No, it’s not because it’s Fathers’ Day (I’m not a father), but Happy Father’s Day to my Dad, and two brothers anyway.
Friday, I had a great interview with Greg Pruett, the founder and President of the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance. The ISAA has been successful in getting anti-gun legislators voted out of office, getting city and county gun bans overturned (Idaho has a state pre-emption law, but when did a pesky little thing like the law ever stop penny-ante tyrants?), and in making Idaho the ninth state in the nation to pass a Constitutional carry law. Really, if you don’t know what Constitutional carry is, Google it. Better yet, get a copy of the Constitution and read it.
Greg Pruett, ISAA President and founder, center. Your humble host is somewhere lost in the crowd!
Greg is doing double duty, having moved to Madison, Wisconsin (waaaaaaay behind enemy lines!) to help the good people in the Badger State to get common-sense — and Constitutional — gun rights legislation passed. You can borrow him for a while, Wisconsin, but we call dibs on him! Listen to my interview with Greg on the podcast.
On Saturday, I attended a class on citizen activism, put on by the Federation for Applied Conservative Leadership. The instructor was Aaron Dorr, with the Iowa Gun Owners. This guy knows what he’s talking about. Aaron told us how he started the organization with only the help of his brother, $25, and a bad attitude toward politicians. Over the last several years, Iowa Gun Owners has grown into the biggest pain in the a** of anti-gun politicians, and has successfully gotten 20+ of them voted out of office, including senior leaders. I highly recommend you look into scheduling a class in your town, if you’re in any way interested in starting a grassroots activist group. I’m not going to go into details about what Aaron covered, I’ll only say I’m feeling motivated like never before to get my own group started and lay waste to City Hall…figuratively speaking, of course!
One more note…the good news is, emails have started to come in, with thoughts and ideas for the show. The bad news is, a couple of them have been complaining about my use of “strong” language on my podcast. Well, first of all, there is a disclaimer at the beginning of each show…please feel free to NOT listen if it offends you more than what the Left is doing to our country. This is not a kids’ show, after all. Second, I do bleep out the actual words, leaving only enough to get the point across. But most of all, there’s the reason WHY I use “strong” language (like I would really use weak language?). Simply put, it’s the language young people speak. They grew up with Howard Stern, and Opie and Anthony. They’ve never known life without rap (is that sad or what?). They’re used to hearing words like “bitch”, “bastard” and “ass” on broadcast prime time TV, and even worse on cable and reality shows. They’ve never known anything but coarse language…in the media, in school, in music, everywhere.
If we want to be able to communicate with them, and to teach them the common sense, logic and rightness of our philosophy, we’d better damn well lower ourselves to that level. Otherwise the followers of Bernie Sanders will tunnel right under our moral high ground and blow us the hell up..again, figuratively speak. Then again, after this week’s shooting in Virginia, maybe it won’t be figurative.
Okay, that’s it for this show. Enjoy, and try to contain your enthusiasm. Naaaah, on second though, go out and conquer something.
First of all, I take nothing away from the bravery of our veterans, troops, police, firefighters, paramedics, or anyone else who either risks their life or has done so in the past, to protect a society that largely doesn’t deserve their sacrifice. Thanks to all of you…you’re NOT cowards.
Everyone else, there’s a good chance you are King or Queen Chickensh*t.
Why do I say that? Because you don’t speak up, speak out, and do something when it’s needed. When the time comes to fight, either with your words or with your fists, you turn chicken a** and run. Over about the last 30 years, I have seen this country run full speed off the cliff. Even if we wake up soon enough to yank the ripcord of the parachute on our national back, it’s probably too late to do anything other than to slow our fall enough for us not to wind up a grease spot on the rocks below. All because you’ve ignored the nest of snakes under the house, and instead whistled “Don’t Worry Be Happy” as you drove your SUV with the “Life is Good” spare tire cover to the mall to go shopping. Life’s a Beach, after all, right?
