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  • Claim: Hillary Revealed Classified 4 Minute Launch Window For Nukes at Debate- FALSE (Snopes)

    10/21/2016 5:24:17 AM PDT · 66 of 73
    Captain Rhino to Lysandru

    It seems to me that Snopes is possibly confusing two different actions in the execution sequence: the time the President has to decide to execute a counter attack versus the time from making that decision to actual missile launch. The latter is, in my opinion, what the heartburn is about among Pentagon strategic response officials.

    Given the estimated 12 minute flight time of a Russian “decapitation” first strike submarine missile launch from the western Atlantic, the counter strike force must be in flight and clear of the missile silo launch area to avoid destruction. You can tease the process of the counter strike into discrete steps, evaluate how long each will take - primarily through testing- and assign maximum decision/execution times to each:

    It takes this much time to detect the attack missile exhausts as they ascend on their way to US targets.

    It takes this much time for STRATCOM to assess the incoming data and decide an attack is underway.

    It takes this much time to to notify the President that an attack has been launched.

    It takes this much time the communicate the counter attack order back to STRATCOM.

    It takes this much time to communicate and confirm the launch orders all the way down to the individual missile silos/platforms.

    It takes this long to actually launch the missiles.

    It takes this long for the missiles to get far enough away so that they are not going to be affected by attacking missile warhead detonation.

    The only thing you cannot test is how long the President will take to make the decision to order the counter strike. You can only define a maximum time available based on what remains of the 12 minutes after the time required by all the other steps is deducted.

    What you can do is work very hard to shorten the testable legs to give the President the maximum time possible to reach the decision. This is because because execution is irreversible once the attack order is given and the solid rocket motors are ignited.

    Our enemies are not stupid and probably have a decent idea of how long each step in the process is going to take. What they lack is confirmation that their estimates are accurate. This uncertainty exists because of the efforts being made to shorten the counter strike decision process. The detail of these efforts are classified as are the actual performance improvements to the systems involved.

    By her remark during the debate, Hillary inadvertently confirmed how short the time is to get US missiles into the air once the counter strike decision is made. I’m assuming this information is classified unless, of course, one of her enablers removed the “C” from the document. < /sarcasm>

  • Watch a robot sew a shirt from start to finish

    10/20/2016 8:42:51 PM PDT · 23 of 24
    Captain Rhino to ProtectOurFreedom

    Yes. I’ve actually visited military vehicle factories where robots such as these are being used. HOWEVER, the human assemblers and the robot assemblers are kept in separate areas for (human) safety reasons. In addition, all of the cabling, interior installations, fit adjustments, etc. are being carried out by humans because the robotics industry has not produced sufficiently compact and flexible robots to handle those tasks...yet. In addition, every robot in the line has to have precise computer instructions governing its movements and all the components being manipulated have to be indexed (by human staff) to precise locations on the assembly line. When a change is introduced into the process, the affected machine(s) need to have their computer instructions updated; manufacturing a new model requires resetting the entire line. I have read that AI is being looked at to assist these machines in developing these new assembly routines autonomously.

    The video also exposes the material handling weakness of these robots as they exist now. The robots lack the fine motor skills and dexterity needed handle cloth easily unless it is first stiffened so it handles more like a thin piece of metal.

    All these issues can be overcome with enough R&D.

    Considering the investment required, it is hard to imagine, at present, seeing an army of these robots being used to assemble $7.99 polo shirts for WalMart.

  • Watch a robot sew a shirt from start to finish

    10/20/2016 6:37:24 PM PDT · 10 of 24
    Captain Rhino to The_Media_never_lie

    Based on the “quality” of the garment shown at the end of the video, those third world workers have nothing to worry about at the moment.

    Actually, having one robot perform the entire process from end to end is inefficient. The assembly line process developed over 100+ years ago broke the fabrication task down into a series of discrete steps that could be performed in sequence as the item move along the assembly line. Each station along the line was specialized in equipment and training of personnel to rapidly and efficiently perform its step in the process.

    This concept, if they stick to it, is actually akin to custom automobile or high end firearms manufacturing where a small team or even a single craftsman performs all the steps in a suboptimized fashion. There is a reason why “hand crafted” is more expensive. Now we can mark the item “hand crafted by robots.” Well, that will at least have novelty going for it.

    It’s a step backwards.

