It's a Three-fer Tuesday here at the Castle for GorT:
Item Numero Uno: Launch of the second flight of the X-37B "mini space shuttle"
The Air Force launched the X-37B back into space on its second mission today. This vehicle represents a reusable, quick launch reconnaissance capability for the United States. Many suspect it is either (a) calibrating and evaluating sensor packages onboard or (b) collecting information over the Middle East. It's a compelling idea.
Item Dos: Attention End of the Worlders - Asteroid Flying By Tonight!
A 3-mile wide asteroid (4179 Toutatis) is flying by the Earth tonight closing to a range of 4.3 million miles. For those interested in front row seats, you can tune into the Slooh Space Camera and Virtual Telescope Project. The show via Slooh will start at 3pm EST and again from some equipment in Arizona at 10pm EST. For those still trying to convert the units and do the math, the asteroid will still be 18 times farther away the Earth than the Moon is.
Item Three: Boehner's Comments on the floor of the House
I heard a clip of the Speaker's comments on a drive today and, regardless of other actions or inactions by the Speaker, was impressed. Here are some excerpts:
Let's be honest. We're broke. The plan we offered is consistent with the president's call for a balanced approach. We're still waiting for the White House to do the same. The longer the White House slow-walks this process the closer our economy gets to the fiscal cliff.
In analysis of the CBO and GAO numbers form the President's proposal, only $400 Billion of the $1.6 Trillion of new tax revenue will go towards deficit reduction. The remaining $1.2 Trillion will go towards new or increased spending. Spending IS the issue.
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