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The Weekly S&L ‘Hive’ – Please Talk Among Yourselves

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This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 17th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “The Weekly S&L ‘Hive’ – Please Talk Among Yourselves”

  1. canary says:

    Woah, Obama makes special photo ops to visit to hug single-mom and eat at a hamburger joint, but
    Delaware’s Democrat Governor says they have no housing for the illegal immigrant children.
    photo of visiting and hugging pen pal


    Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, a Democrat says they have no housing for illegal immigrant children.


    Amazing the red states are all taking the poor and sick illegals in.


    If this isn’t enough evidence that White House is controlling questions…

    White House Spokesman Josh Earnest gaff uh eh uh uh eh eh.


  2. canary says:

    Terrorist sentenced to serve life at Gitmo overturned by US Appeals Court reasoning the military did not have authority
    to try him.


  3. canary says:

    ClimateChangeDispatch: Record Low Temperatures Not Seen Since the 1800s

    Written by CCD Editor on July 18, 2014.

    mapMother Nature is doing what she does best without any help from humans, and the global warmists aren’t happy about it. Not to worry, temps should be back to normal next week. From AccuWeather (emphasis added):

    More records were broken on Thursday across the central and southern portions of the United States as autumn-like air maintained its grip on the eastern half of the country.

    More temperature records are likely to fall on Friday from the southern Plains to the Southeast with daytime temperatures not rising out of the 70s.

    Daytime temperatures on Thursday in parts of Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas failed to rise out of the 60s due to the combination of thick cloud cover and occasional rain.

    Earlier in the week, temperatures failed to climb past the 60s F from the eastern part of the Dakotas, through Minnesota, northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on Monday.

    Minneapolis, home of the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, set a record low maximum temperature of 65 on Monday, breaking the old record of 68 set in 1884.

    Nearly a dozen cities across the Plains set or tied record lows Tuesday morning including Omaha, Nebraska; Kansas City, Missouri; Rapid City, South Dakota; and Dodge City, Kansas.

    The polar air continued to expand southward over the Plains, eastward across the Midwest and touched the interior South and Appalachians Wednesday and Thursday.

    High temperatures on Wednesday ranged from the upper 60s to the lower 70s from Chicago and Milwaukee to Detroit, Indianapolis and Cleveland.

    Dozens of cities over the Midwest challenged record low temperature through Thursday morning. Fort Wayne, Ind., dipped to 48 degrees early Thursday, breaking the old record of 51 set in 1976.

    Early Friday morning, the chilliest temperatures were found across parts of Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York state, where temperatures dipped into the 40s in some locations.


    The US National Government site is busy just recording Tennessee’s record breaking temps and do not show the record temps in many of the states reported above and by states local news on record breaking cold.

    The National Government public site, might not ever post the records since Obama controls the weather.


  4. captstubby says:

    This Day In History

    Jul 20, 1969:
    Armstrong walks on moon
    At 10:56 p.m. EDT, American astronaut Neil Armstrong, 240,000 miles from Earth, speaks these words to more than a billion people listening at home: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Stepping off the lunar landing module Eagle, Armstrong became the first human to walk on the surface of the moon.
    Buzz” Aldrin joined him on the moon’s surface at 11:11 p.m., and together they took photographs of the terrain, planted a U.S. flag, ran a few simple scientific tests, and spoke with President Richard M. Nixon via Houston. By 1:11 a.m. on July 21, both astronauts were back in the lunar module and the hatch was closed. The two men slept that night on the surface of the moon, and at 1:54 p.m. the Eagle began its ascent back to the command module. Among the items left on the surface of the moon was a plaque that read: “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot on the moon–July 1969 A.D–We came in peace for all mankind.”

    Jul 20, 1969:
    Nixon watches first lunar landing
    On this day in 1969, President Richard Nixon, along with millions of others, watches as two American astronauts walk on the moon. Later that evening, Nixon recorded succinctly in his diary “the President held an interplanetary conversation with Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin on the Moon.”
    Nixon joined approximately 500 million people around the world in watching Armstrong and Aldrin as the astronauts left their lunar landing module and walked on the moon. (The Soviet Union and China, America’s two biggest rivals in the space race, banned the broadcast in their respective countries.) After they planted an American flag on the moon’s surface, the astronauts spoke directly to President Nixon, who congratulated them on their historic mission. His phone was linked via satellite through the NASA control center in Houston, Texas.
    Nixon continued to be an influential force in America’s space program. In 1972, he approved development of the space shuttle program.

    Jul 20, 1976:
    Viking 1 lands on Mars
    the seventh anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, the Viking 1 lander, an unmanned U.S. planetary probe, becomes the first spacecraft to successfully land on the surface of Mars.

