Book Review: Chief of Station, Congo: Fighting the Cold War in a Hot Zone

February 21, 2017 Leave a comment

Falling somewhere between David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King and Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, this memoir is a real world look at a CIA operative’s life as part of the staff of a U.S. Embassy. Danger, intrigue and civil service bureaucratic infighting abound, making it an interesting window into the sausage making of foreign policy.  (4 of 5 Stars)

Link to Chief of Station on Amazon

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Clear and Present Dangers……Mark Twain

February 20, 2017 Leave a comment

Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial ‘we.’

~Mark Twain

Human Tapeworm


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United States Marine Corps Flag

February 18, 2017 Leave a comment

February 19, 1945 – The Battle of Iwo Jima

February 19, 1945, at 08:59, one minute ahead of schedule, the first of an eventual 30,000 Marines of the 3rd Marine Division, the 4th Marine Division, and the new 5th Marine Division, making up the V Amphibious Corps, landed on the beach at Iwo Jima.


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Fake News

February 17, 2017 Leave a comment
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More than love

February 15, 2017 Leave a comment

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Ernest K. Gann (1920 – 1981)

Of course Ernest K. Gann should need no introduction to the aviation enthusiast ( – in every pilot, or the pilot in every enthusiast). But time marches on and knowledge falls off, so it’s worth making sure Fate Is The Hunter remains at the top of the ‘must read’ lists.

For many years, tattered copies of Fate lived in countless flight bags; even more so than battered copies of Top Gun lived in the lockers of Naval aviators.

It always was essential reading for pilots, and it still is.

Ernest K Gann Quote

Here, Gann is describing his class of already qualified commercial pilots who are filling hard-won places on a United Airlines induction course. They will suffer, they will sweat; they would starve and they would sleep rough – but they wouldn’t consider any other line of work.

And, while the setting is 1930s America, the full…

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Clear and Present Dangers……Jim Gaffigan

February 13, 2017 Leave a comment

“Without Valentine’s Day, February would be… well, January.”

~Jim Gaffigan


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U.S. Cavalry Guidon

February 11, 2017 Leave a comment
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