Patterico's Pontifications


Airplane Crash Lands in San Francisco

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 1:18 pm

This guy says he was on the flight, and that everyone is OK, as far as he can tell.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, reports now say there are two dead.

An Asiana Airlines flight from Seoul, South Korea, with more than 300 people aboard crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, littering the runway with debris, and forcing passengers to jump down the emergency inflatable slides to safety.

San Francisco Fire Department told CBS News that two people were killed, with 61 injured, some critically, and that the number of injured “will go up.”

That’s too bad. I was (obviously) hoping everyone was OK.

Fast and Furious Weapon Used to Kill Police Chief

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 1:16 pm

But it’s OK, I guess, because the police chief was Mexican:

A high-powered rifle lost in the ATF’s Fast and Furious controversy was used to kill a Mexican police chief in the state of Jalisco earlier this year, according to internal Department of Justice records, suggesting that weapons from the failed gun-tracking operation have now made it into the hands of violent drug cartels deep inside Mexico.

Luis Lucio Rosales Astorga, the police chief in the city of Hostotipaquillo, was shot to death Jan. 29 when gunmen intercepted his patrol car and opened fire. Also killed was one of his bodyguards. His wife and a second bodyguard were wounded.

Local authorities said eight suspects in their 20s and 30s were arrested after police seized them nearby with a cache of weapons — rifles, grenades, handguns, helmets, bulletproof vests, uniforms and special communications equipment. The area is a hot zone for rival drug gangs, with members of three cartels fighting over turf in the region.

A semi-automatic WASR rifle, the firearm that killed the chief, was traced back to the Lone Wolf Trading Company, a gun store in Glendale, Ariz. The notation on the Department of Justice trace records said the WASR was used in a “HOMICIDE – WILLFUL – KILL –PUB OFF –GUN” –ATF code for “Homicide, Willful Killing of a Public Official, Gun.”

Can you imagine the outcry if the police chief were American? And if the Fast and Furious program had happened under BOOOOOSH?

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