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  • Panera Bread asks customers not to bring guns to its restaurants (Freep a poll)

    09/08/2014 1:51:47 PM PDT · by matt04 · 114 replies
    <p>Panera Bread is asking customers not to bring guns into its restaurants. The request places it on a growing list of companies asking guests to refrain from toting firearms into their locations amid an ongoing nationwide debate about gun policy.</p>
  • Bloomberg/MDA and Target again?

    09/07/2014 4:23:28 PM PDT · by matt04 · 10 replies
    We all know Target caved to MDA and requested people not bring guns, which MDA took as a outright ban. According to some FB Posts and Tweets I saw recently it seems MDA or their members have realized that nothing has changed policy wise. I can't find anything official form MDA on a new campaign, but is seems like some of their members might have realized they were lied to and are not happy.
  • Moms Demand Action: Emotion Wins Debates

    04/24/2014 6:07:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Courtesy Oleg Volk A hat tip to joehuffman.org for pointing out the absurd in this article from ABCnews.   It quotes Shannon Watts as saying the following: “I think the NRA should be very afraid of Americans, who’ve had enough of the gun violence in this country and in particular moms,” Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action and a board member for Everytown for Gun Safety, said. “Moms are afraid our children will be taken away and in the end, I think that’s the emotion that will win the debate.” So Ms. Watts believes that debates are about  emotion,...
  • Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America: WE ARE ALL CLAIRE’S MOTHER

    12/23/2013 10:14:20 AM PST · by rktman · 42 replies
    thetruthaboutguns.com ^ | 12/23/2013 | Robert Farago
    Once again, Moms Demand Mayors for Illegal Action waves the bloody shirt. This time their Facebook page is exploiting the tragic death of Claire Davis. And once again MDA reveals itself as an organization dedicated to civilian disarmament.
  • Two pictures that show the utter mendacity of anti-gun websites

    11/11/2013 12:31:12 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    RedState ^ | November 11, 2013 | Moe Lane
    BUT: MORE: At NRO Moms Demand Action: Claims We Took Close-Up Photos Are ‘Flatly Untrue’ BUT Bearing Arms blog post responds in update to NRO post above. MDA [Moms Demand Action] seem to have stepped in it big time. BUT Charles C. W. Cooke of NRO post STILL isn't sure and wants anyone who knows more to contact him.
  • US downs missile with new interceptor (video)

    05/11/2012 6:59:43 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 6 replies
    U.S. forces said they had destroyed a target in the first successful test of the Navy's newest anti-missile interceptor, designed to protect allies from attacks by countries like North Korea and Iran. A target ballistic missile was downed near Hawaii late on Wednesday by the latest Raytheon Co-built Standard Missile-3 interceptor, the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said. The advanced interceptor is key to the next phase of an anti-missile shield being built by the United States in and around Europe. The United States plans to deploy increasingly capable SM-3 versions up to around 2020 to boost defences against missiles...
  • US mothballs airborne laser missile defense weapon

    03/04/2012 11:28:49 PM PST · by U-238 · 51 replies
    CBS News ^ | 3/1/2012 | CBS News
    The Pentagon has mothballed a laser-equipped jumbo jet after 15 years and $5 billion worth of research to develop an airborne missile defense system. Budget cuts shot down the Airborne Laser Test Bed but some research into anti-missile lasers will continue, according to the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. "We didn't have the funding to continue flying the aircraft," agency spokeswoman Debra Christman told the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/xEnw3z ). The plane, a Boeing 747 mounted with a high-energy chemical laser, has been sent into storage at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, the agency said. The base near Tucson, Ariz., serves...
  • Moscow, Eyeing U.S. Missile Defense Plans, Announces Work On 100-ton “Monster” Missile

