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  • An Old School NASA Engineer on "Our Sputnik Moment"

    01/27/2011 6:30:40 AM PST · by SlowBoat407 · 28 replies
    Over The Horizon ^ | 1/26/11 | Emile Husson
    In this post, I defer to my father, Charles Husson, who spent 30 years at NASA’s Langley Research Center as a systems engineer and program manager. From launching test payloads off Wallops Island, VA, in the late 1950′s to troubleshooting the Viking I Lander in the late 1970′s, and subsequently on loan to the Defense Department from NASA in the 80′s, he has been on the cutting edge of technology and has a unique view of how government and industry worked together to move this country into true “high-tech.” He was particularly fired up about one comment Obama made during...
  • Los Zetas Drug Cartel Seizes 2 Ranches in Texas [HOAX]

    07/24/2010 2:22:37 PM PDT · by SlowBoat407 · 154 replies · 10+ views
    San Diego County Political Buzz Examiner ^ | July 24, 2010 | Kimberly Dvorak
    Two sources inside the Laredo Police Department confirmed the incident is unfolding and they would continue to coordinate with U.S. Border Patrol today. We consider this an act of war, said one police officer on the ground near the scene. There is a news blackout of this incident at this time and the sources inside Laredo PD spoke on the condition of anonymity.
  • The Rainbow Fish President - Barack Obama's Fishy Foreign Policy

    05/24/2010 8:59:39 PM PDT · by SlowBoat407 · 4 replies · 301+ views
    Hampton Roads Tea Party ^ | May 24, 2010 | Emile Husson
    The Rainbow Fish President - Barack Obama's Fishy Foreign Policy Monday, 24 May 2010 19:45 by Emile Husson In the childrens story The Rainbow Fish, by Swiss author Marcus Pfister, a fish made unique and magnificent by virtue of his colorful scales is reviled and shunned by his peers for his refusal to share them. Of course, the only thing his peers have to offer is their friendship and future silence regarding Rainbow Fishs selfishness in their eyes. Okay, friendship here is actually the cessation of insult and verbal attack, and with friends like that, who needs sharks cruising the...
  • "Day by Day" by Chis Muir goes where Comedy Central won't

    04/24/2010 8:01:35 PM PDT · by SlowBoat407 · 8 replies · 635+ views
    Day by Day Cartoon ^ | 4/24/10 | Chris Muir
    Chris Muir takes on the taboo that Comedy Central didn't have the guts for in his latest comic.
  • Light rail construction suspended for Obama rally in Norfolk

    10/28/2008 7:53:49 AM PDT · by SlowBoat407 · 2 replies · 266+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | October 28, 2008 | Cindy Clayton
    Hampton Roads Transit has announced that light rail construction will be suspended at noon today at Harbor Park because of crowds anticipated for tonights rally with Sen. Barack Obama. No road closures or other changes have been announced by the city in anticipation of the rally, scheduled for tonight at 9:30 p.m. Already, construction crews have torn up asphalt in the A and B parking lots in front of Harbor Parks main gate, according to an HRT news release. The lots will be the site of a station and lot where commuters can park their cars to ride on the...
  • New Truth Squads Video

    09/27/2008 9:01:13 PM PDT · by SlowBoat407 · 30 replies · 570+ views
    YouTube ^ | 9/28/08 | Slowboat407
    A little something I whipped up while I was still fried over the truth squads.
  • Timing is Everything

    07/22/2008 4:27:05 AM PDT · by SlowBoat407 · 6 replies · 85+ views
    The Meyers Report | 7-22-08 | Gary Meyers and Emile Husson
    For the sake of the country, for the sake of the world, we demand that our leaders come forth with a solid, inviolate, and achievable timetable for drilling. There can be no doubt, to paraphrase an old ad campaign, when the United States talks, people listen. That cuts both ways with regard to the people who want to see us weakened or who want to take advantage of us. It doesnt matter if the first drop of gasoline isnt produced for three, five, or even ten years. The mere hint that we were a step closer to drilling the outer...
  • Belly Dancing With Brigitte Gabriel (She loves FR!)

