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  • Atlas 5 rocket assembled for first Mars mission launch from Vandenberg

    03/23/2018 10:30:12 PM PDT · by BenLurkin ^ | March 23, 2018 | Stephen Clark
    Ground crews at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California raised a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket on its launch pad earlier this month in preparation for liftoff May 5 with NASA’s InSight lander heading to Mars. The two-stage rocket was assembled in three pieces, beginning with the stacking of the Atlas 5’s first stage booster March 3 at Space Launch Complex 3-East. The first stage’s RD-180 main engine will burn a mixture of kerosene and liquid oxygen to send the InSight spacecraft out of the Earth’s atmosphere during the first four minutes of the flight. The Atlas 5’s Centaur...
  • Lieu to Trump on spending bill: You got rolled

    03/23/2018 10:21:47 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/23/18 | JOHN BOWDEN
    Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu (Calif.) taunted President Trump on Twitter Friday evening after the president signed a massive $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill. Trump threatened to veto the bill before ultimately signing it, decrying the bill's lack of funding for his border wall proposal. Lieu mocked Trump on Friday after the bill's signing, saying that Trump was "rolled" by Republican leaders in Congress who failed to secure a deal with Democrats over border wall funding or a legislative fix for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients. "Dear @realDonaldTrump: You wimped out. You failed to deliver on your veto threat....
  • Possible relief for motorists with huge E-Z Pass fines passes Senate

    03/23/2018 10:07:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Baltimore Post-Examiner ^ | March 23, 2018 | Glynis Kazanjian, Maryland Reporter
    A bill bringing possible relief to Maryland motorists who face thousands of dollars in fines from unpaid E-ZPass tolls passed the Senate unanimously last Thursday and gets a hearing in a House committee next week.Bill sponsor, Sen. Roger Manno, D-Montgomery, made fixes to his bill that died last year in committee, conf0rming it to a bill that passed the House last year.Senate Finance Committee Chairman Thomas “Mac” Middleton, D-Charles, told Manno at a March 7 hearing that he spoke with transportation officials last year and requested improvements. The Maryland Transportation Authority had a year to evaluate how it handles escalating...
  • Do We Still Need the Second Amendment?

    03/23/2018 9:45:34 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 30 replies
    Folio Weekly ^ | March 21, 2018 | PARVEZ AHMED
    Americans rarely, if ever, agree on anything. But a recent Quinnipiac survey showed that 97 percent support universal background checks for gun ownership. And yet the U.S. Congress remains paralyzed by inaction. The same Quinnipiac survey showed that nearly 7 in 10 Americans want a nationwide ban on assault weapons, including 43 percent of Republicans. And yet the Republican-controlled Florida legislature, along party lines, refused to debate the banning of assault weapons, like AR-15s, the weapon of choice for many mass shooters, including the Parkland shooter who killed 14 high-school students and three adults. During a meeting with victims of...
  • David Hogg: "Our Parents Don't Know How To Use A F*cking Democracy, So We Have To"

    03/23/2018 9:42:01 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 52 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | March 23, 2018 | Tim Hains
    The Outline interviewed David Hogg, a 17-year old survivor of the shooting in Parkland, Florida, who says he is the NRA's "worst nightmare." Hogg's interview was laced with profanity against his detractors, Gov. Rick Scott, the NRA, old people and others. Hogg said he became an activist because adults don't know how to "use a f*cking democracy": "When your old-ass parent is like, ‘I don’t know how to send an iMessage,’ and you’re just like, ‘Give me the fucking phone and let me handle it.’ Sadly, that’s what we have to do with our government; our parents don’t know how...
  • Towns Seek Speed Trap Cash From Group That Profits From Tickets

    03/23/2018 9:31:32 PM PDT · by Ken H · 2 replies
    theNewspaper ^ | March 23, 2018 | n/a
    The National Safety Council generates revenue from speeding ticket awareness courses, then gives cities grant funding to issue more tickets. The city council in Akron, Ohio, on Monday adopted an ordinance authorizing the mayor to ask the National Safety Council for $198,389 to pay for a speeding ticket blitz. This "Road to Zero" grant funding would be used to purchase new radar and laser speed guns and to pay police officers 150 percent of their regular salary while issuing those citations. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides $3 million in taxpayer funding for the National Safety Council's grant program....
  • Research Showing Conservative Know Leftist Arguments, but Leftists do not Know Conservative's?

