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October 27, 2016

VP Candidate Mike Pence's Campaign Plane Slides off Runway at LaGuardia: NBC News

Source: NBCNews

Vice presidential candidate Mike Pence's campaign plane slid off the runway after landing at LaGuardia Airport Thursday evening, NBC News reports.

The governor was checked to make sure he was OK, according to an NBC campaign embed. Emergency crews were on site but all passengers on the plane were said to be OK, including Pence.

The plane, which was coming from Fort Dodge, Iowa -- about a three-hour flight from New York -- made a rough impact when it landed. The pilot slammed on the brakes and travelers could smell burning rubber.

Pence says mud splashed on the front windows of the cockpit.


Read more: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Mike-Pence-Campaign-Plane-Slides-off-Runway-LaGuardia-398964271.html

Live video from the scene shows a steady rain. Saw Pence walking outside the aircraft via live MSNBC shot.
October 27, 2016

Clinton wins!!!! 1992...

Fast forward to 2:52:40 for the official announcement (ABC News)

If you want to see how a gentleman who has lost should act (paging Donald Trump), fast forward to 3:03:00.

October 27, 2016

Prince Mikasa, a China war veteran who spanned three reigns, dies at 100

Source: Japan Times

Prince Mikasa, uncle of Emperor Akihito, died of heart failure on Thursday at a Tokyo hospital, the Imperial Household Agency said. He was 100.

The prince, the oldest member of the Imperial family, was the youngest brother of Emperor Hirohito, posthumously known as Emperor Showa.


During the 1937-1945 Sino-Japanese war, Prince Mikasa served as an officer of the Imperial Army in China under a pseudonym, Wakasugi.

During the Sino-Japanese war, he was critical of Japan’s aggression into China. Then in the postwar years, the prince emphasized the importance of peace.

In a 1994 interview with Yomiuri Shimbun, the prince criticized the Japanese Imperial Army for invading China and committing atrocities there.

Read more: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/10/27/national/prince-mikasa-china-war-veteran-spanned-three-reigns-dies-100/#.WBH1gS0rLIU

The last of Emperor Shōwa's (Hirohito) brothers...
October 27, 2016

National Geographic 'Afghan girl' arrested in Pakistan


An Afghan woman immortalized on a celebrated National Geographic magazine cover as a green-eyed 12-year-old girl was arrested Wednesday for living in Pakistan on fraudulent identity papers.

The haunting image of Sharbat Gula, taken in a Pakistan refugee camp by photographer Steve McCurry in the 1980s, became the most famous cover image in the magazine's history.

Her arrest highlights the desperate measures many Afghans are willing to take to avoid returning to their war-torn homeland as Pakistan cracks down on undocumented foreigners.

Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested Gul for fraud following a two-year investigation on her and her husband, who has absconded.

October 27, 2016

Sad story: Michael Massee, ‘The Crow’ Actor Who Accidentally Shot Brandon Lee, Dies at 61


Michael Massee, who accidentally fatally shot Brandon Lee on the set of their 1994 film “The Crow,” in which he played Funboy, has died, his agent confirmed to Variety. He was 61.

Actor Anthony Delon first annouced the news in an Instagram post on Monday, writing “R.I.P. my friend Michael. You were ‘five seconds away from a clean getaway.'” Massee and Delon worked together on the 2014 French TV series “Interventions.”

Details of his death weren’t immediately available.


The actor, who has almost 80 film and television credits, is also known for his role as the man at the massage parlor in David Fincher’s 1995 thriller “Seven.” He worked with the director again in 1997 on “The Game.” His other film credits include “Lost Highway” (1997), “Catwoman” (2004), “The Amazing Spider-Man” (2012), and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (2014), in which he portrayed Gustav Fiers — aka The Gentleman.

On TV, Massee had recurring roles as villain Ira Gaines on the first season of the Fox’s “24” and baddie Charles Hoyt on TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles,” in addition to making appearances in “The X-Files,” “Alias,” “Supernatural,” “House,” and “The Blacklist.”



In 1993, Massee portrayed the character Funboy in the film The Crow, starring Brandon Lee. Massee was the actor who fired the shot that killed Lee by accident on the set in 1993, due to an improperly prepared prop gun. He was so traumatized by the event that he returned to New York and took a year off from acting. He refused to view the film. In an interview in 2005, 12 years after the incident, Massee revealed that he still had nightmares about it, going on to say, "I don't think you ever get over something like that."


