Stupidest Idea Ever …

It sounds more like something out of a Buck Rogers comic book than a serious proposal.  Yesterday, Mike Pence outlined Donald Trump’s plan to establish a “Space Force” as the sixth branch of the U.S. military.  My initial thought?  Trump claims that we must cut back on healthcare, food, and shelter for the poor and underprivileged, that we can no longer afford programs that benefit people and the environment, but we can afford a completely useless, unpopular, pointless ‘gas-guzzler’?

“The time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces, to prepare for the next battlefield where America’s best and bravest will be called to deter and defeat a new generation of threats to our people, to our nation.”  Oh pleeeease … spare me the dramatics!!!

He called for Congress to allocate an additional $8 billion for space security systems over the next five years.  Again … we cannot afford to help provide health care for the nation’s low income families, but we can spend a bloody $8 billion on this crap?

Fortunately, neither Trump nor Pence can simply snap their fingers and make it happen.  This will need the approval of Congress, and it is a very contentious proposal, unpopular with many.  In addition, Secretary of Defense Mattis was against the idea, saying he did not want to add “additional organizational and administrative tail” to the military.  Of course, since then he has come ‘round to Trump’s way of thinking, most likely in order to keep his job.  Integrity, anyone?  Yesterday, Mattis said that space “is becoming a contested war-fighting domain, and we have to adapt to that reality.”  Seriously?  Have any of you guys seen spaceships filled with aliens in the night sky, waiting to attack the mother ship?

Proponents of a Space Force argue that the Air Force does not pay enough attention to outer space. What is more, they say, Russia and China are developing anti-satellite weapons that could pose a threat to American satellites.  Guess what, folks … they need to be paying more attention to the fact that Russia already has the capability of shutting down large portions of our electrical grid with the click of a mouse, which would effectively bring the nation to its knees.  What if we work on the problems that we know exist, and leave the Star Wars games for Hollywood to deal with?

Retired astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, who flew four shuttle missions, called the space force a “dumb idea” that would duplicate work already done by the air force.  BINGO!

But wait!!!  It gets even better!!!  The most important first step, y’know, is to select … A LOGO!!!  And guess who will be selecting the logo?  Trump’s supporters.  Yep, not all the people who will be paying their hard-earned tax dollars to support this utter nonsense.  Oh no, friends … you and I have no say in the choice of this logo.  Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, Brad Pascale, has emailed supporters asking them to vote for one of six space force logos to commemorate the “huge announcement”.  This is the biggest load of you-know-what that Trump has come up with yet!logo-1The ‘supporters’ have been given the above six logos to choose from.  Personally, I think they all look stupid, but then I am already biased against the entire thing anyway. Most have spaceships, though one has an odd yellow shape that some on Twitter have suggested is an homage to the president’s hair.  Twitter users have been having a ball with this.twitter-1

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twitter-3If this ridiculous money-waster of an idea actually passes Congress and becomes reality, there is no doubt that whichever logo is chosen will show up on hats, t-shirts, and perhaps even men’s underwear and it will all be available for a small donation to Donald Trump’s campaign fund!  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Now, I’ve done my venting and I do have something serious to say about this.  We have a heck of a lot of troubles right here on planet earth.  There may well be potential future threats to satellites in space … I am not a scientist, so I cannot say.  But even if there are, they are not of the same immediate concern as a multitude of problems right here that absolutely must be dealt with if this planet is to remain habitable for human life.  Think about it … if we continue on our rapid path of polluting our air, water and soil, the satellites in space, whether ours, China’s or Russia’s, will not matter, for there will be nobody left breathing on earth to worry about it.  Donald Trump is not only failing to address climate change, but is intentionally reversing the protections that were in place and attempting to stop states from enforcing their own environmental regulations.  It is almost as if he fully intends to make sure that the next generation has to walk about wearing oxygen masks, and the generation after that will be confined in plastic bubbles.  We don’t need to worry about what is going on in outer space … we need to take care of our own home and the people who live on it first.

