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181 comments

Astronaut Jose Hernandez congressional candidate (4, Funny)

voidmstr (143616) | more than 2 years ago | (#39585659)

We wrote him a song (music video) http://pocho.com/this-is-ground-control-to-major-juan-song-for-a-latino-astronaut/

Re:Astronaut Jose Hernandez congressional candidat (1)

k6mfw (1182893) | more than 2 years ago | (#39586213)

I wonder if there are those that bring up this character from the 20th century, Jose Jimenez. Real popular back then, and resurrected by Scott Glenn in the movie, The Right Stuff (which no comedian will dare nowadays)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncBSOyte6lA [youtube.com]
And speaking of Streisand Effect (nobody knew of this election before this whole "title" fiasco), could extra publicity increase awareness so in future Hernandez can win governor position? (I don't think Calif ever had a latino governor).

Hmmm (2)

SJHillman (1966756) | more than 2 years ago | (#39585669)

Misread the name of his opponent as Jeff Dahmer at first. That would have been an interesting race.

Re:Hmmm (2)

Endo13 (1000782) | more than 2 years ago | (#39585721)

I misread it as Jeff Dunham at first, which would also have been interesting.

On topic, I'm glad this guy won this case. I'm not a democrat, but I have high respect for astronauts, whether current or former, and I support his right to use that as his occupation if he wishes.

Re:Hmmm (1)

iamhassi (659463) | more than 2 years ago | (#39585901)

Yeah, I'm not sure why they were fighting it in the first place. Did they want him to put retired astronaut? I could see that, but to say he wasn't a astronaut at all is wrong.

Re:Hmmm (1)

compro01 (777531) | more than 2 years ago | (#39586095)

They might've wanted him listed as "engineer". Would stand out less.

Re:Hmmm (1)

nschubach (922175) | more than 2 years ago | (#39586205)

I'm sure that's what it is. If you put an exotic title on the ballot, I'm sure more people would vote for you by title alone.

Re:Hmmm (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39587693)

Shows how both parties are aware just how ignorant the voters can be sometimes, "oh I'll just vote for the astronaut". I have no issue with using the title after leaving NASA though, however if he'd been gone for decades 'former' or 'retired' might be in order but it's not worth the attention and a court battle in view, sounds like it was indeed where his last paychecks were coming from.

Funny though the guy wants to go from one of the most respected jobs in the US to running for one of the least respected jobs.

the astronaut party and the space-cadet party (3, Interesting)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | more than 2 years ago | (#39585677)

which are you going to vote for?

shameful what the republicans stoop to. I know both parties are scum but the repubs just seem to redefine what scum means.

fight any way you can, right? do whatever you can to win.

this is the US, in a nutshell.

Re:the astronaut party and the space-cadet party (4, Interesting)

sycodon (149926) | more than 2 years ago | (#39585755)

Yeah!

Next thing ya know, they will be spilling the court sealed details of their opponents divorce records or something.

Re:the astronaut party and the space-cadet party (1)

linear a (584575) | more than 2 years ago | (#39585849)

Indeed. More effective at being scum.

Re:the astronaut party and the space-cadet party (2)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 2 years ago | (#39586069)

And it's likely to backfire on the Republicans. You've just given him a bunch of perfectly free publicity of the worst sort - your opponent comes off as the good guy. Likely a significant fraction of the voting population would never had cottoned on to the fact that he is / was an astronaut. Now everybody knows. And if there is a generic hero in the 21st Century, it's got to be astronauts.

Even if you don't really care about NASA and space exploration, astronauts still have a pretty good (albeit not totally unblemished) reputation.

Nice work, bozos.

Re:the astronaut party and the space-cadet party (1)

Dishevel (1105119) | more than 2 years ago | (#39586215)

I agree with you mostly.
Although there are limits I would say.
Some career politician who did 4 years in the Army 25 years ago should not be able to put Soldier as his occupation.
But if you were flying in space in the last few years. I think you can put astronaut as your occupation.
Although in a few years when he runs again if he is just doing political stuff I do not think he should be able to use Astronaut as his occupation.
He can though list it as a previous job.
   

