Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Much of the news about Vice President Al Gore these days has the pungent odor of chickens coming home to roost:
That’s just the front-page news of the past two weeks. Is there a connection between these stories? You bet. The biggest cover-up in American political history is, in fact, designed to conceal the connection between the biggest fund-raising scandal and the biggest national security disaster in American political history.
Without the active help of the Clinton-Gore administration, and its reversal of established security policies protecting nuclear secrets and sensitive military technologies, the Chinese today would not be able to issue a credible threat against Taiwan and the United States.
That’s because without the catastrophic transfer of nuclear, missile, satellite and computer technologies that has occurred during the Clinton-Gore administration, the United States would have been able to forestall any Chinese attack on Taiwan by threatening China with large-scale destruction. American military officials previously were secure in the knowledge that China could not retaliate in kind. But now, thanks to the activities of Clinton, Gore and probably Hsia, Huang and Trie, China can retaliate.
In seven years of Clinton-Gore rule, therefore, the United States has gone from being an invulnerable superpower to a nation that no longer has a shield against Chinese nuclear missile attacks. This is a direct consequence of (1) the violation of U.S. security laws by Clinton-Gore campaign funders like the Loral Corporation, which provided key restricted satellite and missile technologies to China; (2) the removal of security controls and the lax attitude towards security by Clinton-Gore cabinet members like Hazel O’Leary; and (3) the Clinton-Gore team’s systematic removal of security controls on commercial transfers, particularly for supercomputers, essential for the Chinese to develop their nuclear and missile technologies.
Were these policy changes the price Clinton-Gore paid for the illegal monies they received? We can’t say this with certainty, since the Clinton-Gore machine and its surrogates have successfully obstructed every effort to investigate these matters by the Justice Department and by congressional committees. More than 100 witnesses have taken the Fifth Amendment or fled the country with the explicit or tacit support of the Clinton-Gore Administration. In some cases, we now know, the Clinton-Gore White House has intimidated other witnesses into not cooperating with duly authorized investigations.
There was yet another related item in the news last week. It was Gore’s announcement that he is going to make campaign-finance reform a focus of his presidential run. In a pre-emptive move, he also acknowledged that his collusion in the Buddhist Temple scam to funnel illegal Chinese money into his electoral pocket was a “mistake.” Actually it was a crime, as Hsia’s five felony convictions indicate. Gore says he wants to ban soft money, which is still perfectly legal and an expression of free-speech rights. Even if one thinks soft money is a problem, it is a fly in the ointment compared to the abuses of which Gore is accused.
Why does Gore suddenly want to talk about perfectly legal soft money that American citizens give to the party of their choice? Maybe because he doesn’t want to talk about the Chinese money and what it bought.
David Horowitz is a conservative writer and activist.More David Horowitz.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.