The Spookiest Ghost Stories From All 50 States

H/T Mental Floss.

Part one.

 

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From heartbroken brides to spectral oenophiles, America is a melting pot of otherworldly entities who have staked a spiritual claim in every crack and cranny of the country—as well as in the local community’s consciousness. No matter what city or state you hail from, you no doubt grew up hearing terrifying tales of one ghost or another with whom you shared a zip code. We all did. Here are the spookiest ghost stories from all 50 states.

1. ALABAMA

An old photograph of the Tombigbee River.

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In February 1858, a steamboat named Eliza Battle set out on a cruise down the Tombigbee River, carrying 60 passengers and more than 1200 bales of cotton from Columbus, Mississippi, down to Mobile, Alabama. But on March 1, an unseasonably cold night, the cotton caught fire and quickly engulfed the ship in flames. It was the greatest nautical disaster in the river’s history, leaving 33 passengers and crew dead. On brisk and chilly nights, people sometimes see the burning Eliza Battle rising from the misty waters where it sank, trying to complete its journey to Mobile.

2. ALASKA

The Golden North Hotel in Skagway, Alaska, circa 1898.

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At the height of the Klondike Gold Rush, a woman named Mary movedinto the Golden North Hotel in Skagway with her fiancé, a prospector known as “Klondike Ike.” Before their marriage, Ike set off for the gold fields to make his fortune. But Ike never returned. Mary locked herself in their room and waited, her anxious anticipation of Ike’s arrival turning to dread and despair. The innkeepers eventually broke down the door and found Mary dead in her wedding dress. Guests at the Golden North Hotel report that “Scary Mary” still roams the halls, appearing over their beds in the night to check that Ike isn’t sleeping with anyone else.

3. ARIZONA

The Flagstaff Hotel in Arizona.

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The Hotel Monte Vista in Flagstaff, opened along Route 66 in 1927, often lodged the casts of western films shot in nearby Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon—and reportedly houses a whole host of ghostly guests. In fact, John Wayne reported one of the hotel’s first ghost sightings in the late 1950s. Ever since, guests and staff have reported dozens of spirits stalking the halls, including a phantom bellboy who knocks on doors and disappears, the eccentric specter of a boarder who liked to hang raw meat from the chandelier, and a ’70s bank robber who succumbed to his gunshot wound over a celebratory post-heist drink at the hotel bar.

4. ARKANSAS

A portrait of Union General Frederick Steele.

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During the Civil War, Union General Frederick Steele (above) commandeered the home of a mailman named John Chidester to use as his headquarters during the battle of Poison Spring. Chidester had been accused of espionage for turning over Union mail to Confederate troops. To this day, bullet holes remain in an upstairs wall of Chidester’s house, where Union soldiers fired at random, hoping to hit the alleged spy as he hid in a small closet. Paranormal investigators say his spirit remains, too, turning up in photographs and shouting “Get out!” to unwanted visitors. The home, which stands as a museum today, is open for tours so that you can see for yourself.

5. CALIFORNIA

An arial view of California's Alcatraz from the 1930s.

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Alcatraz was the site of reputed hauntings long before hosting the famous prison (Native American spirits reportedly roamed it then and now), but today one of the most famous stories is of a prisoner from cell 14D. The story goes that the prisoner spent the night in solitary confinement, screaming that a creature with glowing eyes was trying to kill him and pleading for help. The guards ignored him, but the next morning, they found the prisoner strangled to death—with strange wounds doctors said could not have been self-inflicted.

6. COLORADO

Photo of hand coming out of water

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The Buffalo Rose Saloon in Golden, Colorado doesn’t have much choice but to admit one underaged patron: It’s believed the ghost of a girl who drowned in a swimming pool located in the saloon’s basement back in the 1920s still roams the building, skipping up and down stairs and making employees slightly nervous. The former site of the pool is said to be particularly unsettling, with the bar’s overnight custodian, Seth Barry, describing it as “very bad. Sometimes you can’t go [down] there.”

7. CONNECTICUT

A photograph of Lorraine Warren.

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In 1970, famed paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called to combat the spirit of “Annabelle,” a demonic presence attached to a giant Raggedy Ann doll. For weeks the doll had thoroughly freaked out its owner, Donna, moving from room to room, leaving handwritten notes, and even attacking a friend who suggested Donna get rid of the doll, choking him in his sleep. Finally, a priest exorcised the doll and the Warrens locked it away in a special case designed to check its malevolent influence. But even that wasn’t enough to save one brash visitor to the Warrens’ museum, who reportedly taunted the doll and died in a motorcycle crash on his way home.

8. DELAWARE

Photo of Woodburn, the Delaware Governor's Mansion

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Since 1965, Woodburn has served as the official residence of Delaware’s governor. But more than a century before that, it became known as a home to more than one apparition. Around 1815, the home’s owners were entertaining Lorenzo Dow, a well-known Methodist clergyman. When the group sat down to breakfast one morning, Dow asked if their other guest would be joining them … but there was no other guest. When Dow described the man he had seen the evening before, it became clear that it was Charles Hillyard III (the late father of the home’s then-owner). Rumor has it that if you leave out a glass of good wine at night, it might be gone in the morning: Hillyard was a bona fide oenophile. Sounds like the kind of ghost we could hang with.

9. FLORIDA

The Don CeSar hotel in St. Pete Beach, Florida, was built by Thomas Rowe and named for a character in the opera Maritana. Rowe had attended the opera during his time as a student in London, and he fell head over heels for its star, a Spanish aristocrat named Lucinda. They regularly met at a fountain in the city and made plans to sail to America and be married. But Lucinda’s parents didn’t approve of their romance and took her back to Spain. He wrote her faithfully, but his letters were returned unopened. Only one letter of Lucinda’s ever reached Rowe. “Time is infinite,” she wrote. “I wait for you by our fountain … to share our timeless love, our destiny is time.” According to legend, Lucinda died of a broken heart; Rowe, who said he would never love anyone else, would go on to build his hotel. It was completed in 1928 and features an exact replica of the fountain where the lovebirds spent happier times. Rowe’s ghost has been spotted on the beach, on the hotel’s fifth floor and in the lobby, and in the garden, where he is sometimes seen holding the hand of a woman believed to be Lucinda.

10. GEORGIA

Lake Lanier in Georgia at sunset.

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When the Army Corps of Engineers flooded the foothills of the North Georgia mountains to create Lake Lanier in the 1950s, 59 square miles of farmland, homes, and businesses disappeared beneath the water. In the process, the federal government relocated more than 250 families—along with 20 cemeteries and all their corpses. A nasty streak of freak accidents and mysterious drowning deaths have convinced locals that the lake has been cursed ever since. Some people who have survived near-drownings at the lake have reported feeling hands dragging them down beneath the surface.

11. HAWAII

Blue skies and coconut trees in Hawaii.