Re:the astronaut party and the space-cadet party (1)

everett (154868) | more than 2 years ago | (#39586599)

Regarding your Army analogy, see Eisenhower.

Re:the astronaut party and the space-cadet party (1)

jdgeorge (18767) | more than 2 years ago | (#39586871)

Regarding your Army analogy, see Eisenhower.

My short-term memory goes back far enough to recall John McCain.

Re:the astronaut party and the space-cadet party (2)

Phreakiture (547094) | more than 2 years ago | (#39587281)

Per Wikipedia (usual disclaimers go here), Eisenhower's years of service in the Army were continuous up to the year of his inauguration, and resumed when he left office.

Anybody know different?

Re:the astronaut party and the space-cadet party (3, Informative)

CrimsonAvenger (580665) | more than 2 years ago | (#39587449)

This is correct. Eisenhower was a soldier from 1915 till his inauguration, and became a General again upon leaving the White House.

Re:the astronaut party and the space-cadet party (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39586255)

Remember, they're TRUE AMERICAN HEROES(tm) (pause for patriotic music and flag-waving background)! Unless they're running for the other party, then they're clearly not Real Americans.

Even worse, I heard this was done with the help of science! Once God has made space ready for us, we will be delivered there with the other true believers, not with a blasphemous rocket.

Re:the astronaut party and the space-cadet party (0)

dan828 (753380) | more than 2 years ago | (#39587319)

Hey, it's California, which is pretty close to being single party rule. Republicans are trying anything to get a little bit of say in the government. Districts out in the central valley, like this one, are the only places they even have a chance to elect some one.

I think of astronaut as a formal title (5, Insightful)

sandytaru (1158959) | more than 2 years ago | (#39585681)

It's more than just an occupation. You can say "I used to be an accountant" but, like being a Senator or a Congressman or the President, you've earned that title for the rest of your life.

Re:I think of astronaut as a formal title (4, Funny)

SJHillman (1966756) | more than 2 years ago | (#39585733)

In that case, I want to be Paper Delivery Guy Clerk's Assistant Dishwasher Warehouse Delivery Guy Resident Assistant Network Intern Network Consultant Steve!

I think I earned it. I was a damned good dishwasher.

Re:I think of astronaut as a formal title (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39585881)

You forgot Blackboard Monitor. It may be important to break a tie.

Re:I think of astronaut as a formal title (3, Funny)

Adriax (746043) | more than 2 years ago | (#39586297)

But admitting he was a destroyer of words would kill his polls in Überwald.

Re:I think of astronaut as a formal title (1)

AngryDeuce (2205124) | more than 2 years ago | (#39585919)

Go for it! I mean, do we really need to regulate job titles now? If so, resumes are about to get a lot less colorful...

Re:I think of astronaut as a formal title (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 2 years ago | (#39586931)

We regulate quite a few of them. I can't technically call myself an engineer in my state even though I am one and employers don't really care that I don't have the legal title. Lawyer, dentist, M.D., dietitian, and others are protected nationwide and for damn good reason imo.

Paper boy? Shit, if you want that title then I don't even care if you've ever slung a rolled up piece of bird cage liner into the mud before.

Re:I think of astronaut as a formal title (1)

s73v3r (963317) | more than 2 years ago | (#39587763)

In the legal sense, Engineer, or Professional Engineer, has a specific meaning, and that's why you can't go around calling yourself that, even though you have studied some form of engineering. Engineers are usually the ones who have to sign off on a project, and legally that means that they have examined everything, and have found it to be meeting standards, and that the calculations show that it will actually work. And they're also held responsible for that.

Re:I think of astronaut as a formal title (1)

tqk (413719) | more than 2 years ago | (#39587205)

Go for it! I mean, do we really need to regulate job titles now? If so, resumes are about to get a lot less colorful...

