Archive for July, 2006

Private spaceport being planned.

July 24, 2006

According to Wired:

A spacecraft taking off from a private West Texas spaceport being bankrolled and developed by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos would take off vertically, but unlike NASA’s space shuttle would also land vertically, according to an environmental study that offers a glimpse into the secretive plans.

The craft would hit an altitude of about 325,000 feet — or almost 62 miles — before descending and restarting its engine for a “precision vertical powered landing on the landing pad” in sparsely populated Culberson County, about 125 miles east of El Paso.

Those were among the plans detailed in a 229-page draft of an environmental review filed with the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA would issue permits and licenses for Blue Origin to go ahead with launch plans.

Mugged by the Peacenicks

July 24, 2006

No surprise here, the so-called “peace rally” reported by the Boston Globe was actually a pro-terrorist rally.
Solomonia blog has details on how he was attacked and threatened by the terrorist supporters in Boston.
It’s complete with pictures and videos. Take the time to read the whole thing.
HT to Ms. Malkin.

The Tesla Roadster

July 24, 2006

Now this is cool. Autoblog reports on the electric Telsa Roadster. The name itself is enormously cool. If you don’t know why, your knowledge of American technology history is lacking.

Last night Tesla Motors unveiled their uber-chic Roadster, a supercharged electric vehicle that looks, feels and drives like many other high-end sports cars. The main difference is the noise. Powered by a 3-phase, 4-pole AC induction motor, the Roadster can go 130 mph and does 0-60 in about 4 seconds, all completely silent.

It’s a big tent party…

July 23, 2006

Obviously not the democrats, which is moving farther and farther to the far hard left extremist liberal end, but the Republicans.
Case in point, the race for governor in Nevada has former adult film star Melody “Mimi Miyagi” Damayo running in the Republican primary.
From the interview at Right Wing News:

John Hawkins: When did you start getting into politics and what drew you to the Republican Party?

Mimi Miyagi: I am an avid supporter of bearing arms since 2001….I love the people in the (Republican Party). I have been to some of the Democratic parties here and there, but the positivity, the upbeat attitude of the Republicans was more for me.

John Hawkins: So, you kind of thought the Democrats were pessimistic and negative?

Mimi Miyagi: …I don’t like all the mudslinging and a lot of the things they say about the Republicans really (aren’t) true. The Republican Party is about individualism, it’s about freedom, it’s about lowering taxes. That is something I truly believe in.

Mimi Miyagi: …The Republican Party is about individualism and people who support free speech…it only makes sense to fall into that Party.

HT to Ace.

A couple of Star Trek Notes.

July 23, 2006

First, there is a move scheduled for 2008.

Second, the Animated Series is coming on on DVD in November.

Taking a look at Congresspersons in action…

July 23, 2006

…or not. Back on July 11th, Matt Drudge reported that far hard left liberal democrat Rep. Cynthia McKinney of Georgia’s 4th district couldn’t be bothered to show up to two televised debates.

He quotes the Congressional Quarterly:

DeKalb County Commissioner Hank Johnson and architectural firm project manager John Coyne, who are challenging McKinney, debated Saturday on WSB-TV and also participated in a second debate Friday that was sponsored by the Atlanta Press Club and which will air tonight at 7 p.m. Johnson’s campaign said that McKinney’s absence was a “slap in the face” to her constituents.

Two days later, Drudge has the story that probably didn’t make the front page of the Boston Globe:

PAPER: Rep. Kennedy Takes Weekly Urine Tests And Near-Daily AA Meetings
Thu Jul 13 2006 08:38:04 ET

A month after pleading guilty to driving under the influence, Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) now follows a strict court-ordered script that includes, among other things, weekly urine tests, twice-weekly meetings with a probation officer, near-daily Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and a weekly meeting of recovering addicts led by a Navy captain, ROLL CALL reports.

Kennedy, sources say, has to report to a probation officer twice a week at the Washington, D.C., courthouse complex. And on one of those days he has to, ahem, relieve himself in a cup.

And even when the Congressman isn’t checking in with the probation officers, they check in on him.

One source tells ROLL CALL’s Mary Ann Akers that by order of the District of Columbia Superior Court, where Kennedy was sentenced last month, a probation officer accompanied by a D.C. police officer pays random visits to Kennedy’s Capitol Hill apartment on as little as 10-minutes notice.

News Flash!

July 23, 2006

Kinky Friedman is still running for Governor of Texas.

Who is "heroic" in the eyes of the MSM

July 17, 2006

I pointed out before that Time Magazine does not want to portray US Troops as “Heroic”:

Time magazine had a reporter and a photographer embedded with the 3rd ACR. When the battle was over, they filed a lengthy story and nearly 100 photographs.

“When the issue came out, the guts had been edited out of the reporter’s story and none of the photographs he submitted were used,” said the admiral, quoting Col. McMaster. “When the reporter questioned why his story was eviscerated, his editors…responded that the story and pictures were ‘too heroic.'”

The NY Times has no trouble in praising those who are killing US Troops.
Mr. Goldstein notes:

Writes Times assistant managing editor for photography Michele McNally of a photo taken by NYT photographer Joao Silva showing an al-Sadr army sniper in the act of firing on US troops, “Right there with the Mahdi army. Incredible courage.”

Incredible courage? Well, far be it for me to question such self-congratulatory enthusiasm, but it seems to me that actual “incredible courage” would have entailed, say, Joao Silva getting word to US troops, or bumrushing the sniper and beating him unconscious with a heavy telephoto lens.

Whereas what we’ve witnessed here is the product of (admittedly) dangerous opportunism in the service of plaudits and cocktail party invites.

But then, I’m still into the whole bourgeois nationalism thing.

HT to Ms. Malkin

I’m generally not a fan of taxes…

July 17, 2006

…but in the case I’m calling for one. There was story in the Sunday San Francisco Chronicle about a woman complaining that the fee to wire money to Mexico has risen from $4 to $6. She told the reporter, through an interpreter, that this was a hardship since the she was sending was from her Social Security. Question One: If this woman is at least a Legal Resident, and has been working in this country long enough to collect Social Security, Why in the Multiple Levels of Hell does she need a fornicating translator to speak to a reporter from an English language newspaper?

The $6 is a bank fee. The banks are looking at the cash flow to Mexico (remember Ross Perot’s “Giant Sucking Sound?”) and are out to profit from it.

The border states, and states with a large Illegal population (just about all the other states) should put a 50% tariff on all cash wire transfers to Mexico and use the money to increase border security and offload from legal taxpaying citizens the cost of the millions of illegals already in the country.

If the Feds were to slap another 25% (or more) tariff on wire transfers to Mexico on top that, that would be even better.

The government of Mexico encourages its citizens to illegally migrate to the United States of America because they send money from our economy to the failing economy of Mexico. If that scheme suddenly wasn’t profitable, perhaps the Mexician government would do more to clean up their own problems.

This is no suprise to anyone who pays attention…

July 13, 2006

Mr. Reynolds notes:

DESPITE GUN-CONTROLLERS’ CRITICISMS of Florida laws on handgun carrying and self-defense, Florida’s crime rates are way down.

Meanwhile, in the District of Columbia, where gun laws are much stricter, it’s a crime emergency.