THIS JUST IN as of August 24, 2011:
A Navy panel says the former commander of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier who produced videos aboard the ship can remain in the service.
The board of inquiry issued its UNANIMOUS decision Wednesday. It had been looking at whether to recommend that Capt. Owen P. Honors be dismissed from the Navy.
This post was published January 5, 2011
Many of you who have read my blog for a while, (why you do, I'm not sure), are aware that I stay away from religion, politics, and the weather. Not that I'm 'skeered' of what I might stir up, I'm always open to 'conversation from different viewpoints,' it's just that those type of posts require more than just posting cute pictures of grandkids for my family to ooh-and-ahh-over.
It means that I might have to defend my position, which if it's my opinion and my blog, I don't feel the need to possibly 'argue' 'discuss' with you.
But today I'm going to run the risk of posting something you may be diametrically in opposition to. I really don't care.
Let's first start with the term "politically correct."
Political correctness (adjectivally, politically correct; both forms commonly abbreviated to PC) is a term which denotes language, ideas, policies, and behavior seen as seeking to minimize social and institutional offense in occupational, gender, racial, cultural, sexual orientation, religious belief, disability, and age-related contexts. In current usage, the term is primarily perjorative while the term politically incorrect has been used as an implicitly positive self-description. In these cases, the term politically incorrect connotes language, ideas, and behavior unconstrained by a perceived orthodoxy or by concerns about offending or expressing bias regarding various groups of people.
This is Ken's take on PC : "Political Correctness is a mental illness that allows a person to polish a turd and think they do not have crap on their hands."
The CO of CVN-65 is the first(and not the last) act of revenge after the repeal of DADT. The PC-madness games just roll on. It gave us Capt. Hassan, the muslim madman who killed at Fort Hood. It gives us a "equipment check" of Grandma & body scanners manned by the Thousands Standing Around at the airport.
May God bless the United States and continue to guide us with his light through the darkness we are in.
Then, let's bring in the video that was leaked to the media and then to general public, for whom it was not intended. For sure, there are several things in that video that make me squirm and make me feel uncomfortable. But, that video was not made for me. We must understand what the objective was for it to be shown to several thousand personnel on the U.S.S. Enterprise. Have you ever spent day after day after day on a nuclear carrier under very stressful conditions ? Neither have I.
Enter the word l.e.v.i.t.y.
Ever heard this, "The problem with having a sense of humor is often that people you use it on aren't in a very good mood." Maybe these people : perceived orthodoxy or by concerns about offending or expressing bias regarding various groups of people.
At this point I will digress . . . going back to my days in the classroom. There was an unwritten rule that if there was a problem, the first step was to go to that particular person, possibly another teacher, to try to resolve the issue. If that didn't work, the next step would be to schedule a meeting with the principal to help mediate. And from there, it could then possibly involve another 'higher-up.'
Or, if the problem concerned a student, the parent is contacted and a parent-teacher conference is scheduled. Many times, the student is involved depending on the situation. Other times, the principal and/or counselor may be included.
I'm not trying to trivialize the situation with Captain Honors and his dismissal by comparing it to a school-house scenario, but in my mind there's not much difference.
If there were those, and evidently there was at least one, who had a problem with the video shown on board The Enterprise, why was it not addressed AT THE TIME, in much the same way as I described above ? Why, several years later, was this 'leaked' to Corinne Reilly at the Virginia Pilot. (firstname.lastname@example.org Phone# 757-446-2949)
In other words, why couldn't the person(s) offended have gone through the chain of command to 'right what they deemed a wrong ?'
Why did it take this covert action, leak it to the media, and let them 'convict' Captain Honors to a general public in a matter of hours and torpedo his career ?
In reading the comments on two Facebook pages (Friends of Captain Owen P. Honors and Support Captain Owen Honors, which at this minute has over 20,000 Friends), it is apparent he is well-respected by thousands.
Of course, there are several comments explaining why the person agrees with his dismissal. Most of those by retired Navy Officers. My guess is that some of them can look back on their careers and be thankful that things they said/did never made it to the public eye.
Every choice we make — including the thoughts we think — has consequences. When we choose the behavior or thought, we choose the consequences. There's probably not one person reading this who needs to be armed with stones. We have all built our glass houses.
Remember this story ? In World War II, HE commanded corps and armies in North Africa and Sicily and the European Theatre of Operations. Near the end of the Sicilian campaign, HE jeopardized his career by slapping a soldier (whom he regarded as a coward) while the soldier was recuperating from battle fatigue at a hospital. Remember who HE was ?
Wasn't there someone whom we all know that was involved in an incident that had something to do with a cigar ? I mean if you want to get raunchy, just go there.
I am also reminded of the movie "Patch Adams." To this day, I still want to punch that professor in the face who tried to ruin Dr. Adams' career. And I'm not a violent person.
Yes. My mind does wander.
If you're still trying to follow this sermon on a soap box, go ahead and read this.
The Secretary of Defense's office can be reached at 703-571-3343.
Feel free to call and express your opinion, no matter what it might be.
And now a personal message to Captain Owen P. Honors.
You are now free to find a job that pays you a decent salary.
Write your book and know that there are those of us who still respect you.