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Yes, I am a liberal, a long time member of the Democratic Party.  And yet, I am endorsing Newt Gingrich.  Explanation below the fold

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Yes, you read that correct.  No, this is not a snark diary.

On Monday this week, the Tea Party in Space group (part of the Tea Party Patriots) publicly endorsed Senators Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein.

And they were serious.  Welcome to the bizarre world of space politics.  

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So, I know its been a few days since the chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform released their initial proposal.  I wanted to highlight one piece of their proposal, that IMHO, really shows they don't knoow what they are doing.  

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So, the House attempted to compromise with the Senate over the NASA bill.  Only, they decided to do it the Republican way - with land minds and a "You'll compromise by accepting what we want."  Which means that the House is still pushing the failed Bush program called Constellation.  

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Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 04:59 PM PDT

Help end Bush's NASA failure

by FerrisValyn

NASA's future is being decided right now.  Sometime TOMORROW, House Leadership is deciding whether to bring HR 5781 up for a vote or not.  HR 5781, for those of you who don't know, is the NASA re-authorizaiton bill, that seeks to continue Project Constellation, the failed Bush program.  If the bill is passes, it will force us to spend money down this rathole.  

For those of you who have been following this, please join me over the fold.  For those of you who already know about this,

Please call your representative, and tell them to vote no on HR 5781, and also, to contact House Leadership, and tell them not to bring HR 5781 up for a vote.  The capital switchboard phone number is 202-224-3121, and the operator there will help direct your call

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So, last week, Darksydes' had a great piece about the current situation with regard to space policy.  However, it became very clear to me that there are some fundamental misunderstandings about the policy.  Specifically, the question of what it means to commercialize, vs privatize, and how that impacts the goings on at NASA.  

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Okay fellow space enthusiasts - its time to get your geek on.  Tomorrow, I'll have a diary that is very disturbing about something going on in the House & Senate Science Committees, but its Sunday, and I am relaxing, enjoying the great flight of SpaceX's Falcon 9.  

And something very cool has popped in the in box

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As you may have heard, last week, Representative Barney Frank and Ron Paul, along with Senators Ron Wyden and Walter Jones, announced they believe that we need to determine ways to reduce defense spending to deal with our rising deficit.  They reached out to a group of individuals at various institutions, and created the Sustainable Defense Taskfoce.  

So why am I, the local Space Geek, blogging about military spending?

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Last week, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation  held a hearing on the future of human spaceflight.  The witness list included both supporters and opponents of Obama's proposed NASA budget.  Next week there will be another hearing, on the House side.  Only this time, there will be mostly opponents of Obama's proposal.  Why is Bart Gordon, who chairs the committee, and can add alternative viewpoints (including supporters of Obama's proposal or the Direct proposal), basically limiting it to people supporting George Bush's failed Constellation?  

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Sun Mar 07, 2010 at 08:30 AM PST

A Presidential Space Summit

by FerrisValyn

Well, for those of you who don't know, there has been a lot going on regarding space policy, by President Obama.  First, he created the Augustine Committee, to review Project Constellation.  The results from that report were rather controversial, but signaled that things might have to change.  Then, earlier this year, Obama released his budget, which I fully support.  However, Congress, as well as some state leaders, have loudly condemned it.  There have even been reports of a supposed plan B (later demonstrated to be nowhere near as big as first reported).  

Now, it sounds like President Obama is coming out to defend his proposed budget, with a space summit.  

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Will the Space Summit result in building support for Obama's budget?

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Hey,

So this is the last in my series of diaries about the space shuttle replacements

You've seen:
The Dragon
The Cygnus
The Orion-lite

I now present the last 2 in the series (and there is a reason I am presenting them together)

The Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dreamchaser, and the Blue Origin mystery craft

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In a previous diary, I talked about Obama's push for commercial space.  And in a couple of other diaries, I talked about 2 of the shuttle replacements that are being worked on - The SpaceX Dragon/Falcon 9, and the Orbital Science Corporation's Cygnus/Taurus 2.  But thats not the end, and it won't be just 1 vehicle.  

Let me introduce you to vehicle number 3, the Boeing-Bigelow Aerospace & United Launch Alliance's Orion-lite/Atlas V 402

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