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  • 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.

  • [Official] Rolling Stone Retracts Article on Rape at University of Virginia

    04/05/2015 8:03:30 PM PDT · 22 of 35
    Captain Rhino to mcenedo

    If you look at her statement (link below) she sorta, kinda included the fraternity when she apologized “to the U.V.A. community.”

    More striking was the lack of an apology from the UVA President to the fraternity. Her statement ran immediately below the writers apology.

    Got the feeling a lot of lawyers are working overtime on this one.

  • Feminist Mag: Like Breasts? Then You're a Sexist

    04/05/2015 6:23:11 PM PDT · 73 of 174
    Captain Rhino to rightistight

    Consider the author and the source:

    Source: Everyday Feminism (webzine)

    Author: Jenika McCrayer is a Contributing Writer for Everyday Feminism. A Virginia native with a BA in Women and Gender Studies from The College of William and Mary, she is currently pursuing an MA in the same field. This AmeriCorps alumna is passionate about community service and strives for a better understanding of how to mobilize marginalized populations through service and activism. Jenika also enjoys good books, bad horror films, naps, and the beach. Follow her on Twitter @JenikaMc.

  • At Memories Pizza, New Threats Arise; Press's Determination to Ignore Them Continues

    04/03/2015 11:38:23 AM PDT · 25 of 92
    Captain Rhino to celmak
  • Mental illness made the Germanwings co-pilot a victim along with his passengers

    04/02/2015 4:00:17 PM PDT · 26 of 26
    Captain Rhino to Gamecock

    I think the idea here is that admitting that you have mental health issues is a good way to lose the good job you already have.

    In my mid-20s (now many decades ago now), I got pretty depressed while going through the collapse of my first marriage and the resultant divorce. I even had thoughts of committing suicide.

    However, I also realized that I was way too young and had way too many opportunities before me in life to be thinking that way and that I needed some help in getting back to a more realistic perspective on life.

    So I self-referred myself to a psychiatrist and underwent about 6-9 months of weekly counseling sessions before we mutually agreed that the crisis had passed and I could discontinue seeing him. I never was prescribed any medication during the course of treatment.

    I have never hidden this episode from people. (I don’t go around bragging about it either.) My attitude is that you would be considered pretty inconsiderate to your family and friends and just plain stupid if you had a significant physical illness/injury and deliberately decided not to get it treated. The same attitude should apply toward someone having mental problems.

    I was lucky to be in the service and going to college at the time. So I didn’t have to worry about keeping my job, paying for medical services, or arranging my schedule so I could make my weekly appointments. A lot of people are not so lucky.

    Our opinion columnist is making the case that Mr. Lubitz’ depression had broken or impaired him to the point where he was not responsible for his behavior and therefore, he is a victim along with the others who died on that French alpine mountainside. In short, the columnist is offering us a cloaked version of the criminal insanity defense argument.

    I disagree.

    Although supposedly depressed, Mr. Lubitz was obviously still a very high functioning individual. His depression had not disabled him. He was still able to function as a boyfriend, son, automobile driver, pilot, etc. He could still discern right from wrong. In short, he still had an operating moral compass. His actions, both before and during the event (it was not an “accident”), reflect a deliberate turning away by stages from the moral North Star.

    Therefore, the pertinent question for me is why did he not have the strength of character to realize that he must not cross the threshold of that dark corridor of betrayal leading to his own suicide and the murder of 149 innocent passengers who had entrusted their lives to him?

    His “sin” (if I may use that word) was one of having very poor character in a crisis largely of his own making. There were many exits on his long road to this tragedy. All he had to do was realize where he was headed and see the need to get off, even at the cost of his career as a pilot. Yet his self-centered grasping at a increasingly questionable future ultimately blinded him to the obligations each of us have to act responsibly towards others (if not towards ourselves) whenever we can.

    For that profound and fundamental moral failure, he deserves the severest criticism among men and before the high judgment seat of God.

    He was not the 150th victim.

  • Disabled Navy Vet Left ‘Devastated’ After All of His Guns Are Confiscated (Neighbor falsely accuses)

    04/01/2015 2:18:23 PM PDT · 31 of 37
    Captain Rhino to Whenifhow

    Didn’t matter if the neighbor knew he had guns or how many he had. The judges order was sufficient in and of itself:

    “Under ‘other orders,’ the judge wrote: ‘Def shall not have/buy firearms, surrender any to Glendale PD.’”

    It is probably standard language in these threat protective orders that is probably added without much forethought.

    However, it was enough authority for Glendale PD to come and take any they found (as in “all”).

    Remember, the police do not work for you. They work for the government that hired them to enforce its laws, regulations, etc. All you do is pay the taxes that funds this apparatus.

