Apollo And Modern America’s Can’t-Do Spirit

Cultural Inertia: Remember how 45 years ago we were suddenly able to say: “If we can send a man to the moon, why can’t we (fill in the blank)”? If only we could say the same today.

It’s worth remembering Neil Armstrong’s July 21, 1969 “giant leap for mankind,” if only as a measure of what the country used to be able to accomplish, but increasingly can’t do today. When President Kennedy announced his goal of “sending a man to the moon and returning him safely to earth” in less than nine years, it was a laughably audacious promise.

By May 1961, all the country had managed to achieve in space was to toss Alan Shepard up in a 15-minute suborbital flight powered by a tiny Redstone rocket.

Scientists and engineers still hadn’t decided how they’d land on the moon (they didn’t settle on the lunar lander concept until late 1962). The massive F-1 engines needed to lift the Saturn V rocket off the ground were still mostly theoretical. And only a handful of people were even involved in space flight at the time.

Yet the country brushed aside bureaucratic obstacles, quickly overcame political and technical setbacks and met Kennedy’s goal with time to spare.

Today, despite all the technological advances, a calcified NASA has spent nearly a decade just trying to build an updated version of the Apollo command module, with a manned mission at least six more years away.

Sure, Kennedy had the Cold War space race to motivate the country. But that wasn’t the only reason Apollo succeeded. Up until then, whatever the project, Americans would set their minds to it and just get it done.

Not so today. It took just 16 years to build the Brooklyn Bridge — a true engineering marvel of the time — after the New York state legislature approved it in 1867.

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Comment: If we tried to go to the moon today, the EPA would claim environmental jurisdiction over it….
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Will You Please Give This To My Daddy? by unknown

Last week I was in Atlanta , Georgia attending a conference. While I was in the airport, returning home, I heard several people behind me beginning to clap and cheer. I immediately turned around and witnessed One of the greatest acts of patriotism I have ever seen.

Moving thru the terminal was a group of soldiers in their camos. As they began heading to their gate, everyone (well almost everyone) was abruptly to their feet with their hands waving and cheering.

When I saw the soldiers, probably 30-40 of them, being applauded and Cheered for, it hit me. I’m not alone. I’m not the only red-blooded American who still loves this country and supports our troops and their families.

Of course I immediately stopped and began clapping for these young unsung heroes who are putting their lives on the line everyday for us so we can go to school, work and home without fear or reprisal.

Just when I thought I could not be more proud of my country or of our Service men and women, a young girl, not more than 6 or 7 years old ran up to one of the male soldiers. He kneeled down and said ‘hi..’
The little girl then asked him if he would give something to her daddy for her…

The young soldier, who didn’t look any older than maybe 22 himself, said he would try and what did she want to give to her daddy. Then suddenly the little girl grabbed the neck of this soldier, gave him the biggest hug she could muster and then kissed him on the cheek

The mother of the little girl, who said her daughter’s name was Courtney, told the young soldier that her husband was a Marine and had been in Iraq for 11 months now. As the mom was explaining how much her daughter Courtney missed her father, the young soldier began to tear up.

When this temporarily single mom was done explaining her situation, all of the soldiers huddled together for a brief second… Then one of the other servicemen pulled out a military-looking walkie-talkie. They started playing with the device and talking back and forth on it..

After about 10-15 seconds of this, the young soldier walked back over to Courtney, bent down and said this to her, ‘I spoke to your daddy and he told me to give this to you.’ He then hugged this little girl that he had just met and gave her a kiss on the cheek. He finished by saying ‘your daddy told me to tell you that he loves you more than anything and he is coming home very soon.’

The mom at this point was crying almost uncontrollably and as the young soldier stood to his feet, he saluted Courtney and her mom. I was standing no more than 6 feet away from this entire event.

As the soldiers began to leave, heading towards their gate, people resumed their applause. As I stood there applauding and looked around, there were very few dry eyes, including my own. That young soldier in one last act of selflessness turned around and blew a kiss to Courtney with a tear rolling down his cheek.

We need to remember everyday all of our soldiers and their families and thank God for them and their sacrifices. At the end of the day, it’s good to be an American.

RED FRIDAYS —– Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing red every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the ‘silent majority’. We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record breaking numbers.

Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity and respect starts this Friday – and continues each and every Friday until the troops all come home, sending a deafening message that.. Every red-blooded American who supports our men and women afar will wear something red.

By word of mouth, press, TV — let’s make the United States on every Friday a sea of red much like a homecoming football game in the bleachers.

If every one of us who loves this country will share this with acquaintances, co-workers, friends, and family. It will not be long before the USA is covered in RED.
The first thing a soldier says when asked ‘What can we do to make things better for you?’ is…We need your support and your prayers.

Let’s get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example.

Hat tip

A very special hat/tip to the boys and girls of the American Military, from all of us THANK YOU!

“Murphy’s Law” by Jim Murphy

Hello once more from Jingoistic West Texans Who Are Happy NOT To Be Employees Of The U.S. Border Patrol.

DISORDER:

Over the past 56 years I have attended training classes conducted by New Mexico Junior College; F.B.I. Academy; Houston Police Department; University of Houston; New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy; Texas A & M University; and various other training classes in both Texas and New Mexico. Additionally I have taught Criminal Justice Classes over a 17 year period. In many of these classes when dealing with Homicides, Rape, and General Criminal Investigation of various crimes, I have received instruction in the role played in our system by persons with a PSYCHOPATHIC personality disorder. Additionally I have read as many books and articles on people with these disorders.

Recently I received an article which was directed at persons who exhibit this type of behavior. After reading this article and going back and reading various pieces of material directed at this behavior and those who exhibit same. Let me just bring out a few items and see if any of the strike home.

1. Psychopathic behavior is the most destructive, the most deadly, and the least comprehensible of mental disorders.
2. A Psychopath is a person with a very nasty personality who builds a more attractive and very FAKE personality to cover for his frauds, transgressions, and sometimes violent acts.
3. Psychopaths are quite rational but have a huge void where most people have a conscience and moral values. In a working environment, psychopaths choose their victims from from lower-ranking individuals BUT take care to act properly around higher-ranking individuals.
4. In national and international relations, PSYCHOPATHS CREATE AND EXPLOIT DIVISIONS BASED ON ETHNIC, RELIGIOUS, NATIONAL OR CLASS DIFFERENCES.
5. On first being exposed to a psychopath, a person may be quite favorably impressed, however subordinates soon observe incomprehensible behaviors, including PATHOLOGICAL DISHONESTY. On an international level at their worst may start wars or create WORLDWIDE FINANCIAL DISASTERS.
6. Psychopaths are without normal human feeling and deep down are contemptuous of all with whom they deal: Superiors, Subordinates, Supporters, Opponents, Associates, and Family alike. They genuinely think that they are better and smarter than everyone else, an impression that psychopath enablers fully endorse.
7. The primary indicators for a PSYCHOPATHIC DISORDER are: Anti-social personality AND MALIGNANT NARCISSISM. They are irresponsible and pathologically dishonest.
8. Psychopaths want to CONTROL YOU PHYSICALLY, EMOTIONALLY, SEXUALLY, FINANCIALLY and POLITICALLY. “PSYCHOPATHS WANT TO CONTROL YOUR DIET, YOUR ABILITY TO DEFEND YOURSELF, YOUR HEALTH CARE AND YOUR LIFE IN GENERAL.
9. The rarest type is the INTELLECTUAL PSYCHOPATH of which Karl Marx and Saul Alinsky have been used as examples.
10, Often, psychopaths cultivate a reputation for toughness, but that does not mean that they get good results.

Look at the above list carefully AND if you get an opportunity, read up on this type of personality disorder…..AND SEE IF ANY OF THIS REMINDS YOU OF ANYONE WHOM WE SEE AND HEAR ON A DAILY BASIS.

OPINIONS:

I have read for years that Opinions are like another part of the human anatomy…. EVERYONE HAS ONE. And this is more than likely a reasonably accurate statement. But what is starting to annoy me just a bit is the daily deluge of opinions we get from people in the media who have very few qualifications to render their opinions on the general public. Now I am not suggesting that everyone in the media falls into this category. As most of us know, many of these folks had other careers and backgrounds prior to being associated with the media. Several of these people display opinions and while I might not necessarily agree with them, I believe that their opinions are based upon experience and are not just thoughts parroted by them.

