Forget the wing, there’s a guy in the wheel-well.


SERIOUSLY, I saw a dude in the wheel-well!!


The title refers to an old Twilight Zone episode about a guy on the wing of an airliner in flight. The original starred William Shatner, but I prefer the remake with John Lithgow. Fran had an amusing experience with this particular episode (the Shatner one), I linked it below.

Airlines. If you fly at all, you’ve probably got your own stories. I used to fly a lot, not as much now. Here’s a couple of my stories.


I’m in line, Baltimore, I think, and they have one of those body-scanners that circle around while you hold your hands over your head. One of the ones people used to complain about because they can see through your clothes. They also had a regular scanner. So, they’re sending one that way, one this way. I count back, and see that I’m going to get the body scanner. Except….there’s this young lady in front of me, 5’2”, 105 or so, very shapely, attractive young lady. The count’s going 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2. Then it gets to the young lady in front of me. 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 1. The TSA agent is a big guy, think Newman from Seinfeld in a TSA uniform. When he points the young lady to the body scanner, I busted out laughing, just couldn’t help it. I said “C’mon dude, really?!?!” laughing away. He deadpans me. Not a flicker. I say to him, “Hey, could I at least get a copy of the picture?” He deadpans me again, pointing at the regular scanner.


Another, more serious story also comes to mind.

I was flying to Boston on business. I was taking my tablet in my carry-on, but at the last minute before I left the house, I decided to take my laptop, just easier to type if you need to. I opened my suitcase and slid it in the middle between a bunch of clothes in the bag I was going to check in. When I arrived in Boston and got to my hotel, I discovered someone had stolen my laptop. Of course I was furious. The laptop was bad enough. It was a few years old and almost ready for replacement, even though it had taken on the electronic quality of a worn-out pair of jeans you don’t want to get rid of. Wasn’t ready to part with it yet.

Worse to me, though, were the other implications. I’m going through strip searches, throwing out nail clippers, and the airlines are unable to exert positive control over my luggage. In short, what really worried me was, if someone can just take something out, someone could just put something in. For all of the security B.S., there was absolutely no chain of accountability when it came to my bag. Even worse, for all the commotion I raised and letters I wrote, I couldn’t even get anyone to act like they cared.

I like Arnold Schwarzenegger movies. Sue me, I like dude stuff. Most of the time I can suspend reality for the sake of the movie, as long as they’re consistent within themselves. One movie, though, pushed me over the edge of believability (Ok, not just one, wise guy, but this is relative to the post). It was called “Commando,” and the plot is unimportant. In it, Arnold is pursuing a bad guy, and to find out where he’s going, he climbs in the wheel well of a jumbo jet to go where the bad guy is going. Ree-dic-u-lous.

arnold commando

I’m a bad dude who can fly in wheel-wells. I mean, not really, just in the movies.

Because, you know, even an ex-special forces super-tough-guy in a movie can’t climb in a wheel well and hitch a ride.

Except a teenager can.

Of course I’m referring to the recent story of the teenager in the wheel well that hitches a ride to Hawaii. Excuse me for being callous, but forget about the kid for a minute. We’re throwing out things because they’re an ounce over, getting rid of nail clippers, wearing slip-ons so you can get through security quick, going through ridiculous security procedures, all to make flying “safer.” And we put up with it because we think the people in charge know what they’re doing.

And a kid sneaks in the wheel well.

I have the same fear as I did when my computer was stolen. If someone can take something out…..

If a kid can sneak in a wheel well undetected…..

I was trying to think of an appropriate anecdote, but I think this is the anecdote for other stories. Like, well, you can make people fly in shorts and a t-shirt, but if you can’t stop a kid from getting in the wheel well…..

If you fly, I’m sure you’ve got your own security nightmare story. For some of us, flying is a necessary event in today’s world. For the most part, I think the airline industry sucks.  Sure, some of the working people try to make it better, and I’ve met a few good attendants. For the most part, we pay a lot of money to get cattle-car treatment, and that’s after we get sprayed down by the TSA.

But while they’re making me throw out my toothpaste tube because it’s an ounce over, maybe they should think about having someone watch the outside before it takes off.

Don’t miss the big stuff while you’re fiddling with minutia. Just a little while ago, none of us would have ever thought an airliner could just disappear.



A funny read:

From Franks Place, “Captain Kirk Made me Turn On The Lights.”

Podcast Season 2 Episode 44: Transparency redefined.

Awesome show tonight. We’ll take on the English language as we try to define transparency in a manner suited to the Obama Administration. Wish us luck with that. And hold on to your hats, T-NAK returns. Fresh from his rejuvenating pilgrimage to Akron, T-Nak the magnificent returns to release his knowledge on us. Don’t miss it!

