7 flights delayed due to security concerns

Via MSNBC:

HOUSTON – A stick of dynamite was found in a college student’s checked luggage on a Continental Airlines flight from Argentina, one of seven security incidents Friday that caused U.S. flights to be diverted, evacuated, searched or delayed.

Howard McFarland Fish, 21, was charged with carrying an explosive aboard an aircraft and was in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Federal authorities have determined that his actions were not acts of terrorism, ICE spokeswoman Luisa Deason said in a statement.

Houston Fire Department Assistant Chief Omero Longoria said Fish told authorities he works in mining and often handles explosives. Longoria said federal officials were investigating whether the explanation was true.

[…]

In other incidents:

– An American Airlines flight from England to Chicago was forced to land in Bangor, Maine, after federal officials “learned of a reported threat,” FBI spokeswoman Gail Marcinkiewicz said. Some people on board said a fellow passenger was handcuffed and placed in a police car as they were leaving the jetliner.

Marcinkiewicz said no one was arrested but declined to say if anyone from the flight out of Manchester was in custody.

– A US Airways jet was diverted to Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport after a federal air marshal subdued a disruptive passenger who had pushed a flight attendant, the FBI said.

The passenger was undergoing a mental evaluation, and authorities had yet to determine what criminal charges he might face. The twin-engine jet returned to flight three hours later on its trip from Phoenix to Charlotte, N.C.

– A Continental Airlines flight from Corpus Christi, Texas, to Bakersfield, Calif., was held in El Paso, one of its scheduled stops, after the crew discovered a missing panel in the lavatory, authorities said. Passengers were being screened and interviewed, Amy von Walter of the Transportation Security Administration said.

– A utility knife was found on a vacant passenger seat of a US Airways flight that had traveled from Philadelphia to Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, state police said.

No arrests were made and there were no threats involved, said Master Sgt. J. Paul Vance, state police spokesman. He said it was unknown Friday whether a worker inadvertently left the knife on the plane or a passenger brought it on.

– An Aer Lingus flight from New York to Dublin was evacuated Friday morning during a scheduled stopover in western Ireland following a bomb threat that turned out to be unfounded, officials said.

– A United Airlines flight out of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport was delayed because a small boy said something inappropriate, according to a government official speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information. “He didn’t want to fly,” the official said.

The Manchester-to-Chicago flight, American Airlines Flight 55, was diverted to Bangor for security reasons, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Arlene Murray said.

The plane landed on a remote taxiway and passengers were taken by bus to a holding area, said airport manager Rebecca Hupp. State police provided bomb squad dogs, and local police provided additional assistance.

“The TSA learned of a reported threat to the aircraft while it was en route,” TSA spokeswoman Andrea McCauley said, declining to give further details. FBI agents were interviewing passengers and crew, she added.

Marcinkiewicz, of the FBI, declined to elaborate on the source of the threat, or to say whether officials believed it to be legitimate.

Stay tuned …

Oh, how I miss President Reagan

This is one of the many reasons why (short vid):

Here’s another (also short):

That one gives me chills running up and down my spine.

He shouts down a heckler here:

Heh :)

Prior:

It’s ok to be a racist in the South – as long as you’re a black Democrat

Living in the South, white people – in particular white Republicans – are very sensitive about the issue of race relations. We routinely get slammed by white and black Democrats alike routinely on the grounds that they seem to believe there’s some growing underground movement here to bring back slavery, a ‘movement’ they think we’re all secretly a part of. I’ve documented numerous racist remarks made by black Democrats, remarks that the racists who say them are almost never held accountable for – not by their contituencies, nor the ‘unbiased’ MSM. Before I get started on the article that inspired me to write this post, for the record I’d like to document a couple of instances of past racial demagoguery as practiced by white Democrats as well:

Bill Clinton on the Trent Lott/Strom Thurmond remarks ‘controversy’ 12-18-2002:

NEW YORK (CNN) — Former President Clinton said Wednesday it is “pretty hypocritical” of Republicans to criticize incoming Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott for stating publicly what he said the GOP does “on the back roads every day.”

