To Mars and Back in 80 Days

February 10th, 2009

In 1873 Jules Verne published the novel “Around the World in 80 Days“, in which an English Gentleman attempts to circumnavigate the Earth on bet. At the time the story was taken as simple fiction.

In 1889 Nellie Bly actually succeeded in making the trip and did it in just 72 days.

Today the Space Shuttle can make the trip in about 90 minuets.

A new plasma based rocket engine system, named Vasimr, has just recently been approved for testing on the ISS in 2012. The new engine could make it possible to travel to Mars in as little as 39 days, making around trip voyage of less than 80 days.

could we finally be on the Brink.

Nasa Web Site

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Republican Party

The Michele Bachmann Song

HT: Joe.My.God

Marcus Bachman’s “Gay Cure Clinic”

Is this the family you want in the White House? A family that advocates “praying away the gay”; a practice that is dangerous and harmful.

Restore Military Readiness Dodge

imageRepublican Duncan Hunter (CA) has introduced H.R. 337, badly named Restore Military Readiness Act.This bill, if passed would require the signoffs of the Joint Chiefs before the implementation of the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Contrary to its name, there is little in this bill that does anything to improve the readiness of the military. It is nothing more than a back door attempt to delay or even prevent the ending at this discriminatory policy. Hunter is a Main combat Vet, having served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and who is publicly opposed to allowing open service for gay and lesbian troops.

His statement

The idea behind the Restore Military Readiness Act is not necessarily to prevent the implementation of the DADT repeal, but rather to ensure that military readiness and combat effectiveness are not adversely impacted.

Is nothing but a cover because he is fully aware that Marine Corps Commandant, Gen. James Amos is opposed to repeal and would not signoff on it.

I don’t believe I will ever understand how some people see this sort of discrimination acceptable. Appently they don’t Understand that not only does DADT interfere with peoples lives, encourages hateful bigotry, but also wastes those precious tax dollars that Republicans are so fond of pretending they are interested in saving.

Re-imposing Discrimination

New Picture (15)Iowa House Republicans wasted almost no time at all in submitting a bill to the house that would overturn the Varnum decision by the Iowa Supreme Court and allow a vote on adding discrimination to our state constitution for the first time in our history. Republicans, spurned on by the nastiness of Groups like the Iowa Family Policy Center and outside anti-gay groups like the National Organization for Marriage, are hell bent making sure that Gay and Lesbian Iowans are treated as second class citizens and striping away our right to marriage.

The proposed bill would not only remove our civil right to marriage it would also expand the ban any other form of legal recognition of same sex couples in domestic partnerships or civil unions.

56 of the 60 Republicans in the state house have signed on as co-sponsors of this discrimination. Republicans have enough votes to pass this in the House, but Democrats have vowed to defeat it in the Senate. If this bill passes both the House and the Senate, it will have to do so again in the next state legislature and would be put in the ballot in 2013. If it fails, their next opportunity will not be until 2016. Hopefully by then the US Supreme Court will have ruled all such bans unconstitutional.

ACLU spokesman Ben Stone responded…

The ACLU now recognizes the explicit anti-gay agenda behind the so-called marriage amendment movement by going beyond marriage to civil unions,” Stone said. “This is quite clearly and quite simply an anti-gay measure. The ACLU Of Iowa and its allies will fight it

If this law passes and is approved by voters in 2013, the ACLU needs to immediately challenge it just like Prop 8 has been challenged in California.

Graph of the Day

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HT: Rachel Maddow

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