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Ringing in a New Season

I love football. I don’t celebrate New Years on January first, I celebrate on August 15th or whatever August date the NFL schedules it’s first preseason practice games each year. That’s how I measure the passing of another year; out of the darkness into the light. I have always loved football. When I was a … Continue reading Ringing in a New Season →

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The First Navy Jack’s Significance

Two weeks ago I was privileged to attend the “Change of Command” ceremony whereby the command of all Pacific submarines “Commander Submarine Force US Pacific Fleet” (COMSUBPAC) transitioned from one Naval Officer to the next. All such Naval ceremonies are steeped in tradition, but this one–held on the deck of the submarine USS Jacksonville–in which … Continue reading The First Navy Jack’s Significance →

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A True American Patriot, Hero

As a kid’ I saw Gary Cooper in the movie, Sergeant York, the Tennessee sharpshooter of WWI fame. A Pacifist by nature, he became an unlikely hero when, nearly single-handedly, he took out several German machine gun nests and captured 132 German soldiers. According to the film, he picked off 17 of the gunners with … Continue reading A True American Patriot, Hero →

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Pilots Must Be Hands On

The worst thing a Navy carrier pilot can do is to land short of the landing area on the flight deck. When that happens the airplane either hits the deck where it curves down behind the ship (called the ramp), or it misses the flight deck altogether and hits the rear-most part of the ship … Continue reading Pilots Must Be Hands On →

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Coffee Break

“This is the most transparent Administration in history.” Barack Obama; White House “Fireside Hangout” hosted on line by Google, February 13th, 2013 As Saturday Night Live’s would be newscaster, Seth Meyers, would say in reply, “REALLY, Mr. President!” One of the most basic tenets of good leadership is maintaining–nay, demanding–timely communications with one’s subordinates up … Continue reading Coffee Break →

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Having A Little Heart-To-Heart

Over the past 20 plus years I have had several heart attacks, the first being literally induced by an overly determined Cardiologist during a simple angioplasty to remove an 80% and a 50% blockage of my heart arteries. He left the balloon, which compresses the arterial plaque, inflated too long resulting in the rapid fibrillation … Continue reading Having A Little Heart-To-Heart →

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A Reunion with Vietnam POW’s

En-rout to the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, CA. the eight big shiny buses (truly the limousines of tour buses) carrying returned Vietnam POWs and their guests–mostly wives or other close family members–made their way down Yorba Linda Blvd to the cheers and waves of hundreds of local folks. My enduring impression, through misty eyes, … Continue reading A Reunion with Vietnam POW’s →

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Spinning With the ‘Gooney Bird’

In 1964 I was one of the “Red Hot” young instructor pilots at the Vigilante training squadron in Central Florida. The “Vigi” was being integrated into the Heavy Attack Wing there, an aviation community of older, more staid, more conservative pilots, some of whom were even crusty remnants of the Korean war. They tolerated us … Continue reading Spinning With the ‘Gooney Bird’ →

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Pope Francis I

This morning, Wednesday, March 13, 2013, I watched on TV the introduction of the new Pope, Argentina’s, 75 year old, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio. As he walked out the door and through the curtains to the balcony overlooking St Peters square, the 100,000 umbrella’d believers erupted into prolonged cheering and applause for the first Pope … Continue reading Pope Francis I →

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Drone Critics Missing the Point

U.S. drone flies in the moonlight | AP photo I just don’t get it! President Obama has successfully expanded the Bush drone offensive against AL-Qaida and its ilk, and now the bleeding hearts have their undies in a bunch because a few of the targeted terrorists happen to be American, most by unusual circumstances. They … Continue reading Drone Critics Missing the Point →

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