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One of my regular complaints about RINO tactics is how unimaginative and by-the-book they are, so by-the-book that everyone else has read and re-read that particular book so often that anyone paying attention is never surprised by tactics used from it. Contrast that playbook with progressives. Regardless of the merits of a particular issue raised […]

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I can’t remember ever not watching the SuperBowl, and I’ve been around for all of them. I remember Joe Namath in SB III. But this year – forget it. Not interested. More

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I was thinking about the push in some Ricochet circles for suggesting that the whoever the GOP nominee is next year they should choose a woman VP to combat the woman-Hillary nexus. I am not sure this is a good idea. Nominating a woman VP is a tired old political trick that has never worked […]

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I’ve never been a fan of their cloying “I’m lovin it” ad campaign. Now Anchorage MacDonald’s are doing this. MacDonald’s market share has been going down, and they recently replaced their CEO. More

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Here’s a picture taken outside where I work, yesterday morning. Every little standup meeting all day turned into a Seahawks rally (heard everywhere inside the big box). More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Saturday Night Science: Rockets and People, Vol. 1

 

Rockets and People by Boris E. ChertokThis is the first book of the author’s monumental four-volume autobiographical history of the Soviet missile and space program. I will discuss the four volumes in four installments of Saturday Night Science, one a month. Boris Chertok was a survivor, living through the Bolshevik revolution, Stalin’s purges of the 1930s, World War II, all of the postwar conflict between chief designers and their bureaux and rival politicians, and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Born in Poland in 1912, he died in 2011 in Moscow. After retiring from the RKK Energia organisation in 1992 at the age of 80, he wrote this work between 1994 and 1999. Originally published in Russian in 1999, this annotated English translation was prepared by the NASA History Office under the direction of Asif A. Siddiqi, author of Challenge to Apollo, the definitive Western history of the Soviet space program.

Chertok saw it all, from the earliest Soviet experiments with rocketry in the 1930s, uncovering the secrets of the German V-2 amid the rubble of postwar Germany (he was the director of the Institute RABE, where German and Soviet specialists worked side by side laying the foundations of postwar Soviet rocketry), the glory days of Sputnik and Gagarin, the anguish of losing the Moon race, and the emergence of Soviet preeminence in long-duration space station operations.

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This story is a re-run. Police officers at the present time in a very real sense are under the microscope. I am aware that there are some individuals who should not be wearing a badge. All I can do is describe some of the things I have seen and how I conducted myself during my time as a […]

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There’s been an awful lot of verbiage spent lately discussing the quality of our national political discourse (everybody agrees it’s low), but not so much on how to improve it (aside from calling for more civility while blaming the other side for the lack of it). Part of the problem may be that we as […]

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This came out my junior year in high school. I always liked it. More

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A sestina is an odd sort of poem made up of six six-line verses and a three-line envoy to close it. Every verse uses the same six words to end each line, but rotate the order of the final word. The last word of the last line of the first verse becomes the first line […]

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MedvedIt’s an odd thing, but when you listen to a fair amount of talk radio, you develop a sense that you know the hosts you hear most often, almost as if they were your friends. As indeed they are, on some level. I sometimes spend hours alone in a car on surveillance, and in those times I am grateful for the company talk radio provides. But it’s not just the company I enjoy, it’s the entertainment and education offered by the hosts with whom I pass the time.

Michael Medved is one such host. I listen to at least part of his show almost every day, and much of what I miss live, I catch up with through his podcast. He has provided me with entertainment and education by the truckload for years, for which I am very grateful. It’s a gloomier day for me when I don’t hear at least once his proclamation, given at the beginning and end each broadcast hour, that America is “the greatest nation on God’s green Earth,” a sentiment I ardently share.

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I went to my tax preparer today. These folks have their finger on the pulse of the government in a very different way from my everyday experience. Here are some highlights: Our refund went down this year because we are prospering more and planning better. I commented that I looked forward to the day when […]

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2015 sure looks great for RicoMeets! Tonight in LA, we will be toasting the end of January at The Stinking Rose starting at 6:00 PM -55 North La Cienega BoulevardBeverly Hills CA, 90211 310.652.7673. If you can join us, just ask for the Ricochet table, and look for the group having the most fun. Check […]

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In last week’s State of the Union address, President Obama invoked “middle class economics,” his term for his policies which, he suggested, have helped Americans achieve and maintain middle range incomes. But does his agenda represent true “middle class economics”, and if not, what would?

As with many, perhaps most, Americans, when I heard the words “middle class economics,” I thought not about my own history but my family’s. My great-grandfather arrived here with his parents and siblings shortly after the Civil War. There is no record of him having much schooling, but the family clearly coveted education. Records show that his sister, who became a teacher, was soon in college, almost unheard of for a girl in the mid-19th Century. His father was listed in the census as a laborer, but within the decade the son was partner in a store and later either took over the business or started his own, the records aren’t clear. After graduating from college (the family’s first male recorded as having done so), his son married a teacher and took over the business.

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I’m somewhere over Oklahoma on a flight back to Los Angeles from Tel Aviv. I was in Israel for a space conference this past week. This isn’t really a travelogue, though I would note in passing that the first thing that struck me upon arriving in the country was that it seemed to be chock […]

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Those whom the God(s) wish to destroy they first make mad is a phrase many of us have heard in our lifetime. Rarely is that a cause for celebration but the odd time one is entitled to a chuckle, a laugh or a well earned smile as long as its not at someone’s physical or […]

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A few days ago, in India, Barack Obama gave a three-minute speech in which he referred to himself 118 times.

That speech is emblematic of his entire administration. Nearly all of his speeches have been exceedingly self-referential. All Presidents are to some degree full of themselves. Had they not been so, they never would have made it that far. But when it comes to vanity, Barack Obama takes the cake. The whole enterprise has always been about him — and no one else — which helps explain the astonishing damage he has done to the Democratic Party. The way things are going, if he were allowed to run for a third term and won, he might be the last Democratic officeholder left — which would, I suspect, suit him just fine.

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