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Good Riddance Chuck Hagel

Posted by Mike on September 8, 2007

This coming Monday, Chuck Hagel is finally going to hold a press conference worth listening to when he announces his decision not to run for re-election in 2008. The Nebraska Senator, whose life ambition was to out-McCain John McCain without bothering to be as pleasant, will not be missed. As Chris Wallace once pointed out, the man’s worldview on national security was closer to John Kerry’s than to the mainstream of the Republican Party.

The departure of the narcissistic RINO probably won’t mean much in terms of the 2008 election either because Nebraska is a deep red state. The only Democrat who could make it interesting would be Bob Kerrey. However, Kerrey isn’t as insane as most of his Democrat colleagues and he would probably lose to the popular former GOP Governor Mike Johanns anyway.

In the meantime, let’s just enjoy the good news. Good riddance Senator!

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Who Would Kick Her Off of Anything?

Posted by Ryan on September 8, 2007

23-year-old Kyla Ebbert (pictured above) was asked to buy new clothes and get on a later flight after a male Southwest Airlines flight attendant told another one that she was not dressed appropriately for a “family airline.”  Instead, Ebbert compromised by hiking down her skirt, tightening her sweater and getting on the flight.  Ebbert felt she was appropriately dressed for late summer and that her destination was forecast for 100-110 degrees, but Southwest stands by the decision of the flight attendants.

So, was Southwest being too prudish, singling out (profiling, if you will) this young woman, or were they justified in making that call?  Kyla is part of the Millennial generation.  I am convinced that this generation of girls and young women, simply doesn’t wear enough clothes.  On principle I cannot complain too much, but if you look at the stores that cater to this generation, the styles they’ve been sporting all decade, and the accepted female norms of this generation, Kyla probably didn’t even know she was dressed inappropriately, as was evidenced by her reaction. 

That being said, I think this may have been different if passengers were complaining.  The story indicates that it was just a quality-control move on the part of the flight attendants to maintain the image of the company, but she was one young woman on a short flight from San Diego to Tuscon, so in my opinion, they should have left her alone.  She wasn’t naked or lewd or anything like that from a mainstream cultural point of view.  Also, for the record, that male flight attendant needs to understand that, on behalf of all males who’ve been on a plane longer than an hour, aesthetics also plays a role in the quality of a trip. 

Pic from Crissy Pascual/Union-Tribune.

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