We have laws prohibiting false advertising. I think resumes that told the truth would be an improvement.

Re:I think of astronaut as a formal title (1)

s73v3r (963317) | more than 2 years ago | (#39587783)

But then what would recruiters do?

Re:I think of astronaut as a formal title (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39585867)

It's more than just an occupation. You can say "I used to be an accountant" but, like being a Senator or a Congressman or the President, you've earned that title for the rest of your life.

I would have thought it's the other way around - "accountant" is generally a qualification, or at least shorthand for one like CPA, ACA, ACCA etc. Most people don't stop being accountants regardless of what work they subsequently do. Similar with engineer, if you really are an engineer, or a doctor etc. Astronaut sounds much more like a job description than that.

I agree that people can't, and shouldn't be able to, easily escape the stigma of being a politician though - that sort of thing sticks.

Re:I think of astronaut as a formal title (1)

Surt (22457) | more than 2 years ago | (#39585877)

I kind of wonder what the legal requirements are ... I mean, I'm an astronaut. That's my one and only desired career. Sure, they won't take me in the space program because I have glasses, but I'm actively pursuing change in that policy. I write code on the side to pay the bills while I work on my real career.

Re:I think of astronaut as a formal title (2)

Analog Penguin (550933) | more than 2 years ago | (#39585911)

Well, the fact that Hernandez has actually worked as an astronaut and been to space would be one thing that differentiates him from you.

Re:I think of astronaut as a formal title (1)

Surt (22457) | more than 2 years ago | (#39587731)

Right, but also from a significant number of people in the astronaut corps, who would all have a hard time coming up with any other job title.

Re:I think of astronaut as a formal title (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 2 years ago | (#39586221)

Pay the russians to fly you to the ISS and you will be a legitimate astronaut.

You can buy that title.

Re:I think of astronaut as a formal title (1)

lars_stefan_axelsson (236283) | more than 2 years ago | (#39586509)

Pay the russians to fly you to the ISS and you will be a legitimate astronaut.

No you'd be a cosmonaut. Which is a title I guess might not go too well on a US ballot. ;-)

Re:I think of astronaut as a formal title (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39587555)

Explain how that's any different from a NASA 'astronaut'

Re:I think of astronaut as a formal title (2)

tqk (413719) | more than 2 years ago | (#39587305)

Pay the russians to fly you to the ISS and you will be a legitimate astronaut.

You can buy that title.

There's "astronauts", and then there's "The Right Stuff." You can buy the former, but not the latter.

Re:I think of astronaut as a formal title (1)

QuantumLeaper (607189) | more than 2 years ago | (#39586797)

20/100 or better vision but they have to be correctable to 20/20 that is to be a Commander or Pilot and it easier for a Mission Specialist, you need 20/200 or better but again it as to be correctable to 20/20 get into the as a Astronaut program. Here are the requirements from 2004... http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/postsecondary/features/F_Astronaut_Requirements.html [nasa.gov]
I couldn't find anything more recent.
Also to get your Astronaut wings, you need to go up 80km (50mi) in the US, if you want Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) to recognize it, you need to go up 100km (62mi).
The only really difference is 6 more X-15 pilots get their wings under the US rules.

Re:I think of astronaut as a formal title (1)

s73v3r (963317) | more than 2 years ago | (#39587797)

Correctable how? Contacts? Glasses? Laser surgery?

Re:I think of astronaut as a formal title (1)

sribe (304414) | more than 2 years ago | (#39585993)

It's more than just an occupation. You can say "I used to be an accountant" but, like being a Senator or a Congressman or the President, you've earned that title for the rest of your life.

Well, in the USA, "President" is NOT a title that one carries for life. This has been accepted practice since the very first president, and the ONLY ex-president who refused to accept the loss of the title was Richard Nixon. All other presidents have been content to be referred to as "former president...", in fact, George Bush Sr was known to be quite insistent, and correct journalists on occasion--contemporaneously with Nixon having a hissy fit about being addressed as "Mr. Nixon".

