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    On a humourous note, maybe Boeing just wants to be more.....'environmentally friendly'???
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    Who cares if it's allowed Merry Christmas Mitch!
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    She also cautioned against jumping to conclusions based on bias. In addition, she likely gave wise council about picking your friends and suggested that you might be judged by the company you keep. I remain sceptical about Ukraine… they invented corruption, they feed on it, they heat their houses with it, they feed it to their dogs and teach it to their children. Rudimentary knowledge about heptane and octane is on the Private Pilot exam. Hunter actually knew less about it than that and got paid $86K per month for his ignorance. Let us contemplate what was, what is, and what shall come to pass in the absence of agendas. Let's look at agendas as the new religion that replaces the old religion you have previously ridiculed. When you ridicule the Profit, I will will consider your motives pure, consistent, and without bias. You seem content to pick on the fat kid without realizing that you serve as a catalyst for his future successes. I'm suggesting here that the fat kid is orange and his future success is more likely by virtue of your efforts against him and I'm wondering if you see that as a tactical dilemma in light of current events. Personally, I can attest to the fact that I owe a huge debt of gratitude to those who subjected me to similar treatment in high school.
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    A Response to the Editor of Christianity Today Dennis Prager The editor-in-chief of Christianity Today, Mark Galli, wrote an editorial calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. In my view, this editorial only serves to confirm one of the sadder realizations of my life: that religious conviction guarantees neither moral clarity nor common sense. The gist of the editorial -- and of most religious and conservative opposition to President Trump -- is that any good the president has done is dwarfed by his character defects. This is an amoral view that says more about Galli than it does about the president. He and the people who share his opinion are making the following statement: No matter how much good this president does, it is less important than his character flaws. Why is this wrong? First, because it devalues policies that benefit millions of people. And second, because it is a simplistic view of character. I do not know how to assess a person's character -- including my own -- outside of how one's actions affect others. Since I agree with almost all of President Trump's actions as president and believe they have positively affected millions of people, I have to conclude that as president, Trump thus far has been a man of particularly good character. Of course, if you think his policies have harmed millions of people, you will assess his character negatively. But that is not what never-Trump conservatives or Christians such as the Christianity Today editor-in-chief argue. They argue that his policies have indeed helped America (and even the world), but this fact is far less significant than his character. In the words of Galli: "(I)t's time to call a spade a spade, to say that no matter how many hands we win in this political poker game, we are playing with a stacked deck of gross immorality and ethical incompetence." This rhetorical sleight of hand reflects poorly on Galli's intellectual and moral honesty. Galli and every other Christian and conservative opponent of the president believe their concerns are moral, and that the president's Christian and other conservative supporters are political. This is simply wrong. I and every other supporter of the president I know support him for moral reasons, not to win a "political poker game." Galli's view is purely self-serving; he's saying, "We Christian and other conservative opponents of the president think in moral terms, while Christian and other conservative supporters of the president think in political terms." So, permit me to inform Galli and all the other people who consider themselves conservative and/or Christian that our support for the president is entirely moral. -- To us, putting pressure on the Iranian regime -- one of the most evil and dangerous regimes on Earth -- by getting out of the Iran nuclear deal made by former President Barack Obama is a moral issue. Even New York Times columnist Bret Stephens, who loathes Trump, has written how important the president's rejection of the Obama-Iran agreement has been. -- To us, enabling millions of black Americans to find work -- resulting in the lowest black unemployment rate ever recorded -- is a moral issue. -- To us, more Americans than ever being employed and almost 4 million Americans freed from reliance on food stamps is a moral issue. -- To us, appointing more conservative judges than any president in history -- over the same period of time -- is a moral issue. That whether the courts, including the Supreme Court, are dominated by the left or by conservatives is dismissed by Galli as "political poker" makes one question not only Galli's moral thinking but also his moral theology. -- To us, moving the American embassy to Israel's capital city, Jerusalem -- something promised by almost every presidential candidate -- is a moral issue, not to mention profoundly courageous. And courage is a moral virtue. -- To us, increasing the U.S. military budget -- after the severe cuts of the previous eight years -- is a moral issue. As conservatives see it, the American military is