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Awesome Photo of the Day: Parachuting to Mars

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NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured this astounding image of the Curiosity Rover descending to the surface of Mars.

NASA’s Curiosity rover and its parachute were spotted by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT). The High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera captured this image of Curiosity while the orbiter was listening to transmissions from the rover. Curiosity and its parachute are in the center of the white box; the inset image is a cutout of the rover stretched to avoid saturation. The rover is descending toward the etched plains just north of the sand dunes that fringe “Mt. Sharp.” From the perspective of the orbiter, the parachute and Curiosity are flying at an angle relative to the surface, so the landing site does not appear directly below the rover.

The parachute appears fully inflated and performing perfectly. Details in the parachute, such as the band gap at the edges and the central hole, are clearly seen. The cords connecting the parachute to the back shell cannot be seen, although they were seen in the image of NASA’s Phoenix lander descending, perhaps due to the difference in lighting angles. The bright spot on the back shell containing Curiosity might be a specular reflection off of a shiny area. Curiosity was released from the back shell sometime after this image was acquired.

This view is one product from an observation made by HiRISE targeted to the expected location of Curiosity about one minute prior to landing. It was captured in HiRISE CCD RED1, near the eastern edge of the swath width (there is a RED0 at the very edge). This means that the rover was a bit further east or downrange than predicted.

The image scale is 13.2 inches (33.6 centimeters) per pixel.

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128 comments

1 gwangung  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 10:49:43am

Ah, man. That is TOTALLY COOL.

2 Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 10:51:05am

bet it contains Mitt Romney's missing tax returns...

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3 freetoken  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 10:51:50am

Was this done by the same studio that faked the moon "landings"?

4 allegro  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 10:52:15am

I was so delighted to wake up to the news this morning that the landing had been successful. It is an awesome achievement and testament to human skill and creativity.

5 Achilles Tang  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 10:53:12am

The choreography of all this, with the lander and two satellites in just the right place at the right minute is just as amazing as the lander itself.

6 b_Snark  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 10:54:15am
7 b_Snark  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 10:55:25am

re: #5 Achilles Tang

The choreography of all this, with the lander and two satellites in just the right place at the right minute is just as amazing as the lander itself.

I smell a conspiracy.

8 Daniel Ballard  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 10:57:07am

This is like two aimed bullets with one taking a picture of the other. Amazing math, science, and a little old fashioned luck.

9 S'latch  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 10:57:53am

I can't believe this thing landed successfully. When I heard how complicated the plan was, I did not think it would be possible.

10 erik_t  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 10:59:12am

Watching the Pathfinder landing in 1997, the whole thing had a very extemporized feeling. If we get data, then it worked! If we don't, it didn't.

Last night, I don't think there was more than 30 seconds without some sort of update. They even had telemetry during the skycrane insanity brilliance, FFS.

We've come a long way. I don't expect to habitually lose Mars landers anymore.

11 Destro  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:00:56am

USA! USA! USA!

12 b_Snark  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:03:08am

re: #10 erik_t

Watching the Pathfinder landing in 1997, the whole thing had a very extemporized feeling. If we get data, then it worked! If we don't, it didn't.

Last night, I don't think there was more than 30 seconds without some sort of update. They even had telemetry during the skycrane insanity brilliance, FFS.

We've come a long way. I don't expect to habitually lose Mars landers anymore.

The more the onboard computers can do the less we have to rely on controlling the landing with a significant communication delay.

13 danarchy  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:03:34am

re: #10 erik_t

Watching the Pathfinder landing in 1997, the whole thing had a very extemporized feeling. If we get data, then it worked! If we don't, it didn't.

Last night, I don't think there was more than 30 seconds without some sort of update. They even had telemetry during the skycrane insanity brilliance, FFS.

We've come a long way. I don't expect to habitually lose Mars landers anymore.

It's as soon as you start to feel like these things are routine that the next space shuttle challenger comes along to make you realize just how easy it is for any one of these missions to go wrong. Watching the landing last night it was striking how even a minor mistake in any part of the landing sequence could cost years of work and billions of dollars.

