To Boldly Spend Where No Government Has Spent Before

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Obviously, we need a special thread to make fun of the new U.S. Space Force.

The Army has "The Caisson Song," the Navy has "Anchors Aweigh," the Air Force has, I'm not sure, "Free Bird"? Anyway, in honor of the Federation, er, Administration's creation of Star Fleet, um, I mean, the Space Force, I propose we offer suggestions for their official song.

Feel free to offer your own favorites.

Possible candidates in no particular order include:

1. "Space Oddity," David Bowie
2. "Rocket Man," Elton John
3. "Space Cowboy." Steve Miller Band
4. "Mr. Spaceman," The Byrds
5. "Telstar," The Tornados
6. "2,000 Light Years from Home,” The Rolling Stones
7. "Across The Universe," The Beatles
8. "Walking on the Moon," The Police
9. "Cygnus X-1" by Rush
10. "Space is the Place," Sun Ra
11. "Into the Void" Black Sabbath
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Planet Caravan is another Black Sabbath possibility.
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Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Now Fighting In Space

I like the Sun Ra suggestion.

In the spirit of the relationship between the idealism of the official service songs and reality, I suggest "Liquor Store Holdup in Space"
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Apropos of our forsaken (though never really serious) promise not to "militarize" space, I've been enjoying the alternative-history "To Serve All Mankind" so far.

As for actually militarizing space, let's face it, the GPS wasn't built so I could find the best route across town to a new restaurant. I don't know if there really is a military space shuttle as depicted on one season of "The West Wing" or if any nation has been insane enough to station actual weapons in orbit yet but, as always, pretty much any excuse to spend more money on space is okay with me. Who knew it would be Donald Trump who became "The Man Who Sold the Moon"?
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"Walking in Space" from Hair.
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Space truckin' by deep purple. I have spoken.

Also. Space force! Fuck yeah!
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Major Tom, obviously
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Pham Nuwen wrote: 24 Dec 2019, 16:36 Space truckin' by deep purple. I have spoken.
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Pham Nuwen wrote: 24 Dec 2019, 16:36 Space truckin' by deep purple. I have spoken.
Yeah yeah yeah
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thoreau wrote: 24 Dec 2019, 16:48 Major Tom, obviously
You beat me to mentioning Peter Schilling.

Sarah Brightman and Hot Gossip, "I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper"
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thoreau wrote: 24 Dec 2019, 16:48 Major Tom, obviously
To clarify, not "Space Oddity" but the timeless classic, "Major Tom" (youtube link)

However the correct answer is Rush, "2112: Grand Finale" (also youtube link). Not the whole song. Just Grand Finale. And we'll all be required to sing the lyrics every morning.
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Eric the .5b wrote: 25 Dec 2019, 03:09
thoreau wrote: 24 Dec 2019, 16:48 Major Tom, obviously
You beat me to mentioning Peter Schilling.

Sarah Brightman and Hot Gossip, "I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper"
This is the correct answer.
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Other options:

Europe, "The FInal Countdown"
"Mars, the Bringer of War" from The Planets
Gloryhammer, ""Universe on Fire"
Parliament, "Mothership Connection"
Beastie Boys, "Intergalactic"
Steve Miller Band, "Space Cowboy"
Pixies, "Planet of Sound"

And a friend links me to a concept album about the Traveller RPG by the band the Lord Weird Slough Feg. I mostly throw that in for the shock that that exists.
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Wow. And they're already prepping themselves for their first big boy establishment clause lawsuit.

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I suspect the "ceremonial deism" BS covers all sins, there.

They missed a trick by not saying it was an orange, Catholic Bible.
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Eric the .5b wrote: 13 Jan 2020, 21:30 They missed a trick by not saying it was an orange, Catholic Bible.
Especially considering the close resemblance between Trump and Baron Harkonnen.
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Shit, what if Space Force's special operations personnel are all Eddie Gallagher gholas?
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thoreau wrote: 13 Jan 2020, 21:49 Shit, what if Space Force's special operations personnel are all Eddie Gallagher gholas?
That's not really far from the Sardaukar, even without cloning.
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Eric the .5b wrote: 14 Jan 2020, 00:00
thoreau wrote: 13 Jan 2020, 21:49 Shit, what if Space Force's special operations personnel are all Eddie Gallagher gholas?
That's not really far from the Sardaukar, even without cloning.
There's a difference between a Burseg and Feyd-Rautha.
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Aresen wrote: 14 Jan 2020, 00:39
Eric the .5b wrote: 14 Jan 2020, 00:00
thoreau wrote: 13 Jan 2020, 21:49 Shit, what if Space Force's special operations personnel are all Eddie Gallagher gholas?
That's not really far from the Sardaukar, even without cloning.
There's a difference between a Burseg and Feyd-Rautha.
A remark with a Sting to it.

But the Sardaukar are kill-happy bastards. Gallagher would fit right in.
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Eric the .5b wrote: 13 Jan 2020, 21:30 I suspect the "ceremonial deism" BS covers all sins, there.

They missed a trick by not saying it was an orange, Catholic Bible.
I would suspect that "official Bible" and "all commanders" takes away the ceremonial deism defense.
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fwiw it's the official Washington Cathedral feed, which is an entirely different Church/State issue than a military branch official feed saying this.
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WRT the bible thing, the Commanding General John Raymond was formerly Air Force.

I remember hearing that, of the three Military Academies, the Air Force Academy was the one most inclined to religiosity.

True or not, I suspect that any officer who refused to swear on the Bible would find himself/herself sidelined career-wise.
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'Swearing on the Bible' is not used in any oath ceremony (enlistment/commisioning/promotion) that I am familiar with across the services. You normally need a flag, and it's useful to have at least one hand that you can raise (so Jaimie Lannister, you're still good), but that's about it.
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Change of commands are officially performed by two officers facing each other, saying "I am ready to relieve you." "I am ready to be relieved" "I relieve you" " I stand relieved" with a salute & return salute.
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