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Posts by Captain Rhino

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  • Death penalty possible for man convicted of killing Officer Travis Murphy

    07/28/2015 1:49:55 PM PDT · 9 of 9
    Captain Rhino to Morpheus2009

    That was a very interesting movie.

  • Aircraft 'bomb bag' limits on board explosion impact

    07/24/2015 2:50:02 PM PDT · 15 of 18
    Captain Rhino to Talisker

    Good sentiment but wrong application. This device keeps the inside explosion in. What you want is to keep the outside explosion out.

    Depending on the vehicle, these vehicles already use multiple layers of protection from stand-off bar armor, explosive reactive armor, various types of solid and composite armor, and interior spall liners. The later contain all the bolts and nuts and handles and fixtures that may be dislodged by an outside explosion and prevent them from becoming shrapnel inside the vehicle (along with scabs of armor plate that may come off of inner surfaces of body armor due to kinetic shockwaves).

    What this technology demonstrates is that there is a lot of innovative research and development going on right now that promises great levels of blast protection along with very significant reductions in weight. What we need to do is be very, very, very prudently in buying just enough of the old armor technology to meet current needs. That way we don’t foreclose investing in the new technologies once they mature because we blew our available procurement dollars in buying too much of the old armor technology. Once bought, some of these vehicles may serve 30, 40, or more years before being replaced.

    The first US HMMWVs came into service in the early to mid-1980s. The last won’t leave service until the mid-2030s (if then). Yes, the last model HMMWVs are not anything like the first but the point I am making here is the deadening effect on future procurement of all that sunk capital investment.

  • Man on the Moon July 20, 1969-Remembering the "Magnificent Seven" Serbs in the Apollo Space Program

    07/23/2015 6:38:52 PM PDT · 7 of 8
    Captain Rhino to Ravnagora

    Listened to the Apollo 11 broadcast from the Moon in a command bunker while attached to Lima Co, 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines. The company was guarding the Namo Bridge on Highway 1 just north of Da Nang, RVN at the time.

    Though there was no celebration where we were, we were proud of America’s accomplishment. Despite our problems at home and in the world, we seemed poised on the cusp of many wonderful possibilities.

    These many years later, America is still knocking the ball out of the park with our space faring accomplishments; the New Horizons flyby of Pluto last week being just the latest example. As for those problems at home and abroad, well, a powerful lot of work still needs to be done.

  • Silent 911 call leads police to find 5 fatally stabbed in Oklahoma home; 2 relatives held

    07/23/2015 8:28:21 AM PDT · 12 of 20
    Captain Rhino to cuban leaf

    Had a Samsung TracFone that started calling 911 all by itself. Got rid of it after it did this three times and the 911 operators used their system to call/vibrate the phone through the open link. The operators knew nothing was wrong because they had been listening for a few minutes prior to calling the phone and just heard normal conversation going on. Not quite a “butt dial” situation because the cellphone was in a belt case.

    Working with TracFone, we finally figured out that when the cellphone lost signal for a period of time (like in an electronically masked deep corner of the mall while doing my daily walk), it would go into emergency mode (which still permits outgoing 911 calls) and, if bumped in its belt carrier during that time, it would dial 911. Resetting the phone to its factory default settings didn’t cure the problem.

    Finally concluded that it was the phone and the service provider’s poor network coverage and got an iPhone5 smart phone and a new carrier.

  • Silent 911 call leads police to find 5 fatally stabbed in Oklahoma home; 2 relatives held

    07/23/2015 8:07:49 AM PDT · 10 of 20
    Captain Rhino to eastforker

    Unfortunately, based on other recently reported murder cases involving otherwise affluent teenage males, the cause of the murders may turn out to be something so trivial as an argument over suspending their Game Boy/Xbox playing privileges.

  • US oil futures break $50

    07/22/2015 2:57:14 PM PDT · 14 of 19
    Captain Rhino to MarchonDC09122009

    I know the US oil industry has been looking for efficiencies to lower production cost (or lower them even further). But how much lower does the price per barrel go before oil production in the upper Midwest finally does shut down and the US stops being a net exporter of oil?

    Being one has obviously had a major positive economic impact for the US and it has also given us a freer hand strategically when dealing with the oil sheiks. There have been some articles theorizing that they (the oil sheiks) are increasing production with a view toward shutting down US producers by tanking the price of oil. Sort of a “I can stand the pain longer than you can” strategy for driving the competition from the field and reasserting their dominance.

    However, I’m just an outside observer. What are your thoughts?

