I’m beginning to wonder if Gooogle is run by a bunch of
“progressive” liberals. Reason being, it seems as though
everytime I put up an article that runs counter to the
current White House administration, my page hits drop
off like like a crack whores teeth. I’m not the only one
that suffers from page rank abuse either. Many friends
have indicated the same thing when it comes to Gooogle
indexing. I guess when you are the top dog, you can crap
on anyone’s lawn and the heck with ethics.


GMARS in Landers, CA

One week ago today, Rob (KG6DKW), Rob’s cousin Tracy, Dave (KD6HDX),
and yours truly spent a killer evening under the stars at the Riverside
Amateur Astronomers GMARS site in Landers, CA. Yeah it was a bit warm
during the day but it cooled down very nicely and the night sky was perfectly
clear and dark due to the new moon. It was big fun as always. Try looking up
one of these nights, the sky is waiting..

This pic was shot by Dave about 1/2 hour before sunset.

BTW, it was Retro Night at GMARS on Saturday evening. That means no
electronic gear of any kind until midnight. No laptops, no CCD cameras, No
GOTO technology, no red LED flashlights… Just kidding on the red LED’s,
just push/pull to and look technology. It was kind of nice and different.


an open letter to the AARP

A well written letter from the heart of an American!

This was sent to Mr. Rand who is the Executive Director of AARP

Dear Mr. Rand,

Recently you sent us a letter encouraging us to renew our lapsed membership
in AARP by the requested date. I know it is not what you were looking for, but
this is the most honest response I can give you. Our gap in coverage is merely
a microscopic symptom of the real problem, a deepening lack of faith.

While we have proudly maintained our membership for several years and have
long admired the AARP goals and principles, regrettably, we can no longer
endorse it’s abdication of our values. Your letter specifically stated that we can
count on AARP to speak up for our rights, yet the voice we hear is not ours. Your
offer of being kept up to date on important issues through DIVIDED WE FAIL presents
neither an impartial view nor the one we have come to embrace. We do believe that
when two parties agree all the time on everything presented to them, one is probably
not necessary. But, when the opinions and long term goals are diametrically opposed,
the divorce is imminent. This is the philosophy which spawned our 200 years of

Once upon a time, we looked forward to being part of the senior demographic.
We also looked to AARP to provide certain benefits and give our voice a power
we could not possibly hope to achieve on our own. AARP gave us a sense of
belonging which we no longer enjoy. The Socialist politics practiced by the
Obama administration and empowered by AARP serves only to raise the blood
pressure my medical insurance strives to contain. Clearly a conflict of interest

We do not understand the AARP posture, feel greatly betrayed by the guiding
forces whom we expected to map out our senior years and leave your ranks
with a great sense of regret. We mitigate that disappointment with the relief of
knowing that we are not contributing to the problem anymore by renewing our
membership. There are numerous other organizations which offer discounts
without threatening our way of life or offending our sensibilities.

This Presidential Administration scares the living daylights out of us. Not just for
ourselves, but for our proud and bloodstained heritage, but even more importantly
for our children and grandchildren. Washington has rendered Soylent Green a
prophetic cautionary tale rather than a nonfiction scare tactic. I have never in my
life endorsed any militant or radical groups, yet now I find myself listening to them.
I don’t have to agree with them to appreciate the fear which birthed their existence.
Their borderline insanity presents little more than a balance to the voice of the
Socialist mindset in power. Perhaps I became American by a great stroke of luck in
some cosmic uterine lottery, but in my adulthood I CHOOSE to embrace it and
nurture the freedoms it represents as well as the responsibilities it requires.

Your website generously offers us the opportunity to receive all communication in
Spanish. ARE YOU KIDDING??? Someone has broken into our ‘house’, invaded our
home without our invitation or consent. The President has insisted we keep the
perpetrator in comfortand learn the perp language so we can communicate our
reluctant welcome to them.

I DON’T choose to welcome them.

I DON’T choose to support them.

I DON’T choose to educate them.

I DON’T choose to medicate them, pay for their food or clothing.

American home invaders get arrested.

Please explain to me why foreign lawbreakers can enjoy privileges on American soil
that Americans do not get?

Why do some immigrants have to play the game to be welcomed and others only have
to break & enter to be welcomed?

We travel for a living. Walt hauls horses all over this great country, averaging over
10,000 miles a month when he is out there. He meets more people than a politician on a
caffeine overdose. Of all the many good folks he enjoyed on this last 10,000 miles, this
trip yielded only ONE supporter of the current administration. One of us is out of touch
with mainstream America. ( and here’s a hint, it isn’t the Millers…kf6hqc ) Since our poll
is conducted without funding, I have more faith in it than one which is power driven.

We have decided to forward this to everyone on our mailing list, and will encourage them
to do the same. With several hundred in my address book, I have every faith that the
eventual exponential factor will make a credible statement to you.

I am disappointed as h—-.

I am scared as h—-.

I am MAD as h—-, and I’m NOT gonna take it anymore!

Walt & Cyndy
Miller Farms Equine Transport

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Thank you Walt & Cyndy



Another neat rocket video at Lucerne Valley Dry Lake, this one by Greg Lyzenga.
Greg also recently spoke at a local astronomy club meeting about stars that are
occulted by asteroids. His talk was fascinating although most of you probably
wouldn’t agree. Anyway, watch the video, you’ll like it. These rocket meets are
what my friends and I like to attend every June and November for their big 3 day
events called RocStock. It’s a blast.



funeral clothes

As amusing as it may have been then,
it’s not so funny now as Barry Delaney
cries for his friend and fallen Black Watch
soldier Private Kevin Elliott who died
while on foot patrol in the southern
province of Helmand, Afghanistan on
August 31. Private Kevin Elliott and his
friend, Barry Delaney, had agreed that
whoever survived the other should
wear a dress to the dead man’s funeral.
Mr Delaney duly fulfilled the pledge as
a tribute to the 24 year old Private Elliott
who was laid to rest at St Mary’s church
in the city centre somewhere in the UK.