    12/20/2011 2:33:04 PM PST · by edpc · 13 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 20 Dec 2011 | Laura Rosen
    During campaign season, it never hurts for a presidential candidate facing a frustrated public to display toughness and resolve in the face of an old and familiar adversary. And it also doesn't hurt to throw in some shock-and-awe--say, an intercontinental ballistic missile nicknamed "Satan." This appears to at least partly explain why on Monday Russia announced that it had successfully tested a short-range interceptor missile; part of its ongoing effort to develop a domestic missile defense shield according to Russia's RIA News Agency. (The Russian Defense Ministry has provided a video of the missile's launch on its website.) Russia also...
  • MDA Primetime Telethon Achieves $61.5 Million (included a tribute to Jerry Lewis at the beginning)

    09/05/2011 5:29:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    PRNews Wire ^ | 09/05/2011
    LAS VEGAS, Sept. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The new era of primetime Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethons has started. In six primetime hours last night, the organization leading the fight against progressive muscle diseases delivered on its promise of an outstanding 46th annual MDA Labor Day Telethon. MDA today announced that its 2011 Telethon raised $61,491,393 -- up from the $58,919,838 achieved during the prior year's 21.5-hour Telethon. This is the biggest Telethon achievement since 2008, when the global recession began. Contributions can still be made online at mda.org or by calling 800-FIGHTMD (800-344-4863). "We're so grateful to everyone who made...
  • MDA telethon hosts: Lewis retired from fundraiser

    09/04/2011 11:28:41 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Aol News/AP ^ | 5/9/11 | Oskar Garcia
    LAS VEGAS -The hosts of the 46th annual Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon said Sunday that Jerry Lewis retired from the organization and its yearly fundraiser — the charity's first comments about the beloved icon's departure since an announcement last month. Lewis publicist Candi Cazau declined comment to The Associated Press when told of the statements that opened the telethon on Sunday. Co-host Nigel Lythgoe said during his opening comments on the telethon that he didn't realize Lewis, 85, was thinking about retirement during the show last year, when the comedian offered Lythgoe his seat as Lewis took a break and...
  • What Was The Final Total On The MDA Telethon [Vanity]?

    09/04/2011 9:04:37 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 38 replies
    9/5/11 | self
    Anybody got a rough national total? I only caught the last 5 minutes ...
  • Mystery surrounds Jerry Lewis’ absence from Sunday’s Muscular Dystrophy Telethon

    09/03/2011 2:24:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies · 1+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 09/01/2011 | Robin Leach
    Few TV traditions in America are as popular as the annual MDA Labor Day Telethon, but this year’s is still shrouded in mystery as to what happened between entertainment legend and longtime host Jerry Lewis and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Not one mention of his name in the two latest MDA press releases about the telethon. That’s not only downright rude and disgraceful, but also a tragedy. This year’s show, broadcast live again from South Point on Sunday, has been cut to 6 hours from the long-standing 21-hour marathon. MDA says the new look will be more fast-paced and hopefully...
  • Labor Day Won't Be the Same

    08/29/2011 1:28:24 PM PDT · by kathsua · 17 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 8/29/11 | reasonmclucus
    For 45 years watching The Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon was what millions of families did on Labor Day. The Telethon was to Labor Day what fireworks were to the 4th of July and a turkey dinner to Thanksgiving. This year the Muscular Dystrophy Association has decided to replace this holiday tradition with a television show on Labor Day Eve. The 6-hour program will still be called a telethon, but Jerry Lewis won't be there and it won't be live for most viewers unless MDA has different programs for each time zone. The program will start at 6 P.M. local...
  • Jerry Lewis out as Muscular Dystrophy Association chairman

    08/03/2011 7:48:11 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 63 replies · 1+ views
    cnn.com ^ | August 3, 2011
    (CNN) -- The Muscular Dystrophy Association announced Wednesday that comedian Jerry Lewis is no longer serving as the organization's national chairman. Lewis, 85, and MDA had announced in May that he was retiring as host of the MDA Labor Day Telethon in September. But he said then in a statement that he was planning to continue to serve as the organization's national chairman. "As a labor of love, I've hosted the annual telethon since 1966," Lewis said in the news release issued in May by the association. "And I'll be making my final appearance on the show this year, by...
  • Jerry Lewis retiring from MDA telethon in Sept.

