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Romney gets the job done

They said Mitt Romney was a robot without a heart who hadn't "opened up" and told the American people who he was or what made him tick, an "etch-a-sketch" candidate with no personality or core.

They ran ads lying about a supposed Romney plan to raise taxes on the middle class.

Mitt Romney had to answer those allegations last night if he was going to have any chance of beating President Obama. In my option, mission accomplished.

It was a speech I somehow suspect Peggy Noonan had something to do with; I could hear her style and cadences in several places. Oddly, I'd discussed how much I hoped she would be involved in writing the speech with the Romney staffer I was sitting next to at the local headquarters last night. Afterward, he said that he thought he could detect Ms. Noonan at work as well.

Anyway, here's Mitt's acceptance speech:

Barack Obama as empty chair: Clint Eastwood doesn't exactly make the president's day

Mitt Romney hit a home run last night. But another highlight was Clint Eastwood, and his "conversation" with an empty chair representing President Obama (apparently they couldn't find a way to use an empty suit as a prop).

The MSM is furious. Mocking The One simply isn't done. Like the President, it seems that his sycophants in the media simply don't have a sense of humor. No fewer than 25 articles- five at POLITICO alone- have appeared panning Eastwood's speech, which the people I watched it with at the Des Moines area Romney headquarters thought was a riot.

Ok, so he rambled a bit. He still made more sense than his critics generally do.

Beware of people who lack a sense of humor. Come to think of it, isn't lacking a sense of humor pretty much a job description for liberals? Certainly it's a key to dealing with them.

The Left, like the devil, cannot stand to be mocked.

Anyway, here's Clint to make your day:

Chris Matthews: The word 'Chicago' is racist!

Chris Matthews, the leftist MSNBC commentator who famously bubbled four years ago about how Barack Obama "gives me a thrill up my leg," has delivered a rather amazing pronouncement even from him.

Oh. One thing, Chris: the suggestion that "old time machine politics" belongs to bygone years is standard Democratic propaganda, but nevertheless quite laughable.

Anyone prominent in an urban minority community (even Des Moines!) who is somehow clueless enough to believe that machine politics are a thing of the past needs only to let it be known that he or she is considering supporting a Republican to be taught a prompt and unpleasant lesson to the contrary.

Pazuzu's birthday present

Given what right wing zanies claim about President Obama's religion, it's probably best that the Obama campaign not get ahold of this. But still...

Listening to Rick Santorum with foaming mouth

Sometimes- well, often- the things the Left say are so hysterical, over-the-top, and generally ridiculous that they don't need to be responded to. They are their own rebuttal.

I guess the zany Right does, too. But they don't dominate the media. On the other hand, no matter how reasonable and rational a statement made by a conservative might be, it seldom lacks somebody on the Left to respond to it with indignant- and wholly inappropriate- outrage.

This is an example of the phenomenon. It's a response to Rick Santorum's speech to the RNC last night.

I heard that speech, and I don't think anybody but a malicious fanatic could hear it as either "dishonest" or as "race-baiting."

Racism is an ugly thing. Unfortunately, the word is so overused by the Left that it's losing its impact. They need to knock it off, and start using the word appropriately and responsibly. Not every argument that causes a liberal to sputter is "racist." And it…

Gallup: Obama approval rating falls to 43%

It's conceivable that a president can squeeze through to re-election- barely- with an approval rating above 45%.

But President Obama's approval rating, according to Gallup, is now 43%.

No way. A 43% approval rating is not just defeat territory for a sitting president. It's blowout territory.

HT: Drudge

Paulistas hijack the Iowa delegation- fair and square

I had a great time watching Gwen Ifill, Mark Shields, Judy Woodruff of PBS fiercely striving to simultaneously pose as objective journalists and refute virtually everything anybody said at the Republican convention last night. It was only afterward, though- when the local news came on- that I realized something that, in perspective, didn't disturb me so much as amuse me.

Jeff, a supporter of Ron "We Killed A Million Iraqis" Paul who used to comment on this blog (and is welcome to again despite my recent contrary statement; I miss him), would pass on all manner of paranoid and utterly crazy claims about how Crazy Ron was being robbed by Romney-loving Republican establishment types. He even pointed in one comment to a Paulista blog making the utterly insane claim that somehow Romney had "stolen" the nomination from the vastly-outvoted fringe candidate with the limited, if fanatical, appeal.

