rgalexan

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    • The Modern Whig Party

      in Forums > The Modern Whig Party | Follow this topic

      rgalexan

      Due to reading Instapundit yesterday, I found out about the Modern Whig party. I've become a more moderate libertarian in recent years, and this group might be a good match for me. More importantly, they are touting a moderate agenda that I think falls more in line with the country's political needs. It was apparently started last year by a group of veterans, and have a platform pushing:

      -- Fiscal Responsibility
      -- States Rights
      -- Energy Independence
      -- Strong Education, Exploration and Scientific Advancement

      Basically, the moral questions that people get worked up about should be decided by the individual states, not the federal government.

      Third parties are typically unsuccessful, but this is the first time that one has gained traction by working from the center. It may well be worth some time. Any thoughts?

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    • Oh, THAT Liberal Media Bias... continued

      in Forums > Oh, THAT Liberal Media Bias... continued | Follow this topic

      rgalexan

      Susan Roetgen, CNN Reporter, loses it while on assignment at the Chicago Tea Party, and engages in a shouting match with the people who are using their right to free speech. She was obviously angry that people had the NERVE to speak out against the bailout package, the President, and Congress. The liberal ones, at least. If you haven't seen the video, I recommend you please do.


      ...OH, wait, you may want to think twice on that. CNN is now threatening a lawsuit on anyone who posts a video of the incident. This, along with her going "on vacation" two days later, shows that CNN knows an ethical line was crossed. However, they are stooping to legal thuggery to cover their tracks.

      The media doesn't always get it wrong (the Gov. Blago case was reported evenhandedly, I thought), but this whole news-and-entertainment-with-agenda thing has gone too far.

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    • Obama boycotts UN Racism Conference

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      rgalexan

      The Obama Administration has chosen to boycott the UN's Durban Conference on Racism. The boycott came about because of some anti-Israeli language in the conference articles, which is a repeat of what went down in the first Durban conference in 2001 (when Bush's delegates walked out). Obama's team did try to head off the situation beforehand, asking for the objectionable language to be removed, but to no avail.

      For once, I think the Obama administration did the right thing here. There is no room for anti-semitism at a conference such as this. Apparently, some countries thought it was a conference for racism, not a conference on how to solve racism. Thanks to Iran, the conference has been a total farce so far. Good work, Mr. President.

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    • Forum Rules?

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      rgalexan

      Do we want to set any ground rules for this forum?

      The reason that I am asking is that I have some very intelligent friends on RVB who would thrive in Cap Steps (given that they've been arguing with a bunch of nutty teens for the past year). These guys could handle our adult level conversations, but were never involved with LN...

      How do we want to do this?

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    • Flipt Skateshop

      10 years ago

      rgalexan

      Well, for those of you on RVB who haven't heard from me in quite a while, here is the biggest change to my life in the past year. My family and I purchased Flipt Skateshop in Kemah, Texas. I'm not a skater, and neither is Angie, but both my boys are. Here are some of the first promo shots I had made last year of David and Michael:
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      We got those shots made last year as a Mother's Day gift. I will always remember this as the time I started truly looking at them both as young men, coming into their own.
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      We hosted a competition about a month ago, where we got this shot of David (Michael was <ahem> injured):
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      The current Flipt Skate Team. We are accepting videos, if anyone wants to try out:
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      The shop itself is a lot of fun. We try and sport a strong deck wall, and Angie and I enjoy every minute of it:
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      Next time any of you are in Kemah, stop by!

    • ...and I'm back

      10 years ago

      rgalexan

      Today is my return to rvb from a couple of years hiatus. I always did like RvB, but I decided to port over to Longhornnation when it came about. Burnie and Squirrel were fraternity brothers of mine, and LN gave me the means to reunite with some of my college friends. It was an adult forum, and I really enjoyed the LN functions that were held all around -- especially the tailgate parties before the Texas Longhorn football games.

      Unfortunately, LN is about to be no more. Since Rooster Teeth essentially hosted LN, most of the folks from that site are coming over this way. So, I'm back here, and ready to rejoin the community. I hope to see many of you again -- many of you I missed. A lot has happened in the last two years -- I'll be making updates soon!

    • On Console

      12 years ago

      rgalexan

      I'm on console for three days this week as we gear up for next month's shuttle flight. This will be my last shuttle flight, as my duties on the K-1 program will take precedence (and budget). Tomorrow's going to be a long day, as I will be working most of the afternoon and evening. I'll take my time back before Memorial Day.

