Category Archives: USS Michiagn
SEGMENT – BUT… BUT… RUSSIA!!!!!! (00:00)
For pretty much most of my life, certainly the first thirty years of it, the Soviets, er, Russians, were the Evil Empire. In Kindergarten I did Duck and Cover drills at Ashley Elementary School in Denver. As a boy I listened to my Dad explain to me that Barry Goldwater would have defeated the Russians. As a teenager I watched the Soviets invade Afghanistan. In Junior High I was appalled when Ford announced that the Poles did not consider themselves dominated by the Soviets. In High School I listened as Reagan declared the Soviets “The Evil Empire.” And then I went to sea, putting my own right index finger on “the button” of nuclear deterrence.
Get what I’m saying? I’m the hawk here. I hated the Soviets from the day was was born. I’m the guy who would – all over again – go back to sea to wait for the law to be signed outlawing Russia, followed by the command to bomb them back to the Stone Age in five minutes.
I don’t trust Putin or the neo-Stalinists. I don’t believe them when they say they want peace and prosperity. I’ve never trusted them. And I never will.
And for all of that, I still cannot believe the way this country is going into full 400Hz flop and twitch over $150,000 worth of idiotic Facebook ads.
Facebook ads people… Quick – don’t think about it… name five people you personally know who actually click on Facebook ads…
EEEEEERRRRNNNNTTTT. Times up!
SEGMENT – BOWE GOES FREE? (28:28)
The news that ex-Sgt Bowe Bergdahl will serve no prison time for his desertion has the nation and social media abuzz. I’m not in any way, shape or form surprised that he got no prison time. Why? Because the 6th Amendment still applies to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. And the Commander in Chief still doesn’t understand that.
Now matter how many people scream and yell that “Since when does deserting your post in war time not require the firing squad?” it doesn’t change the facts. First, we don’t shoot – or at least very rarely – shoot people for desertion in the face of the enemy. Second, you can’t have the Commander in Chief out screeching about how justice for an accused but not convicted (or at that point even charged) soldier should be treated. It taints the presumption of innocence, and it makes it impossible to get a fair trial or sentence.
So you can be mad if you want. But be mad at those who ignore the Constitution, which still applies to a deserter.
SEGMENT – WHY I AM NOT A LIBERTARIAN (49:18)
For years I’ve been asked over and again why I am not a member of the Libertarian Party. For most of those years, my answer was milquetoast, mainly dealing with the LP’s position on drugs and in the Ron Paul era it’s position on isolationism. But in truth, I am not a hard-line anti-marijuana guy, although I would never use it myself. And while I am not an isolationist, I think that there is need for a national discussion and much more congressional debate about our military involvement overseas.
So imagine my surprise when I was doing my Torah Study this week, and I found the answer as to why I am not a Libertarian. Mostly, it’s because the Libertarians themselves are not able to truly define what it is that they believe, and when they do, it is not compatible with my faith…
Warning: This podcast contains the word “penis.” This is a reference to a previous podcast and news story as to why the North Koreans feel so… inadequate and need to over compensate. If the word “penis” offends you, you should probably skip this show… – Producer Henri
The Dear Leader keeps upping the rhetoric, but very little seems to be actually happening, at least in the nuclear testing realm. Missile launches continue to fail, miserably, and while there is much speculation about it, there is no direct evidence that somehow or another the US – or somebody – has managed to hack the launch systems and screw up the works.
Given all the rhetoric and confusion, should the civilian world – and especially Seattle – be concerned? At all? Clearly the Seattle Times is. A little.
Let us play the age old game and scenario rosily some of the things that might happen, or even could already be happening…
Second test of the PDRK ICBM fails
Ohio Class SSGN (ignore the video, it’s FUBAR) official Information from the US Navy
Second Missile Test of Minuteman III from Vandenberg AFB to take place May 03, 2017
Kim Jong-Un promises to sink USS Michigan
USS Carl Vinson Task Force stocks up on ammo and supplies
USS Shiloh CG-67 configured in an ABM role. Shiloh is currently home ported in Yokosuka, Japan.
Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in PyongYang film at IMDB. Pretty interesting watch…
The rest of patrol 13 was a pretty quiet affair that ended with Dave cleaning the engine room and hanging out in Control. When the Patrol is over and the ship heads out to sea with the Blue Crew, Dave loses contact with the crew for many, many years.
After leaving Michigan, Dave heads to Virginia Beach for POSEIDON C School and the summer in one of Americas great vacation spots. but the future is cloudy. What happens next will seem at first like a typical Navy screw-over, but reality is that if it hadn’t happened, Dave wouldn’t be where he is today…