Incorrect. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39586347)

You have it backwards. Only "President" is recognized as an appropriate title for an office holder (and only the President of the U.S.) after they are no longer in office. Referring to President Nixon, President Carter, President Reagan, President Bush, President Clinton, President Bush are all correct. Referring to any other office holder by their title once no longer in office is incorrect.

Re:Incorrect. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39586525)

It may be incorrect, but it is common with elected officials like governors, senators, and congressmen. Look at the dumbasses that still refer to Sarah Palin as "Governor Palin" even though she resigned that office a long time ago to reap the benefits of her fame.

Re:Incorrect. (2)

jdgeorge (18767) | more than 2 years ago | (#39587213)

Actually, not so [emilypost.com] . According to the guardians of American social protocol, the form of address "President Lastname or Mister President" is reserved for the current president.

As a side note, there are a couple [wikipedia.org] of interesting notes about the title [wikipedia.org] in Wikipedia.

Re:I think of astronaut as a formal title (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 2 years ago | (#39586127)

. . . like being a Senator or a Congressman or the President . . .

Please, please . . . do not compare the profession of astronaut with that of a politician.

Not even in an abstract analogy.

I mean, the US astronauts have enough problems, with their space program being outspaced and all . . .

Re:I think of astronaut as a formal title (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39586293)

Even if it's a title, as far as I understand from summary, they asked for "occupation", not "title". As in "stuff you are doing RIGHT NOW".

Re:I think of astronaut as a formal title (1)

chrb (1083577) | more than 2 years ago | (#39586641)

Occupation does not necessarily mean "stuff you are doing right now". It can also be used in context to mean the same as "career", "profession", "vocation" etc.

e.g. You could be unemployed, and when asked your occupation, answer "software developer" and it would be a valid response, particularly when your occupation involves prolonged training and a formal qualification.

Incorrect (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39586295)

Of the 3 you mentioned, only "President" is recognized as a "Title for Life". All others are always, "Former ....". It is inappropriate and incorrect to refer to a non-sitting congressman (congressperson/congressional representative) or senator as "Senator/Conrgress(man|person)". U.S. is not an aristocracy and titles are not granted for life nor can they be inherited.

Re:Incorrect (1)

eternaldoctorwho (2563923) | more than 2 years ago | (#39587077)

U.S. is not an aristocracy and titles are not granted for life nor can they be inherited.

You may want to check with the Bush family on that - specifically H.W. and W.

Re:I think of astronaut as a formal title (4, Interesting)

fermion (181285) | more than 2 years ago | (#39586437)

Put this in context. Most people choose what they call themselves. As long as they did so professionally, it seems to be ok. For instance, Reagan was considered an actor, although his his profession prior to politics was to organize acting labor against the studios.

Romney has been a politician for nearly 15 years but he still calls himself a job creator and businessman. Maybe the best business to be in politics.

Carly Fiorina has not been the CEO of anything in years, yet she is still considered an business executive more than a politician. Sarah Palin did not even complete one term as Governor before quitting, and she is called Governor.

This is a guy who has been into space, something that only maybe 500 people have done. He is an astronaut. Saying he isn't is sign of desperation.

Re:I think of astronaut as a formal title (1)

Daniel Dvorkin (106857) | more than 2 years ago | (#39586745)

But IOKIYAR. Always remember, IOKIYAR.

Re:I think of astronaut as a formal title (1)

s73v3r (963317) | more than 2 years ago | (#39587837)

Carly Fiorina has not been the CEO of anything in years, yet she is still considered an business executive more than a politician.

That's probably because she hasn't actually won anything politically.

