Posts by Captain Rhino

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  • British vote has Texas Nationalists calling for "Texit"

    06/24/2016 9:27:16 PM PDT · 28 of 40
    Captain Rhino to Trump20162020

    I am as fed up as anyone with the overbearing, corrupt, secretive, and ideologically-driven actions of the Federal government, especially this administration. But breaking up the union is an existential issue that any administration, Democrat or Republican, would have to treat with the utmost seriousness.

    BREXIT took advantage of Article 50 in the EU Treaty providing a means of withdrawing from the voluntary union. This article, which is standard for such treaties, was incorporated in the treaty from the beginning because the treaty is an agreement between sovereign nations, not political subdivisions within a single nation.

    There is no similar clause in the U. S. Constitution.

    To make an orderly and peaceful departure for Texas possible, you first have to pass a proposed amendment to the Constitution allowing such an action and get 37 states to approve it. Good luck with that.

    Alternatively, the last time some Americans made a really, really serious effort to withdraw from the “indivisible” nation without such a clause, you may recall there was a civil war that killed 600K soldiers, wounded millions more, and savaged nearly half of the states comprising the nation at the time.

  • Freddie Gray Case: Baltimore Officer Not Guilty of Murder

    06/23/2016 8:25:34 AM PDT · 37 of 54
    Captain Rhino to vladimir998

    I have to wonder what would have been the effect on the situation existing at the time in Baltimore if she had decided not to indict the officers. Once they were charged, the rioting did die down quickly.

    Was this a case of achieving a tactical victory (stop the rioting) while knowing that the charges could not be sustained (strategic defeat)?

    Unfortunately, once a game like this is started, it has to be played out to the turn of the last card.

    The defense’s bench trail strategy is making the difference since the prosecution is being denied a jury whose emotions can be enflamed.

    I heard a radio report this morning that Mosby is being sued by the officers for defamation.

    I have no sympathy for Mosby.

  • Marines' new physical fitness requirements disqualify almost all women

    06/22/2016 7:04:03 PM PDT · 31 of 45
    Captain Rhino to familyop

    When I enlisted in (ahem) 1967, Marines had two physical fitness tests they had to pass: 1) the physical fitness test (PFT) and 2) the physical readiness test (PRT).

    The PFT was an individual effort test and the scoring table awarded more points for better performance. For some reason, my memory recalls there being more than three events (pull-ups, sit-ups, 3 mile run) for the PFT in the early years of my service but it was pretty quickly pared down to today’s standard three events in the name of efficiency since it took time to administer it, especially when it was being done semi-annually by every one in the unit.

    The PRT was done annually as I recall and consisted of a lot of combat-related physical tasks. Some of the events I remember were fireman’s carry, shuttle run, step-ups, 20 foot rope climb, running leap of an 8 foot trench, 3 mile run, etc. The PRT was pass/fail so individual max performance incentive was muted. In fact, units would sometimes do the run in formation with the strong runners “helping” the weak ones. There were 11(?) events in the PRT when I first came in, then it was cut to 9(?) (or was it 7 (?)) and then it was finally eliminated as being too time consuming to administer, difficult to maintain all the test fixtures/materials, and some considered the PFT good enough to assess fitness after boot camp.

    Seems like a version of the PRT has been revived to ensure that “equality” and “diversity” do not compromise combat effectiveness. Good for them.

    Semper Fi.

  • Iranian Navy plans to deploy in Atlantic Ocean

    06/19/2016 6:36:36 PM PDT · 16 of 24
    Captain Rhino to Eleutheria5

    Setting the bar pretty low for themselves.

    The Atlantic stretches from Greenland to beyond the tip of South America and southern Africa.

    All the Iranians have to do is sail warships west of the Cape of Good Hope and they are operating in the Atlantic. All they have to do is sail warships west of the Straits of Gibraltar and they are operating in the Atlantic.

  • Ninth Circuit Court: No Second Amendment Right to Conceal a Firearm

    06/09/2016 1:00:13 PM PDT · 84 of 94
    Captain Rhino to mad_as_he$$

    Yeah, I was thinking something along those lines as well.

    Open carry is clearly constitutional but many chose CCW to avoid, among other things, unduly alarming the citizenry.

    There have been a number of incidents around the country, to include CA, where the right to open carry has been disputed by LEOs as a form of “disorderly conduct.”

    If you deny CCW, it seems that you are, in effect, mandating open carry if a person chooses to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights.

    If the sheriff or local pols or police then/continue to infringe on open carry... Hello lawsuit???

  • There Are More White Voters Than People Think. That’s Good News for Trump.

    06/09/2016 12:40:02 PM PDT · 24 of 32
    Captain Rhino to CaptainK

    Key point.

    There is no “UNDO” button in the election process. Once the election results are certified, it’s done. The winner, even if by only one vote, gets to claim 100% of the right to exercise power in the name of the people.

