Debate Night in South Carolina: Aces for Mike

Quite a night of debating. Haven’t heard that much screaming since my folks were alive. At least there were two level heads in the crowd, Mike and Amy. Felt bad Mike couldn’t share all he’s done with climate change. He’s been working with the United Nations since Trump bailed on Obama’s worldwide climate initiative. He and Governor Jerry Brown have a nationwide organization of 4000 cities and municipalities working on climate change.

Maybe he and Amy would make a good team. Perhaps that’s why she didn’t go after him for being a billionaire? It’s not his fault he’s adept at business and government. Time will tell, and you know the jingle,

Mike will get it done.

What is Socialism?

As the presidential candidates swirl this term around I wonder what it is. And I am not alone as others are unaware of what this economic theory is. Here is what Auntie Google has to say.

In socialism the government controls social functions and there are no privately owned companies. Economic resources are shared. This theory was begun by Karl Marx, a German.

The countries that practice this are:

  • China
  • Laos
  • Viet Nam

So, next thought what is the difference between socialism and communism?

In communism everything is owned by the state.

Now I am even more concerned and quite frankly scared. Are you?

Recipe For Success

Hey Mike here it goes:

  1. Book large convention centers.
  2. Bring out the stars for warm up.
  3. Tell them what you are going to do. Add jokes,
  4. Drop balloons, confetti… Give them the razzle-dazzle. They want a memory. It’s all about pizzazz…



Virginia Air & Space Center

While not a fan of air and space museums, this I enjoyed. There were many interesting exhibits with the Wright Brothers, the Tuskegee Airmen,

plane art,

and honors to the NASA women.

With the price of admission an IMAX movie is included. There were 3 movies available for all ages to enjoy.

Space missions exhibits were well represented with rockets and missiles:

  • Project Mercury 1958-1963 six manned flights
  • Gemini Program 1962-1966 ten crewed missions
  • Apollo Program 1963-1972 eleven flights with first moon landing

Then there was Mars…

Under development.. looks like fun.

What a fascinating exhibit. NASA has been mapping Mars for several decades as they attempt to locate a landing area. While Mars appears to be dead geologically it was active 1.8 billion years ago with the largest volcanoes in the solar system. From this came the many deep valleys and canyons on the planet.

For humans to live on Mars much will be required. One need is a place to live, and this is currently under development at Langley AFB.

Over 1000 companies globally are involved in the creation of space related products.

The structures will be made of fabric and placed inside the space ship deflated. Upon arrival on the planet they will be inflated. The soft fabric hardens once inflated.

The structure is similar to home construction with 3 layers. The middle layer is foam which insulates the pod.

Much testing is underway to ensure the strength and durability of pod fabric. Completion is planned for 2020.

Artist rendering of the astronaut home

Other Earth Breakthrough Technologies

Besides working on outer space projects NASA is looking to the future of our globe. Much work is being done on alternate forms of energy for vehicles both on land and in the air. These are NASA’s priorities:

  • developing alternate fuels which decrease emissions
  • changing plane shape for improved aerodynamics
  • creating motors to accommodate alternate fuel
  • creating quieter planes

Developing new technologies is challenging. Building on hybrid car technology NASA is looking to these implementations for planes. Another possible solution is a gas driven engine to power the plane off the ground then switch to battery once in flight. Work is underway for new battery development.

These are only a few items mentioned in the video at this exhibit. Stop by and see the entire segment. It is our future.

On a lighter note…

Stop by this exhibit on the upper floor to get a laugh.

And view from the museum’s top level the Hampton marina.

Let’s conclude with a spectacular sun shot.

Scary Bernie

Did you see the Anderson Cooper interview with Bernie? All these promises and no idea how to pay for it. I feel sad for the young who cling to this hope. Empty promises we cannot fulfill. How can we cancel student debt? The US is 32 trillion in debt, how many millionaires does America have to pay for this? Do the #s it doesn’t work.

And hey Bernie aren’t you a millionaire, no excuse me a 2 millionaire.

Mike B is a billionaire and is putting his $$ where his mouth is. He will get it done just like he did post 9/11. Vote for him Super Tuesday.

Tomorrow; BS voting record

Do you love your grandchildren?

As global warming proceeds I get more and more concerned. But what concerns me most is the reaction of our government in doing nothing about it. In Florida there are days when you cannot breathe as it is stifling.

The reaction of Florida seniors alarms me. They pine about their grandchildren, however, when I bring this issue up they state, “I don’t care I’ll be dead.” Then I say, “Do you love your grandchildren?,” and they get nasty.

