Introduction

 

Hello! I’m new here and you can blame @Spin for that. (Can I tag people with the @ symbol? I don’t know…as I said, I’m new here.) Anyways, I’ve spent the last decade and change wearing my county’s cloth as a Naval Flight Officer. Aviators aren’t generally known for their bookishness, so my long surname was replaced by the callsign “D12”. Facebook is my only social media outlet (Twitter is a sewer, and don’t get me started on the instaporn apps). I’m hoping to find rigorous and respectful discussions with passionately reasonable people. To paraphrase Dennis Prager, I don’t care much for consensus, but clarity is priceless. See you in the comment section!

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  1. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Instugator (View Comment):

    D12 (View Comment):
    Bombers, eh? Ol’ BUFF or something else?

    All you have when there is a B-1, B-2 and B-52 is a couple of bingo numbers and a Strategic Bomber.

    B-52 retired at Barksdale. I am a DoD civilian now.

    One of the guys I worked with at DOE was a former B-52 pilot.  He had dozens of hilarious stories . . .

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  2. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    D12 (View Comment):
    *strips shirt to accept flogging for heresy* 

    You know, you can post pics here . . .

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  3. RushBabe49 Thatcher
    RushBabe49
    @RushBabe49

    Welcome, @D12.  If you live in the same area as @spin, please join the Pacific Northwest Ricochetti group, of which I am the manager, sort of.

    I work in Aerospace, buying parts for that B-52.

    There is more total sense of humor at Ricochet than anywhere in the rest of the Universe.

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  4. The Reticulator Member
    The Reticulator
    @TheReticulator

    D12: I’m new here and you can blame @Spin for that.

    We blame Spin for a lot of things, and rightly so. We’ll give him a pass on this one, though. Welcome!

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  5. The Scarecrow Thatcher
    The Scarecrow
    @TheScarecrow

    D12 (View Comment):

    Caryn (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Instugator (View Comment):
    My thoughts exactly. Let the price float.

    @Caryn chastised me for this opinion on a different post.

    In fairness, my objection was to people artificially creating scarcity specifically for resale during a national disaster. I have no problem with charging prices that reflect the costs of business. Driving necessary product to a disaster area should be compensated and the person willing to do so celebrated. Denuding shelves across 1300 miles for profit when people are likely to panic over those empty shelves is just wrong.

    *Urge to comment intensifies*…. Ok I can’t help it. I would like to point out the economic service the hoarders performed when they drove around vast areas last month buying up cleaning supplies: they signaled an increased demand to the suppliers before the panic set it. In theory, that should have stimulated production to ramp up, or at least for additional supply to surge to those areas sooner than otherwise would have occurred absent the foresight and risky behavior of the much-maligned price gougers. The real villain here is Amazon, a company that knows where large stockpiles of needed goods are, knows that the owner wishes to sell them at the market rate, and yet refuses to allow access to their world-leading platform and delivery service to get the desperately needed desired goods from seller to buyer. Second place in the villain category is the media for castigating the foresight of the so-called “gougers.”

    Aaand I’m going to stop right there. *strips shirt to accept flogging for heresy*

    Whoa. You just got here and already you’re my hero!

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  6. JimGoneWild Coolidge
    JimGoneWild
    @JimGoneWild

    What equipment did you fly?

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  7. Mark Camp Member
    Mark Camp
    @MarkCamp

    Don’t be alarmed that we are so excited to have you join us…if you don’t care for Ricochet, you can check out any time you like.

     

     

    But you can never leave.

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  8. Percival Thatcher
    Percival
    @Percival

    D12 (View Comment):

    Mendel (View Comment):

    Welcome!

    It sounds like you are very interested in joining in thought-provoking, in-depth discussions on deep and sometimes obscure topics. That’s what this site is for.

    On the other hand, I imagine quite a few members would also be game for some very un-intellectual, titillating tales from the world of naval aviation right about now. So don’t hold back.

    D12: Naval Flight Officer

    Which aircraft?

    I flew the E-6b “Mercury”, possibly the least sexy and least known aircraft in the fleet. And that’s the way we like it!

    For a minute there, I thought you were going to say that you flew a D12. You can’t. They only go up to 11.

    (You really have to push it to get it airborne.)

    Welcome, D12!

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  9. GLDIII Temporarily Essential Reagan
    GLDIII Temporarily Essential
    @GLDIII

    Welcome Sir,

    Glad to have another pilot around here, one of the co owners in my little fleet of planes is a retired Navy Commander (“Mags”), use to fly the C-2 Grayhounds off carriers. He keeps me safe.

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  10. RightAngles Member
    RightAngles
    @RightAngles

    Stad (View Comment):

    D12 (View Comment):
    *strips shirt to accept flogging for heresy*

    You know, you can post pics here . . .

    Way to scare him off, @stad

    Welcome, D12. Sorry to be late. I haven’t ventured out of the PIT in weeks. @D12 did someone already give you a link to the PIT or explain it? I can’t go back and read all the comments right now.

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  11. D12 Inactive
    D12
    @D12

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    D12 (View Comment):
    *strips shirt to accept flogging for heresy*

    You know, you can post pics here . . .

    Way to scare him off, @stad

    Welcome, D12. Sorry to be late. I haven’t ventured out of the PIT in weeks. @D12 did someone already give you a link to the PIT or explain it? I can’t go back and read all the comments right now.

