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  • Trouble in the Seventh Fleet: what may be behind Navy collisions

    08/23/2017 6:17:26 PM PDT · 56 of 71
    Pollster1 to DoodleBob
    . . . the fallout of the Tailhook 'scandal' from 1991 . . . the services have become "too tame and emasculated" and the scandal had removed the necessary swagger and confidence from the navy's aviation culture

    Tailhook had fallout, even outside aviation. It wasted a lot of time on diversity/sensitivity training, which meant the men had less time for useful training, maintenance, and rest. I don't believe the training affected behavior among submariners at all, whether aboard our (then) all-female subs or when my men were ashore.

    The threat of career-ending prosecutions had an effect - men avoiding all interactions with Navy women when possible, or walking on eggshells around women when interaction was necessary. That helped some women to avoid the rude/crude behaviors that had been common, but it also meant at times it was harder for them to hear what they needed to hear expressed as clearly as the men heard it. There were a few women so hypersensitive that I avoided them, but very few.

    Note: I on occasion stopped the gratuitous abuse in shore commands. I also often ignored it, even when it was extremely gross. My standard was that if someone (that particular individual or the typical person in that position) would say the same thing to a man, I was okay with it around a woman, or stopped it whether the target was a man or a woman. If women were being singled out in the workplace, I stopped it.

  • New bill would put protesters on the hook for police overtime, other fees

    08/23/2017 5:57:15 PM PDT · 19 of 80
    Pollster1 to deplorableindc

    Given the conditional at the end, “a person is responsible for public safety response costs incurred . . . (if) the person is convicted of a felony or misdemeanor offense,” I am mostly okay with this, although it would be better restricted to felonies only. If you are going to cost a jurisdiction money, you should be extra scrupulous to obey all laws. I worry though about frivolous or even completely fake prosecutions to shake people down, but a corrupt system will always find a way to do that so it’s not a reason to avoid an otherwise good law.

  • Trouble in the Seventh Fleet: what may be behind Navy collisions

    08/23/2017 5:53:17 PM PDT · 51 of 71
    Pollster1 to Rennes Templar
    Hopefully they didn’t defer guidance systems maintenance.

    I won't get specific, but you would be surprised what maintenance can and should be deferred in the right situation. Particularly if you are in the vicinity of the other side, there are times when you accept your systems as is and keep the crew either rested or manning the operational equipment (and on a submarine quiet).

  • Trouble in the Seventh Fleet: what may be behind Navy collisions

    08/23/2017 4:56:41 PM PDT · 23 of 71
    Pollster1 to Jagermonster
    potential problems with training, maintenance, or sailors’ workload

    As a former US Navy officer, I always considered this a serious challenge for any good officer. Training helps, but it takes time, increases fatigue, and adds to workload. Training helps in the long run but potentially leads to mistakes in the short term. Maintenance, similarly, is absolutely essential, but again it contributes to fatigue. You have to know when to defer maintenance and accept some equipment out of commission for a longer period than absolutely necessary in order to ensure crew rest - or know when you have to accept crew fatigue as the price of restoring critical equipment.

    Everything necessary or desirable for readiness also adds to workload, and eventually that workload gets to the point where bad things happen. Balance is one of the many things that a good officer (or in other environments a manager, coach, or principal) must learn. As an officer, I tried for balance, and as an employer I did the same.

  • NAACP asks for meeting with Goodell over Colin Kaepernick's First Amendment rights

    08/23/2017 3:58:29 PM PDT · 51 of 73
    Pollster1 to KevinB
    Yes, but your employer can sanction you.

    Yep. Can and should.

  • NAACP asks for meeting with Goodell over Colin Kaepernick's First Amendment rights

    08/23/2017 3:50:21 PM PDT · 46 of 73
    Pollster1 to KevinB
    The rest of your post was spot on, but this part was incorrect in the context of a private employment situation.

    Even in the context of private employment, it is not the government's place to sanction me for my protected speech. The First Amendment protects only from government consequences though.

  • Ryan warns Trump not to shut down government over border security funding

    08/23/2017 3:34:30 PM PDT · 46 of 58
    Pollster1 to 2ndDivisionVet

    President Trump should deploy the US Army to guard our border. That would slow down the flood of illegal invaders even more than his immigration law enforcement has already done.

  • NAACP asks for meeting with Goodell over Colin Kaepernick's First Amendment rights

    08/23/2017 3:31:58 PM PDT · 32 of 73
    Pollster1 to GeorgiaDawg32
    "No player should be victimized and discriminated against because of his exercise of free speech -- to do so is in violation of his rights under the Constitution and the NFL's own regulations.

    If I get a job and then while on the job insult the customers repeatedly and so egregiously that they refuse to return, those insults may well be protected by my God-given and First Amendment protected rights. However, my workplace is my employer's property and responsibility. While Congress can make no law prohibiting my free speech, my employer has the right (and if he has partners/stockholders/investors may have the legal and moral responsibility) to remove a distraction that is costing the business money. Blackballing this traitor is not censorship; it's a natural consequence of bad behavior.

