Friday, September 30, 2011

SpaceX's Elon Musk Discusses Reusable Falcon 9, Mars Settlements
Ron Paul: Al Awlaki Should Have Been Given His Day in Court
Michael Kinsley Wrong to Say Chris Christie Too Fat to Be President
Michael Kinsley, a liberal commentator, has made a very odd suggestion about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Kinsley believes that Christie is just too fat to be president of the United States, a sentiment he freely suggests is un-liberal.
Martyrdom of Youcef Nadarkhani Would Be Defeat for Iran
As of this writing, there is no word of the fate of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, an Iranian Christian who has been condemned to death for the crime of being a Christian by the Iranian Mullahacracy.
Herman Cain's '9 9 9' Plan: Some Practical, Political Objections
Part of the appeal of Herman Cain's campaign for president is the elegant simplicity of his "9 9 9" proposal, which would replace the current tax code with a 9 percent tax on personal income, a 9 percent tax on corporate income and a 9 percent sales tax.
Is Obama's 'Gotten a Little Soft' Statement His Version of 'Malaise?'
In an interview with a local NBC affiliate TV station in Orlando, President Obama claimed that the United States has gone "a little soft" and had lost its competitive edge, reports The Weekly Standard. The statement is being compared by conservative critics like National Review's Jonah Goldberg to Jimmy Carter's "malaise" speech.
Killing of Anwar Al-Awlaki a Victory in War on Terror
Anwar Al-Awlaki, the American-born Muslin cleric and Al Qaida chieftain in the Arabian Peninsula, has been killed, presumably by a drone strike, close to the Yemeni town of Khashef, east of the capital city of Sanaa.
Biden's Latest Gaffe May Lose Him VP Spot in 2012
Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview on Florida radio station WLRN Thursday that voters should blame President Obama for the bad economy, not President Bush.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