    05/16/2011 6:54:36 PM PDT · by massmike · 20 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | 05/16/2011 | KEN RITTER
    After 45 years promoting treatment and a cure for children he calls "my kids," comedian Jerry Lewis announced Monday he is retiring as host of the Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon that has become synonymous with his name. Lewis, 85, issued a statement through the association calling it "time for an all new Telethon era." "As a labor of love, I've hosted the annual Telethon since 1966 and I'll be making my final appearance on the show this year by performing my signature song, `You'll Never Walk Alone,'" Lewis said of a shortened six-hour primetime broadcast scheduled for Sept....
  • Pentagon Complains About Contractor Quality

    02/28/2010 12:28:04 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 802+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 1/25/2010 | Amy Butler
    Complaints from Pentagon officials—from Defense Secretary Robert Gates down through the ranks—are mounting about the quality of products from the aerospace industry. David Altwegg, executive director of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), grabbed journalists’ attention during his Fiscal 2011 budget briefing on Feb. 1. He railed that contractors had been delivering poor quality. “We continue to be disappointed in the quality that we are receiving from our prime contractors and their subs—very, very disappointed,” he said. “Most of these contracts are cost contracts . . . [a problem that] costs the taxpayer more.” Although Altwegg declined to “name names,” he...
  • MDA’s Full Circle-in-Circle Crescent Geometry Used On Several Jihadist Insignias

    02/25/2010 6:04:00 PM PST · by Starman417 · 3 replies · 413+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-25-10 | Alec Rawls
    Richard Lehner, a spokesman for the Missile Defense Agency, insists that the striking similarity between MDA's website logo and Obama's campaign logo is just coincidence. He says the MDA logo was created for a recruiting campaign that preceded the 2008 election, which is confirmed by an October 2008 recruiting ad in MIT's campus newspaper. There it is on page 17 (large PDF warning), MDA's Obama-esque configuration of circles and crescents, complete with waves of grain: MDA logo, left. Circles, crescents, and red-and-white waves of grain (or rocket exhaust), just like Obama's logo. The MIT ad means that the MDA logo...
  • New Missile Defence Agency Logo Causes Online Commotion

    02/24/2010 8:43:51 AM PST · by illiac · 299 replies · 10,174+ views
    Drudge ^ | Via Drudge Report
    Take a look at Drudge - here is another Obama inspired logo....
  • MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY CHANGES LOGO TO LOOK MORE LIKE OBAMA LOGO

    02/21/2010 5:26:51 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 261 replies · 10,342+ views
    Missile Defense Agency ^ | 02/21/2010 | Racebannon
    YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING! Click on the link provided, see it for yourself.
  • Missile Defense Agency goes Hopey-Changey

    02/14/2010 2:22:04 PM PST · by GATOR NAVY · 2 replies · 366+ views
    CDR Salamander blog ^ | 13 Feb 10 | CDR Salamander
    I know we have a lot of fun back and forth banter on 'ole Sal's front porch. I like disagreement - I like creative friction without conflict - but for an exceptional moment I want to be binary. Can we agree that there is at least 1 thing that is 100% right and 100% wrong for the armed forces of a Representative Republic; the armed forces should never adopt in whole or in an obviously derivative manner any symbol of a domestic political party, organization, or movement? Can we at least find common ground there? Maybe I do need an...
  • Payton Slams Space Firms’ Quality

    02/05/2010 8:57:10 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 340+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | 02/05/2010 | By Colin Clark
    The makers of America’s rockets and satellites “are still stumbling on fundamentals too often,” said Gary Payton, former astronaut and the top Air Force man on space acquisition. Payton’s comments seem to indicate a continuing trend of shoddy quality control among those whose toughest job is turning out top quality parts and software and making sure they work and fit well. The biggest problem lies with suppliers, who are selling equipment that is just not up to snuff, Payton said. However, the primes also must shoulder blame since they are not overseeing suppliers at the factory level as closely as...
  • U.S. Missile Defense Agency Requests Bigger FY2011 Budget

