Sitting on the desk in front of me is a flyer from my local City Council I found very in..ter..rest…ting. : In big green letters it said, :”Prop U (check) Prop S (check) August 5!
“Vote for life saving emergency services, high quality municipal services, a stable and safe city”.
They want us to vote for a 7% tax on utility use for ‘residential properties.’
Businesses, get a pass.
We have already received notice this year, that our water, waste, electric AND gas will get raise hikes very soon. The utility tax is to keep police and firemen. They are using the old fear tactic. It always works. Obama loves to use the “Social Security checks won’t go out! Veterans won’t get their paychecks!” Remember when he closed the parks during sequester, and then two days later sent billions to Egypt?
It’s all fake.
My property tax has been raised every single year since I’ve lived here in the not-so-little town of Hazelwood, and yet, my properties value has decreased every year. Since the tax is suppose to be evaluated on the value of your property, I have never been able to figure out how they can keep rising it, but they do.
No doubt they are using Common Core math.
More about this amazing flyer later….First, the WHY we need our taxes raised:
Our new Mayor says he can’t balance the budget. You see, we used to have a huge Ford manufacturing plant here, but they moved to Mexico about 8 years ago. They raised our taxes then because of the loss, and they are still using that same old excuse as to why we need more taxes now. No doubt, they will use that excuse as long as the sun continues to shine.
The fact is, my little town of Hazelwood is no different than Detroit, or hundreds of other cities in the United States.
Sixty percent of the property tax in Hazelwood goes to fund the teachers union. HUGE administrative costs of government employees, whether fire, teachers, administrator, whatever, those pensions are breaking the city, not only here, but everywhere.
And let’s not talk about government salaries: The superintendent of the school district makes over $250,000 a year, and 400 of our students received scholarships worth over $15.3 million, and yet, the school ranks among the worst.
The HSD (Hazelwood School District) just got a $120 million dollars to redo the schools, and what did they do? They “lowered” some ceilings in some grade schools to make them more “energy” efficient. Added a few doors. The work they did might have added up to a million but $120? Not even close. It doesn’t matter, you can NEVER see where the money goes in America. And like all government, they make SURE they spend every single penny so as to get even more the next year.
And that’s not even the start of waste:
According to our monthly school report our schools are ‘feeding’ everybody. The principal of our local high schools said this:
“The Food 4 Thought program is comprised of food closets in three of our high schools. The program provides students who lack access to nutritious food at home with a reliable source of food for evenings, weekends and other breaks from school.”
Most of us are saying, “HEY! the State Lottery was suppose to go to the schools, the casinos money was going to schools, where the HECK IS that money going? “
Since I’ve lived here most of my life, I’ve witnessed the “change” which took decades, The poor blacks from the city were moved out to the country, on the taxpayers dime. Back in the 1950’s the whites moved from the city of St. Louis out to the suburbs. Then, slowly, the social engineers, working through the democratically elected officials, started moving the blacks from the city out to the north suburb, with Fannie and Freddie’s help. What was once mostly white neighborhoods, are now, mostly blacks.
And most of these blacks now run the schools. And teachers all have ($250,000) homes, and big salaries with big pensions. And the whites who stayed subsidized this ‘growth’ with their property taxes.
No doubt this was done in many major cities.
Now…we are subsidizing a Muslim school. My neighbors who once worked for the district said that we had to have 41 language teachers— that’s how ‘diverse” our city had become.
Is it any wonder America is bankrupt?
Am I bitter? You bet. It’s redistribution from the working class to the ‘poor’ and it’s been going on for years. And it’s not just the blacks that are acting like Obama on a sunny day, the whites are doing it too. Remember the story of the city officials in California who gave themselves salaries of $400,000?
- The truth is America is sacrificing its future to pay for its past. To keep up with burgeoning pensions, states and cities are slashing services. It’s also feeding into the unemployment problem. For decades now, local governments have doled out patronage by increasing pension benefits – these costs impact the budget years later, when the officials who gave the benefits are safely retired themselves. We’re now having to reckon with those choices.
