“If you believe, we put a Muslim on the moon” UPDATED

Oh, wait, that’s not how the song goes!

(And how quaint that years ago, when the song came out, we could say “man on the moon” rather than identifying every racial, religious and sexually oriented sub-set.  How I miss those days.   Onward, post-racial president!  But I digress.)

In case you haven’t heard, Obama decided NASA has new goals since space exploration isn’t one:

You’d be hard-pressed to find an American who doesn’t know that the “S” in NASA stands for “Space.” Since the race to the moon in the 1960s, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has been one of the most storied agencies in the U.S. government. Now, under President Obama, its mission is changing — and space isn’t part of the story.

“When I became the NASA administrator, [Obama] charged me with three things,” NASA head Charles Bolden said in a recent interview with the Middle Eastern news network al-Jazeera. “One, 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, math, and engineering.”

A dear friend and faithful reader emailed to express her outrage:

Help them FEEL GOOD?!?! Because we know how well the whole “self-esteem” movement is working in our schools, right?  And all this time I thought we didn’t have good relationships with some in the Muslim world because they HATED US and want us and our way of life GONE – not that all along they have been harboring insecurities on their math scores on the ACT. 

You betcha.  They’ll feel good about hating us.

This reminds me of a recurring theme in The Reluctant Fundamentalist.  The “protagonist” (I use the term loosely in this case: I should say the wealthy, American-educated jihadi) felt a great degree of angst and anguish over Pakistan’s state of affairs.  He laments his civilization’s “decline” and wonders how a society which had sewer systems 2000 years ago could have streets strewn with crap in the 21st century.  (Who am I but a Western snob with a flush toilet who doesn’t like walking in cities that smell like the diaper pail from hell?)

A former NASA chief calls this a “perversion” of the mission.  Byron York’s  Nexis search this morning yielded a stunner (not):

Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program in the New York Times: 0.

Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program in the Washington Post: 0.

Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program on NBC Nightly News: 0.

Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program on ABC World News: 0.

Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program on CBS Evening News: 0

Who says the MSM carries Obama?

Pundette hits the nail on the head as usual:

As a child of the Space Age I find this terribly sad. It’s no surprise that Obama doesn’t get the space program; its history is too much the story of merit, excellence, and quantifiable success, and too peculiarly American, for it to resonate with him. NASA has been in decline for a long time, but to turn it into an arm of the UN is pretty hard to take.

Merit, excellence, and quantifiable success isn’t part of the Obami language. 

(How incedible I can honestly say that of our President, eh? An American President.)

(Dammit.)

Quite Rightly has the interview video here and another related post here (click on the latter for a laugh).

UPDATE:

And how could I fail to mention NASA’s new video game!  Via K-Lo at NRO:

WASHINGTON — NASA has given gamers a taste of lunar adventure with release of Moonbase Alpha, an exciting new, free online video game.

The game has single and multiplayer options that allow participants to step into the role of an exploration team member in a futuristic 3-D lunar settlement. Players must work to restore critical systems and oxygen flow after a meteor strike cripples a solar array and life support equipment. Available resources include an interactive command center, lunar rover, mobile robotic repair units and a fully-stocked equipment shed.

The game is a proof of concept to show how NASA content can be combined with a cutting-edge game engine to inspire, engage and educate students about agency technologies, job opportunities and the future of space exploration. Moonbase Alpha is rated “E” for everyone.

Well, thank God it’s rated “E” for everyone.  We wouldn’t want anyone to feel short-changed by the government, would we?  But wait! it’s online and not everyone has free broadband access yet!  Hellsbells, ya’ll this is a travesty.  Obama needs to make that a “fundamental right,” too. 

UPDATE 2: Featured blog at Pundit & Pundette.  Thanks!

UPDTAE 3: a “Recommended Read” at P&P.  Merci!

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3 Responses

  1. It gets stranger ever day with this administration. My mouth dropped to the floor when i heard this. It almost makes me want to kill the whole space program. We are spending billions for what reason again? 2012 is just not coming fast enough.

  2. We are used to seeing Muslims behead and mutilate human beings. Now we get to see what they do to science.

    • We can now see them behead people while in space…lol. Another question: If they are in outer space, how do the face Mecca to pray?

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