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February 09, 2007

Air Pelosi ~ I'll C-20 and Raise You!

Pentagon Rejects Speaker Pelosi's Request for Military Aircraft
abc news

This is a long article, 4 pages, so I am just putting some of it here-- Wild Thing.....................

A source close to the controversy over the request made by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for use of a military plane that can fly to and from her home district in San Francisco, Calif., without having to stop to refuel, tells ABC News that the Pentagon has rebuffed Pelosi's request.
The source says that Pentagon officials and the Bush administration have instead offered Pelosi use of the same plane made available to former Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Illinois: a C-20, which seats about 12 passengers and five crew members.

A C-20 can make the 700-mile flight to Hastert's Aurora, Ill., district easily but would generally have to stop to refuel to complete the 2,800-mile trip from Washington D.C. to the San Francisco Bay Area, depending on the headwinds.

Pelosi has expressed concern about having to stop and refuel, primarily for security reasons, her office says. Since 9/11, the Speaker of the House — second in line behind the Vice President in the line of presidential succession — has been able to use a military plane for travel, for security reasons.

Pentagon spokesman Cmdr. J.D. Gordon outlined the rules and restrictions governing Speaker Pelosi's use of the C-20:

* No more than 10 passengers (C-20's seat only 12 passengers, not including up to 5 crew members);

* No travel to political events;

* Members of the speaker's family cannot fly unless the speaker makes a request in writing. The Pelosi family has to reimburse the U.S. Treasury for the cost of a coach ticket per person for the travel, as well as for any food;

* Members of Congress cannot fly on the plane unless their travel has been cleared with the House Committee on Standards (the Ethics Committee);

* Pelosi's husband can travel for free, but only for official protocol purposes.

In response to the Pentagon offer, Pelosi spokesman Brendan Daly tells ABC News, "We appreciate the Defense Department's continuing concern for the Speaker's security. We are reviewing their letter."

Pelosi responded to Republican critics who have accused her of making unreasonable demands on the Pentagon for a luxurious airplane her Republican predecessor never requested.

"I want an aircraft that will reach California," Pelosi told reporters Wednesday afternoon, insisting that she doesn't care what kind of plane it is as long as it can fly nonstop to her home district. "

Because the C-20 generally would need to stop and refuel to make it all the way to the Bay Area, Pelosi requested a plane that could make it to California without having to stop along the way, and asked for clarification from the Pentagon about whether friends and colleagues could accompany her.

Various Republican officials in recent days have claimed that Pelosi has requested a C-32 plane for her travels — a luxurious and specially configured version of the Boeing 757-200 commercial intercontinental airliner.

The plane seats 45 passengers with business-class accommodations and a crew of up to 16, depending on the mission. It features a communications center, a fully enclosed stateroom for the primary passenger, a changing area, a conference facility, an entertainment system, and a convertible divan that seats three and folds out to a bed. The C-32 can cost as much as $22,000 an hour to operate. It's normally used by the first lady, the vice president, Cabinet officials and members of Congress upon request.

Witchy Woman from the Eagles (1973) ROTFL

Wild Thing's comment........

She wanted 42 business class seats, a bedroom with a bed and an entertainment center. The plane she wanted had a crew of 16. $300,000 roundtrip.

The terrorists would think losing her would be tantamount to loosing Zarquawi or Bin Laden. They'll put out an all point bulletin to stay away from her plane so she propbably doesn't need too much protection. She doesn't fight in the trenches, but behind the scenes, she undermines those trying to do the fighting. Maybe that female astronaught could be her personal driver. Just wear those diapers and drive straight through. heh heh

On a serious note, Ben Stein's article from weeks ago was excellent, he described how the Democrats, unable to impeach Bush, have decided to simply marginalize him by conducting their own National and Foreign Policy agendas. Pelosi and the Dems want their own Air Force One, with their own press corps in tow, hoping all over the globe, meeting with Foreign leaders, making their own deals and treaties, and generally speaking for the nation, as if the President didnt exist. Air Force One is a very powerful symbol of American authority, and the Dems know they wont get their hands on one of the big -47s, so the 757 is their next best hope. The refueling and security issues are just a ruse, something they can use to get a willing media to back them.

Posted by Wild Thing at February 9, 2007 12:55 AM


I'm glad they're putting the brakes on her.
All she wants to do is spend my hard earned tax dollars.
She's burned a lot of bridges and thinks she deserves only the best at us middle class taxpayers expense.
No, Nazi, I'm sorry. Thanks for playing the game. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200.