The government has an “official” debt of $15.8 trillion and mounting. But wait, there’s more. This doesn’t include the liability from Social Security and Medicare. When you factor these in, the amount according to some, exceeds $120 trillion. With U.S. Federal tax revenue of just over $2.3 trillion, that puts our debt-to-income ratio somewhere around 5,082%.
Greed abounds. Like the sinking Titanic EVERYONE is grabbing as much as they can as fast as they can.
But, back to why this flyer pisses me off so much—-
At the bottom of my City Council flyer there were two attached absentee ballot applications to make sure you can vote. If you can’t make it to the ballot box, you just sign these little cards, tear it out, and send it in! You don’t NEED to have your ballot notarized!
“We’re also included an extra application for a friend.”
Isn’t that sweet?
And I bet nobody thinks anything of it.
YES YOU CAN….in fact anyone can vote for the much needed tax increase.
I’m sure, somewhere in the Mayor’s office, there are some extra ballots that friends will fill out on election night.
This is not, America anymore. When your local government is run by ‘progressives’ you might as well move to Texas. Where you can I’m sure, if need be, go to the local schools and get free food. Move those illegal’s out of the way when you get to the apple pie.
After all…you paid for it.
Nobody Knows it, but I do wonder…Did Soap Opera’s die because real life news became more of a weekly soap opera to watch? Last week the daily news was filled with suspense: Was Obama playing golf while Putin mocked him by flying jets over our ships? (well, yes.) Will there be another standoff on the Bundy Ranch? (probably) Will Detroit get global warming subsidies from Obama, because of its record snowfall (it’s possible, but not sure yet) Will Eric Holder have another racist breakdown? (Hopefully) ….
I don’t know about you, but the suspense of the daily news, is much more enticing than even when Luke and Laura got married on General Hospital, and THAT was one exciting day! And speaking of hospitals…
Nobody Knows why the latest report on how marijuana changes your brain didn’t come out BEFORE they legalized it in Colorado:
– A small study of casual marijuana smokers has turned up evidence of changes in the brain, a possible sign of trouble ahead, researchers say. “What we think we are seeing here is a very early indication of what becomes a problem later on with prolonged use,” things like lack of focus and impaired judgment, said Dr. Hans Breiter, a study author.
Yes, anybody who has friends that have used marijuana daily can tell you for sure: Do NOT ask them to mow your lawn. It’s also not known if the reason why most liberals are so brain-damaged— is because they smoked more dope in their youth than conservatives. As an example, all we have to do is look at brain damage in the White House.
And speaking of brain damage…
Nobody Knows that they are finding out that young kids who spend their time playing kiddy games on the IPAD are having problems using their hands. Not to mention, they are becoming addicted the them. (see below) The study found out that the kids can’t do much at all with their fingers but wipe. They have no dexterity in their fingers, not doing the normal things that kids do like build with blocks.
But…think—- what finger motion is done every single day by everyone on the planet? You swipe your credit card. Nobody Knows if the vast globalization of future consumers is being programmed to spend money from a young age, but I don’t think anyone even thinks that marketing guru’s would even wish that on young kids. (Haaaa…of course they would!)
Nobody Knows whose bright idea it was to put into the tax code that you could take off your abortion, and your birth control pills, and your vasectomy. (Kathleen? Holder?) And Nobody Knows how you can claim a deduction for these things since the government is paying for them anyway, not you? Anybody figure that one out? AND…as an extra bonus, if you commit a murder, you can deduct your legal expenses. (Even if the state supplies it? ) Can taxes get more confusing?
According to Donald Rumsfeld, they can..
Nobody Knows that I am so glad Donald wrote that letter because, I think when the IRS comes to audit all the good patriotic people, all we have to do is show them Rumsfeld letter, and plead the fifth. (That was a really, peachy keen letter Mr. Rumsfeld, thanks!)
Come back next week for more DAYS OF OUR American LIVES…and why we have no clue about any of them.
Here’s a little ditty you can sing on your way to work….
“Tax Freedom Day”
Of course, I’m kidding.
If you are a poor British retired soldier, living out your life on the Island of Cyprus, you woke up and found out that the EU, decided it was running out of money, and so, they “taxed” your savings. They just reached inside your pocket like the good elite oligarchs they are, and grabbed what they felt they could.
