Saturday, March 17, 2018

From the Daily Caller: With Robert Lightfoot’s Resignation, The Leadership Crisis At NASA Just Got REAL

One has to have a lot of sympathy for Robert Lightfoot. When he agreed to be acting administrator of NASA, he thought he would hold that position for a few months until a permanent head of the space agency was nominated and confirmed. Such would have been the case for most changes of presidencies. However, the Trump presidency has not been an ordinary one where nominating government officials has been concerned.

California student rocket group barred from NASA competition due to LGBTQ law

A group of student rocketeers at a small community college near Los Angeles #California called #Citrus College have found themselves embroiled in a controversy as a result of a recent law passed by that state designed to punish other states for being less than enlightened about LBGTQ rights. The group, called the Citrus College Rocket Owls, has been invited, along with 60 other student groups, to participate in a rocketry competition at NASA [VIDEO]’s Marshall Spaceflight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. However, they have been prohibited from going because of the state law.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Teenage suicide as a result of bullying a bigger problem than school shootings

Leaving aside the understandable shock and horror that the Florida school shooting caused, one nevertheless would have to have a heart of stone not to roll one’s eyes at the astroturfed school walkout to protest gun violence [VIDEO]. The demands for “gun control,” whatever that means does not have any real-world relation to what happened. The massacre was a failure of law enforcement, due to the numerous instances Nicholas Cruz could have been taken into custody before that fatal day. That is not to mention the cowardice of a particular sheriff’s deputy who otherwise might have truncated the carnage had he confronted Cruz instead of cowering outside the school.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

This is a somewhat belated announcement. As of a week ago I’m a paid contributor to the Hill Newspaper. This is not as impressive as it sounds since it is on a by page view basis, however it is the most respectable gig since my time at Yahoo News ended. I plan to submit more pieces to the Hill in the future. I hope they meet with approval and get widely shared. I can use the income.
‘The Death of Stalin’ takes down Soviet communism

“The Death of Stalin,” the new film by Armando Iannucci, the creator of “Veep,” starts with the sudden demise of one of history’s greatest monsters. A lot of wheeling and dealing, backstabbing, and backbiting ensues, along with hilarity. Only someone who could sell a Hillary Clinton-type character as the center of an HBO comedy could create a satire that takes down the Soviet Union at the height of its ferocity and terror. No wonder the modern Russian leader. Vladimir Putin, hates the movie.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

My latest from the Hill: Only thing Defense’s UFO probe proves is power of political favors
Remembering Professor Stephen Hawking

#Stephen Hawking is known to the public for two things. He authored a book in 1998 called “A Brief History of Time” that was a runaway, international bestseller and propelled him into the status of a scientist celebrity. He also suffered from an autoimmune disease from his early 20s that put him in a wheelchair and robbed him of his voice. Most people know his computer-generated voice that he controlled with eye blinks.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

What Hillary Clinton said in India was astonishing

Hillary Clinton, former first lady, former senator, former secretary of state, and twice failed presidential candidate, ventured to India, of all places, and poured out her hatred of middle America in such a way that has rocked the political world. Still bitter at her election loss at the hands of Donald Trump, Clinton has decided that many Americans who voted against her were just not worthy.

Monday, March 12, 2018

From The Hill Newspaper: President Trump gets how to commercialize space — Does NASA?
Arnold Schwarzenegger behaves strangely at SXSW

#Arnold Schwarzenegger, the movie actor and former #Governor Of California, ventured to the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas and said a number of odd things. First, he accused the oil companies of committing “first-degree murder.” Then, he celebrated the #MeToo movement that is sweeping the entertainment industry against sexual misconduct. Finally, Schwarzenegger took some shots at #Donald Trump, heavily implying that the president is a Russian puppet.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

SpaceX’s Elon Musk reveals the real reason he launched that car into space

“Westworld,” the HBO series based very loosely on the 1970s movie about the ultimate theme park, depicts humanity as an evil, depraved species that is likely to get what it deserves when the robots finally rebel. So a panel discussion on the TV show was an odd event to trot out #SpaceX’s #Elon Musk to offer a piece of optimism, complete with a video of the recent launch of the Falcon Heavy that sent a car with a mannequin at the wheel into interplanetary space, according to Ars Technica.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

The Democrats propose to raise taxes and eliminate ICE

Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is to try the same thing over and over again, hoping for a different outcome. Talleyrand, the early 19th Century French diplomat, might have added that those who do so have learned nothing and have forgotten nothing. So the #democrats are behaving similarly with developing issues in ways they think will sweep them back to power in 2018 and especially 2020. The Democrats promise to raise taxes and some are proposing to disband #ICE, the federal agency charged with hunting down illegal aliens and deporting them to their countries of origin.

