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Why a Newt Gingrich presidency might help Mississippi

February 3rd, 2012 2 comments

Just sitting on your couch and listening, some of Newt Gingrich’s latest ideas might seem to be a little — OK, a lot — off the wall.
Amazingly enough, some of Newt’s ideas might actually be good for Mississippi’s economy in general and the Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, specifically.
In fact, many of Newt’s ideas aren’t new at all — specifically the one in which the Republican presidential candidate wants to create a lunar colony that he says could become a U.S. state.
Gingrich has been hammered everywhere, from the far right to the far left and everywhere in between, as having read too many science-fiction novels. But mainstream science experts, including some Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney supporters, say Gingrich isn’t off the mark at all — at least where it comes to having a “first permanent base on the moon.”
Returning to the moon and building an outpost there is not new. Until three years ago, it was U.S. policy and billions of dollars were spent on that idea.
Since 1969, staying on the moon has been a part of many president’s plans, including George H.W. Bush and his son George W. Bush.
That’s where Stennis Space Center comes in. George W. Bush, proposed a unar outpost, phased out the space shuttle program and spent more than $9 billion designing a return to the moon program.
Stennis had been a part of testing the rocket boosters for the shuttle program. Losing the shuttle program might have been devastating for Stennis.
Yet, NASA has already chosen Michoud, just across the line in Louisiana, to construct components of a next-generation, heavy-lift rocket being designed to transport astronauts to destinations like asteroids and Mars. Stennis, meanwhile, is test-firing the engines that will power that vehicle beyond low-Earth orbit and into deep space.
And the lunar colony?
George Washington University space policy director Scott Pace, who was NASA’s associate administrator in the second Bush administration and is a Romney supporter, said the 2020 lunar base date Gingrich mentioned was feasible when it was proposed in 2005.
The fact is it was President Barack Obama’s decision to cancel the program. Pace said it would be hard to figure out when NASA could get back to the moon, but that such a return is doable.
Neal Lane, former head of the National Science Foundation and White House science adviser during the Clinton administration, told the Associated Press that Gingrich’s proposals aren’t crazy, although he may disagree with some of them. Gingrich’s ideas and actions are “very pro-science,” said Lane, who credited Gingrich with protecting federal science research from budget cuts in the 1990s.
“He’s on the edge of mainstream thinking about big science. Except for the idea of establishing a colony on the moon, it’s not over the edge,” added Syracuse University science policy professor Henry Lambright.
NASA, understandably, wants to stay out of presidential politics and chooses not to comment on this particular issue.
However, there is no doubt a renewed interest in the space program — regardless of its genesis — could help the long-term health of NASA and Stennis, specifically.

Contact Mississippi Business Journal editor Ross Reily at ross.reily@msbusiness.com or (601) 364-1018

••• UPDATE: Biggest Loser Patrick House will be featured speaker at MBJ’s EXPO

February 1st, 2011 Comments off

Patrick House, a Mississippi native and winner of NBC’s Biggest Loser, will be the featured speaker at the Mississippi Business Journal’s Mississippi Business and Technology EXPO.

The former offensive lineman at Delta State was last to step on the scales during the December finale of The Biggest Loser. House needed to have lost 177 pounds to win the $250,000 prize.

When the numbers finally stopped tumbling, the former 400 pounder had lost 182, down to 218 to win the prize. House, who now lives in Vicksburg, plans to move to South Carolina where he will teach at a school for morbidly obese teens. He plans to share his message of health and exercise and how he overcame his obesity as part of being a teacher and a coach at the school.

” I am really excited about the EXPO and the awesome possibilities it presents,” House said. “I cant begin to tell you how much The Biggest Loser has changed my life. It has ultimately saved my life. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity that was given to me.”

House went on to say that he is looking forward to meeting the winners of the Top 40 Under 40, because of what their leadership means to the future of Mississippi. He believes they can help make an impact by halting the spread of obesity in Mississippi.

According to some who have heard House speak previously, EXPO goers can expect a powerful, motivating, and inspiring speech.

Following House’s talk, The Biggest Loser champion will be available to visit, take pictures and ask questions at his booth. He will also be at the nightcap dinner for more questions and photo opportunities.

“I am so excited about this event,” House said. “Thank you for including me.”

Considering the ramifications poor health and obesity have had on Mississippi’s economy, House is the perfect person to give his inspirational message in front of many of the state’s top business leaders.

As for the EXPO, the Mississippi Business Journal happening is the state’s largest business-to-business networking event — the Mississippi Business & Technology EXPO. The event, presented by Comcast Business Class, will be held April 7, 2011 at the Trade Mart in Jackson. It is a special project of the Mississippi Business Journal.

Now in its 28th year, EXPO will feature nearly 200 exhibits and is expected to attract thousands of attendees. In addition, the event will feature multiple awards programs, free seminars, door prizes and more.

The EXPO’s hours Thursday, April 7, 2011 will be 9:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m., including a Business After Hours networking party with 25 popular restaurants with live music and cash bar beginning at 5 p.m.

The Top 40 Under 40 Luncheon will also be held April 7, beginning at noon, and will recognize 40 of Mississippi’s top business and community leaders under the age of 40.

Informative seminars presented by Hinds Community College’s Eagle Ridge Conference Center and Mississippi State University Outreach Program will offer EXPO attendees and exhibitors additional opportunities for boosting their business savvy during the two-day event. From handling a tough customer to successful marketing strategies, don’t miss this chance to learn from professional trainers.

The show is open to the public, and general admission is free with a business card. For more information, call (601) 364-1000.

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a sole proprietor or CEO of a large corporation, this is one event you don’t want to miss!

We hope to see you there!

For additional information about this special event of the Mississippi Business Journal, contact Tami Jones at (601) 364-1011.

House wins Biggest Loser, Delta State takes shot at national title

December 15th, 2010 Comments off

Patrick House, a former offensive lineman at Delta State, was last to step on the scales last night at The Biggest Loser finale. The Brandon native needed to have lost 177 pounds to win the $250,000 prize.

When the numbers finally stopped tumbling, the former 400 pounder had lost 182, down to 218 to win the prize. House, who now lives in Vicksburg, plans to to move to South Carolina where he will teach at a school for morbidly obese teens. He plans to share his message of health and exercise and how he overcame his obesity as part of being a teach and a coach at the school.

But, first, House’s former football team, Delta State plays Minnesota-Duluth Saturday for the NCAA Division II national championship.

If you believe in karma, you gotta believe the Statesmen will win their second-ever national championship.

Congratulations to House and good luck Statesmen, uh Okra.