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Hard Landing - Caption This Apache Helicopter Crash... In The Middle Of Afghanistan

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Forget China - now this is a hard landing. Because what's $20 million in taxpayer funded equipment between soldiers: LTRO 1+2 alone were like 650 of these...

h/t Lectriko

 

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Wed, 03/21/2012 - 23:17 | 2279027 ChanceIs
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That is pretty nasty.  I suppose that the pilot recklessly flew too close to the "hut."  Did the tail strike the building, or did he just irrecoverably stall the chopper in the requisite avoidance ascent?

Now crashing a heli is bad.  I am sure that the crew were killed and possibly some on the ground.  But take a look as this crash of a B-52 bomber by what was clearly a hot-dog manouevre by a pilot who had been previously found to be a "risk taker" by Air Force psychiatrists.  All seven (?) on board died.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUEhNKBi4DY

 

 

Wed, 03/21/2012 - 23:30 | 2279080 TomGa
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Controlled flight into ground. Looks like he snapped the tail off on iinitial mpact.

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 00:09 | 2279218 Freddie
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I think he may have gotten snowblind and lost the horizon going into that dive and he could not bring it back up.  That snow may have helped save their lives if they lived.

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 00:15 | 2279234 MsCreant
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I apologize. This comment does not have a thing to do with Obama! 

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 00:25 | 2279259 Dr. Engali
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Ditto.

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 02:03 | 2279488 CompassionateFascist
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Of course it does. He could have ended the Afghan War years ago.

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 08:07 | 2279871 prole
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He will have us out of Afpakistan 3  years ago and you can take that to the bank!

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 01:29 | 2279419 CrockettAlmanac.com
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may have helped save their lives if they lived.

 

Huh?

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 00:35 | 2279295 SingleCross
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I don’t remember the name for this maneuver, but it is a common in the attack helicopter community.  (I worked as a mechanic on search & rescue helicopters for a number of years in the last century.)  The pilot flew in low and fast then “traded” speed for altitude during the pull-up.  The pilot then used the tail rotor controls to kick the tail (and nose) around, reversing direction and flew back down at the “target.”

I know it’s obvious, but the pilot didn’t begin pulling back up soon enough.  The extra risk of this maneuver in high altitude conditions is the thin air.  So, ground level in this case could have been several thousands of feet above sea level.  The main rotor blades couldn’t “grab enough air” to keep from flying into the ground.

When first flying into the ground the main and tail shock struts absorbed impact energy (they are connected to the wheels you see hanging below the helicopter).  Due to the snow blown up from the impact, it’s hard to tell if the tail boom, tail rotor pylon or tail rotor blades were damaged during the original ground contact or if they were damaged during the following attempted pull up or what they struck on the ground.

Regardless of when they were damaged, the tail pylon, intermediate gearbox, tail rotor gearbox and tail rotor blades separated from the tail boom, likely at the joint where tail pylon connects to the tail boom.  Once the tail rotor anti-torque control is lost, the fuselage will spin opposite of main rotor torque until the pilot reduces main rotor pitch – the opposite of what they desperately wanted to do in this situation.  That’s why the helicopter was spinning in circles before the final impact.

Also, once this amount of mass (tail pylon, tail rotor gearbox, tail rotor blades, plus an intermediate gearbox) separates the helicopter is hopelessly out of a safe center-of-gravity range – a crash is going to happen.

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 01:27 | 2279415 imaginalis
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They'll probably find a copy of "Chickenhawk" in his locker

Wed, 03/21/2012 - 23:18 | 2279030 q99x2
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Looks like DUI. It could have a medical cause though because it looked like the chopper was actually attempting a landing. It could have a sexual cause. Can't really tell from the video why it happened.

Wed, 03/21/2012 - 23:18 | 2279035 justintime
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Dear Mom & Dad,

I have a video to show you of my time spent here in Afghanistan. Things are good. Love, Ben

Wed, 03/21/2012 - 23:19 | 2279037 Tsar Pointless
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Bullish!

Wed, 03/21/2012 - 23:22 | 2279048 justintime
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Ps. Can you drop some more cash? My Apache printer has jammed. Love, Ben.