For those of you of a religious bent, pray for Youcef Nadarkhani, a man who may be martyred for his beliefs.
Something I did not notice while watching Terra Nova. Apparently Obama's face is on the currency of the year 2149. That may be related to how things get screwed up in the 22nd Century.
Obama Solar Green Jobs Initiative Looks like Crony Capitalism
Rep. Rohrabacher Demands Release of NASA Orbit Fuel Data
New York Space Shuttle Relocation Has Texas Congressman Crying Bait and Switch
Humor-Impaired Turn Onion Story Into Hysteria
The Onion, a satirical newspaper, has caused some real world news with one of its fake news stories. After some tweets about a "hostage situation" at the nation's capitol, the webzine published a story about armed congressman taking children hostage.
Drop in Democratic Voter Enthusiasm Spells Peril for Obama
A Gallup Poll revealed Thursday shows a marked drop in enthusiasm for voting by Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents. The poll shows 45 percent of respondents report being enthusiastic about voting as opposed to 44 percent who are not.
'Affirmative Action Bake Sale' Causes Outrage Over Honest Debate
A Republican student group at the University of California at Berkley announced an "affirmative action bake sale" last week in order to protest a student phone bank in support of a racial preference bill now in the California State Senate.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Morgan Freeman Invited to a Tea Party
While many conservatives have reacted with outrage against Morgan Freeman's wild charges of racism against the tea party, Ali Akbar, a 26-year-old African American small businessman and tea party member, has taken a different approach.
Al Qaida to Ahmadinejad: Stop Lying About 9/11
Al Qaida is angry with Iranian dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for spouting 9/11 truther theories at venues such as the U.N. General Assembly. The terrorist organization insists it committed the attacks, not the U.S. government.
Anita Perry -- Gov. Perry Will Be Better Prepared for Next Debate
Rasmussen: Cain 5 Points Behind Obama
Herman Cain , the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza, may be the "flavor of the month" according to Sarah Palin, among others, but a new Rasmussen Poll shows Cain would be a formidable opponent in a matchup against President Barack Obama.
Lockheed Martin Proposes to Send Manned Orion Around the Moon in 2016
North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue Suggests Suspending the Next Election
Andy Rooney, '60 Minutes' Curmudgeon, to Sign Off at Age 92
Christie Lambasts Obama but Refuses to Run Against Him
Amanda Knox: A Sex Crazed Killer or 'Jessica Rabbit?'
Palin Still Coy About Running; Calls Cain 'Flavor of the Week'
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin appeared on Greta Van Susteren's Fox News show and, as she has many times in the past, gave mixed signals about a possible run for the presidency. But the time for a go/no-go decision is rapidly approaching.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bolden Travels to JSC to Discuss Space Shuttle Display, Space Exploration Program
Stephen King to Publish 'Dr. Sleep,' a Sequel to 'The Shining'
According to Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King has announced he is nearly finished with a sequel to his 1977 horror novel "The Shining." The sequel, titled "Dr. Sleep," involves the adventures of a grown up Danny Torrance.
Ben Hur a 'Palestinian Nobleman?' Los Angeles Times Sparks Controversy
The Los Angeles Times published a story Monday about the belated release of a 50th anniversary edition of the classic epic "Ben Hur," which starred Charlton Heston in the title role.
Rick Perry Dissed North Carolina Barbeque 19 Years Ago and Now May Pay
Washington Monument Inspection to Be Carried Out by Rappelling Engineers
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Cuts Off 'Jersey Shore' Tax Break
Google Puts Dead Sea Scrolls on the Internet
Palin Lawyer Sends 'Litigation Hold' Letter to McGinniss Publisher
Perry Stumbles, Cain Surges; Time for Palin to Get In?
With Texas Gov. Rick Perry stumbling and Herman Cain surging, some pundits are wondering if it is now the time for Sarah Palin to enter the race for president and become the great conservative hope to replace Barack Obama.
Will 'Terra Nova' Follow 'Lost' With Genre Contrivances?
The pilot episode of "Terra Nova," titled "Genesis," begins in the year 2149, which seems to be an Earth where Al Gore turned out to be right. The air is unbreathable and there is no open water, nor green of any kind.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Obama Gets Burned with Crack about Texas Wildfires
During a fundraising speech at the Silicon Valley home of John Thompson, chairman of Symantec Corp., President Barack Obama decided to give Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a candidate to replace him as president, a little heat.
First Russian Planetary Probe in Decades, 'Phobos-Grunt,' to Depart in November
Rick Perry, the Ponzi Scheme and the Texas Alternate Plan
Descent of NASA's UARS Latest in a Series of Space Object Crashes
First Boeing 787 Dreamliner Delivered After Three-Year Delay
Obama Command to 'Put on Your Marching Shoes' Causes Controversy
Wisconsin Professor in Free Speech Fight Over a 'Firefly' Poster
"Firefly," a science fiction TV show that only ran a few episodes in the early part of this century, has become the center of a free speech controversy at the University of Wisconsin at Stout concerning a poster and a theater professor.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Morgan Freeman Plays the Race Card Against the Tea Party
Morgan Freeman sat down with Piers Morgan recently for an interview. The topic, naturally, turned toward politics. The star of "Shawshank Redemption," "Deep Impact" and "Glory" proceeded to kick a great many people in the groin.

Addendum: Herman Cain responds.

Addendum 2: Herman Cain wins the Florida straw poll. Mr. Freeman must be very confused about now.

Michael Moore is Confused About Patriotism and National Health Care
Michael Moore, the documentary film maker whose film "Sicko" painted a rosy picture of government run health care systems in Cuba and Canada, has a message to people who are irate about having to wait in line for medical procedures.
Under the category of "great minds think alike" here is Mike Griffin on opening up the Moon as a commercial market:
Indeed, the administration’s reliance on so-called “commercial” means of acquiring human space flight capabilities does not withstand a conventional business case analysis. Understanding that commerce remains a consequence of exploration, the elimination of the Moon as the next logical exploration goal makes no sense. As I stated earlier, it is unlikely that the ISS market alone can sustain even a single commercial vendor, and yet there is no clear plan to provide even that market beyond ISS. However, a straightforward economic analysis shows that the market for the cargo resupply of a human outpost on the lunar surface could indeed be sustainable over the longer term when sound business practices are assumed. Thus, the administration’s present exploration strategy to bypass the Moon as a near term human space flight goal impedes the long-term sustainability of the very commercial sector they are trying to cultivate.

Then here is something I wrote for the Washington Post five years ago:
Twenty years from now, NASA envisions astronauts living and working on the moon on a permanent basis. Transporting crews to and from a lunar base and keeping them supplied will be expensive using NASA's planned Ares family of rockets.

