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Posts by Captain Rhino

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  • Hillary Clinton Is the Perfect Age to Be President (she's biologically primed to be a leader)

    04/13/2015 3:27:54 PM PDT · 53 of 66
    Captain Rhino to ASA Vet

    Perfect!!

  • Toy Guns in America: The 1950s Versus Today

    04/12/2015 6:06:41 AM PDT · 22 of 36
    Captain Rhino to norwaypinesavage
  • Patricia Jannuzzi Reinstated! (Cath. schoolteacher fired for Facebook comments critical of LGBT)

    04/11/2015 8:00:37 PM PDT · 27 of 29
    Captain Rhino to Mrs. Don-o

    Matthew 7:

    15”Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16”You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? 17”So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.…

    It appears that there are too many leaders of the church that, for the fleeting favor of men, have convinced themselves that grapes can come from thorn bushes and figs from thistles.

  • Patricia Jannuzzi Reinstated! (Cath. schoolteacher fired for Facebook comments critical of LGBT)

    04/11/2015 5:10:57 PM PDT · 13 of 29
    Captain Rhino to HiTech RedNeck

    Excerpted from the article:

    “It is the School’s position that a Catholic school teacher must always communicate the faith in a way that is positive and never hurtful. Tone and choice of words matter and I trust Mrs. Jannuzzi’s stated promise to strive always to teach in a spirit of truth and charity.”

    ***

    “Jannuzzi, who received praise even from some critics for the quality of her teaching and her relationship with students, ran into trouble when she posted a number of comments against same-sex “marriage” on her personal Facebook page, which the diocese mandated she close down.

    “One minute they argue hey [sic] are born this way and it is not a choice to get 14th amendment rights equal protection” – which was intended for “unchangeable characteristics such as race and disability,” she wrote. Then, “they will argue everyone should be able to choose” to engage in the homosexual lifestyle.

    Same-sex relationships and its agenda threaten to “reengineer Western civ[ilization] into a slow extinction,” wrote Jannuzzi.

    “We need healthy families with a mother and a father for the sake of the children and humanity,” she concluded.”

    Apparently her Facebook page statements condemning same-sex marriage were not made in the “positive and non-hurtful manner” in the “spirit of truth and charity” that her superiors would like her to demonstrate. Because there is always a “positive and non-hurtful manner” to say in the “spirit of truth and charity” that homosexual acts are acts of “serious depravity” which are “intrinsically disordered” and “in no circumstances” to be approved while simultaneously holding that same-sex marriage (a sacrament of the church), and gay adoption and everything else that the homosexual lobby is demanding is okay.

    Is that the position of the school district now?

  • Ka-52 Attack Helicopter Enters Russian Service

    04/09/2015 7:12:09 AM PDT · 3 of 14
    Captain Rhino to SWAMPSNIPER

    Not quite that far; but far enough to allow the counter-rotating blades to deflect under aerodynamic loading with striking each other.

  • Russia's Stealth Fighter Is in Serious Trouble

    04/08/2015 3:11:51 AM PDT · 16 of 17
    Captain Rhino to MSF BU
    IIRC, the Indians have purchased French aircraft in the past (Jaguar, Mirage 2000), so there is already an existing customer relationship. In addition, the Rafael presently comes in a carrier variant and the SAAB JAS-39 Gripen doesn't...yet. See Sea Gripen under Further Developments header at link below:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saab_JAS_39_Gripen

    To give some perspective on the stealth fighter issue, if T-50 production is really held to 12 aircraft, and the surviving prototypes are rebuilt to production standards, the resulting number is about a squadron's worth of aircraft. Meantime, the United States has already completed manufacture of 195 F-22s and is scheduled to build between 2400 and 3100 F-35s for the United States and its allies. A little over 100 F-35s have already been produced.

    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_Martin_F-35_Lightning_II#Procurement_and_international_participation)

    To end on a note of sarcasm, the article notes that Russia's defense financing problems are tied to declines in the price of oil. I'd say that it is also tied to what you do with the oil. Russia merely exports the oil as a raw material. By contrast, China turns some of the oil it imports in consumer goods which it sells back to the world. If Russia would just simply start making good quality, competitively priced consumer products, the world would beat a path to their door and production of the T-50 could resume. A dream to be sure...

    If China fights the United States in the future, it will do so with weapons largely financed through the purvhase of consumer goods at Wal-Mart.

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

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

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

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

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

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/06/business/media/statement-from-writer-of-rolling-stone-rape-article-sabrina-erdely.html

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

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

    Consider the author and the source:

    Source: Everyday Feminism (webzine)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    I disagree.

