In reality the pilot of the plane was trained by the U.S. Air Force and was a decorated veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, where she flew aerial refueling missions for transport and reconnaissance aircraft. She has been flying for American Airlines for four years, and is one of that airline’s most experienced 737 pilots.

#ScooterTalk, advice needed… What should I do?

It appears that my used 2006 Vespa GTS 250 was used (15k miles) & abused (left outside, never washed, & spent 7 months next to the seaside). Also, it spent the last year in storage. I purchased the bike for $2k. 

The mechanic swears that this bike was submerged but the previous owners swears that it wasn’t. After an exhaustive review, they say i need to put in close to 50% of purchased price ($1200) for repairs and routine maintenance that might or might not have been done at 15k miles.

The biggest line items are:

  • new regulator + time to replace regulator.
  • 15k service work.
  • drive belt and rollers
  • flushing out all of the fluids and replacing all the filters.
  • new battery

Should I…

A. just do enough work to flip it in the spring?
B. do all of the service work and if something else breaks, flip it?

If A, what is the minimum that should be done?

  • Just replace the regulator, batter, title it, and flip it in the spring?
  • Replace the regulator and 15k service work and ignore flushing the fluids?
  • etc?

Updating “Producing Open Source Software” for 2nd Edition by Karl Fogel — Kickstarter

Updating “Producing Open Source Software” for 2nd Edition by Karl Fogel — Kickstarter



Responding to reports that President Obama is considering signing as many as nineteen executive orders on gun control, Republicans in Congress unleashed a blistering attack on him today, accusing Mr. Obama of “cynically and systematically using his position as President to lead the country.

Spearheading the offensive was Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas), who charged the President with the “wanton exploitation of powers that are legally granted to him under the U.S. Constitution.

Calling him the “Law Professor-in-Chief,” Rep. Stockman accused Mr. Obama of “manipulating a little-known section of the Constitution,” Article II, which outlines the power of the President.

President Obama looks down the list of all of the powers that are legally his and he’s like a kid in a candy store,” Rep. Stockman said. “It’s nauseating.”

The Texas congressman said that if Mr. Obama persists in executing the office of the Presidency as defined by the Constitution, he could face “impeachment and/or deportation.”

Noting that the President has not yet signed the executive orders on gun control, Rep. Stockman said that he hoped his stern words would serve as a wake-up call to Mr. Obama: “Mr. President, there’s still time for you to get in line. But if you continue to fulfill the duties of President of the United States that are expressly permitted in the Constitution, you are playing with fire.