The decision to cut funding to resupply the Hubble is insane. The Hubble has been another in a string of non-manned space ventures that have proven to be worth every penny. Our current view of the universie inwhich we live, is based in no small part of observations made by the best telescope ever made. The hubble kicks the ass of pretty much all earth-based telescopes. Like the Voyager twins, the Pioneer boys, Viking I and II, Spirit and Oportunity, and finally the Cassini-Huygens mission, Hubble is leading the way to show the best way of doing early-exploration....But to hell with all that robot crap!
We want "boots on the ground"; sort of an Iraqi Freedom policy in space. I know that the costs are gigantic, the risks spectacular, the return on investment lowsy, and logistics of sending men to Mars nonsensically quixotic. But we are the country that bulldozed natives and dynamited our way through Panama to join oceans. We blew the crap out of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, just to show'm. We walked on the fucking moon! If we can kick Hitler's ass, then by god we can kick space's ass too. We can envision Buck Rogers, and light sabers, and Ewoks with rubber teeth. We built an actual model of a theoretical, conceptual, spacecraft that might be able to get us to Mars. Hell has anybody seen Mission to Mars? If we can make a movie we're halfway there!
That is the subtle approach to space exploration the Bush administration seems to be bent on. So here is a message to the big P about his tilting at the windmill of space.
STOP SPENDING MY HARD EARNED MONEY ON CRAP LIKE THIS YOU EMPTY-HEADED WIPER OF OTHER PEOPLES BOTTOMS!
GO BACK TO GETTING GI'S BLOWN UP IN IRAQ AND STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM SPACE. UNLESS YOU WANT TO LAUNCH YOURSELF UP THERE. THEN I'M ALL FOR IT!
What JPL should be doing is developing a robot to explore the White House to see if any intelligent life exists there; and if so what that life is based on. If the Hubble crashes to Earth because of that backwoods, Texas GI-kill'n, scumbag, I vote for "End Times". We can all look down and see how much Bush and his bunch of hypocrites can fuck up Hell. Of course hell, for Bush and his hypocrites, is ruled by the devil manifesting himself as the duel image of Bill and Hillary Clinton...forever.