Vintage photos show the behind the scenes testing that was underway in the U.S. during the space race in the 1960s. Black and white pictures compiled by San Diego Air And Space Museum show Bill Elkins, a chief engineer at Garrett AiResearch, modeling Advanced Extravehicular Suit (AES), a long-endurance lunar suit he developed for astronauts to wear to the moon. Mr Elkins shows off the suit in a collection of photographs as he tests the suit for flexibility. Though Elkins´ creation beat out four other space suit manufacturers to secure a contact with NASA,
As his second inaugural address made clear, U.S. President Barack Obama is committed to taking action to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and thus to confront the threat of climate change. There are plenty of bad objections to taking such action, and we will be hearing a lot of them in the weeks and months to come. Yet one criticism -- let us call it the Sophisticated Objection -- deserves respectful consideration, not least because answering it will help us to specify the steps we ought to be taking. Those who make the Sophisticated Objection acknowledge that
Let us not waste another breath responding to the mock outrage with which progressives react to accusations such as Sarah Palin´s "death panel" remark. Whether ObamaCare´s Independent Payment Advisory Board should correctly be described as a "death panel" or a "cost-reduction system" is actually a stale semantics debate, given that when they are not acting outraged, leftists explain their real intentions quite clearly. Cutting to the chase, the proper question to ask is, "Why are progressives willing to condemn the old and infirm to death?"
Barack Obama´s speechwriter, John Favreau, takes credit for the president´s Second Inaugural Address in an interview with the Huffington Post. "It was one of the hardest speeches I´ve written," Favreau tells the left-leaning website. Sam Stein of Huffington Post reports: It is surprisingly difficult to write speeches for President Barack Obama, one of the most gifted orators in recent political history. Yes, written words tend to sound better when he´s reciting them. But the sheer number of speeches he´s delivered and the magnitude of the moments in which they are given make it tough to be original
Racism is sadly alive and well in the world, but in a LEGO Star Wars toy set? Have a look at the picture above: That’s LEGO’s rendition of “Jabba’s Palace,” as in Jabba the Hutt, the giant alien slug-creature that hassled Han Solo and his pals over a snarling sarlacc pit in Return of the Jedi. According to the Turkish Cultural Community of Austria, it’s also a racially prejudiced riff on at least two revered religious structures, reports The Telegraph. TCCA apparently believes the toy set resembles the Hagia Sophia, originally a structure in Istanbul that began
The Senate is often called the “millionaires´ club,” but some of its members would feel the pain if a blown budget deadline costs them their paychecks. Provisions in the “No Budget, No Pay” debt ceiling bill that is headed to the Senate floor would impound senators´ salaries if the upper chamber doesn’t approve a budget by April 15. For most of the upper chamber, the loss of the $174,000 annual salary would be no hardship. Many senators are millionaires many times over, having earned substantial fortunes outside of politics. But for a small group of senators whose net
The Obama administration for the first time is telling school districts across the USA that they must give disabled students equal access to extracurricular sports, a move that advocates say has been years in the making. In a letter to schools due out Friday, Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Seth Galanter of the Department of Education says schools should provide "reasonable modifications" to allow disabled students to participate – for instance, providing a deaf track athlete with a flashing light that goes off simultaneously with the starter pistol that others hear.
Police in one Iowa city could soon be buying their own assault rifles to carry in squad cars to ensure they aren´t outgunned by criminals in the wake of several high-profile shootings involving semi-automatic AR-15s, FoxNews.com has learned. Half of the 50-member force in Marion, Iowa, will take part in the upgrade, paying for the $2,000 guns in installments deducted from their paychecks, according to Police Chief Harry Daugherty. He said the proposal, expected to be approved by the city’s seven-member City Council late Thursday, will mean initial responders will have enough firepower to deal with heavily armed suspects.
