Cancel Culture Warriors Come After James Webb

Who is James Webb? NASA notes

The man whose name NASA has chosen to bestow upon the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope is most commonly linked to the Apollo moon program, not to science.

Yet, many believe that James E. Webb, who ran the fledgling space agency from February 1961 to October 1968, did more for science than perhaps any other government official and that it is only fitting that the Next Generation Space Telescope would be named after him.

The guy was a titan of space exploration and the operations of NASA. So, of course

From the link

Cancel Culture AlligatorA NASA advisor quit following the agency’s decision to keep naming a $10 billion space telescope after a former administrator who was the US undersecretary of state during the dismissal of gay and lesbian federal employees in the 1940s and 1950s.

Lucianne Walkowicz, who identifies as nonbinary, wrote an open letter to NASA’s Astrophysics Advisory Committee on Tuesday, saying that they were resigning as an advisor over the way the agency had handled a request to rename the James Webb Space Telescope.

More than 1,200 people, including Walkowicz, have signed an open petition calling for the James Webb Space Telescope to be renamed. The petition cited the persecution of gay and lesbian government workers while Webb was the US undersecretary of state from 1949 to 1952. This was during the period referred to as the “Lavender Scare,” when thousands of federal employees were dismissed or forced to resign because of their sexuality.

The open petition also mentioned the former NASA employee Clifford L. Norton, who was fired in the 1960s after NASA said he made a “homosexual advance” amounting to “immoral, indecent, and disgraceful conduct,” said a record of the case on Justia, a website that keeps online databases of legal cases. The incident that led to Norton’s dismissal happened while Webb was NASA administrator.

NASA’s decision to keep the space telescope named after Webb “sends a clear message of NASA’s position on the rights of queer astronomers,” Walkowicz said in the open letter. “It also speaks clearly to me that NASA does not deserve my time,” they said.

OK, bye. I will give Walkowicz credit for quitting, since most of these cancel culture SJWs like to make a lot of threats but never put their money where their mouths are. And, unsurprisingly, she has purple hair. And, if you check that open letter link, she wants to name it the Harriet Tubman Space Telescope for some reason. Mostly, though, she was simply on the NASA Astrophysics Advisory Board, so, wasn’t actually in an important position doing space stuff.

And, of those 1,200 who signed the petition, not many seem to actually work for NASA. Many are “astronomy enthusiasts”, meaning they have a telescope in their backyard. Most have nothing to do with NASA.

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24 Responses to “Cancel Culture Warriors Come After James Webb”

  1. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Although nuCons are generally supportive of discriminating against LGBTQ individuals, this time William Teach got one right, if for the wrong reasons!!

    Far, far-left NASA (they believe in global warming!) said (reported by far, far, far-left WaPo):

    “NASA’s History Office conducted an exhaustive search through currently accessible archives on James Webb and his career,” NASA spokeswoman Karen Fox said in a statement to The Post. “They also talked to experts who previously researched this topic extensively.

    “NASA found no evidence at this point that warrants changing the name of the James Webb Space Telescope,” Fox added.

    Like NASA, defenders of Webb argue there is no evidence the longtime civil servant played a decisive role in mid-20th century government policies that routinely rooted out gay and lesbian employees and cast them as “moral perverts.”

    Far, far-left NASA refused to be bullied. Good for them.

    If given the power would our current Pirates Cesspool con-menters, who consider gays and lesbians to be perverts, want to keep gays out of government, the military and allow employment discrimination?

    • Kye says:

      As usual you lie to spread your immoral propaganda. Gays and lesbians and all the rest of the dangerously sexually dysfunctional ARE perverts!!! Oxford: Pervert, verb: alter something from its original course, meaning or state to a distortion or corruption of what was first intended. Such as sexual perversion or the perversion of language as you so often do.

      Faggots and dykes have and are perverting their natural (in nature/science) sexuality either because of choice or a sexual dysfunction or dysphoria cause by trauma or mental illness. To not recognize these persons need help and comfort to correct their psychosis is a sin against man and a moral crime. You are a moral criminal. But we already knew that by your morally criminal stance on baby killing. Just another Dr. Mengele. Like your fascist comrades.

    • Dana says:

      Why would we want sissies as our front line troops?

      Were I still involved with the hiring process with a ready-mixed concrete company, and an applicant presented for employment and was just obviously homosexual, I would not hire him. No, not because I wouldn’t think he could drive a mixer — I’ve had women drive mixers before — but because such a person would be a walking, talking hostile workplace environment lawsuit.