    Trump, who I don’t particularly like or feel is qualified to be president, understands what is required to win and plans on doing it. He managed to eliminate 18 other primary opponents, including some good politicians, to claim the nomination.

    It is probably going to be the nastiest presidential election in modern memory.

    I just hope he brings an “A” game effort with a properly staffed and experienced get-out-the-vote team (including a FUNCTIONING and TESTED IT-based voter management system).

  • J.K. Rowling: Critics of Black Hermione a ‘Bunch of Racists’ (Hermione is Black Now)

    06/07/2016 3:47:54 AM PDT · 82 of 90
    Captain Rhino to Newt 2012

    Agree.

    Seven movies (I have them all) were made with Hermoine (sp) as a redheaded white English preteen/teenager. Then producers decide she’s going to be a dark skinned, black, decidedly middle aged, woman for the play and, when the fans notice this minor adjustment to the character’s incarnation, JK is shocked that they dared to complain about it?

    Oh, and instead of JK showing some grace towards the fans and understanding that many will not see this new production as a continuing evolution of the character as originally presented, you instead decide to call them “racists” and decry their bigotry.

    Well, JK, enjoy your billions,

    It’s a free market. Entertainment involves disposable income and no more of mine will be spent on your offerings. Not because I cannot accept a black Hermoine, but because I cannot accept your condescending PC attitude.

  • Massachusetts House Overwhelmingly Passes Bill to Abolish Biological Sex

    06/07/2016 3:19:04 AM PDT · 107 of 158
    Captain Rhino to Secret Agent Man

    Perhaps more accurately, the people are voting repeatedly to be represented, governed, and judged by the insane.

    But, this being Massachusetts, would putting local Republicans into these positions be expected to yield a much different result?

    In my view, the people are sovereign for about 12 hours on the first Tuesday in November every two years. And that is only until the politicians figure out how to do away with elections entirely.

    Otherwise, we are increasingly subjects - or perhaps specimens is a better word - to be exposed to whatever new concept of social engineering is popular with the ruling class at the moment.

  • The U.S. Navy's New Long Range Anti-Ship Missile Just Got Even Deadlier

    06/06/2016 5:47:58 AM PDT · 6 of 13
    Captain Rhino to tired&retired

    “The program will use autonomous guidance to find targets, reducing reliance on networking, GPS and other assets that could be compromised by enemy electronic weapons,” a Navy statement said.

    Apparently not dependent on satellite-based GPS to navigate or locate targets. Probably some sort of Inertial Navigation System (INS), I suppose. Receive a target profile, target vector, and estimated distance from the ship as part of the launch sequence and then set free to hunt it down autonomously. Hard to jam a link that isn’t there.

  • White people now finally excluded from the South African job market.

    06/06/2016 5:29:11 AM PDT · 37 of 59
    Captain Rhino to wrench

    I’d be more concerned about this concept being grafted onto the “white privilege” doggerel that is popular among liberal/left types at the moment. It is the next “logical” step to it and a perfect coda to it.

  • Russia to Build Leader-Class Destroyer That Will Outgun Largest US Warships

    06/05/2016 12:06:14 PM PDT · 29 of 45
    Captain Rhino to Fai Mao

    The pyramidal structures are largely hollow and enclose various antennas and sensors to enhance the ship’s stealth characteristics. Starting to look like the “pagoda” superstructures on WWII Japanese battleships.

    As for the bombast about having double the firepower of the Arleigh Burke class, that is hardly surprising since, at over 17,000 tons, it is also nearly double the displacement of the US destroyer. There is a direct correlation between hull volume and munitions (missiles) embarked.

    This “destroyer” is really just an updated slightly smaller version of the ex-USSR, now largely out of service, Kirov battle cruiser class. Very dangerous ships but, as others have noted, low availability rates due to power plant engineering.

  • Lawmakers blast Loretta Lynch for supporting fired VA official

    06/02/2016 7:37:09 AM PDT · 19 of 20
    Captain Rhino to Captain Rhino

    sustain = distain

  • Lawmakers blast Loretta Lynch for supporting fired VA official

    06/02/2016 2:11:51 AM PDT · 16 of 20
    Captain Rhino to Major Matt Mason

    No.

    The best thing to do is take this incident - and all other examples of Obama lawlessness - bundle them into a direct attack on the Obama administration corruption. Tie the whole thing around Hillary’s neck by describing her possible administration as “Obama’s third term.” Link this campaign to her already established sustain for law when it inconveniences her.

    A special coda to this campaign should be the DoJ slow walking of the FBI investigation into mishandling of classified material on Clinton’s private email server, refusal to cooperate with the State Department investigation, staffers refusal to give depositions, etc., etc. as demonstrating an ongoing pattern of contempt for the law.

    Pillory AJ Lynch for inaction to force her hand. Either way she decides the case damages Hillary but force her to announce something soon then trot out Hillary’s “Nobody is too big to jail” campaign quote and use that to scream about Obama administration blindness to corruption of public officials and favoritism toward her because she is the Democratic Party’s likely presidential candidate.