Meanwhile, the economic development of low Earth orbit will have been facilitated by commercial space transportation companies that the Commercial Orbital Transportation Systems program helped to nurture. Seeing this, a future NASA administrator could conclude that what worked before might well work again.

So a competition could be announced in which money would be awarded to companies able to demonstrate the ability to deliver people and cargo to the moon. Private companies would step up to the challenge of building commercial moon ships. Within a few years, relatively low-cost and reliable transportation to the moon could be a reality.
What is it About Sarah Palin that Causes Vile People to Behave Badly?
The Palin family has become a kind of catalyst for vile behavior by evil people. Most people, even if they think things as are being said about Sarah Palin and her family, know better than to articulate them.
Will Chinese Success in Space Focus America's Attention?
Texas Ends Special Last Meals for Condemned Prisoners
10 Star Trek episodes that were never filmed--thank goodness.
'Killer Elite' Has No Heroes, Just Various Forms of Bad Guys
"Killer Elite," starring Jason Stratham, Robert De Niro, and Clive Owen, is an action film that does not have any good guys per se, but rather a variety of bad men who kill and even torture people for money.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Puss in Boots as the--well--just watch the video.

Troy Davis Died for a Crime He Committed
Troy Davis, a convicted cop killer, was recently put to death for his crime in Georgia. Many death penalty opponents, and some death penalty supporters, claim the evidence against Davis was dubious at best.
Rory Cooper has a sober and cogent analysis of what ails the space program.

Rand Simberg is not pleased with the analysis, however.
Morgan Freeman is a great actor, but like too many other great actors, he is complete ignoramous and a hater when it comes to politics.
Asimov's 'Caves of Steel' to See Film Adaptation
According to Coming Soon, 20th Century Fox intends to adapt the classic Isaac Asimov novel "Caves of Steel" for the big screen, based on a screenplay by John Scott. Henry Hobson has been attached to direct.
Fox News/Google Republican Debate: the Good, Bad, Silly and Bizarre
NASA Space Exploration: 'Asteroid First' or 'Moon First'
Houston Eatery 'Jus Mac' Threatened by McDonald's for Trademark Infringement
Has McGinniss Perpetrated Literary Hoax, Libel with Palin Book?
Big Journalism has obtained an email sent by Joe McGinniss to Jesse Griffin, once the proprietor of a "Trig truther" blog, suggesting his book about Sarah Palin was filled with tawdry gossip with no proof and he knew it.
New Bond Film May Feature Return of Blofeld
Whatculture! reports that the next James Bond film, the third to star Daniel Craig, may feature the return of a classic villain: Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the evil head of the terrorist conglomerate SPECTRE.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

House Science Committee on Space Includes Testimony from Apollo Moonwalkers
James Byrd's Murder Led to More Hate-Crime Laws
A friend of mine posted the following on Facebook, which I think all should read:
Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social studies school teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock , did something not to be forgotten. On the first day of school, with the permission of the school superinten dent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed all of the desks out of her classroom. When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks. 'Ms. Cothren, where're our desks?' She replied, 'You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk.' They thought, 'Well, maybe it's our grades.' ... ... 'No,' she said. 'Maybe it's our behavior.' She told them, 'No, it's not even your behavior.' And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third period. Still no desks in the classroom. By early afternoon television news crews had started gathering in Ms.Cothren’s classroom to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room. The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the deskless classroom, Martha Cothren said, 'Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he/ she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to tell you.' At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it. Twenty-seven (27) U.S. Veterans, all in uniforms, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall. By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned.. Martha said, 'You didn't earn the right to sit at these desks. These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. Now, it's up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens. They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education. Don't ever forget it.' By the way, this is a true story. Please consider passing this along so others won't forget that the freedoms we have in this great country were earned by U. S. Veterans.
Elizabeth Warren Explains How Class War is Good, Misses Point
Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard professor and former Obama adviser, is running for the U.S. Senate seat now occupied by Scott Brown. This is the seat occupied by Teddy Kennedy since the early 1960s.
Why Spaceflight is Not Shoes

