Misplaced Moxie

Posted in Politics, Society on April 15th, 2015

Recently, astronaut Neil Armstrong’s widow uncovered and notified the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum about an old bag of relics from NASA’s historic Apollo 11 mission that she found tucked away in a closet and forgotten.

As is to be expected in these times of bloated and intrusive government, it didn’t take long for some people to interject politics into this event.

Moon landing relics found in Armstrong's closet
America’s Misplaced Moxie

As I stated, it is to be expected in these times of bloated and intrusive government that politics will get interjected into almost anything. That said, I find this to be a childish, naive, and ignorant interject in specific. America’s moxie, as applied and exemplified by NASA’s space program, was not misplaced, it was discarded as no longer needed or affordable.

As much I love NASA’s space program and miss what it was billed as during my childhood – Yeah, I loved sitting in front of the TV and watching the landings – none of what NASA was doing during that time was for the sake of space exploration or science. The entire program was nothing but the US and USSR sublimating the Cold War into the “Space Race” rather than starting a thermonuclear WW3.

In this, our space program was quite similar to our Interstate Highway System, more properly named the┬áNational System of Interstate and Defense Highways, which President Eisenhower had built for the purpose of improving America’s ability to get our troops to anywhere in the US, especially to embarkation points, quickly.

The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason.

– T.S. Eliot
Murder in the Cathedral

What was and is also sadly similar is that NASA was allowed to languish just as the Interstate Highways were allowed to more and more fall into disrepair when the fear, pride, and perceived need and value that engendered it lapsed with the passing of time and reduction of the specific societal triggers that provided its impetus.

Yes, it could properly said that we fell to T.S. Eliot’s last and greatest temptation and the treason we caused and suffered from was the misplacing of our nation’s moxie.

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Islam’s Weathervane

Posted in Politics, Religion, Society on March 19th, 2015

The winds of time change and with them change the winds of societies and religions or, at least, the hearts and minds of the adherents to religions. When dealing with them, one needs to check the weathervane for their current conditions.

Jihadism is Islam's Weathervane
Jihadism Is Islam’s Weathervane

Well the winds of Islam are blowing strongly straight towards the barbarism and feral savagery they wallowed in during the first century of its unfortunate existence.

Yes, it’s quite true that we could look back many centuries and find a time when the Muslim World was arguably the center of philosophical and scientific thought, a time when Muslims should more humanity and tolerance than Christendom did, especially when it came to either free thought or the Jews. Likewise, it is equally true that, if one looks back many centuries, one can find a time when Christendom was horrifically intolerant and prone to persecuting people.

Yet both the golden age of Islam and the dark age of Christianity are long buried in annals of history. We, the living must deal with the winds of today and today the winds of Islam are ill winds indeed.

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Coal Black

Posted in Movies, Society on March 14th, 2015

Here’s a cartoon that you’ve most likely never seen – Warner Brothers’ 1943 Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs.

Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs

The reason you’ve probably never heard of, much less seen, this cartoon is because it’s one of the Censored Eleven. It’s one of eleven Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons which United Artists has banned from syndication or distribution since 1968.

Well, I say to enjoy the cartoon and, if it’s offensive to certain sorts, that’s just a bit of extra spice to the enjoyment.

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