On Episode 3 of Fight Back With Jay Howell, I talk about how the whole “transgender” issue has taken root because you, me, and other good people have sat back and stood down while politically correct Leftist and cowardly conservative lawmakers codified the insanity known by the clinical name “gender dysphoria“. Notice how the preferred treatment method of the “psychiatric world” is to go along to get along…give hormones to those afflicted with the insanity, to let them continue their delusion, rather than deal with the issue head-on. Cowardly. Insane. Our silence and apathy is only emboldening the Left, while we plummet to the bottom of the rocky chasm. Grow a spine, people, and fight back!
Watch the video linked to in this article…it says, in a nutshell, if you like the women you date to have vaginas, or the men you date to have penises, you’re a “transphobe”. Yeah. But let’s look at that word, “transphobe”. A phobia is an irrational fear of something. “Trans” means “across”, or “to cross”, as in transportation, transaction, of Transylvania (across the forest). So “transphobe” would mean “an irrational fear of crossing.” Crossing what? The ocean? The country? The room? “Transpohobe” is a totally contrived, made up, non-word. It’s like “homophobe”…”homo” means the same, or one. So a “homophobe” would be someone who has an irrational fear of…the same? One? Homogenized milk? Total bullsh*t, but the Lefties have been reading their Orwell. Remember Newspeak in 1984? There you go. Don’t let them get away with it. Have the courage to call things what they really are.
I also talk about how the worst fears of many of us right-wing kooks may indeed be getting ready to happen, but conservative snowflakes (and yes, most on the Right are cowardly snowflakes) are either unaware of it, or are whistling past the graveyard, ignoring the warning signs right in front of their noses. A Second Civil War is, IMHO, more possible today than when Barrack Hussein Obammunist’s Occupy White House operation was still on. Just look at what’s been going on since last summer, with the Leftists chasing, then attacking, and now stabbing and beating Make America Great Again ralliers with knives, baseball bats, bricks and pepper spray. Granted, the Right is finally starting to fight back, equipping themselves with motorcycle and baseball helmets, and kicking some serious snowflake a** at UC Berkeley. But the Commies are talking about stepping it up, and arming themselves with guns. At a recent Leftist rally in Phoenix, the buttercups exercised their Second Amendment right to carry their weapons openly (which I support). Were they doing it because they are suddenly supporters of our RKBA, or were they just trying to frighten us? Well, they may scare some of you cowering conservatives, but just look at the picture…is that the Stay Pufft Marshmallow Man with a beard on the right? And, oh how cute…they’re wearing matching red bandanas! Sheesh…at least none of those morons have their fingers on the trigger.
“But Jay,” you whine, “That’ll never happen heeeere.” Au contraire…the three most dangerous word combination in the English language is “can’t happen here.” That and “President Elizabeth Warren.”
People, wake up…ignoring what’s going on right in front of your nose is a sure fire way to wake up one day to the news that several MAGA ralliers are dead after pipe bombs went off in Hometown, USA, followed by wildly sprayed gunfire. At this point, I don’t know if it can even be stopped, but we can be ready for it if it does happen (please Lord, don’t let it happen!). Stay alert, stay alive, and plan for the worst but pray for the best. In the meantime, read Civil War 2, by Thomas Chittum. It was written in 1996, and a lot of it is happening right in front of our eyes.
Quick side note…the Lefties who are attacking peaceful MAGA rallies call themselves “antifa”, or “anti fascists”. Yeah…to them, you and I are fascists. Why? Because we exercise our First Amendment rights to peaceably assemble, and to free speech. They don’t like that, because our views are different from theirs, and the little teacups were never taught by their worthless Generation X parents how to deal with things that don’t go their way. So they lash out, like the spoiled brats they are, violently, to keep us from exercising our right to free speech. So who are the real fascists here? One side is exercising their Constitutional rights, and the other side is trying to stop them from exercising those Constitutional rights…..hmmmmm.
They’re also hypocrites, because after calling for “assault weapon” bans following Sandy Hoax, San Bernadino, Orlando and other mass shootings, they’re now buying and carrying the very same black rifles they don’t want you and I to be able to own, in an effort to scare us.
But I digress.
Speaking of spoiled brats and temper tantrums, the other side of the United Airlines/Dr. Dumbass story is coming out, and it’s just what we were told when the story was breaking. Which is to say, before the one passenger’s video went viral, and became the only version of the story we heard in the endless media hyperventilating. The security agent who pulled Dr. Dumbass from his seat said the 69-year old kidult was thrashing around violently, and as he was being pulled from his chair, Dork Boy pushed the agent’s hands away, and he face-planted into the armrest of the chair. Yeah…he wasn’t “assaulted”, he wasn’t “beaten up”, he wasn’t “thrown across the cabin”, or any other bullsh*t story that anyone with a higher-than-room-temperature IQ saw through right from the get go. His busted lip, his missing teeth, his alleged concussion? All his fault.
Still, that isn’t stopping United from changing its policy. Reacting like scared little bit**es, the company now forbids its employees from touching any passenger that’s already seated. According to Fox News, the airline will also offer up to $10K in bribes to passengers who have to give up their seats thanks to the airline’s practice of overbooking flights. No, nothing could ever go wrong there, could it? Next we’ll be hearing of passengers getting into fist fights in the aisles over who’s the first in line to get that $10 grand. If you ask me, an effective policy change would be to give three warnings, over a 10 minute period, followed by a close encounter with a TSA agent with a cattle prod. Oh yeah, also make it policy to not oversell flights.
Another side note…I really wish United had changed that policy back in 2010 when I got booted of my flight at O’Hare (see FBWJH #1). I was seated, belted in, with my overhead bag already stowed. Woulda been nice…
In our How to Fight Back segment, I talk about the importance of speaking up and speaking out, only this time the importance of speaking out to people, rather than the safe anonymity of the internet or talk radio. Talk to your friends and family. Your co-workers. Your bowling league buddies. The members of your church congregation. As I said before, many conservatives and patriots are snowflakes. They’re afraid to speak up and speak out, for fear of being called bigots, haters and racists. Pop culture and the news media have convinced them that they’re the minority, they’re out of touch, and their views are old-fashioned. They need to see that they’re not alone, that we patriots and conservatives are the majority. As Glenn Beck once said, “we surround them”. But don’t just start flapping your gums if you’re not ready…it’s verbal combat you’re wading into, and the Leftists are very good at it. They’ll pick you to pieces if you’re not ready. Here’s how to prepare:
Get informed. Listen to talk radio (I recommend Dr. Michael Savage, Alex Jones, Laura Ingraham, Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis and of course the grand poobah, Rush Limbaugh). Read websites like Red State, SHTFplan, Gateway Pundit, World Net Daily, InfoWars, Newsmax, MRC.org, etc. Go to discussion boards like Free Republic, Time Bomb 2000, AR15.com, and so on. Read, listen, digest and understand what’s being said. You are what you read. If you don’t understand something, ask a FReeper to explain it to you…they may be long winded, but they’ll jump at the opportunity. Then formulate a way of arguing those points in your own words, in your own style.
Practice, practice, practice. Get together with your friends and role play. Have others listen and critique you. Then practice some more. Get to where you can think on your feet, because the Leftists will try to throw you off.
Know how to recognize red herring and straw man arguments, which are favorites of the Left. A red herring is changing the subject in an attempt to distract you, and divert you from your point. You start out debating about illegal aliens, then find yourself a few minutes later arguing over artificial turf versus grass. If your opponent tries to change the subject, tell them to stick to the matter at hand. Similarly, a straw man argument is an attempt to throw you off by arguing a point you never made. Example: you say water is wet. The Leftist then says, “that’s like saying the sky is blue. It’s not always blue…sometimes it’s gray because it’s overcast. What, you don’t believe in clouds? Clouds are real…you must be anti-science!” You never said anything about clouds, but suddenly that’s what the debate is about. Again, don’t let them change the subject.
If they do, or if they’re just a blithering, uninformed idiot, ridicule them. Ridicule is a veeeeeery powerful tool that the Left has been using against us for years. Think Jon Stewart, Steven Colbert, or Bill Maher. Use it on them. Now, I know that goes against our nature as conservatives, to be nice, to go along to get along, to be polite. Get over it. Leftists are our philosophical enemies, and if our worst fears come to pass, maybe our very real enemies. Don’t try to get them to like you…they only way they will ever be nice to you is if agree with them, all the time. Again, Generation Xers and Generation.commers really don’t know how to deal with those who don’t tell them they’re special, and wonderful, and talented, and just the smartest people on Earth. They can’t handle people laughing at them. Do it. To their faces. It’s fun, especially if the Leftist is a hipster!
