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  • Taiwan earthquake: Tin cans found in the construction of toppled high-rise

    02/08/2016 1:08:09 PM PST · 15 of 23
    Captain Rhino to BenLurkin

    This criminal practice cropped up in an earlier Taiwan earthquake.

    News reports at the time, specifically mentioned finding empty cooking oil cans secreted inside of structural walls by corrupt builders as a way to cut costs/increase profits by reducing the amount of concrete and rebar being used.


    02/05/2016 1:53:54 PM PST · 18 of 24
    Captain Rhino to massgopguy

    IIRC from another article, the school is discontinuing in-school observances of the holidays. The holidays themselves are still being observed when mandated.

    Valentine’s Day is one of those not observed “holidays.”

  • German University President: MANDATORY Arabic for ALL German Schoolchildren

    02/04/2016 11:57:49 AM PST · 31 of 35
    Captain Rhino to Reaganite Republican

    Stockholm Syndrome

  • The Fermi Paradox Is Not Fermi's, and It Is Not a Paradox

    02/03/2016 4:56:23 AM PST · 81 of 82
    Captain Rhino to MosesKnows

    An additional thought.

    With the probability of an encounter very low, a good working rule, for planning purposes, would be to assume we are alone in the galaxy. Not alone in the absolute sense of the word as that would bar the possibility of any life of any kind elsewhere. But alone in the effective sense of the word as it relates to the presence of advanced space faring civilizations (of which, we are still young babes in our stellar nursery).

    While this assumption would no doubt disappoint the: 1)sci fi writers, 2) gamers, 3) generals and other contingency planners, and 4) the space battleship builders and other merchants of death, it would simplify interstellar mission planning by removing contingencies to be prepared for.

    It would also be interesting to think about the protocol to be followed the first time human explorers out there actually do come across incontrovertible evidence of another space faring civilization.

  • The Fermi Paradox Is Not Fermi's, and It Is Not a Paradox

    02/02/2016 4:04:02 PM PST · 74 of 82
    Captain Rhino to MosesKnows

    You raise a key point.

    Making contact requires two parties existing at the same time. And that may the difficult part. Depending on how you manipulate the various factors of the Drake Equation, you may get a few dozen to a thousand or more. The problem is that, even if each civilization has a time frame of ten million years from rise to collapse and they occur sequentially, the total time for 1000 is 10 billion years in a universe that is already 16+ billion years old. Since, as Carl Sagan said, there are “millions and millions and billions and billions,” there is a strong likelihood that there may never be more that two or three civilizations at any one time that are capable of interstellar space flight and they may all be in different galaxies. There will be long periods were there is only one or perhaps even none.

    Then there is the “Great Filter.” I’ve attached a pretty good article that explains the concept.

  • The Fermi Paradox Is Not Fermi's, and It Is Not a Paradox

    02/02/2016 5:21:57 AM PST · 37 of 82
    Captain Rhino to ShadowAce

    True. That is because the phrase is really a shorthand version of the Drake “Equation” which, in turn, is itself just a very high level approximation of an equation human beings don’t even know all the terms for at present.

    Properly, it should be:

    The Universe is so vast ... there MUST be life elsewhere.”

    The “...” representing, of course, all the various circumstances necessary for life (however you care to define it) to develop.

    This, in itself, is a far less stringent condition for success than requiring the development of a spacefaring civilization in our galaxy and its explorers reaching the Earth during a time when mankind exists and is sufficiently advanced in its own right to properly evaluate their arrival. That achievement, to start out with, requires the development of life (and its elaboration) in at least TWO places vice one.

  • Settlers tell Netanyahu: Block Palestinian media broadcasts

    01/30/2016 9:20:49 AM PST · 5 of 5
    Captain Rhino to Don Corleone

    Yeah, I’ll be glad to see that commercial go into the archives after the Superbowl next Sunday.

  • No Terror Link Found in Gun Arrest at Disneyland Paris

    01/30/2016 9:09:02 AM PST · 7 of 9
    Captain Rhino to napscoordinator

    The reason you should care is that the terrorists gain knowledge and experience from executing these strikes in Europe that is applicable to planned attacks in the United States.

    Of late, there have been a number of attacks targeting hotels, schools, dormitories and other group residences. In my opinion, this is because these locations have a limited number of entrances, the security staff is likely to be few and relatively lightly armed (easily overwhelmed), and, depending on the time of day, there are likely to be a large number of potential victims inside them.