14 Destro  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:05:04am

So who won the debate for unmanned Mars missions? Lots of small cheaply made (though with high rate of failure and short lifespan) robots exploring Mars or the big expensive one at a time robots exploring Mars?

15 Destro  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:05:52am

re: #13 danarchy

It's as soon as you start to feel like these things are routine that the next space shuttle challenger comes along to make you realize just how easy it is for any one of these missions to go wrong. Watching the landing last night it was striking how even a minor mistake in any part of the landing sequence could cost years of work and billions of dollars.

But no lives lost with robot missions. And money spent on this even for failed missions is not down the drain.

16 lawhawk  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:05:53am

Think about how this photo was done.

You had one space orbiter, which was launched from Earth in 2005 to orbit another planet hundreds of millions of miles away to study it - the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The MRO has been orbit for a couple of years, and once the Curiosity probe was scheduled to reach Mars, the MRO team figured out how to catch Curiosity on the way down and sent the MRO instructions on where and how to photo it with one of its camera systems. They had it timed right to be in the right time and place. And no one would know whether they got it right until minutes after it happened.

The MRO is now used as a communications relay for use by Curiosity, in addition to ongoing photo surveys of the planet.

It's an astounding photo showing the precision of science and technology.

17 freetoken  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:06:45am

re: #14 Destro

I don't remember that being a "debate".

Overall, for space exploration missions there have been plenty of debates on whether to fund more, smaller projects, or fewer, bigger ones.

But the idea of having roving science laboratories on Mars wasn't really up for debate, IIRC.

18 TDG2112  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:06:53am

Do we have our Ambition back?

19 erik_t  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:07:09am

re: #13 danarchy

It's as soon as you start to feel like these things are routine that the next space shuttle challenger comes along to make you realize just how easy it is for any one of these missions to go wrong. Watching the landing last night it was striking how even a minor mistake in any part of the landing sequence could cost years of work and billions of dollars.

There's a pretty big gulf between expecting failure and considering something routine. That's a point that NASA needs to emphasize.

20 Eventual Carrion  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:08:19am

re: #3 freetoken

Was this done by the same studio that faked the moon "landings"?

Prob a different one since they had to kill all those involved in that coverup.

21 lawhawk  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:08:46am

re: #14 Destro

There were some systems that were on the drawing boards before smaller, faster, and cheaper was instituted.

And Spirit and Opportunity were part of the SFC mantra - and they outlived their mission life by years (Opportunity is still working). They were meant to have 90 day mission life. Opportunity has been working consistently since it landed in 2004. Spirit stopped sending back a signal in 2010.

22 [deleted]  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:11:59am
23 Our Precious Bodily Fluids  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:13:01am

re: #20 RayFerd

Prob a different one since they had to kill all those involved in that coverup.

And the ones that killed them were themselves killed in WTC2 when Dick Cheney set off the controlled demolition charges.

24 Our Precious Bodily Fluids  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:14:35am

re: #21 lawhawk

Spirit stopped sending back a signal in 2010.

[Link: xkcd.com...]

25 freetoken  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:14:35am

Some interesting reading:

Arctic storm part 1: in progress

27 Eventual Carrion  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:16:19am

re: #23 Temporarily Embarrassed Millionaire

And the ones that killed them were themselves killed in WTC2 when Dick Cheney set off the controlled demolition charges.

Oh what a vicious web we weave. Pretty soon people will be disappearing just because they were talking abou

28 Tumulus11  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:19:27am

. RayFerd ?

29 b_Snark  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:23:16am

re: #28 Tumulus11

. RayFerd ?

He's been transported up to the mother ship for a mind wipe.

30 Tumulus11  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:26:45am

. Returning as a Republican ?

31 b_Snark  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:28:32am

re: #30 Tumulus11

. Returning as a Republican ?

Manchurian candidate.

32 Kragar  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:28:57am

All done on a sound stage, so eggheads can sponge taxpayer dollars meant for school vouchers or defending marriage from dangerous homosexuals.

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33 b_Snark  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:30:44am

re: #32 Kragar

All done on a sound stage, so eggheads can sponge taxpayer dollars meant for school vouchers or defending marriage from dangerous homosexuals.

