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911 A Fathers Defense

9/11 – A Father’s Defense

(President Bush Declares War Against Terror)

It started little, started small

a patch of dark mud on the wall.

“So high and distant, can’t you see?”

“They will not harm us, let them be.”

So quietly their numbers grew,

to millions though all thought a few.

They’d see one fly – another land,

They did not see the plot at hand.

The peace was shattered by a ball

that bounced against the house’s wall.

An accident, no malice meant

But bee’s don’t think about intent.

They stormed the child with stinging bite,

this made all notice their ‘new’ plight –

The inside walls were loud and warm,

caused by the vast invading swarm.

The father, furious with rage,

cried, “War!” and battled on their stage.

He went to them, he did not wait.

The more time passed?  The worse the fate.

But in so doing they fought back,

against the father’s fierce attack.

So scattered was the hornet’s woe,

now looking for some place to go.

This caused the neighborhood to shout,

“It’s all his fault – this swarming cloud!”

But they had been there so sublime;

Unhindered, strengthening for their time.

Did father sin, protecting home

and child from danger in this poem?

Who stung the neighbors?  Was it Dad,

or hating, spitting hornets mad?

“Just let them be?  They’ll go away!?”

But they’re agenda’s here to stay.

I’ll proudly boast the courage of

my ‘dad’s’ defense – they pushed, he shoved!

The Voting Percentage Scam

Here’s a political game and ploy that is used with both parties, however, at this point in history it’s the Dems that are working this scam.  I learned about this when the California house raised sales taxes to 10% recently, contrary  us screaming “no”.

When a bill passes that they know the people don’t want, i.e.; tax increases, Obamacare, etc., you’ll notice that it always just scrapes through – example: If they need 60 votes, they will get exactly 60 votes (sometimes 1 or 2 extra) but never with a large margin.

Let’s take the passing of the health care bill and use the House of Representatives as an example.  Here’s how it goes and why:

Democrats that are in secure districts (where they are not vulnerable or have no viable competition for reelection) will vote for the bill.

Also, politicians that are retiring and not seeking another term will vote ‘yes’ (they have nothing to lose).

Next are the ones who’s reelection may be affected by their vote.  To these people, the Speaker of the House (Nancy Pelosi) will coax (coerce) them into a vote by assuring them that if they lose, the Party will take care of them, i.e.; promised a cushy job, extra funds for the reelection campaign, etc.

Then there’s the elected Democrat in a toss-up state (could vote either way – Dem or Rep).  He knows that the bill will be a noose around his political neck.  That the populace of his state does not want it and, with his ‘yes’ vote, will not vote him back in.  He goes to the Speaker (Pelosi) and asks permission to vote against the bill!
She tallies up the ‘yea’ votes and, if she has enough, will grant permission for a ‘no’ vote.  That way, when he is campaigning for reelection, he can tell everyone he voted against it, thus giving the appearance of fulfilling the wishes of his constituents.  Once in office, he takes off the sheeps clothing and sways to the beat of his party wants.

The haggling comes about if there are not enough votes to pass.  That is where you see the sweet deals cut for states, etc. (buying their vote).

That’s how it works – watch the next controversial bill and see what margin it passes with.  So the next time you hear a Dem boast they voted against the bill, just know it was only with permission that they did so.


The next time you read or hear that a candidate voted 98% with this party or 89% against this – don’t take it for face value.  Go on the web and find their voting record (lobbyists even pay for them to abstain).  Abstain?  Yes.  Since the congressman knows he would get flack for voting on something, they just don’t vote.  That way, it’s not held against them and it also helps the lobbyists (or others) by not have negative votes counted.

Here’s how this one works –

If there are 30 issues that are being voted on during the year and the congressman votes against his constituents 20 times, it means he only supported his voter’s position 33% of the time. (10 out of 30 times he voted for his majority’s position)

BUT what if there are 30 votes for the year but he doesn’t vote on 20 of the bills?  Take is step farther and say he votes once against his voter majority wishes.  He is still in good standing because he can brag that he supported the people’s stand 90% of the time! Only one out of 10 times he voted against the majority’s wishes.   But…if you add the time he didn’t vote into the equation, he only represented the voters 9 out of 30 times! (approx. 30%)  No one with those kind of numbers can look forward to reelection.

So, don’t be fooled by number and percentages.  Find out how many times they actually voted ‘yes’ or ‘no’ – not ‘absent’ or ‘present’ (which means “I’m here but won’t vote.”)

Run away MQ 8 Fire Scout UAV almost shot down

Fire Scout MQ 8

Fire Scout MQ 8

US commanders considered shooting down an unmanned navy helicopter that flew out of control towards the US capital last month before communications were restored, a top US officer said Thursday.

Admiral Sandy Winnefeld, who oversees the country’s air defenses, said the August 2 incident presented senior officers with an unprecedented dilemma, as a robotic Fire Scout helicopter strayed off course after losing ground communications.

