How can the US move forward on manned space exploration

    I recently tried to post the following to a forum asking where the candidates stand on the space program: I’m a lifelong space enthusiast. I readily admit that I still get teary-eyed when I see pictures of American bootprints on the moon; the Apollo program remains the greatest engineering achievement in human history.  My father worked on the Apollo program at KSC, I went | Read More »

    Stand for Scott Walker rally in St. Croix County, WI

    St. Croix county is right across the St. Croix river from the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul).  Hudson is a bedroom community of St. Paul, and the reason why this is the fastest growing county in the state.  Our state rep survived the last recall with double-digits, so I’m pretty sure we’re going to go for Walker. A couple of weekends ago, I was driving | Read More »

    We need to deny the Global Warming crowd the use of the word “Science”

      One of my favorite movies is “The Princess Bride”, and in one of my favorite scenes, one of the characters says to another (one who is convinced that he’s the smartest man in the world) “you keep using that word.  I don’t think it means what you think it means”.  I find myself flashing on that every time I hear a liberal talk about | Read More »

    Why the Wisconsin Fleebaggers shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone

    I’m a Wisconsin tax payer, and pretty disgusted by the 14 Democrat state senators who’ve left town rather than allow a vote they know that the’re going to lose.  On the other hand, I’m not particularly surprised. There’s a reason why every socialist government has either started as or degenerated into totalitarinism.  It’s because leftism/progressivism (or any system that beleives “the purpose of government is | Read More »

    On the “tone” of political rhetoric

    The Tea Party movement is, to say the least, unusual.  Historically, it hasn’t been conservatives standing on the soapbox in the town square to defend the principals of limited government, personal freedom, the right of the individual to determine where and how much to give to charity, individual responsibility, rejection of collecitve guilt, and the lower taxes that are a result of these things.  This is because in the past, | Read More »

    This should be the nail in the coffin of Cap and Trade

    News this morning of a big volcanic eruption in Iceland, grounding transatlantic flights (story here). Volcanos spew large amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere, but they also throw a lot of dust into the upper atmosphere (which is why flights are grounded).  Guess what?  The dust is a much stronger “global cooling” element than the CO2.  A big volcano erupting in the northern hemisphere is | Read More »

    My conversation with Congressman Ron Kind

    From: “Web forms” <[email protected]> Sent: 3/17/2010 10:35:30 PM To: “[email protected][email protected] (Congressman Ron Kind) Subject:  IMA MAIL ON HEALTH Congressman Kind; I was called by your “electronic town hall meeting” software, and if it wasn’t a complete fraud, it was the most cowardly act I’ve ever seen by a politician.  Why not hold a real town hall meeting where you’re not able to control the | Read More »

    A question for every politician in favor or comprehensive health care reform

    Many people have asked if our elected officials will sign an agreement to subject themselves and thier familes to the same health care system they want to impose on the rest of us.  I would like to posit that this request doesn’t go far enough. We all know that the Soviet countries embraced a strange concept of equality, described by George Orwell in Animal Farm as “all | Read More »

    UPDATEDClimategate: What to do with the computer models?

    UPDATE 1: I’ve gotten several (5?) comments along the lines of “just toss the whole lot”. That’s what’s known in scientific circles as A Really Bad Idea. Climategate, in and of itself, will not dismantle the AGW industry; there’s way too much money at stake (I understand that Gore himself is in a position to make over a billion). All that’s going to come from | Read More »

    Who has the right to an opinion on abortion?

    My daughter attends a Catholic college, and the campus chapter of the Knights of Columbus raised enough money to put up a monument on campus to the infants that have been murdered aborted. You can read the article about it at You would think that a Catholic campus would be a safe place to do this, but you’d be wrong. A female student wrote | Read More »