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According to legend, the fire goddess Pele and a hog-faced demigod named Kamapua’a had a star-crossed love affair. The lovers were elemental opposites: Pele’s lava flows brought flame and destruction, while Kamapua’a restored rain, vegetation, and animal life. Ultimately they decided to part forever, with Pele claiming one side of Oahu for fire and Kamapua’a retreating to the other side, where all is wet and lush. Today, Hawaiian motorists are careful never to drive with pork in their car along the old Pali highway, which crosses Oahu. According to legend, carrying pork—representing hog-faced Kamapua’a—over to Pele’s side of the island will enrage her spirit, and she will get her revenge by making the car stall until the driver throws the pork out the window.

12. IDAHO

Cells in Old Idaho Penitentiary.

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When it comes to abandoned buildings, penitentiaries might rank only slightly behind psychiatric hospitals in creep factor—and the Old Idaho Penitentiary, with its built-in gallows and death row, may be one of the country’s creepiest. Between 1872 and 1973, the Boise prison served as a temporary home to more than 13,000 prisoners—including Raymond Allen Snowden, a.k.a. “Idaho’s Jack the Ripper.” Some believe he still haunts what is known as 5 House, where the prison’s gallows were located. On October 18, 1957, Snowden was brought here to be executed, but the noose that should have broken his neck didn’t; it took 15 minutes for him to suffocate. In the years since, visitors to the “Old Pen” have reported strange happenings in 5 House and other areas of the former prison, such as hearing odd sounds and voices and being overcome by strong feelings of sadness. The prison is open to the public year-round for paranormal enthusiasts who want to test their mettle.

13. ILLINOIS

In the depths of the Great Depression, the Oh Henry Ballroom southwest of Chicago drew young people hoping to dance away their troubles. One night, a teenage girl named Mary had a fight with her boyfriend at a dance and decided to walk home along Archer Avenue. She was killed by a hit-and-run driver and buried nearby in Resurrection Cemetery. Since then, residents have described a girl in a white party dress hitchhiking along the avenue. A cab driver even picked her up, and she asked to be taken to the cemetery. But by the time they arrived at the gates, Resurrection Mary had vanished.

14. INDIANA

The entrance to Tunnelton Tunnel in Indiana.

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The tiny township of Tunnelton was named for the number ofrailroad tunnels constructed around it, beginning in the 1850s. One of them, Tunnelton Tunnel (a.k.a. The Big Tunnel), is one of the Hoosier State’s most feared landmarks. Reportedly, there are a few ghosts who refuse to leave the area, including a man who was beheaded in an accident during the tunnel’s construction and still roams the grounds with his head in one hand and a lantern in the other. But the most famous of this tunnel’s tenants is Henry Dixon. In 1908, the body of Dixon—who worked as a night watchman for the railroad—was found just inside the tunnel with a gash to the back of his head, his lantern still lit beside him. Dixon’s murder was never solved, and locals claim that he still haunts the area seeking justice for his death.

15. IOWA

The exterior of Coe College in Iowa.

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Coe College in Cedar Rapids is said to be haunted by the ghost of a freshman named Helen Esther Roberts, who died after becoming ill in the 1918 flu pandemic. As legend has it, the ghost of Roberts set up residence in an old grandfather clock—in Voorhees Hall, her former place of residence—which her parents donated to the school in her memory. While the clock was being installed, students claimed they saw an apparition hovering over their beds at night, pulling the covers off, and even playing the piano in the lobby, before taking a quick trek to her old room. Some even claimed that the clock would act up or stop working altogether at 2:53, the time of Roberts’s death. When the clock was removed in the ’70s, the sightings promptly ended at Voorhees Hall. But then they manifested in Stuart Hall—the grandfather clock’s new home.

16. KANSAS

Sand Hills in Kansas.

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People in Hutchinson, Kansas, know not to venture into the surrounding sand hills alone—because that’s where the Hamburger Man lives. Some say the monster, horribly mutilated by a fire or car crash sometime in the 1950s, abducts victims by brandishing a long knife or meat hook, and then carries them back to his lair where he grinds them up for dinner. The locals aren’t sure whether the half-human, half-ghost was ever a real person—or why he seems to crave so many burgers.

17. KENTUCKY

A peaceful cemetery in Kentucky.

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In 1891, just a year after thousands of spectators converged on Pikeville to see the last hanging in the trial of the Hatfields and the McCoys, a newlywed named Octavia Hatcher died. Octavia had fallen into a depression shortly after her only child had died in infancy, and then slipped into a fatal coma. Since it was a hot spring, her husband wasted no time in burying her. But soon doctors began to notice a strange—but not lethal—sleeping sickness spreading through the town. Panicked, her husband exhumed her casket and found its inner lining shredded with claw marks and his wife’s face frozen in a mask of terror. Wracked with guilt, he reburied Octavia and had a tall stone statue of her placed above her grave. Locals say they can still hear Octavia crying, and that once a year—on the anniversary of her death—the statue rotates and turns its back on Pikeville.

18. LOUISIANA

An empty bed in a dark room.

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Louisiana’s Cajun communities have an explanation for sleep paralysis: cauchemar, a species of nighttime witch that immobilizes sleepers and rides them like horses. Some say the cauchemar comes to those who forget to say their prayers before going to bed. Its unfortunate victims lie awake, unable to move, as the cauchemar presses down on their chests, and no matter how much they try to call out, their screams catch in their throats. Some have even reported waking up with marks on their bodies from the bridles and whips that the cauchemar uses to mount and ride sleepers. Beware: Talking about cauchemar increases the likelihood it will visit you tonight.

19. MAINE

The exterior of Seguin Light in Maine.

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In the mid-19th century, a lighthouse keeper and his wife moved in to the lighthouse on Seguin Island, a 64-acre speck of land two miles out to sea. To stave off their loneliness and boredom, the man ordered a piano and some sheet music from the mainland, so that his wife could learn to play. Dutifully, she learned her first song—then she played it again and again and again, the same song, every day. Eventually, it drove the lighthouse keeper mad. He took an axe first to the piano, then to his wife, and finally took his own life when he realized what he had done. Visitors to the island say they sometimes hear phantom piano music, and occasionally catch a glimpse of the lighthouse keeper walking by, still carrying his axe.

20. MARYLAND

A cypress swamp.

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With thick cypress swamps fringing a black river, the Pocomoke Forest on Maryland’s Eastern Shore has birthed several ghostly legends. Folks say that a teenage couple drove into the forest but ran out of gas. The boyfriend went to get help, and the girlfriend was woken in the middle of the night by scratchy sounds on the car’s roof. In the morning she discovered her boyfriend hanging upside-down from a tree and his fingernails trailing on the metal. In another tale, a couple in a car heard a radio report of an escaped murderer with a hook for a right hand. The girl noticed a strange sound outside the car, and when she opened the door, a hook was hanging from the handle. Locals also talk of fireballs erupting from thickets and a six-fingered sea captain who killed his adulterous wife and bastard child in the forest. The baby’s wails still echo through the trees.