But his latest debacle CAUSED PRIMARILY BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT UNDER THE DIRECTION OF BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA, and I am referring to the illegal entry into our country by illegal aliens, has resulted in some really strange ideas being put forth by some people whom I believe to be, not only uninformed, but totally clueless on the matters.

I can listen to opinions put forth by Border Patrol Agents; Law Enforcement personnel who are stationed along the U.S./Mexico border; AND some of the elected officials who have had some first hand experience in dealing with these illegal entries, and place some level of credence in those opinions and ideas.

BUT when I watch FOX News and see people like Kristen Powers and several others from FOX and practically ALL of the news people from CNN and Network TV and must wonder just exactly how they have arrived at their conclusions. AND of course we have numerous politicians, most of whom have been in their elected positions for entirely too long. But it is really hard for me to take seriously some “Contributor” who has never been within 200 miles of the Mexican Border and more than likely have never been 200 yards away from some liberal classroom where their minds have been filled with total crap from some professional lifetime member of ACADEMIA.

BUT, the average LOW-INFORMATION VOTER or more accurately, NO-INFORMATION VOTER is tailor made for these professional News Contributors or so called news reporters.

I would venture a guess that the average Law Enforcement Officer with five or more years experience has had more dealings with illegal aliens than damn near every one of these news people.

I watched one program a week or so back when some liberal minister went to the border and his keen observation was that he spent several hours down there and never once saw one of those illegal alien children “HUGGED”. I had an uncontrollable urge to slap the crap out of this idiot. Just listen to the reports on how many of these children are entering our country with communicable diseases of different kinds. I heard one report last night of a number of Border Patrol Agents who had contracted several different types of illnesses which they contracted from being exposed to these “Children”.

And the truth still remains, that President Barack Hussein Obama has yet to visit the border area and has done NOTHING but assist the people causing this problem. And of course, the Mexican Drug Cartels are the only real winners in this story.

And please spare me the story that these illegal aliens are the “Best and Brightest” that Central America has to offer.

PRAYER LIST:

Tony Aguilar, Mary Vigil, Joe & Ruth Lucero, Ted Salgado -NM – Ella Dunlop, Kaleigh Paige Hudgens, Bobby Peiser, Bob Wallman, Maria Tupaz, Bernice Murphy, Don Faubion, Judy Langham, Liz Deguren, Roger Tucker, Charlotte Williams, John Gallemore, Zak Krejci, Debra Blake, Mary Denson, Randy Jones, John Henley, Don Weaver, Horace Riebe, Roger Goertz, Billy Williams, Gerry Fincher, Jerry Carpenter, Steve Mida – TX – Sr. Delphine Grigas (98) – IL – Paul & Debby Gula, Mike Burkebak, Alan Miller, Debbie McKeown, Violet Fermin, Carlos Fernandez, Hamilton Anderson, Arlene Anderson, Kate Nolan – FL – L.T. Drennan – OK – Lynn Jones – NE – Warren Wetmore – IL – Gladys Beasley, Barbara Urban – MD – Charles Latham, Rocky Leonard, Bette Miller – AZ – Kate Powell, Annise Kennedy, Sam Wittstruck (17 yoa) – CA – Pat Holley, Keith Chambers, Nancy Chambers, LANA Athey – CO – Hal Whitmore – DE – Herb Johnston – NY – Lonnie Shoultz – AL – Perry Evans – AR – Jim Pinney, James E. Brady III (2 yrs. old) – OH – Josip & Lela Slivar – ZAGREB, CROATIA – Sister Clarice Carroll (83) – HAITI – Rick Vizzier USNA74, Steve Burich USNA74 -VA – George Rimmer – WA,