    Turn her “mistake in judgement” into the crime it was.

  • ISIS ‘Using Civilians as Human Shields’ in Fallujah

    06/01/2016 4:35:51 AM PDT · 7 of 8
    Captain Rhino to VTenigma

    Don’t worry.

    The Shia militia participating in the battle probably won’t be making fine distinctions between combatant and non-combatant within the military age Iraqi Sunni males they capture.

    Some recent critics claim that the support ISIS enjoys among Iraqi Sunnis has to do with mistreatment of Sunnis by the Shia- controlled central government.

    Their memories are short.

    Iraqi Sunnis ran the country under Sadaam Hussein. During their decades of power, they humiliated and suppressed the Shia majority and conducted campaigns of annihilation against the Kurds. Their support of ISIS is nothing less than resentment of losing their political power and a desire to get it back. They were false friends to the coalition during the “awakening” in Anbar under US occupation. They simply bided their time and accepted the money being paid out by the United States for their “support and loyalty”.

    They are getting exactly what they deserve. Given the Arab talent to nurture the desire for revenge ( justified or not) from generation to generation, even the children become infected.

  • Bible translated into emojis ‘for millennials’

    05/31/2016 5:50:30 PM PDT · 19 of 19
    Captain Rhino to bkopto

    The emoji is the path back to the non-alphabetic writing systems of the past.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_writing_systems#Pictographic.2Fideographic_writing_systems

    It would be a step backward for literacy - except to the literacy envisioned in the “1984” quote posted above.

  • My student threatened to beat me — and I’m the one in trouble

    05/29/2016 4:44:28 PM PDT · 69 of 91
    Captain Rhino to EinNYC

    Police departments all over the country or outfitting their officers with Go- Pro (or similar) action video cameras. The impetus is the expectation that the officers conduct will improve if it’s being recorded. However, in numerous cases, the video is being used to prove that accuser conduct was aggressive, violent, abusive, and/or profane toward the officer prior to and during the arrest.

    Do you think a similar move on the part of public-school teachers (with the video being transmitted wirelessly to a secure location in real time) would have a similar effect on providing indisputable evidence of student misconduct in the classroom? It seems a small investment to make (couple of hundred dollars) to protect yourself against false accusations. They are fairly small in size so actually wearing them wouldn’t be too cumbersome.

  • Dropping the Bomb: Why Did the U.S. Unleash Its Terrible Weapon?

    05/29/2016 4:20:44 PM PDT · 145 of 151
    Captain Rhino to Married with Children

    Ditto for me. My father was at the Presidio in San Francisco waiting to ship out to the Western Pacific. He had completed over three years as a bomber crewmen in the Eighth Air Force. But because he was prewar regular army, he was not subject to the 25 Mission rule or to being discharged upon return to the United States.

    The article mentions early on that there was a “War Party” and a “Peace Party” within the Japanese government. The article then turns all of its attention to detailing efforts of the Peace Party. However, one thing that the article fails to mention is that the Peace Party was not running the country. The War Party was firmly in charge even after the fall of of General Tojo following the the Japanese military losses in 1944. Further, the Japanese army was largely intact, most of it being in mainland Japan. The Japanese army was on the offensive in China in 1944 and 45. The Japanese military was also very actively preparing to defend the home islands.

    These were not the actions of a government that was strenously attempting to surrender. Consequently, the Japanese were sending mixed signals with a weak Peace Party making indirect and secret diplomatic contacts while the War Party was actively preparing to resist to the end. Had the Peace Party actually been as powerful as the article suggests, it could have simply broadcast its desire for peace and terms in the clear for the whole world to know the sincerity of their desires. One can imagine the effect that such an announcement would have had on the Japanese people and armed forces after all the suffering they had been asked to endure. One need only reflect on the desperate attempts made by a faction in the Imperial Japanese Army Headquarters to prevent the broadcast of the “surrender” message by Emperor Hirohito in August 1945 to appreciate how violently the public announcement of such a surrender initiative in 1944 (or earlier) would’ve been greeted.

    No, wIth the War Party in charge, it was going to take something rather extraordinary to shake them out of their determination to carry the war to its final conclusion. This can be partially attributed to the conditioning all Japanese military had received with respect to the requirements of Bushido and the disgrace of surrender.

    Atomic bomb made it abundantly clear that simply enduring and inflicting casualties upon the enemy who was attacking them on the ground in a conventional manner was no longer the only pathway the coming fighting could take. As remarked upon by the emperor in his speech to the nation, the enemy had begun to employ a terrible weapon with the potential to destroy the whole world. With very little exposure of its forces, the Allies could now devastate entire cities.

    It should be noted that the two atomic bombs dropped were not the only bombs available. There were at least four more in final stages of preparation and there were specific allocations of atomic bombs to each of the Allied armies expected to operate in mainland Japan.

