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Nothing is too good for our President!

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07/25/2006 08:29 PM
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Nothing is too good for our President!
Two news items.

First, from here:

[link to www.livescience.com]


After decades of upgrades to a fleet of notoriously cramped Sikorsky VH-3 Sea Kings, the White House has tasked Lockheed Martin with a dramatic, $6.1-billion makeover of Marine One, the presidential helicopter, starting this summer. The goal: to fit a mobile Oval Office into the tight quarters of a chopper. The new fleet will consist of 23 VH-71 aircraft, each of which will have 200 square feet of cabin space, nearly double the Sea King’s 116.

Aside from the legroom, the copter will incorporate major upgrades to the old defense and communications systems. Equally important is that the aircraft is flight-proven—the $110-million bird is derived from a European-built AgustaWestland EH101, currently doing military service for Canada and the U.K. Here, an inside look at the revamped Marine One, set to gradually go into service between 2009 and 2014.

Fuselage: Made of high-strength reinforced aluminum alloy, it can withstand crash impacts in excess of 15 Gs.

Engine: The VH-71 can shift from three 3,000-horsepower turboshaft engines to two, whereas the twin-engine Sea King must land if one engine fails.

Rotor: Five flared rotor blades increase the craft’s efficiency by up to 30 percent over conventional designs when flying at 150-knot cruising speed.

Defense System: The VH-71s, like the EH101s they are modeled on, will probably feature radar-warning receiv-ers, laser detectors and flare dispensers to deflect anti-aircraft missiles.

Cabin: Measuring eight feet wide and 25 feet long, the cabin will include a lavatory and a galley kitchen. The fold-down stair spares the president from ducking during photogenic entrances and exits.

Communications: More room for communications hardware means the president will have secure and continuous access to all White House and Pentagon computer systems and data streams.


Now I ask you, what better use could $6.1 billion be put to?

From here: [link to www.upi.com]


New Orleans families may dig own graves

NEW ORLEANS, July 23 (UPI) -- A shortage of workers in the New Orleans' cemetery division is forcing many residents to bury their own dead, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.

"We do not dig graves or put caskets into graves any longer," said city real estate administrator Ed Mazoue, who is in charge of the cemeteries. "The decision was made and funeral homes were notified that families and funeral homes would have to supply grave-digging personnel."

The shortage of workers is attributed to several factors, including workers not returning after Hurricane Katrina, low service wages and city layoffs that occurred before and after the storm hit.

When a burial is taking place at a city cemetery, the funeral home handling the service will try to get someone to dig the grave and have the family pay the grave digger. If no one can be found to dig a grave, the family is left to fend for itself, the newspaper said.

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Re: Nothing is too good for our President!
Sounds like ol' Georgey plans to stay in office a while.
Making people nervous since 1965
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07/25/2006 08:31 PM
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Re: Nothing is too good for our President!
My advice to you is to start drinking heavily. Maybe your buddies at the DNC can join you.

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07/25/2006 08:34 PM
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Re: Nothing is too good for our President!
I guess he could if he had to declare marshall law.