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Subdeacon Joe

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  1. Day 1 : The Navy gets into position


    Day 2 : Using our surface ships and subs we launch cruise missiles to take out enemy command and control.


    Day 3: Because we have Aircraft Carriers instead of getting permission to establish a base we commence launching planes and establish air superiority.


    Day 4: Again using our ships we drop off the Marines so they can establish a beach head from which to begin kicking @$$


    Day 5: The Sea Bees arrive to start rebuilding the runways taken out on days 2 and 3.


    Day 6 : The Marines have finished off most of the real resistance and the Sea Bees finish their reconstruction.


    Day 7 : The Army and Air Force finally arrive. :D The Navy and Marines have a Steel Beach picnic.


    When called upon to provide disaster relief we can deliver anywhere in the world it is needed. Our ships are capable of providing enough excess electricity, fresh water, hot meals, and full service medical/dental care to satisfy the needs of a mid sized city or small country.


    :D :D :D :D


    Aviation Electronics Technician First Class (Air Warfare)

    USN Ret,



    After the 2004 Tsunami I was talking with a guy who was sneering about the US "invading" Indonesia by sending a strike group to render aid while other countries were sending "real" help. I pointed out to him that that group of ships could provide medical aid, food, fresh water, electricity. manpower, SAR resources, etc. A floating "city" of 5,000 can provide a lot of helping hands.

  2. No matter how how I try to respond to this video it turns ugly fast in regards to politics. I made 3 attempts at comparing then to now in this regard so I will just say this:


    Those guys were good shots. Crazy, but good shots.


    Thanks for posting the video Doc :-)



    Thanks for summing up what I was trying to say.

  3. I know this is from Brave New World. I have not read it. Have no desire to read it.


    In the book I am reading, the term is being used insultingly - "a group of gamma minus girls in her home room were picking on her".


    Google is no help. No matter how I phrase the search, they can't tell me what on is.


    I understand that the fetuses are designated alpha beta gamma delta or epsilon. I understand that alphas and betas get good jobs while gammas deltas and epsilons get crappy ones.


    It's the MINUS part that's throwing me.


    Can someone explain just exactly what a gamma minus is?



    Just gradations within the groups.

  4. I have to tell you, pard, this has nothing to do with common sense. It makes no difference as to how efficiently or operationally capable the Navy is. It is merely an adherence to tradition, and is neither good nor bad.



    It had a huge effect on morale and esprit de corps, which, I would argue, has an effect on efficiency. .

  5. OK for those of us who fall into the "stupid" category, would someone please explain what that device is? I'm afraid I've never seen one, therefore have no idea what it might be.



    No, not "stupid," which implies a lack of intelligence. But rather "ignorant"


    1. lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated.
      "he was told constantly that he was ignorant and stupid"
      • lacking knowledge, information, or awareness about something in particular.
        "they were ignorant of astronomy"

        without knowledge of, unaware of, unconscious of, oblivious to, incognizant of, unfamiliar with, unacquainted with, uninformed about, ill-informed about, unenlightened about, unconversant with, inexperienced in/with, naive about, green about;







    Ignorance can be cured through education. Stupid is forever.

  6. Navy leaders are reversing their controversial decision to eliminate sailors’ ratings and will restore job titles across the fleet, according to a Navy message set for release Wednesday.






    The extraordinarily rare move comes after a fierce backlash from the fleet that became a distraction from the Navy's broader effort to reform the antiquated personnel system, Navy officials said.

    Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, called it a “course correction” and acknowledged the overwhelmingly negative reaction from the fleet was a key factor in the decision.

    We have learned from you, and so effective immediately, all rating names are restored,” Richardson wrote in a Navy message set for release Wednesday. A copy of the message was obtained by Navy Times Tuesday.


  7. They might have caused havoc but I doubt that 8 small airplanes would have caused enough damage to extend the war by one day just by attacking any land location other than Tinian, or the Indianapolis, or any other target involved with The Gadget.


    Would have made the papers, scared some people but those were not significant aircraft.



    I think it would have depended on the target. There is a good chance, given human nature, that an attack on, let's say, the Port of Oakland or maybe Los Angeles, could have caused a "circle the wagons" knee-jerk reaction.

