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  1. Brad R
    Brad R March 24, 2018 12:23 pm

    “Digit of honor”? I thought that was the “Hawaiian good luck sign.”

  2. david
    david March 24, 2018 1:45 pm

    Seems to me like Citi’s actions could be grounds for a civil lawsuit alleging violation of the – what’s it called –
    Lawful Commerce Act (?). Attorneys – yes/no?

  3. Myself
    Myself March 24, 2018 2:06 pm

    The Lawful Commerce Act protects firearms manufacturers and dealers from being held liable when crimes have been committed with their products.

  4. Shel
    Shel March 24, 2018 2:21 pm

    Bucher doesn’t come across as a clever hero in all accounts. https://www.amazon.com/Second-Command-Uncensored-Account-Capture/dp/0030850754/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1521924511&sr=1-2&keywords=second+in+command&dpID=51Y%252BewropnL&preST=_SX258_BO1,204,203,200_QL70_&dpSrc=srch Murphy notes, among other things, that the crew was near release when Bucher, and others with his encouragement, acted like a bunch of buffoons. It’s categorically unwise to try to make your Asian captors lose face. As a result, they were all kept quite a while longer under quite unpleasant conditions. There is considerable support for the viewpoint that Bucher, for his overall conduct, should have been court martialed but the Navy preferred to sweep it under the rug. And ironically, since the U.S. was able to monitor the North Korean reaction to the situation in such detail (the very ability the ship purportedly was to provide), there is reason to believe it was the intention of our government that the ship be captured in the first place.

    The duffelblog.com site is pretty funny. General McMaster really is leaving his job as national security advisor on the date noted, but other posts are pure humor, such as

    https://www.duffelblog.com/2015/07/west-point-revokes-confederate-diplomas/

    And https://www.duffelblog.com/2013/08/general-alexander-interview/

    The site describes itself as a parody https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/confederate-diplomas-revoked/

  5. Claire
    Claire March 24, 2018 2:32 pm

    Shel — Thanks for the alternate view on Bucher and the Pueblo.

    And yeah, I know Duffel Blog is satire. Quite lame satire most of the time (or at least not of interest to anybody outside the military). But when it’s on, it’s really on.

  6. david
    david March 24, 2018 2:42 pm

    Bolton always did creep me out. He’s like the poster boy for Eisenhower’s ‘Military – Industrial Complex’ that he warned the nation about in his farewell speech. That guy scares me almost as much as Dick Cheney. What a nightmare those two would be appearing together.

    Funny thing – I just had this mental image of the two of them in clown clothes and makeup. Or rather, of clowns making their faces up to look like those two. Hollywood would have to remake all the ‘evil clown’ movies if that every happened, cuz they wouldn’t be scary movies any more with those two running around loose.

  7. E. Garrett Perry
    E. Garrett Perry March 25, 2018 1:47 am

    Wait, hold on, back this HiLux up a second- you mean to tell me that there are people who -weren’t- aware of the reason for craptastic US automakers’ sales overseas? Ford hatchbacks do well in Europe, and Jeep is a reasonably popular off-roader (especially post-acquisition by Fiat), but even they have a reputation for only so-so reliability- a reputation certainly not helped by their association with Fiat, who brought us the legendarily failtastic -124. Chevvy, GM, Dodge, etc are frequently and unfavourably compared with Renault and Peugot, but at least when your Renault/Peugot/Alfa/Seat inevitably goes wrong you’ll be able to get the parts easily. I’ve seen engine-seal sets with everything you need to replace every Reneault gasket you can reach, for sale in grocery stores. It’s probably a weekly purchase, but at least the damned thing’s there to be had! Looking for Ford parts? Think Model-T: you can have any model you want, so long as it’s a Focus hatchback, and any colour you want, so long as it’s blue. Lancia, Renault, Peugot, Alfa Romeo, Seat, Dacia, Rover- none of these sold well in Japan either, and it had nothing to do witb Japanese import regs. Lancias rusted to bits in an afternoon (or shipped without brakes), Renaults eat engine seals, Peugot kills drivers through sheer boredom, Alfa Romeo has the soul of a Primo Basso but the spine and staying power of an athsmatic chain-smoker with bunions, and Rover was, after all, Rover. They didn’t sell because they were horrible junk.

    Japanese cars are, in the main, very boring. They offer the serious gearhead about half a dozen interesting models, most of them quite expensive. However, y’know what else is boring about Japanese cars? Their tedious habit of starting up, right away, every time, no matter the weather. The Civic, Acccord, and Corolla are about as interesting as watching cheese age, but stories of ancient Jap-traps with 500,000 miles or more on the clock have become so common that you never even hear about it anymore until it happens to a friend.

    US cars are getting better, but after a forty-year slumo in competitiveness one has to wonder what it’ll mean in the end.

  8. Mark Call
    Mark Call March 25, 2018 8:28 am

    RE: How I lost my Mormonism and came to embrace the Jewish way

    A not-unfamiliar story for those of us who have left pseudo-Biblical xtianity and started to make ‘tshuvah’ (translated as “repent” from Hebrew, but it really just means “return” – to Him) from the myriad ‘traditions of men’ to what is actually Written.

    For many, however, the pendulum (as we’re all pretty much used to in every field of human endeavor anyway) often swings too far…right into another set of man-made traditions, just ‘different’. And the cycle repeats.

  9. Mark Call
    Mark Call March 25, 2018 8:31 am

    And as for Spirit airlines (kinda makes me wonder WHICH ‘spirit’ they’re channeling… 😉
    I wonder what would’ve really happened if the offended folks who actually know a bit about history, economics, and law would’ve responded with a fact or dozen, and a rejoinder about masses of “Dumbed-down Negatively-Edukatid Idjots on Parade”.

  10. Desertrat 1
    Desertrat 1 March 25, 2018 11:09 am

    “Digit of honor”? Good one! I have always like the Rowan & Martin Laugh-In “Royal Order of the Rigid Digit”. 🙂

  11. larryarnold
    larryarnold March 25, 2018 11:34 am

    Garrett, just curious: don’t JapTrap clocks run in kilometers?
    I’m sure Japanese cars are better-built. However, I don’t think I’d want to drive one on a weekend jaunt to El Paso. (500 miles each way @ legal 85MPH in bone-dry 110 degree heat.)

    Mark, I’m willing to debate gun rights with almost anyone, almost anywhere. With a biased already-irate flight attendant on her aircraft out on the runway, notsomuch.

  12. Mark Call
    Mark Call March 25, 2018 4:43 pm

    Understood, Larry…which is why I simply wondered what the tyrant would’ve done, had she been so [properly] humiliated…

    But that’s what Amerika is becoming, isn’t it?

  13. Mark Call
    Mark Call March 25, 2018 4:45 pm

    PS> On MY ‘airline’, as PIC – guns are not only permitted, but encouraged.

    That’s a major reason why I haven’t flown commercial in quite some time now.

  14. E. Garrett Perry
    E. Garrett Perry March 26, 2018 2:22 am

    larryarnold-
    For the US and UK markets they still produce speed/odometers set up in miles. Agreed on not wanting such a machine for such a trip- for that you need a big comfey American pickup, a big thumping classic V-8 of some kind, or an M-series BMW.

  15. Claire
    Claire March 27, 2018 6:18 am

    Smart dog! Courteous drivers. Good find, jc2k.

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