Posted by: Lynn at February 9, 2007 06:16 AM

"Pelosi has expressed concern about having to stop and refuel, primarily for security reasons, her office says"

I understand her security concerns of having to stop at an Air Force base to refuel as we all know how unsecure military installations are. Also, she may get too close to some pion airman or NCO while waiting in Base Ops for the refuel to be completed. We can't have her Royal Highness getting to close to the uneducated fools who chose to serve their nation without having ambitions of power like her and Johnny Boy Kerry.

Posted by: BobF at February 9, 2007 07:30 AM

"I want an aircraft that will reach California," Pelosi told reporters Wednesday afternoon, insisting that she doesn't care what kind of plane it is as long as it can fly nonstop to her home district. "

I wonder if the USAF still has some old C54s or C118s in service somewhere..non stop but a long damn flight.

Posted by: GUYK at February 9, 2007 08:47 AM

How about an Atlas rocket Nancy to carry your moonbat ass non-stop to the moon, one-way.

Posted by: TomR at February 9, 2007 08:53 AM

Look at Pelosi's eyes, you'll see a soulless apparition much like the Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus), listen to her screeching noises and see her destructive methods and you'll understand why I feel the same way as this gentleman does about them, I feel the same repugnance toward the party that has abandoned us. They behave like the enemy, where they have the same beliefs yet fight for dominance in their quest to destroy the nation, I'm not referring to Sunni versus Shiite but Democrat versus Republican, both hell bent to surrender your freedom and liberty to a one world government and lacking the will to resist in their power struggle. I'm filled with utter contempt and disgust with them. Put that Hugo Chavez bitch on a drone then shoot it down.

Posted by: Jack at February 9, 2007 09:20 AM

So Nancy wants an airplane to travel to and from DC.
She wants a plane that can fly non-stop from DC to San Francisco from the Military that she has said she would cut funds to if she had too, and one that she does not support.

She needs a larger plane. Unfortunately the persistent has already been set with former Speakers of the House.

I say let her have one.

Give her a C-130! It is a larger plane that can fly from DC to San Francisco without having to land to re-fuel, it might have to be re-fueled in mid-air though, I am not sure. It has a large cargo deck with lots of room, they could put a really nice recliner type sofa on it which would be much more comfortable than any commercial type reclining seat, a desk could be put almost anywhere in the plane, and if it is to noisy she could get a good pair of Bose ear muff/headphones. Oh yes, it might need a port-a-potty. If anything goes wrong with the plane they are easy to jump out of, with a parachute of course. I could go on and on, just my ideas.

Posted by: John 5 (VN69-70) at February 9, 2007 02:08 PM

Why is she any better that the past 110 speakers of the house, she needs a larger plane, for what ? What about all the C02 emissions, a bigger plane will emit, all the extra fuel a bigger plane will burn.

Why doesn't she get a faster broom.

Posted by: Mark at February 9, 2007 02:58 PM

Dennis had one, so I want one. Hey Nancy, have you considered actually doing some real work in Congress? And I'm not talking about that 100 hour agenda. Swiss cheese ethics reform is not genuine reform. At the rate your caving on responsibility, you'll be serving 100 hours of community service before one member of Congress sees real jail time for ethics violations.
Congress passed two laws as of last week. Not one from the 100 hour agenda. They renamed a park and revised the House Page Board. Parents of pages must have been real impressed.

Posted by: Stanford Matthews at February 9, 2007 05:18 PM

Lynn, hahahaha Love the "Do not pass Go, do not collect $200." good one!

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 10, 2007 12:08 AM

Bob, heh heh yes can you imagine her having to sit there and be around all those military people after her support for Murtha too.

neaner neaner Pelosi. hahahaha

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 10, 2007 12:10 AM

GUY, giggle she would just love that, nice long flights.....and her fingers tapping and getting impatient. Love it

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 10, 2007 12:12 AM

Tom what was that guys name...... hmmmm oh yes Jackie Gleason. hahahahaha What you said remined me of something he used to say about sending his wife to the moon I think it was. hahahhaa

Thanks Tom for the fun memory of that old show.

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 10, 2007 12:13 AM

Jack, yep I agree, we need such a huge cleaning of our government it would probably send the earth on a different axis to do it.

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 10, 2007 12:14 AM

John, omg I love it. Yes tons of room for her. heh heh

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 10, 2007 12:15 AM

Mark a broom fits her to a T. It will never be enough for these slime.

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 10, 2007 12:16 AM

Stanford, exactly, wow that was a ton of hard work. You are so right!!

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 10, 2007 12:18 AM

I wonder how big a Trebuchet you would need to propel her from D.C. to San Francisco. What the hell if its too big and they miss there target, no harm, no foul.

Posted by: Mark at February 10, 2007 12:19 PM