Monthly Archives: January 2014

Truman’s Hump Day Song of the Week: Hazy Shade of Winter

Revenge is a dish best served cold, begins an ancient Klingon proverb, so most of the U.S. is indulging in a revenge all-you-can-eat buffet. The Dirty South’s version of Snowmageddon has brought the Atlanta metro area to its knees, while … Continue reading

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Exit Afghanistan, Stage Right

During my last trip to the sandbox, about 3 years after the final American troops departed Iraq, we had started weening Iraqi Security Forces and militias off the flood of money, weapons, vehicles, equipment and fuel that we dumped into their … Continue reading

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Newsflash: TSA Does Its Job

In its “2013 Year in Review” blog, the Transportation Security Administration brags about detecting the above inert suicide vest in checked baggage. The SVEST was just one in a series of inert (that means little or no ability to react, geniuses) explosives … Continue reading

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Truman’s Hump Day Song of the Week: We’ll Meet Again

I suppose if I was one of the forgotten caretakers of America’s nuclear arsenal – left to rot in coffin-like bunkers waiting for a war that will never happen – I’d also nap with the blast doors open, have a problem … Continue reading

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The Last American POW

On June 30, 2009, soldiers at an American combat outpost in southeast Afghanistan discovered that one of their men was missing. His name is Bowe Bergdahl, and he’s been held captive for more than 4 1/2 years. Actually, 4 years, … Continue reading

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Look Who’s Coming to Campus

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day I couldn’t help but think of Rod, my first black friend whom I met during my freshman year at USC. We had nothing in common. He was raised in Riverside County by an uncle … Continue reading

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Truman’s Hump Day Song of the Week: Mama Said Knock You Out

I bought Robert Gates’ new book last weekend, but wasn’t able to access it via Kindle until tonight. If you don’t have it yet, not to worry. This blog is a public service, so here are a few gangsta snippets … Continue reading

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