    The couple involved in this incident may have been a support team that was prepositioning the weapons and other materials the mission team would need to marry up with once on site. OR they may have been a purposely “clean” (of terrorism ties) in order to test hotel security to see what could or could not be smuggled though the checkpoint. OR they may have been intending an “under the radar” lone wolf attack like the couple in San Bernardino. OR...they may be completely free of any terrorism ties and just thought it was a good idea to take two handguns and a French language edition of the Quran with them on their visit to Disney World Europe. Of the four “ORs,” the last one sounds the most unbelievable.

    ISIS and Al Qaeda are “learning organizations” and, while the mission team is obviously expendable, the support teams are developing important logistics and intelligence information and experience will be used to make future operations more effective. There is enough similarity between Europe and the United States that this information will be useful in the training of operatives coming to the United States.

  • Halperin: White House Buzzing About FBI Investigation of Hillary Clinton

    01/29/2016 10:45:18 AM PST · 64 of 70
    Captain Rhino to Hojczyk

    Love the way the article ends:

    “...pretty bad for Secretary Clinton if Senator Sanders is still alive.”

    Don’t go giving her any ideas.

  • Here’s Some History to Help Understand the Racial Wealth Gap

    01/27/2016 10:26:05 AM PST · 21 of 22
    Captain Rhino to DiogenesLamp

    “Not that it will matter because it’s all in the past, but if you have evidence which counters this “money” motive for the war, I would be interested in hearing it.”

    First, let me thank you for the time you took in crafting your reply. You make some very interesting points and make it well worth considering this money and power angle further.

    I have a lot of thoughts percolating at the moment.

    I will answer your post at length but I am at work at the moment and must beg your indulgence until I can get a reply off to you this evening.

    To foreshadow my reply, the long national argument over the issue of slavery prepares the populations on both sides for the mass warfare to come. The power and money issue you propound ensures that, once there really is a real, no kidding, in fact, secession by the South and the probability of hostilities, there is going to be sustaining support in the North (in both $$$ and media) to keep the war going to its victorious conclusion.

    The war pits Southern elite existential desperation against Northern elite grim determination. Hence, the meat grinder.

  • Here’s Some History to Help Understand the Racial Wealth Gap

    01/27/2016 5:08:15 AM PST · 19 of 22
    Captain Rhino to DiogenesLamp

    The imbalance in the chart shows that the switch to the South you refer to wasn’t happening (or about to happen). The inflow of trade generating all those tariffs in the Northern states was being driven by the imbalance in population and industrial development. The South was not investing in the industry, infrastructure, or immigration policies that would make a southward shift happen.

    This imbalance would become agonizingly apparent during the Civil War. The mismatch between the two sides in terms of manpower, industry, and money of the North eventually overwhelmed the dogged courage and generally superior generalship (at least in the early war years) of the South. Barring some truly catastrophic battlefield disaster, the North, bungling as it was, was going to win the war...eventually. It was just a matter of how many men, how much time, how much material, and how much money would be required.

    This imbalance in population and industrial development was not unknown to the South pre-war. However, the economic and political structure of the South was heavily invested in slavery. Diluting their grip on the South was not in their class’ interest. In the increasingly bitter run up to the war during the 1850s, even Southerners sounding a clarion call about what the fell hand of slavery was doing to their economy and society could not get a hearing.

    Another book, also titled (in part) “The Impending Crisis,” was written in the 1850s by the Southern writer, Hinton Rowan Helper. In his forward, Helper complains about the closed mindedness of Southern publishers and his ultimate inability to get the book published in the South. Of course, this censorship was being driven by the same vested interests that stood atop Southern society.

    Helper’s book is available for free on Kindle:

    As for the Federal governments toleration of slavery, that was a given as slavery was still legal and, more importantly, the national government was controlled by a Congress dominated by the South and pre-war administrations headed by a string of southern presidents and salted with southerners in key positions. For example, as the last pre-war Secretary of War, Jefferson Davis’ diligent work in ensuring that Federal magazines and arsenals tbroughout the South were very well stocked has not gone unnoted, either then or now.

    That dominance, of course, ended with the increasing imbalance in the voting populations of the North and South. In the election of 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected President without any Southern states electoral votes.

