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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Detroit finds ghost workers in public school system
All of the district's estimated 13,880 workers had to pick up paychecks or direct-deposit slips in person by June 12 as a first step in determining if anyone who is not on the payroll is collecting pay. The audit turned up 257 names that will be subject to an investigation into illegal ghost employees, officials said Tuesday.
Ok, but are those ghosts more productive than the "real" employees?
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 06/24/2009 15:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [358 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Almost 2% of total....interesting.
Posted by: tipover || 06/24/2009 15:56 Comments || Top||

#2  I've heard of "school spirit" before, but really!
Posted by: Mike || 06/24/2009 16:02 Comments || Top||

#3  If they're registered to vote, they're probably good-to-go.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/24/2009 16:06 Comments || Top||

#4  Welcome to Zimbabwe. Or Chicago.

Hope the "workers" also got fingerprinted and a mugshot taken to prevent multiple voting paycheck pickups.
Posted by: ed || 06/24/2009 17:43 Comments || Top||

#5  Welcome to Zimbabwe. Or Chicago.

Or New Orleans.
Posted by: Pappy || 06/24/2009 17:45 Comments || Top||

#6  Welcome to Zimbabwe. Or Chicago or New Orleans

Or New Jersey
Posted by: DMFD || 06/24/2009 20:19 Comments || Top||

#7  The audit turned up 257 names that will be subject to an investigation into illegal ghost employees, officials said Tuesday.

Translation: They're illegal because their union dues and donations to ACORN and Monica Conyers' legal-defense fund weren't paid up to date. The other 9,372 ghost employees are completely in the clear.
Posted by: Ricky bin Ricardo (Abu Babaloo) || 06/24/2009 21:09 Comments || Top||


Perez Hilton calls Black Eyed Peas singer a faggot, gets a bust in the mush, bitches, moans
Police have charged the tour manager of the Black Eyed Peas with assault after he allegedly gave celebrity blogger Perez Hilton a black eye outside a Toronto nightclub. Hilton said he got into an argument with band members Fergie and will.i.am at the Cobra nightclub early Monday morning and was punched outside by Polo Molina, the band's tour manager. They were at the club following a Sunday night video awards show.

Molina turned himself in and has been charged with assaulting Hilton, Toronto Police Constable Tony Vella said. Molina is due in court Aug. 5.

Hilton, whose real name is Mario Lavandeira, complained about the incident on the microblogging site Twitter. He tweeted at 4 a.m.: "I am bleeding. Please, I need to file a police report. No joke."

Hilton, who is a dumbass openly gay, said in interview with The Associated Press that he called will.i.am a "faggot," a gay slur, inside the club after the musician told the blogger not to write about his band on his Web site. "He was like 'You need to respect me.' He was in my face. He was obviously trying to intimidate me and scare me," Hilton said. "I was like 'I don't need to respect you. I don't respect you and I did say this, and I knew that it would be the worst thing I could possibly say to him because he was acting the way he was. I said 'You know what, I don't respect you and you're gay and stop being such a faggot.'"
And I was, like, I toadally can't respect a dipshit was uses "like" as punctation and goes around calling people "faggots" and doesn't expect an occasional bust in the mush. Wotta maroon.
Don't forget the part where he twittered his friends to call the police. What, the '9' and '1' buttons on your cell phone are broken?
Hilton, who was at the club with Lady Gaga, said he then left the club and was punched from behind. The pop stars and the blogger were among celebrities in Toronto for the MuchMusic Video Awards on Sunday night.
Posted by: Fred || 06/24/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [278 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Won't someone tell me the number to 911? I mean, like, really, I am bleeding."
Una Maroon
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 06/24/2009 0:36 Comments || Top||

#2  It would have been funnier if that Ms. California gal clocked him, but this works too. If you say offensive things, people will take offense.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/24/2009 0:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Did Lady Gaga turn around and deck the guy with one punch?
Posted by: gorb || 06/24/2009 1:56 Comments || Top||

#4  Wotta Attention-whore.

This man does for gays what hitler did for the "good" germans.
Posted by: O || 06/24/2009 1:58 Comments || Top||

#5  This guy is so removed from reality he calls on Twitter readers to help him after being assaulted.