GySgt. Daniel West, MSgt. (Ret) Randy Morrow , CAPT. Michael Rice, CAPT. Nick Francona, GySgt. James Walker, CAPT. George Zeigler, CAPT. Catherine Schmidt Fiancé of Capt. Zeigler) SSgt. Matt Ross, Alex Boyd, RCT Graydon J. Phillips, * 1ST LT. Levi English, GySgt. Eric Harmon, Archer Abblitt, Maj. Todd A. O’Brien – USMC Kenneth Thomas -USCG SSgt. Eric Grudziecke, A1 Elizabeth Chaffon, Cody Barber, Col. Phil Samples, TSgt. Aaron Brown, TSgt. Rebecca Goodwin, 1st LT. Mandie Yates – USAF – Capt. Brian Kriss – TxANG – Zachary Moore – US NAVAL ACADEMY – Lt. William Jourdan, CDR Robert McLay, Lt. Tommy Brown, Lt. Russell Brown, CAPT. Wayne Putnam (Ret), Matthew J. Blaker, Ensign Ethan English – US NAVY – Bud Barnett – USNA ’74 – SSgt. Mike Campagna – SPECIAL FORCES – SSgt.Michael Strawn, Sgt. Logan McKinzie, Capt. (Fr) Kevin Peek, Maj. Fred W. Tanner, Lt. Col. Robbie Ball, SSgt. Travis McGowan, Michael B. Hudgens, Scott Hillyer, Jeff Schoonover, CWO2 Mitchell Wittstruck – US ARMY – CWO3 Tim Helton and the 1/230 Air Cav Squadron TNANG – All of the men and women presently serving in the United States Military

Troy Partain of Stone Mountain, Georgia
Wayne Martin of Blacksburg, Virginia

John Mallory – DEA – Fr. Joseph M. Peek, Gary and Cindy Hogman, Ashtyn Wages and John Paul Tupaz and their families.

QUOTES:

“Does President Obama deserve to be sued or impeached? Yes! Is there a snowball’s chance in hell that either the lawsuit or an impeachment will succeed? No!”… THOMAS SOWELL

“Barack Obama’s repeated disregard of the laws that he is supposed to follow, and his blatantly changing these laws passed by Congress, are a threat to the whole Constitutional form of government, on which all our freedoms depend.”…THOMAS SOWELL

“There is nothing so likely to produce peace as to be well prepared to meet an enemy.”…. GEORGE WASHINGTON

“An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!…. Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power…. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us…. Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of the chains of slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”… PATRICK HENRY

VARMINT LIST:

Barack Hussein Obama, Michelle Obama, George Soros, Joe Biden, Louis Farrakhan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz DNC Chairperson, Leon Panetta, Supreme Court Justices – Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, AND John Roberts, Eric Holder, John McCain R-AZ, Valerie Jarrett, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Diane Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Lanny Davis, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Chuck Schumer, David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, Ezekiel Emanuel, Kathleen Sebelius, Bill Richardson, Jay Carney, Susan Rice, Rep. Keith Ellison D-MN, Former Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano, COLIN POWELL , Michael Moore, John Kerry, Lindsey Graham, Former President Jimmy Carter. Al Gore, Chuck Hagel, Dick Durbin, Andrew Andrew Cuomo, Chris Christie R-NJ , Michael Bloomberg, Sheila Jackson Lee D-TX, Susan Collins R-ME, Patrick Leahy, Jeff Flake R-AZ, Eddie Bernice Johnson D-TX, John Boehner R-OH, John Cornyn R-TX, Mitch McConnell R-KY, Mike Huckabee R-AR, Lisa Murkowski R-AK, Mary Landrieu LA, Robert Menendez NJ, Al Franken MN, Claire McCaskill MO, Patty Murray WA, Henry Waxman CA, Linda Sanchez CA, Maxine Waters CA, State Senator Wendy Davis D-TX, Elijah Cummings D-MD, NY Mayor Bill de Blasio, Lois Lerner, Michael Morrell, Tommy Vietor (National Security Council Spokesman), Karl Rove, Rep. Ann Kuster D-NH, Jen Psaki (State Department), Josh Earnest, Marie Harf(State Department), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO), Orin Hatch (R-UT), John Koskinen (IRS COMMISSIONER), Jeh Johnson (Homeland Security Secretary)

MSNBC, ACLU, Congressional Black Caucus, NAACP, UNITED NATIONS, Jane Fonda, LA RAZA, MOVEON.ORG, PETA, CAIR, BOB COSTAS (NBC), ESPN, The NFL, CNN, The Environmental Protection Agency, Al Jazeera America, Republican National Committee (RNC), NBC, CBS, CNBC, ABC, BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Tom Steyer (Progressive Billionaire Opposing Keystone Pipeline), NBA, NHL, NOW (National Organization Of Women), Patricia Ireland

MORE STUFF:

An article from the (Sub) Standard Times informs us that a federal appeals court ruled that the University of Texas can continue using RACE as a factor in undergraduate admissions as a way of promoting diversity on campus.

