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  • Hillary Clinton Gives Mark Cuban Front Row Seat to Debate in Blatant Attempt to Psyche Out Trump

    09/23/2016 12:33:31 PM PDT · 83 of 97
    Captain Rhino to Undecided 2012

    Since Hillary invited him, his conduct reflects on her judgment.

    Should he become a distraction, maybe security will remove him. Wouldn’t reflect too well on Her Awesomeness if that happened.

    As for your CPR/First Aid suggestion. Seriously? This would be one instance where you definitely want to let the professionals do the job. They have the necessary equipment to avoid the need to actually touch...her. (That is her preferred pronoun, isn’t it?)

  • Why People Say This Disney Costume is Cultural Appropriation [writer is an idiot]

    09/23/2016 1:15:22 AM PDT · 40 of 41
    Captain Rhino to Tennessee Nana

    Here’s a question for you.

    Since you either presently live in or previously resided in New Zealand, how do the Maouri in New Zealand feel about white service members performing the Hakka greeting along with their Maori fellow soldiers? Or the white members of the Blacks soccer team who participate when it is performed before matches? I don’t see any frowns on faces of observers in videos on YouTube on the co-mingling of participants in this most Polnesian ritual.

    However, I have to admit that I like it best when performed by a single Maori warrior in traditional dress and armed with the engraved wooden club. The facial gestures, tongue flicking, tattoos, weapon brandishing, aggressive postures, and loud chanted greeting all make quite an impression.

    Is it cultural misappropriation to appreciate or (gasp) even like such performances?

  • NYC Mayor Says Islamic Terror ‘Vanishingly’ Rare, calls for more Muslim migrants

    09/20/2016 4:47:38 PM PDT · 67 of 67
    Captain Rhino to rightwingcrazy

    Same thing for Obama.

    Unless the terror threat is “existential,” don’t get excited.

    Jeez, existential at what level? T

    International? National? Regional? State? County? City? Neighborhood? Family? Individual?

    Kind of reminds me of classes and lectures I attended on the spectrum of warfare. Generally, the theorists break the spectrum into three levels: low intensity conflict, mid intensity conflict, high intensity conflict. Only the definition of high intensity conflict includes reference to the national existence and the relatively unconstrained use of force (up to and including nuclear weapons). The other two levels are bounded by limitations on the size of the conflict area and the scale of conventional forces and weapons being employed.

    The problem is, as a number of infantrymen have noted, at the point of execution, all three levels tend to look like high intensity conflict.

    So, the President, in his lofty perch and huge security bubble, has one one perspective and John and Jane Average American have another. Both are valid but only one is being called exaggerated and fearful.

    So whether it’s a shoot up night club, a massacre at a holiday party, or a terror attack at a mall, none of these threaten the national existence.

    So, no sweat and carry on.

    Swell, Mr. President. Just f’n swell.

  • Details emerge about new security clearance organization, processes

    09/20/2016 8:48:30 AM PDT · 25 of 28
    Captain Rhino to PAR35

    Same thing here. Have copies of my SF86s going back to my initial investigation when I enlisted in the Marine Corps. Last one was basically a short telephone interview followed by a drop in visit by the contract investigator. Ten-fifteen minutes total?

  • Details emerge about new security clearance organization, processes

    09/20/2016 7:37:40 AM PDT · 19 of 28
    Captain Rhino to BuffaloJack

    Oh, you want accountability? Take a number. Line forms to the right. Yeah, right there behind the email guys.

    If the past is any guide, their “improvements” to eQIP will make the process of getting or renewing a security clearance even more arduous and complicated. When I did my routine 10 year renewal application in 2014, the printed copy of the eQIP file ran over 100 pages. This was for a secret clearance I don’t actually use. I have to have it because it is a condition of employment imposed on contractors by DoD.

    Thank the Lord, it was the last one I ever have to do. The ten year time frame falls well after my final retirement date. Unless, of course, the IT geniuses convince their bosses at OPM to scrap the current security clearance documentation in total and require everybody to resubmit.

    A relative who is in a position to know says that there were firings over the OPM security clearance data breech. 21.5 million records potentially stolen! Here’s a Wikipedia article on it:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Office_of_Personnel_Management_data_breach

  • Man Gives Away Teddy Bears, Everybody Panics and Calls the Cops

    09/19/2016 2:24:03 PM PDT · 38 of 53
    Captain Rhino to Thumper1960

    Okay. If you were born after 1949, you are not ancient.

    You are a young whipper snapper!! Better?

    (Actually, I used “ancient” because Cronkite has been gone from the scene so long that many of the younger FREEPERs may have never had a chance to hear the famous signoff.)

