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Posts by Captain Rhino

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  • Civil War [Union] monument in Petersburg vandalized

    08/30/2015 9:03:58 PM PDT · 19 of 23
    Captain Rhino to Timber Rattler

    You are correct; NNH 804 = Richmond Crips

    http://www.corrections.com/news/article/22428-bloods-more-gang-knowledge

    “These are some of your universal blood tattoos. Below I will give examples of numbers and letters that will specify an area, a specific set and codes used by blood gang members.

    ...

    •804 - Virginia Area Code (Richmond Area)
    ...

    •Nappy Heads for the Neighborhood Crips”

  • Japan Launches Latest Helicopter Carrier

    08/27/2015 3:05:05 PM PDT · 7 of 13
    Captain Rhino to skeeter

    It could not trap or launch CTOL aircraft but, depending on the heat resistance of the flight deck, it might be able to support the landing and takeoff of V/STOL aircraft like the Harrier or F-35B. And it might be able to refuel them if it has the correct fuel types aboard and can connect to the aircraft.

    But you would not be able to base these aircraft aboard the ship because it would lack the maintenance facilities to keep them flying and the ship probably does not have the ordnance storage needed to keep them supplied with bombs and rockets for very long.

  • Ambassador Kennedy used private email, watchdog says

    08/26/2015 9:48:04 AM PDT · 16 of 24
    Captain Rhino to VerySadAmerican

    Agree.

    However, try as the detractors working either overtly or covertly for Hillary might, you can’t equate putting unclassified but sensitive material in a private email with stripping top secret/sci/keyword information markings from intelligence documents and circulating it on an unsecure personal server.

  • Hero: Unable to carry on, woman chugs entire bottle of cognac at airport security

  • Russian Bomber Crashes in 6th Military Aircraft Loss in One Month

    08/20/2015 2:35:04 PM PDT · 20 of 23
    Captain Rhino to jumpingcholla34

    You have company on both points.

    With slightly supersonic propeller tip speeds and 14,000 shp engines, the TU-95 is the loudest propeller driven aircraft in the world.

    I, like you, also think the Tu-95 is one of the most beautiful propeller driven aircraft ever flown, especially in its pure bomber format:

    https://elrobotpescador.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/tu-95.jpg

  • Hillary Clinton Campaign Says Classified Emails Were on Server

    08/20/2015 12:02:34 PM PDT · 89 of 111
    Captain Rhino to TomGuy

    Ding, ding, ding, ding ding!!!!!

    The “retroactive classification” mime is just so much dung.

    Classified and unclassified email systems are separate networks and it is a security violation to move (cut and paste/retype) classified material from the classified network into the unclassified network.

    These markings don’t just disappear by accident. They have to be stripped out manually.

    When generated, classified material (emails or documents)contain classification markings at the beginning of each paragraph of the text ((U) for unclassified, (C)for confidential, (S) for secret, (TS) for top secret, etc.). Classification is marked on the top and bottom of each page of a document or image. Classified material is transmitted with cover pages bearing the highest classification within the document. Removing the cover page does not remove all these internal classification markings. If they are not there, they had to be removed manually.

    If there is unmarked classified material within the Clinton emails, it is because it was deliberately stripped of those markings when it was being prepared. Given the published reports of her computer/email ineptness, Clinton may not have been (and probably wasn’t) the one stripping the classified markings off of the texts originally.

    It doesn’t matter.

    Clinton is certainly experienced enough (or so she likes to tell us) to recognize classified material when she sees it even if it isn’t marked. Every person with a security clearance is personally responsible to report this as a security violation (improperly marked and transmitted classified material)immediately whenever it occurs and to take active measures to prevent the improperly marked materials from further dissemination. This is like Basic Handling of Classified Material 101-level knowledge.

    If she took the classification marking off - she’s in violation.

    If she did not immediately report the removal of classification markings - she’s in violation.

    If she forwarded improperly marked classified material on an unsecure unclassified network - she’s in violation.

    If she allowed others to send/or receive improperly marked classified material on an unsecure unclassified network - she’s in violation.

    etc.

    The question is: Why?

    The answer is because Queen Hillary can’t be bothered with such pedestrian, plebian concerns as the proper securing of classified material. Her convenience was far more important.

  • Meltdown Day 2: Rick Wilson Asks Ann Coulter If Donald Trump ‘Pays More for Anal’

    08/18/2015 3:01:57 PM PDT · 126 of 161
    Captain Rhino to Rockitz

    Got to agree. Even with an apology, how does he continue to work?

    I personally don’t “tweet.” But, based on the ones being incorporated into news stories these days, there seems to be an awful lot of “quick on the draw, brain not engaged” tweeting being done by people, including Mr. Wilson, who should be more careful out of consideration for themselves and the people they work for.