  • Ex-NSA Contractor Stole at Least 500 Million Pages of Records and Secrets, U.S. Says

    10/20/2016 3:11:49 PM PDT · 27 of 40
    Captain Rhino to Donglalinger

    Yes! The salient question, the only thing that the FBI is interested in, is what was his intention when he collected those 500 million documents over two decades. If there was no intention to disseminate those documents to unauthorized persons, then he is just a very, very, naughty man , but committed no offenses that a “reasonable prosecutor” would pursue.

    We could call it the “Stanislavski theory of criminality,” What was his inner motivation? If inner motivation wasn’t there, then no crime was committed regardless of external trivialities, like say...facts.

  • FACT CHECK: Hillary Said 90% of Clinton Foundation Donations go to Charity. Actual Number? 5.7%

    10/20/2016 9:36:46 AM PDT · 53 of 65
    Captain Rhino to so_real

    Now that Trump has started running his “Clinton = liar” campaign ad series, I hope his PR staff will pickup on the criminal and near criminal activities of the Clinton Foundation and incorporate them into the campaign’s advertising.

  • Will they lay Hillary Clinton in a Crystal Coffin?

    10/15/2016 1:01:41 AM PDT · 2 of 19
    Captain Rhino to ShivaFan

    Crystal coffin?? Sure; just as long as they drive a stake through her heart first to make sure she’s really dead and will stay that way.

  • WikiLeaks exposes Clinton emails revealing link to President (video)

    10/14/2016 9:39:39 AM PDT · 3 of 23
    Captain Rhino to RoosterRedux

    Well, well!

    So much for President Obama only learning about Clinton’s use of a commercial email account from reading the newspapers.

    Hope this little nugget makes it to Twitter and is incorporated into Trump’s final push advertising campaign.

  • Russia orders all officials to fly home any relatives living abroad..

    10/12/2016 3:01:01 PM PDT · 79 of 93
    Captain Rhino to COUNTrecount
    Key quote from the article:

    “But Russian officials have vigorously rejected accusations of meddling in the US presidential elections and dismissed allegations that Moscow was behind a series of recent hacks on US institutions.

    Retired Russian Lt. Gen. Evgeny Buzhinsky told the BBC: ‘Of course there is a reaction. As far as Russia sees it, as Putin sees it, it is full-scale confrontation on all fronts. If you want a confrontation, you'll get one.

    ‘But it won't be a confrontation that doesn't harm the interests of the United States. You want a confrontation, you'll get one everywhere.’”

    Very reminiscent of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. While the leaders posture publicly, you have to wonder what kinds of conversations are going quietly between each side's diplomats and political operatives in capitals around the world.

    I suspect the principal payment the Russians want to extract is Assad being allowed to win in Syria. That's were the raw rub point is located.

    The US’ principal concern in the region, at present, is ISIS and its principal activity is gnawing away at them with air strikes. The US wants Assad out but probably realizes they are going to get something much worse in his place if somehow they were to succeed.

    Syrian forces backed up by Russian air power are advancing in Aleppo; that isn't going to stop. At some point in time the US will need to figure out what it is going to do with the rebel groups it is backing. Awkward situation but, at bottom, most of these rebels groups aren't much better than ISIS; certainly not pro-western liberal democrats, that's for sure. Maybe the Saudis and Qataris will take them in.

    The Kurds are the ground troops in reducing ISIS in northeast Syria but are dangerously exposed to attack by multiple enemies. Of all the actors in that theater, they are the ones who , in my opinion, are most deserving of US support. That won't save them from being betrayed by Obama when the situation turns sour.

    The hacking, the missile movements, the recall of the diplomat's relatives are all ways of turning up the heat as stage dressing in this bit of theater.

  • Russia orders all officials to fly home any relatives living abroad..

    10/12/2016 1:44:21 PM PDT · 40 of 93
    Captain Rhino to RandallFlagg

    Great movie.

  • Mukasey rips Trump threat: 'It would be like a banana republic' (barf)

    10/12/2016 6:16:51 AM PDT · 63 of 64
    Captain Rhino to Robert DeLong

    The first order of business for the special prosecutor would be to determine how badly compromised/sabotaged the FBI investigation was by White House/DOJ instructions and the FBI director’s interference.

    If I was Mr. Weasel ... er, Comey, I would be worried.

    Then conduct the investigation with a properly scoped mandate and investigators authorized to examine every aspect of Clinton’s time as secretary of state (to include tie-ins to the Clinton foundation).

