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OnAugust 31, 2013, posted in: News by

Shame on you US Air

object701I read an article about a New Mexico football player DeShon Marman being arrested for “not following the orders of the pilot” last week. He was led off the plane and was arrested in San Francisco because he refused to pull up his pants when asked. His side of the story, he just left a funeral for a close friend, was that he said he would once he got to the seat because his hands were full with luggage. That didn’t go well with the airline employees who called to have him arrested for indecent exposure.

I am not a big fan of baggy low hung pants. However, it never bothered me that much. I mean it’s an expression of a young person, much like having shaved a head doesn’t make him a skinhead. I thought it was a bit unfair but didn’t think much of it, until today.

I saw in a news that the same airline allowed a white elder man board the plane in nothing much more than a thong bikini. As you can see in the picture above, it was less than an ordinary underwear. People complained, like some did about the young man in San Francisco, but the airline employees ignored the complains and let the passenger board the plane.

This made me a bit angry not only because of the unfair way the young man was treated but a tinge of racism involved. I believe that in both situation, there was a freedom of expression involved. To me, I would have objected much more to the person on the right with his thong bikini than a young man with a low slung pants. However, we should treat them equally when enforcing a policy of this type. Either don’t let them board or let them board, equally, without bias.

I do believe that the young man was targeted because he was an African American. I firmly believe that if a caucasian young man with the same outfit would not have been targeted nor arrested because of his outfit. I am not only blaming the airline, who is clearly at fault here with their two different reactions, but the society in general. There is a undertone of racism everywhere, based on looks only.

I do hope that there is a lawsuit, although I am not big fan of lawsuits, against the US Air so they admit their mistake and conduct a training for their entire staff on racism and bias on their policy. Meanwhile, US Air will be at the bottom of my choice when I decide to fly anywhere, my personal protest. Join me.

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OnJune 22, 2011, posted in: Rants by

Unions and Accountability

object702Of all the major sports, baseball has most subjective interpretation of the rules than any other sports. More often than not, balls and strikes are argued, although it’s technically against the rule to do so. Thanks to the instant replay on TV, it shows how many times the umpires are wrong on their calls.

While the baseball admits that wrong calls are made often, not much is being done to correct this, other than instituting a video replay to determine the home run/foul ball only. I believe the main reason why bad calls are made is that more than any other sports, there are many bad umpires in the Major League Baseball (MLB). Why is that? It’s the policy formulated by a power union.

Unlike the rest of the industry, umpires from MLB do not have a performance review system in place and the seniority rules within the rank. Even the worst umpire is not subject to performance review, unless it’s something criminal, if he has seniority in the union.

I am not a union basher, quite the opposite. I believe union system has brought workers rights a long way. However, some policies just are not right. I believe that each person must be accountable for their own work performance. I think there should be an evaluation system that rates each umpire each year and only the top certain percent should be allow to continue with their work the following year. There are plenty of people who qualify to fill in the gap, such as college or minor league umpires, who may be better suited for the job.

This is equally true of our teacher. As much as I have respect for teachers, their union and the tenure system is flawed. I can personally give an example of a teacher I had in jr. high school. She just wasn’t very good at the subject she was teaching. I had to correct her often in class for her mistakes. This is a student correcting the teacher! Yet, she had the tenure so she went on to teach for many more years.

With the budget cuts, many teachers are being let go from their jobs. Of course seniority is the first criteria in determining who goes and who stays, last hired, first to go. However, I have read that some of the criteria for determining who gets laid off is very random and arbitrary. For example, somewhere in New Jersey, if two teachers were hired on the same day, one with the high number of their last two digits of social security number would be laid off. I mean, really? No check for qualification, or subject needs? Just randomly choose someone on a inane criteria?

This is one policy I certainly do not agree with. Hey unions, give a little concession to make it better for everyone. It’s not all about the money you know.

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OnJune 14, 2011, posted in: Observation by