Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Oh, it's just a sordid tale

A colleague of mine suggested that the story of Captain Nowak, USN, attempting to assault and/or kidnap a romantic rival is a tale fitting for the television show NCI... of course, we'd all claim it was so over the top as to be believable.

From Christine Hauser and the New York Times:
A NASA astronaut who drove hundreds of miles to confront a romantic rival, wearing diapers on the journey so that she would not have to stop to use the restroom, appeared in court today after being arrested on attempted kidnapping and other charges.
I love the diaper angle. I'm reminded of an episode of Law & Order where a woman stalked someone and wore diapers and a disguise. I wonder if the captain saw that episode, too.

From Michael Hedges and the Houston Chronicle:
All three members of the triangular relationship that has resulted in an attempted murder charge against Lisa Marie Nowak are military officers who could face consequences in their careers if facts emerge that document improper fraternizing or sexual behavior.

But for now, the Navy is content to let civilian authorities handle the case, a spokesman said today.

Nowak, as a Navy captain, outranked Air Force Capt. Colleen Shipman, who Nowak said in an affidavit she confronted because she suspected her of a romantic relationship with Navy Cmdr. William Oefelein, an unmarried fellow astronaut.
What a day for Captain Nowak. I'll bet she's wishing she'd made some different choices in the last couple of days...


  1. I for one really wish the media would shutup about this. It's really not that big of a deal that some batshit crazy woman tried to kill another woman.

    There are more pressing issues in this country, and many more stories I'd rather see air on supposed NEWS channels.

  2. Terry, I suspect the MSM has latched onto this is the same reason I've latched on to this:

    * It has an element of sex, want, and loss.

    * We've all had unrequited love; it's just that most of us were 14 not 43.

    * We see Captain Nowak as a success... and wonder what the h*ll happened.

    * The story has that Jerry Springer quality, and we figure we can watch it because the principles in this story are all bright, well-educated, successful... not the unwashed American underbelly seen on Springer... even though the tale is the same.

    * Yes, there are more pressing issues... but sometimes we need to take a reality from the dark stories and sense of total doom and sit back and realize our lives could be a lot worse.

    I could go on... but I think you get the idea. Me, I'm fascinated that someone would drive 900 miles while wearing a diaper in order to "talk" to the a rival for love and lust. And I wonder what brought about this downward spiral.