For those of you unfamiliar with military freefall lingo (actually any kind of skydiving), I’ll gladly explain.
A poor aircraft exit or failure to stabilize one’s body position during freefall will result in completely out of control spinning and toppling. This usually only happens to rookies and it not only makes one look pretty stupid, it can also get one’s rookie ass killed.
Sometimes after a solid exit and good stabilization a young jumper will lose the correct flight attitude during freefall and this uncontrolled spin and flip can happen.
If this happens, DO NOT PANICK! The remedy is fairly simple; arch hard. Gravity is smarter than you and the arch will eventually stabilize you and you can recover to a successful and safe jump.
The Obama campaign needs to seriously consider this advice.
The recent polling numbers have no doubt caused the campaign to lose its stability and based on a rash of gaffes, they are panicking.
Mark Hemingway from National Review has a review of just one day in the Obama spiral:
Joe Biden, intentionally or not, insinuates that Sarah Palin doesn’t care about special needs kids because of conservative objections to stem cell research (and the objections of Biden’s own religion, natch).
Biden asks a guy in a wheel chair to stand-up in front of a large crowd of people. An honest mistake and I actually feel bad for Biden on this one, but it’s not exactly the kind of campaign tableaux you’re aiming for.
Long time Obama associate and unrepentant domestic terrorist William Ayers releases a bizarre statement via cartoon saying “I don’t [think] violent resistance is NECESSARILY the answer.”
Barack Obama (again, intentionally or not) compares the opposing female vice-presidential candidate to a pig, at a time when she’s become a figure of public sympathy because of scores of vile, baseless attacks on Palin and her family by Obama supporters.
A few minutes ago, FoxNews reported a news story from Politico.com. Apparently, the Chair of the South Carolina Democrat Party decided to join the fray:
South Carolina Democratic chairwoman Carol Fowler sharply attacked Sarah Palin today, saying John McCain had chosen a running mate ” whose primary qualification seems to be that she hasn’t had an abortion.”
Oh yeah, and back to the freefall analogy. Failure to recover from an out of control loss of stability can result in a very bad chain of events. Even with a high-end Automatic Deployment Device, a spinning jumper runs the risk of wrapping himself in his canopy.
As gravity is still in play, this will result in an impact with the ground at near terminal velocity.
Naturally, this will result in “deceleration trauma” and that is usually fatal.