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Monthly Archives: January 2009

kill the unborn – hand out contraceptives that can kill to boost the economyKi

Gateway Pundit: Pelosi Tells ABC Birth Control Will Help Boost Economy

The Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi believes that funding birth control – aka abortion funds being given to Planned Parenthood and other abortion mills will boost the economy.

I guess, Nancy is an admirer of Malthus and Mills.

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If Obama gets these measures wrong the world economy will be screwed

There were many things that Congress put in place during the Clinton presidency, and it was 8 years later that there was a giant sneeze – much more than a hiccup – when the excesses from the Bush and Clinton periods came to a sudden halt. There is no doubt in my mind that the rot was put in place during the Clinton years.

All the same, now that Umbama is president of the United States, he is the one that has to face the rapid slowing of the USA economy as well as a rapidly slowing world economy. If he gets the ecomonic measures wrong – and looking at the proposed packages I do fear that the measures being suggested will make matters worse, not better.

More and more people are being thrown out of work now than a few years ago, although many who lost their jobs early last year are still unable to find new ones. The pressure is there to give these people a welfare package. However there is a cost involved in handing out this money without getting something in return.

Amongst the measures being considered by the Umbama administration are:

  • cutting the working week to try and avoid retrenchments;
  • paying companies to cut working hours (this is a bad idea)
  • a tax cut to all taxpayers including low income earners who do not already pay tax;
  • spending on alternative energy (a waste of money);
  • money to build an extended energy grid;
  • make federal buildings more energy efficient;
  • money to weatherproof homes;
  • protection of health insurance cover for 8 million at risk of losing their cover;

On top of this there is concern about the health of the banking sector. Throwing funds at this sector is not going to bring about reform which is needed – reform is necessary because of the excessive salary packages in that sector which means the shareholders and other stakeholders were losing out.

Policies on the fly, which will probably be the hallmark of this presidency could be very harmful to the US economy and since when America sneezes, the world sneezes too, it could be worse for the rest of the world. Socialist policies do not always work, if anything they tend to entrench the unemployed, taking away their incentive to want to work. It is a very fine line to get this right.

Money to be wasted on the push for abortion

Family Planning Associations such as Planned Parenthood are nothing more than abortion mills. Using taxpayers’ money to fund these abortion mills is going against the moral principles of a Christian nation.

The family planning organizations claim that they are trying to help women and children in the poorer nations but that is absolute garbage. Abortion funding and the pushing of abortion in those countries is not going to resolve the underlying problems that exist. It is the wrong answer for the crisis.

In those poorer countries girls are forced into marriage at a very young age. Most are no more than 12 years old when they are forced into marriage. They are too young to be having babies. They should be receiving an education. However, in those same poor countries girls are denied the right to an education.

Take Bolivia for example, the girls as young as 14 are forced to find work as maids, and yes some are forced into marriage. There is no such thing as real consent in these situations. The poverty cycle continues so long as girls are being denied the right to an education. However, do the liberals who scream for abortion on demand also scream about the rights of these children? No. There is a deafening silence on these very issues.

In the African nations, and in particular Sierra Leone, which is extremely poverty stricken the women are left without any proper medical care. Is it just about economics though? No. Sierra Leone, like a lot of other African nations is dominated by Islam. There is your answer – about how women are treated.

The aid workers should be expelled from these countries if they are going to advocate abortion as a panacea. They are just peddling more death and there will be a surge in maternal deaths, not a drop if these people are allowed to continue with this form of advocacy.

Black Box confirms bird strike

The flight data recorder has been examined and has confirmed the story of the pilots that a bird-strike caused the double engine failure which led to the crash landing on the Hudson River.

photo courtesy BBC NEWS

You can read the story here.

photo courtesy BBC News

New York hails pilot who landed jetliner in Hudson River

The Hudson River New York has been the scene of a dramatic landing for a stricken aircraft. The pilot, Chesley B. Sullenberg III, an ex-USAF fighter pilot and a professional pilot for 40 years, made what has been described as a text-book landing, thus saving the life of all 155 on board the A320 Airbus.

The plane had just taken off from La Guardia airport, when it crossed the path of a flock of geese. There was a thud and both engines lost power. The geese also hit the windshield of the aircraft. The captain of the plane took the controls from the co-pilot so that the co-pilot could concentrate on trying to restart the engines. Sullenberg notified the control tower that there had been an incident and that both engines had lost power. They briefly discussed action to be taken for a landing. Sullenberg ruled out returning to La Guardia and then ruled out Teterborough airfield in New Jersey. There was a high risk of a greater tragedy by attempting either landing. The only avenue left was to attempt the landing on the water.