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

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

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

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

    He was not the 150th victim.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Kool-Aid, anyone?

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

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

    Ah, you got me.

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

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

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

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

    Bisons are not supersonic.

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

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/russia-denies-talks-argentina-leasing-jets-102502136.html

  • NY College Creates System to Report Microaggressions, Sue Aggressors

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

    Good point.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Here’s a Wikipedia link on them:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Border_Patrol_interior_checkpoints

  • Classical music and cats-still a good thing

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

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

    http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Music/Mice_and_Music_Experiment_Mo.html

    The results could have been tragic.

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

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

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

  • Pictured: The 2,000-year-old gladiator's helmet discovered in Pompeii's ruins

    03/15/2015 2:54:05 PM PDT · 30 of 56
    Captain Rhino to TigersEye
    Actually, hardened leather (usually attached to a backing material) has its place in the history of arms.

    However, properly prepared, cloth can give protection as well. An armor worn by the Spanish during the conquest of Mexico was Aztec quilted cotton armor. In most cases, these common foot soldiers were not wealthy enough to afford European plate steel breast plates and so made do with what was locally available. Aztec quilted armor, Ichcahuīpīlli, was made of multiple layers of cotton toughed by soaking in salt water brine. It was reportedly able to resist the blows of the Mācuahuitl, the Aztec obsidian/flint-edged sword clubs.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aztec_warfare#Armor

  • Atheist Making A Fortune From Selling Bibles Says The Money Is Too Good To Be True

    03/15/2015 5:36:34 AM PDT · 11 of 15
    Captain Rhino to LadyDoc
    From the article:

    “He then found some SPANISH (emphasis added) Bible apps that were not good quality. After hiring a Romanian programmer to build a better app for him, he began selling the new product.

    He added to the app by including an audio version which took off, generating a cool $5,000 to $6,000 per month.”

    Sort of a “build a better mouse trap” sales phenomena, I suppose.

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

    03/15/2015 5:12:54 AM PDT · 15 of 62
    Captain Rhino to John Valentine
    This is actually an argument from authority, which, of course, is considered a logical fallacy.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argument_from_authority

    She cites the history of the Royal Society, essentially saying (in so many, many, many words): How dare you challenge us, we are SCIENTISTS! We have a history of accomplishment! Evidence to the contrary, if we say it is so, it is a settled matter!”

    I agree with another poster, that the title does not relate to the text and, if actually chosen by the author, is rather sophomoric.

  • The M-9 Bazooka Blew Things Up Real Good

    03/13/2015 9:52:58 AM PDT · 21 of 50
    Captain Rhino to Little Ray

    Also the Carl Gustav; a US Army favorite that I wish the Marine Corps would adopt.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Gustav_recoilless_rifle

  • This Chemistry 3D Printer Can Synthesize Molecules From Scratch

    03/13/2015 7:49:26 AM PDT · 11 of 12
    Captain Rhino to Awgie

    Certainly have the same worry about people with evil intentions (terrorists).

    But I’m also concerned about it being in the hands of the nerdy chemist version of Bevis and Butthead. You know, 50 pound brain post-doctoral researchers with the arrogance and hubris of 11 year olds.

    What could possibly go wrong?

  • IT Expert Says He Traced Hillary’s Email Server To Manhattan Government Building [VIDEO]

    03/11/2015 9:24:39 AM PDT · 33 of 134
    Captain Rhino to DoodleDawg

    Server is not located Harlem according to the lat/long mapping done by the IT expert.

    Lower down in the referenced article, a tweet with the location on a map image is provided. The IT expert identifies it as a NYC city government building across the street from city hall.

  • U. California students remove offensive American flag from 'inclusive' space

    03/07/2015 2:55:20 PM PST · 26 of 35
    Captain Rhino to Captain Rhino

    Correcting my previous post. The resoultion DOES, in fact, ban the flag of any nation from being displayed in the second to last paragraph. The last paragraph is the weasel words.

  • U. California students remove offensive American flag from 'inclusive' space

    03/07/2015 2:51:18 PM PST · 24 of 35
    Captain Rhino to detective
    Actually, if you read the student resolution, all their animus is directed toward the flag of the United States. It is a generous interpretation of the resolution to say it is a ban on all flags.

    In addition, there are some weasel words at the end that allow for reconsideration. Somehow, I'm pretty sure display of the flags of Hamas and Hezbollah would not be problematic to these “leaders.”

