Monthly Archives: July 2010

Where Do We Go From Here (part 2)

I finished part one of this piece noting the first American into space did so on my sixth birthday. But what is really important about part one is what kind of mindset was allowed to develop across the country. It happened at all levels of society. It crossed all boundaries; race, religion, age, sex, social status, military, and civilian. All Americans, to some degree or another, shared in the dreams. And yes, there was more than one dream at play here.

The first, and perhaps the easiest to address, was the goal of beating our adversary at that time – the Russians. We were all aware they had the bomb. We were constantly reminded of “the iron curtain” and the misery which resided on the other side. But the conventional wisdom of the day had most folks comfortable in the belief we were ahead in our scientific advances and technology in general. Sputnik, and Yuri Gagarin put that, if not to rest, at least seriously in doubt. They had beaten us in the first leg of what would come to be known as the space race. We, as American’s, and “the guardian of the free world”, could not let this stand.

The second could dove-tail on the above to some degree. We still had faith in not only our scientists, but in our industrial ability (both manufacturing and engineering) to meet any challenge, any goal we put our minds to. And come out on top. For not only were we dreamers, we believed we had the ability to make those dreams come true. We held to the American Dream; anything was possible with enough elbow grease, dollars, and perseverance. This American ideal, above all else, would allow for us to beat the Russians (and anyone else). This would get us into space, the planets, and ultimately – to the stars.

The third leg of this American triad, is not unique to Americans. In our own fashion (see the second above) we obliquely address it, but it is part of our overall human makeup. This would be the questing nature (tied in to some degree our adventurous nature). That which demands we see what lies over the next hill, in the valley beyond that, across the sea at the valleys end. We humans, or at least a large chunk of us, have this gene in our nature. I know I do. As far as I can tell it came from my mother’s side of the family (Thanks Great Uncle Bill, where ever you are!). It was one of the main reasons I joined the Navy many years ago. It was the reason Louis L’Amour went “yandering”, why we constantly expanded as a young nation, instead of remaining content to stay within the boundaries of our 13 original colonies.

Space is the next logical step in the migration of man. It has to be, for there is nowhere else on earth left to go. As Bill Whittle discusses in his latest Afterburner, NASA may have long since reached it’s zenith as the defacto player in leading America’s advance into “the final frontier”, but that doesn’t mean we have to surrender the dream. Private Enterprise, coupled with the American spirit, that same spirit which got us not only from sea to shining sea, saw us go from the horse and buggy to a nation in love with their automobiles, and as Bill notes, an aviation industry started in bicycle shops and garages, to the multi-billion dollar industry it is today. That same spirit, the three parts listed above, combined with free enterprise, can – no, make that will carry us to the planets, asteroids, and ultimately to the stars.

There can be no other way. For if we fail to follow our hearts, our instinct, our Americanism; if we fail to acknowledge and nurture our human nature letting it continue to blend into the American spirit, we will surely die. The culture and society will stagnate. We will cease to exist as Americans (if there is even an “America” left in existence). And ultimately the whole of western civilization (along with a host of others) will perish from the face of the earth, as mankind heads into a new “dark age”.

Perhaps there will come a time, some untold millenia from now, when the same set of circumstances will allow for the human spirit to soar. Soar not only above the clouds, but to well and truly break the surly bonds of earth, once more to head for the stars. But we have the talent, the potential, and the need, to continue this trek. To ignore it is to do so at our peril.

So where do we go from here? Do we continue to advance the knowledge of man, and in so doing allow for our continued migration? Or do we give up. Give in to those who say we are better served by ignoring not only our humanity, refusing that which is unique about ourselves, about being American. Killing off not only the American Dream, but the spirit of America as well.

The six year old inside me already has his answer, what say the rest of you?

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Where Do We Go From Here (part 1)

There are times when I think Bill Whittle and I, must be kindred spirits. And what follows I hope will be ample enough evidence for my holding of this belief.

