This would be funny if it wasn't so blatant...



  1. airbrush artist chris coakley, a worker at goodrich aerospace in everett, wash., paints an alaska airlines 737, now called the "salmon-thirty-salmon," to look like a giant king salmon friday. a crew of 30 painters spent 24 days on the job.

    so, you landed a big king salmon this summer? it can't compare to the colossal king alaska airlines plans to land this morning in anchorage.

    the seattle-based carrier has painted nearly the full length of a boeing 737-400 passenger jet as a wild alaska king, or chinook, salmon. the airline has dubbed its flying fish the "salmon-thirty-salmon."

    it's a bold promotional move to celebrate wild alaska seafood and also the carrier's role in hauling millions of pounds of fresh salmon, halibut, crab, shrimp and other seafood out of the state each year.

    the fishy paint job was done on a grand scale, company spokesmen said. a team of 30 painters and airbrush artists used more than 140 gallons of paint and took 24 days to render the lifelike chinook -- triple the time normally needed to coat an airliner.

    so? what's the gag you ask?


    let me borrow the words of someone else ::


    yes people, [color=#33cc00]$500,000 (five. hundred. thousand. dollars.) of federal grant money was spent to paint the ****ing airplane like a gosh-golly fish.

    my god. did we elect monkeys to run this ****ing country? did we elect borderline retards?

    $500 grand. for a salmon-forty-salmon.

    ****!

    complete story



    you tax dollars hard at work, ladies and gents!
    Last edit by Ted on Oct 6, '05 : Reason: PG-13 issue
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  2. 47 Comments

  3. by   Kelly_the_Great
    Doesn't seem as though the republicans are fulfilling their promises of being good stewards of our money, huh?
  4. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Let's say that a few, and not all, republicans consented to this.
  5. by   Kelly_the_Great
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Let's say that a few, and not all, republicans consented to this.
    Yep. Makes me feel secure as a citizen to know they are upholding "conservative" values.
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from Kelly_the_Great
    Yep. Makes me feel secure as a citizen to know they are upholding "conservative" values.
    You missed my point. I would not say that "they" consented to it, i would say that a few did.
  7. by   Roy Fokker
    I think this stems from a larger issue.

    A few months back, I remember that some conservatives were POed that a certain art gallery was displaying the work of an atrist who made a work of "art" displaying the figure of christ in a jar of urine.

    I'm not judging if that was "art" or not - it was tasteless IMHO - but I support it as his right to free expression.

    The problem, I gather, is/was that that exhibit/artist was state funded/supported. THAT, I do not support.

    I admit to not being up-to-date with my facts on THAT issue - but I don't think I'f too far off the mark.

    THIS issue, I gather, is somewhat similar. If the folks of Alaska so desire to promote their seafood, let them foot the bill (there's a bigger argument there as well, but for the moment, I'm keeping it short). Why chuck the bill at the rest of the country? Wouldn't it be ironic if tax monies garnered from rival competitors ends up helping Alaskan fisheries?

    What's the sense in making me pay for a bridge in Alaska or housing projects in Florida when my own roads here are crumbling?
  8. by   Kelly_the_Great
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    You missed my point. I would not say that "they" consented to it, i would say that a few did.
    Marie,

    Don't you think it would take more than a few consents to get that funding?
  9. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from Kelly_the_Great
    Marie,

    Don't you think it would take more than a few consents to get that funding?
    I'm sure it does, but that certainly doesn't mean all, though.
  10. by   Kelly_the_Great
    You know what. There's is soooo much nit picking in the use of language on this site.

    What did I say, Marie? Did I say all ? I said "they". "They" as referring to the obvious MAJORITY that had to have been present to have any passed this allowance of funds, okay? It hardly was just a "few", if you really want to get technical about it.

  11. by   Mkue
    ...I must say it's very impressive.

    The state's commercial salmon industry has struggled for years due to competition from foreign, farm-raised salmon, but the promotional dollars are helping the industry make a comeback, said Bill Hines, the marketing board's executive director.
    from the article

  12. by   misschelei
    If Democrats were in control there would surely be a cut down on frivolous federal spending???
  13. by   Roy Fokker
    Chelly: That's exactly my point. All I see is Govt. grow and grow, spend and spend with no end in sight, no matter who is in charge.

    Quote from Mkue
    ...I must say it's very impressive.

    from the article

    Great.

    Now would you mind sending me some more of your tax money? I need to help my little business I have as a side, it's been struggling off late you know, competition and all that....

    Free market? What's that?
  14. by   Mkue
    Quote from Roy Fokker
    Chelly: That's exactly my point. All I see is Govt. grow and grow, spend and spend with no end in sight, no matter who is in charge.

    Great.

    Now would you mind sending me some more of your tax money? I need to help my little business I have as a side, it's been struggling off late you know, competition and all that....

    Free market? What's that?
    um, we lost our small business when Clinton was in office..it's a trend you know not helping small business growth, unless of course you are from a foreign land I've seen in my area..lots of help there, tax breaks loans..etc..

    don't look at me for $$.. I donated to the Red cross during the Katrina disaster..don't get me started on where my money possibly went for that.

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