Tuesday, July 26, 2005
The launch of Discovery this morning was absolutely awe-inspiring. For the first time, NASA attached a camera towards the nose of the external fuel tank, offering up some incredible pictures of the Shuttle as it rocketed at MACH 25 towards space. For the first time, we got to watch the large external tank detach from Discovery with a beautiful view of Earth in the background.
My heart was in my throat the entire time. There is nothing routine about these Shuttle missions, yet we have had the tendency to take them for granted. The technology and engineering involved to get this complicated and heavy machine to withstand the massive explosion of fuel-- and defeat the forces of nature-- is unmatched by any country in the world, and it's hard to believe NASA has been doing this since I was a young child.
Today is a great day for NASA, the United States, and space exploration. It will be exciting to see what is next...
Sunday, July 24, 2005
Sept? Oui oui!
Saturday, July 23, 2005
With all due respect, a bitch slap
There's something about a smack upside the head to ignorance when it comes from the British or Australians. Behold the common sense bitch slap, courtesy of our staunch ally John Howard (with agreement from Tony Blair) in response to a reporter who implied that the terrorist attacks on London were a result of our allied in Iraq.
PRIME MIN. HOWARD: Could I start by saying the prime minister and I were having a discussion when we heard about it. My first reaction was to get some more information. And I really don't want to add to what the prime minister has said. It's a matter for the police and a matter for the British authorities to talk in detail about what has happened here.This guy gets it. This must have made our President smile.
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Pardon my ignorance, but when did the Supreme Court's job solely become protector of fetus killing? The extreme tunnel vision of so many Americans just boggles my mind. There are so many issues that affect all Americans, yet the only one that you'd think matters is abortion, when, in fact, abortion has no place at the federal level. Which brings up the total hypocrisy of these people-- they are on the same rung of the political spectrum that says "medical" marijuana use laws belong with the states. Huh?
And please stop referring to this as "women's reproductive rights." I, as a woman, have the right to either procreate or not. I have the right to use birth control (including abstinence-- ever heard of that??) or not. I have all power over my body, and I don't need idiots like NOW telling me the SCOTUS can take it aaaaaaall away.
These people are crazy, and driving me crazy. Clearly they slept through their U.S. Government classes in school. Shut up already and give us a real reason that Roberts should not be confirmed (ya know, one that doesn't have to do with abortion).
Thursday, July 07, 2005
United We Stand
Friday, July 01, 2005
Hoping for one more champagne-sipping trip around the Champs-Elysees for the cancer survivor from Texas.