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July 20 1969 Apollo 11 Lands On The Moon

July 20, 2017

I was 12 years old when Apollo 11 landed on the moon. The Apollo project captivated me. I remember staying up to watch the coverage of the landing, and the moon walk. It still gets to me whenever I watch this.

This documentary titled, Failure Is Not An Option, documents the events of the space program from Mercury through Apollo. Of course I’m biased but the whole thing is really good. If you want to just watch the part about Apollo 11 move to 53:43 on the video. The story is told through the eyes of the flight controllers. It is fascinating.

Here is the flight directors audio loop synced up with the video of the landing taken from the LEM.

I doubt we could ever do something like this again. We are so risk averse today we wouldn’t take the chance. For the guys who pulled this off, failure was a possibility. They were willing to accept that reality.

Our Lives! Our Fortunes! Our Sacred Honor!

July 4, 2017

What does the 4th of July mean to us? Paul Harvey tells us what it meant to the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

 

America the Beautiful by Ray Charles

This gets me every time.

 

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Please See Through The Politicization Of Every “Serious Crisis”

June 14, 2017

Vector hand drawn Politician concept sketch. Politician standing on globe and playing with small people as puppets

Every time there is a shooting, one of my articles titled; “You Never Let A Serious Crisis Go To Waste”, gets a lot of views.  The post talked about the politicization of the Sandy Hook shootings by President Obama just 6 hours after the shootings.

The shootings by an individual at an early morning baseball practice today of House and Senate Republicans who were preparing for tomorrows charity game against House and Senate Democrats, brought out some of the usual suspects who were trying to make political hay out of a crisis. Here is what the Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, had to say about the situation. It took him less than a minute to ‘never let a serious crisis go to waste’.

Here is an excerpt from the video: “……let me say this; I think we need to do more to protect all of our citizens. I have long advocated, this is not what today is about, but there are too many guns on the street. We loose 93  million Americans a day to gun violence and I’ve long talked about this. Back ground checks, shutting down gun show loop holes, that’s not for today’s discussion. But it’s not just about politicians, we worry about this every day for all of our citizens.”

A reporter then asked a great question; But if it’s not the day for it, why are you bringing it up at this time?”

A reporter then asked what I thought would be an obvious question; “….sir did you say 93 million, that’s a big number?”  McAuliffe corrected his “obvious mistake” about the number of Americans “lost a day to gun violence” from 93 million to just 93 individuals a day.

NEVER LET A SERIOUS CRISIS TO WASTE

McAuliffe made a subjective decision that his political agenda concerning gun control was more important than anything else he could have talked about when questioned after the situation. At that moment in time he decided his best course of action was to say what he said. His action tells us all we need to know about him. His subjective decision allowes us to judge him objectively.

Here is an excerpt from my article; “You Never Let A Serious Crisis Go To Waste”.

“The full quote, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” is by Rahm Emanuel, former White House Chief of Staff under President Obama. This reflects the thinking of Saul Alinsky, who wrote “Rules for Radicals.” “Rules for Radicals” is the default position the President, and Emanuel operate under. If you understand this, it will be easier to analyse everything they say and do.”

“Here is the template. 1) Use a tragedy as a crisis, or create a crisis where none exists. 2) Paint the crisis with as much emotion as possible, and throw logical analysis out the window. 3) Propose the one and only solution to the problem, which just happens to coincide with what you’ve wanted to implement for many years. 4) Paint anyone who opposes your one and only solution as evil, uncaring, not smart enough to understand the nuanced brilliance of your solution, or in the pockets of …. you pick the evil entity. 5) Force the solution on the people by any means, whether legislatively, by executive order, or through the legal system. 6) When the unintended consequences of your solution rear their ugly head, use them as a reason for more brilliant solutions to made up crises.”

“Forgive my cynicism, but, when I heard the President’s emotional address on the radio about six hours after the shootings in Connecticut, I thought about the “Rules for Radicals” template. “You never let a serious crisis go to waste” is in full operation, because this is who politicians are in general, and who the President is in particular. Politics is the world in which they operate, and the lens through which they view everything. Because of this underlying reality, and because they have the power of Government behind them enforcing their edicts, you should never trust what they say or do, and always question their motives.”

CONCLUSION

Politics is going to be played on both sides of this “crisis”. We have to be smart enough to see through the political BS. I just want to point out that this political game we have been dragged into is a losers game for us. Politicians are the only ones who win when we allow them to split us up into groups, and then pit these groups against each other. Groups don’t act. Only individuals can act. Is there pattern prediction of individuals belonging to certain groups? Yes. But this particular individual shooter is probably an outlier and not part of any group pattern. At least let’s hope so!

 

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June 6 D-Day

June 6, 2017

D-DAY PLUS 73 YEARS

This was my D-Day post from 2014 which was the 70th anniversary of the invasion.

I saw a show on the History Channel this past weekend and it got me thinking about the men who were involved in the Normandy invasion code-named Operation Overlord, especially my uncle Bill. Staff Sergeant William Sackenheim, was a paratrooper in Company E  508th Parachute Infantry Regiment 82nd Airborne Division. He jumped into Normandy approximately 1:30 am on June 6 1944 with the mission to take the town of Ste.-Mere-Eglise.

