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The National Space Council

October 5 marks the first meeting of the National Space Council since 1993. But what is it and why does it matter? Let us explain by taking a trip back in history…

We’ve teleported back to 1958…President Dwight Eisenhower is in office and the National Aeronautics and Space Council was created with the signing of the Space Act that year. President Eisenhower chaired the first National Aeronautics and Space Council (NASC). That council continued during the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon Administrations during which we put an American in outer space with John Glenn in 1962 and put humans on the moon starting in 1969. That Council was disbanded in 1973.

In 1989, President George H.W. Bush’s Administration reinstated what was known as the National Space Council, which was designed to help chart national space policy and the roles of multiple federal agencies such as NASA. The Space Council disbanded again in 1993.

On June 30, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order reestablishing the National Space Council – which brings us to today. The current National Space Council will bring a unified national perspective on space policy to the Administration by coordinating the views of the civilian, commercial and national security sectors.

So now that you have a bit of the history…why does this matter?

With the Oct. 5 meeting, titled “Leading the Next Frontier: An Event with the National Space Council,” Vice President Mike Pence will convene this council and have participation from acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot, as well as a number of Trump Administration cabinet members and senior officials, and aerospace industry leaders.

During the council’s first meeting, we will hear from experts who represent various parts of the space industry: Civil Space, Commercial Space and National Security Space.

You can watch the first meeting of the National Space Council starting at 10 a.m. EDT HERE.

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“Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes that you can do these things. Among them are a few Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or businessman from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.”

President Eisenhower

Most civilized put down I have ever read!
Sherwin Dillar really put Virginia’s Governor in his place

Subject: A letter to the Virginia Governor

An Open Letter to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe

I was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Ohio. I have taught Political Science at the collegiate level in Cincinnati, been published in The Wall Street Journal and am in my 12th year of research for a forthcoming book on Columbine.
For the past seven years I have made Rockbridge County, Virginia, my home.
The one and only reason I live in Lexington, Virginia is, because it is the final resting place of Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. Jackson. Their lives, character, faith, integrity, honor and testimony shone so brightly a century and a half after their decease, that there is no other place on the Earth I want to be, but where they lived and served.
There is something deeply and morally wrong with anyone, who objects to these two great Virginians—great Americans being honored by the native State, for which they gave their lives, limbs and blood in selfless patriotic service.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower kept Lee’s portrait in his executive office, while president. Churchill extolled him as the greatest American. Ulysses S. Grant threatened to resign from the U.S. Army, if Lee were tried for treason.
The statue that marks the grave of “Stonewall” Jackson was paid for not only by the veterans, who served under him, but by financial contributions from former slaves, whom he had taught to read in violation of Virginia law.
When a Lexington local assailed Jackson for breaking the law to “teach those people”, Jackson uncharacteristically lost his temper and shouted, “If you were a Christian you would not say so!”
After the war, it was Lee who broke social convention at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, by kneeling beside a former slave, who had mortified the White congregation by kneeling at the altar.
Asked afterward by a bigot why a man like himself would kneel beside a former slave, Lee simply chastised him, “The ground is always level at the foot of the cross.”
The anniversary of the deaths of Lee and of Jackson were long commemorated in this Commonwealth by veterans of the North, who were often the honored keynote speakers invited to praise the virtues of their once-foes.
Every monument to a Confederate Virginian is a war memorial to an American veteran.
It has been the mark of manhood and civility and longstanding American tradition to leave politics out of the way we honor our veterans. They fought the battles; we did not. They shed the blood; we did not. They reconciled with their enemies; we did not.
End of subject. It is not for children born a hundred and fifty years later to re-adjudicate the past and expose to double jeopardy men their own contemporaries exonerated.
It is the height of arrogance to suppose that you know more about these men and their times than their even contemporaries. The command of God remains, “Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.”
It is to God you will assuredly answer for its violation.
If you find it impossible to respect your elders, attempt at least to revere your betters.
The destruction of Virginia’s monuments to her war dead is sacrilege and those, who urge and execute it, are nothing more than cemetery vandals. There is no honor in this course of wanton destruction and, morally, you equate yourself with ISIS, which shares your contempt for actual culture, something you both so manifestly lack. It is more than history, more than art.