    However, let me meet you halfway. In the antebellum South, agriculture + slavery = money and power. And the pre-war upper classes of Southern society were not going to tolerate any challenges to that formulation. By contrast, in the North, the formulation was immigrant labor + industry = money and power. With the cutoff of slave importation and the frustration of the expansion of slavery beyond the South, the South was never going to be able to match the economic output of a system that directly imported its workforce as adults and that was not heavily dependent on putting undeveloped land into cash crop production. (This is not to say there was no industry in the South or agriculture in the North.)

  • Here’s Some History to Help Understand the Racial Wealth Gap

    01/26/2016 7:31:49 PM PST · 17 of 22
    Captain Rhino to DiogenesLamp

    To answer briefly, the underlying cause of the US Civil War was answering the question: “Is perpetual slavery the proper status of American-born blacks?” In saying “proper status,” I recognize that unfree American-born blacks already had a legal status at the time as slaves, However, the anti-slavery/abolitionist movement in the North increasingly questioned the “Great Compromise” embedded in the Constitution, first on economic grounds then, with increasing vitrol, on moral grounds; ultimately calling into question the Christianity of Southerners who supported slavery.

    For really masterful in-depth treatment of the question and convolutions of pre-Civil War US politics, I recommend:

    The Impending Crisis, 1848-1861, by David M. Potter

    “David M. Potter (1910-1971) was a professor of history at Yale and Stanford universities. He was posthumously awarded the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for History for The Impending Crisis, which his Stanford colleague Don Fehrenbacher completed and edited.”

    This book is well written, very heavily footnoted (almost annoyingly so in places), inexpensive (in paperback) and LONG (650+ pages). It has also the virtue of being concentrated on the years running up to the war and stopping when the war begins. In fact, the author’s entire account of the actual war is limited to the last two pages of the book.

    My 2 cents.

  • Here’s Some History to Help Understand the Racial Wealth Gap

    01/26/2016 1:48:02 PM PST · 9 of 22
    Captain Rhino to Citizen Zed

    It should also be remembered the Compromise of 1876 that the author is referring to was a deal brokered by both Democrats and Republicans. Republicans got what they wanted: the Presidency, and Democrats got what they wanted: the end of Congressional Reconstruction enforced by Federal troops in the South.

    Blacks were, to use a pre-Civil War phrase, “sold down the river” by both parties.

    Others should note how, just 11 years after the end of the Civil War, US politicians on both sides easily dismissed the underlying reason for the war and the deaths of 600K soldiers (and a million more wounded) when it stood in the way of their grasping, greedy hands.

  • Liberals are mad at Wal-Mart for NOT building new stores?????

    01/25/2016 7:16:22 AM PST · 18 of 24
    Captain Rhino to arthurus

    Wow. Just mentally comparing your account with articles reporting similar behavior by recent immigrants (young adult, teen, and juvenile males) in Europe. In both cases, blatant thievery with no real likelihood of punishment.

    Have to believe that Wal-Mart’s decision to tolerate theft and not prosecute is dictated by some sort of corporate-level cost-benefit analysis involving the lawyers. Enough profits coming in elsewhere to cover losses as long as you don’t incur the cost involved in prosecuting? Allowing theft cheaper than getting an employee/security person injured/killed or being sued by a “didn’t do nuffin” or his/her family?

    Modern democracy. Amazing. And disheartening.

    This obvious disregard for common expectations of public behavior is the on-ramp to fascism and eventual dictatorship.

  • Hillary’s team copied intel off top-secret server to email

    01/25/2016 5:37:56 AM PST · 51 of 83
    Captain Rhino to wayoverontheright

    Not sure if civil disobedience (at least in the traditional 19060s-70s concept of the term) would occur but it would raise very serious questions as to whether the Democratic Party was a trustworthy custodian of national sovereignty and worthy of the public’s trust. The questioning would not just be about the instance of security violations but also if Democratic Party office holders are capable of holding a powerful member of their own party accountable when these abuses are uncovered.

    I would expect a non-indictment (especially in the face of overwhelming evidence) would be exploited as a huge political issue by the Republican Party (especially after Hillary’s declaration of “no person too big to jail” in the last Democratic primary debate).

    Democrats, those serious about national security and even their hyper-partisans, perhaps sensing existential danger, will react negatively to a non-indictment.

