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  • Air Force Academy apologizes for 'microaggressions' after making Michael Jordan reference in email

    02/19/2018 3:53:03 AM PST · 19 of 45
    Captain Rhino to Enchante

    No, the microaggression was NOT mentioning somethings are unacceptable/incompatible with military service.

    No, the microaggression was NOT mentioning Michael Jordan in a positive light.

    Yes, the microaggression was mentioning black thug culture in a negative light because, as you really should know by now, ANY critical reference to the behavior, viewpoints, speech, or politics of one of the favored underclass is inherently biased/bigoted/racist. I don’t know if Master Sergeant Parrish is black or not l, but it would make no difference because microaggressions can be generated at the subconscious level and, any way, occur solely based on whether or not the receiving party’s feelings are hurt.

    By the way, the receiving party is any member of the favored underclass (or their self appointed and empowered, spittle spewing “allies” from the “woke” privileged class) from now until the end of time. Consequently, if you have written anything, anything at all, no matter how long ago or under what particular context or circumstance, that could be taken, even in the most extreme exaggeration, as being offensive, it is the same as if you had just said it with full malicious intent to offend.

    According to this viewpoint, once guilty of even one such offense, the offending party is a bigot and the only acceptable remedy is immediate apology and permanent withdrawal from further public life. I have a feeling that the Vice Commandant apologized because the Master Sergeant would not. The announced “staff training” is nothing more than a 1970’s era Maoist “self-criticism” session dressed up in new clothes.

    Afterwards, those deemed insufficiently repentent (or not repentent at all) will be removed for reeducation. Master Sergeant Parrish is about to get a bad fitness report and PCS orders for using insensitive language while calling out cadets for not abiding by Air Force grooming regulations.

    It is said that the fish rots from the head down. The Air Force Academy is where many of the service’s future leaders are born/educated. Let us hope that the PC culture currently infecting it has not matasticized to the larger community of AFROTC units on the nation’s college campuses. The outlook is not good as Air Force leadership was been hosting a massive infection of liberalism for a long time.

  • Scientists Create a New Form of Light by Linking Photons

    02/18/2018 3:18:24 PM PST · 19 of 29
    Captain Rhino to Moonman62

    To appropriately apply the famous Fermi quote: “Well, where are they?”

  • Marine Corps Eases Requirement that Has Inhibited Female Infantry Officers

    02/13/2018 6:31:09 AM PST · 85 of 91
    Captain Rhino to 5th MEB

    Reported to bootcamp end of July 1967. Since you mention So.Cal, can I assume you are a “Hollywood” Marine? I was living in Yuma at the time of my enlistment, so I definitely went to MCRD San Diego. First Battalion.

    As I mentioned in my previous post, I got my postcard draft notice midway through bootcamp. When I asked one of the platoon DIs how to respond, he said (and I quote) “Just write ‘Presently on active duty with the United States Marine Corps.’ Add your service number and mail it back to them.”

    Obviously, they had dealt with this issue before. What puzzles me is why can I remember his exact words 50+ years later?

    By the way, can you still remember your service number? I can and I use it all the time. However, I must admit I cannot remember the serial number of my bootcamp M-14. Just a slacker, I guess.

  • Marine Corps Eases Requirement that Has Inhibited Female Infantry Officers

    02/12/2018 8:05:28 PM PST · 73 of 91
    Captain Rhino to MSF BU

    Personally, I like the requirement for some sort of national service obligation. However, first you need a plan to gainfully employ all those draftees and then you need to fund it.

    Even during the worst part of the.Cold War when the armed forces were much larger than now, the actual percentage of draft age men who were called up was small in comparison to the total numbers in their respective age groups. There wasn’t enough force structure to absorb all of them. So there were plenty of deferments and exemptions. College? Yes. Family bread winner? Yes. Farmer? Sure. Critical industry? Yep. Criminal? No thanks. Homosexual? The door is over there. Physically unfit to serve? Gee, what a shame. And, of course, there were a lot of men who just sweated it out year by year hoping their number would not be called up until they passed out of the prime eligibility zone.

