SR-72 – Scram Jet Exceeds Mach 6.2

Posted by Jack

Aircraft experts and military aficionados have cause to rejoice now that Lockheed Martin has debuted the SR-72 unmanned spy plane, the long-awaited successor to the SR-71 Blackbird and potentially the first hypersonic craft to enter service.  5 years ago this plane was an artist’s concept, now it’s a lot more.

Plans for the SR-72 drone were first unveiled Friday in an Aviation Week article which revealed that Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works advanced development program has drafted plans for a plane that could fly as fast as Mach 6 – twice the speed of the Blackbird.

The SR-72 would have the ability to gather intelligence, conduct surveillance and reconnaissance, and launch combat strikes at an unprecedented speed. The plane is designed to fill what is considered in military circles to be a gap in capabilities between the spy satellites orbiting Earth and the manned and unmanned technology meant to replace the SR-71.

The original Blackbird, which was introduced in 1966 and served until 1999, was primarily used by the US Air Force and NASA to collect intelligence through the Cold War. Along with flying at speeds fast enough to outrun a surface-to-air missile, the Blackbird also avoided enemy radar by flying at low altitudes. A total of 32 aircraft were built and, although 12 were lost to accidents, not a single one was lost to enemy combat.

Yet the sheer cost of replicating the Blackbird has prevented the US military from commissioning such a powerful weapon at a time when the Air Force has dominated international skies with the drone program.

But Lockheed Martin now believes it has encountered a technological breakthrough rendering the conversation around costs irrelevant.

Brad Leland, portfolio manager for air-breathing hypersonic technologies, said the crux of the new project hinges on an air breathing engine that combines the traditional turbine with a scramjet. The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) explored the idea on previous projects but abandoned it because of cost.

The Skunk Works has been working with Aerojet Rocketdyne for the past seven years to develop a method to integrate an off-the-shelf turbine with a scramjet to power the aircraft from standstill to Mach 6 plus,” Leland said. “Our approach builds on HTV-3X, but this extends a lot beyond that and addresses the one key technical issue that remained on that program: the high-speed turbine engine.”

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Say Hello to My Little Friend, the New Retroactive Text Tax

by Jack

Hot off the wire… the new CA governor and his pals are preparing a new tax for 2019, a “text tax” on cell phones to be precise.

This tax is to be retroactive for 5 years and will fund cell phones for welfare recipients (including our newly arrived homeless and illegal immigrants).   Actually, we already do that, but that the program is too costly to sustain and besides, democrats want to broaden it…thus the “Text Tax”or the cell phone surcharge, as some call it.

But, Taxifornia is already the most taxed state in the union!  High taxes and overregulation have directly resulted in a record number of tax paying  employers and jobs fleeing the state.   Given this exodus, and the rising costs of state’s already lavish entitlements, shouldn’t the democrats be a little concerned about adding another tax and its impact to our economy?  (Pffft…I’m kidding of course)

The San Jose Mercury news reported today, “The California Public Utilities Commission has proposed a surcharge on text messaging to help cover its growing budget for programs that help make phone service accessible to the poor, with a vote scheduled for Jan. 10.”

However, the feds have dealt a little setback to this tax scam.   “On Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission in a 3-1 decision declared that wireless Short Message Service (SMS) and Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) are “information services” similar to email under the Communications Act — and not a telecommunications service.” SJMN.

The tax and spend democrats admit the FCC decision will make the “Text Tax” more difficult to implement, but by no means impossible.  Remember… the feds told CA that sanctuary cities were illegal and unconstitutional and look where that got us.

 

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Deep State – Guess Who Aggressed in Some Cases, Protective in Others?