    03/23/2018 9:25:24 PM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Vanity | 24 March, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    I recall reading or hearing of research to determine the level of understanding of opponents political arguments by conservatives and leftists/liberals. The research, as I recall, showed a list of policy questions, and asked the recipient, who was self identified, as conservative or liberal/leftist, to give the opposite sides arguments on each policy question. My understanding was that conservatives consistently understood and knew the opposite sides arguments, while liberal/leftists were ignorant of the conservative arguments. I have been looking for the source of this research, but have not found any. Is this research a myth, or is there an actual...
  • That man John Bolton 2.0 and Donald will deliver! (vanity)

    03/23/2018 9:19:22 PM PDT · by dennisw · 19 replies
    self | 3 23 2018 | self
    Trump caved because the two sex scandal gals made this traitorous Paul Ryan-Schumer-Pelosi Democrat budget too hard to surmount. We are down temporarily. I planted some sunflowers from Home Depot that were having some trouble. I saw today the top roots were exposed so I piled on some dirt and watered lightly. I just checked them out ten minutes ago in the dark with a flashlight. And other things more edible that I have growing. Trump is having dirt piled on him every day. In addition to the usual I am talking Playboy porn star dirt. He had his fun...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Gabriel, the Archangel (Gueranger)

    03/23/2018 9:09:05 PM PDT · by CMRosary · 2 replies
    White Greater Double SO FAR IN THE CHURCH’S CALENDAR, we have not met with any feast in honor of the holy angels. Amidst the ineffable joys of Christmas night, we mingled our timid but glad voices with the hymns of these heavenly spirits, who sang around the crib of our Emmanuel. The very recollection brings joy to our hearts, saddened as they now are by penitential feelings and by the near approach of the mournful anniversary of our Jesus’ death. Let us, for a moment, interrupt our sadness, and keep the feast of the Archangel Gabriel. Later on, we...
  • Maine Voices: It’s time for a gun abolition movement

    03/23/2018 8:59:49 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 32 replies
    Press Herald ^ | February 25, 2018 | Greg Bates
    MONROE — As students under fire in Florida speak out to end mass shootings, many hope this time it’s different. Indeed, their demand is compelling: Our representatives in Washington must act less like politicians and more like parents. Most of them have children; they should act like it. But a fuzzy demand for “gun control” will likely squander this opportunity to save lives. To end gun deaths, we need to ban all civilian guns.
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saturday in Passion Week (Gueranger)

    03/23/2018 8:59:18 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Violet Simple TODAY WE BEGIN, as does the holy Gospel, to number the days which precede the Death, the Sacrifice, of the Lamb of God. St. John, in the 12th Chapter of his Gospel, tells us that this is the Sixth day before the Pasch. Jesus is in Bethania, where a feast is being given in his honor. Lazarus, he whom Jesus has restored to life, was present at this repast, which was given in the house of Simon the Leper. Martha is busy looking after the various arrangements; her sister, Mary Magdalene, has a heavenly presentiment that the...
  • FROZEN The Musical: Official Broadway Trailer (Was Kristoff black? I forget...)

    03/23/2018 8:29:43 PM PDT · by goldendelicious · 6 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3-22-2018 | Disney on Broadway
    Now open on Broadway. Visit for more information.
  • Eternal (politicians') struggle with Russia makes the German economy nervous

    03/23/2018 8:28:03 PM PDT · by NorseViking · 2 replies
    Frankfurter Allgemeine ^ | March 21, 2018 | Julia Lohr
    Gottfried Prechtl knows what it's like to lose two-thirds of his turnover. The owner of the workshop for the production of hunting rifles from the Hessian Odenwald was in his time most of the business with Russia. Prechtl says that the guns cost at times several tens of thousands of euros there are popular among collectors. However, four years ago this market completely collapsed. Since then, there have been EU sanctions against Russia - a reaction to the annexation of the Crimea and Russian actions in Eastern Ukraine. His best business disappeared in a moment. "It almost broke our neck,"...
  • China slaps tariff on U.S. oil pipe, potential hit to Texas industry

    03/23/2018 8:24:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 03/23/2018 | James Osborne
    Texas manufacturers who produce steel oil and gas pipelines and drill pipe are expected to see a relatively modest impact from China's announcement it was slapping a 15 percent tariff on steel pipe from the United States. Last year the United States exported 832,000 metric tons of steel pipe, according to the U.S. International Trade Administration. More than 80 percent of that pipe went to Canada and Mexico, with China coming in a distant third. "Bottom line, if the retaliation is on pipelines, Houston will not see much impact. However, if the trade war escalates to broader energy related machinery...
  • Fear grips US agriculture industry as China proposes hefty duties for pork, wine and fruit

