posted on Feb, 7 2007 @ 01:13 AM
I can agree with you that super achievers can and do fall from catrostophic heights when confronted with a highly desired goal that suddenly reveals
itself as utterly unattainable. Sprinkle into that problem the unpredictable factors involved in human sexuality, and you had better strap in tight.
Her actions do reveal that she is not above heeding the call of the dark side, certainly she knew right from wrong (as demonstrated by the marathon
driving for an alibi)
Some folks have different thresholds for what they consider "sinful" (murder) and what could be considered just "revenge", such as scaring the
living S**T out of a rival. Most agree that theft from a person is a serious offence and injury, but others consider it a lesser crime when the victim
is the government... who some believe is stealing from you : )
Both ARE CRIMES, but a sampling of people will produce wide ranging beliefs. Crimes of passion seem to me to be quite subjective in the interpretation
and in the application of justice. Hence the problem when you can't possibly gather all the facts and you can not dismiss the persuasiveness of
extremely powerful emotions.
Moreover, I don't think, given the available information, that the her victim deserved this assault and publicity one iota. I suspect that some well
deserved restitution will be forthcoming. You must admit that at some point in your lives, you gave someone exactly what they had coming to them.
Wrong or right, it happens, among family, friends, coworkers and astronauts, sometimes mindless and evil and sometimes well deserved.
Without all the facts, that are impossible to obtain... I can not even speculate. But I also cannot accept that a person of her position can suddenly
become a murdering, gun and knife wielding tweeker b**ch from hell overnight and without any reason. The failure may well be from undetected
personality flaw or perhaps she really is a jealous, disturbed and obsessed freak, I would have thought that the personnel reliability programs would
have discovered that sooner.
This story wreaks of hype and over inflation of actual intent and events.
As for not flippantly excusing harm to another, I agree completely. : )
She did the CRIME and MUST SUFFER the consequences. But what of the case of Buzz Aldrin? A U.S. Taxpayer posed a direct question (on many occasions
and in several different formats, both technical, forensic and religious ) regarding the factual account of an Apollo program that cost America
billions of dollars, what did he get as an answer?? A right jab to the face. Yes he is religious, and based his last question on his beliefs, but
Aldrin is a public servant and an officer, and as such should be held to the same standards of misconduct as this astronaut has been. Scantly a
mention in the press and always totally in favor of Aldrin.
I suggest that if she was in a position to spray pepper into a vehicle window at her victim, she could have just as easily emptied the BB gun directly
into the face of her victim and that would pretty much end both of them as far as any revenge and spaceflight are concerned. Even more outrageous, she
could have used the knife for the maximum personal effect. ( My in-car emergency kit contains a ultra sharp knife and latex gloves, does yours?? -
However if it was a Rambo certified K-BAR she had, then opps, my bad, and I will respectfully retract this statement.... and eat some crow : ) Perhaps
overblown or under reported, but certainly not equal standards for reporting bad conduct between the sexes.... and that's a shame.
Perhaps long duration human spaceflight should be sexually segregated, all male and all female crews, just like the restroom. Equal opportunity and
pressure free, focusing on mission performance only. Not that pair bonds would not form even under those constraints, but it would at least attempt to
keep the Mickey Mouse to a minimum.
[edit on 7-2-2007 by ivymike]