The east coast of the U.S. is experiencing miserable weather today. Freezing cold, ice, and snow. And the winds are so fierce in D.C. today, that the wind chill can be felt in Houston.
Wayne Hale, #1 shuttle hugger, has been sacked. A rift in the Force has occurred.
Of course, no one is really ever fired from the senior executive service. They are only re-assigned and moved from their home port to a remote location until they decide to give in and find other employment. In Hale's case, he will move to the ice coast and serve at Viceroy Gerst's side as a DoD liaison watching RS-68s come off the assembly line. That's what he gets for falling on his sword and getting in the way of the Constellation Program, protecting his test stands at Stennis and his floor space at Michoud.
And you can bet that Viceroy Hanley is walking a little bow-legged today. But he better watch his back now. The angry bear has been awakened.