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Adiós, “Dirty Harry”… NV Dem Senator Harry Reid Announces He Won’t Run for Re-election

Posted By on March 27, 2015

It was announced today that Sen. "Dirty Harry" Reid will not run for re-election

It was announced today that Sen. “Dirty Harry” Reid will not run for re-election


Some exceptionally good news this morning — Nevada Sen. Harry Reid has flip-flopped from his claim back in January that he would be seeking re-election in 2016.

He won’t be.

“Dirty Harry” is finally leaving office. Score one for America.

Reported by New York Times, Harry Reid to Retire From Senate in 2016:

Senator Harry Reid, the tough tactician who has led Senate Democrats since 2005, will not seek re-election next year, bringing an end to a three-decade congressional career that culminated with his push of President Obama’s ambitious agenda against fierce Republican resistance.

Mr. Reid, 75, who suffered serious eye and facial injuries in a Jan. 1 exercise accident at his Las Vegas home, said he had been contemplating retiring from the Senate for months. He said his decision was not attributable either to the accident or to his demotion to minority leader after Democrats lost the majority in November’s midterm elections.

“I understand this place,” Mr. Reid said. “I have quite a bit of power as minority leader.”


In Nevada, Catherine Cortez Masto, the state’s former attorney general, is considered a strong Democratic candidate with Mr. Reid out; the Republican field will be fluid and is likely to include Michael Roberson, a State Senate leader.

Mr. Reid had previously insisted he was running and said he was confident that he could have triumphed next year had he decided to seek a sixth term. The onetime amateur boxer noted he might not have even run in 2010 if Republicans had not made such a point of trying to unseat him.

Let the “Snoopy Dance of Joy” begin…

Tragic German Airbus Crash in the Alps Kills All 150 Aboard, Including 3 Americans, Experts Stunned That No Distress Call Was Sent (video)

Posted By on March 25, 2015

Flight map of German airbus that crashed yesterday in the Alps, killing all 150 people aboard

Flight map of German airbus that crashed yesterday in the Alps, killing all 150 people aboard


Yesterday’s tragic crash of a German airbus, which killed all 150 people aboard, is under investigation. Many involved in the investigation are troubled that the pilot of the aircraft did not send a distress signal before the plane crashed into a rocky ravine in the Alps in France. It is still too early to tell if the aircraft’s crash was a result of a terrorist attack. The downed airbus was traveling from Barcelona to Germany.

God bless the families and friends of the victims who died in this shocking, fatal air crash. So many of the victims were young people, were students.

From The Guardian, Germanwings crash: recovery effort resumes as Alps disaster remains a mystery:

Crews return to French mountainside where flight 4U9525 came down, killing all 150 people on board including two babies and a school party.

French air investigators were urgently examining a black box cockpit voice recorder (CVR) from a Germanwings Airbus A320 as the retrieval effort resumed on the mountainside where the aircraft crashed in the southern Alps, killing all 150 people on board.

Investigators said they were puzzled as to why the crew did not send out a mayday or distress signal as flight U49525 rapidly lost altitude for eight minutes, or why the pilot did not change course to avoid smashing into a rocky ravine at around 430mph (700kmh).

In the last 10 minutes of the flight there was total radio silence from the crew of the Barcelona–Düsseldorf flight operated by Lufthansa’s low-cost subsidiary.

The crash on happened around 11am Tuesday local time in calm weather. Unverified information from plane-tracking websites appeared to rule out an explosion or a mid-air stall, both of which would cause a much faster descent. Experts said planes such as the Airbus would be able to glide for some distance in the case of total engine failure.

David Learmount, the operations and safety editor of Flightglobal, said on Twitter: “German-operated A320s do not crash in the cruise. Not these days. This one is weird.”

Reuters: Search for clues, bodies in German Airbus crash


The aircraft’s “black box” has been found:

From Fox News, Three Americans, including Virginia mother, daughter on doomed German plane that crashed in Alps:

A government contractor from Virginia, her daughter and a third American were killed in the plane crash in the Alps that left French aviation investigators saying Wednesday they had not the “slightest explanation” for what happened.

The State Department said Yvonne Selke, of Northern Virginia and her daughter Emily Selke, a 2013 graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia, were among the 150 people on board the plane. The department did not identify the third American.

Yvonne Selke was assigned to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon’s secretive satellite mapping office, under a contract with Booz Allen.

“Every death is a tragedy, but seldom does a death affect us all so directly and unexpectedly,” NGA Director Robert Cardillo said.

Booz Allen’s Betty Thompson said Selke had been a dedicated employee for 23 years.

Her husband Raymond Selke told the Washington Post he was too grief-stricken distraught to give details or discuss the crash.

The family said in a statement to WUSA-TV that the entire family was deeply saddened. “Two wonderful, caring, amazing people who meant so much to so many,” the statement said. “At this difficult time we respectfully ask for privacy and your prayers.”

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