TGIF Late Nite Lite: It couldn’t get here fast enough!

Good Late Nite!

This has been such an exhausting week. I was so tired when I got home from the football game last night I could not even lift a finger to turn the laptop on. So this Friday night post is something I have waited for.  Tonight I have a bunch of different topics, so let’s get on with it.

First, I wanted to bring this news item to your attention. Not sure if you have seen this incident from earlier in the week, but since I have a brother with Downs, this news story was particularly upsetting. American Airlines boots family with Down child from flight

A California family that was not allowed to board a cross-country flight says they believe they were discriminated against because their son has Down syndrome.

Robert Vanderhorst, his wife Joan and 16-year-old son Bede, who is disabled, were booked to fly on an American Airlines flight from Newark to Los Angeles on Sunday when the boy and his parents were not allowed on the plane.

The family from Porterville had upgraded to first class tickets at an airport kiosk, and asked the airline to seat the boy and one of his parents together – a request the airline granted – Vanderhorst said Tuesday.

When the family was ready to board, they were stopped by airline personnel, told their son was a “security risk” and would not be allowed on the flight, he said. The parents protested, and later were rebooked to fly coach with another airline.

American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller said the disabled boy was agitated and running around the gate area prior to boarding, which his parents dispute. The airplane’s pilot observed the boy, Miller said, and made the call based on his behavior.

“He was not ready to fly, that was our perspective,” Miller said. “We rebooked the family out of concern for the young man’s safety and that of other passengers as well.”

But Vanderhorst said his son did not run at any time, did not make any loud noises and didn’t display any other offensive behaviors. The boy walked around with him or sat quietly in the gate area, Vanderhorst said.

A cell phone video captured by the boy’s mother shows Bede sitting and quietly playing with a baseball cap.

Oh, but they will put him in coach…Teen denied boarding on American Airlines flight because he has Down syndrome, family says

Bede Vanderhorst, 16, and his family  were denied boarding on an American Airlines flight from Newark to Los Angeles because officials said he posed a ‘flight risk.’

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Bede Vanderhorst, 16, and his family were denied boarding on an American Airlines flight from Newark to Los Angeles because officials said he posed a ‘flight risk.’

Joan Vanderhorst pulled out her cell phone and started recording the incident on Sunday in which Bede is seen quietly playing with his hat and an American Airlines official warns that she was prohibited from filming “in a security-controlled area.”

At one point, Port Authority police were even called on the confused family.

“Nothing like this has ever happened to us before. That’s what’s so shocking. He’s usually our good luck charm. Good things usually happen when Bede is with us,” Vanderhorst said.

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The airline said Bede couldn’t board because he was ‘agitated’ in the waiting area, but a video the family made shows Bede, above, quietly playing with his hat. The Vanderhorsts said the pilot and crew never spoke with them or their son and they believe the airline didn’t want a person with Down syndrome in first class.

Bede and his parents had been in Jackson, N.J., visiting family and were eager to make the long return flight home. On a “lark” they had even upgraded their seats to first class, shelling out an extra $625 dollars.

“My wife said, ‘oh Bede’s never flown first class,’ he’ll be so excited.”

Vanderhorst said Bede, a freshman in high school, has flown “at least 30 times” through his life and has never caused any trouble.

Nothing was different before Sunday’s flight, he said. Bede was sticking close to his parents and was not acting unruly, nor was he upset.

But as the family waited to board, an American Airlines official pulled them aside and said the pilot had observed Bede and didn’t feel safe allowing him on the plane.

Joan Vanderhorst quickly snapped on her video camera and can be heard sobbing. “We are being singled out,” she said.  Robert Vanderhorst, an attorney, calmly pleads with the airline official. “He’s behaving. He’s demonstrating he’s not a problem.”

See the footage taken by Vanderhorst when her family was denied boarding

The agitated American Airlines employee instead called Port Authority police to escort the family away from the gate.

This incident pissed me off, and I hope the family sues and gets some kind of relief from American Airlines. Fly the friendly skies, as long has you don’t have Downs Syndrome.

Alright, now for the cartoons…

9/7 Mike Luckovich cartoon: Ex-president speaks | Mike Luckovich

I love this one!

mike090712

Some of the cartoons I saw made the valid point about the RNC’s lack of bringing on past presidents.

AAEC – Political Cartoon by Scott Stantis, Chicago Tribune – 09/07/2012

Cartoon by Scott Stantis -

You may need to click on that link to see the image full size.

And then we have more about Big Dawg…

Cagle Post » Brass Clinton

This one took me a few moments to get it…that Clinton is holding a branding iron, like I said, it was an exhausting week.

