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Cooley Hurd

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December 31, 2012

Rep Steve Israel: "You can't negotiate with skidmarks!"

Re: the "Fiscal Cliff" negotiations (the "skidmarks" being the Republicans).

Skidmarks??? As someone who has done laundry from time to time, Did he mean what I thought he said?????

(on edit: quoted from a live interview on MSNBC just now)

December 29, 2012

40 years ago tonight. Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 slams into the Everglades...


The flight was routine until 11:32 p.m., when the flight began its approach into Miami International Airport. After lowering the gear, first officer Stockstill noticed that the landing gear indicator, a green light identifying that the nose gear is properly locked in the "down" position, did not illuminate. This was discovered to be due to a burned-out light bulb. The landing gear could have been manually lowered either way. The pilots cycled the landing gear but still failed to get the confirmation light.

Loft, who was working the radio during this leg of the flight, told the tower that they would discontinue their approach to their airport and requested to enter a holding pattern. The approach controller cleared the flight to climb to two thousand feet (610 m), and then hold west over the Everglades.

The cockpit crew removed the light assembly and second officer Repo was dispatched into the avionics bay beneath the flight deck to check visually if the gear was down through a small viewing window. Fifty seconds after reaching their assigned altitude, captain Loft instructed first officer Stockstill to put the L-1011 on autopilot. For the next eighty seconds, the plane maintained level flight. Then, it dropped one hundred feet (30 m), and then again flew level for two more minutes, after which it began a descent so gradual it could not be perceived by the crew. In the next seventy seconds, the plane lost only 250 feet (76 m), but this was enough to trigger the altitude warning C-chord chime located under the engineer's workstation. The engineer (second officer Repo) had gone below, and there was no indication by the pilot's voices recorded on the CVR that they heard the chime. In another fifty seconds, the plane was at half its assigned altitude.

As Stockstill started another turn, onto 180 degrees, he noticed the discrepancy. The following conversation was recovered from the flight voice recorder later:

Stockstill: We did something to the altitude.

Loft: What?

Stockstill: We're still at 2,000 feet, right?

Loft: Hey—what's happening here?

The jetliner crashed at 25°51?53?N 80°35?43?W. The location was west-northwest of Miami, 18.7 miles (30.1 km) from the end of runway Nine Left (9L). The plane was traveling at 227 miles per hour when it flew into the ground. The left wingtip hit first, then the left engine and the left landing gear, making three trails through the sawgrass, each five feet wide and more than 100 feet (30 m) long. When the main part of the fuselage hit the ground, it continued to move through the grass and water, breaking up as it went.

The lesson learned by pilots that night: no matter what happens, DON'T forget to fly the @#$%& aircraft!

RIP, crew and passengers of EAL 401.
December 24, 2012

My sincerest condolences to Adam...

Your Father was a great actor and a great human being.

In case DUer's didn't know Adam's commitment:

December 20, 2012

That's great. It starts with an Earthquake...

...birds and snakes and AEROPLANES! Lenny Bruce is (still) not afraid...

Happy 12-21-12 eveyone!
December 20, 2012

I miss NewYawker99 (a tribute thread - NOT a copycat thread)


Speaking of Kef, I really miss the goodness and light that was DU's incomparable Roni, aka NewYawker99.

Where ever you are, my friend, you are SORELY missed and SO needed here now.
November 29, 2012

Someday, perhaps soon, you will leave work on a Friday night and head to the cannabis store...

...and meet with the weed garcon at the counter. You will ask him, "Sir, what are others smoking?"

"Good evening, kind patron. Why, this bud we've recently received seems to be a favorite. It's called 'Purple Crystal'."

Of course, you will sample the bouquet. You might even pull out a jeweler's glass to examine the crystals. But you will not leave empty-handed.

Home again to sample your purchase. Ahhhh... it's a couch-locker. Enjoy your Family Guy repeats.


November 21, 2012

Copley News Service owner David Copley dies in La Jolla car crash


David C. Copley, heir to a newspaper family that for 78 years owned the Daily Breeze, died Tuesday night after a car crash in San Diego. He was 60.

Copley was the adopted grandson of Col. Ira Copley, who built a newspaper empire that stretched from California to Illinois. At the time the Breeze was sold in late 2006, David Copley was the company's CEO and president. Locally, Copley Press Inc. also owned The Beach Reporter and the Palos Verdes Peninsula News.

The gem of the empire was the San Diego Union-Tribune, which was a Pulitzer Prize in 2006.

Copley, 60, was driving his Aston Martin around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at Eads Avenue and Silverado Street when he lost control and crashed into several parked cars, officials said.

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department authorities said Copley struck multiple parked vehicles before coming to a stop. Crews performed CPR to Copley before transporting him to Scripps Memorial Hospital-La Jolla, where a family friend confirmed his death.

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