Re:I think of astronaut as a formal title (1)

necro81 (917438) | more than 2 years ago | (#39586453)

Or, to add to your list of persistent titles, military officer ranks: Colonel, Admiral, General, etc. Even once they retire, they are still entitled to refer to themselves, or be referred to as, "General So-And-So." They can put it on their tombstone, if they choose. Although NASA is a civilian agency, it has a long history of sourcing the astronaut corps from the military, and "astronaut" is viewed as a quasi-military title.

Re:I think of astronaut as a formal title (1)

lars_stefan_axelsson (236283) | more than 2 years ago | (#39586687)

Or, to add to your list of persistent titles, military officer ranks: Colonel, Admiral, General, etc. Even once they retire, they are still entitled to refer to themselves, or be referred to as, "General So-And-So."

Technically, a commissioned officer is a commissioned officer as long as they don't resign their commission. This is whether they're paid by the military or not. As long as they retain their commissioned they're entitled to the rank. If they do resign their commission (which is unusual) they technically also lose their rank and title.

NCOs lose it when they quit though. Being NCOs.

Re:I think of astronaut as a formal title (1)

tqk (413719) | more than 2 years ago | (#39587099)

You can say "I used to be an accountant" ...

I take great pride in having failed miserably the accounting module in my programming course. It meant I'd never have to use Cobol.

I can't believe someone actually sued someone else over this. Holy !@#$, you Yanquis are nuts. :-O

["There are, in fact, girls on the Internet. And some of them program better than you." I'll put my perl up against yours any day (and you can fit all the double entendres you want to in there. :-)]

Taxpayer money (1)

din0 (2608929) | more than 2 years ago | (#39585727)

Glad we have good reasons to spend it on judgments like this.

Re:Taxpayer money (1)

Drummergeek0 (1513771) | more than 2 years ago | (#39585925)

To be fair, it was the party that sued, not the state. So, in theory, tax payer money was not involved.

Re:Taxpayer money (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39585963)

Unless the Republican party paid 100% of the costs to run the court for this joke of a lawsuit, then yes, taxpayer money was wasted.

Re:Taxpayer money (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39585995)

Yeah, because it's not like the taxpayers pay the judge, or for the computers to schedule things, or assistants that help handle cases or anything. Tax payer money was certainly involved.

Re:Taxpayer money (1)

Eponymous Hero (2090636) | more than 2 years ago | (#39586111)

spoken like a true repub

Re:Taxpayer money (1)

Desler (1608317) | more than 2 years ago | (#39586339)

The court system is funded by taxpayer money, moron.

Re:Taxpayer money (1)

Drummergeek0 (1513771) | more than 2 years ago | (#39587413)

Yes, but the court system deals with frivolous cases on a daily basis which means that this one isn't special.

Re:Taxpayer money (0)

Monchanger (637670) | more than 2 years ago | (#39586025)

And your answer to this supposed problem you raise, Mr. Cynic, would be... what?

Raise court fees from people who raise an issue with the election system?
Fine, or throw people in jail if the judge happens to rule against them?
Solve disputes the old fashioned way, in the Colosseum?

Way bigger a problem than the money spent on this minor lawsuit, is that we have taxpayers who are useless asshats who can only complain when taxes aren't spent on them personally, but couldn't be bothered to spend a minute to come up with a better idea.

Re:Taxpayer money (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 2 years ago | (#39586257)

Step 1 - imprison all politicians.

Step 2 - there is no step 2, everything was solved at step 1

Re:Taxpayer money (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 2 years ago | (#39586991)

You sure Step 2 isn't "set off the halon fire suppression system in the prison" or similar?

Re:Taxpayer money (1)

Monchanger (637670) | more than 2 years ago | (#39587071)

I stand corrected. The biggest problem is opinionated idiots. Thanks for pointing that out.