  • Hillary used private emails for State Dept business (Psaki covers for Hillary)

    03/03/2015 7:22:44 AM PST · 10 of 11
    Captain Rhino to Liz

    Recall that Janet Napolitano (of unpleasant memory) did not use email at all as governor of Arizona or as head of DHS.

    Is said to have considered them a waster of time. Also wanted to avoid the “gotcha game.”

    Law notwithstanding, you cannot subpoena or FOIA what does not exist.

  • The Word-less “Church”

    02/27/2015 10:02:44 AM PST · 17 of 51
    Captain Rhino to Gamecock

    Here was a believer who understood the difference:

    http://prayerfoundation.org/favoritemonks/favorite_monks_telemachus_coliseum.htm

    The version of his martyrdom that first I heard had St Telemachus crying out the Jesus had not died on the Cross for men to continue doing this to one another...

  • Please Don’t Thank Me for My Service

    02/21/2015 4:33:18 PM PST · 43 of 86
    Captain Rhino to Joe Marine 76

    “And I thank YOU for your support!”

    Great idea...and Semper Fi! (USMC 1967-1990)

  • Marines allow MARSOC Operators to choose Glock's over 1911's

    02/20/2015 2:48:30 PM PST · 31 of 90
    Captain Rhino to doorgunner69
    My thoughts exactly.

    I thought the whole gripe about the 9mm was a perceived lack of knockdown power. The 21 provides .45 caliber in the Glock format with a relatively large magazine capacity(compared to the M1911). The Glock 19 magazine holds 4 more rounds (17 vs 13 in the Glock 21).

    So, is 9mm now okay if you can carry 4 more rounds in the magazine? Or is the decision really based on conforming to the handgun types and ammunition calibers already used by the other special operation forces within SOCOM in order to simplify logistics and increase interoperability?

  • Halifax Shooting Plot Foiled, Police Say

    02/13/2015 7:00:40 PM PST · 23 of 25
    Captain Rhino to yarddog
    Maybe neither.

    The 23 year old woman is said to originate from Geneva, IL.

    According to the Wikipedia entry for the community (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geneva,_Illinois#Demographics), it is a small, fairly wealthy town in the western suburbs of Chicago. The population is 95% white according to the census. Median annual household income is $95K.

    This is starting to sound like fantasy role players hooking up to carryout an apocalyptic massacre. Maybe a scaled up Sandy Hook type killing spree???

  • Halifax Shooting Plot Foiled, Police Say

    02/13/2015 6:45:19 PM PST · 21 of 25
    Captain Rhino to ChicagahAl

    If ZERO (or his PR frontmen in the White House or the numerous other apologists for the “Religion of Peace”) say that murderous acts carried out by radical Islamic extremists do not represent the “true Islam,” then it just stands to reason that such acts cannot be “culturally based.”

    By the way, the press conference (link below) is a masterpiece of evasion in terms of providing anything beyond the minimum information required to acknowledge that the incident occurred.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/alleged-halifax-mass-shooting-plot-not-culturally-based-say-police-1.2957446

  • 700-year-old copy of Magna Carta found in scrapbook

    02/11/2015 12:22:33 AM PST · 22 of 24
    Captain Rhino to SkyPilot

    Looks as if the document was found in a disintegrating condition and the owner of the scrapbook glued the remaining pieces onto the pages to capture it before it really did fall to pieces. Actually cannot tell how much is missing because the outside borders of the document are aligned with the outside edges of the scrapbook pages when it was affixed. This creates the “1/3 missing” gap. Only developing a restored version with the missing lines of text inserted into the blank spaces will reveal how much is missing.

    Even with its deteriorated state, I have to marvel at the beauty of the calligraphy and the skill needed to produce so many straight lines of petite script with a quill pen - or did they have metal nibs by this time?

  • Pentagon spent $504,816 on Viagra last year

    02/09/2015 11:44:32 AM PST · 46 of 46
    Captain Rhino to Don Corleone

    While often considered a men’s disease of middle and old age, prostrate disease/prostrate cancer is actually no respecter of age or rank. One of the major concerns in treatment is the preservation of male sexual function in the face of fairly invasive surgery, radiation, hormone therapy, etc. It is one thing to be an elderly man who is perhaps facing finishing the relatively short remainder of his life with very diminished or no remaining sexual function. It is quite another to be an otherwise healthy man in his 30s or 40’s facing such a prospect.

    With its very lopsided ratio of men to women and exposure of many of its members to numerous environmental factors/hazards, DoD has a significant population suffering from these diseases. It is also home to the congressionally-mandated Center for Prostrate Disease Research (CPDR) headquartered at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.

