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Boeing 777 crashes while landing at SFO
KTVU-TV [San Francisco, CA], by Staff

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 7/6/2013 3:10:02 PM

SFO — A plane crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport Saturday morning after its tail came off while it was touching down on the runway. According to a witness, around 11:20 a.m. the plane was just about to land -- its landing gear had come down -- when the tail of the plane came off. After wobbling for a minute, the aircraft flipped upside down, coming to a stop on runway on it´s back. The plane, reportedly a Boeing 777, was coming from South Korea, according to flight tracking information.

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Horrible.

Fox News Live Video Feed: http://live.foxnews.com/#/1155606219001

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 7/6/2013 3:22:02 PM     (No. 9411705)

any pictures I´m seeing show the plane as upright rather than on its back and emergency slides appear to have deployed. Lots of confused info...

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 7/6/2013 3:22:52 PM     (No. 9411706)

Not good if the fuselage is inverted with passengers aboard.
Sounds like one hell of a hard landing.
Cross your fingers.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 7/6/2013 3:24:45 PM     (No. 9411708)

Yeah, wait for some better reports.

Tail just coming off, doesn´t sound right unless the load shifted and they put it down tail-first and big-time.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Keekng, 7/6/2013 3:32:25 PM     (No. 9411717)

Right, #2. Sounds like a very hard landing.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: LittleHoodedMonk, 7/6/2013 3:34:00 PM     (No. 9411720)

Live video is showing right now that plane did not flip, but tail definitely missing. There was a fire, which is out, from the center of the cabin to the front.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 7/6/2013 3:35:31 PM     (No. 9411722)

FOX is interviewing a doofus ´expert´ who can´t be bothered to look at the pictures.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 7/6/2013 3:36:13 PM     (No. 9411723)

What I see on FNC right now is a plane with its tail gone, the section right over the wings and forward to the pilots cabin is burned out.

We´ll know what happened several months from now. And for the next several hours, FNC will obsess..... and theorize.

So much for sitting in that emergency exit row....

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 7/6/2013 3:36:35 PM     (No. 9411724)

Tail looks like it is missing in shots on TV. Plane is upright on her belly in grass. About 60% of the fuselage is burned right through the top aft of the cockpit.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 7/6/2013 3:39:29 PM     (No. 9411727)

So the question is whether it crashed because of the fire (explosion?), or was the fire caused by the crash...

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Reply 10 - Posted by: LittleHoodedMonk, 7/6/2013 3:45:34 PM     (No. 9411734)

Live local radio feed:

http://betaplayer.radio.com/player/kcbs-all-news-740-am-1069-fm

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Reply 11 - Posted by: JediJerry, 7/6/2013 3:47:10 PM     (No. 9411736)

Lets wait for the NTSB to get the flight data recorders before speculating. Fox News helicopter video looks like the plane is upright and the tail is missing. I hope all on-board got off ok.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: PageTurner, 7/6/2013 3:50:07 PM     (No. 9411737)

On Twitter, there´s a fellow who was on the flight who says they all survived and are ok. Let´s pray that that´s the result.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 7/6/2013 3:50:31 PM     (No. 9411738)

Daily Mail photos

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2357502/BREAKING-NEWS-Passenger-jet-crashes-San-Francisco-airport.html

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Reply 14 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 7/6/2013 3:55:25 PM     (No. 9411746)

We´ll be able to tell who read the article and saw the photo.

So much for "eyewitnesses".

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Reply 15 - Posted by: bamapreacher, 7/6/2013 3:55:40 PM     (No. 9411747)

Maybe the plane bent over while landing. Bad thing to do in San Francisco.

This IS NOT the thread to make snarky remarks. LCom Staff.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 7/6/2013 3:57:06 PM     (No. 9411751)

Scott Brenner, former Senior FAA official, is reporting on Fox that he was told everyone got off safely before fire began in earnest.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Catherine, 7/6/2013 4:01:07 PM     (No. 9411758)

"This way is Up......?" DeMille fans will get the reference.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: truthfetish, 7/6/2013 4:01:27 PM     (No. 9411759)

Local CBS radio says passenger believes pilot overshot runway. Reports wings hit tarmac.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: truthfetish, 7/6/2013 4:08:35 PM     (No. 9411767)

Live helicopter video on CBS local: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/live-video/
sorry for 2nd post.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: PageTurner, 7/6/2013 4:13:59 PM     (No. 9411772)

A tail shouldn´t just fall off - I wonder which Boeing plant built this airplane. Was it union thugs in Seattle, drinking on the job and slacking off ahead of their next long weekend?

