So here are two news stories that showed up recently involving our proud Sen. Jim Mountain (yeah, thats his middle name) Inhofe that we believe just might have had a cause/effect relationship other media outlets are just too sane to put together.
First, Inhofe reportedly scares the crap out of people. Seriously.
Back in October, Inhofe decided to land his airplane at a south Texas airport on a runway with a big, yellow X on it. Now, depending on your familiarity with aviation, big yellow Xs on runways could theoretically mean one of two things: here be treasure or this runway is closed, please dont try to land here.
Which option did Inhofe choose?
Of course, the construction workers on the runway (who may or may not have been digging for treasure) were not delighted to see a 76-year-old climate-change denier in a twin-engine Cessna bearing down upon them and their vehicles.
He scared the crap out of us, Sidney Boyd, who was working on the runway at the time told the FAA, in a recorded phone conversation posted on The Smoking Gun on April 13. He damn near hit a big red dually, hopscotched over him and landed on the runway anyway.
Of the dually driver, Boyd said: I think he actually wet his britches, he was scared to death. I mean, hell, he started trying to head for the side of the runway. The pilot could see him, or he should have been able to, he was right on him.
Apparently, the workers were cramping Mountains style, since Boyd told the FAA, after landing, Inhofe came to the workers and (we imagine while wearing Top Gun shades while a congressional staffer carried a boom box blasting Danger Zone) demanded to know, What the hell is this? Im supposed to have unlimited airspace.
To avoid enforcement action by the FAA, the senator completed a remedial training program.
After the audio came out, Inhofe released a statement saying: This is an old story, and the FAA and I have long considered the matter closed. I have completed the program required by the FAA, and this matter is over.
About that second story: Inhofe recently said he believed the November election that ousted former
Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo was fraudulent. Gbagbo, an
evangelical Christian who is friends with Inhofe, apparently agreed,
because for the past several months, he refused to step down to make way
for the elected leader, a Muslim named Alassane Ouattara.
refusal to step aside sparked fighting between the two camps, with
French United Nations troops backing Ouattaras forces and Inhofe
backing Gbagbo. Eventually, Gbagbo was arrested.
who had regularly visited Ivory Coast and Gbagbo prior to the election,
said he probably would not go back and was quoted in The Oke as saying,
I would have helped to have tried to assist them in escaping if I
could have. But the French were just relentless. Thats right: Inhofe
said the French military was relentless.
on, could it be that the reason Inhofe didnt fly in Maverick-style to
rescue his wingman Gbagbo is because he finally pushed the system too
far? Was it because he was
grounded by some bureaucrat who just doesnt understand that Inhofe is
one hell of an instinctive pilot maybe too good who is just testing
his own limits and the limits of those around him, pushing the envelope
between exhilaration and fear, finding that place in his mind that
screams this is madness and pushing further, until consciousness and
dream blend into one and the world narrows down to a singularity of
utter clarity, and that now because of some desk jockey, he has to watch
helplessly from the sidelines, unable to fly in and rescue his buddy
during his greatest hour of need?
Nah. We didnt think so.