    July 20, 2013
    President Obama made a surprise appearance on Friday afternoon in the White House briefing room to talk about the George Zimmerman case, saying that people should respect the verdict but also understand that African-Americans continue to experience racial discrimination. “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,” Obama told reporters.

    july 20 2012
    U.S. Unemployment Claims Make Biggest Jump in More Than a Year
    New figures show the number of claims for unemployment benefits rose by 34,000 last week, the biggest jump in over a year. The official unemployment rate remains at 8.2 percent, with 75,000 jobs being created on average per month, down from 226,000 during the year’s first quarter.

  5. canary says:

    Capstubby/ “Neil Armstrong says US space program ’embarrassing’ Sep 22 2011”

    Obama handed our space program to Russia and China so they can put up satelites and drop bombs
    on the US.

    SPACE TRAVELNeil Armstrong says US space program ’embarrassing’
    by Staff Writers
    Washington (AFP) Sept 22, 2011

    “We will have no American access to, and return from, low Earth orbit and the International Space Station for an unpredictable length of time in the future,” Armstrong told the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

    “For a country that has invested so much for so long to achieve a leadership position in space exploration and exploitation, this condition is viewed by many as lamentably embarrassing and unacceptable.”

    Armstrong was part of a four-member panel of space experts who told lawmakers that NASA needs a stronger vision for the future and should focus on returning humans to the Moon and to the International Space Station.

    “A lead, however earnestly and expensively won, once lost, is nearly impossible to regain,” ….

    President Barack Obama canceled the Constellation program that would have returned humans to the Moon and called on NASA to instead focus on new, deep-space capabilities to carry people to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars by 2030.

    In the meantime, Russia’s Soyuz capsules are the only taxis for the world’s astronauts heading to low-Earth orbit, and a ticket to the ISS costs global space agencies between 50 and 60 million dollars each.

    “Today, we are on a path of decay. We are seeing the book close on five decades of accomplishment as the leader in human space exploration,” Cernan said.

    Cernan said Constellation has been replaced by a “mission to nowhere” and called on NASA to make plans to return to the Moon.

    “As unimaginable as it seems, we have now come full circle and ceded our leadership role in space back to the same country — albeit by a different name — that spurred our challenge five decades ago.”

    He added: “I take no solace in the failure of the last Soyuz booster.”

    Due to technical problem with a Soyuz rocket in August, a Russian cargo ship failed to reach orbit and crashed back to Earth, prompting Russia to temporarily ground a part of its Soyuz program to do emergency checks.

    Armstrong and others on the panel appeared to favor the unveiling earlier this month of a massive new launcher capable of powering manned space flights well beyond low-Earth orbit, the Space Launch System, which NASA called the most powerful rocket since the Saturn V rocket put US astronauts on the moon.

    Maria Zuber, principal investigator on NASA’s unmanned GRAIL (Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory) mission that launched earlier this month to orbit the Moon, said lunar study is valuable, but noted that her students are inspired by the notion of exploring Mars.

    “Unfortunately Congress is cutting back NASA’s advanced technology work and it is not clear how the agency will be able to unfold new advanced missions without a more concentrated effort to develop new technologies.

    Michael Griffin, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, raised concerns about a new space race and called China, which wants to put a robot on the Moon in 2013 and build its own space station for 2015, “a near-peer competitor.”

    “When the Chinese can reach the Moon and we cannot, I do not see why any other nation would regard us as a world leader,” he said.

    Related Links
    Space Tourism, Space Transport and Space Exploration News


  6. canary says:

    Rueters: Two soldiers killed fighting for Israel were U.S. citizens

    By Sharon Bernstein – July 21 2014

    (Reuters) – Two American men were among the 13 Israeli soldiers killed in the conflict in Gaza on Sunday, the U.S. State Department said, the bloodiest day of the conflict, in which about 100 Palestinians were also killed.

    Max Steinberg, a native of California’s San Fernando Valley, was a sniper in the Golani Brigade of the Israel Defense Forces, according to a letter sent by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles to its email list.

    Nissim Sean Carmeli, of South Padre Island in Texas, was also fighting in the Golani Brigade, the Houston Chronicle reported.

    The U.S. Department of State confirmed both deaths, and said both men were citizens of the United States. It was not immediately clear whether they also held Israeli citizenship.

    Steinberg visited Israel through the Birthright program, which pays for young Jewish adults to visit the country from abroad, and then returned to join the IDF in December, 2012, according to the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.

    Sunday’s death toll was the highest for the Israeli military since a 2006 war against Hizbollah guerrillas in Lebanon and the most Palestinians killed since fighting began on July 8.


    Flight and vacation packages to Israel are really cheap right now, though lack of tourism is costing them a fortune
    and sirens go off all the time. Might be away to get away from the lack of of tranquility in the US right now.

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