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  • Homeless shelters serve up Starbucks: 'It's a dignity thing'

    06/27/2017 5:37:23 AM PDT · 15 of 48
    Pollster1 to ISTHISONETAKEN

    I approve of private individuals/companies giving food to the hungry. A Jewish carpenter I hold in high regard approved too, and I try to listen to him. However, I don’t see it as a dignity thing. We need to find less dignity in dependence on charity and more in rising out of the need for charity. It’s just compassion to use your own resources to feed those in need, whether that is bologna on two slices of bread or Starbucks. In return, those who receive the food have a responsibility to improve their situation so they no longer need that charity.

  • Best Weapons for SHTF

    06/27/2017 5:29:32 AM PDT · 11 of 38
    Pollster1 to marron

    I’m a big fan of silencers. My silenced .308 still goes “boom”, almost like a .22. The silenced .22 though sounds like something mechanical, the action cycling, not like a gun.

    I’ll go with the shotgun for home defense, probably with a red-dot sight just because I’m not good with a shotgun and it is possible to miss even with buckshot. I’ll agree with the AR-15 or even AR-10 with optics for defense at a distance. But my bet is on stealth over firepower for the most part, and on a good knife as the final backup.

  • Judge blocks planned deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqis

    06/27/2017 3:44:22 AM PDT · 9 of 41
    Pollster1 to ColdOne

    Some claim to be Chaldean Christiana, but all are either here illegally or have committed serious crimes. I’m okay with deporting them.

  • Heroic Iraqi officer selflessly hugs suicide bomber to save countless lives in Babel

    06/27/2017 3:39:53 AM PDT · 4 of 14
    Pollster1 to TigerClaws

    This is exactly equivalent to what several Marines and soldiers have done in response to a grenade. He was a good and brave man.

  • EXCLUSIVE-U.S. warship stayed on deadly collision course despite warning-container ship captain

    06/27/2017 3:37:50 AM PDT · 220 of 233
    Pollster1 to rlmorel
    I admit, I still find that strange that it is understood and accepted, even if the Captain knows it may be his head on the block. I guess they accept it, because they feel that they will never make the mistake that puts them at the "long green table".

    One of my Captains (my best one ever) explained why he thought the harsh standards were right. Basically, he saw it not just as he "accepts responsibility" the way a weak politician pretends to accept responsibility and then blames 300 other people. My Captain said it really was his responsibility, because he was directly responsible for anything that went wrong:

    - If he was asleep in a tight situation and the OOD didn't call him in time, he was at fault for creating an atmosphere where the OOD was reluctant to call.
    - If the OOD was not competent to recognize that he should have called the Captain, he was responsible for training an OOD poorly or for qualifying an OOD who should not have been qualified.
    - If the OOD was overwhelmed by a military situation, or by the number of contacts in restricted waters or in a shipping lane, he was responsible for putting a mostly capable but still rookie OOD in a tough situation without extra supervision.

    The bottom line was that with absolute responsibility on the CO, a good Captain would not just passively accept responsibility and hope lightning never struck. He would take all possible actions to make sure lightning never struck.

    I was my favorite Captain's "Drill OOD", meaning I was the OOD for morning watch drills during outside inspections. We did VERY well on those inspections. I was also OOD for no more than half of all drills, even in the run up to an inspection. When something went wrong, every qualified OOD would have trained on that emergency recently and been observed responding to that situation.

  • Substitute teacher, 24, accused of sex in two counties with 17-year-old boy student

    06/26/2017 6:58:23 PM PDT · 46 of 106
    Pollster1 to Vlad The Inhaler

    She’s very cute. This always confuses me - why commit a felony when she could probably have her pick of adult men closer to her age? Even if you pretend it’s not morally wrong because she’s “only” a substitute teacher, it’s shockingly stupid to risk so much even for great sex. [And I love great sex; I’m just not a fan of felony convictions.]