the world's greatest guarantor of world peace. Yet, none of these things matter to Galli and other misguided Christians and conservatives. What matters more to them is Trump's occasional crude language and intemperate tweets, what he said about women in a private conversation and his having committed adultery. Regarding adultery, that sin is for spouses and God to judge. There is no connection between marital sexual fidelity and moral leadership. I wish there were. And as regards the "Access Hollywood" tape, every religious person, indeed every thinking person, should understand that there is no connection between what people say privately and their ability to be a moral leader. That's why I wrote a column for the Wall Street Journal 20 years ago defending Hillary Clinton when she was charged with having privately expressed anti-Semitic sentiments. That the editor of Christianity Today thinks the president's personal flaws, whatever they might be, are more important than all the good he has done for conservatives, for Christians, for Jews, for blacks and for America tells us a lot ... about Galli and the decline of Christian moral thought. http://bit.ly/2PTEzC4
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    Imagine Rex having an opinion on all this? https://nationalpost.com/opinion/rex-murphy-our-not-so-brave-new-world-has-gone-bananas IMO he is really talking about the Socratic ability to determine and identify that which isn't true (or can't be true). Truth and reality are cousins for most practical people although I do recall this being the subject of some debate. Reality is what it is and doesn't care about individual versions of truth because it remains unaffected and unaltered by perception. Calling the world flat doesn't change its shape anymore than manufacturers modifying dress sizes makes you thinner. My hope would be for voters to simply consider cause and effect in that light and by doing so, identify and reject agendas born of rhetoric and the deliberate manipulation of truthful elements. The lack of finesse with which this is now done becomes apparent in the crude manipulation of statistics (lies even), and the support of a willing media that has rendered much of the news (and topics covered) to the realm of propaganda.... propaganda is todays religious doctrine and religious doctrine is the enemy of free speech. We are seeing that now.... Most political debate is now akin to Muslims and Catholics discussing theology. There is no hope of compromise and both debaters know full well that neither of them is on a quest for truth because they have already found it. They continue because they enjoy the exchange...... what was (or could be) a quest for truth and compromise becomes a source of entertainment which soon morphs into ridicule leading to further polarization between the debaters. Appealing to the ever shrinking pool of moderates becomes the key to advancing an agenda.... Democrats are coming to that conclusion a bit late in the game I think.
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    Boeing ousts Muilenburg amid 737 MAX crisis; observers wonder if new CEO Calhoun will bring the right sort of change Dec. 23, 2019 at 6:37 am Updated Dec. 23, 2019 at 4:58 pm https://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/boeing-ousts-ceo-dennis-muilenberg/?utm_source=marketingcloud&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=BNA_122319144412+BREAKING%3a+Boeing+ousts+CEO+Dennis+Muilenburg_12_23_2019&utm_term=Active subscriber#comments This didn't begin with this CEO and it is not likely to end with his replacement. Work habits and attitudes take years to change. The turn towards profit & shareholder value over excellence in engineering and testing began in 1997. It will literally take a generation to alter Boeing's cultural values, processes and priorities. Many saw this along the way, but were ignored, as were those who wrote to their superiors, and finally to the FAA.
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    All of which seems rather irrelevant given the truth of it all. He stands as the IMPOTUS, and unfortunately, there he remains as a continued threat to global health.
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    Assman strikes back: Denied licence plate, Saskatchewan man emblazons 'offensive' last name on tailgate The Melville man had an oversized decal designed to replicate the plate in question. 'Well I just wanted to go big!' When it comes to celebrating his family name, Dave Assman refuses to take no for an answer. After Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) denied his latest request for an ‘ASSMAN’ vanity licence plate, the Melville man had an oversized decal designed to replicate the plate in question and then placed the decal on the tailgate of his white Dodge Ram pickup truck. Assman — pronounced OSS-men — said he appealed SGI’s decision on Tuesday and received a message around four hours later that his request had once again been rejected. Then the railroad worker took action. “I could have got a plate for the front but I really wanted a vanity plate on the back of my truck!” Assman wrote in a social media post showing off the decal. “See, I hate to say it but I’m kinda a sarcastic ass and well I just wanted to go big!” he said later via direct message.
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    For those of us that were fortunate enough to become pilots it is, without a doubt, a fact that we NEVER forget those that helped us make it through the, training, trials, and tribulations as we sought, and achieved, our final goal.. Thanks for posting.. Kip
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