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There is an old adage that says, “Take care of your troops and they will take care of you.” There is another old adage that says, “Timing is everything.” And one more: “If you make fun of your hosts, they will seek revenge.” I am lying. I made up the last adage, but it should be one. For example, you don’t make fun of aviators and expect a smooth ride when you step into the cockpit. You don’t make fun of the Supply Corps at a Supply Corps Ball and expect good (or spit-free) food. And you don’t make fun…

You know how it feels to drive off the lot in a brand new car? I don’t remember since my car is now seventeen years old, but that is beside the point. If you DO know how it feels, that’s probably pretty close to how it feels when you get your new website up and running. And…here it is! It is still located at www.broadside.net (you can click on the image too).

This is the Oscar winning animation by Kobe Bryant, with animation by Glen Keane. Glen is the brother of Jeff Keane, who draws The Family Circus. Glen and Jeff are sons of Bil Keane, one of the icons in cartooning. Bil and Jeff have traveled to war zones with the USO to support the troops. What an amazing family. Click on the image to see the beautiful animation.

By now you have heard the news that Mort Walker, the cartoonist who drew Beetle Bailey for over six decades, passed away this weekend at the age of 94. At the time of his death, over 200 million people read his cartoons every day in some 1,800 newspapers around the world. Of all the people who have attempted to draw military-themed cartoons over the years, only two – Mort Walker and Bill Mauldin – have become synonymous with the term military cartoonist; the only difference being that while Mauldin drew Willie and Joe for about six years, Mort drew Beetle…

FINALLY! The new book is ready for pre-order (thanks for your patience)! All pre-orders are signed by the author, and you have an option to add a hand-written personalized message for just five dollars. Buy two or more and shipping is free too! I don’t think I need to say it, but these make great (and at $14.95 pretty reasonable) presents for Christmas, Hanukkah, birthdays and any other event where you give away presents. Full color, 124pp, foreword by ADM Mullen, 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Comments on back from former MCPON Terry Scott, Idaho State Senator…

Next year, men and women who have lived their entire lives in a post-9/11 world will be old enough to join the military. I wish I could tell them what the world was like before they were born, because it was a different place. We were more innocent, maybe, or more naive. The day is seared in my memory, of course, like everyone else – the smoke, the fear, the shared experience of realizing in one agonizing instant that we were under attack – but more than anything else, I cannot forget the jumpers. Anyone who has been in a…

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