The earthquake in California was nothing compared to the shaking going on in Oshkosh this week. The premier event for amateur and professional aerospace enthusiasts alike hosted none other than the Emperor himself. And he once again demonstrated succinctly, directly, and transparently that he will prostitute himself without bounds to keep his job.
USA Today September 28, 2005
"It is now commonly accepted that was not the right path," the Emperor said. "We are now trying to change the path while doing as little damage as we can." Asked whether the shuttle had been a mistake, the Emperor told the daily: "My opinion is that it was. It was a design which was extremely aggressive and just barely possible." Asked whether the space station had been a mistake, he said: "Had the decision been mine, we would not have built the space station we're building in the orbit we're building it in."
AeroNews.Net July 31 2008
A common thread throughout the hour-plus discussion was the logic, or lack thereof, of discontinuing the Space Shuttle until a replacement vehicle was in operation. According to NASA's website, the current plan includes phasing out the Space Shuttle in 2010 and using Russian Soyuz and Progress spacecraft to shuttle astronauts and supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) until a US replacement is developed. "The US and its partners have invested $100 billion in the [ISS]," said the Emperor, "so it does seem short-sighted to not spend the $3 billion a year to maintain the Shuttle. " Directing his comments to the children in the audience, "Sometimes Washington does silly things."
Just how pathetic is that?
And just as we are about to yell, "liar, liar, pants on fire," the Emperor takes another swing at the bat. This time the cannon shot heads straight towards the heart of COTS. Stop and think for a minute. What would be the worst possible thing he could say to discourage forward thinking people contemplating investments in the COTS rocket developers? What words could he possibly articulate to cause them to walk away with their briefcases still full of funds secured behind padlocks?
Why not offer up the ARES rockets for commercial proposals?
Yep, he did.
You could see the steam rising in El Segundo and Virginia. And the lawyers for RpK just might dust off their case contending adverse competition caused their support to dry up. Put us on the jury. Having said that, though, what business fool would put his company at risk by putting NASA in the critical path to its success?
And while we are asking questions, we have just one more for you to think about. What taxpayer fool, Congressional fool, or Presidential Candidate fool would consider having this egomanical liar stay in his $168,000 a year job? You reporters and bloggers should be asking the same question over and over, for the Emperor has just made a fool of all of us if you don't.
Mr. T hopes the answer is "none of the above."