Wed, 03/21/2012 - 23:25 | 2279063 Yes_Questions
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ICEBURGS!!

Wed, 03/21/2012 - 23:25 | 2279068 Dr. Engali
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Honest officer the sun was in my eyes.

Wed, 03/21/2012 - 23:26 | 2279069 A Lunatic
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"I said shaken, not stirred, you dimwit!"

Wed, 03/21/2012 - 23:36 | 2279073 TomGa
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The symbolism of crashing a $20 million chopper while showboating in an occupied country is priceless in more ways than I can count. Disturbing, but priceless.

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 00:17 | 2279240 MsCreant
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You know the natives think so...

Wed, 03/21/2012 - 23:30 | 2279083 tahoebumsmith
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Once this video goes viral, I can just read the MSM headlines now... Brave soldiers risk their lives to take out one of America's most wanted leaders in Afghanistan. The brave soldiers used an Apache helicopter to eliminate him as he was plotting with others during a dog sled race in the high mountains...

Wed, 03/21/2012 - 23:47 | 2279089 Dr. Engali
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I wondered where Robo , Trav , and Siewie disappeared to.

Wed, 03/21/2012 - 23:32 | 2279091 HD
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Thank you for flying with Hopium Helicopters - we are out of QE fuel and will be returning to our regular scheduled crash.

Wed, 03/21/2012 - 23:34 | 2279098 asteroids
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Anyone that has ever piloted an aircraft can tell you this pilot is an asshole.

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 00:13 | 2279230 diesheepledie
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Yup I know the type. We had a kid at our club that rented a little C-150 with his GF and thought he would show off his "skills" by buzzing his parents houseboat on the lake under our practice area. It was one of my favorite 150s and the jerk plowed it into the lake. Unfortunately he escaped before it went to the bottom. Fucking assholes need to be flogged.

Wed, 03/21/2012 - 23:33 | 2279100 SgtSchultz
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Bill Murray taxi scene from Stripes:

Woman; Aren't you going too fast?

Murray: "It isn't the speed really, I just wish I hadn't of had all that cough syrup this morning"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMZHrXtPUUc

 

 

Wed, 03/21/2012 - 23:39 | 2279120 Quaderratic Probing
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The mark to market of flight into ground has been suspended. The military has the ability now to price altitude to a level more suitable to missing the Earth, as such this crash has not happened

Wed, 03/21/2012 - 23:45 | 2279147 Hangfire
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That's like watching one of those Nissan commercials where the truck does something impossible, and no one can believe what they just saw.  Only in this commercial they just did something really stupid with a very expensive helicopter, and were lucky to live to tell the story.  

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 00:29 | 2279272 Firing Pin
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I would expect this move with some women around, but...

Wed, 03/21/2012 - 23:46 | 2279153 DaylightWastingTime
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"tower, this is ghostrider requesting a flyby."

"negative ghostrider, the pattern is full"

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 00:04 | 2279208 HD
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 Highway to the danger zone...

Wed, 03/21/2012 - 23:47 | 2279154 sgorem
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shit, what's the fuck money (or LIFE for that matter), worth anymore. just saying, look around at the disintergrating world anymore. .........................................got to finnish my zinfindel and play some Zeppelin.......Levee.........

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 00:26 | 2279260 Jim in MN
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When a man is running from his boss
Who hold a gun that fires "cost"
And people die from being cold
Or left alone because they're old
And bombs are dropped on fighting cats
And children's dreams are run with rats
If you complain you disappear
Just like the lesbians and queers
No one can love without the grace
Of some unseen and distant face
And you get beaten up by blacks
Who though they worked still got the sack
And when your soul tells you to hide
Your very right to die's denied
And in the battle on the streets
You fight computers and receipts
And when a man is trying to change
But only causes further pain
You realize that all along
Something in us all went wrong

You stop dancing.

 

--The Who, Helpless Dancer

Wed, 03/21/2012 - 23:55 | 2279181 dogbreath
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alciada agent attemp to hijack apache helicopter  crew resists gallantly

Wed, 03/21/2012 - 23:55 | 2279183 Hangfire
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"Oh is this the Ace of Spades, turn it up I love this song"!    