      Saturday was supposed to be a momentous occasion for me. I was able to play in a Boondawgs soccer game with my nephews Jonathan and Micah. This was the first time that we had played together, and my first time ever to share the field with Jonathan. He just never got how important it was to me while he was in high school, but was willing to take time out of his MCAT studies to help us out on Saturday. The tough thing is, a good number of our players didn't show up (ie. only two women players), and we had to play with three fewer players than the opposition. This is something that the team manager should take care of; unfortunately, we've been dealing with the lack of personnel ever since our current manager took over for me two years ago. Frustrating.

      Better focus on the positive. The shuttle is currently scheduled to launch on June 8th, and I'll be taking off for my honeymoon soon after it lands.

    • Why I journal

      12 years ago

      rgalexan

      May 11th, 2007

      Why we journal
      I've been meaning to post something up for a while now, since my last bummer of a post. Things have been going good, I have nothing to whinge about, plenty of little events, but nothing big like the shootings at JSC.

      My project here at work is going great. I will be the head of Mission Operations for the Kistler K-1 launch vehicle, and will have a sizable team under me. We have about 50 positions for the program as a whole to staff up by July 1, which is impossible. I am taking resumes, but our HR people are working too slow, in my humble opinion. I think that they're too worried about the temporary funding picture, which should be cleared by our July start date. All the same, I'm in a job that I love.

      We're getting close to the end of my team's soccer season, which has been one of the worst in team history. We lost a lot of our talented players to graduation and work travel. We need to start the rebuilding process over the summer. To do that, I plan on hiring a bunch of talented soccer players for my office. We had a very physical game last Saturday, and I strained me knee and my back. These are nagging images that are reminding me of my age.

      I participated in the JSC annual chili cookoff again last Saturday. This cookoff is basically a big boozefest with some spices thrown in. My team, Surfin Chjli has been around a long time and has some really cool traditions. I had to leave early on Saturday due to soccer, but Angie and I have resolved to making this a priority for next year. It's just too good to pass up.

      Angie and I also had a romantic date in downtown Houston on Saturday night. It was a great opportunity for us to devote some time to ourselves. We both wish that we could do that more.

      That wasn't so hard. I guess that this has been on my mind in light of the news of the passing of Longhornnation's KillingJoker and his daughter. I had befriended Kj online, and revelled in how he shared his life with the community. He was also active in forum discussions, and, though I didn't always agree with him, he based his beliefs on solid reasoning. I enjoyed his journal, and how he gave details from day to day.

      I resolve, from now, to take that spare fifteen minutes out of the day to just journal a thought or two. In doing so, I will keep Kj in my thoughts.

    • Bill Phillips

      12 years ago

      rgalexan

      The situation of what happened last week was chaotic, to say the least. Angie called me as soon as she found out -- around the time that it hit CNN and Fox News -- to tell me she was leaving. I stayed put here across the street from the center, because I was in a safe place and far away from the situation. Building 44 on site is a reasonably secluded place.

      I mentioned the buidling to Eugen, our Canadian young engineer who is down here on a 6-month tour. He was a bit disturbed by the Virginia Tech shootings, and came to talk to me and my cubemate, Nellie, about it. We explained that these things happen, that no matter what a society does, people still go over the edge and hurt others. I mentioned the incident in Japan where a man killed several pre-schoolers with a sword. Nellie mentioned Andrea Yates, when she drowned her children in the bathtub. Eugen has been working closely with Rusty Yates, Andrea's ex-husband, and didn't realize that this was the situation with him. So Eugen was already dealing with a lot in one week when the situation at JSC came about. I told him that something was going on in Building 44, and Eugen's first reaction was "That's where Dave Beverly works; I hope that he's OK."

      I have sort of worked with David Beverly over the past two years, but not actively. Dave was our contact for hardware stores, especially electrical parts. Eugen has been working with him closely during his tour, on the same project as Rusty Yates, buidling a cable that will allow us to keep a powered inspection boom on the ISS. When Dave was not available, he would send Will Phillips in his stead. I have been keeping a supervisory role in this -- I met Dave and Will in person, but only a couple of times (Dave more than Will), and not enough for them to make an impression, though. I have plenty of e-mail from Dave, that's for sure.

      So, I was a bit suprised when it was announced that the incident at JSC was the shooting of Dave Beverly by Bill Phillips. Names I knew, yet I couldn't picture their faces. I didn't get to see those faces until seeing Houston Chronicle articles on them yesterday.

      I don't remember David Beverly too well, but I sure did recognize Bill Phillip's face. That bothered me a bit -- I'm usually great with faces, but where did I know this guy from?

      My Minister's blog provided the answer. Apparently, Bill was someone who came to my church a couple of times. Being one of the more social people in the congregation, I greeted him and introduced myself. I strain to remember the conversations, but I do recall little reaction from him for my words. I never let that bother me; people come to church for their own reasons, and he had his own reasons, too.

