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    OK capitalists, why should gov't workers work for free?

    The Democratic majority in the House also represents all 50 states, and the voting electorate chose the Democrats by about an 8 percent margin in the popular vote nationally. That's the most recent election. Representative democracy indeed. THAT base is decidedly against wasting money on a wall.
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    Pukers United – For those that have

    Have you guys found that on longer passages that seasick crew tend to get better after a few days? Or not so much?
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    Tanker hits Destoyer, how is this possible? Navy Times apparently got a hold of the (unreleased) internal Navy report about the Fitzgerald collision: A scathing internal Navy probe into the 2017 collision that drowned seven sailors on the guided-missile destroyer Fitzgerald details a far longer list of problems plaguing the vessel, its crew and superior commands than the service has publicly admitted. Obtained by Navy Times, the “dual-purpose investigation” was overseen by Rear Adm. Brian Fort and completed 11 days after the June 17, 2017 tragedy. It was kept secret from the public in part because it was designed to prep the Navy for potential lawsuits in the aftermath of the accident. Unsparingly, Fort and his team of investigators outlined critical lapses by bridge watchstanders on the night of the collision with the Philippine-flagged container vessel ACX Crystal in a bustling maritime corridor off the coast of Japan. Their report documents the routine, almost casual, violations of standing orders on a Fitz bridge that often lacked skippers and executive officers, even during potentially dangerous voyages at night through busy waterways. The probe exposes how personal distrust led the officer of the deck, Lt. j.g. Sarah Coppock, to avoid communicating with the destroyer’s electronic nerve center — the combat information center, or CIC — while the Fitzgerald tried to cross a shipping superhighway. When Fort walked into the trash-strewn CIC in the wake of the disaster, he was hit with the acrid smell of urine. He saw kettlebells on the floor and bottles filled with pee. Some radar controls didn’t work and he soon discovered crew members who didn’t know how to use them anyway. Fort found a Voyage Management System that generated more “trouble calls” than any other key piece of electronic navigational equipment. Designed to help watchstanders navigate without paper charts, the VMS station in the skipper’s quarters was broken so sailors cannibalized it for parts to help keep the rickety system working. Since 2015, the Fitz had lacked a quartermaster chief petty officer, a crucial leader who helps safely navigate a warship and trains its sailors — a shortcoming known to both the destroyer’s squadron and Navy officials in the United States, Fort wrote. Fort determined that Fitz’s crew was plagued by low morale; overseen by a dysfunctional chiefs mess; and dogged by a bruising tempo of operations in the Japan-based 7th Fleet that left exhausted sailors with little time to train or complete critical certifications. To Fort, they also appeared to be led by officers who appeared indifferent to potentially life-saving lessons that should’ve been learned from other near-misses at sea, including a similar incident near Sasebo, Japan that occurred only five weeks before the ACX Crystal collision, Fort wrote. ... Lessons unlearned Although Fort’s report drew parallels to a 2012 non-fatal accident involving the destroyer Porter and the supertanker M/V Otowasan in the Strait of Hormuz, his investigation focused on a near-miss by the Fitzgerald near Sasebo on May 10, 2017. During that incident, an unnamed junior officer “became confused by the surface contact picture” of vessels surrounding the destroyer and summoned the warship’s then-commanding officer, Cmdr. Robert Shu, to the bridge, according to Fort. Shu set the course to steer the Fitz behind the merchant vessel and then left the bridge. But once the officer in charge had cleared the other ship’s stern, he “became immediately aware that another vessel was on the opposite side” of the ship they had just dodged, Fort wrote. “(The officer) sounded five short blasts and ordered all back full emergency to avoid collision,” something Lt. j.g. Coppock failed to do weeks later when the ACX Crystal loomed out of the darkness, the report states. To Fort, the earlier incident should’ve been a wakeup call for both Shu and Cmdr. Benson, his executive officer who would soon “fleet up” to replace him as skipper, plus Benson’s future second-in-command, Cmdr. Sean Babbitt. “FTZ’s command leadership was unaware of just how far below standards their command had drifted,” wrote Fort, a surface warfare officer with more than a quarter-century of experience. “Had the (commanding officer) and (executive officer) critiqued the near-collision, they may have identified the root causes uncovered by this investigation.” When contacted by Navy Times, Shu recalled the incident that took place just east of the Tsushima Strait, “a normally busy and recognized waterway.” “As I was heading down the ladderwell to my cabin, I heard five short blasts and felt the ship back,” Shu said. “I ran back up to the bridge and there was another vessel behind the one we had just maneuvered for.” Although Shu couldn’t recall how close the two vessels got to each other, he insisted that the incident wasn’t a near-collision and that his bridge team “reacted appropriately” and later assured him that they had a good picture of the vessels around their destroyer. But Fort’s investigation pointed to a disturbing pattern of watchstanders failing to follow standing orders from a skipper and XO who often were inexplicably absent from the bridge, even when the warship was transiting potentially dangerous waters at night. One junior officer spoke of a similar near-collision during low visibility, when a watch team finishing their shift failed to identify a vessel that was closing on them and wasn’t being tracked, according to the report. The oncoming officer of the deck maneuvered out of the vessel’s way but never notified the commanding officer. Watchstanders admitted to knowing of other instances when ships got close enough to trigger a call to the CO, but they never made it, according to the report. “Procedural compliance by Bridge watchstanders is not the norm onboard FTZ, as evidenced by numerous, almost routine, violations of the CO’s standing orders,” not to mention radio transmissions laced with profanity and “unprofessional humor,” Fort found. (more at link)
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    The Wall

    Yeah the House and Senate are supposed to be independent of the Presidency. Mitch doesn't just get to say "I'm not going to put it up for a vote if Trump will veto it" and bear no responsibility. Of course that's exactly how he's trying to play it, as long as he can get away with it.
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    The Wall Truth

    The flip side of “GOP voters support Trump more than ever!”
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    The Wall

    Hey Trump and I actually agree that elections have consequences! But for Trump there has only ever been one election in the history of the world, the greatest election!
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    The Wall Truth

    Joker do you honestly think something has changed within the last month or two to warrant this crisis declaration by Trump? Where was the crisis during the preceding two years of GOP control of House, Senate and Presidency to pass wall funding? The only priority then appeared to be tax breaks and Obamacare repeal. I would maintain the only thing that has happened is the loss of the House by the GOP, and then Trump feeling embarrassed and being successfully baited by right wing commentary at the end of the year to push the issue to a shutdown, STARTING when the GOP was still in control of all three branches. Aside from this, what has changed since a year ago? Even during all the bullshit hype of THE CARAVAN leading up to midterms there was no urgent push to fund a damn wall.
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    The Wall Truth

    It's Republican voters. They watch Fox News and read all day. Nuff said.
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    The Wall

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    The Wall

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    tRump to LIE , live on National TV

    This is the situation in the US right now. A ridiculous man said a bunch of stupid crap about a wall, being paid for by Mexico, in order to rile up a bunch of rednecks for an election. The ridiculous man actually won the election. Because the ridiculous man was made to feel embarrassed by his own side's propaganda media (Coulter et al) about the fact that no wall appeared forthcoming, he is now attempting to hold his country's government hostage in order to force his stupid redneck baiting gimmick into becoming a reality. Joker, do you really think a border wall is important or in any way effective or necessary to the security of the United States? Or just that it's important for your guy to win?
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    tRump to LIE , live on National TV

    Mitch should not get to avoid the heat for not even letting funding bills go to a vote. He is instrumental to this. Trump and the Senate GOP should be tied to each other like anvils and tossed over the side.