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  •  Earlier Post Scrolled Off (none)
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    Even worse, Melancon had gone to the New Orleans Airport to talk to Bush.  They wouldn't let him near Air Force One.  No wonder he's pissed.

    Monday, the shrub is headed for Baton Rouge.

    The only valid reason for the grounding of the helos under the rules of the Presidential TFR's would be if they were non-military charters which did not have "pre-cleared" crews (Full FBI background chcks, interview neighbors, interview with FBI)  or were in the 10 mile radius prohibited area.  

    There were rolling Presidential TFR's (Temporary Flight Restrictions) throughout the day as dickhead went on his sensitive man tour.

    •  Clarifications (none)
      Not all flights are banned.  
      There are two zones, a Restricted Zone and a smaller Prohibited Zone.  For the Emperor the Resticted Zone is 60 Miles in Diameter.  
      To operate in the Restricted Zone you must be on on Active flight plan, and under the control of Air Traffic Control, certain types of operations are banned, but nothing that applys in this case.

      Operations in the Prohibited Zone are limited to Military, Local Law Enforcement supporting the Secret Service, and pre-cleared flight operations.  (See Above Comment)

      The "deal with the Military" Melancon describes, was probably to get clearance for the supply flights as all airspace over the disaster area is controlled during the day by an AWACS Plane callsign Omaha 44 (i think) Any Flight in the area must get clearance through Omaha-44.  Clearance from Omaha-44 does not clear you through a Presidential TFR if you do not meet the Requirements.

    •  Melancon ought to move to impeach (none)
      as soon as Congress is back in session.  And if by some chance it could get through the House quickly, the Senate would have to take it up promptly, even if they hadn't, say, confirmed any Supreme Court justices.  And they really shouldn't confirm a chief justice if impeachment is cooking, because the chief justice is supposed to preside over the Senate during impeachment proceedings and it would be a conflict of interest if he'd just been appointed by the guy who was getting impeached.  

      But Melancon gets the head in the sand (or stuck someplace else where the sun doesn't shine) award for a web site that has no way of accepting e-mail from non-constituents.  What's so hard about directing non-constituent e-mail to a separate mail box?  If you get a thousand messages with 'impeach' in the title, that means something even if the folks who wrote can't vote for you.

      We're all pretty crazy some way or other; some of us just hide it better.

      by david78209 on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 11:35:56 PM PDT

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