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Iran President Ahmadinejad Wants to 'Sacrifice' Himself for Science and Be Sent into Space

Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wants to be his country's first astronaut, the AP reports:

AhmadinejadPresident Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday that he's ready to take the risk of being the first Iranian astronaut sent into space as part of Iran's goal of a manned space flight.

"I'm ready to be the first Iranian to sacrifice myself for our country's scientists," the official IRNA news agency quoted him as saying in an address to space scientists in Tehran.

Space tourist Anousheh Ansari was the first Iranian to make a journey into space aboard a Soyuz TMA-9 capsule from Baikonur, Kazakhastan, in September 2006. The 40-year-old telecommunications entrepreneur paid a reported $20 million for a space station visit. Her journey became an inspiration to women in male-dominated Iran.

Iran sent a monkey into space last week.

Which prompted John McCain to put in his racist $.02.

Inspiring reaction from many, including lawmakers:

Seeing that, Michigan congressman Rep. Justin Amash, 32, shot back. “Maybe you should wisen up & not make racist jokes,” Amash tweeted.

Not everyone on the right agreed with Amash. Conservative John Podhoretz, for example, Tweeted this: "How dare McCain say something demeaning & disparaging abt the foremost anti-Semite on the planet." And this: "'s defend-the-Jew-hater-from-the-war-hero day."

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  1. I think Sen. McCain should grow up and act like the elder statesman he once was. That tweet is just looking childish. He used to be respectable but over the past couple years he has turned in Grandpa Simpson.

    Posted by: THE REAL MIKE | Feb 4, 2013 6:08:58 PM

  2. whatever credibilty McCain had as a war hero he gave away years ago. Now he's just a gumpy old man who is clinging to the bigoted right wing attitudes of his war hero days. The greatest generation has proven time after time that it was a generation endorsing segregation, gay bashing, and xenophobia.

    Posted by: terry | Feb 4, 2013 6:31:34 PM

  3. There's plenty of space behind his ears, which is why I guess he feels some affinity for the effort.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 4, 2013 7:49:18 PM

  4. Can we send him to space right now? Let's send him to the Sun so he can let us know if there are any homosexuals there.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Feb 4, 2013 8:01:56 PM

  5. Oh McCaine, learn a little science please. Ahmadinejad is not a monkey. Lemur. That the name. He didn’t evolve into monkey yet.

    Posted by: SayTheTruth | Feb 4, 2013 8:12:47 PM

  6. President Imanutjob's phony macho posturing along with his "there are no gays in Iran" indicates that he is not very confident about his own masculinity. A guy like this with nuclear weapons is extremely dangerous.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 4, 2013 8:19:56 PM

  7. Anyways, he wouldn't be the first iranian in space. There has been one other before >

    Posted by: Farbud | Feb 4, 2013 8:53:14 PM

  8. I agree that McCain's comment was rude and uncalled for. Monkeys everywhere should be highly offended by that reference.

    Posted by: SReid | Feb 4, 2013 10:02:56 PM

  9. Reagans "Star Wars" would have really come in handy......

    Posted by: Tab | Feb 5, 2013 5:40:42 AM

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