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Palestinian State Would Not Be for All Palestinians Till Destruction of Israel
A new article in Commentary Magazine presents a very good reason why the Palestinians not only shouldn't be granted their own state, but for 45 percent of Palestinians, there would be no state even if the United Nations were to declare one.
Should We Abduct Ahmadinejad in New York?
One of the aggravations of the annual opening of the U.N. General Assembly is it is attended by Iranian dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a man guilty of fostering terrorism abroad and oppression at home.
Perry Rolls Out First Campaign Video -- 'Proven Leadership'
Facebook Changes Rile Customers
Besides 'Avatar,' What Other Sci-Fi/Fantasy Would Work as Theme Parks?
No doubt inspired by the news of an "Avatar" theme park planned by Disney and the existing Harry Potter theme park, the SyFy Channel ruminated about what other science fiction and fantasy franchises could be rendered in such a way.
Obama U.N. Speech -- 'Peace is Hard'
NASA's Johnson Spaceflight Center at 50, a Grim Present and Uncertain Future
Marist Poll Puts Palin Within Five Points of Obama

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Finding Snoopy -- The Hunt for Apollo 10's Lunar Module
U.N. Drive for Palestinian Statehood Will End Badly for All Concerned
Disney Pandora Theme Park Will Not Be Like 'Avatar'
The Disney Corporation has signed an agreement with filmmaker James Cameron to in essence recreate his imaginary world Pandora, depicted in his hit film "Avatar," at Disney World, with construction starting in 2013.
Houston Surgeon Michael Brown Found Not Guilty of Assaulting Fourth Wife
Tucker Carlson Fights with Greta Van Susteren About Mike Tyson/Sarah Palin Article
'Two and a Half Men' Swaps Sex Fiend with Man-Child
"Two and a Half Men," Season 9, Episode 1, "Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt" started, as has been previously reported, with the funeral of Charlie Harper. The added bonus consisted of comments by a wide section of Charlie bed partners.
Recap: 'Castle,' Season 4, Episode 1, 'Rise'
"Castle," Season 4, Episode 1, "Rise" starts off rather kinetically as Beckett is taken to the ER to be worked over by her boyfriend Josh. She dies once, but as she is too tough to bother with that, comes back.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Nader's Newfound Love for Palin Based on Misconceptions
Ralph Nader's sudden respect for Sarah Palin can only be understood by concluding Nader has only a superficial understanding of Palin's disdain for corporations that use connections with government to get unfair advantage.
NASA's Space Launch System Enters a New Phase -- the Attempts to Kill It
Ron Paul -- People Cheered at Debate for Self Reliance, Not for Death
Netflix Spins Off DVD Rental Business to Qwikster, Retaining Video Streaming
Mike Tyson Lambasts Sarah Palin: Is it News?
If a famous American athlete made a vicious attack against a famous American politician, should it be reported in the news, no matter how vile? That seems to be the argument between the Daily Caller's Tucker Carlson and Fox News' Greta Van Susteren, according to Politico.
'Glee' Decides It's Time to Make Fun of the Righties -- Again
In commenting on the upcoming "Sue Sylvester runs for Congress" story arc on "Glee," I have to stipulate that I don't watch the show. Cheeky TV series about high school kids singing and dancing bore me. In fact, it would have bored me when I was in high school, but that is another story.
Obama Deficit Reduction Plan Shows a Lack of Seriousness