Well, Rick Santorum won the Iowa caucuses, as you may recall, edging Rom…

God bless you too, Ellen

Actress Ellen Barken has re-tweeted a message from a follower, to wit: "C’mon #Isaac! Wash every pro-life, anti-education, anti-woman, xenophobic, gay-bashing, racist SOB right into the ocean! #RNC"

So which party is the "party of hate," again?

HT: Drudge

Neil Armstrong is dead

This really makes me feel old.

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, is dead of complications from a coronary bypass at age 82.

I suppose Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, might rival Armstrong as a modern candidate for admission to the same club as Christopher Columbus, Admiral Peary, Roald Amunson, and the other great explorers of history. But one thing is certain: Armstrong is a member of the most exclusive club in history: those who have been first in doing something that truly matters for the human race.

The question is, how many of them will vote?

StatusPeople, a British web management firm, has come out with an ap for checking how many "followers" on a given Twitter account are actual people, and how many are fake.

Apparently some 70% of President Obama's 18.9 million followers are imaginary.

But Lady Gaga beats him. 71% of her 29 million followers are apparently phony.

Doubtless the Democrats, as usual, will condemn this nefarious effort to trying to deny equal rights to imaginary voters.

HT: Drudge

Another poll gives Romney a slight edge

A poll of likely voters- this one done jointly for Fox News by Democratic firm Anderson Robbins Research and Republican firm Shaw & Company Research- shows Mitt Romney with small lead over President Obama.

As is the case with most, the Romney lead is well within the margin of error. Like the Rasmussen poll, this one was done among likely rather than registered voters.

HT: Drudge

That double standard strikes again

Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican candidate for the Senate from Missouri, deserves all the condemnation he's getting for his idiotic remarks about rape- and more.

But why is there a different standard for Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn,), who once joked on Saturday Night Live about raping Lesile Stahl?

Is this acceptable, simply becaus Franken is a liberal Democrat? And what business does the Obama campaign have trying to exploit Akin's stupid comments while Franken is campaigning for the president?

HT: Drudge

Model right for eight straight elections predicts Romney-Ryan victory

A method of predicting presidential elections which has correctly called the last eight of them forecasts the result this November as 320 electoral votes, and 52.9% of the popular vote, for the Romney-Ryan ticket, and 218 electoral votes, and 47.1%, for Obama and Biden.

The model predicts that Romney will carry virtually all of the "swing" states, including North Carolina, Virginia, New Hampshire, Colorado, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida.

The system, developed at the University of Colorado, examines patterns from past elections in light of current economic conditions. It shows, U of C professors say, that a Democratic president's incumbency advantage disappears if the unemployment rate is over 5.6%.

Unemployment has been over eight percent for forty months. “The economy has seen some improvement since President Obama took office, says University of Colorado-Denver Professor Michael Berry. "What remains to be seen is whether voters will consi…

Desperate Democrats planing a celebration of abortion in Charlotte

Democrats- and liberals generally- tend to vastly overestimate the appeal of their fondness for virtually unrestricted legal abortion. Most Americans are moderates on abortion, not wanting to see it outlawed, but also uncomfortable with the huge percentage of abortions performed as merely a form of retroactive birth control.

Those who live in swing states like Iowa have already been treated to at least two ads chiding Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for being anti-abortion. Incredibly, that's actually the word the most recent Obama ad uses to describe them: not "anti-choice," but "anti-abortion!"

I don't know about you, but that sounds an awful lot to me like an admission that they themselves are "pro-abortion!"

Those ads, of course, are essentially a waste of money. Anybody who would be swayed by them are already in the Obama camp, and immovably so. But now, it seems, Democratic certainty that the rest of the country is as radical as the Democratic pa…

What's round on the ends and "IH" in the middle? Obama's spelling of "Ohio"

When Dan Quayle was the "celebrity judge" at a spelling bee, and was given an incorrect "correct" spelling of "potato" by spelling bee officials, Democrats iand the media ignored that fact and chortled hysterically., as if Quayle was the one who had made the mistake.They still haven't stopped.

