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  • There is no valid analogy between the Gulf spill and Apollo 13 (Apollo Astronaut Schmitt Speaks Out)

    06/01/2010 10:39:27 PM PDT · by Robert A Cook PE · 8 replies · 518+ views
    Watts Up With That (Guest Editorial) ^ | 2 June 2010 | H. Harrison Schmitt (Senator)
    The chasm between Apollo and the Gulf President Obama’s Administration and its supportive media repeatedly say our 1970 Apollo 13 experience is analogous to the effort to contain and cap the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Not hardly! The rescue of Astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert, after an oxygen tank explosion on their spacecraft, illustrates how complex technical accidents should be handled, in contrast to the Gulf fiasco. Nothing in the government’s response to the blowout and explosion on the Deepwater Horizon and its aftermath bears any resemblance to the response to the...
  • The Space Ruse: Obama's New Frontier

    04/16/2010 6:44:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies · 916+ views ^ | 4/16/10 | editor
    Competitiveness: The president spent Tax Day reassuring Florida voters that money will keep flowing to NASA. But in space as well as on Earth, we'll be an unexceptional nation. In space, no one can hear you scheme. President Obama's speech at the Kennedy Space Center will never be confused with President Kennedy's clarion call in 1961 to send an American to the moon within a decade. Rather it was an admission that we will now boldly go where no one wants to go.
  • Apollo hero Armstrong condemns Obama space plan ("devastating" to the US space program)

    04/13/2010 5:36:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies · 1,087+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/13/10 | AFP
    <p>WASHINGTON (AFP) – Apollo 11 hero Neil Armstrong Tuesday lashed out at President Barack Obama's decision to axe NASA plans to return to the Moon, describing the move as "devastating" to the US space program.</p> <p>Armstrong, the first human to set foot on the lunar surface, was one of three former astronauts who signed an open letter to Obama ahead of his visit to Florida on Thursday where he will deliver a space policy speech.</p>
  • The American Minute: April 11, 2010-Apollo 13-Danger-And the PRAYER that Brought Them Home

    04/11/2010 6:49:50 PM PDT · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 30 replies · 597+ views
    The American Minute ^ | 04/11/2010 | William J Federer
    American Minute for April 11th: "Houston, we've had a problem" were the words sent from Apollo 13, which was launched for the moon APRIL 11, 1970. Mission control identified that an oxygen tank had exploded, irreparably damaging the craft. Special prayer services were held at the Chicago Board of Trade, at St. Peter's Basilica by the Pope, at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem and reported in The New York Times. Even the U.S. Senate adopted a resolution urging prayer. In sub-zero temperature, the crew pieced together an oxygen filter, jump-charged the command module batteries, and manually steered the ship to...
  • 40 Years Ago This Month: Apollo 13

    04/09/2010 12:31:12 PM PDT · by chimera · 23 replies · 823+ views
    various | 4/9/2010 | chimera
    Unlucky Apollo 13 was launched from KSC on April 11, 1970. Liftoff occurred at 2:13 pm EST, which, auspiciously, was 13:13 CST at MSC in Houston. For the superstitious among us, this in-your-face planning by NASA could only bode ill for the mission. The remarkable journey of Apollo 13 has been documented in print and, most famously, the motion picture starring Tom Hanks. Since most of us know the overall story, we will focus here on the notable aspects and perhaps lesser-known but still interesting details. The third manned lunar landing mission was targeted for the Fra Mauro feature, near...
  • One of the newest craters on the Moon

    03/30/2010 8:46:36 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies · 912+ views ^ | March 29, 2010 | Phil Plait
    On April 14th, 1970, a new crater was carved into the surface of the Moon: How do we know it’s new? Because we made it. That’s the impact scar of the third stage of the Saturn V rocket (technically designated S-IVB) that carried Apollo 13 to — but sadly, not on — the Moon. Earlier missions had placed seismic instruments on the lunar surface to measure if the Moon had any activity. They found it did, and in fact several moonquakes were big enough that had you been standing there, you would have felt them quite strongly (and probably been...
  • FR Exc! Heroes Neil Armstrong, Gene Cernan, Jim Lovell, Steve Ritchie Forbidden To See Troops In SWA