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Reply 21 - Posted by: earlybird, 7/6/2013 4:17:07 PM     (No. 9411776)

Jon Scott, Fox anchor and pilot, says that it appears, based upon debris field and reports that nose was higher than tail as the plane came in, judges that pilot may have been flying in too low over water and hit tail on rock jetty at edge of runway. Pilot error.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: coldoc, 7/6/2013 4:17:07 PM     (No. 9411777)

Doesn´t look upside down to me. Great reporting. s/o

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Reply 23 - Posted by: mackrand, 7/6/2013 4:21:09 PM     (No. 9411779)

Just watched a helicopter based video of the scene and it appears the plane came in way low and ripped the tail off at the seawall before the runway threshold. There is a debris trail all the way from the seawall to the resting place of the mostly burned out hulk. I would suspect the uncontrolled landing stove in the landing gear and that´s why it´s on it´s belly. Amazing that there doesn´t appear to be any injuries that I´ve read about at any rate.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 7/6/2013 4:22:10 PM     (No. 9411781)

Looking at the video clip, it looks like fire and smoke coming from above where passengers would be--electrical wiring, etc. Awful thing to touch down and then crash.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: gagolfer, 7/6/2013 4:25:00 PM     (No. 9411783)

Plane did not overshoot the runway. Pilot experts looking at pictures say the plane landed too early and too short on the runway, tail down too low. Plane did not flip; the tail section that came off flipped down the runway after it broke off.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Keekng, 7/6/2013 4:25:24 PM     (No. 9411784)

Most of my career was spent building large aircraft.
Viewing the pictures now, it is apparent as to what happened.....
The AC was short of the runway, the tail hit right at the top of the rip rap (rocks along the shore), which stressed the aft section breaking it off at the aft pressure bulkhead, (see the pie shaped section at the back of the fuselage). That would have caused loss of AC control. Lets hope any death was minimal.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: earlybird, 7/6/2013 4:29:09 PM     (No. 9411787)

More reporting on Fox:

Appears that pilot landed short of the "displaced theshold" (area that comes BEFORE the runway). Landed much too early. And with too much power for descent.

Debris field shows that tail section hit the rock jetty as reported up the thread.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: earlybird, 7/6/2013 4:31:59 PM     (No. 9411790)

(cont´d)
Had the aircraft been shoddily built by Boeing all of the passengers would not have been able to exit the plane, apparently unhurt (based on current reports).

I have been taking my chances in Boeing-built aircraft for years. Nothing has ever convinced me to do otherwise, and I am not suicidal.

Baseless allegations are just that. Baseless.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: KTWO, 7/6/2013 4:36:57 PM     (No. 9411795)

Decades ago that particular approach over water was a lot of fun on the darkest nights. It could seem like 20 miles.

You sort of envied the passengers who had no clue or view.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: flybynight, 7/6/2013 5:21:08 PM     (No. 9411826)

Theorizing far in advance of the data, I am not yet jumping on the Pilot Error bandwagon. These are not first-solo student pilots, and the B-777 is not an entry-level airplane. The weather was just about as good as it gets. The pilots train intensively, and every six months must fly a gruelling check ride in a very sophisticated full-motion simulator where examiners can fail every system on the plane. The plane has very capable electronic guidance systems with back-up monitoring systems. If the pilot flying had been inadvertantly significantly below the glidepath, if the power had been inappropriate, you can bet there would have been a sweetly urgent computer voice advising the needed corrective action. No, my early money is on some sort of in-flight damage. Norks, maybe?

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Reply 31 - Posted by: belwhatter, 7/6/2013 5:29:53 PM     (No. 9411835)

Latest report says that two passengers have died, some have burn injuries and that all were evacuated. There was enough time to get out on the left side of the plane before the fire got serious, which is a testament to the redundant mechanisms and research the Boeing company puts into it´s planes. It lost it´s tail and landing gear, slithered sideways off the runway and still the body of the plane is in one piece. The black boxes will tell the whole story. Till then, we only speculate. Thank God it was no worse and that the majority have survived.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 7/6/2013 5:32:45 PM     (No. 9411838)

Thought I heard a tv report or speculation that the plane lost power on approach and was gliding in, which might explain the nose-high and hitting short.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 7/6/2013 5:38:41 PM     (No. 9411842)

That airport is right on the water. Passengers with window seats get the feeling they will be landing in the bay. There is a large debris field from water´s
s edge to where the plane it finally came to rest. The most likely explanation is the pilot came in too low and with the nose too far up and caught part of the tail on the breakwater.

