A drunk 60-year-old
man schmuck got irked because a 19-month-old baby was crying during a Delta Airlines flight to Georgia. Or, hmm, it just might have been because an African American 19-month-old was crying.
The toddler was in tears because of air pressure causing pain in his ears. So what's a full-grown, inconvenienced Idahoan to do? Why, call a little defenseless child "n*gger baby" and provide even more pain by slapping him, what else?
Every conscientious parent knows that nothing quiets down a distressed baby in agony more quickly than a swift smack to the face.
Little Jonah's mom:
"His eye was swollen... and it was bleeding."
Be proud, Mr. Violent Drunk Racist. You, a male adult, traumatized a tiny, unsuspecting, distraught, innocent small fry and his mother.
The 60-year-old man told Bennett to “shut that (‘N word’) baby up,” and slapped the 2-year-old boy in his face as the plane prepared for landing, according to an affidavit.
“I said, ‘What did you just say?’” Bennett explained to ABC News. “And he was so drunk that he fell onto my face, and his mouth moved over to my ear and he said it, just directly into my ear.”
Sidebar: I wonder if Mr. Violent Drunk Racist has kids of his own, and if so, how often he slaps them (or worse). And I also wonder if Mr. Violent Drunk Racist is an avid gun owner.
Yeah, whatev. Now headed to bed to pull every cover over my head and dream I don't live in the most f'd up country in the world. Via.
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Via a CNN email alert:
A plane carrying first lady Michelle Obama had to abort its landing at Andrews Air Force Base after it came too close to a military C-17 cargo plane, according to a senior administration official and the Federal Aviation Administration.
The planes were three miles apart, when they are supposed to be at least five miles apart, the official told CNN.
The FAA is investigating what went wrong, as it is believed to be an air traffic controllers mistake. It comes on the heels of other recent incidents involving sleeping or distracted air traffic controllers.
Again an FAA official calls it a routine occurence and says its wrong to call the procedure an "aborted landing."
The Washington Post has more here.
Ongoing. More as I get it.
*According to Pete Williams on MSNBC, this was all started by a suspicious package sent from Yemen to the U.K. Doesn't say what was wrong with package.
** What they found was apparently a toner cartridge that had been suspiciously modified and that a UPS delivery truck was being investigated in Queens.
***(Reuters) - An ink toner cartridge converted into a bomb was found aboard a United Parcel Service flight traveling to Chicago from Yemen, CNN reported on Friday.
The bomb was discovered when the plane was stopped in London, CNN said.
PHILADELPHIA — Law enforcement officials are investigating reports of suspicious packages on cargo planes in Philadelphia and Newark, N.J.
The planes have been moved to a remote location so law enforcement officials can investigate.
Philadelphia International Airport spokeswoman Victoria Lupica says Philadelphia police and other agencies are with a plane at a remote part of that airport. Video from the airport shows emergency vehicles around a UPS jet.
A spokeswoman for United Parcel Service Inc. did not immediately know what prompted authorities to search the flight at Philadelphia. The company says it is working closely with authorities.
How did they catch the New York bomb suspect? Today's Quickie:
They intercepted his call reserving a plane ticket to Dubai; authorities nabbed him. [WCBS]
That was today's Quickie. Was it good for you?
According to WCBS, they simply got caught up in the frenzy of breaking news and "inadvertently" put in an unconfirmed detail. There is a problem with this account: The detail about the Army Intelligence planes was featured prominently in the title of the originally article. Clearly, the line wasn't "inadvertently included"—it was put in and deliberately promoted. After all, it was the most eye-catching detail of the story.
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