Fifty years ago, USS Scorpion’s 99 Men went down and never came back up. For fifty years, we have speculated, argued, debated, discussed, pontificated and theorized about what happened that day. There are camps who believe that a Mk 37 torpedo lit off and experienced a hot run in the Torpedo Room. Others believe the Trash Disposal Unit (TDU) was rigged incorrectly, causing flooding. Others believe that the Soviet Union attacked the Scorpion in retaliation for their loss of K-129. Still, others theorize that John Walker gave the Russians her location.
Fifty years later nobody knows for certain what actually happened. But we do know that the Navy and the Government haven’t been forthcoming about what it knows.
And every time I learned some new thing about her loss, I get even sadder.
There has been a subtle shift in the language of gun control advocates. Have you caught the change yet? Oddly enough, it began before the Santa Fe shooting but shows in the response to that particular event. It addresses the idea that once upon a time, both Michelle Obama and Joe Biden advocated FOR shotguns, while still hoping to take YOUR guns – and shotguns – away.
The incessant march towards the technological battlefield is inevitable. Project Maven was announced last year by the Pentagon to use advanced algorithms to analyze intelligence gathered by drones and other assets. The Government signed a contract with Google – yes, that Google – to work on the coding. But now, 4,000 Google employees have quit, after their attempt to pressure Google to cancel the contract failed.
In the early 1970’s, Congress passed an amendment to the Voting rights act to stop States from limiting who could vote based solely upon their age, specifically for those who were old enough to fight in Vietnam, but not old enough to vote for the leaders who were sending them to Southeast Asia.
Many people objected based on the same old ideas that young people have never been more sawcie and saucie. President Nixon was concerned that the amendment would not pass Constitutional muster, and that might endanger the entirety of the Voting Rights Act. He signed it, but he wasn’t totally onboard with it. Read the rest of this entry
A sitting United States Senator, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, says that “due process is killing us.” He, and other Democrats believe that just being on the Watch List is sufficient cause to deny a person fundamental Constitutional Rights. But… how and why does a person end up on that list? Meanwhile the Supreme Court rules that the government can stop a person without probable cause and search them to see if they have any outstanding traffic violations.
The reaction of Americans across the spectrum is cause for concern. Rather than applying critical thought processes and consideration of reasons why the Constitution was written the way that it was, much of the country reacts with “Meh, if you have nothing to hide, why worry about it?”
And that remark should scare every American who values liberty over security.