Newt is Right About Shooting the Moon

(The original post of this was by Papa Bonk, below. You may want to read that first. But his and my ideas on this were so alike that I thought I’d just steal from him. Thanks, Papa.)

The funny thing is that PB and I had not spoken about this issue, not once, until we were watching, I think it was Bill Maher, or maybe it was Rachel (who, by the way, will appear soon on The Howard Stern Show, I’m very excited about that) some liberal pundit crapping all over Newt for suggesting the notion and for actually laying down the notion of a legal framework for making it happen. Which is surprisingly forward-thinking for this fellow. And PB said to me, he said, you know, well, he said basically what he just wrote just now there. And I said jeez, Pop, I’ve been thinking the exact same thing. And he said yeah, I’ve been meaning to sit down and write that. And, I said yeah, you should man. And he did.

The thing about it is, the space program is something that has the potential to push and inspire and create like no other thing a country can do. It is the most extreme example there is of research and development. It is an endeavor (no pun intended there, Space Shuttle Endeavor) that requires human beings to think bigger than they generally tend to think. You don’t get results in a space program by saying that your mission is to poke a little telescope up there, or that your mission is to get astronauts to live up there for four months at a time. You get results by declaring a mission of enormous proportions, and then you send your scientists off to work to pursue it. This is one of the few things Kennedy did that was actually brilliant. He set this nation off to put feet on the moon’s surface, and by the end of the decade, sadly after his demise, we did.

Presidents should embrace something that is larger than life, that is indeed, larger than their most mundane issues, which to anyone else is pretty much non-mundane. In fact, I think it’s a generalized criticism that many of those of us on my “side” have of President Obama: He seems to be unable or unwilling to pursue the astral plane that the Presidency itself can give one access to. Candidate Obama seemed to promise to rule this rarefied area. President Obama, while insanely accomplished, has yet to poke the vein that inspires Americans to the point of foaming at the mouth. He’s barely even toured the bully pulpit. Fireside chats: Not his cup of meat.

No, Newt is on to something, and us liberalz better prestar atencion. I think his moon talk is actually spot on and is also politically brilliant. At a time when the space program seems to be winding down; at a time when this country needs a little hope infusion, talk of colonizing the Moon is exactly the kind of stuff that might get this horny bastard elected.

By the way, it’s also not a bad idea.

Wowie Zowie, Baba Booey!

From Gary Dell’Abate’s They Call Me Baba Booey:

My parents and my brothers each had their own pile of albums. My dad was a sucker for the Columbia House record deals and he’d send away for opera and big-band stuff. He loved Tommy Dorsey and Harry James, and would try to teach me the differences between musicians. My mom played Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and Billie Holiday, her favorite. Everything she sang brought me down. Years later I learned that Billie Holiday suffered from depression, too.

[My brother] Anthony was on the edge of what was radical. I remember he came home with the Frank Zappa record Freak Out!, which had some psychedelic images of Zappa surrounded by other washed-out-looking musicians. To me it looked scary and dangerous. When my dad listened to it he went into his “What the hell is this?” routine.


Just for shits and giggles—Howard Stern interviews Frank Zappa:

Part One:

Part Two:

P.S. Congratulations to Howard for re-upping for another five years. Geh kak afen yam.

Hi. This Is Sal Governale.

There is an essential idea that is often discussed on The Thom Hartmann Show that I find a valuable touchstone—in fact, he’s just discussed it now. What is wealth, as in, the wealth a nation creates? Hartmann maintains that wealth is only actually created in manufacturing, when you collect resources, apply a process to the resources, and turn it into something else, preferably something that holds more value than the original batch of resources. An economy that is as apparently eager as is ours to ship our manufacturing industry elsewhere is actually ridding itself of its own wealth-building infrastructure, he often argues. Just a thought.

Anyway. The issue of the day of course is health care policy. But I’d like to talk about a cracker dumbass.

On or about July 8, on a television program called Fox & Friends, they were talking about some study that indicated that people in relationships suffered less demornna. Demmoopoo. Dem…um…dementia. I guess the study was done in Sweden. Because it caused host Brian Kilmead to say:

We keep marrying other species and other ethnics…The problem is the Swedes have pure genes. They marry other Swedes, ’cause that’s the rule. Finns marry other Finns; so they have a pure society. In America we marry everybody. We will marry Italians and Irish. So this study does not apply to us.

I’m serious. This actually happened.

Remember. This cracker dumbass said “species.” “Species.” He has basically opened up a little piece of his soul to you, explaining to you without solicitation that, at his most base level, this is a man who firmly believes and is dying to espouse the most basic tenets of eugenics. Considering that, I think his apology is more wimpy and foolish than that of Stern show idiot Sal Governale.

I made comments that were offensive to many people. That was not my intention, and looking back at those comments I realize they were inappropriate. For that I sincerely apologize. America [is a] huge melting pot, and that is what makes us such a great country…

In fact, it reads a lot like Sal’s, doesn’t it?

No, any “apology” that doesn’t include the phrase “I am a cracker dumbass” won’t hit the mark in this case.

Langford Unleashed

I’m not being funny when I say this: Howard 100 News bulldog Steve Langford has gotten himself one hell of a story, one that KIAV has touched upon a time or two now: Privatized prisons.

The background: Stern wack-packer Kenneth Keith Kallenbach, 39, best known for countless unsuccessful attempts at blowing smoke through his eyes, was arrested Upper Chichester Township, Pa., in March 2008, on a charge of attempted child abduction after he was accused of trying to pull a girl into his car. He had denied any wrongdoing. Already on probation, he went to Delaware County Prison, run at the time by The Geo Group, Inc.

On April 24, Kallenbach died. It was said he had pneumonia, but Kallenbach also suffered from cystic fibrosis. His mother claimed he had not received proper treatment in custody.

In August, Geo pulled the Delaware contract.

Langford has been covering this story feverishly and thoroughly, from the standpoint of Kallenbach’s death, Geo’s involvement, and on the larger issue of private prisons. His reporting on this subject should, seriously, garner him a nod at the National Press Club awards.

Langford’s most recent story about this: