The “lone survivor” was author Marcus Luttrell ; those who didn’t survive were his family. They were not born of the same blood, but became family through training and the tough job they volunteered for to protect our freedom. Lone Survivor was subtitled “The eyewitness account of Operation Redwing and the lost heroes of SEAL Team 10” thought the book was so much more.
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You can add author Ben Coes to the list of my favorite thriller writers Vince Flynn, Ted Bell, Brad Thor, and Daniel Silva. In Power Down the United States is attacked by fundamentalist terrorists after burrowing into our country’s infrastructure for decades. The attacks are concentrated on our ability to produce energy. As intelligence agencies race against time to stop future attacks two unlikely characters become heroes in the cause.
News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories…
Brief 1: Obamagovernment dictates an increase in fuel economy of 10 mpg by 2016 (to 35.5 mpg). Estimate are that this will only cost you another $1000 for your next car, but it will save you over $3000 over the life of the car. If you use government accounting (i.e. Congressional Budget Office rules) they probably assume that the car will last you 25 years. In order to achieve that mileage they will probably have to be plastic so they probably won’t rust. The only real issue will be when some 90-something-year-old T-bones you at an intersection killing you and all of your passengers. Plastic cars kill. The way it works is that an auto manufacturer’s has to produce cars that average the new standards. So all companies have to produce is a super high mileage car to balance the lower mileage cars that American consumers want to buy.
Glenn Beck had an interesting show a few weeks ago. His entire television broadcast featured an interview with best selling author Vince Flynn. The interview was fascinating and Beck hit a home run with his guest. Flynn is probably best known for his spy novels with super ghost Mitch Rapp. I had heard several talk show hosts talk about the series and decided to start reading them and I wanted to start at the beginning. This started my quest for all of his books. I prefer hardback books and do not like to pay full price unles it is a new release that I can read and quickly re-sell. I also do not like dishevled paperbacks. I know, I am weird.
As I was hit by recent headlines detailing yet more deaths of American soldiers in Afghanistan while our president seems to dither about how to proceed with the war. I recalled how Obama stressed that Afganistan was the right war and the war that we should fight. He actually made this statement during his campaign;
“As President, I would deploy at least two additional brigades to Afghanistan to re-enforce our counter-terrorism operations and support NATO’s efforts against the Taliban. As we step up our commitment, our European friends must do the same, and without the burdensome restrictions that have hampered NATO’s efforts. We must also put more of an Afghan face on security by improving the training and equipping of the Afghan Army and Police, and including Afghan soldiers in U.S. and NATO operations.”
“How in the world can any aware person interested in one’s family and one’s future not be interested in politics?”
My wife and I were having dinner with another couple and after we were done talking about our children the subject of politics came up. I generally do not shy away from political discussions, but I try to be careful about when, where, and how to tread into those waters. This dinner was during a period of very high gasoline prices and the husband worked in the refining industry.
I recently read a quote from George H.W. Bush’s commencement at the University of Michigan in which he addressed the political correctness issue. President Bush said:
“Ironically, on the 200th anniversary of our Bill of Rights, we find free speech under assault throughout the United States, including on some college campuses. The notion of political correctness has ignited controversy across the land. And although the movement arises from the laudable desire to sweep away the debris of racism and sexism and hatred, it replaces old prejudice with new ones. It declares certain topics off-limits, certain expression off-limits, even certain gestures off-limits.”
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