Obama:Screw Easter,Happy Ramadan!

Ben Johnson,The White House Watch

When he was elected president,Barack Obama expressed his desire to
“fundamentally transform America.”On an economic level,that explains his plans
to siphon wealth from productive citizens to the indolent,entrepreneurs to union
thugs,and Main Street to Wall Street (and 142nd Street). Spiritually,it means
redistributing respect from America’s majority religion to every splinter
religion in the world’s pantheon. Although he could not be bothered to write a presidential statement celebrating
Easter
or acknowledging the severity of the
Armenian genocide
,the president of the United States has publicly commended
Passover,Nowruz,Diwali,Eid-ul-Fitr,Hajj,and
Eid-ul-Adha.
(And he complains when no
one believes he is a Christian
.) He has praised the concept of umoja
(black racial unity) while celebrating the phony,racist holiday of Kwanzaa. Now,he would
like you to have a happy Ramadan. The president wrote….

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NASA logo makeovers: New Arabic Sensitivity Administration

Michelle Malkin 

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NASA logo makeovers: New Arabic Sensitivity Administration

By Michelle Malkin  •  July 7, 2010 12:01 AM

MichelleMalkin.com readers have answered the call of duty! Last night, inspired by reader Duke, I put out a call for NASA logo redesign Photoshops to mock Team Obama’s Muslim-pandering makeover of the space program.

Entries are pouring in to my mailbox. Had to share some of the best and most pointed images with you right away. Pick your favorites:

From reader B. at The Snake on the Flag:

From Andrew Thomas at Dark Angel Politics:

From reader Igneus Ferreus, who writes that his design was “inspired by the existing logo, simplified Arabic, and Islamic symbols…For sharp-eyed star gazers (people actually interested in NASA performing scientific study), I have even included a depiction of Mohammad, in an homage to Lars Vilks. [Hint: think of a canine constellation and look to the right].”

Marooned in Marin also had a similar take, as did several other readers. Joel Munn of Washington is Broke offered the Muslim Aeronautics and Space Administration:

And reader Connor offered another star-and-crescent angle:

Another popular theme: Black burqa backgrounds. Sissy Willis’s take:

From reader Fred Fry:

Reader Sam came up with a sharia-compliant shuttle:

Reader Ken added the must-have accessory — the keffiyeh, of course:


J.R. at The Mock Box put Mo on the Moon:

Reader Yo Yo also re-purposed Kurt Westergaard’s Mo cartoon:

From reader @asilisart, a call to prayer:

An intergalactic message from reader Fin:

A related commentary from reader John G. on Obama’s downsizing of the space program: “Space flight on a budget!”

And from reader Paul C., a warm-and-fuzzy Obama Islamicized space logo:

I am sure the Nobel Prize committee is already preparing a science award for President Obama as we speak…

Thanks to all the entrants! No doubt they’ll all be on Janet Napolitano’s unacceptable “controversial opinion” master list before sunrise.

NASA Goes Global: Astronauts Out, Indonesia In

NASA Goes Global: Astronauts Out, Indonesia In

2010 July 6

Do you remember that dream you had about growing up to be an astronaut one day? Well, you might want to rethink that. I don’t see that happening anytime soon, because NASA has better things to do.

Back in February, it was reported that Obama had cut the space program, which may result in the loss of 23,000 jobs. Obama apparently felt our money would be much better spent sending some of that NASA know-how over to Indonesia. We can teach them more about climate change, too! After all, it is the largest Muslim nation in the world, not to mention a place where Obama enjoyed some special boyhood memories. It’s a natural choice. 

Here is what NASA’s administrator, Charlie Bolden, said at the time:

Specifically, he talked about connecting with countries that do not have an established space program and helping them conduct science missions. He mentioned new opportunities with Indonesia, including an educational program that examines global climate change.

We really like Indonesia because the State Department, the Department of Education [and] other agencies in the U.S. are reaching out to Indonesia as the largest Muslim nation in the world. We would love to establish partners there,” Bolden said.

