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Monday, September 24, 2012

Can he possibly be this stupid?
Posted by Jill | 9:18 PM
Willard Rmoney's grocery scanner moment:

On Monday, Mitt Romney offered a remedy to the problem that caused his wife’s airplane to land prematurely last week: Allow passengers to roll down the airplane windows.

Ann Romney’s plane was grounded Friday after the main cabin filled with smoke. The small electrical fire caused no injuries, but apparently did cause the Presidential candidate to forget the dangers of altitude.

“When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly,” he told the LA Times. “And you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem.”

Air crafts do not open windows because the cabins are pressurized to fly safely at an altitude of tens of thousand feet. Opening a window in an airplane would seriously sicken the passengers and crew.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...
Can he possibly be this stupid?


Longer answer: the guy was never all he was cracked up to be at Bain in the first place. And I have not seen too much evidence he was smart to begin with. And now he's 65 and worn out from the road, and well, he pays people to do his thinking for him. (Except, I think, about accounting issues - I suspect he has a knack for that.)

['But he is an impressive clothing display model, isn't he?']

Blogger Jimbo said...
Wow, y'know, the Master of the Business Takeover doesn't know shit about high school physics.

That 60 Minutes Interview, he was deer's eyes-in-the-headlights. He's just way in over his head and is also an inveterate liar and now I think a lot of people now realize this.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
not to mention the whole "fire requires fuel, oxygen, and ignition" thing. Geez lets add more air... F***wit in a fancy suit.

Anonymous BNJ said...
It's not necessarily *that* stupid. He's basically saying planes should have a mechanism for venting contaminated cabin air, which does seem like a good idea. Presumably in such a scenario, the flight would simply descend below 10K feet, as pilots do in the event of an unplanned depressurization.

Blogger The New York Crank said...
I could be wrong, but I think the pressure differential at 30,000 feet would cause anyone close to the window to get sucked out of the airplane.

Hey, just for Mitt, why don't we try it?

Crankily yours,
The New York Crank

Blogger Ahab said...
Will Mitt want to roll down windows in space shuttles next?

Anonymous Zachary Smith said...
I'm going to assume the BNJ poster is either a Romney-bot or a paid campaign operative. Probably the latter, because Willard is awfully hard to actually 'like'.

Romney said what he said - "And you can't find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don't open. I don't know why they don't do that. It's a real problem."

He was talking about the issue of the airplane windows being sealed!!!

That said, I agree the man probably isn't actually stupid. Incredibly lazy, amazingly out of touch, and ignorant beyond belief. He's very good at his specialty of using barely legal methods of liberating money from helpless workers and ravaged companies, and is amazingly adept at protecting his ill-gotten gains from US taxation. Hardly qualifications for running the US of A.

Obama is very, very bad - a virtual louse. But he's not quite as awful as Romney.

Blogger Jill said...
Actually, Zachary, BNJ is just someone who stalks liberals that used to hang out on Richard Bey's messageboard, and has been doing so for about as long as I've had this blog.

Blogger Leslie Parsley said...
The journalists covering this have come out and said Mittens was joking. I saw the video but guess I missed the joke part, but then all of his jokes seem to fall a bit flat. Can't imagine why that is.

Blogger PurpleGirl said...
There is a reason why you don't want to add fresh oxygen to a fire situation: The oxygen feeds the fire and makes it worse and can create a flashback fire.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Canada_Flight_797

about Air Canada flight 797, which ended with the deaths of 23 people after the plane had an emergency landing and after the doors were opened to get people out there was a flashback explosion. National Geographic had a show about this crash on last Friday morning and I thought of it right after I heard about Romney's comments.

Anonymous Marie Burns said...
Supposedly Romney was joking, which Ashley Parker -- Maureen Dowd's acolyte -- failed to mention in her pool report. The L.A. Times reporter picked up the story & recounted the comments as if Romney were serious because there was nothing in Parker's report to indicate otherwise. Parker later said it was so obvious Romney was kidding that she didn't think it was necessary to clarify her pool report.

However, I watched the video & wasn't entirely convinced a President Romney wouldn't order the FAA to require roll-down windows on planes. I posted the video at http://www.realitychex.com/constant-comments/the-commentariat-sept-25-2012.html

You be the judge.

The Constant Weader