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Wed May 15, 2019, 05:13 PM

Ted Cruz says Space Force is necessary to prevent space pirates

Source: The Hill

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said at a subcommittee hearing that it was important to fund President Trump's proposed Space Force to prevent potential space pirates.

“Since the ancient Greeks first put to sea, nations have recognized the necessity of naval forces and maintaining a superior capability to protect waterborne travel and commerce from bad actors,” Cruz said Tuesday during a hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Space and Aviation for which he chairs.

“Pirates threaten the open seas, and the same is possible in space. In this same way, I believe we too must now recognize the necessity of a Space Force to defend the nation and to protect space commerce and civil space exploration,” Cruz said

The Trump administration's current plan to create Space Force would cost more than $2 billion to get off the ground, according to a report from the Congressional Budget Office. The report found that a Space Force military branch would need 5,400 to 7,800 in new personnel for overhead and management, adding more than $1 billion to the Pentagon's annual costs.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/443923-ted-cruz-says-space-force-is-necessary-to-prevent-space-pirates



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Reply Ted Cruz says Space Force is necessary to prevent space pirates (Original post)
left-of-center2012 Wednesday OP
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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 05:14 PM

1. WTF!!!!

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 05:15 PM

2. Make sure to load it with Christian non-scientists. God can provide all the answers it needs.

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Response to Freethinker65 (Reply #2)

Wed May 15, 2019, 05:30 PM

11. Right

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 05:16 PM

3. Space Force...

...because pirates.

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Response to TommyCelt (Reply #3)

Wed May 15, 2019, 05:36 PM

12. You never know where the threat from space will come from:

Fortunately, thanks to Texan Ted Cruz we'll always have Rocky Jones and the Space Rangers to protect us.



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Response to TommyCelt (Reply #3)

Thu May 16, 2019, 07:50 AM

52. ARRRRrrrgh!

Would somebody please put a belayin' pin over Teddy's jolly roger? Knock some sense into that nincompoop!

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Response to TommyCelt (Reply #3)

Thu May 16, 2019, 09:00 AM

56. If I can borrow/paraphrase from Al Franken's "The Truth...with Jokes"

Ted Cruz’s plan to fend off Space pirates is currently at the same point as the Malawi space program. It consists of a man, a bucket, and his dreams.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 05:17 PM

4. I'm starting to think that Musk, Bezos, etc. are abandoning Earth

And that all of their ideas about space are just to get ready. And Trump's Space Force will protect them.

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Response to More_Cowbell (Reply #4)

Thu May 16, 2019, 12:15 AM

42. Abandoning Earth

I am glad I am not the only person who thinks that.They realize the planet is doomed. The population, the natural resources are just about depleted. I believe the Bezo's, the Gates, the billionaire class realize climate change has gone too far to turned it around. I sincerely hope we are both mistaken.

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Response to ode2joi1 (Reply #42)

Thu May 16, 2019, 07:57 AM

53. Well, as Elton John used to say...

Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids.

Anyone who thinks that a better life awaits them somewhere else in the Solar System is nuts. Like it or not, we live in the very best place possible for life as we know it, which is why we shouldn't have trashed it.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 05:18 PM

5. No one

Will ever call republicans the “smart party” without smirking.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 05:20 PM

6. All of these Republican twits suffer from extreme

arrested development. Space Pirates...WTAF? It's like they are all in the tree house "He Man's Woman Haters Club" reading their comic books.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 05:21 PM

7. Is Ted in charge of reporting the first sighting

of the spaceship invasion? Are those cells inside Congressional building padded and playing Muzak
lullabies nonstop? Rhetorical question

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 05:22 PM

8. Send up some Space Cowboys!

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Response to jmbar2 (Reply #8)

Wed May 15, 2019, 05:55 PM

17. Bet you weren't ready for that!

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Response to jmbar2 (Reply #8)

Wed May 15, 2019, 07:16 PM

24. I've got just the man

/revision/latest?cb=20150201194945

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Response to jmbar2 (Reply #8)

Wed May 15, 2019, 07:23 PM

25. How about the orignal Space Cowboy


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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 05:23 PM

9. I'd like to be a Space Pirate!!

Sounds like it could be fun. 😏

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 05:25 PM

10. Here's one of them:

?

and his brother:

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 05:40 PM

13. Doesn't Cruz mean Ice Pirates?



Ted Cruz warns of space pirates, says Space Force is the answer

Even Elon Musk had a reaction to the senator's justification for a US Space Force.

By
Amanda Kooser

May 15, 2019 11:24 AM PDT

I saw the 1984 sci-fi movie Ice Pirates. I'm wondering if US senator Ted Cruz watched it, too. It wasn't a documentary.

Cruz, a Republican from Texas, alluded to space pirates in opening remarks on Tuesday for a hearing on "The Emerging Space Environment: Operational, Technical, and Policy Challenges" before the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation and Space.

Cruz referenced how the ancient Greeks and subsequent nations have called on naval forces to "protect water-borne travel and commerce from bad actors."

