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TRUMP’S BEAUTIFUL WALL: If you believe the wall should be built, go here to sign.

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BABY PARTS: Two companies have admitted guilt for selling baby body parts in a $7.7 million settlement with the district attorney in Orange County, CA. In the agreement, DV Biologics LLC and DaVinci Biosciences LLC must cease all operations in California within 60 to 120 days and admit liability for violations of state and federal law prohibiting the sale or purchase of fetal tissue. This news comes just days after the Justice Department started an investigation into the trafficking of fetal body parts.

TAX CUTS: The Treasury Department says the GOP’s proposed tax plan “would pay for itself and more, actually boosting revenue by $300 billion over 10 years.” Treasury’s numbers differ from that of a congressional forecast by taking into account the potential for stronger economic growth.

HYPOCRITE: New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand tooted, “We won’t be silenced”, about Trump’s alleged history of sexual abuse. Ben Shapiro and others pointed out that she had not only been silent for years about Bill Clinton, while she benefited from her association with the Clinton family, but had literally fawned over Slick Willy in public.

SPACE: Remember when Obama told NASA to focus on making Muslims feel good about their contributions to science while proving climate change would kill us all? Trump just signed his first Space Policy Directive 1 (SPD-1) directing NASA to lead an innovative space exploration program to send American astronauts back to the Moon, and eventually Mars.

SICK: Big name celebrities are preparing to celebrate Baby Jesus’ birth by fundraising for America’s largest producer of aborted babies. The show description reads, “Let’s have a fun night and get into the holiday spirit for a great cause at Feliz Navipod’s Feliz Navidad Variety Show. A night of comedy and music benefiting Planned Parenthood. PLUS, free Christmas treats!”

FAKE NEWS: Believe it or not, this is a real Newsweek headline — “Because of Donald Trump, people are attacking synagogues and burning Israeli flags.” Yes, because nobody ever did those things before Trump recognized Jerusalem. ::eyeroll::


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NASA Gets Back Into the Space Business

President Trump Signs S. 442


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NASA Kennedy v Obama

President Obama scrapped the space shuttle program and directed NASA to focus on Muslim outreach and Global Warming.  By the time he left office, we were paying the Russian space agency $424 million for six Soyuz seats.

President Trump has made it clear that NASA is going to get back to the real business of space exploration. In his State of the Union speech, he said, “American footprints on distant worlds are not too big a dream.”  And now some of his advisers are signaling that we might go to the moon again.


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Hoo-Rah! NASA is going back to being a SPACE agency!

In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower established National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to encourage peaceful, civilian (rather than military) applications in  aeronautics and aerospace research.

NASA is an independent agency of the executive branch, meaning the current president gets to set its agenda.

  • In 1961, President John F. Kennedy told NASA to go to the moon.
  • In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon directed NASA to shift its attention to developing an entirely new type of space transportation system, a reusable Space Shuttle.
  • In 1984, President Ronald W. Reagan directed NASA to build a Space Station.
  • In 1990, President George H. W. Bush chartered a committee which recommended NASA aim for a balanced space program that included human space flight, robotic probes, space science, applications, and exploration, all within a tightly constrained budget.
  • In 2010, President Barack H. Obama told NASA to focus on inspiring children to get into science and math, reaching out to Muslims to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math and engineering, and making up crap to pimp the administration’s energy killing climate change agenda.

Hoo-Rah!  THAT is all about to change.  

  1. First off, President-Elect Donald J. Trump is a climate change skeptic.  This does not mean that he thinks the climate naturally stays the same.  Everyone knows it doesn’t.   What it means is that he doesn’t believe that man’s activities affect our climate and therefore that the punishing energy regulations the climate change activists have been foisting on us for 8 years should go away.
  2. Secondly, President-Elect Trump thinks an organization called the National Aeronautics and Space Administration should, you know, engage in aeronautic and space exploration.  What a concept!


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Earth To Universe, 1969: “We Come In Peace;” 2015: “Stay Away If You Value Your Sanity”

I’m not going to comment about the movie “The Martian” or its director, Ridley Scott. I liked the book by Andy Weir, but even though I work for NASA, I think it was a bit cheap and tawdry of us to time our recent press releases about water on Mars to promote the movie. Why did we do it? Because the studio asked us, and the studio happens to share a lot of the same political sentiments with the administration that tells NASA what to do.

As for Ridley Scott, he was the subject of the first public hit piece I ever wrote. It was about Scott’s disgusting movie “Kingdom of Heaven” which distorted enough history to make Oliver Stone blush, depicting the butcher Saladin as a wise and just leader and all Crusaders as murderous thugs.

