Skip to comments.New Australian footage of Neil Armstrong's moon walk
Posted on 09/28/2010 7:47:29 PM PDT by Redcitizen
SYDNEY (AFP) Long-lost footage of Neil Armstrong descending the ladder of the Apollo 11 lunar module will be screened in public for the first time in Sydney next week, a prominent astronomer told AFP.
The footage runs for a few minutes and is considered to be some of the best footage of the historic 1969 moonwalk, but the film was lost in archives for many years and was badly damaged when found, said John Sarkissian.
It depicts the first few minutes of Armstrong's descent which was recorded in Australia as NASA was still scrambling for a signal, showing a far clearer image than was initially screened worldwide.
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Why does Yahoo suck so bad? Where is the easy link to see the new pics/footage?
I was about to post De Toqueville, who btw is considered to be required reading for conservatives.
Somebody tell Inspector Harry Callahan!
American exceptionalism is the worldview that the United States occupies a special role among the nations of the world in terms of its national ethos, political and religious institutions, and its being built by immigrants.
In the immediately preceding paragraph De Tocqueville states that he considers the American people to be an extension of England:
In spite of the ocean that intervenes, I cannot consent to separate America from Europe. I consider the people of the United States as that portion of the English people who are commissioned to explore the forests of the New World, while the rest of the nation, enjoying more leisure and less harassed by the drudgery of life, may devote their energies to thought and enlarge in all directions the empire of mind.
De Tocqueville did say that Americans occupied an exceptional position among democratic states, but that exceptional state was largely geographic. Americans lived in
"a new and unbounded country, where they may extend themselves at pleasure and which they may fertilize without difficulty. This state of things is without a parallel in the history of the world.
The theme of that chapter of Democracy in America is that Americans aren't really the uncultured rubes that they appear to be to their more civilized European cousins.
It’s a fabulous movie; I am filmdom’s severest critic, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
America as an idea, as an ideology, is a distinctly leftist notion. Which is why we find the formerly anti-Stalinist leftist Lipset saying “the United States is a country organized around an ideology”. You can get the boy out of the Party, but you can’t always get the party out of the boy. His old habits of thought still surface from time to time.
Conservatism is a non ideology, an anti-ideology, rooted in the organic culture of a particular people. This was a theme repeated often by Russell Kirk, harking back to Edmund Burke. You want a country begun in ideology, look to Revolutionary France. Or to the Jacobin movements it inspired, including communism. But it has nothing to do with America and it’s founding. America was a nearly two hundred year old society that seceded from England. It didn’t reinvent itself. It didn’t organize itself around an idea. The founders built upon the self government and love of liberty that had long been part of the frontier society of the American colonials.
Then you’d best find some other section of Democracy in America to make your case. De Tocqueville was writing about Americans’ lack of cultural refinement in that Wikipedia quote. See post 55.
I strongly encourage you to read the book, and not rely on wikipedia to tell you what to believe.
I actually get the opposite impression, that it is the bravest, the best of europe that went abroad to make their life in America.
It sounds like Russell Kirk, since he’s my source.
But it’s interesting that you should try to intimate it is from the Protocols. That sort of character assassination is typical of leftists, who have a long history of calling conservatives nazis.
I have the two volume set. Go patronize someone else, junior. If you know his work well enough to make your case then give it a try. Otherwise go read your star wars comics.
I have, not sure what else I can say. We both have the same passage in front of us, and you seem to think that it’s derogatory, and I think it’s just the opposite.
I fear we are at an impasse, force or not. ;)
Only if we plan to stay.
“I intimated nothing. “
I see, yoda. So that was more a pure smear rather than an intimated smear. Glad you clarified it. The rest of your post was interesting as an example of a paranoid rant, but if that’s how you really think you might want to seek medical help.
I don’t think the passage is derogatory, it just doesn’t say what the Wikipedia poster argues that it does. If you look at the section of Democracy in America that it comes from you can see that De Tocqueville was defending Americans against the European perception that they were all a bunch of uncultured rubes.
De Tocqueville wrote that the position of Americans was exceptional in the sense that they were living in a vast undeveloped land, something no other democracy had ever experienced and something that was unlikely to happen in the future.
Anyway my point still is that ‘American Exceptionalism’ appears to be a neologism of recent vintage. I’ve read a lot of political science and history over the last three plus decades and I’ve only seen the phrase pop up recently.
I think it’s more along the lines of “my sometimes drunken mother is always sober and the model of perfection for all you louts”.
I was just wondering where you’d been. Must have been a premonition.