      What I wonder about is how things could be different. For a while, I was running a Grief Recovery Group in the church. The group disbanded for lack of need after a while, but what if it was still going? Could it have helped these men? Could he have related with me over my own past problems with the whole performance appraisal system with JSC contractors? I refuse to lose sleep over this, for these men are gone, and I can't change that. I just know it didn't have to be this way.

      Dave Beverly deserved better.

      In my own company, my management is beginning to discuss how we can avoid a similar situation by doing things differently. I asked them if anything positive ever came out of performance appraisals. No one can answer that. Thousands of hours wasted each year, managers who avoid giving constructive criticism to their peers so they can use the PA as a "way out" of a difficult encounter, and almost every employee unhappy because the rules state that there has to be "at least one negative on every PA." Negative PAs lead to lower salaries and layoffs, the threat of which sent Bill Phillips over the edge. I'm hoping that my management decides to change things here.

      I don't think any normal person would do such a heinous, evil thing that Bill did. But we all deserve better, anyway.

    • So far, so good

      12 years ago

      rgalexan

      This new project that I am working on will be quite a piece of work. The concept is one that Kistler has been working on for several years: launch satellites out of Australia, and "fly" the various pieces of the launch vehicle back to the launch site as soon as we're done with them. I'll get some pictures up soon.

      My company is getting a bigger and bigger role in the project. We will probably be building the cargo module itself, and we'll have some sort of role in mission operations. So, as the first full timer on the project, what will my role be? Good question. According to my management, I will be "responsible for defining my own role." They have hired an overall project manager, which will be a good thing for me. Kearney and I worked together on the SpaceHab proposal last year (he was their CEO), and he has already shown some enthusiasm for my request to apprentice under him as an Assisstant Program Manager. For that reason, I'm trying to train up as many of my coworkers on this project as is realistic. None of them are charging to the project yet, but some are facing a layoff unless they get involved around the office soon. There is no reason for that as far as I'm concerned. I figure that this is one way to make everyone around here win.

      I can't help but feel, though, that I've been handed the ball, and I'm just kicking it through the first set of goal posts that I can find. I just hope that they're the right ones.

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    • monopoly_j

      8 years ago

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      ...............Luke 2:1-20
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    • monopoly_j

      9 years ago

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      I want to take this time to wish you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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    • GHOST07

      10 years ago

      where is your shop. i live in pearland ? i know where kemah is

    • cbetts

      10 years ago

      I must have dropped you off my friends list during your sabbatical. ;-)

    • monopoly_j

      11 years ago

      I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas!

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      Luke 2:1-20

      And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

      Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.â€Â
      And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
      “ Glory to God in the highest,
      And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!â€Â

      So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.†And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely[d] known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

    • GigasViking

      12 years ago

      Just a quick FYI to let you know that after 2 MONTHS I got the egyptian translator done! I am more relieved than ever now that the "bee-otch" (that's the name of the air freshener in the car used in the new Transformers movie) is done =)

      My newest journal entry covers the details you can check out sometime.

    • GigasViking

      12 years ago

      Hey, thought I'd drop a note and let you know I just got done making a translator that will translate english into +5000 year old cuneiform language if you wanna check it out...its in my journal :)

    • HatHead

      12 years ago

      Happy Holidays Rob!

    • powerbomb141

      12 years ago

      What Gado got traded? I didn't know that. What the hell is up with the Packers? My god, just when I think they can't make any worse decisions they pull that out of their ass.

    • ohfer

      12 years ago

      I love The Church, and found some of their videos from that time as well. I couldn't post 'em all, though.

      I really like this song, even though the singing is a bit, er, rough.

    • HatHead

      13 years ago

      also - good luck with the launch! looking forward to the Canadian cosmic handshake!

    • HatHead

      13 years ago

      Thanks for the sermon links! What's your take on the Orion? peace!

    • Bryy

      13 years ago

      I saw late last night that the shuttle was delayed. I stood up in bed and mused "Fuck that" and woke up everyone.

    • Bryy

      13 years ago

      One of your rockets is launching?

    • HatHead

      13 years ago

      also, if you and crew still have a glow on after your cruise, I am playing at Joe Mama's which is downtown and not terribly far from the docks (depending how you go back to your hotel in Brampton). Location.

    • HatHead

      13 years ago

      Argh - not at home at the moment. Will clear my messages - I must be popular!

    • HatHead

      13 years ago

      Hi Rob - I was able to read your PM but now it won't let be back to the msg. (has happened before but then fixed itself).

      I am a car-less downtown Toronto boy - let's connect on Thurs!

    • contractor

      13 years ago

      Brotherhood FTW. smiley0.gif

    • pwn3d

      13 years ago

      Not really that religious, once i had my bar mitzvah i kinda slipped out..