“How do they think they got a majority in the South anyway?” Clinton told CNN outside a business luncheon he was attending. “I think what they are really upset about is that he made public their strategy.”

He added: “They try to suppress black voting, they ran on the Confederate flag in Georgia and South Carolina, and from top to bottom the Republicans supported it.”

Senator Hillary Clinton on the same issue 12-23-02:

If anyone thinks that one person stepping down from a leadership position cleanses the Republican Party of their constant exploitation of race, then I think you’re naive.

There’s plenty more where those came from.

Now, remarks like the above typically only draw fire from Republicans. The media at large generally treat such statements as Unquestionable Truths, ‘truths’ which are supposedly so steeped into the minds of everyday people that the quotes themselves really aren’t regarded as major news because that’s just Life Here In The South. Race demagogues like the Clintons and their ilk, along with their cohorts in the media have you believing that white Republicans still have their boots on the necks of black people here in the South, portraying a vivid image of the ‘poor black Southern man’ as if to suggest that it’s only white people in the South who have racist tendencies.

If you live in the South – especially if you were born and raised here – you know that while there is a percentage (I’d say a small one) of white people in the South who hate black people and always will, you also are aware that there are black racists in the South who detest white people. I don’t think the percentage on that is small, but I have nothing scientific to base it on. Simply going by what I have observed over my lifetime of living in a Southern state and travelling to others. Sometimes this black on white racism rises from a steet level, to a governmental level, and nothing exemplifies that more than the following piece which appeared today in, surprisingly, the New York Times (emphasis added):

MONTGOMERY, Ala., Aug. 24 — When Patricia Todd won the Democratic primary runoff for a seat in the Alabama Legislature last month, the big news might have been her sexual orientation. With no Republican opponent, Ms. Todd seemed poised to become what political observers said would be the first openly gay officeholder in state history.

But instead, it is the fact that she is white, in a majority black district in Birmingham, that has become the burning issue. One of the state’s most powerful Democrats, who had earlier urged voters not to support Ms. Todd because she is white, is backing a challenge to her nomination that could end her candidacy.

Yes, you read that correctly: one of Alabama’s most powerful Democrats has asked voters to not vote for Ms. Todd because she is white. Here’s more:

On Thursday, a Democratic Party subcommittee heard a challenge to Ms. Todd’s candidacy on the ground that she had violated a rule that, by party officials’ own admission, has not been enforced in nearly 20 years. The subcommittee voted to disqualify both Ms. Todd and her runoff opponent, a black businesswoman named Gaynell Hendricks, because neither had complied with the rule.

They disqualified the black candidate, too? Where’s the story then? you may ask. Read on:

The full party committee, which will meet Saturday, can now either overturn the decision or uphold it and appoint a replacement candidate, and Ms. Hendricks would be eligible. But Ms. Todd’s campaign manager, Mark Kelly, said the dispute would almost certainly end up in court.

Ms. Hendricks, the black candidate, would be eligble, if the decision is upheld while a ‘replacement candidate’ (Ms. Hendricks) is ‘found.’

Continuing:

The challenge was brought by Ms. Hendricks’s mother-in-law. But it was tacitly supported by Joe L. Reed, a longtime Democratic kingmaker and the party’s vice chairman of minority affairs. Mr. Reed had urged voters to support Ms. Hendricks, and at one point the Alabama Democratic Conference, a black political organization that he is chairman of, gave a check to cover the $3,000 fee needed to bring the challenge in case Ms. Hendricks missed the deadline. He also controlled the subcommittee; three of the five members were drawn from a pool of Mr. Reed’s appointees.

