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Omaha! Peyton Manning Denver Broncos Mens T-shirt #1565
Omaha! Peyton Manning Denver Broncos Mens T-shirt #1565
Offered by Bewild
Price: $12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Omaha! Hut!, July 12, 2014
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Omaha! Hut! I bought this t-shirt because I am a fan of Peyton Manning and I thought it was kinda cool! Honestly speaking, that's why we buy t-shirts like this in the first place!

The shirt itself is a standard-weight cotton tee and seemed fine as far as production quality - no loose threads, no badly stitched seams. The silk screening of "Omaha!" and "18" are done in a faux distressed look (there's no printing on the back, by the way). My only concern is that this may, in time, cause pieces of the silk screening to detach from the material. I don't know that, but it would be a long-term concern (by the way, when washing and drying, turn shirt inside-out).

I like the shirt, find it as comfortable as any t-shirt and enjoy having one of Peyton's favorite audibles on it! Omaha! Hut!

X-loop Polarized Sunglasses Grey Frame
X-loop Polarized Sunglasses Grey Frame
Offered by Island In The Sun
Price: $11.49
3 used & new from $8.95

5.0 out of 5 stars These are polarized X-Loops!, July 10, 2014
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I have had good experiences with X-Loop sunglasses. I have one pair in this style and it fits very well and is very solid (I have a small face, so it may not fit people with bigger heads). The only problem with the other pair? They're not polarized.

This pair takes care of that. The same fit, the same tight hinges, the same comfortable, soft, neoprene parts at the nose and sheathing the arms that fit on top the ears. These lenses don't have the cool mirrored finish on the lense front, but they cut way down on the glare.

I like this pair of sunglasses, feel they are a good value for the money and do what they're supposed to do! Five stars.

Ace Elbow Strap with Adjustable Custom Dial System
Ace Elbow Strap with Adjustable Custom Dial System
Price: $26.70
7 used & new from $19.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Very uncomfortable!, July 10, 2014
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I have "Tennis Elbow" and have chronic pain during work. I have been using another product for my pain with effective relief - for the most part. I got this because I wanted to try if I could find something even better.

First, the positives. I must say I thought it was at least as effective as the other product I had been using in reducing pain while wearing it. I thought the adjustability via the knob was an innovative idea - it was easier to use than I first thought.

Now, the negatives. The product was uncomfortable. It is badly made and constantly feels like it is scratching my skin. It applies pressure in a very small area of the arm and it tends to "dig in" way too much. After taking it off at night, my forearm actually hurts almost as much as the tennis elbow did! I was surprised during work how many times the adjustment knob got caught on something or hit against something - it doesn't seem to stick out very far but sticks out more than you think!

I have worn this product for two weeks and gave myself plenty of time to get used to it. It has good points, but I'm going back to the product I had been using before, a Futuro Precision Fit Elbow Brace which is available here on Amazon. To me it was more comfortable and just as good at reducing pain.

Spreadshirt Men's Molon Labe T-Shirt
Spreadshirt Men's Molon Labe T-Shirt
Offered by Spreadshirt USA
Price: $22.70

5.0 out of 5 stars Words of freedom., July 5, 2014
A Spartan king stood at a narrow pass far from his native city-state. He fought not for Sparta, but for all Greece. An oriental tyrant demanded they send over their weapons and their lives would be spared. "Molon labe" he replied...Come and take them!

This shirt celebrates the words of King Leonidas of Sparta at the pass of Thermopylae. It is a medium weight t-shirt and I did not find any loose threads or bad seams. I can't vouch for colors other than black which seems nice and hasn't faded in the couple washings it's been through. The silk-screened design is clear with sharp edges. The helmet portrayed is a Corinthian helmet and would have been used at the time by Greeks so it's authentic art.

On the whole, a very nice shirt with a motto relevant even today. I recommend to those interested with five stars.

George Washington's Military Genius
George Washington's Military Genius
by Dave R. Palmer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $11.18
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5.0 out of 5 stars George Washington as "Great Captain", June 30, 2014
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Former superintendent of West Point, Dave R. Palmer, has written an excellent work on George Washington as military commander in the appropriately titled George Washington's Military Genius.

Really, this is a tonic to all the historians who consistently denigrate Washington as a general. Even though I have read several books about the Revolutionary War and George Washington's leadership of the Continental Army, the author surprised me with little bits of information that really helped me understand Washington. Example: Washington has been consistently berated for his numerous councils of war. Turns out that that holding those councils was in the instructions from Congress when he was first appointed to command. It was definitely an "Aha!" moment for me.