    And there have already been postings concerning strong rumblings in the intelligence and security communities if such blatant abuses involving the most sensitive classified material get a pass from the Attorney General.

    It is all a matter of the timing. Here is something I wrote earlier in another thread on that:

    The last paragraph speaks directly to the issue of timing:

    “The only fly in the ointment is if DoJ dallies. Should the indictment, if brought, come too late in the general election cycle, it will be impossible for the remaining Democratic campaigns to shift staff and other resources to effectively compete in the general election against the Republicans. In that case, Hillary might be compelled to campaign while under indictment. Normally, that would be fatal to a campaign. But, as you have pointed out, we are dealing with the Clintons here.”


    01/23/2016 6:31:58 PM PST · 43 of 51
    Captain Rhino to Bon of Babble


    What a neat trick: getting the towed sign to fly in front of the tow plane!

  • D.C. is Shutting Down because of Snow, But Look At The Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier…

    01/22/2016 9:02:13 PM PST · 25 of 40
    Captain Rhino to BlackFemaleArmyCaptain

    Line 6 of the “Sentinel’s Creed” as given in the article is:

    “my standard will remain perfection.”

  • ATF: New Rule On Gun Sellers Will Be Handled On A ‘Case By Case’ Basis

    01/21/2016 7:55:37 AM PST · 24 of 40
    Captain Rhino to Yo-Yo

    I don’t like the case by case approach. Too much prosecutorial discretion allowed. If the law is ambiguous, the benefit should be to the accused, not to the accuser. Don’t like the ambiguity? Get Congress to change the law. Oops! There’s that pesky word, “Congress,” again.

    Well, I guess you could truthfully answer “No” on the form if you did not absolutely rule out any circumstance where you would sell a firearm except at a gun show.

    Perhaps you would prove that intent by frequently posting offerings on a website, say...the Gun Broker sell a commonly available firearm for an absurdly high price. No sale, but you have offered to sell outside of a gun show.

  • It’s Russia’s turn to learn that stealth warplanes are hard to do

    01/21/2016 7:08:54 AM PST · 16 of 16
    Captain Rhino to riverdawg


    Preceding the use of the INF was the NATO doctrine of attacks in depth on enemy formations with conventional force (bombing, non-nuclear missiles, etc.) which was intended to prevent/significantly delay the arrival of the 2nd, 3rd, 4th,...nth echelons of his forces at the front. This destruction of lines of communication, depots, marshaling yards, etc in the enemy hinterlands would be in addition to a very stubborn, layered defense at the front. The hope was that the attrition would be so severe that the Soviets would stop short of the “line in the sand/tripwire” for NATO to begin employing nuclear weapons.

    Given the natural stubbornness and willingness to suffer of your average Russian, that may have been a futile hope.

    Anyway, as I wrote earlier, I’m glad both sides had the good sense not to put their warfighting theories and doctrine to the test.

    Let us hope it stays that way.

  • Researchers find evidence of a real ninth planet

    01/21/2016 6:38:51 AM PST · 32 of 32
    Captain Rhino to Flick Lives


    I’m NOT under/over sized!

    I’m just dimensionally challenged!

    Love it.

  • U.S. Navy’s ‘Great Green Fleet’ Gets Underway Using Biofuels

    01/21/2016 6:11:30 AM PST · 19 of 21
    Captain Rhino to Jack Hydrazine

    At those prices, alternative fuels will never be commercially viable. The program should be renamed the “small green fuel company welfare program.”

  • America's F-16 Turns 42: The Viper's Enduring Legacy

    01/21/2016 6:01:19 AM PST · 22 of 24
    Captain Rhino to Londo Molari

    I was just thinking the same thing; the F-16 has a very elegant shape, like the P-51.

    Heck of a lot longer service life, though. Forty two years and counting. Wow!

  • It’s Russia’s turn to learn that stealth warplanes are hard to do

    01/20/2016 6:11:15 PM PST · 14 of 16
    Captain Rhino to rmlew

    See post 13 in the thread for my understanding of how the Soviets meant the maxim to apply during the Cold War.

    There is no denying that the Germans considered the T-34 crude (inferior) to their tanks. And while the PzKfw V “Panther” was the German reply to it, the tank suffered from too much superior German engineering quality and could never be afforded in the quantities needed to begin matching T-34 production. Ditto for the Tiger and King Tiger.