Posted by Tina

In 2008 the U.S government was forced to pay $4.6 million to settle a lawsuit filed by Steven Hatfill. The NYT headline was as follows:

Scientist Is Paid Millions by U.S. in Anthrax Suit”

Representative Rush Holt, a New Jersey Democrat whose district was the site of a postal box believed to have been used in the attacks, said he would press Robert S. Mueller III, director of the F.B.I., for more answers about the status of the case. … Dr. Hatfill subpoenaed Washington journalists to try to learn which federal officials had spoken to the news media about the case against him in possible violation of federal privacy laws. … Toni Locy, a former legal affairs reporter for USA Today who wrote several articles about the case, was held in contempt of court, facing fines of up to $5,000 a day from Judge Reggie Walton over her refusal to name her sources…

The price tag to the tax payerfor the failed investigation was $100 million dollars and five years of wasted work. The FBI under Mueller pursued the case against Hatfill through ridiculous and aggressive methods according to Carl M. Cannon of RealClear Politics:

…what evidence did the FBI have against Hatfill? There was none, so the agency did a Hail Mary, importing two bloodhounds from California whose handlers claimed could sniff the scent of the killer on the anthrax-tainted letters. These dogs were shown to Hatfill, who promptly petted them. When the dogs responded favorably, their handlers told the FBI that they’d ‘alerted’ on Hatfill and that he must be the killer.

I can’t even imagine the hell Mr. Hatfill was put through. If a pattern is emerging, it’s not a mirage. Mueller (Comey and others) have been involved in several “bungled” cases…Ruby Ridge, Enron, and Republican Ted Stevens…Stevens narrowly lost his re-election bid as a result. His prosecutors repeatedly withheld exculpatory evidence. The conviction was voided by U.S. District Court Judge Emmett G. Sullivan, who called it the” worst case of prosecutorial misconduct he’d ever seen.” And then there’s Scooter Libby:

Comey named Patrick Fitzgerald, his close personal friend and godfather to one of his children, to the role of special counsel. Mueller, Comey, and Fitzgerald all knew the whole time that Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage was the leaker. Yet they set things up so Fitzgerald would aggressively investigate the Bush administration for three years, jailed a journalist for not giving up a source, and pursued both Karl Rove and Scooter Libby. … (Libby) was rung up on a process charge in part thanks to prosecutorial abuse by Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald encouraged a witness to give false testimony by not providing exonerating evidence to her and Libby’s attorneys.

Election meddling and politics is at the heart of these cases as it is in the Russia collusion probe. But other case played out much differently than the investigation into Mr. Hatfill, Scooter Libby, and others. Sandy Berger was caught red handed stealing secret documents from the historical archive during the 911 Commission. He destroyed evidence that should have been included in that investigation and then lied about it. We’re all pretty much up to date on the un-prosecuted crimes of HRC.

Politics and the same deep state players have been involved in these cases to one degree or another. The goal to discredit or destroy Republicans while protecting Democrats has become too egregious t ignore or dismiss as paranoia or conspiracy theory. It’s time for the truth to come out and it’s well past time for guilty players to be gone! Mr. Mueller should close up shop, turn off the lights, and retire.

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Trump and the Border Wall

by Jack

You will never lose betting on the popularity of immigration control!   Studies have show that a great majority of citizens in Germany, Italy, Sweden, England, France and of course America, support a well controlled immigration and secure borders.

Not surprisingly Greece had the highest approval (82%) for immigration control and reform.  Greece has been among the hardest hit by legal and illegal immigrants fleeing war zones in the middle east.  Their socialist economy with lavish [safety nets] does not tolerate a sudden surge in demands.  Too many takers – not enough givers.

When it comes to a secure border, even Mexico has a border fence with armed guards.   In fact, I  have yet to discover a nation that is against controlled immigration.  Illegal immigration is costing us about 135 billion a year, according to the most authoritative report to date.

The report posted in the Washington Examiner said State and local governments are getting ravaged by the costs, at over $88 billion a year.  The federal government, by comparison, is getting off easy at $45 billion in costs for illegals. This creating a huge hole in our budget.

Another source, the Federation for American Immigration Reform report, tallied another $19 billion. These are huge numbers and it doesn’t seem to matter what study you use, they are all saying essentially the same thing. Illegal immigration is a huge drain on the economy and has altered the demographics to the point of creating powerful subcultures, separate and apart from our own.

When Trump talks about building a border wall and that he needs funding now or he will shut down the government, he’s playing into the illegal immigration fears of the majority. But, he’s also losing most of that rightwing support because the wall isn’t the answer and we wish he would get off that subject pronto.  The wall isn’t going to stop the root problem.