    02/03/2010 12:26:04 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 206+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 3/3/2010 | John J. Kruzel
    The Defense Department agency responsible for U.S. missile defense systems has requested $8.4 billion for fiscal year 2011, an increase of about a half billion dollars. The request comes after an announcement last September that the United States would move away from a ground-based missile defense system to defend against Iranian and North Korean threats, to a sea-based platform. “The budget supports continuous emphasis on development, testing, fielding, sustainment,” David Altwegg, the executive director of the Missile Defense Agency, told Pentagon reporters yesterday. “We have shifted our emphasis from the ground-based defense against intercontinental ballistic missiles to the regional threat,...
  • US Space-Based Missile Warning System Achieves Key Milestone

    The U.S. Air Force/Lockheed Martin team developing the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) program has achieved two key milestones: a testing milestone demonstrating that the ground system is on track to support launch of the first SBIRS geosynchronous (GEO-1) satellite in the constellation, and a maturity milestone moving the ground system into the next level of integration. SBIRS will deliver unprecedented, global, persistent infrared surveillance capabilities by providing early warning of missile launches, and simultaneously supporting other missions including missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace awareness. The testing milestone, known as the Combined Day-In-The-Life Test (CDITL), validated the functionality, performance, and...
  • Missile Agency Refines Concepts For UAS

    01/04/2010 10:47:33 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 288+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 01/04/2010 | Amy Butler
    Eight months after the U.S. Missile Defense Agency announced a renewed interest in technologies for “early intercept” of ballistic missiles, plans are beginning to take shape with a focus on the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for ballistic missile target tracking. Requirements are not yet firm for this capability, but several architecture studies will provide data on how the agency will proceed and where it plans to put its funding in the forthcoming budgets. Early intercept (once called boost-phase or ascent-phase intercept) has been desirable for at least two reasons: •Intercept during the threat missile’s boost allows for it...
  • Critical Global BMD Milestones In 2009

    12/21/2009 9:19:37 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 401+ views
    Space War ^ | 12/22/2009 | SPX Via Space War
    Lockheed Martin missile defense systems achieved several key milestones in 2009, including five successful intercepts and numerous other major accomplishments, further solidifying Lockheed Martin as a world leader in air and missile defense. With 20 successful Aegis BMD intercepts, six successful Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) intercepts and 26 successful Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile intercepts since the inception of those programs, Lockheed Martin continues to build on its unmatched legacy as the pioneer of hit-to-kill technologies. "Lockheed Martin is proud to continue to lead ballistic missile defense efforts for the United States and allied nations," said John Holly,...
  • THE CASE FOR SPACE-BASED DEFENSE

    11/18/2009 9:08:49 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies · 538+ views
    American Foreign Policy Council ^ | 11/18/2009 | Ilan Berman, ed.
    THE CASE FOR SPACE-BASED DEFENSE The growing interest in nuclear technology by countries such as Iran presages the possibility that one or more nations may attempt to harness such a capability in the form of an electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) attack against the United States, a prominent political scientist has warned. Such a scenario, writes Brian Kennedy of the Claremont Institute in the November 24th edition of the Wall Street Journal, is not far-fetched. "It would require the Iranians to be able to produce a warhead as sophisticated as we expect the Russians or the Chinese to possess. But that is...
  • Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System Successfully Completes Target Tracking Exercises

    11/16/2009 9:52:18 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 576+ views
    Missile Defense Agency ^ | 11/16/2009 | MDA news
    In conjunction with the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), U.S. Pacific Fleet ships and crews successfully completed a series of exercises to test the second generation Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) weapon system, Aegis BMD 4.0.1. This set of four exercises, designated FTX-06 Events 1-4, involved the tracking and simulated engagements of a variety of ballistic missile targets launched over the past several months from the Kauai Test Facility, co-located on the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF), Barking Sands, Kauai. The Aegis BMD system is a critical component of the nation’s overall Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS). FTX-06 Event 1, conducted...
  • SM-3 Considered as Backup Option for Ambitious Arrow-3