21. MASSACHUSETTS

A stereoscope photo of Minots Ledge lighthouse.

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Minots Ledge, a tiny outcropping of rock rising from the sea a mile off the coast from Cohasset, was a ruthless destroyer of ships and sailors. Between 1695 and 1754, the ledge sank 80 ships and drowned 400 men. But no one knew how to build a lighthouse on such a perilous sliver of rock in the middle of the sea. Finally, in 1850, Massachusetts erected a small granite beacon tower on nine cement pylons grounded on the ledge. One year later, a furious nor’easter hit and set the tower swaying. During a lull in the storm, the lighthouse keeper rowed to the mainland, leaving his two assistants behind to man the beacon. All night, townspeople on the shore heard the lighthouse bell ring furiously, perhaps as a final goodbye from the assistants. In the morning, the tower was gone, toppled into the sea. The assistants’ bodies washed up days later. Passing fishermen say they can still hear their ghosts crying for help.

22. MICHIGAN

A spooky forest.

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Be careful where you roam at night in western Michigan: The Melon Heads might come after you. Said to haunt the woods near Saugatuck, these childlike figures have oversized heads and mostly white eyes, with irises barely visible above the lower eyelid. They might knock on your car window, or they might stalk you as you walk the dog. Some speculate that the Melon Heads were children in the late 19th century with hydrocephaly who escaped a local hospital where a doctor had been conducting terrible experiments on them. Be especially wary if you’re a young couple making out in a parked car; the Melon Heads like to tap on the windows to get your attention.

23. MINNESOTA

The exterior of the Palmer House Hotel in Minnesota.

Ghost hunters have come from all over the country to visit the Palmer House Hotel in Sauk Centre in the hopes of glimpsing a permanent guest: Lucy, a ghost who hasn’t forgiven the male gender for her tragic life and even more tragic demise. As the story goes, Lucy was a prostitute who worked in a brothel erected on the future site of the hotel. It burned down, taking Lucy and other escorts with it. When men pass by, she’s said to slam doors and drop the temperature. Guests can ask for Room 17—Lucy’s favorite—if they’re feeling adventurous.

24. MISSISSIPPI

Glenwood Cemetery in Yazoo City, Mississippi.

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At the center of the historic section of Glenwood Cemetery, Yazoo City’s public burial grounds, there’s a grave surrounded by a chain link fence. Local lore claims that the grave belonged to a witch who lived along the Yazoo River, who used to lure fishermen to the shore to torture them. When the Yazoo County sheriff came to arrest her, she fled into the swamp and fell into quicksand. The sheriff found her half sunk. Before she drowned, she swore to take revenge on Yazoo City. No one thought much of her threat, but they fenced in her grave just in case. Then, on May 25, 1904, a fire nearly wiped out the entire city, spreading quickly on unusually fierce winds. After the fire, Yazoo City residents found the chain link around the witch’s grave cut open.

25. MISSOURI

Close up of a black horse's hooves as it walks through the dirt.

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An old couple in Overton, who made a trickle of income lodging travelers in their home, decided one night to murder a wealthy boarder and make their fortune. They hid his body, took his money, and used it to build a grand new house. Years later, as the woman lay on her deathbed, she made her husband promise to keep their secret and never to remarry … but he took a new bride within a year. The people of Overton, disapproving of the widower’s impropriety, harassed the couple on their wedding night with catcalls, drums, and rifle shots. But when the man went outside to shush the crowd, he was startled to see a black carriage pull up to the house. Inside sat a woman, pale as death and dressed in black. Without a word, the man got into the carriage. It drove off and he was never seen again. Ever since, townspeople have spotted the black carriage and interpreted it as an omen of danger.

The Warlike Origins of ‘Going Dutch’

H/T Atlas Obscura.

To borrow a quote from the late Paul Harvey, “Now You Know The Rest Of The Story.”

The term for splitting the bill has its roots in a bitter international rivalry.

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AT THE END OF A restaurant meal, deciding who pays and how much can be fraught. Societal norms tend to dictate if one person whips out their credit card, or if everyone should “go Dutch”: that is, pay their own share.

“Going Dutch” can quickly get complicated, with adding up tax, tip, and separate bills. But the origin of the term is even more complex: It likely stems from a centuries-old dispute between England and the Netherlands that left behind a slew of uncomplimentary phrases in English, all rooted in the word “Dutch.”

In the 17th century, the Dutch Republic and the English competed over international trade, colonies, and domination of the seas. Starting in 1652, the Dutch and English fought three wars over the next 22 years, battling over everything from herring to current-day New York. Propaganda meant that relations soured quickly, and both the English and the Dutch considered plagues and fires in the other country to be a punishment from God.

Name-calling became common in pamphlets and woodcuts. The Dutch claimed that the English were descended from the Devil himself, and therefore had tails. The English retaliated by calling the Dutch “butterboxes” and drunkards. The enmity lingered, even as the wars became less frequent. In the following centuries, the word “Dutch” in the English language eventually came to describe anything sub-par.

A Dutch oven doesn't deserve its denigrating name.
A Dutch oven doesn’t deserve its denigrating name. PATSPINNEY/CC BY 2.0

The insults came fast and thick. Dutch soldiers, according to the English, needed “Dutch courage,” or alcohol-fueled bravado, to fight. A “Dutch uncle” was a stern and authoritative figure, not a kindly uncle. “Dutch feasts” were parties where the host got drunk first, while a “Dutch reckoning” was an unitemized bill with unexpected charges. “Dutch comfort” was the small consolation that a bad situation wasn’t worse.

In essence, writes Peter Douglas of the New Netherland Institute, “Dutch” implied anything opposite or inferior to the way it should have been, and often the term was used for everything from crude insults to possibly even cookware. The Dutch oven, a lidded pot that can be used for baking, may or may not be part of this trend: It’s not truly an oven, but the Dutch may have simply been good at producing them.

“To go Dutch,” though, is an all-American term. As Jonathan Milder writes in Entertaining from Ancient Rome to the Super Bowl, one of the first scornful references to a “Dutch treat”—that is, not really treating someone else at all—appears in a New York Times article from 1877. The term coincides with what Milder calls “the centuries-old British sport of mocking the Dutch,” but can also be a reference to the contemporary German-American habit of everyone buying their own drink (Dutch being a confused reference to Deutsch, or “German”).

Naturally, the disparaging use of the word “Dutch” had consequences. As recently as 1934, writes Milder, the Dutch government issued orders for officials to avoid using the term “Dutch” to dodge the stigma. However, most “Dutch” terminology seems fairly old-fashioned today. It’s a fitting fate for a linguistic practice based on centuries-old hatred.