    As for the opinions (and that’s really all they were) that Japan could be compelled to surrender through aerial bombardment or starvation by naval blockade, one need only look to the Luftwaffe bombardment of Great Britain, the submarine Battle of the Atlantic, the Allied bombing of Germany, and the Siege of Leningrad to put paid to the notion that boots on the ground could somehow be foregone if the enemy can be just caused enough suffering. People will endure unbelievable suffering if their government insists that there is no alternative to victory. And, in the cases of Japan and Germany, they will continue to endure even when it is clear they are not going to win simply because their governments are too frightened of the future to quit.

    The capacity of politicians to make their citizens suffer is unlimited.

  • Black Lives Matter’s LGBTQ Agenda

    05/27/2016 11:39:23 AM PDT · 14 of 14
    Captain Rhino to Captain Rhino

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJQtozWKCyg

    Anti-BLM music by some English band.

  • Black Lives Matter’s LGBTQ Agenda

    05/27/2016 9:07:59 AM PDT · 5 of 14
    Captain Rhino to Academiadotorg

    Given the organizational roots of BLM, it is ultimately going to come down to a matter of us or them.

  • Soldier In France Stabbed Over Syria - Reports

    05/27/2016 6:33:11 AM PDT · 2 of 2
    Captain Rhino to PghBaldy

    Interesting unit history:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/8th_Marine_Infantry_Parachute_Regiment

    Wiped out at Dien Bien Phu; reconstituted two years later for operations in Algeria.

  • Charlotte Observer:Girls must overcome ´discomfort´ at seeing male genitals in locker room

    05/19/2016 11:14:40 AM PDT · 125 of 259
    Captain Rhino to Nachum

    Here is a link to the actual editorial:

    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/editorials/article77475147.html

    From the comments being posted below it, the editorial board isn’t getting a lot of love from its readers. And deservedly so.

  • Seattle's homeless emergency episode 3: Women in black

    05/14/2016 11:16:46 AM PDT · 4 of 5
    Captain Rhino to SandyInSeattle

    Did my BA in History at UW in the mid-late 1970s. Seattle was pretty thick with communist/socialist agiprop even then. Not surprised to read that things are still the same (or worse) four decades later.

    Love your tag line. Think I will go over to Amazon and buy a unicorn horn of my own.

  • TRANSGENDER RESTROOM GUIDANCE SET FOR U.S. PUBLIC SCHOOLS

    05/13/2016 8:59:15 AM PDT · 94 of 149
    Captain Rhino to traumer

    Some biographical information on Ms. Vanita Gupta:

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

  • Feds open Texas border to 4,000 Cubans, security interview lasts just 1 hour before release

    05/12/2016 6:07:06 PM PDT · 37 of 38
    Captain Rhino to Wolfie

    Touché

  • Feds open Texas border to 4,000 Cubans, security interview lasts just 1 hour before release

    05/12/2016 7:05:38 AM PDT · 25 of 38
    Captain Rhino to Wolfie

    Yep. Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966:

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

    Special treatment for persons fleeing the Cuban “workers’ paradise.”

    With the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the US, do you think this “ticket to ride” will be revisited by the Congress and Executive Branch?

    //crickets//

  • White House’s Susan Rice: U.S. national security agencies are too white

    05/11/2016 2:38:38 PM PDT · 112 of 126
    Captain Rhino to morphing libertarian

    Yeah.

    When they push race based quotas, it’s diversity. When you use the same logic to point out the need to rebalance the equation, you are a racist.

    BTW, the second bullet should have been:

    - An immediate DECREASE in the number of American Indians in the federal workforce (over represented by 1.0%)

    The number of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders is proportional. (4.9% in the federal workforce, 4.8 % of the population.)

  • White House’s Susan Rice: U.S. national security agencies are too white

    05/11/2016 12:31:49 PM PDT · 96 of 126
    Captain Rhino to stocksthatgoup

    Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demography_of_the_United_States

    Race/Ethnicity/Number/Percentage of U.S. population (2010 Census)

    Americans 308,745,538/100.0 %

    Non-Hispanic White 196,817,552/63.7 %
    Non-Hispanic Black 37,685,848/12.2 %
    Non-Hispanic Asian 14,465,124/4.7 %
    Non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaska Native 2,247,098/0.7 %
    Non-Hispanic Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 481,576/0.2 %
    Non-Hispanic some other race 604,265/0.2 %
    Non-Hispanic two or more races 5,966,481/1.9 %
    Hispanic or Latino 50,477,594/16.3 %
    Total 308,745,538/100.0%

    White American 223,553,265/72.4 %
    Black American 38,929,319/12.6 %
    Asian American 14,674,252/4.8 %
    American Indian or Alaska Native 2,932,248/0.9 %
    Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 540,013/0.2 %
    Some other race 19,107,368/6.2 %
    Two or more races 9,009,073/2.9 %
    Total 308,745,538/100.0%

