Did any of you get up early to see the shuttle land? They landed in the dark. Well, almost in the dark. It was just barely light when the shuttle touched down. I continue to be amazed. Obviously it’s no big deal to come down from 235 miles with no power. They do it every time and they’ve never once — well, there was an accident when the shuttle exploded during reentry, but aside from that, it always works. I can’t relate. You’re 17,500 miles an hour, you hit the retrorockets or whatever they’re now called, and you slow yourself down and you get through the atmosphere and that slows you down even more, and you’re in basically a rock. The glide ratio on this thing is like nine to one which means it’s a rock. And from 235 miles they come down, they hit a three-mile runway. There’s no chance to go around. If they blow it, they blow it. They come down, this landing was for all intents and purposes in the dark. I know these are great pilots, and they fly instruments routinely and the computer does a lot of it, but it still amazes me.
But this was it, folks, what a proud moment for the United States of America. I mean you didn’t have to get up and see it live. You can see tape of it. You can watch it on YouTube or any number of news sites or cable news stations, to be able to tell your children and your grandchildren that you were there when the United States of America got out of the nonsense of space exploration by man and all the money got diverted to more useful things down here on earth like Muslim outreach and studying the catastrophic effects of climate change thanks to our Dear Leader Barack Hussein Obama, mmm, mmm, mmm.
Remember the story we had going into the Fourth of July, on the eve of the Fourth of July there was a story that Fourth of July celebrations were only attractive and appealing to Republicans, and that Fourth of July celebrations actually tended to convert people to the Republican Party. It explained a lot. It explained why to the Democrats, the Fourth of July, no big deal to them. In fact, to many of the different varied constituency groups in the Democrat Party there is no great thing about the birth of this nation. There’s no great thing about July 4th, independence and all that. They think it’s a flawed country from the get-go, racist, sexist, bigoted, homophobes were the founders and all this sort of stuff. So there are a group of people in this country that don’t celebrate it, and they all happen to be Democrats or leftists who vote Democrat.
Well, get this now. This is from US News & World Report: “US Flag Only Boosts GOP.” The US flag makes people think and vote Republican, just like Fourth of July celebrations. No wonder Democrats and their leftists are always so eager to burn the American flag, because it tends to motivate people to vote and think Republican. “Just a brief exposure to an image of the American flag shifts voters, even Democrats, to Republican beliefs, attitudes and voting behavior even though most don’t believe it will impact their politics, according to a new two-year study just published in the scholarly Psychological Science.” You ever heard of that? Psychological Science magazine. “What’s more, according to three authors from the University Chicago, Cornell University and Hebrew University, the impact had staying power. ‘A single exposure to an American flag resulted in a significant increase in participants’ Republican voting intentions, voting behavior, political beliefs, and implicit and explicit attitudes, with some effects lasting eight months,’ the study found.”