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Egghead - Image: 220px-Alienigena.jpg

34 Eventual Carrion  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:31:49am

re: #33 b_sharp

Egghead - Image: 220px-Alienigena.jpg

Aaaahhhhh, Not another probe, no more probes!

35 b_Snark  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:35:28am

re: #34 RayFerd

Aaaahhhhh, Not another probe, no more probes!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anal_probing

36 Tumulus11  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:36:35am

. You OK, Rayferd ?
You haven't changed or anything ... have you ?

37 bubba zanetti  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:37:49am

re: #26 Learned Mother of Zion

Wingnuts making fun of POTUS and NASA and sciency stuff they don't understand

Pardon me while I rage.

38 Big Steve  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:38:17am
Mars has become an ever nearer neighbor, a province of human knowledge. - John Updike
39 Eventual Carrion  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:39:19am

re: #36 Tumulus11

. You OK, Rayferd ?
You haven't changed or anything ... have you ?

I've found god, and she is not happy.

40 Vicious Babushka  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:40:39am

BWAHAHA Mitt can't win

41 Our Precious Bodily Fluids  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:41:09am

re: #34 RayFerd

Aaaahhhhh, Not another probe, no more probes!

Come on, only up to the first knuckle. Just the tip.

42 b_Snark  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:43:38am

re: #39 RayFerd

I've found god, and she is not happy.

God, she's ugly.

43 erik_t  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:44:27am

re: #40 Learned Mother of Zion

Bryan Fischer: Romney AWOL on Chick-fil-A, wrong on the Boy Scouts - RIGHTLYCONCERNED.COM: afa.net/Blogs/BlogPost…

Romney was too chicken to take any actions regarding Chick-Fil-A.

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44 Eventual Carrion  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:45:37am

re: #41 Temporarily Embarrassed Millionaire

Come on, only up to the first knuckle. Just the tip.

That's what they all say at the beginning, then it's bruised prostate pain for 3 days.

45 Big Joe Ghazi  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:45:42am

Romney trust continued investments in abortion, stem cells, China, Iran

Romney claims that he told the person running his blind trust to administer it in a way consistent with his public positions on issues.

That was the first mistake. Romney has taken every side of most hot-button issues, so which way should the trust go?

Second, it should have been clear that Romney meant consistent with his new-found conservative values. In that case, it shouldn't take a rock scientist to figure out that the "morning after pill," which conservatives consider a no-no, is off-limits. But Romney invested. Or stem cell research (again he invested). Or in Chinese companies (they even had the word "China" in their names!). Or companies that do business with Iran.

Oopsie.

46 Sol Berdinowitz  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:46:10am

re: #40 Learned Mother of Zion

BWAHAHA Mitt can't win

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My criteria for a presidential candidate: a clear and firm stance on anti-gay fast-food chains

48 ReamWorks SKG  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:56:01am

Who cares about the Mars Rover when there's BOBAK FERDOWSI

[Link: www.google.com...]

49 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:56:38am

O.T. A little bit of humor.

Proof of AGW

50 Mostly sane, most of the time.  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:00:01pm

Comment posted by a teenager I know this morning: (No, not one of mine)

HOLY BAJEEBUS GUYS. I JUST TURNED ON A LIVE STREAM OF SOME NASA NERDS TALKING SCIENCE. AND THEY ARE RECEIVING IMAGES OF WHAT SEEMS TO BE A ROBOT ON MARS. A FREAKING ROBOT!! ON MARS!! THIS IS INCREDIBLE!!! THEY FOUND A ROBOT LIVING ON MARS!!! A ROBOT! A... robot... Oh. We sent the robot there... that's cool I guess.

51 jaunte  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:00:45pm

Charles P. Pierce:

The RNC Has a Bad Case of the Unpopulars

"...the names of the speakers for the upcoming Republican National Convention are beginning to leak out, and what an array of powerhouses they are."

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley!
Florida Governor (and one time Medicare scam artist) Rick Scott!
Ohio Governor John Kasich!

"Ours will be a world-class convention, worthy of the next president of the United States, and these speakers — and those that will be announced later — will help make it a truly memorable and momentous event," Priebus said.

