Bad and Worse

Is it better to lose as a team or lose as an individual? I’d pick the first. You?

Un-Patriot Act

(AP) PORTLAND, Ore. A federal judge ruled Wednesday that two provisions of the USA Patriot Act are unconstitutional because they allow search warrants to be issued without a showing of probable cause.U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken ruled that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, as amended by the Patriot Act, “now permits the executive branch of government to conduct surveillance and searches of American citizens without satisfying the probable cause requirements of the Fourth Amendment.”

cbs5.com – Judge Rules Parts Of Patriot Act Unconstitutional

Let’s examine the fourth amendment, shall we?

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Now, the Patriot Act was signed into law on October 26, 2001. That means that we’ve been living for nearly six years with laws that are unconstitutional.

When the President is sworn into office, he or she takes an oath –

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” (source)

And what happens when a President fails to uphold their oath? One, it’s a serious breach of contract. Two, it tells the American people that they can’t be trusted. Do we want a President who falls into those categories?

You tell me.

Flyboy Andrei? No Way!

So it turns out that Andrei Shcherbakov, age 15, wasn’t actually flying on the wing after all. He wasn’t flying under the wing either. He was flying inside of the wing, or right beside, the wing.

All planes have wheels, as you very well know. But where do the wheels go after the plane takes off? They are retracted into a compartment called the “wheel well.” Andrei climbed into the wheel well before the plane took off, fell asleep while officials were checking for stowaways, and woke up while the plane was in the air.

This isn’t the first time that somebody has tried to stow away in a wheel well. On July 28, 1998, two stowaways froze to death in the wheel bay. On June 8, 2005, the remains of a stowaway were found in a wheel well of a plane landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The stowaway was from Johannesburg. On January 28, 2007, a citizen of Cape Town, South Africa was found in a wheel well five days after the plane carrying him landed in Los Angeles. And again, on July 19, 2007, a dead man was found in the wheel well of a 747 which came from China.

So the story is pretty clear. Andrei wanted to get away from his father. He climbed into the wheel well, and flew 800 miles. Piece o’ cake, right?

But why did he survive?

It could be because he lived in a very cold climate. According to the Moscow News Weekly, Andrei was from the Urals, though more specific locations are yet to be discovered. Or it could just be a miracle, as medics described.

Flyboy Andrei – Update!

“Eventually, I decided to climb up the landing gear into the wing. When I was in, I sat down there on a tyre and fell asleep.”The boy said he woke up when the plane was flying.

Teen survives ride in jet wing | Herald Sun

More updates from yesterday’s story! Now that seems very unlikely to me, but it could have happened. He fell asleep on the wing and woke up when it was airborne? You’d think the engine would wake him…either that, he would slide off the plane while it was accelerating. You never know. Stranger things have happened.

Flyboy Andrei

MOSCOW, September 24 (RIA Novosti) – A 15-year-old boy from the Urals suffered acute frostbite after riding the wing of a Boeing-737 plane on a two-hour flight from Perm to Moscow, Russian radio station Mayak reported on Monday.

RIA Novosti – Russia – Boy survives two-hour flight to Moscow hanging onto plane wing

One wonders how he was hanging on. If his arms were being pulled away from his body at 560 miles per hour, and the trip was 808 miles, you’d think his arms and legs would have seperated. And nobody saw him through their window? Odd…but more of this should soon develop.

Amends to a Philosophy

The grass is always greener on the other side…


(mzhao on Flickr)

…until the grass on this side is sufficiently watered.