    As for the Sherman, I heard that same sentiment expressed in a post-class conversation I had with a substitute physics teacher while I was in high school. He was a retired US Army brigadier general who had decided to teach to have something to occupy his time. He had been a Sherman tank platoon commander in Europe during WWII. He conceded the inferiority of the Sherman to the PzKfw IV and Panther but said their success came from ganging up on them and sniping at them until one tank could maneuver to the rear or flanks and get in range to deliver a kill shot. A winning strategy born out of desperate necessity.

  • It’s Russia’s turn to learn that stealth warplanes are hard to do

    01/20/2016 5:48:05 PM PST · 13 of 16
    Captain Rhino to riverdawg

    Actually they (the Russians) were referring to the tidal wave of “inferior” ( from a NATO perspective) Soviet and Warsaw Pact mechanized and motorized rifle divisions the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany (GSFG) intended to pour through the Fulda Gap to overwhelm the Allies. The sentiment being that, despite significant losses, having enough of those “inferior” units (quantity) would allow them to destroy the “superior” forces of the West (quality) and still have enough left over to dictate the peace terms and enforce an occupation. And remember, the Soviets were well ahead of NATO in doctrine and preparedness to fight in a CBRN environment if things went South, which it probably would have at some point.

    Personally, I ‘m glad both sides had the good sense to not try to find out.

    (Twenty five years (!!) after that threat passed, I ‘m amazed how easily all the terms of reference come to mind. Must have considered them important for some reason or another.)

  • It’s Russia’s turn to learn that stealth warplanes are hard to do

    01/20/2016 4:46:31 AM PST · 5 of 16
    Captain Rhino to sukhoi-30mki

    There is a maxim popular with the Soviets during the Cold War:

    “Quantity has a quality all of its own.”

  • Challenger 7: 30 Years Ago

    01/18/2016 8:01:33 PM PST · 38 of 59
    Captain Rhino to truthfinder9

    Some years ago, I was tasked to develop a presentation on the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters for use at company-sponsored brown bag lunch professional development lectures. I used the NASA reports on the Challenger loss as primary references. NASA pulled no punches about the shortcomings in decision making and leadership on both the contractor and government side that set up the fatal situation. The report also provided extensive background information on the cost and schedule pressures that had developed to get the shuttles recycled for their next launches.

    The multivolume report is available on line at the NASA website and is worth reading.

    A key point of engineering information in the report was that there was a .5 second window after ignition of the solid rocket boosters (SRB) where an effective seal between the propellant segments had to be obtained to prevent the burn through that ultimately destroyed the spacecraft. SRBs recovered after previous launches showed this sealing wasn’t reliably occurring and that partial exhaust burn through was the result. The problem could be solved with a redesign of the casing joint seals and retrofitting it to the SRB fleet. But that would have a huge impact on the shuttle launch schedule; a political non-starter.

    The Wikipedia link below has a good summary of the problem.

    By the time the black puffs of smoke begin to appear from Challenger’s right SRB at T+0.678 seconds, the fatal casing joint failure had already occurred (across 70 degrees of the joint). The astronauts, with no realistic during-liftoff escape system, were effectively dead; but they had to wait another 72.5 seconds to find out.

  • Boeing B-52 evolves again with guided weapons launcher

    01/18/2016 12:02:47 PM PST · 17 of 23
    Captain Rhino to BwanaNdege

    Got about as far with Air Force brass as the Arsenal Ship did with the Navy’s admirals. Maybe less.

  • Gas Wars: A Gallon Is Just 46 Cents Here

    01/18/2016 11:58:09 AM PST · 27 of 40
    Captain Rhino to dragnet2

    The price of fuel is only a small part of the cost of food.

    A lot of the present high price for food is tied to the continuing drought in the western United States. (The recent rains in California, heavy as they were, have not completely restored water to pre-drought levels.)

    The drought has reduced the size of the beef herd in the US and the resulting shortage has raised prices. Ranchers are not going to start increasing the size of their herds again until they have the weather for more reliable range and feed products they need to economically raise cattle.

    As consumers switch to more affordable alternative meats, demand for them has raised their prices as well.

    Vegetables, fruits, and nuts produced in the western United States have been similarly affected by the drought. Wholesale suppliers are lining up alternative sources but the shortfalls are being made up from other, more expensive regions.