52 Targetpractice  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:02:05pm

re: #51 jaunte

Charles P. Pierce:

The RNC Has a Bad Case of the Unpopulars

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley!
Florida Governor (and one time Medicare scam artist) Rick Scott!
Ohio Governor John Kasich!

Three of the most unpopular governors in the US. What, did Scott Walker decline?

53 jaunte  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:02:29pm
54 freetoken  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:02:40pm
55 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:02:45pm

That photo is obviously a fake, everyone knows that it supposedly "landed" at night, yet that picture was taken during the daytime!!!

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56 erik_t  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:03:22pm

re: #52 Targetpractice

Three of the most unpopular governors in the US. What, did Scott Walker decline?

The funny thing is, I can't name any better names.

The GOP doesn't have a case of the unpopulars. The GOP is a case of the unpopulars.

57 Lidane  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:03:38pm

re: #45 Big Joe

Romney trust continued investments in abortion, stem cells, China, Iran

Oopsie.

The reactions to that on the right will be fun. Heh.

58 iossarian  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:04:22pm

re: #53 jaunte

Lol.

Keep gubmint out of NASA!

59 SpaceJesus  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:05:57pm

re: #53 jaunte

ah yes, nasa, fine example of private enterprise

60 freetoken  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:06:26pm

re: #53 jaunte

lol indeed.

Shortly after the landing this "you didn't" meme was being applied to all sorts of wingnut write-ups, wingnuts who want to beat their chest about Curiosity being an American triumph but somehow ignoring that it was a massive group effort.

All the while, at the NASA press conference last night, the speakers were explaining how many years and how many people were involved, the amount of government money involved, etc.

61 Sol Berdinowitz  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:07:18pm

re: #57 Lidane

The reactions to that on the right will be fun. Heh.

they have already kicked in. these people know no compromise, only ideology

62 Targetpractice  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:07:32pm

re: #56 erik_t

The funny thing is, I can't name any better names.

The GOP doesn't have a case of the unpopulars. The GOP is a case of the unpopulars.

Nikki Haley, Rick Scott, John Kasich, and Chris Christie as the main attraction.

I'll take "Political Trainwrecks" for $1000, Alex.

63 Charles Johnson  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:07:43pm
64 Neutral President  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:08:22pm

re: #40 Learned Mother of Zion

BWAHAHA Mitt can't win

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LOLWUT...

This is stupendously wrong-headed on the governor’s part, since social research has revealed that homosexuals sexually offend against minors at exaggerated rates. In fact, according to research published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, they are ten times more likely to molest children than heterosexual men.

ORLY... I'm pretty sure the source for that was not a peer reviewed scientific journal, but rather his rectum. He name drops a journal but has no references to what articles or studies, etc that made this claim.

When he's preaching to the choir, they will of course eat this bullshit up like it's a Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich with Special Homophobe Sauce... so I guess it does not matter. He's not convincing anyone not already brainwashed of anything.

65 Vicious Babushka  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:10:23pm

ZOMG WTF

OK, here's something even stupider than men buying pre-smudged glasses.

66 Lidane  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:10:31pm

re: #59 SpaceJesus

ah yes, nasa, fine example of private enterprise

Private enterprise and the invisible hand of the free market at work.

67 freetoken  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:10:42pm

re: #63 Charles Johnson

Dimmest crows on the internet.

68 SpaceJesus  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:11:02pm

re: #63 Charles Johnson

who the hell is obamee?

69 TDG2112  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:11:35pm

re: #54 freetoken

Your excuse for anything today

Actually my daughter and I were up all night at Griffith Park Observatory for the landing party. But this is good enough too.

70 Gus  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:11:47pm

re: #65 Learned Mother of Zion

ZOMG WTF

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OK, here's something even stupider than men buying pre-smudged glasses.

You ever get the urge to grab somebody's glass and clean the lenses for them?

71 jaunte  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:12:01pm

re: #65 Learned Mother of Zion

What a day; geniuses running an experiment on Mars, and idiots worried about sharia cereal.

72 Vicious Babushka  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:12:09pm

re: #70 Gus

You ever get the urge to grab somebody's glass and clean the lenses for them?

Just mine.