    Here’s the link to their website:

    http://www.wrnmmc.capmed.mil/Health%20Services/Surgery/Surgery/Urology/SitePages/CPDR.aspx

    Most likely the Viagra, etc. mentioned in the article is being prescribed within DoD to help both active duty and veterans/retirees deal with these after effects.

    Yes, I am a former patient. Fortunately, I had really excellent surgeons. I am five years post-operative with 0.0 PSA levels and have never required drugs or devices to function. Not all patients are as lucky.

    By the way, DoD also hosts a similar center to deal with female specific sexual health issues.

  • States Recently filing Article V convention applications in their legislatures

    01/20/2015 11:44:40 AM PST · 9 of 21
    Captain Rhino to cotton1706

    Posted for reference purposes:

    “Article V:

    Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.”

    Passage of convention resolutions by 34 states are needed to create the situation where Congress “shall call” (no option) the convention. Currently have ten.

  • Saudi Blogger Sentenced To 1,000 Lashes May Not Withstand 2nd Round Of Flogging, Says Wife

    01/16/2015 2:44:02 PM PST · 26 of 27
    Captain Rhino to GrandJediMasterYoda

    He was sentenced to ten years in prison.

    1000 lashes/10 years =100 lashes per year.

    If they stay with the 50 lashes per session, that equals two sessions per year with six months to heal between each session.

    After a while, he will probably have a lot of scar tissue build up on his back and the lashing session won’t do as much damage.

    Not justifying the punishment; just sayin...he can actually fulfill the sentence.

    His primary challenge will be to avoid being shot dead by some zealot after he is released at the end of his sentence.

  • Hostages taken in Paris suburb post office

    01/16/2015 4:54:22 AM PST · 9 of 50
    Captain Rhino to PROCON

    Thanks for the great gif.

    I miss Leslie Neilson. Even his bio entry on Wikipedia is funny.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leslie_Nielsen

  • Nous Sommes Charlie – Beating The Kobayashi Maru

    01/12/2015 6:43:05 AM PST · 7 of 7
    Captain Rhino to gaijin

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kobayashi_Maru

    From the webpage:

    The Kobayashi Maru test was first depicted in the opening scene of the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan...The test’s name is occasionally used among Star Trek fans or those familiar with the series to describe a no-win scenario, or a solution that involves redefining the problem and testing one’s character.

    The notional primary goal of the exercise is to rescue the civilian vessel Kobayashi Maru in a simulated battle with the Klingons. The disabled ship is located in the Klingon Neutral Zone, and any Starfleet ship entering the zone would cause an interstellar incident. The approaching cadet crew must decide whether to attempt rescue of the Kobayashi Maru crew – endangering their own ship and lives – or leave the Kobayashi Maru to certain destruction. If the cadet chooses to attempt rescue, the simulation is designed to guarantee that the ship is destroyed with the loss of all crew members.

  • Brunch, the New ‘White Space’: Protesters Storm Brunch-Serving Restaurants in Oakland

    01/06/2015 11:05:22 AM PST · 53 of 53
    Captain Rhino to bert

    Why pay the bill? Because, after the 4 to 7 minutes the in-store demonstration is expected to take, I finished eating my brunch.

    Don’t think it will only last just 4-7 minutes?

    The #blackbrunch organizing group does and states so in their manual:

    http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2015/01/06/race-baiting-hackers-took-down-conservative-website-over-this-blacks-only-manual-for-black-brunch-protests/

    It’s a short read. Actually pretty professional in approach and probably reflects a lot of experience in organizing noisy but peaceful and lawful protests.

    While they call for a store liaison to explain things to the establishment and one to deal with the police should they be called, there is no mention of giving advanced warning (for obvious reasons). So, as I mentioned in my original post, the management may be dealing with them at the same instant you are.

    If you find yourself in one of these events and they appear to be following the script as outlined in the manual, ignore them and they will soon go away. BTW, they DO know they are not in a free speech zone inside the restaurant and are supposed to leave if directed to do so by management. They want you to feel uncomfortable but also want to minimize risk to themselves.

    Ironically, the event is supposed to conclude with the protest group having brunch somewhere as well. How about that!?

  • Brunch, the New ‘White Space’: Protesters Storm Brunch-Serving Restaurants in Oakland

    01/06/2015 7:48:59 AM PST · 31 of 53
    Captain Rhino to trebb

    Actually, even paying customers do not have the right to disturb other patrons of the establishment with their speech or behavior. It is commercial private property. And definitely not a public protest, 1st Amendment free speech zone.

