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New York Times' Gail Collins Aims Her Snark at the Space Program
Yahoo Voices ^ | August 25, 2013 | Mark R. Whittington

Posted on 08/25/2013 3:02:29 PM PDT by Marcus

Gail Collins, the New York Times columnist who was best known for a snarky book about how Texas has far too much influence over how the United States is run, turned her gimlet eye toward the civil space program.

Her column was a meandering look at the current crisis over which destination to pick for space exploration efforts going forward, with some side swipes against her favorite targets, Texas politicians such as Lamar Smith and Ted Cruz. Should be go to an asteroid (or rather, as the administration wants to do, bring it back) or go back to the moon. One gets the impression that Collins favors the former,

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1 posted on 08/25/2013 3:02:30 PM PDT by Marcus
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To: Marcus

Self promotion:

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/by:marcus/index?tab=articles


2 posted on 08/25/2013 3:03:23 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Marcus

Is this the space program that is designed to promote Islam? Maybe they deserve snark?


3 posted on 08/25/2013 3:04:35 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: humblegunner

Yeah, but you have to admit he’s pacing himself.


4 posted on 08/25/2013 3:05:09 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Marcus

This woman wouldn’t know the right stuff if she sat on it.


5 posted on 08/25/2013 3:07:19 PM PDT by servo1969
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To: servo1969

I thought a snark was what she WAS sitting on.

Oh No, this isn’t going to be another “Snarkanado” thread?


6 posted on 08/25/2013 3:11:02 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Marcus

What space program is being referred to here?

We now pay Russia three times what we were paying to buy a space for our space cadet to travel in their capsule. We have no way to service or replace our satellites. Our national security has tanked.

NASA has been an arm of the central socialist government’s spy network for a decade or so.

Do we really have to suffer through the next 3 plus years of this criminal’s term in order to get our nation’s space program and security back?

By that time Russia will have nuked American cities over our impending incursion into Syria.


7 posted on 08/25/2013 3:13:39 PM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: Marcus

Let’s send some ditzy feminists to the Moon. Oh, and send ‘em on the space shuttle.


8 posted on 08/25/2013 3:13:52 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: Marcus
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9 posted on 08/25/2013 3:17:55 PM PDT by Prospero (Si Deus trucido mihi, ego etiam fides Deus.)
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To: humblegunner

But what’s the rule for Yahoo? If somebody writes something and then sells it to Yahoo or AP, I don’t think they can release their own material here in full because they no longer own it.

We had a guy, Bob L-something who is on OC Register staff (paid) who would post stuff here in excerpt from OC Register. They own it, not him, so does he have to post his blog in its entirety here to pass your rules?


10 posted on 08/25/2013 3:20:08 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (It wasn't the Rodeo Clown's act, it was the crowd reaction they could't take.)
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To: humblegunner

But what’s the rule for Yahoo? If somebody writes something and then sells it to Yahoo or AP, I don’t think they can release their own material here in full because they no longer own it.

We had a guy, Bob L-something who is on OC Register staff (paid) who would post stuff here in excerpt from OC Register. They own it, not him, so does he have to post his blog in its entirety here to pass your rules?


11 posted on 08/25/2013 3:22:01 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (It wasn't the Rodeo Clown's act, it was the crowd reaction they could't take.)
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To: Cyber Liberty
does he have to post his blog in its entirety here to pass your rules?

There is not a rule, nor is it mine.

Posting excerpts here to drive traffic to a blog is scummy all by itself.

12 posted on 08/25/2013 3:25:39 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Marcus
Gail Collins, the New York Times columnist who was best known for a snarky book about how Texas has far too much influence over how the United States is run, turned her gimlet eye toward the civil space program.

It is no wonder that leftist newspapers like the NYT are going under. Just about the entire paper's writings are tedious and predictable, in other words, boring.

The writers just make assertions based on opinion, with maybe a token fact once in awhile.

Better to read newspapers from the UK; they have substance.

13 posted on 08/25/2013 3:29:28 PM PDT by olezip (Time obliterates the fictions of opinion and confirms the decisions of nature. ~ Cicero)
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...

Thanks Marcus, extra to APoD.