There has to be a psychological condition of some sort involved here.
Posted by: Mike N. || 06/24/2009 2:58 Comments || Top||

#6  I think it's funny that he claimed to get punched in the face "from behind". I guess his face is on the back of his head?
Posted by: Scooter McGruder || 06/24/2009 4:13 Comments || Top||

#7  Ithink it's funny that he claimed to get punched in the face "from behind".

OMG hes like toadally the roman god janus LOL
Posted by: Mike || 06/24/2009 6:47 Comments || Top||

#8  Ok, like, he was so totally upset, you know, that he just couldn't concentrate on precisely where he got punched.

Besides, he had to go post something on YouTube first before he filed a police report. Duh.
Posted by: Cornsilk Blondie || 06/24/2009 7:53 Comments || Top||

#9  ♫Paris Perez has a crush.♫
Posted by: ed || 06/24/2009 7:57 Comments || Top||

#10  Seems he got exactly what he deserved. Couldn't happen to a nicer dipshit either.
Posted by: DarthVader || 06/24/2009 8:11 Comments || Top||

#11  Dangit! I misread it as Paris Hilton!
Posted by: Ptah || 06/24/2009 8:25 Comments || Top||

#12  Police have charged the tour manager of the Black Eyed Peas with assault after he allegedly gave celebrity blogger Perez Hilton a black eye...

The defense could be that they were just living up to their name the, Black-Eyed Peas. It's a music thing. The guy just can't keep his %$#@*&^ shut.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/24/2009 9:22 Comments || Top||

#13  OMG hes like toadally the roman god janus LOL

Heheh. More like the media god Anus, if you ask me.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/24/2009 10:10 Comments || Top||

#14  Canada?

Can the Black Eyed Peas file charges against Hilton for hate speech?
Posted by: Lagom || 06/24/2009 10:59 Comments || Top||

#15  I don't know who Perez Hilton is or what he does, but he doesn't seem to be of celebrity quality. Why all the publicity for this guy?
Posted by: Richard of Oregon || 06/24/2009 11:09 Comments || Top||

#16  Scooter, I toadally missed that but then isn't he used to being punched from behind.
(Father or Fred, forgive me)
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 06/24/2009 12:11 Comments || Top||

#17  I think it's funny that he claimed to get punched in the face "from behind".

Depends where his face was at the time.
Posted by: Pappy || 06/24/2009 12:28 Comments || Top||

#18  Best celebrity beatdown since John Lovitz whaled on Andy Dick.
But we are talking about it, so it had the desired effect.
Posted by: tu3031 || 06/24/2009 12:32 Comments || Top||

#19  Dunno much about their music but I think I'm gonna have to buy a Black Eyed Peas CD.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 06/24/2009 13:05 Comments || Top||

#20  I think this is a case of red-on-red: will.i.am is the guy who did all those Obama worship videos last fall.
Posted by: Mike || 06/24/2009 15:51 Comments || Top||

#21  Dunno much about their music ...

OK, here's some lyrics to "My Humps" by the "Blacked Eyed Peas".

What you gon' do with all that junk?
All that junk inside your trunk?
I'ma get, get, get, get, you drunk,
Get you love drunk off my hump.
My hump, my hump, my hump, my hump, my hump,
My hump, my hump, my hump, my lovely little lumps (Check it out)


Yeah, uh, no thanks.
Posted by: Thromp Wittlesbach5741 || 06/24/2009 19:31 Comments || Top||

#22  Mr. Wife loves to quote that one, Thromp Wittlesbach5741, because it so annoys his all-female household.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/24/2009 20:38 Comments || Top||


US singer Chris Brown guilty of Rihanna assault
Posted by: Fred || 06/24/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [281 views] Top|| File under:

#1  My pers favorite Geragos quote:

