productivity and you get more economic growth.

But for some reason, immigration opponents can’t make this connection. They are blinded by fear-mongering, defeatism, and pessimism.

Colorado congressman Tom Tancredo calls illegal immigration “a scourge that threatens the very future of our nation.” Huh? That’s xenophobic nonsense. In economic terms the U.S. has never had it so good. Statistic after statistic says we’re booming, with 175,000 net new jobs created each month and record levels of Americans working. In fact, since the early Reagan 1980s, the U.S. economy has been booming almost uninterrupted, creating 44 million new jobs even during the takeoff of high immigration.

Exactly what are we so afraid of? As Center for Equal Opportunity chairman Linda Chavez has been pointing out, Hispanics are great entrepreneurs, small-business owners, and job creators. According to 2002 Census Bureau data, Hispanics are opening new businesses at a rate that’s three-times faster than the national average.

As a Reagan conservative, I believe in freedom and opportunity. Globalization is here to stay. Proper reform should combine stronger border security with higher visa levels and a path to citizenship. Yes, illegals should pay fines and go to the back of the citizenship line. Yes, employers must aggressively cooperate with the new rules. But compassion must coexist with free-economy principles and the rule of law.

Before he passed away, Pope John Paul II quoted Matthew 25:35: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” That is precisely the spirit America should seek when it comes to immigration reform.

Well put, Mr. Kudlow. I fear that this may result in a short-term political gain for the GOP (in terms of shoring up the base), but will have long-term consequences similar to that of Pete Wilson in California.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Monday, April 03, 2006

Ahh, the Secret Lapel Pin

McKinney and the Lapel Pin:

[...]
The incident occurred when McKinney was entering a House office building on Capitol Hill. She started walking around a metal detector and X-ray machine at one of the building's entrances, as members of Congress are allowed to do, when the officer tried to stop her, congressional and police officials said.

The officer either tapped McKinney on the shoulder or grabbed her arm, they said. McKinney spun around and struck the officer, though there are conflicting reports about whether she slapped him, punched him in the chest or hit him with a cellphone she had in her hand, they said.

Congressional staffers who have worked with McKinney said several factors may have contributed to the officer's failure to recognize McKinney as a member of Congress.

McKinney usually does not wear the special lapel pin given to members of Congress to make them easier to identify, and she apparently was not wearing it Wednesday morning, congressional and police officials said. Kerri Hanley, of the House sergeant-at-arms' office, said members are not required to wear the pin, though most do.

Police also keep books with pictures of each member at security checkpoints in the Capitol and in House and Senate office buildings to help them recognize lawmakers. However, even if the officer had consulted the book, he may not have recognized McKinney, who has altered her hairstyle since her official House photo was taken, congressional aides noted.

This is not the first time McKinney has had an encounter with Capitol Hill police. When she first arrived in Congress in 1993, an officer failed to recognize her because she was new and not wearing the congressional pin. After she complained, police put pictures of McKinney up at each security checkpoint to ensure it would not happen again.
[...]

So, let me get this straight... all you have to do to step around the metal detectors is to where a LAPEL PIN?!?!

And why is it that congressional members don't have to go through the metal detectors? I certainly have to follow my employer's security policies. Why is it any different for members of Congress?

And is this the type of compliance with security policies that we could expect from Cynthia if she were in a leadership position?

Finally, can anyone explain to me why Cynthia doesn't like to wear her lapel pin? Perhaps it has an American flag on it? Not sure if this is the same pin, but it doesn't appear to have any jingoistic symoblism (other than that wretched and ultraviolent eagle).

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Movie a Flop? Blame the Bushies!

It seems that Sharon Stone's latest is a complete flop. (Did anyone really think it would rocket to the top of the box office? seriously...) Anyway, it seems that since we're all not lining up to see Sharon in her latest erotic film for 20 bucks (not including popcorn and beverage), it must be the fault of....

BUSH!!!!

Erotic thrillers lose steam at box office
Mon Apr 3, 2006 8:01 AM ET

By Tatiana Siegel

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The last time "Basic Instinct" man-eater Catherine Tramell prowled the big screen, the studio erotic thriller was hitting box office heights. The first "Instinct" took the top spot when it debuted in 1992, with an opening weekend of $15.1 million, the equivalent of $20.45 million in today's dollars.

