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Lord Ratner

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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?
  16. The Next President is...

    This is the same shit that brought us the Black lives matter nothing burger. Try to tell a liberal that blacks in America are committing a hugely disproportionate amount of violent crime, a completely irrefutable fact, and they call you a racist. But in the same breath they scream that we "have to" have a conversation about racist policing in America. Now we "have to" have a conversation about immigration, but call a country a shithole, when that country is by any reasonable analysis exactly that, boom, out comes the racist card. If you dingleberries keep using language restriction and faux outrage to shame people into your way of thinking, Donald is going to tap dance right into another term. Maybe when someone tells you they aren't racist, turn off your inner Maddow and try to figure out what other reasons they have for disagreeing with you.
  17. The Next President is...

    Which they would be justified in doing. I'm no fan of the GTC, but pilots whining about not getting credit card points from their government funded trips certainly doesn't help support other, actually relevant complaints.
  18. Promotion and PRF Information

    Not really. Law enforcement in America is still working. We are not on track for a massive degradation in police operations. Can the same be said for the Air Force? Just because your commander is a "good dude" who "gets it" doesn't mean he or she is qualified to run a massive organization. I get what you're saying, but the evidence is not on the pilots' side. Also, your analogy would be more accurate if you were saying the mayor of the city should be a cop, which in most cases is not true, or necessary for a city to have an effective police force.
  19. Promotion and PRF Information

    Let's face it, the pilots can't hack it
  20. Promotion and PRF Information

    Major (select) Duck, field grade is an honor and a responsibility. Are you ready?
  21. The new airline thread

    Thanks for the info, it's good to have perspective shared
  22. The new airline thread

    One counter point that I think might make it worth the gamble is the retirements for AA. If, big if, the union can get it together in the next 10 years, the opportunity for seniority movement crushes the other carriers. I will say, their hiring process was the friendliest experience I've ever had.
  23. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    STOP! If we say it two more times he will be summoned...
  24. The new airline thread

    Go on...
  25. KC-46A Info

    When I spoke with them in 2015, the Italian booms were not fond of the system