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Chuck Howard (Boats)
Works at BAE Systems Inc.
Attends Universal School of Hard Knocks - working on my Master of the Blatantly Obvious
Lives in Chesapeake, Virginia
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Chuck Howard (Boats)

►Party Politics  - 
Interesting Push back against Virginia Democrat Govenor Terry McCauliff. The Democrat Controlled Virginia Senate voted his amendment down in this piece of legislation.  Hopefully this will carry over into his attaching Medicaid acceptance to the State Budget to try to force that through this year.   
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►Media - Old & New  - 
Here's a great resource for what's going on in Virginia and beyond.  The John Fredericks Show has guests from all over the political and media spectrum on a daily basis.  Here in this Google+ version of this show, are numerous outstanding interviews that give a perspective to what is going on in the country today.  Both Conservative and Liberal guests are treated with the same respect and dignity, and a wealth of information can be found in these interviews.  

To listen real time check out 1650 WHKT am radio on Tunein App  Weekdays from 6-10 AM  Plenty of surprises here in these interviews
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► Guns & Rifles  - 
Remington Arms Company, LLC (“Remington”) is voluntarily recalling Remington Model 700™ and Model Seven™ rifles which were manufactured from May 1, 2006 through April 9, 2014 and which have an X-Mark Pro® (“XMP®”) trigger. All product manufactured after April 9, 2014 is not subject to recall.
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I read this POW story yesterday for the first time & thought I'd share it.  Very Inspirational and will go down as one of the Legendary Classics in the U.S. Navy Wing of The Library of Sea Stories! 
SN HEGDAHL, USS CANBERRA – PRISONER OF WAR  By Dick “Beak” Stratton, Captain, USN (Ret.) It was a warmer than usual summer day in Clark, South Dakota when a rather large and ungainly young man, a r...
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►Foreign Policy  - 
Looks like today might just get real, and interesting in DC - Or not...  At least this is scheduled for a Wednesday and not part of the Friday afternoon commute data-dump.  
Members of the House Intelligence Committee held a classified session Tuesday with the CIA’s former Libya station chief, whose assessment that there had been no protest leading before the Benghazi terrorist attacks was left out of the Obama administration’s talking points used on national television.
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►Health Care  - 
 Between 01 Feb 2014 and 10 Feb 2014, Elizabeth River Crossings was able to document that since they started charging Tolls on the tunnels here, they know, To The CAR, just how much of a decline in tunnel traffic has occurred since they started charging on 01 Feb.    

Ok, here's the hidden story -
The question I have, still, is just how many people have signed up for Obamacare?  Do we have an accurate number of how many have signed up, how many have lost their previous healthcare, just how much of a decline or increase in anything associated with Obamacare, to the person, has transpired since signup began????  I'm calling BS here, the Obamacare fiasco is hiding something because the alternative is complete and utter incompetence!  IMHO   
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There are some outstanding points this reporter made in the interview that tell "The Rest of the Story!"  This is why people in the Western United States, especially Arizona and the other border states, are livid with this Incompetent, and criminal Administration!  Take the time to watch, it's worth it! 
The inside story of how one New Yorker may have kept the Bundy protestors from a bloody end
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►Gun Issues  - 
Remington Arms Company, LLC (“Remington”) is voluntarily recalling Remington Model 700™ and Model Seven™ rifles which were manufactured from May 1, 2006 through April 9, 2014 and which have an X-Mark Pro® (“XMP®”) trigger. All product manufactured after April 9, 2014 is not subject to recall.
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Remington Arms Company, LLC (“Remington”) is voluntarily recalling Remington Model 700™ and Model Seven™ rifles which were manufactured from May 1, 2006 through April 9, 2014 and which have an X-Mark Pro® (“XMP®”) trigger. All product manufactured after April 9, 2014 is not subject to recall.
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I just hope they don't mess up my sighted in scope. 
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I read this POW story yesterday for the first time.  Very Inspirational and an all time great in the Immortal Library of Sea Stories!  
SN HEGDAHL, USS CANBERRA – PRISONER OF WAR  By Dick “Beak” Stratton, Captain, USN (Ret.) It was a warmer than usual summer day in Clark, South Dakota when a rather large and ungainly young man, a r...
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Open Discussion  - 
I received this in an email this morning - Just putting it out there as a FYI reference to how Obamacare has negatively impacted this woman's life.  This decline in affordable health care seems to be the Obamacare norm  - I haven't found any shining examples to counter this - Anyway, Just a FYI - SMH
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Some interesting developments in the knife department over at Maxpedition!
Maxpedition owner Tim Tang has decided to start selling his new line of fixed-blade knives, despite accusations from Mad Dog Knives owner Kevin McClung that Tang ripped off his designs. Tang had originally pulled the new line of knives after the dispute erupted recently at SHOT Show 2014 in an attempt to salvage his friendship with […]
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Good luck I guess the 100+ fixed blade knife seems like a tough market. What with Becker and rat/esee playing on the same field.

