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Wally Schirra: 1923�2007

Friday, May. 04, 2007 2:28 AM

Joining the list of notables who have passed away within the last month is astronaut Wally Schirra. Schirra was the only astronaut to fly Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions (though, as part of Apollo 7, he never had the opportunity to walk on the moon).

Of the original seven Mercury astronauts (and pat yourself on the back if you can name them all), only John Glenn and Scott Carpenter are still alive. (Hey! You've got three out of the seven! This should be easy!)

Of brief note from the debate between aspiring GOP presidential candidates is the answer to the question, "Who doesn't believe in evolution?"

That would be Sam Brownback, Tom Tancredo, and Mike Huckabee.

So, a follow-up question for the gentlemen. Exactly how is it, in the absence of evolution, that we have this whole skin color thing going on? We're all descended from Adam & Eve, right? Did God introduce pigmentation shifts when he knocked over the Tower of Babel?

It certainly can't be an adaptation over successive generations to regional climate, because that would be � um, let me think ��oh, yeah! That would be evolution.

And Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has proposed repealing the Authorization to Use Military Force that President Bush took as carte blanche to go after Saddam.

I've only been advocating that for the past couple of years. Senator John Warner had been shopping the idea around for a few weeks, but it took Clinton and Robert Byrd to actually put the motion forward.

However, Clinton is still fence-sitting and trying to spin her position as against the war, but not against precipitous withdrawal of the troops. Here's a hint, folks ��stop playing the game by Bush's rules. The majority of Americans support an end to the war, and don't see that as inconsistent with a strong national security policy.

So stop waffling about how you'll be perceived on the issues, or you'll be playing the same word games with McCain and Giuliani all the way to next November.

The Ministry has received 2 comment(s) on this topic.

John - 2007-05-04 17:16:11
The original Mercury Seven astronauts were Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, and Deke Slayton --in the order of their flights (I�ve left out the "Juniors" �- as most of them were, and the full proper names --let's not quibble!). Deke never got to fly a mission � but he did get to be the Astronauts' boss through the Apollo program. Sorry; couldn't resist!

Minister - 2007-05-04 19:00:18
Yay! And, for those of us who weren't children of the Space Age, the full proper names were Virgil I. Grissom and Donald K. Slayton. (Grissom was killed in the command module fire during Apollo 1.)