October 29, 2004


The BBC reports:

A US airline attendant is fighting for her job after she was suspended over postings on her blog, or online diary.

Queen of the Sky, otherwise known as Ellen Simonetti, evolved into an anonymous semi-fictional account of life in the sky.

But after she posted pictures of herself in uniform, Delta Airlines suspended her indefinitely without pay.

Nice pics. Delta should give her a pay rise. Our friendly Sky Queen is also a Democrat supporter, but restricts her activism to conventional forms; unlike one road-bound campaigner, who attempted to mow down Katherine Harris :

A silver Cadillac "swerved off the road and drove up the sidewalk" heading "straight towards Ms. Harris," according to the police arrest report.

"I was exercising my political expression," Seltzer told police, according to the report.

Posted by Tim Blair at October 29, 2004 12:47 AM

OT: Critical Analysis of the Recent Atrocity in St. Louis

As the repulsively American pseudo-city of Boston degenerates into a nauseating, jingoistic orgy of self-congratulation, a bedlam of drunken howls and horn-honkings splitting the chilly air late into the night, one must hold one's nose and ask: What of St. Louis? What of the victims of this savagely militaristic aggression? Were all diplomatic options truly exhausted? The media won't tell you. Their masters won't let them. The roots of this catastrophe have been sucked into the right-wing noise machine's ravenous memory hole. When the New England Patriots won the first Super Bowl following the CIA/Mossad 9/11 operation, thoughtful observers smelled a rat: It could be no coincidence that a team called the "patriots" was handed a rigged, manufactured "victory" in that harrowing, Bush-fraught year. Again, the memory hole gapes wide; there has been no investigation, no condemnation. The usual parties have silenced all questioning.

The same memory hole has swallowed the Kenmore Massacre. The BPD, tame stormtroopers of the Sox, did their bloody work under the hellish glowering glare of the Citgo sign, cruel harbinger of oil-fuelled hegemonic imperialism. The unprecedented slaughter of the martyrs and of the fans must not be forgotten. The symbolism of the fraud was obvious: The Orientalization of Babe Ruth, given two efeminate names in "punishment" for "defecting" to the Yankees, could only be followed by a staged show trial of the Yankees themselves, decades later, at an exquisitely chosen key moment in Bush's Hitleresque drive to subdue dissent in America: "America's Team", based in all-white New England, "defeated" New York, the proverbial city of immigrants and diversity. A clear signal for a massacre: A signal understood perfectly by the stormtroopers.

There may well be joy in Mudville on this ghastly day, but in Turtle Bay there is none. These momentous events, the sadomasochistic phallic/spherical symbolism of Western/capitalist dominance written in the blood of the symbolically "red" Cardinals, will not be forgotten. They will not be forgiven. Unmistakeably, Bush has signaled a final declaration of open war not merely on Islam, but on the entire human race.

Posted by: Aarrgghh at October 29, 2004 at 12:52 AM

Duh - golden rule of joblogging: don't be identifiable, if you don't have permission.

Posted by: Flashman at October 29, 2004 at 12:57 AM

What a brilliant move by Delta Airlines. They've just created a huge sticky ball of bad publicity for themselves. I give it about a week before they re-hire her as damage control.

If Ellen Simonetti is smart, she'll be on the phone to a publishing agent. This is a great launching platform for a semi-fictional book called Queen of the Sky.

Posted by: EvilPundit at October 29, 2004 at 01:39 AM

That's right, Flashman. Acidman learned that the hard way. I'm sure that there are othere, too.

Posted by: Ernie G at October 29, 2004 at 01:40 AM

Baseball=Hitler, Aaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrggggggh.

Posted by: Murel Bailey at October 29, 2004 at 02:14 AM

I was wondering why I was getting Google searches for QoS in my referral log this morning. That stinks. She is one fun-lovin' gal with a great set of stems. Yes, I am from the '40s.

Cathy Seipp wrote about her the other week, if you want to know more. (Hmmm, her site seems to be down, as well as QoS's. Is Journalspace down altogether?)

Posted by: Jim Treacher at October 29, 2004 at 02:52 AM

Yeah, it's off topic. So sue me.

Threatened by a knife-wielding assailant, obnoxious celebrity Rene Zellweger displays her mastery of the mysterious oriental martial art of Crush-Fu...

Posted by: mojo at October 29, 2004 at 03:23 AM

I knew the job was dangerous when I took it. When I was fired for MY blog, I knew full well that it was the chance I took when I started. I don't regret a damned thing.

Posted by: Acidman at October 29, 2004 at 04:39 AM

Katherine Harris has to be the most unfairly and viciously maligned woman since, er - how about Joan of Arc? Her offense? Running for a seat in the US Congress. Nowadays politics is a contact sport, quite literally.

BTW, I have friends who know Katherine Harris personally and they say she's as nice as she can be. Maybe that's her offense.

Posted by: Butch at October 29, 2004 at 04:52 AM