We owe it to our children, their children, and all future generations around the globe, not just in the U.S., to protect our environment.  When we have clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, soil that is safe to grow chemical-free food, when everybody in this nation has affordable health care and enough food to eat, then let the little boys in Washington play with their space toys.  Not now, not in 2020, not anytime in the foreseeable future.

50 thoughts on “Stupidest Idea Ever …

  1. Dear Jill,

    Stupid is as stupid does. There ought to be a contest for which is the President’s worst idea that all cost us taxpayers our hard earned dollars. We have the wall; the military parade and now the Space station. It would be a tough choice.

    Hugs, Gronda

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  2. ‘Authorisation please.’
    ‘K-12. Delta-5,’
    ‘Location please,’
    ‘Neptune 06-‘
    ‘Thank you general. The nature of your call?’
    ‘Status 5. Priority 10’
    ‘Hold the line general,’
    Pause
    ‘I am sorry general. The designated desk officer is not available. May I take a message?’
    ‘Certainly. This is a joint Army and Airforce request. Why was POTUS allowed to watch Roger Ramjet and Daffy Duck cartoons? We did warn your office,’

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  3. Interestingly, I made a comment on Keith’s blog a few weeks ago, where I said that I think that there are forces behind all governments that are looking to curb/reduce population. They don’t want to feed us. They want to kill us. Keith kinda poo poohed that… I stick to my rhetoric. The Trillions that are spent on war and devisive or power mongering stuff is beyond belief. We, the average person, are just surviving in the game where they (the antagonists) just use us as pawns and can laugh off the collateral damage.
    Have you noticed that it isn’t government who likes to remind us about the folly of war, and its terrible human, animal and environmental costs, but the supposedly fake media outlets.
    Remove the reporting, and all you will have left is the propaganda machine. You know, that giant cannon that they stuff us all into and fire us into oblivion!

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    • Hmmmm … definitely a theory to ponder on. My initial thought is that if there are forces behind nations that are trying to curb population, they why are so many nations encouraging population growth? Your comment definitely bears thinking about, and I will do so and get back to you a bit later after I have pondered!

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  4. Does anyone need any further proof Dump Truck Donnie needs a brain transplant, along with a heart transplant, and, why not a new hair transplant while we are at it. He really wants to leave a mark on this Earth–that it will be a crater created by a number of exploded nuclear bombs matters not at all, he wants to give the Earth something it will never forget, except he doesn’t have the foresight to realize there will be no humans to remember who did what to whom. Notice he doesn’t even put a “US” anywhere on any of the logos he had some two-year old chimpanzee draw up. He is basically giving the Space Force to his buddy Vlad to do with as Vlad will.
    While you are right about a Space Force stealing money away from needed social projects, the USA has been doing that for almost 250 years already maintaining a completely unnecessary armed forces conglomeration of idiots in order to call itself the most powerful country on Earth. Big fat fucking deal. The money wasted on military spending since 1776 would have been more than enough to create a country full of healthy, compassionate people who care more for living beings than for being the best at anything people could possibly do. Yup, you are the best crazy people in the world today, and Trump sets a fine example of who you really are.
    If this tirade does not describe you the individual, please forgive my spite, but the collective you is no longer worth my time or caring.
    Come on, Trumpfucker, come shoot me, please. It will just prove how small your dink really is.

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  5. When my husband mentioned this to me the first time, I honestly thought he was making crap up. It didn’t help that I was half asleep and he was checking news on his phone. I was absolutely dumbstruck when I realised it was real… and it continues! What???

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  6. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    This is so ridiculously entertaining … ROFLMPRAO!!
    “The time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces, to prepare for the next battlefield where America’s best and bravest will be called to deter and defeat a new generation of threats to our people, to our nation.”

