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B-2 Crash Report

509th Bomb Wing

The Associated Press reports that the Air Force investigation has determined that Moisture caused $1.4 billion bomber crash

HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii (AP) — The Air Force said the first crash of a B-2 stealth bomber was caused by moisture in sensors and estimated the loss of the aircraft at $1.4 billion.

The crash probably could have been avoided if knowledge of a technique to evaporate the moisture had been disseminated throughout the B-2 program, Maj. Gen. Floyd L. Carpenter, who headed an accident investigation board, said Thursday.

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June 6, 2008   7 Comments

Bisignano Spinach di Kryten

Bisignano Spinach

Ingredients

1½ lbs. fresh spinach, cooked and finely chopped (or 2 10oz. packages frozen chopped spinach, cooked)
1 16oz. ricotta (or cottage cheese) (reduced fat cheese may be used)
1 cup bread crumbs (or packaged herb stuffing)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
¼ cup sliced fresh mushrooms (or canned sliced mushrooms, drained)
½ cup chopped green capsicum (pepper)
1 cup sour cream (light or reduced fat cram may be used)
¼ cup homemade (or bottled/canned) spaghetti sauce
1 lb. mozzarella cheese, thin sliced
1 tsp. chopped basil
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese.

Preparation

1. In a large bowl, combine spinach, ricotta or cottage cheese, bread crumbs, eggs, mushrooms, and capsicum (green pepper).

2. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

3. Pour mixture into a buttered 9×13-inch baking dish and spread sour cream on top.

4. Pour on a layer of spaghetti sauce, using most, but not all, of sauce. Cover with a layer of mozzarella cheese slices.

5. Spread remaining spaghetti sauce over cheese slices. Sprinkle with basil and Parmesan cheese.

6. Bake for 30 minutes.

Note that I have added alternatives in brackets to the ingredients to make it easier, but the original ingredient is best! 😉

June 6, 2008   6 Comments

The Fiesta of Five Flags

In fairness I should mention that Pensacola’s Fiesta of Five Flags has also started. Next year marks the 450th anniversary of the first attempt by the Spanish to settle in the area that has become the US. That attempt was interrupted by a hurricane, which is why St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied city [founded by Europeans] in the US.

They still use the wrong flags, but they have gotten better. I did notice that they use the wrong British flag at their Fiesta site, but the correct one on the city’s flag poles. At least Earl Bowden got them to use the proper flag for the Confederate year.

June 6, 2008   35 Comments

D-Day

“Over sixty years later, the Normandy invasion, codenamed Operation Overlord, still remains the largest seaborne invasion in history, involving almost three million troops crossing the English Channel from England to Normandy in then German-occupied France.”

The BBC has an article in their On This Day series and a Flash animation of the Allied landings.

Also on this day:

1966James Meredith, the first black man to enter the University of Mississippi, was shot and wounded after entering Mississippi on a civil rights march.

1968Robert Francis Kennedy died after being shot earlier following his primary victory in California.

“Laws can embody standards; governments can enforce laws–but the final task is not a task for government. It is a task for each and every one of us. Every time we turn our heads the other way when we see the law flouted–when we tolerate what we know to be wrong–when we close our eyes and ears to the corrupt because we are too busy, or too frightened–when we fail to speak up and speak out–we strike a blow against freedom and decency and justice.”

June 6, 2008   2 Comments

Friday Cat Blogging

Air Conditioning

Friday Cat Blogging

Turn it off!

[Editor: I assume it is because of her age, but Dot really doesn’t like the AC, even though I have it at 78°. As you can see, if you are a cat owner, she has gone “rabbit”, as if she were freezing. She could just lay atop one of the system units, but she would rather nag.]

Friday Ark

June 6, 2008   10 Comments