Baseball season is upon us. It’s a great sport because you can make a baseball metaphor out of just about anything. Take qualification boards. Qual boards are like tryouts. You think you’ve got the stuff to make it to the big leagues, and tryouts are where you get to prove it. Most people worry about their first qual board. I wasn’t. I had been standing watch for months, and had…how do I say…a lot of confidence in my abilities. I doubted they could ask me a question that I couldn’t answer or at least bluff my way through. Except maybe…

This video showed up on the internet several months ago, and became a favorite among flight enthusiasts. This is what happens when you’re not used to pulling Gs. The rider was a reporter on a VIP ride with the Blue Angels.

In defense of our great military pilots who sometimes suffer from a “prima dona” reputation, check out what this civilian astronaut is demanding(Reuters) I don’t know what’s going on in Europe, but in another shocking example of an unannounced border incursion, Belarus sent its attack rowing team into Ukrainian waters. (Reuters) An 81 year-old man chased down a crook with his bike! Must have done some time in the Marines. (Reuters) (AFP) Finally! The French have released their UFO files. You have got to check out this slideshow from Florida State University. It’ll put a little perspective in your life.…

Nobody says it like the Duke…he’s Old School. From jwplace.com, “John Wayne had a deep love for his country. This patriotism is reflected throughout his life. He had wanted to go into the military but an old football injury prevented it. He is quoted as saying, ‘More than anything else, I wanted to go to Annapolis and become an officer in the Navy. It was a terrible disappointment when I didn’t make it.'” But he went on to be an active USO supporter, visiting many military bases overseas. Click on his picture to hear a tribute to America in the…

To many people in uniform, the ultimate act of sacrifice is giving one’s life to save the life of others. Michael Monsoor, a Navy SEAL, was killed late last year in Ramadi, when he threw himself onto a grenade that had been thrown into a rooftop occupied by a small team of SEALs during sniper support operations. “‘He never took his eye off the grenade, his only movement was down toward it,’ said a 28-year-old lieutenant who sustained shrapnel wounds to both legs that day. ‘He undoubtedly saved mine and the other SEALs’ lives, and we owe him.'” (Fox News)…

I was priviledged to receive an email that described some correspondence between son and father. The son is a Marine in Iraq, in one of the “bad spots.” When he first arrived, less than a year ago, there was, “…no base and a lot of fighting.” The Marines lived like Marines have lived for generations – in the field. No showers, no clean laundry. Sleep was limited to four or five hours. “But that was then…” In some recent telephone calls, the Marine tells his father that, “…they have established a Marine base, stabilized the town, have re-established local police…

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