Tricky Business – Amazing Video & Photos of In-air Refueling and its Long History

H/T War History OnLine.

A look at the history on the tricky and risky business of In-Air Refueling

A U.S. Navy McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-131 from the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) performs an inflight refueling evolution with a Royal Australian Air Force EB-707

Since its inception, in-air refueling has turned out to be an essential aspect of air force practice. Air forces around the world have adopted this technique to save time and improve an airplane’s flight time.

Also known as aerial refueling, mid-air refueling, or tanking, in-air refueling is simply a military practice of refueling an airborne aircraft. It involves transferring aviation fuel from the tanker or donor aircraft to the receiver while both are in the air. The concept is akin to connecting a running vehicle to a mobile tanker truck.

Capt. Lowell H. Smith and Lt. John P. Richter performing the first aerial refueling on 27 June 1923. The DH-4B biplane remained aloft over the skies of Rockwell Field in San Diego, California, for 37 hours. The airfield’s logo is visible on the aircraft.

The concept of in-air refueling gained greater significance during the Cold War. The United States required nuclear-armed bombers to remain airborne 24/7. They wanted to deter any Soviet strikes or, in the event of a strike, effect prompt and adequate retaliatory strikes. Furthermore, these heavy bombers needed to be stationed in the air to execute a first strike immediately if ordered to do so.

 

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The first suggestion of in-air refueling came in 1917 from an erstwhile Imperial Russian Navy aviator, Alexander P. de Seversky. He would later become an engineer in the U.S. War Department. He got a patent for his concept of in-air refueling three years later.

A U.S. Navy Convair R3Y-2 Tradewind set a record by simultaneously refueling four Grumman F9F-8 Cougar fighters in September 1956.

Based on his development, the first in-air refueling happened on June 27, 1923, between two biplanes flying 500 feet (152 meters) above Rockwell Field in San Diego, California. This was conducted by four U.S. Army Air Corps officers: Lieutenants John Richter, Virgil Hine, and Frank Seifert, along with Captain Lowell Smith.

Although this was the first plane-to-plane aerial refueling, it was not strictly the first aerial refueling. The actual first mid-air refueling occurred in 1921 during a rather stunt-like experiment by the trio of Wesley May, Earl Daugherty, and Frank Hawks. Wing walker Wesley May had successfully carried 5 gallons of gasoline on his back from Frank Hawks’ aircraft to Earl Daugherty’s JN-4 airplane. When he climbed over to Daugherty’s plane, he transferred his gasoline into its fuel tank.

The first successful transfer of fuel in mid-air. On November 12, 1921
Although successful, this method was too risky to be feasible. Not only did it demand wing walking skills, a talent usually reserved for rather intrepid barnstormers, but also the amount of fuel transferred was minimal.

Seversky’s methodology employed a hose which would run from a tanker at a higher altitude down to the receiver plane. This was how the in-air refueling of 1923 occurred. Before then, a number of tests had been carried out on the equipment needed for the process.

 

A C-17 Globemaster refuels through the boom of a Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker.

One such test occurred in April 1923, when two airplanes remained connected in the air for forty minutes without actually transferring any fuel. This experiment was conducted to test the effectiveness of the hose and the shut-off valve, which was meant to cut off fuel transmission quickly if the connection got broken. This experiment also doubled as a flight endurance test.

On August 27, 1923, a flight endurance of 37 hours was achieved by three DH-4B aircraft. The record was broken in June 1930 by a flight endurance of 553 hours with 223 refueling contacts. This was subsequently broken on July 27 by a Curtiss Robin “St. Louis” aircraft which achieved 647.5 hours of uninterrupted flight.

The aircraft Curtiss Robin “St. Louis” (right) during a record endurance flight 13-30 July 1929, at St. Louis, Missouri, flown by Dale Jackson and Forest O’Brine for 17 days, 12 hours, 17 minutes

Despite setting the landmark for in-flight refueling, the hose method was still rather clumsy and dangerous. A more practical process was required.

By 1934, the British Royal Air Force through Richard L.R. Atcherly came up with a more advanced technique called the “crossover system.” This would later be refined into the grappled-line looped-hose technique. This method improved the efficiency of the whole process. Further improvements morphed the looped-hose system into the probe-and-drogue system which has become one of the two main in-air refueling techniques.

A boom operator of a KC-135 Stratotanker during an aerial refueling of a B-52 Stratofortress in Afghanistan

In 1948, aerial refueling became a priority to the United States Air Force (USAF). Consequently, the USAF acquired and equipped two B-29 Superfortresses with two sets of looped-hose equipment from Flight Refueling Limited (FRL). In May that year, flight testing was conducted. The success of those tests prompted more equipment to be ordered in June, and all new B-50s alongside subsequent bombers were equipped with fuel receiving equipment.

The flying boom system came in the late 1940s through The Boeing Company, following the need for faster refueling. Boom-equipped aircraft of the United States include the KC-135 Stratotanker and KC-10 Extender among others which are very long-range aircraft with enormous fuel capacity.

A U.S. Air Force North American RB-45C Tornado (s/n 48-031) of the 323rd Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana (USA), is being refueled by a 91st Air Refueling Squadron Boeing KB-29P Superfortress

The USAF continued using both probe-and-drogue and flying boom systems for several years but would drop the former owing to the flying boom’s ability to transfer fuel at a much higher rate.
However, the U.S. Navy dispensed with the latter owing to the ease with which the probe-and-drogue could be mounted on smaller aircraft operating from carriers.

In-air refueling was used for the first time in combat during the Korean War.

Probe-and-drogue – A USAF HC-130P refuels a HH-60 Pave Hawk.

During rescue missions in Vietnam, a CH-3 Jolly Green Giant helicopter was fitted with refueling equipment for an experimental refueling procedure from a KC-130 aircraft.

The introduction of the KC-10 extender saw the incorporation of both the drogue and the boom systems, enabling aerial refueling of both Navy and Marine aircraft.

A U.S. Air Force Lockheed HC-130P Hercules aircraft refueling a HH-3E Jolly Green Giant helicopter during exercise “Sentry Castle ’81” near Fort Drum, New York (USA), 9 July 1981. Both aircraft were assigned to the 102nd Aerospace Rescue & Recovery Squadron, 106th Rescue Group, New York Air National Guard.

In-air refueling has proven to be very useful in extending flight durations. It has also been shown that this procedure can reduce fuel consumption for flights exceeding 3,000 nautical miles. Furthermore, this process substantially improves the maximum takeoff load of airplanes. Aircraft can initially carry less fuel and more payloads since it will be refueled when successfully airborne.

A South Korean F-15K Eagle comes in for fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker Oct. 4. The next generation F-15s are on their way to South Korea to make their debut at the Seoul Air Show

Apart from the United States and The United Kingdom, several other countries have adopted the in-air refueling technique. These include France, Russia, Canada, Algeria, Morroco, Iran, China, among others.