Mr. Reed is the racist black Democrat who is the ‘powerful Democrat’ mentioned earlier in the Times piece. Mr. Reed is supporting Ms. Hendricks, the black candidate who he really wants to see in the seat the white Ms. Todd won. Moving right along:

“This is really not about race” Ms. Todd said in a telephone interview as she traveled to Montgomery for the hearing. “This is about Joe Reed controlling the party and trying to get his way, and he’s just a bully.”

She’s right on one point. He is a bully – but not just any bully, but a racial bully who is trying to subvert democracy (are you listening, Jon Chait?). This actually is about race, and Ms. Todd knows it. Her comments above don’t line up with what she said a couple of weeks ago:

“When do we get past this?” said Todd, who would become the first openly gay member of the Alabama Legislature. “I can’t believe that in 2006 we’re still electing people on the basis of race.”

“It really does disturb me, all this talk about race. When I decided to run I never expected it to be a big deal,” she said.

Mr. Reed was quoted in the NYT piece as saying:

Mr. Reed disagreed. “She doesn’t even know me,” he said, “so she wouldn’t be in any position to know. This is not about lifestyles; this is not about race. This is about whether she complied with the party rules.”

Reed is a liar. From the earlier MSNBC/AP article I referenced:

A black Democratic leader urged black voters to support Todd’s black opponent, Gaynell Hendricks, on the basis of race, and Todd fears racial politics may taint proceedings before the subcommittee.

[…]

Before the runoff on July 18, the longtime chairman of the black Democratic caucus, Joe Reed, wrote a letter urging black leaders to support Hendricks because of her race and stressing the need for keeping the seat in black hands.

Electing a white in a mostly black district would increase the chance of lawmakers redrawing the area as a majority white district after the 2010 Census, Reed claimed.

This type of black racial demagoguery is far more prevalent than most people who aren’t from or don’t live in the South realize – it’s just so rare to see an instance of it reported in the MSM. I have to give credit to the NYT, which is one of the last news outlets that I would have guessed would have carried this story. Keep in mind, though, that the story is nearly two weeks old – which is a lifetime in the media -and they’re only just now picking it up. Although it’s a hope of mine that this story would ‘go national’ in a big way beyond the NYT, being played out on the major nets, etc so people could see the ‘other side’ of racism here in the South, I won’t hold my breath. Especially considering that as of this writing, you only see less than 50 articles on the issue, and about half of them are from opinion sites. Contrast that with the coverage Tennessee state representative Stacey Campfield, who is white, got from the MSM after he said the Black Caucus in Tennessee was ‘less accomodating’ than the KKK when it came to membership versus the coverage Charlie Rangel, House Representative from New York, serving his constituency in the US Congress got when – the same week Campfield made his remarks – he called President Bush our modern day “Bull Connor”.

Some may wonder “Why are you so concerned about this, ST? It’s an Alabama issue. Let the people of Alabama deal with it.” While it’s true that this is happening in Alabama, the basis for the issue has been one that has affected the South for decades now, so that makes it an issue for all white Republicans in the South who are fed up with race-baiting black Democrats who rarely get called to account for their racial statements by their vote-starved white Democratic colleagues nor the MSM, and in this case, may get away with stealing (yes stealing) an election away from a legitimate primary runnoff winner – simply because she’s white.

The racial tensions in the South today still exist, not nearly to the extent that they did back in the 60s and earlier, but they are there and whether you’re black or white in the South you do take notice of it. While, as I noted earlier, there are white people in the South who will always hate black people, the elephant in the room that is black racism keeps the racial division alive and well more than anything else. It’s one thing to experience it between your everyday average white person and black person. It’s another to see it played out in government, whether it be a local, state, or national office.

There is a reason that black racists in government continue to fan the flames of racial disharmony in the South: they know it’s an issue they can ride that will garner them votes. Don’t elect whitey because it’ll only be a matter of time before he puts you in chains again. We see the same mentality behind affirmative action advocates as well. Don’t take away affirmative action because if you do, black people will eventually be pushed to the back of the workplace and college education opportunity bus. You’re better off if you remain a ‘victim’ of society. Not entirely surprising, considering that the promotion of victimhood status is a key strategy Democrats use to win votes.

