Obligatory First Post
Welcome to my blog! As tradition requires, I plan on rambling on a while, then posting, then looking at my page, then realizing I've spelled something wrong, then spending the rest of the night figuring out how to change it.
Who am I? I'm a recently retired submarine officer who finally feels free of the (mostly self-imposed) restrictions regarding public speech by military officers. I've been lurking on the blogosphere for about a year and a half, and like about 3 million others, feel the need to share my thoughts with whoever visits (hopefully, at least my family... Hi, Mom!).
Why does this blog exist? This blog has a three-fold purpose: 1) To be the one-stop shop in the blogosphere for any submarine-related news item that somehow makes it into the public domain. Don't look here for anything classified, though... just because I post it, doesn't mean that it's true. I'll try to give my best guess about whether or not the referenced article is at all accurate, or (more likely) why the writer doesn't know his ass from his elbow when it comes to submarines. 2) When submarine news is slow (as it normally is) I plan on exposing, mocking, and holding up to ridicule any particularly stupid items that get put out by the chattering classes (pajama-clad or mainstream). Does this mean that my opinion is any better than anyone elses? It depends on how you define "better". If it means "contains at least a little logic and some realistic knowledge of how the world really works" then I hope the answer will be yes.
And finally, this blog will 3) fulfill a promise I made to my sons to start a blog as soon as I got out of the Navy. They think that Frank J. is really cool, and hopefully this will make them think that I am too.
What's up with the title? The phrase "The Stupid Shall Be Punished" is a common one in the submarine world. Basically, it means that people who do or say stupid things can expect to get called on it. To me, this also seems to epitomize the spirit of the blogosphere, which I humbly join with this post...