 

GOODBYE NAFTA: New North American Trade Agreement Named ‘USMCA’

H/T Hannity.com.

 Stable Genuis President Donald J.Trump making America Great Again.

That so-called horrible tariffs brought Canada and Mexico to the table to renegotiate the horrible George H.W.Bush and Slick Willie Clinton deal called NAFTA.

Negotiators from the United States and Canada announced a new North American trade agreement over the weekend; officially ending NAFTA and unveiling the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement -better known as the USMCA.

Officials from both countries released a statement Sunday evening ahead of the self-imposed midnight deadline; saying the new free trade agreement will benefit “workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses” on all sides of the border.

“USMCA will give our workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses a high-standard trade agreement that will result in freer markets, fairer trade and robust economic growth in our region,” the joint statement said. “It will strengthen the middle class, and create good, well-paying jobs and new opportunities for the nearly half billion people who call North America home.”

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

Congratulations to Mexico and Canada!

The President weighed-in on the international trade deal Monday morning; saying “Congratulations to Mexico and Canada!”

Nolte: Fox News Cowards Spread Fake News that Christine Blasey Ford Is ‘Credible’

H/T Breitbart’s Big Journalism.

Like John Nolte, I was shocked and dismayed that like fifteen minutes into the lies coming from Christine Balsey Ford’s line of bullshit Fox News contributors were falling all over themselves saying how credible she was.

On Thursday, Judge Andrew Napolitano handed the mob all the rope they could possibly ask for, courtesy of Fox News, saying, “All of us agree that this witness is exceptionally credible.”

No one argued with him.

Listen, I am not here to signal my own virtue. I am not David French, or Matthew Dowd, or Jake Tapper. The reason I have defended those whose politics and character disgust me has nothing to do with virtue and everything to do with self-preservation.

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I have never liked Roy Moore; I have still defended him. Charlie Sheen’s mug shot should be pasted next to “degenerate” in the dictionary; I have still defended him. Woody Allen, George Takei, and Bryan Singer are moral and political illiterates; I have still defended them. And in the specific cases of AllenMoore, and Singer, vigorously and in great detail.

You know what—I was wrong. Let me back up a bit.

It’s actually not about self-preservation, at least not anymore.

Maybe it was at first, maybe it was a hundred years ago, before “The Woke” fascists who have captured our culture and media began slapping scarlet letters on free thinkers; before we became a country where panel after panel on MSNBC and CNN would condemn Atticus Finch for not believing the woman, before Twitter and Facebook would “unperson” Winston Smith over a joke.

Maybe a hundred years ago I believed that if I didn’t join the mob, I would be safe when the mob came for me, because I could say to the mob, “Hey, I’m not a part of this. I said Brian Williams deserved a second chance. I’ve never called on anyone to be fired. I oppose boycotts. I’ve defended you and you and even you.”

How so very naive….

Nope. it is no longer about self-preservation. And again, it not about virtue or principle or pride. It is now only about thing: when the mob comes for me, at the very least, I can comfort myself in the knowledge I am not reaping what I sowed.

And that’s why I waited a week before making any kind of comment about the allegations Christine Blasey Ford leveled against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and that’s why I listened to her full testimony before commenting on that—which brings me to Fox News.

Watch this crap…

No, no… Wait. Before you watch that crap, let me set the scene…

The Fox News clip below is from Thursday—not Thursday evening after both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh had their full say, not even Thursday afternoon after Dr. Ford completed her full testimony. No, this is the very first break in her testimony, early in her testimony, very early in her testimony, a mere 15 minutes into her testimony…

And what is on the line here? Forget about the politics or the future of the Supreme Court. … Forget about all of that, because there is something much bigger at stake here: a man, an individual—his name, his reputation, his future, his place in history, his guilt or his innocence, and the way his own children will remember him.

There is no smaller or more vulnerable minority than The Individual, and in a decent country populated with decent people, nothing should be more important than that; than the right of that one man or that one woman to enjoy, among other things, the presumption of innocence until proven otherwise—most especially in the court of public opinion.

And with all that in mind…

Watch this crap:

Your ears are not lying to you. A mere 15 minutes into an all-day event, Chris Wallace, a man who poses as a journalist, the man who hosts one of the oh-so venerated Sunday shows, actually said:

[Ford’s testimony] is extremely emotional, extremely raw, and extremely credible. No could listen to her deliver those words and talk about the assault and the impact it had had on her life and not have your heart go out to her. … This is a disaster for the Republicans.

Later, Woke Wallace dropped this non sequitur of a virtue signal:

Over the course of this week, like I think a lot of American families, my family ― a lot of it on email ― has been discussing this and disagreeing and arguing about it. And two of my daughters have told me stories that I had never heard before about things that happened to them in high school.

Later that same afternoon on NPR CNN MSNBC Fox News:

Judge Andrew Napolitano said, “I think Dr. Ford is exceptionally credible.”

Way to judge, Judge.

Karl Rove described Ford as “credible,” without any pushback.

We expect this kind of shrill, thoughtless, dive bombing from a CNN or MSNBC. In fact, were I to turn on either of those networks to find anything close to moral decency, I wouldn’t know what to do with myself. But here is Fox News—Fox FREAKIN’ News—fashionably proclaiming uncorroborated and unsubstantiated testimony from a woman accusing a fellow human being of an attempted sexual assault—not just as credible, but as “extremely credible” and “exceptionally credible.”

And again, forget the politics, and think only of this: for just a moment pretend you are this man, a man with a wife, parents, friends, daughters—and without a shred of evidence, without even having heard all of her testimony, without having heard the rebuttal testimony, Fox News is telling them the sexual assault allegations against you are “extremely credible.”

This is monstrous behavior, unforgivable, un-American—the stuff of lynch mobs, of quislings—and it is the fakest of fake news.

By any standard of truth, fairness, classical liberalism, evidence, and facts, Dr. Ford is not only not credible, she is nothing close to credible.

