Wednesday, August 6, 2014

August 6, 2014 – What date is this the anniversary of?

What irony that today, August 6, I am going to talk about rockets,but first sing along with the great Tom Leherer, from 1966, regarding the original rocket man, long before Elton John, Dr. Wernher von Braun.

“And what is it that put America in the forefront of the nuclear nations? And what is it that will make it possible to spend 20 billion dollars of your money to put some clown on the moon? Well, it is good old American know-how, that’s what. As provided by good old Americans like Dr. Wernher von Braun.

Gather round while I sing you of Wernher von Braun,
A man whose allegiance
Is ruled by expedience.
Call him a Nazi, he won’t even frown.
“Ha, nazi schmazi,” says Wernher von Braun.

Don’t say that he’s hypocritical,
Say rather that he’s apolitical.

“Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down?
That’s not my department,” says Wernher von Braun.

Some have harsh words for this man of renown,
But some think our attitude
Should be one of gratitude,
Like the widows and cripples in old London town
Who owe their large pensions to Wernher von Braun.

You too may be a big hero,
Once you’ve learned to count backwards to zero.
“in German or English I know how to count down,
Und I’m learning Chinese,” says Wernher von Braun”

How about learning to count backwards in Spanish, Dr. von Braun? I see where Texas is getting another rocket launching site. Captain Hairspray’s office contributed $2.4 million from the Texas Enterprise Fund (once known as funding source for DrD’s salary.) The state of Texas chipped in $15.3 million and the City of Brownsville contributed $5 million. The company SpaceX selected Brownsville as their location for rocket launching. The specific location, as stated in the press release, is Boca China Beach, “a short walk from the Gulf of Mexico and just a couple miles north of the US/Mexico border.” I thought the short walk to get north of the US/Mexico border was the problem. But the SpaceX company plans to launch their first rockets in 2016. Plans call for twelve launches per year.” Here’s what I’m thinking…. Captain Hairspray is going to solve the immigration crisis by launching the illegal aliens into space.” Today, August 6, marks the 59th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

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