Tue, July 01, 2014
Reincarnation of Louis XV
In 1943 the brilliant aircraft design engineer Barnes Wallis submitted a plan to the Royal Air Force(RAF) that outlined the destruction of Germany's major hydro dams in the Ruhr industrial area of ...
Mon, June 16, 2014
Cat's in the Cradle
Harry Chapin was a folk music icon of the 70's whose songs had limited air time on pop radio because most of his ballads were over five minutes in length, a no-no in the disc jockey industry. One ...
Tue, June 03, 2014
VA Scandal Unconscionable
In the last column I named the EPA as today's Frankenstein monster. My vote for the bride of Frankenstein is the current Veterans Administration (VA). How could a federal agency with the most noble ...
Mon, June 02, 2014
Frankenstein: Alive ~Well
Mary Shelly's 1818 novel, "Frankenstein", was forever woven into American culture as a tale of horror when Hollywood cast British actor Boris Karloff as the creature in 1931.
Fri, March 21, 2014
It's that time of year again when nearly everyone's attention is focused on basketball courts throughout the country. Half the nation is riveted to their TV sets at home or in their favorite ...
Mon, March 10, 2014
Many of us who wore the uniform in years gone by consider the announced military
cutbacks to troop strength and technology development to be Draconian in nature and an unwise national ...
Fri, February 07, 2014
The Big Inch vs. Keystone
A bipartisan effort during WWII resulted in the approval and construction of the Big Inch pipeline in less than two years. This is a study in contrast to the prolonged debate over the Keystone ...
Fri, January 10, 2014
Monty Python and Global Warming
Am I the only one who finds the current saga of an icebound global warming research ship in Antarctica, comically similar to Monty Python's Quest for the Holy Grail? As I watched a line of volunteer ...
Fri, December 27, 2013
One of the most intelligent journalists of our time was not formally trained in
journalism. Dr Charles Krauthammer was a practicing psychiatrist until his circuitous trail through life led him ...
Mon, December 16, 2013
When we purchased the Schaeffer farm on Joe Hill twenty plus years ago, there was a deactivated dusk to dawn light next to the barn. I made a mental note toward the end of the first workday on the ...
Wed, November 13, 2013
SNAFU and FUBAR
Any reader who wore the uniform knows exactly what SNAFU and FUBAR represent.
For the benefit of other family members we'll slightly modify a word in these acronyms to explain. SNAFU is ...
Thu, October 17, 2013
Predictable GOP Collapse
Yogi Nailed It!
The latest Washington vaudeville act ended during the night of October 16th with a predictable conclusion. The can was kicked down the road with ...
Thu, June 27, 2013
Freedom or Security?
W.C. Fields was not a fan of Philadelphia. In his will the rambunctious but brilliant comedian instructed his executor to have inscribed on his tombstone: " All in all, I'd rather be in ...
Tue, September 04, 2012
Can't Blame Me for Trying
This past week on T.V. I listened to a collage of responses from representatives attending the opening of the Democratic National Convention. A question posed to each career Pol being interviewed ...
Fri, May 04, 2012
It was 1961 and President Jack Kennedy was the new resident of the White House. In April of that year he gave approval to a CIA plan to overthrow the Castro regime in Cuba. History books today refer ...