What we should be focused on is providing technical assistance to Mexico to overcome crime, corruption and poverty.   If they reject our help – hey, we tried!   Then we absolutely need to reduce the incentives that draw illegal immigrants here.

Stop gap measures like hiring more border patrol agents, passing laws against hiring illegals, selective use of fences and walls, high tech monitors, seasonal migrant work permits, are all reasonable tools.   However, the ultimate fix is,  we must stop giving people reasons to come here illegally.  Mexico can and should help too, they desperately need to clean up their act by reducing poverty, corruption and crime.  I know…good luck with that!  In the past they have rejected our help on crime and corruption, mostly tied to the drug cartels.  Of course they love to take our money…see corruption above.  So throwing money their way is not going to do much except make some bureaucrats rich.   Unfortunately, that leaves us with only controlling our side of the border.  Trump is all for that part and I support, except for this silly wall business.

Speaking of what we do… California is a prime example of doing it all wrong.  We are one of two States that provides expensive Medical benefits to all “financially qualified” persons regardless of citizenship.   Hey, that’s a costly entitlement!  CA also provides other benefits like education, food stamps and housing. These things all cost big bucks.  If you are broke living down Mexico way, that’s one huge incentive to move to California!

Then there is the criminal justice costs illegal immigration.  Crime committed by illegals cost us billions and it has a direct impact on our quality of life. Some of that cost stems from very low level incidents that could be easily avoided with controlled immigration. I’m talking now about when our cultural values collide with the illegal’s.   Example: CA Fish and Games says, cock fighting/gambling is a big problem now, but only among illegals and their pals.  Game poaching is another, like snagging salmon.  Hunting deer without a license and out of season is still another. There’s a long list of minor crimes and rules that get violated every day because of cultural clashes.  It all takes a toll on our society and quality of life and much of this is preventable with sensible, controlled immigration.

Just recently my son investigated the case of an illegal Hispanic mom.  She hit her daughter on the arm with a wooden spoon, to “get her attention”. The kid went to school and complained to the teacher how she was being beaten!  Oh boy, did that start a whole series of unfortunate events.   Illegals often times don’t see that coming and are  shocked to find out swatting a hysterical, foul mouthed, teen is illegal.

The obvious point is, some cultures have religious, cultural and generational differences with our culture and if you just plop them down in America there’s going to be trouble.  Sometimes their ways of raising children and our laws don’t always agree, like the spoon incident above.

If they (illegals)  are uninformed about our law, bad things can happen to them unintentionally with no ill intent on their part.  That’s unfair to all involved.  Family skirmishes among migrants occur a hundred times a day in CA and they cost tax dollars every time the school calls the cops or CPS.   Of course I do not endorse beating a child, so don’t go there. I am only saying culture clashes happen more frequently with illegal than legal immigrants.

$135 billion a year is not chump change folks.   We must insist on real change to immigration and border control.   It’s time to use all the tools and get past that ill conceived campaign promise of building a wall that Mexico is going to pay for…pffft.  It ain’t happening Donald, let it go and lets move on to real solutions.

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Huawei Exec Arrest and National Security

Posted by Tina

The arrest last week of Wanzhou Meng, the CFO of Chinese telecom giant Huawei (wahway), became a point of contention here on PS. Apparently, in the spirit of open borders,” national security matters should be a thing of the past. I disagree.

Early reports indicated that Meng would be charged with Iran sanctions violations. But this morning it appears the arrest may have involved something more sgnificant, national security:

“…U.S. intelligence agencies have an even greater concern: that China’s largest telecom company will allow the Chinese state to monitor the electronic communications of anyone using Huawei technology.”

Americans were urged by our security officials not to use Huawei phones earlier this year. Australia banned Huawei from “assisting the development of its 5G wireless network.” In October, Senators Rubio and Warner warned the Canadian government that, “…joint intelligence activities with the United States, Great Britain, Australia, and New Zealand may be curtailed if Canada allows Huawei to aid in the construction or maintenance of his nation’s 5G wireless network.”

