Open Thread, Tuesday 14 May 2013


Weather is looking good today for a roll out of the latest Atlas V rocket, containing an advanced GPS navigation satellite, in anticipation of a Wednesday launch. This is a file photo of a different Atlas V containing a different spacecraft, but the photo is prettier, and most people can’t tell the difference anyway. For more info, see Florida Today.


About GruntOfMonteCristo

Fearless and Devout Catholic Christian First, Loving Husband and Father Second, Pissed-Off Patriot Third, Rocket Engineer Dork Last.
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19 Responses to Open Thread, Tuesday 14 May 2013

  1. barnslayer says:

    Great picture! Must be kinda old though….. still has the American flag on the rocket and gantry.

  2. Great picture. Wow this is great news. Now our Guberment can track our thoughts and intentions from advance GPS for Americans of course!

  3. And he’s only getting warmed up…

  4. freedom1781 says:

    Multiple Agencies Involved with IRS in Intimidation

    “Engelbrecht’s application with the IRS for non-profit status allegedly triggered aggressive audits of one of her family’s personal businesses as well. The FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) began a series of inquiries about her and her group; the BATF (Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms) began demanding to see her family’s firearms in surprise audits of her and her husband’s small gun dealership–which had done less than $200 in sales; OSHA (Occupational Safety Hazards Administration) began a surprise audit of their small family manufacturing business; and the EPA-affiliated TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environment Quality) did a surprise visit and audit due to “a complaint being called in.”

    The Democratic Party of Texas filed a lawsuit against her, as did an ACORN affiliated group. Both the FBI and the BATF continued to poke around her life, the lives of people in her Tea Party group, and her businesses.”

    Da-yum!! Tyranny, anyone?

  5. freedom1781 says:

    “Well you may throw your rock, hide your hand,
    Workin’ in the dark against your fellow man.
    But as sure as God made black an’ white,
    What’s done in the dark will be brought to the light.”

  6. You Have To Remember Who You Are Doing Battle With!


    Most Muslims do not realize that Islam allows no freedom.   This alone should make them realize that it is Satan behind Islam, and not an eternal God.   Satan wishes only to enslave Muslims to help him enslave the entire world.  He does this by turning them away from the truth — that salvation is yours already, if you only have faith in God’s Son, Jesus.  Islam is a religion based on intimidation and fear.  The word “Islam” does not mean “peace.”  Muslims who tell you that the word “Islam” means “peace” are lying to you. The word “Islam” is an Arabic word. The word for peace in Arabic is “solh,” and not Islam. Islam is derived from the root word “taslim,” which means submission or surrender.  A Muslim is not allowed to leave Islam or else risk his or her life. At birth, a person is branded either Muslim or non-Muslim depending on one’s descent. 

    – Truly, god loves those who fight

    – Fight and slay the pagans wherever you find them,
      and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for
      them in every stratagem.

    The biggest threat to Islam is without a doubt the teachings of the true “Prophet of Peace” Jesus Christ.  Islamic leaders go to extraordinary means to hide the Gospel of Jesus from Muslims. 

    – Chop off their hands and chop off their fingertips

    – When you meet the unbelievers, chop off their

    – Fight and slay those who don’t convert wherever
      you find them

    – Believers, take neither Jew nor Christians for your

    – Those who follow Muhammad are ruthless to

    – Those who reject Islam are “the vilest of creatures”
      and thus deserve no mercy

    – Fight them until Islam reigns supreme (throughout
      the world)

    Anyone who tells you something different about Islam is either uniformed or a liar!

  7. Six Degrees of Political Incest.

  8. One Drink DUI?
    I can’t believe the Feds want to force this insanity on the states. From the article, they expect the states to fight it, because they know that the real problem is repeat offenders and high-BA drivers, and neither of these will be helped by this move. Are they considering the cost of enforcing this on average citizens who should have the freedom to have a beer after work or a glass of wine with dinner? This would eliminate that and completely squash all the bar & restaurant business that would no longer be able to serve ANYONE unless they happen to be taking a train or taxi home. This kind of thing might not be a big deal in France, where everyone takes public transportation, but that’s not the way it is here. Am I the only one who thinks this is a terrible idea? I’ve never had a DUI, and I don’t smoke, but I INTENSELY want to break the nose of any politician who is arrogant enough to think they can keep everyone from drinking and smoking. What’s next? Penalties for having babies or for breathing air? This sucks.

    • Yeah I totally agree with you Grunt. They want total control and we are their yo-yo’s. Get a life!!!

      • Yeah, the other ominous thing about this is that it’s just bureaucrats doing it. Nowhere in this article does it say anything about lawmakers, who might be accountable and lose votes because of something like this. It’s just gov’t by bureaucracy, which is the way of the future here in the USA. We are screwed.

  9. You know I hate to be gloomy, but, as I have said since the other house it is going to get much worse before the majority finally gets sick enough of it and then there is going to be hell to pay for the change we want. If you think about it as Americans are addicted to the drug of freedom and even go so far as to lose their freedom by giving into little things just so they can continue in their addition of money and power (an outcome of losing our guidance which governs our freedom) and pretty soon they have to give more and more. But even with the addict who doesn’t deny he’s an addict there comes the breaking point of them being so sick of their addiction the anger sets in and if that anger is guided towards the drug itself they eventually destroy it and overcome. Then they set new rules and guidelines so that it would not happen again. HMMMMMM let me see that sounds kinda like our founding fathers and England.
    For mr I just Hope and Pray that it happens soon. We need to rid ourselves of this evil that has taken over America because of our lack of watchfulness and our sins! A great start would be to protect our unborn children which is one of the greatest evils of our times.

  10. y Tom Kington in Rome 4:09PM BST 12 May 2013
    Pope Francis has proclaimed as saints 800 Italians who were beheaded by Ottoman raiders in the 15th century after they refused to convert to Islam – making them the biggest group canonisation ever.

    In his homily during the canonisation ceremony on Sunday, the pope also sounded the alarm over the persecution of Christians today, stating: “We ask God to sustain the many Christians who, today, in many parts of the world, right now, still suffer violence.”

    The Vatican has previously expressed concern over attacks on Christians in the Middle East, including Egypt’s Coptic Christians.

    🙂 🙂 🙂

    • And for good reason. If our State Dept wasn’t being run by radicals, it would be doing something substantial about the plight of Christians being murdered in Egypt and elsewhere. But it’s not on their radar. At least they’re getting prayers.

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