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Enceladus

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During two of the Cassini spacecraft's fly-by's of Saturn's moon, Enceladus, one of the chemicals collected was ammonia. There were also organic compounds in the water-ice. Ammonia is important because when it is dissolved in water, it lowers the freezing point of water to 176 degrees Kelvin. This adds fuel to the debate over the presence of liqui...

Scar on Jupiter

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Photo possibly just after impact, taken by Nasa Infrared Telescope Facility, Hawaii.The scar on the planet, Jupiter, is about the same size as the planet, Earth. Something smacked into the gas giant and left its mark. Nasa guesses that the object that struck Jupiter was between 50 and 100 miles across. If it struck Earth, it would turn the planet i...

Romeo Foxtrot: Shall We Dance?

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I thought I'd post this for shits and giggles.War isn't like this. The video from Apocalypse Now is at best a crude re-enactment. However I find it difficult to explain the relationships men form when they serve together. They live for each other and they die for each other - willingly, openly.

An Encounter with Goomba and Opus

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Not nearly so long ago as all that, in a galaxy near and dear to us all...A sea of stars is broken by the vast blue surface of the planet, Alderan. Five small moons slowly drift into view from the far side of the planet. (main titles are followed by a roll-up)Until the recent Great Rebellion, the Jedi were the most feared bloggers in the universe. ...

Vainglorious Bastard

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CLICK HERE CNN ReportIt seems that the president of the US is unhappy with people opposing his healthcare plan. Have any of you READ WHAT THE PLAN WILL DO? It's a staggering change - designed to wipe out the healthcare infrastructure in the US. No, I'm not exaggerating. The President's plan calls for a system which will eliminate private health ca...

Good Government

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The US Federal Government has millions of programs.Is there any situation where it competes with private industry where the government does more/better/cheaper than private industry?Is there any situation YOU are aware of where you get better, more personalized service from the Federal Government than you do from a private business.I'm not saying t...

Is Social Security Solvent Now?

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With the $800 billion "recovery act" that isn't designed to impact recovery and the $1 trillion health care tab - and another $1 trillion to keep the country from going bankrupt that the Demokrats are trying to desensitize us to - what happened to Social Security? It was due to fold within a decade because that system is also broke.Nobody is talkin...

Radical Islam – Chicago Style

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We should NEVER forget.__________________________________________________________________There is a difference between Islam and radical Islam. I know that many blog readers won't get it, but I do. Radical Islam calls for the forced conversion of the world to their system of beliefs - to their religion. At the point of a sword if necessary. Most Mu...

They Muddled Through – somehow…

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The photo below was taken in 1927 of the Chief of Police (in a business suit) in front of the old Anaheim, California City Hall.I served with the Anaheim Police Department for a couple of years before moving on in my career and treasure the experience and the friendships.In 1927, the police didn't have to worry about a lot that they worry about tod...

Obeying Orders

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"You guys keep working on the runway. Sergeant, see that they are diligent in their duty. I'm going to the O-Club for a beer and a sandwich. Don't worry about the C-17. I think he's doing touch-and-go's."Bagram Air Field, Parway Province, Afghanistan

RUN!

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Booty Patrol – Another Bill Clinton?

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While I was in Mexico City, the President of the United States was "checking out the butt on that one" while the President of France looked on with amusement.Dare I say the woman that caught the President's eye has a rather robust tush? At least we know which body type he prefers? I can only hope that the woman does NOT have a blue dress. Or if she...

Is it more fun to Victimize Women?

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The answer is - only if they are defenseless, since an armed society is a polite society. Armed women are less fun for criminals to beat, rape and steal from.The scenario below offers three measures to protect your daughter. Which is the most effective?Women benefit more than any other group when one is discussing the right to arm and protect yours...

Guns in Chicago

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It's President Obama's home state - the rules are clear. There are two standards. One for those who are "in" politically and another for those who are not. He would like to spread that double standard nationwide. Depriving honest citizens of the right to own firearms is a violation of the Second Amendment but your president doesn't seem to worry mu...

Donations and Gun Control

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I have a neighbor who is a proud supporter of President Obama and who shares his vision for the new Obamanation. Ok, he's not my immediate neighbor. My immediate neighbor is a police officer who, like me, is armed to the teeth. The neighbors across the street are likewise armed. There's always one whacko on every street and "AL" is ours.Having been...

So you want to date my daughter?

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Young men have to ask politely. Dominic G (above) wasn't as polite as I thought he should have been when he made his request.He enlisted in the US Army recently, off to lick his wounds...

1991

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This oil platform in the Persian Gulf was occupied by Iraqi armed forces at the same time as the main combat force invaded Kuwait in 1991. They mounted 37mm anti-aircraft guns on it to protect it from the forces of the Great Satan.The attack began before dawn with fire suppression from US Marine Corps Cobra gunships. When SEAL Team 5 Alpha Platoon ...

The Frog Family

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Command photo at the sand berm - NEB Coronado, Seaside.Frog Family Running Song (lyrics)Got drunk last night,Was drunk the night before,I'm going to get drunk,Like I never have before.'Cause when I'm drunk I'm happy as can be,'Cause I am a member of the Frog Family!Oh, the Frog Family is the best family,That ever sailed across the sea.There's a hig...

Cardiac Symptoms

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I've heard it said that the person who loves you most is the first person to visit you in the hospital.There was a time when I was driving on the freeway. I experienced what I thought was a heart attack. I know all the objective symptoms. Horrible pain and pressure in the chest.Radiating pain in my left shoulder and down my arm.Sweating (going into...