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The future of the world is in our hands. As seniors we have clout. We vote. In Europe those elected have green agendas. We need to follow.

Scientists say we have 12 years before our planet is irreparably damaged.

The primaries are coming, vote responsibly for those who will address this issue for our future generations.

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Newsome House

The Newsome House was the home of J. Thomas Newsome and his wife Mary. Mr. Newsome was a prominent black lawyer in the Newport News area from 1906 till his death in 1942.

His prominence includes many accolades which were a true testimony to his humble origins. Beginning life as the 16th of 17 children he was born to parents of share croppers. Showing promise he was able to go to college with the help of his parents employers receiving a teaching degree at what is now the Virginia State University.

Unhappy with the teaching field he returned to college studying and working full time to become a lawyer.

Upon graduation he began his legal career helping those in the community obtain their civil rights through voter registration and the like. Besides this Mr. Newsome was editor of a newspaper, helped to establish the Huntington High School, the only high school for blacks in the area, and ran unsuccessfully for political office. He was also the first black lawyer to ever try a case before the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Mr. Newsome’s law books and office picture with wife and friend

Mr. and Mrs. Newsome’s home was developed into the Queen Ann style after their purchase. The home is now owned by the City and can be rented out for events. While there an art show was on display with a picture of Pearl Bailey who was a resident of Newport News. There is also an event celebrating the 100th anniversary of Huntington High School with yearbooks from the many classes.

The museum is open Thursday – Saturday with a $2 donation fee.

Interesting tour and well worth the visit.

Hampton University Museum

On the grounds of Hampton University is the oldest African American museum in the United States. The collection has over 9,000 pieces of art and is displayed impeccably in the former University library.

The Museum mission, and I paraphrase, is to provide knowledge and understanding of, and respect for, diverse cultures and traditions. They certainly ace their mission with a sublime collection housed in a impressive ambience. Since pictures are not allowed at the museum here is their web site:

The first exhibit viewed was Spirit of the Renaissance. In this exhibit two modernist artists from the Carolina’s who left their homeland to further their education in New York City are displayed. Though the painters share a last name they are not related, however, their work is similar using colorful imagery to convey African American life in the South and New York City.

William H. Johnson’s work is diverse with paintings rendered on canvas, burlap on canvas, wood, and in water colors. He traveled Europe after his New York City training and there met his future wife, Holcha Krake, a Danish artist.

Malvin Gray Johnson is considered a true Harlem based painter as he spent most of his working life in New York City. Besides his status as an acclaimed artist he also served in World War I. Sadly, he left us all too soon at the age of 38.

All Day Meeting Malvin Gray Johnson

Henry Ossawa Tanner

Henry Ossawa Tanner hailed from a prominent, cultured Pennsylvania family. His father was a minister who later became a bishop. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Feeling discrimination while working in America he moved to Paris where he became the first African American to gain international acclaim. He is considered the most renowned of all African American artists.

The Museum has an Indian wing rich in many artifacts and history. On the second floor is a Curiosity Room for children with several other collections. Spend time with the Elizabeth Catlett collection of never before displayed prints of this former Hampton University professor.

What a wonderful experience to visit this amazing collection.

A must see for all.

Call to Action: Women for Mike

Today is a conference call with Women for Mike. It will outline our agenda for climate change, gun violence concerns, and other pressing issues. Though visiting New York City this weekend I will attempt to hook on however if unable will catch up post call. We can get it done, lead the world on these issues, and we must. Ladies, google Mike B and get involved in these platforms. Our children’s and grandchildren’s future is at stake.

Hampton University

Hampton University began in 1868 through the efforts of General Samuel Chapman Armstrong, the son of missionaries, who joined the Union Army and was commander of black troops during the war. Under his guidance his command was distinguished on many fronts.

Post war he obtained funding from the American Missionary Association to purchase land on which he built Hampton Institute, a vocational school for blacks. For the next 25 years he continued his efforts at the Institute which eventually became Hampton University. The General had a simple philosophy that a good education rises from the head, hand, and heart.

Park benches with former prominent citizens

This University continues to thrive providing degree programs in business, liberal arts and education, engineering, technology, pharmacy, nursing, and science. It also provides an array of master’s and doctoral programs with approximately 6,000 students benefiting these programs. While predominantly known to be an African American college as I walked the campus there was much diversity.

Military cemetery on University grounds

View from the lawn of the administration buildings.

Tomorrow: The Hampton University Museum