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President Obama's Treacherous Deals with the Russians

President Obama gave a hot mic supplication to departing Russian president Dmitry Medvedev that Putin should give him more “space” and “flexibility” on such national security issues as Anti-Ballistic Missile defense. According to Obama, this will be his “last election,” after all.

Of course, any mention of this eye-popping exchange outside the credentialed press will be spun by Pravda West as mere blog fodder for de-contextualized right-wing hysterics. Well, comrades, let’s at least make sure our hysterics are properly contextualized, shall we?

The exposed convo between the two outgoing presidents runs as follows and was originally reported by Jake Tapper of ABCNews:

President Obama: “On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it’s important for him to give me space.”

President Medvedev: “Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you…”

President Obama: “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.”

President Medvedev: “I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir, and I stand with you.”

The exchange runs more like a series of Twitter replies between BFFs than a serious high-ranking discussion on national security. It’s time we start rummaging through Barack Obama’s closet to see what kind of Russian connections we can find.

Alright, a boatload of Матрёшкu, some empty Stoli bottles, and a Russian mail order bride catalogue… hmm. Okay, here’s the good stuff:

  • After unsurprisingly attractive female Russian spy Anna Chapman is captured by American counter-intelligence, the Obama administration releases her spy ring in exchange for… a carton of black market Pall Malls? No, but close. The Russkies’ release of four accused spies… who aren’t even Americans.  No blabbing about a suspected mole in the NSA, no blue prints revealing Russia’s ABM countermeasures, only a foxy photo spread in Russian Maxim in exchange! Men, I think we got the better end of that bargain, don’tcha think? Meoww!
  • Russian President Medvedev engaged in drunken saber-rattling with the demand that America remove Theater Wide Defense from Europe. This was despite the Obama administration’s supine proposals to “cooperate” with the Russians on certain aspects of missile defense. Yes, and maybe swimmers in the South Atlantic should cooperate with sharks over the issue of what’s for dinner?
  • The most belligerent Noble Peace Prize winner in world history has pledged to work towards a world without nuclear weapons. No, seriously. Obama proposed a good faith sacrifice in this quixotic crusade to make a unilateral cut of our nuclear weapons by up to 80%. This would put our stores below even Chinese levels, let alone Russian stockpiles. Who else is for a “flexible” second term? Hands, anyone?
  • The president conceded disputed oil-rich territory in the North Pacific and the Arctic to the Russians. According to bilateral treaties with the Russians going back to 1867, the United States had developed a claim to islands off the coast of Alaska. One is tempted to dub this “Obama’s Folly,” but it is hard to imagine any unforeseen upside in the deal. Unless Russia secretly conceded to allow Obama free reign on the world’s algae supplies.
  • Russian billionaire Alexei Mordashov, ranked in the top 50 on Forbes’ wealthiest people in the world at around $19 billion net worth, applied to the Department of Energy for a green subsidy to assist with Government Motors manufacturing. According to Investors Business Daily, Mordashov was given a $773 million loan to produce special high-quality steel, already available in ample supply, for the disastrously unmarketable Chevy Volt.
  • Despite Russia’s arming of Syrian dictator Bashir Assad, who has bloodily repressed a domestic uprising, the administration has remained remarkably quiet. The same might be said of the Russians’ assistance of the Iranian nuclear weapons energy program at Bushehr. In fact, the Russians’ human rights violations and jeopardizing of international security might be the only matters this garrulous president will keep quiet about.

The dirty laundry list could go on, but the sane have already come to the conclusion that something is amiss in the Oval Office. After all, if you had taken a vodka shot for every time the president double-crossed America, you’d be drunker than a Russian sailor on payday.

If it turns out that the Wikileaker was right that the Russians got the best president money could buy, one could hardly color a prescient observer with a surprised face. Obama has been more supine than a Romanian gymnast while bending over backwards for ‘Vlady Daddy’ (“he likes to pahty, he don’t start trouble, he don’t botha nobody”).

The problem with the president having a man-crush on Putin is you can take the man out of the KGB, but you can’t take the KGB out of the man. And as far as the Kremlin is concerned, it is sure starting to look a lot like Obama is “our man in Washington.”

You can call this crazy, but the proper response is that the things our president is doing are crazy.

