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Aug 08 2016

In and out…

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It's been an insane tempo for the last three weeks-and something had to give. Blogging was it. Plus, if anyone could pick three weeks to be out of the grid, the last three weeks were it. During the DNC I was in Israel-and getting up early to drive 60 miles a day just takes it out of you. Then I came back to Germany to watch the Trump implosion and all the attendant stupidity. Since I despise Trump and his legions of followers, I think it just shows what a truly worthless man he is and has been. He's done nothing to change my mind on that subject.

Plus, the Olympics started with this:


And an Opening Ceremony that went on far too long.

On the plus side-being over here and watching the Olympics on a British Satellite system means: 1) No Bob Costas and 2) NO commercials plus the ability to pick among the events going on live.

So there is that.

What with going on the cruise and then traveling for business for two weeks, I've been busy.

So, I'll get to Trump and his worthless stupidity in good time. But today I'd like to pass along the first of neat things I found on You Tube made by a fellow passenger, who I never met, on the very same cruise we were on. Here then, is a quick view of the Serenade of the Seas:



We had a great time and I don't want to spoil the memory just yet. Enjoy. More to follow. This video was of the sail away from Stockholm which is pretty nice.

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Apr 12 2016

Well that serves me right

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I am back from the Whining States of America. In trying to write up a play by play of my time back on the other side of the Atlantic, I inadvertently screwed up my database. I could not get the site to load. And then, in the process of trying get the machine to work-it appears I dumped a LOT of pictures. That is what happens when you have to go in the "back door" so to speak.

So please be patient while I try to fix this. You will probably get a few 500 pages again I think.




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Dec 25 2014

Merry Christmas!

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Greetings from snowless Stuttgart.


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Sep 05 2014


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That is what you say in Japanese when you come home. Hopefully a loving specimen of Japanese womanhood greets you with a beer and a cheery, "O kaeri nasai" when you do.

We spent the last week at my father's house-after a quick stop in Shopping Mall. Did not really want or need to go to Shopping Mall, considering I was just there, but since my employer was paying for the trip home for my home leave. That was where I had to go to.

Spent the week in hot and humid North Carolina and got up this morning to get on the plane. It was 2 hours late departing which made our connection to Tokyo a tight one. Fortunately we were able to get upgraded and ended up on the upper deck of the 747. The upper deck is nice. Was able to sleep on the plane.

Now we are at our lodging, trying to gut it out and stay up long enough to make the body clock sync when we go to sleep. Don't know if it will work.

But it sure is nice to be back in Japan.smiley

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Aug 01 2014

Still here.

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It is crunch time on my courses right now. Plus. I am playing the popular game, "What will next year's budget be?".

So go read this outstanding article by James Fallows instead.


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Jul 26 2014

Mile high

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Sitting in the lounge at Denver International-waiting to make the jump back across the Atlantic.

If you have not seen any of the latest Weird Al videos, you are missing a treat. Here is his send up of Happy:


Funny, isn't it? Have a great weekend. See you on the other side!

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Jun 05 2014

The ease with which some people abandon their conviction.

Today was a sad day for me. It is probably the first day since I graduated from the Citadel, that I was ashamed to wear my ring. A ring I worked hard to earn-and usually wear with pride.

Why? Because it is disgusting to me, to watch legions of my fellow alumni, throw one of their own, CAPT Greg McWherter under the bus, solely to appease their own, pretty much flawed consciences.  The comments have been brutal on the alumni boards I monitor. And in the depths of hypocrisy, many are from the same people who rabidly applauded his ascension to command as the first Citadel graduate to command the blues.

I'll spare you the details-they can be found at Phib's place.  He has a good rundown on the case-and a copy of the investigation. He very ably points out much of the hypocrisy in it-and of the fine art, now being perfected, of assassination by IG.

Worth repeating:

You know I like words. Searching the document about poor performance of a Blue Angels CO and we have homosexual mentioned 18 times, gay 4 times, and the first clue, support officer 13 times. Safety 8 times.

He's been smeared as a sexist homophobe … all they left out was racist, but maybe I missed that.

In some ways, this is just another way to destroy the male oriented, warfighter, TACAIR culture. Tailhook was only the start – this has a similar genesis and is going to be used for the same agenda.

Ironically, the people who will be hurt most will be our female Shipmates – our fellow warfighters of all designators who know what the core of our business is, have a sense of humor, are secure in their womanhood, and as officers, are not going to break in to tears because they miss the drama of Middle School. 

It doesn't take long to figure out that this huge frag pattern that, like Tailhook, will destroy the careers of many good people and was started by a female support officer. Which one? Hard to tell … but with googlefu, you can narrow it downto a few possibilities.

