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Space shuttle Endeavour  (Source: zmescience.com)
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the California Science Center are still moving forward with the transport

It looks like the California Science Center is barking up the wrong tree with its latest project -- cutting down 400 trees to transport NASA space shuttle Endeavour. 
 
Endeavour, which served nearly 30 years in NASA's space shuttle program and completed 25 missions, was retired in 2011 along with the other two members of the program -- Discovery and Atlantis. All three are now being put on display, where Discovery was sent to the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia and Atlantis was sent to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. 
 
Now, Endeavour will soon be heading to its final resting place, but there's just one problem (actually, more like 400 problems): about 400 trees will have to cut down in order to transport Endeavour to the California Science Center in Los Angeles. It's approximately a 12-mile trip from the Los Angeles airport to the California Science Center, where power lines and traffic will have to be addressed as well.
 
But LA residents aren't upset about possible traffic and power issues during the transport; they're more concerned with the cutting down of 400 tall, old trees. According to some local residents, it would take much too long for the trees to grow back to the point they're at now. 
 
"They are cutting down these really big, majestic trees," said Lark Galloway-Gilliam, a local resident. "It will be beyond my lifetime before they will be tall like this again."
 
However, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the California Science Center don't plan to let 400 trees stop them from having the historic piece of space history on display in their city. The California Science Center even offered to replant twice as many trees in the path that they're cutting. 
 
LA residents countered that cutting the trees isn't only a bad environmental move, but it will also reduce home values in the area. 
 
Endeavour will ultimately make its way to the California Science Center on October 12. 
 

Source: Yahoo News



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RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By Reclaimer77 on 9/4/2012 10:18:05 PM , Rating: 4
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Depending on the size of the tree it could cost at least $1000 for labor and disposal per tree.


Yes and unlike California's failed "green" initiatives, cutting these trees down will provide real "stimulus" from infrastructure improvements! These are chainsaw-ready jobs, why would you deny them!?


RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By FITCamaro on 9/4/2012 10:33:35 PM , Rating: 2
Lol. Good one.


RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By Reclaimer77 on 9/4/2012 10:34:37 PM , Rating: 1
Thanks, a little satire for this humorless bunch of commies :P


RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By Alexvrb on 9/4/2012 11:09:42 PM , Rating: 3
Please keep your remarks politically correct, sir. Humor impaired bunch of commies.


RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By mikeyD95125 on 9/5/2012 3:13:58 AM , Rating: 2
Little known fact:

Reclaimer and Fit are actually a couple who had their marriage license revoked because of Prop 8, hence their behest for California.


RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By Reclaimer77 on 9/5/2012 1:14:48 PM , Rating: 5
I think it's offensive to homosexuals that you mean this as an insult. What's wrong with being gay? If I were gay, Fit would certainly be the kind of person that would attract me. Self reliant, educated, employed, he speaks well and has a backbone and defends his beliefs. He also drives sports cars I believe, lots in common there. What's not to like?


RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By FITCamaro on 9/5/2012 2:58:00 PM , Rating: 5
Well this isn't something I expected to read today.


RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By Spuke on 9/5/2012 4:35:20 PM , Rating: 2
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Well this isn't something I expected to read today.
LMAO!!


By inperfectdarkness on 9/6/2012 1:08:15 PM , Rating: 2
I don't want to sound gay or anything, but I'd kind of like to make love to you tonight.


RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By mcrex77 on 9/11/2012 1:20:06 PM , Rating: 2
Guys, I know no one will care, but I have been an avid reader of this site and the various jack ass comments for a LONG time. I had to finally log in to comment, dudes thanks for the laughs. This comment made my month for humor. Great job.


RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By corduroygt on 9/5/2012 3:34:47 PM , Rating: 2
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I think it's offensive to homosexuals that you mean this as an insult.

That's rich coming from someone who actively supports a platform for denying homosexuals their rights.


RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By Reclaimer77 on 9/5/2012 3:44:17 PM , Rating: 2
Didn't you say me and my entire family should die in pain simply because I'm a Republican or whatever? And the "only good Republican is a dead one"? Just..HAHAH!

Cord go eat sh#t and have a nice day. You're actually scaring me with this disturbing obsession you have with me. Psycho alert!


RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By corduroygt on 9/5/2012 4:01:59 PM , Rating: 1
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Didn't you say me and my entire family should die in pain simply because I'm a Republican or whatever?

No it was because you insulted me in your post, so I returned the favor.

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Cord go eat sh#t and have a nice day.

Well at least I have a full head of hair unlike you, so my days are automatically nicer.


RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By Spuke on 9/5/2012 4:36:43 PM , Rating: 2
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Well at least I have a full head of hair unlike you, so my days are automatically nicer.
This is kind of funny Rec77. LOL! Sorry about that.


RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By Omega215D on 9/5/2012 3:07:51 AM , Rating: 2
It was a preemptive stike against forest fires for the LA county area. =P

Then again, considering all the news stories about forest/ brush fires occurring in the southern California Area...


RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By corduroygt on 9/5/2012 10:19:44 AM , Rating: 2
Well, if California didn't have to spend 22% of its Federal tax revenue propping up those backwards red states, they could have eliminated their deficit in a few months.


RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By bah12 on 9/5/2012 10:54:16 AM , Rating: 2
Quit trolling. CA is 19th per capita in tax revenue. Sizable yes, but pretty middle of the road. Of course I'm sure all you saw was a big number, and cherry pick the stat that suited you best. Also don't point out that CA received roughly 65B of that $300B back as federal aid.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_tax_revenue_b...

What's laughable is even with all that GDP, the piss poor management and liberal agenda has still almost bankrupted the state. Pathetic indeed. At least Greece has very little production, CA is by far the largest GDP state, but still can't make ends meet.

Look I do empathize with the out of work mother of 3 who lost her husband in the war, trying to make end meets. But that is NOT what CA is. It is a rock star that pisses away all his money on bling, bently's and hoe's that is drinking in the gutter trying to get by. Hard to feel sorry for the dumbasses that have it all and are still broke.


RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By corduroygt on 9/5/2012 10:58:03 AM , Rating: 2
Per capita stat is not relevant to this discussion, why would you penalize California because most people want to live there opposed to flyover country?

What matters is that CA sends $42B of its federal tax revenues to other states(the rest comes back to CA), and has a $16B deficit. Simple math would indicate that if they didn't have to prop up the backwards ass, mostly red states, they could pay their deficit in a few months.


RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By bah12 on 9/5/2012 12:59:10 PM , Rating: 2
You are such a troll, of course it is relevant. Per capita is the only logical way to look at it. Funny how you libs look at the total numbers when it fits you, and % when it doesn't. You'd be the first tool in line to throw rich guy Z ,paying X million a year in taxes, under the bus because it was only 10% of his earnings (even though the amount paid was huge). But when the tables are turned you look at your big dollar column as too much, even though on a percentage base you are very middle of the road. Typical hypocrite.

Sounds to me like you are way more blue than you realize. Funny that you keep throwing out the "red" is bad montra while villainizing the weatlh distribution that defines your precious "blue" ideals.

What so liberalism is ok, when it's not your money being handed out?

Again...typical liberal troll...hypocrite.


RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By Reclaimer77 on 9/5/2012 1:10:12 PM , Rating: 2
Cord is an idiot. Always has been, always will be. You cannot argue with a Liberal moron for long, because all they do is bring you down to their level.

You've correctly identified that there is no consistency at all within their belief system. They'll just use whatever emotional argument can be made, usually belligerently, and ride it for all it's worth. Regardless of how contradictory or nonsensical it is.

This is what happens when a group of people are governed by an ideology that's indefensible and cannot be logically verbalized in a straight-forward manner.

Think about it. He actually thinks in his mind that his whole "CA pays lots of taxes therefore X" talking point is somehow a legitimate counter to the debate.


RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By corduroygt on 9/5/2012 1:41:53 PM , Rating: 2
The world will be a better place when evil people like you die. I hope you and all your family get horribly disfigured and in an accident and then die in agony because you have no money for healthcare and people like Mitt are just busy swimming in their pools of cash to help you out.

In the past, I respected them, but today, the only good republican is a dead one.


RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By Reclaimer77 on 9/5/2012 1:47:58 PM , Rating: 2
lol wow!!

Don't hold back you psycho, tell me how you really feel.


RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By KCjoker on 9/5/2012 5:59:34 PM , Rating: 2
Wait I thought libs were about tolerance?


RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By corduroygt on 9/5/2012 9:18:37 PM , Rating: 2
You cavemen mistake tolerance for weakness, so zero tolerance to your ilk is the best course of action. Most posts here are simple trolling, but if I lived in a swing state, and if I saw a bunch of like-minded guys like you/reclaimer/fit in a burning GOP tour bus by the side of the road, I would probably choose not to save you.


RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By corduroygt on 9/5/2012 1:39:07 PM , Rating: 1
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You are such a troll, of course it is relevant. Per capita is the only logical way to look at it.

Saying it without any reasoning doesn't make it true. Per capita is meaningless when talking about the OVERALL debt of a state. With the same stupid republican logic, CA isn't in that much debt I guess, because the per capita debt is low compared to other states. But no, CA debt is brought up as an example of a Democrat failing.

I am blue, because that's the ONLY way of not being an evil a-hole in this country. Good thing your ilk is never going to get what they want from now on.

Frankly, all the red states should secede, we're sick of propping you guys up with our federal taxes. If I'm paying your taxes, you need a friggin passport to enter my state, and we're not going to give you one if you're against our ideals.


RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By jRaskell on 9/5/2012 2:44:33 PM , Rating: 2
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I hope you and all your family get horribly disfigured and in an accident and then die in agony

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I am blue, because that's the ONLY way of not being an evil a-hole in this country

I can't help but wonder what you think constitutes an 'evil a-hole'.

Myself, I would consider anyone who would hope entire families endure horrible disfigurement and agonizing death to be an evil a-hole.


RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By Reclaimer77 on 9/5/2012 3:49:17 PM , Rating: 2
This kid gets more radical with every post doesn't he?

I just love the logic that because I'm an "evil Republican", my whole family needs to die with me. For all he knows they could be radical Liberals like him.

Kid needs therapy or something. He sounds like Hitler.


RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By corduroygt on 9/5/12, Rating: 0
RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By Spuke on 9/5/2012 5:05:09 PM , Rating: 2
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For all he knows they could be radical Liberals like him.
Wish I would've read this before making a comment earlier. Cord is definitely nuts. LOL! I typically vote Republican myself even though I'm not a party member (independent). Guess I need to die too. LOL!


RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By Reclaimer77 on 9/5/2012 5:14:09 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah I kinda think if someone goes THAT much off the deep end here, threatening death and stuff, he should probably be banned. Although it can't really be said Cord ever contributed meaningfully to a discussion, this is just going way too far.


RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By corduroygt on 9/5/2012 5:45:05 PM , Rating: 2
You deserved it, bald man.


RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By bah12 on 9/5/2012 4:08:03 PM , Rating: 1
Ok you little dumbshit lets try it another way. A method you dems love to use against the rich. % of revenue or in a state's case GDP. Guess where CA is.. that's right 2nd to the bottom in the top 10 states by GDP. So in other words there are 8 state that pay a higher tax rate than you.

Not only are you the Rock stars of the lower 48 pissing away boatloads of money on useless shit driving your state to the verge of bankruptcy. You're also the GE of states with a comparatively small tax rate. Your failure is now complete.

Tax % of GDP by State (go goolge tax revenue by state and gdp by state and do the math)

16% California
19% Texas
21% New York
18% Florida
21% Illinois
20% Pennsylvania
24% New Jersey
22% Ohio
14% Virginia
19% North Carolina


RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By corduroygt on 9/5/2012 4:19:49 PM , Rating: 1
You realize the ratios are that way because there are more rich people in CA and the current federal tax policy favors them to pay a lower percentage of their income, right?

This still does not change the fact that taxes paid by those millionaires in CA go to prop up the dumbass republicans in the flyover states instead of closing their state's budget deficit.

Sorry, if you take money from blue states, you have to live the blue state way. Allow gay marriage, stop with the creationism crap, get nationalized healthcare and then we'll give you some money.

I really with they seceded and became their own third world country.


RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By Solandri on 9/5/2012 5:20:35 PM , Rating: 2
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You realize the ratios are that way because there are more rich people in CA and the current federal tax policy favors them to pay a lower percentage of their income, right?

The duplicitous thinking needed to come up with that line of reasoning is simply mindboggling.

First, rich people pay a substantially higher percentage of their income in income taxes. Forget what you read in blogs or political websites. Go look at the IRS tax stats.
http://www.irs.gov/uac/SOI-Tax-Stats---Individual-...

It's a spreadsheet so you can crunch the numbers to your heart's content. Average percentage of adjusted gross income paid as federal income taxes is:

$0-$100k = 11.3%
> $100k = 26.8%
> $1 mil = 28.3%

Second, California pays a more in taxes than it gets back because of progressive taxation policies advocated by the left. You cannot argue that it's fair for the rich to pay more in taxes than they get back in services. Then turn right around and argue that it's unfair that California (a rich state) pays more in taxes than it gets back in services.

They are the same thing. Either you believe the rich deserve to pay more, and that California deserves to pay more than it gets back in services. Or you believe that the rich should pay only as much as they get back in services, and that California should get as much in services as it pays in taxes. Mixing and matching the two as you're doing is hypocritical.


RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By corduroygt on 9/5/2012 5:42:25 PM , Rating: 1
Deceptive GOP at work again. Most of the rich get their income from investments, which are taxed at much lower rates, so you are wrong on that point.

Second, my whole point of not paying for the red states was pointing out to the hypocrisy of the situation. Here we are blue staters, paying for all these idiots in the red states, who are against welfare WHILE receiving it. They are the true hypocrites, and that's what my point was. They will become a 3rd world country if we stopped their aid, and that's not what we want. As long as they give up their outdated ways of thinking, they are welcome in the union.


RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By JKflipflop98 on 9/7/2012 11:34:38 AM , Rating: 1
I think you're both brainless imbeciles for aligning yourself to a dirty and crooked political party that only cares about you if you can make 7 figure "campaign contributions".

One is as bad as the other. Dem or Repub, red or blue, the point is that it's always the same "it's that there othur guy's fault ger-hyuck" stupidity when something goes wrong. Wake up you fucking morons.


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