Friday, July 21, 2006


my flowers

A very grainy image, but here are my flowers on the Fourth of July. The red and pink ones on the column are now nearly twice that size. The zinnias on the steps? Well, they're about the same.

Monday, July 17, 2006


More praise for pirates

The latest review in The New Jersey Express Times and Pennsylvania's Morning Call.

Also, Newsweek and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Sunday, July 16, 2006


More stories and some stellar reviews

Don't miss our latest at National Review Online on the Medal of Honor, its history, and most recent recipients. See it here.
Then there is The American Warrior - Part I at Family Security Matters. See it here.
Also at we discuss Naval Special Warfare: What is it? How is it unique as an arm of U.S. special operations. See it here.
Received a call on Thursday from Westwood One regarding my doing some regular commentary on The Jim Bohannon Show and America in the Morning. I've done Jim's show before. He's fantastic. No doubt the best-at-night coast-to-coast.
Stay tuned for more on this.
Last Sunday evening, Gail Selinger's and my new book, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Pirates, was featured on two History Channel programs - Modern Marvels and True Carribbean Pirates. Gail was also featured as one of the expert commentators and, as expected, she was brilliant. Great shows!
The New York Post thinks so, as does The Sacramento Bee and many others.
Nothing but stellar reviews.
Also mentions in The Seattle Times, others.


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Sunday, July 09, 2006



Was recently interviewed by Rolling Stone writer Steve Knopper for a piece in this morning's edition of The Chicago Tribune.
We discuss pirates. See it here.

Saturday, July 01, 2006


"Stars and Stripes Forever"

The Fourth of July (July 4, 1776) is not only the 230th anniversary of our nation's declared independence. But the following year - July 4, 1777 - Captain John Paul Jones aboard RANGER unfurled the "Stars and Stripes."
It was the first time our flag was flown over an American Navy warship.

Semper Fi,

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