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  7. If any alien species reach here they’ll be light years ahead of us so we might as well hold up our hands. If we’re to go to war with any earth bound enemy I’d just remind everyone how many nuclear bombs are dotted around the globe so that no-one except maybe a Kalahari tribesman escapes scot free. It’s time to elect more women to Government to see if they can bring about peace whee it’s needed and give care to all those in need.
    I was reminded today it takes an old man to start a war but it’s the bodies of the young men that end it. Maybe it’s time to have an enforced retirement age of 65 for all politicians and bring some young blood in like Canada. Maybe they’ll treat for peace rather than see their own generations die on a battlefield

    Cwtch

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    • Perhaps if aliens decided to invade our planet, they could teach us a few things, like perhaps tolerance, patience, kindness, compassion, and common sense. The U.S. has been by far too arrogant for years, but in the last 18 months, we have become, perhaps, the most arrogant nation on earth. And now, the fool in the White House thinks it prudent to ‘own’ outer space, too. You are right … there are enough nukes in this world … probably enough within the U.S. … to eradicate the entire human race within a matter of hours. And the ‘man’ with the ‘button’ is a madman. What could possibly go wrong, eh? Your point is good, that old men start wars, and it ends on the bodies of young men, but I think the next major war will end … differently. Which is why all nations have agreed that there can be no next war, and have been working toward de-nuclearization. And then along comes Trump who tells everybody else to get rid of their nukes, while he plans to build our stockpile even more, when we already have far too many. Even one is too many, in my book.

      I definitely think there needs to be a maximum age for the president, veep, and members of Congress. Maybe even cabinet members. But … it isn’t likely, since the law prohibits businesses from age discrimination, the federal government can hardly do it.

      Cwtch

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      • Business interview for jobs and decides not to hire someone old because the work is too physical. We the People are the employers of Congress so maybe it should be a choice NOT to vote for candidates over 65.Maybe a younger Congress would share more of the worries of people today.
        Cwtch

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        • This is true, but … it’s rather like if I set a rule that there will be no smoking inside my house, then I would be in the wrong if I broke my own rule. Then again, I have more values and higher standards than anyone in our federal government today …

          I do think that at a certain point they become too old to be effective lawmakers and leaders, though. I would also like to see term limits to keep people like Mitch McConnell and others from spending 30-40 years in Congress, for after a certain time, they stagnate and are no longer open to new ideas.

          Cwtch

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  8. I could not agree with you more! I read Pence’s statement on The Weather Channel, as daylight was breaking this morning. Need I say, I knew this was going to raise more than your eyebrows! Why the present Air Force can not continue to manage any and all things in outer space, then expand to fill needs when/if they arise is beyond understanding. But, of course present White House usurper, vice-usurper and anyone attached by their purse strings want to spend billions on yet another questionable venture. If this is the ultimate pressing issue, forget the border wall and hurl those dollars into space! Or, perhaps they really want to find another habitable planet floating out there somewhere, as they are systematically destroying our Mother Earth. The logo part is beyond belief, this is child’s play! Will someone, anyone, in Congress…please stop this insanity?!? There are a multitude of real issues that this money should be earmarked for, but most likely will never see any of it. Thank-you!

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    • Pence’s statement was on the Weather Channel??? Oh … I get it … hot air!

      I suspect that Trump sees this as his BIG legacy … the thing that he will be remembered for all of eternity for. Brains are not his strong suit, else he would realize what an unpopular idea this will be, especially in conjunction with the fact that a) his tax cuts are having the opposite effect of what he said, because inflation is rising at a higher rate than wages, and b) his tariffs are already leading to loss of jobs and increased prices of fuel, appliances, autos, and food. He is gong down in history alright … as the worst president in the history of the U.S.

      My sincere hope is that Congress will refuse to pass this ignominious Space Force and we can move on to more relevant things. Sigh.

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  9. Politicians backed by the bankers, always have room for pointless exercise when it comes to stealing tax payers money. They scream about it when in opposition. Then roll and gloat in it ,when government.