    Not Hispanic nor Latino 258,267,944 83.7 %
    White Hispanic 26,735,713 8.7 %
    Black Hispanic 1,243,471 0.4 %
    American Indian or Alaska Native Hispanic 685,150 0.2 %
    Asian Hispanic 209,128 0.1 %
    Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander Hispanic 58,437 0.0 %
    Some other race Hispanic 18,503,103 6.0 %
    Two or more races Hispanic 3,042,592 1.0 %
    Total 308,745,538 100.0%

    If Ms. Rice truly wants the federal employment to reflect the racial composition of the United States, she will be in favor of:

    - An immediate DECREASE in the number of African-Americans in the federal workforce (over represented by 4.8%)

    - An immediate DECREASE in the number of Asian American/Pacific Islanders in the federal workforce (over represented by 1.0%)

    - An immediate INCREASE in the number of Hispanics in the federal workforce (under represented by 9.0%) (This number is suspect as the Census enumerates persons and employment in the federal government requires citizenship - well, atleast for the moment.)

  • U.S. Justice Department Won´t Seek Death Penalty Against Benghazi Suspect

    05/10/2016 7:12:36 PM PDT · 18 of 25
    Captain Rhino to Nachum

    Not surprising.

    After all, no person in a position of responsibility on the American side was penalized for this fiasco. So why would we want the actual mastermind and commander of the attack to be held responsible?

  • If convicted, Hillary may get house arrest

    05/10/2016 12:07:23 PM PDT · 42 of 42
    Captain Rhino to slumber1

    Actually, the article did contain this caveat:

    “This all presumes that the Justice Department pursues a successful prosecution and also that Obama will not pardon Hillary.”

    Ahem, those are pretty big assumptions, especially considering the election is in just six months.

  • FBI Confirms “Enforcement Proceeding” Against Hillary

    05/02/2016 7:45:26 AM PDT · 46 of 106
    Captain Rhino to xzins

    Trump needs to now begin beating the email scandal drum at every opportunity.

    He needs to ask why the investigation is taking so long.

    He needs to call out both the Attorney General and White House for the delay.

    He needs to label any further delay as partisan corruption.

    He needs to remind Hillary and her supporters of her own words: “No person is too big to jail.”

    He needs to excoriate her for her elitism in setting up a private email server to deliberately circumvent security restrictions on cell phones.

    He needs to call her intelligence into question (she will really hate that!) for somehow being unable to recognize classified information unless it is marked. So much for her experience!

  • Tennessee Bill Grants Immunity for Toleration of Second Amendment Rights

    04/29/2016 12:43:19 PM PDT · 5 of 6
    Captain Rhino to marktwain

    The “duty of care” mentioned in the last sentence of the excerpt has a special meaning in the law. Here is a short article on the term:

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

    Just by chance, the article cites the factors that Tennessee law evaluates to determine whether a duty of care exists in a negligence action.

    - The foreseeability of the harm or injury;
    - The possible magnitude of the potential harm or injury;

    - The importance or social value of the activity engaged in by the defendant;
    - The usefulness of the conduct to the defendant;

    - The feasibility of alternative conduct;
    - The costs and burdens associated with the alternative conduct;
    - The relative usefulness of the alternative conduct;
    - And the relative safety of the alternative conduct.

    The first two factors deal with the threat. The second two will the activity being engaged in. The last four with the alternative measures that could be taken to minimize or eliminate the threat.

  • College Prof: I Can’t Write Recommendations For People Who Like Guns

    04/20/2016 1:51:05 PM PDT · 16 of 48
    Captain Rhino to markomalley

    Based on the comments below the article, the professor’s views are not getting a sympathetic reception from the audience.

  • Republicans know Hillary Clinton is not going to be indicted. They just can’t say so.

    04/12/2016 8:57:40 AM PDT · 28 of 68
    Captain Rhino to jmaroneps37

    So those 150 FBI agents assigned to the investigation and the Director of the FBI being personally involved is all for show?

  • U.S. deploys B-52 bombers to Qatar for fight against Islamic State

    04/09/2016 2:41:25 PM PDT · 39 of 50
    Captain Rhino to Mariner

    Probably not.

    B-52s can carry massive numbers of JDAMS and have the crew size and endurance to stay on station for hours and hours while FACs and FAC(A)s identify and designate successive targets to attack. B-52s are also useful for the less sophisticated types of attack such as ARCLIGHTS (if that mission term is still in use) when big concentrations of enemy combatants need attention as in, say, Mosul and Raqqa.

    Moving the bombers to Qatar eliminates the present considerable transit times to/from other locations. Every gallon of fuel not carried aloft is another seven pounds of payload that can be carried into the fight.

    However, being based in an Arab country exposes them to ground attack by ISIS or its sympathizers. Hope the ground security plan to protect these strategic assets is air tight.