"Scott looks forward to finding out who did this."Mark Geragos
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/24/2009 17:03 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Michelle Knows What Works - Style Experts (2) Agree
A chic sheath dress in a bold color -- that is the unmistakable Michelle Obama look, one she has made her own as first lady of the United States, according to two new books celebrating Obama's fashion sense.
As usual, it's about selling new books.
And sucking up to power ...
Her image is everywhere you look I try not to these days: Last week, Obama was given a Board of Directors' Special Tribute Award by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, which noted her "meteoric rise as a fashion icon."
Slurp.
Last month, she was in Paris, where she once again shone next to super-chic French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.
In the same dress, almost. Did they discuss it? Pic at link.
But she especially stands out these days in bookstores, striking a pose on Michelle Style: Celebrating the First Lady of Fashion by Mandi Norwood (William Morrow, $19.99 ) and on Michelle Obama: First Lady of Fashion and Style by Susan Swimmer (Black Dog & Leventhal, $9.95). There's even a Michelle Obama 2010 wall calendar featuring 20 color pictures of her ($15.99 at Amazon.com).
Doesn't take much time for these 'authors' to write their best-seller.
Both book authors are veteran fashion editors, and both say Mrs. O is an original and at the same time a woman with whom anyone can identify. Both books are packed with color photos and sketches of Obama's fashion choices over the past year or outfits famous designers have imagined for her. Both analyze what Obama is doing and how she's doing it -- and what effect she's having.
Ms. Wife to the white courtesy phone, please. Trailing Wife to the white phone, please.
Posted by: Bobby || 06/24/2009 05:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [381 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I hear the next venue Michelle is set to conquer is the WWF. She already has the belt.
Posted by: ed || 06/24/2009 7:29 Comments || Top||

#2  And each of those books is available at Amazon, on the sidebar to the right ---->
Posted by: Seafarious || 06/24/2009 7:37 Comments || Top||

#3  I'll pay attention when she starts wearing traditional Klingon dress.
Posted by: Grunter || 06/24/2009 8:48 Comments || Top||

#4  On a scale of relevance to much of anything, this story rates about a 0 to 1 on a scale of 1 (Lo) to 10 (Hi).
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/24/2009 9:14 Comments || Top||

#5  Michelle ma belle!

Posted by: Parabellum || 06/24/2009 9:17 Comments || Top||

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Posted by: Parabellum || 06/24/2009 9:20 Comments || Top||

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Posted by: Parabellum || 06/24/2009 9:24 Comments || Top||

#9  Christ. Don't these people have lives?
Posted by: mojo || 06/24/2009 11:11 Comments || Top||

#10  Looks like Barry's a butt man.
Posted by: tu3031 || 06/24/2009 12:20 Comments || Top||

#11  Seriously. She's got junk in the trunk.
Posted by: Hellfish || 06/24/2009 12:55 Comments || Top||

#12  I typically avoid commenting on physical appearances, both good and bad, because it's just too easy. But in this case I'm going to make an exception.

I'm willing to acknowledge that Michelle Obama is an objectively attractive woman. And while she's not really my type, her thighs look to be nearing the stature and girth of Her Thighness, HRC.

Must be something in the water at 1600 Pennslyvania Ave.
Posted by: eltoroverde || 06/24/2009 13:07 Comments || Top||

#13  That Aunt Esther - she sure has ... style?
Posted by: Black Bart Ebberens7700 || 06/24/2009 13:33 Comments || Top||

#14  I can see why Barry left her at home when he went for ice cream. Nearly enough there to cover two time zones.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/24/2009 13:46 Comments || Top||

#15  Aunt Esther.... is that a Samson and Son reference?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/24/2009 14:35 Comments || Top||

#16  It's common down south to see mature Black women measuring two axe handle and a span, across the butt.

makes me wonder how their legs hold all that weight without buckling.
Course, the legs look like tree trunks as well.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 06/24/2009 15:11 Comments || Top||

#17  Klingon.
Posted by: Lagom || 06/24/2009 15:22 Comments || Top||

#18  My friends weiner dog in his little argyle sweaters looks better dressed.
Posted by: GirlThursday || 06/24/2009 15:39 Comments || Top||