First, let’s get a little of the good Mr. Whittle’s “history” and passions on the table. In order for me to justify my evidence, we must view Bill’s point of view. This is something which he has at least alluded to, from time to time (if my poor excuse for a memory is correct). But you can get as good a feel for it here. His “Afterburner” series is a consistent joy to the ear, and sound nourishment for the brain cells. This particular one was of particular interest. Pay attention to the personal history Bill imparts, as that is what is of direct importance here, but by all means listen to the whole thing. There is a strong argument made for the future of our advancing into the “final frontier”, and I have to agree with him.

Finished watching Bill in action? Great. Now for how his sharing of youthful passions, brought some old memories back to light here.

My first real recollection of our US space program took place a little over 49 years ago.

″Finally, at 10:34 A. M. Eastern daylight time, the count reached zero. A jet of yellow flame lifted the slender rocket off its pad as thousands watched anxiously from the Cape and along the public beaches south of here.
Hundreds of missiles had been launched here, but never before with a human being aboard. Only once before, so far as is known, had a human ridden a missile into space anywhere–and that was from the Soviet base at Tyura Tam, near the Aral Sea last month.

The rocket, and the pilot in the Project Mercury capsule on top, performed flawlessly.″
Source: The New York Times archives

49 years ago … I was sitting in front of our 20 inch black and white Zenith ™ . Watching history unfold before my eyes, oblivious to everything but the events taking place 1500 miles south of my little Midwestern world. Just six years of age, I was not yet aware of the geo-politics which played a part in this adventure. But I was, like a moth to a flame, drawn to anything having to do with airplanes, rockets, and the like. Up until this moment, that would be as much because of most young men having an interest in such at that age. However, this signal event, this first major step in honoring President Kennedy’s stated goal of; ” …before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.”, became something much more.

For, ever after this day, be it “Project Mercury”, Gemini, Apollo, anything having to do with flying – but specifically those aircraft (and crew) of a military bent – would command my attention. I wanted to be an Astronaut. For many a month after Cmdr. Shepard’s flight (and those which followed), you might have found me at home, sitting upside down on an overstuffed chair. For it was no longer a small Midwestern suburban Chicago living room, it was a Mercury (or Gemini) capsule perched high atop a Redstone (or Atlas) rocket, moments away from “slipping the surly bonds of earth”. And I was the intrepid Navy, Marine, or Air Force pilot at her controls. Now this might not sound like such a big deal. There had to have been thousands of kids across the country doing the same thing. However, they did not have my mother, the major-domo of our house, in charge of their actions. That mom would allow one to use furniture in a fashion not considered to be proper to it’s design/intent was a very special act of dispensation. She knew her oldest was (and forever would be) completely caught up in the magic, mystery, and marvel of man’s quest for the stars. (And what mother, in that day and time, would not want her son to become an astronaut?)

I built models of the capsules, and the Saturn V. But was not beholding to them alone. The ceiling of my bedroom would come dangerously close to resembling the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, with all types of aircraft hanging from strong cord, at various angles and degrees of attack. Any book I could lay my hands on regarding rockets, aircraft, or those who took to the sky, found itself on my bookshelf (or was repeatedly borrowed from the public library). Science Fiction could be found there as well. For the fantastic adventures our technology was not yet up to the task of meeting, there was Science Fiction. Bradbury, Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein. All these gents would, carry this earthbound boy through the solar system, to the stars, and beyond.

This love of Space, Spaceflight, of almost all things aviation related, was for most boys a seed planted in our youthful makeup, perhaps even genetically inspired. But the signal event which caused that seed to germinate and grow, which became if not a life long adventure, at least a life long passion, started on that fateful day back in 1961 … May 5th, 1961 … my sixth birthday. Alan Shepard give me the best present a boy could ever ask for.

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Guess H.P. Lovecraft was taken

Saw this little quiz over here, and thought I would give it a shot. Had an old story on file, tossed it in, and poof here is the result.

I write like
Stephen King

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Oh, and if you happen to be curious as to what I tossed in, you can find it here.

UPDATE

At the urging of Pascal (in the comments below) I decided to try it again, with a different story, and see what happens. Guess the darn thing does “analyze” your text after all.