Stealing designs is kinda lame but the design looked a lot like a generic cutco or ronco miracle blade in the first place. 
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Recognizing, Evaluating and Correcting Safety Discrepancies
  • BAE Systems Inc.
    2014 - present
    Shipyard Safety Inspector, Shipyard Competent Person
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    Front End Web Programmer, 2004 - 2014
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Chesapeake, Virginia
Arizona - Ray, Arizona - Globe, Arizona - Winslow, Arizona - Safford, Arizona - Flagstaff, Arizona - Oahu, Hawaii - Santa Barbara, California - Boothbay Harbor, Maine - Newport News, Virginia - Portsmouth, Virginia - Chesapeake, Virginia - Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico
Multi-faceted Jack of all Trades - Master of the Blatantly Obvious. Default Operational Mode is Analog. I'll be found enjoying life out on the Right -side Edge of the Bell Curve!
4th Generation Native of Arizona, Grew up on Cattle Ranches, 4 years U.S. Navy, 19.5 years Small Boat Operations in U.S. Coast Guard.  Retired from USCG, Worked as a Shipyard Safety Inspector, went back & used my GI Bill and was employed by Dominion Enterprises working on and websites as a Front End Developer. After 10 years of that employment adventure, I decided to go back to my Reality Based, Analog roots and am currently employed at BAE Systems, Norfolk Ship Repair as a Safety Inspector.   Hobbies include; Photography, Canoe & Kayak flat-water fun, Creating Sawdust and building wood things, Wood Carving, Camping & I dabble in Emergency Preparedness. Meyers Briggs - ISTJ.  I fully appreciate the antics and affection of my Decker Rat Terrier, Maggie Mae - The Doggy Diva Duchess of Hydenwood.
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A Few of my Favorite Quotes - 

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
-- From Theodore Roosevelt's speech, "Citizen In a Republic" --

