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Bird Found in Miracle Hudson River Crash-Landing

January 22, 2009

After the miracle landing in the Hudson River, we said “Find that Bird.”  Tonight, the NTSB says they have it!  This is another testiment to the greatness of America, where investigators work for long periods doing detailed crash analysis so we save lives in the future.

The pilot of Flight 1549, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and his flight crew were the first heroes of this event.  Now the investigators of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are my heroes, along with other experts they use. 

The NTSB says this investigation could take a year.

Samples of the bird material have gone to the Agriculture Department for a complete DNA analysis….

John E. Carey
Wakefield Chapel, Virginia

Hudson River Miracle: “Find That Bird”
 “Miracle on the Hudson” Pilot: Older Pros Sure Worth Having


A police officer (R) and member of the coast guard stand near ... 
A police officer (R) and member of the coast guard stand near the wing of the US Airways airplane which crashed in the Hudson River, where the aircraft is secured and awaiting removal, in New York, January 16, 2009.REUTERS/Chip East (UNITED STATES)


Investigators said Wednesday they have found the remains of what may be a bird in the engine of the US Airways jet that made a dramatic landing in New York’s Hudson River. The National Transportation Safety Board said an examination of the Airbus 320‘s right engine revealed evidence of “soft body damage” and that “organic material” was found in the engine and on the wings and fuselage.

Samples of the material have gone to the Agriculture Department for a complete DNA analysis, the board said.

By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press Writer

A single feather was found attached to a flap track on the wing and will be examined by experts at the Smithsonian Institution.

The pilot of Flight 1549, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, reported a “double bird strike” and a loss of power in both engines before gliding the plane to an emergency river landing last week. All 155 people on board the flight to Charlotte, N.C., survived.

The board also reported Wednesday that….

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Inspectors examine items removed from US Airways Flight 1549 ... 
Inspectors examine items removed from US Airways Flight 1549 as it sits on a barge at Weeks Marina Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, in Jersey City, N.J. The jet was moved Sunday night from the southern tip of Manhattan where it was lifted out of the icy Hudson River. The Airbus A320 crash landed in the Hudson last Thursday after hitting birds and losing thrust in both engines.(AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Obama’s Stimulus: Pray for a Miracle This Christmas and Beyond

December 24, 2008

Barack Obama’s economic stimulus will have to work wonders to even make a dent in this lousy economy. The rate of existing home sales plunged a record 8.6% in November.  Unemployment is getting higher, shops are closing, the Christmas retail season may turn out to be a disaster, the auto unions will fight to preserve their pay even if that means bankruptcy for their industry and….  Well, you know the rest.

But Barack “The One” Obama has hired Pastor Rick Warren to pray at the inauguration and his prayer better be a good one….

In this  Saturday Dec. 20, 2008, file photo, Evangelical Pastor ... 
Rick Warren: Looking to heaven and to the economic numbers…
(AP Photo/Hector Mata, File)


Will The Obama Stimulus Work fast Enough?

By JEANNINE AVERSA and ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press Writers

President-elect Barack Obama‘s plan for economic revival puts a big emphasis on public works projects. It also would rely on tax cuts.

But with the nation bruised by recession, with hundreds of thousands of jobs vanishing monthly, Obama’s plan raises an urgent question: Will his remedies work fast enough?

The answer won’t be clear for months or longer. In the meantime, pressure on the Obama team to deliver help quickly is intensifying.

At least as designed, the Obama plan, like a calibrated drug regimen, aims to deliver both short- and long-term relief.

The short-term help would flow partly from tax cuts of $1,000 for couples and $500 for individuals, costing about $140 billion over 2009-2010. The Obama team, said two congressional Democratic aides familiar with the discussions, will likely deliver those tax cuts by reducing the tax withheld from paychecks.

This would put more money in paychecks, unlike the lump-sum rebates issued earlier this year. Many people used those rebates to pay down debt, rather than spending them as the administration had hoped.

In addition, states would get up to $200 billion over two years for Medicaid health coverage for the poor and to narrow state budget gaps, which are forcing layoffs and cuts in services. The aides spoke on condition of anonymity to candidly discuss the evolving plan.

Also in the short term, the nation’s governors are pushing a wish list of $136 billion in jobs-producing public works projects — chiefly road and bridge repairs — that they say are ready to go.

But even if they are, the Obama administration faces a much harder task, too: creating jobs that won’t disappear once a bridge is fixed. What’s needed are millions of permanent jobs that would put legions of laid-off people back to work for years to come.

It’s too soon to know whether many of the 2.5 million jobs the president-elect has said he intends to “save or create” within his first two years would become permanent. And with economic signs worsening, Obama wants to raise the goal to 3 million jobs, a presidential transition official said.

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