“We were watching this very closely,” said Winnefeld, head of US Northern Command and NORAD, the joint US-Canadian air defense command.

“It’s headed right for the heart of the national capital region,” he told defense reporters. “Do you let it run out of gas and hopefully crash in a farmer’s field or do you actually take action to shoot it down?”

“You certainly don’t want to shoot it down over a populated area if you can avoid it.”

The North American Aerospace Defense Command was on the verge of scrambling F-16 fighter jets to intercept the helicopter when operators regained control of the chopper after 20 minutes.

The MQ-8B Fire Scout had taken off from Webster Field at the Patuxent River testing ground in Maryland and broached Washington’s restricted air space, but the US Navy said the helicopter never got closer than 40 miles (64 kilometers) from the capital.

The admiral said the military was “not close” to shooting down the helicopter but commanders had reviewed possible options.

“So we were going through all that decision calculus and then fortunately got the word that they’d gotten control of it,” he said.

The episode came as the military presses civilian officials at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ease restrictions on the use of unmanned aircraft over the United States.

Winnefeld acknowledged that last month’s incident with the runaway Fire Scout would only reinforce worries about introducing more unmanned aircraft in US airspace.

“It certainly doesn’t help our case anytime there’s a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) that wanders around a little bit outside of what’s controlled air space,” he said.

FAA officials have pushed for assurances that sensor systems aboard drones are sufficiently reliable to detect and avoid other planes.

The admiral said at the moment he has no unmanned aircraft at his disposal due to the FAA restrictions and that robotic drones will be increasingly in demand to help respond to natural disasters and other needs.

“I share the FAA’s goal that air space operations in the United States be conducted safely,” he said, but added that it was important to move quickly to resolve the safety concerns.

Robotic and Unmanned Systems Denver for the World’s Largest Unmanned Systems Event

Robotic and Unmanned Systems Hardware Manufacturers and Experts Convene
in Denver for the World’s Largest Unmanned Systems Event of the Year
24-27 August 2010

Arlington, Va. – 20 August, 2010 – AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems North America 2010 is the largest display of robotic and unmanned systems hardware in the world. It’s the only event to gather so many air, ground and maritime technologies and components in one place at one time. AUVSI’s 2010 convention will host 450 exhibitors, 140 technical presentations, indoor vehicle demonstrations, and much more.

“The unmanned systems and robotics industry is growing at a remarkable pace,” said AUVSI’s president and CEO, Michael Toscano. “We have 110 more exhibitors than last year and we had to add a day to our show to provide attendees and exhibitors enough time to see and do everything they want and need to.”

EXHIBITS: 450+ Exhibitors featuring cutting edge unmanned and robotic technologies. Download a PDF of the Exhibitor list here.

DEMONSTRATIONS: Indoor Air, Ground and Maritime Demonstrations – New for 2010 – Three live demonstration areas including a netted aerial enclosure for small UAS, a ground track and a 9,000 gallon maritime tank.

INDUSTRY TOPICS COVERED: Access to Civil Airspace for UAVs, Unmanned Systems for Law Enforcement, Unmanned Systems for Fire Fighting, Unmanned Vehicles in the Gulf Oil Spill, Driverless Automobiles, Explosive Ordnance Detonation/Disposal, and much more.

KEYNOTES: View Schedule of Events below for daily general session speakers and links to other technical program details.

INDOOR STATIC DISPLAYS: Featuring full size vehicles including Northrop Grumman’s Global Hawk.

PRESS CONFERENCES: Several exhibiting companies will host press conferences to announce product releases and more. View the schedule here.

PHOTO/VIDEO OPPORTUNITIES: Several Exhibitors will have full size unmanned technologies on display in the demonstration areas and in their booths; there will also be some hands on demonstrations. AUVSI will have a professional photographer and videographer onsite and we can arrange to provide photos/footage upon request.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: If you would like to arrange an interview with any speakers, industry experts, or AUVSI representatives please contact Alysa Reich with your request at reich@auvsi.org or +1 703 677 1400 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              +1 703 677 1400      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

PRESS OFFICE (ROOM 206): A press office outfitted with work space, electrical outlets, wifi, company press kits, and mailboxes is open to all registered media. A media badge is required for entry.

BEYOND THE BOOTH SHOWCASE: A forum in the exhibit hall where exhibiting companies will provide product updates and presentations. See the full schedule here.

RoboTour 2010 – A free educational program open to middle and high school students. The AUVSI Foundation’s RoboTour will introduce future generations of scientists and engineers to the exciting world of unmanned systems and includes a guided tour of the exhibit hall where students will see unmanned and robotics systems up close and participate in hands on activities.

UNIFORM DAY: Military and Civil Servants who attend AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems North America 2010 in uniform will have complimentary access to the exhibit hall on Friday, 27 August.


