the crony chronicles: another duetsch bag exposed

A few weeks ago I mentioned that Al Gore, in a speech that he delivered on MLK Day, made passing mention of the fact that a top NASA researcher had been ordered to stop speaking publicly, especially to the press, about the seriousness of global warming. The doctor’s name, as it was later reported in the New York Times, was James Hansen, a physicist who has been with the space agency for nearly 30 years, and now directs their efforts to create global warming computer simulations… Well, in the weeks since the story first broke, a little more has come out about the situation. Perhaps most interestingly, it was discovered that the man at NASA who stood between Hansen and the press was a 24-year old Bush political appointee named George C. Deutsch.

Deutsch, we would come to learn had also been the administration’s point person inside NASA with regard to pushing the Intelligent Design agenda forward. In addition to being the man to stop Hansen from speaking on global warming, he was also doing things like making sure that everywhere NASA mentioned the “big bang,” they were sure to also add that it was “just a theory.” In explaining his position on the big bang, which he said was “not proven fact,” but “opinion,” Deutsch sent out an email containing the following sentence to NASA staff: “It is not NASA’s place, nor should it be to make a declaration such as this about the existence of the universe that discounts intelligent design by a creator.”

Well, as the New York Times reports today, it looks like the young boy wonder that Bush placed in NASA to help contain the flow of dangerous “scientific” information, didn’t even have a college degree. Nope. It appears as though he just made it up on his resume. Here’s a clip:

…Mr. Deutsch’s resignation came on the same day that officials at Texas A&M University confirmed that he did not graduate from there, as his r

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  1. mark
    Posted February 9, 2006 at 12:09 am | Permalink


  2. Tony Buttons Esq.
    Posted February 9, 2006 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    I want a snake-handler to run the FDA! And I want it NOW!

  3. chris
    Posted February 9, 2006 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    Yes, but Mr. Deutsch was known to have watched “the Right Stuff” over more than 100 times last count, and to hve memorized all of Kevin Bacon’s lines.

    Is it true that his middle first name is uber and his middle is alles? Oh yeah, and his ancestors dropped the land suffix off their name when they immigrated here. OK…I know, trying to hard.

  4. Theodore Glass
    Posted February 10, 2006 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Did you know that Kevin Bacon has used the word “bacon” at least once in every movie he’s made since Footloose? Sometimes it’s just mumbled, but he always says it. It’s fun to listen for it – it’s like waiting to see Hitchcock come across the screen in one of his movies.

  5. Ken
    Posted February 10, 2006 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Speaking of global warming, I heard a story on the radio about the Northwest Passage. That is that ice-filled route from Pacific to Atlantic that Canada counts as sovereign waters.

    The story mentioned that global warming could make it a viable shipping route and the United States does not recognize Canada’s claim to the waters.

    Are we a) purposely warming the world up to bypass that Panama Canal that Carter gave away and b) is there an invasion of Canada in the works when things do finally get warm?

  6. chris
    Posted February 10, 2006 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Dear Shanster, “too”. OK already?

    A war with Canada…now that would be not only hilarious but given this administration, absolutely plausible.

  7. mark
    Posted February 12, 2006 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Ken, I linked to an article here a few months ago about the mineral speculators who are literally salivating over the prospect of global warming and the fact that it will make once impossible-to-get-to areas of the planet accessible. They know it also means the end of life as we know it, but it doesn’t matter. What matters is wealth now. Fuck the future.

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