    It is a pig in a poke, no matter what it is officially called. Bought and paid for by the tax payers. Us, the people. The nuclear missiles, are a prime example of sucking the tax payers dry. Of course we all want to annihilate the world through nuclear war? If only to stop another person from getting it. Donald Trump and Michael Pence are just the stooges of the bankers. That’s how they make their way, by doing their bidding. Cheers Jamie

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    • I suspect that you are right that Trump is a stooge or a puppet for someone, though I’m more inclined to think Putin than bankers. And Pence is just a pathetic lapdog to Trump. But the point her being that this idea should never leave square one, and I don’t think it will. We are already on a path toward extinction, and this can only hasten that journey.
      Cheers!!!

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      • Just remember where the bankers power bases are. London , Rome and D/C. Countries? Israel, Switzerland and where their big banks are. Bank of England, Federal Reserve, etc. The Catholics have their own bank too. The Jesuits are the Catholic bankers and policemen. Both Mr. Pence and Hilary’s ex-running mate were educated by Jesuits. As too the current Pope. As well, Vladimir Putin. But he is reputed, to have broken away from them? He also is reputed to have curtailed the power of Rothschild Bank in Russia?

        When the redshields, first were sent out by their patriarch, Amschel. St Petersburg was one of the five cities chosen. London, Paris, Rome and I think Berlin? This were 17th century power bases. Still are. There are more bankers than this family. Yet this one seems to be the most powerful? When you look at US politics or any other of those nations. One sees the power of the bankers, setting the agendas. Pfft … the electorate is kept busy. Too busy to really kick up a fuss. Then they slowly build out, by fair means or foul. They employ people to put the pressures on and they control the leaders through secret societies. Carrot and stick works so well. Cheers Jamie

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  10. Trump and Pence’s Spaced-Out Force may also violate the internationally recognized Outer Space Treaty which became effective in 1967. From: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outer_Space_Treaty

    The Outer Space Treaty represents the basic legal framework of international space law. Among its principles, it bars states party to the treaty from placing weapons of mass destruction in Earth orbit, installing them on the Moon or any other celestial body, or otherwise stationing them in outer space. It exclusively limits the use of the Moon and other celestial bodies to peaceful purposes and expressly prohibits their use for testing weapons of any kind, conducting military maneuvers, or establishing military bases, installations, and fortifications (Article IV). However, the Treaty does not prohibit the placement of conventional weapons in orbit and thus some highly destructive attack strategies such as kinetic bombardment are still potentially allowable.[6] The treaty also states that the exploration of outer space shall be done to benefit all countries and that space shall be free for exploration and use by all the States.

    The treaty explicitly forbids any government to claim a celestial resource such as the Moon or a planet.[7] Article II of the Treaty states that “outer space, including the Moon and other celestial bodies, is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, by means of use or occupation, or by any other means”. However, the State that launches a space object retains jurisdiction and control over that object.[8] The State is also liable for damages caused by their space object.[9]

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    • Interesting!!! I was not aware of that. I’d love to know why Trump thinks the U.S. has any greater right to space than any other nation. Ego trip! I don’t look for Congress to pass this one, but … sigh … I’ve been batting 0 for 3 lately! Thanks for sharing this … I’ll keep it tucked away for future reference if this Space Force thing doesn’t arrive DOA as I expect it to.

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    • Brilliant idea, one way space trip for trump and his boot licker. Seriously, the only problem I have with exploring this idea is, as you pointed out the money that needs to be used here on earth, but also the argument that USA must dominate space. Why not earthly cooperation from all nations. I hate this “us versus them” attitude which MAGA is promoting.

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      • BINGO!!!! The U.S. doesn’t ‘own’ outer space! Why can’t it be a collective effort? Oh wait … we cannot even seem to manage cooperation here on planet earth. I’m like you, and in fact responded to another comment earlier this evening about why must it be ‘us’ vs ‘them’? Too much is at stake to play ego-games, and that is precisely what this all is … ‘my daddy can beat your daddy up’. Sigh. Instead of MAGA, how about MTWGA … make the world great again.

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