What do you make of this?

The Feds have arrested that Jet Blue pilot who went nuts the other day and he’s facing twenty years in jail.The press has disclosed the details of his erratic behavior but so far, nothing else, so I’ll reserve judgment (something our president might practice next time he’s tempted to engage in a little race baiting). For instance, blood tests at the hospital might have shown drugs in his system or alcohol, and that would justify his arrest.

But just from what the public knows, the poor man seems to have gone completely out of his mind and that is not a crime in America – no evil intent, no crime (well, except for environmental laws, but that’s another discussion). Why the arrest, then and, if he’s to be arrested, why not disclose the reason? “Interfering with a flight crew” tells us nothing we didn’t know, but why did he do it?

Is this some kind of bizarre reaction to the Zimmerman case in Florida, showing that the feds will arrest white people? That seems incredibly far-fetched, but here’s another theory, maybe not quite so unlikely: the TSA wants to show how tough it is. They have a track record of harassing nonagenarians and infants and everyone in between, so a deranged pilot would fit into their target range – hell, there’s no one who isn’t in their target range.

So I’m puzzled by this rush to indictment, and I’m interested in seeing how this plays out.


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8 responses to “What do you make of this?

  1. (First posting got screwed up somehow so I’ve reposted it. Here’s a comment from DemocraticPatriot that got swept up in the deletion)
    A licensed commercial pilot can be arrested for endangering passengers and a host of other things while pilot-in-command. The Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) don’t tolerate much messing around. It also may have to do with his medical certificate, a requirement for all pilots. Maybe he didn’t tell the flight doc about the little voices?

  2. [Note: I clicked ‘post comment’ and it went nowhere. I’m doing it again, but if my comment appears twice, you know the routine, please delete one]
    First of all, I am with you, sad that this poor man went off the deep end. Beyond that, sadder that he had to do so with seemingly everyone on the plane intent on videoing his meltdown. Look at footage, so many passengers standing up with their iPhones in hand, or leaning into the aisle trying to get the best footage for their own 15 minutes of fame, hardly concerned that the pilot might take the plane down or that this man was in some mental trauma. Personally, that disgusts me.

    Beyond that, I did read that they planned to investigate his recent phone, email, and credit card activity, to make sure his actions were from a mental breakdown and not because he’d been called to jihad. I hate to think they found some link to a terrorist group, but to me, that information would be the only thing that would make an arrest/indictment seem logical. But then again, the TSA has never been logical.

    I have not herd any mention of the pilot’s family – wife, children – have you?

  3. JRH

    Can you explain, with actual quotes or some other kind of objective citation, what you mean when you accuse the president of engaging in “race-baiting” in the aftermath of the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin?

    Here is the entirety of the president’s remarks:

    Q Mr. President, may I ask you about this current case in Florida, very controversial, allegations of lingering racism within our society — the so-called do not — I’m sorry — Stand Your Ground law and the justice in that? Can you comment on the Trayvon Martin case, sir?

    THE PRESIDENT: Well, I’m the head of the executive branch, and the Attorney General reports to me so I’ve got to be careful about my statements to make sure that we’re not impairing any investigation that’s taking place right now.

    But obviously, this is a tragedy. I can only imagine what these parents are going through. And when I think about this boy, I think about my own kids. And I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this, and that everybody pulls together — federal, state and local — to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened.

    So I’m glad that not only is the Justice Department looking into it, I understand now that the governor of the state of Florida has formed a task force to investigate what’s taking place. I think all of us have to do some soul searching to figure out how does something like this happen. And that means that examine the laws and the context for what happened, as well as the specifics of the incident.

    But my main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin. If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon. And I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves, and that we’re going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened.

  4. Dollar Bill

    Good on you, CF, for posting that piece. This is precisely the kind of thoughtful response that should be coming from the right on the Trayvon Martin business.

  5. Dollar Bill

    I meant the Spectator link, of course, not the original charge that Obama was race-baiting, which is flatly false.

  6. Just_looking

    What I hear is compassion that is based on the fact that the kid resembles him, and if the kid were Asian looking or scandavian looking or anything else then he would not feel the same way.