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Where’s Waldo? In jail hopefully. : Waldo Police ticket racket is busted

US301-Legalized Highway robbery with two towns singled out by AA as "Traffic Traps".

US301-Legalized Highway robbery with two towns singled out by AAA as “Traffic Traps”.

Highway 301  runs through Florida just South East of Jacksonville. From Baldwin to Hawthorne, it is notorious for it’s issuing of speeding tickets. Two towns in particular – Lawtey and Waldo – are infamous for their overzealous ticketing, so much so that AAA officially declared them “Traffic Traps” : The only two cities in the United States to have such a declaration.

Per AAA site:

“Traffic Trap” – AAA condemns traffic enforcement measures and practices which are designed to raise revenue rather than prevent crashes or where there is evidence that enforcement is not justified by sound engineering principles. AAA particularly condemns the use of traffic traps which involve unfair, unethical or illegal law enforcement tactics or traffic control devices, as well as the use of speed measurement devices on roads with speed limits appreciably less than warranted by sound engineering principles.

Under “Traffic Traps” AAA says about Lawtey and Waldo:

“These two small Florida communities are located on U.S. Highway 301 situated about halfway between Jacksonville and Gainesville and still depend on revenue generated by traffic tickets to help meet their annual budget”

AAA is so outraged, it even paid for billboards to warn motorists traveling down 301 to beware that they are approaching these towns. Continue reading..

Touch and go

Dahlings, I wonder if the people who did these two things were related?

Left picture: Someone in MA had this hand drawn licence plate on their car thinking the PoPo wouldn’t notice.

Right picture: A well meaning 80 year old dear in Spain who on her old initiative, repaired an historic Fresco.

Both sound like things my modern day crazy ol’ dad would do. But as I have said to my family, if you can’t go crazy in your old age, when can you?

Love you Dad. Mwahh.

Ciao for now,

It’s a Stitch up : The real reason behind a knitting air rage incident

Les Tricoteuses

18th Century french knitters: Watching the guillotines while they wait for airplanes to be invented.

Dahlings, what is up with the air rage these days. It is like a script to a bad horror movie where normal passive passengers go mad over the slightest things.

Hitting the chatternet was the story of a third flight diverted after a cat fight over reclining seat. From the WaPo story:

The unhappy passenger [..]had been trying to sleep with her head on the tray table [..]. “This woman sitting next to me, knitting, tried reclining her seat back, the woman behind her started screaming and swearing,” Klipin said. “The flight attendant came over and that exacerbated what was going on.”

The angry passenger, Klipin said, “demanded the flight land.”

According to ABC News, the passenger “said something to the effect of, ‘I don’t care about the consequences. Put this plane down now.’”

Amy Fine, 32, of Boca Raton, Fla., “was escorted off the plane, interviewed, then released,” according to WJXT, which cited the Jacksonville Aviation Authority police report. “Fine said she was hit on the head with the seat in front of her reclined, and they ‘did have words,’ but claims she was not disruptive,”[..]

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Pigs will fly : The Case against flag flying airlines

Sabina : A ghost of National Airlines passed

Sabina : A ghost of National Airlines passed

Malaysia Airlines is cutting 30% of it’s staff in an attempt to be viable business. It is getting a $2B bailout from the Malaysian Government and will de-list itself from the stock exchange. It will focus on becoming a regional routes which sounds like a smart business move: There is no need to fly everywhere and travelers accept changing at hubs.

The two disasaters were a factor in that it led to reduced number of passengers booking on them.

Khazanah [the investment arm of the Malaysian government]said there would be “significant changes to leadership” at Malaysia Airlines and that it would consider “global aviation industry executives” in its search for new talent. The current chief executive, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, will remain as chief until July.

The government said it would carry out the restructuring by creating a new company with a “right-sized work force and work practices and contracts.” Malaysia Airlines has been burdened in recent years by contracts with politically connected suppliers.

The burden — and the risk — of the restructuring plan appears to fall heavily on the airline’s creditors. They will be offered a swap of the airline’s debt for shares of the new company, according to the plan. Among the airline’s largest bondholders is the government employee pension fund, known as Kumpulan Wang Persaraan, which, according to Friday’s announcement, agreed to swap 750 million ringgit, or about $240 million, for ordinary shares. The move is likely to be controversial because investors have long assumed that the debts of the state-controlled airline were guaranteed by the government.

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Affirmative Distraction: Police need to watch the road just like the rest of us


Roads-2-Roam is appalled at the literal ‘get out of jail’ laws that allow US police officers to kill civilians by distracted driving and face no prosecution to the same laws of the road that apply to the rest of us.

We advocate Police need a clear policy to ‘Protect and Serve’ instead of ‘Text and Swerve’

The recent case which got our attention was a Los Angeles County Deputy, Andrew Wood, who was texting into his “Mobile Digital Computer” while driving. This caused Deputy Wood to drift into a bike lane and rear end cyclist Milton Olin Jr, a former A&M Records and Napster executive. [See DailyNew article] “Peace” Officer Wood was apparently responding back to a colleague who was asking if a fire investigation at a high school had been completed. Investigation into the incident showed that “Peace” officer Woods had been recently texting his wife from his private phone but supposedly, it had not contributed to any of Wood’s inattention. What is worse is Wood’s statement where he claimed “Olin had drifted out of the bike lane” which later was found out to be untrue. Per the DailyNews, this is how one of LA County’s finest got off: Continue reading..