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Ron Paul's Health Care Position Sane, Reasonable and Defensible
Virgin Galactic's Branson -- First Space Flight of SpaceShipTwo 'Within 12 Months'
NPR Compares Obama to Jesus Christ
NPR's Frank James has a new twist on the creepy exchange President Barack Obama recently had with someone at a rally in South Carolina in which he suggested that people should prove their love for him by helping him pass the jobs bill.
Can Hillary Clinton Save the Democrats?
Politico reports an unfolding story of the rise of Clinton nostalgia among Democrats. This is coupled with the continuing death spiral of President Barack Obama's approval numbers, even among his liberal base.
SpaceX's Elon Musk is hosting a $1,000 a ticket fundraiser for Rep. Dana Rohrabacher. Rohrabacher has proposed defunding the centerpiece of NASA's space exploration program, the Space Launch System, and putting the money instead to accelerate the commercial crew program in which SpaceX is a participant.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Duane Buck Execution Stay Highlights Death Penalty Issue in Texas
How the Space Access Society Got it Wrong About NASA Space Policy
Old TV Shows that Have Been Rebooted for the 21st Century
Ford Eschews Crony Capitalism in Latest Ad
The Ford Motor Company has managed to slip in a dig at its domestic rivals and the Obama administration in the latest in a series of commercials featuring real Ford drivers who answer questions about why they choose Ford.
Can Porn Bunker Really Survive End of the World?
Apparently if the apocalypse occurs, what remains of the world will not lack for porn stars. That is the plan of a San Fernando Valley porn studio that has built a hardened bunker for its employees and some customers.
'The Lamestream Media' Palin's Unlikely New Friends
Having been accused of being essentially a coked-up sexual predator with a fetish for African-American men, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has gotten an unlikely group of defenders: the "lamestream media" she has so often disdained
TV's 'Beauty and the Beast' to Be Rebooted by CW TV Network
Coming Soon reports the CW network is doing a reboot of the 1980s romance/fantasy series "Beauty and the Beast," which starred Linda Hamilton as a New York assistant district attorney and Ron Perlman as a poetry-spouting beast/man.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Kepler Space Telescope Discovers Planet Orbiting Binary Star System
What Is McGinnis Up to in Smearing Sarah Palin?
Medal of Honor Winner Doesn't Consider Himself a Hero
Dakota Meyer was a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps when he saved the lives of 36 men in a place called Ganjgal Valley in Afghanistan's Kunar province just over two years ago. Oddly, he does not consider himself a hero.
50 Democratic House Seats in Play for 2012 After N.Y. Special Election
The National Review reports, based on the results of the special election in the New York 9th Congressional District, as many as 50 Democratic House seats may be vulnerable in next year's election.
Rick Perry, the Cancer Victim and the HPV Controversy
Recap: 'Deadliest Warrior: French Foreign Legion Vs. Gurkhas'
"Deadliest Warrior: French Foreign Legion vs. Gurkhas" pitted two units of mercenaries with a renowned history of ferocity in combat. Each group was from the World War II era, with appropriate weapons and tactics.
Recap: 'Deadliest Warrior: Vampires Vs. Zombies'
"Deadliest Warrior: Vampires vs. Zombies" was an unusual episode in that it pitted two groups of warriors who do not exist outside the pages of fiction or the big and small screens. Thus, it was somewhat controversial.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

50th Anniversary of Houston's Sharpstown Mall Brings Back Memories
Results of New York Election Points to Obama Vulnerability
Jackie Kennedy Interview Tapes a Peek into History
NASA Announces Heavy Lift Space Launch System; Can the Program Be Sustained?

Addendum: Chris Bergen has more.
Obama Lays Down Creepy Condition with Jobs Bill
President Barack Obama wants us to prove our love for him. In response to a shout out from someone in a crowd he was haranguing, Obama shouted, "If you love me, you've got to help me pass this bill," according to National Journal.
10 Actual Mistakes that Syfy Has Made Over the Years

11. Cancelling Stargate: Universe.
Attack Watch Snitch Site a Focus of Internet Fun
Back when the Obama administration was young, the White House set up what amounted to a snitch line, an email address where people were invited to report on other people bad-mouthing the president of the United States on health care.
New York Congressional Defeat a Wake-Up Call for Obama, Democrats
Solyndra Scandal Deepens, Hands Issue to Republicans
The Washington Post is reporting that emails indicate the Obama White House pressured the Office of Management and Budget to quickly approve the government-guaranteed loan to Solyndra in time for Vice President Biden to announce the loan at an event in September 2009.

Addendum: An Elon Musk connection? Rockets are not the only thing he is getting government help building it seems.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

