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J’Accuse!



SEGMENT – J’ACCUSE! (00:00)

In the great war, the use of WMD’s, specifically chemical weapons, emerged as a great threat. The truth is that Militarily, they were essentially useless. But what they really represented was the first application of the MAD theory. The only sure thing about he use of chemical weapons was that if you did not 100% annihilate the enemy, you would be hit right back with them. And in virtually every case, the only people who really suffered were the truly innocent.

Now, the latest WMD weapon in the political arsenal is the “Sexual Misconduct Charge.” It’s the new battlefield gas of both political and social weapons. and the only guarantee in using it, is that it will come back on the first side.

Let me say this… as of this recording, I have no clue if Roy Moore did or did not have inappropriate sexual contact with women – including a 14 year old, which – by definition (even in Alabama)  – is inappropriate. If he did it, then let the damnation and consequences rain down upon him. I am no fan of the Judge, in fact, I hold that he is the very embodiment of everything that is wrong about the political hard right in America. But that’s my opinion. And my opinion of a person doesn’t change the rules. The presumption of innocence versus what we call “lashon hara,” literally, the evil tongue. Ask yourself a simple question: if YOU were to be accused of this, do you want your day in Court or in the Media?

He says that he didn’t do it.

You can choose to believe either side, it matters not to me. But you have to be careful of falling into the trap of conflating two separate issues: CAN he run for US senate versus SHOULD he run for US Senate. They are NOT the same question. And with just a few exceptions, virtually none of us live or vote in Alabama.

Despite the proclamations and lengthy explanations, none of us, not you, not me, not Shepherd Smith or even Gloria Allred, actually KNOWS what – if anything – happened.

Corey Feldman’s case went nowhere in Los Angeles, because there is basically no reliable way that would hold up in a Court of Law to show that it happened. That doesn’t mean that it didn’t happen. It means that any Defense Attorney with more than five minutes of training would have no problem at all slicing up the prosecutions case. And for the record, that’s the proper way of things. no prosecution should be a “slam dunk.” And without an admission of guilt, the accused has rights.

Where does that leave us? In a society where the simple act of “J’accuse!” is more damaging than an actual conviction. A society where simply saying that somebody is suspect – of anything – is enough to destroy them in the political, social and media arenas. Rightly or wrongly.

Shouldn’t that make us a little uncomfortable?


SEGMENT – MATHIS’S 100,000 (28:39)

USA Today reported this week that the US Army has decided – I am not making this up – to lift the ban on giving waivers for recruits with mental health issues. Now before you get hyper, we’ve done this before. Also, the Army says, No we’re not…”

Like most things though, the devil is in the details. The most important of which is why make any change at all?

♦ARMY TO LIFT BAN ON RECRUITS WITH SOME MENTAL ISSUES (USA Today November 12, 2017)


 SEGMENT – THE MOST AMAZING PICTURE (46:17)

It’s a simple picture, one that impresses you with it’s intensity and it’s action. But when you realize when and where it was taken, it becomes even more impressive…

The middle of November was among the darkest of days for the US Navy. Just two days earlier, a massive defeat – one of the worst in US Navy history – had imperiled the tenuous invasion of Guadalcanal. Two Admirals were dead, ships had been lost, and the Sullivan brothers had gone down with their ship. Now, on the afternoon of the 14th of November, into what would come to be called Iron Bottom Sound, sailed two American battleships, the USS Washington and the USS South Dakota, along with five destroyers. They were tasked with stopping the Japanese Navy from destroying Henderson Field and ending the US attempt to hold the island of Guadalcanal. The Naval Battle for Guadalcanal would start at around 2230 that evening..

It was the ultimate winner take all moment. And one ship would stand above all of them…

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Disappearing Taney



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…

Adios 209



In the summer of 1982, I literally worked my butt off to get to Bremerton, WA. When I left there in the Spring of 1987 it was with the understanding that I would be back. I planned for sooner rather than later, but I would be back to what had – at that point in my life – become “home.”

The last game at Banner Island

It’s funny how life moves sometimes and how we end up going to places we never imagined we would be and doing things we never thought we’d do. And in the process sometimes we forget what we thought that we wanted. perhaps we forget about things or something brighter and shinier comes along to distract us from what we thought we wanted.

Time moves inexorably forward, and here we are, almost exactly thirty years later, and the time to go “home” has finally come. Which is strange to me, as over the last twenty years, this – the 209 – has become “home” to me.

So, for the final time from the palatial studios located in the heart of the Great Central Valley of California, here is the last ever 209 Episode of Plausibly Live – The Dave Bowman Show…

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