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Don’t Worry: The Piece Of The Plane That Fell Off Wasn’t That Important

Via Fox News:
A piece of a Jet Blue plane fell off while the jet was in the air, MyFoxNY reported. The portion of the plane, which appeared to be an engine cover, was found Monday on the tarmac at Newark Liberty International Airport, the site reported. Flight 507 was bound for Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., according to authorities. The plane returned moments after takeoff. Passengers were transferred to another plane.
This is why I hate flying. That and I don't fit in the seats. . . - Greg Pollowitz

The History Of Baseballs And The Presidency

Via Politics Daily:
Baseball’s place as the “National Pastime” was always a bit of an exaggeration — even in the days of Joe DiMaggio many sports fans preferred college football, boxing, horse racing or hoops. But baseball’s place in the nation’s psyche was no myth, either, and from our country’s earliest days U.S. presidents kept abreast of the nation’s pulse by embracing the uniquely American game. And I do mean the earliest days. According to a French officer attached to the Continental Army, George Washington played catch with aides de camp for hours at a time while bivouacked at Valley Forge. There, General Washington also watched his troops play an early version of the sport that they called “fives.”
Any bets on President Obama's pitch today? Will it be from in front of the mound? - Greg Pollowitz

The True Meaning Of Easter: Gang Initiation Night In NYC?

Via Gothamist:
Dozens of people have been arrested after melees in Times Square and near Penn Station that left at least four people shot by guns or a BB gun. [...] By 2 a.m., apparently 45 adults and nine juveniles were taken into custody—about 20 were nabbed near 34th and 7th Avenue—as police closed streets and swarmed the area on foot, horseback and scooters. A Times Square restaurant manager told the Post, “There’s a lot of young kids outside in groups of 15 to 20 people, and police are running to catch them. Kids come in cursing at employees and we ask them to leave.” Some establishments close for fears of Easter night gang initiation; in 2006, there were 3 stabbings after hundreds of gang members converged.
Only in New York. - Greg Pollowitz

U.S. Special Forces Covered Up Afghan Raid?

Via Times of London:
US special forces soldiers dug bullets out of their victims’ bodies in the bloody aftermath of a botched night raid, then washed the wounds with alcohol before lying to their superiors about what happened, Afghan investigators have told The Times. Two pregnant women, a teenage girl, a police officer and his brother were shot on February 12 when US and Afghan special forces stormed their home in Khataba village, outside Gardez in eastern Afghanistan. The precise composition of the force has never been made public. The claims were made as Nato admitted responsibility for all the deaths for the first time last night. It had initially claimed that the women had been dead for several hours when the assault force discovered their bodies.
Not good if true, but I do wonder if mistakes in war have gotten to the point where any mistake becomes criminal. It's not right to send our soldiers into battle with the specter of prosecution hanging over their every shot. - Greg Pollowitz

Pakistan Update: US Condemns Bombings At Consulate

Via AP:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is condemning the attacks on a U.S. consulate in northwest Pakistan by Islamic militants. Press secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday the White House has ”great concern” about the bombings in Peshawar in which three people died and ‘’strongly condemns” the violence.
Not just "condemn," but "strongly condemn" the attacks. - Greg Pollowitz

Underreported News: No, Jefferson Wasn’t Dropped From The Texas Curriculum

Via Riehl World View:
It’s pretty amazing to watch revisionists melting down when they find out that, they too can be revised. The attention grabber the Left seized upon most is the notion that Jefferson has somehow disappeared from the history books. Has he? No. But, Lowe pointed out, Jefferson remains in the standards for U.S. history and government, and is second only to George Washington in the number of times his name is mentioned in the social studies standards. “To say that the State Board of Education has removed him (Jefferson) from the (curriculum standards) is inaccurate and irresponsible,” Lowe said in a news release. “No study of American history would be complete without his inclusion.”
I expect MSM clarifications will be forthcoming. . . - Greg Pollowitz

Man ‘From The Future’ Arrested At Large Hadron Collider

Via cnet:
A would-be saboteur arrested today at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland made the bizarre claim that he was from the future. Eloi Cole, a strangely dressed young man, said that he had travelled back in time to prevent the LHC from destroying the world. The LHC successfully collided particles at record force earlier this week, a milestone Mr Cole was attempting to disrupt by stopping supplies of Mountain Dew to the experiment’s vending machines. He also claimed responsibility for the infamous baguette sabotage in November last year. Mr Cole was seized by Swiss police after CERN security guards spotted him rooting around in bins. He explained that he was looking for fuel for his ‘time machine power unit’, a device that resembled a kitchen blender.
Well, we don't know he's NOT from the future. Maybe we should carbon date him just to be sure. Or, at the very least, waterboard him. The future of the world could be at stake! But what's even funnier is that "Mountain Dew" is somehow critical to the success of the project. Yellow No. 5 rearing it's head yet again. . . - Greg Pollowitz