    As for me, I registered for the draft on my 18th birthday, enlisted in the Marine Corps the same day, shipped out for boot camp a week later and received my draft notice about midway through boot camp. So I was more or less destined to serve.

  • Marine Corps Eases Requirement that Has Inhibited Female Infantry Officers

    02/12/2018 4:12:59 PM PST · 64 of 91
    Captain Rhino to MarvinStinson

    Any idea what billet the single female officer who passed IOC is filling?

    Besides plain curiosity, I ask because passing IOC is a prerequisite for Intelligence Officers (MOS 0202) as well as for Infantry Officers (MOS 0302). She may be working on a headquarters staff somewhere rather than leading a platoon.

    As for lowering the standards, I’m not so sure. They still have to take the multiday combat endurance course/test which hasn’t been changed. So now what they are saying is if you can’t make it on Day 1, it isn’t an automatic fail.

    So, is Day 2, 3, etc. going to be any easier? Are you kidding, this is the Marine Corps! If you are all broken down at the end of Day 1, what do you think your performance on subsequent days is going to be? If you manage to somehow not quit and get to the end but perform poorly, how do you think that is going to “inform” the judgement of the tough as nails IOC staff on whether or not you ought to be a Marine Infantry Officer?

    It is not just the women that crash and burn during the test, there are a number of male 2nd lieutenants that don’t make it as well. At present, they all get a fail that ends their chance of being an Marine Infantry Officer. There probably are a number that, with further conditioning/training (or just better luck) might make excellent Marine Infantry Officers. By making a bad day not an automatic fail, maybe some latitude is being shown here towards salvaging some of them as well. Again, they have to pass the same tough jury to graduate.

    By the way, if you look at the number of Infantry Officer billets in the Marine Corps (and I have as part of my work as a defense analyst) you would find that MOS 0302 is sort of the Officer utility infielder MOS. There are many more MOS 0302 billets than are required to staff its infantry battalions. By several hundred percent. This initially struck me as strange until I realized that by specifying MOS 0302 you 1) got a trained general purpose type leader, 2) in a expansion of the service for a big war effort, you will already have a trained pool of junior officers on hand to build out the force with and 3) in a big war, you are going to go through that pool of junior officers pretty damn fast.

    Just for reference purposes, my USMC service dates are 1967 to 1990. Two tours with the infantry; radio operator on an infantry battalion in Vietnam (3/26) and as a an infantry battalion Logistics Officer (S-4, MOS 0402) with 1/6. Private to Gunnery Sergeant ; MECEP; then 2nd Lt to Captain. Turned down promotion to Major to retire. Knees could not take the running anymore (blew one out in OCS, blew the other out a few years later on Okinawa).

    IOC was never an option for me. After my first knee operation, the surgeon said to take it easy on my knees or I would be walking with two canes by the time I was 40. Took his advice. Knees (both) finally needed replacement in 2015. Unfortunately, there is no surgery to fix my lower back (injured it doing sit-ups but really it’s mostly old age).

    Semper Fi!

  • Prayer request for a relative

    02/09/2018 10:31:37 PM PST · 19 of 46
    Captain Rhino to LYDIAONTARIO

    I will pray for her.

    My mother is 97 and bedridden since 2015. She had a TIA class mini-stroke in July 2016. She didn’t lose anything physically but lost a lot of “connections” (my layman’s term) between various facts and memories. Examples: for awhile she could say the words “mother”, “father”, “brother”, “sister”, “son”, “daughter” but had no real idea how they interrelated or what they meant. For awhile she thought she was her daughter’s sister. With time she has regained some of those connections and remembers people better...to a degree. She knows me on sight now as someone important but still has to be told my name when I first arrive for a visit.

    She has lived with my sister for a long time. Their relationship is “complex.” She (my sister) has been very diligent in caring for her and is a bit of a taskmaster in enforcing the various memory drills and physical tasks needed to help her recover and not relapse.

  • Rachel Brand Joins Walmart as Executive Vice President, Global Governance and Corporate Secretary

    02/09/2018 8:53:30 PM PST · 43 of 63
    Captain Rhino to Mears

    Might be a combination of the two.