    11/08/2009 1:40:31 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 338+ views
    Space News ^ | 11/06/2009 | Jeremy Singer
    The development schedule for a new U.S.-Israeli missile interceptor system is overly ambitious, and defense authorities likely will have to implement a backup plan if countries like Iran acquire a nuclear-tipped missile before the end of the next decade, according to defense experts. Advanced sensor and propulsion capabilities envisioned for the Arrow-3 interceptor likely will take significantly longer to develop than the five or six years estimated by Boeing Co., particularly given the program’s funding level, the experts said. “Look at any system that is developed — it takes 10 years from concept to deployment and there’s not much [funding]...
  • U.S. Air Force Studying Wider Use of MDA Radars for Space Tracking

    11/01/2009 1:44:45 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 351+ views
    Space News ^ | 10/30/2009 | Turner Brinton
    The U.S. Air Force has hired Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems to study the possibility of integrating additional Missile Defense Agency (MDA) sensors into the U.S. Space Surveillance Network that tracks orbiting satellites, a Raytheon official said Oct. 28. The Tewksbury, Mass.-based company was awarded a $3 million contract from Air Force Space Command for a program called the Enterprise Sensing Prototype Architecture for Space Situational Awareness (ESP-SSA), Joe Chapa, Raytheon’s technical director for national theater security programs, said in an interview. The Air Force’s Space Surveillance Network employs a host of optical telescopes and radars around the world. The telescopes...
  • Japan shoots down missile in test off Hawaii

    10/28/2009 11:39:50 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 25 replies · 1,261+ views
    Space War ^ | 10/28/2009 | Staff Writers
    Japanese naval forces successfully shot down a medium-range missile off Hawaii in a test of Tokyo's missile defense weaponry, the US military said on Wednesday. A Japanese destroyer detected, tracked and knocked out the missile in mid-flight with an SM-3 interceptor rocket, the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said in a statement. The missile was launched on Tuesday at 6:00 pm Hawaii time (0400 GMT) at a missile range site off Kauai in Hawaii and at 6:04, an SM-3 interceptor was fired in response, the MDA said. "Approximately three minutes later, the SM-3 successfully intercepted the target approximately 100 miles...
  • STSS Satellites Successfully Launched

    09/30/2009 11:08:25 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 729+ views
    Space War ^ | 10/01/2009 | Staff Writers
    A critical space-based capability was added to America's ballistic missile defenses Sept. 25 when two U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) Demonstrator satellites built by Northrop Grumman were launched aboard a Delta II rocket. "This demonstration will show the inherent advantages space sensors bring to persistent missile tracking and engagement," said Gabe Watson, vice president and STSS program manager for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector. "Space-based sensors will augment existing radar to enable missile tracking through all phases of flight from boost through intercept." The United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, with the tandem-stacked STSS...
  • European Missile Defense: Surrender And Betrayal Or Secret Deal?

    09/18/2009 1:48:50 PM PDT · by luckybogey · 7 replies · 790+ views
    LuckyBogey's Blog ^ | September 18, 2009 | LuckyBogey
    CBO compares the potential cost and performance of MDA’s proposed European system with the cost and performance of three other options for deploying missile defenses in Europe... * Defense of Europe. All of the alternatives CBO considered would provide defense of most of Europe roughly equivalent to the defense provided by MDA’s proposal against most types of ballistic missiles that Iran is thought to have developed or could develop in the future... * Extended Defense of the United States. MDA’s proposed system would complement the coverage already available from U.S.-based interceptors by providing redundant defense from a third interceptor site...
  • MDA telethon 2009

    09/08/2009 8:31:38 AM PDT · by cartpa · 2 replies · 342+ views
    No local news about 2009 MDA telethon.
  • Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon Achieves $60.5 Million (2009)

