Three weeks into the disappearance of Malaysia Flight 370, the reporting has actually gotten worse.
CNN is trying to rent 777s as set-pieces. They can't, so they rent a full-motion Level D simulator at what is normally about $5,000/hr. I hope they negotiated a discount.
The author of Everyone's Favorite Theory (TM) has revealed himself to be rather confused about the manner in which jet pilots navigate the globe. (Do a text find of the word "rotation." Hilarity ensues. Hint: the Earth doesn't spin underneath you while you're in the air.)
And virtually every media organization on earth is now reporting that MH 370 is no longer governed by the laws of physics, flying "faster" than previously thought during its 7.5 hours aloft and yet somehow - through magic, I assume - covering less distance.
Below the fold, I will try and address that third bit, which is driving everyone in aviation absolutely crazy.
A very bright, enterprising and thoughtful man named Keith Ledgerwood has put forth a new theory about how Malaysia Air Flight 370 may have been able to traverse Central Asia without being detected:
They shadowed Singapore Airlines flight 68 while it flew to Madrid.
With today's admission from the Malaysian Air Force that a heavy airliner deviated from its filed flight plan, switched off its transponder and completely overflew the Malaysian peninsula at random altitudes, might we finally understand why the fate of MH 370 has been so hard to determine?
Is it because the guys in charge of defending Malaysian airspace the morning of March 8th were asleep at their radar scopes and their superiors have been scrambling to save face?
Or is it something worse?
Every now and then, your average celebrity - or, in the case of today's news, your average drug-enhanced baseball legend - just needs to disappear for a while. The "so-and-so entered rehab this morning" method has been particularly popular of late, counting among its proponents such figures as Mark Foley and Ted Haggard. Time will tell if today's headline-makers will choose the same option.
Occasionally, though, a scandal is simply so big, so utterly interwoven into the primal fabric of a nation, so completely relevant to the daily lives of 300 million citizens, that none of the usual remedies will do. Surely, baseball players being caught on steroids in December of 2007 is such a case. And, in this instance, the only way to salvage a celebrity's career - and bring comfort into the hearts of all the nation's citizens - is to effect a complete and total media blackout.
(If this has been diaried before, please show me where and I'll take down.)
Somehow, Paul Kiel at TPM Muckraker has gotten hold of an email exchange between Abu Gonzo Chief of Staff, Kyle Sampson, and then W.H. Counsel, Harriet Miers, which describes a list of "USAs to be pushed out."
This would seem to refute Gonzo's assertion to Congress that he:
"...would never, ever make a change in a United States attorney for political reasons or if it would in any way jeopardize an ongoing serious investigation. I just would not do it." link
This is the blog post I submitted today, per Hillary's advertisement below.
DESPITE LITTLE SUPPORT AMONG NETROOTS, CLINTON ADVERTISES "GUEST BLOGGER" SPOT ON DKOS.
In 2002, at the height of George Bush's popularity, Hillary Clinton pandered to conservatives with her YES vote on the AUMF resolution that helped send us to war in Iraq. Months later, she pandered to the so-called "middle" by offering her support to an anti-flag-burning initiative. Today, she's pandering to the netroots, offering DailyKos readers the chance to make the first "guest blogger" post on her campaign website.
For Kossacks who are unable - for whatever reason - to do their own due diligence regarding this year's CA propositions, I'm going to address each measure and indicate the "party line" vote. This way, CA Kossacks who can't do the research will at least know how to vote a "straight progressive ticket" with respect to the measures. Where I happen to personally disagree with the party line, I will indicate the way I intend to vote, accompanied by an explanation of why I've strayed from the party line. And yes, there basically is a "party line" with respect to this year's ballot. (My union tells me so.)
First, however, I'm going to call attention to the most important race in the entire state...
Obstruction of justice, anyone?
In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said that Bush "personally blocked Justice Department lawyers from pursuing an internal probe of the warrantless eavesdropping program that monitors Americans' international calls and e-mails..."
I got a phone call yesterday from the DCCC asking for money. It went something like this:
The California Primary takes place Tuesday, June 6th. Polls are open from 7am to 8pm. To verify your polling place, call 1-800-815-2666
and select Option 1.
The information below concerns only those races which will be voted on by all Californians. For guidance on races peculiar to your district, I suggest a visit to Kim Alexander's wonderful site calvoter.org. My only intention here is to shed some light on the most critical statewide races for those voters who haven't had the time to do their own due diligence.
I was one of those voters until this weekend.
As you may know, Jack Abramoff's dad, Frank, went after George Clooney for his Golden Globes crack. The text of his angry letter is here
The essence of it is that Clooney is indicative of just how crass Hollywood has become since the days of Bogart and Gable. He gives Clooney a guilt trip over making Jack's daughter cry. Ol' Frank even throws in a "one day the truth about my son will come out..." for good measure. Read it if you want a good laugh.
But, every once in a while, I like someone to show a little humility. I like to remind a person that, when your kid's fucked up as bad as Jackie has, it might be wise to show some fucking contrition and take your medicine.
So I wrote Frank a letter of my own.
As you may know, David Letterman pulled no punches last night with Bill O'Reilly. A video clip is available at HuffPo
Should you feel the need to send Letterman a message of support, go here.
Now here's the fun part...