  • Man Gives Away Teddy Bears, Everybody Panics and Calls the Cops

    09/19/2016 1:58:17 PM PDT · 27 of 53
    Captain Rhino to Maceman

    The last name of the man in the article is Cronkhite.

    The sign off I posted was from the famous CBS journalist, Walter Cronkite. He signed off the CBS Evening News on television with that departing salutation for ... oh, 20+ years, I suppose.

  • Hillary Clinton Cancels Event in California, Campaign Says Pneumonia is Back

    09/19/2016 1:48:59 PM PDT · 153 of 237
    Captain Rhino to Cboldt

    She might cancel rather than face Trump. You think??

    If that does happen, the Chinese and Putin will really be impressed.

    Mr. Trump needs to watch what he is eating and drinking...and I don’t mean counting calories. The Clintons are capable of anything.

    If she does show, check her for earpieces.

  • Hillary Holds Small Rally at Temple=> Is Helped Up the Stairs

    09/19/2016 1:40:13 PM PDT · 25 of 91
    Captain Rhino to henkster

    Crank up the...

    TRUMPDOZER!!!

  • Man Gives Away Teddy Bears, Everybody Panics and Calls the Cops

    09/19/2016 1:33:57 PM PDT · 7 of 53
    Captain Rhino to Eric Pode of Croydon

    “And that’s the way it is, Monday, Sepember 19, 2016. From all of us here at CBS News, good night.”

    Us ancients here will recognize the pun.

  • Someone is learning & practicing how to take down the Internet

    09/19/2016 2:08:11 AM PDT · 25 of 29
    Captain Rhino to RegulatorCountry
    Yes, all those low level stock clerks and accountants who were discharged because the new Internet-based inventory management systems made their positions irrelevant would, as if by magic, become relevant again.

    More seriously, some management of inventory might be possible using computers in offline mode. But the choke point would be the mail systems and public telephone system. Everything would now have to be ordered by letter or by telephone (assuming the latter still worked in degraded form). Since many of these communications systems now control internal functions using Internet-based cloud applications, they would also have to go back to the older paper and analog telephone systems. Ditto for manufacturers, etc. Mass communication would be limited to broadcast television and radio once they too had recovered in degraded form from the loss of the Internet. Assuming no EMP attack to accompany taking down the Internet (a big assumption to be sure), essentially a return to the mid-1980s but with better stand alone computing systems. A lot lost but not everything.

    Crippling to be sure. Fatal in time of war? Maybe. With the dramatic reduction in forces heralded by the end of the Cold War, efficient use and support of what remains is vital. Most of that efficiency is based on the rapid communication of information. The Internet facilitates the movement of information but does not generate the information per se. Modern governments do harden their networks against interdiction and disruption. But this is generally limited to military command and control and critical infrastructure. “Disaster recovery” both electronic and physical is part of contingency planning for larger businesses. But how many medium and small businesses have made any such preparations? Probably very few.

    In a short war scenario, capability is based on existing forces and their resupply from prewar stocks. The longer the fighting continues, the greater the necessity to generate new forces and refit/refresh existing ones. In short, the emphasis shifts from the adequacy of prewar preparation to sustaining logistics. During a long war, the advantage goes to the side(s) that have the most effective (not necessarily the most efficient) logistics infrastructure. The use of the Internet (or some equivalent publicly accessible wide area network) is a part of that infrastructure. But it is not ALL of what is required. Probably even more critical is manufacturing capacity and transportation infrastructure. Being able to rapidly communicate orders for goods and services that cannot be filled doesn't generate combat capability.

  • The myth of eradicated racism: A proof of the existence of white privilege

    09/14/2016 8:39:50 AM PDT · 76 of 89
    Captain Rhino to Attention Surplus Disorder

    You were using the rent/mortgage is no more than 35% of net income rule as the basis for not showing the unit?

    If so, I agree it is not racism to ensure the new tenant has the financial stability to pay the rent consistently. That is just good business practice.

    As I understand the rules, it could have been racism if you had shown the rental units to whites/other races that had exactly the same incomes you listed.

  • is this Hillary's undercover nurse?

    09/13/2016 6:36:31 AM PDT · 43 of 66
    Captain Rhino to Travis McGee

    As I have posted elsewhere, these images of the potential next President of the United States are sure to impress Putin and the Chinese. And the Iranians. Not.

  • Clinton team avoided ER to conceal details of her medical treatment

    09/12/2016 2:48:15 PM PDT · 105 of 227
    Captain Rhino to Reno89519

    It would kind of ironic if her political career was ended by a cover up since that is the way it started (Watergate/Nixon tapes impeachment).

    Can’t happen too soon.

