Virgin Galactic ‘spaceship’ crashes during test; Will ‘eco’ space vacation hopefuls ask for their down-payments back?

More than 700 people, including Leonardo DiCaprio, have paid up to a quarter million dollars for a suborbital flight aboard Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic spaceship.

There has been delay after delay, and eventually I’m guessing most of them will ask for their money back. Branson’s group isn’t even close to a successful test at the 62-mile altitude the ship’s supposed to reach, and today’s test went tragically wrong:

A suborbital passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic company crashed during a test flight on Friday at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, killing one crew member and seriously injuring the other, officials said.

The crash of the vehicle, undergoing its first powered test flight since January over the Mojave Desert, 95 miles (150 km) north of Los Angeles, came days after another private space company, Orbital Sciences Corp, lost a rocket in an explosion moments after liftoff in Virginia.

Worth mentioning, even though at this point there’s no word about what caused the crash:

During the nine months since the previous rocket-powered test in January, Virgin Galactic switched SpaceShipTwo’s fuel mixture from a rubber-based compound to a plastic-based mix — in hopes that the new formulation would boost the hybrid rocket engine’s performance.

I don’t even want to drive a car designed by “greens” let alone get on an effing rocket engineered by them.

The sacrifices some people will endure to save Mother Gaia

The people who don’t read the free t-shirt before putting it on are the catalysts for the best jokes:

Let’s all go help her find the letter “e” that, because of climate change no doubt, fell out of the second position in the word “f_ast.”

Meteorologist Joe Bastardi wedgies noted global warming nutburger Bill McKibben

The wind-up:

And the pitch:

HAHAHA! Hopefully the phrase “parasitic climatic ambulance chasing” enters our lexicon on a more regular basis. That’s awesome.

And now a word from Woody Allen’s attorney, Barbara Walters

During a discussion about Dylan Farrow’s account of what she says Woody Allen did to her when she was seven years old, Barbara Walters gave such an impassioned defense of Allen that he might want to think about hiring her as his lawyer:

This is from a 1976 People Magazine interview with Woody Allen:

He goes on: “I’m open-minded about sex. I’m not above reproach; if anything, I’m below reproach. I mean, if I was caught in a love nest with 15 12-year-old girls tomorrow, people would think, yeah, I always knew that about him.” Allen pauses. “Nothing I could come up with would surprise anyone,” he ventures helplessly. “I admit to it all.”

That is of course proof of nothing but does provide an insight into a twisted mind. Evidence? No. A clue? Most likely.

Hollywood still loves Woody Allen, so maybe Barbara Walters was afraid to be too critical and blow future interview opportunities. You have to wonder how sick the accusations against Allen would have to be for them to stop lauding him in this manner:

I have that same suit Diane Keaton was wearing except in brown.

I Have a Dream…

…That somebody will clean up this mess:

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The day after thousands rallied to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington, the National Mall looks like a trash dump.

The grass from the Lincoln Memorial to the World War II Memorial is covered Sunday with empty soda cans, water bottles, boxed lunches, newspapers, a broken chair and rally signs. The Reflecting Pool also was filled with trash.

Although the trash cans were full along the expanse, the attendees did not attempt to leave their garbage near the bins. Instead, they left everything on the grass where they stood.

Even still, it’s cleaner than the Barackalyptic aftermath of Obama Coronation #1.

San Francisco Pot-Fest Partiers Celebrated Earth Day a Little Early

This past Saturday, a whole lotta pot revelers on Hippie Hill left their garbage in San Francisco — eleven tons of it, by some estimates:

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After the hashfest, no doubt a good number of the participants returned to their lives of accusing everybody else of being environmental rapists.

Best quote from the news video below: “The gang members were behaving themselves… it’s the way the world ought to be.”

Duuuude:

The Annual Earth Day Tire Burning and Gas Powered Leaf Blower Throttle-Up

I honor Earth Day pretty much how I celebrate Earth Hour: By keeping my own little corner of the world as clean as I can while mocking those who are flying high above our homes in their private jets — possibly on the way to one of their 20,000 square foot vacation homes (I’m looking at you, “Mr. Climate”) — while looking down and lamenting how our cars, incandescent light bulbs and beef-rich diets for ruining the planet.

But I have to admit there’s an upside to the environmental moonbattery, for it gives us great moments like this:

And here’s our annual obligatory Earth Day video (language warning):

Bonus: The 13 worst predictions made on the very first Earth Day in 1970.

Another ‘Green Jobs’ Company Sinks, Taking $249 Million Taxpayer Dollars With It

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The Hope & Change era’s great gang-banging of the taxpayer continues. With the Obama administration, crony capitalism-induced bankruptcy is as easy as A123:

A123 Systems Inc, a lithium-ion battery maker that received a $249 million grant from the U.S. government, filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday.

