by John A. Flushing CPW News Services Commentary
Sadly, the greatest missed opportunity of the Twentieth Century....hell, of all times....was when John F. Kennedy said from Houston's Rice Stadium on September 12, 1962..."President Pitzer, Mr. Vice President, Congressman Thomas, Senator Wiley and Congressmen Miller, Mr. Webb, Mr. Bell, scientists, distinguished guests, and ladies and gentlemen......This country was conquered by those who moved forward--and so will space." Of course, Dr. Pitzer had his nose so far up the Texas oil barons asses that he could smell nothing else as evidenced by his discrediting of Robert Oppenheimer, but here's the kicker....."We choose to go to the moon, not because it's easy, but because it's hard." And the greatest missed opportunity of ALL time: "And we choose to do it using only hydrogen fuel which we will then use to fuel our personal transportation systems on a clean planet!" Can you imagine the power of that vision unleashed in Houston where there is not yet the Al Gore Center for Global Warming next to the Burke Baker Planetarium and where Elon Musk and others have pinched the incense of earth's sold-out souls? Cambridge and Harvard would have easily housed the NASA program had JFK....a Roman Catholic within a tradition of denying anything other than the myth that the earth....and its carbon-based sludge pockets....are the center of the universe! There will be those who say....well, carbon fuels were ALL we had? Bull shit! We had the Hindenburg and it could have lifted Alan Shepherd over 20 miles before the hydrogen that lifted him there was used to propel the future astronauts to Tranquility Bay. If you don't think this is accurate go to Houston, Texas during rush hour and sit in traffic while crossing the hundreds of bayous that are natural right-of-ways for the high speed electric, magnetized trams that have never been built! Obviously JFK's head would have been blown off not in Dallas, but in Houston on that day, but what a proper and fitting sacrifice for a lost and disoriented humanity!