    Actually, a possible counter-move by Mr. Bailey might be to make a similar physical threat accusation against his neighbor, true or not. Seems like it doesn’t take too much “evidence” to get the order. Then the Glendale PD can come visit that man’s home too.

  • What Makes Indiana's Religious-Freedom Law Different?

    04/01/2015 1:44:46 AM PDT · 22 of 38
    Captain Rhino to Tolerance Sucks Rocks
    You know the “solution” to this same-sex wedding services issue for objecting Christian businesses might be just to develop a line of themed products exclusively for use in these situations. Some suggestions:

    Hellfire and Brimstone Wedding Cake. Gray cake flavored with worms, bugs (FDA-approved, of course), hot sauce, and jalapenos, black icing, topped with a flame-enveloped LGBT couple. (Same might apply to requested catering for the rehearsal/reception dinners; unpleasant looking and tasting food.)

    The Unfruitful Vine Wedding Floral Arrangements. Florists will no longer wonder what to do with all those dying and dead flowers.

    Road Straight to Hell Wedding Photography. Photographer comes dressed as Satan, uses a medium format film camera to shot with out-of-date film, satisfactory results not guaranteed.

    All these products/services will offer a truly unique and memorable experience consistent with the providers sentiments about the occasion and will be the only ones offered to same sex couples. Due the special circumstances surrounding the product/service, unfortunately, cost will be quadruple the normal price and it may not be able on the scheduled ceremony date. Don't like it, exercise your right as a customer and go to another, more accommodating service provider. After all, it is a free market.

    Unfortunately, there is a downside. All these services will probably be really popular with the Goth crowd - at least until they get to the pricing.

    Freeper legal experts will have to advise as to whether or not restricting products available to customer subgroups based on specific customer characteristics constitutes actionable discrimination. Insurance and other companies do have variable product lines and rates based on customer characteristics, so I am not sure where the allowable/unallowable line falls in these examples.

  • White House: Hillary Clinton Acting As ‘Private Citizen’ In Benghazi Investigation

    03/31/2015 3:45:51 PM PDT · 11 of 22
    Captain Rhino to Talisker

    My interpretation of the comment is that the WH is saying government is no longer obligated to provide her free legal representation (as DoJ would if she was still serving in some official capacity) and she is footing the bill for this crisis herself.

    Not that she is suffering for money (despite her “We were broke!” comments to the contrary). But now we have a taxpayer-funded Congressional committee legal staff doing battle with her attorneys. After awhile, the legal fee shoe will probably start to pinch.

    The neat thing about it is that it is a lose-lose situation for her.

    If she really did wipe the server, she loses. If she didn’t, and has to turn it over, she loses. If there are significant emails discovered in other locations that she didn’t turn over, she loses. If the emails reveal a pattern of political favor trading, she loses. If she goes into “Queen Hillary” mode and battles making an appearance before committee, she loses. If she appears but puts on a performance like the Benghazi Hearings, she loses. And, of course, she really can’t do much campaigning if she is constantly having to avoid press questions like she did recently.

    So I see the WH statement as just another “no love lost between them” Valentine to HRC from BHO and Valerie Jarrett. Other than electing a Republican, the last thing either of them probably want is for THAT white woman to be elected President.

    I don’t underestimate the power of the liberal wing of the Democratic party - especially liberal women Democrats - to muster resources to support her. The problem is sell-ability. She is taking on the appearance of leftover used goods (in more ways than one) from the previous election cycles. She is eight years older than she was when a charismatic junior senator from Illinois with damned little real experience bumped her off in the primaries. She will be “inevitable” until some other youthful Democratic personality comes along to give them a fresh look and a real alternative who could win.

  • Nine CEOs Call on Gov. Pence to Revise Indiana Law

    03/30/2015 9:56:23 PM PDT · 52 of 87
    Captain Rhino to DesScorp
    Actually, corporations (and their leaders with noted exceptions)are bureaucracies and, like governmental and religious bureaucracies, they are essentially amoral, not immoral. Bureaucracies are most interested in efficiently implementing their programs, plans, orders, and directives because that is how their effectiveness (corporate and personal) is evaluated. Anything that interferes with that implementation is to be eliminated or at least minimized.

    Any morality a bureaucracy possesses is derived from the moral values of its leadership. If the leadership is moral, (Yes, I know: “By whose definition?”) then the bureaucracy will implement the moral policies, plans, orders, and directives it receives efficiently. However, if leadership is immoral (or even evil), the bureaucracy will just as efficiently implement immoral or evil policies, plans, orders and directives.

    This, of course, is why, once upon a time, sound character - as evidenced by good moral values and behavior - was considered a key consideration in selecting and promoting leaders in all walks of life. Now, all you have to do is somehow gain control of an organization and begin weeding out the elements clinging to the old ways. It's "progress."

