I wasn't really planning to blog today, was hoping to spend part of my lunchhour figuring out how to become a millionaire on the stock market, but two things in Newsweek caught my eye this morning:
Although signed back in August, a U.S. National Space Policy was just published on the Office of Science and Technology website in early October. Basically it is a document outlining the United States' goals and plans regarding the utilization of space.
A fundamental goal of the policy is to “enable unhindered U.S. operations in and through space to defend our interests there.”
[The policy calls upon the secretary of defense to] “develop capabilities, plans, and options to ensure freedom of action in space, and, if directed, deny such freedom of action to adversaries.”
To deny such freedom of action to adversaries... and to enable unhindered U.S. operations in and through space... Doesn't that sound like 1800's manifest destiny, this time in space? It also smacks a little of Dr. Strangelove. But instead of a post nuclear war "mine shaft gap" we'll be fighting over a "space colonization gap."
Another interesting thing in the States is this - a guy named Bill Crozier in Oklahoma is running for the position of "state superintendent of schools." Mr. Crozier thinks that textbooks should be made of kevlar so that students can use them as shields for bullets in school shootings.
Rightttt.... All I can think of is Bowling for Columbine, of Charlton Heston holding that shotgun in the air at the NRA convention saying they'll only take my gun "from my cold dead hands!" of Moore choosing that bank account which comes with a free rifle, of KMART selling ammo...
Yes - Kevlar textbooks are the answer. Yes indeed.
Crozier by the way is a Republican, and we know that Mr. Bush is a republican as well. As I've mused before, isn't it always the GOP that gives America a bad name?