  • A Candidate's Death Could Delay or Eliminate the Presidential Election

    09/12/2016 11:30:34 AM PDT · 62 of 92
    Captain Rhino to notscj

    The execution of the election is required for the electoral college to convene. The presidential election empowers the 50 state and the District of Columbia electors with the authority to elect the President and Vice President. No election, no state electors. No state electors, no electoral college vote. No electoral college vote, no new President or Vice President.

    A properly elected but “faithless” electoral college could conceivably select just about anyone to be President and Vice President provided they meet the constitutional requirements of the office.

    Among the persons they cannot choose are twice elected Presidents of the United States. These persons are barred by constitutional amendment from further service as President or Vice President. The later office is restricted to them because the Vice President can assumed the duties of President under certain circumstances. Consequently, the Vice President must pass constitutional muster to serve as President.

    So living former presidents who were twice elected and served their terms are barred. Sorry George and Barrack. But Jimmy and Bush Sr. might have a shot, however slight. Given their ages, they would probably decline the honor in the very unlikely event they were even offered the office.

    As another Freeper has noted, at 12:01 on 20 January 2017, lacking a President certified by the Federal Electoral College, the Speaker of the House, as third in the line of succession, becomes President.

    We had presidential elections in the midst of the Civil War, World War I, and World War II.

    Just what kind of crisis would be required to prevent the United States from holding one now?

    Hillary dying/dropping out due to health reasons/whatever doesn’t even come close. The Democratic Party may have a problem, but the United States does not.

  • (VANITY)Sick Hillary is trailed by her hypnotist/handler while a nurse monitors her pulse (more ques

    09/12/2016 4:21:39 AM PDT · 69 of 136
    Captain Rhino to nfldgirl

    Modern police flashlights (including the penlight the agent is carrying) now have a crenelated strike bezel that can be used to thrust into the throat or face of a event participant who gets too close without causing severe injury. Here is a link to some images:

    http://search.aol.com/aol/image?q=penlight%20with%20crenellated%20strike%20bezel&s_it=searchtabs&s_chn=prt_btest1-g&v_t=comsearch

    I have also read of this bezel being called a “DNA catcher.” This is because, if a suspect’s skin is raked by it in the course of a struggle, their DNA is definitely going to be left behind (in the form of blood and tissue) .

    The way the agent is carrying it is consistent with being poised to thrust it powerfully into someone’s face or throat should they dare to approach Her Awesomeness without appropriate permission.

  • Secret Service appears to have broken protocol with Clinton’s early departure (tr)

    09/11/2016 1:29:38 PM PDT · 121 of 251
    Captain Rhino to Snickering Hound

    Answer: Control the number of people who know about her medical problems.

    At the ER, the medical staff are not vetted. At the ER, they require your medical history and the declaration of the drugs you are taking. At the ER, they run tests and take x-rays and MRIs. In addition, going to the ER says the event was serious medically.

    At Chelsea’s apartment, all those factors are controlled. You can say she was just overheated while standing still on a slightly breezy 80 degree day. You can get the drugs she needs into her and have them take effect. You can set up the convoy to Chappaqua and get her out of public view. Wonder how long she will be gone this time?

    Why does the possible future President of the United States need someone to hold her hand (like a moving handrail) nearly everyplace she goes? That’s really going to impress Putin and the Chinese.

  • The pilot who stole a secret Soviet fighter jet (40 yrs since Mig-25 defection)

    09/08/2016 7:52:54 PM PDT · 54 of 55
    Captain Rhino to HANG THE EXPENSE

    “I did manage to aquire the P40 that was on display at the museum in Monino(?) much to the amassment of people in the business.”

    You acquired the P-40 out of the collection of the Central Air Forces Museum!? Wow! Now I know you were dealing with the Russian criminal element. I can imagine the line given to the guards at the facility gate or was the transaction conducted in cash?

    How were the crates marked for export: “scrap metal” or “used machine parts?”

    Very cheeky all the way around. Congratulations.

  • Segregation Or Sanctuary? Black-Only University Housing Draws Criticism (Cal State this time)

    09/08/2016 8:44:50 AM PDT · 32 of 37
    Captain Rhino to proxy_user

    Two words

    1. Redlining - in this case, redlining non-blacks out, and

    2. Ghetto - an geographically definable enclave made up predominantly of one racial or ethnic group with culture, mores, and norms distinctly different from the larger society.

    That is what this policy ultimately leads to.

  • Colossal Stealth Destroyer USS Zumwalt Ready to Set Sail and Join the Navy

    09/07/2016 7:44:33 PM PDT · 51 of 53
    Captain Rhino to TalonDJ

    You refer to the destroyers that merely look like aircraft carriers?

    Come to think of it, the Soviet era Kiev class were officially designated as “heavy aviation cruisers”

    This aviation cruiser designation was adopted by the Soviets to apply to several classes of their aircraft carrying ships (Moskova, Kiev, and Kuztnetov) so they could legally transit through the Bosphorus Strait to access the Black Sea under the 1936 Montreux Convention.