  • Ga. man who shot robber: 'I just did what I had to do'

    07/19/2015 5:12:40 AM PDT · 19 of 25
    Captain Rhino to smokingfrog

    Interestingly, the following portion of the text report was omitted from the broadcast video:

    “People are just sick of people running them up,” said Turner Co. Sheriff Andy Hester. “And robbing, and stealing, and pillaging, and people are tired of it. These people that’ll go out and do this kind of stuff need to realize- it ain’t always gonna fare to their favor, just because they’re a predator.”

    The Sheriff’s remarks were probably edited out due to time considerations, no doubt.

    Yeah, no doubt.

  • Ruger Precision Rifle (new long-range rifle - beautiful and inexpensive)

    07/18/2015 8:59:07 AM PDT · 43 of 83
    Captain Rhino to RoosterRedux

    Ah, yes. The black scary looking assault bolt action rifle. Let’s hyperventilate heavily and try to ban the evil looking thing immediately!!

  • NY Mag Article: "Feminist" Men Should be Okay with Wives Having Sex with Others

    07/17/2015 2:30:51 PM PDT · 64 of 82
    Captain Rhino to rightistight

    Oh, I get it. Male feminist = cockhold

    Can’t bring myself to read the article.

    Does she allow him to have sex with other women as he chooses as well or is this a decidedly one way street? What happens if she decides to have children by her lover? Is he going to be responsible to pay for raising them? Under current law he probably is. (It’s all about the children, you know.)

    This “man” doesn’t have a shred of respect for marriage, his children or himself. He, and any man who imitates his sorry example, will get exactly what they deserve.

  • Vanity: Those irritating "Pope Francis Said..." commercials on WMAL -- suggested action

    07/14/2015 4:52:05 AM PDT · 14 of 25
    Captain Rhino to Perdogg

    The same commercials are on WTOP (103.5 FM) in the Washington DC metro media market. My impression from their programming is that the WTOP primary market is southern Maryland and DC. I listen to it primarily for the traffic and weather reports which are given frequently each hour.

    The voice talent sounds like Morgan Freeman, who is an atheist if I recall correctly.

  • Students get $4.5M payout for enduring anti-Semitic bullying

    07/10/2015 4:38:01 AM PDT · 8 of 15
    Captain Rhino to Old Sarge

    General information: Do a search on Pine Bush school district New York anti-Semitism to get the background on this case. Major NYC paper coverage. The Village Voice provides a lot of community Twitter comments.

  • Solar activity predicted to fall 60% in 2030s, to 'mini ice age' levels: Sun driven by double dynamo

    07/09/2015 2:35:49 PM PDT · 37 of 68
    Captain Rhino to Paladin2

    Yeah, got to agree. A 60% reduction in total solar output ought to do a lot more than just cause a “mini-ice age.” Possible misplaced/misread decimal: .06 versus .60?

    Interesting cause; exactly out of phase waveforms.

    Of course, this raises the question of what mechanism causes the long duration ice ages. Gradual coming into phase also implies a gradual going out of phase on the other side (all other factors being equal) over an article-implied cycle of about 400 years.

    Since the pre-historic ice ages lasted thousands of years, how do you keep the waveforms in phase (or nearly in phase) over a very, very long time? Or is it the case that the 400 year cycle holds but something on Earth (or in the Earth’s atmosphere) once started by the diminished solar cycle activity took hold and caused the descent into the millennias-long grip of the ice?

  • 'Nothing to debate': Second Amendment, legal gun in my purse saved our lives

    07/08/2015 10:19:42 AM PDT · 27 of 64
    Captain Rhino to Hulka

    Years ago, I worked with a former Marine Corps Intelligence Officer (MOS 0202) who was an Air Force Academy graduate. When asked the obvious question about the dissonance between his alma mater and service, he said that graduates of the three U.S. military academies have the option of selecting the branch of the armed forces they want to serve in. The vast majority go on to serve with their academy’s sponsoring service but occasionally one selects a different branch.

    I also recall having an officer candidate from the US Military Academy at West Point in our Platoon Leaders Combined (PLC) Combined Course the summer I went to Officer Candidates School at Quantico. (Several decades ago now.)

  • Dad Banned From Dentist Exam Room Rushes In Anyways. (child is 5, VIDEO)

    07/06/2015 8:20:00 AM PDT · 28 of 50
    Captain Rhino to Gamecock

    Actually, there are other ways the two front teeth can be lost simultaneously .

    My second daughter lost her two front teeth at about that age (she was 6) when she rolled over in bed while asleep, fell onto the floor face first (about 18-24 inches) and, despite the rug, banged her baby front teeth hard enough to cause their “death” and require extraction. She loves to smile, so it made a cute 1st grade picture.