    Actually a gated neighborhood is not as uncommon as you might think once you get into the countryside. I own a lot in one here in Virginia. Established in the 1960s as a vacation/resort community. 1300+ lots now mostly filled in with houses. Houses range from below $200K to $1 million+ lakeside. Has a lot of amenities inside the community. Run by a HOA, completely fenced, own security, fire, and EMS services. Basic HOA fee: @ $150/month.

  • Rachel Brand Joins Walmart as Executive Vice President, Global Governance and Corporate Secretary

    02/09/2018 8:34:22 PM PST · 38 of 63
    Captain Rhino to Alberta's Child

    If DOJ No. 2 (Rosenstein) departs, Ms. Brand would be the logical choice to move into the position and to take over supervising the Mueller investigation. It will be a thankless, distasteful job no matter how well she did it.

    By going to WalMart, she gets:

    - very significant pay raise
    - work that is fairly easy to do.
    - corporate travel perks
    - a nice big house in a nice gated neighborhood
    - private schools and lots of outdoor activities for her boys
    - a real vacation in the summer
    - warm weather
    - away from DC politics

    It probably was not a hard choice.

  • Downed Russian pilot in Syria used machine pistol, grenade in last stand

    02/09/2018 11:26:26 AM PST · 23 of 74
    Captain Rhino to Bonemaker

    Obama and Clinton get no pass from me, but keep in mind that the Middle East is flush with Soviet and Soviet-derived (Iranian, Chinese, former Eastern Bloc, etc) weaponry, including MANPADs. There are also European versions of MANPAD that our erstwhile Allies are only to happy to sell to whomever at a handsome profit. In addition, the immoral, opportunistic scum living in those s***hole countries are willing to sell stolen US arms to anyone willing to pay.

    That Su-25 could have just as easily been shot down by an SA-7/14 or a Blowpipe/Javelin/Starstreak(UK) MANPAD as a Stinger.

  • VIDEO - Bell V-280 Valor Reaches 80 Knots (New tilt-rotar aircraft)

    02/09/2018 10:30:04 AM PST · 21 of 21
    Captain Rhino to ROCKLOBSTER

    Only Recon and SOCOM assigned Marines are parachute qualified, so there is no bailing out for us. Parachute qualification is more common in the Army but that raises the inevitable requirement for parachutes and those are not part of standard crew or passenger on-board equipment in either service.

    Actually the MV-22 and, I assume, the VX-280 are pretty crashworthy. Rotor blades have sequenced explosive bolts so they detach outward from the fuselage. The composite fuselage is pretty tough and doesn’t have an engine/transmission/rotor assembly mounted above it any longer to crush the passenger compartment on impact. And the wings are designed to breakaway.

    However, the scenario you postulate, shedding a blade into the fuselage is very bad. Impact may or may not sever the fuselage completely. It might sever/damage flight controls or create so much induced vibration that the aircraft is uncontrollable. Shedding the other blades from thee damaged rotor might be a way of eliminating the vibration if you are in horizontal fight but you’ll never be able to hover even if you can stay aloft on one rotor. Eventually, you would have to shed the good rotor’s blades in order to “glide” in (and you are not gliding far on those wings). Either way, you are eventually crashing/landing really hard.

    Crashing is never desirable and people still can and will end up dead but, for most scenarios, your chances of surviving a crash in tiltrotors are better than in the helicopters they replaced/are replacing.

  • VIDEO - Bell V-280 Valor Reaches 80 Knots (New tilt-rotar aircraft)

    02/08/2018 9:04:03 PM PST · 18 of 21
    Captain Rhino to Yo-Yo

    Bell has been going back and forth between tilting just the rotor or the entire nacelle for decades. Here are some images of the Bell XV-3 tilt rotor from the 1950s and 60s:

    https://search.aol.com/aol/image;_ylt=AwrBT4ZSEn1av_kA9UppCWVH;_ylu=X3oDMTByMjB0aG5zBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw—?q=bell+xv-3&v_t=comsearch

    In the XV-3 case, the single radial piston engine was inside the fuselage just aft of the wing-fuselage junction with a transmission and drive shafts carrying power out to the wingtip counter rotating blade assemblies. With only one engine, the need for cross shafting between the rotors was eliminated since loss of engine torque would affect both rotors equally and not produce asymmetric rotor power.

