Civil Air Patrol’s Jim Inhofe at Odds with Holly Fieglein, Cameron County Airport and Science

Civil Air Patrol Oklahoma Jim InhofeOklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe is a fading asset of Civil Air Patrol

by Nick Sooner Clause | AuxBeacon Reader

[Editor’s Note: An AuxBeacon reader referencing Grove Composite Squadron (SWR-OK-123) expressed a desire to nominate Oklahoma Sen Jim Inhofe for Civil Air Patrol Congressional Public Relations Officer of the Year 2018. A few hours later this story appeared in our inbox. Thank you for your contribution.]

CAP Members:

It is quick work to demonstrate that Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) makes use of our cadets for effective campaign photo opportunities. As the newly appointed chairman of the Armed Services Committee with oversight and funding influence, the Civil Air Patrol leadership is more than willing to play the role of CACMacDaddy for this old man. Instead of being groomed in the dark like mushrooms, our cadets deserve to know the truth.

US Senator James Mountain Inhofe is well known for his aviation incidents, his idiotic climate change denials, his effort to ban same-sex marriage and his passion to legislate English as the national language of the United States. He served as Congressman for Oklahoma’s 1st District from January 3rd 1987 to November 15th 1994 prior to becoming a US senator on November 16th 1994.

Jim Inhofe Lied About the Year of His College Degree

For years, in political biographies and directories, Jim Inhofe stated that he graduated from the University of Tulsa in 1959 with a BA degree in economics. University Registrar Sharon Mossberger revealed records showing Inhofe completed his bachelor of arts degree in economics in 1973 while he was serving as a state senator. When this discrepancy was revealed in 1994, Inhofe initially denied the story and blamed Democrats as out to tarnish his U.S. Senate campaign.

Inhofe claimed that he “didn’t know anything about this” but then finally admitted that he had been allowed to take part in graduation ceremonies in 1959, though he was a few credits short of completing his degree, and that he had not completed his required coursework until 1973.

Jim Inhofe Has Conservative Views on Homosexuality

During his campaign for a Senate seat in 1994, Jim Inhofe proudly made use of the phrase “God, Guns, and Gays” to clearly communicate his platform to the people who elected him. Fourteen years later, in 2008, his campaign ran an ad featuring a wedding cake with two male figures on top, fading into opponent Andrew Rice’s face. Inhofe’s office has stated that he “does not hire openly gay staffers due to the possibility of a conflict of agenda.” He also declared on the Senate floor that he was “really proud to say that in the recorded history of our family, we’ve never had a divorce or any kind of homosexual relationship.”

Apparently, homosexuality among Civil Air Patrol members would be something that Jim Inhofe would expect CAP leaders, like Holly Fieglein and Mark Smith, to portray as shameful based on the “pride” that he feels.

National Conference 2018: Being Gay in Civil Air Patrol

Civil Air Patrol Flaming Gay in Air Force Blues

Acting like a clown while wearing USAF Blues, supported by Mark E. Smith?

Holly Fieglein, NCAC Chair with Judith Fedder, Civil Air Patrol BOG Chair

Port Isabel – Cameron County Airport Incident

Port Isabel Cameron County Airport Texas

Port Isabel Cameron County Airport Texas

On October 21st 2010, Jim Inhofe landed his Cessna on a closed runway at Port Isabel – Cameron County Airport in south Texas, prompting construction workers to run like Cary Grant in Hitchcock’s North by Northwest. In a recorded telephone call, the men’s supervisor told the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that Inhofe “scared the crap out of” the workers, adding that the Cessna “damn near hit” a truck. The Cameron County Airport manager, also speaking to the FAA in a recorded telephone call, opined:

“I’ve got over 50 years flying, three tours of Vietnam, and I can assure you I have never seen such a reckless disregard for human life in my life. Something needs to be done. This guy is famous for these violations.”

Those are pretty strong words, especially the implication that there were other violation. Additional sources, like RationalWiki and FriedmanOfThePlains, suggest that Inhofe is a wingnut, bat-shit crazy and unsafe. That might not be the best example to set for Civil Air Patrol cadets.

Jim Inhofe on Climate Science

With aviation judgment of this caliber, Sen Inhofe then set out to dismiss scientists with graduate degrees on the topic of climate change. On February 26th 2015, Inhofe displayed a snowball on the Senate floor and tossed it before delivering remarks in which he claimed that environmentalists keep talking about global warming even though it keeps getting cold.

Civil Air Patrol Jim Inhofe

Civil Air Patrol asset Sen Jim Inhofe is strong in drama, but weak in science.

In 2016, Inhofe confessed on the Eric Metaxas Show that his granddaughter once came home from school to confront him with her knowledge regarding his denial of climate change. Without specifics, Inhofe concluded that science teachers are brainwashing American children.

“I did some checking, and, Eric, the stuff that they teach our kids nowadays, they are brainwash — you have to un-brainwash them when they get out.”

