Ground control to Ray Bradbury.
Is it just me or does anyone else think the world is weirder than usual right now? Here’s something else that supports my theory: the author of one of my youthful favorites, Fahrenheit 451 is sounding downright cranky and teabaggerish over the US and A’s failure to<drum roll> colonize the moon.I shit you not:
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From theLos Angeles Times:
Ray Bradbury is mad at President Obama, but it’s not about the
economy, the war or the plan to a construct a mosque near Ground Zero in
New York City.
“He should be announcing that we should go back to the moon,” says the
iconic author, whose 90th birthday on Aug. 22 will be marked inLos Angeles
with more than week’s worth of Bradbury film and TV screenings,
tributes and other events. “We should never have left there. We should
go to the moon and prepare a base to fire a rocket off to Mars and then
go to Mars and colonize Mars. Then when wedo that, we will live
The man who wrote “Fahrenheit 451,” “Something Wicked This Way Comes,”
“The Martian Chronicles,” “Dandelion Wine”and “The Illustrated Man” has
been called one of America’s great dreamers, but his imagination takes
him to some dark places when it comes to contemporary politics.
“I think our country is in need of a revolution,” Bradbury said. “There is too muchgovernment today. We’ve got to remember the government should be by the people, of the people and for the people.”
Sorry for linking to theNRO but being a blogger is a dirty job and the LA Times can be hinky about linky sometimes if you catch my drift. (Where’sOtis Chandler when you need him? Oh yeah, he’s dead. Never mind.) Just thinking about the pompous creeps who currently run the National Review makes me feel unclean: I need to be deloused. Has anyone out there ever been deloused? I was once called delouse in my younger days but never DeLuise. Bradbury is sounding like derand, Ayn Rand.
Time for some misdirection. While I likeSpace Oddity as a post title, the Bowie song has not aged well. I liked it the first 10,000 times I heard it but enough’s enough. Instead, here’s a clip of the Tubes in their prime. I’ve had the KSAN radio show for years but didn’t know any of it had been filmed. The video quality’s even pretty good.
Space Baby you’ve got no planet:
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Colonize the moon? Perhaps we should send Ray Bradbury, John Voight and all the people at NRO to the moon. Where the hell is Ralph Kramden when you need him? To the moon, Alice, to the moon…
Cross-posted at Adrastos.