Rant almost over… I know it is only a planned concept at the moment, but: such a project will just become an opportunist TARGET for the ill-disposed extremists of the Islamic faith. Pure greed & profit, put before human life & common sense. My own humble opinion Yours Aye.The incredible mile-long floating CITY – complete with schools, a hospital, parks and an airport for its 50,000 residents. The Freedom Ship is 25 storeys high and would feature a casino, an art gallery, a park and a shopping centre. The concept, designed by a Florida-based company would cost $10 Billion USD if was commissioned to be built. The vessel could house 50,000 people but it would contain additional space to hold an extra 30,000 visitors. The ship would constantly sail around the world – doing a full circuit every two years – but would be too large to enter any ports.The incredible mile-long floating CITY – complete with schools, a hospital, parks and an airport for its 50,000 residents A Hollywood disaster movie waiting to be made!
There is a house in New Orleans. . .
Just kidding, I always wanted to start a blogpost like that. And it is especially funny (or not) considering how infrequently I’ve been blogging recently. I can point to long hours, but the truth is my job requires me in front of a computer and then in my off-time, I don’t particularly want to sit in front of another screen. Strange that a shipboard job is so pc-centric, but that is how it is in the modern Navy. Those among you who have done military staffwork surely understand.
Okay, so let’s talk title. Yes, I was propositioned (can you use that word with alcohol?) by the Admiral to go get hammered with him. It was all the more hilarious because my boss, the Captain, walked in during our pre-brief right when the Admiral said: Lieutenant, you and I are going to have to get hammered together.
Before I get into the bulldozing, and then the laying of iron rebar, and than the pouring cement, and then the framing of our little story here, perhaps we should do a historical stroll with modern major admirals to see who among them might have tippled a grog or three with their younger staff?
This naval forum had a list of the top ten admirals of all time. Sort of a Navy Hall of Fame:
1. Yi Sun Shin – Korea: Arguably one of the greatest admirals of all time; drove the Japanese out of their collective minds. Of the at least 23 major battles during the Japanese invasions of Korea (1592-1598), Admiral Yi gained victories in all of them; he never lost a single engagement and is the national hero of Korea.
2. Horatio Nelson – Britain: If you do not know who he is you have no business in these forums; I recommend that you try knitting sweaters instead.
3. Frank Jack Fletcher - United States: Admiral Fletcher was the operational commander at the pivotal Battles of Coral Sea and of Midway.
4. Gaius Duilius - Rome: He won a major naval victory over the Carthaginians during the battle of Mylae thus setting the stage for the decline of Carthage as as the per-eminent naval power of antiquity.
6. François Joseph Paul, Comte de Grasse - France: Fought the British fleet to a standstill at the Battle of the Capes, and forced the British to retire without supplying Yorktown, thus forcing George III to give up his American colonies.
7. Michiel Adriaenszoon de Ruyter - Holland: One of the most famous admirals in Dutch history. De Ruyter is most famous for his role in the Anglo-Dutch Wars of the 17th century. He fought the English and French in these wars and scored several major victories, the best known probably being the Raid on the Medway.
8. Heihachiro Togo – Japan: The winner of the Battle of Tsushima Straits; historian Edmund Morris calls it the greatest naval battle since Trafalgar. It was the largest naval engagement of the pre-dreadnought battleship era and the only sea battle in history in which steel battleships fought a decisive fleet action.
9. David Glasgow Farragut – United States: On August 5, 1864, Farragut won a great victory in the Battle of Mobile Bay. Mobile was then the Confederacy’s last major port open on the Gulf of Mexico; when it was captured, it helped to set the stage for the final defeat of the Confederacy just as surely as the Battle of Gettysburg.
10. Isoroku Yamamoto – Japan: Planned the daring attack on Pearl Harbor thus bringing the United States into the Second World War.
Interesting, the poster goes on to say he did not place them in order of greatness. But he does take some heat. And a new forum member goes on to post this list (bear with me on the booze and el-tee thing, we are getting there, albeit in an Italian taxi cab kind of way.) New list:
1. Ray Spruance – TF-16 at Midway, TF-58 at Marianas Turkey Shoot.
2. Marc Mitscher – Ran TF-58′s carriers. Turned on TF-58′s lights so the Hellcat, Helldiver and Avenger aviators could find their way home.
