Kickass and the nautical analogy

Kickass, the doorstop dog, joins the keeper in posing the question: are we aboard the fictional USS Caine or the real life cruise ship Conde Concordia which capsized and sank five years ago, killing 32 and injuring 157?

The keeper goes for a mixed answer: we are trapped in the rapidly flooding wardrooms of the capsized cruise ship as a mentally unbalanced Lt. Comdr Queeg calls for full speed ahead and rolls the crazy ball bearings in his indecently groping hands.

The Caine Mutiny which earned unparalleled best-seller, Academy Award and Broadway honors after it came out in 1954, was a masterpiece; but the “story” we are now living goes far beyond Queeg’s aberrant behavior as detailed by author Herman Wouk, and is closer to the facts of Captain Francisco Schettino, now sitting in prison for abandoning ship after his dereliction on the bridge in the company of his mistress caused the Conde Concordia to hit the rocks and capsize.

At the real risk of capsizing his nautical analogy, the keeper notes that the five year anniversary of the Conde Concordia disaster is Jan. 13, which the keeper suggests, might be a good time to get our Captain Queeg to hell off the USA bridge as the great ship is headed straight for the iceberg.

On a personal note, given yesterday’s Capital invasion by POTUS thugs, the keeper and his ilk have a sense that they are riding out a hurricane in canoes and have no paddles.

Kickass says the keeper has gone over the allegorical falls–in a barrel, of course.







Members of the National Guard stand guard as supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather outside the U.S. Capitol building during a protest against the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential election results by the U.S. Congress, in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021.REUTERS/Leah Millis

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