If you are too late getting to the bank, the banks will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday because, they have a lot of pillaging to do.
Russian citizens account for the majority of the billions of Euros held in Cypriot banks by foreign depositors, and Russian banks are heavily exposed to the island as a favored offshore centre for big business. tired-looking Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, appeared to have lost track of the calendar and wished weary reporters a “happy St Patrick’s Day” a full day early. She made no reference to a deposit levy, talking only of “burden sharing.” Several EU officials blamed Anastasiades for insisting on low contributions from uninsured deposits, hurting his country’s small savers to protect wealthy depositors, many foreigners. Under the new proposal, smaller depositors with up to €100,000 would be taxed at 3%; savers with €100,000 to €500,000 would be taxed at 10%; and those with more than €500,000 at 15%. despite all the promises, your savings are vulnerable to arbitrary confiscation.
But have heart! Those deposits could have been rendered even more worthless when the ECB cuts off its funding to Cypriot banks, a decision which would — through devaluation and insolvency — lead to depositors losing as much as 60% of their money.
Well, it’s the same old song isn’t it? “We must all share the burden.” and “It could have been so much worse.” The elites of the world, who continue to tax and steal money from the rest of us, are basically saying: Hey…we only took off your legs..it could have been worse..we could have KILLED you!
In the meantime, Japan will begin pumping huge amounts of yen into the economy, and our own Federal Reserve is pumping money too.
There seems to be more to it than simply wanting money. It’s the Russians that are going to be hurt the most…because they are sending Naval ships to the region.
Russia is helping Syria, and are sending Navel ships into the area. Simply put… they can’t get into Syria as long as this money stream is flowing through Cyprus. And the reason Cyprus is suffering…is also due to a very expensive explosion in 2011 which cost them billions:
Ruskies have at least 50 billion euros stalled in Cyprus. They have open storage on the base were 98 containers of explosives that had been seized by the United States Navy in 2009 after it intercepted a Cypriot-flagged, Russian owned vessel, the MV Monchegorsk travelling from Iran to Syria in the Red Sea. According to leaked US cables through Wiki Leaks, released in 2011, the US through Hillary Clinton exerted pressure on Cyprus to confiscate the shipment. The ship was escorted to a Cypriot port and the Cyprus Navy was given responsibility for the explosives, which it moved to the Evangelos Florakis a month later. At the time of the incident in 2011, the explosives had apparently been left in the open for over two years. The Cypriot government had declined offers from Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States to remove or dispose of the material, having feared an adverse reaction from Syria. The government had instead requested that the UN effect the removal, but claimed that its request had been rejected.
While the average American doesn’t get much news about the EU…we can only imagine how we would feel if we woke up one day…went online, and found out our “savings” had been taxed.
Obama has been looking at a way to “borrow” from our 401K’sand Pensions plans. Could our government be thinking about doing the same thing?
After Obamacare, we’d be foolish not to think so.
Today is dedicated to the millions of Obama voters that believed every single lie that came out of his lips: You found out today, that–HEY…you must be rich! Because, uh…you just got &%^$.
Middle-class workers will take a bigger hit to their income proportionately than those earning between $200,000 and $500,000 under the new fiscal cliff deal, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. Workers making $30,000 will take a bigger hit on their pay than those earning $500,000 under new fiscal deal
It’s all about how much Obama CARES about you. And so, to show you that getting rid of your guns, and how upset he was when he heard that four men had been killed in Benghazi, he has released photo’s…also for your enjoyment…pictures of himself enjoying the vacation in Hawaii that you are generously giving him.
Yes, Obama looks out for the rich! And he IS rich! He’s spent $20 million so far on his Hawaii vacation, and it will be close to a billion before he’s finished with us.
But…Nobody Cares about how much HE spends or takes from us, do they?
Or else, they wouldn’t love him so much.
Nobody Gets Email
Hey! The fiscal cliff is…counting down…FIVE, FOUR…THREE…THREE and a half…THREE and Two-Quarters…Three and..
I just got this a few minutes ago…
Read it…and then think about all the NEW taxes that are coming our way!
