Thursday, October 26, 2006

Some American stories

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 hestonCharlton 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?


Jim said...

As a kid in backwoodsy Upper Michigan, my family's bank of choice had a number of CD options that, in lieu of interest, gave away a fancy rifle or shotgun. It is a rural area where hunting is a popular pastime, and it doesn't seem out of place in that context. By the way, some agent of the bank had to obtain a Federal Firearms License, and all the regular procedures (background checks, etc) had to be followed to transfer ownership of the gun to the customer. Michael Moore got his gun from branch of the same bank - in fact it was the branch where I banked while I was in college.

I'm not worried about colonizing space as much as I am about gay marriage, liberal activist judges, and the death tax.

Timon said...

In reference to an earlier post you made, Tuco, I guess your readers are not all of the same mindset.

I wonder what Jim would think about gay marriage between liberal activist judges in the new US space colonies?

selsine said...

Heh, that's sort of funny though, instead of getting rid of the guns to make the kids safer lets introduce...shield books. Heck why not give the kids shield books and guns to take to school? Then they will have some defense and offense in the case of a school shooting. But that might be expensive so let's get Pepsi to sponsor it so that kids get Pepsi branded guns...perfect!