    03/23/2018 8:16:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    CNBC ^ | 03/23/2018 | Jeff Daniels
    U.S. agriculture is bracing itself potentially costly tit-for-tat trade retaliation between the Washington and Beijing that could hit everything from American pork to wine. "The producers of the commodities that are being targeted will probably feel the effects of it," said Larry Karp, an agricultural economist at the University of California at Berkeley. "And there's no reason to think that the Chinese will stop at this." On Friday, China's Ministry of Commerce said $3 billion in U.S. goods could face new tariffs following the Trump administration's imposition of duties on imported steel and aluminum. Among the goods listed for retaliatory...
  • Raytheon Technology successfully tests high-power microwave capabilities against drones

    03/23/2018 8:11:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Homeland Preparedness News ^ | 03/23/2018 | Kevin Randolph
    Raytheon Technology recently participated in a Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment (MFIX) at the U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence, in which its advanced high-power microwave and laser dune buggy engaged and destroyed 45 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).Raytheon’s high-power microwave system engaged multiple UAV swarms, downing 33 drones, two and three at a time. “The speed and low cost per engagement of directed energy is revolutionary in protecting our troops against drones,” Dr. Thomas Bussing, Raytheon Advanced Missile Systems vice president, said. “We have spent decades perfecting the high-power microwave system, which may soon give our military a significant advantage against...
  • A Ukraine Coup? War Hero Politician Nadiya Savchenko Arrested for Plotting to Overthrow..

    03/23/2018 8:09:10 PM PDT · by NorseViking · 3 replies
    Newsweek ^ | March 22, 2018 | Cristina Maza
    A Ukraine Coup? War Hero Politician Nadiya Savchenko Arrested for Plotting to Overthrow Government Using Grenades and Automatic Weapons Nadiya Savchenko, the former military helicopter pilot turned parliamentarian who rose to fame after she was captured by pro-Russian rebels, was arrested in Ukraine Thursday for allegedly planning to overthrow the government. Kiev’s secret service detained the high-profile politician for allegedly plotting a military-style coup using grenades and automatic weapons. The arms were allegedly taken from pro-Russian separatists who operate in the eastern part of Ukraine known as the Donbass. Savchenko was arrested after lawmakers voted to remove her parliamentary immunity...
  • Willow Creek's Bill Hybels Denies Sexual Misconduct Allegations

    03/23/2018 8:07:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/23/2018 | Leonardo Blair
    Bill Hybels, founder and senior pastor of the multi-campus Willow Creek Community Church, has denied multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, including a consensual affair with a married woman, who retracted her claims. Investigations commissioned by the church also could not substantiate the allegations. In an extensive investigation of the allegations published by the Chicago Tribune on Thursday night, former members of the church, including those who resigned from high-level leadership positions, argue that the church's investigations have been deficient. The Tribune report also alleges a pattern of behavior against Hybels that includes suggestive comments, extended hugs, an unwanted kiss, and...
  • Did Calipari, Kentucky snub K-State in the postgame handshake line? Watch and decide

    03/23/2018 8:06:59 PM PDT · by JohnKinAK · 10 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 3/23/18 | Taylor Eldridge
    ATLANTA Social media was buzzing late Thursday night following Kansas State's 61-58 win over Kentucky in the Sweet 16 after some K-State players were miffed because some of Kentucky's team exited the court before shaking their hands after the game. "They didn't shake our hands," K-State's Amaad Wainright told ESPN's Alex Scarborough. "It's sorry ... They know what they did." CBS cameras showed Kansas State coach Bruce Weber and two assistants immediately walk over to shake hands with Kentucky coach John Calipari and Kentucky's players before cutting away. What happened next left K-State's players upset.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-24-18

    03/23/2018 8:02:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies ^ | 03-24-18 | Revised New American Bible
    March 24, 2018 Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent Reading 1 Ez 37:21-28 Thus says the Lord GOD:I will take the children of Israel from among the nationsto which they have come,and gather them from all sides to bring them back to their land.I will make them one nation upon the land,in the mountains of Israel,and there shall be one prince for them all. Never again shall they be two nations,and never again shall they be divided into two kingdoms. No longer shall they defile themselves with their idols,their abominations, and all their transgressions. I will deliver them...