    03/08/2010 10:01:36 AM PST · by MindBender26 · 138 replies · 1,155+ views
    Personal phone call | MB26
    FR Exclusive American Heroes; Neil Armstrong, Gene Cernan, Jim Lovell, Steve Ritchie Forbidden To See Troops In SWA I am just off phone with a member of the American Heroes tour group stuck in Qatar. The four, Armstrong, Cernan. Lovell and Ritchie have been planning this tour to see the real front-line troops for months, so they could give some visual support and morale boost to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. But now they are stuck in a rear area in Qatar, because some Washington Weenie claims it would be too dangerous for them to move any farther forward,...
  • CalPERS loses $475 million on investment that paid controversial placement agent millions

    02/24/2010 9:33:41 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 378+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 2/24/10 | Dale Kasler
    CalPERS says it has lost $475 million on an investment that yielded controversial placement agent and former CalPERS board member Alfred Villalobos his biggest single payday. The loss is based on June 30 figures and appears to have shrunk somewhat in the months since. Because the loss is still on paper, it could rebound some more before CalPERS chooses to sell it. .. The pension fund said its equity investment in New York financial giant Apollo Global Management had fallen to an estimated $124.6 million as of last June, the latest figures available. Cal-PERS paid $600 million for the investment...
  • America: Lost In Space

    01/28/2010 5:39:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies · 1,305+ views ^ | January 28, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Achievement: The nation that put the first man on the moon may have put its last as budget cuts slash NASA's plans to return. Men will return to the moon, but they will likely speak Chinese. On May 25, 1961, President Kennedy announced in front of a joint session of Congress the dramatic and ambitious goal of sending an American to the moon by the end of that decade. It was a clarion call to the American spirit and technology to rise up and prove that America's best days were still ahead. Forty-one years after Neil Armstrong set foot on...
  • Obama space policy cedes Moon to China, Space Station to Russia and Liberty to the Ages

    02/06/2010 8:58:52 AM PST · by Prospero · 24 replies · 676+ views
    LUNAR-L list ^ | February 6, 2010 | Former Sen. Harrison H. Schmitt (R-NM)
    Former U.S. Senator Harrison H. "Jack" Schmitt (R-NM) was the twelfth and last man to set foot on the Moon, as lunar module pilot for Apollo 17 in December 1972. The Administration finally has announced its formal retreat on American Space Policy after a year of morale destroying clouds of uncertainty. The lengthy delay, the abandonment of human exploration, and the wimpy, un-American thrust of the proposed budget indicates that the Administration does not understand, or want to acknowledge, the essential role space plays in the future of the United States and liberty. This continuation of other apologies and retreats...
  • Two public policy groups see opportunity in Ohio for 'green-collar' jobs (Weather Underground)

    01/26/2010 1:14:29 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies · 502+ views
    Crain's Cleveland ^ | 1/25/10 | MARK DODOSH
    Two public policy groups see opportunity in Ohio for 'green-collar' jobsBy MARK DODOSH 12:25 pm, January 25, 2010 The two public policy groups — Apollo Alliance of San Francisco and Policy Matters Ohio — have released a joint report that recommends changes in Ohio's job training efforts in order to better prepare people for what they call “green-collar jobs” in the clean energy sector of the economy. The report, “Mapping Green Career Pathways: Job Training Opportunities and Infrastructure in Ohio,” said many of the elements of a green training infrastructure already exist in Ohio. However, the two groups say there...
  • CalPERS reveals middlemen paid $125 million to win fund's business

    01/15/2010 2:01:54 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 409+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 1/15/10 | Dale Kasler
    Shedding new light on the involvement of former board members in lucrative deals, CalPERS revealed Thursday that marketing middlemen known as placement agents earned more than $125 million in fees from investments by the pension fund. The agents include four ex-CalPERS board members, among them former state Treasurer Matt Fong and former CalPERS President William Crist. Their activities as placement agents were disclosed for the first time in thousands of pages of documents released by the California Public Employees' Retirement System. Crist defended his work when reached by phone at his home in Turlock on Thursday, and Fong couldn't be...
  • 40 Years Ago This Month: Apollo 12

    11/03/2009 8:57:44 AM PST · by chimera · 27 replies · 1,043+ views
    various | 11/3/2009 | chimera
    They say no one remembers No. 2, but the second manned lunar landing was memorable for a number of reasons. First, almost anyone familiar with the Apollo program remembers the launch. Apollo 12 was successfully launched in a rainstorm from Kennedy Space Center on Nov. 14th, 1969. As the Saturn V lifted from the launch pad, the familiar voice of Mission Commander Pete Conrad was heard on the air-to-ground loop playfully exclaiming, “That’s a LOVELY liftoff, that’s not bad at all!”, and indeed for a time it wasn’t. While normal at first, all hell broke loose about 30 seconds into...
  • New Apollo 17 Landing Photo Clearly Shows Lander, Flag

