His Name Was Neil Armstrong

I didn’t originally intend to post about the passing of Neil Armstrong.  But it would seem many just don’t remember what he accomplished or the importance of the symbolism.  As the idiocy mounts, I feel compelled to enter the fray.

First up we have the geniuses at NBC who couldn’t even bother to get his name right at first.

I’m sure to the “journalists” at NBC that Young er Armstrong is just some old guy who did something scientific or something.  What, he died?  Oh, I guess we should write something about that before getting back to campaigning for Obama.  Speaking of Obama, here’s the picture he decided to post on his Tumblr account recognizing Armstrong.

The text is nice for sure.  But the best picture they could come up with was one of Obama staring at a tiny tiny moon.  Really?  How about an actual picture of Armstrong?  Or I don’t know the moon.  Or something like this?

As usual the comic xkcd managers to point out the failings of today’s society with the following comic:

The alt text is actually more interesting and relevant.

The universe is probably littered with the one-planet graves of cultures which made the sensible economic decision that there’s no good reason to go into space – each discovered, studied and remembered by the ones who made the irrational decision.

His name was Neil Armstrong.  He took one of the first steps in the most important journey this sorry species is every going to take.  I don’t care if the American government has the foresight to continue on that journey or the American people via private enterprise.  I just ask that people get out of the way and let the Neil-Armstrongs-to-be do what needs to be done.

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