The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

07 February 2007

Lisa Nowak, NASA, Talk Radio, Dr Laura Schlessinger


Nowak's Crazed Journey Fuels Talk Radio Debate

*** Exclusive: Dr Laura's reaction below ***

Who says talk radio topics have grown old and stale?

Last week, for example, a series of electronic cartoon images shut down Boston for an entire day, with the culprits turning out not to be terrorists, but a major television network's promotions department.

Now, in a twisted tale even the most creative fiction novelist couldn't have imagined, a crazed astronaut has allegedly driven 900 miles to angrily confront a supposed romantic rival. And hey, why take time-wasting bathroom breaks? That's why nappies were invented!

Sure enough, on Tuesday, that detail led to more diaper jokes than could fit in a Huggies megapack. Sorry, Jay and Dave, talk radio beat you to the punchlines this time.

Meanwhile, the more we learn about this sad, yet strangely compelling tale of woe, the more it astounds us all. How could a successful, married mother of three and highly- regarded astronaut engage in this kind of behavior? From her mug shot, Nowak looked a lot more like a back- alley junkie than a NASA employee.

From Newsweek:

Colleen Shipman eyed the woman in the tan trenchcoat suspiciously. The woman appeared to have been following her ever since she left the baggage claim area at Orlando International Airport in the pre-dawn hours Monday.

The woman boarded the same bus headed for the long-term parking lot, disembarked when Shipman did and pursued Shipman as she headed to her car, according to a police affidavit. Nervous, Shipman quickly got in her vehicle and locked the doors. The woman slapped at the car window.

“Can you help me, please?” she asked Shipman. “My boyfriend was supposed to pick me up and he is not here.” The woman asked to use Shipman’s cell phone, but Shipman refused. When the woman indicated she couldn’t hear her, Shipman lowered her window about two inches. Then the woman unleashed pepper spray in Shipman’s face, according to a police affidavit.

Shipman quickly peeled out of her spot and headed to a toll booth, where she asked for police. When the cops arrived, one attended to Shipman, whose eyes were burning, while the other tracked down the mysterious assailant, whom he saw dumping some objects into a trash bin. Shipman arrived soon after with the other officer and identified the woman as her attacker, though the woman’s hair and clothing now looked different.

One officer soon learned why: in the woman’s bag, he found the trenchcoat; in the trash bin, he found a black wig, along with a plastic bag and a BB pistol. The cops arrested the woman and soon discovered her startling identity: Lisa Nowak, NASA astronaut.

It was a stunning turn of events for a decorated Navy captain with a stellar roster of accomplishments, including flying on a space shuttle mission last summer. Authorities allege that Nowak attacked Shipman over a mutual romantic interest: astronaut William Oefelein, who piloted the space shuttle Discovery in December. (Shipman works at Patrick Air Force base near the Kennedy Space Center and was returning home.) On Tuesday, authorities hurled an array of charges at Nowak: attempted murder, attempted kidnapping, attempted vehicle burglary, destruction of evidence and battery.

Adding to the already- peculiar nature of this story, lifelong friends and family members are stunned, with none of them apparently having seen this unhinged behavior coming:

(Baltimore Sun) Until Monday, the life of Lisa Marie Nowak -- diligent student, Navy pilot, astronaut, loving daughter, wife and mother -- was a point of pride for her circle of family, friends and NASA colleagues.

Then, that life of accomplishment came crashing down during an odyssey that ended in Orlando, where the 43-year-old space shuttle astronaut faces charges of attempted murder and the possibility of life in prison.

Few people -- including those closest to her -- understand what went wrong. And police are not divulging many details, except to say that Nowak drove from Houston to Orlando, where she stalked and then assaulted U.S. Air Force Capt. Colleen Shipman, who apparently was vying for another astronaut's affection.

But Nowak intended much worse, police said: She wanted to kill Shipman.

"We're just trying to figure out how to get her the help she needs," said Jonathan Rose, Nowak's brother-in-law, from his Darrett, Md., home this afternoon. As Rose spoke, his family huddled around the television, which showed Nowak being arraigned in an Orlando courtroom.

And with many details likely yet to emerge, it's doubtful the story will go away anytime soon. Should we pity Nowak, or despise her? Is she ill, or merely selfish?

For insight, your Radio Equalizer turned to nationally syndicated talker and best- selling author Dr Laura Schlessinger:

Radio Equalizer: Do the details of Lisa Nowak's strange story make any sense to you?

What compels a successful, married mother of three and astronaut to behave this way?

Dr Laura: Frankly, she sounds mentally disturbed and delusional.

Since they test these folks up oneside and down the other before they let them into the space program, I'd be wondering about drug abuse and stress issues.

So, is it possible Nowak has simply cracked under pressure? Or is there some other explanation for her behavior?