I write like
Chuck Palahniuk

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

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Required Reading and Reflections

Saw this over here at Blake’s, who in turn got it from Lemur King. Take a look below and see what you think.

Preamble to the Patriot Declaration

We are American Patriots, defenders of First Principles and Essential Liberty.

We are Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and public servants standing in harm’s way at home and around the world, who are loyal, first and foremost, to our revered oath to support and defend our Constitution.

We are grassroots leaders and local, state and national officeholders who, likewise, honor our sacred oath.

We are moms, dads and other family members nurturing the next generation of young Patriots.

We are farmers, craftsmen, tradesmen and industrial producers. We are small business owners, service providers and professionals in medicine and law. We are employees and employers. We are in ministry at home and missionaries abroad. We are students and professors at colleges and universities, often standing alone for what is good and right.

We are consumers and taxpayers.

We are voters.

We are not defined by race, creed, ethnicity, religion, wealth, education or political affiliation, but by our devotion to our Creator, and the liberty He has entrusted to us, one and all.

We are Patriot Sons and Daughters from all walks of life, heirs to the blessings of Liberty bequeathed to us by our Patriot Forebears, confirmed in the opinion that it is our duty to God and Country to extend that blessing to our posterity, and avowed upon our sacred honor to that end. We are vigilant, strong, prepared and faithful.

Patriot Declaration

We the People, blessed with the inheritance of Liberty paid for with the lives and fortunes of Patriots before us, 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 these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness, that to secure these Rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, and that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.

WHEREAS, our nation is at a critical historic juncture, where we must choose between Rule of Law and rule of men; and

WHEREAS, our nation is confronting significant political threats to Liberty from within our borders and from enemies abroad; and

WHEREAS, our national Constitution is the singular guidance for Rule of Law and the defense of liberty; and

WHEREAS, our Constitution’s Article VI Section 1 stipulates, “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution…” but the majority of those aforementioned have forsaken their oath to support and defend our Constitution, placing the future of American Liberty at great peril;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, We the People of these United States, in order to restore a more perfect Union, re-establish Justice, re-insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, pledge to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, as established at great cost in lives and treasure by our Founders and defended by generations since, and we demand that those in the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of our national government, likewise honor their oaths, and commit to undertake the following actions to restore constitutional integrity and Rule of Law:

FIRST, that constitutional authority be established for any national legislation entered before Congress, by way of an Enumerated Powers Amendment, requiring specific authority enumerated in our Constitution empowering Congress to enact such legislation, thus ensuring that such legislation does not amend the plain language of our Constitution, which prescribes its own method for amendment in Article V;

SECOND, that said Amendment require that all legislation explicitly cite its compliance with the Tenth Amendment to our Bill of Rights, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people,” thus prohibiting the central government from usurping the powers reserved to the States or the People;

THIRD, that said Amendment require all legislation and regulation imposed upon the nation apply equally to all members of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government;

FOURTH, that fiscal responsibility be enumerated in our Constitution by way of a Balanced Budget Amendment, including zero base-line accounting principles, to be put before the states and the people;

FIFTH, that said Amendment contain a provision requiring a three-fifths majority of votes by members of Congress to raise direct or indirect taxes, and acknowledgment that the legislature has no authority to raise taxes for purposes that are not expressly authorized by the Constitution;

SIXTH, that said Amendment contain a provision that direct taxes be levied at an equal ratio to all Americans, ensuring that the cost-burden of government is shared equally by all, and consistent with Article I, Section 9, which provides “No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed” which would unduly single out individuals or minority groups for undue punishment;

SEVENTH, that said Amendment contain a provision that the withholding of taxes by an employer is the option of the taxpayer;

EIGHTH, that said Amendment acknowledge the interdependence of economic freedom and political freedom by provision that any bill before Congress must enumerate its implications against the exercise of free enterprise;

NINTH, that a Legislature Accountability Amendment to establish term limits for all members of Congress, similar to that of the 22nd Amendment, Section 1, limiting terms for the Executive, be put before the states and the people; and,

TENTH, because Rule of Law, established through the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God, entitles the People to unalienable Rights including Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness, and severely limits the government from any infringement upon those rights, then any member of the executive, legislative or judicial branch in violation of the Rule of Law established through our Constitution, is subject to impeachment and criminal prosecution.

