Awe of Space Travel

I got to do something a week or so ago that I haven’t been able to do in quite some time: watch a space shuttle launch. I can’t even remember the last time I’d watched one, but it’s just as awesome as I remember them. But with all the talk of retiring the shuttles floating about and current government plans for replacement, I really have to look back and evaluate my understanding of the space program.

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Merry…winter solstice? I don’t think so.

originally posted December 4th, 2008

For some perverted reason, over the last few years there’s not been a Christmas that has gone unspoiled by some tomfoolery. This year (2008), the flashpoint is apparently centered in the Washington State Capital building, where an atheistic organization placed a sign protesting religion in general, Christianity in particular, and Christmas expressly.

It’s a display that smacks of spiteful children railing about how unfair some fact of life is.

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