Wed, 03/21/2012 - 23:55 | 2279184 TraderStef
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Hot Doggin it, what a waste.

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 00:09 | 2279197 Schmuck Raker
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iFly, iText, iCrash.

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 00:06 | 2279210 dwdollar
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Jesus...

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 00:21 | 2279222 diesheepledie
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" Because what's $20 million in taxpayer funded equipment between soldiers"

Are you kidding? Those are 2007 prices. The Ben and Timmy show hadn't even started yet. Got to be $40M by now .

EDIT: Ok $35M, I was close - http://www.bga-aeroweb.com/Defense/AH-64-Apache-Longbow.html

See no inflation. Nothing to see here! Back to work Sheep!

 

 

 

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 01:19 | 2279401 HD
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Yea, but 35 million includes super sized cup holders and deluxe floor mats that were not included on the 2007 models.

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 07:08 | 2279754 krispkritter
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We're requesting you update your lingo and moniker as well. Henceforth you'll be known as 'diemuppetdie'...that is all...

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 00:10 | 2279223 Bolweevil
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Cue Cheech and Chong dropping lit roach in lap, drinking pregnant sisters urine...

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 00:16 | 2279236 Jim in MN
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"Hold the stick for a sec, I gotta text mes---"

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 00:18 | 2279245 MsCreant
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Hell froze over. 

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 00:27 | 2279268 Firing Pin
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As a chiropractor I approve of this maneuver.

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 00:35 | 2279297 Hangfire
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About the only thing missing was the AT-AT stepping on it at the end of the clip!   

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 00:37 | 2279301 LowProfile
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"Dude, you sure this spice shit the QM smuggled in doesn't show up on piss tests?"

"Dude...  TOTAAAAALLY!"

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 00:44 | 2279321 NevadaMirage
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As a former Army helo mechanic, here's a dirty secret: the Apache Longbow is an overweight, underpowered, fragile piece of shit. At that altitude in that aircraft and with a clearly stupid pilot, that was inevitable.

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 05:01 | 2279675 zebra
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so you meant there is more to come? bullish! buy up the defense sector!

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 01:13 | 2279344 Paul Atreides
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They should have painted a dollar sign on that bich.

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 01:02 | 2279366 Thunder_Downunder
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War, its good for growth... and if the enemy is too weak to keep the factories hummin, smash a 'copter for your country.

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 01:12 | 2279375 Paul Atreides
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Bernanke... is that you?

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 01:11 | 2279388 ebworthen
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That's what you get for hot doggin' it to show off.

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 01:28 | 2279417 nah
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party like a rock star

.
not

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 01:30 | 2279421 Below Zero
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Mission Accomplished!

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 01:31 | 2279423 imaginalis
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The pilot's new call sign is "divot"

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 01:37 | 2279438 Below Zero
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Relax...we will just print some more money to pay for a new one. Party on, guys!

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 01:37 | 2279439 Essential Nexus
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The pilot probably could have done it had (s)he not been so high up in the mountains.

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 02:00 | 2279481 Tigranes
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So when a pilot does something this reckless and survives, is his career basically over?

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 02:09 | 2279499 Below Zero
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No...normally they are field promoted to generals. No balls ...no glory!

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 02:19 | 2279518 FXPortent
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlSQAZEp3PA

 

 

That's ballsy!

 

I love that movie!

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 02:07 | 2279495 FXPortent
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I thought this only happened in Battlefield 3, learn something knew everyday I guess.

 

I can't fly helicopters for crap in that game on the PC, this video looks like something I would attempt.

 

They are lucky they survived though.

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 02:20 | 2279521 jomama
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i always forget that up means and down means up on those damn control throttles too.

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 02:40 | 2279547 rockraider3
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They should have laid down the American Idol "So you've had a bad day" music to this video. 

Wait, did I just admit that I have seen American Idol?  Once.  Many, many years ago. 

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 02:41 | 2279548 natty light
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Didn't Mc Cain f___ some s___ up in his fly days?

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 03:03 | 2279557 Cadavre
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Forget China - now this is a hard landing. Because what's $20 million in taxpayer funded equipment between soldiers: LTRO 1+2 alone were like 650 of these...

