20080930

Privatize Space Exploration!

Tomorrow NASA celebrates 50 years of service to our country as our primary space exploration agency. Of these last 50 years, I think the Apollo Program and Hubble are the climax of any achievement they have made. At the end of the Cold War, NASA should have stepped aside and become an agency like the FAA and allow Civil Space Flight to take over much like Civil Aviation did in the 1920s and 1930s. We are dropping behind in space, and Russia is set to race ahead like they did every time except for the Moon during the Cold War; China is set to catch up real quick, India, Pakistan, and Iran may very well be close behind! We need to set the tone of a civilian use for space and ensure security that way! The military needs they're own program, and that should be the ONLY US Government run space program beyond de-confliction of orbits or space to prevent accidents or protect military satellites. Beyond that, a uniform regulation of safety standards, and enforcement should be set up, and thats it. NASA get the hell out of the way!

Capitalist Magazine Article after Space Ship One sent the first Private Astronaught into orbit.

Lee Corey aka G. Harry Stine! Big advocate of model rocketry and privatized space industry!

Fox News article about the International push into space, and NASA's backwardness (tactfully put...)

NASA 50th Anniversary Article from Fox News.

Finally, some hopeful articles worth a read:

Scaled Composites Homepage! Home of Burt Ruhtan's company, the ones who built Space Ship One

Space X homepage! Falcon 1 made it to orbit! Score one more private space flight! Wikipedia article

Single Stage To Orbit (SSTO) concept and history, why the Space Shuttle was obsolete before it was built!

More Privatized Space Advocates, Hobby Space!

Well, there is my anti-NASA rant. I suppose there should be a section dedicated to the continuation of the International Space Station mission. However, that could be better left to Universities... Grants could be given, contracts awarded to private companies... Technology would be researched, and industry would be created, our economy might even improve!

David Drake interview from the folks at Black Five!



One of my favorite Military Science Fiction authors interviewed by one of my favorite blogs! Yippie!

Part I.


Part II.


There is more to follow! Check it out at Black Five! David Drakes Website

Some of my fan art:
A Combat Car used by the "Hammers Slammers" Regiment in his ground breaking Military SF series


The daddy of all his creations, the Hover Tanks from "Hammers Slammers" Regiment!

20080929

Interesting News from around the world, stories of note...

SO, other than the next Great Depression looming due to Congresses rejection of a $700 billion bailout deal (THANK GOD!)...

Austria Has elected "extreme right-wing" leaders who actually want to take proactive steps such as kicking out foreigners who commit crimes in they're country, and limit immigration. We see here, people starting to learn from their mistakes, and not follow France's example after the Paris riots a couple years back.

CERN Looks cool to me! Could be the end of the world if a 'mini' black hole gets out of control... But it should prove fascinating if things go well. I'm not too scared about the activation of CERN. I hope they crack that Faster Than Light interstellar drive I've been reading about in science fiction for years!

Pirates! The unfortunate result of several debacles of the 1990's. Namely the cutting of the US Navy's budget, the failure of Somalia, and the lack of proactive measures to combat piracy by other nations in the face of the first two. Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan is rolling in his grave. Piracy was all but eradicated from the seas several times in the last couple of centuries, I think it needs to be a priority once again!

One dead sicko! Well, scratch one dead sex offender. Caught in the act, and eliminated by the father of the family doing his sacred duty of protecting his daughter. Robert McNally deserves a medal! If more fathers did what he did, be there at home and willing to risk his own life to protect his children; more rapists, molesters, and other deviants in society would be weeded out the proper way.

Finally, the United Nations... Anyone else feel sick every time they see that word or hear it? Must be all the skeletons in the closet rotting... Just think back to the unraveling of the Oil for Food scandal that took place in Iraq. Its much bigger, in different parts of the UN. This should be fascinating to follow.

Anyone else sensing a new Steel Curtain starting to raise up with Russia, Iran, and Venezuela getting real cozy... Of course, we've seen it coming for a while now... Of course Israel may have something to say about Iran!

Privatize the Space Program! Hell, turn it into the Space Industry and bring the next Industrial Revolution (see G. Harry Stine's books, "The Space Enterprise" and "The Third Industrial Revolution"). Turn NASA into something more like the FAA, and let Space X and Scaled Composites do the work to deliver civilian payloads into orbit. Unleashing this could boost our economy if we play our cards right, kinda like the boom in civil aviation during the Great Depression...

So thats around the world. Man, its been kinda a drag of a day. Well, its D-Day for the next Depression! Stand Strong my fellow Americans!

Sudsy Out

20080928

First Snow, Yesterday, Picture today!



Great picture of a now deceased plant showing the light dusting of snow from last night. Our first snow was Friday night Saturday morning! Man, winter is HERE! At least we had a bit longer of fall this year!

