Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Pilot of Embraer Jet Had Survied Crash At Same Airport Before

Health Decisions (Durham, NC) CEO Michael Rosenberg was reportedly at the controls of the Embraer Phenom 100 as it crashed into a Gaithersburg subdivision killing all aboard as well as a mother and her two small children on the ground.

Rosenburg had survived a crash at the same airport in 2010. The Montgomery County Airpark is located in Gaithersburg, MD, a Washington DC suburb.

In the 2010 crash Rosenburg walk away from the accident that destroyed his aircraft.That plane a Socata TBM 700, a turbo-propeller plane that seats up to eight people was registered to Michael J. Rosenberg and Nova Aviation LLC, based in Port Orange, Fla., according to FAA records.


Rosenburg was an accomplished pilot having logged over 4000 flight hours with multiple certifications, including: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Commercial; Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land. 

The pilot of the single-engine turboprop was on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight and cancelled his IFR flight plan after being cleared for a visual approach to the destination airport. He flew a left traffic pattern for runway 32, a 4,202-foot-long, 75-foot-wide, asphalt runway. 

The pilot reported that the airplane crossed the runway threshold at 81 knots and touched down normally, with the stall warning horn sounding. The airplane subsequently drifted left and the pilot attempted to correct with right rudder input; however, the airplane continued to drift to the left side of the runway. 

The pilot then initiated a go-around and cognizant of risk of torque roll at low speeds did not apply full power. The airplane climbed to about 10 feet above the ground. At that time, the airplane was in a 20-degree left bank and the pilot applied full right aileron input to correct. The airplane then descended in a left turn, the pilot retarded the throttle, and braced for impact. 

A Federal Aviation Administration inspector reported that the airplane traveled about 100 feet off the left side of the runway, nosed down in mud, and came to rest in trees. Examination of the wreckage by the inspector did not reveal any preimpact mechanical malfunctions, nor did the pilot report any. The reported wind, about the time of the accident, was from 310 degrees at 10 knots, gusting to 15 knots.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot’s failure to maintain aircraft control while performing a go-around.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

You Want An Indictment?

How about you indict black culture, hateful rap lyrics that promote killing cops, fathers who abandon their sons and brag about how many baby's mommas they have to support.

Why don't you indict a nation that accepts African Americans short comings and gives them welfare over justice and equality. 

Indict Sharpton and Jackson who scream for equality while they drive their Mercedes and fly in their private jets to create more hate.

Indict a mindset that says cops deserve no respect and that acting up and mouthing off will keep you from being arrested (has that ever worked).

Indict a lifestyle of lying, thieving and posting Facebook photos of your mugshots like they are some sort of badge of honor.

And finally indict the main stream media who play fast and loose with the facts, and fail to point out that the Garner grand jury was randomly selected from the citizens of the State of New York, and that no doubt each of the 23 members of the grand jury had seen the video of Eric Garner's arrest and death, and still knowing that it only took a simple majority to indict the NYPD Officer saw that facts did not warrant an indictment.

Indict a President who refuses to say, stop resisting arrest, stop being noncompliant, stop saying Fuck The Police, stop acting like animals.

Media Hype is killing Mike Brown and Eric Garner

"Hands - Up, Don't - Shoot" is a myth perpetuated by mainstream media. Mike Brown did not have his hands up.

The myth continues with Eric Garner's "chokehold death" again perpetuated by MSM. A recent CNN piece on the Eric Garner grand jury decision, starts by saying "Eric Garner initially has his hands up" which is utter bull shit, unless you count wild gesturing as holding your hands up.  

Garner died as police tried to arrest him, but his death was not caused by the chokehold, but rather his own weight, being forced to lie face down and another officer lying on top of him.

The officer who applied the chokehold released Eric Garner from the chokehold after less than 20 seconds, once he was down and rolled on to his stomach. But the other officers failed understand that Garner's diaphram was no match for his 400 pounds and the added weight of one or more officers who where on top of him.

And then there is the myth of the war on young black Americans and that a racist white government is condoning the killing of blacks by white police officers.

"Michael Brown’s death on August 9 was a nationwide wake-up call to the death-by-cop of young minority men at the hands of law enforcement." Claims a New York Times sub headline.

But according to FBI data stretching from 1999 to 2011, African Americans have comprised only 26 percent of all police-shooting victims. 

Since Brown’s death, at least 14 other teenagers have been killed by law enforcement in a variety of circumstances. But only six of them were African Americans.

This is the photo used over and over again to illustrate the death of Eric Garner, but this chokehold didn't kill the man. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

CMUD To Raise Rates Again

No real surprise here, Charlotte's Utility Department is a crazy mess of inefficiency.

An example is as close as your last water bill. Date my meter was supposedly read was October 28, 2014. That reading was for water used as far back as September 30th. The date the bill was prepared was November 11, 2014, the date yours truly received the bill November 22, 2014 and the date the bill is due? December 9, 2014. More than a month after the meter was read and more than 2 months after the last reading.

But it gets worse! I'm on auto draft so the payment is credited to my account on December 9th but in most cases it doesn't post to my account until four days later. Worse yet, people who are not on auto draft and don't pay until the day before the next bill date pay no late fee at all.