    02/03/2008 8:15:06 PM PST · by SlowBoat407 · 37 replies · 4,043+ views
    Slowboat407 report | Slowboat407
    I am not a party animal. I am not a social butterfly or even a social moth. I am, however, half-Lebanese. So when Brigitte Gabriels husband, with whom Ive had a working and social relationship for a number of years, invited my wife and me to join them at a Hafli being held by the local Sons and Daughters of Lebanon chapter this past Saturday, I was thrilled. The Lebanese - the Christians, anyway - do know how to throw a party. Plus, with Brigitte on the road so much doing appearances on news shows, lecture tours and book promotions,...
  • Some help with Italian bureaucracy, please

    12/27/2007 10:56:11 AM PST · by SlowBoat407 · 33 replies · 41+ views
    Slowboat407
    Okay, I'm running into some typical Italian bureaucracy problems, and I wondered if anyone out there had some sound advice. My wife and I traveled to Florence in June and rented a car. On the last day of our rental I got a parking ticket, which my wife dutifully paid at a Florence bank. Just yesterday, we received a notice that the parking ticket was never paid. I checked the ticket and the bank receipt, and lo and behold, the genius teller applied the payment to the wrong ticket number (entered a 6 instead of a 5). Does anyone have...
  • Archaeologist's 'Henrytowne' theory shakes up Virginia history

    02/12/2007 6:25:12 AM PST · by SlowBoat407 · 10 replies · 803+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | February 12, 2007 | SUSAN E. WHITE
    VIRGINIA BEACH - For 400 years, the history of early Virginia has focused on the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown. But Randy Amici believes history has overlooked something important - a possible settlement and a fort more than 60 miles away, near what is now Fort Story in Virginia Beach. It was called Henrytowne, and Amici thinks it may have been established as early as 1610. Amici's findings have stirred up a historical hornet's nest among others who question whether Henry-towne ever existed. Today, Amici will take his conclusions to Williamsburg, where an intrigued group of Virginia historians will...
  • Military Funeral Protest in Virginia Beach Today

    12/13/2006 10:13:05 AM PST · by SlowBoat407 · 90 replies · 4,147+ views
    Just got word of a protest by the thugs of Westboro Baptist Church at the funeral of Cpl. Joshua Conard Sticklen at the Little Creek Amphibious Base Chapel. I cannot be there to join in the counter protest, but I'll try to post updates from any sources I can gather. The funeral is scheduled for 2 PM EST, and the announcement of the protest is posted on the WBC website, which I will not gratify with hits by posting here.
  • Another quake on the big island

    11/23/2006 11:45:38 AM PST · by SlowBoat407 · 26 replies · 1,489+ views
    11/23/06 | Slowboat407
    My brother has just reported a 5-something earthquake on the big island. Looking for more news on it
  • Norfolk-based sailor uses Web to channel opposition to war (Halp me Jon Carry!)

    11/05/2006 8:29:24 PM PST · by SlowBoat407 · 57 replies · 2,088+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | 11-5-06 | Louis Hansen
    Norfolk-based sailor uses Web to channel opposition to war By LOUIS HANSEN, The Virginian-Pilot November 5, 2006 NORFOLK - Jonathan Hutto graduated from Howard University with a degree in political science and a rsum of social activism. He worked for the American Civil Liberties Union and Amnesty International after college. He whipped up grass-roots protests against police departments and college administrators. One day in 2003, broke and seeking direction, Hutto enlisted in the Navy. The Navy couldn't have known it then, but they know it now: They had signed up a sailor strongly opposed to the Iraq war. Seaman...
  • Jack Bauer=Al Gore? (Real Time Barf Alert!)

