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Posted at 6:58 PM ET, 01/ 3/2011

No Honors -- on the Enterprise

By Jonathan Capehart

[Update, 11:30 a.m.: The fate of Capt. Owen Honors is expected to be revealed at a press conference at 2 p.m. Eastern time.]

Well, that didn't take long. According to NBC News, Capt. Owen Honors -- star of those highly produced, crude humor videos on the USS Enterprise -- will not be commanding the vessel when it sets sail for Afghanistan in a couple of weeks. He reportedly has been temporarily relieved of command pending the Navy's investigation.

The report comes as the Virginian-Pilot newspaper that broke the story uploaded two more videos with Honors as the star. One of the new installments has him going around asking shipmates what he should do, since folks were complaining that movie night "wasn't funny anymore." Anymore? He also says in the clip that some said he'd lost his, well, let's say the word rhymes with halls. Because of those videos and their content, Honors may have lost a whole lot more.

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As a 25 year veteran (USAF) and former commander, I have four questions:

How did this clown get away with this crap even once?

Why did it take so long for this crap to come to light?

How did this clown's boss make rear admiral, and who put this goof ball in charge of a carrier?

Relieve him of command, Captain's Mast and retire at the last rank he held *honorably* i.e. the rank BELOW what he held when he was the XO.

Posted by: funnntimez | January 3, 2011 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Were any of the women called 'bit---s'?

Were any Asians called 'chi-ks?

Were any African-Americans called the N-word?

But 'f-g,' and f-gg-t,' was used throughout.

What recourse would a sailor have under Don't Ask, Don't tell to bring objections to a commanding officer?

This was how DADT 'worked so well' for 17 years. Serve in silence and put up with juvenile leadership. How did this behavior by a commanding officer maintain combat readiness, unit cohesion or effectiveness?

Owen Honors is CO of the Enterprise now. Is that Comedy Officer, or Commanding Officer?

He's made the USS Enterprise look like the world's largest floating toilet.

Posted by: ldfrmc | January 3, 2011 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't want our military to be insensitive. Can't even suggest they "grow a pair".

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | January 3, 2011 8:45 PM | Report abuse

I could care less who is offended. But this Captain has exhibited zero judgement, cultural ignorance and frankly he's a vulgar man.

This conduct is inappropriate and the Navy should not delay in terminating his Command. There is no way Captain Honors will ever see Flag rank. If he is still in uniform in 90 days, I'll be surprised.

What a damn waste of a career! This is not what the Navy calls "leadership" and the Service should not be diminshed because of his behaviour. But surely, the officers who knew about this in 2006-7 should be held equally culpable. Captain Honors should have been relieved back when he was XO.

mike whatley
pasadena, Ca

Posted by: mewcomm | January 3, 2011 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Will Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the incoming chairman of the House Oversight Committee, be launching an investigation of this episode as a waste of taxpayer dollars?

Of course not.

Posted by: HughBriss | January 3, 2011 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Another fine warrior lost because of political correctness. Sad.

Posted by: drowningpuppies | January 4, 2011 2:13 AM | Report abuse

The only description of this performance is: pathetic. It's chilling to think that anyone would find this barnyard humor and cheap vulgarity funny, much less that it was produced by a high-ranking officer in the U.S. military. It's not just his sense of humor that questionable; it's his judgment and emotional maturity. He can't be gone too soon. The same standards should apply to any active duty personnel who defend Honors. They should undergo counseling and psychological testing as to their fitness for duty, and probably mustered out also.

Posted by: tbarksdl | January 4, 2011 5:13 AM | Report abuse

Wow, wouldn't want the men and women we are sending off to KILL PEOPLE FOR A LIVING to use some off color humor would we. They read porn, they watch R rated movies on the ship, they listen to commedians singers who use the N word... Get over it. Read up on our greatest military leaders of the past, today they would not make it 10 years before they got fired.

Posted by: mgochs | January 4, 2011 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Wow, wouldn't want the men and women we are sending off to KILL PEOPLE FOR A LIVING to use some off color humor would we. They read porn, they watch R rated movies on the ship, they listen to commedians and singers who use the N word... Get over it. Read up on our greatest military leaders of the past, today they would not make it 10 years before they got fired.

