Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Houston, We've Got a Problem and His Name is Barack Obama

This from KHOU TV web site: Houston, WE Have a Problem: Space City Snubbed


HOUSTON –

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on Tuesday announced that Space Center Houston will not receive a retired space shuttle. The orbiters will instead be housed in Florida, California, Washington, D.C., and New York City.
Specifically, the space shuttle Atlantis will retire to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Endeavour will be housed at the California Science Center, just outside of Los Angeles.
Discovery, as previously promised, will go to the Smithsonian Institute.
The prototype Enterprise, which is currently housed at the Smithsonian, will be moved to the Intrepid Museum in New York City.
Bolden made the announcement from the Kennedy Space Center, during a ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of the first space shuttle flight and the 50th anniversary of man’s first journey into space.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker issued a statement in the moments after the announcement was made, saying she was disappointed about the decision.
"This is certainly disappointing, but not entirely unexpected as the Administration has been hinting that Houston would not be a winner in this political competition. I am disappointed for Houston, the JSC family and the survivors of the Columbia and Challenger missions who paid the ultimate price for the advancement of space exploration. There was no other city with our history of human space flight or more deserving of a retiring orbiter.

Monday night, Houston City Council Member Mike Sullivan said he wasn’t sure that Houston – considered by many to be an obvious choice to house a shuttle – would be selected.
"I think politics will get in the way," said Sullivan. "This is an election year coming up, and I hate to say it, but I’m afraid that the shuttles are going to go somewhere else."
After the announcement was made Tuesday, Bob Mitchell of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership was calling for a Congressional investigation into why Houston wasn’t chosen.
"Politics trumped common sense," Mitchell said.
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Thanks a lot Barack!
With that unjustifiably stupid decision, have fun trying to win Texas in 2012.
Not just Houston, but America we've got a problem, and his name is Barack Obama.
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Update:  In response on how America should handle the problem known as Barack Obama, this tweet on twitter just in from one of the great tribbles, Ken from Arizona aka   @GreatHairGuy
Abort, Abort, Abort!

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