3. William “Bull” Halsey – Aggresive patrolling after Pearl Harbor was immeasurably valuable experience for our inexperienced naval aviators. Ran TF-38 (same ships as TF-58). Halsey and Spruance rotated command…One admiral and his staff would run an Op while the other and his staff planned the next Op.
4. Tamon Yamaguchi – If he had been in Nagumo’s place at Pearl Harbor and Midway…1942 and 1943 would have been bad years for the US Navy.
5. Raizō Tanaka – If he had been in Kurita’s place off Samar…the Leyte Gulf beach head would’ve been clobbered.
6. Edward Preble – Technically a Commodore…the phrase “Preble’s Boys” says it all.
7. Alfred Thayer Mahan – Father of the modern US Navy.
8. Isoroku Yamamoto – One of the most brilliant naval strategists and a great leader. He truly was irreplaceable.
9. Heihachiro Togo – Tsushima…’nuff said.
10. John Henry Towers – Father of US Naval Aviation.
Should I go admiral by admiral and conjecture about whether these towering giants were on drunk terms with their staff? Probably more than half of them were. It was a different time, on different seas. Technology has changed business on the world’s oceans. So has culture. Now, 16 year-olds girls stateside are tattoo’d like Sailors of yore and us modern Navy-folk are less rough around the edges.
Okay, so I owe you a story. It is the afternoon and my boss grabs me in the p-way (short for passageway of the ship.) Hey, go up to the quarterdeck and greet the Admiral and get him back to our space for the brief.
I jam up to the quarterdeck without going back to my office. Good call. The Admiral is ten minutes early. He gets gonged (ringing the bell thingy) on. And I take him back to our space. I had spoken to him once before, right when I checked into the command. And he and I share an alma mater. (Or in this case, considering our football team, the Cal Bears, perhaps I should be calling it the alma whatsa matter?)
Tough year for Cal football, eh, sir?
Hell of a year. We’ve gotten killed in every game. What are we, 1 and 9?
Something like that sir. I lost track.
USC put up 62 on us! More than a point a minute.
It is rough.
My boss, the newly-arrived-to-the-space-Captain, looks around the room at me first and then the other folks with a double-whisky-on-the-rocks-tango-foxtrot look. I tell him later what we were discussing. I figured it was something like that, he tells me.
Folks, as I still work the long hours of being deployed (no complaints), you might enjoy this email interaction I had with a prospective linguist as she looks to join the military:
So it started with a comment on the About page which I returned with:
You commented on my blog and I would be glad to answer any questions you had about being a Navy CTI (or the other branches for that matter.)
I enjoy the field immensely and like “talking” about it. . . I was an Arabic/French linguist, but am currently stationed in Japan.
And her questions:
Thank you so much for your willingness to talk with me about this.
I’m a 26-year-old college graduate with a degree in language (Latin
and Greek – useful, eh?) and I’ve been floating from job to job
halfheartedly since finishing school in 2010. I keep returning to the
idea that language is my one true passion, but I haven’t figured out
how to implement it professionally. I’ve at the same time been
developing a stronger interest in the military, and when I learned
that one can enlist as a linguist, I’ve been so thrilled at the
possibility. I do have an upcoming session with a recruiter, but given
that he will obviously be biased, I need all the advice I can get.
I’ve been told that I should enlist specifically with the army because
they’re the branch who will guarantee your placement as a linguist. Is
this the case? I’d like very much to ultimately work as an
interrogator, but I don’t really know the other routes that one can
take as a linguist. What did you do?
Also, I’m wondering about the experience of being a woman in this
position. I think we’re all familiar with the horror stories of women
being constantly assaulted – is this something that in your mind is
overplayed by the media, or is it as rampant a problem as we all hear?
As a man in the military, what are your thoughts on whether women
belong there? What have you observed about the general attitude on the
part of men toward their female counterparts in the service? Feel free
to be as un-PC as necessary
Lastly, what work opportunities are there for a linguist after your
term is complete? I’ve again read many horror stories about
high-ranking veterans failing to find work after leaving the
service….but it seems like there should be a fair number of options
for an American who speaks Arabic, no?
Honestly, anything you can tell me about your experience would be
Thank you, thank you!
I always get concerned when folks are joining the military with no good sources of inside information. They (understandably) have to rely on the press, who has an agenda of their own. My response:
Wow, okay! Let’s do this. I understand your position very well. I was a UC Berkeley grad when I enlisted and got a couple of raised eyebrows.