Inhofe is a regular recipient of monies from the fossil fuel industry, according to the Dirty Energy Money database maintained by Oil Change International. Specifically, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, Inhofe has received over $529,000 from the Oil & Gas Industry since 2012. Over the length of his career, Inhofe has received $1,898,410 from the Oil & Gas Industry per

It is far easier to take money from this dirty industry if one publicly wraps themselves in the US flag and in Jesus of Nazareth. Inhofe has made numerous overseas trips on missions that he described as “a Jesus thing” and that were paid for by the U.S. government. He has said that his trips included some governmental work but also involved “the political philosophy of Jesus, something that had been put together by Doug Coe, the leader of The Fellowship… It’s all scripturally based.”

“I believe very strongly that we ought to support Israel; that it has a right to the land. This is the most important reason: Because God said so.”

“Well actually the Genesis 8:22 that I use in there is that ‘as long as the earth remains there will be seed time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night,’ my point is, God’s still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.”

Jim Inhofe is an old and hapless poster child for why Civil Air Patrol cadets and future American leaders can no longer be raised as mushrooms in the Oklahoma darkness.

12 Comments on "Civil Air Patrol’s Jim Inhofe at Odds with Holly Fieglein, Cameron County Airport and Science"

  1. How can the young people be used like this? Where are their parents?

  2. The politician, the FAA investigation determined, “still elected to land avoiding the men and the equipment on the runway.” In a bid to avoid “legal enforcement action,” Inhofe, who has a commercial pilot’s license, agreed to “complete a program of remedial training,” according to an FAA letter sent in January to the third-term Republican senator from Oklahoma. Inhofe is pictured at right.

    Shortly after Inhofe landed, Sidney Boyd, who was supervising construction on the closed runway, called the FAA to report that Inhofe’s plane, a twin-engine six-seater, initially touched down on the runway and then “’sky hopped’ over the six vehicles and personnel working on the runway, and then landed.”

    During the call, which was recorded by the FAA, Boyd said Inhofe’s antics “scared the crap out of” workers, adding that the Cessna “damn near hit” a red truck. Referring to the vehicle’s driver, Boyd added, “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.”

    Boyd also said that Inhofe showed little contrition following the close call. “He come over here and started being like, ‘What the hell is this? I was supposed to have unlimited airspace.’”

  3. Those Civil Air Patrol cadets in the featured photo really should have been replaced with ones who were smiling more enthusiastically at whatever bullshit was being delivered by Oklahoma’s Senile Senator.

    Can you please publish this so that I know that [redacted]?

  4. On July 4th 2016, Sen. Jim Inhofe walked away from a forced landing and runway departure in Ketchum, Oklahoma. The FAA would not confirm that Inhofe was the pilot under investigation.

    • This may explain why CAP recruited Inhofe. He used his Senatorial power to cover his six when he was involved in unsafe flight incidents. The CAP is also notorious for their consistent unsafe flying record. They are match made in the aircraft graveyard.

  5. Here’s something CAP cadet mushrooms aren’t told.

    Senator Inhofe’s youngest son, Dr. Perry Inhofe, was killed in a crash during his first solo flight in a multi-engine Mitsubishi 2B-25. The NTSB found that the pilot did not appropriately manage a one-engine-inoperative condition, leading to a loss of control from which he did not recover.

  6. Houston, we have another narcissist groomed by the CrAP.

  7. Ha! I was learning more about Jim Inhofe today and found Barbara Boxer schooling him about the fact that “elections have consequences” when he wouldn’t let Al Gore respond on camera to his question. What a jerk.

  8. Avatar Custer at Little Big Horn | December 14, 2018 at 21:14 | Reply

    The Civil Air Patrol is extremely toxic and everyone knows it. Member retention is very, very bad despite the elated and false membership numbers. This is the definition of implosion. No one wants to get caught up in his stuff. CAP will do anything to keep the funds flowing, including endorsing an old POS Senator.

    Senator Inhofe, who is CAP’s top congressional cheerleader, would be the equivalent of being named Captain of the Titanic before/after it had struck the iceberg….and no one came a runnin’ to the May Day. Rats leaving a sinking ship and vultures circling. It’s a good day in America. Or …better at least.

  9. Avatar Pruitt's Privy | December 14, 2018 at 17:08 | Reply

    Inhofe wasn’t that sharp in his back-and-forth on failed Trump EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, either.

    On the June 13th episode of Laura Ingraham’s show, Inhofe said of Pruitt’s actions:

    “I have seen these things. They upset me as much as they upset you, and I think something needs to happen to change that. One of those alternatives would be for him to leave that job.”

    But by Wednesday morning, he said, Pruitt had allayed his concerns.

    “After the face-to-face with the administrator, I’m a little embarrassed that I was starting to doubt him in some areas where he shouldn’t have been doubted,” Inhofe said at the news conference.

    Of course, on July 5th Pruitt resigned in disgrace and the EPA Office of Inspector General is continuing its probes of Scott Pruitt following that resignation.

  10. Sen. Inhofe has made flying much less safe with Senatorial power.

    Inhofe, who has experienced at least four emergency landings since he was licensed to fly in the mid-1950s, and considers himself Congress’ primary contact for pilots has said:

    “Bob Hoover arguably may have been the best pilot of his time. He is still flying today. I guess he is in his nineties by now. But about 10, 15 years ago, one inspector didn’t like something he did, and he took away his license,” Inhofe said during his floor speech, marveling at Hoover’s skill. “Anyway, it took an act of Congress that I introduced and passed to get him back into the air. That is why this is so important to a lot of people.”

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