MIAMI (AP) - The White House said Thursday that two federal air marshals appeared to have acted properly when they shot and killed an agitated passenger who claimed to have a bomb in his backpack.
Well, no shit?
This is another diversionary tactic from the White House. It's like a Senate testimony by Rice, Rumsfeld, Tommy Thompson, or any of the other misanthropes who have learned to answer the question, "How long have you been taking bribes, M. Secretary?" with "Well, let me first say thank you to the Senator from Glibdom, who so graciously, yet arrogantly and forthrightly and heroically... blah, blah, blah..."
Enough. And enough with the stupid fucking questions from the press on the White House beat.
Let's get a couple of things straight, right now. First of all, Scott McClellan was the picture of so-called "PC" in making this incredible understatement. He chose his words very carefully, which considering how much he normally distorts reality in his "gaggles," isn't really saying too much. And if this isn't like running out the clock at a basketball game where your opponent is kicking your ever-loving ass in the 4th period, I don't know what it. Enough.
Second, I'm a bit concerned with the press referring to this poor, lost soul as "Roberto Baltazar" for some time before the correct name was used. That really says a lot about our media when they fuck up foreign names.
Finally, I travel quite a lot, and if what I heard today is true (and I flew on a day trip, btw, in and out of O'Hare today) I'm very happy to know the Air Marshalls were on the job and did what they did.
Plane is full of people (could be in the air, could be on the ground).
Person runs up and down the aisle with hand in bag, claiming to have bomb.
Person is shot to death when refusing to take hand out of bag and lie down, as demanded repeatedly by Air Marshalls.
Person (insane, or not, medicated or not) is shot (to death or not) in an attempt to avert disaster.
Thank you, Air Marshalls.
Now, let's get back to the real news, like the story about Denny Hastert's Congress fucking the middle class a little bit closer into oblivion today.