Being as they can’t defeat us in the theater of ideas, they usually resort to one or two things: one is to fold their arms, and repeat over and over again, “No. You’re just wrong. You’re wrong.” Checkmate. Or they’ll start insulting you, calling you names like fascist, racist, bigot, etc. Again, checkmate. Don’t get scared because they’re using the r-word, turn it back on them. “Really, is that the best you’ve got? I expected more from someone who pretends to be educated,” or “Can’t argue the issues, so you have to resort to insults, I see. Real lame. I won.” Make sure you claim victory, then do a figurative victory dance over their verbal corpse.
Most importantly, DO IT IN PUBLIC! That mousy, cowering conservative snowflake who’s watching from 10 feet away needs to see there are people who think like him/her. I’ve had people come up to me after I’ve destroyed a Leftist and say “I didn’t know anyone else though like me.” Bingo…you’ve won an ally. Now turn that person into a fanatic. Bring them to your group’s practice sessions, invite them to the MAGA rally you’re planning. He/she will then do the same, and the movement will grow exponentially.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s gonna take guts. But if we don’t have the guts to get informed, and gird up to do verbal combat, how the hell will be ever have the guts to fight back when the Leftist snowflakes attack the next MAGA rally? How will be have the courage to do what must be done if, God help us, we find ourselves in an 1861-type situation, only in 2017? 2018?
Things have gotten as bad as they have, and this nation is in the mortal danger we’re in from enemies foreign and domestic , because we’ve let it happen. We’ve ignored the nest of snakes in the basement, and when they came crawling up through the vents in the floor, instead of killing them, we went shopping. We’re addicted to good times and happiness. We think life really is a beach. It’s not. Our freedom is on life support, and your kids or grandkids may never draw a free breath again if you don’t speak up, speak out, and DO SOMETHING! It’s gonna take guts, but we’re Americans, the gutsiest people every to walk the face of God’s green Earth. We can do it.
Finally, I’m a sucker for a good news story. In the news biz, they call them “kickers”…those stories about dogs and babies and Little League teams that come at the end of a newscast, that leave you smiling after being bombarded with bad news for the last 30 minutes. So I end today’s podcast with a kicker that is sheer poetic justice, about how some ISIS goat humpers met their (probably) painful end. I hope it leaves you smiling as it did me.
This past weekend, chumps from all across the world celebrated Earth Day, and held “Rallies for Science” in 500 cities. In true Leftist fashion, that innocuous name was used to hide to the unknowing masses what they were really doing…protesting gloBULL warming, climate change, or whatever they’re calling it now. I guess “science”?
Okay, first things first. As I lay out in this week’s podcast, the whole argument that they (the Left) are pro-science and we on the Right are anti-science is a bunch of horse sh*t. Those like FORMER (it feels sooooo good saying former) President Barrack Hussein Obammunist, who proclaimed carbon dioxide to be a poison, the spawn of Satan, the boogeyman, and the most evil thing ever created by Gaia Herself, obviously slept through 3rd grade Life Science. It was then, back in the 70s, in Kentucky (which we were told had the next to bottom public education system in the nation), we learned about this thing called “photosynthesis”. Maybe you’ve heard of it. As a refresher, photosynthesis is where plants take sunlight, water AND carbon dioxide, and produce glucose (which plants need to survive), and oxygen (which we need to survive). Amazing how that works isn’t it, Mr. FORMER President?
In other words, carbon dioxide is plant food. “Oh, but there’s too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere,” you whine. Not according to Freeman Dyson, a mathematician and physicist at Princeton University. Oh yeah, he’s a rocket scientist, too…a real one. He thinks not only has higher levels of carbon dioxide led to forests growing back faster than in the past, including those oh-so-sacred rainforests, but it’s led to higher crop yields. For those of you for whom the closest you’ve ever gotten to farming is the organic vegetable section at Albertson’s, that means farms are producing more food now than at any time in the past. That’s good news for a world whose population is growing.