#19  WHoa, first the two FIRST LADIES then MODELS > D *** NG IT, CATFIGHTS EVERYWHERE + ONLY ONE PIC OF MICHELLE AND CARLA, W-T-H KIND OF QUALITY PAPARAZZI ARE WE TURNING OUT THESE DAYS!
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/24/2009 18:55 Comments || Top||

#20  We're still drooling over Jackie.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 06/24/2009 19:47 Comments || Top||

#21  I would normally refrain about this, but since the Obama-worshiping press, fashion media sycophants, and assorted Dem remoras insist on calling her faaaabulous(!), let me just say - I've seen more graceful T-rex animations, the Klingon forehead, bite-a-wall overbite and all around bitter entitlement attitude make me wanna puke. Classy? Non! Graceful? Non! Tasteful? Non! Bitter Klingon wid da wide load? Oui!

As a fashion maven in my Levi's jeans, steel-toed Timberlands, and polo shirt/hawaiian shirt rotation, my word is good
Posted by: Frank G || 06/24/2009 22:34 Comments || Top||

#22  she's heinous, patrick ewing in a skirt - case closed.
Posted by: Broadhead6 || 06/24/2009 23:18 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Could Australia Blow Apart the Great Global Warming Scare?
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 06/24/2009 15:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [364 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Misread that at first as the Waxjob-Malarky Bill...
Posted by: Caesar Thavitle5840 || 06/24/2009 15:45 Comments || Top||

#2  The article is an interesting read,worth the time to read.

Could Plimer's book, Heaven and Earth, Global Warming: The Missing Science, (due out 1 July) be one reason that Pelosi is trying to get the "Cap and Tax" bill out of the House ASAP?
Posted by: tipover || 06/24/2009 15:54 Comments || Top||

#3  Ian Plimer is an a very powerful speaker on the subject- if anyone wants an example, go to Sydneyminingclub.org and find his November 08 talk at the Past Events section. This is where I send anyone who goes all green on me.
Posted by: Grunter || 06/24/2009 16:19 Comments || Top||

#4  There's a good chance the Australian government will call an election over it and lose when they should win (2 terms is the norm for Australian governments).

Politicians across the globe will then run from climate change seeing it as an electoral liability.

This could well be the real climate tipping point when politicians see it as a vote loser.
Posted by: Phil_B || 06/24/2009 16:58 Comments || Top||

#5  "The Sun tends to brushed aside as the most impotant driver of climate change" > Becuz since the CLINTON 90's CAPT. JEAN-LUC PICARD has failed utterly to dev the STAR/SUN-DESTROYING "NEXUS" SUPER-MISSLE that would force the Milyuhn-Earths-sized Sun to surrender like France to tiny Earth + the future OWG-NWO!
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/24/2009 18:40 Comments || Top||

#6  "The Sun tends to brushed aside as the most impotant driver of climate change" > Becuz since the CLINTON 90's CAPT. JEAN-LUC PICARD has failed utterly to dev the STAR/SUN-DESTROYING "NEXUS" SUPER-MISSLE that would force the Milyuhn-Earths-sized Sun to surrender like France to tiny Earth + the future OWG-NWO!
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/24/2009 18:41 Comments || Top||

#7  No, no, no! It can't be the sun. It's the CO2 that traps heat from the...
the...
sun.
Posted by: eLarson || 06/24/2009 22:27 Comments || Top||


Economy
Men With 134.5 Bill in US Bonds at Italian Border Ministry of Finance Employees?
If true, it sure 'splains a lot about why no one is covering this story. If not, the troofers and nirthers are gonna have a brand new chew toy....
Posted by: Cornsilk Blondie || 06/24/2009 08:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [266 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The link sent me to a page full of ASCI symbols.
Posted by: tipover || 06/24/2009 10:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Bloomberg's Pesek wrote a piece on this a couple of days ago. He thought they could be Nork agents and the bonds fake.

Anyway fake or real. It's quite the story.
Posted by: Phil_B || 06/24/2009 10:40 Comments || Top||

#3  I love this story so much.
Posted by: Iblis || 06/24/2009 12:31 Comments || Top||

#4  And in other news....Workers at an agricultural cooperative in Zentsuji, Kagawa Prefecture, check square-shaped watermelons. The cooperative will ship 600 of the watermelons, with a price tag of about 14,000 yen each. The melons are grown this way by being put into cubes of translucent plastic while still on the vine. The idea is to make it easier for them to fit into refrigerators.