Bottom line; CMUD provides a service that isn't paid for until as much as 90 days after the toilet flushes, and that's money down the drain.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Charlotte Fire Department's Crystal Eschert Fired Over A Facebook PostOr Was She?

Oh what a tangled web, WCNC uncovered:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte's city manager has ordered an independent third party investigation into the firing of a former Charlotte Fire Department employee, who says she's a whistleblower.
Crystal Eschert was a fire investigator who complained the air quality and working conditions in the arson task force building on North Graham Street were unhealthy.
But City Manager Ron Carlee says Eschert broke the rules with an inflammatory Facebook posting on her private account and her firing appears to be justified.
The city manager points to a statement Eschert made on her Facebook account about the Ferguson Missouri police shooting, saying it's in violation of the city's social media policy.
But Eschert's attorney says the former fire investigator promptly took the statement down and the firing was really about Eschert complaining about working conditions.
"She made it on a private post and she took it down when she found out it was being circulated," said attorney Meg Maloney. Maloney points out that Eschert originally thought that the Ferguson police officer had shot a white man and took the post down as soon as she learned of her mistake.
The fire department shared the post with media:
"White guy shot by police yesterday near Ferguson…Where is Obama? Where is Holder? Where is Al Sharpton? Where are Trayvon Martins parents? Where are all the white guys supporters? So WHY is everyone MAKING it a racial issue?!? So tired of hearing it's a racial thing. If you are a thug and worthless to society, it's not race – You're just a waste no matter what religion, race or sex you are!"
Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee says he thinks the firing was by the book. He's concerned about charges of retribution, however, so he's ordered an independent outside investigation of the whole affair.
At the same time the city hired a company to test the air and the working conditions at the arson task force headquarters, the Charlotte Fire Department is having problems with another building - a brand new one.
The contractor working on a new fire department headquarters at Statesville and North Graham is more than a year behind - with a glass contractor suing the general contractor over the project.
Cedar's Take: I might be alone on this idea but is seems just a little too convenient that a Facebook post saying pretty much what the Grand Jury said would be considered a violation of the departments social media policy.  I've read the policy and it is way fast and loose with the rules and there are no clear limits, except to say that criticizing the department on social media is forbidden.
Cedar's Take Two: Not really sure what attorney Meg Maloney's spin effort is all about, but she needs to stop. The case stands on its own without spin. Eschert voiced her opinion and she shouldn't have been fired over it. Seems the department has a few bullies that should be shown the door. Do we need to start naming these people?

First Daughters Attire In The Spotlight Nothing New

The attention first daughters Sasha and Malia get over their lack of ceremonial decorum as the father pardons a couple of turkeys, is not surprising or new. This sort of uproar has been going on at the White House for decades.

Democrats were aghast when the Ford White House released a series of photos showing then teen daughter Susan Ford washing her car at the White House complete with barely there shorts and bare feet. 

By the way - The GOP would be wise to draft Susan Ford Bales for President in 2016. She's a die hard republican from a well liked presidential family, attractive, smart and lacking the baggage that comes with every other possible GOP contender. 

She could very easily become the new face of the GOP that so desperately needs an image makeover.

Friday, November 21, 2014

So Long Cactus

I'm going to miss the "Cactus" call sign. 

US Airways adopted Cactus with the merger of America West, who used the western symbol to avoid confusion with American.

Next year the US Airways logo will join these iconic logos of aviation past.

(counter clockwise from the top).

US Airways




Trans Caribbean

Reno Air

Air Cal


Lake Central


America West


And so it goes....

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

CMPD Stingray

Nice uproar among Charlotte City Council members over privacy concerns because CMPD has deployed StingRay cell phone tracking devices.

But what remains really shocking are the council members who claim they don't remember voting to approve the purchase.

Dig a little deeper and you'll find that Raleigh and Durham spent considerably less to aquire the contraption and used a Federal grant to pay for it.

CMPD's appetite for new spiffy stuff is boundless. Shot Spoter, ATVs, Dirt Bikes, Take Home UCO Cars, Helo Upgrades, Golf Clubs. The items hidden and glossed over by CMPD that council approves is embarrassing.

Raleigh spent $126,000 on the system, while Durham spent more than $200,000. Both cities used Federal grants to cover Stingray purchase costs.

So where did Charlotte's money come from? Taxpayer pockets, and by default officer salaries.
Have a look at the Harris Company price list. 

This just got to have item that most of the country is doing without. 

CMPD wants you to believe that Stingray is used only to track serious violent felons. If crime is down and this is such a rare event why not just borrow a unit from the FBI? After all they don't use the system that often, right?

Here's an interesting tidbit from a response to a request made of the North Port Police Department in the Tampa Florida area regarding an arrest where StingRay was apparently used:

 "In the past, and at the request of the U.S. Marshalls, the investigative means utilize to locate the suspect have not been revealed so the we may continue to utilize the technology without the knowledge of the criminal element. In reports or deposition we simply refer to the assistance as " received information from a confidential source regarding the location of the suspect" 

The reason CMPD has these items and we the taxpayers are paying the price in dollars and our constitutional rights is that these units are up and running 24/7/365 and they are tracking you!

Note to Thugs and Hoodrats, upgrade to 4G and unless the popo has the latest and greatest you are untrackable. As an alternative get a real job and stop your thieving and killing.