No matter. No one will remember you in any 150 years. Nothing you do can make anything like the mark these great Virginians made on history’s ledger. Just being you another day is your own punishment and yet you still face God for what you propose to do as well. Something is deeply, horribly wrong with your soul, Sir. And you know it. So does all Virginia.
I have strived to be civil, but you do not make it easy. Smearing reputations, slandering saints and tearing down what better men raised has zero to do with love, unity, tolerance, acceptance, diversity and coexistence. It’s just the usual political spoils game, playing one race/class/group against another to score a win at any cost. The mean, petty loathing of Virginia’s first string heroes outs you as a raging hypocrite just as you were trying to pass for intelligent. What a piece of work.
Just leave the statues, graves, monuments and memorials right where the grown-ups put them, Terry. Just fool around doing nothing, you know, like back at Georgetown. Easy.
That’s all I ask. And about the most anybody expects of you. Aren’t you tired yet of just being the same old failure and lurching from bungled debacle to bungled debacle?

Why not shock the world: open a book, educate yourself and do something less horrible than usual. Resign, even, and leave Virginians to govern Virginia. What a concept.
Shouldn’t you be ruining Syracuse instead of Richmond?

With all due respect,
Sherwin W. Dillar

He was a far more complex and devious man than most people realized, and in the best sense of those words…His mind was quick and facile. His thoughts far outraced his speech and this gave rise to his frequent ‘scrambled syntax’ which more perceptive critics should have recognized as the mark of a far-ranging and versatile mind rather than an indication of poor training in grammar.
—  Former Vice President Richard Nixon, on President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s personality and temperament, Six Crises (BOOK | KINDLE), 1962 

Whatever You Do, Don’t Touch His Hair:  In response to the announcement of Elvis Presley’s Army draft, three female fans sent an urgent letter to President Dwight Eisenhower, voicing their concerns:

Dear President Eisenhower,

My girlfriend’s and I are writting all the way from Montana, We think its bad enough to send Elvis Presley in the Army, but if you cut his side burns off we will just die! You don’t no how we feel about him, I really don’t see why you have to send him in the Army at all, but we beg you please please don’t give him a G.I. hair cut, oh please please don’t! If you do we will just about die!

Elvis Presley Lovers

Linda Kelly
Sherry Bane
Mickie Mattson




June 6th 1944: D-Day

On this day in 1944, the D-Day landings began on the beaches of Normandy as part of the Allied ‘Operation Overlord’. The largest amphibious military operation in history, the operation involved thousands of Allied troops landing in France. For those landing on the beaches of Normandy, they faced heavy fire, mines and other obstacles on the beach, but managed to push inland. In charge of the operation was future US President General Dwight Eisenhower and leading the ground forces was British General Bernard Montgomery. The landings proved a decisive Allied victory, as they secured a foothold in France which had been defeated by Nazi Germany in 1940. D-Day was a key moment in the Second World War and helped turn the tide of the war in favour of the Allies. 70 years on, we remember not just the strategic victory that was D-Day but also the ultimate sacrifice paid by thousands of soldiers on both sides of the fighting.

“You are about to embark upon the great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months.”
- Eisenhower’s message to the Allied Expeditionary Force

70 years ago today

mxxnslayersdaughter  asked:

You know, I'm not usually for BryKe bashing or favoring one ship over the other, but I just remembered in one of the audio commentaries I have this memory of them comparing Zutara and Kataang to the election, and that most Zutara shippers were Republican. I can't be a 100 percent sure if that's true, or if it was something they said to get people off their backs about the ships because of party stigmas. Have any thoughts on their statement?

Originally posted by gigihadiid

Any thoughts on the statement? Oh boy, do I

Now I know you aren’t sure if this is true, so I’m going to extend my hand to the Zutara fandom, and ask if anyone else recalls this, has somewhere we can look for evidence of it, etc. Also, for discussion purposes, I’m going to go on the assumption it is true. But, again, disclaimer, it may not be. 

First of all, mixing politics with an entertainment career can be messy. Personally, I don’t think it’s wise for celebrities to bring up politics into their careers. They aren’t politicians. They’re just people with no expertise with opinions like you and me. They’re no one to look to for political wisdom. Some might have some prowess, but largely, they’re just your average Joe. Sticking your nose into politics as an entertainer is always going to anger someone, and make your business lose its market. I know my opinion is controversial, and people think celebrities should use their status to help “influence the world”, but nine times out of ten, if they’re smart, they should shut up. They don’t know what they’re talking about. 