    Of course, lower fuel costs - primarily diesel, I would imagine - do bring production costs down. But the producer is likely to initially pocket that as profit from internal savings and not pass it along to the customer.

    For consumer costs to really come down, there would have to be a significant oversupply in the market. With the careful, computer-based, satellite and Internet-driven, management practices followed these days in modern agriculture and the time required to produce some of these products, there is probably a lag (how significant I don’t know) between improved growing conditions and any real improvement (decrease)in retail food prices. Creating a significant oversupply in the market is just not in their economic interests.

    Then again, who thought we would ever see a below $0.50/gallon gas war going on in Michigan?

  • Two U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E helicopters have collided off Hawaii (12 Marines missing)

    01/15/2016 2:56:14 PM PST · 33 of 70
    Captain Rhino to don-o

    More likely additional squadron personnel.

    There is a pretty demanding air operations schedule that Marine helo squadrons must fly in order for their helicopter pilots to stay certified on all the various aspects of military helicopter operations: night operations with NVGs, over water navigation, deck landings on amphibious ships (day/night (illuminated and NVG), etc.

    In discussing this with Marine aviators (helicopter type, one each) during and after my time in the Marines, it became clear that a lot of the helo flights made during long transits to and from deployment locations was driven by the need to keep up pilot qualifications. Out of that necessity, the birds were going to be flown whether or not they had passengers in the back.

    The two extra passengers might have been squadron pilots rotating with the pilot and co-pilot to log night flying hours.

    CH-53s don’t crash well. Hoping for the best, but it rarely happens with this aircraft type.

  • Robert Griffin III cleans out his locker four years after Washington Redskins paid a whooping [tr]

    01/12/2016 3:58:23 AM PST · 58 of 61
    Captain Rhino to right way right


    One of my fellow office workers reported the Sea Hawks QB Russell Wilson acknowledged that his team did not “win” the game when asked about it by a reporter during the post-game press interviews. If true, it just increases my respect for an already great QB.

  • Robert Griffin III cleans out his locker four years after Washington Redskins paid a whooping [tr]

    01/11/2016 4:48:26 PM PST · 55 of 61
    Captain Rhino to dfwgator

    There is truth in what you say. BUT...

    The Vikings held the feared Sea Hawk offense to just one touchdown and one field goal and, in the end, were poised to put an unanswerable field goal on the scoreboard and win the game. And, I’ve got to admit, that Russell Wilson’s miraculous recovery and completed forward pass after that botched snap was, in my unexpert opinion, the play of the game.

    Then the Vikings shot themselves in the foot. All. By. Themselves.

    I’ve come late to football so it was just a disappointing end to a hard fought game to me.

    On the other hand, my boss is a lifelong Vikings fan (as in born and raised in the state). His entire family (four sons) are lifelong Vikings fans. Man, was he blue today. Had absolutely no charitable words for Mr. Walsh either.

    (Although he did mellow a little bit during the day and just wanted to punch the errant kicker in the nose by quitting time this afternoon. No, he won’t become more forgiving about it tomorrow but he will be getting back to his much more cheerful self.)

  • Robert Griffin III cleans out his locker four years after Washington Redskins paid a whooping [tr]

    01/11/2016 10:59:35 AM PST · 26 of 61
    Captain Rhino to UB355

    While I know it is counted as a loss, the Seahawks did not beat the Vikings.

    The Vikings beat themselves.

    The Seahawks are just the undeserving recipients of the credit.

  • Storm Clouds Form: Bob Woodward Compares Hillary Scandal to Watergate (FBI revolt brewing)

    01/11/2016 8:02:14 AM PST · 132 of 201
    Captain Rhino to Night Hides Not

    My feeling is that if this thing reaches the point of actual indictment (or the very strong probability thereof), Hillary will have a “sudden recurrence of a serious medical problem” which will necessitate her withdrawal from the general election campaign and retirement from public life.

    “No one” is interested in seeing her in jail. (Not referring here, of course, to you or me or any of the “little people”, as we do not count in these matters) The goal is just that she is put out of the way permanently so she can no longer influence either party or national politics.

    The Democratic nominating convention would probably see some sort of reputation-protecting rear guard action fought by Clinton loyalists and cameo appearances by Bill and/or Chelsey (Hillary Clinton 2.0?)urging Democrats to fight for the values Hillary espoused.