      The truth is simple: in a rough, blue collar workplace like a ready-mix company, there are jokes about [insert archaic term for a bundle of sticks here], and no sense of respect for those who might be so described. I am in no way stupid enough to lose possibly several good drivers, and subject the company to a possibly six or even seven figure hostile workplace environment lawsuit just to accommodate one obviously homosexual applicant.

      A greater problem would arise if a driver or loader operator or whatever was hired and later turned out to be homosexual, though such was in now way obvious prior to him being hired. Then you have to deal with the potential problems, proactively, when you find out, but it’s much simpler to just avoid them from the beginning.

      • david7134 says:

        My thought is that in this day and time the Federal government or any government has no place in dictating to owners who they can hire. But in response to your image of a gay in a rough work place. I have a friend who had a meteoric rise in Grainger for his sales in the oil field in north Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas. There is not a tougher group of men in the US. But this guy was gay, black, small and effeminate. Yet he did not wear his nature on his sleeve and got along with everyone as he did not think that people discriminated against him. Now that is completely counter to the majority of people like him.

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:

        Mr dana blames a gay person for being who they are rather than the other workers causing the hostile workplace. Mr dana also opposes the teaching of respect for all people in schools because his religion teaches him to hate certain people.

        There are people who refuse to hire or are less likely to hire Blacks, gays, women, Muslims, lesbians, Hispanics, immigrants, the overweight, smokers, disabled…

        When people talk about systemic discrimination this is what they mean.

        America should be grateful that Mr dana now relies on the federal government for support rather than the market.

        • david7134 says:

          No, got it wrong again. Dana does not like mentally unstable individuals. Now, use the 80/20 rule. If taken without any other aspects of a persons personality, you will be correct in not hiring a gay individual as 80% are really mental.

          Then the government? No serious person would say that.

          • Elwood P. Dowd says:


            Thank you for your honesty. You hate gays, as do most fundamentalists.

            Don’t you claim to be a physician, educated at LSU, known as the Northeast South Dakota State U of the south? And you say 80% of gay individuals are “really mental”?

            We couldn’t find “really mental” in DSM-5.

            Dookie – Do you believe that god, devil, angels, heaven, hell and miracles are real, ie, that they exist? Do you believe in an afterlife?

          • david7134 says:

            And where did I say I hate gays. The rest does not make sense in the least. You need help.

          • Elwood P. Dowd says:


            You claim, without evidence, that 80% of gays are “really mental”.

            Perhaps “really mental” means really smart? Is that what you meant?

            Were you complimenting gays in agreeing with mr dana’s bigotry?

        • Dana says:

          The misguided Mr Dowd wrote:

          Mr dana blames a gay person for being who they are rather than the other workers causing the hostile workplace.

          So, should I hare to get rid of, say, ten mixer drivers, because they would not be sympathetic or polite to a single homosexual driver, or simply not hire the one obviously homosexual driver? I understand that you might say that yes, that’s exactly what I should do, but if that’s what you say, then it’s clear that you don’t understand business or economics at all.

          • Elwood P. Dowd says:

            The dysguided mr dana believes religious bigotry is acceptable. We appreciate your honesty.

            If you hired a Black man would you accept your crew harassing him? Or would you just not hire a Black man since your ten mixer drivers didn’t want to associate with Blacks?

            Are you saying that all male mixer drivers are deplorable bigots as you seem to be?

            I understand business and economics well enough, but I also understand fairness and equal opportunity, which you clearly do not.

    • Rico Suave says:

      Lucianne Walkowicz is married to a man. Just another breeder appropriating the LGBT perversion circus for attention. Her leaving won’t save NASA from the tyranny and oppression doled out by the LGBT stormtroopers.

  2. Dana says:

    As for the petition to ‘cancel’ Mr Webb, it’s over his service from 1948-1952, when open discrimination against homosexuals was perfectly legal and certainly the norm. Mr Webb performed his duty as his duty was required, by the standards of the day.

  3. Professor hale says:

    Leftists protecting one of their own.

    • Kye says:

      It’s way past time to start cancelling demofascists for their complicit acts of slavery, lynching and other crimes against humanity. If never enough time has elapsed for others then neither can time erase the crimes of the Democrat Party. Every living American who is a registered Democrat has willingly and knowingly joined the party of Slavery and murder and should be made to pay for that sin.

      They are also party to the Democrat other contemporary affronts to the dignity and human rights of blacks, Hispanics, Indians and other POC which they forced into generational poverty, welfare, drug use, crime and single parenthood with their progroms and abuse of power. They have forced them into cities teeming with crime and created pockets of poverty they made their homes. The unconscionable destruction of the black family, the murder of black babies by Planned Parenthood supported and financed by Democrat policies scream out for justice.

