Archive for July 16th, 2019

Today in History

Twenty years ago today, John F. Kennedy, Jr., his wife Carolyn, and his sister-in-law Lauren left us. It was a late Friday night and most of us learned about it the following morning on the news programs. Tragic.

Fifty years ago this morning, I watched the launch of Apollo 11. It was the summer of 1969. I had a summer job, so I went in a little late to work. I remember feeling anxious and nervous. Were we really going to make it to the moon? Wow!

Richard Nixon was our president. It was four and five years after the signing of historic civil rights and voting rights legislation. If someone would have asked me then will we have a racist and bigot living at 1600 Pennsylvania in fitty years, I would have told them they were crazy.

So, this is the headline of today’s Chron E-Board take:

The president is a bigot. Patriots can’t stay silent on racist remarks.

Here is from the E-Board take:

U.S. Rep. Will Hurd of Helotes was one of the few Republicans to offer a strong rebuke of Trump, telling CNN the tweets were “racist and xenophobic.”

Here is the entire E-Board read:

We are not going to avoid history on this. Donald Trump has always been and will forever be a racist and bigot. Fess up to it folks. CNN anchors have said it while anchors on other networks just kind of walk up to the line. Sad.

The paid GOP talking heads on CNN have been pathetic the last couple of days.

The U.S. House will vote on a resolution condemning Trump. I am betting GOP House members will take a walk on the vote. Pathetic. They have lost any moral ground on this.

From the concentration camps blankets department, this month we have been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing. NASA put out a piece on what the Apollo program brought us.

From NASA:

Space Blankets

One of the most prevalent spinoffs from the entire space program was invented for Apollo-era spacesuits. It might be best known as the “space blankets” found in emergency kits and handed out at the end of marathons, but multilayer reflective insulation is more often used in less visible applications.

NASA found that by layering multiple metalized sheets of lightweight mylar, it could create a reflective insulation far more effective both pound-for-pound and inch-for-inch than anything else available. NASA went on to master the technology, improving its strength, fabrication techniques and testing procedures, fine-tuning it for maximum performance.

The insulation has been used in just about every NASA spacecraft and spacesuit since its creation, and it has become a ubiquitous spinoff found in clothing, firefighting and camping gear, building insulation, cryogenic storage, magnetic resonance imaging machines and particle colliders, to name a few applications.

Those are the blankets that are being handed out at Trump’s border concentration camps. You can’t make this sh_t up!

I think I said yesterday that we need a quality starting pitcher.

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