Thursday, August 30, 2007

Astronauts were not FWI (Flying While Intoxicated)


Our nations capital has concluded that based on NASA investigations that there is no evidence astronauts had been drinking heavily before launching into space. Two unsubstantiated instances of heavy alcohol use before flights grabbed headlines in July. But NASA has been unable to confirm the allegations. "I was unable to verify any case in which an astronaut spaceflight crewmember was impaired on launch day," reports NASA safety chief Bryan O'Connor. (O'Connor is a former astronaut and shuttle accident investigator and as far as Legal Pub knows, never dated temporarily insane astronaut Lisa Nowak see Legal Pub Article dated 4-11-07 to refresh your memory about Lisa. )

However, O'Connor said flight surgeons should play a stronger "oversight" role in launch day activities. (Seems to be a clear invitation to play doctor which may cause serious problems... see Lisa Nowak case.)

NASA administrator Michael Griffin said pre-launch preparations for astronauts is so visible that it is nearly impossible to sneak a drink. (Let us toast to openness.)

11 comments:

brenda said...

Really? I would have to have a few belts before I could think about being confined with a bunch of smelly men for a few months.

Brenda

blond bombshell said...

Wow, like that is a relief. I spent all my nights worrying that the space shuttle was going to cross the double yellows into my path and my broomstick and I would not be able to get out of the way fast enough.

Shell

Ms. Calabaza said...

blond bombshell,

LMAO!
I'll drink to that . . .

Anonymous said...

Iron Mike said...

Gotta admit Shell, you even made me laugh.

I can't see where it is a big issue. Even if a crew member were drunk, they are on auto pilot. Besides, it is not like the space police are going to pull them over.

Iron Mike

Legal Pub said...

Given Virginia's ridiculous traffic fines, one could only suspect that flying the shuttle over Virginia under the influence would net a three million dollar fine.

Ms. Calabaza said...

Speaking of Virginia,
local police staked out an area of Winchester two days ago and nabbed 30 cars with drivers with no licenses. Why? The seem to have targeted an area where Mexicans live. They were each fined $950.00 and their cars were impounded. Of course these people will never get these cars back (most of these cars are just "transportion" - worth $500-$600 each and by the time they pay daily storage and the fine, it will not be worth it. The community is divided on this . . .
Interesting debate.

colleency said...

Ms. C. - If they don't have a license, can they get car insurance? If not, then it's right that the cars be impounded - too much risk of finanical hardship to other drivers if the uninsured motorist is in an accident.

Is it 'usuaul and customrary' for all drivers in VA to have their car impounded if they're found to be driving without a license? If not, then the debate is warrented.(IMHO).

Legal Pub said...

Some friendly advice: Always have high uninsured and underinsurance limits on your auto. That way, if you are hit by a car with little or no insurance, you will be covered under your own policy.

As for profiling illegal drivers, that probably violates the constitution. But looking at the situation on a practical basis, it is in fact a way to try to make the streets safer and promote insurance coverage in case of injuries.

california surfer dude said...

Let me tell you, if I was going to be flying in a cooped up capsul for several months, not only would I need to take a few belts before take off, I would need to bring a long several cases of whiskey and a couple of real cute women.
Now Shell, don't cast a spell on the messenger, I am just being truthful.

Surfer Dude

Anonymous said...

Good drink, but too expensive.

Saso said...

The sentence is JUST, it's a violent crime that deserves time. If a man is caught selling crack he will get a 20 year sentence for a non violent crime.