"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door." The Statue of Liberty (P.S. Please be so kind as to enter through the proper channels and in an orderly fashion)

Location: Arlington, Virginia, United States

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Go, Baby!


Blogger Kelly said...

That Space shuttle came to Utah a few years ago and I took the kids to see it. They thought that was cool.

7:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It must be a sight to see!

1:46 PM  
Blogger John said...

Keep smiling, Kelly. A recent study said that Utah was the happiest state. :)

I'd like to see a launch of that magnitude someday.

I'm happy that Bush raised funding for NASA (after Clinton cut it, which had something to do with the *Columbia* disaster, since budget shortfalls led to shortcutting inspections on tile integrity), and commissioned new manned lunar and Mars missions.

4:21 PM  
Blogger John said...

Nixon was president when JFK's challenge to put men on the moon was accomplished, and the JFK-fellating and Nixon-hating media made sure to remind everyone of that while Nixon bathed in the glow of the small step that was a giant leap.

Then we had decades of Democrats in Congress short-changing NASA for "more important things" (i.e. social programs), and Clinton even slashing NASA's budget (and defense) to help him arrive at the balanced budget/surplus (that was on its way because of the Republican Congress reforming welfare, among other things that the Democrats have been wastefully throwing money at that had nothing to do with defense or space exploration).

Then Bush came along and quietly rebooted NASA and commissioned a return to the moon and beyond to Mars.

("Quietly" because the media didn't give it the attention it deserved, and would've given it if a Democrat had done it.)

Do you think Bush will likewise get the credit for jump-starting the new missions when they're ready to go?

Especially if Obama is president?

1:09 PM  

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