DNC 2012 - Is being promoted as the "Most Open Convention" in history. So there is something a miss because at the start of yesterday's six hour "Media Tour" DNC staffers told the 500 or so media types gathered that remarks made during the day long event would be off the record.
In other words media day was top secret and not to be reported.
But leave it to local trouble maker Mark Washburn to make waves with his "How odd: A secret meeting only the media could attend" story in today's Observer which is here. WBT's Chris Miller was pulled aside after he tweeted that the meeting was "off the record" and Jarvis Holliday who is writing for Charlotte Magazine reported the say theme in his column which is here.
Cedar's Take: The Paranoia spreads.
US Airways - thinks passengers are idiots. I'm pretty sure they are right, most passengers don't know that they are being fed a constant diet of bull shit while seated in their cramped seats like cattle.
Aside from the debate about cell phone and iPad use, the one thing that really grinds my gears is Flight Attendant Nazis claiming "We have been cleared to land" even though the aircraft is clearly more than ten miles from the runway.
For the record, your captain is not cleared to land until your aircraft in the only one on the approach and the runway is clear, this is normally inside 2 miles.
When asked US Airways flight attendants claim its an "FAA requirement". Of course they lie again.
In fact the prelanding announcement is not even required, from FAA AC No: 121-24C
"A prelanding briefing is recommended and should include the following: seat belts must be securely fastened; smoking materials must be extinguished; tray tables must be secured in their stowed position; seat backs must be in a fully upright position; food, beverages, or tableware must be picked up; and carry-on baggage and movie/video screens must be properly stowed for landing."
Cedar's Take: Dear US Airways there is no requirement to "lie". Look for "Ten Lies Your Flight Crew Tells You" Next week.
CMPD's Missing Fingerprint Cards - The saga continues. Sounds like the State Justice Academy is about to release their audit of CMPD and the results aren't going to be pretty. The biggest area of concern will be records and that will include the MIA fingerprint cards.
The main concern is how many of Chief Monroe's recruits have gaping holes in their background checks because the documentation is missing. With DNC 2012 right around the corner this is not good news.