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Vol. 7 No.1
May 14, 2007
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I have decided to finally break my silence once again and use this space to offer my "truthiness" (apologies to Steven Colbert) on several topics close to my heart.
Politics The body politic has spoken and as happens periodically in our great republic, the political pendulum has swung back, this time to the left. Despite the crowing of the left and the media, this election was not a landslide, unless you count electoral votes which is a state by state, winner take all affair, except for Nebraska. Other measures, like the popular vote, number of states won or even land mass (county by county results nationwide) would paint a different picture. Nonetheless, it is electoral votes which determine who wins the presidency.
Despite my reservations about the new administration I am proud again to be an American, where power transfers peacefully and where a man who identifies himself as a member of a historically oppressed minority can be elected the leader of our great land.
The office bears great responsibility to its citizens, those who voted for him and perhaps more importantly those who did not. It is also a place of great responsibility in world affairs. As our new President has discovered, those responsibilities demand that difficult choices be made, choices that more often than not alienate some constituency or special interest group, sometimes even those who, during the election cycle, offered vigorous support.
I continue to pray for you Mr. President, so that you may be guided by God and receive the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit; the gifts of the Holy Spirit are Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety and Fear of the Lord (as approximately enumerated in Isaiah 11:2-3). "The fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law". (Galatians 5:19-23).
GWOT The Global War on Terror, " the long war" as the Pentagon has named it, will not be won or lost on the battlefield with guns and other weapons. While gun battles will be fought it is the intolerant teachings of some Muslim clerics and the radical, violent minority that has hijacked the faith and seeks to dominate the world by the destruction of western Christendom, and indeed, even Eastern civilization and their faith systems like Hinduism and Buddhism. It is the teachings of the radical clerics and the violent jihadists that are the real enemy.
Such views are incompatible with the western value of religious tolerance, yet it is this value that allows the Muslim intolerance to thrive. They exploit our freedoms and religious tolerance by preaching intolerance in our midst.
So we must become intolerant of intolerance and inflict violence upon such intolerance.
The long-term solution is for the Muslim faith to embrace religious tolerance and accept other faith systems while rejecting violence against other faiths. Then it will be possible to end the war. Only then can the Muslim world join the world community as a full, reliable and peace-loving partner. Until then we'll have to continue killing those who are intent on killing common, non-combatant citizens.
It is no surprise that our new president intends to continue to prosecute this war in whatever land or theatre of combat our enemies are found. It is also no surprise the he has determined that some of the "detainees" cannot be released, perhaps ever, because they will return to the battlefield and begin killing us again. Both decisions trouble his support on the far left, but they don't bear the responsibility of the office.
I continue to pray for our brave warriors and our president.
Space Exploration When NASA cancelled the last Hubble servicing mission after the Columbia disaster I came out early advocating another mission, suggesting that the science and inspiration Hubble brings to students and the people of the entire planet made the mission worth the risk. Others made the same argument, especially the science community. NASA seems to have heard the arguments and after carefully developing shuttle on-orbit repair techniques and mitigating as much risk as possible decided to put the repair mission back on the launch manifest. Atlantis and her crew has now completed that mission.
NASA has been directed to retire the shuttle fleet, most likely by the end of next year. But this will leave the US with a manned space launch gap as the next generation of manned spacecraft is not likely to be operational until 2015 or later. Even the next generation system will not have certain capabilities that the shuttle system has, like a robotic arm, payload return to earth and high volume, high capacity lift capabilities.
As expensive as it is to operate the shuttle and with all its risks I believe the shuttle should not be fully retired until the Orion system is fully operational. A reduced flight manifest of perhaps once a year should be sufficient to continue to provide redundancy for staffing and supply of the ISS in the event that other partner nations develop problems resulting in a launch hiatus such as we experienced after both the Challenger and Columbia disasters.
Exploration is risky business, and space exploration is even more so. Redundancy, even triple or quadruple redundancy is essential to the continued success of space exploration. If we retire the shuttle before Orion is operational there is one and only one way to get humans into space; that hardly defines redundancy.
We are spending almost a trillion dollars to bail out risky and failing banks. Hundreds of Billions more for a bloated and unionized auto industry. Why can't we add a few billion a year to NASA's budget continue the shuttle operations, albeit at a much lower launch rate, at least until Orion is fully operational? If we don't we might find ourselves throwing away a $100 billion investment in the ISS for lack of being able to staff and supply it. It doesn't seem reasonable to me.
Finally, I think the last flight ever for the shuttle system should be the return of Hubble to its rightful place in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. The shuttle is the ONLY way to return Hubble to the ground. As the first "great space observatory" it deserves to be admired for generations to come.
Perhaps as important is the scientific value of the telescope if it were to be returned. With 20+ years on orbit it could be a bonanza for the materials scientists who will be designing long duration manned and unmanned space hardware. I can think of no other duration and exposure experiment, planned or unplanned, that would be as valuable as Hubble. That is in addition to its value as a historic artifact, which is priceless. Seems a shame and waste to let it burn up in the atmosphere.
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The owner of a golf course in Kentucky was confused about paying an invoice, so he decided to ask his secretary for some mathematical help. He called her into his office and said, "You graduated from the University of Kentucky and I need some help. If I were to give you $20,000, minus 14%, how much would you take off?"
The secretary thought a moment, and then replied, "Everything but my earrings."
You gotta love those Kentucky women.
A senior at Louisiana State was overheard saying... "When the end of the world comes, I hope to be in Louisiana."
When asked why, he replied he'd rather be in Louisiana because everything happens in Louisiana 20 years later than in the rest of the civilized world.
The young man from Mississippi came running into the store and said to his buddy, "Bubba, somebody just stole your pickup truck from the parking lot!" Bubba replied, "Did you see who it was?"
The young man answered, "I couldn't tell, but I got the license number."
A man in North Carolina had a flat tire, pulled off on the side of the road, and proceeded to put a bouquet of flowers in front of the car and one behind it. Then he got back in the car to wait.
A passerby studied the scene as he drove by and was so curious he turned around and went back. He asked the fellow what the problem was. The man replied, "I have a flat tire."
The passerby asked, "But what's with the flowers?"
The man responded, "When you break down they tell you to put flares in the front and flares in the back. I never did understand it neither."
You can say what you want about the South, but you never hear of anyone retiring and moving north.
QUOTES FOR YOUR THOUGHTS
"When men are most sure and arrogant they are commonly most mistaken, giving views to passion without that proper deliberation which alone can secure them from the grossest absurdities."
"The best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the marketplace."
Oliver Wendell Holmes Abrams vs. US, 1919
"We are not at war with a tactic. We are at war with a group of militant Islamists who hate us and who hate much of the rest of the world."
Pete Hoekstra, R - MI
Debate on Iraq war resolution, 13-14 February 2007
Those that expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
(1737 - 1809)
US Patriot and Writer
The American Crisis 4, September 12, 1777
That Religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love and charity towards each other.
Patrick Henry (1736 - 1799) Virginia Bill of Rights (June 12, 1776) article 16
The author of the Satanic Verses book, which is against Islam, the Prophet, and the Koran, and all those involved in its publication who were aware of its content, are sentenced to death. I ask all Moslems to execute them wherever they find them.
Ayatolla Ruholla Khomeini (1900 - 1989)
Statement, February 14, 1989
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