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Helicopter stunt creates buzz at Patriot High School
Washington Post ^ | 9/17/12 | Jenna Johnson

Posted on 09/18/2012 9:16:52 AM PDT by mikey_hates_everything

A black helicopter hovering overhead can lead those below to become worried, scared or suspicious. But when a large aircraft positioned itself over a Prince William County high school’s football field last Wednesday afternoon, students who had just been released for the day excitedly watched as a stuffed bulldog with a red-bandanna parachute emerged.

The big-eyed pup drifted to the turf, delivering a message from a junior boy to a senior girl: “Fall Fest?”

As students look to one-up their classmates for the most outrageous way to ask a girl on a date — in this case Patriot High School’s version of a homecoming dance — this boy’s approach might have set a new standard.

The boy’s father is a senior official in air operations at U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; US: Virginia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: princewilliamco; teens
Your tax dollars at work.
1 posted on 09/18/2012 9:16:56 AM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: mikey_hates_everything

there are no black helicopters...


2 posted on 09/18/2012 9:21:08 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: sten

Ray Liotta knows about those danged black helicopters.


3 posted on 09/18/2012 9:25:03 AM PDT by RexBeach
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To: mikey_hates_everything

Somebody’s dad needs to lose his job.


4 posted on 09/18/2012 9:26:53 AM PDT by STYRO (Do not accept unconstitutional government as legitimate government.)
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To: RexBeach

5 posted on 09/18/2012 9:38:10 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: mikey_hates_everything
“CBP management is looking into the matter and the pilot in command of the aircraft has been relieved and reassigned to administrative duties pending completion of the review of the incident.”

Obviously not on "official business." Clearly the pilot and the kid's old man suffered a major lapse in judgment. Guess who's paying the fuel and maintenance cost for that little stunt.
6 posted on 09/18/2012 9:38:14 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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Geez folks. Lighten up a bit. You really want to see this guy lose his job for this? Seriously?

Come on...


7 posted on 09/18/2012 10:11:14 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Imagine how bad these global protests would be, if Obama hadn't won us so many new friends.)
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To: mikey_hates_everything
Your tax dollars at work.

I had that thought as well, But then, if the chopper was scheduled to be up and flying anyway and the school was not a side trip, no harm done. A quick investigation should settle that.

8 posted on 09/18/2012 10:17:18 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: DoughtyOne

Yes. Seriously.


9 posted on 09/18/2012 10:28:52 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1338 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: mikey_hates_everything
The boy’s father is a senior official at U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Your tax dollars at work.

10 posted on 09/18/2012 10:35:00 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: null and void

Nah. Sorry to disagree on this one, but I do.


11 posted on 09/18/2012 10:41:16 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Imagine how bad these global protests would be, if Obama hadn't won us so many new friends.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Not a problem. It’s still (theoretically) a free country!


12 posted on 09/18/2012 10:50:24 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1338 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: Yo-Yo

That’s the One!!!! LOL!!!


13 posted on 09/18/2012 10:54:37 AM PDT by RexBeach
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To: mikey_hates_everything

If you are going to do something like this, shouldn’t you use your own helicopter?


14 posted on 09/18/2012 10:55:36 AM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: null and void

LOL... or should it be COL?


15 posted on 09/18/2012 10:59:24 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Imagine how bad these global protests would be, if Obama hadn't won us so many new friends.)
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To: DoughtyOne
Geez folks. Lighten up a bit. You really want to see this guy lose his job for this? Seriously?

Lets see, our country has been literally flooded with tens of millions of illegals, to the point where it's choking off our schools, jails, hospitals, social services, not to mention compromising and undermining our electoral process, as a tax paid 20 million dollar border protection helicopter plays a part in a high school dating game?

lol...

16 posted on 09/18/2012 11:09:47 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: mikey_hates_everything

If they were using a regularly scheduled practice or test flight, I got no problem with this.

I do question why customs in Prince William County, Virginia needs a helicopter in the first place. More overfunded bureaucratic spending on shiny toys.


17 posted on 09/18/2012 11:39:46 AM PDT by Valpal1
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To: dragnet2

I’m not sure how far the base of operations is from this school, but it seems entirely possible this helicopter could been tied up for less than fifteen minutes, if the distance was fairly close.

The helicopters don’t fly 24 hours per day. This could have been after a shift, when the craft would have remained unused until the next morning. We don’t even know if the person paid for the fuel himself.

This is massive overkill over something that amounts to next to nothing.

One poster even mentioned the maintenance costs this would generate. Seriously, this is plain silly.


18 posted on 09/18/2012 1:09:22 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Imagine how bad these global protests would be, if Obama hadn't won us so many new friends.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Hello, D1, It’s good to see you again. I don’t participate here much anymore for just the sorts of reasons you’re experiencing here. People have lost their sense of proportion and ability to discriminate the important from the trivial, much less waiting or investigating to discover the facts of a matter... /grin


19 posted on 09/18/2012 2:48:25 PM PDT by tarheelswamprat
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To: tarheelswamprat

I can’t stand not coming here. After reading something on the internet, I always want to talk back and then remember I’m not on FR. LOL


20 posted on 09/18/2012 3:02:36 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Imagine how bad these global protests would be, if Obama hadn't won us so many new friends.)
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To: tarheelswamprat

It’s good to see you too TarHeelSwampRat.


21 posted on 09/18/2012 3:03:08 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Imagine how bad these global protests would be, if Obama hadn't won us so many new friends.)
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To: DoughtyOne
This is massive overkill over something that amounts to next to nothing.

I think it's a dumb way to impress a girl, but I don't have a problem with the pilot going along with it if it was convenient to his duties. I know a couple of helicopter pilots who have done good deeds when they simply needed flight hours for the month. If they have to fly a certain amount anyways and they are not using it for personal profit, then I'm with you.

22 posted on 09/18/2012 3:24:54 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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