    She was complemented on her bravery by the dentist (Navy Reserve officer) when they were extracted. No papoose board required for her. She was also a lot more stoic than her older sister when it came to getting shots.

  • Your cat is on a killing spree that's destroying the planet; study finds you're in denial about it

    07/01/2015 9:35:54 AM PDT · 30 of 85
    Captain Rhino to Rio

    We have/had two cats.

    O Samurai-san, a small black and white male we got from the local shelter, was an indoor/outdoor cat (meaning he was indoors until the weather warmed up then he was outdoors). He was scruffy, a careless groomer and yep ...a killer. He died at age fifteen from a stomach tumor.

    Mi-ke (Japanese for calico), was adopted from the IAMS cat colony in Iowa. She is completely an indoor cat (by choice)and, other than being entertained by a mouse, wouldn’t have the foggiest idea what to do with it or that it was a food item. Other than vanilla ice cream, has no interest in human food. She is nineteen and has high blood pressure. (Yeah, I know... “how can a cat have high blood pressure?” Well, she does.) She is also now blind, so she gets around mostly by memory and bumping along using her whiskers to detect obstacles. We try to maintain a consistent arrangement of the furniture to aid her navigation and, lately, we have begun to close off areas of rooms she might get stuck in because she can no longer see how to get herself out of a confined space she wanders into. She is such a polite cat that she won’t call out for assistance but will just stay trapped there until rescued.

  • Warning: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends (and FB friends, and...)

    06/30/2015 7:51:25 PM PDT · 15 of 47
    Captain Rhino to dayglored

    Yeah, it sure is great for Microsoft to arrange this for us. And without us even asking. What a bunch of swell guys!</sarcasm>

    I retire in a little over 4 years (God willing). I can’t wait to ditch Microsoft (have to have it on the home PC for work) and go over to either open source or Apple (haven’t decided which yet).

    Maybe by that time the government will finally figure out who is to blame for all my security clearance data ending up in the hands of the Chinese. Oh, yeah! The OPM administrator says NO ONE is responsible. Another swell group of guys and gals.

  • That was FAST: Yesterday it was gay marriage; Now look who wants “equal rights”

    06/28/2015 7:45:14 AM PDT · 56 of 109
    Captain Rhino to null and void


    I thought the agreed PC order was Trans, then polygamists, THEN pedophiles.

    Must have missed an update from MSM somewhere.


  • After Gay Marriage Decision, Mississippi May Stop Issuing All Marriage Licenses

    06/28/2015 12:57:17 AM PDT · 251 of 266
    Captain Rhino to X-spurt

    Actually, “marriage” would just be another class of contract whereby individuals enter into a relationship for mutual benefit. There would be certain state (and I guess federal) laws governing this type of contract and there would probably be a model contract (considerably more explicit than the current one page marriage license) developed for use. Refocusing on marriage as strictly a private contract would also probably introduce the opportunity for introducing special clauses that were unique to that particular marriage. Say, the permissibility of each party having outside sexual partners, minimal sexual intimacy requirements, comingling of property and finances, minimum child bearing requirements, minimum support requirements for common family activities (including children), special contract default and termination conditions.

    A lot of this already exists in current law and government practice. The difference would be that, whereas before the government inserted itself into the process early with the screening of applicants for marriage licenses, actually issuing the same, appointing outside agents as officials to solemnize marriages, and cssting itself as a principal enforcer of marriage law, all these actions would now occur in private transactions in law offices (presumably...maybe car dealerships, loan agencies, whatever) and the government would only be notified after the fact when the marriage contact was deposited with the County Recorder. Disputes over contract execution would have to be decided through arbitration clauses in the contract or as lawsuits in the state circuit courts.

    Transacting the marriage would take place in an office setting; sheafs of documents would be passed around to be reviewed by the contracting parties and signed, various certificates (health, financial, etc.) produced, fees paid, and the proceedings witnessed and notarized. It would be about as emotional as say...a home closing.

    Afterward, the notarized contract would be deposited with the County Recorder’s Office and the transaction reviewed to ensure its compliance with existing law.

    Anyway, that’s how I imagine this concept of extracting the government and churches from actually performing marriage ceremonies might be implemented.