    That’s the problem with twin engine tilt rotor designs; it requires cross shafting from one nacelle to the other so that the rotor with the engine out can continue to receive power from the other engine. Makes for a complicated wing structure. (It’s even more complicated when the blades must fold and the entire wing must rotate to align with the fuselage for shipboard stowage purposes.)

    If the VX-280 power plant/tilt rotor design is scalable to the MV-22, I suspect the Marine Corps and other users would only be too glad to get out of the tilting nacelle business. In the meantime, I hope a solution to the MV-22 deck/runway heating problem can be found. Perhaps a variation on the jet thrust reverser to redirect the heat (most of it anyway) upward where the turning rotors could disperse it?

  • VIDEO - Bell V-280 Valor Reaches 80 Knots (New tilt-rotar aircraft)

    02/08/2018 8:28:42 PM PST · 14 of 21
    Captain Rhino to Yo-Yo

    Bell has been going back and forth between tilting just the rotor or the entire nacelle for decades. Here are some images of the Bell XV-3 tilt rotor from the 1950s and 60s:

    https://search.aol.com/aol/image;_ylt=AwrBT4ZSEn1av_kA9UppCWVH;_ylu=X3oDMTByMjB0aG5zBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw—?q=bell+xv-3&v_t=comsearch

    In the XV-3 case, the single radial piston engine was inside the fuselage just aft of the wing-fuselage junction with a transmission and drive shafts carrying power out to the wingtip counter rotating blade assemblies. With only one engine, the need for cross shafting between the rotors was eliminated since loss of engine torque would affect both rotors equally and not produce asymmetric rotor power.

    That’s the problem with twin engine tilt rotor designs; it requires cross shafting from one nacelle to the other so that the rotor with the engine out can continue to receive power from the other engine. Makes for a complicated wing structure. (It’s even more complicated when the blades must fold and the entire wing must rotate to align with the fuselage for shipboard stowage purposes.)

    If the VX-280 power plant/tilt rotor design is scalable to the MV-22, I suspect the Marine Corps and other users would only be too glad to get out of the tilting nacelle business. In the meantime, I hope a solution to the MV-22 deck/runway heating problem can be found. Perhaps a variation on the jet thrust reverser to redirect the heat (most of it anyway) upward where the turning rotors could disperse it?

  • Must Watch A Gift From Western Culture Deriding Marxist PC, Liberal Nonsense.

    02/08/2018 6:15:10 AM PST · 6 of 8
    Captain Rhino to Churchjack

    Agree. Very written (and thought out) article.

    Started to read the comments but quit after the first ten or so as the conversation became sidetracked discussing free will. I have started to use the musical and medical term “fugue” to describe this phenomena.

    I have no idea how many posts the “fugue” lasted for but I only have so many hours remaining in my allotted span of years. I am not wasting them wading through a jumble of self-iterative posts NOT talking about the main topic of the article: the failure of critical theory to analyze itself for the same reinforcing power structures it is criticizing Western culture about.

  • Warren: If We Don't Give DREAMers Legal Status, How Are They Going To Work In The United States?

    02/08/2018 5:16:08 AM PST · 29 of 48
    Captain Rhino to kschockeynut87

    Gee...and here I thought that legislators make laws!

    How silly of me! Making law is hard and might make you unpopular with certain groups of people some of whom are not citizens and are in the country illegally. And even thought they are not supposed to be able to vote, they might not vote for you anyway. And not getting reelected would hurt a lot.

    Oh, I said a naughty! Sorry! I didn’t mean to say illegally, I meant they were unregistered, irregular migrants. Those are the current PC terms, are they not?

