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Cleared For Takeoff!

Boeing’s much-maligned 787 Dreamliner aircraft is expected to be cleared for passenger flight by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) this week – three months after the plan was grounded due to overheating and flammability issues associated with its lithium ion batteries. “Barring some last minute delay … the FAA will…

Boeing’s much-maligned 787 Dreamliner aircraft is expected to be cleared for passenger flight by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) this week – three months after the plan was grounded due to overheating and flammability issues associated with its lithium ion batteries.

“Barring some last minute delay … the FAA will announce Boeing has demonstrated that the 787’s redesigned batteries are safe, convincing regulators in the process that various internal enhancements and a new protective metal container will prevent fires and automatically suck smoke or toxic fumes out of the cutting-edge plane,” The Wall Street Journal reported late Thursday evening.

Curiously, the Journal report references this decision as being made in the wake of “escalating pressure from all sides.”

Hmmmm …

Boeing itself is under intense pressure from shareholders to turn a profit on this plane – which has been literally one nightmare after another dating back several years. Originally scheduled for delivery in May of 2008, numerous design, supply and delivery problems pushed Dreamliner’s deadline back more than three years – causing numerous cancellations.

South Carolina is heavily invested in the 787 – a next generation fuel efficient passenger jet made of composites – shelling out more than $900 million in taxpayer funded incentives to land a manufacturing facility for the plane in North Charleston, S.C. More recently, the state has approved another $120 million in incentives to help the company build a new “center of excellence” in the Lowcountry.

We rebuke all of these incentives on the grounds they raise the tax burden on existing businesses and taxpayers – yet over the last decade the state’s investment in such command economic has exploded (from $34 million a year in 1998 to more than $1 billion a year by 2009).

How did that investment work out for the state? Not well … 

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18 comments

BigT April 19, 2013 at 10:03 am

Nice try FITS…But ain’t nobody got time for that….

Also: I don’t think you need to try to post to change the subject from Obama’s culpability in the Boston Terrorist cover-up. Your leftwing constituency likely feels sick to their stomachs (like you should, too.)…They are not in a media-reading mood…even if it is friendly, like you are…

You have TOTALLY F*#ked up. Led astray by a laughing Obama….He told you to keep shut up…you dutifully followed…and now you look like an idiot…

You chose liberal obedience over truth…That’s fatal for a man trying to practice journalism…Another BIG blow to any credibility you had…

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Just another Joe April 19, 2013 at 10:11 am

Why don’t you just shut the fuck up. Fucking idiot.

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Slick Oil April 19, 2013 at 10:15 am

So now it’s a “over-up”? Please, entertain us…

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BigTwat April 19, 2013 at 11:36 am

Again, you asshole fucking hypocrite, if you imply F*#ked, this means you think it, it is in your heart and it is in your mind. Therefore, by not typing “fucked up” you reveal that you are a person of conflicting beliefs, a weak constitution and very questionable integrity, i.e. a true Republican. As an independent (defined as someone who actually thinks for ones self and acts in accordance with complete confidence) I encourage you to examine your own psyche before you make any further attempts to influence (as you refer to “your detractors”) the political views of others. Get a blog of your own and call it “BigTwat” the cunt of multiple personalities.

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dwb619 April 20, 2013 at 12:10 pm

What he said.
YOU BETCHA!
YOU BETCHA!

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shifty henry April 21, 2013 at 1:15 pm

No one knows which “T” shows up – his statements and accusations are bouncing around like a BB in a boxcar …… or he could just be constipated.

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BigT April 19, 2013 at 10:03 am

Nice try FITS…But ain’t nobody got time for that….

Also: I don’t think you need to try to post to change the subject from Obama’s culpability in the Boston Terrorist cover-up. Your leftwing constituency likely feels sick to their stomachs (like you should, too.)…They are not in a media-reading mood…even if it is friendly, like you are…

You have TOTALLY F*#ked up. Led astray by a laughing Obama….He told you to keep shut up…you dutifully followed…and now you look like an idiot…

You chose liberal obedience over truth…That’s fatal for a man trying to practice journalism…Another BIG blow to any credibility you had…

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Just another Joe April 19, 2013 at 10:11 am

Why don’t you just shut the fuck up. Fucking idiot.

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Slick Oil April 19, 2013 at 10:15 am

So now it’s a “over-up”? Please, entertain us…

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BigTwat April 19, 2013 at 11:36 am

Again, you asshole fucking hypocrite, if you imply F*#ked, this means you think it, it is in your heart and it is in your mind. Therefore, by not typing “fucked up” you reveal that you are a person of conflicting beliefs, a weak constitution and very questionable integrity, i.e. a true Republican. As an independent (defined as someone who actually thinks for ones self and acts in accordance with complete confidence) I encourage you to examine your own psyche before you make any further attempts to influence (as you refer to “your detractors”) the political views of others. Get a blog of your own and call it “BigTwat” the cunt of multiple personalities.

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dwb619 April 20, 2013 at 12:10 pm

What he said.
YOU BETCHA!
YOU BETCHA!

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shifty henry April 21, 2013 at 1:15 pm

No one knows which “T” shows up – his statements and accusations are bouncing around like a BB in a boxcar …… or he could just be constipated.

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CNSYD April 19, 2013 at 11:53 am

You mean a government agency (FAA) is interfering in the free market system? Why Sic Willie told us that that should stop. Some how Sic Willie didn’t adequately cover that in this article.

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CNSYD April 19, 2013 at 11:53 am

You mean a government agency (FAA) is interfering in the free market system? Why Sic Willie told us that that should stop. Some how Sic Willie didn’t adequately cover that in this article.

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lowcorider April 19, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Gravity is a hell of a drug.

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Lowcorider April 19, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Gravity is a hell of a drug.

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shifty henry April 19, 2013 at 3:54 pm

I just can’t contain myself – surveillance photo of BigT

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shifty henry April 19, 2013 at 3:54 pm

I just can’t contain myself – surveillance photo of BigT

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