This is a very big deal! It appears the Republican held House agreed back in 2012:

…the House Intelligence Committee released a “comprehensive report on Huawei and ZTE” that revealed the company’s less than friendly practices: “Inserting malicious hardware or software implants into Chinese-manufactured telecommunications components and systems headed for U.S. customers could allow Beijing to shut down or degrade critical national security systems in a time of crisis or war.”

So, we’ve known about these activities for some time.

Of further concern is the fact that Huawei is involved in the possible acquisition of the American company 3Com. 3Com “provides technology to the Defense Department that is designed to protect the Pentagon against cyber attacks.”

Our government failed in the past to do anything about the security and theft problems related to China and Chinese businesses. President Trump, and the strong leaders working under him, are prepared to try a different approach.

China has demanded the release of Wanzhou Meng.

Related: Former Pentagon official and national security analyst Michael Pillsbury

Gordon Chang on the stolen American technology that Huawei used to build it’s business and asserts that stolen intellectual property is at the core of China’s goal to dominate and rule the world.

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Socialism Causes Workers to Riot in France

by Jack

The growth of socialism has come to the end of the road in France. The socialists have taxed the middle class right into poverty and the people have had enough. The average working person must ask themselves, what meal do I skip today?  They ponder how many days they can hold out until the next payday?   A cement truck operator, Paul Aufrere said, “What’s happening right now is a citizen uprising.”

People have reached the breaking point because of high taxes and the gross inefficiency of a bloated bureaucracy. When the government tried to raise money through another gas tax, that caused many frustrated workers to take to the streets in protest. Gasoline costs about $8.00 a gallon and the French refused to pay once penny more!

In small rural towns you will see abandoned cars collecting in railway stations because their former owners can no longer afford to maintain them.

The government run utilities charge astronomical prices and that’s forced families to heat with wood and for cooking. Dining out is a luxury few can afford. Just going to the theater or going on a family road trip is out of the question for most. So, when a new gas tax was proposed people reacted in protest. It began in the poorest districts first and spread quickly. The movement is almost completely outside the bounds of politics. Mainly because they don’t trust politicians, no matter what brand they may be.

Socialized medicine and too many safety nets have bankrupted the nation. For years politicians were elected on promises of providing free things, ostensibly paid for on the backs of the rich. It worked for a time, but now the rich are too few and the money has run out. The so-called “free entitlements” turned out to be the ruin of a nation. Now enter the people…. in yellow vests, standing in protest at the roundabout or marching around the Arche de Triumph.1    They don’t like to go hungry anymore than the mobs of 1789 that marked the beginning of the French Revolution.

The government has declared they will not give in to the protesters, although the gasoline tax has already been rescinded.

  1. They are called the yellow vest protestors because they wear the yellow safety vest carried in all vehicles.
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George Sr. and the Bush Family

by Jack

Today the liberals pile on to sing praises of George Herbert Walker Bush and the Bush family, as old George was laid to rest. That’s all well and good, but it seems like only yesterday that they relentlessly mocked and insulted this former president and his family. I wonder, is it because of Trump? Do the dems yearn for the social civility and political compromises the elder and even the junior were known for? Perhaps. It’s hard to say exactly what their trip is, but I think those praises wreak of hypocrisy.

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CA Dems Legally Harvested Ballots to Defeat Republicans

Posted by Tina

A number of Republican candidates in strong conservative areas held substantial leads prior to election day. They also lost on election day. They won the count of both absentee and in person voters. But they lost those elections. How does this happen?

The party that makes the rules decides the election. Democrats control California politics, and absolute control rarely leads to a just result. Let’s look at the change in election law that made the difference for Democrat candidates in red districts:

In Orange County – once seen as a Republican stronghold in the state- every House seat went to a Democrat after an unprecedented “250,000” vote-by-mail drop-offs were counted, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

“People were carrying in stacks of 100 and 200 of them. We had had multiple people calling to ask if these people were allowed to do this,” Kelley said.

Two years ago, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law AB1921, which legalized the so-called practice of “ballot harvesting.” Previously, only a family member or someone living in the same household was permitted to drop off mail ballots for a voter, but the new (law) allowed anyone – including political operatives – to collect and return them for a voter.

The excuse for the change was that it made it “easier to vote” for many Californians. Yeah, right. The old “easier” for the voter/citizen argument is becoming more mold ridden by the day. The thing that’s “easier” is cheating…doing morally reprehensible things to win elections.