    Let the chips fall where they may. I don’t particularly want her or Bill in jail (don’t want to pay for their expenses) but I would like the Clinton brand made so infamous that they leave American politics forever.

  • These New Images Of Chinese Aircraft Carrier Should Concern India

    10/12/2016 5:56:29 AM PDT · 10 of 19
    Captain Rhino to Tallguy

    Mixed bag actually.

    If you want to be a credible global power, you need to be able to project your forces in strength to any point in the world. Hence the need to modernize and expand the air force and the navy. Paying for a bunch of PLA divisions that are essentially stuck in China (because you cannot readily move them) and are no longer needed for homeland defense (because the Russians are not coming and the Americans never were - at least on the ground) is a poor use of defense, yuan.

    If you maintain that unneeded ground force structure, you are obliged to have a plan and to allocate funds to modernize it at some point. If you don’t modernize it, it impacts troop morale, quality of their leadership and training suffers, you still have to maintain their old, obsolete equipment and facilities, and, to your point, you still have to pay them. A RIF solves all those problems.

    You are right though, the government funding barrel isn’t bottomless even in China and what there is has not been all that well managed. Hence all those modern Chinese cities in places where no Chinese wants to live in (or can find a job in after construction is finished).

  • These New Images Of Chinese Aircraft Carrier Should Concern India

    10/11/2016 10:14:44 PM PDT · 2 of 19
    Captain Rhino to sukhoi-30mki

    The differential in build times (3 years vs 9) is due in part to the massive inflow of capital into state coffers from Chinese export sales. A portion of the profit from every China-made item sold at Lowes, Wal-Mart, Harbor Freight, etc. is going towards modernizing the PRC’s armed forces (including building this carrier).

    Prior to WWII, Japan was sent scrap metal which it turned into ships, tanks, guns, and planes. The Chinese are much more efficient. They’ve figured out a way to have the West just send them money directly.

  • October 10, 732

    10/10/2016 6:03:52 AM PDT · 4 of 6
    Captain Rhino to paterfamilias

    October 732: A combined force of Franks and allies under Charles Martel decisively defeat Muslim invasion forces in the Battle of Tours in southern France. This checked further Muslim expansion into Europe from the Iberian Peninsula and set the stage for clearing Muslim incursions from north of the Pyrennies and, later, the start of the seven century effort to free Spain of Muslim rule.

    This is considered by some historians as a macrohistorical event: a defined event in time that decisively shaped world history for centuries to come.

    (Lord grant that the West is just as stubborn as the Spaniards in confronting and defeating the new Islamic threat before us. Democracy is not a suicide pact!)

  • Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005 (Oct surprise)

    10/07/2016 7:51:53 PM PDT · 542 of 564
    Captain Rhino to longtermmemmory

    No, it makes him a very rich man who has been a “player” for a long time talking to another “player” about the habits of the rich (behind the scenes).

    I’ve never personally been around such men and women. I don’t think I would ever want to be.

    Some years ago, a friend had a brush with this life style when doing some local polirical activism. He met an attractive younger woman working as a local operative for a major political party. She had certain lifestyle requirements that needed to be met. The buy-in to get to know her better was a new car. She was pretty upfront about it and no hard feelings when he demurred. Her previous boyfriend had bought her a nice apartment.

    So the furniture shopping mentioned by Trump may have been more than just colorful commentary.

    It is a mistake to equate wealth with good character. The only accurate statement you can make about the rich is that they have a lot of money.

    The rich are probably just as confused about this as everyone else.

  • WWIII WARNING Third World War would be ‘extremely lethal and fast’ US Army chiefs reveal

    10/07/2016 7:17:33 PM PDT · 86 of 155
    Captain Rhino to Carl Vehse
    Do you really believe that, in an all out nuclear war, target planners in the US, Russia, and China are going to leave THEM around to pick up the postwar pieces (along with Iran and North Korea)?

    Not likely, especially when it is probably going to start over some sh... er, incident in the Middle East.

    The hat trick will be to fight such a war between some combination of these powers (and their allies) and keep it from going nuclear. The US force structure is no longer large enough to fight both of them full on at the same time. (A problem that is not entirely Obama's fault.) So, whoever is not engaged will have a free hand to strengthen their geopolitical dominance regionally.