NASA and ATK Reach an Agreement to Develop the Liberty Launch Vehicle
'Citizen Kane,' Orson Welles' Greatest Achievement, 70 Years On
The 70th anniversary of Orson Welles' classic film "Citizen Kane" occurred recently. The film, the first feature-length motion pictured directed by Welles, is considered one of if not the greatest film in history.
Skirmish between Israel, Turkey Bad for Everybody
According to the Christian Science Monitor, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested the Turkish military is prepared for war with Israel. Previously, Erdogan had promised to deploy Turkish warships to protect shipments to Gaza.
McConnell Knows Job Bill Strategic; Does Obama Know It's Bad Strategy?
When President Obama issued his demand before a joint session of Congress to pass a jobs bill which at that point had yet to be written, he promised he would present his plan to pay for it at a later date.
Palin Reaffirms Conviction with Attack on Perry Vaccine Plan
Appearing on the Greta Van Sustren show on Fox News immediately after the CNN/Tea Party Republican debate Monday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin criticized Texas Gov. Rick Perry's controversial vaccination program.
Rep. Ron Paul Booed at GOP Debate for 9/11 Remarks
Bachmann Suggests Perry-Sponsored Vaccination Program Caused 'Mental Retardation'
Herman Cain the Most Interesting Presidential Candidate
Herman Cain, the former Godfather's Pizza CEO and current candidate for president of the United States, may not get the Republican nomination. But he remains the most interesting man running for the Oval Office.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Keith Cowing and Rand Simberg are pretending to be political virgins by feigning shock that a congressional committee chairman who opposes Obama's space policy has invited three expert witnesses to a hearing to illuminate how the policy is dysfunctional. That is the way politics work.

Now if Chairman Hall invited witnesses-say Charles Bolden and Elon Musk-who support Obamaspace to testify, the two gentlemen would no doubt become irate at the inevitable pointed questions that would be asked.
After 9/11 -- 'Where the Grapes of Wrath Are Stored'
Lack of PU 238 Funding, Needed for NASA Space Probes, Points to Leadership Problems
A Romance Spy Thriller Starring Barack Obama and Sarah Palin?
A person who is described as an "investigative reporter" named Howard Decker has written one of the most extraordinary novels I have ever seen the cover for, based on one of the most unlikely premises in the history of fiction.
Hannibal Lecter the TV Series?
One can understand Hollywood's tendency to use successful TV shows to inspire similar programming. But apparently someone, noting how "Dexter," a show about an ethical serial killer, has gotten viewers, has hit upon an idea.
Al Gore to Air 24 Hour 'Global Warming-thon'
Is Rick Perry Anti-Science?
Recap: 'True Blood' Season 4 Episode 12 'And when I Die'
"True Blood" Season 4 Episode 12 "And When I Die" is well-named as the final episode of the season. Several of the denizens of Bon Temps come back from the dead and several others cross over to death.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Bill Maher Seriously Hates Rick Perry
Why Sarah Palin Will Never Appear on Bill Maher's 'Real Time'
Bill Maher, the HBO ranter, was on Jay Leno recently, shilling for the new season of his show, "Real Time" and hurtling his bon mots at just about everybody in public life, especially Rick Perry. But he had something interesting to say about Sarah Palin.
Israeli Cairo Embassy Attack, Turkish Saber Rattling Point to Middle East Turmoil
One can tell that a revolution in a Middle Eastern country has started to become unhinged when mobs attack an embassy. In the 1970s Iranian revolution it was the American embassy in Tehran. In the 2011 Egyptian revolution, it is the Israeli embassy in Cairo.
Sens. Nelson, Hutchison Accuse Administration of Sabotaging NASA Rocket Project
"The Debt" -- a Film of Espionage and the Consequences of Dishonesty
"The Debt," starring Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkerson, Ciaran Hinds and Sam Worthington depicts an operation by three agents of the Israeli Mossad to capture and bring to justice a Nazi war criminal in 1965 East Berlin.

Friday, September 09, 2011

The most interesting cat in the world...

How to Preserve the Apollo Lunar Landing Sites
Chris Matthews Agrees with Rick Perry: Social Security Is a Ponzi Scheme
Palin Receives Unusual, Shocking Praise in New York Times
It may not be unusual for the New York Times to publish an article about Sarah Palin. It is unusual for said article to actually praise Palin and her ideas. Indeed, it is a historic event to have a Times article that suggest she has ideas.
Mel Gibson Seeks Redemption in Judah Maccabee Project
Film circles are abuzz with the news about Mel Gibson's next film project. The director of "Braveheart" and "Apocalypto" is going to do another historical epic, this one about Judah Maccabee, the 2nd century B.C. hero who freed Judea from the Seleucid Empire.
Recap: 'Burn Notice' Season 5 Episode 12'Dead to Rights'
In "Burn Notice" Season 5, Episode 12, "Dead to Rights," we find our intrepid hero, Michael Weston, facing down the business end of a gun wielded by a very angry Agent Pearce, who is convinced that he killed Max.
Obama Jobs Speech Bizarre Defense of Big Government
President Barack Obama's jobs bill speech before a joint session of Congress featured as full-throated a defense of big government as had ever echoed in the hallowed halls of the Capitol for the past few decades.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