Sullenberg knew that he had to get this landing right, and he narrowly missed a bridge as he approached a point an area of the river that would mean the best chance of a rescue. He managed to do everything necessary to execute the perfect landing on water such that the airplane did not break up on landing. The passengers were ordered to brace for a hard landing, and they did. The cabin-crew gave quick instructions before sitting and bracing for the landing on the water. Unfortunately one member of the crew has been injured. As soon as the plane landed the cabin crew and passengers went into action. Women and children were the first to exit, followed by the other passengers, and finally the captain of the aircraft. He paced the length of the aircraft twice before leaving, making sure that no one was left on board the sinking plane.

The crash is now the subject of an investigation. The investigation will include what went wrong – why did the engines lose power? In other words verifying that there was a double bird-strike. It will also investigate what went right during the flight and subsequent landing and rescue of the passengers.

There are lessons to be learned from every aircraft accident. This one is different because a tragedy was prevented. No doubt pilots will now practise in their flight simulators the steps taken by Sullenberg to safely land his bird on the water. In the past few days comparisons have been made between this landing and that of the plane that crashed off Ethiopia. The footage of the Ethiopian crash shows that the plane had banked before it hit the water – in other words it was not absolutely straight. However, in that incident the cabin crew were most likely fighting with the hijackers who were on board, and therefore the pilot did not have the ability to be able to straighten the plane prior to the crash into the sea. It is in fact not a very good comparison because of the extraordinary circumstances.

It is a miracle that no one died as a result of this incident and calling it a miracle does not in any way discount the actions of the aircrew as well as that of the passengers, and the rescue workers. What we saw was a well coordinated effort that saved 155 lives. The man who made that happen is Chesley B. Sullenberg.

Dramatic video of crash landing in the Hudson River NY

BBC NEWS | Special Reports | A pilot’s eye view of NY crash flight

It is worth checking out this dramatic footage of the landing of the Airbus A320 in the Hudson river. The passengers are seen scrambling out of the emergency exits within seconds of the landing on the river.

The perfect crash landing

Airplane crash-lands into Hudson River; all aboard reported safe – CNN.com

This has to be a miracle landing. The pilot, through his actions and cool approach has saved the lives of all on board the aircraft when it landed in the Hudson River. The potential catastrophe occurred because of bird strike just after take off. The pilot’s quick thinking and actions are to be commended.

Flight 1549, headed to Charlotte, North Carolina, was airborne less than three minutes, according to FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown.

The pilot radioed to air traffic controllers that he had experienced a bird strike and declared an emergency, a New Jersey State Police source said.

Sources identified the pilot as Chelsey B. “Sully” Sullenberger.

“I think a lot of people started praying and just collecting themselves,” said passenger Fred Berretta. “It was quite stunning.”

Witness Ben Vonklemperer said he watched the plane from the 25th floor of an office building.

“If someone’s going to land a plane in the water, this seemed the
best possible way to do it,” Vonklemperer said. “The way they hit it
was very gradual. A very slow contact with the water.”

Passenger Jeff Kolodjay said he was sitting in seat 22A, near one of the engines.

“The plane started filling with water pretty quick,” he said. “It was
scary. There was a lady with her baby on my left-hand shoulder, and she
was crawling over the seats.” Video

US Airways CEO Doug Parker said 150 passengers and five crew
members — two pilots and three flight attendants — were on board.

The Coast Guard took aboard 35 people, according to Coast Guard Cmdr. Ron LeBrec.

“I had a long conversation with the pilot,” said New York Mayor Michael
Bloomberg. “He walked the plane twice after everybody else was off, and
tried to verify that there was nobody else on board, and assures us
there were not.”

“It would appear that the pilot did a masterful
job of landing the plane in the river and then making sure that
everybody got out,” Bloomberg said.

US Airways CEO Doug Parker said 150 passengers and five crew
members — two pilots and three flight attendants — were on board.

The Coast Guard took aboard 35 people, according to Coast Guard Cmdr. Ron LeBrec.

“I had a long conversation with the pilot,” said New York Mayor Michael
Bloomberg. “He walked the plane twice after everybody else was off, and
tried to verify that there was nobody else on board, and assures us
there were not.”

“It would appear that the pilot did a masterful
job of landing the plane in the river and then making sure that
everybody got out,” Bloomberg said.

“We circled around … the captain came on and said, ‘Look, we’re
going down. Brace for impact.’ Everyone looked at each other and we
said our prayers. I said about five Hail Marys,” said passenger
Kolodjay, who is from Norwalk, Connecticut, and was headed to Charlotte
to play golf.

Jerry Wallis, who said he was a private pilot, said he watched the plane go into the water.

“I’ve got to tell you, the people flying that airplane deserve all the recognition and commendation they can get,” Wallis said.

“If someone’s going to land a plane in the water, this seemed the best
possible way to do it,” Vonklemperer said. “The way they hit it was
very gradual. A very slow contact with the water.”

Passenger Jeff Kolodjay said he was sitting in seat 22A, near one of the engines.

“The plane started filling with water pretty quick,” he said. “It was
scary. There was a lady with her baby on my left-hand shoulder, and she
was crawling over the seats.”