And that's the beauty of patriotism driven consensus allowing genocide at cost plus no bid contracts for security and logistic services to support DML (dope money laundering) and TDD (Total Dollar Debase) operations. The CIA don't care about retailing da smack. They just want the liquidity skimmed when black market dope receipts buy respectability with a 40 point "clean up" fee to the courtiers gad flying and slogging zipper dragons in the hidden halls and enclaves of the Wau Usury Empire's counting rooms.

That downed copter is not a loss, it's a profit center. The more the merrier.

Does anybody here think a plane or helicopter or armored vehicle returns from a sortie or mission with any of the ordinance it was loaded with? They come back totally empty? Ya gotta think like them. Where's the money in that? The only cheap expendable in this war on anything everything and everywhere are GI Joes and the dead militant mothers in a tent at a wedding who just got a phosphor abortion from a button pushed by an Xe contractor tweaking a joystick in Colorado after he came back from lunch.

GI Combat death benefits are a bargain - and that's a good thing - it's a patriotic thing - shit - banging one 120 mm inertia slug out the barrel of an Abram's covers the War Usury Empire's dead GI payout and leaves a handsome margin for the blood rinse rooms of the Usury's counting houses.

The car bomb theater  - the accidentally on purpose press releases of photos from Abu Graib - the indiscreet burning of Islamic Cannons - always regrettable collateral white phosphor deep fried human buffalo wings with a side of braised blood sauce when the Xe Man burger flipper on the joystick suffers the misfortune of yet another stale targeting coordinate schedule from some drunk CIA OP commander (ooooops!). But that is the burden bling grazers must accept to prevent feeding time interruptions by the pesky "Derka Derka" brownies that "hate us for our freedoms" - ALL THAT FUBAR - EVERY LAST ONE OF `EM, ARE PLANNED AND PURPOSED BY THE USURY EMPIRE'S SAYANS TO INCITE OR MAKE IT APPEAR TO INCITE RESENTMENT OF THE CURRENT BATCH PROSPECTIVE SERFS HAVING THE MISFORTUNE OF LIVING ON LANDS THE WAR USURY EMPIRE SEEKS TO ADD TO ITS COLONIAL CLIENTS MASTER LIST AS WELL AS REINFORCE THE BIG BOX BLING GRAZERS FEARS OF A BEARDED AL KADA GUY UNDER THEIR BED LISTENING TO THEIR WIVES FAKE AN ANOTHER ORGASM (again).

Even an alleged head shot Davey Jones Bin and the subsequent alleged mass copter death (stevie ray vahaun's heli?) of some made for TV Seal Team claimed to have the dirty deed that still struggles to remove the Bin guy from the hives consciousness (the claimed assassins always get it after the hit is delivered, just ask Oswald), in an alleged made for TV raggedy ass million dollar basement of Bin #5, weren't accepted as anything more than a pile of bovine paddies on it's face, we'd be left with the fact the FBI does not have the evidence to indict the real Bin (who died in 2001) or any Bin replacements since. Good thing the Bambi snarked up an executive order to cover his ass,

The crashed copter - it's just a pixel in fiel of a zillion pixels - and nothing will fix anything until 1) the mob accepts it has already won - the UAVs over our communities - TSA in our airports - executive order allowing assassination of anyone anywhere anytime for anything and NDAA are a capitulation - the NDAA - the proxy repeal of the 4th amendment are signs - the proverbial "blink" when an adversary realizes he's out gunned  2) the mob accepts the political echelons and their administrative quislings are the well dressed faces of a silent coup of the commons government structures by a multi generational crime clan of white shoe boys, famed for their lack of loyalty to state and disregard for laws of man, have been running the oldest gypsy scam in the book, the intangible asset rehypothocation perpetual motion machine pig `n a poke 3) the mob begins ignore provided, staged diversionary "pixels on a stick" blasted from the Orwellian Hypno-Tube at Oceania's dull eyed cud grazers in the Valley of the Bling and begins to look at who is holding the "stick".

Todays exercise:

Call in on CSPAN Journal (every day 8 - 10a ET).

Redial as soon as you hear busy sinal - keep trying - and practice what you will be saying.

Find some kind of bland issue related to the topic and practice answering when the screener asks what your question is.

Give screener a real or made up or nick name.

