Here we are now, entertain us….
The cowardly Mr. Lileks pokes his head out and sees something that’s shiny and semi-new and will get our minds off of the cultural detritus that he finds appalling because its not the cultural detritus from the 50’s which is actually swell:
Fact: In the middle of a war against medieval-minded foes, we decided that we should also head back into space. Weâ€™re not going to close the borders, curl up under the covers. The right hand holds the sword, the left hand holds the sextant. If youâ€™d asked me on 9/12/01 what headline I thought Iâ€™d see on 01/14/03, I would have said something depressing like â€œSeattle relies on Israeli experts for help in nuke damageâ€ or some such apocalyptic concept. Back then it all seemed ready to tumble into the deep black pit. I would have been cheered to learn that attacks on our troops in Iraq were down 22 percent. I would have been gobsmacked to learn we had decided to return to the moon as well. That’s the sort of news that transcends today and defines tomorrow.
And makes people blurt out silly rhetorical curlicues like the one above. Okay, let’s have some more:I have a dream. I believe that this nation should put a man on the moon by the end of this decade and keep him there. Not because it is easy, but because it is hard and expensive and boring and lethal and just might â€“ might â€“ give people something to watch thatâ€™s more important than Paris Hilton pitching a fit because she chipped a nail.
And I forget
Just what it takes
And yet I guess it makes me smile
I found it hard
Its hard to find
Oh well, whatever, nevermind