Sally Ride Obit

by W.F. Price on July 29, 2012

Some people have been wondering how I feel about recently departed Sally Ride. Well, I never paid her any attention before, but I did a bit of cursory research, so here it is:

Daughter, student, astronaut, wife, divorcée, lesbian, deceased.

No issue.

Rest In Peace, Sally Ride.

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Anonymous age 70 July 29, 2012 at 18:44

I would agree. The fact that we did not need to listen to male-bashing from her is a good thing. The way it should be. Right on, Mr. Price.

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zed July 29, 2012 at 19:38

“Ride, Sally, Ride?” ;)

For all you Lou Reed fans out there –
http://www.lyricsfreak.com/l/lou+reed/ride+sally+ride_20085255.html

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jimbo July 29, 2012 at 19:40

Wow! That is my immediate reaction to actually hear a truthful opinion. We just hear it so rarely. I gave a truthful opinion to my priest this morning regarding sharing authority in marriages between men and women. In direct contradiction of the words of St. Paul (The Gospel RIP for the Catholic Church), my priest informed me that it is the policy of the church to promote absolute and total equality in marriages in all ways. I tried to explain to him what the results of this police have been for our nation, but it was beyond his ability to comprehend. It is beyond him to be able to even imagine that someone who has been studying the perils of feminism for thirty years might know something that he doesn’t. Sally Ride? There were probably hundreds if not thousands of men who would have been more capable astronauts than her, yet she is supposed to be something of a hero? Fuck the bitch.

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Carnivore July 29, 2012 at 19:41

More importantly, you didn’t mention what’s missing, namely “mother”. She was supposed to be the role model for the next generation of girls. What next generation? Ride didn’t have any children.

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Glenn July 29, 2012 at 19:43

The opposite of love is not hate, but indifference. A peaceful soul and thoughtful mind will overcome feminist buffoonery every time.

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Gay State Girl July 29, 2012 at 20:26

The gay community attacked her quite a bit for not beng a spokeperson for their cause.

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codebuster July 29, 2012 at 20:34

Given that her role as “astronaut” was a part of the affirmative action program (state sponsored sexism directed against men) allocating to a woman what should have been allocated to a man (were assessments based solely on merit), I would reword this:

Daughter, student, wife, divorcée, lesbian, deceased.

No issue.

Rest In Peace, Sally Ride.

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freebird July 29, 2012 at 22:05

It was a horrific tragedy when the shuttle exploded.How anybody could make political hay on the deaths of those astronauts is beyond me.

How cares *IF* she was a lesbo?
Certainly not her school kids who watched her die.

Shame,Shame on the lesbian agenda for using her name like that.
(Not referring to you Mr. Price,it was pushed through the back channels of the media long before you wrote this piece.)

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Thin Skinned Masta BETA July 30, 2012 at 00:01

Respect.

I like your expression of class and restraint on this.

I don’t agree with everything that many folks in these pecular sparesly populated reactionary shadows of society. However the traditional values of respect, good manners, and normal politeness resonate with me.
There is little I despise more than the snarky mocking and shouting down to drown out ideological rivals that is so typical of the protest movement.

That said, I’m kind of disappointed that in all of the ink spilled to commemorate Ms. Ride, I never read about any concrete examples of her contributions to science. It seems the only thing people know about her was the fact that she was the first American to bring a uterus into outer space. I would like to think her contributions to her missions were more substantial than that. To be sure she was a smart and a very well discipline lady to get the PhD and Physics degrees from Stanford. I doubt many of our fellow readers could keep up with her in her specialties or in raw brain power. Nevertheless I can’t help finding it regrettable that someone of her gifts didn’t have the disposition or interest in breeding – whether she raised those kids together with their natural daddy or her chosen wife. When I compare the potential of her sharing her natural gifts with the sad outcome with the all to common results of our prevalent dysgenic breeding, I can’t help thinking that it would have left an even more noble legacy had she added “mother” to her many achievements.

But in the final analysis I of course remember that it was her life and I should definitely mind my own business. Only my legacy is in my power and my concern. I should spend more thought on maximizing my own potential before I waste any thoughts worrying about what these celebrities do with their lives.

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Gamerp4 July 30, 2012 at 02:01

Daughter, student, astronaut, wife, divorcée, lesbian, deceased.

I nearly spilled my morning coffee on that one, why is it that always Lesbian are married first and later realize that they are not feeling happy and they find their “inner” lesbian. I hope she find a Lesbian lover in hell.

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Mojo July 30, 2012 at 02:24

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sally_Ride_Science

Sally Ride Science was founded in 2001 by Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space, to develop and provide classroom materials, programs and professional development opportunities for K-12 educators. The company, based out of San Diego, California, maintains a strong focus on science, technology, engineering and math education among elementary and middle school students and the real-world applications of these concepts. The science books, student programs and professional development programs [b]place a strong emphasis on gender and racial equality in the classroom and provide role models of working scientists, engineers and mathematicians who exemplify this diversity in their respective fields.[/b]

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DCM July 30, 2012 at 02:55

I’m glad there was no great publicity about her being a lesbian, and surprised the feminists passed up that opportunity.
I didn’t know she was till she died and it was in the news. That’s as it should be.

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The Geezer July 30, 2012 at 05:11

Yup, that is about it.

It does bring that question back to mind, though.

Gayness is not a choice, you are born with it, so they say.

