Archive from July, 2006
5 Jul
2006
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Celebrate America’s 230th birthday with the NYYRC!

Come to our July Social on Wednesday, July 5th at Fraunces Tavern, 54 Pearl Street at the corner of Broad Street. 7pm – 10pm. No cover. All are welcome!

This historic site is where Gen. George Washington laid down his sword and said farewell to his troops after successfully whooping British butt and liberating the 13 colonies from the British Empire.

It’s a great place to reconnect with fellow YRs, make new friends and celebrate our liberty & independence.

We’ll also be toasting George W. Bush in honor of his 60th birthday, which is July 6th.

RSVP today!

4 Jul
2006
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Up, Up, and Away

The Shuttle Discovery goes back into space today…and North Korea sends up six rickety rockets to flex their gelatinous muscles. Kim Jung Il is determined to join the small, but potent, club of countries with intercontinental ballistic missiles. First, he has to build them to last longer than a few minutes in flight. But make no mistake, this nutcase is determined to cause problems. We should be just as determined to stop him.

If there is anyone who doesn’t think we should be spending money on space exploration, they should think long and hard about the recent developments in North Korea. I don’t care how many scientists and liberals have poo-pooed the Strategic Defense Initiative as unworkable. It can be done, and it is much closer to reality than a lot of people think. And with Kim looking to cause as much damage as possible before he’s driven from power, we should be putting this program into overdrive.

3 Jul
2006
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Hey New Jersey, don’t blame Republicans:

It appears our neighbors across the river are unable to get their act together. Currently the state of New Jersey is in shutdown mode with everything from their Lottery system to government agencies closing. Thanks to infighting in the state between Democrats, who control the whole darn thing, Governor Corzine was forced to start closing down the state because of an inability to spend money without a budget resolution.

You have to wonder if those New Jersey residents will ever learn. The state was a mess before the voters finally threw their hands up and voted for Republican Christine Todd Whitman who ran the state great for eight years for them to only turn around and vote for a Democrat again. A Democrat, Jim McGreevey, who was forced to resign after he revealed he had an affair with a male state employee.

You would think after that voters would run back to letting Republicans run their affairs. No! Instead they vote in tax rising Corzine who has now shut down the state. Maybe next time they’ll finally not worry about voting on issues like abortion and the Iraq war that mean a hill of beans when it comes to running a state and instead vote for someone who can actually do the job.

2 Jul
2006
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We’ll fly another day

So the shuttle didn’t go up Saturday. At least it could be blamed on the weather and not the “can’t do” spirit that seems to plague NASA these days. There is a lot of pressure to make this mission a success for the aging shuttle program, but as usual the media is trumping it up to be the death knell for America’s future in space if it should fail. We’ve seen failure in space before, kids. Painful as it was, we have learned from our mistakes and soldiered on. It is not in this country’s nature to cut and run in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges.

Instead of being pessimistic and speculating about defeat, let’s put a positive spin on this one and say it will be a great reaffirmation of America’s scientific know-how when it does succeed. I’ve always been a huge fan of the American space program in part because of all the great benefits it has yielded over the years. If you think that we have wasted money on exploring space, then you must have no appreciation for cell phones, GPS technology, cable television, numerous scientific and medical improvements, up-to-the-minute weather reports, the Internet, etc. But then again, I guess the world needs Luddites too.