Hitchens on Obama. The great disappointment

To have accepted Obama’s smooth apologetics is to have lowered one’s own pre-existing standards for what might constitute a post-racial or a post-racist future. It is to have put that quite sober and realistic hope, meanwhile, into untrustworthy and unscrupulous hands. And it is to have done this, furthermore, in the service of blind faith. Mark my words: This disappointment is only the first of many that are still to come. The whole article is an interesting read.]]>

Always though this was a dumb idea.

Pilot’s gun fires on US Airways domestic flight; no injuries reported

When the law first passed, I said that each pilot has to train with a ‘hostage’ that was a small ‘dummy’ of a child or something being held by the terrorist. The pilot first had to shoot the hostage, then shoot the terrorist before they would get permission to have a gun on a plane.

Basically, having pilots that are armed (and preoccupied with flying) ensures that there is at least one firearm on the plane that can be obtained by a bad guy, either by slowing killing all the passengers to taunt the pilots or overpowering the crew. Most pilots I’ve talked to have said ‘we don’t need a gun–we’ll just put the plane in a dive and you’ll see the terrorists on the ceiling pretty battered and bruised.”


The Navy SEAL cops in my neck of the woods

Washington Post. A few weeks ago a ship was halted about a mile from our county with a ‘no sail’ order as the crew was all drunk. The Maryland Pilots who were guiding the ship out of Baltimore called for backup and lo and behold, it came from the Special Operations units of the Calvert County Sheriff’s office. Apparently the local SWAT team here is one of two in the country specially-trained for Maritime interdiction. Never knew we had this level of a SWAT team around here. Guess it makes sense with a nuclear power plant and LPG gas / storage facility on the water.

After the Maryland captains left the ship, the Coast Guard called on Calvert’s Special Operations Team, which is trained to work with the Coast Guard in such situations. The team several years ago became the second such outfit in the country trained by Navy Seals in “Special Waterborne Operations,” according to the Sheriff’s Office. The team also handles security matters linked to the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant and the Dominion Cove Point liquefied natural gas facility, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Also on March 10, sheriff’s officers boarded their patrol vessel Spec Ops II and met Coast Guard personnel in the Patuxent River, the Sheriff’s Office said. About 9:30 p.m., 11 sheriff’s officers pulled up alongside the Ocean Victory, climbed up a long ladder and went aboard. Their posture was somewhere between full-on SWAT raid and casual entrance, said Thomas, the team’s commander.

Movie Review – The Other Boleyn Girl

We traded the folks the other day. They’d get a ride to K-mart to buy really cheap and crappy clothes and in exchange, we’d get to go to the movies by ourselves (for the first time in months). So we ended up with the Other Boleyn girl. Bummer. It wasn’t that great. It basically was a story we’ve seen and heard a zillion times before, and one that is going on again on the Showtime series The Tudors but this supposedly told more about the time ‘before Henry VIII met Anne’ which might be interesting. Of course, it was wildly inaccurate, as I later learned through checking Wikipedia.

The new season of the Turdor’s starts next week, but we have episode 1 already on demand. I called it up after the movie, and after three minutes fell asleep.