Sunday, August 28, 2022

I want to see the last Boeing 747 be assembled

 Because I saw the first!

When I was in college at University of Washington I worked for Boeing for 3 years. Boeing had a program for engineering and science majors of UW and Seattle U to work part-time and had an office near University Village where we worked. There we did boring, but necessary, drafting work. And Boeing engineers who wanted a sharp student to do some work for them would come the recruit us for a temporary assignment. These were always more interesting than the bread-and-butter work, though much less convenient for travel time.

 It was the best student job. During school we could work 12 or 16 (or more) hours per week. During breaks we could continue part-time, work full-time or take off. And we got a raise every year. Perfect.

In the winter/spring of 1968 I was sent on a temporary assignment at Boeing’s Everett plant and we walked through the huge building where the first 747, RA-01, was being assembled. Wow! So… I would like to see the last one being assembled for Atlas Air in that same giant building.


Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Nuc weapons for Iran???

 Slow Joe’s top priority is to give a mortal enemy of the US hundreds of billions $ and the ability to have nuclear weapons. IrĂ¡n has said “Death to America” for decades. An Iranian has been indicted for trying to kill US diplomat John Bolton - and kill him in the US! And ex-Sec of State Mike Pompeo is under 24x7 security due to threats from Iran. 

So, Joe, is this the time to REWARD Iran for these crimes? Remember how Iran blatantly violated Pres. Obama’s proud agreement? Uh…Mr. President S Joe, think about it. Joe?

Thursday, August 11, 2022

WA schools calls for end to student testing

 (The Center Square) – Is Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal trying to cancel some state assessments of student learning? That's what the Washington Policy Center think tank is alleging in a blog, and what Reykdal's own office is vehemently denying.

In the Monday blog post, Washington Policy Center education director Liv Finne quoted Reykdal as saying, “…Higher Ed has never believed in them. Higher Ed has never accepted that Smarter Balance [state tests] mean anything to them…this experimenting with tests, Smarter Balance, End of Course, the WASL, that keeps coming and going because it [testing] actually means nothing…

“I am trying to figure out if I have the authority to exit us [from testing] on my own, or if that needs something else.”

The quote came from the most recent Washington State Board of Education meeting in Spokane. Reykdal was answering a question from board member Kevin Wang about state testing.

A recording of that meeting is available on the TVW website, with Wang asking Reykdal at 55:49. [end of quote]

But... our whole K-12 education system is built upon testing to prove the kids have accomplished the knowledge and skills of a high-school graduate. But who likes to be held accountable? When kids fail the question is - what did the system do for 13 years? So Reykdal is looking for a way out. And denies it.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Serial killings of Muslims was committed by... a Muslim

 Hate crime? On Sunday President S Joe Biden solemnly promised solidarity with the Muslim community of Albequerque, New Mexico, after 4 Muslim men were murdered.

Today S Joe is silent. The murders were committed by a Muslim. And the hatred is between Sunni and Shia Muslims. Joe, who were you accusing of these horrible crimes? Do you owe an apology to every American you implicated in these murders? Joe?

Afghan Suspect Arrested in Killings of Fellow Muslims in New Mexico