Quick side note…remember back in the 70s and 80s, those Chicken Littles who said we wouldn’t be able to produce enough food to feed the world’s population, oh, say, by…he year 2000? Haven’t heard from them in a while, have we? But I digress.
So this past Saturday, mind-numbed legions of well-intentioned Leftists turned out by the thousands to “Rally for Science”. Even here in Boise, Idaho, there were an estimated 1,000 eco-nuts who gathered on the Capitol steps to whine about how the legislature had de-funded “science” this year, and cry about how politicians don’t “respect science”. Well, there you go again, with the trademark Leftist exaggeration and spinning of the truth. What the Idaho legislature did was drop from the public education curriculum the requirement to teach the environmentalist propaganda that mankind is causing gloBULL warming…uh, I mean “climate change”. I guess so-called “educators” realize that their arguments are so easy to pick apart, they have to reach, indoctrinate, and program young minds before they develop the ability to think critically and reason. Then again, maybe those so-called “educators” are just abjectly stupid, which is as key an ingredient to liberalism as carbon dioxide is to photosynthesis.
So back to the whole anti-science thing. What exactly are the eco-nut Leftists basing their gloom and doom predictions on, if not the science of photosynthesis (and the ability to think logically)? In 1998, the infamous (in the true sense of the word) “hockey-stick graph” was published, which allegedly showed the Earth gradually cooling over the last 1000 years, before a sharp upward spike in the 20th Century. Yeah, that’s when eeeeevil factories, cars, air conditioners and other spawns of Satan proliferated exponentially. For you Generation.commers, that means we built a sh*t load of them. But what was it based on? Essentially, it was a computer model. In other words, it will do whatever its told to do, and when BS data is fed in, BS results are spit out. Read Ross McKitrick’s thorough analysis of the hockey stick graph here…but set aside an hour or so to get through it!
But what Michael Mann’s hockey stick graph lie didn’t show were the Medieval Warm Period, and the Little Ice Age. You see, in the last 1,000 years, it’s actually been a whole helluva lot warmer than it is now. That’s why Greenland is called “Green”land…it used to be green. That’s why England once had a California-type climate, where they actually had vineyards. That’s why deep core ice samples in the Arctic have found vegetation under the layers and layers of ice…at one time, there was no ice at all at the North Pole…long before your SUV, my pickup, and everyone’s A/C system.
At the same time, do you ever wonder why, when the predictable story comes out about how the previous year was the “hottest on record”, those records go back only about 150 years? “That’s because they didn’t keep records before then,” you say, repeating the talking points you heard from some Leftist Poindexter on the Rachael Madcow show. No, it’s because of the Little Ice Age, which ended roughly 150 years ago. In other words, for you Generation.commers who can’t catch the meaning without a search engine, the temperature was at a cold point 150 years ago, and of course, has been rising ever since. “Golly, Sergeant Carter…that’s like sayin’ it’s warmer in May than in January ’cause of my pappy’s pickup, ain’t it (for those of you who have never seen Gomer Pyle, USMC, you’re hopeless)?”
Yes, climate change is happening. It’s been changing as long as there’s been a planet Earth, and despite the best intentions of Ed Begley Jr, Oprah Winfrey, Prince Charles, and all the Hollyweird eco-nuts, despite all the “Rallies for Science”, and all the indoctrination of young minds in our publik skuls, it will change from now until the end of time. There’s nothing we can do to stop it. There will be worse storm years than others. There will be droughts. The seas will rise, and they will fall again, just as they’ve done for billions of years.
But that doesn’t matter, ’cause there’s good money to be made in the GloBULL Warming Racket. For Algore, for the UN/IPCC, for companies like Solyndra, (which went bankrupt after getting $500 million from the so-called “stimulus” program to build solar panels), and guess who pays for it all? You do. Through higher home heating bills, higher prices at the pump, higher regulatory fees, etc. You’re the one taking it in the shorts, so why not do something about it? You can start by informing yourself of the truth, not what you’re told by the Idaho Slantsman, CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, the NYT, LAT, and so on.