Brass Clinton © Milt Priggee,www.miltpriggee.com,Bill Clinton,brass,dnc,democrats,convention,politics,gop,republicans,trickle-down,democracy,better off,Obama,clinton speech

Cagle Post » The Big Dog can hunt

The Big Dog can hunt © John Cole,The Scranton Times-Tribune,bill clinton,barak obama,dnc,convention,nomination,clinton speech

And then there were the ones about Obama. This first one is from a foreign cartoonist, and I thought it was very clever:

Cagle Post » Obama and the Economy

Obama and the Economy © Patrick Chappatte,Le Temps, Switzerland,USA, Obama, Unemployment, Economy, Crisis, Presidential Election 2012

And this next cartoon really illustrates the Tea Party at home:

AAEC – Political Cartoon by David Horsey, Los Angeles Times – 09/07/2012

Cartoon by David Horsey -

That woman has curly hair just like my aunt, you know the one who thinks Obama is a communist, specifically a black communist.

Cagle Post » The Empty Chair

The Empty Chair © Pat Bagley,Salt Lake Tribune,Chair, Clint, Eastwood, Barack, Obama, GOP, Republicans, RNC, DNC, Convention, Tampa, Charlotte, Tea Party, Muslim, Socialist, Kenyan, Birthers, Guns

Cagle Post » Gracias Arizona

Gracias Arizona © David Fitzsimmons,The Arizona Star,Obama, latinos, arizona, immigration, sb1070

Okay, just a couple more political ones…

Cagle Post » Fact Checking

Fact Checking © Joe Heller,Green Bay Press-Gazette,Fact Checking, lie, fibs, white lies, distortion, negative ads, speech, conventions, politics, mike rowe, dirty jobs

Cagle Post » Voters and Super PAC ads

Voters and Super PAC ads © Dave Granlund,Politicalcartoons.com,Voters, election 2012, Super PAC, Super Pacs, money, corporations, donors, attack ads, politics, political, campaign, november 6, election day, vote, ballots,

Keeping with the football theme:

Cagle Post » REPLACEMENTS

REPLACEMENTS © Randy Bish,Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,NFL, FOOTBALL, REFEREE, REFEREES, REPLACED, GAMES

Cagle Post » Michael Vick Eagles Injury

Michael Vick Eagles Injury © Rob Tornoe,Philadelphia Inquirer,NFL,sports,Philadelphia,Eagles,Andy Reid,Michael Vick

And finally this last one, and just in time, cause I have to get ready to head over to the high school and support my Banjoville panthers…

9/9 Mike Luckovich cartoon: NFL refs | Mike Luckovich

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10 Comments on “TGIF Late Nite Lite: It couldn’t get here fast enough!”

  1. dakinikat says:

    I needed smiles today. I want that Big DAWG cartoon on a T shirt!

    owoooooooooo….

    • northwestrain says:

      You can do that — reverse the image — print on T-Shirt printer paper — iron on T-shirt. Wear.

      • northwestrain says:

        Those would make great quilt squares as well. Same Iron on images on special printer paper.

        Quilted purse/bag — jacket. Wear like my favorite liberal sign maker at the Intersection.

        (now where did I put that iron???? )

    • NW Luna says:

      Yes, I pick that one too! I always love JJ’s roundup of wit. We sure need laughs.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    Thanks for the laughs, JJ. It’s hard to choose a favorite, but if I had to, I’d take the one of Bill Clinton branding the elephant’s rear end.

    • northwestrain says:

      Yep — snort — that’s a good one.

      No wonder the Republicants hate Clinton — he can run circles around them and brand their behinds at the same time.

  3. dakinikat says:

    The former House Republican Minority Whip of the Montana Legislature and Montana state chair of ALEC, Dennis Himmelberger, is in jail.

    The Billings Gazette reported today that Himmelberger was sentenced to jail for contempt of court after he refused to refund the rental security deposit of a 93-year-old tenant.

    Unbelievable…

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/09/07/1129177/-Former-State-ALEC-Chair-GOP-Leader-Jailed

  4. janey says:

    I hope American Airlines gets sued within an inch of their bottom line. (My daughter has a different syndrome and is more affected than a person with Down’s.) I would be proud to share airplane space with this boy and his parents, especially if it were in first class. Parents of Down’s children proved in the 60s that doctors were wrong about these babies and it seems now they have to prove they deserve a place in our society. shame on AA and its employees.

    • northwestrain says:

      Did we get in a time warp back to Nazi Germany? The treatment of that young man and his parents — not good enough etc. to fly on the trash Airlines — one that I do hope goes out of business.

      Flying is already a huge PITA — TSA with their — we molest you to make you feel safer BS. And then women can’t fly because they have GASP breasts which much be covered — or the “word” — as if nobody has seen that “word” before.

      I don’t fly and a whole lot of other people no longer fly — and if the airlines go out of business — so what? I do not care. There is no science behind the TSA crap and there is no science behind the prejudiced Nazi pilot who won’t fly with a non perfect human being.

      We still have a long way to come if this can be done to families in 2012.

      Now a squalling spoiled 2 year old who has very little socialization and has never learned or hear the word no . . . . . that is another matter. But I have flown with kids kicking the back of my seat, screaming etc. That’s what happens when using mass transportation.

      Sue American Airlines and the pilot.