Whores At Sea

It was not unusual for a whore (or six) to sail in Nelson’s Navy, the “Wall of Wood” that protected England, in fact it happens/happens in most Navies. In a little known event, fortunately, it happened in my Division on a U.S. Submarine.

My wife and we’re enjoying a wonderful leave period in Hong Kong, a present from my Skipper for abjuring my Stateside leave period for an immediate underway to WestPac. When the time came for the USS Diodon (SS 349) to set sail for Yokosuka, Japan, the Skipper saw me at the China Fleet Club and asked if I would like to extend my visit with my wife while the Submarine sailed to Yokosuka.

Of course I would!

My wife and I eventually flew to Tokyo, I settled my wife in, and reported to my Submarine…only to be greeted by an irate Skipper who stuttered something incomprehensible, until I finally deciphered “an International incident.”

Calming, slightly, he continued: “Do you understand that Japan, our ally, is an insular nation, with a decidedly homogeneous population?”

Since he, a big liberal, and I had debated for months on end and he had banned me, briefly, from debating politics in the Wardroom, he and I both understood that his question was rhetorical.

“O.K Skipper, I still don’t know the subject.”

“Hemphill, YOUR Engineering Department brought two whores from Hong Kong into Japan! They used the After Torpedo Compartment. This is a Diplomatic disaster!”

Needing to get away before I burst out laughing, I said, “Right Skipper, let me go find out what happened.”

And I ran aft, trying to stay, actually, get under control, and no, I don’t know how the stripped-pants brigade handled it at the State Department. I do know I had no intention of doing a whole lot of work to discover the culprits.

I never did find out!


Our Standing Tariff

I would be opposed to the announced steel and aluminum tariffs, if that’s what they are but it is obviously an opening move in an effort to reduce tariffs worldwide.

Of course we would be on stronger ground if we would reduce our tariffs on sugar. We have had tariffs on foreign sugar since 1789, and right now the tariffs amounts to 6 cents a pound. That means Americans paid more than $1.4 billion each year more than if sugar was not protected by tariffs, and sugar users like chocolate manufacturers like Hershey could pay world market prices.

Our sugar growers have been protected for centuries.

If, and only if the president is trying to get China’s tariff on automobiles down from 25% on our cars by putting a 10% on their steel and thereby get Chinas’ attention.

Many nations have tariffs, and all should have none.

We could start with sugar.

The Teacher Was Right!

Students at Parkland in Florida are accusing a teacher of cowardice in shutting and locking the door of their classroom, leaving them defenseless in the hallway.

Submariners inherently understand the problem. Because Submarines don’t sink by separate compartments, when submerged flooding occurs, it is policy to slam shut the watertight doors, consigning the sailors on the wrong side to the high potential of drowning until the submarine can make an emergency surface and possibly thereafter.

Without knowing the Parkland situation in specifics, the teacher made the right decision in theory. There may be some situation that counters the theory of instant reaction to threat, but for right now, I go with the teacher’s decision.

Only Law Abiding Obey Laws

I have no objective to limiting both guns and the voting age to 21, I just think it should be 25.

And, don’t even try to bring up fighting for your country at a younger age…I joined at 17 and stayed for 26. There is no draft, so the fighters are all volunteers (as it should be) and any killing they may do will be overseas where US laws don’t apply.

Recent readings of the news convinces me that the voting age should be raised. Setting a higher age for guns is basically immaterial because if an 18 year old wants a gun they will get a gun, Chicago proves that.

There are 300 million guns among the population. If a person is willing to kill 20 or 30 people, he won’t care about a law saying he is too young to buy a gun!

Jared Should Be Downgraded to Civilian!

Suppose that Hillary had won the presidency, and had hired Chelsea as a primary advisor with access to the highest classified documents. Suppose further that Chelsea had her final Security Clearance withheld for more than a year because the FBI was concerned with something in her background.

Conservatives would be enraged! They would be calling for Chelsea’s head and Hillary would be called a security risk herself for even appointing Chelsea to a presidential advisor office.

Nepotism seldom works! It certainly isn’t working here in the Trump administration. The latest is that the president’s son-in-law has had his security clearance downgraded. He should be downgraded to civilian.

It’s Not Easy

Bringing a knife or a pistol to a long gun fight was defined as suicide in my Texas youth.

Now I have no objection to arming teachers, but I recognize that most armed teachers will not run to the sound of gunfire, just as most Army Riflemen do not pull the trigger in a firefight.

Certainly some teachers will at least protect their classroom, as much in self defense as anything, but even that is an improvement.

Personally, I prefer a metal detector and bag check in a single point of entrance, but I recognize that a dedicated shooter can shoot his way past an armed entry, before a couple of armed guards can respond.

Combine an armed single entry with armed teachers and you start to harden the site.

A suicide shooter, well armed and with body armor can get into a school, or a government office for that matter…but they can be slowed and the body count can be reduced.

Somehow we have to get the trained and paid people in the Police, Sheriffs, and FBI to earn their pay! They blew the Florida shooter seven days to Sunday. Never have so many obvious errors caused so many deaths.

But, as well as we do, we don’t do enough. We can’t do enough, but we fall short by a huge measure.

I am glad that private groups step up. But they should not have to step up!

Not Enough!

Every time I write a check to the Disabled American Veterans I wonder why it is that our disabled troops don’t get EVERYTHING they deserve from the VA?

They don’t, of course, although certainly the VA in San Diego is rated excellent. They have excellent clinics open seven days a week, and they treat veterans with skill and care.

Our treatment of our Vets certainly improves on what happened to British wounded after they returned from defeating Napoleon at Waterloo, when those who lost limbs were consigned to begging on the streets of London by the thousands.

But, as well as we do, we don’t do enough. We can’t do enough, but we fall short by a huge measure.

I am glad that private groups step up. But they should not have to step up!