Below I’ve included links to some other interesting articles, and if you’re not too invested in the lie called gloBULL warming, you might find them interesting. A couple of them deal with an example (just one of many) of how Leftist “climate scientists” used skewed data to try to disprove the “global warming pause”. What’s the global warming pause, you say? It may come as a shock to you, if you’re a consumer of mainstream (Leftist) media and a follower of the celebrity culture, but the average worldwide temperature hasn’t risen since the late 90s. Yeah. It all depends on the data. Then there are another couple of articles on “alternative” energy, and how wind and solar just ain’t living up to what was promised, when it comes to meeting our energy needs.
Finally, in honor (cough,cough) of Earth Day, I’m linking to my song “Weenie in a Hybrid”, which I wrote as a hat tip to a smug, sanctimonious Prius driver who shot me the stink eye one day, as I idled my F-150 in a parking lot, providing needed carbon dioxide to hungry plants all across Southern Idaho. Hey, I was only doing my part for the environment!
Okay, so now you’ve no doubt heard about it, and seen the video…a poor, elderly doctor being assaulted and forcibly dragged off a United Airlines flight at Chicago’s O’Hare airport. “Oh my God, they’re such fascists! They beat him up, and left him with a concussion! Why, it was racist, I heard…he was singled out specifically because he’s a minority, and then they threw him across the plane! For shame!”
Well, that’s the moronic narrative that we’re hearing from the media, Fox New included.
What’s not being repeated ad nauseum is that Dr. Dumbass held up the flight for two hours while he threw his temper tantrum. What’s not being repeated over and over to the point of inspiring a bad case of diarrhea is that a computer randomly selected four passengers to bump from the flight, Dr. Dumbass being one of them, and the other three got off. They presumably were given tickets on new flights and got home eventually, safe, sound, and with no concussion. And no, the security officers brought in to remove the spoiled brat kidult from the plane didn’t beat him up. Apparently, Dr. Dumbass got his injuries from smashing his own face into the armrest of the seat, as he was thrashing about in his juvenile tizzy.
It reminds me of a similar situation that I personally witnessed back in 2010, on a United flight, at O’Hare. I know because it was me getting booted off the plane. It started when the dim bulb concierge at my hotel failed to get a shuttle ride scheduled for me, as I asked him to. Thus, I was an hour late getting to the airport. Once there, I was trying to check my bulging suit bag, only to be told by the woman at the United counter that I could carry it on. Not believing her, I asked if she was sure about that. She proceeded to tell me that she had been working for United for almost 30 years, and she knew for a fact that I could carry the bag on board, and she bet I couldn’t believe she’d been with the company for 30 years, that she was almost 60, but that she didn’t even look 50, did she? Yeah. I wish I could have those five minutes back.
So, carrying my heavy, bulging suit bag, I made it to the security line, which seemed to stretch to Northern Indiana. I nervously kept an eye on my watch, seeing the minutes ’til boarding time dwindle. Oh crap…I was carrying a bag that I had checked on the flight from Boise to Chicago, and therefore had to ditch some of the things inside — shampoo, mouth wash, toothpaste, and most importantly, a really nice folding knife my Dad had gotten me for Christmas. Into the garbage it all went, I’m sure only to be combed over by TSA agents at the end of the shift. I wonder who’s carrying that knife today?
But I digress…
So I proceed to do an OJ Simpson rental car advertisement run through the airport (if you don’t understand that reference, Google it), finally making it to the gate, panting and sweating. “Oh sir…you can’t carry that bag on board. We’ll have to check it for you!” But, but, but…the woman at the counter, who yes, does look 60, said…
The bag was put into checked baggage, but I made it on board with a few minutes to spare. No problem, I thought, they’ll transfer my bag in Denver to my connecting flight back to Boise. All is well. Carry-on bag stowed in the overhead bin, seat belt buckled…whew! Nothing could go wrong now.
Then the flight attendant came up. “Sir, can I see your ticket?” I handed it to her, and she frowned slightly. “Uh, I’m sorry, but we sold this seat to a standby passenger.”