Welcome to New York, pal — now go to jail. An Italian tourist spent his second night in the city behind bars after staff at an upscale East Side steakhouse called cops when he claimed he left his wallet at a friend’s place. Graziano Graziussi, a 43-year-old lawyer from Naples, is a regular at Smith & Wollensky — but this time, barely 24 hours into his latest two-week stay in New York, he realized he didn’t have his wallet on him when a waiter presented him with the $208 bill Monday night. “I forgot my wallet,” the clean-cut Graziussi
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is calling on Republicans to “recalibrate the compass of conservatism” following a crushing blow to the GOP on Election Day. Mr. Jindal is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting Thursday night in Charlotte, N.C. Speech excerpts released early Thursday indicate Jindal will be the latest of conservatives to urge a change within the GOP, the Associated Press reports. “We do not need to change what we believe as conservatives — our principles are timeless,” Jindal says. “But we do need to re-orient our focus to
President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will appear together in their first joint interview this weekend. The president and Clinton, who is expected to leave the State Department within days, will tape the interview Friday at the White House with "60 Minutes" anchor Steve Kroft. It will be the president´s first dual interview with anyone other than first lady Michelle Obama. Obama and Clinton forged a strong working relationship over the past four years — and former President Bill Clinton played a vital role in Obama´s reelection campaign last fall.
Apparently history was not a strong suit in college days for Barry Obama -- or his highly-paid speechwriters. In his 2,106 word aspirational tone poem from the Capitol steps at Monday´s official inauguration, Obama called for many people to do many things and vowed a myriad of vows, already faded in the memory of millions -- as usually happens to inaugurals and State of the Union shopping lists. Among those 2,100 words, four shockers leapt out at the eyes and ears of many Americans not in the news media: "Peace in our time."
“Second Term Begins With a Sweeping Agenda for Equality,” ran the eight-column banner in which The Washington Post captured the essence of Obama’s second inaugural. There he declared: “What binds this nation together … what makes us exceptional — what makes us American — is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago.” Obama then quoted our Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among
A second suspect wanted in the shooting at Lone Star College earlier this week was arrested early Friday morning near Dallas. Trey Foster, 22, was taken into custody without incident about 1 a.m. at a home in the Plano area, said Alfredo Perez, spokesman for the U.S. Marshal´s Service. Perez said Foster was driven to the Harris County Sheriff´s Office and arrived about 6:30 a.m. He is expected to be questioned by investigators. The arrest was made by members of the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force.
New research suggests that Greenland’s vast ice sheet isn’t as fragile as some climate scientists feared. The work, published in Nature this week (see abstract), indicates the majority of ice on Greenland could remain intact for hundreds of years even if the planet warms considerably.The study used ice cores to study conditions during a period of natural global warming that occurred between 115,000 and 130,000 years ago, when temperatures were about 14.5 Fahrenheit degrees higher than they are today. This was known as the Eemian period. During this inter-glacial time about 75 percent of Greenland’s ice sheet remained intact.
Yesterday (1/24/13), Le Monde (hat tip Religion of Peace) published IPSOS survey results of French public attitudes towards Islam under the self-explanatory headline, "La religion musulmane fait l´objet d´un profond rejet de la part des Français" ["The Muslim religion is the subject of a profound rejection by the French"]. The key findings, expressed in Le Monde´s characterization, with "unusual clarity" by the French populace, reveal: •74% of those surveyed believe Islam is an intolerant religion •80% maintain Islam attempts to impose its dictates upon others
President Barack Obama’s former national field director Jeremy Bird has launched an organization with a plan to turn Texas blue for the first time in decades, Politico reports. Bird’s new organization, “Battleground Texas,” will target Hispanic voters in the state to try to swing the Lone Star state in the direction of Democrats. Texas has for a long time been a Republican Party stronghold, and its 38 electoral college votes are crucial to any GOP presidential candidate’s run for office. If Texas becomes a battleground or Democratic Party state, Republican presidential candidates may be in dire danger.
While Republicans contemplate how to improve their party’s political performance at the Republican National Committee (RNC) winter meeting, which opens today, Democrats are already taking politics to a new level, creating parallel organizations to advocate for President Barack Obama’s agenda and using their political clout to rearrange private business relationships to their liking. American politics has never seen anything like it. Politico reports today that major donors--including billionaire George Soros (above), bailout beneficiary Citi and others--were approached by Obama campaign veterans to donate millions to Organizng for America, the president’s new 501(c)4 non-profit advocacy group.
