Friday, June 16, 2006

YOUR FEDERAL TAX DOLLARS AT WORK

According to this A.P. piece, space shuttle astronauts yesterday conducted a practice countdown. Not only did they don their familiar orange space suits and "strap[] into the Space Shuttle," but more importantly, it also served as "a dry run for the flight controllers in the so-called firing room who will direct the liftoff."

"We had a good test, a firing room full of console operators, getting familiar with their activities and launch-day events," said NASA spokesman Bruce Buckingham. "With the crew at the pad, it was a very successful test."

"The countdown is very important," austronaut Bruce Sullivan added. "Billions of dollars spent on every conceivable facet of the operation. But all it takes is one missed number on the countdown, and . . . well, no liftoff."

9 Comments:

Anonymous bishop b said...

"Billions of dollars spent on every conceivable facet of the operation. But all it takes is one missed number on the countdown, and . . . well, no liftoff."

This guy has got to be sh*tting me, right?

9:25 AM  
Blogger DED said...

That's not a quote that was in the article. I'd bet a doughnut that it was Mike's humor showing through.

10:24 AM  
Anonymous cardinal cee said...

If that is the case it is very funny!

10:45 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

Why thank you, Cardinal.

Bishop, I think Ded likes Krispy Kreme.

10:57 AM  
Anonymous emir e said...

Is that right ded? Kwispy Kweems is good. Maybe they could send a dozen into outer space as an experiment. ;-) I just love these HTML tags Said emir e. Hey Mike, here is a link to the hottest housing bubble blog on the planet:

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11:26 AM  
Blogger DED said...

Kripy Kreme will do, though I try to keep them few and far between as when I eat them I can feel my arteries clogging.

12:21 PM  
Anonymous herr h said...

Arteries, shmarteries, donuts is good, bacon is good. (sorry, pulp fiction rip off there) Just chase it with some black coffee and everything will be fine.

5:07 PM  
Blogger DED said...

Coffee makes me sick. Could be all the aldehydes and ketones that get formed during the brewing process. Maybe Jagermeister would be better for counteracting the clogging.

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

"aldehydes and ketones"

Yikes! That's why I always drink mine Black.

11:24 AM  

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