I wonder what President Obama's excuse is for misspelling "Ohio," and I wonder whether t he people of that swing state will hold it against him.

Or whether the media will even report this latest in the never-ending series of gaffes by the president who is so well protected by his allies in the media. Once again, we are forced to wonder at their reaction of George W. Bush had pulled this boner.

When a Republican sticks his foot in his mouth, it is indelibly engraved, it seems, on the cultural memory. But when a Democrat- and especially The One- does the same, for some reason nobody ever hears about it.

For some reason.

HT: Drudge

ADDENDUM: Remember the ma…

Speaking of people sticking their feet in their mouths...

...Joe Biden will be in Tampa during the Republican National Convention next week.

I think he should be invited to address the convention.

In prime time.

Every night.

HT: Drudge

Have to agree

Sadly, I have to agree with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and with columnist Ann Coulter that the Republican candidate for the Senate from Missouri, Todd Akin, needs to step aside.

Akin stuck his foot not only into his mouth but much too far down his throat to survive when he not only erroneously suggested that it is biologically impossible for a woman to become pregnant by being raped due to the trauma involved, but- infinitely worse- spoke, not of "actual" rape, but of "legitimate" rape.

Legitimate rape? From the moment those words passed his lips, he went from the favorite to win his race to a certain loser with no chance at all. And he deserved none.

Democrats figured that Akin would be Sen. Claire McCaskill's easiest opponent, and contributed $1.5 to his primary campaign. Looks like they were right.

Sadly, it now appears that Akin will take the Republican party and the country down with him to defeat in Missouri, where he cannot hel…

On Wisconsin: a blue state turns purple

When Rasmussen- whch polls only likely voters, and so tends to lean Republican- puts the Romney-Ryan ticket ahead of Obama-Biden in Wisconsin, that's one thing.

But when the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling poll shows the same thing in bright blue Wisconsin, it becomes a little hard to deny that President Obama is in trouble in a state he figured to win at a walk.

Two words: Paul Ryan.

HT: Drudge

Somehow, it feels like 1980

The candidates are virtually tied in the polls. But the bottom has pretty much fallen out of the economy, and people are not only dissatisfied with their lives but see them as not having gotten better on the watch of the incumbent president.

That's where we find ourselves today. The main difference between that description and 1980, when what looked like a close race collapsed into an overwhelming victory for the challenger on the last weekend of the campaign, is that at this point in 1980 Jimmy Carter had a nine-point lead on Ronald Reagan. It hadn't gotten close yet.

Things of late have been going Mitt Romney's way. Perhaps an omen of things to come- and certainly an example of the way things are going- is the placement of an Obama ad in the midst of the article to which the previous sentence links:

After a summer with the wind at his back, President Barack Obama is seeing dark clouds forming over his re-election fortunes as bad economic news and political developments c…

Martin Luther and the secularist Taliban

I've referred many times on this blog to the eminently sensible speech President Obama gave while still in the Senate on the relationship between religious faith and citizenship. While I have some comparatively minor differences with what Mr. Obama said, it seems to me to dispel a great deal of the confusion many Americans on both sides of the religious and political divide seem to experience, and to address the matter in terms true to the Constitution, true to our history, and even compatible with sound Christian theology. It never ceases to amaze me how many on the Left have never read it- and who take pretty much the same bizarre stance on the subject taken by this HuffPost article.

Its author, Emily Timbrol, is a self-professed Christian who- like many such on the cultural Left- has apparently never read Matthew 5:17-20. Jesus, of course, was referring to the Moral Law when He affirmed the Law's continued binding character; His attitude toward the dietary requirements and…

Excuse me. Who is a 'hate group?'

The increasingly totalitarian rhetoric and tactics of the Cultural Left- from self-impressed denizens of Hollywood to big-city mayors- is a fascinating phenomenon. James Antle is right: by any reasonable definition, the Cultural Left- emphatically including those advocating the legalization of same-sex "marriage-" are becoming more and more to resemble a classic example of precisely what they claim cultural conservatives are: a hate group.

How else to describe people who are unwilling or unable to discuss their disagreements with others on the merits, and instead attack their motives and persons, seeking to marginalize, demonize and discredit those whom they cannot meet in fair debate?