Center for Military Readiness (CMR) president Elaine Donnelly continues to challenge outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s elimination of the ban against women serving in combat. A 42-page report, “Defense Department ‘Diversity’ Push for Women In Land Combat” is a no-holds-barred assessment of the pitfalls that attend women serving in combat units. In a memo released Monday, Donnelly reveals why the report is necessary. “Secretary Panetta is making this move on his way out the door, cutting Congress, and the American people out of the decision-making process…Congress…should schedule long-overdue hearings that examine the full consequences of imposing gender-based
Not everyone will have to abide by Senator Dianne Feinstein´s gun control bill. If the proposed legislation becomes law, government officials and others will be exempt. "Mrs. Feinstein´s measure would exempt more than 2,200 types of hunting and sporting rifles; guns manually operated by bolt, pump, lever or slide action; and weapons used by government officials, law enforcement and retired law enforcement personnel," the Washington Times reports. The Huffington Post confirms these exemptions, and adds that guns owned prior to the legislation becoming law will be permissible, too.
John Mackey, the co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market, seems like a man of contradictions. His company’s motto is “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet” -- yet he says there’s an upside to global warming, and he’s reportedly wary of labor unions. (Snip)“I haven’t been outspoken about global warming. I’ve been smeared quite a bit in the media about it – all of a sudden, I’m a climate change denier. I mean, climate change is obviously occurring. So -- it´s gotten a little bit warmer. I guess my position on it is that I don´t think that´s that big
WASHINGTON--Millions of smokers could be priced out of health insurance because of tobacco penalties in President Barack Obama’s health care law, according to experts who are just now teasing out the potential impact of a little-noted provision in the massive legislation. The Affordable Care Act allows health insurers to charge smokers buying individual policies up to 50 percent higher premiums starting next Jan. 1. For a 55-year-old smoker, the penalty could reach nearly $4,250 a year. A 60-year-old could wind up paying nearly $5,100 on top of premiums. Younger smokers could be charged lower penalties under rules proposed
The Django Unchained controversy train just keeps on chugging along. After getting slammed by everyone from Spike Lee to civil-rights groups, the embattled Quentin Tarantino film now has a new foe: eBay. The online auction bigwig has banned the sale of action figures based on the slave-themed spaghetti Western after its studio discontinued the toy line in the wake of public furor, per Deadline. Since being pulled off shelves, the dolls have seen a massive price hike on eBay, with some reportedly going for as much as $2,000 for the six-doll set. An eBay rep tells Deadline
ATHENS, Ga. — Authorities say a U.S. Army veteran who uses a wheelchair wielded a pistol to run off a man who broke into his home near Athens. The Athens Banner-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/11Wcnjg) that 53-year-old Mark Sikes was in bed at his home in western Clarke County around 1 p.m. Wednesday, when someone kicked in his front door.
Cody Wilson cheerfully describes himself as a crypto-anarchist. “Crypto” modifies “anarchist” in the sense not that it obscures it but that it points to a means: cryptology, code, communication, and technology as the last, best hope for a radical freedom. You meet a few anarchists, crypto and otherwise, hanging around on the fjords and isthmuses of the conservative continent, and like most of them, Cody is young, quick, bright, and vaguely terrifying. (snip) The main thing Cody has planned is: Cody’s building a gun. Not just building, but fabricating. Not just fabricating, but digitally fabricating. The design is crowd-sourced.
Eva Longoria, Ashley Judd, Nick Cannon, and other beautiful people flocked to Hollywood-for-Ugly-People to attend Barack Obama’s second inauguration. The gift of convincing an audience, or constituents, that you are something that you are not remains a common denominator for success in the Capital and the Entertainment Capital. Superficial people attract one another like magnets. The made-for-television presidency got the inauguration it deserved. Beyoncé lip-synching the Star Spangled Banner reminded America that her business, like the president’s, is show business. If the inauguration offered anything faker than pretend singing, Alicia Keys’ stage-name surname may have been it.