This statement is offensive on about nine-hundred different levels. First of all, they’re categorizing something as black and white. This is something they seem to like to do. The other Avatar writers went out of the way to show that good and evil is complex and gray and interesting and real. Bryke tried to compartmentalize it and dumb it down– i.e. the Zuko lineage reveal with Roku and Sozin that wasn’t initially planned, or more infamously, that horrible comic: The Promise.

Bryke is making some big judgmental distinction here in deeming all Republicans as “evil”, and all Democrats as “good”. This is something (I’m going to get knifed for saying this) tumblr tends to do. Not only is immature, silly, and ignorant– it’s counterproductive. You can’t go around labeling everyone you disagree with as an “evil bigot”. That won’t get anyone anywhere. It eliminates intellectual discussion and heeds progressiveness. It’s just stupid. Both sides of the political spectrum are bearers of great evil and great good. It’s the human nature– and the rest is just opinion, really. We can debate until the cows come home as long as we’re civil, but it’s the narrow-minded and less bright of us that stick to disadvantageous finger-pointing and name-calling like we’re bullies in the recess yard.

For example: during WWII, President FDR, a renowned liberal president, used an executive order, something I believe that was an overreach of his executive power, to instill Japanese Internment Camps. That was evil. That was something the left did, and ignores

For the right, there’s President Andrew Jackson, also renowned and on the twenty dollar bill. He ordered the infamous Trail of Tears, which is more widely known than the Internment Camps for whatever reason. It was also evil and wrong. The right still lauds Jackson like the left praises FDR. Neither side likes these inconvenient truths. 

More dramatically for the evil: there’s Communism, very evil on the left, and Fascism on the right- very evil. 

For the good, a right-wing president, Dwight D. Eisenhower instilled great programs like the Interstate Highways, Education Programs, and he was one of the biggest initiators of the desegregation of schools, most notably the incident at Little Rock, AK where he sent in troops to make sure the black students had a peaceful transition to the recently-desegregated white school. That was good. 

For the left, there’s President Carter, who had a lot of shortcomings as a political leader that left him appearing weak, but he was a good person. He was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts towards aiding human rights and protecting people around the world. That was good. 

Even still for all these men, there are gray for them. Eisenhower did problematic things in the Korean War, and Carter had a horrible time with the Iranian Hostage Crisis. FDR helped end WWII, and Andrew Jackson was a founding father who advanced Democracy. Things are gray, and then it comes down past morals to a matter of opinion- such as economic ideas of hands on vs. lassiez-faire economics. 

So that’s my problem first and foremost. My next problem is what they’re trying to do besides the political aspect. They’re, again, playing the black and white game. They’re saying Republicans are bad, and the people shipping what we don’t like are bad, therefore they are Republicans. Like, I’m sorry, but…

Originally posted by trillxlife-style

First- the majority of Avatar fans are children and teenagers. To ostracize kids in a separation of good and evil and assign them political views that match yours based on which couple of fictional kids they like is frankly……… bizarre? It’s so weird that these grown men are labeling kids, mostly little girls, by party affiliation and deeming them good or bad accordingly. Once again, Bryke takes the shipping a step too far. They did it when they mocked the kids’ fanart they worked hard on in praise of THEIR show, as you know, a compliment. They called them crazy and other names all the time. It was sexist, unprofessional, juvenile, and rude. Bryke may have made an amazing show, but they’re mediocre writers as Legend of Korra shows us, and they’re terrible people. 

They sound like a bunch of uneducated halfwits, and the fact they love harassing  young girls shows a lot about their own shipping preferences, honestly.

Originally posted by totaldivasepisodes


The Little Rock School Integration Crisis: President Dwight Eisenhower Issues Executive Order 10730, September 24, 1957

Eisenhower, Pres. D.D. (Returns to Washington aboard Columbine)
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President Dwight Eisenhower issued this executive order to enforce his Presidential Proclamation 3204, from the previous day.  Intended to restore peace and order during the integration of Little Rock’s Central High School, Eisenhower’s order placed the Arkansas National Guard under Federal control and sent 1,000 U.S. Army paratroopers from the 101st Airborne Division to assist them.  In the speech, he explains his decision to deploy the 101st Airborne to Little Rock. A transcript of the speech can be found here.

September 2017 marks 60 years since the desegregation of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, a key event of the American Civil Rights Movement.  The Eisenhower Presidential Library has several items relating to the Little Rock school integration crisis and President Eisenhower’s response. Those documents are available here.

See more on the Little Rock School Integration Crisis at 60 Years On: The Little Rock Nine | The Unwritten Record