Sure, I’ll help Chris take this viral.
I love a good Masonic Mystery!
Via The Secret Sun:
In the past 36 hours this blog has been bombarded with thousands of hits, after a Drudge Report-type site linked to part one of the Gus Grissom/Barackobamun piece. There were the usual corny old jokes about “tinfoil hats” and all of the rest of the worn-out snark in the comments sections (along with some stunning displays of poor reading comprehension), but that represents only a tiny percentage of the traffic. Having been on the internet for the better part of the last two decades, I recognize defensive ironic distancing when I see it.
What’s more, I’m noticing that other sites are picking up on the meme. It’s too soon to say how resonant the meme will become, but it did get me looking at Obama’s possible Grissom obsession again (and that’s what I was writing about- not a conspiracy, per se.)
In the first few seconds of doing so, I found this speech to the National Academy of Sciences on April 27, 2009. Although it was a more general (read: “boring”) gabfest on science and technology, Barackobamun spoke about his support for the space colonization program:
My budget includes $150 billion over 10 years to invest in sources of renewable energy as well as energy efficiency. It supports efforts at NASA, recommended as a priority by the National Research Council, to develop new space-based capabilities to help us better understand our changing climate.
And he even snuck in the Magic(k) Number:
America’s young people will rise to the challenge if given the opportunity — if called upon to join a cause larger than themselves. We’ve got evidence. You know, the average age in NASA’s mission control during the Apollo 17 mission was just 26. I know that young people today are just as ready to tackle the grand challenges of this century.
So what’s the big deal about this speech? Nothing, really. Except it took place of 5o years to the day after Gus Grissom was chosen by NASA for the Mercury Project.