  • America’s Super Battleships That Never Were

    04/04/2016 12:20:58 PM PDT · 22 of 25
    Captain Rhino to GreenLanternCorps

    Here is a link to a Wikipedia article on “Maximum Battleship” studies done during the WWI period by the Navy at Congressional request:

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

    More detail on the design effort is provided here:

    http://myplace.frontier.com/~wellsbrothers/Battleships/TillmanBB.html#Max

    All the designs had their sizes and displacements constrained by the requirement to pass through the Panama Canal. Here is a page with a model of the Tillman IV-2 with 15 18” guns disposed in 5 turrets (2 forward, 3 aft). Model is done in the style of the Iowas but very brutal looking. Definitely a slugger.

    http://general-quarters.blogspot.com/2013/07/flashback-friday-tillman-battleships.html

  • The U.S. Navy’s Improbable Rise to Power

    04/04/2016 11:32:01 AM PDT · 11 of 21
    Captain Rhino to central_va

    I recall reading an article years ago where a senior Marine (4 star type one each) wrote that there was no real competition between the Army and the Marine Corps for mission because the Marine Corps is a battle winner while the Army is a war winner.

    I took the general to mean that the Marine Corps is historically an assault force to be used primarily for short periods of very intense combat and then to be withdrawn to rest, regroup and refit. Given that operational reality, the Marine Corps has, shall we say, a certain “attitude” about how it postures its force structure, equips and trains those forces, and a very deep commitment to mission success regardless of casualties. (Well, at least it did while I was in and I’m pretty certain it still does.)

    By contrast, the Army has to have the size, force structure, and in-depth logistics needed to sustain combat operations of widely varying intensity over long periods of time and it must supply forces for a multitude of highly varying missions in widespread locations.

    There is certainly mission overlap (especially the part about closing with and destroying the enemy with fire and close combat) but the breadth of mission responsibilities is a lot larger than for the Marine Corps.

    Once you shift focus in that way, a lot of difference in the size, composition, capacities, and institutional attitudes between the two forces makes sense.

    You could assign Army missions to the Navy but you would soon find the Navy building another Army-like force to perform them. Or the Marine Corps would morph into something that, due to its sheer size and wide mission set, wasn’t quite the Marine Corps any more.

  • Mars Colony Will Have To Wait, Says NASA Scientists

    03/31/2016 3:44:44 PM PDT · 68 of 73
    Captain Rhino to Truth29

    As I understand it, Orion is a possible “threefer:”

    1. Crew transfer vehicle for the ISS.
    2. Transfer and on-orbit vehicle for Moon return missions
    3. Transfer and on-orbit vehicle Mars manned missions

    As for a permanent manned base on Mars, there is no reason for it as long as Mars remains just a place where very expensive, government-funded scientific research missions go to hang out. (”The Martian” (great movie) being an excellent example of this.)

    Other than claiming bragging rights, robots can do the work cheaper, a heck of a lot cheaper, than humans with all their “needs” can.

    Find a real economic incentive (profit $$$) for establishing permanent bases on the Moon and Mars (outside of supporting government funded activities) and business will respond.

    If you can make it pay (and it will have to pay pretty big to justify the risks and investment), people will want to play.

    I.K. Brunell and the Great Western.

  • Mars Colony Will Have To Wait, Says NASA Scientists

    03/31/2016 3:24:23 PM PDT · 67 of 73
    Captain Rhino to blackdog
  • Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson entertains presidential campaign

    03/26/2016 11:52:51 AM PDT · 8 of 34
    Captain Rhino to kevcol

    LOL.

    Sure, great choice.

    If he gives his famous eyebrow twitch during negotiations, the other side will know something really bad is about to happen.

  • Muslim shopkeeper stabbed to death hours after message wishing beloved Christian nation happy Easter

    03/25/2016 12:39:31 PM PDT · 45 of 59
    Captain Rhino to the scotsman

    The investigators will, of course, be puzzled, unclear, and uncertain about the “true” motives of the attackers. They will caution about jumping to conclusions. They will want to be thorough, so there are no mistakes and, consequently, the investigation may take some time. But the one thing they can state with certainty right now is that this crime has nothing, absolutely nothing whatsoever, to do with Islam.

  • Mass Deportations Would Leave America Poorer

    03/25/2016 11:28:47 AM PDT · 49 of 55
    Captain Rhino to Kaslin

    The analysis is flawed because it presumes every single one of the immigrants will be fully processed through the system. Once the immigrants here illegally come to understand that they all ultimately be will arrested and will be deported, a significant number will choose to leave voluntarily.

    How do you create that understanding?

    Criminal sanctions against Americans who employ them.
    Cut off of entitlements and benefits
    Stop “catch and release” at the border

    Yes, some cost still but not nearly as much as projected.

    BTW, invest some money on the legal immigration pathway, so we can apply some quality control to the people we are letting in.

  • 6-Year-Old Girl Taken From Longtime California Foster Family for Being 1/64 Native American

    03/23/2016 5:50:48 AM PDT · 74 of 74
    Captain Rhino to Delta 21

    I know that a step relation is supposed to be non-biological.