ABSOLUT beginners : 2 girls going wild get a fighter escort

Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley have nothing to do with Sunwig.

Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone

Dahlings, two young women caused so much mayhem with their drunken antics aboard a Sunwig flight to Cuba, that it returned back to its origin of Toronto. It was viewed as being so serious, that NORAD requested fighter escorts.

Milana Muzikante, 26, and Lilia Ratmanski, 25, allegedly drank a “significant quantity” of alcohol in the airplane bathroom and lit a cigarette, which triggered the on-board smoke detector, said Sunwing spokeswoman Janine Champson.

The two women then allegedly got into a physical fight with each other and threatened the aircraft.

Muzikante and Ratmanski are charged with smoking on an aircraft, endangering the safety of an aircraft, mischief over $5,000, mischief endangering life and uttering threats. Endangering the safety of an aircraft, the most severe of the charges, carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Their arrest marks the third time in just over two years the airline has needed a fighter jet escort.

As for the fighter planes bravely patrolling the skies against these chain smoking, duty free swilling ladettes:

Canada’s NORAD sector in Winnipeg put in a call to the Royal Canadian Air Force base in Bagotville, Quebec and ordered them to scramble two CF-18 fighter jets, according to NORAD spokesperson Wright Erubie.

“Just out of an abundance of caution, the NORAD jets were launched and monitored the situation from the air,” said NORAD spokesperson U.S. army Capt. Ruth Castro.

The CF-18s met the Sunwing jet at the Canadian border and did not enter American air space. The escort lasted just four minutes.

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A friend in KNEED : flight rage after knee defender used

The Knee Defender to the rescue.

The Knee Defender

Dahlings, two passengers got into a pretty big kerfuffle aboard a United flight from Newark to Denver.

What is the cause of the war? A drunken brawl by lovers – no. A heated discussion about politics or religion – nope. It was something more horrific: The male passenger in row 12 prevented the woman passenger in row 11 reclining her seat.

The man from 12 fought dirty from the outset, where he used a gadget called a “Knee Defender” that clipped onto the meal tray of the airline seat in front, preventing the seat from reclining.

After row 11 appealed this breach of travel protocol to the United Nations Flight Attendant, Mr Knee defender refused orders to withdraw by the FA. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, Miss Recliner blew it by dealing a counter dirty blow by throwing her water over Mr Knee Defender. Continue reading..

Fight Club Class

Jet2 Logo: Unfriendly low passengers !

Dahlings, budget airline decided to have a promotion in Derby, England and give out free tickets.

What a marvelous idea.

Except the marvelous idea crashed and burned as it quickly turned into a mass brawl of  people “desperately” fighting each other to get such free tickets. From the BBC news:

People in Derby chased young women dressed in full body spandex suits who were giving out the Jet2 tickets.

There were reports of some of the women being rugby tackled to the ground, crying in distress, and members of the public being injured.

The screen capture of the facebook comments in the BBC article are hilarious.

I see that Jet2 even flies to Palma de Mallorca, the airport for Magaluf. Perfect location after that little show in Derby. (see our previous post on Magaluf).

I will tell henceforth tell my scribe to write to Stephem Heapny, the CEO and propose that Jet2 alter their slogan to “Jet2: The Lord of the Flies”.

Ciao for now, Cleo.

Hot Tamales : custom made

Houston Customs captured man smuggling cocaine filled Tamales

Houston Customs captured man smuggling cocaine filled Tamales

A 46 year old man from El Salvator was caught with cocaine filled Tamales in Houston George Bush Airport.

Way to go Amigo: you smuggle something illegal hidden inside something that needs to be declared to customs when you bring inside the US?

From the 200 Tamales he had in his luggage, 9 were filled with Cocaine.

They would have questioned the heck out of you regardless of the Cocaine or not.

FYI: here is link that describes in details foods you can/cannot bring into the country. Any food item made from a meat product is a big red flag.

‘Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son’: Spaniards have had enough of drunken tourists

Copyright : Vincens Forner

Some very naughty boys flying the Italian Flags in Barcelona Copyright : Vincens Forner

Dahlings, it seems like our Iberian friends are not only complaining about S&M hotels but the bawdiness of their visitors.

In Barcelona, there were local protests after some Italians tourists ran around naked for 3 hours without the police doing anything. A photographer from El-Pais, Vincens Forner captured them ‘in flagrante delicto‘. From the Guardian

“The tipping point was a trio of naked Italian tourists. As photos of the group frolicking through the La Barceloneta neighbourhood last Friday morning circulated on social media, some residents said they couldn’t take it any longer.

A hundred or so Barcelona residents took to the streets in several spontaneous protests this week, demanding that municipal authorities do more to help what they call a scourge of “drunken tourism”.

“Here tourists do whatever they want,” Vicens Forner told El País. A local photographer, he was the one snapping photos of the Italian tourists as they wandered his neighbourhood for three hours in the nude – even popping into a local shop – while horrified residents looked on.

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