World Record 1600 Pound Model Rocket Launch

Bless the hobbyists among us. They can work miracles.

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By Davin Coburn

Rocket Record: The Largest, Heaviest Amateur Rocket Ever Launched
Steve Eves broke two world records Saturday, when his 1/10th scale model of the historic rocket—built in his garage near Akron, Ohio—lifted off from a field on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The 36-ft.-tall rocket was the largest amateur rocket ever launched and recovered successfully—and at 1648 pounds, also the heaviest. Eves’ single-stage behemoth was powered by nine motors—eight 13,000 Newton-second N-Class motors and a 77,000 Newton-second P-Class motor. (Five Newton-seconds is equivalent to about a pound of thrust.) All told, the array generated enough force to chuck a Volkswagen more than a half-mile—and sent the Saturn V more than 4440 feet straight up. It was arguably the most audacious display of raw power ever generated by an amateur rocket.

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Gungrabbers Stigmatize 4 Year Old Autistic Boy

Here is a story to make you really wonder about the rationality of 21st Century America. Video at link.

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Neighbors Go To War Over 4-Year-Old Boy
Neighbors Try To Restrict Boy, Family To Home, Driveway
Lauren Reynolds
10News I-Team Reporter

But instead of being welcomed, the Trussle family has been under attack, they said, by neighbors. The accusations against them have been wild, including that 4-year-old Spencer “might come out with a firearm at anytime.”

“I thought they had lost their minds,” said Marla Trussle.

They are neighbors Sarah Fisher, Danielle Harway and Kelly Plaster. All three filed court papers asking that Spencer, his sister Olivia, and mom and dad be restricted to their own home and driveway.

“There was nothing I had done, my husband had done, my daughter had done, or I had done that warranted that response,” said Trussle.

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Involuntary Servitude, An American Tradition?

RKBA Activists who try to comprehend the attitude and culture of the law enforcement community in regard to the 2nd Amendment might do well to examine the history of depression era chain gangs.

Douglas Blackmon chronicles an era of judicial corruption completely invisible in contemporary public debate and yet in overall form hauntingly familar to David Olofson, Timothy Emerson, Randy Weaver and others.

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The Bricks We Stand On

On March 30, 1908, Green Cottenham was arrested by the sheriff of Shelby County, Alabama, and charged with “vagrancy.” Cottenham had committed no true crime. Vagrancy, the offense of a person not being able to prove at a given moment that he or she is employed, was a new and flimsy concoction dredged up from legal obscurity at the end of the nineteenth century by the state legislatures of Alabama and other southern states.

After three days behind bars, twenty-two-year-old Cottenham was found guilty in a swift appearance before the county judge and immediately sentenced to a thirty-day term of hard labor. Unable to pay the array of fees assessed on every prisoner—fees to the sheriff, the deputy, the court clerk, the witnesses—Cottenham’s sentence was extended to nearly a year of hard labor.

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Our friend the Welshman over at Liberty Sphere is on the warpath about ObamaNation’s Poll numbers!

Who could blame him?

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In a blatant attempt to snowball the American public into believing Obama has overwhelming public support for the direction he is taking the country, the AP issued a poll today that is patently FALSE–particularly in the manner in which it is portrayed.

Using Obama’s personal approval rating of 64% as a supposed indication that Americans overwhelmingly support his policies, the AP poll failed to show his skyrocketing negative numbers.


Geese Are Evil And Need To Die!

After over a decade of fiddle-fooling around the US Fish & Wildlife Service has finalized rules for harvest of Tundra Geese.There is no record of how many acres of fragile Arctic Tundra have been destroyed while the bureaucrats pontificated.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Finalize Light Goose Conservation Rules

“The overabundance of light geese is harming their fragile arctic breeding habitat,” said H. Dale Hall, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “The damage to the habitat is, in turn, harming the health of the light geese and other bird species that depend on the tundra habitat. Returning the light goose population to sustainable levels is necessary to protect this delicate habitat, and every species dependent on it.”

During the last few decades, populations of greater and lesser snow geese and Ross’s geese, collectively called “light geese,” have grown to historic highs. The current breeding population of mid-continent light geese likely exceeds 5 million birds, an increase of more than 300 percent since the mid-1970s. Historic numbers of central arctic light geese have denuded portions of their fragile tundra breeding habitat to the point many areas may take decades to recover. The geese are showing lower-than-normal body size and suffering a decrease in gosling survival due to habitat degradation. The deteriorating habitat is also having a negative impact on some local populations of other bird species. For example, the number of semi-palmated sandpiper and red-necked phalarope nests have declined at La Perouse Bay, Manitoba, where habitat has been severely degraded by the geese. Overabundant greater snow geese have also damaged natural marsh habitats and caused agricultural depredations on migration and wintering areas in eastern Canada and Atlantic coast states. Decreasing the light goose population will help ease the pressure on the arctic and migration habitats, improving the health for all its associated wildlife populations, including light geese.

Somali Pirates-Bring Back The Deck Gun!

Has this civilization fallen so far a billion dollar cargo ship is incapable of challenge to an unflagged open skiff far from any reasonable distance to shore with a minimum amount of force?

Is no electronic instrumentation available to detect the approach of potentially hostile vessels in international waters? Has the crow’s nest watch completely disappeared from modern ships?

CAPTAIN or SEA CAPTAIN, mar. law. The name given to the master or commander of a vessel. He is known in this country very generally by the name of master. (q.v.) He is also frequently denominated patron in foreign laws and books.

Towards others, it is the policy of the law to hold him responsible for all losses or damages that may happen to the goods committed to his charge; whether they arise from negligence, ignorance, or willful misconduct of himself or his mariners, or any other person on board the ship. As soon, therefore, as goods are put on board, they are in the master’s charge, and he is bound to deliver them again in the same state in which they were shipped, and he is answerable for all losses or damages they may sustain, unless it proceed from an inherent defect in the article, or from some accident or misfortune which could not be prevented.