How To Study Torah (And The Constitution)

I was asked the other day about comparing the study of Torah to the study of the Constitution. Most of you know that I once went to Seminary. It was a huge mistake, but I did learn a few things when I was there. One of which was how NOT to study scripture.

The really hard part though is dropping all of your preconceived ideas, all of your already decided beliefs and approaching things with an open mind. You will find that you are right about some things. And you will find that you were wildly wrong about some others.

That said, these are my ideas for how to study Torah… I mean the Constitution…

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A curious mini-sub in the news again



So in the past week, this bad boy caused a stir in California’s Monterey Bay:


Some were concerned it was a narco-sub or possibly a spy boat or something, as there aren’t a lot of privately owned manned submersibles in circulation. Turns out, it is noting nefarious and is part of a crowdfunded Community Submarines project to get people into man-in-the-sea activities, which is admirable.

As for the boat itself, currently dubbed Noctiluca, it is the old British-built U.S. Submarines S-101, a 32-foot, two-person diesel-electric mini-submersible with a decent performance (range of 200 miles when surfaced, can dive for 72 hrs, 300+ foot operating depth/1250 ft. crush depth due to its 10 mm thick A43 steel pressure hull) built back in 1987.

If she looks familiar, she was used on a contract for the Royal Swedish Navy through the 1990s to serve as an OPFOR…

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Fightin’ Fitz


While in Pascagoula a few days ago, I spotted this familiar old girl in the shallow waters of the muddy Pascagoula River along Ingalls SB’s West Bank.

USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) under repair Ingalls West Bank Pascagoula River July 2019 eger (2)(Photo: Chris Eger)

Note her Union Jack on the bow, which was only recently raised a couple of weeks ago.

About that…

Commissioned at Bath in 1995, USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) carries the nickname of “Fightin’ Fitz” and recently made international news when, on 17 June 2017, the destroyer was involved in a collision some 50 miles off Japan with the 40,000-ton Philippine-flagged container ship MV ACX Crystal. The encounter damaged the ship, killed seven of her crew were killed– lost in a flooded berthing compartment in the predawn collision– and left a number seriously injured. With her hull open to the sea, swift and effective damage control by her crew saved the vessel.

Fitz has since been in Pascagoula for the…

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It’s no big surprise to anybody who has been around the show for more than a week that I despise people like AJ, and even to a lesser degree Hannity. The reason is simple – they are not about thinking, they are about shocking people and confusing them into believing nonsense.

Like AJ, the Hal Turner “Show” decided to spread a great big lie. The problem is that (a) he knew it was a lie and (b) he didn’t give a rats behind about the people who could be hurt by his lie. It’s the worst part of Talk Radio… the nutjobs who are more interested in spreading manure than any actual information to the sheeple who won’t think for themselves. Then ask them for money.

The sadder act is that there will be no accountability for his lie…

Our Enduring Anthem of 1814

Tribute to Veterans

The Star-Spangled Banner

U.S. Flag flown over Ft. McHenry during the War of 1812

On September 13, 1814, the lyrics to our national anthem were penned by Francis Scott Key.  An American lawyer, author, and amateur poet from Georgetown and Washington, D.C., he was inspired by witnessing the sight of our flag, still waving at dawn, in the aftermath of British bombardment on Ft. McHenry.

Quickly published on September 21 1814, the lyrics were adapted to music and became known as the “The Star Spangled Banner.”  More than a century later, the song was adopted as the American national anthem, first by Executive Order from President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 and later by Congressional resolution in 1931, to be signed by President Herbert Hoover.

Hand-written copy of Francis Scott Key’s Star Spangled Banner
Housed at the Library of Congress

Since its inception, there have been many poignant and patriotic renditions performed…

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July 4th 2019 Post Number 776 – USS Ulysses S. Grant SSBN 631



July 4, 2019. This is the 776th Post on

theleansubmariner blog.

Sometime in the early morning hours of this day, the blog counter for number of “visits” went over 500,000.

A half million visitsto the site since its founding in 2011.

The number of followers on the web site, Facebook and Twitter has really grown as well.

All of that is humbling and I sincerely thank you.

It seems appropriate that today’s post would be about an American hero and July the Fourth. The book “Eminent Americans” by Admiral Rickover was the inspiration for the series I have been posting this year about the submarines in the 41 for Freedom series. Progress has been good to date and the response has been very rewarding.

I have also updated the Page that lists all of the boats and included links to each story so that they will be even…

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Quotes from the founding fathers on science and reason

Sgt Scholar

Like a horrible case of swamp-ass, pseudoscience just refuses to leave today’s heated political divide. It seems like this divide has spread wider than the crev-ass of an adult film star about to earn a butt-load of money, except it is nowhere near as well-maintained. Butt, griping about this solves nothing, no matter how many cheeky puns I pound into this. I’m not so naive I have my head where the sun doesn’t shine.

head up ass

So, below are some quotes from a few prominent founding fathers about science and reason which I hope will at least play a minutely small role in draining the swamp-ass.

Will it fix everything? …No.

Will it fix a lot. …Also no.

Will it fix a sizable, small amount? Let’s face it, there is a better chance Dr. Cox from Scrubs will non-sarcastically compliment me for my work here and join me for a crayon cocktail.

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