    The Montreux Convention’s rules are slanted to favor nations that border the Black Sea. So while the Russians to sail very large “aircraft cruisers” through the Straits into the Black Sea, non-bordering states like, for example, the United States, cannot:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montreux_Convention_Regarding_the_Regime_of_the_Straits#Terms_and_consequences_of_the_Convention

    However, there are maritime navigation issues that probably preclude taking such large warships through the Strait’s confined and dangerous waters:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bosphorus#Maritime

  • The pilot who stole a secret Soviet fighter jet (40 yrs since Mig-25 defection)

    09/07/2016 10:55:19 AM PDT · 52 of 55
    Captain Rhino to HANG THE EXPENSE

    Thanks for your reply.

    Had the P-40s been in outside storage the whole time or were they crated/protected? What other Lend Lease jewels were up there? P-39s? P-63s? A-20s? B-25s?

    I recall reading that all of the PT boats and other small surface combatants that had been loaned to the Russians were either scrapped due to their worn out condition or destroyed upon return. Assume the armor and trucks met the same fate. Surprised any aircraft (other than in museums) survived. Where these just some that escaped destruction because they were mislocated/lost from the inventory?

    Actually, I was referring to the flight to Moscow from Murmansk.

    I could see you being secreted aboard a SovAF transport as an unmanifested passenger (after, of course, the mandatory crossing of palm(s)(?) first.). Hard to see that working at Aeroflot check-in in a military restricted zone.

    Of course, once you are airborne, there is an interesting question about the arrival airfield in Moscow. Military or civilian? Ha, ha, ha. Probably easier to just bundle the unexplained American into a taxi and wish him well rather than go through the bother of figuring out the how and why ... Anyway, Perestroika! Glasnost! Wave and smile!

    Okay. Right. I get it. Any game involving drinking is going to get the Russians’ interest.

    So, just how drunk were you when you got on that plane?

  • Colossal Stealth Destroyer USS Zumwalt Ready to Set Sail and Join the Navy

    09/07/2016 9:10:34 AM PDT · 17 of 53
    Captain Rhino to TalonDJ

    Yes.

    “Destroyer” is a general utility term these days meaning something like:

    “Heavily armed non-aviation surface combatant of variable tonnage.”

  • The pilot who stole a secret Soviet fighter jet (40 yrs since Mig-25 defection)

    09/07/2016 5:25:02 AM PDT · 49 of 55
    Captain Rhino to HANG THE EXPENSE

    Wow! Interesting story.

    Three questions.

    1. What kind of condition were the P-40s in?
    2. Was the hop to Moscow Aeroflot or SovAF?
    3. The “game of quarters?” Please explain.

    Thanks again for sharing.

  • Pelosi to Ryan: Don't use hacked documents in campaigns

    09/07/2016 3:48:43 AM PDT · 50 of 75
    Captain Rhino to Olog-hai

    We just know, of course, that if the situation were reversed and it was REPUBLICAN internal documents that had been hacked by the Russians, that paragon of Congressional bipartisanship, Nancy Pelosi, would be issuing the same call for bipartisan unity to support the democratic electoral process and urging her own party’s members and supporters not to use the documents for political advantage.

    Yeah, in a pig’s eye. Oink, oink.

  • The pilot who stole a secret Soviet fighter jet (40 yrs since Mig-25 defection)

    09/06/2016 6:12:49 AM PDT · 30 of 55
    Captain Rhino to HANG THE EXPENSE

    Yeah, the Soviets/Russians seem to “like” primitive but usually there is a method behind their madness.

    Can’t afford to build an entire MiG-25 out of titanium? Fine, just put the titanium where it is really needed along the leading edges of the flying surfaces and high temperature areas of the fuselage. Make the rest of the aircraft out of sheet steel. Oh, and don’t bother to recess the rivets in turbulent airflow areas where it doesn’t matter.

    Can’t match Western semiconductor performance? Fine, reengineer the old vacuum tube technology to perform at previously out-of-reach levels.

    I have read that Soviet/Russian aircraft landing gear is as rugged as it is because their military runways, taxiways, and parking areas are pretty uneven due to being constructed with precast reinforced concrete blocks. Yeah, except it also makes repairing damage after an attack a heck of a lot easier when they are built that way.

    Have problems with the plumbing freezing during the colder months of the year in north-of-the-Arctic Circle Murmansk? (Which is probably darn near all year round.) Don’t want to pay for heating the plumbing out at the flight line ready shack? Fine, install a privy and periodically clean it out.

    Primitive! Smelly! Cold and uncomfortable! What! Are you a Klingon ...er, Russian or not?