    The question is that the court found that Lexi was 1/64 Choctaw through her father (1/32). But the supposed Choctaw connection was through a step grandfather. So, in the common interpretation of a step relationship, there actually is no Choctaw blood relation at all.

    The court says otherwise. So what reasoning was used to turn a step relationship into a blood relationship?

    As for the genetic breakout, it was meant to illustrate just how far removed in time even a direct Choctaw relative would have to be from the child to create so dilute a blood relationship. It was meant for those persons who might be unclear that to be 1/64th required a person to be 7 generations removed from the single person in their parentage who was of full Choctaw blood. Allowing 20 years per generation, that places the introduction point somewhere in the late 1800s.

    That’s a pretty long reach back for establishing a claim. Just how far back would the court go? 1/128th? Even further? Is there any limit?

    Ironically, under the old racial classification laws of the South, “one drop of blood” was (sometimes) enough to classify a person as Black:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One-drop_rule

    Maybe the court would accept any “relationship,” however distant, to support a claim under the law. On its face, the ruling looks like the court is doing a bit more than just impartially interpreting the law.

    Thanks for your reply and applause.

  • 6-Year-Old Girl Taken From Longtime California Foster Family for Being 1/64 Native American

    03/22/2016 12:51:22 PM PDT · 55 of 74
    Captain Rhino to SeekAndFind

    Hmmm...

    100% = I am 100% Choctaw
    50%= My parent(1) was Choctaw
    25%= My grandparent(1) was Choctaw
    12.5%= My great grandparent(1) was Choctaw
    6.25%= My great great grandparent(1) was Choctaw
    3.125%= My great great great grandparent(1) was Choctaw
    1.0625%= My great great great great grandparent(1) was Choctaw

    For this little girl to be only 1.06% Choctaw, there has only been one Native American in her bloodline in the last seven generations.

    The article states: “Her father, who had a criminal history, never lived on a Choctaw reservation and didn’t have any social, political, or cultural ties to the tribe, according to the court documents. But officials determined that Lexi is 1/64th Choctaw based on his ancestry.”

    And:

    “The documents said that Lexi is related to the Utah couple, who are not Native American, through her step-grandfather.”

    Is a “step-grandfather” even a blood relation? Step grandfather, to me anyway, means something like the second husband of the grand mother AFTER she had the girl’s father.

  • Boeing Echo Voyager Unmanned Submarine is similar in length to WW2 German U-boats (Coastal Type II)

    03/17/2016 7:12:07 PM PDT · 39 of 39
    Captain Rhino to 21twelve

    Even their late war one man suicide torpedoes clocked in at about 50 feet:

    http://combinedfleet.com/ships/kaiten

  • U.S. General Admits F-35 Is Actually Three Separate Airplanes

    03/14/2016 3:32:46 PM PDT · 26 of 26
    Captain Rhino to PAR35

    “A fact that also applies to the F-35. A substantial part of the cost is for upfront engineering on a new product. Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.”

    I thought you were complaining about the high cost of the carrier. Compared to the developmental cost of the F-35, developing the USS Ford was really dirt cheap. Just acquiring four squadrons (48 aircraft) of F-35C ($337 million each) cost as much as the USS Ford including its development costs.

    Here’s a link claimimg to detail the actual cost of the F-35 aircraft.

    https://medium.com/war-is-boring/how-much-does-an-f-35-actually-cost-21f95d239398#.erx831rq8

    Note that the costs given at the link are delivered costs not the airframe cost minus the engine.

    I used this link for basic specifications on the F-35:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_Martin_F-35_Lightning_II

    To give some perspective, here is a comparison of the cost of various models of the F-35 with precious metals (prices as of 14 Mar 2016) and other expensive things:

    Gold: $1236/ounce
    Platinum: $948/ounce
    F-35C: $605/ounce (@$337 million per aircraft)
    Palladium: $570/ounce
    F-35B: $485/ounce (@$251 million per aircraft)
    F-35A: $317.89/ounce (@$148 million per aircraft.)

    (Accusations of cooking the books on the F-35A price to make the Air Force program look good.)

    Classic Grey Sevruga Caviar: $180/ounce
    Chateau lafite Rothschild 2003 Bordeaux: $47/ounce
    Silver: $15.35/ounce
    USS Gerald R. Ford: $5.46/ounce (including $4.7 billion R&D costs); $4.00/ounce ($12.8 billion ship acquisition cost only)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Gerald_R._Ford

    My question is what is it about the F-35 that makes it so fantastically expensive? You could by 17,000 lbs of GOLD for the cost of one F-35C. (BTW, the cost driver isn’t the engine.)

    “One last point, during full scale war against a capable naval adversary (something we haven’t had to do for awhile), the CVNs will require continuous air, surface, and subsurface protection.”

    That’s what the rest of the CVBG is for. The primary weapon of an aircraft carrier is its attack aircraft. It carries only short range defensive guns, missiles and countermeasures. BTW, the requirement that a CVBG be provided to defend the aircraft carrier has been known to the Navy since it started building carriers.

