Newt’s Shuttle to the Moon by Granny
January 30, 2012
For the past decade the Lunar globe that’s rested on the file cabinet in my office may finally gain its rightful place in Our Universe. Thank you Newt Gingrich for your prophetic announcement that by the end of your “…second term we will have the first permanent base on the moon and it will be American.” Even more prophetic was your pronouncement that the moon would become “… our 51st state.”
Great! I submit for your consideration these Lunar-related names for our 51st State: Moonia? Moonorado? Moonizonia? Moonalvania? Outer Lunar? Moonida? Loony?
OK, ‘nuff said.
In the mid 1960’s I lived in Fairfield, California. At that time when I arrived as a new bride to First Husband Joe–serving in uniform at Travis Air Force Base–Fairfield was a sleepy community sandwiched between San Francisco and Sacramento. Just loved it out there! California had always been on my bucket list.
Some time after arriving in California I accepted a position with Explosive Technology in its Technical Publications Department (we referred to it as “ET” in our proposals and marketing publications). ET, sited on the grounds of a dismantled Nike missile base just outside Fairfield, developed its products for the space and defense industries. A subsidiary of Ducommun, to this day I cannot find any website reference for “Explosive Technology”. Too bad because ET’s contributions are lost in America’s Right Stuff history of R&D technology in defense programs and space exploration.
WAY before that dirty word “outsourcing” became part of our vocabulary–ET’s Engineering, QA, and Manufacturing departments produced successful R&D programs that contributed to America’s status as a pioneer in Space. ET’s separation assemblies pushed our Saturn rockets into space. ET’s ejection seats saved pilots from burning fighter jets. Another product ET developed which I don’t believe is now in use was the “Jet Axe”. The device—packaged in a box about the size of a case of soda or beer—when attached to the roof of a burning structure allowed firefighters to blow a hole in the roof so they could swiftly enter into the building.
Those of you who’ve been around long enough remember the Apollo Space Program when we sat on the edge of our couches glued to our television sets watching the first two American Astronauts on their moon landing. You probably wondered, How the Eff they gonna get off there? ET’s brilliant engineers designed a separation assembly in the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM). With the flick of a switch one of the Lunar landing astronauts fired an explosive guillotine cutter that severed the wires from the spidery LEM. The capsule blasted off from the moon’s surface to rendezvous with the mother ship circling high above them.
An ET co-worker and friend of mine always joked that we would forever be known as the company that trashed the moon. Got me thinking that maybe Newt should send the first shuttle to the rocky globe filled with “Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods…” who “…have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works.” Geez…They could clean up all that abandoned space junk.
Newt’s ”idea” for child labor is just one more statement he’s uttered to vilify minorities, be they Poor and Black, or Brown, or Red or Yellow.
2 Responses to “Newt’s Shuttle to the Moon by Granny”
JOHNNY March 29th, 2012 at 9:15 pm
Sister your comments on MOONRAKER are right on. Going to the moon and setting up shop are really way out although it may happen someday it is not on our list of things to do. I can see the trash empty water bottles,plastic bags blowing around and all the other crap that we dis. Lets clean our own enviroment up before we even think about trashing the moon.
I have been watching this horrible shooting that took place in Florida unfold and i have a new take on this so called STAND YOUR GROUND bull. Lets reverse the situation and look at it another way. Say Travon had a weapon ,a gun and was walking as he was and he noticed a man following him and then begin to chase Travon. Travon begins to run because he is fearful of his well being and has no idea why this guy is chasing him. The guy catches Travon and they get into a fight. Travon FEARING FOR HIS SAFETY AND STANDING HIS GROUND takes out the gun and kills the guy.. The police arrive and Travon tells them this guy was after him and he feared for his life so he protected himself and shot the guy. Now for the sake of argument Travon is of age to carry.a weapon. I would be willing to surmise rhat because Travon is black and his victim is white the Police would say to Travon ‘ you have the weapon and he doesn’t what makes you fear for your life and would charge Travon with negligent homicide or manslaughter. He would be handcuffed and taken away and not be so politely handled as Zimmerman was at his arrest. THE LAW IS A LICENSE TO KILL and should be abolished.
The caseload regarding this law in Florida is 93 shootings with 65 being fatal. from what i have heard but cannot verify..I wonder how many of them were handled as this one is being handled? This situation is a travesty and i hope it comes to trial because the complete story is still unfolding and we will see what really happened.
Granny March 29th, 2012 at 9:44 pm
Thanks Bro for the Newt comments. I feel you on the Trayvon tragedy. Not sure if you read my March 5, 2011 post, “When does someone not rot in jail?”
Yours in the struggle–Sis
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