    BTW, 92 was just after the fall of the USSR. If you can disclose it, why were you on the flight line in Murmansk?

  • The pilot who stole a secret Soviet fighter jet (40 yrs since Mig-25 defection)

    09/06/2016 2:11:04 AM PDT · 15 of 55
    Captain Rhino to Mark17

    The book is a good read.

    A lot of interesting details about life in the Soviet Union at the time and about being a Soviet MiG-25 pilot in the Soviet Far East. Some that immediately come to mind:

    - The painting of the trees along the entry road to the base to make a good impression on a Soviet AF general during an inspection visit. The trees would die; the base commander didn’t care.

    - The prohibition against turning on the interceptor radar at full power while on the ground. Besides being a marvel of miniaturized vacuum tube engineering, it was also so powerful (to burn through American ECM) that it was fatal to ground personnel in front of the aircraft.

    - The stealing of the pure alcohol used in the aircraft’s flight control system for drinking purposes. The aircraft used 50 liters/per flight, so to make the account books balance, thousands of gallons of AVGAS were dumped in the woods around the base. In some places, the ground was so saturated you didn’t want to smoke for fear of sparking a massive forest fire.

    The book, which is worth reading, is sort of pricy, even as a used paperback:

    https://www.amazon.com/Mig-Pilot-Escape-Lieutenant-Belenko/dp/0070038503/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1473152414&sr=8-1&keywords=MiG+Pilot

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mig-Pilot-Final-Escape-of-Lt-Belko-by-John-Barron-1st-Avon-Printing-1981-/131924060752?hash=item1eb7496a50:g:q4oAAOSwJSJXGg3M

    Perhaps borrow it from the library if they have a copy?

  • Clinton's classified email errors due to 'improper labeling': Kaine

    09/04/2016 6:22:08 PM PDT · 54 of 55
    Captain Rhino to Artemis Webb

    A possible line of rebuttal to Kaine would be to tell him that the classified content in the Clinton emails under discussion didn’t start out mislabelled. The markings were deliberately stripped as part of transferring the classified content to the unclassified server. In other words, there was no administrative error here; someone and perhaps more than just a single person on the Clinton staff committed a criminal act. It is also clear that these staffers were put into this position by Clinton’s insistence on receiving all her emails on her personal email server.

    Kaine would do well to remember that persisting in defending the indefensible will not mark just him as a blindly loyal soldier of the party. It will call into question his own character and integrity and raise questions about his further fitness for office.

  • Donald Trump made millions from Saudi Arabia, but trashes Hillary Clinton(T)

    09/04/2016 11:39:01 AM PDT · 87 of 97
    Captain Rhino to rktman

    My thoughts exactly.

    A real estate developer sold a piece of real estate to a qualified buyer! And the evil capitalist even made a profit on the sale!

    The horror!!

  • Muslim Disrupts Peaceful Rosary Prayer, Finds Not All Catholics Are Pushovers

    09/03/2016 6:15:51 PM PDT · 7 of 135
    Captain Rhino to PGR88

    And with his left hand no less!!

  • National Enquirer: Hillary About to Come Out Of Closet!!!

    09/03/2016 5:48:07 PM PDT · 134 of 178
    Captain Rhino to MUDDOG

    Or vice versa.

    Actually, Bill is in the cat bird seat.

    She wins, back in power, take in the $$$$ for access, Bill resumes his philandering ways discretely, etc.

    She loses, she goes off to drink/drug/sulk herself to death, Bill resumes his philandering ways quietly, etc.

    By the way, did you know that while a retiring politician cannot personally retain excess campaign contributions, they can donate unlimited amounts to charity. And the favorite charity of the Clintons’ is ??????

    Also glad to read Trump is finally deploying the “deliberately lying or else very stupid” line of attack with regard to the Clinton email scandal.

  • Russian Astronaut Takes Icons and Gospels with Him, the Crew Call is 'Tabor'

    09/02/2016 7:30:18 PM PDT · 6 of 8
    Captain Rhino to marshmallow

    I agree it is wonderful that this crew is carrying religious objects up to the ISS.

    But they have a ways to go before they top the worldwide broadcast reading of the first ten verses of Genesis while televising images of Earth from orbit around the Moon:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_8

    Given the present attitude of the US Government towards religion, especially the Christian religion, that won’t be happening again anytime soon.

  • Ivanpah Solar Plant Becomes Bird Incinerator, Graveyard

    09/02/2016 2:53:59 PM PDT · 13 of 18
    Captain Rhino to bananaman22

    How about putting up the multistory tall netting that mega golf driving ranges put up to keep golf balls from leaving the premises?