Let me count the ways…

  • She has aligned herself with the far-left.
  • She straight-up lied about being afraid to fly.
  • She said she wanted anonymity but continually reached out to the far-left Washington Post.
  • Her polygraph is a farce.
  • Her story has been carefully weaved into a Kafka-esque nightmare no man (even with detailed calendars) can ever escape from.
  • Every single one of her witnesses refutes her story — has no memory of the gathering in question or says it doesn’t happen, and this includes a lifelong friend.
  • Her team was so desperate to have The Woman Who Wants Anonymity to testify publicly, they turned down the opportunity to have her questioned in private at her home in California — and then lied about it.
  • Ford’s therapist’s notes from 2012 also refute here tale, even as the media and Democrats try to gaslight us into believing the opposite. Ford originally claimed four boys tried to rape her when she was in her late teens in the mid-eighties. Now she says it was one rapist and one bystander when she was 15 in the early eighties.
  • Ford refused to give her therapist’s notes to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
  • In the statement she wrote out in her farce of a polygraph test, Ford crossed out “early 80’s” so it would only read “80’s.”
  • Ford told the Committee the “primary impact” of the event occurred during the “four years after” it happened. She goes on to say, “I struggled academically. I struggled very much in Chapel Hill and in College. When I was 17 I went off to college, I had a very hard time.” Note how she skips over two whole years, her junior and senior years in high school; the two school years directly after the attack (unless it did indeed happen in her late teens).
  • To later confirm the event did in fact happen in 1982, Ford told the Committee she was able to pin it down to 1982 because she remembered she did not yet have her drivers’ license. But… she also says she doesn’t remember how she got to or from the house party, so how does she know she didn’t drive herself?
  • Ford also used Mark Judge’s Safeway job to confirm the 1982 timeline. She testified she saw him working there 6-8 weeks after the attack. She could not yet drive, so her mother drove her there, but for some bizarre reason Ford and her mother entered the Safeway using different doors. (And now mom can’t confirm this happened!)
  • Five times during her testimony she mentioned Safeway to verify the date. How could she know such a thing unless it really happened? Well, in his memoir (which began circulating online among Kavanaugh critics in the week before Ford’s testimony) Judge helpfully reveals he was working at the “local supermarket” during the “summer before senior year.”
  • In summation: On top of all four of her own witnesses refuting her allegations against Kavanaugh, so too do the notes taken by her own therapist. (Margot Cleveland’s tweet thread was indispensable for much of this — you will want to readit all.)

Dr. Ford’s allegations are not only not credible — they are ludicrous, a joke…

Even what she does remember is so full of holes you could bounce Brian Stelter through it:

  • She didn’t hear two very drunk and belligerent boys sneak up on her?
  • Why was music already on in a room no one was using?
  • Wouldn’t blasting music ensure someone came upstairs to see what was going on, especially whoever’s house it was? This is completely counter-intuitive to criminal behavior.
  • After she locked herself in the bathroom, her rapists didn’t try to get at her? Didn’t jiggle the doorknob? Didn’t try to claim they were kidding? All tuned up for a rape, they just gave up and went downstairs laughing like nothing happened?
  • She remember how many beers she had (only one), but has been wildly inconsistent on the number of people who attended this small gathering, the number of people who were  in the room where the assault allegedly happened, and by extension the number of boys who tried to rape her.
  • She left without telling her best friend?
  • She left without WARNING her best friend there were two rapists in the house?
  • No one asked why she was leaving or found it strange enough to ask her the following day why she just vanished from the party?
  • She can remember how many beers she had (one) but not whose house she was in, how she got home, the date, the place, how many people were there (sometimes it’s 4, or 5 or 6), or anything solid?
  • She will show the Washington Post her therapist’s note but not the Senate, which represents We the People?

No one who believes in truth can declare this nonsense credible. But beyond that, where is the instinct of human decency that makes it impossible to cruelly and publicly smear a man as having “credible” sexual assault allegation leveled against him when those allegations are the very definition of horse shit.

For God’s sake, what are these Fox News cowards basing the words “credible” on? On something as unreliable as presentation and performance… How many witnesses against the wrongly accused are credible? How about we flip the script and remember that Bill Cosby’s credible presentation and performance as America’s Dad allowed him to serial rape for 50 years.

Or does Fox News actually know just how un-credible Dr. Ford is, but rather than fight for truth, for The Individual, they prefer to surrender to the mob because that’s easier, safer, less stressful, and what you are supposed to do.

A man’s life and career and name and reputation are on the line, his accusers actions and accusations are, by any standard, equal parts deceptive, dishonest, and implausible… And there was Fox News spreading the fake news that 2 + 2 = 5.

P.S. Maybe it’s time for President Trump to step calmly away from the Fox News.

Ford’s Friend At Party Of Alleged Kav Attack Releases Statement On FBI Investigation

H/T Right Wing Folks.

More doubts being cast on Christine Blasey Ford’s story but this story will not see the light of day in the drive-by media.

Christine Blasey Ford accused Brett Kavanaugh, a Supreme Court nominee, of sexual misconduct. Allegedly, Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and attempted to remove her clothing. Needless to say, Ford’s accusation postponed Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote until the FBI looks into her claims. In the meantime, Ford listed a few witnesses that were allegedly at the party when the incident happened and unfortunately for her, none of those witnesses confirmed her claims as they cannot remember attending such a party.

One of those witnesses is Leland Keyser who happens to be Ford’s close friend. Keyser’s attorney has recently issued a statement, that again indicates she has no recollection of the event whatsoever and that she doesn’t even remember Kavanaugh. Thus, the only evidence Ford provided so was is her testimony before the Senate on Thursday.

On Saturday, Keyser’s attorney, Howard Walsh, said that his client cannot provide any essential information as she has no knowledge of the event taking place.

“Simply put, Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford,” said Walsh.

“Ms. Keyser asked that I communicate to the committee her willingness to cooperate fully with the FBI’s supplemental investigation of Dr. Christine Ford’s allegation against Judge Brett Kavanaugh,” said Wash in a letter sent to the  Senate Judiciary Committee.

“As my client as already made clear, she does not know Judge Kavanaugh and has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford,” he continued.

This, however, does not mean that Keyser doesn’t believe Ford.

“Notably Mr. Keyser does not refute Dr. Ford’s account, and she has already told the press that she believes Dr. Ford’s account. Her belief in her friend didn’t keep Keyser from conveying that “the simple and unchangeable truth is that she is unable to corroborate it because she has no recollection of the incident in question,” added Walsh.

Shannon Bream

@ShannonBream

BREAKING: letter to ⁦@senjudiciary⁩ Committee from atty for the female Dr. Ford says was at the 1982 party (Leland Keyser)

Kayser’s statement was issued as a response to the decision made by the Senate that the FBI is to investigate further into the allegations made against Kavanaugh. President Trump was also among those who approved of this decision, although, he set some ground rules.

“I’ve ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to update Judge Kavanaugh’s file. As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week,” said Trump in a statement.

Sarah Sanders

@PressSec

Statement from President @realDonaldTrump:
“I’ve ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to update Judge Kavanaugh’s file. As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week.”

Despite the fact that Democrats and Republicans finally found common ground on the matters, it appears that some Republicans still think Democrats took things to another levels as in their opinion, this is more than just an attempt to delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, called this entire process an orchestrated “charade” and called out his colleges on victimizing both Kavanaugh and Ford.

Identity Of Woman Who Screamed At Flake In Elevator Revealed, Sickening Connections Surface

H/T Right Wing Folks.

There was never any doubt in my mind that Anna Maria Archila was a George Soros stooge.

Ana Maria Archila, who on Friday, shouted at Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona while he was in an elevator, hasn’t stopped voicing her opinion just yet. Maria Gallagher, the other woman in the elevator, along with Archila are now called “heroes”  by many left-wing supporters.