  • Judge To Consider Releasing Terror Suspects To Halfway Houses

    06/26/2015 6:10:13 PM PDT · 13 of 14
    Captain Rhino to Extremely Extreme Extremist


  • Gettysburg - Nat. Park Service orders removal of Confederate Flag merchandise from Visitors Centers

    06/26/2015 4:27:41 PM PDT · 138 of 150
    Captain Rhino to Red Badger

    There are numerous monuments erected by southern state memorial committees along the Confederate line of departure (LOD) for Pickett’s Charge on Day 3 of the battle. Maybe the NPS will drape those monuments to avoid offending the hypersensitive crybabies of the Left.

    I take instruction from the conduct of the victors toward the vanquished in that war. After the surrender at Appomattox, Union troops (who had more reason than anyone currently alive to resent Confederates) responded to the officiating general’s order to stand at marching present arms in respect for their foes as Confederate units of the Army of Northern Virginia marched in one by one to surrender their arms and colors. The Confederate units returned the salute with similar respect.

    Confederate officers and men were paroled and provisioned to return home as soldiers, not criminals. This respectful process of surrender was reenacted all over the South as other Confederate armies chose to follow General Lee’s example of accepting that the matter had been decided on the field of honor and that further fighting was, essentially, killing simply for killing’s sake.

    To me, this is a perfect example of the difference between jus in bello (justice (or law) in war) and jus ad bellum (justice (or lawfulness) of the war).

    It doesnot matter if the war was justified (jus ad bellum) or not. Confederate soldiers, although outnumbered, underequipped, and underfed, for the most part acquitted themselves honorably (jus in bello) during the war. They took up arms at the call of their elected state governments, obeyed the orders of their officers, fought with undisputed courage and discipline, and, after many hurts and sacrifices, obeyed orders to surrender, laid down their arms, and returned peaceably (for the most part) to civilian life. The descendants of Confederate soldiers and sailors can take pride in honorable military service that was courageously rendered by the forefathers at their government’s call.

    That the cause they were called to arms for was flawed is not their responsibility. That issue (jus ad bellum) has been the subject of countless books and articles. Unfortunately, the present “discussion” is characterized by overheated and hyperbolic rhetoric by the Left/liberal side and its media allies that conflates the jus ad bellum and jus in bello distinctions made above and ignores the fact that slavery had been a legal institution in the British North American colonies and the United States since the 1640s. This rhetoric brands any display of the Confederate Battle Standard (or other flags of the Confederacy) or memorials to its honored military leaders or fallen soldiers as racist. The lunacy has now metastasized to embrace any notable American living before 1865 who happened to legally own slaves including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Just where this politically correct purge ends is anyone’s guess. If the Left/liberals have
    their way, all patriotic symbols, memorials, and figures will be devalued and dishonored to make way for their progressive fairyland of tomorrow.

    And let us not fail to notice in passing the outstanding display of spinelessness currently being shown by politicians of both political parties. May they not go unpunished for their lack of perspective and leadership.

  • ISIS reinforces its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa as Kurds get closer

    06/25/2015 5:48:30 AM PDT · 8 of 9
    Captain Rhino to vladimir998

    Not quite yet. Causing the enemy to concentrate and fortify to protect something they value is a prerequisite to mass bombing attacks. The Kurds closing in on Raqqa is the ground-based threat that ISIS cannot maneuver away from to conserve its forces. Having declared it their capital, they must stay and must defend. So let ISIS summon reinforcements and dig their trench lines.

    Handled properly, Raqqa will act as a magnet sucking in more and mores ISIS fighters and concentrating them where they cannot avoid being destroyed by fire; especially by bombardment from the air. This will have to be very carefully managed and adequate Kurdish forces assigned.

    The key is to maintain a constant and credible threat to the city but not slam the door on their ingress until the city is filled with ISIS. Then you must ensure the door stays shut so they cannot escape or the siege of Raqqa is lifted by a relief force.

    Then bomb them, barrage them with artillery and rockets, starve them, and finally conduct a very thorough and very merciless clearing operation. ISIS will certainly deserve every bad thing that happens to them.

  • Harry Reid: US The "Only Advanced Country" Where "Mass Violence" Occurs

    06/24/2015 4:28:29 AM PDT · 15 of 51
    Captain Rhino to Biggirl

    Apparently Senator Reid does not consider France and Norway to be advanced countries anymore:

    In the 2011 Norway massacre, the killer, Anders Behring Breivik, directly shot 69 mostly teenagers dead and wounded 110 more at a youth camp. The bomb he exploded earlier the same day killed 8 and wounded 209 more.

  • Hillary Clinton Denounces White Privilege, Calls for Taking Guns From ‘Those Whose Hearts

    06/21/2015 8:47:21 AM PDT · 47 of 62
    Captain Rhino to RedMonqey

    “That it is under reported, glossed over crimes against whites that is the real story that inspired an lone, at-the-fringe-of -society, drug addled, psycho to walk into that church and open fire on decent, innocent, law abiding black members of society.”