  • ESPN Pundit Apologizes For Saying Black People Aren’t Oppressed In America [VIDEO]

    09/02/2016 10:23:42 AM PDT · 49 of 60
    Captain Rhino to Mr. Mojo

    Mr. Finebaum is an unretired late middle age WHITE man working in an industry with a very large African-American population. His sudden reversal is hardly surprising. For a few moments, he had a spine. Then HR and management removed it.

  • Atheists Fear Hotel Bible Might Cause Spontaneous Conversion

    09/02/2016 6:34:57 AM PDT · 25 of 44
    Captain Rhino to Kaslin

    Free Speech/Defenders of the First Amendment like to say the remedy for “bad” speech is not to suppress it but to engage in “good” speech (presumably to counter the bad speech with their better ideas).

    This argument postulates a competition in the marketplace of ideas. Although, to be honest, a frequent strategy is to simply drown out the offending argument by the sheer volume of the protestations against it.

    The demand to remove the Gideon Bibles more than suppression of free speech. It seeks to destroy the market place for the competition of ideas. In fact, by prohibiting religious ideas/concepts in public forums, the impression is created that they are somehow unfit for the public to hear or read. By this action, the anti-religious perspective is silently endorsed as policy. It is de facto enforcement of atheism under the guise of not offending any group’s sensibilities or sensitivities.

    The facility merely is making access to the speech available. It is not endorsing the speech nor is it compelling any guest (or, in this case, the worker) to read it. It does not expend any funds to purchase or maintain the books. Its “endorsement” is on par with its endorsement of the tourist attractions whose pamphlets are on display in the facility lobby or posted in the hotel room.

    If tourist attraction “X” has objections to tourist attraction “Y,” does it follow that X has the constitutional right to demand removal of Y’s promotional literature from the facility?

    No. The proper counter to the placement of the bibles is placing of tracts concerning other religions or atheist literature at the same locations with no expense to the facility.

    Therefore, let no favoritism be shown to the offended party through a court ruling. Instead, let them raise the necessary funds, print the materials, create the necessary volunteer organization(s), and then place their literature in every place where they wish their message to be available. In other words let the marketplace decide.

    And let them sustain the effort voluntarily, just as the Gideons have since 1908.

    https://www2.gideons.org/

    Or, alternatively, let the precious little snowflakes do what every other consumer in the marketplace has long since learned to do: ignore those things that have no appeal to them or are of no interest.

  • Homeland eyes special declaration to take charge of elections

    08/30/2016 6:50:03 PM PDT · 150 of 278
    Captain Rhino to Captain Rhino

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  • Homeland eyes special declaration to take charge of elections

    08/30/2016 6:48:54 PM PDT · 148 of 278
    Captain Rhino to Hojczyk

    If DHS runs federal security of elections like TSA runs airport security, I’ll have to borrow a slogan from the Left (as much as I hate to do it) :

    “Is it Fascism yet?”

    Of course, when a Democrat administration requires photo identification at the polls, it won’t be called “voter suppression” any more.

  • Where's Hillary? Secretary Clinton Has No Scheduled Events Until Sept. 26th Debate ...

    08/28/2016 8:03:09 AM PDT · 52 of 180
    Captain Rhino to Marylander

    You forgot to list plastic surgery as well.

  • Next Gen Kh-32 ant-ship cruise missile tests drawing to a close in Russia

    08/25/2016 10:48:06 AM PDT · 13 of 13
    Captain Rhino to Spktyr

    “Moves too fast for a Stinger to track. CIWS could do it but we’re busy removing CIWS installations from our ships for RAM launchers.”

    “But all is not lost!” (he wrote sarcastically) “We have SeaRAM which combines the autonomous detection and fire control system of the CIWS with an 11 cell RAM launcher.”

    How that would perform against the hardened Kh-32 is anyone’s guess.

    “Engagement could be optical only and semi-autonomous. No separate designation platform would be required.”

    Can’t really offer much other than what I wrote before: jam the links (that the missiles are using to update each other) and jam the tracker(s) (laser dazzle?)

    Googling the topic turned up a pretty interesting paper from the 1990s on the issues involved with autonomous optical targeting and tracking:

    http://www.eoimaging.com/documents/EO_Tracking_System_Considerations_I.pdf

    “Maybe we will, maybe we won’t be in a full-fledged war with the Russians or Indians”

    The Indians, of course, are a friendly power. As for the Russians, they are primarily interested in their “Near Abroad” (Eastern Europe/Middle East). Just don’t see them getting into a direct shooting war with the Unites States over either one of those regions.

    ” - but the Russians will cheerfully sell them to whoever has money not to mention their client states.”

    Of that, there can be no doubt. In fact, Russia is presently acting as a leading weapons developer for the PRC.

    “If their Tu-22M2s could carry it, there’s a lot of other platforms that can easily do so.”

