Hwy 40 Tour continued… I gave a talk at a Firefighters Appreciation picnic in Alanreed, Texas, on Saturday. During the talk, I read an excerpt from our Back Road to the White House 2 book (in progress). The excerpt talked about the New York 9/11 firefighters who dashed into the Twin Towers that day, hurriedly scribbling their social security numbers on their arms — so their bodies could be more easily identified. I told the gathering that firefighters everywhere, in risking their lives every time they go out, are spiritual heroes. That is, Jesus said the ultimate sacrifice is to give up one’s life for another… We crossed into Oklahoma next, ‘sooner’ (for all you OSU fans) than expected. We stopped first in Elk City, OK, where there is a huge bronze statue of, that’s right, an elk in the downtown area. Then it was on to Weatherford, OK. On the outskirts of Weatherford are a considerable gaggle of wind turbines, which were all spinning magnificently today in 50 mph wind. Wind that is pretty continual on these plains. Literature about this wind turbine project explains when these turbines are operating optimally (like this day), they provide power for some 40,000 households… Weatherford is also the hometown of famous astronaut Tom Stafford. He flew four space missions, including Apollo 10, which set the stage for the moon landing several months later. We toured the rather elaborate “Tom Stafford Air and Space Museum” here. There were giant rocket boosters, replicas of NASA Command modules, dramatic videos about various space missions (from the Russian Sputnik at the beginning to America’s Shuttle missions today)… During an interview with a reporter for a local radio station in Weatherford this day, I said as president I would work stridently to: “end the Space Program in America” at this time. For lack of a better word, I told the reporter I thought the whole thing was “nuts.” That is, scores of little children every day in the Third World are dying from drinking unclean water — and we’re spending billions of dollars going to Mars to see if there was ever water on that planet. Billions that could be spent on better water filtration plants, cisterns for collecting rain water, solar ovens so rural villagers in Uganda, Ethiopia, Columbia… could boil their water. All on this planet, now! [We have become so absolutely spiritually blinded. And they will lament at the Final Judgement: ‘But Lord, when did we see you thirsty…?’] Note: Not to mention, I posed to the reporter, how much of that Space Program money could go to, say, developing more wind turbine farms like in Weatherford — so the children in the next generation didn’t have to worry about having too much water — from polar ice cap melting?