The Only Thing We Know




1968 was a bad year for submarines. The French, the Israelis, the Russians, and the United States all lost boats that year. For the US, the loss of Scorpion has proven to be particularly vexing. Even in Submarine School in 1982 it was discussed and debated.

At the end of the day, there are several theories as to what happened. Was it a Russian torpedo in retaliation for the loss of K-129? was it a hot running Mk 37 that couldn’t be shut down and detonated in the torpedo room? Was it a battery that exploded? Why did at least one crew member try to escape?

When everything is said and done, when we think about the loss of 99 men on this day in 1968, there is really only one thing that we know.

And that is that we don’t know…


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Feres Declined


Yesterday, it was announced that the Supreme Court had declined to hear a case which was challenging the Feres Doctrine. This is a long-standing SCOTUS ruling that military personnel are not permitted to sue the Government for medical malpractice or in the event of injury, illness or even death.

Many, including two sitting Associate Justices, have criticized the Doctrine for its unfairness. But is it really unfair?


Feelings vs Reality



There is a truth that nobody really wants to talk about. The truth is that Women’s Professional Hockey leagues are never going to compete with or even be truly comparable with the NHL. You can argue it all you want, but nobody is going to pay NHL or even ECHL ticket prices for Women’s Professional Hockey.

Look, I am not saying that women can’t play. In fact, I’ve played with some outstanding women players – at the amateur level. All I am saying is that when the rubber meets the ice, physical and biology will always rule.

At the same time, the very existence of Women’s sports is being called into question by the introduction of transgendered men into the game. Despite what Wisconsin Congressman Pocan says, it really is about men playing women’s sports and absolutely dominating them. Because in many sports, particularly contact sports, men are on the average, bigger, faster and stronger. It’s not misogyny, it’s biology.

But if it puts butts in the seats, more and more Pro and College Sports Programs are going to be more and more open to transgender athletes…


 

Moral Arguments




In the initial fallout of the Alabama Bomb come the moral arguments. for all of the debate over whether or not a fetus is a human life or just a “mass of cells,” the one that stands out to me is the “My Body My choice” arguments.

Why?

Because regardless of where you are on the abortion issue, the “My Body My choice” argument has far-reaching implications. Farther than most people are willing to consider in their white-hot anger that blinds them to anything beyond whether or not an abortion is a mortal sin worthy of ninety-nine years in jail or a choice to be made by a single person.

The bigger problem is that most people, regardless of side, would find themselves nodding in agreement with the implications of MBMC. but have they really and truly considered it as a moral argument?


When Alabama Gets The Bomb




One of my mentors in this business once told me that there are topics which should always be avoided. The number one reason for that is that nothing that I say is going to change anybody’s mind. Period. People have already made up their minds about it and anybody who says that they haven’t is lying.

That said, Alabama has passed the strictest anti-abortion law in the nation. There are any number of people who will praise this and those who will condemn it. The bigger issues will get almost no play in the discussion. First of all, as things stand today, the Alabama law is unconstitutional. Not even the people who passed it think that that is untrue. In fact, they admit it. Further, that is exactly what they want. Why? Because they fervently believe that this will land in front of the US Supreme Court and that they will come out of that with Roe v Wade overturned.

As things stand today, that isn’t going to happen. I have strong doubts as to whether or not the Supreme Court would even hear the case, let alone overturn Roe.

But let’s play the long game. What effect does this Alabama law have on the future of politics in 2020 and 2022?


For the record (again), I am anti-abortion.

I also believe that is a decision to be made by my wife and me with our Medical professional. It is not your or the governments’ place. Like a gay marriage, if you don’t want one, don’t get one. But stop imposing your morals and religious values on me.


 

Calming Down


Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s recent comments about the Holocaust have a whole lot of people up in arms. The truth is that she is more about Palestine than anything else, but oddly enough many Muslims have accused her of “not being Muslim enough.”

In any case, her comments were weird and oddly phrased, and yes, they were offensive. Given the opportunity to clarify what she meant, she simply repeated them again and then proclaimed that anybody who disagrees with her is a 4th grad racist.

Which, in my mind, is the bigger offense. The idea that a member of Congress doesn’t understand that calling people who disagree with you names is offensive makes me sad. And worried about what happens next…


 

National Honest Day



It’s “National Honesty Day.” Seriously, I did not make that up. we’ll review what one national magazine says are the top liars of all time, and then Dave will tell you what he honestly feels about the Poway Chabad Synagogue shooting.

Some of you will, no doubt, be offended. Tango Sierra.

On National Honesty Day, Dave is going to tell you how he feels about it, and frankly, my dear, nobody gives a damn about your “pretending to be offended feelings.”