    Actually, maybe not.

    The 600 km parent of the Kh-23, the Kh-22, weighs 12,800 lbs yielding a lb/km ratio of 21.34 lbs/km. If we ASSUME a similar ratio for the 1000 km Kh-23, you get a possible weapon weight of 21,333 lb. Payload for the Tu-16/Xian H-6K is nominally 20,000 lbs.

    In addition, the Kh-22 is 38+ feet long. Most of the anti-ship missiles carried by the Xian H-6K are in the 18-24 foot class.

    This is probably why there was no mention of the Tu-16 in the article.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xian_H-6

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kh-22

  • Next Gen Kh-32 ant-ship cruise missile tests drawing to a close in Russia

    08/25/2016 3:50:15 AM PDT · 5 of 13
    Captain Rhino to sukhoi-30mki

    5000 km/hr = 3000 mi/hr
    Flight time to target (at 1000 km) @ 12 minutes
    Internal navigation is good for fixed/area targets.
    Engagement of maneuvering targets requires a designating platform and an active seeker in the missile.

    How is this different from previous versions of the threat? Proof against 20mm hits/Stinger?

    Possible Countermeasures: (All permissible as attacking a US naval vessel is, prima fascia, an act of war.)

    Destroy the bombers before they take off
    Destroy the bombers in the air
    Destroy the target designator
    Jam the warhead seeker
    Destroy/misdirect the missile (CIWS being upgraded to 30mm?)

    Tu-22M2/3: 140 remaining in service(2010: 93 Russian AF, 53 Russian Naval Aviation). Manufactured during Cold War (@500)
    What is current availability rate? India is also an operator (# unknown)

    We are not going to be fighting the Russians or Indians in full scale conventional war any time soon.

    No mention of Tu-16 as platform. Chinese are potential buyer (of the missile) if it can be fitted to that aircraft. PLAAF/PLAN operate @ 190 Xian H-6s of various marks (License built Tu-16).

  • 'Good Morning America's' Amy Robach apologizes for 'Racial Slur' During Broadcast

    08/23/2016 4:19:30 AM PDT · 40 of 50
    Captain Rhino to dr_lew

    POC (people (alternatively, persons) of color)is the current PC term. It is actually a broader term than colored people which, in its segregation days, referred exclusively to persons of African racial heritage. POC embraces everyone who is not visually European in descent.

    (I was going to say Caucasian but that term applies not only to Europeans but also to persons from southwestern part of Asia (Middle East to India). However, some of those Caucasians are as dark or darker than many Africans, so the PC crowd goes with visual appearance rather than strict racial categories.)

  • Clinton calls La. governor to discuss floods

    08/19/2016 2:32:24 PM PDT · 73 of 95
    Captain Rhino to ColdOne

    My thoughts exactly.

    President Bush diverts route of Air Force One to do a visual reconnaissance but does not land out of consideration for the disruption it will cause. Dems: What a cold hearted unfeeling SOB.

    Hiliary and “Links” Obama decide to call it in. Dems: How considerate not to go there a cause a disruption.

    My feeling is that the people of Louisiana will remember who showed up and who didn’t.

  • Climate-change activists call for tax policies to discourage childbirth

    08/19/2016 11:24:02 AM PDT · 26 of 61
    Captain Rhino to Blood of Tyrants

    It would be politically incorrect to point out that all the runaway population growth is occurring in the developing world. Positively racist to suggest they implement similar policies to reduce child bearing there. No, in typical liberal/left fashion, the proposal is to punish countries with at or below replacement birth rates further. Yeah, and let’s encourage people from those overpopulated countries to come here and have more babies so the tax base won’t decline and the politicians can buy their votes with handouts. Sounds incredibly familiar somehow.

    Swell.

  • Chilling 'satanic human sacrifice' video spooks scientists working at (CERN) {tr}

    08/18/2016 9:37:08 AM PDT · 48 of 121
    Captain Rhino to BenLurkin

    Since both personal experience (to include living for a time in India) and research (Internet and otherwise) informs that the CERN statue is of Shiva (along with the attestation by the Indian Government to that fact as cited in the link), can you provide a source (with image) for your assertion it is, in fact, a statue of Kali?

  • Chilling 'satanic human sacrifice' video spooks scientists working at (CERN) {tr}

    08/18/2016 8:36:54 AM PDT · 23 of 121
    Captain Rhino to rjsimmon

    For what it’s worth, the statute is a standard depiction of Shiva, the Hindu god of creation and destruction, performing the “Cosmic Dance.” The dance, depending on how vigorously Shiva performs it, is either one of creation or destruction.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nataraja

    The statue in the courtyard at CERN is a gift from the government of India.

    http://www.fritjofcapra.net/shivas-cosmic-dance-at-cern/

  • Gay activists launch $104 million suit against Christian for preaching at Pride Parade

    08/18/2016 4:25:46 AM PDT · 10 of 35
    Captain Rhino to LegendHasIt

    Yes, but this Canada, not the United States. (Well, at least not yet.)