Complicit in this, of course, are white Democrats and the media, who perpetuate the stereotypes of Southern Republicans over and over again to the point where it’s not supposed to even be questioned. The white and black Democrats who are either directly complicit or stand by and say nothing while this perpetuation of white Southern Republican stereotypes go on are repugnant hypocrites of the highest order, because these people are the ones who parade in front of the cameras and push legislation day after day to supposedly promote ‘diversity’ and ‘support minorities.’ These type of people really don’t give a damn about ‘diversity’ and minorities. They just know how much they have to pander to them to get their votes, and if those votes come at the cost of strengthening racial divisions while at the same time perpetuating victimhood, they don’t care. Race relations and widespread real empowerment in the black community in the South are a casualty of their quest for power and glory.

I should note that this does happen on a national level as well, but when it happens in the South – where racial tensions are most prominent – it’s even more frustrating, because even those who want to take several steps forward and move beyond what has divided black and white people in the South for so many years can’t do it because race pimps like Rev. Jackson and Sharpton, Rep. Rangel, Rep. Mel Watt (my “representative” in Congress – sigh) and racist election stealers like Joe Reed in Alabama keep stirring the racial pot, deepening the divisions.

Racial tensions in the South will never completely go away, but imagine if it got to the point here sometime in the future where the issue was almost nothing but a distant memory. Race hustlers like Jackson, Sharpton, and Reed wouldn’t be in power. That is what they fear the most. The people who claim to want to “solve” the problem actually are the problem, and that problem is not going to get better until three things happen: 1) More prominent black people like Bill Cosby speak out against negative black cultural influences, 2) respected black Republicans like Md. Lt. Gov. and Senate candidate Michael Steele get more attention in the media, and 3) white Republicans like Ken Mehlman and the President himself stop pandering to the black community by taking the bulk of the blame for the racial tensions we see in the South today. Until racist black Democrats are held personally respsonsible – by respected, well-written leaders both Republican and Democrat in the black community – for their statements, actions, and policies they have purposely said, done, or advocated in a shamelessly deliberate attempt to widen the racial divide, continuing the cycle of victimology within their constituencies in an effort to stay in power, the racial divide in the South will only grow.

And that’s exactly the way they want it.

Sidarth the victim gets a whole story devoted to him at the WaPo

Fresh off of yesterday’s WaPo piece that strongly implied that the man Senator George Allen called “macaca” is a ‘victim’, comes this piece. We find out what a stellar guy he is in a three page article:

S.R. Sidarth had built an impressive record of achievements for such a young man: straight-A student at one of Fairfax County’s finest high schools, a tournament chess player, a quiz team captain, a sportswriter at his college newspaper, a Capitol Hill intern and an active member of the Hindu temple his parents helped establish in Maryland.

And how he was “thrust” into the spotlight after this oh so unfortunate incident:

But for all his achievements, the moment that thrust him into the national spotlight this month came when Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) called him “macaca.”

Sidarth, when not doing whatever he can to get Allen’s Democratic opponent James Webb elected, is still apparently deeply troubled by the incident:

The remark stung the young man of Indian descent. What hurt more, Sidarth said, was when Allen gave him a sarcastic welcome to his own country, his birthplace even. It was too ironic, he thought. “I was born and raised in Fairfax County, and he’s from California,” said S.R. Sidarth, wearing khaki shorts, a yellow short-sleeve shirt and flip-flops a week after the incident during an interview at the campaign headquarters of Allen’s opponent, Democrat James Webb.

