DoD wastes $100,000 on workshop if Jesus died also for Klingons

America’s national debt is now over $16.3 TRILLION, but the Department of Defense (DoD) is oblivious and behaving like the gravy train is still choo-chooing along.
A workshop funded by the DoD’s Defense Advances Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to the tune of nearly $100,000, included a session on the earthshaking problem of whether Jesus had died for Klingons.
Yes, Klingons.
The wholly fictitious species who inhabit the wholly fictitious TV program “Star Trek” and its spinoffs.

Star Trek's Klingon Lt. Commander Worf

Star Trek’s Klingon Lt. Commander Worf

Jaci Greggs reports for, Dec. 5, 2012, that Senator Tom Coburn’s (R-OK) latest report on spending by the Department of Defense shows, among other things, defense spending used for a lecture series last year involving fictional alien species, called “Did Jesus Die for Klingons too?”
The Klingon session was one of the sessions at a recent workshop funded by DARPA — a strategy planning workshop on the 100 Year Starship project. The session featured philosophy professor Christian Weidemann of Germany’s Ruhr-Univeristy Bochum. Weidemann pondered the theological conflict to Christianity if intelligent life was found on other planets. (See page 17 of Sen. Coburn’s report.)
At another DoD-funded gathering, the brainstorming sessions covered topics such as how to make deep space travel most efficient, how scientists would go about creating a “warp bubble,” and whether or not humans would need to wear clothing during space travel. This event even featured actors from the famous “Star Trek” TV series as special guests.
This was in conjunction with the 100 Year Starship project, the goal of which is to “foster a rebirth of a sense of wonder” to “make interstellar space travel practicable and feasible.” So far, the 100 Year Project has consumed more than $1 million.
H/t California Political News and Views.

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7 years ago

If we didn’t have enough crap to waste taxpayer money on. We have to get serious about cutting these stupid programs and eliminating waste. We’re 16 trillion in the hole and the idiots in charge of the purse-strings keep digging the hole deeper.

7 years ago

OMG! What the hell? Well, it there is one thing I did right in this world, is making the right choice in voting for Sen. Tom Coburn, not once, but several times. As a person who’s income, both part time and full time, originates from DoD, this is outrageously frivolous to the level of criminality.

7 years ago

I bet it was a Trekkie’s idea that now works for the DoD.
He can probably speak fluent Klingon, too, like a lot of the hard-core fans.

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7 years ago

Remember that former ding-dong preschool teacher from Bothell, WA, Democrat Senator Patty Murray, co-chaired the 2011 Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction that finally decided there was NOTHING that could be cut to reduce the deficit?
” “After months of hard work and intense deliberations, we have come to the conclusion today that it will not be possible to make any bipartisan agreement available to the public before the committee’s deadline.”
I heard she’s lobbying Harry Reid to head the Senate Budget Committee in the next session of Congress.

7 years ago


7 years ago

They could have gotten the same outcomes if they had bought used paperbound copies of the following sci-fi/speculative fiction novels, all of which deal w/profound philosophical, moral, and ethical issues, as well as commenting on Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Satan, etc.: A Case of Conscience by James Blish A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley On the Beach by Nevil Shute The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester I could go on, but you get the point. I believe the average cost of the above will be under US$ 5 each. I’d be happy… Read more »

7 years ago

And why, if they must do this, isn’t NASA doing it? At least it would be out-reach to an alien culture that’s supposed to be off our planet.