By comparison, "Basic Instinct 2" limped into 10th place upon its arrival this weekend, grossing just $3.2 million.

In the years between the two films, a string of high-profile flops, including MGM's "Body of Evidence," United Artists' "Showgirls" and Paramount Pictures' "Jade," have all contributed to the cooling off of the erotic thriller, a genre that had once sizzled at the box office.

Paul Verhoeven, director of the first "Basic Instinct" (which scored $353 million worldwide) as well as the widely ridiculed "Showgirls" (now regarded as something of a camp classic), attributes the genre's demise to the current American political climate.

"Anything that is erotic has been banned in the United States," said the Dutch native. "Look at the people at the top (of the government). We are living under a government that is constantly hammering out Christian values. And Christianity and sex have never been good friends."

Scribe Nicholas Meyer, who was an uncredited writer on 1987's seminal sex-fueled cautionary tale "Fatal Attraction," agrees, noting that the genre's downfall coincides with the ascent of the conservative political movement.

"We're in a big puritanical mode," he said. "Now, it's like the McCarthy era, except it's not 'Are you a communist?' but 'Have you ever put sex in a movie?'"

Now, anyone with a brain knows that sex is having an increasing role in our society - not a decreasing one.

In fact, I would submit that the very mainstreaming of sexual content (from the soft-core porn on MTV to the sexualized content on broadcast television) has caused the drop-off in the erotic-thriller genre. It has lost its appeal, since it's in our face 24x7.

Add to this the fact that the movies themselves are just dreadful and you get a pretty good explanation for why these aren't box office smashes.

Mark Damon, once dubbed the king of eroticism for producing such steamy classics as 1986's "9 1/2 Weeks" and 1990's "Wild Orchid," said he stopped producing sex-steeped dramas because "I didn't find any scripts that were worth producing. The genre had exhausted itself."
[...]
But he admits that the appetite for the genre has taken a hit, and he blames the international market.

"Korea used to be a big erotic thriller market (in the '80s and '90s). Japan, too. You used to be able to cobble deals together based on those markets, but it has become more difficult," said King, who also produced "9 1/2 Weeks" alongside Damon. "There used to be a way to finance erotic thrillers if you had the right cast based on the foreign market. The foreign market doesn't support it in the way that it used to. They are now embracing more mainstream fare."

Part of the problem, King said, is that agents are loath to put their actors and actresses in titillating fare despite the fact that Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke, Richard Gere and Sharon Stone rocketed to fame thanks to memorable R-rated performances.
[...]
Nevertheless, the studios have only a handful of erotic thrillers in development. They include the Jim Carrey starrer "The Number 23" at New Line Cinema, the Jennifer Garner starrer "Sabbatical" at Disney's Touchstone Pictures and the "Basic Instinct"/Hitchcock homage "Need," which revolves around a psychiatrist, a patient and an extramarital affair.

For producer JC Spink, the genre's demise has little to do with politics, scripts or willing talent and everything to do with the Internet, which became ubiquitous in American homes around the same time studio executives were suffering through such debacles as "Body of Evidence," "Showgirls" and "Jade."

"Why pay $10 to see something at the movies that you can see for free on the Internet?" Spink asked. "I think the genre is suffering because sex is more pervasive in our society now than it was 10 years ago, from Vanity Fair ads to reality TV. I mean, there's porn stars on reality TV."

And, one last point... they need to work on casting. Jim Carrey in an erotic thriller? Hellllooooo?!?!

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

A little aviation humor

Sorry I haven't been posting as much as my partners in crime... Couple of busy weeks, including the weekends.

But I got a kick out of this in my morning email from the fine folks at Avweb. If you're into aviation at all, go on over there and join.

Short Final...

Overheard while being vectored to the ILS 10 at KMSY the other day:

Approach: Jet 123, maintain 9,000.

Jet 123: Um, ok, we're gonna go through it.

Approach: That's ok, climb and maintain 10,000.

Jet 123: Uh, we're on our way back down to 9,000, now.

Approach: Well, 10 is available, you're welcome to climb and maintain 10,000.

Jet 123: Why are you doing this to us?

Approach: Well, I'm trying to separate you from traffic behind you, if that's OK.

Jet 123: That's fine, but we just zero-g'd an aircraft with a US Senator aboard. We'd rather not squash him, now.

[pause]

Approach: If I'd known that, I'd have sent you back down to 5,000 first.


Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: Brian