Kyle Becker blogs at RogueGovernment, and can be followed on Twitter as @RogueOperator1. He writes freelance for several publications, including American Thinker and OwntheNarrative and is a regular commentator on the late night talk show TB-TV.

Time-lapse: 5 years on Mars becomes 3 minutes of video

This three minute video takes us through a journey that consisted of 5 years, 3 months and 27 days on the planet of Mars.

The video was taken from the Mars rover Spirit, which explored and videoed all aspects of the Red Planet. We see 4.8 miles of rocks, hills and soil, which became an adversary of Spirit’s when the rover got trapped in it.

The video is a compilation of almost 3,500 images taken with the rovers front-right camera.

In the first video, you see it played at 24 frames per second.

 

Another version of the video, shot at 6 frames per second.

Space, The Final Frontier

I am old enough to remember the USSR putting the first capsule into orbit and the underlying panic that ensued in America because no one wanted our enemy to have an advantage over us militarily. Space became the High Ground and it had to be obtained and held to have the upper hand over our then declared adversary.
All through the early years of the Race for Space, the Russians were one step ahead of the USA. In 1957, on October 4th, they launched the first unmanned satellite into orbit. Though Nikita Krushchev was not at first impressed with his country’s efforts of establishing a space program, he quickly changed his mind when he observed the reaction of America and the rest of the world to their accomplishment. Soon after Sputnik, Sputnik 2 was launched carrying a passenger, the canine named Laika. Laika didn’t survive the flight due to malfunctions in the atmospheric equipment of the vehicle. The USSR didn’t report Laika’s death at the time because they didn’t want anyone to know they had partially failed in their mission.

What concerned America the most about the launching and success of the Sputnik program was the fact that the USSR was capable of sending an extremely heavy object into space which made them capable of sending an atomic weapon into space and attacking the USA from that vantage point: The High Ground. Until these events, America didn’t have the space program as a priority. That changed when America realized that if she continued to ignore the implications of the USSR’s space program, they would be left far behind in a militarily important task.
Our program started out with the crash of Vanguard 1 but our subsequent missions lead by von Braun, were successful in putting into orbit scientific gathering equipment. One of these missions discovered the Van Allen belt, which was named for one of the rocket scientists on von Braun’s team.
Still, the USSR was in the lead with their Lunar missions, Lunar 3 bringing back photos of the dark side of the moon, a never before seen side of our natural satellite. Though Dwight D. Eisenhower wasn’t gung ho about the fledgling space program, he recognized the need to surpass the USSR with technology designed to take man into space. At first, the space program Mercury was a private enterprise. Congressional hearings and decisions led to the establishment of NASA and on July 29th, 1958 the bill creating the agency was signed into law by Ike. By the spring of 1959, 7 men were selected to be pilots in the Mercury Program, each one hoping to be the first American into space.
During the ensuing time, America’s rocketry kept blowing up and NASA was fearful of using humans in their missions and instead used rhesus monkeys and chimpanzees to “man” their satellites. The USSR had failures as well; however, their policy of secrecy didn’t publicize these catastrophes and they marched on to put the first man into space, Yuri Gagaran, on April 12, 1961. And once more, America was left behind and embarrassed.
Alan Shepherd was chosen as the first American Astronaut for a manned mission in the spring of 1961 and in May of that year, he made a 15 minute sub-orbital trip into space as the first American to successfully be launched from and returned to earth. Less than 3 weeks after this face-saving success, JFK stepped up to the plate and called for a manned mission to the moon to be completed by the end of the decade before a joint session of the American Congress.
Successful American missions followed Shepherd’s however, the USSR was still outpacing NASA’s achievements. By June of 1963 the Russians had spent almost 16 days in space compared to America’s just over 2 days. NASA buckled down on JFK’s challenge and by the beginning of 1964, scientists and engineers had worked up plans for a moon mission. This involved many technical challenges: how to get 3 astronauts into moon orbit, how to get a manned module onto the moon’s surface with a vehicle aboard, how to make a vehicle that would the men on the surface of the moon would be able to utilize for exploration, how do you get the men back to the Mother Ship while it and the moon are both moving. More and more problems were addressed and worked out in theory.
At this time, the USSR continued to euchre the Americans on achievements in space, but their program began to slow down after Alexei Leonev was the first human to attempt and complete a space walk. After this, the USSR stopped sending humans into space for over a year. During this time, America sent more manned missions into space and in December of 1965, America made a landmark triumph when Gemini 6 and Gemini 7 approached each other and an astronaut from each capsule rendezvoused in space. From this point on, America outpaced the USSR and continued to do so until the present time.
We have had several manned missions to the moon, a landing on Mars by robotic equipment which is capable of analyzing various aspects of the atmosphere and dirt. We have embarked on numerous probe missions to our sister planets and their moons, including an explorer beyond our solar system to seek out alien life forms to inform them of our existence. Our technology has advanced at an incredibly rapid rate and those advancements in space have led to technological advancements for myriad products for use in our everyday life, Velcro being only one example of this cross usage of things developed because of the needs of our astronauts in a weightless atmosphere. We have stationed powerful telescopes in space which are producing fantastic photos of our universe.