US Bonds to SZ news? Crickets. Only crickets.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/24/2009 14:09 Comments || Top||

#5  We have now entered the official "end game" for the United States Government. They are broke. Bankrupt. They have no hope of ever repaying their debts. Countries around the world know this and are starting to dump U.S. debt and U.S. currency because it will all become worthless very soon.

There's no stopping it. There's no avoiding it. There's no way to patch things up to make this go away.

The United States of America has been bankrupted by its own government. That government bears sole responsibility for the economic collapse that is coming. When the collapse happens, the American people - the most heavily armed population on Earth - will probably take up arms and overthrow the government by force. In our view, forcible overthrow is a fate the U.S. Government richly deserves.


Obviously he hates America for some reason.
Posted by: Lumpy Angaith3743 || 06/24/2009 17:18 Comments || Top||

#6  Ummm, Japanese Square watermellons were news about ten years ago, Yawn.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 06/24/2009 19:54 Comments || Top||


Fifth Column
FEMA National Level Exercise 2009 (NLE 09)
National Level Exercise 2009 (NLE 09) is scheduled for July 27 through July 31, 2009. NLE 09 will be the first major exercise conducted by the United States government that will focus exclusively on terrorism prevention and protection, as opposed to incident response and recovery.

NLE 09 is a White House directed, Congressionally- mandated exercise that includes the participation of all appropriate federal department and agency senior officials, their deputies, staff and key operational elements. In addition, broad regional participation of state, tribal, local, and private sector is anticipated. This year the United States welcomes the participation of Australia, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom in NLE 09.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 06/24/2009 19:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [422 views] Top|| File under:


The Fix is in, NYT stacks healthcare poll with Obama supporters - SS&A
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 06/24/2009 13:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [365 views] Top|| File under:

#1  you expected anything less
Posted by: Jarong de Medici3580 || 06/24/2009 13:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Its Pravda anymore. Just lock the doors and burn it down.
Posted by: OldSpook || 06/24/2009 23:23 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
ACLU sues over limits on Muslim prayers in prison
Two Muslim inmates held in a special unit at the federal prison in Terre Haute say they aren't allowed to pray in groups as often as their religion commands and have asked a federal judge to ease worship limits imposed by the Bureau of Prisons. The prison in western Indiana houses several high-security inmates, including American-born Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh, who is serving a 20-year sentence for aiding Afghanistan's now-defunct Taliban government.

The June 16 lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana challenges limits on Islamic worship in the prison's restrictive Communications Management Unit, where about 30 of the 40 inmates are Muslim. Muslims are required to pray five times a day, but the lawsuit, filed on behalf of inmates Enaam Arnaout and Randall T. Royer, says inmates in the CMU are allowed to pray as a group just one hour a week. The ACLU claims that violates a federal law barring the government from restricting religious activities without showing a compelling need. The lawsuit echoes a 2007 complaint from convicted shoe bomber Richard Reid that he was denied access to group prayer at the Supermax federal prison in Florence, Colo.

The Indiana lawsuit is one of two the ACLU has filed in the past week concerning conditions in the CMU. Its other lawsuit claimed the unit was created in secrecy and keeps its mostly Muslim inmates in virtual isolation. A Justice Department spokesman said last week that the government followed federal rules in creating the special unit in November 2006. Designed to house prisoners who require additional security, the unit closely monitors inmates' outside contacts. Bureau of Prisons officials declined Tuesday comment on the prayer lawsuit.

Ken Falk, legal director of the ACLU of Indiana, questioned policies allowing prisoners out of their cells to watch television, play cards or engage in other group activities but limiting group worship to one hour on Fridays. "That means four people can sit around the table playing cards or talking about the basketball game but they can't worship," Falk said.

Lindh's attorney George Harris confirmed Tuesday that Lindh, a convert to Islam, is held in the CMU. He declined to comment on the lawsuit or say whether Lindh has had problems practicing his religion at the prison.

