March 12, 2011      Share

Two big events last week: Dr. Seuss’s birthday, and — after
a decade of squabbling, illegalities, subterfuge, and
international rivalry — Boeing finally won (again) the $30B
USAF contract for much-needed new refueling aircraft.
Those two things seem to go together, like oil and pink ink.

The Top 9 KC-46 Poems by Dr. Seuss

9> And what happened then? Well in Everett, they say,
The economy there grew three sizes that day.

8> In the Air Force, a tanker is long overdue.
What’s next is replacing the B-52.

7> We reopened the bids. Did we see something new?
Same things. Let’s just call them Plane One and Plane Two.
These planes will not slight you, but one you must choose;
And whichever you pick, the taxpayers lose.

6> The lowest-priced bid made the generals all nervous.
“It’s up in the air! It should *not* be self-service!”

5> If Washington-built, how the cages will rattle;
Unless it’s the one that’s around old Seattle.

4> “This plane will fly high, very high in the clouds,
Or my name isn’t Randy McDandy McDowdz!
When our gas-boom comes down from our gas-tanky-door,
Your jets will get plugged like a two-dollar whore.”

3> In Snohomish, they heard a big cry and loud clamor,
Since making that bird won’t be happ’ning in Bammer.

2> It came with new rivets. It came with new tags.
It came with the right red and white and blue flags.

and the Number 1 KC-46 Poem by Dr. Seuss…
1> “Those makers from Europe are devious guys.
They’re cheaters! They’re swindlers! They’re snoopers and spies!
You don’t want Ferraris, or Wagens from Volks.
So buy them from Boeing, we just-plain-plane folks.”



Selected from 18 submissions from 6 contributors.
This week’s list authors are:

Larry Hollister, Concord, CA — 1, 4, 6 (3-day pass!/10th #1)
Kevin Dopart, Washington, DC — 2, 3, 7, 9 (4-day pass!)
Marty McCullen, Gettysburg, PA — 5
Jeffrey Contompasis, Ashburn, VA — 8, Banner tag
Colonel Howie, The Pentagon, VA — Topic
Kilroy, Washington, DC — Graffitist