    Once the general election is over (”The Republic is saved!”), she will gradually recover and begin collecting huge fees as a public speaker (like husband Bill). The charges, if brought, will be negotiated down to a big fine and some sort of slap on the wrist measures, like loss of her security clearance, etc. akin to what General Petraus received. Lower level loyalists may or may not be so lucky. The Clintons will not care so long as they are safe.

    The only fly in the ointment is if DoJ dallies. Should the indictment, if brought, come too late in the general election cycle, it will be impossible for the remaining Democratic campaigns to shift staff and other resources to effectively compete in the general election against the Republicans. In that case, Hillary might be compelled to campaign while under indictment. Normally, that would be fatal to a campaign. But, as you have pointed out, we are dealing with the Clintons here.

  • 120-foot golden Chairman Mao golem attacked by trolls, taken down

    01/09/2016 2:21:51 PM PST · 41 of 44
    Captain Rhino to Captain Rhino

    $457K? Even worse.

  • 120-foot golden Chairman Mao golem attacked by trolls, taken down

    01/09/2016 2:20:49 PM PST · 40 of 44
    Captain Rhino to chajin

    I was hoping to read it had been taken down because it was such an amateurish representation of the “Great Leader” especially in a country of sculptors in the Socialist Realism style.

    $300k for that?! They was robbed.

  • Washington State Supreme court upholds conviction on man carrying a paring knife in Seattle

    01/05/2016 2:26:51 PM PST · 11 of 12
    Captain Rhino to SeaHawkFan

    It is an odd opinion.

    The majority holds that the 2nd Amendment doesn’t apply because a paring knife - even when carried for personal defense - doesn’t meet their definition of “arms.” Ironically, if I read the opinion correctly, had he been carrying a Kabar (which absolutely meets the city code definition of a “dangerous knife” and whose traditional use is as a weapon (an “arm” as opposed to a kitchen tool)), the challenge to the city code (as unconstitutionally infringing on Evan’s 2nd Amendment rights) might have done better.

    Interesting that the traditional use of the object carries more weight with these “judges” that the intended use by its owner. Until, of course, they need it not to.

    And here all these years I had thought that merely forming my hand into a fist made it a weapon.

  • Moonbat of The Week-Samuel L.Jackson:I wanted it to be some crazy white dude,not Muslims

    12/28/2015 12:57:39 PM PST · 23 of 56
    Captain Rhino to Opinionated Blowhard

    Yeah, funny how past history influences expectations.

    During the Beltway Sniper Attacks in 2002, EXPECTATIONS were that it was a white guy because these sort of attacks have customarily been carried out by whites in the past.

    Imagine the surprise when it turned out to be two blacks:

  • Exceptionally strong and lightweight new metal created

  • Is Islam Reformable?

    12/17/2015 2:15:12 PM PST · 50 of 53
    Captain Rhino to RoosterRedux

    Actually, reform within Islam is very difficult because whatever change is being proposed can possibly be considered an innovation. And the Koran (Quran) is replete with warnings against innovation. This is one warning said to be from Mohammed’s last sermon:

    “Beware of newly invented matters [in the religion], for verily every bidah (innovation) is misguidance.”

    The topic of innovation is very controversial in Islam and an accusation of preaching innovations in the religion (especially the kind of modern practices that the word “Reform” can conjure up in the minds of Western non-Muslims) can trigger violent reactions. However, it is not a black and white issue among Muslims as this link to a scholarly treatment of the topic reveals:

  • LGBT Rights vs. Religious Freedom Looms Large at #AtlanticLGBT Summit (Freedom Loses)

    12/15/2015 5:14:32 AM PST · 9 of 14
    Captain Rhino to Theodore R.

    What part of the current “process” of implementing the LGBTQ agenda involves the “American people” being given a choice other than to cow down to the decisions being made by judges, legislators and various government executives?

    The “people” are sovereign for about 12 hours every two years on the first Tuesday in November. (And that is only because the governing class hasn’t yet figured out how to make the interval longer.) The rest of the time, we are expected to put up (our taxes) and shut up (lest we break the new laws being enacted almost daily against offending this or that victim group).

    We are a long way from the limited government deriving it’s just powers from the consent of the governed that was envisioned by the founders of the Republic.