The author begins with Washington's acceptance of command of the loose army at Boston and follows the Father of our Country through the war, through the battles and through the campaigns. At each point, Mr. Palmer not only gives a lucid explanation of each battle, but also lays out Washington's leadership and tactical intentions for each battle. Washington's "mistakes" are very much "armchair quarterbacking" by historians and, to be frank, I don't think Washington gets enough credit. He commanded an army of short-term volunteers with subordinate commanders (formerly booksellers, clerks, etc.) that were learning the ropes as they went.

That Washington could successfully lead a young nation in war, remain obedient to a Congress that could not help him very much but was always ready and willing to meddle in the war's prosecution, offer battle to an experienced (if not always well-led) opponent and hold it together for as long as he did...he was darn-near a miracle worker!

This book is very good at explaining the battlefield realities in the 18th century, the tactics and strategy employed by Washington (the term "strategy" didn't even exist at the time as we understand it) and how Washington was certainly one of the "Great Captains". Well written and enjoyable, I recommend this book with five stars.

NFL America's Game: 1992 COWBOYS (Super Bowl XXVII)
NFL America's Game: 1992 COWBOYS (Super Bowl XXVII)
DVD ~ Troy Aikman
Offered by hissarlikway
Price: $6.49
32 used & new from $1.02

5.0 out of 5 stars How 'bout them Cowboys!, June 26, 2014
Another episode from the NFL Channel's "America's Game: the Superbowl Champions" series, this one focusing on the 1992 Dallas Cowboys, traces the story of the team through the entire season as told by the players and coaches themselves.

The story of the 1992 Dallas Cowboys is told by Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Ken Norton and begins with the backstory of the change in ownership and coaching when Jerry Jones bought the Dallas Cowboys. Inheriting a team of old veterans past their prime and untalented young players, Jimmy Johnson essentially gutted the team and built through the draft. Jimmy Johnson, who was an excellent evaluator of talent, used the Herschel Walker trade to build the team from the ground up.

This is not a highlight film. It is the story of men in a competitive endeavor who rise to the occasion or, as the case may be, are driven by others to perform. Aikman and Irvin are able to open the window into the hard work and commitment required to become a champion. Ken Norton offers the perspective from the defensive side which boasted the top-ranked defense in the NFL and yet had not a single player as an All-Pro.

This DVD shows what it required to bring the Dallas Cowboys back to Superbowl form. The "Triplets" shined on offense behind a powerful offensive line and the defense had the power to shut people down. The DVD shows the road taken by Coach Jimmy Johnson to bring a team from the depths of a 1-15 season to the height of a championship in only a few years.

From the early games right through to their victory in the Superbowl against the Buffalo Bills, this is the story of the Dallas Cowboys. It's a good video that offers more than just a highlight reel and I recommend it with five stars.

Ford Tractor T-shirt Been There Mowed That Classic Adult Tee - Ash Gray
Ford Tractor T-shirt Been There Mowed That Classic Adult Tee - Ash Gray
Offered by A&E Designs
Price: $19.99 - $24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah - been there, mowed that!, June 26, 2014
Yes, I have an antique Ford tractor. Yes, I use it to mow...actually bush hog. I love this shirt as it celebrates the thousands of Ford tractors still out there in the field doing their jobs every day regardless of age.

The T-shirt itself is an excellent heavy weight cotton (actually 98% cotton, 2% poly) in the ash gray reminiscent of the old-school sweats. They are pre-shrunk so there's not going to be any sizing issues here. It fit me perfectly. The lettering and design is silk-screened and it feels like a heavy silk-screening. The colors are bright and vivid. As always, turn the shirt inside-out before throwing in the washer and dryer.

I am very happy with this shirt. It seems to be a high quality shirt with what should be a long-lasting silk-screened design celebrating the Ford tractors that served as utility tractors on American farms for decades. I recommend it with five stars.

POWERADE Mountain Berry Blast, 8 ct, 20 FL OZ Bottle
POWERADE Mountain Berry Blast, 8 ct, 20 FL OZ Bottle
Price: $3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good for sport and other activities., June 21, 2014
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There has been a lot of talk recently about sports drinks like Powerade. They offer B vitamins as well as electrolytes to replenish that which the body sweats out during strenuous exertion. These drinks have been recognized as beneficial but the talk lately is that, when not in sporting events, you're getting more sugars, sodium and potassium than you really need.

I think that's essentially correct, but if we compare sports drinks to sodas, they have only about half the sugars of any cola or similar beverage. So, unless you are, or should be, watching your potassium or sodium Powerade is a certainly fine for every day use. If you're going through two-a-days, working out on the bag and doing kata or even baling hay in the heat of an Indiana summer, Powerade is in it's element. I liked the Mountain Berry Blast flavor and found that Powerade does indeed satisfy the kind of thirst you have when you've worked hard.

I have used this product many times in the past and will continue to do so in the future because it is a good tasting drink that does what it says it does. So, go out there and do some sparring, jog a couple miles or prune your orchard and take a Powerade with you!