During all of these developments, we have held our sensitive scientific knowledge close to our chests and all we had to be concerned about were spies selling that information to foreign countries who didn’t have America’s safety in their best interests.
President Clinton decided to change a few things about sharing information. And that sharing has weakened America and strengthened our enemies. In an incredibly injudicious move, he empowered Korea, through former President Carter, another Politically Correct Leftist, to spit in America’s face and renege on a 1994 agreement to dismantle their nuclear weapons programs in exchange for free oil, free nuclear reactors, free trade and diplomatic relations. Korea didn’t wait 10 years to resume their nuclear weapons program while their citizens were eating rats to survive.
But even worse than that unbelievable “reaching out” to our enemy was the transfer of rocketry information that was handed to Red China on a silver platter by then President Clinton and his State Department through Lorel Space and Communications company. China had been having problems launching their Long March Rockets and the State Department was bypassed, the decision to permit the sharing of information with China was given to Clinton’s Commerce Administration. Based on a letter from then President of Lorel, Bernard Schwartz asked President Clinton to pass the decision onto this agency. The State Department had been in control of decisions of this nature in the past. Clinton ignored advice from his State Department and the Pentagon and granted the request of Schwartz. Of course, it was denied by Mr. Schwartz that the 1.3 million dollar contribution to Clinton’s political campaigns had nothing to do with this resolution. The Commerce Department eased restrictions on exportation of rocketry information to enable Lorel to aid China in successfully launching a Long March Rocket which was to carry a satellite of Lorel’s into space. Lorel’s decision to use China’s facility instead of an American satellite launcher saved Lorel millions. As a direct result of this sharing of information, China’s Long March Rockets guidance systems were improved dramatically and can now send nuclear war heads as far as the shores of America.
On January 14, 2004, President George W. Bush unveiled his ambitious plans for a manned mission to Mars in a speech at NASA which would begin with a return to the moon and the establishment of a base there in order to cut construction costs associated with building the vehicles necessary to reach Mars. Building a Moon Base would be expensive initially, but would reduce costs in the assembly of space vehicles due to the lower gravitation on the moon as well as reducing the costs of the fuel needed to escape the moon’s atmosphere. Also, he pointed out that there were indications that there were materials on the moon that could be mined and used in space exploration missions and the production of air.
Fast Forward to President Obama: using an Executive Order, he dismantled President George W. Bush’s to send a manned mission to Mars. He has ended our Space Shuttle Program and has turned NASA into a weather station as well as a Governmental Outreach program to Muslim countries to help them “feel good” about their contributions to the exploration of space: when this was accomplished, I have no idea. Our manned missions can no longer reach further into space than low orbit altitudes without help from other countries. Obama plans on paying Russia to transport our Astronauts to the Space Station. Now that Russia has problems with its Soyuz rockets, those “bussing” plans are on hold, until at least October of 2011.

Since Lorel assisted the Chinese with their rocketry systems, China has made advances into manned space missions. China is now marching to build a space station and a moon base. A Chinese General has been quoted as saying the space projects of China are aimed at being able to attack the United States from space. With our withdrawal from active exploration on our own initiative, we are at the mercy of those who now hold The High Ground.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m not comfortable with China and Russia having the upper hand in the physical ability to travel and build in space. I am also not really happy that people of a faith that has dedicated itself to destroying the Western way of life is now going to be privy to access to the greatest Space Program on earth.
Obama continues to show how engrained in Islam he is as well as how anti-American he is.
I pray for our country. I doubt we can survive another 4 years of this man.

And I often wonder how effective we are in our elections.