Rush Limbaugh Exaggerates, Upset Over NASA’s “Bombing Of The Moon”

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Either jokingly or seriously, conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh warned that if NASA bombs the moon tomorrow it may set us up for “a retaliatory attack” from intelligent beings in the universe.

Here was his quote:

If there are smarter people than us out there — and, of course, goes without saying they would have to be — and they have brought peace throughout the universe except for earth and we’re bombing the moon, this could set up a retaliatory attack! You know, wait ’til the meteorites organize when they hear about this, folks.

NASA is in fact sending a Centaur rocket to our moon tomorrow for a mission into looking for water and ice on the moon’s surface. Rush, however, effectively exaggerated NASA’s mission.

“We are going to bomb the moon. NASA, Friday, tomorrow, we’re going to bomb the moon, no preconditions, no negotiations!” said Limbaugh on his show after taking a call from a listener who asked why the moon was being bombed on Friday. “What did the moon do to us? Is somebody up there on the moon doing things that only Obama knows about? We’re going to bomb the moon.”

NASA’s mission has been no secret. The explosion is meant to loosen up debris from one of the moon’s craters so that scientists can assess how much water and ice is there. According to NASA, finding water on the moon could save millions of dollars since transporting water from Earth to space is very costly. The water and ice also holds a lot of hydrogen, which could be used as fuel.

Here is a snippet from NASA on the mission of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS):

By going to the moon for extended periods of time, a new generation of explorers will learn how to work safely in a harsh environment. A lunar outpost is a stepping stone to future exploration of other bodies in our solar system. The moon also offers many clues about when the planets were formed.

Rush exaggerated the mission by even implying that NASA would be bombing the moon to test run a new bomb that the Department of Defense is acquiring: the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP). In a statement on Thursday, the Department of Defense announced that the military was getting a new bunker-busting bomb which would be able to destroy targets beneath the surface — something that bombs have not been able to do before.

This is a snippet from the DoD’s statement quoting the Pentagon’s spokesperson, Bryan Whitman:

At a hefty 30,000 pounds, the new penetrator bomb weighs almost 4 tons more than the U.S. military’s former heavyweight champion, the nearly 22,000-pound massive ordnance air blast conventional bomb, known by the acronym MOAB.

The massive penetrator bomb will be in a class by itself and represents a unique capability, Whitman said.

“We don’t have any other 30,000-pound bombs,” he said.

But the bomb that the DoD is acquiring is not the type of bomb NASA is using for their experiment on Friday. Note that for Rush to even suggest that NASA was going to use a bunker-busting bomb on the moon is irresponsible. What NASA is using it’s a Centaur stage rocket, which is used to launch ships into space and has been used for that purpose since the early 60′s.

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27 Responses to Rush Limbaugh Exaggerates, Upset Over NASA’s “Bombing Of The Moon”

  1. -7 Vote -1 Vote +1Bruce
    October 8, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Funny stuff! Limbaugh is funny, but it’s even more hilarious for the fact that you guys have literally no sense of irony or satire!

    • Vote -1 Vote +1Lady Libertas
      October 10, 2009 at 3:53 am

      I have to concur, Bruce – I thought this was tongue in cheek but apparently not.
      To the author – Your faux outrage at Rush is hilarious – at least I hope it is faux…you can’t be serious…can you?
      If you are, I heard that we are expecting Cheese Rain as a result of bombing the moon. really.

  2. -3 Vote -1 Vote +1Bruce
    October 8, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Let me be clear, rush is a douche, but posting this stuff just makes us look like douches too.

  3. -2 Vote -1 Vote +1Stphen Doherty
    October 8, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    For Dolores M. Bernal to write: “Note that for Rush to even suggest that NASA was going to use a bunker-busting bomb on the moon is irresponsible.” Shows she has no sence of humor (like Bruce said) and is irresponsible of her! Good one Rush!

    • +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Sid Morris
      October 8, 2009 at 7:39 pm

      I do have sense of humor, but somehow I truly believe Rush is a political plant bought and paid for. To his face, he also spends 99 percent of his time lying!