When you get the podium (there is a delay - mute the TV)

Thank them for taking you call.

Direct you query to the CSPAN host.

Be polite.

CSPAN says it is provided by Cable Companies. You can ask the host if cable companies would still carry CSPAN if there were no Cable Subscribers

or ..

Ask the CSPAN host if they know how many of NAZI Germany's political media personalities were tried and convicted at Nuremberg.

THE FACT IS THESE CLOWNS HAVE ALREADY INCRIMINATED THEMSELVES. ANYBODY INVOLVED IN THE AUTHORIZATION FOR FUNDING WEAPONS AND HIRING AL KADA / MEK MERC'S TO SUPPORT THE SO CALLED UPRISINGS IN LIBYA AND SYRIA ARE GUILTY OF VIOLATING THEIR OWN "AID OR SUPPORT OF TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS" STATUES". THEY CANNOT BE SUED BECAUSE THEY HAVE ENACTED WRITS DENYING THE COMMONS "STANDING" WITHOUT A RELEASE. Ya can't sue `em unless they give you permission - why didn't i think of dat.

We already have won. We don;t have to fight. We just have to prevent them using our authorities to sell off assets belong to the commons or paying off gambling debts.

Signs that rats are jumping ship include  1) when the white shoe boys change residence to localities that blocks law suits against their estates should they die of natural causes or medical reasons, like da way ENRON Kenny Boy's miraculous die off, and 2) when proposal to repeal emanate domain starts being passed around. They going to do what they did to Greece to us only if we allow it. Question is: SHould it be allowed and, if not, how to stop it with the least pain?

What's the drag on the alleged Fort Hood Shooter's Trial anyway (other than he's alive and lawyered up)?

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 07:23 | 2279731 NuYawkFrankie
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+999 (For when just one up-arrow is not enuf!)

Without a doubt Post o'the Day... the Week... possibly the Year!!!

 

A truly awe-inspiring  statement - wrapped in unadulererated poetry, caustic wit and no-holes-barred punch-to-the-gut prose!

Cadavre, I salute your searing - and soaring -eloquence ;)

(Why one short of 1G? I deducted a point for using don;t instead of don't ;)

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 08:20 | 2279895 prole
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(the claimed assassins always get it after the hit is delivered, just ask Oswald)

lol was that posted before le morte du Mr AlCiada Shooter en la France?

It's like dejavue all over again

"The French interior minister, Claude Guéant, has confirmed that Merah is dead and paid tribute to the police who conducted the raid"

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 08:27 | 2279914 NuYawkFrankie
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Yep - he's dead alright... dead-drunk from sipping all those Pina Coladas on the beach in Martinique...

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 03:06 | 2279574 JLee2027
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Clearly a metaphor for Helicopter Ben's future.  Hopefully, he too will survive so he can be indicted, arrested, jailed, put on trial and sent to SuperMax (to protect him of course) for the remainder of his life.

 

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 03:22 | 2279593 e_goldstein
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"Aggregate Demand" (bitchez).

 

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 04:34 | 2279662 zebra
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hello? can i talk to someone in the rescue service? hi, this is Ben... i guessed I pushed the wrong button... i meant to push "dump" rather than "drop"...

 

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 04:35 | 2279665 zebra
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oh hi this is Ben again.. can I get something bigger next time? something like B-222.. this is too small for carrying trillions around.

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 04:58 | 2279671 zebra
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oops..sorry.. i thought this is Aspen ski resort..

 

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 05:09 | 2279681 paulypaul
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Don't try and catch a falling rotor craft.

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 05:41 | 2279705 mantrid
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here we go, muppets!

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 05:55 | 2279710 Chain Gun Smoke
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NEWSFLASH: American soldiers down more U.S. helicopters than the Taliban!

This makes me wonder... I've read that an attack on Iran by Israel / US would be hardfought. One reason for that is that Iran has tons of cheap MANPADS.(among other weapondry) How are the taliban not getting their hands on these and taking out U.S. air support?

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 06:42 | 2279735 Sathington Willougby
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Hard at work:  Pilots Buzz Nitegear and Mike Hawk "return a rental" after a hard night chasing hoodoo's and terrorists - good thing they forgot to fill it up!

