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…

View original post 305 more words


The Free Exercise Thereof

The State of California once tried to pass a law limiting what a person could say about certain social issues. That law ended up going nowhere, but now, the state Legislature is debating ACR-99, a concurrent resolution which supposedly encourages religious leaders to address LGBT issues “from love” instead of any given religious belief.

Now, when the religious try to enforce their beliefs on me through the use of legislation or orders, I object.

So what should be my response to a government which seeks to tell religious leaders what they should – or should not – say from their pulpits?



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…

View original post 168 more words

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…

View original post 1,628 more words

Independence Day

I love Independence Day. It is hands down, my favorite secular holiday.

With all the history and the deep meaning of a great number of things which resulted in this day two-hundred and forty-three years ago, it’s hard not to be overwhelmed by the simplicity of it. At the same time, to also understand that it was only an end of one phase and the beginning of another. The “Revolution,” John Adams once said, was actually over. Now began the fight for liberty and the ideals of that revolution. Which – by the by – we are still fighting for today.

Above all else, the American experience is about perseverance. It is about staying on the course to the ideal through all the attempts to sidetrack or derail the journey. It is another reminder that I have a responsibility to pass on my passion and beliefs to my son so that he can help to continue the journey towards a more perfect Union.

The bigger part of that journey began when it became necessary to declare the causes which impelled us to separate ourselves from Great Britain…

Special Thanks to Alex the News Guy for his reading of the Declaration of Independence…

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.

View original post 364 more words