    09/07/2009 6:27:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies · 2,059+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9/7/2009
    Despite the effects of an uncertain economy, contributions and pledges to the 44th annual Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon over Labor Day nonetheless totaled $60,481,231 million. MDA National Chairman and Telethon star Jerry Lewis said he was impressed by the show of support from Telethon viewers even during hard times. "These are very special people, and their money comes straight from the heart," Lewis said. "Right now, the only thing I can think of to say, other than thank you, thank you is, 'love conquers all.' So many people, everywhere, even with cares of their own, dug deep to show their...
  • Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon (Anyone Watching?)

    09/07/2009 2:26:45 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 61 replies · 3,174+ views
    MDA ^ | Labor Day Weekend 2009 | Jerry Lewis
    TUCSON, Ariz., Aug. 27, 2009 – Fire up the barbies, and the flat screen TVs and join comedy legend Jerry Lewis for his 44th annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon this Labor Day weekend, Sept. 6-7. “I’m determined to keep fighting for a cure for muscular dystrophy because my kids deserve to live long and healthy lives,” said Lewis, MDA’s national chairman and Telethon star.
  • Boeing Expands Test Capability For GMD Missile Defense System

    08/19/2009 10:52:20 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 526+ views
    Space War ^ | 8/19/2007 | Space War
    Boeing, working with industry teammates and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), has completed construction of a second interceptor test silo for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The new underground silo provides additional test capability for the United States' only defense against long-range ballistic missile threats. "Having this second test silo to launch interceptors will allow us to test upgrades to the GMD system more quickly, improving the MDA's ability to stay ahead of evolving threats," said Norm Tew, Boeing vice president and GMD program director. "We are proud to deliver this additional capability...
  • Missile Defense Takes Off

    12/03/2008 6:10:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 1,124+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 3, 2008
    Strategic Defense: The Air Force's airborne laser program passes yet another test, proving "unproven" missile defense once again. The question is not whether we can get it to work, but whether we can afford not to.The news that Iran has enough nuclear material to build a nuclear weapon in relatively short order and is well along on missiles to deliver its nukes has put a sense of urgency on the proposed missile defense system slated for Poland and the Czech Republic. Fortunately, another answer to the threat posed by rogue regimes like Iran and North Korea has just passed a...
  • Another Bull's-Eye For Missile Defense

    08/05/2009 5:30:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies · 597+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 5, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    SDI: If you missed the news, which isn't hard given how poorly these things are covered, our "unproven" missile defense proved itself again last week, when a U.S. warship downed a simulated North Korean missile in flight.The test, conducted in Hawaiian waters by the Navy and the Department of Defense's Missile Defense Agency (MDA), was the 23rd firing by ships equipped with the Aegis ballistic missile defense system. It was the 19th success, including the shoot-down of a dead U.S. spy satellite last year. A short-range ballistic missile simulating a missile like North Korea's Nodongs or Scuds was fired from...
  • Missile Defense Agency Successfully Tests Newest Target Launcher

    01/24/2009 12:35:18 AM PST · by Cindy · 13 replies · 235+ views
    AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE via DEFENSElink.mil ^ | January 23, 2009 | By Army Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=52795 Missile Defense Agency Successfully Tests Newest Target Launcher By Army Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2009 – Missile Defense Agency officials announced the newest addition to the agency’s “flexible target family” today after a successful rocket motor test yesterday at the China Lake Naval Warfare Center in Ridgecrest, Calif. The agency successfully completed a static-fire testing of the two-stage launch vehicle, known as the LV-2. It was integrated from former Navy Trident C4 rocket motors to imitate a long-range, intercontinental ballistic missile threat, Defense Missile...
  • Jerry Lewis & The Unforgiving Left