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Images: Orlando Sentinel, AP


  • Please.

    That's like asking Heidi Fleiss to comment on Monica Lewinsky...

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 07 February, 2007 00:42  

  • Hash, I thought of you when reading this story. Drugs ruin a mind. What are you on??

    By Blogger PCD, at 07 February, 2007 08:20  

  • The truth....

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 07 February, 2007 09:34  

  • PCD
    Drugs ruin a mind.

    correct, ask Limbaugh and his minions who believe a drug addled heroin addicts opinion over their own eyes

    Who cares what Dr. laura has to say anyway? She's no expert on anything. How's her mom doing by the way? Dr. laura is just another worthlesss piece of trash litering the airwaves and dumbing down America, shrieking about "family values" as her mom rotted away.
    AM talk radio, for the ignorant, insane and functionally retarted. Hi Brian!! All of your heros are human excrement, Dr. Laura, Limbaugh all trash.
    I used to work at Radio Today, a company peddling Dr. laura. I actually resigned because I have ethics.

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 07 February, 2007 12:19  

  • More on radio frauds.
    Dr. laura holds a degree in Physiology, nothing to do with professional advice, but rather her degree is in how a human body functions physically.

    Limbaugh, never even registered to vote untill he was in his 40's, holds no degrees either

    When you trust AM talk radio, you are letting the blind lead the blind

    A.m radio is dangerously deceptive for the most part

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 07 February, 2007 12:31  

  • Another pair of angry rants by a failure of a person.

    MoP you admitted to working in a Fulfillment Center taking orders for Rush merchandise. That sounds like a minimum wage job. But, when you have to rely on your wife for support and protection, I guess any job will do if you even work, MoP.

    By Blogger PCD, at 07 February, 2007 13:54  

  • I didn't know that you had such hatred for Americans who are gainfully employed, fudgie. Surely, they will be interested to learn of this, no?

    As for Schlessinger, there is a reason her own people call her "zonah"...

    The "astronaut in a diaper" story is bizarre, but not nearly so much as the nature of the stories now being trotted out to distract Americans from the impending Iran catastrophe for Israel and continuing Rethug malfeasance....

    I believe the lemmings are awakening to these tactics.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 07 February, 2007 14:43  

  • PCD
    actually hack, I worked for radio today in 1994, a long time ago. I worked in the production and archives area, they used to produce "flashback with Bill St. James" a classic rock show. I quit when I discovered they also syndicated Dr. laura. Rush was not affiliated with radio today at the time hack.
    It was not a "fulfillment center" in 1994, it was a production house located on West 57th St in NYC, and they also syndicated bad radio shows, like Flashback, Rick Dees, and Dr. Laura. So, assh*le, once more you were proven wrong.

    I actually work for the city of N.Y, in a budget department for an un-named agency , I will not divulge. I will within 2 years have a cushy civilian job on a military base, are you jealous?
    I work hard, I landed a great job in NYC, and have busted my ass at various jobs since I was 14, sissy.

    You on the other hand, live in your mother's creepy basement, with the crackling sound of AM talk radio in the background Every day at 6PM, Mommy stretches her head towards the entrance of your filthy basement and says "dinner's ready"

    I'm hardly a failure, I earn a decent living, make important decisions for NYC as in I help determine where money is spent. Jealous?
    I will land a similar job only this time for the US Army, because of my experience and knowledge.
    I have done a lot in my life, from managing a mail order company to substitute teaching 6th grade, to working briefly in commercial radio , to what I do now.

    And you?
    you filthy little degenerate Mama's boy????

    "go on home your mama's calling you"
    Jerry Garcia "cosmic Charlie"

    Cons, always project their failure and make it yours. This is what they do.

    Poor PCD, he worships a hack like Dr. Laura and her bogus "marriage therapy"

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 07 February, 2007 15:16  

  • I agree.

    MOP's posts have the ring of a responsible, intelligent individual, not some backward farmer in some flyover state.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 07 February, 2007 15:21  

  • MoP, so you ae a bagman for the Democrat party. You'll only get such a cushy job as patronage from a corrupt Democrat administration.

    Hash, your are an angry individual filled with contempt.

    Oh, MoP, I doubt you could pass a background check. They examine you 8 ways from Sunday, and now they examine your internet writings. You've tripped yourself up too many times.

    By Blogger PCD, at 07 February, 2007 15:36  

  • "Hash, your are an angry individual filled with contempt...."

    So? That's not illegal....

    Contempt for you and your associates? That would be absolutely correct...

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 07 February, 2007 16:11  

  • I don't work for the Democratic party, you flunkie, I work in the budget and finance department of a city agency, which has nothing to do with politics. As far as my civilian military job, it's in the bag loser. You seriously are one pathetic flunkie. You project your failure on to others, and they can look at my "postings" all they want, they display patriotism, you are one paranoid freak. Civilian jobs are not a problem EVER when you are military family. Get a life, seriously.
    You are a joke, I work for the "democratic party" HYSTRICAL

    This is the paranoia of a right winger living with his mother.