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These two heroes, who confronted @JeffFlake this morning, just changed the course of the Kavanaugh process. We❤️you so much, @AnaMariaArchil2 and Maria Gallagher.

Apparently, Archila isn’t simply an everyday woman who vehemently supports the victims of sexual assault. Despite being a skilled activist, she is also a co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy, a left-wing organization funded by the liberal billionaire George Soros.

“George Soros is one of the largest funders to the CPD. Soros provided the CPD with $130,000 from the Foundation to Promote Open Society in 2014 and $1,164,500 in 2015. Soros provided an additional $705,000 from the Open Society Policy Center in 2016.” reported The Washington Free Beacon in 2017.

As Flake made his way to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Friday, after indicating that he will vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, several women confronted him while blocking the elevator door.

“This is not tolerable!” they screamed at him.

“You have children in your family. Think about them! I have two children. I cannot imagine that for the next 50 years they will have to have someone in the Supreme Court who has been accused of violating a young girl. What are you doing, sir?!” Archila yelled at Flake.

When Archila was asked by an aide if she wanted to talk to a staffer, she responded: “No. I want to talk to him. Don’t talk to me.”

Gallagher told Flake that she was a victim of sexual assault and that his decision has personal significance for her.

“I didn’t tell anyone, and you’re telling all women that they don’t matter, that they should just stay quiet because if they tell you what happened to them you are going to ignore them. That’s what happened to me, and that’s what you are telling all women in America, that they don’t matter,” Gallagher said.

“Look at me when I’m talking to you,” she shouted. “You are telling me that my assault doesn’t matter, that what happened to me doesn’t, and that you’re going to let people who do these things into power. That’s what you’re telling me when you vote for him. Don’t look away from me.”

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NOW: @AnaMariaArchil2 confronts @JeffFlake before Senate Judiciary Committee. Shares her story of sexual assault and demands an explanation on his statement saying he will vote to confirm Kavanaugh. He refuses to answer. @CPDAction @BeAHeroTeam

Flake listened to what they had to say, occasionally nodded in response and then continued to the hearing, after the women allowed him to pass.

In an interview Friday with The New York Times, Archila said: “I wanted him to feel my rage.”

When Flake’s private meetings with Senate Democrats finished, he told the panel that he would vote to confirm Kavanaugh if an FBI investigation is conducted and the Senate vote is postponed.

Archila believes that his decision to delay the vote is a result to what she said to him.

“His reaction shows the power that we have, together, when we chose to tell our stories and stand up for our vision of an inclusive society. When we take action, we breathe new life and possibility into our democracy,” Archila wrote on Saturday in an Op-Ed for USA Today.

However, it seems that Archila and other protesters weren’t there to support victims of sexual assault only. According to her Op-Ed, Archila had political motives for the confrontation as well.

“Much of his record on civil rights, worker protections, health care and reproductive justice is an abomination. So, too, is his personal history of treating women as less deserving of respect and control over our lives, as these accusations against him have shown,” Archila wrote in her USA Today commentary.

It may not be surprising that she was against Kavanaugh for his politics, but her ties with Soros only contribute to the fact that there are protesters who are paid players.

 

 

Sen. Hatch Sends Letter To FBI About ‘Deeply Troubling’ Behavior From Ford’s Lawyers

H/T Right Wing Folks.

I agree with Senator Orrin Hatch(R-UT) Ford’s lawyer Debra Katz is a shady sleaze bag, to say the least.

Orrin Hatch, a Republican Senator for Utah, was one of the people who indicated that Democrats will do everything in their power to postpone Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote to the Supreme Court and that they are using Ford’s allegations to do so. Now, he is demanding to be notified if the bureau encounters any stall tactics while the FBI is investigating into the allegations against Kavanaugh.

Hatch also spoke of the “deeply troubling” behavior of one of Ford’s lawyers, Debra Katz.

On Fridays, the Senate Judiciary Committee made a decision, which President Trump backed up, regarding Kavanaugh’s case to allow the FBI to conduct an investigation and look into Ford’s claims, who indicated that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her when they were both in high school. However, the panel also agreed that the investigation is to last only for a week.

Hatch then, sent a letter to the FBI Director Christopher Wray and released a copy of it on his website.

“The President noted that this request should be limited in scope and completed in one week from yesterday,” Hatch wrote.

Hatch also noted that the alleged witnesses and Ford have agreed to cooperate and yet he expressed his concern of possible impedance of the investigation.

“I am writing to request, however, that you notify the White House Counsel’s Office immediately if any witness(es) or their representatives seek to delay or are uncooperative in this process,” he said.

Then, he revealed that the reason behind his concerns is Katz’s apparent conduct.

“One key reason for my concern regarding possible delay comes from testimony during the hearing this past Thursday. According to Dr. Ford, she would have preferred to have been interviewed in California, away from the spectacle of a public hearing. But her lawyers apparently refused to convey to their client numerous offers by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley to conduct a public or private interview in a location of her choosing,” wrote Hatch.

“The lawyers’ refusal led directly to a public hearing, against Dr. Ford’s express wishes. This is deeply troubling,” he continued.

With regard to the investigation, President Trump tweeted on Saturday that even though he limited the length of the investigation to a week, the FBI is allowed to take the investigation wherever it leads them. The initial reports indicated that the FBI are confined to Ford’s claims only.

Donald J. Trump

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NBC News incorrectly reported (as usual) that I was limiting the FBI investigation of Judge Kavanaugh, and witnesses, only to certain people. Actually, I want them to interview whoever they deem appropriate, at their discretion. Please correct your reporting!

“NBC News incorrectly reported (as usual) that I was limiting the FBI investigation of Judge Kavanaugh, and witnesses, only to certain people. Actually, I want them to interview whoever they deem appropriate, at their discretion. Please correct your reporting!” Trump tweeted.

Raj Shah, the White House spokesman, confirmed what Trump said in his tweet.

“The scope and duration has been set by the Senate,” Shah said, according to Fox News. “The White House is letting the FBI agents do what they are trained to do.”

On Friday, Hatch said that he doesn’t see a reason for an investigation to be conducted but despite that, he supports the decision as it would make other senators more assured to vote for Kavanaugh after.

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The FBI’s supplemental background investigation will help those with remaining doubts after this week’s hearing.

The limited scope will prevent frivolous accusations like these from creating further unnecessary delay. https://twitter.com/senjudiciary/status/1046191093241589761?s=21 

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.@senjudiciary today referred potential false statements alleging misconduct by Judge Kavanaugh to federal law enforcement for criminal investigation after accuser recanted.http://bit.ly/2xNK4sy 

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“While I personally believe it is appropriate to proceed with Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation at this time, I recognize that some members feel that additional investigation could be useful. I support the decision for an investigation limited in length and scope as described today. This will address the concerns raised by Senator Flake and others while also being fair to the Kavanaugh family,” said Hatch in a statement on Friday.

Rosie Gay Shames Graham For Sticking Up For Kavanaugh, ‘F*CK U Closeted Idiot!’

H/T Clash Daily.

Rosie O’Donnell is a half-witted never really was trying for fifteen minutes of fame by running off at her ignorant mouth.

Rosie just went full Rosie. You NEVER want to go ‘full Rosie’. She needs to put down the phone and seek help.

No, really. That’s not even a ‘dig’ at her.

This respose just isn’t rational.

With the passions of the Kavanaugh hearings near their peak, Rosie showed us exactly what kind of irrational whackjobs the other side attracts.

Latest: Rosie Gay Shames Graham For Sticking Up For Kavanaugh, ‘F*CK U Closeted Idiot!’

If their ‘leaders’ play Spartacus on TV, what can we really expect of their followers?

Not only are there large Soros-funded groups of protesters deliberately putting ‘maximum pressure’ on disrupting and derailing the process — including the protesters that flooded the halls of the Senate, and harassed the Senators during the hearings itself, but countless talking heads in the Media(D) and Twitter have been pressing for Americans to kick Due Process to the curb and have emotions drive every decision.

Some of these are the same Antifa-connected shmucks who gathered protesters to drive Ted Cruz and his wife out of a restaurant to pressure them NOT to support Kavanaugh.

So what are the rules of their partisan game? It suddenly ‘OK’ to throw around homosexual slurs?

Or do leftists just get a pass because nobody expects good behavior out of them?

Maybe a better question is this:
Why does Hollywood think about the fact that Rosie thinks accusing someone of being homosexual is an insult? Where’s Dan Savage and his ‘It Get’s Better’ schtick on this one?

This particular dustup goes back to the Avenatti circus, where Senator Lindsey Graham responded to the Creepy Porn Lawyer’s ‘gang rape’ claims that even the Democratic Senators didn’t take seriously enough to question Kavanaugh about during the hearings.

Rosie — of course — read that tweet in the most jaded possible way. It ‘proves’ (in her diseased imagination) that he ‘doesn’t listen’ to victims. He’s the patriarchy, you see. He’s a ‘gay’ idiot, you see.

Did you catch that, everyone? It sounds like she just claimed Gay Men are the Patriarchy.

Maybe she thinks that’s why they don’t date women.

Here it is, in her own words:

Suddenly, it’s ok for Lesbians to utter gay slurs now? That’s kinda weird. It doesn’t sound very ‘inclusive’. Especially if we’re all supposed to believe gender is a social construct.

She’s not the only one throwing out that particular jab, either.

With John McCain’s body barely cold in the ground, Bill Maher went one further on his show, as part of believing Ford unequivocally, and presuming the worst about the man she accused.

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Bill Maher Trashes Lindsey Graham For Fiery Kavanaugh Speech: He Needs the ‘Stabilizing Influence of His Dead Boyfriend’ John McCain

Really? Defaming a dead man? That’s so classy.

Roseanne was ‘erased’ not only from her show but from syndication and TV history entirely for statements far less malicious than either of these.

But Rosie will keep her blue check mark because the Left can do no wrong. And Maher didn’t actually ‘insult’ someone. He told a joke. Like Rosanne. Whose career was destroyed.

The term “Double Standards” doesn’t even BEGIN to describe it.

Why does the left so passionately hate a guy who the Right usually writes off as a milquetoast and nondescript ideological ‘squish’?

What suddenly poked the left’ little hornet’s nest of indignation to put HIS name in their mouth?

It probably had something to do with this:

WATCH: Lindsey Graham BLASTS The Democrats Witch Hunt Of Kavanaugh and It’s Awesome!

The Costco-Sized can of whoop-ass he opened up during the hearings.

The saying is, if you’re taking fire, you know you’re over the target.

In that case, Senator, welcome to the ‘war’.

Fox News Fires Contributor over Comments on Kavanaugh Hearing

H/T Right Wing Folks.

I can not find any fault in anything Kevin Jackson had to say.

He sure as Hell got the skank part right look real close at Ford she looks like she has been rode hard and put up wet.

 

Fox News severed its ties to contributor Kevin Jackson on Thursday after Jackson tweeted a string of vulgar attacks on women making sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

During Thursday’s hearing in which both Kavanaugh and accuser Christine Blasey Ford spoke to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Jackson called the women who have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct “lying skanks.”

Fox responded by ending its relationship with him.

“Kevin Jackson has been terminated as a contributor,” Fox said in a statement, according to Time. “His comments on today’s hearings were reprehensible and do not reflect the values of Fox News.”

Kavanaugh has denied three separate accusations of sexual assault from the 1980s when he was in high school and college.

Jackson attacked the accusers in several tweets.

Kevin Jackson@KevinJacksonTBS

I disagree. Feminists are their own worst enemies, and enemy of women.

Also, they want men to NEVER be believed. I’m not succumbing.

TO HELL with the notion that women must be believed no matter what. Lying skanks is what these 3 women are, and we ALL know more https://twitter.com/mlwelch31/status/1045319212342882311 

“Feminists are their own worst enemies, and the enemy of women,” Jackson tweeted. “Also, they want men to NEVER be believed. I’m not succumbing. To HELL with the notion women must be believed no matter what. Lying skanks is what these three women are, and we ALL know more.”

In another tweet, he said, “Leftist women are skanky for the most part. More will be sued and made to pay for their lies.”

One tweet that he later deleted took a very personal shot at Ford.

“#ChristineBlaseyFord academic problems came from her PROMISCUITY! Dang girl, stop opening your legs and OPEN A BOOK!”  he posted, according to Variety.

Other tweets offered his take on the hearing.

Kevin Jackson@KevinJacksonTBS

We get it , you want the Swamp Rat remnant to drum up evidence that doesn’t exist

Kevin Jackson@KevinJacksonTBS

To : “Put yourself in our shoes, Sir”

What Kavanaugh should have said: I can’t FIT in those TINY shoes

Jackson offered no apology, and even after being fired he was taunting those whose feathers he ruffled.

Kevin Jackson@KevinJacksonTBS

It’s funny to watch dismiss but then chide me for getting fired

If Fox sucks, then what did I lose?

“Just so we are clear #Leftists, I stand on my principles even if it costs me a gig You remain lying scum, willing to CRUSH good people for your devilish ideology,” he tweeted Friday.

Kevin Jackson@KevinJacksonTBS

Hey FORMER guy here, and UNCENSORED PROUD AMERICAN

Just letting you know that my time today has arisen to start kicking you in the tail feathers!

Jackson, who hosts a syndicated radio show, he had been a Fox contributor since 2014. He is the author of the book “Race Pimping: The Multi-Trillion Dollar Business of Liberalism.”