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Lord Ratner

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Lord Ratner last won the day on January 13

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  1. Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    Probably because people were doing full hook turns by staring at their heading bug
  2. WTF? (**NSFW**)

    I think it's actually good. Movements die when they transition into the absurd.
  3. The Next President is...

    Should we have air shows?
  4. Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    Don't be. The numbers are certainly worse. For AD mobility they are showing a surplus. Sure didn't look like a surplus on the tanker side of things... But when you can change the denominator without any real justification, 100% is easy to achieve. Sometime between 06 and 07 being able to separate, stop loss will hit.
  5. Help with a Divorce

    How do you know?
  6. The Next President is...

    Which has zero bearing on what I said
  7. The Next President is...

    What you just said is made up. The Republican memo was absolutely vetted by the DOJ and FBI.
  8. The Next President is...

    Don Jr. (a campaign surrogate) agrees to meet with Natalia Veselnitskaya (a foreign national with ties to her government) with the express purpose of getting damaging information on Hillary Clinton (a political opponent in a national election). The implication according to some: the Trump campaign colluded with Russians in order to unlawfully change the outcome of a presidential election, bringing into question the legitimacy of Trump's presidency. ----------- Marc E. Elias (a campaign surrogate) pays Christopher Steele (a foreign national with ties to his government and the Russian government) with the express purpose of getting damaging information on Donald Trump (a political opponent in a national election). The implication according to those screaming Trump collusion: Just normal campaign work by a motivated candidate and her staff.
  9. I'm already out, so I don't have any skin in the game, but I'm wondering if people really believe that you should promote to Lieutenant Colonel doing nothing but flying. I mean, you get a raise based on years in service, it's how the pay tables are built. But if all you're really doing is flying, it doesn't seem to make sense to make someone a lieutenant-colonel for something that a captain, or in special situations maybe a major, is needed to do. Now if the strategy is "the Air Force is stuck between a rock and a hard place and we want to take full advantage of the situation," then bravo. But do people honestly believe that it's fair, or even logical, to make someone who does nothing but fly and maybe manage one of the simple flying programs a lieutenant colonel? Change it to Major and I'm 100% in agreement. Increase the incentive bonus for crusty old majors to financially compensate them, cool. But giving the rank seems to me to only make rank less meaningful. Am I wrong?
  10. The Next President is...

    I get your point, and agree. But even if you accept it was "the Russians," the content of the email is unchanged.
  11. The Next President is...

    It is also important to note that the hacking of Democrats' emails by Russia would have been insignificant had certain Democrats not been engaging in phenomenally unethical shit. This is different than if they had actually hacked voting machines. No one on the left threw a fit when Donald Trump's (authentic) tax documents were illegally obtained and published, so why the sudden fit when illegally obtained (authentic) emails are released? Because both sides will disingenuously ignore data that doesn't support their side, even here. They are all crooked. We know this. But Donald Trump had everything in the world working against him and he still won. If you want to blame Russia as the final 2% that pushed him over the line, fine, but it wouldn't have mattered if the other 98% of factors that contributed to his win had been thwarted-- or in many cases, addressed at all. I sincerely hope Democrats continue on their present path. Focusing only on the president's personality and Russia has set them up for some pretty spectacular policy losses, and they managed to paint themselves in a pretty tight corner with the shutdown over DACA. Congressional Democrats seem to be operating as though they are contending against someone like Paul Ryan, whose ultimate goal is the advancement of Neo conservative principles. This is not Donald Trump's interest; rather, it seems like his primary interest is in undoing Obama's legacy as pay back, and getting legislation passed despite Democratic resistance, even if that legislation is not particularly conservative. For now, it just so happens to be suiting my political interests very well.
  12. T-6s Grounded; More OBOGS Issues

    Surprising? We had several periods where the base was flying Monday-Saturday and then as many jets as we could fit at the local regional (GTR) on Sunday. Rinse and repeat. If they couldn't keep the base open on Saturday, then the regional was used, and others were sent cross country, but for other-than-navigation syllabus rides. Great times for a FAIP, but the MWS guys weren't thrilled.
  13. Taxes, the Deficit/Debt, and the Fiscal Cliff

    Keep the 60 vote rule. The more barriers to legislation, the better.
  14. WTF? (**NSFW**)

    This is my favorite video of all time
  15. The Next President is...

    Is my sarcasm detector inop?