    As the nature of the threat changes, so do the CVBG’s defensive systems. Right now the big threat appears to be the Chinese carrier killer ballistic missiles, Russian high speed Shkval torpedo, and supersonic anti-ship cruise missiles from multiple countries. To counter the missiles, the US Navy has an anti-ballistic missile variant of the Standard Missile (fielded) and the Mach 7 Rail Gun (in development).

    I don’t know what specific countermeasure the Navy is going to ultimately adopt against the Shkval (and similar high speed torpedoes) but I’m sure they are not sitting on their hands. Got a feeling it centers around making the wartime lives of Russian and Chinese submariners very short and terrifyingly exciting.

  • U.S. General Admits F-35 Is Actually Three Separate Airplanes

    03/14/2016 10:51:27 AM PDT · 24 of 26
    Captain Rhino to PAR35

    For $16 Billion you get 75 combat aircraft

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Gerald_R._Ford

    For $1.432 Billion (1989 price ($750 million) inflation adjusted for 2016, it is probably more like $2 to $2.5 billion) you get an LHD with between 6 to 20 AV-8Bs depending on the specific amphibious assault ship class (LHA/LHD)and the mission configuration. MEUs typically have 6-8 AV-8Bs; when specifically designated to conduct “Harrier Carrier” operations (Sea Control), the ships can have up to 20 AV-8Bs.

    Keep in mind that the USS Ford is the class leader for a new class of large aircraft carriers and a substantial part of the $16 billion is all the upfront engineering and research and development cost that won’t be expended for later ships of the class.

    Among other things that you don’t get with the “smaller” LHA/LHD option is the aviation fuel bunker and the bomb/missile magazine capacity of the latest “full size” aircraft carriers. You also don’t get the very sizable aviation ordnance, fuel, and maintenance divisions needed to keep up with around the clock, continuous flight operations. All this requires space for things and space for people that only the big bird farms can supply. An interesting operational planning/integration issue will occur when the shorter-ranged Marine squadrons are periodically deployed aboard CVBGs as part of routine air group squadron rotations. As is often pointed out, Marines may fly the aircraft but the Navy pays for them.

    One last point, during full scale war against a capable naval adversary (something we haven’t had to do for awhile), the Amphibious Squadrons and Groups that LHAs and LHDs are part of will require continuous air, surface, and subsurface protection. They must have outside escort. By contrast, a carrier battle group (CVBG) is a complete offensive package that can defend itself and others when called upon.

  • Bomb-sniffing dog discovers 2 Hellfire missiles bound for Portland

    03/14/2016 4:50:41 AM PDT · 61 of 66
    Captain Rhino to PeterPrinciple

    Um...this flight originates in Lebanon, New Hampshire and terminates in Portland, Maine.

    It’s okay. An Air Serbia route of (Beirut) Lebanon - Serbia - Portland, Oregon doesn’t make any sense. Looking at the Air Serbia website, the only destinations they serve in the US are Chicago, Miami, and New York. If Portland, Oregon was the ultimate destination, the cargo was going to have to be transferred to a different carrier somewhere along the line.

    However, the ultimate destination address could be fake and the shipment was intended to “go missing” somewhere in route. Fairly common practice for drug smugglers to use fake addresses and have an insider-tipped team collect parcel service deliveries from front doorsteps. These missiles are fairly large, so maybe the pickup team was within some airport cargo handling operation.

    One poster to the article did note that these missiles are laser guided and, even if it is “fire and forget,” the missile still requires a control system to activate it and designate the target to be attacked. Where are those components?

  • Police officer in Maryland fatally shot in "unprovoked attack"

    03/14/2016 3:16:47 AM PDT · 15 of 43
    Captain Rhino to rineaux

    Handsome officer. Undeserved fate. RIP.

  • Libertarian Commentator Lauren Southern Assaulted by ‘Anti-Fascist’ Protesters

    03/09/2016 7:03:03 PM PST · 10 of 16
    Captain Rhino to massmike

    I guess she doesn’t realize urine is just the first liquid these criminals will throw. Eventually it will be gasoline and/or acid. Using the “logic” of the Left, such escalation in violence will be justified as preemptive or preventative because is forestalls the further damage that having and expressing opinions contrary to their received doctrine will cause. They are already dangerous because it is clear that they have no individual or group emphaty to keep them from physically attacking others who offend them.

    She should report them and quickly.

  • LIVE: Asteroid “B2Bomber” approaches close to Earth (webcast to begin at 12am EST)

    03/09/2016 12:57:31 PM PST · 16 of 31
    Captain Rhino to fhayek

    Some blasts from the past.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntLsElbW9Xo

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp5JCrSXkJY

    And, yeah, all those complaints won’t make a spot of difference if a rock that big going that fast slams into the Earth.

    Think I need a drink. It’s after 5:00 pm somewhere, isn’t it?