SEGMENT 1 – PDRK “Advanced Nuke”
North Korea claims to have both tested a “hydrogen” bomb and to have mounted it into a missile. Assuming (and yes, I know what that means), what do we do about it? The President will have to decide, but what would President Dave do? There’s a couple of paths open to us, but neither are very promising. Both will leave millions of Koreans in harms way and lead to another ground war on the Korean Peninsula…
Segment 2 – WARRANTLESS SEARCH for BLOOD
In Salt Lake City, a Nurse is arrested for refusing to help a Police Officer carry out a warrantless search. By now, the Salt Lake PD has apologized and the Mayor has issued his apologetic statement. The Nurse was released without charges, but pretty much everybody assumes (and you know what happens then) that she’s going sue. I’m not so sure. In any case, how does something like this happen? Is it “just a mistake?”
The problem seems to be even more widespread than we want to accept. In Seattle, a local Deputy pulls a gun (in a very odd manner) on a motorcyclist stopped at a red light. And a now former Police Officer who was found guilty of violating the civil rights of a man she arrested (falsely) is given back pay and allowed to retire. Why? What is the real problem in all of this? Is it really just a few “rogue cops?” Or is there something… else that should concern us?
SEGMENT 3 – The Hitchhikers Guide to Banana Peels
The Golgafrinchams created a society in which elitist intelligencia was able to convince themselves that a third of their population, such as accountants, hairdressers and telephone sanitizers, was completely unnecessary. Using “Fake News,” they convinced the “useless” uneducated third of their population that the planet was about to be destroyed by nature or an asteroid or a nova or rampaging elephants, something along those lines. Using the power of persuasion, they convinced the useless third of their population to board Ark B and set out for a new home, while the remaining important smart people stayed behind having tricked the useless third into leaving them alone. The story ends with the Golgafrinchams who strayed behind all dying from a virulent disease they caught from a dirty telephone.
What’s the parallel? Over the past thirty years, so much emphasis has been put on college and degrees, that there is now a critical – one might say desperate – need for “tradesmen.” But before you get too excited about that, remember that the Antifa-Left regards those who don’t value college educations as a characteristic of the Alt-Right. Meaning that in their world, if you don’t have or feel the need for a College Education, you are by their definition a racist Neo-Nazi. Then they complain about how much it costs to get a good contractor to fix their hot tubs.
This was brought ever more to mind this past week when we learned that a college in Mississippi tried to hold some kind of retreat. It was cancelled when a careless person tossed a banana peel into a tree.
Which actually might be the dumbest sentence I’ve even written…
Why are they gonna disappear him?
I don’t know. That ain’t even good grammar… – Catch-22
Segment 1 – Tom Clancy Disease
With the recent collision of the USS John S. McCain near Singapore, the return of the “Facebook Admiral” pretty much sets my teeth on edge. Look, going to sea is dangerous. Period. But we humans have been doing it so long that we take it for granted and we believe that it is safe. Especially with the advances in technology. But the fact is that all those things, radar, sonar, computers and electronic wizardry, are only tools. If Sailors – who, the last time I checked, are imperfect human beings, don’t use the tools properly, things can go wrong. And here’s the thing – no matter how much technology you pack into a warship, there is an undisputable truth about collisions at sea. And that truth is that it doesn’t matter how much technology you pack into a hull. There is only one thing that will prevent an accident. Period…
Segment 2 – When A Confederate Monument Isn’t a Confederate Monument
A recent NY Times article points out the expansion of the Great Statue Removal Movement has now gone beyond just CSA Generals. In the dark of the night, a statue honoring Chief Justice Roger B. Taney was removed from the streets of Annapolis. It was, of course, another act in the great Confederate cleansing the nation is going through. The problem is that Taney, a controversial figure in his lifetime and since, wasn’t a Confederate anything…
Segment 3 – An Honorable and Enduring Outcome
The President outlined his “new” Afghanistan strategy recently. It sounds oddly reminiscent of the previous “longest war in American history…”
Segment 4 – The First Week at Home
A great first week in the new house ends with a wonderful BBQ sandwich and an old shipmate…