[alt: Normally, the Shuttle can't quite safely reach the orbital inclination required to pass over both those points from a Canaveral launch, but this is an alternate history in which either it launches from Vandenberg or everyone hates the Outer Banks.]
While we all know that xkcd is not a political comic and doesn't like to talk about politics in its installments, we also know that this rule is frequently broken because, hey, Randall is out of other ideas! And you can only hit "random" on wikipedia so many times before you are just repeating articles you've already seen.
Anyway, this comic is of course calling attention to the mideast peace talks going on in Washington right now, given that one of the biggest discussions in the talks is over the future of the land in the West Bank and the people in it. And the fact that lots of people disagree, and strongly, about what should happen with it.
What I don't get is why this comic chose to portray that debate - which, like all serious debate, is ripe for comedy - in the form of NASA employees, because that makes no sense. OH WAIT yes I do, it's because the author used to be a NASA employee and wants to make sure we all know it! (i understand that some of you will argue: he isn't trying to brag to us about his former job! he never mentions it anywhere on here! to you people I say: read the goddamn alt text).
Anyway, good satire is a wonderful thing, but the point is to take a situation is society, in this case the israeli/palestinian conflict, and say something about it. Satire is a way of making a point about the issue at hand. The Daily is funny because it points out when people are being hypocrites. The Onion is funny because (among other reasons) it points out how most media is obsessed with trivialities. They're points you could make straightforwardly, but it's not as powerful.
So what point does this comic make? None - just that there is a debate and that someone wants to redirect a shuttle because of it. And that even then a guy named frank hates oklahoma. Is Randall trying to draw a parallel between the two locations? If so, I'd like to know why. I don't see any reason why one is meaningfully like the other. More basically, what is the point he is trying to make?
I don't, of course, think there is such a point. I think he just wanted to do a throwaway gag about how people get mad over the mideast, and hey! what's up with that??
From a technical standpoint, the punchline of this comic is really "I've redirected the flight..." because that is the outrageous and disproportionate response to the argument. The line about "north texas" is not 100% worthless though, but putting it afterwards saps energy from the real punchline. Perfect solution: Make it the alt-text. And delete "damn it, frank." Bonus: you can get rid of that shitty alt-text the comic has now!