73 Vicious Babushka  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:12:52pm

re: #71 jaunte

What a day; geniuses running an experiment on Mars, and idiots worried about sharia cereal.

And other idiots buying pre-smudged eyeglasses so they don't see Teh Slutz when they walk in the street.

74 Neutral President  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:13:04pm

re: #70 Gus

You ever get the urge to grab somebody's glass and clean the lenses for them?

Yes, and it takes a Herculean amount of willpower to not do so.

75 jaunte  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:13:34pm

re: #73 Learned Mother of Zion

Just a little tape over the eyelids should work fine.

76 Lidane  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:14:04pm

re: #68 SpaceJesus

who the hell is obamee?

Barack Obama's redneck cousin, I guess.

77 Gus  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:14:37pm

re: #74 ArchangelMichael

Yes, and it takes a Herculean amount of willpower to not do so.

I know. It's like you're talking to some old dude and looking at these massive thumbprints on his lenses. "Dude, let me wash those for you."

78 Vicious Babushka  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:14:50pm

re: #75 jaunte

Just a little tape over the eyelids should work fine.

Vaseline rubbed on the lenses works just as well as pre-smudged.

79 Neutral President  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:15:20pm

re: #65 Learned Mother of Zion

ZOMG WTF

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OK, here's something even stupider than men buying pre-smudged glasses.

If we have a side of bacon with our cereal does it cancel out teh islam??/?

80 freetoken  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:15:31pm

Getting some play on the internet today:

Black and White Photography of Ester Bubley

Perhaps her images of children are prophecies of our future under our glibertarian "freedom".

81 makeitstop  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:19:01pm

re: #52 Targetpractice

Three of the most unpopular governors in the US. What, did Scott Walker decline?

He'll probably be Mitt's VP pick.

(Half joking, although it wouldn't surprise me)

82 freetoken  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:19:08pm

Finally, some criticism of media show:

Muller’s media circus

83 freetoken  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:19:54pm

One last little bit of news today that left me a bit cold:

Cossacks to crack down on migrants in Russia

84 Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:19:54pm

If you haven't seen it I highly recommend the movie God Bless America

85 Gus  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:23:48pm

What the fuck is wrong with these people?

86 Gus  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:24:51pm
87 Our Precious Bodily Fluids  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:25:30pm

re: #80 freetoken

Getting some play on the internet today:

Black and White Photography of Ester Bubley

Perhaps her images of children are prophecies of our future under our glibertarian "freedom".

She's a bit like a humane version of Diane Arbus.

88 lawhawk  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:27:04pm

Contributors to Curiosity by ZIP Code.

And among those entities involved in the mission, including those putting together the experiment packages:
Lead contractors - Boeing and Lockheed Martin
NASA (federal agency - contracting agency)
JPL (federally funded arm managed by Cal-Tech, overseeing the mission)
Los Alamos (experiment package)
Spanish Ministry of Education and Science (Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS)).
Canadian Space Agency (Alpha-particle X-ray spectrometer (APXS))
David Blake at NASA Ames Research Center and the NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (CheMin instrument)

One instrument was provided by the Russian goverment - Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons.

Oh, and the power system for the rover is 11kg of plutonium 238, which was provided by the US Department of Energy.

So, this is a program involving thousands of people in both public and private enterprises as well as academia and foreign nations.

89 allegro  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:27:24pm

re: #85 Gus

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Fox News doesn't think Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas is patriotic white enough.

The truth, it comes out.

90 Neutral President  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:28:17pm

re: #85 Gus

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What the fuck is wrong with these people?

Apparently in the FOX district of Großwingnutten:

Being an alternate who wasn't even supposed to make it, and going on to win the gold medal against all odds isn't American Exceptionalism. Wearing the American flag is.

91 Mostly sane, most of the time.  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:28:26pm

re: #85 Gus

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What the fuck is wrong with these people?

So, giving God credit wasn't enough. She should have thrown Betsy Ross in there, too?

92 iossarian  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:29:20pm

What we need here in Murca is MOAR JINGOISM.

Because we don't have enough already.

93 Gus  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:30:39pm

re: #91 Mostly sane, most of the time.

So, giving God credit wasn't enough. She should have thrown Betsy Ross in there, too?