14 posted on 08/25/2013 3:29:43 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: humblegunner

You missed my point. Very often authors don’t have ownership of their own material because they’re paid. They’re professional writers. Should they refrain from ever posting on FR?


15 posted on 08/25/2013 3:34:10 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (It wasn't the Rodeo Clown's act, it was the crowd reaction they could't take.)
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To: Marcus
There are plenty of private space entrepreneurs now. Mining asteroids is one of the low hanging fruit for space development, so it won't take long to them to build an infrastructure to do it.

But it is interesting to focus on Obama's priorities with NASA, since NASA programs are one of the few programs has has cut. While he likes to claim government spending is an investment, he doesn't seem to feel this way regarding NASA. I have felt that this is because historically, the black civil rights movement has been against NASA spending.

"On the eve of the Apollo 11 launch, July 15, 1969, Abernathy arrived at Cape Canaveral with several hundred members of the poor people to protest spending of government space exploration, while many Americans remained poor. He was met by Thomas O. Paine, the Administrator of NASA, whom he told that in the face of such suffering, space flight represented an inhuman priority and funds should be spent instead to “feed the hungry, clothe the naked, tend the sick, and house the homeless.” Mr. Paine told Abernathy that the advances in space exploration were child’s play compared to the tremendously difficult human problems of society, and told him that “if we could solve the problems of poverty by not pushing the button to launch men to the moon tomorrow, then we would not push that button.” On the day of the launch, Dr. Abernathy led a small group of protesters to the restricted guest viewing area of the space center and chanted, “We are not astronauts, but we are people.”

Ralph Abernathy was Martin Luther King’s successor as the head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

16 posted on 08/25/2013 3:36:41 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Marcus

Gail “I’m writing as bad as I can” Collins who makes Maureen Dowd look like Ava Gardner.


17 posted on 08/25/2013 3:48:32 PM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Marcus
...a snarky book about how Texas has far too much influence over how the United States is run...

And this is coming from a NEW YORK TIMES writer?

NY city has 8.2 million people, NY state 19.5 m and Texas 26 million.

GA and combined NC have about the same population as NY state. Do they have the same influence?

Atlanta, Charlotte & Raleigh-Durham have a combined metro population greater than NYC. Does these cities have the same influence?

MOST of the rest of the country could care less if NYC, Boston and Washington, DC disappeared. Throw in Chicago, LA and San Francisco, and things would be measurably better.

18 posted on 08/25/2013 3:49:59 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("Life is short. It's even shorter if you suggest going out for pizza on your anniversary" Peter Egan)
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To: tet68
This is a Snark!


19 posted on 08/25/2013 3:50:53 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: humblegunner

She was trying out a little snark and awe!


20 posted on 08/25/2013 3:51:49 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: miss marmelstein
makes Maureen Dowd look like Ava Gardner.

Wow, that's a picture.

21 posted on 08/25/2013 4:36:41 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Ask me about the Weiner Wager. Support Free Republic!)
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To: Marcus

I am willing to put up a cup of coffee for a GI overseas, that this piece of human flesh is not old enough to know what the space program really was all about.


22 posted on 08/25/2013 5:10:42 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: SunkenCiv

I went to a wedding in Texas this weekend. We had a free day Sunday and toured the Johnson Space Center. Other than the few people in Mission Control the place was deserted. I was last there in 1970, and even though I was very young then, the atmosphere was totally different. The Johnson Space Center is a decaying museum of what was once American technical prowess.


23 posted on 08/26/2013 6:32:54 AM PDT by henkster (If the Feds create an unlimited demand for bastard children, you get an unlimited supply of them.)
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To: henkster

I remember how forlorn Huntsville was in the later 1970s; and the only people I saw at the Cape were tourists.


24 posted on 08/27/2013 8:54:09 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: henkster

Sounds like the cape. One guy I know who still works out there refers to it as the Kennedy Space Museum. We’ve outsourced our own access to space. The main reason we probably even have funding going to SpaceX is because its CEO was a major donor to Obama (aka, crony capitalism). IMHO, if it were not for that, Obama probably would have canned the whole COTS program at the same time he canned Constellation. It’s really quite depressing.


25 posted on 11/22/2013 8:23:04 AM PST by messierhunter
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