We may beat France yet!
(Thanks to Mona)
This is too true to be funny. The next time you hear a politician use the word ‘billion’ in a casual manner, think about whether you want the politicians spending YOUR tax money.
A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but on advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into some perspective in one of its releases.
A. A billion seconds ago it was 1959.
B. A billon minutes ago Jesus was alive.
C. A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.
D. A billion days ago no one walked on the earth on two feet.
E. A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes at the rate our government is spending it.
While this thought is still fresh in our brain…let’s take a look at New Orleans…It’s amazing what you can learn with some simple division.
Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu (D) was asking Congress for 250 billion dollars to rebuild New Orleans. Interesting number. What does it mean?
A. Well…If you are one of the 487,674 residents of New Orleans (every man, woman, and child) $516, 528.
B. OR…If you have one of the 188,251 homes in New Orleans, your home gets $1, 329, 787
C. OR…If you are a family of four…Your family gets $2,066,012.
Washington D.C…..HELLO! Are all your calculators broken?
Building Permit TAx
CDL License Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax (FED)
Federal Income Tax (FED)
Federal Unemployment Tax (FED)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Hunting License Tax
IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax)
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Marriage License Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge Tax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax (Truckers)
Recreational Vehicle Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Tax
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
(And the think, we left British Rule to avoid so many taxes.)
Still Think This is Funny?
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago…and our nation was the most prosperous in the world.
We had absolutely no national debt…
We had the largest middle class in the world…
And Mom stayed home to raise the kids.
What happened? Can you spell…”Politicians” !
And I still have to press 1 for English. I hope this goes around the USA at least 100 times.
What the hell has happened to our country?
(Nobody Notes: Yes, they PASSED that tax in California!)
One thing that is amazing: EVERY person I saw interviewed on TV this past week, was absolutely SURE they had the winning Powerball ticket. That’s a funny thing, isn’t it? As if just believing you have it, makes it happen.
Well…I think there’s more than wishful thinking on this one. I remember the ONLY time I won off a lottery ticket was at an Arby’s restaurant. Yes, you could order a roast beef sandwich and get your lottery ticket. I was standing in line, and I was thinking to myself—-
“Mm…I DESERVE to win on thousand dollars. Hey dad. (my dad had just passed away, you have to start SOMEWHERE…not being really sure if God had the time at the moment.) You know, I could use the money. Brett could use some toys for Christmas. “
As I kept talking to myself I thought…Hey, why not just go for it! I’m going to just put my psychic ability into it.
I walked up to the counter where a young, black, 16-year-old boy asked me what I wanted.
“I’ll take a roast beef, coke, and a the winning lottery ticket.” I said.
He picked out two…and he said, “Which one do you want?”
He gave me the ticket, I scraped it off right in front of him, and you should have seen his eyes, when I showed it to him. Sure enough. It was a $1,000 scratch off. I had won.
Now, this was long ago…long before the big Megamillions and Powerballs of today. I often wondered if I DID influence the outcome…or if it was just sheer luck. They put my picture up on the wall at Arby’s for a month. “Lotto winning ticket sold here!” But, I only saw about $600 of that thousand. I ended up buying a cheap hot tub, with money I had already saved. My son already had enough toys.
Now…in a fair world, the government shouldn’t take more than HALF of that $500 million…but by the time all the politicians have taken millions out of your piggy bank, you end up with less than half. You can’t say anymore that you won $500 million, because it would be a lie. Somehow they end up richer than you. And where does that money go?
Nobody Knows. And Nobody Wins when Nobody Cares that a government can literally steal your winnings from you….and not just once, but for the rest of your life.
How long are we all going to put up with it? They KEEP us poor, and then, when the poor play the lottery as the only way to get out of their poverty, they take it away.
That’s why…they are charging $2 now for a ticket. Expect it…the price will go up.
In the meantime…good luck everyone! You’re going to need it becasue…I have the winning ticket!
Hey…it worked once before!
To honor this infamous day in the history of the biggest tax increase in a nation’s history, (Obamacare upheld by the Supreme Court) I give you…
The perfect song…with a few added words by George Harrison.