    Keep in mind that, the day after Adolf Hitler became Reich Chancellor, the bureaucrats of the defunct Weimar Republic went to work efficiently implementing the policies, plans, orders, and directives needed to insinuate Nazi ideology into every corner of German life, including the church.

    And, as we are seeing now, here, in America, you don't have to be a German to feel compelled to fall in line. You just have to need a job to support your family. With the exception of the gay CEOs heading up some corporations, all these CEOs have been harassed and badgered into their current pro-gay stances by whining activists (internal and external), along with their their fellow CEO, corporate lawyer, activist judge, educator, and politician co-travelers. This is not to say they haven't drunk the inclusiveness diversity Kool-Aid and now genuinely believe what they are saying and writing.

    Why? It is more efficient to just accommodate them. After all, these issues are inconsequential to our business. Accommodation causes less disharmony in the organization. And that's good for business. And business feels what is good for it is good for politics and religion, as well.

    The Indiana religious freedom act is unacceptable to these CEOs because it creates an exception for a small number of specialist businesses that interferes with the implementation of the gay agenda. That upsets their employees and customers which creates inefficient disharmony. Consequently, pressure must be applied to "correct" the governor's and legislature's improper thinking.

    Kool-Aid, anyone?

  • Is Russia Arming Argentina to Enable a Grab of Falkland Islands?

    03/27/2015 8:40:24 AM PDT · 27 of 34
    Captain Rhino to 17th Miss Regt

    Ah, you got me.

    For some reason I was thinking of the Tu-16 Badger, which, as I’m sure you know, along with the Tu-95 Bear, were the most produced Soviet bombers of the Cold War (and beyond). The Chinese built their own version of it (Xian H-6)and the Tu-16/Xian H-6 was also sold to a number of their respective client states. (Total production @ 1700.)

    Interestingly, no Russian/Chinese strategic bombers sold in the Western Hemisphere...yet.

  • Is Russia Arming Argentina to Enable a Grab of Falkland Islands?

    03/27/2015 7:13:36 AM PDT · 10 of 34
    Captain Rhino to 17th Miss Regt

    Bisons are not supersonic.

    But it appears it is a false report anyway. (Posted 1 hour ago.):

  • NY College Creates System to Report Microaggressions, Sue Aggressors

    03/26/2015 1:05:38 PM PDT · 59 of 80
    Captain Rhino to Suz in AZ

    Good point.

    The opportunities for a conservative student (or faculty member, for that matter) to be “microaggressed” on a liberal college campus (like Ithaca) are immense. You might even say it would be a “target rich environment .”

    Then there is the whole issue of creating and administering such a system.

    How glibly the student Senator referred to creating the on-line reporting system, as if it would code itself.

    Such a reporting system would have to be accountable and secure. No reports unaccounted for; no reports against favored groups inexplicably “disappearing,” and, of course, verification of reporter’s identity to ensure no outsiders were corrupting the system with false reports.

    Then there is the follow-up investigation and report process. Who is going to do that? Students? They thought they were there to study. (Bet their parents think the same thing as well.)

    And what kind of oversight system will be put in place to ensure that every report is addressed and that the decisions of the review board are fair and impartial. They would also have to develop a list of offenses, define the elements of each offense, enumerate defenses against the charges, and explain the whole adjudication process (including appeals).

    And last, but not least, a database will have to be established and populated with report data so that proper statistical analysis can be performed by the university and outside researchers. Again, who is going to do that coding and data input?

    And, of course, we have to acknowledge to probable exposure to legal liabilities that such a system would create for the university .

    Yes, the microaggression reporting system would probably seize up on its own bureaucratic requirements.

    Co-opted by the right? No, just demand that it be set up properly and then use it to the max!

  • Feds arrest family for 'refusing to answer questions' (video)

    03/20/2015 8:59:05 AM PDT · 44 of 73
    Captain Rhino to OldSmaj

    Article author should have written “interior Border Patrol checkpoint.”

    You probably already know this, but their intent is to catch illegals who have hooked up with a pre-arrange US-based transporter (= Hispanic with a panel van) after successfully crossing the border on foot. Fairly common 25-75 miles of the border within in CA, AZ, NM, and TX.

    Here’s a Wikipedia link on them:

  • Classical music and cats-still a good thing

    03/16/2015 4:58:23 AM PDT · 3 of 10
    Captain Rhino to Perdogg

    Well, thank goodness they didn’t try the mice and hard rock music experiment with the cats.

    The results could have been tragic.

  • Take a lesson, climate deniers and Fox News know-nothings [Fascinating]

    03/16/2015 1:16:21 AM PDT · 60 of 62
    Captain Rhino to John Valentine

    True. But is especially sophomoric if, as the article’s author does, you list yourself as a Fulbright program scholar.