"Hate" is an ugly word, and an uglier reality. And it is never more ugly than when the word "hate" is itself used as a weapon and instrument of hate.

HT: Real Clear Religion

'Democrats for Romney' is just the ticket for Romney-Ryan

All over the nation, disappointed, disaffected and just plain disgusted Democrats are looking for an excuse to vote for Mitt Romney.

Probably all they need is to know that other disappointed, disaffected and just plain disgusted Democrats plan to do the same thing.

Andthey are.

Artur Davis, who seconded Barack Obama's nomination at the Democratic convention four years ago, has changed parties, and will be addressing the Republican convention this time.

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tombin hasn't endorsed Romney. Yet. But he has annoucned that he does not endorse the President's re-election.

Look for the list to grow as time goes on. And remember: at this point in 1980, Jimmy Carter was nine points ahead of Ronald Reagan in the polls. And Ronald Reagan- as I can testify from personal experience, having supported Carter to the bitter end against a Republican nominee I was sure was an over-the-top right wing fanatic who was going to blow us all up- was a much, much harder sell for D…

A nuclear Iran is no threat. Nooooooooooooooo. And a mullah doesn't have lips.

Ultra-leftists, Ron Paul, amd other assorted dwellers in alternate realities, take note: A nuclear Iran is too a threat to world peace.

Also to the future of civilization.

By the way, all that would be required to nuke Chicago or Detroit or Los Angeles or Houston or New York or Washington or your home town would be your average, garden variety delivery truck.

I suspect Iran has a few of those in its arsenal already.

HT: Drudge

ADDENDUM: Choosing various weapons from history as a guide, oyou can see what one delivery truck and an Iranian nuke would do to the city you live in here.

Beyond bizarre

Believe it or not, a commemorative historical plaque has been erected at the spot in Chicago's Hyde Park where Barack and Michelle Obama first kissed!

It should be said that the city is not responsible. Even Rahm Emanuel, who thinks that the teachings of the majority of Chicago's churches odo not reflect "Chicago values," isn't that far off the beam.

And irony of ironies, the plaque is at a Baskin-Robbins- one of the companies Mitt Romney saved while at Bain Capital.

In the meantime, the over-the-top rants of the Far Left are starting to become as disgusting as they are bizarre:

HT: Drudge

ADDENDUM: Toure' has apologized for his use of "the N-word," but not for the looney point he was making.

The apology falls far, far short.

Illinois' loose-cannon governor appears headed over the side of the ship

I have never been a fan of Illinois Gov. Patrick Quinn, the man whose debut in politics was leading a movement which scrapped a system of selecting state representatives which handicapped machines and other elites and empowered reformers and insurgent groups.

Under the system which existed prior to Quinn's regrettable initiative, each House district had three representatives. Each party, however, only ran two candidates, with the result that every voter in Illinois always had at least one representative of his own party.

But more significantly, these representatives were elected under a system known as "cumulative voting." Voters could give all three of their votes to one candidate, one-and-a-half to each of two, or one vote to each of three. The result was that party organizations and other power elites had to ask their supporters to split their votes between two incumbents, while reformers and other challengers could encourage their supporters to "bullet," o…

Rasmussen: Romney-Ryan now leads in Wisconsin

According to the latest Rasmussen poll, the selection of Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan to be Mitt Romney's running-mate has pulled the Republican ahead of President Obama in Ryan's home state, Wisconsin.

Wisconsin is usually considered a safe Democratic state with highly "progressive" politics.

Unlike the other major polls, Rasmussen polls likely rather than merely registered voters. Since a greater percentage of Republicans than Democrats generally vote, this means results more favorable to Republican candidates than other polls. But it often also means results that more accurately reflect the actual voting.

HT: Drudge

Incidentally, if you're wondering about those Obama birth control ads....

...they lean very, very hard on a matter the truth about which ought to severely embarass the president: the fact that he is compelling churches whose teachings forbid contraception altogether, or forbid those forms of contraception which amount to chemical abortion, to provide insurance coverage which covers them to their employees, in clear violation of the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of religion.

The Obama Administration's war on religion is an ugly thing. But Mitt Romney is fighting back.

