The Farce is with us

How much closer? Honey, call the Space Farce!

Hm. No flying saucers up there. Not right this minute, anyway.

I guess we need a “space force” anyway, though, if only to learn how to flush money down a zero-gravity toilet.

Look for a low-Earth-orbit version of the F-35, coming to a military-industrial complex near you.

“Jesus, Chet, now they want the fucker to be a spacecraft, too. They’re lucky it gets off the ground at all. Oh, well, it’s only money, amirite? Haw haw haw! Back to the ol’ drawing board. …”

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18 Responses to “The Farce is with us”

  1. SAO' Says:

    Interesting timing … Elon Musk spent way too much time at some discussion panel asking the Fermi paradox question, which I thought had been settled ages ago.

    • SAO' Says:

      So weird that we’re focused so much on space. We have an entire ocean under us, and it’s way easier to build off shore than on Mars. Plus, it would have the added benefit of giving us another ecosystem to completely destroy. Win-win for both the Left and the Right.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Maybe that’s where everybody is. The aliens landed, a’ight, but they took up residence undersea. New Atlantis.

      Boy, they must be getting irked with us using their neighborhood as a landfill/sewage lagoon.

  2. SAO' Says:

    “The Democrats want ‘Corps’ and the G.O.P. wants ‘Force,’ said Todd Harrison, the director of the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “They should just call it the Space Defense Force. That would reassure allies that it’s not about offensive military power or destroying other people’s stuff in space, it’s about defending our national assets from space.”

    That’s it, kiddos. Stay focused on the important stuff. It isn’t important that the whole thing is a complete waste of time. What’s important is what the bumper stickers and letterheads look like.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      That struck me, too. It’s like a copy editor who focuses on the use of the Oxford comma when the entire story is bullshit.

      • JD Dallager Says:

        PO’G: I’m sure you’ve encountered one or two or more of those; but never been one! 🙂

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        I’ve been as pedantic as the average rim rat, JD. I was really good at AP style and could drive the working scribes witless on that topic. Occasionally I lost sight of content while chasing minutiae. Minutiae are easier to fix on deadline.

        I also had a feel for organization and flow, which was useful on the copy desk, because the average newspaper reader spent only minutes a day with the rag. The idea was to make it easy for the poor sap, who would crash into some poorly crafted transition and bugger off to the teevee to lick his wounds.

        Can’t say I miss editing. When I started in the newspaper game an editor still had some breathing space to teach the noobs a thing or two. I was fortunate in that I enjoyed a number of tireless editors pounding away at my blithering ignorance. By the time I quit it was shoveling sand against the tide from start to finish, and every simp with a laptop thought he was a double Ernie Hemingway with a side of Jimmy Breslin.

  3. Pat O'Brien Says:

    No other government trusts us on any issue, including the space whatever. Besides, one carefully placed, and inexpensive, satellite mine could take out dozens of satellites using orbiting shrapnel clouds.

    • SAO' Says:

      You seriously have to wonder about the 24% of the country that thinks the Dumpster has been good for American prestige and respect overseas. They’re the types who think if you keep saying something a whole bunch of times it will eventually come true.

      Of course, it’s easy to make up an inflexible opinion of others when you never venture past your own back yard. “These people whom I have never met, they love us now that we’re Great Again™.”

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        If you get your news only from Faux (and 24% sounds about right) it’s no surprise that you’ve been conned by the Don. One of those “Don’t confuse me with the facts, my mind is made up.” kind of things.
        You know what my wife says…..

  4. psobrien Says:

    The force decided that Dorian should pass by Puerto Rico and head to Mara Lago. Maybe that will get the dotard’s attention.

    • Herb from Michigan Says:

      I would not like to see a Cat 4 hurricane hit Mar-a-Lago. Unless Trump and Natasha were there chained naked to one of the entrance gates. Then I’d hope for Cat 5. It sure would be Must See TV.
      As it is he’ll probably collect insurance money, FEMA pork and make up for the the cancelled bookings he’s lost by over inflating the books like he does everything else. Sort of like his bankruptcy scams.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Word. The innocents that live around Mara Lago don’t deserve what the dumpster and his spawn should get. Our niece and nephew (Patrick and Khal have met them) hauled ass yesterday to Kentucky to sit this one out. They live in Daytona Beach.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        The in-laws are clustered around Palm Bay, Melbourne, and Merritt Island. They’re gonna ride it out, I guess.

        Made of sterner stuff than Your Humble Narrator, they are.

        I was shooting Super 8 video of an approaching tornado once and suddenly thought, “You know, that’s a fuckin’ tornado, and it’s headed this way.”

        Then I got the hell out of Dodge before I could get air-freighted to Oz.

      • SAO' Says:

        What makes you think he’d try to cash in on FEMA pork? Oh, yeah, that …

        https://fortune.com/2016/05/29/trump-911-grant/

  5. Herb from Michigan Says:

    As American citizens wise up and finally begin to protest our constant wars (which the government tells us are being fought to protect us against terrorizing invaders) the dirty money for the 1% has to come from someplace else. You can bet that the usual suspects (Raytheon, Lockheed Martin,General Dynamics etc) are pushing Space Force for all they are worth. Watch how the Congress lines up behind it too after the posturing of the election is over.
    We all know that a good recession antidote is a nice juicy war. Why not invent the next one in space? And what of the massive problems here in Earth? Well hell son, ya can’t make fat profit off those since the game isn’t rigged in favor of the defense contractors.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      And that military-industrial goodness trickles down, too. I wonder how many feddle-gummint-hatin’ towns in the US of A would dry up and blow away if it weren’t for Uncle Sammy’s weapons fetish. And yes, I’m looking at you, Bibleburg.

      Herself and I have gleaned many a dollar from the Empire’s fascination with Death Stars, as have her kin. My old man? Thirty years in the Air Force. Herself’s old man? DoE. Her mom? ORAU in Oak Ridge. Herself? National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia, a subsidiary of Honeywell International. One sis? Northrup Grumman.

      This is one of the reasons it’s so hard to get a hammerlock on the defense bidness. It has its tentacles spread far and wide. The F-35 program is a case in point. In Valerie Insinna’s recent NYT piece on the flying cash register a critic notes that nearly every state in the union has a slice of the pie.

      Said Dan Grazier of the Project on Government Oversight, a watchdog organization that has repeatedly criticized the aircraft:

      “It’s no accident that there are more than 1,500 suppliers for the F-35 program, and they’re spread out to almost every state,” he said. “That means that there’s basically a veto-proof constituency bloc on Capitol Hill for the F-35 program, so it becomes very difficult for members of Congress to really criticize this program.”

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