The Brave “Hudson Hero” vs. the Geese on Facebook – and People Who Piss Me Off

Goose - It's What's for Dinner!

Ok. I know that I am feeling better when I can get this ticked off this quickly.  Courtesy of Neville Hobson, he  brought fact to my attention this morning that has me thinking the social media may in fact be the #1 cause of the decline of the Western civilization. For those of you caught up in Obamamania, you may have missed the story of the US Airways flight that took off from La Guardia airport in New York, ran into a bunch of geese that got sucked up into and caused two engines to fail.  as reported in USA Today (the “McPaper”):

NEW YORK — In what New York’s governor called “a miracle on the Hudson,” a veteran pilot glided a US Airways jetliner with two dead engines onto the river’s frigid surface so smoothly Thursday that all of the 150 passengers and five crewmembers escaped serious injury. Some didn’t even get their feet wet.
It’s all good, right?  Feel good story of 2009?  Not so much.

In an act that has me both perplexed and outraged, there in A FACEBOOK GROUP entitled “In loving memory of the geese that lost their lives from Flight 1549.”  I am not making this up.  Its creator, Shawn O’Neill of Allentown, Pennsylvania, writes:
Every mother, father, husband, wife, and sibling were extremely lucky that day to not have any of their loved ones and family members pass away. Except for our Canadian winged friends. This group is dedicated to honor the brave birds flying in the standard Flying-V formation who sadly had their lives suddently taken from them. So the next time you see a goose, or a flock of geese, please take some time and have a momment [sic] of silence to reflect, and to pray for the families of these 2 geese, and to any bird family that has lost their lives due to aviation.
“To pray for the families of these 2 geese, and to any bird family that has lost their lives due to aviation.?????”  WTF???
OK.  Shaun in entitled to his bat-shit opinion.  But here’s are a couple of questions:
  • Who the HELL are the 231 people who became fans of this page?; and
  • Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where, on September 11, a group of brave passengers fought for control of another airplane hijacked my terrorists, smashed into the ground, likely saving the lives of hundreds more people in Washington, DC.  Shanksville is just a little over a three hour ride from your home in Allentown, Shaun.  I suggest you take a ride over there for some perspective.

The only thing that is remotely enabling me to keep what is left of my sanity is that Mike Rupert sent me a note after seeing my rant on Twitter that there is, in fact Virginia, a Santa Claus.  Or some social media justice.  There is a Facebook page devoted to Captain C.B. Sully Sullenberger, one of the people who made the miraculous landing that saved ALL of the passengers on the plane.

So here’s the Facebook score:
  • Geese lovers: 231 fans
  • People paying tribute to a man who saved 150 lives: 272,323 fans, including yours truly.
OK.  My rant is over.  There is one thing, however, has has changed since this post- my dinner plans.  I am headed out to the store/butcher later to look for a nice, tasty goose to have for dinner (anything that is lower than me on the food chain, slower or tastier is fair “game.”).  Might even send Shaun a picture of me having that first, tasty bite.




  1. Wow. That’s just unbelievable–and, in remarkably poor taste (the Geese/FB page, not your dinner. For the record, cooked properly, geese are yummy).

    I’m continually baffled by people, but this doesn’t really surprise me. Part of me wonders if it’s a pathetic cry for attention–this person *has* to know that most would react as you did. These people have always existed, social media just makes them easier to find. And ignore. 😉

    Glad you are feeling better!

  2. Mark Story Says: January 18, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Thanks, Jen. I got some terrific advice and have actually started taing *pro*biotics. Never knew they existed.

    Marc Chamberlin also sent me a nice note. Said that his grandfather studied under one of the premier herbalists in the US — AND IS 107 YEARS OLD and looks 60. I ordered some of that as well.

    Thanks for commenting — always nice to hear from you.


  3. Raquel Fuentes Says: January 20, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Somebody always has to go out of their way and go against the grain. Sad but true.

  4. Felicia Akoh Says: January 20, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Kudos to the flock of geese for bringing out Captain Sullenberg’s skills and making him gain world recogniton.

    Mark, i wish we had the dinner together.

  5. Erinn Dumas Says: January 21, 2009 at 10:20 am

    This posting from Shawn is too funny! He definitely has too much time on his hands; I guess he’s a member of PETA…Those birds should’ve known to get out of the plane’s way.

    When I first read the article about the flight going down, I was shocked to learn that the reason for the plane going down was because of two geese. This entire story is amazing and Shawn needs to get a life!

    It’s people like him that make me dislike social networking, because he really thinks that people care about what he’s saying (event though 231 people do care and agree). He’s just trying to find a way to fame!

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