Archive for June, 2006


John – Put on the Hat and Sign the 180!

Friday, June 30th, 2006

kerry, bush


Flag Burning Amendment Considered Harmful

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

I’ve been thinking about this flag burning amendment to the Constitution. On an emotional level, it has a lot of appeal to a right wing wacko like me. Certainly it would be fun to see the jails fill up with moonbats who would be burning flags like chain smokers with unlimited Marlboroughs the day this amendment was ratified.

But on reflection, its a bad idea.

First, we just should not monkey with the constitution. It is highly unlikely that our current congress is capable of improving it, since the average Congressional IQ is about 90 for Republicans and 50 for Democrats.

Secondly, we already have too many restrictions on free speech. We’ve got campaign ‘reform’ laws that make it a crime to criticize an incumbent politician within 60 days of an election. We have hate thought crime laws that make no sense. Colleges punish students who say things that are not approved by liberal administrators. High schools feel free to cut off the microphones should a valedictorian speaker dare to mention Christ (Allah would be fine, not Jesus). And Hillary can’t wait to regulate blogs like this one.

I just don’t want to see any speech restrictions written into the Constitution.



Monday, June 26th, 2006

(A letter to the New York Times – hat tip: The Corner)

Dear Messrs. Keller, Lichtblau & Risen:

Congratulations on disclosing our government’s highly classified anti-terrorist-financing program (June 23). I apologize for not writing sooner. But I am a lieutenant in the United States Army and I spent the last four days patrolling one of the more dangerous areas in Iraq. (Alas, operational security and common sense prevent me from even revealing this unclassified location in a private medium like email.)

Unfortunately, as I supervised my soldiers late one night, I heard a booming explosion several miles away. I learned a few hours later that a powerful roadside bomb killed one soldier and severely injured another from my 130-man company. I deeply hope that we can find and kill or capture the terrorists responsible for that bomb. But, of course, these terrorists do not spring from the soil like Plato’s guardians. No, they require financing to obtain mortars and artillery shells, priming explosives, wiring and circuitry, not to mention for training and payments to locals willing to emplace bombs in exchange for a few months’ salary. As your story states, the program was legal, briefed to Congress, supported in the government and financial industry, and very successful.

Not anymore. You may think you have done a public service, but you have gravely endangered the lives of my soldiers and all other soldiers and innocent Iraqis here. Next time I hear that familiar explosion — or next time I feel it — I will wonder whether we could have stopped that bomb had you not instructed terrorists how to evade our financial surveillance.

And, by the way, having graduated from Harvard Law and practiced with a federal appellate judge and two Washington law firms before becoming an infantry officer, I am well-versed in the espionage laws relevant to this story and others — laws you have plainly violated. I hope that my colleagues at the Department of Justice match the courage of my soldiers here and prosecute you and your newspaper to the fullest extent of the law. By the time we return home, maybe you will be in your rightful place: not at the Pulitzer announcements, but behind bars.

Very truly yours,

Tom Cotton
Baghdad, Iraq

New York Times, treason,intelligence,Iraq,military


Breaking News: Blue Origin Environmental Impact statement

Sunday, June 25th, 2006

Last year Amazon zillionaire Jeff Bezos gave an interview to the Van Horn Advocate in which he dislosed that his company Blue Origin would conduct private sub-orbital flights from the nearby Corn ranch. A Seattle paper discovered some details on the company’s new main facility in Kent, Washington. Since then, there hasn’t been much in the way of information on the Bezos space system.

Thanks the miracle of Google Alerts, we have new information in the form of an FAA Draft Enviromental Assessment for the Blue Origin West Texas Commerical Launch Site.

The vehicle is a DC-X type vertical takeoff and landing craft. It’s good sized, around 120,000 pounds, comparable to a late-model Boeing 737.

The most amazing thing is that there is no pilot, the vehicle will “operate autonomously under the control of on-board computers”! This will be the first passenger rated unpiloted air vehicle in history. That alone is as big an accomplishment as flying up into space. Frankly, I’m very skeptical about this aspect of the Blue Origin system, but I’m eager for them to suceed. The more people into the space, the better!

Hat tips: and MSNBC Cosmic Log.

Update: Insightful commentary at Space Review.

space,Bezos, Blue Origin,FAA


Democrat Racism, Media Bias

Sunday, June 25th, 2006

And interesting little column in the Washington Post by Richard Morin discusses a study of attitudes towards victims of Katrina.

The article is fascinating not only for the study finding it reports on , but as an illustration of the deep ingrained and unconscious bias on the part of the mainstream press. It starts off with an interesting tag line:

“Are Republicans stingy but principled while Democrats are generous but racist?”.

It certainly wouldn’t surprise me to find racist Democrats. After all, they are the party that gave us de jure segregation, and to this day they worship a former clansman. And of course they think themselves superior to everyone else, especially persons who work in blue collar and service jobs, as do many minority folks. When Hillary says “It takes a village to raise a child”, she means that she is the village and you are the child.

