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Here’s some service-y journalism for you, so you can enjoy everybody else screaming and otherwise going nuts after midnight, when Air Force fighter jets begin a two-night assault on Washington’s fragile psyche. “A pair of F-16 fighter jets are scheduled to make periodic passes over downtown Washington at relatively low altitudes early tomorrow and again in the predawn hours Wednesday as part of a military exercise,” the Washington Post reports just late enough in the day for nobody to hear the news. Luckily nobody ever freaks out when huge scary low-flying roaring jets just pointlessly scare the shit out of everybody in the middle of the night. [Washington Post]

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  1. Can the WaPo please report that Summers & Geithner are piloting each jet & therefore must be forced to resign? I fear this is the only way to keep US America from being completely given over to what’s left of the financial services industry.

  2. The panic created by the low flying Vipers will be like the Spielberg movie 1941 made with Jim Belushi instead of John Belushi. More flab, less talent and not funny.

  3. [re=319709]hobospacejunkie[/re]: I’m growing extra hobo beans this summer. So that I’ll have something to eat in the fall as I warm my hands by a fire of broken furniture or orange crates under an LIE onramp. If you can get here I’ll share. Sullenly but don’t let that bother you, sullenly is how how I do most things.

  4. [re=319717]x111e7thst[/re]: Your offer to share in our times of trouble brings tears to my eyes. You are a true US American. However, I will stay in Texas for the winter, supping on prickly pear cactus, which are abundant in the southwest. Their light, slightly tart flavor and crisp, mucilaginous texture promise to see me through. At least until the UN planes rain down tasty bags of rice & flour.

  5. Hopefully there will be some drunk college kids at GW who will hurl themselves out of their dorm windows in fear as the jets buzz overhead. But seriously, can someone at the DOD explain what the real purpose is?

  6. [re=319714]ManchuCandidate[/re]: While “All About Jim” was not my fave t.v. show by a mile, don’t underestimate Jim Belushi’s talents. I started performing folk music at the Earl of Old Town right across the street from Second City the same week that John Belushi started in the SC cast; I was quickly a big fan of John’s. But two or three of my all-time favorite Second City skits were conceived by Jim, who joined the cast a few years later; they included one based on a night of carousing with John at the White Horse in NYC that made me hurt with laughter. He’s a funny, intelligent, talented man with a tough brother to follow.

  7. “The two Air Force jets, taking part in an exercise run by the North American Aerospace Defense Command, are slated to fly over the city at about 5,000 feet several times between midnight tonight and 6 a.m. tomorrow, and again during the same time frame starting at midnight Tuesday, said Air Force Lt. Col. Almarah Belk. She said two Cessna prop planes and a helicopter also were scheduled to take part in the exercise.”

    Uh … that … that sounds odd. Is NORAD practicing in case we are attacked by terrorists in Cesnas?

  8. [re=319757]Josh Fruhlinger[/re]: Last time this happened, Alex Jones attacked the pentagon and
    the jews attacked the WTC. I’m scared.

  9. Planes flying over DC = not a reassuring exercise.

    Planes flying, which are then shot down, and pilots captured, and waterboarded, pilots confess to every crime since McKinley being shot = cool exercise.

    Otherwise, don’t bother.

  10. How do we know that the aliens haven’t already taken over NORAD? And that this exercise isn’t meant to get people out of their houses to “see the planes” and then have them beamed up to the mother ship?

  11. What the hell… they were firing cannons in my city today in honour of Queen Victoria. More explosions later tonight, once it gets dark enough to be pretty. As long as the pilots aren’t drunk or stupid like GWB or McCain, you all have no worries.

  12. Lots more sheep husbandry fear needed.

    The Bush Rove Cheney Rummy 911 Plan:
    The “evidence” must be kept secret to protect your “freedoms”

    Big trouble in Fairy Tale Land…

  13. Cool. Jets from Andrews or Bolling regularly rattle our windows. Time for someone else to have a turn. Of course those suckers will have to come in really low and loud to be heard over National’s traffic…

  14. They will also be bombing houses and taking prisoners. So nobody panic — it’s all part of the drill. But if Dick Cheney lands on an aircraft carrier and gives a speech, I will be halfway to Costa Rica before he finishes talking.

  15. [re=319717]x111e7thst[/re]: “…under an LIE on-ramp”. Ha! Real hobos be up under the Bruckner or Major Deagan on-ramps, you elitist tramp.

  16. Christ, why are people in New York and DC such pussies? Are you all terrified of planes now? You know what Londoners did the day after their subways and buses blew up on 7/7? They got on the bus and the tube and they went to work. Man up, America.

  17. While reports of a rogue pilot in a fighter jet buzzing the White House at dive-under-the-nearest-desk altitude continue to pour in, a Flight Controller at Andrews removes one headphone and turns to his commander. “Sir, I’m picking up some weird chatter from that plane…”

    “Well, you’d better put it on the speaker, son.”

    “…Yeah, this is John ‘Maverick’ McCain here MISTER O-bama. So, you and that other sissy Biden think those damned helicopters are tough- Let me show you some REAL air power!”

    Meanwhile, on the TV in the Officers’ Rec Room, a concerned looking aged care nurse is talking to a CNN reporter.

    “I swear, I only let him out of my sight for a couple of minutes…”

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