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Wow. Just wow.

Wow. Just wow.

To Cool for School

As the throngs of people rush the Pope Mobile, Pontif 1, Pope Francis lets two kids hop in the glass house on wheels for the ride of a life time. Is there a cooler guy on the planet right now. We report, you decide! But I think not.




Spaceballs The Administration

Spaceballs The Administration


The war on journalism by the Obama Administration continues. A liberal leaning CBS reporter is the latest victim and she’s calling out her profession for cowering in the shadow of the Nixonian style tactics of the Obama communications Junta.




Heaven Help Us

Heaven Help Us

Heaven Can’t Wait

Former NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he’s a lock for heaven if God exists. He’s earned it he says. It’s a no brainer he says. This is bad I say. This smells like the start of the Apocalypse I say. Start stockpiling water. Now.






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Careful what you wish for…

Cuonzo Martin is no longer the coach at Tennessee.

Go Bears!

Go Bears!

He’s the new head shed at the University of California. The fans of Tennessee basketball got their wish. Well, at least 36,000 who signed the petition did. Although safe to say a lot of people who did not sign were still wishing for what happened today. I am not one of those people. I firmly believe UT just set their basketball program back a few years at least and put me at a disadvantage with my UK grad wife (homecoming queen 1994, yes I married up). I’m pretty sure that’s the minority opinion at the moment; the UT BBall thing, not the married up part. But that’s not really the issue.

Where do UT fans get this sense of basketball entitlement? Other than the Pearl and Martin eras you have to go back to the 70s and the Ernie and Bernie show to find a time when UT Basketball was relevant. I mean Jerry Green took them to the tourney all 4 of his years at the helm in the late 1990s, but his ass got run out of town too. And that turned out swell. That gave us Buzz Ball. And let’s be serious, other than the one Elite 8, Pearl’s squads underperformed in tournaments, be it SEC or NCAA. Don’t believe me? Google it. You’ll be surprised at the results when UT went in as a #2 seed. (Got by #15 Winthrop on a buzzer beater, then lost to #7 Wichita St.)

So, I don’t get it. No doubt Martin is not as flashy or as emotional, but his teams played hard, they played defense, and they started to win. What’s not to like. At Missouri State, his job before UT, Martin took them from last to first in three years. Seems like a similar formula was unfolding in Knoxville. Not to mention Martin’s UT squad was squeaky clean. They graduated, stayed out of trouble off the court, and by all accounts were stand up kids. Oh yeah, they went to a Sweet 16 too. Again, what was the problem with Martin?

I will say I think Martin leaving has more to do with the UT Athletic Department than it does the fans. The petition to get Pearl back was stupid. It was nothing more than an exercise in wasted energy by a basketball illiterate, but understandably disappointed, fan base. But no one from the AD’s office came out to disavow, disassociate, dis-something with that dumb petition. No one from the AD’s office came out and said what they knew to be true. In no way shape or form was Pearl ever going to be rehired at UT.

The athletic department was silent on the issue. That’s almost the same as an endorsement of the petition. Then after the tournament and a tap dance with Marquette, Martin was offered a bump in salary and a 2yr extension to stay at UT. The bump would move him from 11th highest paid coach in a 14 team SEC, to 8th highest. Wow, what an ingrate. How could Martin not accept that sweetheart deal?

Can you do that math? Martin’s raise would still leave him behind 5 of the coaches who did not make the tournament this year. Leaving only Donovan and Calapari at the top in salary, coaches of the other two teams to make the Dance with UT. Now in no way am I saying Martin should be in Donovan and Calapari money. But come on, in no way should he be looking up at Tony Barbee (Fired from Auburn), Frank Haith at Missouri, Mark Fox at Georgia, Frank Martin at SC, Anthony Grant (fired from Alabama), and Kevin Stallings (should be fired from Vandy). Martin should be comfortably sitting with Mike Anderson of Arkansas at 2.2 million.

But money aside, only a 2yr extension for the guy who just went to the Sweet 16? What’s the point of that? So we can do this dance again in two years. I mean I get the money end of it. If you end up firing Martin, a longer-term contract means you’re paying him. In this situation AD Dave Hart is making money in the form of a buyout. That’s fools gold in my opinion. That short-term save is long term debt in the form of a higher salary to get another guy in here, and frankly more damage to UT’s already dysfunctional athletic department reputation. Let’s not even talk about the 7’1″ center that de-committed from UT to commit to the Cal Bears, or the widely tweeted, but unsubstantiated rumor that UT boosters told Dave Hart not to allow Martin to use the UT jet for recruiting trips. Who the hell knew we had a jet anyway?

