Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel
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Tim Ashton
Registered: Dec 27, 2006
Total Posts: 3170
Country: Australia

stevez wrote:
I'm working on travel photos from Tuscany today...


Hey Zim

Love the first one (and the others) Hope you dropped by the cellar door
Isnt Tuscany just special??

Tim



carrg1954
Registered: Jan 31, 2008
Total Posts: 1251
Country: Australia

stevez wrote:
I'm working on travel photos from Tuscany today...


nice shots Steve



stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
Total Posts: 4061
Country: United States

TYVM to our Aussie contingent!

Yes, Tuscany is special. It's still a lot more 'authentic' than I expected, given all the tourism pressure it's experienced. Outside of Florence, that is.



nickjohnson
Registered: Sep 15, 2009
Total Posts: 972
Country: United Kingdom

Thanks bobl …. and a fine job she is doing – just love the bell on the front. Great to see you posting again.
Since this is in “City, Street & Architecture” I give you …..err... an Elephant. Well, not a real one – just a moving 3D projection “captured” at a recent event – the Durham (UK) son et lumiere.




JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 18961
Country: United States

Before it engulfs everyone, hope you all have a peace filled and blessed Thanksgiving. My intention, once I get some paperwork wrapped up, is to go comm out until my feet hit the ground running on Monday.

All the very best that this season represents, to all of you!

JW



Bill Gass
Registered: Feb 09, 2006
Total Posts: 4104
Country: United States

Same to you Jim and everyone else here.



USM IS
Registered: Apr 12, 2010
Total Posts: 1676
Country: United States

Another one of those " I have never been so proud of private aviation moments"I stood up with the iPad and cheered........Mike



49 private American citizens doing another good deed.

From the formation



astrobrian
Registered: Sep 27, 2012
Total Posts: 827
Country: United States

Likewise Jim, have a blessed Thanksgiving and safe travels to all who are venturing out n about.



Colin Giersberg
Registered: Jun 01, 2008
Total Posts: 2264
Country: United States

nrferguson wrote:
stevez wrote:
I'm working on travel photos from Tuscany today...

I saw a fabulous B&W picture of Florence cathedral at our camera club competition on Wednesday - a view along the length towards the dome, presumably taken from one of the towers - must get there sometime.
No flying displays in the UK at this time of year so yesterday evening I was at a nightime shoot at Didcot Great Western Railway Preservation Society. Fabulous evening - here's a taster:
Niall



Beautifully captured, Niall. They remind me of photos I have seen from O. Winston Link, except in color. His were always BW if I am not mistaken. I would love to see more of these.



Colin Giersberg
Registered: Jun 01, 2008
Total Posts: 2264
Country: United States

Same as well, Jim. To you and everyone else here, I hope that all travels are safe, all food is great, and the naps after are long with pleasant dreams of P51's.



bobl
Registered: Sep 08, 2003
Total Posts: 2785
Country: United States

Another of 3985 for 3985...

Happy Thanksgiving EVERYONE







JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 18961
Country: United States

USM IS wrote:
Another one of those " I have never been so proud of private aviation moments"I stood up with the iPad and cheered........Mike



49 private American citizens doing another good deed.

From the formation




I'm with you Mike! A few weeks ago when we orchestrated the T-38 fly over to open the Texas A&M game, the message was lost on no one...........the private sector gets it done! We have a number of efforts planned with our enterprise that will send that message loud and clear as well and we're looking forward to implementing them.


JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 18961
Country: United States

BTW, under the heading of "fairness, equality, and transparency....." we've been told not to hold our breath for our 501c3 entity, "because applications from Texas go to the bottom of the the bottom stack in the circular file". Processing time is normally 60-90 days, we're expecting up to three years. Funny how "fairness" means different things to different people.



Wrei
Registered: Aug 01, 2008
Total Posts: 2913
Country: United States

Jim, I have been told "elections have consequences". That is not lost on a certain administration. Do you think he signed an "executive order"







astrobrian
Registered: Sep 27, 2012
Total Posts: 827
Country: United States

JWilsonphoto wrote:
"because applications from Texas go to the bottom of the the bottom stack in the circular file".


Assuming this file begins with an "O". Sigh, gotta love poli-tics.

Edit TOPP: In the wash



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 18961
Country: United States

What's interesting is that even after all the IRS/NSA expose, nothing has changed. I grew up watching Chicago politics, which is a particularly pernicious blend of filthy politics and gangster tactics. Very effective, if you can stomach that kind of behavior, but certainly not "fair, equitable, and transparent". Not pro business, but very pro union, pro big government, pro graft. One of the obvious by products of the style is the fact that more Illinois governors land in jail than any other state.