  • Florida woman dead after accidentally shot by officer during citizen police academy roleplay

    08/10/2016 5:55:51 AM PDT · 94 of 122
    Captain Rhino to grundle

    Another article on the incident with picture of the deceased:

    http://dailym.ai/2aL43f9

    Though not stated in the article, I am beginning to think this was an improperly cleared weapon incident. That is, the live round was already in the chamber (as a part of on duty carry) but the officer failed to properly clear the weapon when the magazine with live rounds was exchanged for the magazine filled with blanks.

    The officer had probably taught the class many times in the past. All that is needed is some small interruption/distraction to throw off the rhythm; the, by now, nearly automatic execution of steps to prepare the duty weapon for the demonstration and you end up omitting one. And the result is a weapon with a live round in the chamber and a magazine full of blanks.

    Formula for disaster: complacency+rushed+improper controls+mixing live and blank ammunition. Yeah, what could possibly go wrong?

    An earlier post mentioned blue rubber training pistols. In this case, you probably needed a blue painted functional pistol with a permanent plug in the breech. It would cycle like a real pistol with blanks but it would be impossible to fully load a live round. Not completely fool-proof (you could end up with a scenario similar to Brandon Lee’s death while filming “Crow”). But better than relying on procedures alone.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brandon_Lee

  • Juvenile Fights in Downtown Pittsburgh Shock Residents

    08/09/2016 6:28:53 PM PDT · 25 of 34
    Captain Rhino to bgill

    Read the comments by the mayor on social media use by the yutes.

    Wonder what the effect would be if every 2 minutes a posting along the lines of the following appeared on the site:

    THIS SOCIAL MEDIA SITE IS CONTINUOUSLY MONITORED AND RECORDED BY THE PITTSBURGH POLICE DEPARTMENT.

    All postings are considered spontaneous unsolicited public statements and can be used in legal proceedings without prior consent or rights warnings.

    Postings soliciting or encouraging illegal criminal activities will be considered evidence of intent and conspiracy to commit and the original poster and any reposters will be subject to criminal prosecution under the applicable laws.

    YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

  • Liberals just discovered something MORE absurd than “white privilege”

    08/09/2016 7:49:04 AM PDT · 13 of 22
    Captain Rhino to TigerClaws

    Oh, no; there is more to come. After phobia, comes psychosis with mandatory “treatment” to cure you of any politically incorrect thoughts. As Orwell eloquently expressed it in “1984,” the left doesn’t merely want your acquiesence to their demands, it wants you to whole heartedly adopt and espouse its belief system and it is prepared to subvert and corrupt every element of government and society in order to achieve its ends.

  • The Fight for the "Right to Repair"

    08/08/2016 6:54:47 PM PDT · 34 of 34
    Captain Rhino to wally_bert

    Wow.

    Make sure to wear something to protect you from all the thermal energy coming off that screen at such a close distance.

    BTW, how much does a 4K 48-inch color monitor cost?

  • The Fight for the "Right to Repair"

    08/08/2016 1:16:53 PM PDT · 27 of 34
    Captain Rhino to Mr. Douglas

    Agree. But this has been going on for sometime.

    About 20-25 years ago, had one of the kid’s VCRs go out after a thunderstorm. It was a couple of years after we purchased it but it had cost @$250, so it might be worth fixing. Took it into the repair department of a big box electronics store. Service department wanted a prepaid $90 troubleshooting fee up front in addition to the ultimate cost of the repair. No, thanks. Went around to the VCR section and bought a new one with better features for $150. Took the old one to the electronics salvage point at the county dump.

    But this “don’t repair, get a new one” doesn’t just apply to inexpensive low end items. Bought a $1700 55” Sony Bravio Digital TV system (TV+Blu-Ray Player+Sound System+Speakers) in 2009 with a supplemental 4 year warranty. After 20 months of service, the power supply in the TV developed a problem. Called the warranty number to set up a repair visit. Day later, warranty department calls back. This particular model was out of production and the power supply problem was so widespread they had used up all the spare repair kits. Result: 100% purchase price store credit ($1700) towards the purchase of a new television. Spent a little more and got a 3D Sony set WITH an extended warranty. Still going strong after 5 years. When it goes out, it will go to the salvage point as well.

    Next one will probably be 4K, maybe curved. May be awhile. With the kids grown and out on their own, we don’t watch that much television any more(on the big screen that is) - except, of course, during football season.