Go ahead…sing along.
Also, remember, these two men George Harrison and Eric Clapton married the SAME woman, and here they were still playing guitar like old friends, after they both remarried.
Makes you wonder doesn’t it?
Nobody (me) was not very surprised today when the conservative top Supreme Court Judge, John Roberts, put on the court by George W. Bush, basically sided with a socialist President, went against all sanity and said that Obamacare not only was constitutional, but Congress could just gather all that money to pay for it, as a tax.
Why was I not surprised?
This is no surprise. I had a sinking feeling in my gut when Justice Roberts said that Justice Kagen didn’t have to excuse herself from this transformative decision. Obviously, by law, she was required to do so. But he waved his hand and said, “Oh we’ll be fine.” That’s because he already knew what he was going to do.
So, why does he get the Nobody’s Fool award today? Everyone is upset— beyond themselves with horror at the ruling no one thought was possible. (Except the dingbats of course) So why? According to all he is a traitor of freedom, justice, and the country.
Because— the judge just took a bullet for the “cause.” The cause being, the White House. I imagine it was for the Bush’s.
Who benefits? Mitt Romney.
Let’s just say that I believe Roberts took one for the big Rhinos. The globalists. The established Rockefeller/Bush dynasty that we have all witnessed in action. One by one, the people’s choice for a government ruled by the people was knocked off in the primaries. Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Herman Cain, and Michelle Bachmann were all closer to the people. Not Mitt. He was the last pick of them all…and then viola…the nomination just fell right into his lap.
The big insurance companies will benefit from this, and we are all pretty much screwed.
Did you notice Obama’s speech was pretty lame? I honestly think he wasn’t expecting this. Everyone knew that Obamacare was clearly unconstitutional. The Rhino’s have just moved their chess piece
CHECKMATE, Mr. Obama. Your move. This wasn’t a victory for Obama, on the contrary, it’s a Trojan horse full of political lead.
Mitt Romney needs the tea party, who are still not sure of him. Watch for him to cater to that group, with lots of talk about the “founders.” The race is close. If this had been overtruned, Mitt, who is not the liar or the speaker that Obama is, might have left one too many people staying home.
The Rhinos want the White House–it was a necessary move.
Would Roberts do such a thing for the ‘elites’ ?
He just did.
But, here’ s the question: Will Mitt do as he promised..repeal ObamaCare the day he gets in office?
Does he have that power? Will it stay regardless? Will other fascist chess pieces be moved to saddle America with high taxes forever with NIETHER party getting the blame? Both parties working for the people who pay them?
Is this all smoke and mirrors?
Do any of us trust our government anymore? I sure don’t.
Is it already too late? Nope. Never.
Justice John Roberts gets the Nobody’s Fool award for the week. He just gave Mitt the White House, unless Obama plays another card….
We shall see, what happens then.
THIS JUST IN! Here we have a video recorded of the secret meeting between Mitt Romney and Donald Trump. Donald, as you see in the foreground, had to make sure that Mitt was the right man, so he did the mirror test. When he tried it with Newt, it did not go well. But as you can see, Mitt and Donald are a perfect fit.
Really, I was doing my taxes all day–so the silence (you’re welcome) but after Sarah Palin said she was putting her two cents behind Newt Gingrich, and then now…we have no idea if she took it back, we found out to everyone surprise that Donald choose Mitt as his man.
To most of us, this looks like Mitt took Donald aside and said, “Don’t Worry Donald, I’ll make sure you get to build those casinos in Shanghai.” I think it was the hat that convinced him
But, that’s not all who put their money behind their favorite candidates today: Betty White came out for Lou Grant, and Spock came out for Captain Kirk.
The candidates are getting exciting!
Okay, the world is absurd. After today, I’d be happy for Steve Forbes to run again. A flat tax would be simply marvelous. I’ve added up so many columns of what I spent…just in pet food alone, I’m not sure I’ll ever get another dog. (just kidding.) You SHOULD be able to take all pets off as dependents…don’t you think? My Diva Zippy is going to have to get used to worms.
I knew you’d agree. See you tomorrow.