“You weren’t at the gate 30 minutes before boarding, so we sold your seat.”
“Wait. The company I work for bought this ticket a month ago, and you’re telling me you sold it to a standby passenger? He can get off the plane and wait for another flight.”
“Well, he’s traveling with someone.”
“So why not make both of them get off?” says I.
However, I saw that the situation was not going to end in my favor, so I choked down my pride, got my carry-on bag, and skulked off the plane. I stopped long enough to watch it take off, with my suit bag stowed inside, bound for Denver. I then proceeded to bark, bite, chew and foam at the mouth to everyone I saw wearing a United uniform, until I was given a ticket for a direct flight to Boise, which arrived only about half an hour after the connecting flight from Denver did. I even got my bag back in two days. Oh yeah, and United gave me a $500 voucher for my next flight. No concussion, no bloody lip, no missing teeth. No multi-million dollar settlement either, but that wasn’t my concern. I just wanted to get home.
“But Jay,” you whine, “he’s a doctor, and he had to see patients the next day!” Well, I guess he should’ve planned his trip a little better, shouldn’t he? Why didn’t he fly that morning, build in a little “oh sh!t” time into his schedule? Why didn’t he fly a day earlier? Why didn’t he drive? Hmmmm? It’s only about four hours by car from Chicago to Loserville, uh, I mean Louisville (in the interest of full disclosure, I grew up in Lexington, so GO BIG BLUE!!!CARDINALS SUCK!!! But I digress again…).
Comments I’ve read asked why he had to give up his seat for a United flight crew? Why didn’t the flight crew get bumped, or why didn’t they rent a car and drive to Loserville? Glad you asked…I’ll tell you. Flight crews have to have a certain number of hours of rest between flights. This is mandated by the FAA. If they’d driven to Loserville, they’d likely not have been able to get the required number of hours’ rest, and therefore wouldn’t have been allowed to fly the next day, and as a consequence, possibly thousands of people would be affected, due to connections not being made, etc. So no, United was right to bump Dr. Dumbass and the other three passengers.
BUT…the problem lies with the airlines being allowed by law to sell more seats on a flight than there are on the plane. Evidently, even after paying hundreds of dollars for a seat, some people don’t show up for whatever reason. So, despite the fact that the airlines have already been paid for those (empty) seats, they get to sell them again, and make even more money. How sweet is that? For the airline, that is…for people who get bumped, not so much. That should change, Congress. Get busy. After you pass tax reform, a market-based replacement for Obamacare, and fund the Border Wall, you need to do something about that.
So Dr. Dumbass will be a millionaire, and despite the fact that he probably deserved to be tased, I can’t shed a tear for United. Why? Their customer service record is abysmal. Why anyone continues to fly United is beyond me. Their prices are steep, and their customer service has ranked at or near the bottom of the industry for decades. Consider the story of Dave Carroll, a Canadian musician who spent a year trying to get United to pay for repairs to his expensive Taylor guitar, which was broken by United baggage handlers…at O’Hare. When he got tired of being told no, he fought back. He wrote three songs, and made three You Tube videos, to let the world know his story, and how badly United’s customer service, well, sucks. After posting the second video, the company relented, and Carroll got his Taylor guitar fixed, along with being given a whole new Taylor, to boot. Check out the videos, by clicking here. Way to go, Dave…glad you won, and BTW, the songs and videos are great!
So, how can you fight back? Boycott United. Stop patronizing them altogether. Let them know that you want the board of directors fired, and replaced with people who actually care about those who spend their hard-earned money to fly with them. Keep in mind that boycotts do no good if you don’t let them know why you’re doing it. Call. E-mail. Write an old-fashioned letter if you really want to get their attention. You have to let them know you’re mad as hell, and you’re not going to take it anymore.
If you own United stock, then you own the company, and you’re to blame in proportion to how many shares you own. You can sell your shares, and apparently a lot of you are doing that. But if you want to hang onto them, you need to take charge of YOUR company. Pound on the board members, and tell them to either straighten things out, right the f*** now, or it’s time for them to go. Maybe consider running for election to the board yourself. You own the company, so do something about it.