OK. Let me make sure that I have this straight. It is perfectly alright to use RACE as a factor in order to create DIVERSITY on the campus of a major University.

BUT, if you happen to DISAGREE with either Barack Hussein Obama or Attorney Eric Holder then you are automatically branded a RACIST.
Of course, I would imagine that this federal appeals court ruling will also be appealed.

But as of now, according to the article, the University of Texas’ search for “HOLISTIC DIVERSITY” trumps all.
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Just this past week I have heard both Barack Hussein Obama AND Harry Reid assure us that THE BORDER IS MORE SECURE THAN EVER. I suppose this statement could be believed if the two of them were talking about the border between China and N. Korea.
Do the Democrats/Progressives/Socialists/Marxists believe that none of us read the print news or listen to radio news or watch television news?
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One bright spot in the news was last Wednesday when former New Orleans Mayor, Ray Nagin, was sentenced to 10 years in the penitentiary by a federal judge. Although I am not sure that 10 years is enough for this mutt.
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And, of course the world’s most articulate and intelligent human informed us from Austin, Texas that, “By almost every measure we’re better off than we were when I took office.”

Now I guess if the WE’RE to whom he was referring meant he and Michelle, that statement was true. But the average American is NOT better off than when he took office. Our gas prices have almost doubled. Almost every single item we purchase at the grocery store has increased in price.

But, once more, the uninformed voter might buy this lie.
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On the news last week there was a story that the EPA could fine individuals for environmental violations AND could further garnish their wages WITHOUT GOING THROUGH THE COURTS. The story was that the fined individuals could request a court hearing to appeal the fine but that the location and time of the hearing would be controlled by the EPA. And further, the burden of proof would rest with the individual to prove themselves innocent rather than the EPA having to prove their guilt

The EPA and these other top heavy federal agencies who can pass regulations and have them pack the same punch as a properly legislated law seem to be stretching things a bit.

We are always reading and hearing about OBESITY and what a problem it is in the U.S. and I am inclined to agree. BUT the main OBESITY problem I see is with our federal government and all their various bureaus and Czars. Our present and previous Senate and Congress have sat idly by and allowed a weak president to completely emasculate them. We need changes at every level.
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TREY GOWDY! TED CRUZ! ALLEN WEST! MIKE LEE! JOHN BOLTON! RALPH PETERS!
And as you notice, Rand Paul is no longer mentioned with these men. Rand Paul seems to be unable to decide just exactly where he stands on some fairly critical issues.

See Y’All Next Week
JEM

The picture says it all

Obama fiddles

border agent crazy idea

Department of Justice: We Heard About IRS Missing Emails On The News
see-no-evil

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Issa: DOJ Delays Criminal Investigation of IRS Scandal

Everyone Knows Who Did It By Ben Stein

So let’s all pick on Israel instead.

A bewildering day. The Russians shot down a Malaysian Airlines Boeing777, killing roughly 300 men, women, children and infants on board. They shot it down over eastern Ukraine, basically by accident, but by the kind of accident that shows such extreme contempt for life that it would be considered a crime in any country.

There is no doubt that the Russian-controlled, Russian-armed “pro-separatists” shot down the plane with a Russian-supplied super capable SA-11 “Gadfly” anti-aircraft missile. It could not have been anyone else, unless it was the Russian army on Russian soil. Only the Russian proxy army has the SA-11 and the motive to shoot down planes over the Ukraine. Obviously, the Ukrainians would not do it. What would be their motive?

But the reckless, contemptuous Russian “rebels” have the motive — shoot down planes over Ukraine — and this part is perfect: They are on the record in phone intercepts saying they did it.

The Kiev government recorded them and if the Kiev government recorded it, the NSA must have it in 5.1 channel stereo.

So, what does the nerviest, most contemptuous man on this earth do when he learns about the murders? Mr. Vladimir Putin calls his pal, Barack Obama, and says, “There’s been a terrible accident. Let’s try to figure it out.” Putin knows that Obama is so weak, so used to being used and abused by Putin, that he’ll just wag his tail and bow with happiness that Putin actually called him.
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But something other than fawning by Obama was called for. Isn’t Obama embarrassed that Putin has just told the world, “Look, Obama is so weak and stupid I can lie to his face and get away with it”? I guess not.

And this man is our PRESIDENT!!!!

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