      • -3 Vote -1 Vote +1Jean
        October 8, 2009 at 11:27 pm

        Sid, it is clear that you don’t listen to Rush – at least not long enough to know sarcasm when you hear it. If the mainstream media were half as accurate and honest as Rush our mind numbed citizens would be much more informed. Maybe that is why you think he lies 99% of the time – you can’t tell the truth from the popular fiction.

  4. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Darbraun
    October 8, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Clearly someone’s satire alarm failed to sound and took the comments more seriously than was necessary. I mean, really? Someone needs to get outside for some fresh air.

  5. -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Adrian630
    October 8, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    I think that nothing is going to happens and like always people say”aya nothing happens why??? Because we did silting bad then ohhh and at the end say ohh let bomb marce

  6. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1whatsso4me
    October 8, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Rush has a gift for upsetting some people. But he is just having fun poking at the PC community. Rush caught a live one here, didn’t he?

  7. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1jared78
    October 8, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    satire aside, the administration that is cramming insane environmental policies down out throats is willing to allow nasa to launch a rocket at the moon to see if there is water there? for christ’s sake, they won’t even let farmers in california use the water we have on this planet. What in the world is going on here? It just isnt funny anymore. Wake up and stop this stuff!!

    • -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Jude
      October 8, 2009 at 11:52 pm

      The Moon =/= Earth, in case you didn’t know.

      There are reasons the water isn’t being used and cannot be used. The moon, last time I checked, has no life forms that will be harmed by this.

      • Vote -1 Vote +1marjoriede
        October 9, 2009 at 10:47 am

        There is most likely amoeba of some sort on the moon, and they water to survive, very small amounts. Bombing the moon WILL upset this balance Remember life on earth started out with small life forms. Just because we don’t see beings that look just like us does not mean there is not life on Moon.
        We are SO heavy handed and self righteous. Look what we’ve done to our beautiful Earth.

  8. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Mingthemerciless
    October 9, 2009 at 12:01 am

    Where is Flash Gordon now? We only have 24 hours to save the moon!

  9. -4 Vote -1 Vote +1J HOWARD
    October 9, 2009 at 12:07 am

    HONESTLY ?.. THAT IS REDICULUS.. AND IF RUSH WAS NOT KIDDING… I AM DISAPPOINTED IN HIM.. BUT MY FEAR IS………
    IF!! THIS ROCKET.. WHAT EVER IT’S VELOSITY IS.. IT IS ENOUGH TO BLAST THE MOON.. AND SPEW A LOT!! OF PARTICALS… IS THE ROCKET GOING TO HID HARD ENOUGH TO “”"”"”"”"MOVE”"”"”"”"”"” THE MOON??????????? EVEN A MILIMETER??????????? THAT IS THE DANGEROUS PART……. AND NASA OR ANY ONE HAS NOT EVEN!!..THOUGHT OF THIS..!!!. I DON;T THINK!!.. AND THAT IS SCARY ALSO!!.. GOD HELP AMERICA AND !! THE EARTH… YOU KNOW THAT GLOBAL CHANGING THAT IS SUPPOSED TO MAKE THE ONES INVESTING IN IT RICH.. AND THE THINGS THEY ARE EMPLEMENTING.. WITH BORROWED FROM CHINA .. BUILDING JUST MORE DEBT FOR AND AGENDA THAT IS JUST SO NOT RIGHT SOMEWHERE.. SOMEHOW… GOD HELP THE PLANET.. I HOPE I AM ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING……………..

    • +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Anton
      October 9, 2009 at 5:53 am

      Whats with the bold font.
      Haven’t you been to school………?????? Learn to write like a normal person.

  10. Vote -1 Vote +1jim
    October 9, 2009 at 1:38 am

    Your all a bunch of pill popping retards just like rush limbaugh. I hope for all of us this mission goes to plan because were getting extremely important scientific data from it could be catastrophic. i have no doubt that it will be flawless. ill be watching and waiting for this amazing explosion that will be yet another small step for man and another giant leap for mankind. you all suck balls

    • +1 Vote -1 Vote +1jason c
      October 9, 2009 at 8:09 am

      Very mature. I have no problem taking you seriously….

    • Vote -1 Vote +1mark
      October 9, 2009 at 5:24 pm

      Shows what you know Jim. The whole thing was a waste of tax payers money. It didn’t work. The second craft did not collect the data from the first explosion. Now who is the pill popping retard?

