Wednesday's Scare

Whew. The panic factor got mighty high for a moment there in Washington Wednesday. Your e-mails on that later in the blog. First, though, our plans for Thursday:

The Bolton vote: Some former heavy-hitters are weighing in to support the president's nominee for U.S. ambassador to the U.N.; but his confirmation is far from certain in Thursday's Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting. Let me know what you think of Bolton, both pro and con; my e-mail is

We'll finally get to interview Alexandra Pelosi (search) about her new book, "Sneaking into the Flying Circus: How the Media Turn Our Presidential Campaigns into Freak Shows"; and we hope to have the Georgia teacher who was fired for lowering a student's grade when the student slept in class. Also — just for fun — comedian David Brenner will stop by to visit the studio! (I love him.)

Now to your comments about Wednesday's scare in DC:

WOW, that was scary. Not the actual event but our response. Everyone would have been much safer inside rather than standing out in the open should it have been a [chemical/biological] attack. We still have a long way to go.
—John, New Jersey

It makes me wonder how long before our congressmen are willing to give up the convenience of Reagan National Airport and do the right thing? Reagan should be shut down, relocated further away from so many vital buildings in the Capital, and the no-fly zone over DC greatly expanded.
—Philip Prindeville, Boise, Idaho

Philip, I doubt that will happen, but our guest Wednesday, John Loftus (search), made a worthwhile suggestion for the near term: We should establish a criminal statute forbidding penetration of the no-fly zone — with a REALLY stiff penalty. Like losing your pilot's license. Then we won't have small planes violating the air space like the FAA (search) says they do 3 to 4 times a day.

As for Loftus, several of you took exception to his theorizing the pilot was likely some “rich kid” out joyriding:

He implied that only the very rich can fly these planes. I'm not rich. A good Cessna 150/152 can be bought for around $20,000 to $25,000. My husband and I belong to a club that owns a 150. To fly the plane for one hour costs $35...
—Joanne Dow

Joanne, at this point it looks like the pilot belonged to a similar club — which means John Loftus's theory may be wrong. Thanks to all of you who wrote in to set the record straight.


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