Let’s talk about the rich, shall we? How DO they get that way? Is it just hard work? Haven’t we been told that in America, if you work hard, you will be rewarded? If that’s the case, why is it that most of our politicians are not only rich, they are getting richer? They hardly work at all. When was the last time Nancy Pelosi invented or produced anything?
What happened here?
According to Joseph E. Stiglitz of Vanity Fair;
Virtually all U.S. Senators, and most of the House of the representatives, are members of the top 1 percent when they arrive, are kept in office by money from the top 1 percent, and know that if they serve the top 1 percent well they will be rewarded by the top 1 percent when they leave office. By and large, the key executive-branch policymakers on trade and economic policy also come from the top 1 percent. It should not make jaws drop that a tax bill cannot emerge from Congress unless big tax cuts are put in place for the wealthy. Given the power of the top 1 percent, this is the way you would expect the system to work.
So, it seems we have two sides of greed: good greed, and bad greed. How do you tell the difference? I have an easy answer: If they are plundering, not producing, they are bad.
Long ago, when mankind first came out of the sand holes of Afghanistan, the only way to get rich…was to plunder and steal, and that’s exactly what Machmud of Ghazni did. (see picture) He built an army, and plundered his way around Afghanistan. He burnt all the villages down, stole their crops, and made himself King. Then he built himself some really spectacular palaces, and if you were really nice and he liked you, he’d throw pearls in your mouth.
Machmud wasn’t interested in occupying the countries he invaded, he just taxed his own country to death to pay for his plundering escapades.
I’m sure they really appreciated that.
In the city of Kanauj, India, in the year 1010, his army murdered all the inhabitants, destroyed 10,000 temples, pocketed gold, silver and jewels and captured 55,000 slaves and 350 elephants.
The malicious act of plundering hasn’t gone away, has it? Men still love to plunder..and the politicians have made it into a work of art.
Barack Mahmud Hussein Obama (probably a direct descendant of Machmud on his father’s side )— a man whose own Presidential reelection will cost over one billion dollars in 2012, wants to plunder the rich. After all, the poor are being taxed to fight the wars, which are now being fought, we are told, to spread “Democracy, Freedom, and McDonalds.” We are so much in debt that, as the saying goes, you can’t get ketchup out of a cotton candy, so Obama wants to go after the gold, silver and capital gains tax of the rich.
From The Rich Times:
Mrs. Jobs is likely to pay $1 Billion in estate taxes after the passing away of Steve Jobs. He had already put shares that he owned in Apple ($2.05 billion) and Disney (worth $4.74 billion) in a trust in order to avoid probate taxes. If Apple’s late co- founder left his estate to his wife, Laurene Powell Jobs, the family won’t be liable for the 35 percent estate tax until she dies or gives money to others, according to estate planners.
If Powell had decided to stick with the stock then she may even have been taxed on the 3.8 percent levy that the American government is planning on unearned gains. Under U.S. law, the trust can sell the shares and incur taxes only on the appreciation since Jobs’ death — a gain of about $338 million. If Jobs had died in 2010, when there was no estate tax, his heirs would have faced the capital gains tax on his entire investment profit if they had sold. That provision lapsed in 2011 when the estate tax was reinstated.
Nobody Knows what her readers think about this, but it seems, if a man makes a product, that is a benefit to the world, he should be able to pass his wealth on to his children.
The politicians as we have learned are becoming billionaires in office, working with the top 1 percent, affecting laws, and getting knowledge of insider trading. They are not good greedy producers, but bad greedy plunderers. Our personal Congressional/Presidential Machmud has merged with Goldman Sachs, Freddie and Fannie, and the Federal Reserve, and has managed to plunder the whole world of untold trillions.
Machmud would have thrown pearls into all their mouths, and then..
Nobody Thinks we should open his mouth, and look for pearls.
“The Missouri Republican Party is going to try to ride this horse as long as they can. They’re going to try to make this as big a deal as they can. Them filing the ethics complaint is about as surprising as the sun coming up. I have convinced my husband to sell the damn plane,” McCaskill said on a conference call with reporters. “I will never set foot on the plane again.”