Blasts Reported Near U.S. Consulate In Pakistan

Via New York Times:
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A series of explosions erupted across northern Pakistan on Monday, including at least three in a highly protected area near the United States Consulate in the city of Peshawar, according to Pakistani authorities and news media. Pakistani television networks showed footage of a giant cloud dust and debris rising from the Saddar area in Peshawar shortly after 1 p.m. Local media reported that there had been three blasts. Authorities cordoned off the area and gunfire was heard long after the explosions, which seemed to indicate a siege-like situation was developing. The consulate is located in the area, and local reporters said it appeared that it had been one of the targets. A police station appeared to have been another one.
Updates to follow. . . - Greg Pollowitz

Who Knew: We Have A Robotic Space Plane

Via AP:
After a decade of development, the Air Force this month plans to launch a robotic spacecraft resembling a small space shuttle to conduct technology tests in orbit and then glide home to a California runway. The ultimate purpose of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle and details about the craft, which has been passed between several government agencies, however, remain a mystery as it is prepared for launch April 19 from Cape Canaveral, Fla. “As long as you’re confused you’re in good shape,” said defense analyst John Pike, director of “I looked into this a couple of years ago — the entire sort of hypersonic, suborbital, scramjet nest of programs — of which there are upwards of a dozen. The more I studied it the less I understood it.”
I hope it's a weapon of some sort. - Greg Pollowitz

Mystery Frenchman Saves Tot In NYC

Via New York Post:
A 2-year-old girl plunged into the East River at the South Street Seaport yesterday — but was saved by her father and a mystery Frenchman who jumped in after her. The girl, whose name wasn’t revealed, was walking with her dad and another child up the ramp to the Peking ship when she fell 15 feet into the river at 4:45 p.m. Her California-tourist father and the Frenchman jumped in after her. The two quickly grabbed the child and brought her to safety. The father and child were taken by ambulance to Bellevue Hospital at 5 p.m., and the girl was listed in “good shape considering” the fall, said a police source. The Frenchman hopped in a cab and left.
OK. We can now call "freedom fries" by their rightful name again, "french fries." - Greg Pollowitz

Suicide Bombings Target Embassies in Iraq; 32 Dead

Via AP:
BAGHDAD — Suicide attackers detonated car bombs near three embassies in Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 32 people and wounding more than 100, authorities said. The attacks outside the German, Egyptian and Iranian embassies deepened fears that insurgents will seize on the political turmoil after last month’s parliamentary elections to sow further instability.
Updates to follow. - Greg Pollowitz

Video: Andrew Breitbart’s $100K ‘N-Word’ Challenge

Via You Tube:
Me: Good Stuff on the Left’s attempt to discredit the Tea Party movement. Breitbart also reiterates his pledge of $100,000 for a scholarship fund for proof that the “N-word” was used at the Tea Party anti-Obamacare rally last week.
Won't the MSM jump in and help spend Breitbart's money? If not, how about a report that there's no evidence then? - Greg Pollowitz

How To Fix Wall St.: More Estrogen?

Via New York Times:
One of the more intriguing — yet unanswerable — questions that has arisen in the wake of the financial crisis is whether all that alpha-male testosterone at the top of Wall Street firms helped to ratchet up the excessive risk-taking, inflating the housing and securitization bubbles, the bursting of which led to a credit freeze and the worst recession in generations. Would the presence of more women in the C-suites have led to a different outcome? Would women have made fewer outlandish bets, been more team-oriented and more willing to listen to dissenting views? It’s the Wall Street version of the age-old question, “If women ruled the world … ?”
No, it's not the estrogen. Women CEO would be under the same pressure for short-term profits that the male CEO bankers were under. - Greg Pollowitz