They have made some design changes over the last couple of decades to make crash landings more survivable. Seats and, importantly, the floor mounts holding those seats in place during a crash, have been improved. The low death toll -so far- may be attributable to such improvements.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: PI65, 7/6/2013 5:41:28 PM     (No. 9411845)

Makes one wonder what kind of "preacher" #15 really is.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: MTGardenerview, 7/6/2013 5:43:01 PM     (No. 9411848)

# 20 should be banned for that post. You know absolutely nothing about Boeing or the great Folks who build Boeing Airplanes.
You are an absolute insult to the fine People
of Boeing and this website.

The pictures clearly indicate the airplanes landed short striking the rock seawall at the end.
I will not hide behind my user name to call you out for acting like an insulting moron.

J. A. Rochelle
Retired Boeing Quality Assurance
Commercial airplane Div.
Everett, WA.


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Reply 36 - Posted by: WimeTarmerFable, 7/6/2013 5:50:17 PM     (No. 9411858)

Prayers for all involved...

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Distorted, 7/6/2013 5:51:59 PM     (No. 9411862)

The wreckage indicates the airplane not only hit short of the runway but off-center right, which may be evidence of some distress or anomaly as the aircraft descended. There could be numerous reasons beyond "pilot error" to produce that evidence. The flight recorder will be key.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: PI65, 7/6/2013 5:52:15 PM     (No. 9411864)

#35 Thank you ever so much! You expressed my feelings perfectly.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: lazlototh, 7/6/2013 5:53:33 PM     (No. 9411865)

#20 I take issue with your comments too. I think you violated teh "if it feels good don´t do it" rule. I agree with the other commenters about Boeing quality. You can bash the unions themselves but still respect the dedicated people who build and maintain the planes, union though they may be.

I think the comments above suggesting that there was a problem that caused the plane to hit seems likely - this approach is well known and pilots of 777s have to be top drawer. So pilot error seems possible but it also seems to me that the warning devices would have been going off like crazy.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: lakerman1, 7/6/2013 6:11:43 PM     (No. 9411889)

Wasn´t the 777 grounded recently for some sort of defects?
In addition, I may not be rational on this issue, but I am not comfortable with an aircraft with all flight controls operated by computer.
Call me old fashioned, but...

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Reply 41 - Posted by: dman, 7/6/2013 6:12:25 PM     (No. 9411891)

How many of these incidents have we recently been through? I´m waiting for things to settle and facts to come in. For now: gratitude for those who survived and prayers for those who were injured or worse.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: Gagolfer, 7/6/2013 6:28:53 PM     (No. 9411902)

40, the Boeing Dreamliner was grounded for awhile. Nothing mentioned about the 777 except its outstanding record.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 7/6/2013 6:33:56 PM     (No. 9411904)

Why do the NTSB and other "authorities" insist on giving perfunctory briefings when they really don´t know anything in situations like this? Then we have to sit and listen to ignorant reporters ask stupid questions that no one can answer.
I know more about what happened by reading this thread than listening to the so called "briefing".

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Reply 44 - Posted by: bighambone, 7/6/2013 6:34:07 PM     (No. 9411905)

You have to wait for the investigation result to find out what really happened. At first blush it looks like the aircraft approached the runway both too low and too slow, witnesses say that that at the end of flight, the nose was up to about a 45 degree angle and the tail struck the rip rap rock shore line before the end of the runway tearing off the aft portion of the fuselage. The instruments in the cockpit should have been telling the pilots that they were outside the landing envelope. The data recorders aboard the aircraft should tell the story pretty quickly.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: StuartL, 7/6/2013 6:39:31 PM     (No. 9411909)

#40 – You may be thinking of the 787 Dreamliner, which was grounded for a few months earlier this year while problems with its lithium batteries were sorted out. It’s now back in the air.

The 777 has been in service since the mid-90s, and to date has logged about 5 million flights. (Flights, not miles.) As for fly-by-wire, it’s not that the flight controls are operated by a computer. Rather, the hydraulic cables that formerly moved the control surfaces (rudder, elevator, ailerons) have been replaced by wires that carry inputs from the flight computer, which in turn receives electrical signals from the pilot’s yoke, pedals, and column. The pilot-in-command is still very much in command.


