Astronaut Sally Ride Dead at 61

After a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer, Astronaut Sally Ride died on 23 July, 2012.
Ride joined NASA in 1978, and in 1983 (STS-7, Challenger) became the first American woman in space.She was 32 at the time which also made her the youngest astronaut.

STS-7

Her second space flight was in 1984 STS-41G), also on board the Challenger.She was in training for her third flight when the Challenger disaster occurred. Ride served on the accident investigation board and headed the operations subcommittee.

Following the investigation, Ride was assigned to NASA headquarters in Washington, DC, where she led NASA’s first strategic planning effort, authored a report entitled “Leadership and America’s Future in Space”, and founded NASA’s Office of Exploration.

In 1987, Ride left her position in Washington, DC, to work at the Stanford University Center for International Security and Arms Control. In 1989, she became a professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego and Director of the California Space Institute. In 2003, she was asked to serve on the Space Shuttle Columbia Accident Investigation Board. She was the president and CEO of Sally Ride Science, a company she founded in 2001 that creates entertaining science programs and publications for upper elementary and middle school students, with a particular focus on girls.

According to Roger Boisjoly, the engineer who warned of the technical problems that led to the Space Shuttle Challenger accident, Ms. Ride was the only public figure to show support for him when he went public with his pre-disaster warnings (after the entire workforce of Morton-Thiokol shunned him). Sally Ride hugged him publicly to show her support for his efforts.

She is survived by her mother, Joyce; her sister, Bear; her niece, Caitli; nephew, Whitney and Tam O’Shaughnessy, her partner of 27 years.

What Gay Rights?

So I shared this picture on my Facebook. That prompted a comment from Number One Son.

#1 Son: “Does this mean you’re changing your opinion on the matter?”

Me: “My opinion has never changed”.

#1 Son: ” So then you missed the point of this picture? I’m so confused.”

Me: “Nope. You’re just confused about my opinion.”

Let me Clarify

My Number Two Son came out when he was 19. It was a gut wrenching decision that he agonized on. He was terrified of how I’d react.  With his step Mom’s encouragement he sucked it up and went for it. As the tears flowed he said, “This means you won’t Love me anymore. This changes everything.” I said, “This changes nothing. They still have to have a good credit history. They still have to have a good medical history. If they break your heart, I break their back”.

Hugging ensued.

If two people of LEGAL age are in Love, I feel they are entitled to live Happily Ever After. Period. No marches. No legislature. No intrusions into my religion. Live and let live. Government reaches too far into our personal lives without giving them an inroad into the bedroom.

But then you say, “What about the Civil Rights movement of the 60’s?” What about it? That’s comparing apples and oranges. No wait. maybe not.  Dr. Martin Luther King advocating equal rights for all people, regardless of race. I have to attend training every year reminding me that I can’t discriminate according race, religion,national origin, age or sexual preference. The Battle for “Gay Rights” has already been won. If your Gay, please join the group.

If a man and a woman want to get married they have to get permission from the State. It’s called a marriage license. Only with that duly recorded piece of paper can they get to the church on time. If Debbie loves Susan, they should get they butts to court and get a civil union. Straight people do it all the time. Then I don’t care if they get married in a church (that allows this), or have a binding ceremony, cut the head off of chicken or jump the broom. Whatever they want to do. Don’t be offended, I just listed ways straight couples celebrate their union. Please join the group.

Please don’t try to change my religion just because you and I disagree on Dogma. This country was founded on religious freedom. Freedom OF religion not freedom FROM religion. American religious beliefs are so diverse there is a niche for everyone.Find one. Can’t find one? Found one.

A lesbian friend of mine was all excited that “Gay Marriage” was going to be legal in Nevada. I told her I was against it. She was shocked. “But your support Gay Rights? You go to Pride. Your son’s gay. How could you be against it?” I told her that I oppose any law that excludes people. That laws should apply to everyone. “Who is being excluded?”, she asked.

Me. That’s who.

I support Straight Pride. Why is that wrong?

If a man and a woman want to get married, they get married. With the passage of “Gay Marriage”  two men or two women can get married and enjoy all the rights, privileges and responsibilities as a straight couple. But I’ve been married twice. What if I find a woman I want to share my life with (and I may have, thank you)? What if I’ve been burned by Holy Matrimony so bad I don’t want to marry her? Why can’t I visit her if she’s in the hospital? Why can’t I add her to my health insurance? What tax bracket to we file under? Single? Married? Can there be an “Other”?

This is why I’m not homophobic but am dead set against the politification (is that even a word?) of the Gay Community. Gay Rights isn’t about marriage or personal freedoms or anti-discrimination. It’s about Power. Politicians, especially on the Left but on the Right as well are using the GLBT movement to undermine the basic foundation of our American society. Gay couples aren’t destroying the American Family. Leftist bastards in politics are doing that and leaving Gay Folk holding the bill.

I want to be a grandfather. As things are shaping up the kids might have to adopt. I will wind up with two grand-kids in the family and three Dads and one Mom. No….three Moms because my daughter has two Moms now.  Love shouldn’t be divided. It should be multiplied.

My daughter sums it up perfectly…

“I Love my Moms.”

Fuck you Harry Reid, we’re a family in spite of you.

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