    12/14/2008 9:58:54 AM PST · by Publius804 · 15 replies · 994+ views
    dirtyharrysplace.com ^ | December 13th, 2008 | Dirty Harry
    Jerry Lewis & The Unforgiving Left Jerry Lewis has dedicated much of his personal and professional life to the cause of Muscular Dystrophy. Decade after decade with his yearly telethon and other works Lewis has been a one man show in keeping this awful disease in the public consciousness. And yet some on the Left, because in their diseased minds a half-century of charity work is wiped out by the uttering of “fag,” want to deny Lewis the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award: I also have learned that protests are coming into the Academy about its Board of Governors’ choice of...
  • The Best Health Insurance Program

    08/30/2008 4:20:12 PM PDT · by kathsua · 1 replies · 191+ views
    Town Hall ^ | 08/30/08 | reasonmclucus
    The nation's best insurance program will receive a lot of publicity this weekend. Jerry Lewis will conduct the annual Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon this weekend. The Jerry Lewis Labor Day telethon has been a tradition since the first Labor Day telethon in New York City in 1966. Lewis and former comedy partner Dean Martin had previously conducted a telethon in New York City in 1955, but it wasn't on Labor Day. Jerry Lewis and all the other performers donate their services and receive no payment. Most people don't think of MDA as being an insurance program because it doesn't charge...
  • Food Rights: The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund Challenges USDA and MDA on NAIS

    05/15/2008 7:24:20 AM PDT · by davidgumpert · 11 replies · 137+ views
    The Complete Patient ^ | May 15, 2008 | David E. Gumpert
    I may have neglected NAIS in recent months, but the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund hasn’t. Shortly after I received the reminder, the FTCLDF made its first foray beyond raw milk cases, announcing its intention to file a major suit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Michigan Department of Agriculture over enforcement of NAIS in Michigan. USDA and MDA have cooperated over the last few years to make Michigan in effect a prototype for the full NAIS program of premises and animal regisration. I wrote extensively about the MDA’s grueling effort to implement NAIS in Michigan via its campaign...
  • MDA Tries to Salvage Asset Sale(Canada Blocks Shuttle Robotic Arm Sale to US Space Giant Alliant)

    04/30/2008 10:02:54 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 3 replies · 175+ views
    The Gazette (Montreal) ^ | April 30,2008 | ALLISON LAMPERT
    Canadian robotic arm; Seeks to discuss decision by Ottawa to block deal. MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates Ltd. said yesterday it's going on the offensive to try and salvage the $1.33- billion sale of one of its divisions to U.S. space giant Alliant Techsystems Inc. MDA - designer of the Canadian robotic arm used by space shuttle astronauts - is asking this week to sit down with Industry Canada officials who blocked the sale to Alliant, or ATK. MDA executives haven't met with Industry Minister Jim Prentice since the deal to create the U.S.'s fifth-largest space company was announced in January,...
  • A Good Year For Missile Defense Part One (Gag alert)

    12/27/2007 9:32:05 AM PST · by Ben Mugged · 5 replies · 105+ views
    Space War ^ | Dec 26, 2007 | Martin Sieff
    The year 2007 was the year the U.S. ballistic-missile defense program dodged the bullet it was supposed to bite. It was the first year that control of federal funding in the U.S. House of Representatives passed to the Democrats since 1994. There were widespread fears in the U.S. defense contracting community and among advocates of ballistic missile defense that as a result, funding for BMD programs would be dramatically slashed. But this didn't happen. On the contrary, the year ended with the main immediate programs of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency looking more robust than ever. The main reason for...
  • (Ron) Paul Happy With Western Trip

    09/16/2007 8:48:25 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 142 replies · 224+ views
    SCPOLS.COM ^ | 15 SEPTEMBER 2007 | CAMPAIGNS AND ELECTIONS
    Paul Happy With Western Trip Ron Paul Western Trip a Huge Success FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jesse Benton September 15, 2007 202-246-6363 ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA - Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul today concluded a four-day western tour. Beginning Wednesday, September 12, Dr. Paul visited Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Salt Lake in City in successive days. Highlights of the very successful trip included: * High dollar fundraisers that brought in over $350,000. * Substantial earned media from top outlets in each host city. * A speech at the University of Southern California to 800 students. * An impromptu walk...
  • Lockheed Martin tests “Multiple Kill Vehicle” missile fleet defense technology

