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An unmanned Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff from a facility in Virginia yesterday, with the total loss of a payload of food, water, and scientific experiments bound for the International Space Station. It was pretty spectacular:


No one was hurt in the crash, though there was significant damage on the ground. America's Top Political Analyst Donald Trump had some thoughts on the wider symbolic significance of the event:

The Antares rocket was developed and launched by Orbital Sciences Corporation, a private contractor that won a bid from NASA to deliver supplies to the space station. NASA, starting under GW Bush but increasingly under Obama, has been doing a lot of these private contractor things, and they've generally been pretty successful. Apparently, Mr. Trump is unaware of the tendency of highly volatile rocket fuel and oxidant to sometimes explode and crash to the ground in a fiery flameout, something you'd think the promoter of several bankrupt casinos, conspiracy theories, and a rumored but never-launched presidential campaign might understand.

Still, it's an excellent point: Why can't America be more like the glory days of Jack Kennedy, when failures of early rockets were so common that Bob Hope joked, "NASA launched another submarine today." Or Lyndon Johnson (Apollo 1 fire, 1967, three astronauts killed). Or Ronald Reagan (Challenger explosion, 1985, 7 astronauts killed). Or George W. Bush (Columbia disaster during re-entry, 8 astronauts killed).

Damn, Obama, you let a privately operated unmanned rocket explode with no injuries, you incompetent bastard.

Also, where's Buzz Aldrin when you need him?

(Twitter / CNN]

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What did we say this morning? Something about how "They want a war with Iran," and "Please do not listen to news reports about Trump telling his people to cool their jets with the Iran talk, because they want a war with Iran, and all they are looking for is their trigger"?

News came out early this morning that Iran shot down a US drone in the Strait of Hormuz, outside Iranian waters. Let's see what our president and his war-bonering GOP shitmouths in Congress have had to say about that:

Great. Just great. So what's happening now?

Awesome. Just splendid. Trump is having a cuddle party today with John Bolton (who's had a hard-on to bomb Iran since the Bush administration); Mike Pompeo (who's been making the rounds lying and saying Iran and al Qaeda are best friends, thus implying that it's very legal and very cool for Trump to strike Iran without congressional authorization, based on the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) Congress voted for five days after 9/11); and Patrick Shanahan, the outgoing acting Defense secretary, who will make way for another acting Defense secretary, because who needs real Defense secretaries? (The new guy, Mark Esper, is part of the meeting too.) And as Senator Schatz points out above, Trump is emotionally unstable and doesn't know dick about foreign policy, so it's just great that he's having an emergency meeting with these unhinged hawks about this right now.

Tell us what this all means, unhinged hawk Lindsey Graham!

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