Changes In Store

I’m going to make some wholesale changes here.  Things maybe a little rough for a few days.  I apologize in advance for that.


G7 Comparison

Every so often you run across something that is refreshingly blunt. Mark Steyn has a post up that is one of those. It is a refreshing comparison of the United States relative position within the G7 group. It does some interesting compares of relative happiness within the group of nations, and postulates on why there is a difference.

Europeans did “vote for their own best interests” — i.e., cradle-to-grave welfare, 35 hour work-weeks, six weeks of paid vacation, etc — and as a result they now face a perfect storm of unsustainable entitlements, economic stagnation, and declining human capital that’s left them so demographically beholden to unassimilable levels of immigration that they’re being remorselessly Islamized with every passing day.

More importantly, it is one of those articles that allows for some clear comparisons of the possible results of the US government changing to emulate the governments and societies of other G7 nations. It is a very clearly opinionated post and in some respects is humorous given the extreme positions.

Give it a read, have a chuckle, and then think about it.

I especially liked the quote from Keith Reade. While it is an extreme position, this is not an unusual European view of the US.

NASA’s Future

I think everyone recognizes that the glamour that surrounded the space program of the 60’s and 70’s pretty much gone.  The imagination that the program triggered in people during that period has been replaced but what is “more real” from the Hollywood special effects group.   I mean come on flying an X-Wing fighter in the trenches of the Death star, easy stuff no orbital mechanics, no zero g, no high g, no worries about fuel states, or exotic materials.  Re-entry, piece of cake R2D2 is there to manage and monitor malfunctions and prevent catastrophic failures.

Unfortunately, reality is a bit different.  Rocket Science is truly rocket science, and it is tough stuff.  Just the flight operational stuff is pretty heavy physics with all of the orbital mechanics involved.  Precise thrust and burn calculations, attitudes, hitting that re-entry window and making sure that the angle is just right.  It’s dangerous and complicated but, the perception is that it has become routine.

If you start to really look at the mechanics of designing, building and maintaining a orbital delivery system (spacecraft)… WOW.  You might think aircraft are complicated, spacecraft even more so.

Take all of that background as context and start to work your way through Barack Obama’s platform position on NASA.

“As president, Obama will support the development of this vital new platform [CEV] to ensure that the United States’ reliance on foreign space capabilities is limited to the minimum possible time period.”

Ignoring for the moment that the CEV is designed for delivery of crew to lunar orbit or surface, essentially the way that I read this is that we will be reliant on foriegn space delivery capabilities. I can see it now, “New US Naval Reconnisance Satellite Destroyed During Launch – US reconnisance capabilities took another setback overnight as the Chinese launch vehicle carrying two US satellite’s was destroyed during the primary boost phase.  Chinese officials said that the vehicle’s telemetry indicated that the rocket was off course and would not make orbit, thus necessitating the abort command and self destruct sequence on the rocket.  This marks the sixth Chinese launch of US or UK assets that has met with catastrophic failure, in the last eight attempts… ”

Folks, take a really hard look at the candidate’s positions this fall before you vote for president.  You will likely not like every position that these folks espouse.  You may not like most of their positions but, there are some fundamental common sense things that you should expect a US President to have.  Find the one that you think has the most, and let’s hope that one does the least damage to this nation.

American Thinker has a more detailed discussion of this issue if you are interested.

School Violence

Over at Legion’s Fate there is a nice little post about killing sprees.  This as a result of the recent act that was prevented in NC.  Some pointed reminders about what really comes into play when a large number of homicidal acts is perpetrated by a single, or small group, of individuals.

The cliff note’s version is that guns are generally not the primary weapon.

So many people think that firearms are the only tool that enable one to kill, but this is flawed logic. There are more efficient ways to mass murder, and the materials are readily available to anyone.

Go give it a read.

Earth Day…

… is also Lenin’s Birthday.

Hmm…interesting coincidence or something else?

Lenin’s political philosophy knew nothing of morality, he once said that, “There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel.” Some environmentalists take this to heart as well, placing metal spikes in trees so that when these trees get to lumber mills the spike will ruin the saws and have in some cases injured or even killed mill workers.

You decide.

Patriot’s Day

Today is Patriot’s Day.  The day that the fledgling colonies took up arms against the British.

Patriots Day may be the least known American holiday, and the day most deserving of our recognition. Observed in Massachusetts and Maine only. Don’t know it? It marks the day, April 19, 1775, on which Americans took up arms against their king, and bled, at the crack of terrible dawn.

Go here for a well written account of the day.

Today’s Humor

An Amish farmer, walking through his field, notices a man kneeling down and drinking from his farm pond.

The Amish farmer shouts:

‘Trink das wasser nicht. Die kuhen haben dahin gesheissen.’ (Which means: ‘Don’t drink the water, the cows have crapped in it.’)

The kneeling man shouts back:

‘I’m a Muslim, I don’t understand you. I speak Arabic and English. If you can’t speak in the sacred tongue of Islam, speak in English.’

The Amish farmer says:

‘Use two hands, you’ll get more.’