Yeah, You.

“Are you the one that called me bald as a cue ball?   Well if I can just break loose from dad and shimmy down off his shoulders we will see about that.”

First Presidential Autopen Bill Signing

Another trivia answer for a future late night dinner gathering.

President Bush’s Justice Department determined that a bill may be signed by autopen. But President Obama, in France for the Group of 8 summit, was the first to use the authority — directing a mechanical signature late Thursday ET (Friday for him) on an extension of the Patriot Act, which otherwise would have expired at midnight. The autopen, typically used for letters and photos, was a last resort: The White House had calculated exactly how much time it would take to rush the bill to Andrews and get the paper in the president’s hand by midnight ET. But Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) delayed passage on the Hill, and time ran out for a dramatic “minutes-to-midnight” signature.

Insane Claim About French Accident Investigating Bureau Concerning Airline Crash

I am quite sure….in fact I am darn sure….make that DAMN sure this is absolute hokum.  There is no way this happened in the way the investigating bureau wants the families of the victims to think it took place. 

Confronted with faulty instrument readings and alarms going off in the cockpit, the pilots of an Air France jetliner struggled to tame the aircraft as it went into an aerodynamic stall, rolled, and finally plunged 38,000 feet into the Atlantic Ocean in just 3½ minutes.

But the passengers on that doomed Rio de Janeiro-to-Paris flight were probably asleep or nodding off and didn’t realize what was going on as the aircraft fell nose-up toward the sea, the director of the French accident investigating bureau said after releasing preliminary black-box data on the June 1, 2009, disaster.

Frankly I can attest to the fact folks were puking when James and I  just circled at odd angles while waiting to land at an airport, but this investigating bureau wants us to think that a plane that is nose-up and rushing downwards to the sea was taking place and everyone was just having a serene nap!!!!!!!

 Lawyers…ramp up…..I smell a lawsuit!

Gaza Strip Open To Palestinians

I am exceedingly pleased with this development.

Egypt has relaxed restrictions at its border with the Gaza Strip, allowing many Palestinians to cross freely for the first time in four years.

Women, children and men over 40 are now allowed to pass freely. Men aged between 18 and 40 will still require a permit, and trade is prohibited.

The move – strongly opposed by Israel – comes some three months after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak lost power.

Egypt says the crossing will now be open from 0900 to 2100 every day except Fridays and holidays.

Although the border will still be closed for trade, the opening of the Rafah crossing is expected to provide a major economic boost to Gaza.

Up to 400 Palestinians were estimated to have gathered at the crossing as it opened on Saturday. By contrast, only about 300 Palestinians were previously allowed out of Gaza every day.

One of the first people to cross was Ward Labaa, a 27-year-old woman leaving Gaza for the first time to seek medical treatment in Cairo, the Associated Press reported.

Gaza resident Ali Nahallah, who has not left the Strip for four years, told the BBC the changes would be welcome.

“Of course this is our only entry point from Gaza to the external world,” he said.

“We feel that we live in a big jail in Gaza so now we feel a little bit more comfortable and life is easier now. My kids are willing to travel to see other places other than Gaza.”

 

Saturday Song: James McMurtry “Memorial Day”