I know. I heard about that so I would have thought... They're such a bunch of angry, disgruntled old farts over there. It's like Fox News is made for Freeepers.

94 wrenchwench  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:32:56pm

re: #86 Gus

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Someone give that man a dictionary, dog-eared on the page with 'jingoism'.

95 Neutral President  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:33:22pm

My complaint was not that she wasn't wearing red, white, and blue... but that the magenta color was so... LOUD. The amount of pink in that building was just a little over the top.

96 Gus  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:34:18pm
97 Our Precious Bodily Fluids  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:35:16pm
98 iossarian  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:37:30pm

I would like to leak the following from the Fox News-sponsored US Olympic Team's athlete handbook, 2016 edition:

Section 3.1: Proper behavior upon winning event

1) Give the glory to god
2) Clarify that you mean the god who produced baby Jesus, not Brown People god
3) Endorse Chik-Fil-A
4) Thank your coaches
5) But then point out that you did all this by yourself, without anyone else's help
6) Deny that you ever used any roads or post office services in the course of preparing for the Olympics
7) Give the glory to god again, while pointing to your team-standard Chik-Fil-A tattoo

99 Obdicut  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:37:43pm

re: #96 Gus

Looks like Fox is attacking black US Olympic athletes.

How patriotic.

100 wrenchwench  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:38:18pm

re: #96 Gus

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I'd like to transport those assholes back to the 1968 Olympics and show them some fists in the air above the podium.

101 makeitstop  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:39:33pm

OT: Gibson Guitars agrees to pay a fine for illegally importing wood.

Didn't Henry Juszkiewicz go on Beck's show and vow to fight this to the bitter end?

The phrase 'caught dead to rights' comes to mind.

102 funky chicken  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:39:55pm

re: #52 Targetpractice

Three of the most unpopular governors in the US. What, did Scott Walker decline?

Wow. Maybe Walker's the veep selectee.

103 Gus  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:40:07pm

re: #100 wrenchwench

I'd like to transport those assholes back to the 1968 Olympics and show them some fists in the air above the podium.

I'm thinking Fox News would have loved the 1936 Olympics.

Yes, I said that. ;)

104 makeitstop  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:41:21pm

re: #102 funky chicken

Wow. Maybe Walker's the veep selectee.

GMTA

105 Mostly sane, most of the time.  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:41:29pm

I watched the video of her dancing.

It's a quick little shuffle, nothing lewd or taunting.

I see no problem.

Lots of people do a little shuffle.

She was also wearing blue; should we call her on that?

106 Jadewater  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:42:16pm

I missed something. Why isn't Gabby supposedly not patriotic enough?

107 lawhawk  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:42:38pm

re: #97 Temporarily Embarrassed Millionaire

108 Jadewater  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:44:16pm

re: #107 lawhawk

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Have I ever said how much I love George Takei? No? Okay now I have. :D

109 wrenchwench  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:44:39pm

re: #106 Jadewater

I missed something. Why isn't Gabby supposedly not patriotic enough?

They didn't like the color of her ... leotard.

110 Mostly sane, most of the time.  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:44:45pm

re: #106 Jadewater

I missed something. Why isn't Gabby supposedly not patriotic enough?

She did not wrap herself in the flag and scream "USA! USA!"

She just gave the credit to God, which is apparently not enough.

Also, her hair looked fine. No gymnast looks ready for the magazine cover when she is competing.

111 makeitstop  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:45:59pm

re: #105 Mostly sane, most of the time.

I watched the video of her dancing.

It's a quick little shuffle, nothing lewd or taunting.

I see no problem.

Lots of people do a little shuffle.

She was also wearing blue; should we call her on that?

But, but.... Crip walk!!11ty!

112 erik_t  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:46:31pm

re: #102 funky chicken

Wow. Maybe Walker's the veep selectee.

Would this require his resignation as governor?

Wouldn't that break my heart...

113 makeitstop  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:48:05pm

re: #112 erik_t

Would this require his resignation as governor?

Wouldn't that break my heart...

Only if he wins, I think. And that would break my heart.