    Personally, I think the Chinese would let the US and Russia go at it while they made very strategic moves to strengthen their political and military dominance in eastern and southeastern Asia. Taiwan, the disputed islands in the East China Sea, the South China Sea are likely targets for military action. India, Japan, Australia, and South Korea would probably dispute control of the Straits of Malacca and the Malay Archipelago. I don't think the Chinese would want the contest between the US and Russia to go nuclear because of the target list issue mentioned previously. Neither we nor the Russians are going to leave THEM around to pick up the postwar pieces either.


    10/07/2016 6:29:32 PM PDT · 4 of 11
    Captain Rhino to God luvs America

    “So it’s not like the only government in the world that is doing anything is the United States. But, the United States compared to a number of our competitors is the only government in the world with any kind of safeguards, any kind of checks and balances.”

    Except, of course, when you deliberately circumvent them for your convenience.

  • Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005 (Oct surprise)

    10/07/2016 5:41:06 PM PDT · 473 of 564
    Captain Rhino to RoosterRedux

    Minor league bragging when compared to actually committing adultery on your wife while both were physically present in the White House (and perhaps committing it multiple times there and in other locations).

    Of course, at the time of the “Affair Lewinsky”, the Democratic Party leadership seemed to feel it was no big deal and, even if it was (a big deal), it was exclusively a matter between the husband and wife. None of the public’s business. Move along, peasant.

    Now they are singing another tune. Democrats aro completely rudderless morally. And the leader of the party, Her Awesomeness, despite Bill’s attestations to the contrary, does indeed have a broken moral compass.

    A perfect match: the profane leading the profaned.

  • Signers - A sign that we are really screwed up

    10/06/2016 9:38:23 PM PDT · 40 of 43
    Captain Rhino to ml/nj

    If it was the news conference I saw, the sign language interpreter was a tall, beefy white guy who really was about three times larger than the official giving the briefing. In addition, he was curiously dressed in that he had on a too small dark suit jacket but was wearing wrinkled khaki trousers. So I have to agree that the sign language interpreter was a little bit distracting is he waved his arms around right next to the podium.

  • This Teen Dressed As A Thief At School To Make Fun Of ‘White Culture’

    10/06/2016 3:13:48 PM PDT · 79 of 83
    Captain Rhino to GuavaCheesePuff

    He, like must immature teenaged boys, thinks his costume “statement” about white culture as thievery is funny. Give him ten years of real world experience, then we will see how funny his mocking is when he discovers who the real thieves and deceivers are.

    No, wait! He’s a liberal! Real world experience will have no impact! His blinders are permanently affixed!

  • This is not your country, you whites stole it’ Black activist shuts down host on Fox News

    10/03/2016 10:53:48 AM PDT · 71 of 142
    Captain Rhino to MichaelCorleone

    Whites are not getting onto boats and returning to Europe. However the day is coming in about 40-50 years when whites will no longer be the majority race in the US. Hispanics will be. I’m sure X thinks blacks will get a much better deal when they are the majority and calling the shots.

    He doesn’t know many ordinary Hispanics does he?

    The principal reason Hispanics ally with blacks is to oppose whitey. With whitey out of the picture, blacks are not going to be able to get away with invoking the slavery/racism/guilty because you are white card with them.

    When they try to pull it, Hell is coming for breakfast.

  • Camping in the end zone: How Seattle's homeless crisis is spilling onto playfields

    10/03/2016 10:15:28 AM PDT · 35 of 35
    Captain Rhino to Cincinnatus.45-70

    I had assumed King County because the article was about Seattle. However, you are correct, SatinDoll did not state where in Washington state the home was located.

    I briefly owned a house in Seattle in the mid-1970s while attending the University of Washington on a military scholarship. It was located in the Greenlake neighborhood about half a block from the lake. It was an older house (built @ 1920?) but in relatively good condition. Two bedrooms, large basement (multiple additional bedrooms possible) and a separate one car garage with a servicing pit in the floor!! It still has the same footprint on the lot and same street view when I look at it on Google Earth. So, it doesn’t appear to have been expanded since I owned it. Bought it for $20K in 1975. Gave it to my first wife as part of a divorce property settlement in 1977.

    The neighborhood even then was starting to see the first inflow of capital from the California housing boom. A block further up along the same street, three adjacent homes were purchased for their lots, torn down, and a magnificent modern home of stone and glass was built on the combined lot.

