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Virgin Galactic Gears Up for Space Flights

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 8th, 2009 5:47 am by HL

Virgin Galactic Gears Up for Space Flights
As if his plan for global domination weren’t enough, Virgin Group honcho Richard Branson is taking to space with his new commercial spacecraft, SpaceShipTwo, which will grant six paying customers at a time the experience of weightlessness for six minutes.  —KA Check out Virgin Galactic’s Web site here. BBC: SS1 became the world’s first private spaceship with a series of high-altitude flights in 2004. Its successor, however, is twice as large, measuring 18m (60ft) in length. And whereas SpaceShipOne only had a single pilot (and the ballast equivalent of two passengers), SS2 will have a crew of two and room for six passengers. “This is a very big space ship so you have got a lot of room to float around, lots of windows to looks out,” the AFP news agency quoted Sir Richard as saying. About 300 individuals are reported to have signed up for a flight. They are all willing to pay about $200,000 (£121,000) for the privilege of experiencing six minutes of weightlessness during what will be a two-hour end-to-end flight. Read more READ THE WHOLE ITEM

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As if his plan for global domination weren’t enough, Virgin Group honcho Richard Branson is taking to space with his new commercial spacecraft, SpaceShipTwo, which will grant six paying customers at a time the experience of weightlessness for six minutes.? —KA

Check out Virgin Galactic’s Web site here.

BBC:

SS1 became the world’s first private spaceship with a series of high-altitude flights in 2004.

Its successor, however, is twice as large, measuring 18m (60ft) in length. And whereas SpaceShipOne only had a single pilot (and the ballast equivalent of two passengers), SS2 will have a crew of two and room for six passengers.

“This is a very big space ship so you have got a lot of room to float around, lots of windows to looks out,” the AFP news agency quoted Sir Richard as saying.

About 300 individuals are reported to have signed up for a flight. They are all willing to pay about $200,000 (£121,000) for the privilege of experiencing six minutes of weightlessness during what will be a two-hour end-to-end flight.

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Chris Weigant: Random 2010 Thoughts

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 8th, 2009 5:46 am by HL

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Conservatives express outrage over Reid slavery remarks — yet routinely claim progressives enslaving America

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 8th, 2009 5:45 am by HL

Conservatives express outrage over Reid slavery remarks — yet routinely claim progressives enslaving America

Conservative media figures have attacked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) remarks linking slavery to Republican opposition to health care reform legislation, but have routinely attacked progressives and the Obama administration for creating “slavery” and enslaving the public.

Conservatives express outrage over Reid remarks

Fox’s Bolling: “Were you shocked as I was when I heard him?” On the December 7 edition of Fox News’ Your World, guest host Eric Bolling — who also frequently guest hosts for Glenn Beck — asked Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (TX): “[W]ere you shocked as I was when I heard him compare — if you were against health care, you may actually be in favor of slavery?” Bolling later asked if Reid’s comments were an indication of “desperation” about health care reform.

FoxNews.com: Reid “took his GOP-blasting rhetoric to a new level Monday.” In a December 7 article, FoxNews.com wrote that Reid “took his GOP-blasting rhetoric to a new level Monday, comparing Republicans who oppose health care reform to lawmakers who clung to the institution of slavery more than a century ago.”

Limbaugh: “This is outrageous.” On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh said that Reid’s remarks were “outrageous, because Harry Reid knows the Republican Party was born in the fight against slavery.” Limbaugh added that Reid’s remarks are an indication of what Democrats have “been reduced to.”

Malkin: Reid “playing the race card.” In a December 7 post, Michelle Malkin wrote that Reid was playing the race card in his remarks, adding: “I’m sure Nevadans appreciate being likened to slavemasters, too.”

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White House Stance On Rogers Testimony Mimics Bush

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 8th, 2009 5:44 am by HL

White House Stance On Rogers Testimony Mimics Bush
In invoking the separation of powers to refuse to let Desiree Rogers testify about the Salahi episode, the White House is mimicking its predecessor’s stance.


Shays Campaign Manager Charged With Embezzling Funds
The campaign manager for former Connecticut GOP congressman Chris Shays was arrested this morning and charged with embezzling about $250,000 in campaign money.