In this new report from Fox News, he further describes where your NASA dollars are going now:

“When I became the NASA administrator — or before I became the NASA administrator — he charged me with three things. One was he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, he wanted me to expand our international relationships, and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science … and math and engineering,” Bolden said in the interview.

It appears that NASA’s main purpose, then, is to offer career counseling to children, create global friendships and most importantly, pump up the self esteem of Muslim nations. It’s beginning to sound more like a Tony Robbins seminar than an aeronautics agency.

To all the aspiring astronauts and space developers out there; the ones who dream about the agency that put a man on the moon, developed scratch resistant lenses, memory foam, satellite communications and so much more…instead, you might want to look into a career as a translator or maybe even something with the UN.  NASA’s got more important things to do.

Video: NASA Chief: One of the Foremost Tasks Obama Gave Me was to Make Muslims “Feel Good” About Themselves…

Video: NASA Chief: One of the Foremost Tasks Obama Gave Me was to Make Muslims “Feel Good” About Themselves…

July 5th, 2010

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden explains what Obama has charged him with doing as the head of NASA.

Foremost on that list…?

“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”
Obama’s new mission for NASA?

Make Muslims feel good about themselves…

Guess exploring space by launching off of exploding tin cans at thousands of miles per hour wasn’t “cool” enough for Obama.

NASA Chief: Obama wants me to Make Muslims “Feel Good” About Themselves…video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUNc9bWu_1I&feature=player_embedded

NASA = No Americans in Space Anymore?

NASA = No Americans in Space Anymore?