    If he wanted to attack the criminal element really damaging this country, he needed to find a illegal drug open air market in Charleston and go in with pistol blazing. As a drug user himself, it would not have been hard for him to find one. However, the dealers are usually armed, so his little murder offensive would have immediately faced major push back and he would have just died in the street, like the dog he is. (Apologies to dogs everywhere.)

    That is the real shame of his crime; he attacked the decent, innocent, and law abiding who had welcomed him into their midst in Christian friendship. His attack reflects his cowardice.

  • Hillary Clinton Denounces White Privilege, Calls for Taking Guns From ‘Those Whose Hearts

    06/21/2015 8:33:57 AM PDT · 45 of 62
    Captain Rhino to Captain Peter Blood

    Actually, I hope she continues with her “white privilege” talk. The majority of this country’s population is still white and, with the exception of hard left/liberals (who have long since drunk the Kool-Aid), very few of the remaining upper, middle, and lower class voters probably believe they are living lives of extraordinary “white privilege” as they struggle to find jobs, raise families, pay taxes, and try to save something for retirement.

    This kind of race-based talk will alienate them. The neat thing is the “me too effect” that her talking about white privilege will have on other Democratic candidates and their media lapdogs. They will feel the need to pander and, in turn, alienate even more white voters.

    Hopefully, it will alienate them sufficiently that the Democrats among them will consider a Republican candidate who, if he or she has any brains, will provide a much more positive picture of a united AMERICAN people who are all motivated by a set of beliefs rooted in the common patriotic principles of our country.

  • HuffPo Writer: I Will not Have Children So I Will not Spread my White Privilege

    06/20/2015 2:28:25 AM PDT · 79 of 82
    Captain Rhino to rightistight
  • Yes, Rachel Dolezal Is Black

    06/17/2015 6:09:58 AM PDT · 44 of 88
    Captain Rhino to Kaslin

    By this same logic isn’t what used to be called an “illegal alien” (new PC term is now “unauthorized immigrant”) really just a “transnational.”

    “Yes, I am from (fill in the blank) and I have not followed the regular process for taking up residence or working in your country. Those are just inconsequential minor facts. The most important factor is that I self-identify as a resident/citizen of your country. So give me my rights and privileges now and we will sort out the irregularities later.”

  • “A Place, Not a Conveyance”

    06/15/2015 7:57:23 AM PDT · 4 of 4
    Captain Rhino to Don Corleone

    Frankly, Boeing had my vote after the Aloha Airlines mid-air decompression incident in 1988:

    Kudos first to the flight crew that recovered the aircraft safely, then to the manufacturer (Boeing) for building an aircraft that could suffer that much structure loss and still remain both flying and controllable.

    Guess it helps when your commercial airliner is designed and built by one of the world’s leading bomber manufacturers (B-17, B-29, B-47, B-52).

  • prayer request for my son

    06/11/2015 7:42:43 PM PDT · 17 of 80
    Captain Rhino to heartwood

    You, your son Ben, and the priest will be lifted up in my prayers.

  • McHugh (unexpectedly) stepping down as Army secretary, will leave before Nov. 1

    06/09/2015 9:55:16 AM PDT · 8 of 9
    Captain Rhino to pabianice

    From the end of the article:

    “The leading candidate to replace McHugh is said to be Eric Fanning, currently chief of staff to Carter, according to Defense News.

    Considered “one of the most capable leaders in the Pentagon,” the Defense News said, Fanning would be the first openly gay secretary of a U.S. military branch.”

    Eh...voila! The answer appears. A perfect leadership choice for the new 21st century LGBTQ-friendly Army.

  • Joe Biden Announces Passing of Son, Beau Biden

    05/30/2015 7:07:26 PM PDT · 36 of 296
    Captain Rhino to lowbridge

    Agree with those stating that the father’s politics have no bearing when a tragedy such as this strikes.

    May Beau Bridges rest in peace. Condolences to all members of the Biden family. Forty six is too young to lose a son, brother, husband, and father.

  • Mission Statement of Baltimore PD. (is this the problem?0

    05/30/2015 2:50:48 AM PDT · 5 of 10
    Captain Rhino to wmap

    Pretty much what you would expect for a mission statement developed through the more-or-less standard mission and vision statement development methodologies in use today.