Tuesday 24 August 2010
0830-0930 General Session – The Honorable Bill Ritter, Jr. Governor of Colorado
0930-1830 Exhibit Hall Open
0930-1830 Poster Presentations
1100-1200 & 1330-1500 Technical Presentations – Workshops – Panels
1600-1700 Hot Topics Sessions
1700-1830 Welcome Reception (Exhibit Hall)

Wednesday 25 August 2010
0830-1000 General Session – ADM Gary Roughead, Chief of Naval Operations, United States Navy; Brig Gen H. D. Polumbo Jr., Director of Plans and Programs, Headquarters Air Combat Command, United States Air Force
1000-1700 Exhibit Hall Open
1000-1700 Poster Presentations
1030-1200 & 1330-1500 Technical Presentations – Workshops – Panels
1600-1700 Hot Topics Sessions
1830-2130 AUVSI Foundation Dinner and Awards Program

Thursday 26 August 2010
0830-1000 General Session – James Coyne, Manager, UASSG Chair, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO); Frank Kendall, Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, Acquisition, Technology & Logistics
1000-1700 Exhibit Hall Open
1000-1700 Poster Presentations
1030-1200 & 1330-1500 Technical Presentations – Workshops – Panels
1600-1700 Hot Topics Sessions
1900 – 2200 Social Event: AUVSI’s Stadium Stampede at Invesco Field at Mile High

Friday 27 August 2010
0830-1000 General Session – Brig Gen Dana Born, Dean of the Faculty, United States Air Force Academy; Dr. Henrik I. Christensen, Director, Center for Robotics and Intelligent Machines, Georgia Institute of Technology
1000-1400 Exhibit Hall Open – Uniform Day
1030-1200 Workshops – Panels
1400 Conference Ends

SYMPOSIUM WEBSITE: http://symposium.auvsi.org

MEDIA REGISTRATION: Eligible media representatives are encouraged to attend. Registered media receive full access to all exhibits, technical programs, events and meal functions. Contact Alysa Reich at reich@auvsi.org or +1 703 677 1400. To register via email please include name, title, media outlet, address, and phone.

With more than 2,100 member organizations from 55 allied countries, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International is the world’s largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems community. Serving 6,000 members from government organizations, industry and academia, AUVSI is committed to fostering, developing, and promoting unmanned systems and related technologies.

Navy Works to Laser Proof Its Drones

n May and June, the U.S. Navy sent four drones crashing into the Pacific Ocean, after blasting them with a prototype laser weapon. If follow-up tests are successful, there’s a chance the ray gun might be ready for deployment some time around 2016. Other countries’ energy weapons will come years afterward — if they ever come at all. But the Navy isn’t taking any chances. It’s pushing ahead with research to laser-proof its drones, just in case anyone else has the bright idea of using ray guns to down America’s robot planes.

“Directed Energy Weapons (DEWs) are an emerging weapon technology with the ability to change the face of the battlefield…. As the technology matures, other countries will undoubtedly pursue DEW development. Therefore it is imperative that the United States develop countermeasures to defend U.S. forces and assets against the DEW threat,” the Navy recently noted, as it announced a pair of contracts to start work on countering the blasters.

Irvine, California’s Adsys Controls, Inc. is starting work on an “early threat detection mechanism that occurs prior to high-power engagement and the ability to deploy novel countermeasures to disrupt the DEW tracking mechanisms.”

Austin, Texas’ Nanohmics, Inc. will begin development of a laser detector that can be mounted on drones, so the unmanned aircraft can spot the ray guns before the ray guns zap them. The idea is to protect the spy cameras and other sensors on board the robo-planes. The “low-cost” system, to be “constructed from light and extremely low-cost glass or injection-molded polymers,” would give the drone time to “quickly take evasive action or engage optical sensor protection systems.”

It’s not the first push by the American military to defend against this still-hypothetical threat. The Navy announced last year that it wanted to “counte[r] or negat[e]” ray guns’ effects on “troops or civilian personnel.” Navy researchers are also looking into ways to laser-proof its ships using “metamaterials” — the spooky substances that could one day work as real-world invisibility cloaks.

The Air Force, for its part, is focusing on shielding U.S. bombs from enemy energy weapons. American precision munitions rely on GPS receivers and other electronics to direct them to the right place. Bursts of high-powered radio frequency energy could fry those electronics, turning those smart bombs dumb. So the Air Force is looking for researchers to come up with “protection/mitigation techniques,” including software changes and absorbent coatings.

In phase one of the program, researchers will build an ersatz bomb and evaluate coatings to block the radio frequencies, according to an Air Force request for proposals. In phase two, simulated circuits will be added, “selected shielding and coatings applied, and their effectiveness verified. Hardening of electronics will also be employed as necessary to demonstrate survivability.” Phase three ends with an “‘operational’ flight simulation,” complete with electromagnetic blasts.