At sundown last night, Vice President Joe Biden lit the first candle of the National Chanukah Menorah in Washington.
He was quoted as saying “The central Jewish notion of religious freedom, of safety in your land, of being treated with dignity in your own community, not only led to the creation of modern Israel but it also formed the bedrock of the United States of America,” Biden said. “Jewish values are such an essential part of who we are that it is fair to say that Jewish heritage is American heritage.”
What about this
The Supreme Court has ruled that there cannot be a Nativity Scene
at Capital Hill this Christmas season.
This isn’t for any religious reason. They simply have not been
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In today’s Wall Street Journal, reporter Scott McCartney has a story entitled, “Why a Six-Hour Flight Now Takes Seven.” It’s well-researched and recommended reading: full of interesting details and data. But the title should really be “Why a Four-Hour Flight Now Takes Seven.”
In his thesis, the author cites a coast-to-coast Delta flight that used to be scheduled for six hours, but is now listed at seven. I can recall a time when that flight
took just four.
Mr. McCartney points out carriers have been arbitrarily adding minutes to “block times” – which are the scheduled durations of trips. This is, in effect, adding slop time so they can actually be late, without getting dinged in U.S. Department of Transportation “On-Time Performance” statistics. This is meant to cover up laziness, incompetence and inefficiency in the system.
Carriers have also cut back on flights, so they have fewer planes…
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