So, howcome there are so many wimmin’ who are now gay, that have kids and were married? Like my next door neighbor. And howcome when they partner up with a woman, is the partner the nicer one (like my next door neighbor)

Just askin’.

The Geezer

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Uncle Elmer July 30, 2012 at 06:52

She seemed ok and a little annoyed with the “Ride, Sally Ride” hoopla.

Just guessing but I’ll bet she would not have been in support of Title IX in “STEM” but would have advised women on the realities of getting a technical education and jobs.

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Uncle Elmer July 30, 2012 at 07:01

Maybe I’m wrong. Googling(Sally Ride Title IX) and you get a lot of hits implying that “thanks to 40 years of Title IX” Sally Ride was the first American women in space…”

but reading the essays it seems she made all her accomplishments before Title IX, and its proponents are using her as an example of its success in inspiring young girls and women…

were it not for feminism Sally Ride would have been swabbing floors somewhere.

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reality July 30, 2012 at 07:42

A Russian woman was the first to fly in space, Tereshkova, in 1963, two decades (!!) earlier than Ride, the first American female to go into space (only in 1983). Pretty scandalous for such a “feminist” country as America claims to have been.

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Keyster July 30, 2012 at 08:27

She was a STEM activist, with particular focus on young girls. She was supposed to have inspired a generation of girls to take science and math. While she may have inspired the “Grrl Esteem” movement, very few girls went on to get degrees in math and science as a result of Sally Ride; if she inspired girls it was short-lived.

She was frustrated by the fact young girls were very interested in math and science initially, “…but for some reason we lose them around the age of 13.” MMmmm…I wonder why that would be. Because they discovered an interest in boys? Not surprisingly, Sally was able to keep her interest.

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zed July 30, 2012 at 08:28

How cares *IF* she was a lesbo?
Certainly not her school kids who watched her die.

You may be thinking of Christa McAuliffe. Ride died recently after a bout with cancer. I doubt that any of her school kids were there to watch.

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Keyster July 30, 2012 at 09:26

You may be thinking of Christa McAuliffe. Ride died recently after a bout with cancer. I doubt that any of her school kids were there to watch.

And if you can train a school teacher to become an astronaut in a few months, can it really be that hard?

Sally Ride fit the exact profile for NASA’s Affirmative Action cred, which they were being pressured to implement. (To this day NASA is very affirmative action sensitive.) Many women applied and were turned down, a few never made it to the end-stage programs. But Sally Ride proved that a woman can have “the right stuff”, like Amelia Earheart proved a woman can fly long distances.

OK so now that we know she won’t become hysterical during her period while in outerspace and allow her used tampons to clog the toilet, what do we do with this information? Just because a woman accomplishes something normally associated with men, is this inspiring young girls to spontaneously excel en masse and compete against men in male dominated arenas? Or are women like Sally Ride the exceptions that prove the rule?

As more women make inroads they be will evaluated on a bell-curve to meet the minimum requirements, if the requirements aren’t “normalized” to begin with. It’s not about quality, it’s about quota. Think of your daughter’s ESTEEM.

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zed July 30, 2012 at 11:07

And if you can train a school teacher to become an astronaut in a few months, can it really be that hard?

The last NASA mission to actually require “astronauts” was Apollo 17. The literally named space “shuttle” had no astronauts on board – simply pilots and passengers – the “short bus” into near space, and back.

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Attila July 30, 2012 at 19:57

Womyn don’t need to become astronauts to be “in orbit” — a lot of them seem to be spaced out anyway.

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jaego July 30, 2012 at 20:18

Remember the astronauta who drove across country to kill her rival? She wore adult diapers so she wouldn’t have to stop for bathroom breaks on the way….

Short Bus! I saw that. I thought of the old song Ride, Captain, Ride upon your mystery ship when I read Sally’s name.

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DirkJohanson July 30, 2012 at 21:07

Hats off to Sally Ride – by becoming the first human woman in space, she managed to accomplish what several monkeys had already achieved decades before.

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Kyubi July 31, 2012 at 01:42

Hmm women women in space !? Very good idea to lose a 100.000 $ tool box in orbit…
BTW, pilot of the shuttle are always men coz, it require real competence and must handle stress: a few degree too much you bounce back into space, a few degree fewer you are in over-speed and you can overheat the shuttle in a fatal way…

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freebird July 31, 2012 at 03:55

“You may be thinking of Christa McAuliffe.”

Thanks for the correction zed.
I was going off a failed memory and just knee-jerk spouting off.
Do appreciate the correction!

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ActaNonVerba July 31, 2012 at 18:32

I haven’t followed the story at all except I did hear something about her sister (some whacked name, can’t remember what it is) talking about the lesbianism and I got the impression her sister was basically dishonoring her memory and trying to get a little of her own fame and money of her sister’s sexual choices.

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Survivorman July 31, 2012 at 21:26

@Keyster,

“like Amelia Earheart proved a woman can fly long distances.”

I read somewhere that Amelia could not be bothered to learn how to use her radio-navigation equipment properly, and (guess what) got lost over the trackless Pacific Ocean, looking for a tiny speck of an island..

Cause –> Effect. Fail.

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Common Monster August 3, 2012 at 08:06

Ironic, Sally Ride inspired a generation of young women to go into space — just in time for NASA to not need them.

According to feminist theory, there should be hoards of them. Enough to be marching on Congress to get the budget knocked up good. (And Congress would listen.) Instead, we have the slut walker protests.

Maybe they need to start making scientific calculators in hot pink.

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