    You’ll have to enlighten me, @RightAngles

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  12. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    D12 (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    D12 (View Comment):
    *strips shirt to accept flogging for heresy*

    You know, you can post pics here . . .

    Way to scare him off, @stad

    Welcome, D12. Sorry to be late. I haven’t ventured out of the PIT in weeks. @D12 did someone already give you a link to the PIT or explain it? I can’t go back and read all the comments right now.

    You’ll have to enlighten me, @RightAngles

    It really is Hotel California . . .

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  13. RightAngles Member
    RightAngles
    @RightAngles

    D12 (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    D12 (View Comment):
    *strips shirt to accept flogging for heresy*

    You know, you can post pics here . . .

    Way to scare him off, @stad

    Welcome, D12. Sorry to be late. I haven’t ventured out of the PIT in weeks. @D12 did someone already give you a link to the PIT or explain it? I can’t go back and read all the comments right now.

    You’ll have to enlighten me, @RightAngles

    It’s the Politically Incorrect Thread, a nonstop stream of , well a nonstop stream.

    http://ricochet.com/652840/archives/pit-19-no-not-that-way/comment-page-2156/#comment-4731927

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  14. Randy Webster Member
    Randy Webster
    @RandyWebster

    Stad (View Comment):

    D12 (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    D12 (View Comment):
    *strips shirt to accept flogging for heresy*

    You know, you can post pics here . . .

    Way to scare him off, @stad

    Welcome, D12. Sorry to be late. I haven’t ventured out of the PIT in weeks. @D12 did someone already give you a link to the PIT or explain it? I can’t go back and read all the comments right now.

    You’ll have to enlighten me, @RightAngles

    It really is Hotel California . . .

    Don’t do it, D12!  They say PIT stands for politically incorrect thread, but what they really mean is that it’s a bottomless pit.  Once in, you’re done for.

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  15. D12 Inactive
    D12
    @D12

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    D12 (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    D12 (View Comment):
    *strips shirt to accept flogging for heresy*

    You know, you can post pics here . . .

    Way to scare him off, @stad

    Welcome, D12. Sorry to be late. I haven’t ventured out of the PIT in weeks. @D12 did someone already give you a link to the PIT or explain it? I can’t go back and read all the comments right now.

    You’ll have to enlighten me, @RightAngles

    It really is Hotel California . . .

    Don’t do it, D12! They say PIT stands for politically incorrect thread, but what they really mean is that it’s a bottomless pit. Once in, you’re done for.

    There are two types of people: those who exploit what they know and those who explore what they don’t. My wife is an exploiter and you know what they say: “opposites attract.”

    I think you can guess where I’ll be…

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  16. Randy Webster Member
    Randy Webster
    @RandyWebster

    D12 (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    D12 (View Comment):

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    D12 (View Comment):
    *strips shirt to accept flogging for heresy*

    You know, you can post pics here . . .

    Way to scare him off, @stad

    Welcome, D12. Sorry to be late. I haven’t ventured out of the PIT in weeks. @D12 did someone already give you a link to the PIT or explain it? I can’t go back and read all the comments right now.

    You’ll have to enlighten me, @RightAngles

    It really is Hotel California . . .

    Don’t do it, D12! They say PIT stands for politically incorrect thread, but what they really mean is that it’s a bottomless pit. Once in, you’re done for.

    There are two types of people: those who exploit what they know and those who explore what they don’t. My wife is an exploiter and you know what they say: “opposites attract.”

    I think you can guess where I’ll be…

    Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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  17. Chris Hutchinson Coolidge
    Chris Hutchinson
    @chrishutch13

    Welcome, and thank you very much for your service.

    • #77
  18. ShaunaHunt Coolidge
    ShaunaHunt
    @ShaunaHunt

    Mendel (View Comment):

    Oh, and we almost forgot the most important admission criteria:

    Cats or dogs?

    (P.S. There is only one correct answer. And that answer is dogs.)

    Bunnies.

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  19. Saint Augustine Member
    Saint Augustine
    @SaintAugustine

    ShaunaHunt (View Comment):

    Mendel (View Comment):

    Oh, and we almost forgot the most important admission criteria:

    Cats or dogs?

    (P.S. There is only one correct answer. And that answer is dogs.)

    Bunnies.

    Guinea pigs are cute and fuzzy.

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  20. ShaunaHunt Coolidge
    ShaunaHunt
    @ShaunaHunt

    Welcome, D12!

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  21. Spin Coolidge
    Spin
    @Spin

    Post of the week, baybay!

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  22. Mark Camp Member
    Mark Camp
    @MarkCamp

    Spin (View Comment):

    Post of the week, baybay!

    I don’t know if this quoting Kojak or Vitale.

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  23. The (apathetic) King Prawn Inactive
    The (apathetic) King Prawn
    @TheKingPrawn

    Spin (View Comment):

    10 years in the Navy will man you up right now!

    I’m glad you finally admit this.

    Welcome D12.

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  24. Spin Coolidge
    Spin
    @Spin

    The (apathetic) King Prawn (View Comment):

    Spin (View Comment):

    10 years in the Navy will man you up right now!

    I’m glad you finally admit this.

    Welcome D12.

    Well, D12s kind of Navy, anyhoo…

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