  • Kaepernick, activism and politics. The NFL doesn't know how to stop this row

    08/23/2017 3:22:00 PM PDT · 84 of 89
    Pollster1 to Defiant


  • First glimmer of explanation on Fitzgerald USN incident that makes sense.

    08/23/2017 3:20:22 PM PDT · 50 of 51
    Pollster1 to beebuster2000
    The OOD either removes the problem by changing course by one or two degrees on his own authority, or, notifies the captain who then makes the course adjustment.

    I find this statement odd. Perhaps surface ships are different from subs, but I never changed course by only one or two degrees (surfaced or submerged) to avoid coming close to another ship. Part of the point of the maneuver is to make an obvious course change, so the other ship knows you have taken action and does not do something stupid (and in violation of the rules) to avoid a collision you have already avoided. Also, part of the point is to change course so much that even mistake/malice from the other ship cannot create a crisis.

  • Kaepernick, activism and politics. The NFL doesn't know how to stop this row

    08/23/2017 3:01:27 PM PDT · 82 of 89
    Pollster1 to Defiant
    They are looking at a 10 percent drop in viewership this year. The Browns players are a huge increase in the insult to fans. Goodell is not a leader.

    Exactly right. The NFL's only hope is to fire Goodell, who can no longer get away with fixing the problem, and have the new Commissioner start fining/suspending those who engage in conduct that distracts from the game. They won't do it, and professional football will die. I'm okay with that outcome.

    If Colin K. had been rude and disrespectful to our flag, our anthem, and our country in his personal life, many of us would have boycotted his team only. Doing it during the televised game made that anti-American behavior an NFL issue rather than a personal issue, and the NFL chose poorly.

  • Slavic Village man set to be deported after 48 years in United States

    08/23/2017 2:48:04 PM PDT · 35 of 38
    Pollster1 to Oldeconomybuyer

    Very sad, sympathetic case, but it’s the law. Deport that illegal and all illegals. Perhaps in ten years he can apply for legal entry, and then he can stay here the only acceptable way - legally.

  • Hillary Clinton says 'creep' Donald Trump's debate stalking made her 'skin crawl'

    08/23/2017 2:44:40 PM PDT · 58 of 65
    Pollster1 to 2ndDivisionVet

    We’re even. America’s President makes her skin crawl. The evil, power-hungry witch he defeated makes my skin crawl. Maybe she can disappear into the woods, only to be seen by carefully vetted supporters, so neither of us has to experience that again.

  • 12 Days That Stunned a Nation: How Hillary Clinton Lost

    08/23/2017 2:40:54 PM PDT · 94 of 113
    Pollster1 to 2ndDivisionVet

    A bunch of black swans converging on Hillary in the final 12 days of the election elected Trump.

    Wikileaks elected Trump.

    Twitter memes elected Trump.

    Astrological influences elected Trump.

    Blatant sexism and unconscious sexism elected Trump.

    People voting against Hillary because Obama is black elected Trump.

    Traditionalist attitudes toward women elected Trump.

    White voters afraid of losing White Privilege elected Trump.

    Democrats doing a poor job of controlling the narrative elected Trump.

    A thousand Russian agents working every day elected Trump.

    Content farms in Macedonia elected Trump.

    The TV networks keeping Hillary off the air elected Trump.

    The vast right-wing conspiracy elected Trump.

    Infowars elected Trump.

    Google elected Trump.

    Governor Scott Walker elected Trump.

    Steve Bannon elected Trump.

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker elected Trump.

    Nate Silver elected Trump.

    Citizens United elected Trump.

    The DNC being a mess and in poor shape elected Trump.

    Bad polling numbers elected Trump.

    Obama winning two terms elected Trump.

    People wanting change elected Trump.

    The New York Times, cable news, and television executives elected Trump.

    According to Hillary, “Eight of the top 10 political documentaries on Netflix were screeds against President Obama and me” - Netflix elected Trump.

    Democrats not making the right documentaries elected Trump.

    The Democrat Party and the Republican Party elected Trump.

    Concerns that Hillary Clinton was involved with a child sex trafficking operation elected Trump.

    Concern about Hillary Clinton being a lizard elected Trump.

    High expectations that Hillary would win elected Trump.

    Voter suppression elected Trump.

    FBI Director Comey announcing a criminal investigation into Hillary’s felonies just over a week before the election, when he had little reason to think there was anything there, elected Trump.

    The Russians ransacking Hillary’s computer files and strategically leaking the truth elected Trump.

    Misogyny elected Trump.

    Gary Johnson and Jill Stein voters elected Trump.

    Advocacy press on the right elected Trump.

    Facebook elected Trump.

    Old, out-of-touch democrats with a flawed message that alienated young voters elected Trump.

    White nationalists elected Trump.

    Hatred of Hillary Clinton at the FBI (how could anyone hate a lovable woman like Hillary?) elected Trump.

    FBI investigation elected Trump.

    Email scandal elected Trump.

    Black voters not liking Hillary elected Trump.

    Fewer than 100,000 deplorable voters spread across a handful of states elected Trump.

    People hating Hillary because she is so professional, so polished, such a wonderful lawyer, so brilliant, so good, so righteous, and so much better than us elected Trump.