We don't need government regulation for everything (1)

F69631 (2421974) | more than 2 years ago | (#39586683)

You seem to think that the only way to reduce ridiculous lawsuits is through raising the fees or creating punishments. However, there is also another way: Cultural change. People aren't forced to do everything they're allowed to do. A political party could actually choose not to file frivolous lawsuits even if they're allowed to do so... And if they do, people should be able to complain about that without someone coming up with the silly straw man of "What? You want to abolish the legal system?!"...

Re:We don't need government regulation for everyth (0)

Monchanger (637670) | more than 2 years ago | (#39587031)

Did you really think my over-the-top hyperbole was a serious discussion of practical solutions? It wasn't meant to be. Sorry if that confused you to the point where you felt the need to devise your own straw man.

Best of luck wishing for a better world where things just sort themselves out. That's definitely practical, and so very likely.

Isn't that just nitpicking??? (4, Informative)

mark-t (151149) | more than 2 years ago | (#39585729)

I mean, if I do job X, oh... say, teaching, as a career and then resign to take up other interests, that doesn't mean I suddenly can't say that I'm a teacher when people ask me what I do for a living. My past careers are almost as much a part of who I am today as the one I'm in now.

Okay... maybe technically, it really should say "former austronaut", but like I said... I think that's just nitpicking at a detail that's entirely irrelevant.

Re:Isn't that just nitpicking??? (5, Insightful)

pympdaddyc (586298) | more than 2 years ago | (#39585761)

I think that's just nitpicking at a detail that's entirely irrelevant.

Welcome to politics!

Re:Isn't that just nitpicking??? (1)

Alomex (148003) | more than 2 years ago | (#39586535)

This is in no way a predetermined part of politics.

This only works because we have gotten used to it and we let them get away with it. In many other countries when opponents nit pick like this they tend to get punished in the polls so it is a lot less common.

Re:Isn't that just nitpicking??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39585875)

Why do regressive Republicans -- the American Taliban -- hate astronauts?

All I can say is, go Obama, 2012

Re:Isn't that just nitpicking??? (1)

TheSeventh (824276) | more than 2 years ago | (#39586545)

Well, it's not like anything would think he's running for office from space, so I doubt "former" is needed. Whichever idiot California Republican came up with the idea to sue should be booted out of the party and the state.

Should he also be allowed to call himself 'Scientist' and 'Engineer', or 'College Grad'?

Someone should tell the Republicans about the Streisand Effect. On second thought, no, nobody should tell them. It's better if they don't know.

Re:Isn't that just nitpicking??? (1)

osu-neko (2604) | more than 2 years ago | (#39587295)

Someone should tell the Republicans about the Streisand Effect. On second thought, no, nobody should tell them. It's better if they don't know.

Heh, yeah, TFA makes the same point:

The publicity the case has generated cannot please the California GOP, which was likely seeking to minimize the sway Hernandez' astronaut background might hold in the voting booth, said space history expert Robert Pearlman, editor of SPACE.com sister site collectSPACE.com.

"This had everything to do with using 'astronaut' as a political advantage," Pearlman told SPACE.com. "If you didn't know he was an astronaut before, you probably do now."

Re:Isn't that just nitpicking??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39587381)

Personally, I'd like to see some ex-politician-turned-astronauts. With a reduced NASA budget. Life support systems in particular.

Pretty Simple (1)

cirby (2599) | more than 2 years ago | (#39585737)

If he's got the astronaut wings, then he's an astronaut.

Now, if he's no longer in the program, then he should list it on his resume and not under current occupation, but that's not really too big of a deal.

If the race is so close that being an astronaut would get him enough votes to make a difference, there are other issues they should probably go after first.

Re:Pretty Simple (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39585937)

Actually, that's exactly what you can't say, because you are not a teacher any more, you resigned remember? You don't teach in a class, you don't have students, you are not to be called a teacher. It's simple as that, are you really that thick?

Re:Pretty Simple (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39586939)

You replied to the wrong poster....are you really that thick?