    Anyway, why DO YOUR JOB when you can get the President to issue an illegal Executive Order doing it for you? That nice President Obama did it before and the effect was rainbows and unicorns everywhere for Dreamers. Well, at least for those who could be bothered with registering.

    But no. That mean, ole President Trump ended the illegal executive order and gave Congress just six months to pass replacement legislation. Six months! What does he think we are? Legislators?! The nerve of the man!

    Now, let’s talk about more pleasant things, things we can dream about, like President Elizabeth Warren.

  • Enough- The SOTU has become an undignified circus

    01/29/2018 1:49:16 PM PST · 28 of 40
    Captain Rhino to NRx

    As all the “thumb in your eye” guests the Democrats are bringing are being revealed, I was hoping President Trump would follow the precedent of our first presidents and simply send the speech to Congress (for the record) and, in a nod to the 21sr century, maybe deliver it live from the Oval Office.

    There is no requirement it be delivered in person in the capital.

  • Court Clears Man Who Waited 7 Years for Trial on Pot Charges

    01/24/2018 3:51:31 AM PST · 18 of 22
    Captain Rhino to LouieFisk

    Growing would be an appropriate charge for a quantity of plants to support personal consumption. That number is substantially less than the 1,000 plants seized during the raid. The quantity alone establishes intent to commit the crime whether or not actually caught in the act of distribution at the time of arrest.

    A parallel example is being arrested for DUI while standing next to your car fumbling with the keys to open the driver’s door (or, better yet, seated inside the car fumbling to get the keys into the ignition lock or with the engine running but not in gear). Save for the arrest (on public safety grounds), intent to commit DUI is pretty well established.

    I agree that it should not have taken 7 years for the trial. But lack of a speedy trial does not negate the evidence of his guilt. And insisting on going to trial was one of the primary factors in creating the delay. That insistance also precluded any pre-trial sentencing agreement and exposed him to the full sentence possibilities for his crimes.

    Once he did have a trial, he was convicted and sentenced to 20 years. Now the indictment is dismissed. In theory, he got 18 years off of his sentence. The article does not say if the dismissal was with prejudice or not.

    I am going to assume it was. But If not, he could still be indicted again and essentially be back to square one. He and his attorney might want to factor that into their calculations about filing suit for false imprisionment, or whatever. If they do sue, I would expect the state to argue that it is a perversion of justice for the obviously guilt to profit from their crime since the crime, which was established at trial and could be established again if necessary, began the unfortunate chain of events.

    This is not the case of an innocent man finally being vindicated. He is a guilty man who is the unworthy beneficiary of the appellate court using the case to send a sharp rebuke to the prosecutors and lower courts over the delay of justice.

  • FBI ‘Failed To Preserve’ Five Months Of Text Messages Between Anti-Trump FBI Agents

    01/21/2018 5:58:43 PM PST · 159 of 168
    Captain Rhino to billorites

    How many other FBI agents’ text messages are missing for this period; all of them or just the agents in question?

  • California AG: ‘We Will Prosecute’ Employers Who Cooperate with Federal Immigration Officials

    01/18/2018 7:37:45 PM PST · 39 of 80
    Captain Rhino to Captain Rhino

    Pardon the double post. Computer is sloooowwww tonight.

  • California AG: ‘We Will Prosecute’ Employers Who Cooperate with Federal Immigration Officials

    01/18/2018 7:36:25 PM PST · 38 of 80
    Captain Rhino to BenLurkin

    Isn’t federal law superior to state law? And the Supreme Court has ruled in the past that state do not have the right to make separate immigration laws.

    Sounds like California is going to be sued by the Feds (if AG Sessions can get his head out of his backside, that is).

  • California AG: ‘We Will Prosecute’ Employers Who Cooperate with Federal Immigration Officials

    01/18/2018 7:36:04 PM PST · 37 of 80
    Captain Rhino to BenLurkin

    Isn’t federal law superior to state law? And the Supreme Court has ruled in the past that state do not have the right to make separate immigration laws.

    Sounds like California is going to be sued by the Feds (if AG Sessions can get his head out of his backside, that is).