Monday, September 30, 2013

Submarine History

This video tells the story of an interesting piece of submarine history.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Book Review - Never Go Back

In the 18th in the series, Jack Reacher finally makes it to Virginia where he plans to meet the mysterious Maj. Susan Turner, the latest CO of the 110th MP. When he arrives at the office he is arrested on a 16 year old homicide. He also finds out that he may have fathered a child some 15 years ago and a paternity suit has been filed. Reacher is recalled to the army, arrested and put in the same jail where Maj. Turner is also being held on trumped up charges. But, there is no jail strong enough to keep Reacher so he breaks out and goes on a hunt to find the real reason for his troubles. The action is typical of Lee Child. It keeps pulling you into the next chapter. This may not be the best Jack Reacher story but it ranks pretty high. My favorite part is when Turner asks Reacher why he is the way he is. He tells her that he thinks it's in his DNA. His theory is that some humans evolved with a gene that gave them the desire for adventure. This was done, he surmises, to keep the tribe from becoming inbred. The one with the adventure gene would travel and mix the bloodlines. I think it's an interesting analogy of what made people travel to the new world, establish the colonies and move west. Our fore fathers possessed the adventure gene, but unfortunately it has become diluted and too many are now content to sit by the campfire and wait for government cheese.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Head Count

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia beheaded 5 people last month. They were 3 murderers and 2 drug dealers. This brings their year to date total to 58. There doesn't seem to be any impact from the feared shortage of qualified executioners. They have not had to resort to the firing squad yet.