They do it, not because of some external force, but because they feel compelled to memorialize the thoughts and words floating around inside their head. They write in journals; They write poetry; They write for their children; and sometimes they get to write for the public. Continue reading “Writers write”
Several months in the life of a Secret Service Agent— (including a trial, protecting Sarah Palin, and a visit by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad)
2008 was a busy year.
It started off with me getting married (New Years Day), and then several months later, being transferred to the U.S. Secret Service flagship office—NYFO (the NYC Field Office). Continue reading “Several months in the life of a Secret Service Agent— (including a trial, protecting Sarah Palin, and a visit by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad)”
“As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.” – Saint Pope John Paul II
Pretty accurate quote, huh? I think so. Just take a look at current events. Go turn on your television, or check the latest post to your Facebook or Twitter feeds, or pickup a newspaper—it is all clear as day. Our families, our nation and quite frankly the world is divided. Continue reading “A Family Divided”
Read to the end and you will see…
C-4 is classified as a high-order explosive (HE), that produces an over-pressurization shock wave. It is similar to TNT, Semtex, nitroglycerin, dynamite, and ammonium nitrate fuel oil (ANFO).
It is very stable and cannot be detonated by a gunshot or by dropping it (unlike the explosive TATP, commonly referred to as the “mother of Satan,” because it is highly susceptible to accidental detonation). In order to detonate C-4, you need to utilize a detonator or a blasting cap.
Because of its stability and destructive power, Continue reading “What happens when 20 lbs of C-4 explodes?”
Several years ago, I had the honor of meeting Paul Bucha. At the time, I only knew that he was a foreign policy adviser to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. We spoke at length about the current state of politics and his vision for the future of our country. I listened politely, not knowing exactly who he was. When he left, he shook my hand and gave me the challenge coin you see in the picture above. To say I was stunned would be an understatement. His heroic story appears below… Continue reading “Medal of Honor Recipient, Paul Bucha”
Easter- the Holiest of days on the Christian calendar.
Back in 2008, I was fortunate enough to travel with then Vice President Dick Cheney to Jerusalem, Israel. My particular assignment was to guard the main entrance of the King David Hotel, where the Vice President was RON’ing (Secret Service slang for “Remaining Overnight”). It just so happened that the VP’s visit coincided with Holy Week. And since I was working the midnight shift, I had a “day off” to sight see. Continue reading “Easter”