Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
RUMOR MILL: I was talking with a friend today who gave me some disturbing information. He had visited with a man who had recently retired from White Sands Missile Range. My friend related to me what his retired friend had told him. The retiree said that contractors and customers who come to WSMR to test their products spend millions of dollars on a one day test of a missile or missile related project. Any time delays on the project day, not associated with weather and attributable to military personnel at WSMR are charged to the military. Delay costs can range as high as a million dollars a minute. He went on to reveal an ongoing disagreement WSMR and Holloman AFB are having with the New Mexico Spaceport Authority. According to my friend, who prefers to remain anonymous; the New Mexico Spaceport authority refuses to cooperate with scheduling of missile testing, F-22 Raptor training, and testing of a new Predator drone craft at Holloman and WSMR. Preliminary discussions of use of limited air space, military priority and national security with the New Mexico Space Authority have resulted in a stalemate. NMSA arrogantly claims they will launch the Virgin Galatic Mothership whenever they want and in an easterly direction. The logic of the Spaceport America people on the NMSA board is, customers are paying $200,000 for a ride in the Virgin Galatic craft. Customers will be treated to first class accommodations and be treated like royalty. This will be New Mexico's premier tourist attraction with world reknown praise and publicity. Spaceport America essentially is saying they will not make the 'uber-rich' wait on military testing at WSMR or on Holloman AFB.
From the MEDIA RESEARCH CENTER: 2001 clip and attempt to discredit Obama on Chicago Public Radio advocating for re-distribution of wealth.
" YouTube postings over the weekend divulged a 2001 radio interview in
which Barack Obama regretted that "the Supreme Court never ventured into
the issues of redistribution of wealth, and sort of more basic issues of
political and economic justice in this society," but though John McCain on
Monday cited this new evidence of Obama's long-standing advocacy of
redistributing wealth, the CBS Evening News offered nothing more than a
McCain soundbite surrounded by reporter Chip Reid discrediting the
criticism as he relayed the Obama campaign's charge McCain had made a
"false, desperate attack" and Reid bemoaned: "If the events of today are
any guide, this is a campaign that is taking an increasingly negative tone
in the last week." In contrast, the NBC Nightly News at least ran a short
audio clip of Obama from 2001: "The Supreme Court never ventured into the
issues of redistribution of wealth." ABC's World News, in a piece by Ron
Claiborne, aired a much longer audio soundbite from Obama."
Dr. Paul's latest Texas Straight Talk:
With news this week that Congress is poised to consider a new stimulus package, I am forced to again ask a question that seems silly in Washington: How will we pay for this?
While a few Members of Congress have raised the issue, it certainly was not the primary concern of the House Budget Committee when they interviewed Ben Bernanke on Monday. And, when they did direct this question to the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, his answer was the standard rhetoric about how Congress needed to make tough choices. Needless to say, not many specifics were discussed.
One of the most liberal members of the House, Barney Frank, has at least volunteered something of a suggestion: “We can let Iraq take care of itself.” This, of course, goes in the right direction, but hardly far enough.
We need to declare the facts and their obvious consequences. The deficit of the United States is now spiraling out of control, and the recent bailout package has only made it worse. Our crushing federal debt is one key reason behind our current economic turbulence.
As Congress begins to consider the third “stimulus package” of the year, we need to realize it is time to start setting priorities. Priority number one should be cutting spending in foreign countries. This does not simply mean Iraq, but everywhere.
The next stimulus package is likely to include money for infrastructure. While these investments are, constitutionally speaking, supposed to be made by state and local governments, it is not likely that Congress will suddenly begin to pay heed to the document we are all sworn to uphold. Still, we need to acknowledge the fact that the current Congress and Administration are rushing the nation toward bankruptcy.
This being the case, we could hope they would at least come to their senses regarding our debt and foreign spending sprees. Our nation’s foreign-held debt is at record highs and moving ever higher. Continuing to borrow money from Red China and others in order to pay “dues” to the United Nations and run “Plan Colombia” makes no sense at all.