  11. Vote -1 Vote +1jim
    October 9, 2009 at 1:41 am

    i meant or it could be catastrophic. my bad…..im just as bad as the rest of you…haha..no im not

  12. Vote -1 Vote +1B N
    October 9, 2009 at 1:51 am

    Firstly, I should state that I am not a big Limbaugh fan. While he sometimes has useful things to say, he is primarily a huge partisan windbag. I’m also pretty convinced he actually the same person as Michael Moore, in some sort of political “Jeckle and Hyde” scenario. And sure, he lies (or is grossly incorrect) about many things (ahem, health care). With that said this is sarcasm and satire, people.

    And it’s pretty funny satire too. I liked the line about meteorites rising up to retaliate from space. Especially since that is a logical paradox. Ala wikipedia: “A meteorite is a natural object originating in outer space that survives an impact with the Earth’s surface.” So we’re going to be attacked by rocks already on earth, as a result of bombing the moon? I want to see that movie, next summer.

  13. -2 Vote -1 Vote +1Earl
    October 9, 2009 at 7:11 am

    I always thought Democrats and Liberals were flunkies. (ie. either struggled in school or did have decent grades but still could never make it outside of school) From this website I see that I have always been correct in my thinking.

  14. -3 Vote -1 Vote +1Patrick
    October 9, 2009 at 7:13 am

    Whoever wrote this article is the dumbest person on the face of the planet. Do you understand what tone is?

  15. Vote -1 Vote +1John Q
    October 9, 2009 at 11:23 am

    So many people listen to Rush as though he speaks the truth on every matter. So my sense of humor or satire is also lost. Rush constantly drones for the failure of the president. Should I view that as satire too? LImbaugh also blasts drug addicts while he himself knows what it means to be addicted. Should I also view that as humor or satire?

  16. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Moom beam
    October 9, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    No one asked me if they could bomb my Moon. “people of the Earth is it ok to bomb the Moon?” NO!! Who knows how slight the Moon is? Who knows enough about surface? NO ONE!!
    We need our Moon and I sure don’t want anyone playing around with it. Is this what will turn the Moon Red? In the Bible. So there are not enough problems down here on Earth and to use these millions of dollars to help people? Nasa is messed up. I am horrified that you took such a risk!!
    Thanks Nasa for hurting our ( People of the Earth’s) Moon..LEAVE IT ALONE AND MARS ALONE!!!

  17. Vote -1 Vote +1Snailer
    October 9, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Is there anyone here who knows anything about science? There are LOTS of people who know a LOT about “surface”. This missile will scatter moon dust THOUSANDS of miles around the lunar surface. Lunar dust is very fine and with no atmosphere and 1/6 gravity, there will be almost nothing to slow the dust down. And “Obama” had nothing to do with the planning, budget, or OK for this mission, so please leave your politics on Earth.

  18. Vote -1 Vote +1Ranch Hand
    October 9, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    The sky is falling! Run or cover. Read the book, Chicken Little may be right!

    I am continually amazed at the gullibility of some people. Many posting here as well as the author of this article slept through science class.

    The moon is constantly bombarded by meteorites (Not the ones Rush says will retaliate!) many times heavier than this spent rocket shell and as far as I can tell, the moon has survived just fine.

    Next time we see the moon, it will rise has it has for eons, the tides will still come and go, the global warming Chicken Little alarmists will still remind us the sky is falling and the Rush Haters will cry that he has no right to scare them so. And as Darbraun so eloquently advised, “Get outside for some fresh air!”

  19. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Ace Frehely
    October 10, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Nasa run by American Rednecks?

    Woooo hooo! Lets send a fast moving projectile at he moon with no regard for human life whatsoever to see what happens. We are intelliegent scientists right and we have taken everything into consideration?

    … hmmm why didn’t it produce the predicted six-mile-high plume of debris that should have been visible from Earth as we thought? o well at least it didn’t knock the moon out of it’s orbit … pass me the JD!

    I as a member of the human race don’t remember being asked what I thought about bombarding the moon and I wonder what the Chinese or any other super power for that matter will think about this.