If it's not raunchy, it ain't the Navy

Much has been made of "offensive" videos made by Captain Owen Honors, the former XO (executive officer) of the carrier USS Enterprise. (Oops, not any longer. We've just received the news that he has been permanently relieved of his command of the warship. 

As someone who served on a warship (deployed overseas for six months), I'd like to say just one thing to the people who are offended by the videos: Grow up. Do you really expect men and women who serve in the military under shipboard conditions to be politically correct in their thoughts, words and deeds? We're going to monitor all officers' calls, movie nights, division briefings and every other shipboard gathering for offensive language? How will chiefs be able to talk if they can't be raunchy? When a seasick sailor barfs on a shipmate, what's he supposed to say, "Gee whiz."

Here's the video in question. Be warned that you might be offended, but if this gets to you, you might as well turn off your television at night, where these subjects are regularly depicted on such shows as "Two and a half men."

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