Cost-Cutting at NASA – The Huckabee Way

NASA Cost-Cutting -- the Huckabee Way

The New York Times ran a New Year’s Eve profile of NASA Director Dr. S. Allen Stern. This is hardly surprising, of course, to anyone who knows that news outlets save science features for holidays, when no one reads the paper anyway.

In any case, the hallmark of Dr. Stern’s eight-month-old tenure at NASA is denial (if not rollback) of cost over-runs. Dr. Stern thinks the “that was then, this is now” cost over-run rationale is not acceptable from scientists and engineers, who should be able to add these factors into original budgets and timetables. To some this would indicate Dr. Stern’s shocking lack of experience in the political sphere.

The very word “sphere” will have to leave the NASA vocabulary if Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR) becomes president. A life-long Biblical literalist, Rev. Huckabee spent some weeks at a NASA Youth Space Camp. Personally, I did not know there was a Flat Earth Space Camp, but there you have it.

Regatta at Flat Earth Space Camp

In some ways, a Huckabee victory would make Dr. Stern’s administrative job a lot easier. Under President Huckabee, future NASA space projects could stop producing those fraudulent and expensive “take off,” “landing,” “orbital,” and “space flight” videos and photos. While this would depress the computer-animation industry, it would save enough money for economical construction of the Flat Earth Space Observatory (FESO), a large tower from which scientists might observe the stars and planets as they circle the Earth, as they have done for all the 6,000 years of Biblical history.

Flat Earth Observatory

Build your own Family Values Flat-Earth “Globe.”

Edge of the World graphic from Ventnorblog.

Tower of Babel, by Father Athanasius Kircher (1602-1680).

2 Responses to “Cost-Cutting at NASA – The Huckabee Way”

  1. sol Says:

    What a cheap shot at Huckabee.

    Biblical literalism has nothing to do with Flat Earthers. What I find peculiar is that you then link to resources which include Stephen J. Gould’s “The persistently flat earth” which “Investigates the relatively recent origin of the notion that scholars of the Middle Ages, with few exceptions, believed the earth was flat.” Or Charles W. Jones “The flat earth” which “Finds that educated persons in the Middle Ages knew that the earth is round.” Then there’s Jeffrey B. Russell and “The flat error: the modern distortion of medieval geography.” Apparently, F. S. Serland’s “Did the older ecclesiastical writers deny the sphericity of the earth?” Points out “that Venerable Bede in the first half of the eighth century knew and taught the sphericity of the earth” and that this knowledge was not dependent on Islamic learning. And the list goes on.

  2. Mike Licht Says:

    Read the tags, Sol – does it say satire? Yep. Thought so. Sorry if I wasn’t over-the-top enough this time. I’ll try to do better.

    I’ve poked fun at the Governor before. Actually, I’ve had fun with ten candidates, Democrats and Republicans, most recently Tom Tancredo.

    Incidently, the link you describe is from the Library of Congress — I didn’t invent it.

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