The rest of the piece is designed to point out to us what a wonderful guy Sidarth is and how, because of that, he didn’t ‘deserve’ Allen’s remark:

The full name of the suddenly famous 20-year-old is Shekar Ramanuja Sidarth. Following Indian custom, he goes by his surname. To some of his friends, he is simply “Sid.”

He returned this week to the University of Virginia, where he is a senior majoring in American government and computer engineering.

Before college, Sidarth lived a somewhat typical, but distinguished, Fairfax County life. He attended the elite Thomas Jefferson High School, where he had a 4.1 grade-point average and scored 1550 on his SATs. He was a member of the chess club and the Spanish Honor Society and participated in the quiz show “It’s Academic.” At 6 feet 4 inches tall, he also played defensive end, tight end, punter and kicker for the school’s football team.

Understand that? He played football for crying out loud, an All-American sport. How could Allen possibly have confused him for a non-citizen?

I really can’t stomach quoting anymore of it. It goes on to talk about who his family is, quotes friends about how his family instilled in him strong values, etc etc.

My question is: WHO FLIPPING CARES?

Allen has apologized about 500 times while Sidarth still supposedly has ‘questions’ (uh huh) about why it took Allen ‘so long’ to call him personally, and today we get a three page WaPo piece telling us all about a Democratic staffer ‘thrust’ in the spotlight who just happens to be a hard-working, swell guy. You’d think the guy’s last name was Plame or something.

If this isn’t an obvious display of the media trying to milk this story for all it’s worth by trying to keep it alive, I don’t know what is.

Update: Dan Riehl exposes some hypocrisy on the part of Sidarth. Surprise.

Update II: Even more from Dan.

Goldstein’s Vent debut: Baby, he’s a stah!

As the gal in the Orbit Gum commercial says: “Fabulous!”

I’ve only seen a screencap as I can’t view the vid here at work, but if the screencap is any indication, the – um – contents of the vid are smokin’ hot ;)

JG's Vent at Hot Air
(Thanks to SluBlog for the screencap)

I suggested there in the comments of that post a couple of theme song possibilities for future JG Vents (assuming there are some). They are, as follows:

Suggestion 1
Suggestion 2

(Hope the quality on those is ok – can see the song titles but not the actual vids)

Any other suggestions?

Update: MK Ham likes it too :)

Forget to use protection? No problemo

The “morning after” pill will be available over the counter soon to women over 18, thanks to the FDA:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Women can buy the morning-after pill without a prescription, the government declared Thursday, a major step that nevertheless failed to quell the politically charged debate over access to emergency contraception.

It may soon be available for minors without a prescription, too:

The manufacturer, lawmakers and other advocates said they will press the government to allow minors to purchase the pills over the counter.

The Food and Drug Administration said that women 18 and older — and men purchasing for their partners — may buy the Plan B pills without a doctor’s note, but only from pharmacies.

Girls 17 and younger still will need a prescription to buy the pills, the FDA told manufacturer Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc., in ruling on an application filed in 2003.

Planned Parenthood’s president Cecile Richards said in response:

“While we are glad to know the FDA finally ended its foot-dragging on this issue, Planned Parenthood is troubled by the scientifically baseless restriction imposed on teenagers. The U.S. has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the Western world — anything that makes it harder for teenagers to avoid unintended pregnancy is bad medicine and bad public policy,” president Cecile Richards said.

Um, considering that it’s thanks to groups like Planned Parenthood and their pro-teen sex (but SAFE sex, of course!) advocacy that have, by their very actions, helped create that alarming teen pregnancy rate here in the US, I find Ms. Richards statement comical. Well maybe not, considering the subject matter is so serious.

What is the best way to avoid unintended pregnancy if you’re a teen? We all know the answer, but groups like PP aren’t interested in hearing it: it’s called abstinence. I know that’s a dirty word in the halls of some of these ‘pro-women’s rights’ groups like NARAL but, well, that’s the answer. “But they’re going to do it anyway!” they say. Oh ok. Well I guess the answer is to just give up, lower the standards for teens, and tell them “Ok teens, we know you’re going to do it, so make sure you use protection. By the way, did you know that you could make condoms fun? Did you know that there are other ways to engage in sexual activity that don’t involve the actual “act”? Yep! Check it out:”

making teen sex fun!