Give 'em hell, Mitt!

"Take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago!"

So says the Mittmeister in response to the President's ongoing campaign of lies, half-truths and innuendo.

The Obama response: "I know you are. But what are we?"

Meanwhile, the presumptive Republican nominee is making unprecedented inroads in the youth vote.

And Artur Davis, the man who seconded Mr. Obama's nomination at the 2008 Democratic convention, will be campaigning for Romney later today. "I think the Obama administration has candidly gone too far to the left. You can raise all kinds of questions on whether that's good politics or not," Davis told CNN.

New lows: Biden accuses Romney of wanting to bring back slavery, mimics sign-language interpreter

Joe Biden- the clown prince of American politics, whom President Obama had the exquisite judgment to put one heartbeat from the presidency and who inspired Osama bin Laden to plot the assassination of Mr. Obama for the precise purpose of putting him in the White House- is widely known for letting his mouth get way, way ahead of his brain. The most amazing things are apt to come out of Mr. Biden's mouth. But he's outdone himself this time.

He claims that Mitt Romney wants to return Afro-Americans to slavery:

Joe, it was the Republican party that eliminated the custom of putting chains on Americans. It was the Democrats who favored keeping them on.

But Biden's outrageous comment isn't the most shocking part of the story.

That would be the fact that the Obama campaign is standing by Biden's statement.

"The bottom line is that we have no problem with those comments," said Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutler.

But on the other hand, why should the statem…

A tale of two flags

Well, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc) is Mitt Romney's running-mate. And the Greek flag looks a bit like the American one. How are these two facts related? Bear with me.

Bob Schieffer of CBS said that partisans of both parties are delighted- Republicans because Paul Ryan's proposals on Medicare and the budget give viable specifics to the GOP economic program, and Democrats because they can paint Ryan as an extreme ideologue.

Like Barack Obama isn't?

Schieffer also pointed out the gaffe Romney committed in introducing Ryan: he referred to him as "the next president of the United States," not the next vice-president. This is, of course, the kind of thing the MSM probably wouldn't have even noticed if Barack Obama had said it. And there might well be a bit of unintentional sooth-saying in Romney's gaffe. If- heaven forefend- President Obama is re-elected, Ryan will be the odds-on favorite for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. And my guess is that the odd…

Lies, damn lies, and Obama campaign ads

Josef Goebbels probably never actually said that if you repeat a big enough lie often enough, people will believe it. But whoever it was who said it, the idea certainly seems to be the controlling rationale of the Obama re-election campaign.

Now an Obama ad is repeating- if only by innuendo- Harry Reid's made-up-out-of-thin-air lie that Mitt Romney hasn't paid taxes in ten years.

Not only that, but the Huffington Post is using innuendo to try to tie Romney to Salvadoran death squads!

And these things only hours after the Obama campaign belatedly repudiated an ad by a campaign-endorsed Super PAC blaming the presumptive Republican nominee for causing the cancer death of a woman who had her own insurance by depriving her husband of his- five years after Romney left Bain!

The Obama campaign itself had, by the way, previously used the misinformation in the ad it repudiated. That being the case, it should perhaps not be surprising that the Super PAC is refusing to pull the ad des…

Does this even need commentary?

The Obama campaign's chutzpah knows no bounds

It's to laugh.

A new Obama ad dares to mention "piling up debt" (conveniently forgetting that the Obama adminsitration has piled up as much of it in one term as the Bush administration did in two)and- just as incredibly- accuses Mitt Romney of proposing "adding trillions to the debt" by adequately funding America's military!

Maybe the best candidate for vice-president wouldn't be Pawlenty or Rubio or Rice or Petraus. Maybe it would be Paul Ryan. Let's see the president try to run as the apostle of fiscal restraint against a Romney-Ryan ticket.

HT: Real Clear Politics

Dallas, too, has caught the totalitarian virus

A Dallas police officer brought a sandwich from Chick-fil-A to work on "Chick-fil-A Appreciation day," and two lesbian officers didn't like it.

An argument resulted.

So did the "offending" officer's transfer to the graveyard shift.

It seems that Chicago and Boston are not the only two cities where freedom of speech is passe'.