The lawsuit asks the Bureau of Prisons to reinstate daily prayers that were held in a multipurpose room for several months after the CMU opened. Louay Safi, director of leadership development with the Plainfield-based Islamic Society of North America, said Muslims try to pray in groups whenever possible. "Muhammad said there is a much greater reward for people who pray in congregation than those who pray individually," he said.

Arnaout, 46, a Syrian-born U.S. citizen, is serving a 10-year sentence for racketeering after admitting in 2003 that he defrauded donors to his Benevolence International Foundation by diverting some of the money to Islamic military groups in Bosnia and Chechnya. Royer, 36, a former spokesman for the Muslim American Society, is serving 20 years for his participation in what prosecutors called a "Virginia jihad network." The group used paintball games in 2000 and 2001 as military training in preparation for holy war against nations deemed hostile to Islam, prosecutors say.
Posted by: ryuge || 06/24/2009 06:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [290 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The ACLU needs to find better things to do.
Posted by: Dave UK || 06/24/2009 7:10 Comments || Top||

#2  So, what about kids who want to hold a voluntary prayer meeting before or after classes in schools? Oh, wait a minute, never mind....

But, they're children. Then why do you insist they get full adult due process rights in juvie courts and equal protection against curfews? Oh, wait a minute, never mind....
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/24/2009 7:35 Comments || Top||

#3  Just consider that these feloniously faithful are on an extended trip. Then the Friday hour becomes the shortened/combined Reader's Digest version. Of course there is less time for Death to Infidels! chants, but that can be done in the privacy of the cell.
Posted by: ed || 06/24/2009 7:54 Comments || Top||

#4  Dave UK, the ACLU are shit disturbers and their only imprimatur is, "If we can stick the majority in the eye, then that's good!"
Posted by: jack salami || 06/24/2009 8:52 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
FIA nabs lady accused of selling niece
[Geo News] Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arrested a lady accused of selling her 15-year-old niece in Dubai and has been moved to undisclosed place for further investigation, Geo news said on Tuesday. According to Geo Television, a lady by the name Yasmeen took her young niece Naseema to Dubai on June 10 and handed her over to some unknown persons for sexual abuse at a local hotel. Subsequently, she started screaming in fear and as a result, hotel administration inform Pakistan embassy in Dubai. Pakistan embassy arrested both of them and deported them to Pakistan where FIA arrested Yasmeen at Jinnah International Airport, T.V said. Yasmeen was said to be real paternal aunty of young Naseema, Geo T.V claimed.
Posted by: Fred || 06/24/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [267 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Science & Technology
Boeing Advanced Tactical Laser Aircraft - Fires High-Power Laser In Flight
Boeing and the U.S. Air Force have successfully fired the high-power laser aboard the Advanced Tactical Laser (ATL) aircraft for the first time in flight.

During the test, ATL took off from Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., and fired its laser while flying over White Sands Missile Range, N.M., successfully hitting a target board located on the ground. ATL, which Boeing is developing for the U.S. Air Force, is a C-130H aircraft equipped with a chemical laser, a beam control system, sensors and weapon-system consoles.

"This successful test is a major step toward bringing directed energy capability to the warfighter," said Gary Fitzmire, vice president and program director of Boeing Directed Energy Systems.

"We have demonstrated that an airborne system can fire a high-power laser in flight and deliver laser beam energy to a ground target. ATL's ultra-precision engagement capability will dramatically reduce collateral damage."
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#1  Wow! That didn't take long!
Cleanup! Aisle 1.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 06/24/2009 0:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Image of ground target before applying laser:
Posted by: gorb || 06/24/2009 1:52 Comments || Top||

#3  And after:

Posted by: Seafarious || 06/24/2009 2:08 Comments || Top||

#4  I wonder how cohert these beams are, how much energy they can deliver, and over what range?
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/24/2009 9:29 Comments || Top||

#5  The Star Wars version of "Spooky" is really going to be something. Maybe we can name it "Puff the Magic Dragon" again, because that's what will happen to the target. Puff!
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 06/24/2009 13:23 Comments || Top||



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