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Ronald Reagan Quotations

"Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don't need it and hell where they already have it."

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"Here's my strategy on the Cold War:  We win, they lose."

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"The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help."

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"The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so."

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"Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong."

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"I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress."

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"The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination."

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"Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other."

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"The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program."

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"It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first."

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"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it"

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"Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed, there are many rewards; if you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book."

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"No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women."

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"If we ever forget that we're one nation under GOD, then we will be a nation gone under."

Obama axes entire moon program, replaces it with global warming research

This is a sad day for humankind.  For everyone around the world, not just people in the USA.

The United States is the country that has the pioneering spirit and shares its technologies and findings with the rest of the world.

Well, no more, because Barack Obama thinks it's more important to pour billions of dollars down the global warming black hole than it is to continue exploring space and extending our reach and our knowledge.

I hope all the science buffs who voted for Obama are realizing the massive error of their ways.  Or are they still in denial, thinking Obama is God's gift to scientists and mankind in general?

Conservatives are the real explorers, the real scientists, because we embody the spirit of the people who founded this country.  Conservatives are very different from the inward-thinking people who stayed in Europe rather than exploring the New World.  It is the progressives who believe that the United States should be more like Europe.  Well, congratulations progressives, you're making it more so every day.

Here is the article outlining Obama's latest disaster politcy.


Obama aims to ax moon mission

By Robert Block and Mark K. Matthews
Orlando Sentinel

NASA's plans to return astronauts to the moon are dead. So are the rockets being designed to take them there — that is, if President Barack Obama gets his way.

When the White House releases his budget proposal Monday, there will be no money for the Constellation program that was supposed to return humans to the moon by 2020. The troubled and expensive Ares I rocket that was to replace the space shuttle to ferry humans to space will be gone, along with money for its bigger brother, the Ares V cargo rocket that was to launch the fuel and supplies needed to take humans back to the moon.

There will be no lunar landers, no moon bases, no Constellation program at all.

In their place, according to White House insiders, agency officials, industry executives and congressional sources familiar with Obama's long-awaited plans for the space agency, NASA will look at developing a new "heavy-lift" rocket that one day will take humans and robots to explore beyond low Earth orbit. But that day will be years — possibly even a decade or more — away.

In the meantime, the White House will direct NASA to concentrate on Earth-science projects — principally, researching and monitoring climate change — and on a new technology research and development program that will one day make human exploration of asteroids and the inner solar system possible.

There will also be funding for private companies to develop capsules and rockets that can be used as space taxis to take astronauts on fixed-price contracts to and from the International Space Station — a major change in the way the agency has done business for the past 50 years.

The White House budget request, which is certain to meet fierce resistance in Congress, scraps the Bush administration's Vision for Space Exploration and signals a major reorientation of NASA, especially in the area of human spaceflight.

"We certainly don't need to go back to the moon," said one administration official.

Everyone interviewed for this article spoke on condition of anonymity, either because they are not authorized to talk for the White House or because they fear for their jobs. All are familiar with the broad sweep of Obama's budget proposal, but none would talk about specific numbers because these are being tightly held by the White House until the release of the budget.

But senior administration officials say the spending freeze for some federal agencies is not going to apply to the space agency in this budget proposal. Officials said NASA was expected to see some "modest" increase in its current $18.7 billion annual budget — possibly $200 million to $300 million more but far less than the $1 billion boost agency officials had hoped for.

They also said that the White House plans to extend the life of the International Space Station to at least 2020. One insider said there would be an "attractive sum" of money — to be spent over several years — for private companies to make rockets to carry astronauts there.

But Obama's budget freeze is likely to hamstring NASA in coming years as the spending clampdown will eventually shackle the agency and its ambitions. And this year's funding request to develop both commercial rockets and a new NASA spaceship will be less than what was recommended by a White House panel of experts last year.

That panel, led by former Lockheed Martin CEO Norm Augustine, concluded that to have a "viable" human space-exploration program, NASA needed a $3 billion annual budget hike, and that it would take as much as $5 billion distributed over five years to develop commercial rockets that could carry astronauts safely to and from the space station.

Last year, lawmakers prohibited NASA from canceling any Constellation programs and starting new ones in their place unless the cuts were approved by Congress. The provision sends a "direct message that the Congress believes Constellation is, and should remain, the future of America's human space flight program," wrote U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., last month.

Nevertheless, NASA contractors have been quietly planning on the end of Ares I, which is years behind schedule and millions of dollars over budget. NASA has already spent more than $3 billion on Ares I and more than $5 billion on the rest of Constellation.

In recent days, NASA has been soliciting concepts for a new heavy-lift rocket from major contractors, including Boeing Co., Lockheed Martin Corp. and Pratt & Whitney. Last week, a group of moonlighting NASA engineers and rocket hobbyists proposed variations on old agency designs that use the shuttle's main engines and fuel tank to launch a capsule into space. According to officials and industry executives familiar with the presentations, some of the contractor designs are very similar to the one pressed by the hobbyists.

Officially, companies such as Boeing still support Constellation and its millions of dollars of contracts. Some believe that in a battle with Congress, Ares may survive.

"I would not say Ares is dead yet," said an executive with one major NASA contractor. "It's probably more accurate to say it's on life support. We have to wait to see how the coming battle ends."

Few doubt that a fight is looming. In order to finance new science and technology programs and find money for commercial rockets, Obama will be killing off programs that have created jobs in some powerful constituencies, including the Marshall Space Flight Center in Shelby's Alabama. But the White House is said to be ready for a fight.

The end of the shuttle program this year is already going to slash 7,000 jobs at Kennedy Space Center.

One administration official said the budget will send a message that it's time members of Congress recognize that NASA can't design space programs to create jobs in their districts. "That's the view of the president," the official said.


Google Chrome 4.0 Released

For those who use Google Chrome for their Web browser, a new version has just been released.

You can install the latest release by clicking the Wrench icon in Chrome, and then selecting "About" from the menu.  The message at the bottom of the box will indicate that a new release is available, and you just need to click the Update button.

If you're not sure what a Web browser is, I included a new video in the Help forum to show you.

Firefox 3.6 released

Mozilla released version 3.6 of Firefox yesterday, and looks like a worthy upgrade.  They have increased performance nicely, such that the performance feels a lot closer to what you see in Google Chrome.  Nice.

Firefox is one of the easiest browsers to upgrade.  All you need to do is click "Check for upgrades" in Firefox's Help menu, and let it do it's thing.

C-SPAN CEO: "White House only allowed 1 hour of health coverage"

"The negotiations will be broadcast on C-SPAN"

Newt Gingrich 5-part video: What it will take to win

This is a must-see 5-part video of a speech delivered by Newt Gingrich in November, 2009.

To clarify, it is a "must-see" for anyone interested in putting this country back on track.  For anyone interested in electing leaders who do not want to "fundamentally transform America", but instead who want to improve the things that need improving, but keeping the 95% of what makes this country great intact and thriving.

Very worthwhile viewing!  So worthwhile, in fact, that I decided to place a copy of all the video files on my server and host them myself, so that they will not be lost if the original site moves them or takes them down.

Click each part when the previous part has finished.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5