"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."
 --Thomas Paine
 "Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the slavery of fear had made men afraid to think. But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing." 
--Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791
"It's difficult to free fools from the chains they revere."
-- Voltaire
Extremism in the defense of Liberty is no vice; Moderation in the pursiut of Justice is no Virtue!
-- Senator Barry Goldwater - R-Arizona
""We live in a society of wolves. You do not fight back by creating more sheep!"
-- Former Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino
"Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence; true friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks and adversity before it is entitled to the appellation." 
-- George Washington, 1783
Far and away, the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
-- Theodore Roosevelt
"The Smallest Minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities."
-- Ayn Rand
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. . . . Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." 
--Mark Twain
"DemocracyA government of the masses. Authority - derived through mass meeting or any form of 'direct' expression. Results in mobocracy. Attitude toward property is communistic - negating property rights. Attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate, whether it be based upon deliberation or governed by passion, prejudice, and impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences. Results in demagogism, license, agitation, discontent, anarchy."
-- 1928 United States Army Training Manual
"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."  
-- Robert Heinlein
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."
-- Dr. Seuss
"Speak up, speak often and don't worry about those that at this point can not understand as they can never un-hear what we tell them." 
-- Ron Paul
"Much of the self-righteous nonsense that abound on so many subjects cannot stand up to three questions: (1) Compared to what? (2) At what cost? and (3) What are the hard facts?"
--Thomas Sowell
"Some people feel the rain, others just get wet.
-- Bob Dylan
The one who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd.
The one who walks alone is likely to find themselves in places no one
has ever been.
-- Albert Einstein
"You are stronger than you think you are, you know more than you think you know, and you can do more than you think you can." 
-- Scott Bolan
"Never underestimate the power of human stupidity." 
-- Robert A. Heinlein
"The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct." 
-- Marcus Tullius Cicero
"When the debate is lot, Slander becomes the tool of the loser."
-- Socrates
"Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes." 
-- William Gibson
"The good Lord set definite limits on man's wisdom, but set no limits on his stupidity--and that's just not fair!" 
--  Konrad Adenauer, Chancellor of Germany 
Men of energy of character must have enemies; because there are two-sides to every question, and taking one with decision and acting on it with effect, those who take the other will of course be hostile in proportion as the feel that effect."
-- Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, 1817
"Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life.  Nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'My Ingnorance' is just as good as 'Your Knowledge'."
-- Isaac Asimov
"When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence." 
-- Ansel Adams
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."  
"Truth that is naked is the most beautiful, and the simpler its expression the deeper is the impression it makes."
-- Arthur Schopenhauer.
"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone."
-- Neale Donald Walsch
"I'd rather regret the things I have done, than the things that I haven't.
--Lucille Ball
99% of Americans say "Oh Shit!" before they slide off a slippery road into a ditch.  The other 1% are Jeep Drivers and say "Here, hold my beer, and Watch This!"  
-- Paraphrased Quote from Google+  by +Tim Jones
If you are going to doubt something, doubt your limits.
-- Don Ward
"Because we are responsible for the way we respond to all situations and the way we see the world, learning to become the observer of your own actions is by far the greatest gift that you could give to yourself."  
-- (paraphrased) Leah Story
The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them. 
--Moshe Ben-David 
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
-- Martin Luther King Jr.
When did ignorance become a point of view? 
-- Dilbert (Scott Adams)
The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education!
The only difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has limits!
-- Albert Einstein
"Something for nothing is always a scam." 
-- Ted Nugent
The beauty of participating in the shooting sports is that you will never, ever see a bench clearing brawl on the firing line!
-- Chuck Howard
High Tech is wonderful...when it works!
-- Chuck Howard
Political Correctness  is nothing more than premeditated intolerance, based on ignorance and fear, practiced as a knee-jerk reaction by those perpetually stuck in the herd mentality.
-- Chuck Howard
"Political Correctness" - Proof, that Pavlovian Conditioning works as well with humans as it does for caged dogs. 
-- Chuck Howard

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The only title I've earned that I care about is "Boats." I've been a cowboy, a copper miner, a sailor, a scuba diver, a USCG Heavy Weather Rescue Boat coxswain, a Nation Registry Certified EMT, a Small Arms Instructor, a Distinguished Pistol Marksman, I've competed and placed on the National Level in Competitive Pistol Bullseye Shooting , Saved Lives and Property in Coastal Waters and on the High Seas, Experienced post hurricane Anarchy, Sailed the Pacific, Atlantic, Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico & the Great Lakes, Checked confined spaces bow to stern in everything from sailboats to Aircraft Carriers, and now I've been payed to play on Computers, I earned the third place choice by +Lee Daniels for my "Z" photo in the +Chrysta Rae Sacavenger Hunt! I'm currently employed as a Shipyard Safety Inspector and Shipyard Competent Person for Gas Free Spaces and Scaffolding. I'm currently engaged to the most fascinating, intelligent, and loving woman in the world, and just like the Jimmy Buffet song - Last Mango in Paris - "there's still so much to be done"
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We have been going here for years! This is an all you can eat Mongolian BBQ. You determine your plate by choosing what ingredients, flavorings, oils, etc. you want to go in your portion. If you like spicy, their Mongolian "Fire Oil" is the best! One ladle full will spice up the entire plate! The Egg Drop soup and Sesame bread are great and the service is top notch. We go there at least twice a month, sometimes more and have always been pleased with our dining experience. You owe it to yourself if you haven't been here to go and give it a try. Military and Family Friendly - Highly Recommended!
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Atmosphere: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago
Have been going here for years and have always had great food and service. The restaurant can get full during rush hours, but this is our pizza to go restaurant. It puts all the rest of the chain pizza factories to shame. Give this restaurant a try if you haven't done so yet. Highly recommend their Pizza!
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago
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I have been going to the various La Tolteca Restaurants, from the Original one in Churchland High Street in Portsmouth, to the one at the South Portsmouth Ferry Landing on High Street. I've been well pleased with their food, service and family atmosphere.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago