Sunday, August 28, 2011

Boeing 787 Dreamliner is certified

The Dream is Here


The FAA presented Boeing with a type certificate and production certificate for the innovative composite airliner during a ceremony at Boeing’s factory north of Seattle. The pieces of paper mean the Dreamliner can begin commercial service, and they represent the culmination of several billion dollars of investment for the aerospace giant and almost as many headaches.

Boeing attempted a grand experiment with the Dreamliner, one that proved far more difficult to execute than anyone imagined. THE 787 PROJECT TOOK MORE THAN THREE YEARS LONGER THAN EXPECTED, AND THE DELAYS COST BOEING UNTOLD AMOUNTS OF MONEY IN LOST SALES. STILL, THE COMPANY HAS ORDERS FOR MORE THAN 800 DREAMLINERS and hopes customers will find the airplane was worth waiting for.

“This is going to be an airplane that changes the game,” Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Jim Albaugh told the crowd gathered around the first 787, airplane ZA001. “Once our customers get this airplane, I think they’ll forgive us for the fact that it was a little bit late.”

I’m anxious for this to come out. It looks awesome. 

Full Disclosure?

There is a breezy article in The New Republic by Walter Shapiro about WHY RICK PERRY TERRIFIES LIBERALS SUCH AS HIMSELF. THE TITLE IS “RICK PERRY: THE GOD-FEARING, KNOW-NOTHING, PISTOL-PACKING EMBODIMENT OF LIBERALS’ WORST NIGHTMARES.” It is written (rather well) in a sort of self-parodying liberal style. But at one point even the caricature breaks down:

Anti-Intellectualism. Liberals revere high SAT scores. That is why it is no accident that, over the past century, the Democrats have nominated for president five former college or law school professors (Woodrow Wilson, John W. Davis, George McGovern, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama) plus Hubert Humphrey, who was a graduate teaching fellow while working on a Ph.D.

DEMOCRATS SNOOTILY RIDICULED GEORGE W. BUSH’S SCHOLARLY PERFORMANCE, BUT COMPARED TO PERRY, THE 43RD PRESIDENT—WHO EARNED A B.A. FROM YALE AND A HARVARD M.B.A.—SEEMS AS WELL EDUCATED AS JOHN STUART MILL. And Perry revels in this kind of comparison. Asked last week about how he differs from Bush, he tellingly replied, “He’s a Yale graduate. I’m a Texas A&M graduate.”

Liberals have this distorted view of themselves as intellectuals. But actually they are ruled much more by their emotions and far less by the intellect. But they have this delusion and one thing you will never see is a comparison of Perry’s grade to Obama’s grades. It goes along with the old saying, “If you can’t stand the answer, you don’t ask the question.”

UCLA Professor: Without Media Bias the Average US State Would Vote Like Texas or Tennessee

Dr. Tim Groseclose is the Marvin Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics at UCLA. He has joint appointments in the political science and economics departments and has held previous faculty appointments at Caltech, Stanford University, Ohio State University, Harvard University, and Carnegie Mellon University.

Tim released the book Left Turn recently and was on Hannity with Senator Fred Thompson on Friday night to discuss the book.

Interesting. As opposed to “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” we see that the country is voting far more liberally than it would without the media bias. So perhaps the question should be “What’s the Matter with California?” Nah, that would be too long a list.

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