Election 2016: July 2015 Archives

What Ted Cruz gets wrong about Star Trek, Washington Post

"Star Trek" Captain James T. Kirk is a Republican. That's what Ted Cruz wants you to think, anyway. In an interview with the New York Times, Cruz argues that what makes Kirk, well, Kirk, are the very values that define the GOP. "I think it is quite likely that Kirk is a Republican and [Jean-Luc] Picard is a Democrat," Cruz told the Times, suggesting that Picard Kirk's successor as captain of the fictional USS Enterprise is too rational to be an effective leader. Cruz clearly believes that the country would benefit from having a Kirk-like figure in the White House. But as arguments for electing a Republican go, this is not a winning one."

- How Candidates Would Respond to an Angry E.T. Threat, earlier post (2012)
- Survey: Obama Would Protect Earth From Angry ETs Better Than Romney, earlier post (2012)
- President Visits Roswell, NM: "I Come in Peace", earlier post (2012)

Keith's note: In the past week I have posted two items about election 2016 - one mentioning Ted Cruz, the other mentioning Hillary Clinton. I have had to delete several dozen comments - nearly all of them under imaginary user names - that were posted/submitted which were utterly off-topic and/or made unsubstantiated personal attacks on the candidates or other individuals. I have had to shut off commenting on both posts. I am tired of this. If you people are going to turn NASAWatch into a place where people who are afraid/unwilling to even use their own names and engage in this behavior then I will not allow comments on these posts and will start to ban repeat offenders. I am not going to warn you again. Grow up or go away.

Hillary Clinton sounds the alarm on meteorites, Politico

"When I was a little girl, I guess I was a teenager by then 14, I think, and the space program was getting started, and I wanted to be an astronaut, and I wrote to NASA," she recounted. "And I said, 'What do I have to do to be prepared to be an astronaut?' And they wrote back and said, 'Thank you very much, but we're not taking girls,'" she remembered. "That, thankfully changed with Sally Ride and a lot of the other great women astronauts," she said. But "to be fair," she added, "I never could have qualified anyway, so you know, not something I spent a lot of time losing sleep over, but I really, really do support the space program."

Ted Cruz Is Really Excited About Pluto. So Why Does He Want to Cripple NASA?, Mother Jones

"But NASA is also one of the main purveyors of the satellite observations of Earth that are a basic necessity for many fields of Earth science. That's the part Cruz doesn't like: He wants to slash the agency's budget for Earth sciencesin particular, for climate change, a subject on which Cruz's theories are, in the words of one scientist, "a load of claptrap." It's not just Cruz. In the House, Republicans are forging ahead with a bill that would gut $90 million from NASA's Earth science budget. There are a couple major problems with that approach, and they make Cruz's lauding of the Pluto mission distinctly ironic and hypocritical. First, NASA is uniquely equipped among federal agencies to send satellites into space, so it would be hard to transfer its Earth research to some other outfit. (These are the very satellites, by the way, that produce the data Cruz likes to erroneously cite as evidence against global warming.)"

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'Space Guy' Jeb Bush Would Increase Funding To NASA, Huff Post

"If elected president in 2016, Jeb Bush would propose an increase in funding to NASA. "I'm a space guy," Bush said in a Wednesday sit-down with the New Hampshire Union Leader's editorial board. The former of governor of Florida, where a large portion of the country's aerospace industry resides, said he would also support increasing federal spending on research and development. The Obama administration proposed a half-billion dollar increase to NASA's budget earlier this year, totaling $18.5 billion for fiscal year 2016. That request could run aground in the Republican-controlled Congress, where Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a presidential candidate and the chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Science, Space, and Competitiveness, feels that a reordering of the space agency is in order."



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