Our whole carrot-and-stick approach to foreign policy makes no sense. The US government simultaneously gives money to Israel, and to Egypt. We send AIDS money to Africa while AIDS clinics in America shut down. “Millennium challenge” funding goes to countries which enact “market based reforms” as we push our own country further and further into a centrally planned economy.
Economic recovery will only come through financial prudence, savings and getting back to producing things of value again. But it seems to be a foregone conclusion that we are about to enact another government initiative to “stimulate the economy.” Instead, there should be some serious talk about cutting all of these foreign giveaway programs. But, alas and again, we should not hold our breath. Congress is still not close to being serious about ending its addiction to debt and spending, and is again faced with the deadly temptation to attempt to spend us out of a recession. We should not forget that in the 1930’s those types of efforts gave us the Great Depression. http://www.house.gov/paul/
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Sunday, October 26, 2008
I often hear "why is so-and-so supporting the spaceport"? Click on the title and you will open a site for campaign contributions made in Otero County. There are probably other sources but serendipity brought me to this one.
I picked one Republican and one Democrat and tabulated their contributions according to this site. Can you tell which is which? Nope, that is the point. It is called hedging your bets. If you contribute to both parties or even opposing candidates, you are sure to win. That is how the game is played.
There are even more blatant examples of this win-win strategy and even some chuckles to be found here. You will see who is generous and who are tightwads or not as well off as they pretend. Have fun.
Otero Campaign Contributor Number One:
$2300 to RICHARDSON FOR PRESIDENT INC. on 02/06/07
$500 to PEARCE FOR CONGRESS on 07/19/07
$500 to A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT JEFF BINGAMAN on 06/27/07
Otero Campaign Contributor Number Two:
$500 to PEARCE FOR CONGRESS on 07/20/07
$2300 to RICHARDSON FOR PRESIDENT INC. on 07/31/07
$500 to PEOPLE FOR PEARCE on 12/28/07
$2300 to AUBREY DUNN FOR CONGRESS on 01/21/08
Don't forget to tell your contacts:
1 spaceport tax
4 general obligation bonds
1 city tax
1 county tax
7 new taxes for Otero County this year alone
See you at the polls on November 4. Where possible we are voting on Election Day. Too much can happen between now and then.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
I was reading about India's space program. India is going to launch a gantry launched multi-stage rocket on Oct. 22. We have a link on the blog about glorious space entrepreneur, Richard Branson, and his spaceport in India. I sent an email to Pallava Bagla, an Indian science journalist, who takes inquires about India's space program on the NDTV website. NDTV is an English version website following the Indian space program with the latest news and links. Let's see if Mr. Bagla responds to my inquiry about Space Branson in India.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Seeking to expand global business opportunities, the New Mexico Economic Development Department’s Office of International Trade (OIT) is planning a joint venture with the Office of Mexican Affairs (OMA) to explore trade options in China and Taiwan. The “Access China” recruitment mission is scheduled to take place the week of November 10th. Representatives from both Offices will travel with to meet with Chinese manufacturers looking to access North American markets, with a special eye on the New Mexico/Mexico border.
OIT director Mathew Woodlee says, “New Mexico is poised to be a premiere destination in the United States for foreign investment.” He also notes that, “China is New Mexico’s number one Asian trading partner, and we are looking forward to finding more opportunities to attract investment from China into our state.”
The mission will be split into two groups. One group will visit 3 cities in southern China, including a stop in Taiwan. Taiwan’s FoxCon electronics manufacturer has already established business in San Jeronimo, Mexico, across from New Mexico’s Santa Teresa point of entry. Simultaneously, a separate group of New Mexico companies will be travelling to Tokyo and Beijing seeking sales and distribution partners."
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Title click this post to read this article in the Rocky Mountain News. Compare the damage the Mexican marijuana cartels are doing to America's forests to the damage being done by 'environmental' agendas in those same forests.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
The tax aspect is bad enough. It turns out that it is more than a tax issue.
Don't forget this is a power play to give control to the state by finding two spaceport district members who will vote to give the state seats at the table.
Otero County has been targeted as weak and compromised. Now where would NM Economic Development and the govenor get that idea?
