Skunk Baxter: Rock Star & Missile Defense Consultant

Nothing says rock & roll like discussing missile defense systems and guitar string bending. Jeffrey “Skunk” Baxter can do both. “My big thing is to look at existing technologies and try to see other ways they can be used, which happens in music all the time and happens to be what terrorists are incredibly good … More Skunk Baxter: Rock Star & Missile Defense Consultant

Fail Zero: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service (2021)

This was quite an in-depth and well-researched book about the protection service. Investigative journalist Carol Leonnig has covered the Secret Service for the Washington Post for a number of years. A three-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, Leonnig obviously has many sources and contacts inside the agency, and with former agents and officers, and these … More Fail Zero: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service (2021)

Goon Squad

Morally bent Socially stunted Easily influenced Weep when confronted Alternative reality Argument baiters Glibly offended Deniers and haters Sore losers Promoting a lie Truth discarded Factual shanghai White culture bias Allegiance is “me” not “we” Doctrine over country Insurrection ’tis of thee Conjure a smokescreen Loosen the wingnuts Dispatch a battle cry Their goose-stepping struts … More Goon Squad

Wide World of Sports

Back in the Stone Age, and only three television channels, watching sports was severely limited by today’s standards. Thanks to my pal T.J. for the idea to revisit the old days of mostly black & white television. ABC’s Wide World of Sports, on Saturday afternoons, was a cavalcade of sports programming. No, it was not … More Wide World of Sports

Sicario 1 & 2

Sicario, and its sequel, Sicario: The Day of the Soldado, are quite the violent journeys through the Mexican cartels.  Both are complex action-thrillers. Sicario is primarily about (Emily Blunt) FBI agent Kate Macer, as she joins forces with shadowy members of a joint task force of Defense Department and Justice Department operatives, plus CIA officer … More Sicario 1 & 2

These Simple Truths

The truth is no longer simple or sacred. Trumpism ushered in this: Using alternate facts to reach a different conclusion. Trying to reimagine the truth because you do not like it.  Denying reality with a fabricated narrative. We live in perhaps the most confusing time. Yes, we are so divided, but we cannot even agree … More These Simple Truths

One Million Steps: A Marine Platoon At War

Bing West was recently profiled on CBS Sunday Morning. The author of a series of books on Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, West is a Marine combat veteran and later served in the Defense Department. He was imbedded with troops in various war zones, including Afghanistan, which is the backdrop for One Million Steps. The opposite … More One Million Steps: A Marine Platoon At War