in the navy
the videos can't have been that bad--they were aired publicly throughout the ship, (navy guys can tell me if i have my "ship" vs. "boat" terminology correct--dad never got me clear on that one), and it seems clear based on grassroots expressions of support, that the crew didn't mind at all--in fact, it sure sounds like they loved them.
the videos can't have been that bad--the guy got PROMOTED to run the ship after they aired.
the videos, bad (or not) as they may have been, were shown 3 and 4 YEARS ago, and it's hard to fathom why this has to result in a personnel action NOW, especially while they weren't aired during this guy's tenure as CO.
the videos have been compared in nature to snl skits and the family guy. having seen will ferrell and rachel dratch carry on in the hot tub with various cast-mates and guests, i'm willing to believe it's entirely probable. (can't muster the time or inclination to do yet another animated adult comedy half-hour, so family guy fans will need to fill in for me on that one). hard to think that the navy is trying to be more tight-assed than the fcc, but here you have it.
this could be exactly what is worst from the combination of PC from the left and "family values" from the right, and we as a nation are quite likely losing our minds regardless of the outcome.
or, put another way--if al qaeda would hate it, it can't be all bad, and who are we to be doing al qaeda's business???