    08/29/2007 4:43:24 PM PDT · by Reaganesque · 14 replies · 867+ views
    Gizmag.com ^ | 08/28/07 | Gizmag.com
    August 28, 2007 The Cold War might be over, but the underlying strategy that arose with Reagan’s Star Wars missile defense program in the 1980s lives on as the threat of long-range missile attack remains a global concern. Lockheed Martin have just announced successful testing of part of the Missile Defense Agency's “Multiple Kill Vehicle” program designed to be a single-launch platform to neutralize an entire fleet of incoming enemy missiles. Before Reagan’s Star Wars speech in 1983, America’s missile defense system consisted mainly of the simple and scary concept of Mutual Assured Destruction – you bomb us, we’ll bomb...
  • Airborne Laser Demonstrates Full Weapon System Engagement Sequence In Flight (Missile Defense)

    07/31/2007 6:40:28 PM PDT · by RDTF · 22 replies · 1,067+ views
    MDA.Mil ^ | July 29, 2007 | Rick Lehner
    This latest test demonstrates ABL's ability to use both its illuminator lasers to track a simulated target, compensate for atmospheric disturbances, and complete the engagement sequence by simultaneously propagating a surrogate high energy laser to the target aircraft. This latest test, conducted on 24 July, demonstrates ABL's ability to use both it's illuminator lasers to track a simulated target, compensate for atmospheric disturbances, and to complete to engagement sequence by simultaneously propagating a surrogating a surrogate high energy laser to the target.
  • A Leaner, Looser 'Star Wars' System

    06/05/2007 5:23:03 AM PDT · by RDTF · 3 replies · 257+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | June 5, 2007 | Peter Grier
    The missile-defense plans of today's Pentagon are far less ambitious than those envisioned by the Reagan-era Strategic Defense Initiative. Out, is the concept of an impenetrable domed shield for the US. In, is possible limited security against an accidental launch or rogue power such as North Korea. Yet 30 years after "Star Wars" roiled world geopolitics, US missile defense remains a contentious issue, both in Washington and abroad. Support for missile defense in Congress remains mixed. Meanwhile, Russia continues to hammer at Bush administration plans to deploy missile-defense elements in Europe with rhetoric that harks back to US-Soviet cold war...
  • House Panel Considers Cuts for Missile Defense (Democrats cut funds for base in Poland)

    05/09/2007 11:02:40 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 530+ views
    The New York Times (excerpt) ^ | May 9, 2007 | Thom Shanker
    Excerpt - WASHINGTON, May 9 — The Bush administration’s proposal to construct two American missile defense bases in Europe has roiled relations with Russia and provoked sharp questioning even in NATO capitals, where critics ask: With the system still unproven and, under the best of circumstances, years from completion, why rush construction now? Now the Democratic majority in Congress is moving toward budget cuts aimed at slowing the administration’s plans to break ground this year on one of the bases, in Poland. Representative Ellen O. Tauscher, a California Democrat who is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said...
  • Airborne Laser Completes Successful In-Flight First Firing of Laser Tracking System

    03/16/2007 5:20:58 PM PDT · by RDTF · 9 replies · 768+ views
    mda.mil ^ | March 16, 2007 | MDA
    Lt. General Henry A. “Trey” Obering, Missile Defense Agency director, announced today the successful completion March 15, 2007 of the first in-flight test of the laser targeting system for the Airborne Laser (ABL), a boost-phase missile defense system that is designed to use directed energy to destroy a ballistic missile in the “boost” phase of flight. This important milestone involved multiple firings of the Tracking Illuminator Laser (TILL), mounted inside of the world’s most heavily modified Boeing 747-400 aircraft, to engage a missile-shaped target painted on the side of a KC-135 aircraft nicknamed “Big Crow,” and used as an aerial...