New Screening Procedures For Flights To The United States

Via Washington Post:
The Obama administration is abandoning its policy of using nationality alone to determine which U.S.-bound international air travelers should be subject to additional screening and will instead select passengers based on possible matches to intelligence information, including physical descriptions or a particular travel pattern, senior officials said Thursday. After the attempted bombing of an Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight on Christmas Day, U.S. officials hastily decided that passengers from or traveling through 14 specified countries would be subjected to secondary searches. Critics have since called the measures discriminatory and overly burdensome, and the administration has faced pressure to refine its approach. Under the new system, screeners will stop passengers for additional security if they match certain pieces of known intelligence. The system will be “much more intel-based,” a senior administration official said, “as opposed to blunt force.”
This is the quote from later in the piece that scares me: "Airlines had warned that the measures instituted after the Christmas Day incident would need to be eased before the busy summer travel season. " Not good. - Greg Pollowitz

Independent Voters Angry At Obama, Dems

Via Washington Times:
President Obama and congressional Democrats face an uphill climb to reclaim the support of independent voters who vaulted them to the White House and huge majorities in Congress in 2008. At the end of the bitter, intensely partisan battle to pass Mr. Obama’s health care overhaul plan, independent voters, once captivated by hopeful campaign promises, are feeling burned and appear eager to oust Democrats in November’s midterm elections.
Personally, I think this is why BHO is going after Rush and Beck. - Greg Pollowitz

How Stupid Are NJ’s Public School Teachers?

Via Cubachi:
. . .You want to see how much of an “education” these students are getting? Take a look at the new Facebook page titled “New Jersey Teachers United Against Governor Chris Christie’s Pay.” Here are some of the geniuses with Master’s Degrees at work (H/T: NJ Star-Ledger): Robert Reboli — a basic skills and remedial English teacher at Madison Avenue Elementary School in Irvington who boasts a Master’s degree — offers this enlightened advice: “Never trust a fat f—.”
If this were members of the Tea Party, is there any doubt that we'd hear about this non-stop in the MSM? - Greg Pollowitz

America’s Mayor To Campaign For Marco Rubio

Via New York Post:
Rudy Giuliani will give a boost to U.S. Senate hopeful Marco Rubio on Monday — a Republican who’s running in a bitter primary against Gov. Charlie Crist, who has been famously reported to have double-crossed the former mayor in his presidential run. In what strikes me as a clear case of settling scores, the Associated Press says Giuliani will appear with Rubio in Miami on Monday, and is expected to endorse him then. Giuliani, in a statement released by Team Rubio, said, “Marco Rubio is one of the Republican Party’s true rising stars. He’s a bold leader who will bring common sense to Washington where it’s badly needed.”
Game over for Charlie Crist? - Greg Pollowitz

S. Korean Fishing Boat Sinks Looking For Sunken S. Korean Navy Ship

Via BBC:
At least one person has died and eight are missing after a fishing boat sank during the search for a South Korean warship, officials say. The South Korean boat was one of a number of private vessels searching for the warship, which sank last week near the maritime border with North Korea. One official said the boat appeared to have collided with a freighter.
Tragic. - Greg Pollowitz

Coming Soon: Kumar Leaves The White House To Get Stoned With Harold

Via Deadline NY:
New Line has set a summer start date on the third installment of the Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle franchise, with the Warner Bros-based company about to hire a director, and seriously considering doing the film in 3D. The film is Christmas-themed, giving Warner Bros a nice R-rated holiday release for 2011 or 2012. The biggest significance is that the start date signals the return of Kal Penn, who put his career on hold to take the position of associate director of the White House Office Of Public Engagement. The politically conscious actor gave up a lot to take the job–his doctor character, Lawrence Kutner, was killed off from the Fox drama House–but it was done with the understanding that he’d commit to the position for one year. As to the idea of leaving a prestige D.C. post to reprise in a stoner comedy, well, a guy’s got to make a living, right? He’ll leave shortly.
Priorities. - Greg Pollowitz

Fantastic: RNC Fake Census Directs Callers To Phone Sex Number

Via Politico:
A new entrant in the when-it-rains-it-pours category. The Republican National Committee sent a fundraising mail piece earlier this month with a return number that leads to a phone sex line offering “live, one-on-one talk with a nasty girl who will do anything you want for just $2.99 per minute.” At the bottom of a piece designed to resemble a census form, a toll-free number is listed next to the national party’s address. A voter in Minnesota received the mailer and called the number intending to complain about the attempt to raise money with a form that looks like a government document. But the Minnesotan was instead directed to a second toll-free number that greets callers as “sexy guy” before offering them the chance to talk with “real local students, housewives and working girls from all over the country.”
I've received four of the fake census mailers, which is probably a bigger fail than the error with the telephone number. - Greg Pollowitz


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