Turn Right When You Reach Mars

Posted Thursday, December 15, 2011, at 2:28 PM
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  • I say let china spend to put people on the moon. We have spent enough. Sure you can build on the moon, but if no one wants to live there why bother? Perhaps we should make things better here before we make it better on another planet

    -- Posted by president obama on Thu, Dec 15, 2011, at 5:23 PM
  • Sam, as usual your argument has no footing because you are mired in caustic and disingenuous half-truths--spurred on no doubt by your irrational hatred of the government, which ironically enough provides you with a job, a house, a Christmas tree (a government which I am certain you would love more than anything if a rich white republican man were in charge of).

    Ahem...how do like role reversals? Here we go:

    NASA, being a government funded agency full of liberally trained university scientists (according your weird-logic), should turn over the building of spacecraft to private industries. BANG. How about that for a reversal? Private trips to space are already going on (albeit for the cost of a house in Malibu). Where is your sense of entrepreneurship? Your competitive spirit?

    NASA isn't going anywhere, pal...

    U.S. President Barack Obama has proposed a funding boost for NASA that provides more support for Earth sciences missions and aviation, while keeping the agency?s three space shuttles on target for a 2010 retirement.

    NASA would receive $18.7 billion for the 2010 fiscal year under the budget proposal released by the White House on Thursday. That would be an increase from the $17.2 billion NASA received in 2008 and represents an overall boost of more than $2.4 billion for the space agency when coupled with the additional $1 billion it received in the recent economic stimulus bill."

    http://www.space.com/2722-obama-budget-includes-funding-boost-nasa.html

    The mission to Mars is just being tabled. Which is good news for you. Since they recently confirmed the existence of water in the past, they are likely to find evidence of microbial life as well, which will put the foundations of Christianity under some serious scrutiny.

    -- Posted by Benevolus on Thu, Dec 15, 2011, at 7:21 PM
  • Here is more...

    http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2011/11/congress-to-keep-funding-nasas...

    For this space-happy group, here's some good news: even in hard economic times, President Obama would actually increase NASA's budget -- to more than $100 billion -- over the next five years.

    Read more: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1958230,00.html#ixzz1gelhhIgt

    -- Posted by Benevolus on Thu, Dec 15, 2011, at 7:23 PM
  • -- Posted by Benevolus on Thu, Dec 15, 2011, at 7:25 PM
  • after checking out sams sources and links, and benevolus sources and links im just not sure what to make of it all. oh wait, sam didnt provide any. my bad

    -- Posted by president obama on Thu, Dec 15, 2011, at 10:43 PM
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    Benevolus,

    So... Do you want to see more support for NASA or less? Or are you just opposing Sam's viewpoint to oppose Sam? I am just curious.

    -- Posted by Sir Didymus on Thu, Dec 15, 2011, at 10:48 PM
  • Just pointing out lies, Didy.

    What I want is for NASA to have a coherent mission, which I appreciate Obama for giving them. Mars is a bit expensive now, fine, focus on the space station until we bring stability to al things fiscal here on Earth.

    I work with scientists, they are an extremely curious breed (love them for that) who will study ANYTHING if you give them the money.

    People on Earth, then Martians...in the meantime, we have a lot to gain from private space exploration/adventure.

    -- Posted by Benevolus on Fri, Dec 16, 2011, at 1:51 AM
  • If I recall correctly, isn't NASA having to ask other countries to piggy back a ride to space now?

    -- Posted by bberry on Fri, Dec 16, 2011, at 7:32 AM
  • What about all that money to subsidize big oil? What about all the money to bail out the banks and wall street? What about all the money wasted on the war machine (repub baby)? What about all the money lost allowing companies to move overseas with their manufacturing without paying for it coming back?

    The fault lies on both sides for wasted money that could have been used for scientific breakthroughs and space exploration. I think Nasa has done a great job in the last 50 years with their limited resources. You take half the money we have spent on the war machine in the last 40 years and mars would probably be old news.

    Why Sam do you consider that the only waste that takes place is under what you would consider liberal programs?

    -- Posted by carlsonl on Fri, Dec 16, 2011, at 11:25 AM
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    Here's something interesting ... a story that made it's way through the threads of the blogs on here and was even touted by Sam himself turns out to be a complete lie.

    I'm sure you all remember the story that Sam and I few others told about the Obama Administration completely outlawing incandescent light bulbs (even though they didn't really care that the original law was actually passed under Bush and not Obama).

    Well it turns out the entire story was a lie. The ONLY incandescent bulbs that are being phased out are 100 watt bulbs. The rest are still perfectly legal.

    Remember friends, do your own research, don't let liars fill your head with half truths or outright lies.

    http://shine.yahoo.com/green/truth-light-bulb-law-200200491.html

    -- Posted by MichaelHendricks on Fri, Dec 16, 2011, at 9:25 PM
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    Michael,

    Didn't you complain about the veracity of Yahoo.com in one of your earlier blogs? BTW thank you for the update on an issue that most people figured out quite a while ago. Nice to see you are current. What is it with people and old news around here?

    -- Posted by Sir Didymus on Fri, Dec 16, 2011, at 9:42 PM
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    Michael - please get your delusions straight. I said that the lightbulb BS was passed under Bush. I never claimed otherwise. I have also said that Bush was no Conservative, and was Moderate at best. Pull your head out proud liberal.

    -- Posted by sameldridge on Sun, Dec 18, 2011, at 5:29 AM
  • No bush was just a babbling idiot.

    -- Posted by carlsonl on Sun, Dec 18, 2011, at 8:19 AM
  • Mission accomplished.

    -- Posted by bberry on Sun, Dec 18, 2011, at 8:47 AM
  • Bush was a moderate. HAHAHAHA....

    -- Posted by Benevolus on Sun, Dec 18, 2011, at 12:04 PM
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