The advanced car battery industry has been hurt by overcapacity amid weak U.S. demand for electric cars.

A123 had promised to create 38,000 U.S. jobs, including 5,900 at its own plants, in return for the government funding under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Electric Drive Vehicle Battery and Component Manufacturing Initiative.

I’ll accompany this with the obligatory video of Obama not long ago justifying this particular “investment” of taxpayer dollars by claiming it would create thousands of long term jobs in the U.S.:

Do you think Romney will bring this up tonight when Obama goes off on another “clean energy investment” double-down?

EPA Doing Flyovers to Spy on American Farmers

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The tactics of the US Environmental Protection Agency would give Stalin a hard-on the size of Lenin (or should that be the other way around? Whatever…)

From the “guilty until proven innocent, and probably not even then” file we have this further bit of evidence of the decline and fall of freedom as we once knew it:

Midwest ranchers have never been enamored with environmental regulators, but they really began to complain after learning that federal inspectors were flying over their land to look for problems.

The Environmental Protection Agency flies over power plants and other facilities nationwide to identify potential air, water and land pollution. It began using aerial surveillance in the Midwest in 2010 to check farms for violations of federal clean water regulations.

Ranchers who object to the program said they’re not trying to hide anything. It’s the quiet approach the EPA took with the program designed to spot illegal disposal of animal waste that they find upsetting. Most were not even aware of the flyovers until regional EPA officials mentioned it at a meeting three months ago.

“For me, it just creeps into the ‘Big Brother is watching you’ area, to where the government just feels like it’s getting more and more intrusive,” said Buck Wehrbein, who manages a cattle feeding operation in Mead, Neb., about 30 miles west of Omaha.

EPA officials explained during a meeting with ranchers in West Point, Neb., that they lease small planes that fly EPA staffers over cattle operations. The staffers take photographs as they seek evidence of illegal animal waste running off into rivers and streams.

Ranchers complained to their members of Congress, who responded angrily and then grew even more annoyed by what they considered the EPA’s sluggish response to their inquiries for information about the flights. Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns, a Republican, introduced an amendment to a multifaceted farm bill to stop the flights, but it fell four votes short of the 60 needed. Although most backers of the amendment were Republicans, 10 Democrats supported the proposal.

“EPA has been deliberately ambiguous when it comes to the size and scope of this program,” Johanns said in a statement. “EPA must be honest about this program or cease it entirely, and I will continue pressing for this information on behalf of all concerned farmers and ranchers.”

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican, met June 25 with top EPA administrators to find out why the agency was flying over farms when there was no indication that regulations had been violated. He also sought more information about why the EPA flew over farms that weren’t required to have discharge permits.

I’m guessing the answer Grassley got was “um, because we’re the EPA, that’s why!”

In addition to the usual intrusiveness, the EPA is probably trying to make sure kids under 18 aren’t being made to perform chores on the farm. God forbid anybody develop a fu*#ing work ethic at a young age in this country.

But I can’t help but wonder… what’s the carbon footprint of all these EPA anti-global warming crusading bureaucrats winging around America making sure Farmer Johnson’s cows aren’t taking a dump in the river?

(h/t Gateway Pundit)

Consumer Reports Tests Fisker Karma; Car Breaks Down

The Fisker Karma is an over $100,000 “green” car that Al Gore, Leo DiCaprio and Colin Powell love to which the Obama Energy Department gave a $529 million loan only to have the company move their operation overseas and lay off US workers. I know… it all sounds too good to be true. But wait, it gets better.

The car more than makes up for all that downside in performance. Or maybe not.

From Consumer Reports:

Our Fisker Karma cost us $107,850. It is super sleek, high-tech—and now it’s broken.

We have owned our car for just a few days; it has less than 200 miles on its odometer. While doing speedometer calibration runs on our test track (a procedure we do for every test car before putting it in service by driving the car at a constant 65 mph between two measured points), the dashboard flashed a message and sounded a “bing“ showing a major fault. Our technician got the car off the track and put it into Park to go through the owner’s manual to interpret the warning. At that point, the transmission went into Neutral and wouldn’t engage any gear through its electronic shifter except Park and Neutral.

We let the car sit for about an hour and restarted it. We could now engage Drive and the same error message disappeared. After moving it only a few feet the error message reappeared and when we tried to engage Reverse the transmission went straight to Park and again no motion gear could be engaged. After calling the dealer, which is about 100 miles away, they promptly sent a flatbed tow truck to haul away the disabled Fisker.

We buy about 80 cars a year and this is the first time in memory that we have had a car that is undriveable before it has finished our check-in process.

The government’s reaction will be “clearly we didn’t throw enough taxpayer money at the project.”

Well done, Gorebots. These fools would be hilarious if they weren’t dragging down the US economy with them.