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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Ten questions Floridians should ask Newt Gingrich

Newt sees the moon as a place to be - lunacy for lunar politics
Newt Gingrich is a wily old cove. He is also a bit of a lachrymose crocodile and at times a rodent in need of a scrub. James Cagney would have recognised him on occasions given some of the things he says. Anyway, seeing as Newt has more fantasies than factual policies, these are the ten best questions I think those in Florida thinking of voting for Newt should either ask him or ask themselves. Just so they are certain he's their man.

1. Is the moon made of green cheese?
2. Do you speak French?
3. Can an African-American president be a European socialist?
4. Is it OK to seek fidelity in your opponents whilst philandering yourself?
5. How big can the national debt get before you return your blind eye?
6. Does the Constitution (for which you are for) hold everything a government requires to govern?
7. Is extra-constitutional lawmaking ever justified?
8. Do you prefer big or small government?
9. Have you ever consorted with lobbyists?
10.Was working for Freddie Mac a wholely satisfying experience?

If asked in a deep and searching way these questions might reveal something of the true nature of Mr.Gingrich. None are in the "casting the first stone" category, but they are my idea of illiciting something from the waffling rhetoric and status quo talk he's been offering so far.

Anyway, it's not up to me. It's up to the good folk of Florida who happen to support the Republican Party.  I trust that they choose wisely today.

Oh, and for all Newt fans, moongazers, amateur lunatics, et al, this is for you. Mixing moonlight with Valentine's Day!

PS - It's all very innocent.


I first heard Gingrich give a speech at the World Science Fiction Convention in 1983 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. In case you are wondering, Newt does believe -- and has for a long time -- in a human destiny in space. He's even written books about it. Window of Opportunity, for example.

It's almost 30 years since then. Some young idealists interested in space exploration have learned a few things. Some have not. Today we don't even know whether humans can live on the Moon. Visit briefly, yes. Live there? Lunar gravity is 1/6 that of Earth. People who spend six months on the International Space Station suffer things like bone mass loss. It takes these rather fit human beings three years to recover their normal health after returning.

I can see a future where, perhaps centuries from how, we humans learn enough to be able to live in places other than the surface of Earth. Perhaps the beings who do this will only be some sort of relatives of today's humans. But a permanent lunar base in 2020? Count me a bit skeptical.

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