  • University of Maryland President Quotes Wrong U.S. Motto in Email to Students

    12/14/2015 1:30:43 PM PST · 26 of 27
    Captain Rhino to the OlLine Rebel

    Drat! I always get that wrong! Thanks for the correction.

  • University of Maryland President Quotes Wrong U.S. Motto in Email to Students

    12/14/2015 11:46:51 AM PST · 22 of 27
    Captain Rhino to piasa

    Did some research and found that, in addition to appearing on the obverse (back) side of the One Dollar bill, it has been engraved on our coinage for a while:

    Furthermore, according to the link, while it was:

    “Never codified by law, E Pluribus Unum was considered a de facto motto of the United States until 1956 when the United States Congress passed an act (H. J. Resolution 396), adopting “In God we trust” as the official motto.

    So, while the college president mistakenly called E Pluribus Unum the national motto, author of the critical post is also omitting an essential bit of information as E Pluribus Unum was unofficially one of the mottos of the United States from its appearance on the Great Seal of the United States in 1782 until officially superseded in 1956.

  • Emotional Photo Captures Police Officer Comforting His Dying Horse

    12/09/2015 6:15:06 PM PST · 13 of 33
    Captain Rhino to LibWhacker

    Love it!

  • First Footage of Future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) at Sea

    12/09/2015 1:45:40 PM PST · 22 of 30
    Captain Rhino to PIF

    Nice choice. Saw an article on that one the other day.

    At either 10K or 17.5K tons displacement (both numbers given in the article) and 200 meters in length (650 feet), the planned Leader Class destroyer would make a heck of a cruiser. Oh, and nuclear powered to boot.

    Thought of it as sort of a 2/3rds size Kirov battlecruiser.

  • Angela Merkel Beats Trump for Person of the Year

    12/09/2015 1:15:33 PM PST · 30 of 30
    Captain Rhino to Blue Turtle

    Don’t particularly like Mr. Trump, but there was no way in Hell (NWIH)that TIME magazine was ever going to ever pick a Republican presidential candidate in the run up to an election year.

    Can’t pick Hillary? Then pick a prominent woman politician who just happens to be about the same age and who holds an executive office similar to the one Hillary is seeking.

  • First Footage of Future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) at Sea

    12/09/2015 1:03:39 PM PST · 20 of 30
    Captain Rhino to PIF

    Since it is larger, faster, and better armed, the USS Zumwalt just might be the prototype for the replacement for the Ticonderoga Class cruiser.

    We already have CRUDESRONs, why not a cruiser-sized destroyer?

  • Russian Navy First Project 23560 "Leader Class" Destroyer Will Be Named Yevgeny Primakov

    12/07/2015 7:38:11 AM PST · 11 of 12
    Captain Rhino to sukhoi-30mki

    Sort of an updated 2/3rds size Kirov Battlecruiser:

  • Sandy Berger, former national security adviser, dies

    12/02/2015 9:08:16 AM PST · 111 of 166
    Captain Rhino to TroutStalker

    The comments section below the Politico article isn’t exactly showing a lot of love for Sandy either.

    Lack of details as to what he actually died from/of is, of course, feeding into the possibly unfounded speculation that his cause of death wasn’t natural, accidental, or self-inflicted.

    After all, he was a close associate of the Clintons.

  • Professor Declares ‘Whiteness’ a ‘Disease’ [Teaching Education journal]

    11/23/2015 2:30:33 AM PST · 6 of 53
    Captain Rhino to Cincinatus' Wife

    The Front Page article contains a link to the actual paper. You need to scroll down a little through the publisher’s front material to get to the actual article.

    It is pretty long (as these screeds usually are) and cannot be directly downloaded without some sort of log-in through an account or social media. So bookmark or copy and paste seem to be the only options if you don’t want to provide personal information to the publisher.

    As for the substance of the article, it is even more sickeningly fawning over the “disease of whiteness” than described in the Front Page review.

  • The Missed Opportunity Of The The Air-Capable Spruance

    11/20/2015 3:48:39 AM PST · 4 of 7
    Captain Rhino to sukhoi-30mki

    As I’m sure you know, the Japanese are already building light helicopter carriers on destroyer hull forms:

    Except for the Mk45 Mod 4 5”/62 caliber gun, the Hyugas are nearly as well armed and relatively fast. The full flight deck gives them more versatility.