One has to have a lot of sympathy for Robert Lightfoot. When he agreed to be acting administrator of NASA, he thought he would hold that position for a few months until a permanent head of the space agency was nominated and confirmed. Such would have been the case for most changes of presidencies. However, the Trump presidency has not been an ordinary one where nominating government officials has been concerned.
Saturday, March 17, 2018
A group of student rocketeers at a small community college near Los Angeles #California called #Citrus College have found themselves embroiled in a controversy as a result of a recent law passed by that state designed to punish other states for being less than enlightened about LBGTQ rights. The group, called the Citrus College Rocket Owls, has been invited, along with 60 other student groups, to participate in a rocketry competition at NASA [VIDEO]’s Marshall Spaceflight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. However, they have been prohibited from going because of the state law.
Friday, March 16, 2018
Leaving aside the understandable shock and horror that the Florida school shooting caused, one nevertheless would have to have a heart of stone not to roll one’s eyes at the astroturfed school walkout to protest gun violence [VIDEO]. The demands for “gun control,” whatever that means does not have any real-world relation to what happened. The massacre was a failure of law enforcement, due to the numerous instances Nicholas Cruz could have been taken into custody before that fatal day. That is not to mention the cowardice of a particular sheriff’s deputy who otherwise might have truncated the carnage had he confronted Cruz instead of cowering outside the school.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
“The Death of Stalin,” the new film by Armando Iannucci, the creator of “Veep,” starts with the sudden demise of one of history’s greatest monsters. A lot of wheeling and dealing, backstabbing, and backbiting ensues, along with hilarity. Only someone who could sell a Hillary Clinton-type character as the center of an HBO comedy could create a satire that takes down the Soviet Union at the height of its ferocity and terror. No wonder the modern Russian leader. Vladimir Putin, hates the movie.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
#Stephen Hawking is known to the public for two things. He authored a book in 1998 called “A Brief History of Time” that was a runaway, international bestseller and propelled him into the status of a scientist celebrity. He also suffered from an autoimmune disease from his early 20s that put him in a wheelchair and robbed him of his voice. Most people know his computer-generated voice that he controlled with eye blinks.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Hillary Clinton, former first lady, former senator, former secretary of state, and twice failed presidential candidate, ventured to India, of all places, and poured out her hatred of middle America in such a way that has rocked the political world. Still bitter at her election loss at the hands of Donald Trump, Clinton has decided that many Americans who voted against her were just not worthy.
Monday, March 12, 2018
#Arnold Schwarzenegger, the movie actor and former #Governor Of California, ventured to the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas and said a number of odd things. First, he accused the oil companies of committing “first-degree murder.” Then, he celebrated the #MeToo movement that is sweeping the entertainment industry against sexual misconduct. Finally, Schwarzenegger took some shots at #Donald Trump, heavily implying that the president is a Russian puppet.
Sunday, March 11, 2018
“Westworld,” the HBO series based very loosely on the 1970s movie about the ultimate theme park, depicts humanity as an evil, depraved species that is likely to get what it deserves when the robots finally rebel. So a panel discussion on the TV show was an odd event to trot out #SpaceX’s #Elon Musk to offer a piece of optimism, complete with a video of the recent launch of the Falcon Heavy that sent a car with a mannequin at the wheel into interplanetary space, according to Ars Technica.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is to try the same thing over and over again, hoping for a different outcome. Talleyrand, the early 19th Century French diplomat, might have added that those who do so have learned nothing and have forgotten nothing. So the #democrats are behaving similarly with developing issues in ways they think will sweep them back to power in 2018 and especially 2020. The Democrats promise to raise taxes and some are proposing to disband #ICE, the federal agency charged with hunting down illegal aliens and deporting them to their countries of origin.
Friday, March 09, 2018
The announcement that President Donald Trump is going to have a #Summit Meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un was met with considerable shock and awe, according to the Washington Examiner. The subject of the talks will apparently be the denuclearization of #North Korea in exchange for some guarantee for the security of the regime. The meeting was apparently brokered by the government of South Korea.
Thursday, March 08, 2018
Sen. #Ted Cruz, R-#Texas is one of the happiest men in the great state of Texas. The meme in the mainstream media leading up to the Texas Primary was that a blue wave was building that would sweep the dominant Republicans out of office. Cruz was said to be threatened by Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, a young liberal congressman with a superficial resemblance to Bobby Kennedy. The actual results of the primary revealed the “blue wave” to be a blue drip.