THUS, be it known that for the support of this Declaration in defense of the Rule of Law established by our Constitution, it is, with firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, that we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Source: “The Patriot Post”

It also got me to thinking about one of the other great minds out there on the interwebs, the resident “counselor at large” over at Big Dicks Place … the one and only “Black is White”. He posted something along these same lines, over at his place almost a year ago. The words he wrote are perhaps even stronger today, than they were back then.

All of these are worth at very least, a read. And better yet some reflection. We face some very hard times ahead of us, regardless of how the next two election cycles play out. There will be no easy way out. The best we can hope for is a minimum of bloodshed and heartache. Because sooner or later we will have to pay the piper for the dances we have been dancing for at least the past 80 years or so. And that tab is going to be a high price to pay.

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Testing one more time!

Helps if you have your blog addy spelled correctly when submitting it to technorati

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Just for fun

Have to do some silly stuff once and awhile

Quiz: What Kind of Conservative Are You?

My Conservative Identity:

You are an Anti-government Gunslinger, also known as a libertarian conservative or Tea Partier. You believe in smaller government, states’ rights, gun rights, and that, as Reagan once said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”

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Well, here we are!

The paint is fresh. The floors are nice and shiny. There is plenty of booze in the liquor locker, and munchies in the pantry. The smoking lamp is always lit, and there are plenty of comfy chairs.

So let me know how this bit o fluff on the net looks, and if there are any major errors … well hell, I don’t know, we will see what we can do, but I don’t have direct access to the template(s). But perhaps if I whine bitch loud enough at wordpress, they will take pity, should the need arise.

Anyhow, welcome aboard! The next year or so promises to be anything but dull. And as long as the Usurper-in-Chief doesn’t pull the pug on the interwebs, I will be here to rant about it.

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Sometimes you have to move …

… whether you want to or not. And such is the case here. I will be looking for a “free” service, the cost of running this beast is no longer within the means. If I fail to find a comfortable fit, rest assured I will be commenting as I always have, at not only my favorite stops around the net, but any and all places which catch my interest.

But life does go on, and new site or not, the day to day business of life will keep me busy. New books (and the welcome re-reading of old friends) are waiting to be read, news is waiting to be scanned and digested, and old movies are begging to carry one away from the hear and now, if only for an hour or so.

To all who have stopped by here and especially those who have been so kind as to leave a comment now and again, thank you. Knowing there are kindred spirits out there, makes the journey all that much more easier and often times enjoyable.

So, until next time, keep on fighting the good fight, and keep your powder dry. The next year or two should hold some of the most challenging and interesting times this nation has ever seen. And it is my belief we will all play a part in its outcome (no matter how larger or small a part that may prove to be).

– Guy

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An Early Birthday Present.

I have to work on the 3rd and the 4th. So I thought I would live a little celebration music (and accompanying videos) for you all to enjoy.

The first one is interesting for a couple of reasons. That the artists/musicians are comparatively young (at least to folks my age), and yet they get it. Perhaps there is reason to be hopeful for many more 4th of July observances to be held in the years and decades to come, if music such as this is being produced and preformed.

This brings us to selection number 2. As a few of you may have heard me exclaim from time to time; “Is anybody there? Does anybody care? Can anybody see what I see??” Well, this is a bastardized quote from the musical “1776”. And was stated by John Adams while in a darkened Independence Hall. Can’t think of a better time of year, to play the whole piece.

Next, a favorite of almost all patriotic celebrations, especially those done by choirs. Done by one of this country’s premiere choirs. “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”.

And last, but not least, a relatively recent addition, which to many may be considered a patriotic tune. Now more than ever, “God Bless the USA”.

Have a happy and safe 4th. We have made it this far, with luck, trust in God, (keeping) faith with the inspired documents given us by the founding fathers, and willingness to help and band with our brothers, we will make it an America future generations can be proud of, as well.

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