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Reply 46 - Posted by: stymie82, 7/6/2013 7:06:12 PM     (No. 9411933)

Amen #43-the "authorities" and their spokesmouths have been less than useful at many recent disasters. I´ll never forget that shifty fountain of misinformation Lt. Col. Vance of the Conn. State Police in the aftermath of Newtown. I hope this investigation is more open to public view, but it is hard to have confidence in our government minders.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: mackrand, 7/6/2013 7:36:23 PM     (No. 9411947)

I would just like to point out to the poster here who has a less than positive view toward Boeing, and our readers and other posters, a few observations.

Take a look at the remains. Here is a huge B777 with the tail torn off aft of the pressure vessel, both main landing gear sheared away, one engine completely missing with the other ripped off the pylon and nestled alongside the fuselage, a very short landing slide off the runway and down into the dirt, and after all that, nearly everyone deplaned intact.

I would say to Boeing and her people, Kudos for a job well done for building such an outstandingly safe and strong airplane.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: jond, 7/6/2013 7:36:40 PM     (No. 9411948)

Korean Air had horrible problems with crew training - the most famous example was KAL801 which crashed on Guam on August 6, 1997.

Malcolm Gladwell´s writeup in Blink is considered good enough to be referenced in flight schools.

This one, though, is strictly wait-and-see.

Regarding "fly by wire" (and without knowing anything about the 777) the are probably different levels of control. One is for computers to detect deviations from the pilot´s intent, as indicated by the controls, and correct them automatically. Using the computer´s quicker response its possible to fly airplanes that would otherwise be unflyable.

Warning - I´m not a TV expert, I play one on the internet.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: Keekng, 7/6/2013 7:53:27 PM     (No. 9411962)

Yes, #7. All the other channels who are not obsessing over Moochies attire will also be speculating about the crash.

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Reply 50 - Posted by: pigop, 7/6/2013 8:45:49 PM     (No. 9411985)

#35, I just worked with a retired employee from Boeing just last week. He is now a technical rep for Argon who worked on a directional finder antenna on a DDG class ship here in San Diego. Since we both were checking quality workmanship of a certain contractor, he mentioned the Quality Assurance program of Boeing. He touted it as the finest in the airline industry. We don´t know the cause of the crash at SFO,I am holding my judgement until the NTSB completes its investigation.

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Reply 51 - Posted by: rambo77, 7/7/2013 1:49:42 AM     (No. 9412162)

Any time you have a crash of an airliner as big as a 777 with 300 people on board and the A/C is a total wreck and only 2 lives are lost, you have a lot of hard working people do a lot of good work. That many survivors just a few years ago would have been called a miracle!! Let´s call this what it is. Good show, Boeing..keep up the good work!! We are proud to have you in our camp!!

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Reply 52 - Posted by: StuartL, 7/7/2013 3:57:35 AM     (No. 9412201)

Amen to all posters who have justly praised the triple-7’s design, construction, and maintenance.

No one else has said it yet, so I will: If it ain’t Boeing, I ain’t going!


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Reply 53 - Posted by: Bohallx, 7/7/2013 8:28:08 AM     (No. 9412346)

The news progresses ~ now that SFO´s GLIDEPATH is reported to have been turned off July 1 (Until late August), that means the NTSB hearings on this one will get well into the need for all available electronic assists to be ON to help make sure the pilots successfully land the planes even in perfect visual conditions.

Should be some humdinger testimony!



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Sebelius: I made it clear to
Obama that I was leaving
Washington Times, by Tom Howell Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/13/2014 12:50:15 PM     Post Reply
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who led the rocky rollout of Obamacare and surprised D.C. observers by stepping down this week, said that if President Obama wanted to talk her out of leaving, he didn’t even get the chance. “I made it pretty clear that that really wasn’t an option, to stay on,” Mrs. Sebelius told NBC’s Andrea Mitchell in an interview aired Sunday. “I mean, I thought it was fair to either commit till January of 2017 or leave with enough time that he would get a strong, competent leader.” Mr. Obama tapped his budget chief, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, to replace Mrs. Sebelius. She faces a Senate

Rand Paul: Decision on 2016 presidential
bid will come after mid-terms
Washington Times, by Tom Howell Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/13/2014 12:42:17 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday he will not decide whether to run for president until after the mid-term elections, noting he still has to poll his family before he builds on straw poll victories and launches an earnest bid. In a wide-ranging interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl, the Kentucky Republican said the GOP needs to “evolve, change and grow” if it wants to win again, and that he wants to be a part of that. He also deflected his positive polling with modesty. “I guess it’s better than not being noticed,” Mr. Paul said. On immigration, he said former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who some GOP moderates want to recruit for a presidential bid,

