The drive back from TulsaÂ was beautiful, the fall is the best time of year in the midwest — the temperature isÂ perfect, there’s alwaysÂ a breeze and the sun is shines from a porcelain blue sky. You pass by the wavingÂ fields preparing for the harvests that feed the world, and the ranches with horses frolicing in the re-greened fields. You roll through wooded hills, across riversÂ winding to sea and past quiet towns where folks areÂ happy and smiling.
Raytheon and Boeing just shot one down for the Gipper, on SeptemberÂ 1st they took out a missile in space with their GMD systemÂ and the Exo-Atmospheric Kill Vehicle: (Don’t you love engineer-speak? Just call it EKV for short.)
Raytheon Company components played key roles in the destruction of a ballistic missile target in the latest successful flight test of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system conducted Sept. 1. The Raytheon-built Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) intercepted the ballistic missile target in space over the eastern Pacific Ocean. The Raytheon-developed Upgraded Early Warning Radar (UEWR) at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., successfully tracked the target system for approximately 15 minutes during its flight downrange to the test several hundred miles west of California. The test marked the first time an operationally configured ground-based interceptor was launched from an operational GMD site, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The target was launched from Kodiak, Alaska. This test, designated Flight Test-2 (FT-2), did not have a target interception as a primary objective, but it demonstrated the EKV’s ability to successfully detect, track, discriminate and destroy a target in space. “This highly successful test of the GMD system demonstrates Raytheon’s systems performance and reliability,” said Louise Francesconi, Raytheon Missile Systems president. “FT-2 clearly demonstrates the maturity of our technology and our ability to provide this critical capability to the nation.”
Kudos also to Northrup-Gruman.
The environmentalists and anti-war activists in this country tend to be one and the same, and their mantra of the past few years has been “Bush Lied — People Died.”
Forget for a moment your normal reaction to their theory that Sadaam had zero weapons of mass destruction – yes, centrifuges for enrichment were found, over 500 sarin and mustard gas shells have been found, terrorist training camps were found, labs were found, more sarin was found, well, you get the idea. Just forget all that for a moment, and like the left pretend that it’s not real.
UPDATE: The Shuttle Landed Safely STS-121 and our astronauts are safely home!Â
From contributor Aknot in Florida:
I had the TV on to watch the Shuttle land and heard that they changed runways. It was arriving from the south over the Yucatan and Cuba. I ran outside in time to hear the double sonic-boom. Pretty impressive living in Tampa and hearing the sonic booms for the first time. Three launches viewed (one night-time), double sonic boom, and I saw the Shuttle/747 combo flying overhead while enjoying a day at Epcot.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space shuttle Discovery and its crew of six returned to Earth through overcast skies Monday, ending a successful mission that put NASA back in the space station construction business.
Discovery landed at Kennedy Space Center at 9:14 a.m. in only the second shuttle flight since the 2003 Columbia disaster.
“Welcome back Discovery and congratulations on a great mission,” Mission Control told shuttle commander Steven Lindsey after Discovery rolled to a stop.
I am wondering if Carl will respond: see the Sierra Club ExecutiveÂ Director’sÂ latest inanities Uber-Fisked here.
Recently the seven party alliance in Nepal has bowed to pressure from the Maoists and made agreement to dissolve the house, a move that does not look good, but which also holds promise.Â
It’s a complex situation, both sides of the talks, Maoists, and Royalists, act as if they had the full writ of the people, but in reality the Nepalese in general are sickened by both. In this interim period Nepal bears close watching — Nepal should not put off the yoke of serfdom only to accept the shackles of communism. More here at Yahoo.
I celebrated the fourth of July early,Â musingÂ while I drove home from visiting my son and soon-to-be daughter-in-law. Rolling through the countryside across gentle hills and through green valleys I marveled at this land and our people. There were a thousandÂ vistas along the way that would make a perfect home for either you or me.
Verdant vales and lush fields, corn across the plains, and wooded hills streamed past as I drove. A hundred, a thousand, a millionÂ perfect views of freedom, of happiness, of new places to build a house with a view, a farm with a windmill, a ranch with horses, a cottage beside a stream.
The American dream, the vision of freedom, is still here and alive in the United States, andÂ it walks quietly and steadily beside us, aÂ future vision of things to be.Â Here is where the dreams are made and where dreams become reality.Â Â