Friday, October 10, 2008
Janet and I attended the New Mexico Spaceport Authority meeting at the Space Hall of Fall, on Thursday, Oct. 9Th. I had to leave early (had to meet with my probation officer), but Janet endured the whole thing. The high lights of the meeting for me were:
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Interesting stuff on Peter Boyles this morning. Philip Berg, the Pennsylvania lawyer who filed a lawsuit against the DNC and Obama, on the grounds Obama was actually born in Indonesia, laid out his case why he believes Obama is not a legal U.S. citizen. Obama's Hawaii Certificate of Live Birth or the other document, Registration of Live Birth are not legal Birth Certificates. There is a difference between the legal standing of these documents. According to Barry Suturo (Barak Obama's name at birth), Obama's mother was denied boarding on a passenger jet in August of 1961, because she was due to give birth. If I got the story right, she had a baby on the day she was denied boarding on a passenger jet leaving Indonesia headed for Hawaii. Four days later she flew to Hawaii and applied for a Certificate of Live birth for baby Barry. At this time he was renamed Barak Obama. According to Berg, the documents displayed today are forgeries. In addition to this part of the story, there is the return of Obama to Indonesia as a child, I believe at age 6. At the time in Indonesia, only natural born citizens of Indonesia could attend schools funded by the Indonesian government. Obama was able to attend school with no questions asked. Interesting stuff. Berg believes that the Republicans are going to drop this bomb as the October surprise.
Berg says Rush, Hannity and others have this information and are orchestrating the October surprise a week before the election. Which leads us to the Hillary component of this election. Hillary and Bill have been quiet. Republican strategists are quietly preparing for a Hillary onslaught very late in the campaign in a couple of weeks. McCain has been criticized for not being aggressive in the last debate. Possibly McCain was laying low so not to be associated with the rumor of the October surprise. What this shows is the level of corruption that probably exists and the total lack of respect and enforcement of Constitutional Law in the United States today. To date, Obama has not released his original birth certificate, his health records or his Columbia University records.
Title click to go to Phillip Berg's website: OBAMA CRIMES.COM to see Mr. Berg's evidence against Obama.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
The Bailout, it's not over yet. Many just don't know enough to understand what is happening. Those that do, as with the bailout bill can only try to educate others, At present it seems a very up hill battle, but here is a good piece, explaining much about the bailout for those that do want to know. http://www.newswithviews.com/Devvy/kidd400.htm Patriotism and Education are my words of the day. k.b.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
With factual information so lacking in the Spaceport's website, brochures, business plan, etc., why doesn't NM Economic Development hire Richard Branson to speak so we can get it from the horse's mouth? He is in fee category F which means it will cost $100,001.00 or more (click on title) but we could hear him talk on business legends, business management, customer service, green living and the environment, international audiences, leadership, retail, branding and marketing. I'll bet we could even get him to talk about virgins for an up-charge:
...Virgin Records, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Virgin Holidays, Virgin Classics, Virgin Broadcasting, Virgin Hotels and a veritable slew of other Virginal businesses which helped make him the 236th richest man in the world (net worth nearly $8 billion). http://mensnewsdaily.com/2008/03/26/richard-branson-and-wealthy-pals-meet-in-caribbean-to-plot-world-salvation/
Or if $100,001.00+ is too much how about sending Steve Landeene with a tape recorder to Branson's private paradise, Necker Island, for $46,000.00. Sorry Steve, that's for ONE night only.
Here is what I would ask Richard Branson: You are worth nearly $8 billion dollars, right? Congratulations, a real success story. Everyone loves a winner. Well done and nice pearly whites. Please explain how it is that the success of this spaceport is contingent on the taxing of Otero County? Oh, and how is that spaceport in Australia coming along?
See, for only $100,001 we could possibly have the answer. Now, that is what I call an investment, good information.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Govenor includes Randy Rabon in his bipartisan pitch of spaceport. So much for the Republican Party Platform, right Randy?
Click title to listen to it yourself. Click (listen) in Soundbyte Journalism at top of Alamogordo Times.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Title click to read article in the Denver Post. There is also a link to the 451 page text of the bill: