Monday, January 23, 2006

Sen. Joe Lieberman (R-Conn.)?

Austin Bay is reporting the Senator Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) may run as an independent in the upcoming 2006 Senatorial-campaign season if he does not have the support of the Democratic-machine in the primaries.

It has also been suggested that Lieberman run as the Republican candidate in the Fall if he is rejected in the Democratic primary. Perhaps nothing would demonstrate the bankruptcy of Democratic electoral politics than having the Democratic Party's 2000 VP-candidate run as a Republican in 2006 for his Senate seat. While the Connecticut GOP might want to run some un-named "businessman", they might be wise in reconsidering and placing patriotism...and pragmatism...over ideological-purity and offer Lieberman their ballot-spot.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Responsible Lobbying Reform

We support this proposal;

"An Appeal from Center-Right Bloggers,

"We are bloggers with boatloads of opinions, and none of us come close to agreeing with any other one of us all of the time. But we do agree on this: The new leadership in the House of Representatives needs to be thoroughly and transparently free of the taint of the Jack Abramoff scandals, and beyond that, of undue influence of K Street.

"We are not naive about lobbying, and we know it can and has in fact advanced crucial issues and has often served to inform rather than simply influence Members.

"But we are certain that the public is disgusted with excess and with privilege. We hope the Hastert-Dreier effort leads to sweeping reforms including the end of subsidized travel and other obvious influence operations. Just as importantly, we call for major changes to increase openness, transparency and accountability in Congressional operations and in the appropriations process.

"As for the Republican leadership elections, we hope to see more candidates who will support these goals, and we therefore welcome the entry of Congressman John Shadegg to the race for Majority Leader. We hope every Congressman who is committed to ethical and transparent conduct supports a reform agenda and a reform candidate. And we hope all would-be members of the leadership make themselves available to new media to answer questions now and on a regular basis in the future. "....

Here for signatories and comments.


The National Review has endorsed Cong. John Shadegg for House GOP-Leader. As has Larry Kudlow;

..." Hopefully Shadegg, who is not part of the Abramoff lobbying culture, will run on the budget-cutting proposals of the Republican Study Committee, in particular the RSC plan to end midnight “earmarks,” which stealthily insert pork into bills without debate. These earmarks are not only budget-busters, they open the door to rogue lobbying where legislative favors are traded for cash. If the 100-member RSC gets behind Shadegg, they could win in come-from-behind fashion. This rebel group is full of change agents, people like Mike Pence, Jeff Flake, Paul Ryan, Marsha Blackburn, and Jeb Hensarling — rising young stars in the GOP firmament. This crowd, of which Shadegg is longtime member, stands on bedrock conservative principles. They all deserve seats at the leadership table of high Republican policymaking. "....

Tax Reform

No major tax-overhaul, be it the "Fair Tax" or the "Flat Tax" will get any traction unless it can solve the Gordian Knot of homeownership and home-affordability. This is most families' major purchase and primary capital-investment; and home-construction and renovation is a major-portion of the US workforce and domestic-product. If you can not explain BOTH the fairness of the system as-impemented...and the fairness of the transition-period...clearly to the understanding of the electorate, the reform is politically-dead.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Set Phasers!

Directed energy weapons will further tilt deterrence-power in-favor of the United States.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Prepare to Jump!...

The Royal Scotsman summed it up as;

..."By Jove, they're back on trek... Not content with a few little domestic problems in Iraq and Afghanistan, the American military is working seriously on a hyperdrive motor straight out of Star Trek, with the intention of making real that famous five-year mission to "boldly go" where no man (or woman) has gone before. "....

A new conceptual breakthrough for jump-engines;

..." The hypothetical device, which has been outlined in principle but is based on a controversial theory about the fabric of the universe, could potentially allow a spacecraft to travel to Mars in three hours and journey to a star 11 light years away in just 80 days, according to a report in today's New Scientist magazine. The theoretical engine works by creating an intense magnetic field that, according to ideas first developed by the late scientist Burkhard Heim in the 1950s, would produce a gravitational field and result in thrust for a spacecraft.

Also, if a large enough magnetic field was created, the craft would slip into a different dimension, where the speed of light is faster, allowing incredible speeds to be reached. Switching off the magnetic field would result in the engine reappearing in our current dimension. ...."

Or to you Trekkers, that's Warp-factor 3.7

Some additional info and speculation straight from NASA's own web-sites.