Friday, August 31, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Addendum: The faded Obama poster
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Make my day.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Jim Oberg has more details. It looks like planning is more advanced than hitherto revealed.
Iowahawk looks into the Moonwatcher in Chief's mind and finds it to be a scary place.
The mind boggles.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Addendum: Rand Simberg has some incoherent words about how capitalistic Solyndra in space really is.
It’s unfortunate that so many supposed conservatives are opposed to competitive markets in spaceflight, to the point that they embarrass themselves with ignorant rants against the Obama space policy, one of the very few things that the administration has gotten sort of right.It is unfortunate that so many alleged libertarians support a system of government subsidies for alleged commercial space craft that are totally dependent on those subsidies and government contracts. Thus far none of the participants have developed any private markets for their government funded space ships beyond the talking about it stage. It continues to amaze me how this is so hard to understand.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
I once had an idea, back before Obama cancelled the Constellation program, that when the first Americans returned to the moon, Neil Armstrong, along with Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, would have played capcom for the landing and perhaps the first footsteps. Alas,even if the president had not been a jerk, it was never to be. Perhaps in some alternate reality.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Dark Hunt is now out
Vampire vs. Terrorist
On September 11, 2001, the second day that will live in infamy, Gabriella Doria, an Italian noblewoman and an over 500 year old vampire, was meeting with investment partners at the World Trade Center when the building and her world fell on top of her. Later, when she had been dug out of the rubble, she vowed vendetta.
Her dark hunt for Osama bin Laden would take longer than she had imagined, would cost more than she had thought to bear, and would involve more dangers than she could imagine. Her enemy would himself turn to dark powers to fulfill his dream of a world enslaved to a perverted version of a world religion.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Does this mean that the show "The Big Bang Theory" is going to have to undergo some changes? How does Sheldon Cooper view this idea? (I can guess.)
Addendum: Keith Cowling screams and leaps.
President Obama was born in Hawaii (a U.S. state, by the way) and has lived in the United States for his entire life except for 1967-71. Between 1966 and 1969 Mitt Romney lived in France. John McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone and spent much of his youth living abroad. So what? As for what the phrase "traditional America is all about" means, perhaps Cernan will enlighten us as to what he's implying if/when he participates in the Republican national convention.
Of course McCain spent most of his time overseas being tortured for his country in Hanoi, so Keith may want to walk back his statement just a bit. Romney spent his time in France trying to convert the natives to Mormonism, an American born religious denomination if there ever was one. Both of their life experiences caused the two men to appreciate their American identity all the greater.
It can be argued that Obama does not appreciate the country he was elected to govern. He is on record as sneering about American exceptionalism and suggesting that America has "shown arrogance." In his infamous speech at the Kennedy Space Center, Obama ridiculed the idea of going back to the moon with a "been there, done that" trope that could only be described as off putting and embarrassing. That must be especially true for Buzz Aldrin who will never live down the statement, "Buzz has been there."
In the meantime much of the commentary on Keith's little screed consists of "Captain Cernan may have walked on the moon, but he is surely a crazy old man now." What ever happened to respecting ones elders?
Addendum 2: Cavuto: Gene Cernan is my hero
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Addendum: The Slashdot link also links to some posts that raise some objections to the Culberson bill. Since the bill is a work in progress, I'm not sure how he will address it, but here are some of my thoughts.
What if we're stuck with a bad NASA administrator?
I will presume this to mean someone who is either incompetent or insubordinate and not someone whose approach to space policy makes a particularly blogger upset. In that case, I imagine that such a person could still be forced to resign for cause.
Aren't multi-year budgets unconstitutional?
The way entitlements get around this is that Congress is always free to modify spending on -- say -- social security. In the case of a NASA project, such as a Mars lander, a future Congress could vote to modify spending if the project goes into cost overruns. However the default would still be to spend the multi-year budget. It would this be harder to mess with a NASA project by proactively defunding it rather than just failing to provide funding. This also answers the objection on how to handle situations such as Kepler. Congress could still proactively cancel it or appropriate more money if the project gets out of control.
Multi year budgets would help to mitigate against projects that get out of control since NASA managers would have an understanding of exactly how much money they have to spend. Situations such as when the Bush administration promised a certain amount of money for Constellation and then OMB failing to deliver could be avoided.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Addendum: Rand needs to get a sense of irony. Otherwise he would not post things like this. "Awwwww, isn’t that cute? Mark still fantasizes both that I have a “chain,” and that I ever “leap the length” of it. It seems to be one of his favorite expressions. That’s the autism, rather than the Tourette’s."
Rand should also look up the term "metaphor" and while he is pretending to be a shrink, contemplate his own obsessive compulsive disorder.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Friday, August 10, 2012
Thursday, August 09, 2012
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Monday, August 06, 2012
Moe Lane has an theory about Obama's Romney Derangement Syndrome. Obama hates Romney because Romney's dad loved him and didn't abandon him. But then that would apply to most of Obama's political enemies as well.
Sunday, August 05, 2012
Saturday, August 04, 2012
Friday, August 03, 2012
Thursday, August 02, 2012
Bolden actually believes that the world should cheer a Chinese lunar landing the same way that they did Apollo 11. He also doesn't think America should lead in space and that, given an "unlimited budget" for NASA, he would not deviate from the current Obama plan.