NASA Diver Insists Tale Of Porn-Watching Muslim Hijackers Is True, Despite Discrepancies
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The Raucous Baucus Caucus

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 8th, 2009 5:40 am by HL

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Obama Gets Surge in War Approval

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 8th, 2009 5:39 am by HL

Obama Gets Surge in War Approval
A new Quinnipiac poll finds public support for the war in Afghanistan is up nine points in the last three weeks, as American voters say 57% to 35% that fighting the war is the right thing to do. President Obama’s approval for handling of the war is up seven points in the same period.

Said pollster Peter Brown: “President Obama’s nationally televised speech explaining his policy and troop buildup has worked, at least in the short term, in bolstering support for the war effort and his decisions. History teaches that the bully pulpit can be a powerful tool for a president who knows how to use it, especially when it comes to foreign policy. The American people tend to rally around their presidents in military matters, at least for a while.”

The Art of the Tick-Tock
Walter Shapiro looks at “one of the most insidious forms of insider journalism, the White House tick-tock.”

Specifically, he takes apart the weekend stories in the New York Times and the Washington Post that provided “lengthy fly-on-the-wall dramatic renderings of Barack Obama’s bold Afghan decision to…well…surge and then not surge.”

“For all the talk about journalism as the ‘first draft of history,’ stories like these are more apt to be the first draft of spin. There are so many ways that presidential images can be sugar-coated and top officials like Biden can get the shiv. Of course, we want to know what happened in the Oval Office and the White House Situation Room. But these semi-authorized instant histories provide the illusion of an insider account without anyone, including the president, being accountable.”


Meet Stewart Resnick, Corporate Farming Billionaire and One-Man Environmental Wrecking Crew

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 8th, 2009 5:38 am by HL

Meet Stewart Resnick, Corporate Farming Billionaire and One-Man Environmental Wrecking Crew
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What the Frack? Poisoning our Water in the Name of Energy Profits
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Media Value Destruction

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 8th, 2009 5:37 am by HL

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Sen. Hatch?s Solution For The Economy: Put The Country ?Back Into Conservative Republican Hands?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 8th, 2009 5:36 am by HL

Sen. Hatch?s Solution For The Economy: Put The Country ?Back Into Conservative Republican Hands?
Today, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) appeared on Fox Business and unleashed an angry tirade against the Democratic majority in Congress. As Fox host Alexis Glick fawned over the senior Republican senator — praising his characterization of Democrats’ policy ideas as “doggone stupid” — Hatch agreed that Democrats are trying to “socialize the country.” Towards the […]

Today, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) appeared on Fox Business and unleashed an angry tirade against the Democratic majority in Congress. As Fox host Alexis Glick fawned over the senior Republican senator — praising his characterization of Democrats’ policy ideas as “doggone stupid” — Hatch agreed that Democrats are trying to “socialize the country.”

Towards the end of the interview, Glick asked him what his “solutions” are to the problems the country faces, prompting Hatch to respond that he’d start by putting the country “back into conservative Republican hands” and keeping the Bush tax cuts:

FOXBIZ: What are your solutions to jobs, the unemployment situation, rising health care costs, energy costs that are rising, inflation that is still a concern, how do we solve these issues right now? Are we trying to do too much too quickly?

HATCH: Number one you get the arrogance of power by throwing the Democrats and get the control back into conservative Republican hands. Number two we should not do away with the Bush tax cuts, those marginal tax cuts are a major help to try and keep the economy going. Number three we should use fifty state labratories to do health care.

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While the country continues to face enormous economic problems — like a double-digit unemployment rate and the number of Americans on food stamps hitting an all-time high — there is little evidence that a return to the policies pursued by conservatives that Hatch favors would do anything to improve the situation.

During the last year of President Bush’s term, the median household income in the United States dropped 3.6 percent to $50,303, the sharpest drop since the government began keeping records in 1947. During Bush’s tenure, the number of Americans in poverty increased 26.1 percent, while child poverty jumped 21.4 percent. In total, the Bush years saw 8.3 million people fall into poverty.

There was one group, however, that did well under the Bush years Hatch seems to yearn for. The Congressional Budget Office found in 2007 that families “earning more than $1 million a year saw their federal tax rates drop more sharply than any group in the country as a result of President Bush’s tax cuts,” prompting the New York Times to conclude that “rich families were the undisputed winners from President Bush’s tax cuts.”


Liberation of a magazine editor

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 8th, 2009 5:35 am by HL

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