  • U.S. Planned to Drop 12 Atomic Bombs on Japan

    08/16/2015 10:55:51 AM PDT · 107 of 134
    Captain Rhino to 2ndDivisionVet

    “Archival records show a third bomb was under assembly at Tinian in the Mariana Islands where the Enola Gay and Bockscar had flown from, with the main plutonium core about to be shipped from the U.S.”

    From reading the Operation DOWNFALL operations order (and other related documents), I had known that other atomic bombs were to be available to support the invasion (starting with Operation OLYMPIC that November). I had not known until last week that two more were already in the process of being assembled on Tinian for possible use in late August.

    The readiness and willingness to immediately continuing using these bombs without pause was a bit of a shock. The more so because I am married to a Japanese woman whose family was living in separate households at the time both in Tokyo proper and the countryside outside the city (were her mother and other siblings had moved after the firebombings earlier in 1945).

    She was not born until after the war, so an atomic bomb attack on Tokyo...

  • Donald Trump thinks going to Mars would be 'wonderful' but there is a catch

    08/16/2015 10:24:18 AM PDT · 16 of 22
    Captain Rhino to Marcus

    Yeah, of course; because the greatest nation in the world can’t do or afford more than one thing at a time.

    You know who is very happy about Trump saying that? The Russians and the Chinese. Because they know these missions take a long, long time to develop and you have to invest continuously (at reasonable levels) over that period to develop and mature the needed technology so that it is ready and reliable.

    So, when we are finally “ready,” (after coring out our own R&D), we will just call up the Russians and the Chinese and ask them to share their research with us. We will even offer to pay a good price. That’s what a good businessman like Donald would do, right? But not everything is available for money, not even for a lot of it. And they (the Russians and Chinese) won’t be interested in assisting the “has been” United States at that point. They will only be interested in seeing their primary rival for world prestige and influence disappear in the rear view mirror as they go on to establish human outposts on the Moon and colonize Mars (and beyond).

    Of course, “President” Donald will be gone from office by then and will not be interested in discussing the past or being responsible for his damaging decisions. Just another example of some more short term, only the bottom line counts thinking from the business man (albeit a very successful one, to be sure) that doesn’t even have one day of elected government executive experience.

    Sheesh!

  • Neon Hair-Hatted BT-1000s Ruin Bernie Sanders Ralley With Black Lives Matter BS

    08/12/2015 1:15:33 PM PDT · 19 of 26
    Captain Rhino to John S Mosby

    Secret Service protection does not start until 120 days before the presidential general election.

    http://www.secretservice.gov/candidateprotection.shtml

    Hilary has Secret Service protection because she is, among a great many other things, the wife of a former president.

    I imagine the governors that are running have state police security details. For the other candidates, event specific security is probably being kludged together as needed using various police and private security resources.

    Donald, of course, will just rent whatever he thinks he needs, with the usual option to buy.

  • Russian Warships Dock In Iran for War Training

    08/10/2015 5:26:44 PM PDT · 26 of 27
    Captain Rhino to Forward the Light Brigade

    Actually, the two ships are very small displacement Buyan class corvettes. Here’s a link to some basic details on the type:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buyan-class_corvette

    The vessels are assigned to the Caspian Sea flotilla. The Iranian port they are calling at is at the southern end of that sea, on the other side of Iran from western interests.

  • Hiroshima: Thoughts on an awful anniversary [Do the Ends Justify the Means?]

    08/06/2015 12:51:14 PM PDT · 82 of 104
    Captain Rhino to SeekAndFind

    Actually, despite the supposed Japanese peace overtures via the Soviets and the likely effects of the sea blockade of Japan, he really didn’t know what would ultimately be required to compel the Japanese to lay down their arms, to surrender unconditionally. When he made the decision to drop the bomb, Operation DOWNFALL was still on.

    Truman, I would argue, was duty bound to try the bombs whether or not they worked (that is, made the Japanese surrender) so that he could honestly tell the American public he had tried everything in his power to get the Japanese to surrender before ordering the Operation OLYMPIC landings (Phase 1 of DOWNFALL) scheduled for November 1945.

  • Hiroshima: Thoughts on an awful anniversary [Do the Ends Justify the Means?]

    08/06/2015 12:19:35 PM PDT · 80 of 104
    Captain Rhino to SeekAndFind

    What goes unsaid in these discussions is the politically IMPOSSIBLE position that deciding NOT to use the atomic bomb would have put President Truman in at the time.

    Just how do his critics think the American public of the day would have reacted when they found out that the President had deliberately decided NOT to use the fantastically expensive and possibly war winning atomic bomb out of some elevated sense of humanity?