Posted by: mgochs | January 4, 2011 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Having made one video could be sort-of excused on the basis of bad judgement and lack of sensitivity -- not just in terms of taste, but also in apparent disrespect for large numbers of the men and women who keep the Enterprise afloat and who might not have considered being called fags as a term of endearment. And if Capt. Honors felt OK using this language on a video, there's a pretty good chance that he felt OK using it in face-to-face interactions.

And it's really not likely that the CO did not know what his XO was putting forth shipwide on multiple occasions -- either he knew and didn't care, which doesn't say much for him, or he didn't know, which says even less.

Posted by: edallan | January 4, 2011 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Capt Honors - Former fighter pilot Top Gun, nuclear qualified, command qualified. 28 years of brilliant advancement in the military...

Jonathan Capeheart - Openly gay guy who never served, never wanted to serve as a Leftist, and wears a bowtie. Said to miss the NYC guy dancing scene and Elaine's escarole soup since moving to DC.

Who do you want deciding what is best, in implimenting our national defense against some very dangerous enemy powers out there? Leading 7600 poeople in a naval task force?
Honors, or a black journalist member of the gay activist and PC enforcer lynch mob?

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | January 4, 2011 9:26 AM | Report abuse

I just want to make a point as I served for 8 years in the Marines as an officer and I witnessed similar behavior.

-Honors is a pilot. Pilots are in flight school while the rest of the junior officer corps is in the Fleet learning how to act and lead. Pilots tend to have zero real leadership positions until later in their careers. The accepted behavior in the pilot community is different than the rest of the Fleet. This difference is evident many times when a pilot is put in charge of Marines or Sailors who are used to ground officers.

I think this point has not been brought up by the media covering this issue.

Posted by: steelers1 | January 4, 2011 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Even more pathetic than this pathetic wreck of a man are the chest-pounders on this thread who think that such a crass, vulgar, foul-mouthed officer is a "leader." He is not and never could be. It reflects on themselves that they think it is necessary or even acceptable to "inspire" men and women with gutter humor and foul language. Read our first great military leader's address to the troops on profanity for a start. (That would be General George Washington). The phrase "officer and a gentleman" has long fallen into the status of an ironic oxymoron, but that doesn't make every moron who wears an officer's insignia or rank a leader. This guy is just a good jet-driver, just like some people are good garbage truck or bus drivers.

Posted by: tdiaz | January 4, 2011 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I don't get it, but it was not meant for me, the difference being I trust that in the military family they do get one another. This is an attempt to differentiate what has to be brought together, to divide and wedge between what every military effort is to make work as one. The characteristic of politically sifting a whole for some marginal groups of disaffected people who can then be used as a wedge to undermine the whole is a tactic which is harmful in its full use by the Democratic Party as a means to power and especially harmful when directed against the cohesion of battle groups as they attend to wars we put them in. If anyone dies because of such misdirected political meddling who do they contact to have the noble object of such interference explained. A Captain who obviously made himself accessible by humor to the upper and lower ranks. A leader of men and women who risked his life flying missions, commanding ships, leading men and women has been removed for taking risks in this attempt to bolster his people, and lift morale. He ran afoul of the PC police. What joy you must feel in your victory.

Posted by: almorganiv | January 4, 2011 11:31 AM | Report abuse

@steelers1: I was a Marine pilot for 10 years and think your comments are way off target. First I attended the Naval Academy and I think they teach a few courses on leadership and we have an opportunity to lead Midshipmen. Then I went to Basic School, the same training as infantry officers, then flight school for about a year and a half. From there I went to combat ready attack squadrons. I held a number of leadership positions in which I had responsibility for enlisted Marines, including Admin officer, legal officer, maintenance officer and operations officer. In the world of flying, I was a section and division leader. I also commanded an ANGLICO company as a Captain. While I agree when pilots are together in the ready room they sometimes engage in what can be only described as sophomoric conduct but not in front of their enlisted Marines. What Capt Honor did was completely unacceptable and shows a lack of judgement. He should look for employment in Hollywood if he wants to be a comedian.

Posted by: CaptUSMC | January 4, 2011 11:41 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: cdmcl3 | January 4, 2011 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance.

Let's hope they find someone capable of exercising good judgement and with the mental maturity of an adult, unlike "Honors".

Posted by: notfooledbydistractions1 | January 4, 2011 12:53 PM | Report abuse

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