These ‘women’s rights groups’ also want to ‘protect’ children and teens from their parents – even when an 11 year old admits on a Planned Parenthood site that they were raped by a 17 year old boy:

I was raped at 11, by my 17 year old boyfriend. I chose not to tell my parents because I didn’t think their involvement would help, that was the right choice for me. Planned Parethood helped me deal with the aftermath of the rape allowing me to deal and cope as best as I could in my own way. I was 14 when I decided to start having sex, the day I made that choice I made an appointment to get birth control pills. I’m 17 now, I’ve been with my current boyfriend for about two years. During that time i’ve been HIV and STD tested four times. Right now I’m sitting in the waiting room while my boyfriend gets the results for his HIV test. We love each other so we’re responsible and Planned Parenthood helps us to do that.
– name withheld -

Got it? To Planned Parenthood, the young girl in the above story didn’t need protection from her 17 y/o “boyfriend” who raped her, but her parents, who she didn’t want to know. Not surprising, since these types of groups strongly oppose parental consent laws, too.

Preachy ‘progressive’ feministas like Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards make my stomach turn, because when I read things like what she had to say about the hoped-for OTC availability of the “morning after” pill to teens, I recognize right away that ‘women’s rights advocates’ like Richards are not really interested in preventing teens from getting pregnant, and they could care less about promoting sexual responsibility amongst female teens, because if they were they’d promote the very thing that would be a fool-proof way of ensuring teens didn’t get pregnant nor get a STD: abstinence.

Imagine if PP were to change its tune and devote as much time now to promoting abstinence as it has in the past promoting ‘safe sex’ and ‘alternative ways to engage in sexual activity that doesn’t involve the actual act’. We wouldn’t have to worry about that high teen pregnancy rate that Richards mentioned, nor would we have to worry about the decisions a female teen would have to make when they found out they were pregnant (To keep or not to? To tell mom and dad or not to?).

Now, though, Planned Parenthood wants to let teenagers know that if you don’t have safe sex, you should still have access to a pill that you could take in the morning after that would prevent a little – uh – ‘problem’ from developing. Literally.

There’s a reason why Planned Parenthood and other groups like them don’t put a heavy emphasis on abstinence for teens: because they realize that if they set such a high standard for teens, then adult women would have to ‘lead by example’ to show young female teens that it was the ‘cool’ thing to do – and oh no, we cannot have that. Whether you’re a young female teen or an adult woman you should be able to have sex when you want, with who you want, and if you’re not ‘responsible’ for yourself during the act, you should have the option of being ‘responsible’ after the fact.

Now, I do realize that sex ed starts in the home. But we live in an age where so much information is available to teens via sex ed classes at their schools and also via the touch of a keyboard and a view of a computer screen. It is physically impossible for parents to monitor their kids activities 24-7, and because of that, organizations like Planned Parenthood should feel obligated to advocate a strong sense of moral responsibility when it comes to the decision about whether or not a teen should have sex. But, as I explained earlier, it’s not something they’re really interested in. Sex on demand is paramount whether you’re a teen or an adult.

With their push for the “morning after” pill to be available to teens over the counter, Planned Parenthood shouldn’t be able to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes anymore as to what they’re about: not responsibility, but sexual ‘freedom’ without having to worry or even acknowledge the consequences. For teens. Sadly, this is yet one more example of a group of ‘do gooder’ liberal organizations who don’t seek to elevate the standards of responsibility for anyone – teen or adult, but instead lower them so they don’t have to worry about being responsible for their actions. It’s bad enough to promote this type of behavior among adults, but it’s reprehensible to do so with teenagers.