I understand your concern about recruiters. Don’t sign anything and you will be fine. I had a somewhat shady interaction with the Air Force recruiter; it really turned me off to that service.
I also love languages. I speak French and Arabic. The first I got when I was young and then I learned Arabic at DLI, the military’s school in Monterey, California. (I also took Greek in college. Kalimera!) I am stationed in Japan and tomorrow I go to my first Japanese lesson. Can’t wait. . .
You got bad gouge about the Army guaranteeing you a job. The Navy can too, provided you get it on paper. I entered the Navy with my job as a linguist guaranteed. The only thing that would have stopped me- if I had not passed my security clearance or had failed out of DLI. Trust me, I’ve seen both. It is a little scary, but you will be fine. (Provided you don’t have too many skeletons in your closet. . . (Grin.) One guy had a vindictive girlfriend who lied about him and drugs, so he never completed DLI.)
Ah, women in the military. Okay. Whatever you’ve heard was bs. Look, I am a Berkeley grad, so I think I have a little bit of an outside perspective that may grant a stranger a little credibility on the matter. It is nonsense that women get constantly assaulted. I will say, it is more dangerous being on a college campus, at frat parties, etc, than being in the military as a woman. Obviously, I am a man, so take my opinion as that. Sadly, there are folks who score political points by taking us down in this respect. Do women get assaulted? Yes, tragically. But at a lower rate, I would argue, than the civilian world. I would be glad to forward your email to friends of mine who are female. And you can hear it from them. . .
Do we joke around? Yes. It can be a little like a locker-room sometime. We are a different kind of job after all. Truthfully, the filthiest I’ve ever seen a Sailor/Officer in a group setting was a tie between two women officers. They were x-rated in their wardroom banter. It was kind of shocking, but no one said anything to them because they were female. That all said, thousands of female service members are fine. A couple of tips: Don’t get repeatedly, fall-down drunk with your shipmates. Don’t walk around in a bikini at parties. Etc. . .
Last thought on women: I really appreciate having females in the Navy. And on the ship. (Even subs if you guys want to. I certainly don’t want to be in one of those sinkers.) Trust me, the Navy is like a really cool, slightlllllllllllly miserable club where you work hard. Or sometimes, you completely screw off. (Don’t tell anyone about the last thing.)
As far as jobs go after the service, I am in for 20 or more. But there are plenty of opportunities for folks who speak languages. Google Titan, L3, SAIC, Booze-Allen-Hamliton, etc for military contractors offering job opportunities.
Interrogators? I ran the linguist shop down at Gitmo when Gitmo was Gitmo. You can go that path, but the Army seems to have a far more robust program than the Navy. My friends who did the job were known as 97Es. But now I think they may be known as 35Ms. It is an interesting facet of linguistics.
I’ll stop rambling. I think you have valid questions, but don’t buy the media bs about the military being hard on females. My boss right now is a female Commander and she would undoubtedly say that the Navy is a fair organization that values hard work, talent, and dedication. (Phew, I sound like a commercial.)
Let me know how I can help. Your three next steps are: visit the recruiter (Go Navy!), take the ASAVB, and then take the DLAB. (A test that sort-of “explores” your ability to learn languages.)
Can I post your email and my reply on my blog? I will eliminate any identifying material, of course. I think it can be helpful to other folks…
Take care and fire away with more q’s,
Ah, one of my favorite topics – joining the Navy. To be continued. . .
Not quite so much being fired, but SEAL pods being sedately launched…
Torpedo ‘SEAL’ is a semi-submersible that transits within a NATO-standard 533 mm torpedo tube. Torpedo SEAL is fully extended and ready for use once removed from the tube, it is then able to transport two divers and equipment, fully submerged, over a range of 10NM. Torpedo SEAL may also be easily stowed within the multi-purpose tubes being designed into future submarine designs, or beneath the outer casing of the submarine. Find out more about JFD & The SEAL Pod
I could have hacked being a SEAL, or specifically a Swimmer Canoeist of the SBS. But not for me the life of a ‘sun-dodger,’ spending hours on a sandy bottom; I chose a life on the ocean wave for adventures to foreign shores on behalf of Queen & Country. Yours Aye.