HT: Drudge

Obama campaign disavows ad blaming Romney for cancer death

The Obama campaign has disavowed an ad blaming Mitt Eomney for the death of a steelworker's wife.

This blog mistakenly attributed the ad to the campaign. In fact, it was produced by Priorities USA, an independent PAC supporting Mr. Obama. The texts of the entries in this blog blaming the Obama campaign itself have been corrected.

Despite the campaign's disavowal of the ad, its substance was in fact used previously by the campaign itself. The ad has drawn widespread criticism in the media and elsewhere as inaccurate, misleading, and defamatory.

Regardless of where the responsibility lies for this particular ad, it is only the latest example of one of the most defamatory and negative campaigns ever waged by a modern presidential candidate. Whether or not Mr. Obama's people are directly responsible for it, it merely reflects the tone of a campaign so dishonest, vicious and divisive that which will make it virtually impossible for the president to govern should he be re-elected.

What's good for the elephant isn't good for the donkey

When Michelle Bachmann and four other Republican members of Congress accused an aide to Hillary Clinton of being an agent of the Muslim Brotherhood on the basis of no particular evidence, they were quite properly denounced by all and sundry.

But as Tom Bevan points out, when Harry Reid makes an equally wild and equally unsubstantiated charge about Mitt Romney not having paid taxes "for years," this receives a far different reaction.

No. There is no double standard for Democrats on one hand and Republicans on the other. Noooooooooooooooo......

The Olympics: the Tolerance Police strains at gnats and swallows camels

When Gabby Douglas won her all-around gymnastics gold medal, she publicly thanked God.

Salon responded with a theologically dubious, elitist snark-fest.

Between Salon's Gabby-bashing, the unconstitutional requirements of the new birth control mandate (objecting to which a woman in one of the newest Obama ads claims makes Mitt Romney "extreme"), and Rahm Emanuel's antics, can there be any doubt that bigotry against Christians is not only the last "respectable" prejudice on the Left, but the coming thing among the self-proclaimed Enlightened Ones?

Never have the Olympics been so infested by nit-picking political correctness. But it's apparently politically correct to find a person's public confession of her religious beliefs somehow "unnerving," simply because one disagrees with them.

Why do they call those folks "liberals," anyway?

David French comments further.

HT: Drudge, "The Home Front" at National Review Online


Pro-Obama group blames Romney- for cancer!

Believe it or not, supporters of the president have come up with a new ad blaming the prospective Republican nominee for... well, you watch it:

But a few other things should perhaps be mentioned...

Priorities USA, an independent PAC supporting Mr. Obama and authorized by his campaign, produced the ad. The campaign itself had used the misinformation it contains previously.

HT: Drudge

ADDENDUM: But wait! There's more!

Mr. Sopic- the guy in the ad- says now that Bain offered him and his co-workers a buyout!

Is it Romney-Petraeus?

Matt Drudge is reporting that President Obama believes that Mitt Romney wants CIA director and retired four-star general David Petraeus to be his running mate.

Petraeus was the architect of the "surge" which enabled the United States to exit Iraq with a reasonable prospect of the Iraqi government's survival. He was also the commander who turned what seemed to be a doomed effort in Afghanistan around to the point where the issue is at least in doubt.

In a slap at Drudge, White House Press Secretary told reporters to "be mindful of your sources" when asked about the report.

Drudge reports that Romney was asked about the rumor, but declined to respond. Petraeus has repeatedly denied any interest in entering the political arena. The rumor isbased on an overheard comment by President Obama to a Democratic fundraiser. It should probably be taken with about a carload of salt. But if Romney asks, and Petraeus agrees, it could be a game-changer.

Curiosity lands safely

The NASA/JPL rover Curiosity landed safely on Mars this morning.

The nuclear powered rover should be good for up to two years of research. It may well give us a definitive answer as to whether microscopic life exists- or has existed- on the Red Planet.

One of my greatest regrets is that, due to the short-sightedness of American policy-makers and, of course, the collapse of the economy, I probably won't live to see human beings set foot on Mars. I grew up expecting that I would.

Maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised. But if not, at least we've got eyes up there, if not boots.

ADDENDUM: The Mars Orbital Reconnaissance satellite was passing overhead and actually photographed the landing!