Marijuana Vending Machine
Unveiled In Colorado
National Public Radio, by Bill Chappell    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/13/2014 12:24:27 PM     Post Reply
An automated pot-selling machine was unveiled at an event held at an Avon, Colo., restaurant Saturday, promising a potential new era of selling marijuana and pot-infused snacks from vending machines directly to customers. Its creators say the machine, called the ZaZZZ, uses biometrics to verify a customer´s age. The machine is climate-controlled to keep its product fresh. You may be picturing a vending machine on a sidewalk, ready to dispense pot brownies to anyone with correct change. That´s not quite what backers of the machine have in mind. For now, at least, the ZaZZZ is aimed for use only by medical marijuana patients.

Ukraine tries to clear pro-Russia
rebels as NATO airs suspicions
Reuters, by Thomas Grove    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/13/2014 12:17:37 PM     Post Reply
Slaviansk, Ukraine - Ukrainian security forces launched an operation on Sunday to clear pro-Russian separatists from state buildings in the eastern city of Slaviansk, with dead reported on both sides as Kiev combated what it calls an act of aggression by Moscow. With East-West relations in crisis, NATO described the appearance in eastern Ukraine of men with specialized Russian weapons and identical uniforms without insignia - as previously worn by Moscow´s troops when they seized Crimea - as a "grave development". Ukraine faces a rash of rebellions in the east that it says are inspired and directed by the Kremlin.



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Meet the Clinton shoe-thrower
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NBC Universal, by Emma Margolin    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/12/2014 5:03:17 PM     Post Reply
Who throws a shoe? Honestly! That would be 36-year-old Alison Ernst of Phoenix, Arizona, who was charged Thursday night with disorderly conduct by the Las Vegas Police Department after allegedly throwing a shoe at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. According to NBC News, who spoke with a Secret Service official, the U.S. Attorney’s office has declined federal prosecution. Ernst was wearing shoes on Thursday night when she attended a speech Clinton was giving in Las Vegas, but apparently brought an extra one specifically to throw at the former secretary of state. The official said the incident appeared to be “premeditated.”

Bundy Ranch, the Federal Government,
and the Nevada Water Tipping Point

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American Thinker, by Monica Morrill    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 4/12/2014 7:29:42 AM     Post Reply
Many Americans have been watching with great consternation the ongoing struggle between the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Marshals against Cliven Bundy and his family. There are no signs of either side relinquishing their position. Many onlookers have been informed that this dispute is over protecting the desert tortoise. But it is nothing of the sort. In fact, the reality of the dispute goes far underneath what is being talked about. The more appropriate source of the dispute is ground water as well as surface water -- this is a war over water. Cliven Bundy and his

Nevada Cattle Rancher Wins
´Range War´ With Feds

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ABC News, by Liz Fields    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/12/2014 3:33:27 PM     Post Reply
A Nevada cattle rancher appears to have won his week-long battle with the federal government over a controversial cattle roundup that had led to the arrest of several protesters. Cliven Bundy went head to head with the Bureau of Land Management over the removal of hundreds of his cattle from federal land, where the government said they were grazing illegally. Bundy claims his herd of roughly 900 cattle have grazed on the land along the riverbed near Bunkerville, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, since 1870 and threatened a "range war" against the BLM on the Bundy Ranch website after one of

Barbara Boxer Says Keystone
Pipeline a Cancer Risk

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Breitbart California, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/12/2014 6:54:45 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is now accusing the Keystone pipeline of being a cancer risk. Her first point was that the pipeline “will bring 830,000 barrels of dirty tar sands oil into our nation every day.” She then segued to point #2 by asserting that the heavy tar sands oil will put people who live near refineries at risk for cancer: Significantly higher levels of dangerous air pollutants and carcinogens have been documented downwind from tar sands refineries, and in these areas people are suffering higher rates of the types of cancers linked to these toxic chemicals, including leukemia and

Why The Feds Chickened Out
On A Nevada Ranch

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Townhall, by Kevin McCullough    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/13/2014 11:55:18 AM     Post Reply
Let me obliterate a bit of confusion here: the Obama administration attempted to go to war with a rancher in Nevada. Let me amplify a little bit of truth: They tucked tail and have returned home. And let me add a bit of clarity: they had no choice! As the nation began to become familiar with the plight of the family of Cliven Bundy, many of us harkened back to another standoff in which the Federal government attempted to bully it´s outcome: Waco, Texas and the Branch Davidian massacre. It is telling that in the Nevada case the feds pulled out so