A U.S. Navy commander has been accused of moving ships ‘like chess pieces’ to ports in Asia to financially benefit a defense contractor, in return for prostitutes and Lady Gaga tickets, according to naval court documents
Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz also allegedly passed confidential information on ship routes to the firm, Singapore-based company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia Ltd, or GDMA. The accusations unfolding in a federal court case signal serious national security breaches and corruption, with the threat that more people, including those of higher ranks, could be swept up as the investigation continues. US Navy commander ‘diverted aircraft carriers and moved ships like chess pieces to Asian ports in return for prostitutes and Lady Gaga tickets’
Also charged were Leonard Glenn Francis, the CEO of defense contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia Ltd. And John Bertrand Beliveau II, a special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service – NCIS. The scandal is reverberating across the U.S. Navy and more arrests possible.
It beggars belief that in today’s age of digital documentation and storage, a senior Commander would be so stupid as to think he could get away with fraud on such a grand scale. Career over, family torn apart, and the U.S.N’s reputation dragged through the mud once again. It looks like there will be many more heads set to roll, with one or two wearing heavier scrambled eggs on their hats. There could be ‘a lot of promotion that side of the ocean’ as more senior ranks take a tumble.
The Navy (every Navy, military and civil) have been linked with the ‘oldest profession in the world’ since the day dot. But to throw it all away for tickets to see Lady Gaga? The man must be as gaga as the woman herself, and she’s as mad as a bag of frogs! Yours Aye.
(Commence old grandpa voice) There is a certain joy in working with them young fellers. They know how us ol’ codgers work and sometimes they tell tales they know are gonna to crack us up. Like this complaint about a Fire Controlman (FC):
Sailor 1: Would someone please talk to FC2? He is sitting on the floor of berthing in his tightie whities, dipping pickles in mayonnaise and eating them!
Sailor 2: In his underwear?
Sailor 1: That’s what I said. That guy looks like a wolfman he is so hairy.
Sailor 2: Pickles in mayo, that doesn’t sound good.
Sailor 1: Yeah, he stores them in his wall locker.
Sailor 2: I’m no doctor, but doesn’t mayonnaise go bad pretty quickly?
Sailor 1: Whatever, I don’t care. I just want his fatass to put some clothes on.
Very quietly I laugh to myself. The Navy’s a chuckle a minute if you listen.
The super-yacht of the future: Stunning ship with a skeletal structure that’s set to be on every billionaire’s shopping list The stunning super-yacht has been designed by multiple-award-winning Iraqi-born Briton Dame Zaha Hadid, the brains behind the Aquatic Centre for the London Olympics and Glasgow’s Riverside Museum. She has teamed up with German shipbuilders Blohm+Voss to create a fleet of six different super-yachts.Blohm & Voss. Bv141 Tactical reconnaissance aircraft, which flew within the role perfectly, but not adopted as it was deemed too unconventional (Oh really)?
Blohm & Voss have been thinking and engineering their way out of the box and beyond since 1877. Starting with boats, ships, submarines, and then onto aircraft. Their state of the art ship yard is on an island close to Hamburg, an engineering monument to their development within the cruise liner and super-yacht world. If they say they can build a skeletal structure covered in glass, then they will do it. Pity the poor crew who have to clean and polish it every watch… Click below to enlarge Yours Aye.
A misnomer in one sense, but a tribute none the less, as this year, 2013, the International Day of Peace fell on Saturday, 21st September. To commemorate the day a pair of British artists created a stunning installation of 9,000 silhouettes on a D-Day Landings beach The project, named, ‘The Fallen’ was a tribute to the Allies, civilians, and German forces who lost their lives during the ‘Operation Neptune’ landing on June 6, 1944. The design was the brainchild of British Artists Jamie Wardley, 33, & Andy Moss, 50. Together with a team of hundreds of volunteers the pair travelled to Arromanches beach, Normandy, to create the silhouettes, which were individually drawn into the sand. The shapes were then left to the mercy of the tide which washed away the ‘fallen’ after around four and a half hours. To understand the true scale of the task ahead of the Allies on the morning of 6th June 1944, you have to visit and put yourself in their place, and walk the various beaches taken by them. Raw courage, and pure determination won the day, at a terrible cost. Yours Aye.
It was nearing dusk on base and I was returning from a run around town. Full confession: I had gone too far and was walking the last mile in. (One additional confession: I was breaking in a new pair of running shoes.) As I came up on the Navy Lodge, I passed a children’s playground and then a Navy residence tower.
Blasting from the tower was loud rap music. It sounded as if someone was having a party. Over a backbeat, a guy was rapping. And I am sorry to say, it was lewd. It sounded as if he was rapping: pull it up, pull it up, let’s see your tits.
