Monday, 05 July 2010

NASA'S MISSION IN THE OBAMA ERA

Ken Berwitz

This jaw-dropping idiocy comes to us from Paul Mirengoff, writing at www.powerlineblog.com.

Read it and see what the Obama administration is doing to this country, even in the area of what is supposed to be space exploration:

Obama tasks NASA with building Muslim self-esteem

July 4, 2010 Posted by Paul at 7:53 PM

 

In the video below, Charles Bolden, head of NASA, tells Al Jazeera that the "foremost" task President Obama has given him is "to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with predominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering." Thus, NASA's primary mission is no longer to enhance American science and engineering or to explore space, but to boost the self-esteem of "predominantly Muslim nations."

 

Exploring space didn't even make the top three things Obama wants Bolden to accomplish. The other two are "re-inspire children to want to get into science and math" and "expand our international relationships,"

 

This is more evidence, if any were needed, of Obama's lack of interest in American achievement or, indeed, American greatness. He seems to believe we've achieved enough (or perhaps too much) and that the trick now is to make nations that have achieved little for centuries feel like we couldn't have done it without them (in the video, Bolden goes on to talk about how much NASA owes the Russians and the Japanese).

 

Behind the bravado of the Muslim world there may well lie an inferiority complex. If so, Obama is a fool if he believes we can help Muslims overcome that complex by having the head of the agency that symbolizes our technical superiority make patronizing statements about ancient Muslim contributions to science. (NOTE:  To see the video, click here).

Is this unbelievable to you?  Because it is to me.

When I think of NASA I think of rocket boosters for our space program.  I do not think of ego boosters for Muslim countries that have as much to do with our space program as buttons have to do with ice cream. 

According to Mr. Bolden, instead of  utilizing NASA for a joint venture with a technologically advanced nation - a European country, Israel, etc. - the Obama administration is utilizing it as a therapy venue to remind Muslim countries that once upon a time, centuries ago, Islam was an advanced culture (which it was, by the way).  

Is this supposed to make someone in Sudan or Somalia or Yemen feel as though he (not she, women don't count at all in those countries) is part of our space program? 

Is this how far normalcy has been perverted by this administration?  God help us.


THE DEVASTATION OF OUR GULF OF MEXICO SHORELINE

Ken Berwitz

The Washington Post has an article today by by David A. Fahrenthold, that details just how badly the oil rig disaster has damaged our gulf shoreline.  I'm posting the first part below - you can read the rest by clicking here:

How dead is the Gulf of Mexico?

 

It is perhaps the most important question of the BP oil spill but scientists don't appear close to answering it despite a historically vast effort.

 

In the 2 1/2 months since the spill began, the gulf has been examined by an armada of researchers from federal agencies, universities and nonprofit groups. They have brought back vivid snapshots of a sea under stress: sharks and other deep-water fish suddenly appearing near shore, oil-soaked marshes turning deathly brown, clouds of oil swirling in deep water.

 

But, with key gaps remaining in their data, there is wide disagreement about the big picture. Some researchers have concluded that the gulf is being spared an ecological disaster. Others think ecosystems that were already in trouble before the spill are now being pushed toward a brink.

 

"The distribution of the oil, it's bigger and uglier than we had hoped," said Roger Helm, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official and the lead scientist studying the spill for the Interior Department. "The possibility of having significant changes in the food chain, over some period of time, is very real. The possibility of marshes disappearing . . . is very real."

 

Helm said that his prognosis for the spill had worsened in the past week as the amount of oily shoreline increased from Louisiana to Florida, despite cleanup efforts. "This just outstrips everybody's capability" to clean it up, he said.

 

This research has mainly occurred in the background, as public attention has focused on the "open-heart surgery" at BP's leaking wellhead.

I got a knot in my stomach when reading this article.  It is nothing short of a disaster to the USA, the environment and to a way of life that may never come back again.  But I also got madder and madder about why it happened. 

Certainly at BP, bears the primary responsibility for what has happened.

But, dammit, so does President Obama, who has spent the almost two and a half months since this disaster occurred pointing fingers at eveybody else - in between golf games an celebrity galas at the White House, that is.

Can we remember that the permit for this well was not issued during the Bush administration?  It was issued in April 2009, when Mr. Obama was President and when he had a huge majority in both houses of congress.

And can we remember that if the regulations were not sufficient to protect against what happened in the gulf, it was because, after almost a year and a half of total control of the country, Mr. Obama and the Democratic party did not change them. 

You want to blame George Bush for that?  Be my guest.  But you will be wrong.

The only question now is when Barack Obama stops pointing his finger and starts doing something about the devastation being visited on our gulf shoreline.  I know he can't suck it up with a straw, but can he at least allow the ships and equipment which can suck it up to operate?

Thanks, Mr. President.  Now you can hit the back nine.


CYNTHIA TUCKER AND POTS AND KETTLES

Ken Berwitz

First the quote:

"Michael Steele is a self-aggrandizing, gaffe-prone incompetent who would have been fired a long time ago were he not black. Of course, the irony is that he never would have been voted in as Chairman of the Republican Party were he not black."

Now the source: 

Cynthia Tucker, editorial page editor and political columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  Also Black.  Also thought by many of her detractors to be less than competent and fast-tracked throughout her career - including a pulitzer prize -  because she is Black.

Is this a case of the pot calling the kettle black (literally?).  Is it a personal defense mechanism?  You decide.

Zeke .... .... Well, that is one of the 'unintended consequences' of Affirmative Action. ... ... By requiring quotas, the presumption is that protected-class individuals achieve ONLY because of their skin pigmentation, and not at all because of their competence or ability. ... ... (07/05/10)


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