Friday, March 09, 2018

What is at stake in the Trump-Kim summit meeting?

The announcement that President Donald Trump is going to have a #Summit Meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un was met with considerable shock and awe, according to the Washington Examiner. The subject of the talks will apparently be the denuclearization of #North Korea in exchange for some guarantee for the security of the regime. The meeting was apparently brokered by the government of South Korea.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Why Ted Cruz is the happiest man in Texas

Sen. #Ted Cruz, R-#Texas is one of the happiest men in the great state of Texas. The meme in the mainstream media leading up to the Texas Primary was that a blue wave was building that would sweep the dominant Republicans out of office. Cruz was said to be threatened by Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, a young liberal congressman with a superficial resemblance to Bobby Kennedy. The actual results of the primary revealed the “blue wave” to be a blue drip.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

If You're Gonna Run in Texas | Ted Cruz for Senate Statewide Radio Ad

NASA Watch wonders why Bill Nelson & Jim Bridenstine support the same space bill

The sharp-eyed Keith Cowing, the purveyor of one of the more entertaining sites on the Internet, NASA Watch, has noticed that Sen. #Bill Nelson, D-Florida has cosponsored a bill called the U.S.-Israel Space Cooperation Act, along with Sen Gary Peters, D-MI, Sen Ted Cruz. R-Texas, and Sen Cory Booker, R-Colorado. In Cowing’s view, this is significant because the House version of this bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Oklahoma. Nelson has led a campaign to deny Bridenstine a confirmation for the post of NASA Administrator.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Lost in Space | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

NASA competing with China for international partners in the return to the moon

According to the aerospace newspaper Space News, Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA associate administrator for human exploration and operations, gave a talk at a Space Transportation luncheon. He suggested that not only are the #international space station partners are interested in joining the return to the moon program, but also a number of emerging space countries. He cautioned that the #United States needs to develop a plan for going back to the moon and to stick to it, or else those countries will partner with China instead.

Monday, March 05, 2018

Anunnaki Aliens: History and Prophecy You Should Know
‘Brooklyn Barbecue’ blows up social media

Twitter, as all the world knows, is a place where people throw rhetorical punches on controversies ranging from traumatized children being used by unscrupulous adults to abolish the 2nd Amendment to whether or not the president of the United States is evil, crazy, stupid or all three. However, Munchies, a culinary publication of Vice Magazine, blew up #social media with a tweet that linked to an article that stated: “Why is Brooklyn #barbecue taking over the world?”

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Why ‘The Space Between Us’ failed

Recently, I had a chance to see “#The Space Between Us,” the story of two star-crossed lovers, a boy who was born and raised on a Mars colony [VIDEO], and a girl from Earth caught in the foster care system. The story was somewhat mediocre and nowhere near the quality of “The Martian.” Gary Oldman, who is a much better actor than his performance in this movie suggests, seems to have phoned it in.

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Vladimir Putin rattles the nuclear saber in a cry for attention

Russian tyrant #Vladimir Putin recently boasted about a couple of new nuclear weapons delivery systems he claims his country possesses. One is a hypersonic cruise missile that can evade any defense system and strike any target on Earth. The other is a long-range nuclear-tipped torpedo. The first weapon system, according to Western military analysts, is a work still in progress. The other is already operational and is a threat to the United States Navy.

Friday, March 02, 2018

NASA kept in limbo because of Bridenstine confirmation standoff

Bloomberg has an update about one of the most astonishing and disgraceful standoffs to have occurred in recent political history. Senate Democrats, with the help of two Republicans, have succeeded, thus far, in blocking the confirmation of Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Oklahoma to be the next administrator of NASA. Since President Trump is not disposed to withdraw Bridenstine’s nomination, both he and the space agency he has been nominated to head are caught in a grotesque limbo. In effect, Scott Pace, the executive director of the National Space Council, along with the acting administrator Robert Lightfoot, is running NASA, an imperfect situation at best.

Thursday, March 01, 2018

My latest in the Wall Street Journal We Need Our Private Space: Trump is setting the stage for commerce in low Earth orbit.

Update: Join the discussion at Instapundit.

SpaceX contemplates building the Big Falcon Rocket in South Texas

The construction of the SpaceX launch facility at Boca Chica, near Brownsville, Texas, is not yet complete. However, according to a piece in Teslarati, the company’s CEO Elon Musk, has plans for #South Texas that go beyond just launching rockets to the moon and Mars. He is contemplating manufacturing the heavy lift launch vehicle BFR [VIDEO], decorously known as the Big #Falcon Rocket, near the spaceport, greatly simplifying transportation issues. The idea has profound implications for the economies of south Texas and of California, where the Falcon 9 is currently being produced.