Does anyone find it odd, in light of the debacle that is "ACA" that the conservatives were so maligned for trying to defund, or at least delay the major tenets for a year so some of the unworkableness could be addressed? I'm thinking, and so are a number of Democrats, that that might have been a really good idea. I know the millions that are losing their healthcare coverage at the moment, and the estimated 100 million more that will do so in the coming year would've liked to have been told the truth. This thing is in a flat spin and we haven't even gotten to the part where it is financially unsupportable. When the 2014 mid terms roll around and 100 to 160 million Americans are without healthcare, the policies "they could keep if they like them", I have to believe they are going to be headed to the polls furious.

We obviously have an electorate that doesn't really care much about international policy, business friendly policy within the borders of our country, but they may begin paying attention when it's their ox that's being gored. Think about it, we have the very same people who brought us this signature "ACA" program, with the nuclear codes. Witnessing what almost took place a month ago over Syria, Americans on both sides of the aisle should be in a cold sweat, we are adrift and anyone who thinks differently is seriously deluding themselves.

Please take this as the ramblings of a conservative, racist/bigot branded "domestic terrorist" who feels at his core that things really should be fair and balanced, that we really should help the truly helpless, that America should be free and governed by the Constitution, that Americans should make their own life choices and reap the rewards, or suffer the consequences. That this is the greatest country to ever exist under God's blue heaven, which still offers the most incredible opportunities to it's residents. Oh, yeah, and I hold the unpopular belief that everyone doesn't deserve a trophy, metaphorically speaking, trophies are for excellence, if you want one, go out and get yourself some excellence.



Wrei
Registered: Aug 01, 2008
Total Posts: 2913
Country: United States

If the ACA was truly about healthcare's 3 primary needs, (health insurance for the indigent, (notice I didn't say heath care) address pre-existing conditions, and lowering healthcare cost, a bipartisan bill would have been achieved, and a gov't website would not have been necessary.

Instead, the ACA is about gathering information from citizens to control future elections/votes, control over citizens through an expanding gov't, and bringing in new revenue. The website failed because the prime purpose was to gather information, not for selecting healthcare.



stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
Total Posts: 4061
Country: United States

As you might imagine, Jim, my take on the current ACA debacle lays a good bit more of the blame on the other side of the aisle. If conservatives hadn't worked so hard to turn the ACA into a hamstrung Frankenstein of a law, a law that favors the insurance companies over all the poor souls who actually need affordable health care, all we'd have to talk about is who's to blame for the mismanaged rollout. And you'll get no argument from me for saying that the buck stops at the White House on that one.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming...

...Happy Thanksgiving, all. Relatives are gathering from the far corners of this great land and we will come together in celebration of the manifold blessings of family, health, and peace. May your tryptophan-induced naps be untroubled by dreams of politics.



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 18961
Country: United States

I hear what you are saying Zim, but the Dems had full control over this while virtually impotent house members ran around in circles. This product is the administrations signature effort, and they were in such a hurry to ram it through, as evidenced by the absurd statement that "we have to pass it to see what's in it", imagine that verbiage coming from a conservative administration without the left calling for blood in the streets. Heck if one of our guys misspells potato the coverage last for decades.This act was doomed to failure from it's inception, the crafters didn't even know what was in it and what the long term effects would be, it was clearly a grab at 1/6th of the economy and bigger government answers to problems government has proven itself incapable of addressing. I don't think anyone can blame conservatives for any part of this as the current administration has basically neutered them.

How would you like to be a health insurance provider over the last several years? Your entire industry has been legislated agains with no regard to cost, coverage, manpower just to process the paperwork. Now that it's implemented and doesn't work, the leaders stand up and say, we'll just tell the health insurance industry to reimplement those policies" police that no longer exist, for people who are no longer covered.

I think anyone who can see around or through the partisan roadblock, has to admit this plan is completely unworkable and has been since early on. We could have put premium $$$ in a fund to cover the number of uninsurables that have been quoted, and been miles ahead of where we are.

I'll be the first to say that the Republicans are idiots, and they are terribly mismatched in these battles. The left knows how to fight and are tireless, for that they should get credit. Republicans have gone around in circles chasing their tails and falling victim to every rabbit trail the Democrats throw out to take them off the track they should be on. Republicans seem to be incapable of the kind of in the trenches, take no prisoners, scorched earth methods that their opponents are so adept at. A victory will only come for them when enough voters feel the financial effects of the policies of the past five years, and "ACA" could well be the catalyst for the sobering up of America. Who knows, but like I said, none of this even begins to address the complete unaffordability of the "ACA" . I had to call Humana and tell them that I was not interested in option B of the ACA which was the same coverage I have for a little more than twice the premium. I guess that makes me one of the fortunate ones, because I do get to keep the policy I have, until next year when I will be forced by law to switch to Medicare. Even the media is second guessing the wisdom of attempting to put lipstick on this pig.

I'll blame the republicans for two things, being inept, and being hamstrung by the old guard. They have long outlived their usefulness to the cause of democracy.



Jeff W.
Registered: Feb 09, 2008
Total Posts: 2407
Country: United States

Gentlemen - can we give the political banter a rest? I come here to seek safe harbor from problems like the ACA, not to immerse myself in further debate. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving



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