Why not just say, “Cuonzo, we are not familiar with winning big games with defense and free throw shooting by kids who go to class and don’t get arrested. We don’t like it. We would prefer every game hang in the balance as we hoist up god awful contested three point shots all game long. It’s what the fans want and it’s what we want. We would like you to go elsewhere so we don’t have to pay you.” That would have been more honest. Essentially that’s what they took the round about way of doing. So Martin went elsewhere. At least 36,000 fans are publicly happy because of it. I’m happy they’re happy. (not really)

So now what guys? UT just proved they can’t or won’t pay a guy who took them to the Sweet 16. UT proved they could be silent when things get a little tough and the fans bristle and show up on the internet with virtual pitch forks and torches. How is UT gonna get anyone in here on that budget and that record of not backing their coaches?

Fans are tweeting “Go get Marshall from Wichita St. Go get Shaka Smart from VCU.” Oh really? You think those guys are taking a pay cut to coach a team where the fans have such bizarre expectations and will work publically to run your ass out of town the minute they think you lost a game you should have won while the AD stands idly by?

Pearl left the team in an NCAA sanction shambles and Martin made it to the Sweet 16 in three years. He was then nudged and winked out the door. What big name guy is coming to that situation without a huge paycheck? News flash, we don’t do huge paychecks at UT. What should have been offered to Martin won’t be close to what we’ll have to offer a “Big Name” guy. Wake up Knoxville, Jon Gruden is not coming through that door.

So y’all got your wish. Here’s hoping we all can live with the result.

The Taxman cometh…for about half of us, anyway.


Axing the dollar





Well, Mitt you shouldn’t have said it. But the percentage wasn’t that far off. It is true, however, that anywhere between 49-47 percent of Americans don’t pay federal income tax. To be fair, I don’t think the ones that don’t pay are bitter clingers hanging on to their guns and their Gods. Anyway, to be clear, we’re talking about Federal income tax. On a side note, everyone pays some type of taxes, whether its sales tax, city tax, state tax.

The exact percentage of people who pay no Federal income tax varies depending on the economy, however, according to a 2012 report from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities:

Close to half of U.S. households currently do not owe federal income tax.  The Urban Institute-Brookings Tax Policy Center estimates that 46 percent of households will owe no federal income tax for 2011.    A widely cited figure is a Joint Committee on Taxation estimate that 51 percent of households paid no federal income tax in 2009.   (The TPC figure for 2009 also is 51 percent.)

Many of those who don’t pay taxes are the poor and the elderly.

I don’t have any real judgments to make here. I guess if I did, it would be that so much of the discussion about taxes that I hear centers on the statement about the rich not paying their share, even though, apparently, half of the country doesn’t pay anything. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating taxing the poor or the elderly. I’m advocating adding a few facts the next time someone brings up the subject.

From CNBC, according to the Congressional budget office:

Buried inside a Congressional Budget Office report this week was this nugget: when it comes to individual income taxes, the top 40 percent of wage earners in America pay 106 percent of the taxes. The bottom 40 percent…pay negative 9 percent.

If you want to find out what negative 9 percent means, click the CNBC link below.

If you want to find out what you’re paying for (if you’re one of the ones doing such) the White House has provided this handy little calculator. Keep in mind, that of all this stuff on the list, only half of us are paying for it.

I guess you can trust it if you believe the government wouldn’t deceive you.

I’ll conclude with this quote from the CNBC article written by Jane Wells.

People who make more should pay more, generally speaking. In America, they are. Yes, the rich (and almost rich) are getting richer. When it comes to individual income taxes, they’re also covering the entire bill. And leaving a tip.

Hupp out.

Podcast Season 2 Episode 43: Bumblin, Stumblin, Fumblin

Weird show tonight. An unintentional theme popped up so we just ran with it. In short, as campaigners, the Republicans couldn’t hit the water if they fell off a boat. We talk about several examples of the Rs blowing their own feet off just 6 short months from a chance at taking the Senate and retaining the House. Can the recover? Can they win? We report, you decide!

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On to the tease…

What a difference a year makes.

What a difference a year makes.

Timing, it’s always the timing.

Ill informed and ill timed, our gal Sarah tags Rep Paul Ryan as a RINO. It was less than two years ago she was hailing him as the savior of conservatism now she’s calling him a joke and a RINO. Mid-term elections are this November, was the really the time for this SP?



C'mon Reince. You have to be ready for this stuff.

C’mon Reince. You have to be ready for this stuff.

Blocky McBlockertons

GOP stops the Fair Pay Act. Legislation was crappy but the Rs seem unprepared for the spin applied by the Democrats. So what looks like a good decision to stop bad legislation is being reported as another road block by the party of NO. RNC Chair Reince Prebius is not ready for the big leagues. Should the Rs change horses right before the mid-term elections? You bet your ass they should, if they want to have a chance in 2016.