  • Man accused of holding Charlotte teen captive denied bond

    06/26/2017 6:52:05 PM PDT · 4 of 13
    Pollster1 to Morgana

    In general, I believe we have a moral responsibility to keep even the worst criminals safe while they are in custody. In this case, I would not mind if the guards failed in that duty. This person is irredeemably evil, and I don’t want him breathing the same air as ordinary decent criminals.

  • EXCLUSIVE-U.S. warship stayed on deadly collision course despite warning-container ship captain

    06/26/2017 6:40:56 PM PDT · 195 of 233
    Pollster1 to rlmorel

    “Well, I don’t know. with a compliment of 300+, I would think there would be some personnel available where someone could spare a Cryptologist’s Mate without putting too much of a dent in it.”

    Yes, and no. Most of the radio personnel are junior. They know how to operate the standard equipment, but rigging emergency communications is not something they would have practiced enough to do it without supervision, especially while damage control teams were trying to move through the ship. As for the senior personnel (and Fitz was seriously undermanned), I reviewed where every E-7 and above was on my submarine after an incident, and every single one of them (except the Supply Officer and the Supply CPO) was doing something vital. I would not have been willing to spare even one for something less immediate.

    I’m sure they will get nailed for lots of things, perhaps including communications. I don’t know where their communications cables run, but they may all have been cut by the collision, or the backups may have been stored someplace not easily accessible after this incident. The Communications (Radio?) Officer may have to defend this response, but I don’t see it as a career breaker, although it may lead to a ship alteration to reroute some cables or at least change where emergency communications equipment is stored if location rather than manpower was an issue this time around.

    I’m not reading your posts as inappropriately critical of our military. My read is that the Captain and the OOD both made multiple, unforgivable errors, and I cannot imagine anyone with military experience disagreeing. Both should and almost certainly will have their careers end. I just have not seen enough detail to criticize the damage control efforts. Having been in charge at the scene for both a serious fire and for flooding (one was bad timing on my part, while the other was by choice), I have trouble faulting their damage control efforts.

    You’re right - people are flawed. However, it’s still reasonable to demand 100% perfection from the Captain and the OOD in a ship-handling situation. We’re not blaming them for combat damage where one out of twenty missiles got through - normal wartime events. They are being blamed for a peacetime collision with a slower, less-maneuverable ship, where avoiding that collision was easily achievable (unless there were unreported mechanical problems, and even then it was the Captain’s job to find a solution).

  • Entry 13: Neil Gorsuch is everything liberals feared—and more.

    06/26/2017 5:10:48 PM PDT · 23 of 60
    Pollster1 to spokeshave

    What is best in life?
    To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women!

    It’s twice as good with liberals because they all count as women, and even the men who don’t “identify” as women act like they eventually will. Their tears are what is best in life.

  • Baltimore Restaurant Owner Says 30 Employees Left Due To ICE Crackdown

    06/26/2017 5:03:10 PM PDT · 33 of 106
    Pollster1 to canalabamian
    I'd like to see legal but look-alike ICE apparel worn by about 63 million Trump voters. Those criminals would have one more reason to go home if they couldn't go anywhere without being reminded of their crimes.

  • For the New York Times Some Cultures Are More Equal Than Others

    06/26/2017 4:53:23 PM PDT · 7 of 8
    Pollster1 to Lorianne

    All cultures are equal - except conservative white Christians, who are inferior to normal people.

  • Entry 13: Neil Gorsuch is everything liberals feared—and more.

    06/26/2017 4:46:04 PM PDT · 5 of 60
    Pollster1 to Pinkbell
  • A ‘very credible’ new study on Seattle’s $15 minimum wage has bad news for liberals

    06/26/2017 4:43:21 PM PDT · 44 of 58
    Pollster1 to Ouderkirk

    “These libtards are stuck on stupid”

    If they weren’t stuck on stupid, they would have become conservatives when they moved out of Mommy’s basement (at least those who ever move out).

  • EXCLUSIVE-U.S. warship stayed on deadly collision course despite warning-container ship captain

    06/26/2017 2:33:50 PM PDT · 185 of 233
    Pollster1 to rlmorel

    I don’t think they could spare one single E-6 or above, and I would not expect an E-4 Radioman to know how to rig the emergency communications. Until they stop taking on water, check every remaining compartment for undetected damage, and rescue anyone who might still be alive, calling for help from 80 miles away is not a priority.