By Russ Allen

American exceptionalism has been under attack for a long time. Now, with the Obama administration’s new “plan” for NASA effectively ending nationally funded human spaceflight, we drop a torch others are grabbing.
The Bush administration instigated a flood of research and development throughout the nation by charging NASA with getting us back to the moon, and eventually to Mars. NASA began developing technologies for a new series of vehicles for this project: the Ares rockets and the Orion crew capsule, which together have been dubbed the Constellation program.  Constellation represents five years of R&D and a $10-billion taxpayer investment, and it has demonstrated success. However, Obama has said that Constellation should be canceled because it was “over budget, behind schedule, and lacking in innovation.”
It is true that NASA projects have often fallen behind schedule and have certainly gone over budget estimates. However, NASA is charged with exploring and studying space, which happens to be, well, out in space. It costs a great deal of money and skull sweat just to get out there, even if it’s only to find out that your equipment doesn’t work correctly. Schedule and budget problems are to be expected, as NASA is dealing with many unknowns. And they rarely fail in conquering those unknowns; U.S. footprints and flag are on the moon.
Time and money issues aside, accusing NASA of a lack of innovation is ludicrous. According to NASA Scientific and Technical Information, NASA has filed over 6,300 patents with the U.S. government. So much new technology has come from NASA that one can hardly look around without seeing devices and techniques that originated from the space program — exercise machines, satellite radio, scratch-resistant lenses, memory foam, shoe insoles, water filtering systems, cordless tools, home security systems, and flat-panel televisions, to name just a few. In addition to reducing our national energy consumption by such innovations as Radiant Barrier, it has been estimated that for every dollar the U.S. government has given NASA for space R&D, seven dollars are returned in the form of corporate and personal income taxes from increased jobs and economic growth. One NASA innovation, “safety grooving” in concrete for highways and airport landing strips, was so successful that it has been estimated to have reduced highway accidents by 85%, as well as created an entire industry, as shown by the International Grooving and Grinding Association.
Medical knowledge and technology have also benefited tremendously from NASA research. The health difficulties that humans encounter in space spawned a slew of techniques and devices that have since been adopted by doctors and hospitals throughout the U.S. medical system, and subsequently the world, saving innumerable lives and untold amounts in medical costs. Improved pacemakers, the ear thermometer, breast biopsies, ultrasound imaging systems, invisible braces — the list goes on.
The Obama administration has publicly acknowledged the current economic problems and has sworn to do everything possible to revive the economy and “create” jobs. The administration has also sworn to do everything possible to make the U.S. medical system better for everyone. Given all that NASA has done to bolster the U.S. economy and medical system for the past fifty-plus years, and the thousands of high-paying, high-tech jobs involved with the Constellation program, it seems strange for Obama to accuse NASA of being “over budget, behind schedule, and lacking in innovation.” Perhaps he thought he was talking about Social Security or Medicare.
NASA has long been planning to cancel the Shuttle program, which is understandable, considering budget constraints and the priority of the Constellation program. But to cancel both programs leaves the U.S. with no viable human space transport. The International Space Station, which represents a $100-billion investment by U.S. taxpayers, will be unreachable by scientists and astronauts from the U.S. without hitching a ride on Russian or Chinese space transport. This is unacceptable. The “space race” began when Communist Russia successfully delivered a Sputnik satellite into low-earth orbit, and it culminated with the still-unmatched feat of the U.S. putting menand an American flagon the moon. As a nation, we spent years and money and lives to remain at the forefront in space exploration because we recognized the dangers of having communist powers rule space. Now, after our Shuttles have done most of the heavy lifting for the ISS, and our taxpayers most of the heavy paying, we are going to turn it all over to Russia and China. This places our space capabilities and experiments in their hands and poses an intolerable national security risk.
Incidentally, sending an astronaut or scientist to the ISS currently costs NASA approximately $26.3 million per person. With the ending of the Shuttle program, requiring us to “purchase tickets” from Russia, the cost will jump to $51 million starting next year and climb to $55.8 million by 2013. We will not save money this way.
One possible way to cut down on the costs of human spaceflight would be for NASA to consider nuclear-powered vehicles, capable of constant acceleration for those long trips to the moon and very long trips to Mars. Constant acceleration would eliminate the need for lengthy, dreary Hohmann orbits, getting us to our destination much more quickly while significantly reducing transit costs. If NASA needs a jump-start on the technology for nuclear-powered ships, they could talk to the U.S. Navy. The Navy has been utilizing nuclear-powered ships for decades with great success, all maintained and operated by eighteen-year-old kids.
The Obama administration’s plan for NASA outlines a “steady stream” of robotic missions “to scout locations and demonstrate technologies to increase the safety and capability of future human missions.” Whose future human missions? The Russians’ and Chinese’s? With the ending of the Constellation program, there are no future human missions for the U.S., except those made possible in commercial spaceflight. While commercial spaceflight is tremendous in its future implications, it will progress only in areas that have demonstrated a possible fiscal return…and space operations are so expensive and difficult that it is highly unlikely that any true exploration would occur. Commercial space flight is space exploitation, not space exploration. For the foreseeable future, an entity like NASA — which is nationally funded and not constrained by profits and losses — and a project such as Constellation is the best way to extend our reach into and knowledge of space. Robotic missions are all well and good for certain applications, but one does not learn anything about putting humans in space by putting robotic vehicles in space.
In fact, the immense economic and job value of the Constellation program led to a congressional ban against its being dismantled. But NASA head Major General Charlie Bolden, an Obama appointee, has told aerospace contractors to cut back immediately on Constellation-related projects. Legislators have accused the Obama administration of trying to slip termination of Constellation “through the back door” in order to avoid a battle on Capitol Hill. “It’s bordering on arrogance by the administration to boldly and brazenly go forward with this approach,” says Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT). “It shows a blatant disregard for Congress.”
While sneakily destroying the U.S. human spaceflight program, the White House is directing NASA to concentrate on “earth science projects” — principally researching and monitoring climate change. So NASA will quit developing human space exploration capabilities and become what? A weather station? A prop-up for the failing global warming propaganda? It’s no wonder former astronauts Neil Armstrong and Gene Cernan (the first and last men on the moon) complain that abandonment of the Constellation project sets U.S. space capabilities on a “downhill slide to mediocrity.”
Interestingly, Britain’s Margaret Thatcher enacted a ban on human spaceflight beginning in 1986. We often hear that we should be more like the U.K. and other European countries. But Britain removed the ban in 2009. Lord Drayson, the British Minister of Science, said, “Britain should be playing a full role in space exploration…there are important benefits that come from manned spaceflight[.]” They tried the ban for nearly a quarter of a century, and now they have realized their mistake. This is one instance in which we should learn from one of our allies, yet the Obama administration is pointedly ignoring the lesson.
As a conservative, I have always considered myself firmly grounded in reality. But I don’t want to be firmly grounded to Earth by Obama. Let’s go back to the moon. Let’s put some footprints and an American flag on Mars. Let’s continue to allow our exceptional space program to inspire our children to become astronauts and scientists. Let’s get out there and see what there is to see! Also, I have long planned to retire to the moon, where the low gravity will be easy on my tired old bones…and I really don’t want to have to learn to speak Russian or Chinese to do so.