9/11: The Roots of Muslim Terrorist Rage
Longview Longshoremen Raise Specter of Union-Inspired Election Violence
Jimmy Hoffa's threats about marching armies of labor union members "taking out" tea party members and Republicans got just a little more ominous when a mob of hundreds of longshoremen stormed the Port of Longview, Wash.
Will FBI Uncover Crony Capitalism in Solyndra Raid?
The Solyndra story just took an unexpected turn with the news that FBI agents have raided the company's offices, apparently at the behest of the Department of Energy that ran a green jobs program that gifted it a $500 million guaranteed loan.
How Does the Future of 'Star Trek' Compare to the Actual Space Program
Besides Perry, How Did the Other Candidates Do at the Reagan Library Debate?
Texas Gov. Rick Perry Shines in GOP Debate, but with Room for Improvement
Recap: 'Deadliest Warrior: Crazy Horse Vs. Pancho Villa'
In "Deadliest Warrior: Crazy Horse vs. Pancho Villa," two men the show repeatedly described as "freedom fighters" were matched against one another. From a certain point of view the characterization is accurate, but incomplete. Both guerrilla fighters met with defeat and then death under sordid circumstances, for example. In any event, the purpose is the matchup, not necessarily getting every historical t crossed and i dotted.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

9/11: 16 School Children Were Unwitting Witnesses to History
Obama's Jobs Bill Futile, Cheapens Joint Session of Congress
Bloomberg is reporting that President Obama will propose in his speech to a joint session of Congress a $300 billion dollar package that will include infrastructure spending, tax credits, and aid to the states as his jobs program.
Electric Car Charging Stations Come to Houston; Can the Power Grid Handle the Strain?
Obama Appearence on Palestinian Statehood Ad Futile Gambit
For President Obama, if it rains, it must pour. The latest political embarrassment for Obama is his appearance in an ad campaign conducted by the Palestinian Authority, which runs much of the West Bank, pushing for Palestinian statehood.
Disturbing New Online Game Revels in Conservative Slaughter
No doubt in the spirit of good fun, Starvingeyes Advergaming has created a new video game called Tea Party Zombies Must Die. If you hate conservatives, especially Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, now is your chance to vent.
Obama Administration Thinks $62 Billion for Space Exploration is Too Expensive
Why is Ann Coulter so Down on Sarah Palin?

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Did NASA Follow the Law in Not Selecting Houston to Display a Space Shuttle Orbiter?
Ron Paul as a Reaganite -- Something of a Stretch
Palin Gives Jimmy Hoffa, Political and Corporate Elites, Sharp Rebuke
Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa's call for the Republicans and the tea party to be "taken out" fetched a sharp rebuke by none other than Sarah Palin in a long post on her Facebook page. Hoffa should smart from the smack delivered.
State Fair of Texas Best Foods Are Buffalo Chicken in a Flapjack and Fried Bubble Gum
Why is NASA Ignoring Venus?
Teamsters' Jimmy Hoffa, Obama Union Ally, Calls for 'War' on Republicans, Tea Party
A Trip to the World Trade Center, Summer 1978
'True Blood,' Season 4, Episode 11, 'Soul of Fire'
In "True Blood," Season 4, Episode 11, "Soul of Fire," the body count starts to rise as the vampires besiege the Goddess Emporium. In quick order, one of the captive and ensorcelled vampire sheriffs and then a Wiccan die.
Hard to Imagine Anyone Ruing Not Getting to Sleep with Che Guevara
Jane Fonda, an actress of some talent and a woman whose political leanings have sometimes inspired disgust, has opined that one of her great regrets in life has been the fact that she did not get to sleep with Che Guevara.

