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The Three Amigos September 7, 2015

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Everyone’s Got One August 27, 2015

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I got so much to say I don’t know where to begin. OK, let’s begin with this:  anti_no_assholes_yard_signAssholes, they’re everywhere. Political assholes, social assholes, assholes who don’t even know they’re assholes. We’re heading for a showdown— assholes vs. the normal people—and I’m stocking up on Charmin.

Let The Culling Begin August 4, 2015

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DebateThe first Republican debate of the 2016 presidential race is less than 36 hour away. Fox News just revealed the results of the polling that qualified and ranked the 17 announced candidates for inclusion in what is now a two-tier debate. Based on five national polls the top ten vote getters (A-Team) made it to prime time and will debate each other at 8pm. The bottom seven (B-team) will debate among themselves at 5pm.

                A-Team                                      B-Team
Donald Trump; Jeb Bush;                Rick Perry; Rick Santorum;
Scott Walker; Mike Huckabee;         Bobby Jindal;  Carly Fiorina;
Ben Carson; Ted Cruz;                    Lindsey Graham;
Marco Rubio; Rand Paul;                 George Pataki;
Chris Christie; John Kasich              Jim Gilmore

As soon as the line-up was announced sour grapes from the second tier hit social media. Rick Santorum’s people took to twitter and blasted Fox and the RNC. Hey Rick, you’re a loser, your ego and hope to stay politically relevant are the only reasons you’re running for president.

I’ll be generous and say that there are really only five legit candidates; the rest are angling for the VP job or a cabinet position. It may take a few more debates but Trump, Walker, Bush, Cruz and Rubio will be there. I’d like to see Carly Fiorina stand out among the B-team and work herself into the big stage. I think she could add a lot to the dynamic, especially if Bush, Walker or Cruz get the nod and pick her as VP. If Trump wins the nomination there’s no chance for two business types in the White House.

The Trump Card June 17, 2015

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So Donald Trump’s presidential bid announcement has everyone’s panties in a wad. The mocking from the Left was quick and expected and the indignant outrage from the establishment Right was equally vociferous.

Trump is a loud mouth with a huge ego. His insatiable hunger for fame and fortune feeds his need to be in everyone’s face. He’s the world’s best negotiator…just ask him. He’s also very, very rich which he made a point of bragging about in his coming out party yesterday at Trump Plaza (where else) in New York.

So, should a wealthy ego maniac be our next president? Can someone who sees the world as one big negotiation run a country? Is brash talk and braggadocio the recipe for leading a nation?

I say yes; as long as the individual is a staunch conservative and uses all those tools to promote a truly conservative agenda.

Is Trump the right ego maniac for the job? Probably not but then I think he knows that and he doesn’t care. If Trump makes the top ten and is invited to the Republican debates he will have achieved his goal; a national platform to hear himself talk. I actually think that will be a good thing because he’s going to bloviate about many of the issues that need to be bloviated on…issues that are considered the ‘third rail’ by most of the Republican field and certainly by all the Rinos.

Illegal immigration from all of Latin America is going to destroy America. It’s a fact that needs to be pushed to the front of the debate. Poor, low educated people flooding our country is a bad thing. It must be stopped. Trump doesn’t give a damn about offending the PC sensibilities of the Left and we need that.

Trump’s unabashed support for capitalism is a good thing. America must reject, renounce and reverse everything that stands in the way of unbridled capitalism. Socialism (and radical Islam) is the greatest evil ever purported on humankind. Both must be crushed and Trump would do it.

Let me be the first to say that by throwing his hat in the ring, Trump has forced us to look at his hair. Unlike his hair his motivations for running are much less baffling. The Donald is on another ego trip and doesn’t much care what people say as long as somebody is saying something…about him.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

The Republican nomination is going to end up being between Walker and Bush. Trump’s bid will fade but not before he’s satiated his supporters and crazed his critics. It will be both painful and exquisite to watch. I think the addition of Donald Trump will help the nomination process. I know it will help Donald Trump.

It’s All Bull Sh*t June 15, 2015

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With the exception of Jenner they’re all liberals and I’ll chalk his issue up to hormones….

Rocket Go Boom May 5, 2015

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When it comes to space and rockets I’m a geek. Even though I don’t want to travel in space I’m fascinated by it and those that do. With the end of NASA’s Shuttle program in 2011 we’ve been in a big space drought—that was until about a year or so ago when US private space ventures really started to kick in. Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Sir Richard Branson and Burt Rutan’s Virgin Galactic, Alliant Techsystems, along with United Launch Alliance (a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Defense, Space & Security) have rushed to fill the void.

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Sister satellite – Progress-M M24

All the while the Russians have been providing the heavy lifting for all of the International Space Station (ISS) flights. Unfortunately, the last re-supply mission to the ISS went awry when the rocket failed to enter into a stable orbit after liftoff. Progress-M 27M is now tumbling back to earth.

One of my favorite geek space websites is http://www.n2yo.com/ Here you can track in real time everything we have currently orbiting the earth—including out-of-control rockets crashing to earth. According to the real space geeks who have crunched the numbers Progress-M 27M’s demise is estimated sometime on May 8th.

Now of course the rocket is degrading due to gravity and atmospheric conditions. The sun showed some activity on Tuesday leading to a response in Earth’s atmosphere. Flux levels continue to rise and atmospheric expansion can accelerate the orbital decay of the spacecraft. As it starts to encounter the denser layers of the atmosphere (beginning around 100 miles up) she will really begin to fail. Even with all the special algorithms and scary rocket-science calculations the current window is plus or minus up to 24 hours from the time of estimated crash.

Prediction date/time Source
08 May 2015 21:43 UTC +/- 22 hours Aerospace
08 May 2015 08:59 UTC +/- 24 hours USSTRATCOM
08 May 2015 08:26 UTC +/- 11 hours Ted Molczan

As luck would have it there is an ‘excellent’ observation opportunity early in the morning on the 8th directly over my head.

Start Max altitude End Visible passes
Date, Local time Az Local time Az El Local time Az Mag Info
8-May 06:15 SW
222°
06:19 NNW
332°
79° 06:22 NE
41°
Map and details

The actual link is here: http://www.n2yo.com/passes/?s=40619#

How cool would it be to see this thing burn up right over head?!!!
Sadly, the weather report for South Florida is 30% chance of rain with a cloudy sky all day Friday.

Of course the odds that the rocket will decide to die within my sight, or sight of any human is pretty low. With the earth being 2/3rds water and a good portion of that land surface uninhabited scientists say there’s just a three percent chance of anyone seeing it—but a boy can dream…