But it would surprise me to find that any study might find Democrats more generous than Republicans. Democrats think the government should provide to each according to his need, so there is really not much room in their hearts for personal giving. Certainly the red states outgive the blue states by a large margin in every study I’ve ever seen.

Here is what the study found:

Republicans consistently gave less aid, and gave over a shorter period of time, to victims regardless of race.
Democrats and independents were far more generous; on average, they gave Katrina victims on average more than $1,500 a month, compared with $1,200 for Republicans, and for 13 months instead of nine.

But for Democrats, race mattered — and in a disturbing way. Overall, Democrats were willing to give whites about $1,500 more than they chose to give to a black or other minority.

“Even with this race penalty, Democrats still were willing to give more to blacks than those principled Republicans” sniffs Mr. Morin.

I was confused at this point. Charity doesn’t work like that, you don’t give person x a sum of y dollars for z months. It made no sense.

But wait. He’s not talking about charity or “giving” at all!!!!!

To test the effects of race, participants in the study were asked to read a news article about Katrina victims. Some read a story featuring a white person. Some read identical stories — except the victim was black, Asian or Hispanic. Then they were asked how much assistance they think the government should give to help hurricane victims. (emphasis added)

Ahhh, now it makes sense. It confirms that Democrats are racist, but both the study’s author and Mr. Morin confuse “giving” and “generosity” with spending other peoples money. Of course Democrats want to spend more of other people’s money than Republicans!!! Even on people the Democrats don’t particularly like. Why not, it’s other peoples money, not theirs!

It’s sad that someone who can’t tell the difference between charity and spending other peoples money is actually taken seriously enough by someone to have a newspaper column.

Hat tip: Right Wing News

democrats, republicans, charity


Liberalism in 25 Words

Sunday, June 18th, 2006

Hat tip to UrbanGrounds for pointing to Texas Rainmaker’s “Liberalism in 25 Words“?

Patriotism sickening.

Terrorists winning.

Terrorists are freedom fighters.

Troops are murderers.

9/11 was an inside job.

Illegals & felons should vote…for Democrats.

Traitors are heroes.

politics, liberals, democrats


Reasons for Republicans to Vote

Saturday, June 17th, 2006


Cessna Rumor

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

This rumor came to me via email:

At the AOPA Flyin earlier in June, a Cessna Dealer says he has seen the
drawings for Cessna’s new single engine entry (not the LSA model).

He says it will be Cardinal like: Cantilevered wing a bit farther back than
the cardinal. fixed gear. 300+ HP; 50″ wide cabin. Speed in the 180 range.
Possibly two seats in the front and an automobile like bench seat in the
back with three seat belts and a pull down cushion in case only two are

He said the airplane has been painted and is covered up. It might be
announced at Oshkosh. Or at AOPA in the fall.

Interesting. I think a ‘Cardinal Like’ design wouldn’t need 300+ horses. I also have a hard time picturing such a big motor with a wing “a bit farther back than the cardinal”. The wing on the Cardinal is well back as it is. The Cardinal’s wing position is well aft of the wings on lesser Cessnas like the C172 and C182. The Cardinal’s wing is one of the things that make the airplane such a delight to fly and also gives it a very large available CG envelope. But if you hang a big motor in front then it seems to me the temptation would be to bring the wing forward to avoid a forward CG problem.

I believe the fixed gear part, Cirrus and Columbia have shown you don’t need to tuck the wheels up to go fast. But tucking the wheels is still way cool.

This is yet another thing that makes me wonder if I’ll be able to stay away from Oshkosh this year.

airplane,aviation,aircraft, Cessna


Bravo Mr. President!

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

The President appeared in Baghdad in person to meet new Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in what had been announced as a video conference.

This visit sends a strong message to the world that President Bush is not going to cut and run. Mr. Bush’s personal courage and determination contrasts dramatically with the weakness displayed by his domestic political opponents.

The surprise visit also shows that the Bush White House can successfully execute a complex plan. I think some of the recent personal changes on the White House staff were for the better.

There is a good rundown of the fascinating logistic details on .
Bush, Iraq


A Little SS-2 Rumor

Monday, June 12th, 2006

SpaceShipTwo (SS2) could have a different rocket fuel, a 140km (87 mile) apogee, increased down range, 7g re-entry loading and reclined passenger seats, SpaceShipOne (SS1) pilot Brian Binnie and Virgin Galactic president Will Whitehorn told last week’s Royal Aeronautical Society space tourism conference.


They need to go higher to give the customers more zero-g time, but they’ll have to pay for it with that 7-g deacceleration! Even laying back on a seat, seven g’s is a lot.

I’m probably not going to Oshkosh this year, which is too bad. I’ll bet Burt shows us some pictures of SS-2 and White Knight 2. He can’t roll an airplane the size of a B757 out of a hanger at Mohave and keep it a secret.

Mohave is always being watched.