Brandon Lee died of a gunshot wound on March 31, 1993, after an accidental shooting on set at EUE Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington, North Carolina.

In the scene in which Lee was accidentally shot, Lee’s character walks into his apartment and discovers his fiancée being beaten and raped by thugs. Actor Michael Massee's character fires a .44 Magnum Smith & Wesson Model 629 revolver at Lee as he walks into the room.[4]

A previous scene using the same gun had called for inert dummy cartridges fitted with bullets, but no powder or primer, to be loaded in the revolver. For close-up scenes which utilize a revolver, where the bullets are clearly visible from the front, and do not require the gun to actually be fired, dummy cartridges provide a more realistic appearance than blank rounds, which have no bullet. Instead of purchasing commercial dummy cartridges, the film's prop crew, hampered by time constraints, created their own by pulling the bullets from live rounds, dumping the powder charge then reinserting the bullets.[5][6]

However, they unknowingly left the live percussion primer in place at the rear of the cartridge. At some point during filming the revolver was apparently discharged with one of these improperly-deactivated cartridges in the chamber, setting off the primer with enough force to drive the bullet partway into the barrel, where it became stuck (a condition known as a squib load). The prop crew either failed to notice or failed to recognize the significance of this issue.

In the fatal scene, which called for the revolver to be actually fired at Lee from a distance of 12–15 feet, the dummy cartridges were exchanged for blank rounds, which feature a live powder charge and primer, but no bullet, thus allowing the gun to be fired without the risk of an actual projectile.

As the production company had sent the firearms specialist home early, responsibility for the guns was given to a prop assistant who was not aware of the rule for checking all firearms before and after any handling. Therefore, the barrel was not checked for obstructions when it came time to load it with the blank rounds.[5][6] Since the bullet from the dummy round was already trapped in the barrel, this caused the .44 Magnum bullet to be fired out of the barrel with virtually the same force as if the gun had been loaded with a live round, and it struck Lee in the abdomen, mortally wounding him.[7]

He was rushed to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC, where he underwent six hours of surgery. However, attempts to save him were unsuccessful, and Lee was pronounced dead at 1:03 pm on March 31, 1993 at the age of 28. The shooting was ruled an accident.

The video footage of his death was used as evidence in the investigation. It was later destroyed as part of the lawsuit settlement.


October 25, 2016

Bob Hoover, one of history’s greatest pilots, dead at 94

Source: MN Public Radio

One of the greatest pilots in the history of aviation died this morning, according to reports.

Bob Hoover, a World War II fighter pilot, a former Air Force test pilot, and the chase plane pilot for Chuck Yeager when he broke the sound barrier for the first time, was 94.

Having been shot down over Nice, France in World War II, Hoover spent 16 months as a POW, spending much of the time in solitary confinement as punishment for two dozen escape attempts. Finally, he succeeded just before the end of the war by stealing a German fighter.


Read more: http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2016/10/bob-hoover-one-of-nations-greatest-pilots-dead-at-94/

I used to service Bob's Shrike at Byerly Aviation in the early 90's. Met him a few times and he was just SUCH a great guy.

Soar gently, my friend!!!

Bob's rolls were perfect 1G maneuvers - he could pour tea without spilling a drop!

And, with both engines off in the Shrike, performed aerobatics!
October 21, 2016

London City Airport evacuated; 'chemical incident' reported

Source: CNN.com

(CNN)London City Airport was evacuated on Friday after a number of passengers reported feeling unwell, police said.

Reports of a chemical incident sent three fire engines and "a range of specialist appliances" to the scene, the London Fire Brigade said in a statement.

Officials said the cause of the incident is unknown.

"The airport has been evacuated as precaution," London's Metropolitan Police said.

The city's ambulance service said it was treating 26 patients at the scene for difficulty breathing. Two patients were taken to the hospital, the service said.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/21/europe/london-city-airport-evacuated/index.html?adkey=bn

October 21, 2016

The closer. Secretary Clinton just did it...

Her closing remarks at the Al Smith Dinner have me with a lump and a tear.

Madame Secretary

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