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May 28, 2013
I’m all out of profoundness.  So while I’m waiting on that next brainstorm, here are a few things that intrigue, annoy, mystify, and entertain me.  Feel free to add your own items by posting a comment below… Intriguing… Canadians can vacation in Cuba.  Wasn’t the Bay of Pigs an awful long time ago?  Isn’t it time we both got over that?  At least lift the ban on cigar imports! Annoying… People who use non-words.  Topping the list would be “irregardless,” followed closely by “supposeably.”  Folks, these are not words.  You can look them up.  Actually, you CAN’T look them up because they are NOT WORDS! Mystifying… Blue Island, Illinois, is neither indigo nor an island.   I hear Hell, Michigan, is actually a very nice town.  So why the names? Entertaining… I live on the road from March – June, which means lots of reading.  Here are a few good ones… • The Guns at Last Light (Rick Atkinson) – Third installment of Atkinson’s brilliant trilogy of WWII in Europe.  The author provides terrific insights into even the most familiar accounts of the Allied invasion, from Normandy to Berlin.  An engrossing read for avid history buffs. • Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival (Michael Zuckoff) – One of the great overlooked pieces of WWII history tells the tale of downed flights crews in Greenland and the efforts to rescue and return them that continue to this day. • The Way of the Knife: The CIA, the Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth (Mark Mazzetti) – This book is even more timely given President Obama’s recent proposals to more narrowly focus the war on terrorists and limit the combat role of the CIA. • Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the World (Evan Thomas) – You’ll never look at the “good old days” of the 1950s – or Ike’s “boring” presidency - the same way again. • 500 Days (Kurt Eichenwald) – A step by step analysis of the way the world and our government changed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.