    You have a Radio/Crypto Chief Petty Officer who can (a) lead another damage control team, or (b) set up a radio. Which do you assign him to?

  • A ‘very credible’ new study on Seattle’s $15 minimum wage has bad news for liberals

    06/26/2017 2:24:55 PM PDT · 2 of 58
    Pollster1 to grundle

    When it gets more expensive to hire people, a city will have fewer jobs. Who would have guessed?

  • Rep. Steve Scalise Upgraded As FBI Insists Shooting Spontaneous, No Motive & No Target In Mind

    06/26/2017 12:13:57 PM PDT · 61 of 62
    Pollster1 to AndyJackson
    You are being ironic, right? To underscore the stupidity of the FBI, right?

    It's sad that liberals have reached the pint where you feel a need to ask.

  • EXCLUSIVE-U.S. warship stayed on deadly collision course despite warning-container ship captain

    06/26/2017 12:03:56 PM PDT · 159 of 233
    Pollster1 to UCANSEE2
    Makes it hard to explain why the Navy (or I should say the media reporting that the Nevy ) kept insisting the accident happened at 2:30am instead of 1:30am.

    I suspect the Fitz lost radio transmission capability in the collision and did not restore that capability for an hour. Fighting the flooding is more urgent than rigging electronics and would have had the best people involved, including most of their senior personnel. The Fitz would then have reported the collision at 02:30. The Navy PAO would have said they received a report at 02:30, which the media would immediately have misreported.

  • EXCLUSIVE-U.S. warship stayed on deadly collision course despite warning-container ship captain

    06/26/2017 11:49:44 AM PDT · 152 of 233
    Pollster1 to rlmorel
    On his first time out of Norfolk, VA on his new ship, the captain decided to take her up to 15 knots in an area he shouldn't have anyway, went to the wrong side of a marker, had multiple people try to tell him he was going to the wrong side of a channel marker . . . There were people looking at each other (who knew the area well) wondering what he was doing, voiced their opinions and when a quartermaster spoke out, received an icy rebuke, the die was cast . . . She sat in full view of a major highway for two weeks, and they finally got her off after completely unloading EVERYTHING on the ship that could be moved

    As a former Navy officer, I consider that a very good outcome. It cost the ship a lot of time, but they (presumably) got rid of a dangerously terrible captain with no loss of life.

  • EXCLUSIVE-U.S. warship stayed on deadly collision course despite warning-container ship captain

    06/26/2017 11:44:40 AM PDT · 149 of 233
    Pollster1 to Mariner
    The bridge watch of the Fitz will be Courts Martialed and found guilty. That is as certain as the day is long.

    The OOD is in deep trouble, along with the Captain. As for the QMOW, helm, and lookouts, I don't see any of the enlisted facing much risk. If a lookout reported the incoming ship and then pointed out again that it was getting close (even without saying constant-bearing-decreasing-range), he's off the hook. If the helm put the rudder where it was ordered, I don't see how any blame attaches to him. If he confused left with right, then he's to blame (but so is the OOD for getting close enough that such an error would matter). If the QMOW logged things correctly, he did his job.

  • EXCLUSIVE-U.S. warship stayed on deadly collision course despite warning-container ship captain

    06/26/2017 11:30:48 AM PDT · 144 of 233
    Pollster1 to faucetman
    Easy. It was a planned attack using an electronic weapon leaving the Fitzgerald dead in the water, so the YUGE container ship could RAM it and hopefully kill the captain on impact and sink the Fitzgerald. All the evidence points to this conclusion.

    The Fitz is a US Navy warship. It should be hardened against EMP. Even if a pulse shut down their electronics, they should be able to steer manually, positioning the rudder using local methods and relaying the orders using sound-powered phones, which are immune to EMP. The engines should not have been affected no matter what. As a former submarine officer, I don't believe this explanation, even though surface ships and subs have some major differences.