Image result for map of d-day invasion of normandy

 

When I was growing up I knew my Uncle Bill as a man who seemed larger than life, was really funny, and lit up the room he was in. I was always laughing within seconds of seeing him. My mom told me he was a paratrooper in WWII and was awarded a purple heart, but I didn’t know much more than that until I was much older. About the time of  the 50th anniversary of D-Day in 94, my brother and I were talking to my uncle at a funeral, and a man named Earl came up and they started talking. My uncle said ” Earl remember where the hell we were 50 years ago.” And Earl smiled and said “yes”. So I asked if he was a paratrooper like my uncle, and he said “no”. My uncle said “Earl was in one of those ships he flew over crossing the channel to make his jump.” I said you landed on one of the beaches on D-Day and he said “yes, Omaha”. My uncle said Earl was captured by the Germans, and I asked “what happened”, thinking he had maybe been a prisoner the whole war, and Earl said “oh, I escaped, I had to get the hell out of there”. I’m thinking you just don’t leave, there has to be a great story here. But I didn’t get to ask any more questions because Earl had already started talking to other people.

So my brother and I talked to my uncle a little more about D-Day and then asked if we could come over to his house in a couple of days, and he could tell us about D-Day and the war. Two days later we talked with my Uncle Bill for four hours about the war. One theme that always came up was how soldiers next to him got killed. He would always say “why was it him and not me”. I finally understood why my uncle seemed larger than life, it’s because he actually was larger than life.

Not only did my Uncle Bill jump on D-Day, he jumped in Operation Market Garden in Holland, and was in the Battle of the Bulge in The Ardennes in Belgium. He also saw the atrocities at Buchenwald. My uncle Bill passed away a few years ago. Soon these living monuments who are the WWII generation will all be gone. We will only be able to read their stories. My brother and I were lucky that we got to listen and see our Uncle Bill tell us about  his experiences.

TIME LAPSE MAP OF WWII IN EUROPE

AIRBORNE ASSAULT D-DAY

When I see historical footage like this I always think, my uncle did this.

Lying Politician Assaults Fake News Journalist! Does Anyone Care?

May 25, 2017

 

 Two Victorian gentlemen with pistols in a duel.

Republican house candidate Greg Gainforte is running for the Montana open house seat vacated when congressman Ryan Zinke was appointed as Interior Secretary by Donald Trump. Last night Gainforte reacted to questions by Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs by slamming him to the ground.

Two professions I hold in low regard are politicians and journalists. People in these professions have an unbearable degree of hubris about the importance of their jobs. They will do anything to maintain their positions of power. I generalize about people in these professions because it saves the time it would take to gather information in order to make a judgement on each individual in these professions. So if these two want to have a Burr vs. Hamilton type duel, have at it, I could care less.

In this article, Montana House Candidate Charged With Assault After “Body Slamming” Guardian Reporter (at zerohedge.com.), we see there are conflicting accounts about the facts leading up to how these two ended up on the ground. So who do you believe? A politician’s account backed up by his aides, or a journalist’s account backed up by Fox news journalist? ……….. I’m waiting………still waiting……..time’s up……..So you don’t care either.

The purely political response to the incident by Tyler Law, from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, is what you would expect: “Greg Gainforte must immediately withdraw his candidacy after his alleged violent assault of an innocent journalist,..” Asking for the candidate to withdraw as well as the use of the adjectives ‘violent’ and ‘innocent’ are predictable.

I hope people will look at this and have their eyes opened about what a joke politics and journalism is. Don’t be fooled by political lies or journalistic fake news. We the people give politicians and journalists their power.

Oh! By the way. Rob Quist is the democrat running against Gainforte. I went through a few articles and his name wasn’t listed. I had to google who was the democrat running for the open Montana house seat to find his name and background (click here).

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Fake Headlines

February 3, 2017

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The headline of a news story is supposed to summarize what the news story is about. It is also supposed to make the reader curious to read the rest of the story. Unfortunately fake headlines have a different purpose. Fake headlines try to portray an ideological message, without the reader reading the rest of the article.

Headlines can and are used as propaganda.

Two days ago, Milo Yiannopoulous went to UC Berkeley to give a speech. Protesters forced him to cancel. Here are a few headlines from media outlets about the incident.

Protesters Force UC Berkeley To Cancel Far-Right Speaker’s Speech, at reuters.com.

Speech by Right-Wing Commentator Milo Yiannopoulous At Berkeley Canceled After Protest, at fox5sandiego.com.

Violent Protesters Block Berkeley Talk By Breitbart Editor, abcnews.go.com

Berkeley Cancels Milo Yiannopoulous Speech, And Donald Trump Tweets Outrage, nytimes.com.

The Real Headline.

First Amendment Rioters Bully Gay Conservative Commentator To Cancel His Speech At UC Berkeley.

Does this headline portray a different story?

The protesters wanted to exercise their free speech rights. The protest turned into a riot. The commentator was bullied into canceling the speech out of fear for his safety. The speaker was a Gay man. He was also an ideological conservative/libertarian.

I Have Some Questions

Was the original protest, which I have no problem with as long as it was peaceful, infiltrated by paid for professional rioters?

Were these rioters dressed in the black hooded sweatshirts part of the original protest?

Why weren’t the protesters confined to the place on campus that is designated as a free speech zone?

Do they have a free speech zone at Berkeley like other universities have?

Why didn’t any of the stories mention that Milo was gay?

Doesn’t being gay mean you are part of an identity group and can never be criticized?

Or does being a conservative and not politically correct trump your status as a gay person?

 

This is all very confusing. Will the left please write down the order of importance of the identity groups they’ve made up. I’m having a hard time knowing which group is more equal.

I know one thing for sure. If you don’t have a progressive left ideology, you are not considered a member of one of their identity groups. It is all about ideology, nothing else.

 

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A Look Inside The National ‘Women’s March’

January 25, 2017

Steven Crowder at LouderWithCrowder, dressed in drag and waded into the protesters at the ‘Women’s March. Here is what he saw.

I would normally say you won’t believe this……. but with what went on this last year, you will.

 

When you watched this video, did you have that look on your face that said, “what is wrong with these people”?