Saturday, January 30, 2010

Just Another Nail in the Coffin....

In last night’s State of the Union Address, President Obama said:
We find unity in our incredible diversity, drawing on the promise enshrined in our Constitution: the notion that we are all created equal….

Um, wrong founding document, Mr. President. It is in our Declaration of Independence that we read:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

And this is the same guy who lectured the Supreme Court moments later in the same speech.

Here's an idea for a belated Christmas present:

Friday, January 29, 2010

God Bless 'em All

January 28, 1986 – Space Shuttle Challenger explodes after launch, killing the entire crew. American’s stared in shock at their televisions watching the Challenger accident in full motion video.

The 35th Challenger’s flight had been previously scheduled for January 22, but delayed because of bad weather, high winds and icicles on the launch apparatus. Never had there been a launch approved in freezing weather conditions, but NASA had assured the public that the conditions were safe. They were anxious to launch due to economic considerations and scheduling backlogs.

Political pressure has been suggested as well due to NASA’s heavy publicizing of Christa McAuliffe as the first school teacher in space. She had been selected under a highly competitive process from among 10,000 entries for the opportunity. The Challenger disaster was a severe blow to the American space program, bringing manned flights to a halt for many years. It was also a blow to the American public who had come to think of the Space Shuttle as an important symbol of national identify.

Speaking before the launch, Christa McAuliffe said: “One of the things I hope to bring back into the classroom is to make that connection with the students that they too are part of history, the space program belongs to them and to try to bring them up with the space age.”

I've learned that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Remembering Apollo 1

On January 27th, 1967, three US astronauts were burned to death when their Apollo 1 capsule caught fire during a ground test.

Lieutenant-Colonel Virgil I. 'Gus' Grissom, USAF, Lieutenant-Colonel Edward H. White II, USAF, and Lieutenant-Commander Roger B. Chaffee, USN, were performing a 'plugs-out' test of the capsule, in which it was disconnected from external power and resources and functioned on its own internal systems. As the subsequent inquiry would show, there were serious flaws in the capsule's design, not least of which was, as Wikipedia points out:

Following a worldwide survey of artificial oxygen-rich environments, it was found that rarely if ever had a 100% oxygen environment been created and maintained at such a high pressure, in which a bar of aluminum can burn like wood.

It was never determined precisely what started the fire. Many defects in design and workmanship probably contributed. Its results were tragic. All three astronauts died within seconds.

Following the tragedy, numerous improvements and modifications were made to the Apollo capsule, subsequent examples of which went on to reach the Moon and enabled astronauts to land there.

Today, Launch Complex 34 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida is deserted, most of its structures demolished. Two plaques adorn one of the base pillars.

Let us remember their sacrifice with all honor.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

How Are They Going to Twist This ???

A Roseville man escaped his crushed vehicle that was trapped underwater by an unusual method: gunfire.

Authorities said the 28-year-old man was driving in his station wagon on Industrial Avenue on the bridge over Pleasant Grove Creek when a hands-free cell phone device activated, startling him and causing the vehicle to veer into the chilly waters just before 9:00 a.m. Sunday.

The man, employed as an armed security officer at Thunder Valley Casino, found himself trapped inside his car about six to eight feet below the surface in the 50-degree water.

The Roseville Fire Department said the man used his handgun to shoot out his vehicle window, giving himself an opportunity to escape and swim to safety.

The man flagged down a passing vehicle and was treated for minor injuries by emergency crews.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Saturday, January 16, 2010

If my blog does not meet your standards, then LOWER YOUR STANDARDS. Who the hell do you think you are, anyway?

Monday, January 11, 2010

Why Can't they Learn???

Not long after the Ayatollah Khomeini announced his fatwa against Salman Rushdie, the British novelist suddenly turned up on a Muslim radio station in West London late one night and told his interviewer he'd converted to Islam. Marvelous religion, couldn't be happier, Allahu Akbar and all that. And the Ayatollah said hey, that's terrific news, glad to hear it. But we're still gonna kill you.

Well, even a leftie novelist wises up under those circumstances.

Evidently, the president of the United States takes a little longer.

Barack Obama has spent the past year doing big-time Islamoschmoozing, from his announcement of Gitmo's closure and his investigation of Bush officials, to his bow before the Saudi king and a speech in Cairo to "the Muslim world" with far too many rhetorical concessions and equivocations.

And at the end of it the jihad sent America a thank-you note by way of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's underwear:

Hey, thanks for all the outreach! But we're still gonna kill you.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Just what is a FELON anyways?

In my personal opinion, a felony is a crime so heinous it generally results in the possibility of the death penalty or life in prison. in prison...
Someone who commits a felony should be considered dangerous to society at large, and, for example, dealing in cat pelts doesn't quite rise to that level, yet it's a felony here in my home state.

Instead, we've declared writing a bad check for over $500 to be a felony. It's a crime, no doubt, but not one where someone should be punished for the rest of their lives.

The fact that you can have your right to vote restored, but not your Second Amendment rights without going through a near impossible dog and pony show.

I can hear some people now. "are you saying you want to give felons guns????". No, they can buy their own.

What I’m saying is this, and it’s a pretty easy concept to explain...

If you are such a danger to society that simply being in a home with a firearm is a crime, you should not be out loose in society.


We release people from jail because we consider them to no longer be a threat to those around them. If they are a threat, why are they out in the first place???

Gun control is closing the barn doors well after the horses have all hightailed it out of Dodge.

Attempting to ensure dangerous people don’t do dangerous things by making laws that they can’t be near a single, dangerous item is idiocy and madness rolled up in one.

Let’s look at all the other deadly things felons are legally allowed to do

Purchase cutlery
Obtain large quantities of flammable liquids as well as fire instigation devices
Take martial arts classes
Meander through public with their hands unbound
Operate a deadly assault vehicle
Maintain access to a vast array of chemical agents

Now, if 'giving felons guns' was such a dangerous concept, why would we still allow them the ability to cause harm and mayhem with the preceding list?

In summary, we're too fast and loose with the term felony and if a person is a danger to society, they shouldn't be in society.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Big Brother is Watching Y O U !!!!

"I wasn't ready to publicize this," Executive Assistant Police Chief Martha Montalvo said. She and other department leaders hastily organized a news conference when they realized the local news channel had captured the entire event on camera.

"We still haven't even decided how we were going to go forward on this task, so it seemed premature to me to announce this to the media," Montalvo said. "But since, obviously, the media found out about it, then I don't see any reason why just not go forward with what we have so far."

Montalvo told reporters the unmanned aircraft would be used for "mobility" or traffic issues, evacuations during storms, homeland security, search and rescue, and also "tactical." She admitted that could include covert police actions.

A large number of the officers at the test site were assigned to the department's ticket-writing Radar Task Force. Montalvo insisted they were only there to provide "site security," even though KPRC cameras spotted those officers heavily participating in the test flight.

Remember when we first started flying Predator Drones in the Middle East for "forward observations"?

We were assured that they were "unmanned and unarmed vehicles, really - just large toys"

Remember when the CIA was tracking a Taliban Chief by drone video, and when the "un-named" Joint Chief of Staff Officer said "it's a shame we can't just reach out and kill him" the CIA agent in charge gave the order, and presto - the Predator fired a missle and took him out?

Try to remember that next time your on the interstate and you look up to see an unmanned aircraft being used for "mobility" or traffic issues.
It's just a toy....really...