Archive for November, 2006

Cool Space techology we can use now…

November 25, 2006

Reading “The Sky People” reminded me of the Orion Space Drive. A method of travel we could be using for interplanetary travel (or trips to the Asteroid Belt and back) right now.

That is of course if leftist bed wetters were not such sissys about nuclear techology.

That is what is stopping of from having lots of clean, safe, environmental friendly nuclear power production here in the US as well.

Come on people! Step away from the bong and think about it! It is the environmentally friendly thing to do and it reduces the nations dependancy on foreign oil. Greens and far left liberals should be all over this like Botox on Pelosi!

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Stray quotes…

November 25, 2006

LASunsett has a nice set of them.

Bigotry rears its ugly head…

November 25, 2006

…in the bluest part of the blue state of California, San Francisco.
Jeff Jacoby details the Anti-Military Bigotry of the San Francisco school board.
Here are some of the highlights:

“IN THE FIRST place God made idiots,” observed Mark Twain. “This was for practice. Then he made school boards.” The San Francisco Board of Education’s 4-2 vote last week to abolish the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program, which has been active in the city’s high schools for 90 years, tends to support his view.

Why is JROTC being done away with? It isn’t for lack of interest. More than 1,600 San Francisco students currently take part in its voluntary activities. “Kids love this program as if it’s family,” notes the San Francisco Chronicle. It is “a program that students and their parents wholeheartedly support.”

Finances aren’t the problem either. Operating JROTC costs the city less than $1 million out of an annual school budget of $356 million.

Nor is the problem bad management. The Chronicle reports that “no one has offered an alternative as coherent and well-run as JROTC.”

Safety? Also not a problem. Though cadets have uniforms, they carry no weapons; the nonviolent programs emphasize leadership, self-discipline, citizenship, and teamwork. “This is where the kids feel safe,” says one JROTC instructor, retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Robert Powell.

And the problem certainly isn’t an absence of diversity. In a story on JROTC cadets at Galileo High School, Chronicle reporter Jill Tucker writes: “These students are 4-foot-10 to 6-foot-4. Athletic and disabled. College-bound and barely graduating. Gay and straight. White, black, and brown. Some leave school for large homes with ocean views. Others board buses for Bayview-Hunters Point.” Several of the students come from immigrant families. At least one is autistic.

So what is the problem with JROTC? There isn’t one. The problem is with the anti military bigotry of the school board majority and the “peace” activists who lobbied against the program on the grounds that San Francisco’s schools should not be sullied by an association with the US armed forces.

There is some sanity in the city of the newly elected Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.

To his credit, Mayor Gavin Newsom excoriated the school board last week for “disrespecting the sacrifice of men and women in uniform” and warned that killing JROTC would only accelerate the flight of city residents from the public schools. “You think this is going to help keep families in San Francisco?” he asked. “No. It’s going to hurt.”

Going to? For 1,600 kids now faced with the death of a program that infused their lives with purpose, camaraderie, and self-respect, the hurt has already begun.

It’s pretty damn obvious that the San Francisco School Board does not support Americans in the Military uniforms of the United States of America.

An on target comparison.

November 25, 2006

The Varmint at Attack Cartoons nails it.

Mr. Reynolds chimes in.

What goes on at campus over the holiday…

November 23, 2006

Probably not too far from the mark…

Just a tool and not a tool

November 21, 2006

No surprise here…

November 19, 2006

…to anyone paying attention.

Conservatives are the “most generous” Americans according to a study that surprised the liberal academic that conducted it.

…conservatives who practice religion, live in traditional nuclear families and reject the notion that the government should engage in income redistribution are the most generous Americans, by any measure.

Conversely, secular liberals who believe fervently in government entitlement programs give far less to charity. They want everyone’s tax dollars to support charitable causes and are reluctant to write checks to those causes, even when governments don’t provide them with enough money.

As the kids say, “Duh!” The leftist Nanny staters want the Government to be Mommie instead of growing up.

P.J. O’Rourke nailed it:

“There is no virtue in compulsory government charity, and there is no virtue in advocating it. A politician who portrays himself as “caring” and “sensitive” because he wants to expand the government’s charitable programs is merely saying that he’s willing to try to do good with other people’s money. Well, who isn’tAnd a voter who takes pride in supporting such programs is telling us that he’l do good with his own money — if a gun is held to his head.”

James Madison was a bit more polite:

“…[T]he government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. It is not like the state governments, whose powers are more general. Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.”

HT to Rob who has a good summary:

Liberals think that the government should confiscate money to give to organizations the government deems worthy of receiving money. Conservatives would much rather take the time to give to organizations that they themselves deem worthy.

The fact that liberals won’t open their wallets is a symptom of their overall attitudes of government and society: it’s the government’s obligation, not ours, to help those who are needy.

Charities will get their money. Americans will make sure of that. And if the government keeps its grubby hands off of more of our money… charities will get more than enough.

Now that is a scary picture…

November 19, 2006

Roseanne Barr said:

“I have a huge crush on President Bush. I saw him at a recent fundraiser, and he’s a babe. He’s got that Ronald Reagan charm. I think he’s hot. I respect his wife, but if he wasn’t married I’d be putting on my cowboy boots and coming around.”

Roseanne in cowboy boots making the moves….that is scary.
HT to Moxie

The voice from the boots on the ground instructs the Ivory Tower

November 19, 2006

From the Osgood File, General John Abizaid, Central Command commander replies to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (democratwhere ever the cash comes from)

“Hope is not a strategy. Hortatory talk about what the Iraqi government must do is getting old.” said Sen. Hillary Rodam Clinton

“And I would also say that despair is not a method. and when I come to Washington I feel despair.” said General John Abizaid, Central Command commander

That would be sweet…

November 17, 2006

Tam blogs:

Robert Heinlein would be pleased to know that flight testing is underway at the first private spaceport on Earth.

I suppose it’s too much to hope that Bezos will dub the place “D.D. Harriman Field“…

Damn, that would be nice.
Spider Robinson nailed it when he said:

“And I repeat: if there is anything that can divert the land of my birth from its current stampede into the Stone Age, it is the widespread dissemination of the thoughts and perceptions that Robert Heinlein has been selling as entertainment since 1939.”