Not really important who though – complaining, weak, and entitled administrative burdens have always been with us. It is what the institution does with it that is important.

Is this proportional? Look it over and tell me.


There is so much, that is wrong with this investigation-and The Skipper has done a great job of documenting it. There are so many things that are wrong with this investigation. Lets ask a few questions shall we?


The Navy proactively issued a press release within 24 hours of non-judicial punishment, to include release of the investigation. Was that based on FOIA requests from the press or did they do it so they could control the narrative?


Is it possible the high-castrati discussed how this case was to be handled before it was handled? I’d bet my stock portfolio it was. That’s unlawful command influence, and it’s against the rules. Just ask General Amos.


Do you think it a coincidence that a nuclear submariner was appointed to lead the investigation of an elite squadron? Is that not like asking a pole-vaulter to evaluate a baseball locker room? They are both sports, are they not?


Why is it CNATRA is not doing the investigation? They are the first flag in the chain. And where was TRAWING Six in all this. If these things were as rampant as was said-I GUARANTEE you they would have heard about it. The Commodore was too busy to do some discrete counseling? I know Greg McWherter would have taken it to heart.


Why did the accuser wait fifteen months after the commanding officer left to lower the boom?


If you are flying at 400 knots and pulling 4 Gs in a rolling maneuver with a guy’s wingtip 18 inches from your nugget, do you think it might be helpful to bond with that person and build trust? Would you feel comfortable flying next to him if you knew he would stab you in the back and look after only himself as soon as he deems it warranted?


The investigation says that he twice inherited a broken squadron. What of those who broke it? They’re good, then?


This whole affair stinks, not the least of reason which, I know the final endorser in the chain. The irony of this whole case is rich- because anecdotally , I know he treated his own JO's like shit. But he got a pass for it. Greg McWherter on the other hand got thrown on the ash heap of Navy history.

Don't kid yourself, for all the high handed rhetoric about the Navy doing the right thing, it did not. It f*&ked one of its own for no purpose. This is clearly a case of where the service was spring loaded to f*ck someone at the drive though.

Look hard at the investigation. You will find what you need on page 16, paragraph 45. I should warn you that the investigation as published is incomplete-since it does not include any of the enclosures -and thus lacks context.

But context is not what Harry Harris cares about.  He would throw his own mother under the bus if he thought it would improve his interests.  As such, he is the typical flag officer in today's Navy.

PS. Here is what a pornkin looks like. It ain't that bad, Which is yet another reason why his accuser can suck a big bag of dicks.

Oh, and for my brothers who wear the ring? Just blow me you chickenshit bastards.


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May 17 2014

Busy week.

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Still here-just it has been a busy week. out of the hotel at 7:15 and home at 8PM. By the time one eats dinner and gets to bed, there is not time for anything else. Day off today though-then back to the grind tomorrow. (In Israel, Sunday is a work day). 

Some Jerusalem pix to follow.

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Apr 18 2014

Another domino falls……..

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They seem to be going after every one. Officers, civilians, CPO's and now Petty Officers:   

SAN DIEGO — A fourth member of the Navy has been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery in a multimillion-dollar scheme involving a Singapore-based defense contractor accused of providing cash, vacations, electronics and prostitutes in exchange for classified information.

“The camera is awesome bro!” Japan-based Petty Officer Dan Layug wrote in an email to the vice president of a military contractor that is included in a complaint unsealed Thursday. “Thanks a lot! Been a while since I had a new gadget!”

In another email, Layug asks, “What are the chances of getting the new iPad 3?” according to the complaint. Layug made his initial court appearance Thursday, a day after he was arrested in San Diego. A judge set bail at $100,000 and ordered GPS monitoring if Layug is released, according to a U.S. attorney’s statement. He hasn’t entered a plea, and messages seeking comment from his attorney were not immediately returned.  

"And every time you send me my shipment its just a few cases short!"

"Carrying charges, my boy, carrying charges."


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Mar 15 2014

Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated.

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Greetings from the lounge in Chicago. Sitting here waiting for the jump back across the Atlantic.

Should have posted more-but just didn't feel like it. This week was my birthday-so it put in kind of a funk. I still am in a funk-or at the least a bit depressed. This week had me doing a lot of thinking, and being at my old digs in Shopping Mall gave me an acute sense of the one way flow of time. And wondering about decisions made a decisions yet to make.

I hated Shopping Mall-but I did like my house. I liked being able to drive to work with little difficulty. And I liked being paid and valued for my work. Being back was like slipping on comfortable clothes again. Even though I did not do much at night-except watch TV-and maybe shoot out of a beer or two.

I did a lot of thinking-with no conclusions arrived at.

More to follow in the week to come.

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