    The lack of energy among Hillary supporters and expectations of Hillary being the inevitable winner, because it was her turn, elected Trump.

    Robby Mook selecting the wrong travel stops for Hillary and spending heavily in the wrong states elected Trump.

    Hillary’s campaign team failing to hone her message and get voters to the polls elected Trump.

    Bill Clinton’s appearance of an inappropriate meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch elected Trump.

    The ugly stew of racism elected Trump.

    Hillary’s alleged lack of likability and claimed lack of trustworthiness elected Trump.

    Self-hating women elected Trump.

    Evangelical, Catholic, anti-marriage equality, and anti-choice social conservatives elected Trump.

    Sinister outside forces elected Trump.

    Whitelash elected Trump.

    Democrat policies that favor the rich elected Trump.

    Failure to talk to working-class white voters elected Trump.

    Men elected Trump.

    Lower-level FBI agents pressuring their Director (because that’s how professional relationships work) elected Trump.

    Tim Kaine gave Hillary Virginia, but he also elected Trump.

    White women elected Trump.

    Racists elected Trump.

    Sexists elected Trump.

    Rural voters elected Trump.

    The working class voting against their own interests elected Trump.

    Fake news elected Trump.

    Supermarket tabloids elected Trump.

    Celebrity (The Apprentice) elected Trump.

    White male resentment elected Trump.

    Over-shaming Trump supporters elected Trump.

    Rejecting Bernie elected Trump.

    Reagan democrats elected Trump.

    Backlash against political correctness elected Trump.

    There are many terrible reasons for President Trump’s victory, but there are two things that were not a factor. First, Hillary was the perfect candidate; nothing she did harmed her candidacy in any way. Second, President Trump was the worst candidate imaginable; nothing he did helped his candidacy at all, except with racists, sexists, bigots, and the rest of the basket of deplorables.

  • Keith Olbermann says he knows how Trump's presidency will end (Laff riot)

    08/23/2017 2:07:23 PM PDT · 22 of 32
    Pollster1 to 2ndDivisionVet

    Trump’s presidency will end not with a bang but with a whimper . . . the whimper of a room full of liberal snowflakes feeling their hopes for socialism crushed in yet another election.

  • Barcelona Attack Mastermind Was Supposed to Be Deported – But Judges Blocked It

    08/23/2017 2:05:24 PM PDT · 11 of 15
    Pollster1 to detective

    Sensible people knew that judge was a traitor when he gave the order. Today, everyone in the world know the judge sides with evil - just like many activist judges in the United States who just discovered their power to overrule our President on national security questions.

  • California’s Top Judge Tells ICE To Leave Courthouses As State Readies Sanctuary Law

    08/23/2017 9:44:28 AM PDT · 28 of 45
    Pollster1 to servo1969
    When I was young, Governor George Wallace (Democrat) stood on the steps in Alabama and proclaimed that his state would not obey the federal government or federal laws. That did not work out well for Wallace.

    I hope global socialists in California defying FedGov in this area, clearly a federal responsibility, will have an equally decisive outcome. It is time to restore the rule of law.

  • How does the chain of command work on a USN Combat Vessel for Emergency Helm Correction?

    08/23/2017 8:06:27 AM PDT · 29 of 57
    Pollster1 to Bruce Campbells Chin
    In the absence of the captain, the OOD has absolute authority to vary course and speed as necessary to avoid a collision. If the Captain comes on deck, the proper procedure if he wants to take over command is to issue a formal command that he has the conn/deck. At that point, he can give orders directly.

    Exactly correct. The OOD can give orders to maneuver the ship as needed for safety, regardless of the Navigation Officer's planned track. The CO or XO can relieve the OOD for any reason or without reason and assume control. The Navigator can relieve the OOD for safety of navigation. If a Captain ever gave orders that limited the OOD's ability to maneuver the ship in an emergency, that Captain would be relieved of his command - I have never heard of a Captain giving that kind of stupid orders.

    I have spent many watches as OOD, and I have never been afraid to call my Captain. I only once had a Captain who was reluctant to come when called, and he responded immediately when I insisted. When he said I could handle a situation without him and I answered, "no, Sir, I cannot", that was all it took.

  • News hosts shocked into near-silence as Trump protester is shot in GROIN with rubber bullet...

    08/23/2017 7:47:45 AM PDT · 110 of 144
    Pollster1 to blueyon

    I’d like to meet the cop who fired that shot. I’d buy him a drink, except that it’ll be years before he gets through all the other drinks his fellow cops and decent Americans who got there first are buying him.

  • It's High Time Barron Trump Starts Dressing Like He's In the White House

    08/23/2017 7:16:30 AM PDT · 53 of 67
    Pollster1 to Zakeet

    Attacking an 11 y/o boy because you don’t like a President whose politics match half the country is disgusting; Barron Trump should be off limits. I keep hoping America will recover enough under President Trump that we can avoid a second Civil War. It’s likely that those hopes and prayers will not come true . . . in which case I hope and pray for justice. The Ctrl-Left is pure evil.