    06/19/2006 7:43:40 AM PDT · by SlowBoat407 · 9 replies · 331+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | 6-19-06 | Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
    REAL & REEL: Al Gore, riding high on critical praise and strong box office numbers for his "An Inconvenient Truth" documentary, must be the summer's unlikeliest movie star. And yet, his "Truth" director, Davis Guggenheim, goes one better with the idea of the former veep -- as an action hero! Guggenheim, who also directs Fox's "24," discloses on Moviefone's "Unscripted" this week that he sees similarities between the former veep and Kiefer Sutherland's Jack Bauer character. "Going from city to city, trying to save the world and no one will listen . . . and I was like, it's kinda...
  • Saudi Tourist Accused of Trying to Molest Young Girl

    04/28/2006 8:15:26 PM PDT · by SlowBoat407 · 58 replies · 1,648+ views
    Fox News Channel ^ | 4-28-06 | Associated Press
    SACRAMENTO A tourist from Saudi Arabia traveled to California to molest a 2 1/2-year-old girl, federal and state officials said Friday. Nabil Al Rowais, 37, was arrested at a Vallejo hotel Thursday night after he arrived for a visit he'd arranged by e-mail with a man he thought was the girl's father, officials said. The girl doesn't exist and the "father" was really an undercover agent. Al Rowais told investigators he is a practicing psychiatrist in Saudi Arabia, though he entered the United States on a nonimmigrant visa issued in Canada, according to a joint statement by U.S. Immigration...
  • Warship Training Tactic Under Scrutiny

    11/02/2005 1:29:36 PM PST · by SlowBoat407 · 34 replies · 1,121+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | November 2, 2005 | Jack Dorsey
    By JACK DORSEY, The Virginian-Pilot November 2, 2005 NORFOLK When the Norfolk-based destroyers McFaul and Winston S. Churchill collided off the Florida coast during high speed, close-quarters maneuvering in August, their captains avoided losing their jobs mainly because they were following orders. Driving their warships at 30 knots, sometimes side-by-side to within 100 yards of one another, they were trying to force each other to change course. It was a tactic passed down ever since the United States and the Soviet Union traded barbs at sea during the Cold War. The maneuver, called shouldering, is designed to protect...
  • U.S. Begins Disengagement From Disputed Territories (VANITY/SATIRE)

    08/17/2005 4:52:53 AM PDT · by SlowBoat407 · 12 replies · 580+ views
    SlowBoat407
    August 17 (El Paso) Amid tears and protests, U.S. Army soldiers today began the forced eviction of millions of residents who would not voluntarily leave southeastern Texas, New Mexical, Arizona and Southern California. My family has been here for generations, said one resident, and now they want us to pack up and leave as if we were never here. Why? Faced with the inability to secure the border with Mexico, the U.S. government has ceded lands back to the country in an effort to stem illegal immigration and repeated border incursions by violent Mexican and Central American gangs. As...
  • S-c-h-a-d- ... oh, brother, this word is a tricky one

    06/12/2005 5:49:48 AM PDT · by SlowBoat407 · 46 replies · 3,451+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | 6/11/05 | Kerry Dougherty
    Schadenfreude. There, Ive said it. Better yet, written it. You have no idea how good this feels. Its been ages since I first slipped this polysyllabic German noun into a column. What is this ? my editor yelped. Schadenfreude? I asked innocently. It means taking pleasure in someone elses misery. Why dont you just say that then? he demanded. I did. In German. We have no word for it. This isnt a German newspaper. You have enough trouble with English. Stick to the language you know best. Muy bien, I muttered and replaced s chadenfreude with a long, awkward...
  • Hawaiis gas price cap kicks in Sept. 1

    05/25/2005 11:16:21 AM PDT · by SlowBoat407 · 45 replies · 2,281+ views
    Petroleum News ^ | Week of May 01, 2005 | Ron Stanton (AP)
    Hawaiis gas price cap kicks in Sept. 1 Governor unsuccessfully sought repeal; chief architect convinced it will lower gasoline prices at pump; expert says effort doomed Ron Stanton Associated Press Writer Hawaiis one-of-a-kind gasoline price cap law is scheduled to go into effect Sept. 1, but theres disagreement among both politicians and industry experts on whether it will actually lower prices. Gov. Linda Lingle, who unsuccessfully sought repeal of the 2004 law, has said she feels the cap will actually increase prices and create fuel shortages. But state Sen. Ron Menor, the chief architect of the law, said he is...
  • TalkFest in Norfolk, VA Friday (Vanity)