“Houston, We Have A Problem”: Obama Ends Era Of US Supremacy In Space

“Houston, We Have A Problem”: Obama Ends Era Of US Supremacy In Space

April 16th, 2010 Posted By Pat Dollard.

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Times Online:

President Obama promised a delayed “leap into the future” for Nasa yesterday in a speech designed to quell a growing dispute over his cuts to manned space exploration, and to persuade critics that America will eventually put astronauts on Mars.

Despite cancelling Constellation, the $108 billion (more than £69 bn) programme that aimed to get astronauts to the Moon by 2020 and the Red Planet by 2030, he outlined a series of “stepping stone” destinations where Nasa will first seek a foothold in deep space using humans and robots.

A landing on Mars will come sometime after the mid-2030s — at least five years after the date Constellation aimed for — but Nasa will spend more time before then “looking at not just where we can go, but what we’re going to do when we get there.”

The President delivered his speech at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida: “Nobody is more committed to manned spaceflight, to human exploration of space, than me. But we have got to do it in a smart way, we can’t just keep doing the same old things that we’ve been doing and thinking that somehow that’s going to get us to where we want to go.

“Step by step, we will push the boundaries,” he said, starting with a manned mission to land on an asteroid sometime beyond 2025 before venturing further into the cosmos to scout potential sites to establish fuel depots for future missions.

“By the mid-2030s, I believe we can send humans to orbit Mars and return them safely to Earth,” he continued, echoing words chosen by President Kennedy in his 1961 challenge to Nasa to put a man on the Moon. “A landing on Mars itself will follow, and I expect to be around to see it.”

The decision on how to get humans to such destinations will not be made for another five years. Instead, $3.1 billion will be spent researching new rocket technologies before a specific blueprint is selected for 2015. Orion, the spacecraft that was to have carried crews to the Moon by the end of the decade, will be salvaged from the Constellation plan — and sent to the International Space Station to be used in the event of an emergency, reducing America’s reliance on Russia’s Soyuz capsule.

Critics of Mr Obama’s plan, who include Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon, dislike it for its lack of detail and definite timeline and its failure to maintain human launch capabilities in the interim.

“The President has replaced one visionless plan with another,” said Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama. He said that the new plan “still ends human spaceflight” and added: “There is no rocket or capsule being built through this plan that can safely carry humans to space. The President commits to building a heavy-lift vehicle five years from now, at which point he may very well no longer be in office. It extends the International Space Station’s life by five years, yet we will have no way to reach it on our own.”

John McBride, a retired astronaut, told workers at a rally before the visit: “We need sufficient funding dedicated to space exploration. Back in Apollo days our space budget for Nasa was three to four per cent of the federal budget, today it’s less than one per cent.

“We have been told by our leaders that we can’t have it all. I say why not? If it costs a gazillion dollars to get to Mars, we get two gazillion back.”

A new world

1964 Exploration of Mars begins with Mariner 4, with no sign of water or life

2004 President Bush announces Nasa initiative to send humans to Mars after 2020

2005 Ice sheet detected by the European Mars Express gives strongest sign yet that life could exist

2008 Nasa’s Phoenix probe lands safely in the northern polar region of Mars