    Just how do his critics think the American public of the day would have reacted when they found out that the President had deliberately chosen to have the American people endure the million or more US killed/wounded/missing needed to reduce the Japanese home islands through conventional land warfare?

  • This ‘Back to the Future’ style flying car closer to reality than you might think (Terrafugia TF-X)

    08/06/2015 3:36:36 AM PDT · 16 of 19
    Captain Rhino to cripplecreek

    Correct. Add to that the problems we are already experiencing with private drones violating FAA airspace restrictions on their operation: intruding above private property and flying well above maximum permitted altitude into the approaches to active commercial airports.

    No, this is an avoidable problem. There are some inventions that are wonderful technical achievements that simply should not be in the hands of the general public no matter how wealthy they are.

  • Windows 10 wipes your child safety settings if you upgrade from 7 or 8 (Family Features gone)

    08/06/2015 2:47:42 AM PDT · 31 of 59
    Captain Rhino to dayglored

    From the end of the article:

    “Defending Windows 10 and Microsoft, a spokesperson told us: “We will continue to roll out new Windows 10 Family features over time. We designed Windows 10 as a service, and we’ll keep listening to our customers. If there are ways to make improvements, we will do so.”

    Because it’s a service vice a product, you are installing an operating system with an unstable interface configuration that the developer feels it can change without notice anytime the 50 lb. brain geniuses and their bosses in Seattle feel like adding a new feature (regardless of its utility to you). Ditto for the new Office suite.

    Whether or not you get the same application in the same configuration as it was yesterday will be a crapshoot every time you turn the computer on.

  • Federal court strikes down 'discriminatory' Texas voter ID

    08/05/2015 1:20:27 PM PDT · 26 of 42
    Captain Rhino to martinidon

    Maybe the solution is two separate polling places separated by an internal door. You enter through the State/local election door and declare your intention to vote in: 1) all elections, 2) State/local elections only, or 3)Federal elections only. If you answer 1) or 2), you produce required identification and vote prior to passing through the inner door. If you answer 3), you go directly through the inner door and vote in the Federal Election only.

    The same rolls could be used for each. The voter would just have to be checked off twice.

    State law is respected and Federal law is respected.

    What would be interesting would be those micro-People’s Republic left wing cities that are going to let non-citizens vote in municipal elections. Seeing that sorted out while simultaneously running photo ID- required State elections and Federal elections might be worth making popcorn for.

  • Montgomery boxes Confederate statue to protect it from vandalism

    08/05/2015 10:02:42 AM PDT · 27 of 29
    Captain Rhino to heye2monn

    If the group that put up the monument followed customary practice, the monument was given to the county at its dedication way back when and thus became public property.

    Defacing/damaging public property is a crime. I guess defacing it also could be a hate crime if the intent was to intimidate. However, I’m not sure if the message “Black Lives Matter” conveys a threat or enough of an overt threat to be considered intimidation.

    The monument has value and artistic merit. The question that Montgomery County, MD (now (and for some time preceding) a majority black county) has to solve is what to do with it. Entombing it (as has been done) at least removes the focus of aggravation and protects the monument from further damage until a measured and well thought out solution can be arrived at.

    In my personal opinion, I think it will be crated and removed to be placed in storage in some county warehouse or at the back of some county vehicle parking lot. Maybe it will, as President Obama said, end up in a museum. Perhaps, in time, such monuments will be sent from all over the “New South” to some central location to create some great Confederate monument statuary garden. Stone Mountain?

  • Maine court: Anti-gay marriage group must disclose donors

    08/05/2015 9:05:00 AM PDT · 18 of 18
    Captain Rhino to Olog-hai

    Sounds like time for a strategic NOM server crash.

    I mean it worked so far for Hilary, hasn’t it?

    (Okay, maybe that’s a bad example.)

  • Washington D.C. Is Sinking Into the Ocean

    08/01/2015 5:39:07 PM PDT · 82 of 91
    Captain Rhino to VinL

    Ignore the slanted Time article (which wrongly makes the problem of a sinking shoreline seem like it is tied to current global warming) and click this link (embedded in the Time article)(http://www.geosociety.org/gsatoday/archive/25/8/article/i1052-5173-25-8-4.htm) for the actual Geological Society of America (GSA) article.

    From the GSA article summary:

    “Data indicate that the region was submerged at least for portions of marine isotope stage (MIS) 3 (ca. 60–30 ka), although multiple proxies suggest that global sea level was 40–80 m lower than present. Today MIS 3 deposits are above sea level because they were raised by the Last Glacial Maximum forebulge, but decay of that same forebulge is causing ongoing subsidence. These results suggest that glacio-isostasy controlled relative sea level in the mid-Atlantic region for tens of thousands of years following retreat of the Laurentide Ice Sheet and continues to influence relative sea level in the region. Thus, isostatically driven subsidence of the Chesapeake Bay region will continue for millennia, exacerbating the effects of global sea-level rise and impacting the region’s large population centers and valuable coastal natural resources.”