    Houses on the street now go for $700K and up depending on how extensively they have been renovated. I recently saw one on the same size lot as mine being listed for $1.3 million. The 2016 county property tax on that property ($1.3 M) would be $11,440.00 according to this estimator:

    King County does have a program to aid low income seniors to reduce, defer, or exempt them from payment of property taxes:

    The maximum income limits are well above the DHHS poverty level. So a person living solely on social security should qualify.

  • Camping in the end zone: How Seattle's homeless crisis is spilling onto playfields

    10/03/2016 6:56:58 AM PDT · 29 of 35
    Captain Rhino to dynachrome

    Sounds like the “travelers” have arrived in Seattle.

  • Camping in the end zone: How Seattle's homeless crisis is spilling onto playfields

    10/03/2016 6:50:49 AM PDT · 28 of 35
    Captain Rhino to SatinDoll

    The county I live in (Prince William County, VA - about 20 miles south of Washington DC), provides property tax relief for low income retirees.

    Isn’t similar relief available to you from King County?

  • HSV-2 Swift Destroyed Off Yemeni Coast By Anti-Ship Missile

    10/02/2016 9:18:18 PM PDT · 32 of 40
    Captain Rhino to rockinqsranch

    You may thinking of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). The Navy just announced in the past two weeks or so that its multi mission modular design was deficient and that they were scaling back on the total number of ships being constructed. The ships that are going to be built will be dedicated to single mission configurations. Part of the confusion may arise from the fact that there are two different LCS designs, one of which is a trimaran design.

    The High Speed Vessel is a passenger and cargo catamaran ferry of Austrailian design built to commercial not military standards. It’s not a combatant; its role is intratheater logistics. They are lightly armed and would likely not have the detection and jamming system needed to defeat an anti ship missile. It is a successful design built in the US for both the Army and Navy.

    By the way, this was a large missile. In the video, you can see the glow of the launch booster rocket as it detaches from the missile after launch.

  • My journey from Tehran to Rome [WSJ journalist, formerly a Muslim, becomes a Catholic)

    09/29/2016 3:15:34 PM PDT · 10 of 41
    Captain Rhino to Mrs. Don-o

    The Persians I have met have always been charming and intelligent people. Very urbane and curious about the broader world. Unfortunately, as our author notes, they were forced to leave Iran in order to allow those qualities to flourish.

    Being based in London, he will be exposed to harsh criticism for his conversion by hardcore Shia and Sunni Muslims who are far more literal in their adherence to their prophet’s teachings. I’m sure he considered this very real, existential danger before writing his essay.

    Let us pray it remains just criticism and nothing worse.

  • Expert: China-Made Aircraft Carrier May Enter Water At Year End

    09/29/2016 11:56:06 AM PDT · 14 of 17
    Captain Rhino to itsahoot

    USS Ronald Reagan? Or USS Gerald Ford? (Ford is still building/fitting out?)

  • Expert: China-Made Aircraft Carrier May Enter Water At Year End

    09/29/2016 6:24:28 AM PDT · 5 of 17
    Captain Rhino to sukhoi-30mki

    Based on it’s appearance in the drawing, the photograph only shows the forward portion of the island. More to come?

    As for the “laser weapon,” is there any indication the ship has the enormous electrical generating capacity needed to power it?

    Ditto for a rail gun.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Here’s a question for you.

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

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

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

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

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

    Same thing for Obama.

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

    Jeez, existential at what level? T

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

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

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

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

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

    So, no sweat and carry on.

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

  • Details emerge about new security clearance organization, processes

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

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

  • Details emerge about new security clearance organization, processes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    You are a young whipper snapper!! Better?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    If she does show, check her for earpieces.

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

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

    Crank up the...


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

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

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

    Us ancients here will recognize the pun.

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

    09/19/2016 2:08:11 AM PDT · 25 of 30
    Captain Rhino to RegulatorCountry
    Yes, all those low level stock clerks and accountants who were discharged because the new Internet-based inventory management systems made their positions irrelevant would, as if by magic, become relevant again.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • is this Hillary's undercover nurse?

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

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

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

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

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

    Can’t happen too soon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Very cheeky all the way around. Congratulations.

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

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

    Two words

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

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

    That is what this policy ultimately leads to.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thanks for your reply.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

    Wow! Interesting story.

    Three questions.

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

    Thanks again for sharing.