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1 CuriousLurker  Sat, Jun 2, 2012 7:58:19pm

Sheesh, do ya' think Schumer could've been any more obnoxious about it?

2 jvic  Sat, Jun 2, 2012 8:00:49pm

In the mid-to-late 1960s an acquaintance was walking through Kendall Square, an area of high-tech companies near MIT, and he saw a huge cleared area. What's that? he asked. It was supposed to be NASA Headquarters, explained his companion. Kennedy wasn't even buried yet and Johnson switched it to Texas.

That doesn't entirely hold water because NASA HQ isn't in Houston: Mission Control is. But my acquaintance was adamant that, the moment JFK's patronage was gone, LBJ moved something significant from MA to TX.

And I don't dispute his head-shaking conclusion: Politics really is just that blatant.

3 SpaceJesus  Sat, Jun 2, 2012 8:48:25pm

Well, he does have a point. Who the fuck would ever want to go to Houston?

4 Daniel Ballard  Sat, Jun 2, 2012 11:37:30pm

re: #3 SpaceJesus

Screw Chuck Schumer. History tells us "Houston. we have a problem". Not New York, not anywhere else. Houston was and still is Mission Control.

5 researchok  Sun, Jun 3, 2012 12:50:44am

re: #1 CuriousLurker

Be nice.

Schumer has been working on obnoxious for decades.

6 Curt  Sun, Jun 3, 2012 5:49:16am

re: #2 jvic

And I don't dispute his head-shaking conclusion: Politics really is just that blatant.

And Robert Byrd got a USCG Facility built in West Virginia....part of his mission to get $1B of Federal spending for his state...

7 Gus  Sun, Jun 3, 2012 7:25:19am

re: #6 Curt

And Robert Byrd got a USCG Facility built in West Virginia...part of his mission to get $1B of Federal spending for his state...

The USCG has facilities across the country. This particular facility is for USCG software development. West Virginia also falls within Sector Ohio Vally of the USCG -- main HQ being in Louisville, KY. It is also the location of the Fiduciary agent of the Port Authority of WV Public Port Authority in Huntington, WV which is also the location of one of many Marine Safety Units for the USCG on the East Coast, 8th District. The western border of West Virginia is also the location of the Ohio River which is a navigable river subject to the purview of the USCG.

8 Gus  Sun, Jun 3, 2012 7:34:17am

The permanent display of the shuttle Enterprise (OV-101) on the USS Intrepid is the perfect place for providing an inspiration many young people in the highly dynamic NYC metropolitan area which is also visited by many tourists from here and abroad. Incidentally, OV-101 never made it into space.


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