    The link below is MOST LIKELY NOT the exact organizational developmental model used by the Baltimore PD in the development of their mission statement but does reflect the general approach being taken these days:

  • Supreme Court to Weigh Meaning of ‘One Person One Vote’

    05/26/2015 3:45:16 PM PDT · 21 of 58
    Captain Rhino to Theoria

    Okay, so the new PC term for illegal immigrant is “unauthorized immigrant.”

    Sounds like a “jus ad bello/jus in bello” (justice of (the) war/justice (or just conduct) in (the) war) distinction.

    Probably some Harvard or Columbia Law School way of acknowledging that, yes, my client entered the country without authority but should still be entitled to all the benefits for immigrants entering with authority.

  • Marines Practice Subduing Civilians Inside Internment Camps (Jade Helm)

    05/14/2015 2:33:33 PM PDT · 28 of 49
    Captain Rhino to vpintheak


    Except for the urban setting, this is just typical civil disturbance training that infantry and MP units (Army & Marine) do on a regular basis to maintain proficiency. The “rioters” in the video were obviously servicemen in civilian clothing with nearly all wearing dayglow sashes around their waists to identify them as participants. The “injuries’ being treated were training aids simulating wounds.

    The only difference I see in the video at the link is a lack of the massed shield and baton riot control formation drills used when clearing a street of rioters (e.g., the police and state troopers in recent Baltimore rioting).

    This is important training for the servicemen because there is a vastly different mentality between how a soldier or Marine approaches a threat and the way a policeman would respond to the same threat. If you are going to place soldiers and Marines into these policing type situations, they need to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to do the work without unnecessarily injuring civilians or endangering themselves.

  • Attention white people: Stop committing 'microagressions'!

    05/14/2015 10:26:26 AM PDT · 50 of 56
    Captain Rhino to Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

    They don’t use the term “colored people” because the term “colored” was used in the South during segregation to distinguish facilities for black Americans from facilities from white Americans. It is, in fact, racist.

    Here’s a link to signs from that era:

    In addition, the term people of color includes Hispanics, Asians, and any other group having non-white skin (including Middle Eastern and South Asian peoples that, despite skin tones ranging from nearly white to ash gray, are all racially Caucasians).

    Of course, when the critics really want to put white MEN in their box, the term “people of color and women” is used to incorporate (and isolate) white women from white men.

  • U.S. to sell 17 Ospreys for GSDF (Japan)

    05/07/2015 8:34:44 AM PDT · 16 of 23
    Captain Rhino to Eric in the Ozarks

    There are plenty of Okinawans who wish they and Japan really were different countries.

    Unfortunately, Okinawa is in the middle of a strategically very important access point to the Pacific for both China and Russia.

    Okinawa is doomed to be the possession of a great power. If not Japan, then China. If not Japan or China, then Russia.

    If such a fate is the case, Japan, for a number of reasons is the better deal.


    05/07/2015 7:00:42 AM PDT · 26 of 56
    Captain Rhino to Homer_J_Simpson

    Thank you for posting these very interesting historical articles.

  • Plan B on Marriage: A Proposal to Remove the State from Celebrating Marriages

    05/03/2015 11:59:34 AM PDT · 19 of 24
    Captain Rhino to Teófilo

    Interesting, but the proposed “solution” does not address the expected exclusivity of the relationship (sexual, financial, emotional, social, etc) that is supposed to be established between the two persons entering into these partnerships.

    In fact, this approach could possibly be manipulated to support group marriages between multiple individuals and would probably immediately legalize polygamy. The only real restriction would be having the financial wherewithal to support the children and some sort of pre-existing agreement concerning property (both joint and separate). A person, well-to-do (or otherwise) could establish these registry relations in multiple states between themselves and other contracting parties over and over again, theoretically without limit.

    Many years ago, I stumbled into this minefield when, during a college class on politics, I suggested that the then proposed legalization of prostitution (never did occur anywhere except Nevada) would eliminate that (sexual infidelity) as an actionable offense between a husband and wife (or to be PC, between spouses). Turned out that the modern liberated women in the class weren’t so liberated after all.

    I agree that, given the current political trajectory of gay marriage, discontinuing the use of religion to solemnize civil marriages/domestic partnerships/etc is probably a desirable thing to accomplish. Let the state call it civil marriage, etc.

    Have them sign forms and a register without any special convocation of the community or invocation of community assistance to the new pairing. Make it about as interesting as taking out a building permit. I’m sure, given the tendencies of bureaucrats to well, bureaucratize, eventually they will manage to transform the current, relatively simple, process into a full blown ordeal complete with various fitness examinations, pre-counseling sessions, etc. Just consider, as an example, what it takes to adopt a shelter animal in many places these days.