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 06:44 | 2279737 StychoKiller
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The Bernanke goes for a double twist followed by a full gainer -- the judges score:

5.8, 5.9, 5.7, 5.9, & 6.0!!  (Way to go Bernank!)

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 06:58 | 2279747 Wakanda
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That was actually a soft landing.  Funny even..

When millions of sheeple wake up to the current reality of being kept in ignorance and slavery - for generations - that will be a very, very hard landing.

Buckle your seatbelts FiSHeS.

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 07:09 | 2279757 j0nx
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Looks fake to me.

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 07:22 | 2279767 Benjamin Glutton
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I blame The Crue...Kickstart My Heart.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaLYfuemQWI&feature=fvst

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 07:23 | 2279769 DanDaley
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If the guy on the ground wasn't photographing it, the pilots wouldn't have been hot-doggin' it just to show off, so that's why it's the fault of the photographer.  Eric Holder told me so.

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 08:14 | 2279882 rufusbird
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Good point....expect new regulations prohibiting the possession of cameras...soon....

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 07:27 | 2279777 writingsonthewall
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oh so THAT'S what you spend all your taxes on - pilots of that quality don't come cheap!

 

I suspected the Taliban were playing the 'waiting game' - waiting for the US soldiers to massacre each other in friendly (gung-ho) fire incidents and poor instruction (and poor quality) equipment sold to them by the bastards of the military industrial complex!

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 10:38 | 2280347 LongBallsShortBrains
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Don't blame the aircraft!!!!!!

People kill aircraft..... It is very rare that an aircraft kills a person. Poor aircraft never had a chance with that pilot on board.....

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 07:33 | 2279793 Sunshine n Lollipops
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"Ladies and gentlemen, the flight crew would like to thank you again for flying USAF Airlines. The aircraft has now safely touched down at Kabul International Airport. Those of you still alive may remove your seatbelts and move about the cabin in preparation for unboarding. We hope you enjoyed your flight and look forward to serving you again. Enjoy your stay in beautiful Afghanistan and have a wonderful day."

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 07:49 | 2279830 GoldRetriever
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Almost had Kabul & Bits.

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 08:05 | 2279863 Zymurguy
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Caption:  If you can read this, flip me over.

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 08:10 | 2279875 Zymurguy
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Look at the guy who ducks under the tail at 0:25sec

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 08:11 | 2279877 Zymurguy
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Some of the Afgahnis standing around are like "get these fuskers outta my country before they kill all of us"

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 08:18 | 2279891 EBR MOD 0
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nothing to see here, they just needed some spare parts to fix it, wouldn't get the parts, so it is now out of service, to become parts. literally.

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 08:43 | 2279969 Hondo
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Assholes

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 08:55 | 2279995 sodazed
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Nothing to worry about, it's just the prototype for a new heli-drone. The guy in Nevada flying it didn't feel a thing...

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 09:28 | 2280099 Getting Old Sucks
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Back when I was in the Army, when you signed out a vehicle from the motor pool, you were told that if you horse around and have an accident, you pay for the damage. 

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 09:48 | 2280182 Beau Tox
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Soldier speak with forked tongue.  Apache kill and scalp white-eyes, take horses.

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 10:00 | 2280228 grandpa1940
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I wonder if the education process required for American Helicopter pilots will now be amended to include the immortal words...."Just watch this Guys!"?

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 10:07 | 2280248 parch702
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I hear the TAliban judge gave them a 9.9, they certainly stuck the landing.

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 10:31 | 2280331 LongBallsShortBrains
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A good landing is one from which you can walk away.

A great landing is one in which you can taxi away....

This is an idiot

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 10:39 | 2280350 stiler
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like a Nissan truck commercial.

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 10:46 | 2280370 Mox E
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Good! Now turn!

 

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 13:38 | 2280986 Random_Robert
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That video is what super military awesomeness is all about....

"Tower, this is Ghostrider- requesting a flyby"

"Negative ghostrider, the pattern is full"

 

"No, Mav, this is NOT a good idea..."

Fri, 03/23/2012 - 08:14 | 2282895 jonan
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press 'spacebar' to respawn

goddamn lag spikes...

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