Figured I'd toss in some autumn front yard moose pics!


20080926



Bonehead of the day award! Brought to use by Black Five TV and the folks at Black Five

Firearms Friday today! My favorite station.

Rocket Man Crosses Atlantic Ocean!

More to follow maybe.

20080923

20080922

Un-Constitutional Investigation!

http://www.alaskafalcon.com/Governor_Palin_has_right_to_fire.html

Alaska State Constitution

Interesting reading! Listening to Michael Dukes, one of his callers owns the the website in the first link, and the second link is to the Alaska State Constitution for verification.

Some more interesting reading:
www.palinfightscorruption.com

As a retraction of any statement made that the Union Troopers belong to actually supporting Senator Obama, I was wrong. So I apologize for that!

On to the Global 'Warming' and 'Climate Change' front:

www.michaelcrichton.com/speech-ourenvironmentalfuture.html

Or listen to the audio from the Dennis Miller Show:
www.michaelcrichton.com/video-dennismiller.html

Interesting speech by the author of "State of Fear" and "Jurassic Park"...

Some other good reads just for fun are "Fallen Angels" by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Michael Flynn. However, it only got ignored because it came out way before its time when the Internet allowed us mere mortals not part of academia and the establishment to review the data described in the book. However, its not completely accurate, Creationists would never set up displays in the same museum as the New Age Spiritualists...

20080917

Happy Constitution Day!

September 17th, 1787-September 17th, 2008; 221 years of a great Republic despite all the warts!

This last weekend the 3rd BN, 49th MP BDE Alaska State Defense Force conducted some field training. Mostly spending the daylight out on the shooting range, and the nights around the bonfire going over some academics and history of our unit. We are the descendants of the Alaska Territorial Guard founded in 1941 in response to the Federalization and deployment of the Alaska National Guard during World War II. In 1947, the ATG was disbanded until 1987 when it was again re-activated in response to the possibility that again our National Guard could be called up and deployed. For more information please check out the Brigades website at: http://www.ak-prepared.com/asdf/



We also conducted an abbreviated Basic Training for our newest members. Unfortunately at this present time, we don't have the time for a proper Basic, however, even in just a short amount of time, these intelligent young men caught on to military customs and courtesies, military bearing, and proper safe handling of fire arms quite quickly with very few mistakes... Still, motivational techniques were used a few times, here I'm motivating one of our new Privates after a mistake...


Here I'm on the left resting between relays with our trainees, PFC Russel and Pvt Tribel


Ready to engage targets!
I'm just a moment away from shooting.

PFC Hall visiting us from Anchorage ready to engage.

Capt Bennet engages targets over the second barrier

Shotgun training!
Photo Op of the firing line, all weapons were cleared and double check prior to photograph! Always think safety with firearms.

PFC Hall reviews what he has learned about the shotgun; pointed in a safe direction...

Getting ready to shoot

Over the barricade!

Maj. Napolilli gets ready to teach us young guys a few tricks..


We will have a table set up at the next gun show Oct 18th and 19th at the Patty Center (UAF). We will have some our own personal items to sell, information about our unit and mission, along with recruitment. If you are interested in joining, come on over and talk to us! If you don't mind overseas duty, the National Guard will be there also. We are especially looking for experienced prior service NCO's!

We are the DoD recognized State Defense Force for Alaska, to act as a cadre of trained personnel in the event our Governor has to activate the un-organized militia. We are not anti-government separatists! Here are some links to read up on the Federal Code and Alaska State Statutes:
Federal Statute

State Statute
The Militia Act of 1792
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please leave a comment and I'll try to address them!

20080908

Get State out of Religion!

Its a violation of the separation of church and state!
Article

Obama and Oil for Food, you know, the Saddam connection:
http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/03/obamas_iraqi_oil_for_food_conn.html
Of course, there is no actual connection to Saddam influencing Senator Obama's opposition to the war, but the connections are hilarious considering the criticism and 'scandal' Governor Palin seems to be getting.

Which leads to this post on my Facebook Page:
http://www.aflcio.org/ National Headquarters of the Union that the Alaska State Troopers belong to. On right side of the screen is the Candidate they support for POTUS in 2008. No wonder they filed the ethics violation paperwork against Governor Palin! Union thugs operating under orders from the DNC? Nah... Never...

Anchorage Daily News Story about Wooten, the trooper in question:
http://www.adn.com/politics/story/476430.html

What a guy! And he still kept his job because the Union made sure of that! Until recently anyway.

Monegan was never fired, just transfered. The probe is to figure out if Governor Palin pressured him to fire the dirtbag trooper Wooten who's history is in the above article. http://www.adn.com/monegan/story/513137.html

That, and as a political appointee, he could be fired (as he was in the past by the Democratic Mayor of Anchorage) for any reason deemed necessary by the one who appointed him into office.

