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US Airways has landing gear trouble in Philly

From CNN:

A US Airways plane blew a tire during takeoff Thursday evening at Philadelphia’s airport, an airline spokesman said, with witnesses recalling seeing the plane “bounce” before screeching to a halt.

Citing initial reports, US Airways spokesman Todd Lehmacher said the commercial airliner’s pilot decided to abort takeoff after the tire issue. Philadelphia International Airport tweeted, and photos indicate, that the plane’s nose gear collapsed.

Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said two women from the plane were transported to the city’s Methodist Hospital, one with a minor injury and the other with a minor illness.

“This is a good time,” Ayers said, referring to the response and the fact things turned out as well as they did. “It worked out alright.”
Flight 1702 was scheduled to take off at 5:50 p.m. and arrive in Fort Lauderdale about three hours later, according to US Airways’ website, though Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters said the incident took place around 6:25 p.m.

By |2014-03-15T20:57:42-04:00March 14th, 2014|Domestic Issues|Comments Off on US Airways has landing gear trouble in Philly

More trouble in Pakistan

It appears that the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif looks like he going to return to Pakistan.  He was the PM who was replaced, booted or removed by Pevez Musharraf.  I may be wrong but Pakistan seems to be the perfect mix for a disaster.  Musharraf who has crushed his opposition now faces Benizar Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif.  Both will challenge Musharraf.  Both will call him and his government illegal.  Somebody please tell me what the Bush administration is doing to calm tensions in this destabilizing nuclear country?

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From NYT:

Nawaz Sharif, a Pakistani opposition leader and former prime minister living in Saudi Arabia, flew to Riyadh from Jidda today to see the Saudi royal family in what appeared to be the final preparation for his departure for Pakistan.

Separately, Pakistan’s Supreme Court today dismissed a final legal complaint challenging the validity of the re-election last month of the president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, paving the way for him to be sworn in again as the nation’s leader.

Mr. Sharif, who has been living in exile, is one of the fiercest critics of General Musharraf, who removed him from power in a bloodless coup in October 1999. His return to Pakistan could present a strong political challenge to the party that backs the president and to the party of the opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.  (more…)

By |2007-11-22T21:41:08-04:00November 22nd, 2007|Bush Administration, Pakistan|Comments Off on More trouble in Pakistan

Mukasey in Trouble

It has been almost 2 weeks ago when Michael Mukasey was testifying in the Senate and Senator Whitehouse asked him a direct question. Is Waterboarding (simulated drowning) torture? He couldn’t or wouldn’t directly answer the question. I wrote that he should be rejected right then. There was nothing else that needed to be considered. So, we have gotten bogged down in the exact definition of waterboarding. I heard on the Diane Rehm show some legal expert split the finest of hairs. He said something like if water actually gets into the lungs then that’s torture. If it doesn’t then it isn’t. What? How could anyone possibly say that simulated drowning isn’t torture (besides mind-numbing neocons)?

Several blogs discuss waterboarding and this horrors  – here and here.   Malcolm Nance, a 20 year veteran of counter- intelligence, has written this great article on waterboarding.

I’ll link to an earlier video in which waterboarding is demonstrated.

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From WaPo:

Democratic support for attorney general nominee Michael B. Mukasey dwindled further yesterday over his refusal to comment on the legality of a harsh CIA interrogation technique, setting the stage for an unexpectedly close vote next week by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin (Ill.) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) announced that they will join Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (Del.) in voting against Mukasey on the Judiciary panel, after the nominee said in a four-page letter to Senate Democrats that he does not know whether a type of simulated drowning called waterboarding constitutes illegal torture under U.S. law. (more…)

By |2007-11-01T03:53:41-04:00November 1st, 2007|Torture, War on Terror|Comments Off on Mukasey in Trouble
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