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General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson

Before you start calling him a racist and tearing his statue down, you might want to read this. Thomas Jonathan  Jackson was born January 21, 1824, Clarksburg, WV. Clarksville was then part of Virginia.  Jackson was accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point.  He graduated 17th out of 59 students in the [...]

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The Lucky Puppy Scrapbook

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Real Klingon Cloaking Device

It's amazing what you can find on Facebook now a days. Thanks Chris.

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True Aircraft Write-ups

Ken and I wrote down the list and I posted it on the Internets in 1998. Back when I was new at this. Since then "The List" has been ascribed to every branch of the U.S. Military, The Delta Maintenance folks in Dallas, American Airlines, NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Quantas. I'm sure there are others.

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Sucked Into a Jet

T-38A

If you've spent any time in the military you know it's a true war/sea story when it starts, "This is no shit".

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So I walked into the Veterans Administration last week and walked right out.

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Love Should be Multiplied Not Divided

In adoption as in birth, there can only be acceptance. That the child be healthy, have ten fingers and toes and maybe good spelling grades.

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Adventures in the Nevada Health Exchange

Jamie and I finally knuckled under and decided to register on the Nevada Heath Exchange. I figured we sign up and I'd bang out a quick post about the experience. Not so fast Sports Fan.

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The F-14 Tomcat in Combat

"F Arba Ashara! Yalla! Yalla!" In English, that's "F-14! RUN! RUN!". A common radio call for Iraqi fighter pilots in the Eighties.

The Tomcat made its combat debut during Operation Frequent Wind, the evacuation of American citizens from Saigon, in April 1975. F-14As from Fighter Squadron 1 (VF-1) and VF-2, operating from the USS Enterprise (CVN-65), flew combat air patrols over South Vietnam to provide fighter cover for the evacuation route. Tomcats of the U.S. Navy shot down two Libyan Su-22's on 19 August 1981.

But Iranian F-14's had been blasting Iraqi MiGs out of the sky since September, 1980.

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As I turned to the runway, 269 was just lifting off and "flop" the left wing folds up. I was thinking, "Where's this thing going to crash?"

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