Friday, November 24, 2006

Evangelical Christians more concerned about fighting gays than fighting poverty

It almost bores me to keep talking about this but here is another example of how hijacking a religion isn't just for Muslims. Rev. Joel Hunter President elect of the Christian Coalition, the group originally founded by Pat Robertson, will resign even before he has a chance to take office. Rev. Hunter resigned out of frustration after he attempted to expand the role of the Christian Coalition beyond just opposing gay marriage and abortion to other "controversial" issues like raising the minimum wage and protecting the environment. My opinion: sounds like the Christian Coalition is more concerned about protecting conservative Republican ideals than those of Jesus. Read More Here

#posted by Rob Roschewsk @ 4:55 PM

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Save Skylab!!!

Imagine my surprise when I saw this headline! Um, didn't skylab burn up on re-entry about ... Oh .... 25 years ago? No you haven't fallen through a time warp. Apparently in addition to two flight ready assemblies NASA also ordered three full scale mock-ups of the space station for training and engineering experiments.

Today one of those mock-ups is in Huntsville, Alabama sitting in the parking lot of the US Space and Rocket Center rusting away. A group of volunteers are trying their best to preserve the craft. Read more about it here.

Incidentally the backup flight hardware is in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. I've walked through that one.

I wonder where the other two mock-ups went .....

#posted by Rob Roschewsk @ 11:36 PM

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Had enough?

Newt Gingrich, former Republican Speaker of the House and architect of the "Contract with America" was asked in an interview, What should be the message Democrats use in their campaign to take back Congress? His reply: "I would campaign on two words, Had Enough?"

How can you vote for Republican candidates if you believe in "Republican" ideals:

How dare they call themselves Republicans!

The Best War Ever

#posted by Rob Roschewsk @ 9:44 AM


I read this excellent column by one of the Star-Ledger's Republican columnists following the election, that kind of sums it all up nicely:

# posted by Blogger Mike @ 11:48 AM 

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Saturday, November 04, 2006

Space Station Contingency Network activated

For the first time ever the International Space Station Amateur Radio Contingency network was activated on October 26 while a Russian Progress ship experienced docking problems with the ISS. The condition of the Progress docking was unclear and the ISS was allowed to drift freely so as not to disturb the position of the craft. While the ISS is in free-float the solar panels are not oriented optimally so power could become a problem and the communications antennas may drift from their aim at the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite the main communication path for ISS. In the event communication was lost through the normal means during this difficult procedure the amateur radio network was prepared to relay communications between the space station and mission control in Houston.

More can be found in this issue of the ARRL Letter.

#posted by Rob Roschewsk @ 9:44 AM


Very cool (and a good test!)

# posted by Blogger Mike @ 10:59 AM 

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