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Monday, February 05, 2007

This Can't Be Good PR...

...for either NASA or the Navy. From this CNN article:

A NASA astronaut was arrested Monday on battery and attempted kidnapping charges after allegedly trying to subdue a romantic rival with pepper spray and abduct her from a parking lot at Orlando International Airport, police said.
Navy Capt. Lisa Marie Nowak, who was a mission specialist aboard the space shuttle Discovery in July, and Colleen Shipman were both reported to be "in a relationship" with astronaut Bill Oefelein, a Navy commander, according to a police report of the incident.
Nowak, 43, has been charged with battery, attempted kidnapping, attempted burglary to a vehicle and destruction of evidence. Police have recommended Nowak be held without bond...
The rest of the story explains how Capt. Nowak, married with three children, used or planned to use pepper spray, diapers, and a CO2-powered BB pistol.
Here's Capt. Nowak's official NASA biography (read it soon, before it gets taken down). I guess even the best officers can crack sometimes...

(Cross-posted at MilBlogs Ring HQ)


Blogger loddfafnir said...

Bill Oefelein is "Alaska's first astronaut" according to the media around here and the had a big to do about him when he went up. I haven't heard them mention this yet though.

2/06/2007 1:30 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

ATTN: BubbleHead

i wanna apologize for not posting a timely reply to your Idaho High School fire - ACLU comment

anyway, this story ain't gonna hurt the military or NASA; both organizations are facing bigger PR fiasco's

[sidenote - i wonder what other imbroglio's will be unearthered during the investegation?]

we must remember that just because those involved are military and are questionably the cream of the crop, it doesn't mean that they are immune from the same problems that plague the rest of society

~ theDdoubleSstandard

2/06/2007 7:21 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

No doublestandard, the "rest of society" is NOT driving 900 miles while wearing diapers and carrying weapons and duct tape in the trunk to carry out what was an apparently a murder plot! I don't even think TV soaps could have come up with this.

2/06/2007 11:40 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

the 11:40am commentor was being overly literal and hung up on specifics.

thus, he/she is missing the forest 'cause of the trees

love triangles and the criminal charges of attempted kidnapping and attempted murder and battery are unfortunately common events in society and the military

~ theDdSs

2/06/2007 12:01 PM

Anonymous Byron Audler said...

All those in favor of asking Joel to pban that peabrain, raise your hands...he's really trashing the signal to noise ratio

2/06/2007 12:28 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

ATTN: Byron Audler

would you prefer that everyone say "Sieg Heil" and never dare voice a dissenting opinion?

i doubt if one voice can affect the signal to noise ratio

~ theDdSs

2/06/2007 1:07 PM

Blogger loddfafnir said...

Belay my last. It's headline news in today's paper! BB guns, Diapers, Duct tape, oh my!

2/06/2007 6:28 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

I'm hoping we'll use the "if you ignore the itch, it'll go away" theory.

2/06/2007 9:36 PM

Blogger reddog said...

Sounds to me like these astronauts have a little too much time on their hands and not very much oversight.

I've got to admit, I've been in similar situations myself without resorting to diaper fueled murder plots. I guess I'm just not officer material. No imagination. Lack personal initiative. Story of my life. A day late and a diaper short.

2/06/2007 10:07 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a trifecta: Shipman is a USAF Captain.

Personally, this argues for switching back to chimps. When they go into heat, we can simply place them in separate cages, and not subject the country or the military to embarassment over their antics.

Apparently due to budget cutbacks, NASA had to let Dr. Bellowes from "I Dream Of Jeannie" go. Now they're doing their psych profiles with quizzes from Cosmo.

2/07/2007 5:33 AM

Blogger NCdt(II) Genest said...


It must be covered in some subsequent part of Navy officer training, or it's just not covered in Canada, because I'm trying to become an officer and so far I haven't had to imagine ways to kill people with diapers and BB guns. Or maybe that's just because 75% of RMC is male and 95% of the females are ugly.

2/07/2007 6:33 PM

Blogger beebs said...

I guess even the best officers can crack sometimes...

It's a shame everyone focused on the diapers and not on the fact that this woman obviously was deranged.

I hope she is getting the help she needs. Sadly, the military psychiatry community does two things: return people to duty or kick them out of the service.

11/22/2007 5:04 PM


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