Re:Pretty Simple (4, Informative)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 2 years ago | (#39586501)

According to NASA, he last flew in 2009 and left NASA in January 2011 which is fairly recent. Incidentally, what does NASA call people who went through training but had not yet been in space? I think NASA called then astronauts as well. I don't see why the Republicans or anyone should care that much about it. We still call Neil Armstrong an astronaut and he hasn't been to space in the last several decades.

Hehe (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39585753)

I'm an asstronaut. I was riding Kathleen Fent's ass for years and even after she was married.

On the ballot (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39585763)

What the Republicans really wanted to put on the ballot was, "Uppity Brown Guy who will date your daughter and raise your taxes".

Re:On the ballot (2)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 2 years ago | (#39586815)

I can see why they sued then, 'cus if he gets to put "Astronaut who will date your daughter" on the ballot they wouldn't have a fuckin' chance!

Next he should run for cow boy. (1)

Kenja (541830) | more than 2 years ago | (#39585791)

And then fire man.

Laughable (1)

jmDev (2607337) | more than 2 years ago | (#39585809)

It's amazing what you can actually sue for today.

I am an astronaut too... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39585815)

I grew up riding rockets outside of K-Mart :p

Re:I am an astronaut too... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39585951)

What a coincidence, your mom grew up riding "rockets" outside of K-Mart, too!

Re:I am an astronaut too... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39586235)

That's how he was conceived! Nigga Tyrone forgot his condoms that day.

Inadvertent Steisand Effect (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39585885)

Congrats, California GOP. If voters didn't know the Democratic candidate was a former astronaut, they certainly do now.

The cache (1)

ch-chuck (9622) | more than 2 years ago | (#39585891)

I remember the time Space Head Dan Quayle referred to someone as a 'Fellow Astronaut'.

Ridiculous (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39585967)

So the point of the California republicans was that you could only list professions that you currently hold? Wouldn't every single person running for congress then have to list themselves only as "Campaigner"?

Re:Ridiculous (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39586487)

They could list themselves as "assive masshole", "corporate butt-whore", and such titles as well.

good grief (3, Insightful)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 2 years ago | (#39586089)

What a bunch of petty goddamned assholes.
Why don't you spend some effort actually trying to help the country instead of yourselves?

Re:good grief (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39586665)

Action makes people hate you. You do things they don't like. But smearing somebody not on your "team"? That gets you votes.

By the same logic (0)

docilespelunker (1883198) | more than 2 years ago | (#39586097)

By the same logic I can call myself a toddler.

Re:By the same logic (4, Insightful)

fredrated (639554) | more than 2 years ago | (#39586217)

By the same logic I can call myself a toddler.

If that was your profession, go for it.

30 Rock (1)

mp.dubya (940019) | more than 2 years ago | (#39586151)

This is good news for Liz; she can now vote for her imaginary boyfriend, Astronaut Mike Dexter

Why Is Occupation Even Listed? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39586443)

Why is someone's occupation listed on the ballot? What is the point?

Where I vote - Ohio - it just shows the name. Any other states do this?

What other (irrelevant, IMO) info is listed on California's ballots?

Exclusive club (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39586459)

There's only about 500 people in history who have ever flown in space. Astronaut is a title that is difficult to earn, extremely rare and not one that should be dismissed once you're no longer in the program.

Re:Exclusive club (0)

schwit1 (797399) | more than 2 years ago | (#39586655)

Are they looking to minimize his achievements or ensure the accuracy of his current occupation? Sounds like both.

He's not an astronaut but was one. His occupation should reflect what he does now. His resume should reflect his accomplishments.

Spaceman? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39586565)

Dr. Leo Spaceman can call himself anything.

Heard him speak, seemed like a good guy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39587753)

I had the pleasure of hearing him speak last year - he was really inspiring - mostly to me because of the age at which he was accepted into the program (42), and the fact that he worked in the fields as a temporary migrant laborer until he was 12. Pretty awesome, and I wish I could vote for him. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos [wikipedia.org] é_Hernández_(astronaut)

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