For your review, the OMG how horrible news story for today.
An air traffic controller at New York's Kennedy Airport was suspended for allowing his young son to radio instructions to several pilots.
The few quick exchanges between the elementary-school-aged child and jets waiting to take off from JFK, one of the nation's busiest airports, appeared to delight pilots at the time.
"I wish I could bring my kid to work," one said, wistfully.
But the Federal Aviation Administration suspended the controller and a supervisor Wednesday after recordings of the calls were posted on the Internet, then reported on by a Boston television station.
"This lapse in judgment not only violated FAA's own policies, but common sense standards for professional conduct. These kinds of distractions are totally unacceptable," FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said in a statement. "This kind of behavior does not reflect the true caliber of our work force."
Chris' take? Bu77$#it.
This kid was harming nothing, and probably the fact his father was telling him what to say helped him concentrate even more. But some a$$#ole put it on the internet, and now it's right up there with the judge who ignored a Psychiatrist's advice and released a child molester who thanked him by going out and killing a 17-year-old. Where the hell was our internet poster when Judge I'm -so -much -smarter- than -you said that John Gardiner was fit to be released? They should have video of that moment playing while that s.o.b. judge delivers the eulogy at the funeral of the girl he helped murder.
This, on the other hand, was about as harmful as the coffee and donuts that the lanscaping shop in Camarillo, California was serving until some public minded citizen turned them in for not having a stainless steel prep area and ended a 30+ year courtesy to their more appreciative (and intelligent) customers. Suspending people over this? LUDICROUS. Offended? Look up the word and make sure you should be.
In the meantime, I'll give aviation credit where credit is truley due:
Capt. "Sully" Sullenburger, a hero in the truest meaning of the word, retired today from his job at USAir. At 59, I'm assuming that he probably salted enough away to retire on just in the last year. And you know what? God Bless Him! If Jeff Reed can get franchised for multimillions by the Steelers despite his pi$$-poor end of the season and drunken antics off (and I'm not doubting on) the field, then Sully deserves everything he's gotten AND everything Jeff Reed's gotten, and probably toss on T.O.'s one-and-done contract in Buffalo as well. God Bless Sully, and God bless little boys who go to work with their dads, and the dads that take them. As for cowardly internet posters, retarded idiots who report good people because THEY are retarded, and judges who think the greater good is served by seeing social value in unrepentant scum, you all are on yer own.
Animal update: another bunny (3), and our first raccoon.