Monday, September 05, 2011

If 9/11 never happened, no Arab Spring. but instread an Islamist Winter.
Replaying the history game without 9/11 suggests that, ironically, the real impact of the attacks was not on Americans but on the homelands of the attackers themselves.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Hugh Laurie's 'House' Begins Season 8 in the 'Big House'
It seems that when Season 8 of "House" the TV show starring Hugh Laurie as the acerbic, dysfunctional Dr. Gregory House, the title character will be in prison for having crashed his car into Lisa Cuddy's dining room.
The latest installment has been added to Patton in Palestine (A Work in Progress)
Obama, Solyndra and the Perils of Crony Capitalism
When Sarah Palin was inveighing against crony capitalism, one of the instances she had in mind was the Solyndra disaster. Solyndra, a recipient of government largess, was touted by President Barack Obama as a company of the future.
Taking Out the Trash in Outer Space
Texas Hails Obama Scrapping of EPA Smog Rules
Why Sarah Palin is 'The Undefeated'

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Sarah Palin Triangulates in Iowa
In her speech at the tea party rally in Indianola, Iowa, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a maybe or maybe not candidate for president of the United States, performed an act of triangulation that must have taken even Bill Clinton's breath away.
White House Briefed on ATF 'Fast and Furious' Gun Walker Operation
The latest development in the "Operation Fast and Furious" scandal is the revelation that at least three White House officials were informed about the program conducted by the ATF that involved selling weapons to the various Mexican drug cartels.

9/11 Inspired Three Epic Films
Rick Perry: Obama Has it in for Texas
Blue Origin Failure Causes Reality Check for Commercial Space Flight
A Review of 'Apollo 18' a Film of Terror on the Lunar Surface
The premise behind "Apollo 18," as everyone who has seen the trailers know, is that a secret Apollo mission to the moon was launched a couple of years after Apollo 17 and the astronauts found something horrible on the lunar surface.

Friday, September 02, 2011

The Jonny Quest opening sequence, done shot for shot, with modern animation techniques.

Jonny Quest Opening Titles from Roger D. Evans on Vimeo.

The Real Apollo 18, NASA's Canceled Mission to the Moon
Can Rick Perry Be Stopped?
9/11: It Could Have Been Worse
Destination: Moon or Asteroid? Part III: Resource Utilization Considerations
Zero Jobs Reports Puts Pressure on President Obama
Just in time for the Labor Day holiday, the U.S. government issued its latest jobs report. The results are as depressing as they can be. The unemployment rate remains at 9.1 percent, but the takeaway number is the number of jobs created.
British Researchers Develop 'Star Trek'-Style Diagnostic Bed
One of the neat technologies depicted in the original "Star Trek" series was the diagnostic bed used in Dr. McCoy's sick bay to keep tabs on a patient's health and vital signs. Now a couple of British researchers have developed a real-life version.
Plot Thickens on 'Burn Notice' Season 5, Episode 11, 'Better Halves'
In "Burn Notice," Season 5, Episode 11, "Better Halves," the team splits up again, with Sam and Jesse following the trail of Max's killer and Michael and Fi doing a job for Pearce down in South America.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Destination: Moon or Asteroid? Part II: Scientific Considerations
New Texas Laws -- from the Mundane, to the Controversial, to the Bizarre
Huntsman Growth, Jobs Plan Relies on Tax Reform, Trade
Can the Chinese Capture and Divert an Asteroid?
Did 'Redacted' Cross the Wrong Line Between Art, Life?
The debate over whether violent films and TV shows inspire the mentally unbalanced to commit acts of violence took a strange twist when Arid Uki, who killed two U.S. Air Force servicemen, revealed the reason why to a German judge.
Johnny Depp 'Thin Man' Remake: Less Drinking and Banter, More Fisticuffs?
The idea that Johnny Depp is planning to play Nick Charles in a remake of "The Thin Man," the famous movies series about a retired police detective and his high society wife in the 1930s and 1940s, is certainly an intriguing one.
Obama Jobs Speech Unlikely to Capture Interest from Football Crowd
President Obama's gambit to try to overshadow the Republican presidential debate on Sept. 7 by scheduling an address to a joint session of Congress has backfired. The speech will now be overshadowed by the beginning of the NFL season.
Excluding Clergy, First Responders from 9/11 Ceremony Unacceptable
Recap: 'Deadliest Warrior: Ivan the Terrible Vs. Hernan Cortez'
In "Deadliest Warrior: Ivan the Terrible vs. Hernan Cortes," two of the 16th century's greatest and most ruthless conquerors are matched against one another. This combat was determined by psychological traits as much as weapons.