"Pirates threaten the open seas, and the same is possible in space," Cruz said. "In this same way, I believe we, too, must now recognize the necessity of a Space Force to defend the nation and to protect space commerce and civil space exploration."

More: https://www.cnet.com/news/ted-cruz-warns-of-space-pirates-says-space-force-is-the-answer/

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Response to csziggy (Reply #13)

Thu May 16, 2019, 09:01 AM

57. That's the first thing that leapt into my mind!

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 05:41 PM

14. Only Trump can save us!!!!!!!!

[link:|

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 05:43 PM

15. That's one of my favorite Alice Cooper songs!

SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE PI-RATES!!!!!!!!!!

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 05:46 PM

16. But what if we get Space Herpes?

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 05:57 PM

18. Aaaaargh!!! Shiver me space timbers!

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 06:02 PM

19. Speaking of bad actors,

Depp in "Pirates of the Cosmos."

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 06:13 PM

20. We don't need a space force, we need bounty hunters

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Response to Ellen Forradalom (Reply #20)

Thu May 16, 2019, 12:37 AM

45. +10

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Response to Ellen Forradalom (Reply #20)

Thu May 16, 2019, 12:00 PM

62. I'm looking forward to the live-action version of this show

(A friend of mine worked on it)

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 06:18 PM

21. 2 space aliens looking down on earth.

2 space aliens looking down on earth.
I see the dominant life form has developed space weapons.
Does this mean they are an emerging intelligence?
I don't think so. They have them aimed at themselves.
.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Reply #21)

Thu May 16, 2019, 08:15 AM

54. Reminds me of this classic...

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 06:41 PM

22. hem

where from the planet doom?

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 06:47 PM

23. Damn it

In all seriousness, how the hell am I supposed to tell the difference between satirical and real news with comments like this becoming all to frequent.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 07:31 PM

26. I wanna join the Space Pirates ...

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 07:34 PM

27. Ted Cruz is a pirate.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 07:38 PM

28. Spoken by a true space cadet

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 07:44 PM

29. You say a Space Pirate!

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 07:46 PM

30. also don't forget

space zombies!

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 07:59 PM

31. I kinda like space pirates...




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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 08:14 PM

32. ...

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 08:26 PM

33. Let's issue lettres of marque to Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, make them privateers.

They can go pillage and plunder any other space objects, keep a cut.

Our president seems keen on privatization of government functions. This is one.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 08:49 PM

34. Spousal reaction...."Reality has officially jumped the shark..."

Of course, I've suspected that since 2001. The GOP sold their souls along with their long-term thinking brain cells for glitter of detatched celebrity lifestyles since the Reagan era.

Haele

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 08:55 PM

35. Nothing worse than Klingons showing up uninvited to your barbecue

Right Ted?

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 09:00 PM

36. Let go let god Ted ... puleeeeeze.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 09:15 PM

37. There is stupid

And then there is Ted Cruz stupid!

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 09:24 PM

38. Space pirates, eh?

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Response to yellowcanine (Reply #38)

Wed May 15, 2019, 09:35 PM

39. wonder if they eat Green Ham???

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 11:00 PM

40. Ted really needs to lay off the space crack

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 11:06 PM

41. "Space pirates"?

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Thu May 16, 2019, 12:28 AM

43. Somebody should tell Cruz that The Ice Pirates (1984) wasn't a documentary.

Sheesh.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Thu May 16, 2019, 12:36 AM

44. Captain Harlock is real?!

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Thu May 16, 2019, 12:53 AM

46. Dread Pirate Roberts IN SPACE!

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Thu May 16, 2019, 01:12 AM

47. That's CAPTAIN Jack Spaceman!

Yo-ho, Yo-ho, the space pirate's life for me.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Thu May 16, 2019, 01:25 AM

48. He has a valid concern.... I've dealt with space pirates before

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Thu May 16, 2019, 02:41 AM

49. All your space are belong to us.

Ted Cruz is amazingly ill-equipped for his job.

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Response to truthisfreedom (Reply #49)

Thu May 16, 2019, 06:34 AM

50. He proves every time

He opens his mouth.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Thu May 16, 2019, 07:18 AM

51. Ahoy! Actual Space Pirate on the starboard bow, cap'n!



With ultra-modern slide-rule gripped between his teeth, for interplanetary navigation, because we don't hold with these new-fangled elecktronicks, arrrggghhh!

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Thu May 16, 2019, 08:45 AM

55. Worst. Ted Talk. Ever. .....What about SPACE ISIS?



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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Thu May 16, 2019, 09:15 AM

58. So Ted says we should fear this

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Thu May 16, 2019, 10:45 AM

59. You don't think Space Pirates are a real problem? Ask Admiral Kirk. He'll tell you.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Thu May 16, 2019, 11:02 AM

60. What a moron.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Thu May 16, 2019, 11:02 AM

61. Ted Cruz is starting to sound...

crazier than Louis Gohmert and that's something!

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