    However, if you want a religious ceremony, it is a separate matter and you are going to have to meet the criteria.of that particular faith tradition to get married. And for most traditions, but not all, that means one man, one woman.

  • Remembering the Last Marine to Die in Vietnam, 40 Years After the Fall of Saigon

    05/01/2015 4:10:36 PM PDT · 7 of 11
    Captain Rhino to Brad from Tennessee

    While the Marines bodies were left behind in a hospital morgue, the were recovered through diplomatic negotiations the following year.

    Some years ago I had the opportunity to speak with a fellow Marine who had been a platoon sergeant in one of the BLT rifle companies sent to secure Tan Son Nhut airport during the evacuation. During our discussion, he related that the two MSG Marines had been standing post at one of the airport entrance gates and were killed instantly by shrapnel when a large caliber NVA artillery round or rocket landed just outside their position.

  • Army seeks gun industry help on M4 carbine in tacit admission of rifle’s flaws

    04/27/2015 1:48:58 PM PDT · 11 of 68
    Captain Rhino to Blood of Tyrants

    H&K, huh?

    Funny, the German Ministry of Defense has decided that the H&K 36, the standard Bundeswehr infantry rifle, is defective (lack of accuracy) caused by sensitivity to environmental heating and the use of different plastics in the receiver.

  • Gay Businessman Who Hosted Cruz Event Apologizes

    04/26/2015 6:45:01 PM PDT · 58 of 69
    Captain Rhino to Bryanw92

    Ah, yes; prosecutorial discretion.

    Like the saying on your Freeper page. It is one thing to read something, another to actually understand what you read.

  • Gay Businessman Who Hosted Cruz Event Apologizes

    04/26/2015 5:47:47 PM PDT · 44 of 69
    Captain Rhino to Bryanw92

    I’m just wondering if a refusal to host the event would have made the owners liable under anti-discrimination laws in New Jersey. Or does their law contain the gay-friendly “hateful/hurtful speech” escape clause that permits the state to say no discrimination when services are refused because the message criticizes the favored class or the speaker, even when not addressing gay issues, is hostile to the gay community?

  • ...Russian army’s rocket launch test goes terribly wrong when missile drops straight back down...

    04/23/2015 5:47:23 AM PDT · 15 of 19
    Captain Rhino to familyop

    Can’t say it is the case here, but often times launching a containerized missile involves the use of an low power expeller charge that propels the missile clear of the launcher. The purpose of the expeller charge is to provide a standoff distance to protect the crew and launcher from blast damage when the much more powerful main rocket motor kicks in.

    If the main rocket motor doesn’t kick in, why get what the video recorded.

    In the West, IIRC, these containerized missiles are what they call “certified rounds.” This means they have a shelf life during which they are supposed to be able to fire/operate without any special preparation. Basically, just attach them to the launcher and fire. However, there are usually servicing intervals where the missiles are to undergo inspection, adjustment, and testing (non-firing, obviously) to ensure they will still operate properly.

    Sometimes older certified rounds are pulled from storage and fired specifically to determine whether or not the specified time frame between servicing is accurate. Of course, if this can be combined with unit training, it is a two fer situation; the missiles are expensive, so units don’t get to fire many of them for practice. Judging by how the soldiers are dressed, the casual vehicle positioning, the lack of any obvious special facilities, etc. I suspect this might be the case here; a regular air defense unit deployed out to a range somewhere to conduct live fire training.

    Well, this will be an interesting entry in the after action report. Hope the transporter erector launcher (TEL) crew was alright.

  • Pressure grows on Marines to consider lowering combat standards for women

    04/20/2015 9:34:14 AM PDT · 26 of 42
    Captain Rhino to centurion316

    Missing in this discussion is the fact that passing the Combat Endurance Course on Day One of the Infantry Officers Course (IOC) is just meeting the minimum physical standard in order to cross the threshold and attend the course. A small but significant number of male Marine officers don’t pass the Day One test either.

    Those that do get to attend the course. If that is just the introduction, what is the rest of the course like? Normally, these courses build up to a very demanding physical and mental crescendo.

    Why did the four woman Marine officers that reportedly passed the Day One test subsequently drop?

    What happened to the women Marine enlisted that passed the basic infantry training course at School of Infantry (SOI)? How many tried? How many passed? What were the reasons for the drops? Where are the women Marines who passed the SOI course currently serving?

    What is the IOC graduation rate?

    What is the IOC drop rate (after Day One) due to injury is?

  • Officer: 'I wanted to be absolutely sure before I used deadly force'

    04/18/2015 6:18:18 PM PDT · 25 of 186
    Captain Rhino to Ronald_Magnus

    Bad idea to publically release much less broadcast this encounter.