Okay, so I am a Sailor too. And I understand our guys. I am not a prude despite how this sounds. But what if someone was at the party who did not want to be there? Or is it not a concern that there were children within earshot?
When I got back to my room, I called the on-base operator to have her connect me with base security. I don’t have kids, but I imagined if female friends were there at the party. The base operator was Japanese and I had a terrible time trying to tell her what I needed. I gave up and called the front desk. The Navy Lodge receptionist took my info and promised to do something about it.
Meanwhile, I’ve showered, changed, and relaxed into my evening. The front desk guy calls back and tells me, his bosses told him he can’t report it as it has nothing to do with the Navy Lodge. I ask him for the direct number to Navy Security.
He gave it to me and I called them. I identified myself by rank to the Petty Officer (a Master-at-Arms) who answered the phone. And then I proceeded to tell him what I heard. He chuckled lightly. (I thought, am I too stodgy for the Navy?) Tomorrow, I guess I’ll ask the Command Master Chief (CMC), who’ve I gotten to know, as much as you can in ten days on-base. I am curious what he says. Are we in the Navy serious about stopping sexual assault? Or was this just our guys having fun?
Part of being in the Navy, at a very popular vacation spot, is that you are bound to run into old shipmates. Sure enough, day two, I spied a familiar face in the local coffee shop. Looking haggard.
Hey, how are you? How are things? I asked him. Just got into town.
Good. I leave in two days for DC. Done with my tour.
Ah, too bad. How was your last deployment?
I can tell.
It was disappointing that he was not going to be in town. Smart guys like him are invaluable to turn to even if he was stationed on a different ship. I wished him good luck in DC. That did not seem to me like a fair exchange, Japan for the Pentagram.
Later in the day, while returning to the humble confines of the Navy Lodge, I saw another guy I knew. I forgot where I knew him, only that I did not like him. A fact of life is that I (you) can’t get along with everyone.
He grinned at me, as if he expected me to say hello. I just walked by him and went to my room. I hate playing fake. Why catch up with someone when you have nothing positive to say? Anyway, as I opened my door, I remembered. He had a very college way about him, with not a military bone in his body. And I did not agree with him on anything. Ah well, hopefully he is not on my new ship…
There is only one reason a Submarine breaks the surface, and that is to be spotted. According to accurate reports, HMS Tireless has done just that, off the coast of Gibraltar on Saturday 24th August. British nuclear submarine ‘surfaces off Gibraltar’Hmmm… Gibraltar to the Cyprus Basin is approximately two and a half days submerged at 30 mph/59 kph. Or two days to the Nile Fan (of which is approx 220 miles from the coast of Tel Aviv). Given that permission would be required to ‘throw’ a Tomahawk cruise missile through a countries air space, and that the distance from the Nile Fan to Damascus is approx 332 miles, it would be obvious that Israeli airspace would be a pretty good direct flight path. Speculation of course, pure speculation and simple conjecture… Yours Aye.
Ensign is a special rank in the Navy. It is the first tour for newb officers and folks approach them differently. I try to be jovial with the Enswines. It is easy to give ‘em a hard time, I had a couple of folks think it funny to rib me (more than my share) when I rocked the golden bars.
So I am sitting in a housing brief and the retired Army guy giving the lecture turns to the four Ensigns at the end of the table and asks: Hey, what is wrong with you guys? You all look constipated!
I smile and before I could engage my filter, I mutter loudly: Ah you know, they’re Ensigns.
Right you are, the briefer replies squinting at their rank. Relax guys. . .
He finishes the brief and I dart a look or two back at the Ensign crew. One of them returns the look with a frown.
Later, I see three of them at the bustop. And one of them again looks at me askance.
So I roll up jovially, introduce myself, and chat with them. Where did you go to school? What community are you in? What ship are you going to? Watch out for this. . . Keep an eye on this job if you want to lateral transfer into this. . . General Navy gouge for the boys.
Moral of the story: If you are an Ensign, relax and stay focused. If you are not an Ensign, for goodness sakes, help the lads out. There has got to be better ways to loosen up the Ensign crew than the old way, injecting their gizzards with copious quantities of rum.
police stunt ‘violated British sovereignty’: Spanish police have now come under fire for sending divers to inspect a concrete reef in Gibraltar’s international waters, who then took underwater pictures of themselves unfurling the Spanish flag.
