Antares Launch Failure | posting by MikesView

Posted on October 29, 2014
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After two successful launches, the third Orbital Sciences ISS resupply mission, Orb CRS-3, failed several seconds into the launch, at 6:22 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014.  Hopefully, NASA, Orbital Sciences Corporation, developer of the Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft, and Aerojet Rocketdyne, supplier of the rocket engines, will determine the cause in short order.

NASA Mission page:
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/structure/launch/orbital.html#.VFCXaoj3arV

Orbital Sciences builds the Antares launch vehicle, the Cygnus cargo spacecraft and conducts ISS resupply missions for NASA (not to be confused with separate Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, or SpaceX, resupply missions).
http://www.orbital.com/AdvancedSystems/CRS/
http://www.orbital.com/AdvancedSystems/Publications/CRS_factsheet.pdf
http://www.orbital.com/LaunchSystems/Publications/Antares_factsheet.pdf
http://www.orbital.com/AdvancedSystems/Publications/Cygnus_factsheet.pdf
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antares_(rocket)
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cygnus_(spacecraft)

Aerojet Rocketdyne refurbishes and modifies Russian rocket engines, originally built in the late sixties and early seventies for the shelved Soviet Union moon program, for use by Orbital Sciences.
http://www.rocket.com/aj26
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/NK-33

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Washington Free Beacon | Obama: We’re Just Noticing The World is ‘Messy’ Because of Social Media | posted by MikesView

Posted on August 31, 2014
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The President regurgitates nonsense like this when at one of his many fund raisers ($15,000 per couple at this one). Guess he thinks citizens were completely in the dark, about world events, before FB, Twitter and blogging sites. Such an Erkle.

Obama: We’re Just Noticing The World is ‘Messy’ Because of Social Media

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NRA – Service

Posted on August 31, 2014
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The real 1%’ers. To the men and women of our military, National Guard and our Veterans, I thank God for your service and personnel sacrifice to our country. We need leadership with the same dedication and commitment as you still have.

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NRA – Neighbor

Posted on August 31, 2014
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NRA – Privacy

Posted on August 31, 2014
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NRA – Media Dishonesty

Posted on August 31, 2014
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Secret Spaceplane, Mystery Mission – Yahoo News

Posted on April 7, 2014
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X-37B Secret Spaceplane, Mystery Mission – Yahoo News.

Update: As of 8/8/2014, OTV-3 surpassed 600 days in space

X-37B

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Obama Kills Tomahawk, Hellfire Missiles, Spends Millions on Green Energy | FrontPage Magazine

Posted on March 24, 2014
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Obama Kills Tomahawk, Hellfire Missiles, Spends Millions on Green Energy | FrontPage Magazine.

Hellfire

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Observations of the Modern Whig Party | posted by MikesView

Posted on December 16, 2013
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Observations of the Modern Whig Party

When looking up political positions on fiscal responsibly by various political parties, I came across the Modern Whig Party website (http://www.modernwhig.org).

In reviewing the Modern Whig Party ‘Electoral and Government Reform’ position page, under their ‘Where We Stand’ section, they make a comment that their candidates do not accept corporate money to avoid that influence:

‘The overwhelming influence of money in political campaigns; Whig Solution: campaign finance reform in the direction of public financing, along with free and equal access to the airwaves. Public financing of elections may seem expensive at first, in the long run it can ensure that citizen representation is not undermined by large pools of money. Public financing will also reduce the amount of time that incumbents must campaign allowing them to focus on representing their fellow citizens. Whig Leadership example: MWP candidates will not accept any corporate donations. MWP has established a Whig Works PAC for charitable purposes.’

I see four areas that I take exception with.

1) While there is mention of a Whig Works PAC, there is no mention, in the above position, as to where the PAC funding is derived. Since they only mention that candidates may not take corporate donations, this leaves one to wonder if the corporate and union money blob, they seem so worried about, will be left available to influence New Whig Party leadership through the PAC.

2) While they take aim at prohibiting corporate money for their candidates, they make no mention of labor union money, another money blob that influences the electoral process. If the influence of money is such a concern, why wasn’t union money also identified by this proclaimed middle of the road party?

3) While the Modern Whig Party is intent on prohibiting candidates from receiving corporate money, they guarantee their own failure, as the Supreme Court has ruled donations of corporate money to be constitutional. Other parties, and their candidates, will take advantage of that source of revenue as long as it is available.

4) In their position above, they state the preference of public funding of elections. As they claim to be fiscally responsible in another position page, why wouldn’t they instead limit the time advertising takes place in conjunction with abbreviating the election cycle. I believe that measure would go much further towards fiscal responsibility (and would be less annoying).

As the Modern Whig Party appears to make a reasonable case for a pragmatic approach to the current political state of the nation, by neglecting to identify union money as being as influential as corporate money, the Modern Whig Party appears to be staking out a middle of the road between liberal Republicans and extreme left Democrats. In order to win over the hearts and minds of a majority of voters, they will have to present a more thorough platform. One which more closely reflects their proclaimed middle of the road stance on the issues.

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Heritage Foundation | Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation | posted by MikesView

Posted on November 28, 2013
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The full text of President George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation is included with the article:

http://www.heritage.org/initiatives/first-principles/primary-sources/washingtons-thanksgiving-proclamation.

Heritage has the PDF stored in the Amazon Web Service cloud here:

https://thf_media.s3.amazonaws.com/2011/pdf/FP_PS11.pdf

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