June 18, 2013, - 1:14 pm
Hey, it’s more of Barack Obama’s War on Men at work.
If you believe in the free market as I do, then you believe that the only restraints on what you can achieve and how far you can go should be the limits on your own talents and abilities. But affirmative action says something else. It mandates that if you aren’t of the right gender or ethnicity, your talents and skills are subverted to quotas and those who aren’t as qualified as you get a leg up if they had the luck of being born to the right preferred group. And so it goes with Barack Obama’s new crop of astronauts. The Obama Administration announced that half of the eight new astronauts picked by NASA are women. This isn’t because they were more qualified or even AS QUALIFIED as the men against whom they competed. It’s because they have female plumbing a/k/a vaginas and breasts.
I’m not sure that it matters much anyway, since our space program doesn’t really exist anymore without manned flights to the moon or elsewhere, while China is up-up-and-away into space. And, so, American astronauts are like grounded cowboys without horses or land. But, still, the fact is that the Obamaniks not only transformed NASA into a Muslim outreach program, but also into an affirmative action cesspool. 6,300 applicants applied to become astronauts, and the vast majority of that pool were men. Statistically, it’s highly unlikely that half those picked would be women if they were judged only on qualifications and merits and not on gender.
Below are the backgrounds of the eight new astronaut candidates. Although all are impressive, the women’s backgrounds are not nearly as impressive as those of the men, and it’s pretty obvious that there were four (and many more) other men among the 6,300 applicants who had more impressive credentials than the chick who’s hanging out in American Samoa or the one who flies a helicopter:
Josh A. Cassada, Ph. D., 39, is originally from White Bear Lake, Minn. Cassada is a former naval aviator who holds an undergraduate degree from Albion College, and advanced degrees from the University of Rochester, N.Y. Cassada is a physicist by training and currently is serving as co-founder and Chief Technology Officer for Quantum Opus.
Victor J. Glover, 37, Lt. Commander, U.S. Navy, hails from Pomona, Calif., and Prosper, Texas. He is an F/A-18 pilot and graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School. Glover holds degrees from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Air University and Naval Postgraduate School. He currently is serving as a Navy Legislative Fellow in the U.S. Congress.
Tyler N. Hague (Nick), 37, Lt. Colonel, U.S. Air Force, calls Hoxie, Kan., home. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, Edwards, Calif. Hague currently is supporting the Department of Defense as Deputy Chief of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization.
Christina M. Hammock, 34, calls Jacksonville, N.C. home. Hammock holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C. She currently is serving as National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Station Chief in American Samoa.
Nicole Aunapu Mann, 35, Major, U.S. Marine Corps, originally is from Penngrove, Calif. She is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Stanford (Calif.) University and the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, Patuxent River, Md. Mann is an F/A 18 pilot, currently serving as an Integrated Product Team Lead at the U.S. Naval Air Station, Patuxent River.
Anne C. McClain, 34, Major, U.S. Army, lists her hometown as Spokane, Wash. She is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.; the University of Bath and the University of Bristol, both in the United Kingdom. McClain is an OH-58 helicopter pilot, and a recent graduate of U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at Naval Air Station, Patuxent River.
Jessica U. Meir, Ph.D., 35 is from Caribou, Maine. She is a graduate of Brown University, has an advanced degree from the International Space University, and earned her doctorate from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Meir currently is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.
Andrew R. Morgan, M.D., 37, Major, U.S. Army, considers New Castle, Pa., home. Morgan is a graduate of The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and earned doctorate in medicine from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md. He has experience as an emergency physician and flight surgeon for the Army special operations community, and currently is completing a sports medicine fellowship.
So, does it matter that affirmative action based on gynecology is rampant at NASA, if we’re not going to the Moon again or having manned flights in space?
Yes, it matters. When you dumb down half the slots to meet sex-based quotas, you dumb down America. And, sadly, this continues to happen all over America, not just at NASA.
On the other hand, Barack Obama has decided our space program will be a space program in name only. And apparently mediocrity is as mediocrity does.
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