Tea Party gives John a sad.

Tea Party gives John a sad.

You have to vote for it to find out what’s in it? 

Speaker Boehner pulls a Pelosi and sneaks a bill past House members. The bill fixes medicare holes that would hurt doctors, but unknown to Tea Party members who did vote for it, the bill expands Obama-care making it easier for small business to sign up. The tri-corner hat guys are pissed and have declared war on establishment repubs. Get your popcorn folks, this is gettin good.


Getting deeper into the weeds of election analysis.

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Podcast Season 2 Episode 42: Live from the Monolith

Big show for you tonight. For the first time in the show’s storied history we have a live audience. Some lucky folk waited out the lousy Knoxville weather and were granted admittance to Monolith Studio 1B. These lucky fans picked a good night. It was the night Hupp finally paid the proper homage to the greatest athlete on the planet – Tiger Woods. Trust me, you don’t want to miss it.

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Don't make me come over there an be fabulous!

Don’t make me come over there an be fabulous!

Wait…She’s Armenian

Yes Kanye, she’s Armenian. And now she’s embroiled in the Syrian mess after using the twitter hashtag #savekessab in a tweet she thought was supporting the locals. What she really did was reuse a hashtag Assad’s regime has been using to spread false information and engage in psych warfare against the rebels.



"Heh heh, this will make Maddow go batshit insane."

“Heh heh, this will make Maddow go batshit insane.”

To the highest bidder goes the lever pull.

In a stunning ruling from the Supreme Court, individuals are no longer limited in how much they can give to a candidate or to how many candidates they can give. Is it open season on US Elections? Is democracy for sale? Is Hill-Dogg in a better position after this ruling? We report, you decide!


You don't know the power...

You don’t know the power…

He may not be your father, but he might be your President.

This is not a joke. Again, this is not a jok. Darth Vader has qualified for the Presidential ballot in the Ukraine. That is all I have to say about that.





All this and some interaction with a live audience. Well, they were alive when they came in here.

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April Fools, Obamacare, and BS

surgical glove

When you hear the glove snap, it’s time to bend over.





April freaking fool’s day. Yes, I’m angry. For reasons I will write about later. For now, let me just state this. Bureaucracies, over time, simply exist to support themselves. Of course, some bureaucratic BS is necessary to run the world. However, if you don’t know that about bureaucracies, you haven’t given it much thought.

I’m on the White House mailing list, and today, I received the letter from the President telling us how much better life is because of Obamacare. Sorry Nancy, I’m still going to call it that.

Just to start out, if you’d like to read the entire letter, I’ve linked the White House blog to the bottom of this post. And, whether you support Obama or not, you know all the numbers are fabricated. Bad guesses at best.

Normally, I cite sources. I’m not going to tonight. (Except for Goldberg’s’ column and the White House blog post) If you need sources, you’ve not paid a bit of attention in the last two years, and it’s not my responsibility to provide them. Surf the internet for God’s sake. This has been a disaster from what’s her names “We have to pass the bill so we can know what is in it.” I mean, seriously, how has this women not been thrown out on her ass? This is how we govern in America?

Obama is citing “millions” of Americans, young adults, yada yada like he has a clue what he’s talking about. Read the following excerpt from Bernard Goldberg’s latest column, and I’ve linked the entire post at the bottom. I can’t say it any better.

 Too bad the White House forgot to tell the American people how great ObamaCare is.  An AP poll taken right before the six million number was released showed that only 26 percent of Americans support the president’s signature piece of legislation.  That’s the lowest approval rating since ObamaCare became law. (In fairness, the poll may be way off base since it wasn’t conducted of “registered voters” or “likely voters” but simply “adults” – anyone, in other words, with a pulse.)

I don’t want to be a party pooper but there are a few things we don’t know.  We don’t know how many of the six or seven million actually paid their premium.  If they didn’t, they’re not covered — and so they don’t count.

We don’t know how many fit into the key demographic – young and healthy, the ones whose money is desperately needed to keep the plan afloat.

We also don’t know how many already had health insurance but got cancellation notices before they signed up for a new plan they didn’t want.   For all we know maybe only a million of those supposed six or seven million got medical insurance for the first time.

And there’s something else we don’t know.  We don’t know if the numbers the White House is putting out are even close to accurate.

Because, as Goldberg goes on to say, it’s not like Obama’s lied to us about anything else? And by-the-way, our “long broken healthcare system?” Sounds like you’ve been watching too many Michael Moore mockumentaries.

Anyway, if you had to sign up for Obamacare, good luck. You can’t pick your doctor, you can’t pick your healthcare plan. And, if you had something before, what you have now is probably more expensive. But don’t fret, he’s trying to raise the minimum wage.