    However, I understand management may have been caught flat footed this time. I would pay my bill but I would make it very clear when I did that, unless management acted to restore decorum going forward, they would have no further business from me and that I would ensure that all my friends knew about the inhospitable dining environment as well.

    As for management, assuming they have the stomach for it, a decision to confront the protestors with a lawyer-prepared demand that they cease their disruptive behavior and depart the premises or face the police on a disturbing the peace complaint call might convince them to go back outside onto the sidewalk where they can protest their little hearts out while being ignored by the rest of society.

  • Shouting While Black: What Would Happen if I Got in White Cop’s Face?

    12/31/2014 2:12:07 AM PST · 74 of 75
    Captain Rhino to 2ndDivisionVet

    No mention in her article that NYPD and the professional radical protesters of NYC have decades of experience dealing with each other and have long since worked what is and is not allowed at one of these 1st Amendment protest events.

    The only privilege that the young lady has is that she and the cop know the rules. Very dramatic action for the camera but it is all street theater.

    However, cross the line...say, shove or punch a cop...and things change.

  • Time is overdue to repeal the Second Amendment

    12/30/2014 6:41:41 AM PST · 94 of 127
    Captain Rhino to 2ndDivisionVet

    The good professor is also completely ignorant of how an amendment is repealed. But, then again, liberals and leftists have very little regard for law and process unless it suits their agendas.

    Perhaps if he didn’t braid his ponytail so tightly, he would realize this. Of course, there is no chance that he will do either.

  • Taliban Claims America 'Defeated' in Afghanistan

    12/29/2014 1:32:46 PM PST · 54 of 54
    Captain Rhino to Robert A. Cook, PE

    No, the Taliban is just applying the standard Muslim definition of victory:

    “You didn’t kill all of us, so we won!”

  • Off-duty police officer shot in North St. Louis [Overshadowed by NYC murders]

    12/22/2014 6:01:57 AM PST · 6 of 15
    Captain Rhino to SoFloFreeper

    Incident happened 8 October 2014.

    Remember reading about it (here, I believe) at the time because of the uphill shooting aspect and because of some early talk by the suspect’s relatives that the gun was a “sandwich.”

  • Editorial Should non-citizens in the U.S. vote?

    12/21/2014 11:30:40 AM PST · 6 of 64
    Captain Rhino to PROCON

    Liberals Attempting to Move the Goalposts, Episode 4,736,217.

  • Cyberattack on German Iron Plant Causes ‘Widespread Damage’: Report

    12/20/2014 12:30:54 PM PST · 15 of 17
    Captain Rhino to Ray76

    “The attackers gained access to an unnamed plant’s office network through a targeted malicious email and were ultimately able to cross over into the production network.”

    Shades of Battlestar Galactica!! (new series)

    I’m sure it probably seemed like a good idea at the time to interconnect these two systems.

    (Since they wrote “ultimately,” I’m probably over-simplifying a complicated piece of hacking.)

    Of course, there is also the question of being able to remotely start up a furnace when the plant was unmanned as well. Another example of German engineering genius, I’m sure.

    (Don’t read German, so I’m not sure if this was the case. If the production area WAS manned, it’s actually worse since humans would have been present but were inhibited from stopping the process and preventing the damage.)

    Probably just as well these smart people don’t have nuclear weapons.

  • Despite Pain, OPEC Hawks Come Round To Merits Of Riding Out Oil Slump

    12/19/2014 6:33:26 PM PST · 13 of 14
    Captain Rhino to thackney

    Thank you for taking time to extract this information from the EIA website. It and the website are very insightful.

  • Despite Pain, OPEC Hawks Come Round To Merits Of Riding Out Oil Slump

    12/17/2014 2:41:17 PM PST · 11 of 14
    Captain Rhino to thackney
    No. Most OPEC members are arguing to cut production, not raise it. But they also expect Saudi to make most of the cut, like always.

    I preface what I am about to write by noting that my undergraduate degree was in HISTORY, so my understanding of market dynamics maybe not be entirely accurate.

    That said, as I understand it, the basic mechanism for falling prices is either: 1) level quantity of the commodity and a falling demand for the commodity, or 2) level demand with an increase in the amount of the commodity available. Either situation results in an oversupply of the commodity and downward pressure on the price.

    Since 2) is approximately the current situation and OPEC is maintaining current production levels, where is the oversupply coming from? Non-OPEC oil producing states (principally the United States)?

    As for the Saudis, I agree they do play the long game and can afford to protected as they are by their considerable sovereign wealth funds. Moreover, all of the Gulf States are very adroit in infiltrating and corrupting influential Western institutions (government, academic, and private). That's what makes them all so dangerous.