Republicans lost the campaign in California in several ways. Number one, they did not take advantage of the new law the way Democrats did. It’s a distasteful law, but none the less, a legal method and Republicans must realize we are in a fight for the Republic that requires often distasteful activities. Two, Republicans did not focus enough attention (or cash?) on California races…all of the attention went to election fights in the eastern and southern part of the country, Florida, Tennessee, Michigan, Texas, and others. Three, CA Republican representatives have not fought hard enough regarding restrictions to conservative speech on college campuses, nor educated generally about the importance of free speech. And four, Republicans have not fought hard enough for border security, legal immigration, and the wall.

In a just world I doubt this law would pass the constitutional smell test; I’m certain it wouldn’t pass a morality test. Not when political operatives can bully and harass citizens to “help” them vote. The story above cited an 18 year old girl who wasn’t political and had no intention of voting but was visited four times by left operatives who offered to deliver her ballot for her. In all 250,000 such “votes” in one race were turned in by operatives that had harvested them.

It really does seem that everything Democrats do is tainted and tinged with slime…much like the “legitimate” businesses the mafia ran.

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Justice for Conservatives and Free Speech at Berkley Campus!

Posted by Tina

The Young Americas Foundation and the UC Berkeley College Republicans filed a civil rights lawsuit against UC Berkley a year ago alleging, “…bias in the process of bringing high-profile speakers to campus.” The lawsuit came about after conservative speaker Anne Coulter’s speech was cancelled and was later ammended when UC Berkely threw up unreasonable roadblocks for Ben Shapiro’s appearance. YAF and the UC Berkley College Republicans won:

The Department of Justice filed a statement of interest backing the campus conservatives. The crux of their argument revolved around two campus policies that they claim violate students’ First and 14th Amendment rights: an unspoken “High-Profile Speaker Policy” and an on-the-books ” Major Events Policy.”

“This Department of Justice will not stand by idly while public universities violate students’ constitutional rights,” Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand said at the time.

In the settlement, UC Berkeley agreed to the following terms set by YAF:

Pay YAF $70,000.
Rescind the unconstitutional “High-Profile Speaker Policy.”
Rescind the viewpoint-discriminatory security fee policy.
Abolish its heckler’s veto — protesters will no longer be able to shut down conservative expression.

Under these terms, UC Berkeley will no longer be allowed to place a 3 p.m. curfew on conservative events or relegate conservative speakers to remote or inconvenient lecture halls on campus while giving left-leaning speakers access to preferred parts of campus.

Yes! Winning!! The people, in this case young people, are standing up for basic American values and rights. Awesome!

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Mueller Targeted – Jerome Corsi Files Criminal and Ethics Complaint

Posted by Tina

In October NBC reported that Mueller’s office had obtained “communications” that suggested Jerome Corsi had “advance knowledge” that Hillary Clinton’s former campaign chairman’s (John Podesta) emails had been stolen and handed over to Julian Assange. NBC also reported that Mueller’s team is investigating whether Corsi had shared the information about the emails with Trump ally Roger Stone. NBC cited the usual “sources familiar with the case.

Today FOX News is reporting that Dr. Corsi has filed a formal complaint “…to a range of top law enforcement officials including Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, D.C.’s U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu and the Bar Disciplinary Counsel. The 78 page complaint accuses Mueller of bullying tactics and threatening Corsi to, “…tell a lie and call it the truth.”

According to Corsi’s complaint, they wanted him to demonstrate that he acted as a liaison between Stone and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on one side and the Trump campaign on the other, regarding the release of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee.

The complaint states that Mueller’s office is now “knowingly and deceitfully threatening to charge Dr. Corsi with an alleged false statement,” unless he gives them “false testimony” against Trump and others.

After nearly two years of expensive investigation to prove collusion between Trump and Russia to “steal” the election, Mueller’s team (a collection of leftist lawyers with ties to deep state operatives and scandals) has found nothing. Mueller has found nothing because this ridiculous inquiry began with a lie and rests on pure fantasy.

Glad to see Dr.Corsi will not take this abuse lying down.

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