So, I’d much rather comment on Gavin McInnes’ letter to the Martians who may be hiding on Mars in all that water. I think it’s just what they need to hear:
Welcome to America. We are members of a cultural group called “The West” and it’s generally understood the West is the best. America is known as the best of the best. We’re the ones who sent you the signal and it’s likely we’re the ones you’d most like to deal with from here on out. We’ve been sending out signals for a long time so we’re going to assume you’re at least partly familiar with our culture up until the end of the 20th century. There have been some drastic changes since then, however, and we will try to make them clear.
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Dereliction of duty? Seriously?

2015_05 20 Obama on climate change and military

I am reminded of the time President Obama told NASA administrator Charles Bolden that his highest priority should be “to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science … and math and engineering.”

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Day of Remembrance for our Lost Space Explorers

NASA Chief Administrator Charles Bolden, January 28, 2015:

Today we remember and give thanks for the lives and contributions of those who gave all trying to push the boundaries of human achievement. On this solemn occasion, we pause in our normal routines and remember the STS-107 Columbia crew; the STS-51L Challenger crew; the Apollo 1 crew; Mike Adams, the first in-flight fatality of the space program as he piloted the X-15 No. 3 on a research flight; and those lost in test flights and aeronautics research throughout our history.

Image of Michael J. Adams, X-15 pilot courtesy of NASA.


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Climate Facts

Earth’s sea ice expanded to record levels as 2014 ended. (Note to alarmists: God is in charge of the climate, not you.)

1978-2014 Sea Ice

NASA discovers that the excess carbon dioxide we’re pumping into the atmosphere is making the tropical rainforests grow faster.

2014_12 30 CO2 makes tropical rainforest grow


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In Case You Missed it this Morning: Orion Test Launch was Flawless

This NASA photo shows the view from the Orion vehicle looking back at Earth during its flight toward a peak altitude of 3600 miles away from the planet.
Watch the video of the launch here:

The Daily Caller: NASA’s new Orion spacecraft successfully set out on its first maiden voyage shortly after 7 a.m. Friday, embarking on a test flight higher above the planet than any manned spacecraft has been in more than four decades. Orion did two orbits. The early dawn launch was executed flawlessly, launching NASA into what the agency described as “the beginning of the Mars era.”

Orion has so far performed all of its mission objectives, including jettisoning its emergency-abort system; firing its second rocket stage into an orbit and a peak altitude of 3,604 miles above the Earth (14 times higher than the International Space Station); separating from its crew module and the second stage of its Delta IV Heavy rocket; and passing through the Van Allen radiation belts surrounding Earth, testing the crew module’s resistance to heavy radiation the craft will experience on deep space missions. Read more at the Daily Caller.


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Russian Rocket Engines Blamed for Antares Explosion; Russian Sales Girls Blamed for Bonehead Decision to Use Russian Engines

This is not actually satire. Orbital Sciences Corp has determined that the cause of their Antares rocket explosion last week is closely tied to the turbo pumps in the refurbished 1960-vintage Russian AJ26 rocket engines used on the Antares vehicle.  As a result, they made a statement, reported in the Washington Times, that they would “likely” end use of the engines in their unmanned rockets currently used to resupply the International Space Station.

The decision to use the Russian engines in the first place has been continually controversial and marked by other failures.  In a 2012 interview, competitor Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, mocked the use of the old engine technology, calling it the “punch line to a joke.”  Orbital Sciences, however, is not the only American launch vehicle company to resort to using Russian rocket engines.  The United Launch Alliance’s workhorse rocket, the Atlas V, was designed from the ground up to specifically use Russian RD-180 engines, and that rocket will likely carry crews of astronauts.


Gross Mismanagement of American Rocket Science Beginning to Show?
The fact that so many U.S. launch programs have resorted to Russian engine technology is a giant red flag in an aerospace industry struggling to shrug off recent failures, political setbacks and accusations about the premature retirement of the Space Shuttle Program. The loss of the Shuttle, in particular, has forced the U.S. to bear the humiliation of being dependent on Russian launch vehicles for rides to the Space Station at a geopolitically hostile time.

The headline’s suggestion that Russian sales girls are responsible for these problems is tongue-in-cheek, of course, though vodka might have been a factor. I (the author) have worked on the Atlas V program alongside Russian rocket engineers, and I greatly admired their professionalism and skill. They are geniuses, every one. But aside from that, I don’t know how to explain the strategically inexcusable decisions that have made U.S. access to space totally dependent on Russian cooperation. This seemed a mistake when the first moves were being made in the 1990s, and it seems the full weight of those mistakes are becoming clear now. The U.S. is simply unprepared to supply all the affordable, dependable rocket engines it now needs, and that is due to catastrophic mismanagement and a drought of foresight. Fixing that will take some time.


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