    • Pealet

      13 years ago

      With your affiliation with NASA, I wanted to get your take on this...

      intelligenceestimate.blogspot.com/2006/07/state-of-arts.html

      I can get a resume to you in a matter of hours if you can hook me up with the right people. (BTW, Slowbombfizz sent me)

      Post edited 7/11/06 8:09AM

    • HatHead

      13 years ago

      hmmm, Brampton is car country. Don't tell me the UAW has it hands in the final frontier! If its the UAW, at least the union president in Canada's name is Buzz.

    • killer33

      13 years ago

      hahha nice smiley4.gif

    • pwn3d

      13 years ago

      Hello there, as a proud member of my friends list, I invite you to join my contest It's quite a lengthy one but nevertheless, it's just for fun. All contest details in the entry. First 50 allowed into round 1.

      Thanks, Matt.

    • pwn3d

      13 years ago

      Sorry, I need to laugh at you again for being a rocket scientist. Hehehe

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      jk

    • TleahciM

      13 years ago

      Don't they realize that you're not doing this all just for fun(-gus)?


      If there was the possibility of a +1 Lame, I would give it to you. As it is, I don't have enough mod points to achieve the task! smiley0.gif

    • nasafreak87

      13 years ago

      I wanted to go Air Force, however the rate I was looking at is full up for quite a while. So I'll be going Navy instead.

    • roetheshy

      13 years ago

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    • pwn3d

      13 years ago

      Thanks for voting for me, much appriciated, remember to spread the word

    • pwn3d

      13 years ago

      Im reply to rgalexan, personal comments (pwn3d):

      I went to nerd school for years for the right to call myself a rocket scientist!

      Happy Birthday (again), dude!

      Lol, lol, and lol again! Well earned!
      And thanks again for the birthday wish!

    • pwn3d

      13 years ago

      lol Rocket scientist. Nice!

    • Cinimod

      13 years ago

      I have a question for you... does being a scientist affect your religious beliefs? I am a religious person but I know that my views on human creation have been affected by what I learn in the science community.. If you don’t want to talk about it, I understand.

    • Cinimod

      13 years ago

      thats fine with me.. I dont sleep much anyhow

    • Cinimod

      13 years ago

      early to bed early to rise....

    • Cinimod

      13 years ago

      That’s great.. I hope you get to go to space. Just think some day everyone will go to space at least once.

    • Cinimod

      13 years ago

      Wow that’s amazing... I am probably going to work for NASA when I get done with school. I want to go into space some day, but not all to time like astronauts. I hear sometimes engineers go up with them.

    • Cinimod

      13 years ago

      Hey whats up... Im going to school to be a Aero Space Engineer. USU has a pretty good program.. who do you work for?

    • Refractor

      13 years ago

      Shuttle delayed till July? Damn it! I wont be in Florida anymore.
      If the foam continues to be a problem, why not just go back to the old type? It was switched because it wasnt enviornmentally friendly right? But theres only like 20 missions left.

    • Stonesword

      13 years ago

      You probably hear this all the time, but I was talking to someone about a failed launch.
      They were commenting on how there are still problems after all this time.
      I said, "Yeah, it's not like it's rocket science, no wait... it is!"

    • mcpoflash FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      13 years ago

      If you go the west coast they bep you as milityary of some kind and least in the northwest

    • mcpoflash FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      13 years ago

      Good point good point

    • SloeBombFizz

      13 years ago

      I hope all your drinks came true and that you made wishes responsibly... or something like that.


      Glückliches Neujahr!

    • HatHead

      13 years ago

      MERRY XMAS!

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    • cbetts

      13 years ago

      Yeah, Cleveland isn't on the top of list for place I want to live . . .

      I almost went to HQ . . . but luckily, it snowed before I applied and snapped be back into reality!

      I actually like the Falls Church area, but I am so spoiled now for living by the beach.

    • cbetts

      13 years ago

      Glenn? Is this for a move to another center as well? It gets chilly there!

    • Gee

      13 years ago

      don't worry, I have included some South Park. I love their Christmas tunes.

      nothing beats Cartman trying to sing "O Holy Night".

    • cbetts

      13 years ago

      I'll be in town for the Rose Bowl -- perhaps we should meet (again)!

      Sounds like fun. Let's see how our schedules come together. Maybe make a NASA reunion out of it. Who knows?

    • bob902004

      14 years ago

      Yeah, thats why i dont go into that forum...i hear its crazy.

    • HatHead

      14 years ago

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      (the file does so exist!)

    • HatHead

      14 years ago

      File does not exist.

    • bob902004

      14 years ago

      wow, aerospace engineer...that rocks dude!

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