    11/02/2009 8:04:39 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 70 replies · 3,821+ views ^ | 10/31/09 | Rosa Golijan
    It's blurrier than old MySpace snapshots, but it's there as expected. The Apollo Lunar Modules and the US flag left behind at the Apollo 17 landing site has been caught in a close-up image by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The lander as well as the flag, or rather the remaining flag pole, seen in the image above are exactly where they should be based on this shot by the Ascent Module "right after Apollo 17 lifted off the Moon": Going a step further, the location can be compared to more recent images of the landing site and everything still...
  • Soros: Obama's Puppeteer (Part 1 - 3)

    10/05/2009 9:08:44 AM PDT · by Kimberly GG · 5 replies · 729+ views
    Hubpages ^ | unknown | "jiberish"
    The Man Behind the Curtain and his Drones. ...."In a November 2008 in and interview with Spiegel, Soros made some comments that accurately outlined precisely the course that President Obama's administration would eventually pursue in 2009: "I think we need a large stimulus package which will provide funds for state and local government to maintain their budgets -- because they are not allowed by the constitution to run a deficit. For such a program to be successful, the federal government would need to provide hundreds of billions of dollars. In addition, another infrastructure program is necessary. In total, the cost...
  • NY's Tax-Funded Ex-Terrorist

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently credited Apollo with helping write the stimulus bill and getting it passed. Yet the stimulus' "green jobs" provisions funnel federal tax dollars to unions, green groups and community organizers -- that is, the organizations that make up Apollo. Jones was a fugitive from justice for 11 years. His own account at his Web site says: "As a leader of the Weather Underground, Jeff evaded an intense FBI manhunt for more than a decade. In 1981, they finally got him. Twenty special agents battered down the door of the Bronx apartment where he was living...
  • (Jeff Jones) NY's Tax-Funded Ex-Terrorist (Weather Underground-Apollo)

    09/09/2009 6:03:38 AM PDT · by maggief · 5 replies · 903+ views
    NY Post ^ | 9/09/09 | PHIL KERPEN
    VAN Jones resigned as White House green-jobs czar after the public got a look at his history of radical activism, including his time building the so-called Apollo Alliance -- a coalition of left-wing interest groups unified around the green-jobs concept. But another, even more radical Jones (not related) is leading Apollo's New York state activities.
  • A Truther czar? ...Vetting Czar??

    09/04/2009 7:16:44 AM PDT · by opentalk · 6 replies · 598+ views
    Politico ^ | September 3, 2009 | Ben Smith
    As a reader asks, how did Van Jones make it through vetting to become Obama's green jobs czar? Though very well regarded by officials of both parties, and a major figure in the new environmental movement, he's the type of figure who typically stays outside government. The only reason his various outrageous statements and affiliations haven't become a major issue yet is, paradoxically, because they're being driven by Glenn Beck.
  • Glenn Beck Has Brass Gonads

    08/29/2009 8:27:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 195 replies · 8,465+ views
    Townhall ^ | August 29, 2009 | Doug Giles
    Don’t you know Obama and his ilk wish to God (or whoever the heck they wish to) that Glenn Beck would fall into adultery with an Argentinean newswoman, or cut his jugular vein while shaving, or show up drunk, high and naked to his FOX show and forever be publically vilified, marginalized and thus muzzled? Beck has formally joined Rush as an Official Pain in Barack Obama’s Backside (OPIBOB). (Are you an OPIBOB yet?) Yep, not only has Obama’s administration called Rush out, but the White House has now phoned Beck during his TV show in an attempt to get...
  • How much is George Soros manipulating you and America?

    08/10/2009 12:57:53 PM PDT · by opentalk · 20 replies · 1,247+ views
    Book by David Horowitz and Richard Poe, Shadow Government | 8/10/09 | self
    I came across a book written by David Horowitz and Richard Poe about George Soros. The Shadow Pary. It was written three years ago. With what is happening in our country and the involvemnt of Acorn, Unions, activist groups and media blackouts this is worth reading.