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5 years 40 weeks ago, 9:55 AM

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It just isn't right!

"It's Dec. 8, 2008, 11:11 a.m., and a young Marine pilot takes off from an aircraft carrier, the USS Abraham Lincoln, on a routine training flight. The carrier is maybe 90 miles southwest of San Diego. Lt. Dan Neubauer is flying an F/A-18 Hornet. Minutes into the flight, he notices low oil pressure in one of the two engines. He shuts it down. Then the light shows low fuel for the other engine. He's talking to air traffic control and given options and suggestions on where to make an emergency landing. He can go to the naval air station at North Island, the route to which takes him over San Diego Bay, or he can go to the Marine air station at Miramar, with which he is more familiar, but which takes him over heavily populated land. He goes for Miramar. The second engine flames out. About three miles from the runway, the electrical system dies. Lt. Neubauer tries to aim the jet toward a canyon, and ejects at what all seem to agree is the last possible moment. The jet crashed nose down in the University City neighborhood of San Diego, hitting two homes and damaging three. Four people, all members of a Korean immigrant family, were killed -- 36-year-old Youngmi Lee; her daughters, Grace, 15 months, and Rachel, 2 months, and her 60-year-old mother, Seokim Kim. Lee's husband, a grocer named Dong Yun Yoon, was at work. The day after he'd lost his family, he humbled and awed San Diego by publicly forgiving the pilot -- 'I know he did everything he could' -- and speaking of his faith -- 'I know God is taking care of my family.' ... The Marines launched an investigation -- of themselves. [Last] Wednesday the results were announced. They could not have been tougher, or more damning. The crash, said Maj. Gen. Randolph Alles, the assistant wing commander for the Third Marine Aircraft Wing, was 'clearly avoidable,' the result of 'a chain of wrong decisions.' ... Twelve Marines were disciplined; four senior officers, including the squadron commander, were removed from duty. Their military careers are, essentially, over. The pilot is grounded while a board reviews his future. ... A young Naval aviator [who also flies the F-18] said the Marine investigation 'kept me up last night' because of how it contrasted with 'the buck-passing we see' in the government and on Wall Street. By contrast, he says, when the economy came crashing down, 'nowhere did we see a board come out and say: "This is what happened, these are the decisions these particular people made, and this was the result. They are no longer a part of our organization." There was no timeline of events or laymen's explanation of how a credit derivative was actually derived. We did not see congressmen get on television with charts and eviscerate their organization and say, "These were the men who in 2003 allowed Freddie and Fannie unlimited rein over mortgage securities." Instead we saw ... everybody against everybody else with no one stepping forth and saying, "We screwed up."' There is no one in national leadership who could convincingly 'assign blame,' and no one 'who could or would accept it.'" --columnist Peggy Noonan

5 years 40 weeks ago, 10:32 AM

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A fighter jet returning to a Marine base after a training exercise crashed in flames in a San Diego neighborhood Monday, killing three people on the ground, leaving one missing and destroying two homes.
Thiss what i no. D samD

give the devil his due
5 years 40 weeks ago, 4:51 PM

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has the BALLS to stand up.

"WAR IS A RACKET, I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street, and for the Bankers." Major-General Smedley Darlington Butler USMC Ret. 2 time Medal of Honor winner.
5 years 40 weeks ago, 5:32 AM

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that's got plenty of action. From a sitting or standing

give the devil his due

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