      The Democrats must be revealed as the murderers and slavers they are and made to pay Reparations in money and blood for their transgressions.

      Fuk joe biden.

      • Conservative Beaner says:

        Yes. If Blacks want reparations they should file suits against corporations who owned slaves and the party that allowed it to happen, The Democrats.

        • Professor Hale says:

          Better yet, those people who can prove they were personally harmed may file suit against those individuals who harmed them. Not corporations. Not descendants. Make those who held slaves pay. BTW, slavery didn’t end 150 years ago. it is still going on today in America (in some communities), but it’s racist to point that out so F-U, slaves. The anti-slavery industry only cares about fictional slavery and fictional victims.

  4. alanstorm says:

    NASA’s decision to keep the space telescope named after Webb “sends a clear message of NASA’s position on the rights of queer astronomers,” Walkowicz said in the open letter.

    Only in your tiny mind, dear.

    “It also speaks clearly to me that NASA does not deserve my time,” they said.

    More like NASA need not put up with you.

  5. alanstorm says:

    From Jeffty, above:

    I understand business and economics well enough, but I also understand fairness and equal opportunity, which you clearly do not.

    You understand neither, child. You have a 3-year-old’s idea of “fairness”.

    In your view, the majority of employees have to change their behavior to accommodate 1 person who clearly does not fit into the group.

    How does that work elsewhere? Why don’t the small minority of noisy, ignorant liberals have to change themselves to accommodate the majority of normals?

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      Oh Stormy…

      You excuse discrimination and hatred. Of course you do. All connies do.

      You clamor for a white, christian, straight nation, by fiat if necessary, and you feel sooo close with Traitor tRump leading you.

      But thanks for your honesty. You feel so strongly about your prejudices that you no longer hide them! You go girl!!

      Teach Tolerance!!

      • Kye says:

        Yeah, you sound real tolerant Elwood.

        What is wrong with a White, Christian, straight nation? Exactly what evil is that? You do realize this was and still is one. You realize every fuking right, privilege and Freedom you enjoy was built here by White, Christian, Straight men? Mooslems didn’t give you the right to Free speech. White, Christian men did. Queers didn’t decide you should have the right for a trial. White Christian men did. Blacks didn’t write the Declaration or the Constitution. White Christian Men did. You should be proud of your heritage but instead you act as if we committed a mortal sin by creating the Freest country and society in history. What the fuk is wrong with you? Are you retarded or insane because only those two options can describe why you hate your own people, country and sex.

        • Elwood P. Dowd says:

          Kye asks: What is wrong with a White, Christian, straight nation?

          Like Nazi Germany? Nothing? It’s just not America, American or even Constitutional. Duh.

          You’ve conflated the past with the present. The white, christian, “straight” men who invaded the continent and exterminated the indigenous peoples (when they could) and brought in slaves from Africa, ALSO wrote the US Constitution (which had to be Amended as times changed).

          Now, right-wingers wish to purge the nation of non-whites, non-christians, non-heterosexuals, non-males and immigrants (we’re nearly all derived from immigrants, aren’t we?).

          Again, we greatly appreciate the candor and openness of the white nationalists who make clear their plans daily.

  6. Ringo Suave says:

    Maybe Lucianne Walkowicz should spend less time advertising her vagina and more time working on science. Nobody cares who you are grinding with, or that your husband digs it when you bang chicks. Retire, disappear, never return.

  7. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz (born 1979) is an American astronomer based at the Adler Planetarium (Chicago) noted for research contributions in stellar magnetic activity and its impact on planetary suitability for extraterrestrial life.

    Walkowicz holds a BS in physics and astronomy from Johns Hopkins University, and an MS and PhD in astronomy from the University of Washington.

    Since 2008, Dr. Walkowicz has been the chair of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) Transients and Variable Stars collaboration and is the founding director of the LSST Data Science Fellowship program, and is internationally recognized for the advocacy of conservation of dark night skies, and was named a 2011 National Academy of Science Kavli Fellow and a 2012 TED Senior Fellow.

    In 2017, Dr. Walkowicz was named the fifth Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology in the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. Walkowicz’s tenure began October 1, 2017, working on a project titled “Fear of a Green Planet: Inclusive Systems of Thought for Human Exploration of Mars.” Their project aims to create an inclusive framework for human exploration of Mars, encompassing both cutting-edge research on Mars as a place of essential astrobiological significance, while weaving in lessons from the diverse histories of exploration on Earth.

    Dr. Walkowicz has contributed over 100 papers cited 14,127 times in the astronomy literature. She seems to be quite successful as a scientist.

    Connies hate those successful ball-busting women, especially when they express an opinion.

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