President Obama stands by Rev. Al Sharpton
while accusing Republicans of trying
to restrict the right to vote

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New York Daily News, by Celeste Katz & Annie Karni    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 4/12/2014 7:02:39 AM     Post Reply
President Obama stood Friday with the Rev. Al Sharpton and accused Republicans of trying to keep millions of Americans from voting, in a fiery speech days after new revelations about Sharpton’s past as an FBI informant. “The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago,” Obama told the annual convention of Sharpton’s National Action Network in Manhattan. Obama’s appearance represented a presidential seal of approval of Sharpton’s role as a civil rights activist, amid the new revelations about how Sharpton used a wire to record

Why Hillary v. Jeb Would
Be Great for America

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Daily Beast, by Mark McKinnon    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/13/2014 6:11:32 PM     Post Reply
They’re both qualified, respectful of each other (shocker!), and represent the vast majority of middle America. So what’s not to like about another Clinton/Bush race for 2016? When you mention the prospect of Clinton vs. Bush 2016 a funny thing happens. First, there is the reflexive response: "Oh no, not again. We don´t need more dynastic politics in this country." But upon further reflection, you realize Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton would be a great race and actually good for the country. Let´s review. QUALIFICATIONS—THEY’VE BOTH GOT THEM. Barack Obama won the presidency because in an election where the premium was on change, it mattered little

The world must shift to solar and wind
power rapidly to avoid catastrophic global
warming, say UN scientists in major report

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Ben Spencer    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/13/2014 7:15:31 PM     Post Reply
A rapid shift to wind and solar power is needed if the world is to avoid catastrophic global warming, the United Nations warns in a crucial report today. Emissions of greenhouse gases need to be cut by up to 70 per cent before 2050 to control climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says. ‘Large-scale changes in energy systems’ are required, with coal power stations to be switched off and replaced by wind and solar. And the transformation needs to be made in the next 15 years or controlling climate change will become increasingly harder and more expensive. The report was published

Nevada GOP removes social issues from platform,
moves ahead with pre-primary endorsements

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Associated Press, by Sandra Chereb    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/13/2014 3:48:58 PM     Post Reply
LAS VEGAS — The Nevada Republican Party stripped opposition to abortion and gay marriage from its platform Saturday as state convention delegates instead focused on judging fellow Republicans on their worthiness to serve in office and adherence to GOP values. The platform, with few changes, was adopted overwhelmingly as the Las Vegas convention stretched late into the evening. The vote mirrors that of the Clark County GOP, which voted earlier to remove platform language defining marriage as between a man and a woman and statements opposing abortion. Many Republicans are re-evaluating their strong stances on conservative social issues as public

Goodbye tea party, hello big tent
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Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/13/2014 5:08:01 AM     Post Reply
Say what you will about Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), but they know a train wreck when they see it. They also know when to separate themselves from the cranks and the losers on the right. Although both supported the shutdown and were heartily supported by tea party groups in their own Senate races, neither one has endorsed Matt Bevin in Kentucky, Milton Wolf in Kansas or Chris McDaniel in Mississippi. In fact, Cruz’s office confirms he hasn’t endorsed anyone in the primaries. He may weigh in after the primaries. Rand Paul has endorsed two very establishment

Video: Flash mob of women steal
$20,000 worth of sunglasses
from California store

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New York Daily News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 4/13/2014 10:50:38 AM     Post Reply
A brazen flash mob has been caught on camera storming a California store and making off with $20,000 worth of sunglasses. Surveillance footage shows eight women piling into a Sunglass Hut and crowding around display cases. Shielding workers from what they´re doing, they quickly stuff dozens of fashion specs into their bags. A store clerk pleads with them to stop, before running out of the shot to get help and dial 911. The thieves then all bolt outside and escape in a waiting SUV. The incident occurred at the Valencia Town Center mall, in Santa Clarita, at 3 p.m. on

Democrat Center Folds
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American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: real fifi- 4/13/2014 7:44:30 AM     Post Reply
It’s hardly been a secret that in recent years the moderate center of the Democrat party has been driven away and what remains is a conglomeration of disparate blocs which, to date, the party has been able to treat as if there were no conflicting interests between them. As the midterm elections approach and the administration’s incompetence, along with the distaste for the president’s signature ObamaCare legislation, drive the party’s chances down further, the make-believe coalition of opposites may well crumble if the opposition doesn’t blow it. Democrats hope to retain control of the Senate and recapture the House by driving


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