I’ll be watching…
NASA’s largest Mars rover, Curiosity, is scheduled to land on Mars in perhaps the most complex landing on an alien world since space exploration began, according to the Guardian.
NASA spent $2.5 billion on the project, and will explore whether the planet has ever had the potential to support life. “Whether life has existed on Mars is an open question that this mission, by itself, is not designed to answer,” NASA wrote in a press release. “However, if this mission finds that the field site in Gale Crater has had conditions favorable for habitability and for preserving evidence about life, those findings can shape future missions that would bring samples back to Earth for life-detection tests or for missions that carry advanced life-detection experiments to Mars. In this sense, the Mars Science Laboratory is the prospecting stage in a step-by-step program of exploration, reconnaissance, prospecting and mining evidence for a definitive answer about whether life has existed on Mars.”
Watch live, broadcast on UStream on Aug. 5.
Let the (political) games
The “you didn’t build that controversy” that Republicans have fabricated using out-of-context quotes in a solidarity speech given by our President has taken a new, and shameful, turn. The Republican National Committee sent a birthday cake to the Democratic National Committee on Friday, which the DNC promptly sent back.
As seen above, the cake has “You Didn’t Bake This” written on it, a play on the misquoted “You Didn’t Build This” speech. I must note that no, Obama didn’t bake the cake. The bakery that DID bake it, though, no doubt had help from the farmers that produced the wheat and other ingredients, the dairy farmers who milked the cows, and the chicken farmers that collected the eggs. They also must have had help from the RNC in moving their product, because a business is nothing without customers.
The Republican continuance of this so-called “controversy” shows an enormous depth of what can only be called stupidity.
Apparently the DNC has teeth too, though, striking back in a hilarious way: “This is typical of Mitt Romney’s approach to the middle class,” DNC spokeswoman Melanie Roussell told The Hill. “He wants to ‘Let them eat cake!’ while robbing them blind. We sent the cake back to the RNC, along with a copy of the Tax Center’s report on Mitt Romney’s tax plan.”
An article referring that study can be found here.
Way to stay classy Reince Priebus…
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus today deflected Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) calls for Mitt Romney to release more tax returns by resorting to outright name-calling.
On ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Priebus first said he would not respond to the comments and seconds later launched into a personal attack on Reid:
PRIEBUS: As far as Harry Reid is concerned, listen, I know you might want to go down that road, I’m not going to respond to a dirty liar, who hasn’t filed a single page of tax returns himself, complains about people with money, but lives in the Ritz-Carlton here down the street. So if that’s on the agenda, I’m not going to go there. This is just a made-up issue. The fact that we’re going to spend any time talking about it is just ridiculous.
STEPHANOPOULOS: You say you’re not gonna respond, but you just called him “a dirty liar.” You stand by that? You think Harry Reid is a “dirty liar?”
PRIEBUS: I just said it.
Watch the video:
Assuming Priebus meant to say that Reid has not publicly released his tax returns, it is worth noting that given the level of the office, most successful presidential nominees have released their tax returns since the 1970s. The same tradition does not apply to those in Congress and Reid has never been a presidential candidate.
Reid, citing an anonymous source, claimed this week that Romney may not have paid any taxes for 10 years.
On Friday, Romney himself dismissed Reid’s attacks, lamenting the tone of the campaign. Hesaid “I had hoped it would be a debate about the direction of the country. What we’re seeing instead is one attack after the other — misleading, false attacks.”