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The Good Old Days



Over the weekend, a Russian destroyer made a run at the USS Chancellorsville, nearly causing a collision between the two ships. This has much of the world in a tizzy, but the reality is that once upon a time this was a fairly common occurrence. If not common, at least not something about which governments and news agencies got their knickers in a wad over.

But the whole thing, along with the return of the Peace Protestors to the gates of Bangor, has Dave reminisces about his own time during the Cold War aboard USS Michigan SSBN-727(G). It was an amazing experience in a beautiful place…


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Doesn’t it seem strange that after Thanksgiving, Navy Blue Thursday, Black Friday, small business Saturday, Football Sunday and Cyber Monday, we finally get around to “Giving Tuesday?” Even the idea of giving has become commercialized to the point where it needs its own day and marketing campaign…

Some members of the so-called “Migrant Caravan” decided to charge the border at San Ysidro, only to be repulsed with Tear Gas. Tear gas is forbidden to use in a war so this cannot be an “invasion.” But where do we go from here? Nobody has any answers, just a bunch of angry yelling…

Russia and Ukraine are at it again. Russia is just going to keep slicing off pieces of salami until it gets what it wants or they cross a red line that actually matters. The real question is whether or not we are willing to send our men and women into combat against Russia for Ukraine?

The landing on Mars reminds us that the spirit of exploration is alive and well, even if the challenges remaining to be overcome seem daunting…


Jumping the Kavanaugh Shark



Judge Kavanaugh makes waves when HE himself reveals that back in 1999 he participated in a roundtable discussion and suggested that – heresy though it might be to say it – US v Nixon might have been decided “wrongly.” So… is this is the long-sought “smoking gun” so desperately needed to impede his nomination? Hardly.

There are things in Judge Kavanaugh’s record, however, that causes me to look at his nomination with deep caution.

The Pentagon is giving $200 Million of OUR money away. There’s barely a ripple of discussion of this in the media. Why? Because it doesn’t support the narrative of “RUSSIA! RUSSIA! THE RUSSIANS!”

The Holiest week of the Year is upon us. I approach this year’s Shark Week with some element of trepidation, given that it appears to be little more than an opportunity for B-list celebrities and fading superstars to tease us with the hope of finally getting to see somebody getting eaten by a shark on live television. Dave gives you his impressions of the first night of the Holy Week.

*Not to be confused with Nixon v US… Listen to Dave & John discuss that case on Constitution Thursday HERE.



 

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