114 Gus  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:49:00pm

re: #106 Jadewater

I missed something. Why isn't Gabby supposedly not patriotic enough?

Not enough red, white, and blue. Literally...

Host Alisyn Camerota suggests that perhaps Americans are less vociferous than we once were about draping ourselves in the flag because our exuberance made other countries uncomfortable. "Do you buy that theory?" she asked:

No, I don't. And frankly, why should we? Every country has the right to cheer for their team. I've been to English soccer matches. And I'm sure that the English men and women are out there cheering loudly in the pubs, and having a great time. And they should. Spain to their team, Greeks for their team, any country. But America is America, and we are a very nationalistic nation.

We've also lost over time that jingoistic feeling. You know, the National Anthem, we sing it at baseball games. I think the National Anthem should be followed with, "Play ball." It's kind of an American thing. We've lost a little of that, you know, saying The Pledge of Allegiance. And I think that plays over into some of this soft acceptance. You know what? Red, white and blue -- wear it. Wave it. Be proud to be an American. It's not a political issue. But they make it a social issue...

There's a meaning behind the red, white, and blue. It's been lost in time. The field of stars. You know, the blood that's been shed. And that's what we need to focus on, and get that out in our country.

115 iossarian  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:50:26pm

re: #114 Gus

Excuse me - was she trying to say that Americans don't celebrate vociferously enough when they win stuff?

I may have to go and lie down.

116 Daniel Ballard  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:50:27pm

re: #101 makeitstop

I would not dismiss Gibson's point over who spared some air time. Gibson got screwed by uneven and nonsensical enforcement of the Lacey act. I have done a few Pages on this, read quite a bit in detail.

117 erik_t  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:50:48pm

re: #113 makeitstop

Only if he wins, I think. And that would break my heart.

Local laws may vary on this point. I'm not up to snuff on Wisconsin electoral law.

118 wrenchwench  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:51:34pm

re: #114 Gus

Not enough red, white, and blue. Literally...

There's a meaning behind the red, white, and blue. It's been lost in time. The field of stars. You know, the blood that's been shed. And that's what we need to focus on, and get that out in our country.

...

Because the balance beam of liberty must occasionally be watered with the blood of American gymnasts.

119 makeitstop  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:52:06pm

Host Alisyn Camerota

WTF is it with Fox newsreaders mis-spelling their own damn names, anyway?

120 Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:53:03pm

ROFLMAO

121 makeitstop  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:54:22pm

re: #116 Daniel Ballard

I would not dismiss Gibson's point over who spared some air time. Gibson got screwed by uneven and nonsensical enforcement of the Lacey act. I have done a few Pages on this, read quite a bit in detail.

But the point stands. With the price of the confiscated wood, the fine and the donation to Fish & Wildlife, Gibson's laying out nearly a half million bucks here.

A privately held company doesn't take a hit like that if they're innocent, IMO.

(And I say this as someone who owns nearly a dozen Gibsons.)

122 sffilk  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:54:54pm

Major coolness!

123 Gus  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:55:14pm

re: #118 wrenchwench

...

Freedumb fries!!11ty

124 abolitionist  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 1:03:57pm

re: #103 Gus

I'm thinking Fox News would have loved the 1936 Olympics.

Yes, I said that. ;)

Except for that Jesse Owens guy, I'd bet.

125 lawhawk  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 1:06:23pm

Usain Bolt shows some respect to Jamaican-American runner when American national anthem plays in midst of interview:

That's classy.

126 danarchy  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 1:10:28pm

re: #120 Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance

Who knew cheerios were so flammable, they should put a warning on those things.

Also, stupid people shouldn't play with fire...

127 Jadewater  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 1:11:49pm

So. For some strange reason I decided to delve into the sewer and see what the folks at Stormfront had to say about the shooting. I didn't get past the topic listing though except to quickly scan one that talked about stop eating chocolate (since much cocoa comes from Africa). Chocolate sellers be assured though as apparently racist love of chocolate will outweigh any possible racial taint.

Then I close the site. Eyyuuuu. Just the thread titles are awful.

128 aagcobb  Mon, Aug 6, 2012 1:55:48pm

re: #86 Gus

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If she was patriotic, she would spontaneously become paler./


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