    05/18/2005 5:41:26 PM PDT · by SlowBoat407 · 32 replies · 989+ views
    SlowBoat407
    Attention Southeastern Virginia FReepers! if any of you are planning to attend TalkFest in Norfolk, VA on Friday (sponsored by local EIB affiliate WNIS), chime in and let's make sure they know we're here. I know for sure that Sean Hannity will be there, whether you love him or hate him, along with Don Imus, Tammy Bruce, and Rusty Humphries. If you want to meet up, FReepmail me or post on this thread. (Mod, if this doesn't belong here, please move it to an appropriate spot.)
  • Prayer Request: My father is undergoing surgery Monday

    03/20/2005 7:35:15 PM PST · by SlowBoat407 · 65 replies · 626+ views
    SlowBoat407
    A simple request, please. My father will be going into surgery Monday at Noon to have some bone growth cleared away from his spinal cord. It is delicate surgery that could relieve him of a great deal of pain. I only ask you to pray for the surgeon to have a clear head and a steady hand, and for all to go well for my father. Many thanks to all FReepers. Mod, if this belongs somewhere else, please move it where you see fit.
  • Norfolk releases 911 call that prompted terrorism scare

    01/25/2005 7:23:30 PM PST · by SlowBoat407 · 2 replies · 322+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | January 25, 2005 | MATTHEW ROY
    By MATTHEW ROY, The Virginian-Pilot January 26, 2005 | Last updated 9:11 PM Jan. 25 NORFOLK City authorities released a recording Tuesday of the 911 call that prompted a large-scale counterterrorism response last month at Norfolk Naval Station. The recording bears out what city officials have said that the anonymous caller was a heavily-accented woman who was difficult to understand. She was on the phone for a mere 27 seconds before hanging up.
  • More tax dollars going to the arts. (Freep this bill!)

    11/23/2004 5:11:28 PM PST · by SlowBoat407 · 10 replies · 392+ views
    Press Release from the office of Sen. George Allen
    November 23, 2004 ALLEN ANNOUNCES FUNDING TO VIRGINIA FROM THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS WASHINGTON, DC U.S. Senator George Allen (R-VA) announced today that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has set aside a total of $153,000 to be awarded to six organizations and three individuals in Virginia. These grants will help support projects that involve the creation and presentation of artistically excellent work both new and established. Virginia is the home to many outstanding artists and I am pleased that so many of our projects have been awarded funding from the National Endowment of the...
  • A different take on Moore's speaking tour (Bloated, Gassy Barf alert)

    09/27/2004 6:17:24 PM PDT · by SlowBoat407 · 8 replies · 337+ views
    Traverse City, MI Record-Eagle ^ | September 27, 2004 | Brian McGillivary
    Moore fires up crowd By BRIAN McGILLIVARY Record-Eagle staff writer ELK RAPIDS - Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore kicked off his 60-city "Slacker Uprising Tour" by trying to convince area Democrats they are actually in the majority. "Today this is an appeal to what we believe is a Democratic majority in Northern Michigan," Moore said. "Because it's just been said so many times that this is a Republican area people believe it is true. I don't believe it is true." Moore will be taking his show to college towns in 20 swing states in an...
  • WNIS Ops Mgr on Scarborough

    09/23/2004 7:22:58 PM PDT · by SlowBoat407 · 11 replies · 580+ views
    Norfolk, VA radio station 790 AM WNIS Operations Manager Dave Morgan will be talking to Scarborough about his station being the first to drop CBS News completely.
  • Buckehead mentioned on Fox and Friends!

    09/18/2004 6:36:05 AM PDT · by SlowBoat407 · 108 replies · 2,108+ views
    Online subscription - $40 a month Digital cable subscription - $50 a month Hearing Juliette Huddy say the word "Buckhead" - Priceless!