Except for the 27 years I spent with my wife, my time in the Navy would have to go down as the best years of my life. Left to right, onboard the USS Coronado in 1976 killing time waiting to evacuate Americans from the Beirut embassy, Boot Camp 1973, and my last day in the Navy, October 4, 1985.

Those who served have a special bond. We value our friends who chose other paths. We revile those who mock our service. And we have nothing but contempt for those who claim to have served, but did not.

We are the veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

Happy Veterans Day.

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Having joined forces with his friend Brett Kimberlin in the complete and utter annihilation of WJJ Hoge III and his self-destructive legal machinations, your Humble Editor is devoted to his fiance, the plump and pleasant Lady Di, and #resistance to the madman in the White House, working hand-in-glove with friends and colleagues to stave off the incipient fascism facing our great republic. He enjoys an occasional top shelf bourbon.