    The last paragraph of the GSA article:

    “For Washington D.C. and other coastal cities, risk assessment and adaptation planning based on the full range of possible RSL rise scenarios is critical. The analysis by Ayyub et al. (2012) indicates significant losses for Washington D.C. with a rise of 0.4 m, well below the minimum predicted rise of sea level for AD 2100 of 0.49–0.98 m. This analysis under-predicts the most likely RSL rise over the next century, in part because it does not explicitly consider that GIA will drive increased RSL independent of climate change. We conclude that risk assessments and adaptation planning for sea-level rise should consider the full range of sea-level estimates (e.g., Miller et al., 2013) and take local subsidence values into consideration, particularly for high-density population centers like Washington D.C.”

    In layman’s terms, the land surface south of the maximum expansion of the continental ice sheets during the last Ice Age was pressed upward by the weigh of all the ice to the north (forebulge) and since the removal of that weight at the end of the Ice Age, the bulged upward land is subsiding (approximately 1.3–1.7 mm/yr). The good news (for those worried about it) is that the forebulge is localized and, as the following except from the Discussion portion of the article implies, does not affect the Atlantic seaboard south of North Carolina:

    “The presence of MIS 3 estuarine deposits near today’s sea level confirms the effects of GIA over long timescales for the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and supports similar interpretations within the greater Chesapeake Bay region. The elevations of MIS 3 estuarine deposits generally decrease from the Central Delmarva Peninsula southward to North Carolina (Scott et al., 2010); dated, emerged MIS 3 estuarine deposits are not found south of North Carolina. While the maximum elevations of MIS 3 deposits vary (GSA Supplemental Data Fig. S8 [see footnote 1]), decreasing elevations to the south are consistent with the shape of the forebulge based on subsidence rates (Engelhart et al., 2009). High-precision GPS data, though limited to a short time series, also indicate the highest rates of subsidence on the Atlantic coast are centered on the Chesapeake Bay region (Sella et al., 2007; Snay et al., 2007).”

  • Post paper ends publication after 60 years.The Fort Huachuca Scout No More

    07/31/2015 11:18:44 AM PDT · 6 of 7
    Captain Rhino to Caipirabob

    Couldn’t agree more.

    Another childhood memory from Tucson: sitting on the front yard grass on a cool, clear night, looking up and just being overwhelmed at the millions of stars stretching from horizon to horizon.

    There’s a reason for that observatory on Mount Lemon.

    (Unfortunately, I’ve read there is now a lot of light pollution from all grown up Tucson and astronomical observation is more difficult.)

  • Post paper ends publication after 60 years.The Fort Huachuca Scout No More

    07/31/2015 7:41:42 AM PDT · 2 of 7
    Captain Rhino to SandRat

    Learned to ride a bicycle one Christmas afternoon in Fort Huachuca base housing.

    Born in Mesa and grew up mostly in Tucson. Love the scrub Sonoran desert. If it was up to me (and it’s not), I’d retire in Sierra Vista.

  • Average US vehicle age hits record 11.5 years

    07/29/2015 1:51:46 PM PDT · 123 of 133
    Captain Rhino to Olog-hai

    Okay, I’ll play. I have two cars in this age group. Both bought used in the mid 2000s:

    - 2000 Chrysler Town & Country; still runs strong, no rust.

    - 2001 Ford Windstar; still runs strong, no rust, just repainted mainly to remove some scrape marks from the Mrs. getting a little too close to pillars and such when squeezing into parking spaces in covered garages. Even though we got a great price on the job, she’s a lot more careful now that she knows how much repainting a van costs.

    Plan on driving them until I can shift to what I consider to be the ideal family trio: economy sedan, van, and full size pickup truck (w/ladder rack and maybe a cap).

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

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

    That was a very interesting movie.

  • Aircraft 'bomb bag' limits on board explosion impact

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

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

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

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

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

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

    07/23/2015 6:38:52 PM PDT · 7 of 9
    Captain Rhino to Ravnagora

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • US oil futures break $50

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Yeah, no doubt.

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

    07/18/2015 8:59:07 AM PDT · 43 of 88
    Captain Rhino to RoosterRedux

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

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

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

    Oh, I get it. Male feminist = cockhold

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

    Can’t bring myself to read the article.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Interesting cause; exactly out of phase waveforms.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    We have/had two cats.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Agree.

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

    Must have missed an update from MSM somewhere.

    </sarcasm>

  • 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

    Somalis.

  • 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:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Hebdo_shooting
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Norway_attacks

    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:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aloha_Airlines_Flight_243

    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.