Sal Minella

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  1. Sal Minella

    More Teachers Behaving Badly

    These things pop up on my Yahoo home page all the time, and I was always amused by the sheer volume of incidents. Now I'm actually starting to wonder about the American school system as a breeding ground for sexual predators.
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    Is Texas the new Florida?
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    On a roll, or a bun in the oven...........
  4. Sal Minella

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    gotta love the name..........
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    I'm shocked, just shocked....
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    Coming soon to a theater near you............
  7. Sal Minella

    Should you round the gate on a knock or a lift?

    Ideally, round the most upwind gate and tack immediately. If you're wondering which is the most upwind gate (given it was square in the first place) it's the one on the side you've spent the most time on down wind (if you've had a longer port tack then round the port gate, and vice versa).
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    what is it?

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    not true, sort of
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    it never gets old
  11. I'm not sure why everyone is defending the sailors here (and I know two of the people involved). The story says that a fire alarm went off, in that case everyone is required to leave the premises. I think this goes for Anytown, USA, not just Newport. It sounds like people wouldn't leave, maybe it was Cape and his party, maybe not though it sounds like he told a policeman he wasn't going anywhere. One of the reasons everyone is required to leave is so the Fire Dept. can access and assess the building to re-set alarms, they want it evacuated in case there is a fire. I don't know how the rest of the world works but this sounds like a reasonable request. It also sounds like there wasn't a full compliment of police there when this started, the story states that the full watch was called to take care of an escalating situation. What happened with Cape and the policeman is surely up to debate, the cop probably tripped but in any case it sounds like he was trying to move Cape out of the area by grabbing his arm. I don't think there's any puffed up cop stuff going on here, Bowens has brick sidewalks that are uneven, I've seen plenty of people trip on it. The fact that another sailor then jumped on the policeman seems like a pretty good reason for the cops to say "enough is enough" and get the group out of there. Newport cops generally don't over react, they see way more out of control drunks on a summer weekend than most towns in the country and for the most part deal with it pretty well. Just because sailors often end up in this "boys will be boys" type of situation (and I've been in more than enough of them and been to jail because of it) doesn't mean you have to trash the town or the cops. I've never been in a situation where I didn't later say "well, I guess this is really my fault", the cops aren't looking for confrontations, they try to mediate them. In this case, Cape didn't want the mediation, nor did Coppers. Now giving them a slap on the hand by having them pay restitution to kids, what exactly is wrong with that. The broke the law but won't have anything on their records if they don't repeat the behavior in the next year. There's no back room wheeling and dealing as to where the money goes, most of the fines in Newport go to charities. Admittedly, they got off easy with intervention from Brad and the Mayor (maybe) but what kind of stink would you guys be making if they got fully arraigned and had a permanent record? All they had to do was walk out of the building and there would be a whole lot of nothing going on. Get over it and think about what you would have done if you were in either the cop's or Capes shoes. I know I'd blame myself for not listening to a cop before anything else.
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    Looks like a parent decided enough is enough
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    Dinghy Racing Is Fucking Awesome!
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    "National Cleavage Day"

    or it could be the pillow on the other side of her, and the back of her neck is hidden in her hair. Mighty sharp jaw line.........