    It could inadvertently become the “gold standard” for how a street officer is supposed to apply deadly force.

    The defense lawyers and political activists are going to have a field day with this police body camera material. Not to mention all the absurd restrictions the district attorneys, police department legal advisors and trainers are going to think up based on these recordings.

  • Hillary Clinton Is the Perfect Age to Be President (she's biologically primed to be a leader)

    04/13/2015 3:27:54 PM PDT · 53 of 66
    Captain Rhino to ASA Vet


  • Toy Guns in America: The 1950s Versus Today

    04/12/2015 6:06:41 AM PDT · 22 of 40
    Captain Rhino to norwaypinesavage
  • Patricia Jannuzzi Reinstated! (Cath. schoolteacher fired for Facebook comments critical of LGBT)

    04/11/2015 8:00:37 PM PDT · 27 of 29
    Captain Rhino to Mrs. Don-o

    Matthew 7:

    15”Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16”You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? 17”So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.…

    It appears that there are too many leaders of the church that, for the fleeting favor of men, have convinced themselves that grapes can come from thorn bushes and figs from thistles.

  • Patricia Jannuzzi Reinstated! (Cath. schoolteacher fired for Facebook comments critical of LGBT)

    04/11/2015 5:10:57 PM PDT · 13 of 29
    Captain Rhino to HiTech RedNeck

    Excerpted from the article:

    “It is the School’s position that a Catholic school teacher must always communicate the faith in a way that is positive and never hurtful. Tone and choice of words matter and I trust Mrs. Jannuzzi’s stated promise to strive always to teach in a spirit of truth and charity.”


    “Jannuzzi, who received praise even from some critics for the quality of her teaching and her relationship with students, ran into trouble when she posted a number of comments against same-sex “marriage” on her personal Facebook page, which the diocese mandated she close down.

    “One minute they argue hey [sic] are born this way and it is not a choice to get 14th amendment rights equal protection” – which was intended for “unchangeable characteristics such as race and disability,” she wrote. Then, “they will argue everyone should be able to choose” to engage in the homosexual lifestyle.

    Same-sex relationships and its agenda threaten to “reengineer Western civ[ilization] into a slow extinction,” wrote Jannuzzi.

    “We need healthy families with a mother and a father for the sake of the children and humanity,” she concluded.”

    Apparently her Facebook page statements condemning same-sex marriage were not made in the “positive and non-hurtful manner” in the “spirit of truth and charity” that her superiors would like her to demonstrate. Because there is always a “positive and non-hurtful manner” to say in the “spirit of truth and charity” that homosexual acts are acts of “serious depravity” which are “intrinsically disordered” and “in no circumstances” to be approved while simultaneously holding that same-sex marriage (a sacrament of the church), and gay adoption and everything else that the homosexual lobby is demanding is okay.

    Is that the position of the school district now?

  • Ka-52 Attack Helicopter Enters Russian Service

    04/09/2015 7:12:09 AM PDT · 3 of 14
    Captain Rhino to SWAMPSNIPER

    Not quite that far; but far enough to allow the counter-rotating blades to deflect under aerodynamic loading with striking each other.

  • Russia's Stealth Fighter Is in Serious Trouble

    04/08/2015 3:11:51 AM PDT · 16 of 17
    Captain Rhino to MSF BU
    IIRC, the Indians have purchased French aircraft in the past (Jaguar, Mirage 2000), so there is already an existing customer relationship. In addition, the Rafael presently comes in a carrier variant and the SAAB JAS-39 Gripen doesn't...yet. See Sea Gripen under Further Developments header at link below:

    To give some perspective on the stealth fighter issue, if T-50 production is really held to 12 aircraft, and the surviving prototypes are rebuilt to production standards, the resulting number is about a squadron's worth of aircraft. Meantime, the United States has already completed manufacture of 195 F-22s and is scheduled to build between 2400 and 3100 F-35s for the United States and its allies. A little over 100 F-35s have already been produced.


    To end on a note of sarcasm, the article notes that Russia's defense financing problems are tied to declines in the price of oil. I'd say that it is also tied to what you do with the oil. Russia merely exports the oil as a raw material. By contrast, China turns some of the oil it imports in consumer goods which it sells back to the world. If Russia would just simply start making good quality, competitively priced consumer products, the world would beat a path to their door and production of the T-50 could resume. A dream to be sure...

    If China fights the United States in the future, it will do so with weapons largely financed through the purvhase of consumer goods at Wal-Mart.