Notice to Democrats (and disgruntled AK Republicans): Keep digging! Its fun to watch you all dig a grave for your candidate.

20080905




"I might add that in small towns, we don't quite know what to make of a
candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening,
and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when
those people aren't listening. We tend to prefer candidates who don't talk
about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco." Sarah Palin

http://www.foxnews.com/video/index.html?playerId=videolandingpage&streamingFormat=FLASH&referralObject=3072397&referralPlaylistId=playlist

I have new respect for Senator Obama; he actually went and faced Bill O'Reilly!

20080904

About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier:

"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.
From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship."

"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:

1. From bondage to spiritual faith;
2. From spiritual faith to great courage;
3. From courage to liberty;
4. From liberty to abundance;
5. From abundance to complacency;
6. From complacency to apathy;
7. From apathy to dependence;
8. From dependence back into bondage"

Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the 2000 Presidential election:

Population of counties won by: Gore: 127 million; Bush: 143 million
Square miles of land won by: Gore: 580,000; Bush: 2,427,000
States won by: Gore: 19; Bush: 29
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Gore: 13.2; Bush: 2.1

Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory Bush won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of this great country. Gore's territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and living off various forms of government welfare..."

Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the "complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase.

I'm quoting and old supervisor of mine from his original post on www.ROMAD.com

Its so true... After all, history has a bad tendency to repeat itself often.

20080903

Been to Alaska?



Obama missed us and Hawaii and then wonders why he sounds like a fool talking about our Governor...

...then again, we aren't part of lower 57...

...but of course John McCain is bad for the economy for not knowing how many homes he owns.

Snopes article

20080902

Executive Experience



http://www.alaskareport.com/blog/2008/08/31/campbell_brown.htm#comments

Found this at the above site, here is my rebuttal to the commentary by the blog author:

"No Governor makes a decision how to equip or deploy the National Guard" sticks her foot in her mouth right here. The State buys equipment for the National Guard until they are Federalized and sent over seas. The President and the Pentagon (National Command Authority, NCA) have to request the use of a States National Guard assets for deployment over seas in peace time.

Not to mention the most recent experience of Governor Palin declaring a State Emergency in Salcha during flooding...

In the event I get moderated out...


Senators Obama (Mr. Smug) and Biden (Mr. Hubris).

Why?

Mr. Smug speaks:
“My understanding is that Gov. Palin’s town, Wassilla, has I think 50 employees. We've got 2500 in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe 12 million dollars a year – we have a budget of about three times that just for the month,” Obama responded. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/09/01/obama-defends-natural-disaster-experience/

New Flash Senator Obama: Its GOVERNOR Palin, governor of the state of Alaska with a 9 BILLION dollar State budget. And she still cuts the spending! Lets not get into how many State employees she has working for her, some un-paid unless called upon...

"And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

And then theres the slam against anyone who doesn't agree with his view of the Second Amendment or lack of sane immigration policy. That, and anyone who doesn't live in big city America.

http://www.hellnobama.com/quotes.html Things not discussed the by the 'fair' media. Most especially government run NPR (wait, thats run by the Bush administration ain't it? Wait, why are the still so liberal when free speech is so suppressed if you oppose the Bush administration? Let me just wake up from my ignorant conspiracy laced pipe dreams and get back to reality)

Senator Biden (aka Mr. Hubris) is well known for plagarism:
"I wonder whether Barack Obama’s vetters, Caroline Kennedy and Eric Holder, knew what they were doing when they settled on Joe Biden. Journalists and McCain opposition researchers must be logging onto Nexis and searching 1987-1988 using the key words “Biden and plagiarism.” There is a feast of material that would make even the most partisan Obama backer question the wisdom of this choice.

Biden, then 44, was forced out of the 1988 presidential race — he officially dropped out on Sept. 23, 1987 — just when his candidacy seemed to be taking off in Iowa, the all-important first caucus, and just as he seemed to be gaining on Michael Dukakis, the eventual nominee.

A Dukakis staffer noticed and fed to Maureen Dowd, then a New York Times reporter rather than columnist, that Biden had lifted almost verbatim his closing remarks at a debate at the Iowa state fairgrounds in August 1987. The lines were lifted from a passionate speech delivered by British Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock."
http://www.suntimes.com/news/commentary/1127016,open082608.article

Beyond being a Senator for 35 years, he has little but practicing law and serving on a city council for three years prior to his Senate Career. Making his executive experience as abysmal as Obama's. That, and being a Washington insider for as he has... Hubris and Plagiarism! Got to love it!

Image reference link:
http://www.prospect.org/csnc/blogs/ezraklein_archive?month=01&year=2008&base_name=obamas_gift Obama with nose in the air looking smug, though I admit, he's got a profile women go for!

Biden came from a google images search with his name.

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