    I'm do not have the leisure to discuss what department in NYC I work for, but it has absolutly nothing to do with politics or politicians, you brain dead, Am talk radio brain fried reprobate.

    Talk radio has short circuited your tiny brain so incalculably you can't even fathom that a hard working all American man such as myself can be a Liberal and work a non-policial job in the civil service area. Live Pavlov's dog, you drool and draw the most preposterous conclusions that I somehow work in politics. This is the result of too much talk radio.

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 07 February, 2007 16:17  

  • Hash's contempt is worthy, you are worthy of contempt. You support an Anti-American neo-conservstive agenda that shows contempt for the troops(see waxman hearings), contempt for the poor, contempt for the enviornment, contempt for the elderly, contempt for the American taxpayer (as we learned today with the Waxman hearings)

    If you continue to support this sick neo-conservative

    You simply take big business and PNAC over America. Empire building is not American, you support an Anti-American agenda that used our tax $$$ and brave USMC, Army for a special agenda.

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 07 February, 2007 16:54  

  • Ladies? and gents,

    what the hell does any of your posturings have to do with the astronaut story?

    By Blogger Stacy, at 07 February, 2007 20:17  

  • I actually don't believe we should pass judgement on this story yet.

    We really don't have any facts, we have no idea what motivated the incident, or if it even happened the way it's being reported.

    The woman's marriage hit the skids two weeks ago. This is not an excuse for bizarre behavior, but it would seem to indicate that something very unusual...perhaps even more unusual than what has been reported. Let's wait and see...women have been known to take their own lives over less, and then her children have no mother as this what anyone wants?

    Too much joking and trash-talking in American society, over what could unravel to be a true-life American human tragedy. Too many people profiting off someone else's misery.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 08 February, 2007 00:36  

  • I don't know what licences Laura Schlessinger holds.
    (I do know that her doctorate is not in psychology, clinical psychology or any related discipline.)

    However, I know that any serious professional organization of psychological or social counselors would consider making diagnoses of people who have not been personally investigated as a breach of professional ethics.

    Laura Schlessinger is far more akin to a bearded lady at a carnival show or some flim-flam artist on the Psychic Friends Network than she is to a serious professional in the psychological sciences.

    By Blogger metrodorus, at 08 February, 2007 01:33  

  • Stacy
    your fellow functionally retarted cookie-cutter con started , I finish

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 08 February, 2007 09:17  

  • MoP, no you are finished, putz.

    Gee, two of the biggest leaches, hash and MoP, here are complaining? Weel, they are ingrates.

    By Blogger PCD, at 08 February, 2007 09:22  

  • MOP,

    Looking at this thread, it started between Hash and PCD. It did not involve you or me. Besides, Hash didn't ask for backup. He/she can fight their own fights.

    When I get attacked, I don't ask for backup. If it comes, it comes. But I am more than able to defend myself.

    "your fellow functionally retarted cookie-cutter con"??? I am proud to be seem to be proud to be liberal...but namecalling? For someone who used to be a school teacher(sub or full time), I would expect better than that from you. Especially from someone trying to make it in a talk radio format.

    MOP, if you remember from a few weeks ago, I gave you some suggestions on your show. Though I did not agree with what you said on the show, I didn't go after that. Its your show, not mine. Its America, First Amendment, blah blah blah. I can disagree with you, and vice versa w/o the namecalling.

    And when you went after the AM talk radio format(this thread on 2/7/07 12:31), are not most talk radio shows(either conservative or liberal) on AM? FM talk is relatively new. The point is, it seemed like you were throwing lib talk under the same bus as conservative talk.

    By Blogger Stacy, at 08 February, 2007 13:00  

  • Stacy, there's nothing wrong with solidarity (or perhaps the mere word frightens you?)

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 08 February, 2007 21:55  

  • HAsh,

    It's funny, I wasn't talking to you, was I? Somehow, you didn't(and probably still won't) understand that. Natch

    By Blogger Stacy, at 09 February, 2007 10:15  

  • But I was addressing you (and frankly, that's all you need to worry about)..

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 09 February, 2007 17:08  

  • Hash-trying to be the schoolyard bully by saying "(and frankly, that's all you need to worry about).."

    Like I care what you think or say. Again, still didn't answer my questions from weeks ago, like playing the race card, etc. Go back and answer the questions, if you are trying to be intellectually honest.

    They were honest questions, if you were wondering.

    By Blogger Stacy, at 09 February, 2007 18:27  

  • I did. And I wasn't.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 09 February, 2007 23:09  

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