Monday, October 31, 2016
Liberalism is a philosophy of consolation for the West as it commits suicide.
If a foreign government had imposed this system of education on the United States, we would rightfully consider it an act of war.
Glenn T. Seaborg, National Commission on Education, 1983
“Deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
Immigration without assimilation is invasion.
Sunday morning – this morning although it’s after midnight now so maybe I mean yesterday morning – I discovered that Roberta had suffered a stroke during the night. I called 911. The firemen responded almost instantly.
We spent the day first at the St. Joseph’s Emergency Room (where the firemen took me after my stroke), then at the Kaiser Emergency Room where she was taken by ambulance arranged by Kaiser, then finally in the Kaiser main hospital. Alex was with me for essentially the entire time. My second son, Frank, who lives in Palm Springs, drove up as soon as he could. Our youngest son, Richard, flew in from DC and just got here.
Roberta appears to be about where I was after my stroke. She can’t really talk yet, but she’s aware of what’s going on around her. We’re trying to arrange rehab at Holy Cross where I was retaught how to swallow, walk, and do all the other things people do.
I’m trying to be calm, but I’m scared stiff.
I’m about to go to bed. Prayers appreciated. It’s after midnight. I’ll try to write more tomorrow.
Some good news.
sanity strikes the Air Force
I know you have mentioned the importance of the unique capabilities of the A-10 a number of times, and I thought you might be interested to know that even the USAF has come to agree with you. The air force has announced they are expanding depot line maintenance to keep A-10s operational indefinitely.
Air Force Faces Reality on the A-10
“The move [to retain the A-10 indefinitely] also follows trials initiated by the Air Force to determine if the F-35 or A-10 better executes the close air support role, which suggest that the A-10 came out on top.
“The Government Accountability Office debunked the Air Force generals’ contentions that the A-1o could be replaced, arguing that the plane’s low flight costs, unique airframe, and hyper competent, impeccably trained pilot community was without peer in today’s Air Force.”
“…without peer in today’s Air Force.” Now there is a slap at the dogfighting Top Guns.
Link to a sixty minute compilation of A-10 video is included with the article.
A mixed bag from mixed sources. Comey has a real problem.
Subject: James Comey……
Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. He did the right thing. The level of corruption
is so astronomical (as revealed by Wikileaks) and now the Wiener files….
The total extent of the Clinton Foundation is now estimated to be as much $1 Trillion.
It’s possible Wiener saved all the emails without Huma’s knowledge….
I have to say, that I have been following this whole email scandal very closely.
Huma Abedin has been revealed in emails to have expressed concern to others about
some actions the Secretary had taken. Huma was unfortunately was forced into an
endless game of “Whack-a-Mole” to keep the whole thing from going off the rails.
AND! She was having to deal with Wiener at the same time.
Huma needs to be cut some slack.
It’s disturbing the media has focused totally on Trump sex allegations as a distraction
away from the email server and WikiLeaks emails.
It’s disturbing the Democrats in Congress think this is somehow political.
Inside the Clinton camp, the statement about the use of the private server was;
“FUCKING INSANE”! (In their own words)
I believe Brian Pagliano is on record as stating when setting up the server, that it was a
serious problem. I assume he was reassured that everything “Taken care of”.
So he proceeded. They would have gotten someone else to set up the server anyway.
The private server outsourced the State Department to the Clinton Foundation for profit….
They say “Money is the root of all evil.”
“Lack of money is the root of all evil.” – Mark Twain
“Women are the root of all evil because all they care about is money.”-
James Comey part 2
Maybe the FBI, by reopening the email investigation, is trying to point out to the American
people they are voting for a criminal.
“He who elects a criminal is not a victim, but an accomplice.”
If you want to hear it in her own words;
The leaks just keep coming.
Just in case you folks do not yet know about “Most Damaging WIKILEAKS” at “http://www.mostdamagingwikileaks.com” with it’s catalog of leaks, well, there it is. Be sure to note its page of new leaks, “http://www.mostdamagingwikileaks.com/new-leaks“. The leaks just keep on dribbling. It is very apparent that Hillary is a VERY VERY deplorable person with no morals and no ethics other than pure self interest.
Email Saga Update
I found a few things interesting about this email resurrection:
1. I’ve noticed the press is not clear on whether it’s “a thousand”, “more than a thousand”, “more than ten thousand” or “tens of thousands of emails”. What seems certain is “five digits”; so at least ten
2. Attorney General Loretta Lynch allegedly tried to block Director Comey from doing this:
3. FBI cannot access the emails, yet, because DOJ hasn’t authorized them to get a warrant:
The FBI was waiting for approval from the Justice Department to get a warrant, something it had not received as of Saturday night according to Yahoo. “We do not have a warrant,” a senior law enforcement official said. “Discussions are under way [between the FBI and the Justice Department] as to the best way to move forward.”
This last one is interesting, and — of course — some Senate democrats demanded that Comey give some details by Monday. How can he give details when DOJ is sitting on the case? And, I’m confident we’ll see attacks against Comey on Monday if he cannot deliver whether DOJ is the cause of the delay or otherwise. This next week should prove at least mildly entertaining.
If DOJ continues to sit on the warrant, what then?
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Joshua Jordan, KSC
The plot thickens on the suspected FBI revolt. Rumor has it that agents were going to hold press conferences if Comey didn’t act; I cannot confirm any of that but this adds credence to the rumor:
FBI agents investigating Hillary Clinton’s private email server knew in early October that data recovered in a sexting probe of Anthony Weiner might relate to the case — but waited until last Thursday to tell the FBI director, the Washington Post reported Sunday.
And we have this as well:
The former chief ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush administration has filed an ethics complaint against FBI Director James Comey, alleging he violated federal law banning executive branch employees from certain forms of political activity.
This ethics complaint is interesting, but I doubt much will come of it since AG Holder was held in contempt by Congress and nothing happened.
So, what does it even matter? This seems like more bread and circus
nonsense to me. But, I do not envy Comey’s position and I hope he
loves this country and is doing whatever the right thing is right now.
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Joshua Jordan, KSC
More science news
Optical Rectennas for Imaging
Optical rectennas are a revolutionary technology for imaging. Existing, very expensive CCD devices have, at best, 5u resolution and require cooling for performance. Optical rectenna-based devices with the geometry in the article appear able to improve resolutions by 10x or more (possibly to sub-wavelength) and operate in visible and far infrared without cooling (i.e. from 5 to 77c). The smaller spot size might enable redundant pixels, dramatically improving yields, and therefore lowering costs dramatically. Oh, and efficiency is far less important for imaging, than for energy production. Noise is important, and alas, we haven’t seen any noise figures on the diodes. Also, a rigid substrate is actually preferred for imaging, so development to commercialization should be much closer.
If high resolutions and efficiencies with low noise can be developed, the new sensors could help a modest 0.5-meter digital telescope to be as productive as a current 5-meter professional telescope. It could bring a golden age of astronomy. The sensors would combine with and further drive recent improvements in aporeflective optics, image processing and observatory management software. (Vendors now have “farms” of modest and not-so-modest digital telescopes in areas with clear, dark skies, rented by the minute over the Internet. This is actually very affordable, per image, compared to buying one’s own equipment and trying to use it at available times and locations with local weather, seeing and light pollution. You just make a list of observations and the telescope takes them for you.)
Ray G. Van De Walker
And that will have to do for tonight.
Freedom is not free. Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.