Being a proud Englishman, and an ex Royal Marine, I can only presume that the Spanish and the French will be accustomed to seeing their national flags in such a way; salt water logged at the bottom of davy jones locker (my great, great, Grandfather [KIA 21 Oct 1805] and his brother, served as Marines aboard Nelsons Flagship HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar 21 Oct 1805).
The Capture of Gibraltar – 24 July 1704 The famous attack upon Gibraltar, which led to its surrender to the British, on 24 July 1704 was carried out by a Brigade of British and Dutch Marines, 1800 strong, under the command of Prince George of Hese-Darmstadt. In the following October, Gibraltar was besieged by the French and Spanish. The Marines from the British Fleet, held the fortress against repeated attacks until the siege was raised on 9 March 1705. In one incident in this fighting, Captain Fisher of the Marines with 17 of his men, successfully defended the Round Tower against the continued assaults of 500 French Grenadiers. A contemporary report of this noted defence says, “Encouraged by the Prince of Hesse, the garrison did more than could humanly be expected, and the English Marines gained an immortal glory.”(17 Marines against 500 French, is hardly fair, Captain Fisher should have stood five Marines down for the weekend to even the odds)!.
Not only did we batter the Spanish, and took the ‘Rock’, we also done a few frogs over too! BATTLE HONOUR: The Royal Marines display only one battle honour “Gibraltar” their close relationship with Gibraltar continues, having in recent years been granted the Freedom of Gibraltar.
2013: Seconds out, round two. “Down ramp, out Marines”… With the new modern bayonet you would only be able to skewer two or three at a time; with the old type 18″ bayonet of 1704 you could have a dozen ‘paella-munchers’ on it and still have room for three frogs!
Five Royal Marines, previously stood down, now ready to go… Yours Aye.
There are a few things in life that should never be meddled with, two of which are a mans pot of tea, and his pint of ale. Fortunately we forge our own destiny in as far as our preference for tea goes (I once almost barfed and had a seizure, when I was given a pot of herbal fruit tea for breakfast). The mistake was never repeated as I almost tore the hotel down to its foundation stones. I hereby make no apology, for once again presenting my favourite strong and hard hitting blend for your your perusal, Yorkshire Tea.
This early morning as I sat eating my breakfast, I turned the page to a story in the paper. It stated scientists have dabbled, and come up with a solution to cure hangovers. They have messed with the good Lord’s fermentation, which will end the hangover completely; this is taking a liberty, a beer that won’t give you a hangover They have gone too far this time.
‘I am the man that I am today,’ due to the suffering of hangovers. From the dainty little pain across a furrowed brow, after drinking French beer all evening. To the almighty blockbuster, after sinking a gallon or so of ‘Old Peculiar’ that would split a battleship lengthways down its keel, and sink all of its cork lifebelts…
Whether in celebration of the Corps Birthday 28 October 1664, or the Battle of Trafalgar 21 October 1805. Through a long evening partaking in Pusser’s Nelson’s Blood, fine Port and a gallon of ale, I have suffered colossal, mountainous, throbbing brain pains the following morning. Of which had the capacity to kill a field full of mules, or sink the French fleet at sea, and flounder every French matelot there about it.
Yet through the mighty pain and the fog of aching miserable dullness, I have always managed the following morning’s daily routine, hard physical training, and otherwise. Dealing with the hangover that follows, is part of the rite of passage into manhood, its what separates the men from the boys. Scientists and their technology are turning todays young men into ‘Lady-boys’. This, as well as ‘Designer’ skinny jeans, skinny sweaters, man bags, and canvas slipper shoes.
Yours Aye (who is heading down to the Nag’s Head for a pub lunch, I may be some time)!
I am always super-leery of Academy guys (mostly in good fun), but this is very disconcerting: Boulder police: Ex-Navy cadet posed as young girl, solicited sexual photos online. It is possible he was AWOL too:
A 22-year-old former U.S. Navy midshipman — who may or may not have been AWOL — is facing sexual exploitation charges in Boulder County after investigators allege he posed as a juvenile female online to get other underage females to send him sexually explicit photos.
Boulder police say they found more than 20 sexually graphic images of children on Bret Butler’s cellphone and computers, including a desktop computer that Butler told police was “Navy-issued,” according to court records.
Why? Seriously glad this tool got found out before commissioning. For all you National League West fans, you know the name of baseball’s Brett Butler. Different guy. (Acch, it must be Embarrass the Navy Day. Story number two: Seaman Austin WIlde.)