  8. I was going through the "Memories" on my Facebook and found these. I thought some here might enjoy them.



    "Recently, the Chula Vista, California Police Department ran an e-mail forum with the local community (a question and answer exchange) with the topic being, "Community Policing." One of the civilian e-mail participants posed the following question:
    "I would like to know how it is possible for police officers to continually harass people and get away with it?"
    From the "other side" (the law enforcement side) Sgt. Bennett, obviously a cop with a sense of humor replied:
    "First of all, let me tell you this...it's not easy. In Chula Vista, we average one cop for every 600 people.
    Only about 60% of those cops are on general duty (or what you might refer to as "patrol") where we do most of our harassing. The rest are in non-harassing departments that do not allow them contact with the day to day innocents.
    At any given moment, only one-fifth of the 60% patrollers are on duty and available for harassing people while the rest are off duty.
    So roughly, one cop is responsible for harassing about 5,000 residents
    When you toss in the commercial business, and tourist locations that attract people from other areas, sometimes you have a situation where a single cop is responsible for harassing 10,000 or more people a day.
    Now, your average ten-hour shift runs 36,000 seconds long. This gives a cop one second to harass a person, and then only three-fourths of a second to eat a donut AND then find a new person to harass.
    This is not an easy task. To be honest, most cops are not up to this challenge day in and day out. It is just too tiring.
    What we do is utilize some tools to help us narrow down those people which we can realistically harass.
    The tools available to us are as follow:
    PHONE: People will call us up and point out things that cause us to focus on a person for special harassment.
    "My neighbor is beating his wife" is a code phrase used often. This means we'll come out and give somebody some special harassment.
    Another popular one: "There's a guy breaking into a house." The harassment team is then put into action.
    CARS: We have special cops assigned to harass people who drive. They like to harass the drivers of fast cars, cars with no insurance or no driver's licenses and the like.
    It's lots of fun when you pick them out of traffic for nothing more obvious than running a red light.
    Sometimes you get to really heap the harassment on when you find they have drugs in the car, they are drunk, or have an outstanding warrant on file.
    RUNNERS: Some people take off running just at the sight of a police officer. Nothing is quite as satisfying as running after them like a beagle on the scent of a bunny. When you catch them you can harass them for hours to determine why they didn't want to talk to us.
    STATUTES: When we don't have PHONES or CARS and have nothing better to do, there are actually books that give us ideas for reasons to harass folks. They are called "Statutes"; Criminal Codes, Motor Vehicle Codes, etc...They all spell out all sorts of things for which you can really mess with people.
    After you read the statute, you can just drive around for awhile until you find someone violating one of these listed offenses and harass them.
    Just last week I saw a guy trying to steal a car. Well, there's this book we have that says that's not allowed. That meant I got permission to harass this guy. It's a really cool system that we've set up, and it works pretty well.
    We seem to have a never-ending supply of folks to harass. And we get away with it. Why? Because for the good citizens who pay the tab, we try to keep the streets safe for them, and they pay us to "harass" some people
    Next time you are in my town, give me the old "single finger wave." That's another one of those codes. It means, "You can't harass me." It's one of our favorites.
    Hopefully sir, this has clarified to you a little bit better how we harass the good citizens of Chula Vista. "






    Overheard on the streets of NYC in the very near future:

    Victim: Officer, officer! That man just stole my purse!

    Officer: Good morning ma'm, or does that pronoun offend you? If so, please advise me of the correct pronoun I may use in order to not....

    Victim: Officer, you're not listening to me! That man stole my purse.

    Officer: That gentleman across the street?

    Victim: Yeah, that's him.

    Officer: Okay, let me go talk to him.

    Victim: He's a big guy, don't you want some help?

    Officer: Oh no, anything that might give the appearance of a show of force isn't allowed.

    >>Officer leaves to talk to the alleged suspect and then returns<<

    Officer: Is it a red purse with black trim and brass colored clasp with the initials MS on the side?

    Victim: That's it, my name is Mary Smith and those are my initials. That's my purse.

    Officer: I figured it was yours, he doesn't look like the purse type. The problem is he doesn't want to give it back.

    Victim: Well, arrest him, he robbed me of that purse. He punched me, knocked me down and then took my purse. Look at this bruise on my arm, and I'm bleeding from my forehead.

    Officer: I'm afraid I can't do that. He said he wouldn't allow me to arrest him. I can call the EMS folks though to treat you for your injuries. There will be a fee of course.

    Victim: What??!! You have to arrest him. He committed a robbery and I'm the victim. I demand you arrest him.

    Officer: I'm afraid I can't do that. He said he would fight if I tried to arrest him and our new Use of Force policy don't allow us to confront a hostile suspect.

    Victim: Use of Force policy? What the hell is that?

    Officer: Basically it means if the alleged suspect offers any resistance, or even says he will resist, our policy states we shall not use force. It's really quite simple and it makes our job much simpler. No more fights, no violence involved and everyone is much safer that way aren't they?

    Victim: But he robbed me and he's standing right there, you mean you can't do anything?

    Officer: Oh, whether or not I could do something doesn't matter. I'm not allowed to confront a possibly hostile suspect. Perhaps you could talk to him and see if he will come down to the precinct house and turn himself in.

    Victim: That's it? That's all you can do?

    Officer: Well, I can give you our website and you can make a report of this alleged crime. It's a really neat website, designed by the same folks that did that Affordable Care site And I'd be glad to give you the office phone numbers for Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Eric Holder.

    Victim: Will they do anything?

    Officer: Not really, they're only interested if I do something.

    Victim: Well did you at least get his name so I know who the bad guy is when I make this report?

    Officer: No, he didn't want to give me his name and gosh... all I can do is ask.

    Victim: This is incredible. He's just standing over there like he knows nothing will be done about this.

    Officer: I know. Happens all the time now. Well, have a nice day and call any time, we're here to help.

    Victim: But officer.

    Officer: You'll have to excuse me, I have to go apologize to that gentlemen for disrupting his day.


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  9. KC lost (love how that happened, called a time out just before TN missed a field goal, TN got a second chance and made it, winning the game)

    Denver lost.





    The RAIDERS are in the playoffs!!!!

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