Eagle Against the Sun: The American War With Japan
Eagle Against the Sun: The American War With Japan
by Ronald H. Spector
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.46
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3.0 out of 5 stars The sound of axes being ground..., June 20, 2014
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Ronald Spector's Eagle Against the Sun attempts to give a narrative to the Pacific war during WWII from the American point of view and, to a much lesser degree, that of the other allies as well as Japan. To a great extent, he gives a cogent chronology to the events in the Pacific and Asia during WWII.

The author begins with Pearl Harbor, then digresses to cover the interwar period during which the US and Japan interact in diplomacy (naval treaties, Japanese aggression in Manchuria and China) as well as make plans to defeat the other in case of war. The author does a good job of introducing the reader to the "color" plans of the US in the event of war with Japan and a reasonably good stab at Japanese plans to defeat the US.

The author does an excellent job of recounting campaigns, their challenges, forces involved and a decent exposition on the victory - for either side. He does a good job of chronicling major battles and their effects. Unlike some, he does a good job of making the reader aware of the logistical issues in fighting war in the wide Pacific over thousands of miles. The author does include events in southeast Asia as well as China during WWII and, even though these chapters are brief, he, at least, covers them.

All together, it's not a bad book. Unfortunately, the negatives of the author's work drag it down to only three stars. Firstly, the author makes too many excuses for the poverty of intellectual thought in the US military in the interwar years while making too much of the paltry budgets - with a smaller army and smaller budgets, the German army developed an armor doctrine even though they had no tanks and an air doctrine even though they were forbidden aircraft.

Secondly, the author has biases that are all to obvious to the well-read reader. The book is a virtual slur on Gen. Douglas MacArthur, insinuating corruption, cowardice and incompetence. When American aircraft accidently strafe American troops, they're "MacArthur's planes" as if the General were flying them himself. When, in a nighttime battle for Guadalcanal, the USS San Francisco shoots up the USS Atlanta, killing the admiral commanding the task force, they're not "Nimitz's ships". The naval disasters are downplayed consistently. The careful reader will be shocked at the propensity of the US Navy to completely abandon invasion forces - and their primary mission - to run off to fight (or flee from) their own personal war with the Imperial Japanese Navy (Fletcher's abandonment of the 1st Marine on Guadalcanal and Halsey's abandonment of the Leyte invasion fleet). It's interesting that the only naval commander the author singles out for blame - Spruance - is condemned for NOT abandoning an invasion to run off and pursue the Japanese Navy - whose carriers had already been gutted of aircraft and aircrew by US Navy pilots in the Marianas "Turkey Shoot" and were, therefore, not worth going after.

The naval bias is so great that the author refuses to objectively evaluate the two American wars in the Pacific - one for the United States and one for the US Navy in the central Pacific. The US Navy didn't want to play "second fiddle" to the Army which would have been the case if intelligent people were in charge. Instead, we had the main thrust from Southwest Pacific and a parallel war run by the Navy in the Central Pacific. A colossal waste of resources that only the US with it's vast industrial might could have pulled it off. While the Southwest Pacific command under MacArthur were able to often bypass Japanese strength and land where the Japanese hadn't anticipated, Nimitz's campaigns were frontal attack bloodbaths on places like Tarawa, Pelelui, Iwo Jima and Okinawa where casualty rates skyrocketed as opposed to MacArthur's.

I think the author has created a good, basic chronology for the Pacific war but, frankly, the sound of the author's axes being ground made it difficult to rate the book any higher than three stars.

Big Jake
Big Jake
DVD ~ John Wayne
Price: $7.50
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5.0 out of 5 stars That'll be the day..., June 18, 2014
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Big Jake, an excellent John Wayne western movie - and produced by Wayne's own production company, Batjac - and has all the familiar elements we've come to expect from Wayne with a few wrinkles.

The film begins during the turn of the 20th century at Jacob McCandles' ranch where a gang of kidnappers take the young grandson of "Big Jake" and demand the payment of one million dollars in return for the boy's life. The gang flees to Mexico with the young boy after ambushing the party of Texas Rangers that have gone after them. Jake, played by Wayne, is estranged from his family, living in the part of the west that is still wild when news comes of the kidnapping. His wife has summoned him for the purpose of taking the ransom to the kidnappers and bringing the boy back. As you can imagine, the kidnappers picked on the wrong man!

The film brings together many of Wayne's costars from years past; Maureen O'Hara, Bruce Cabot, Harry Carey Jr. as well as Wayne's son Patrick and Christopher Mitchum, son of Robert Mitchum. The leader of the kidnappers is veteran actor Richard Boone. I thought the performances were excellent. There's still that on-screen chemistry between Wayne and O'Hara we see in the film's opening sequences.

The film itself takes place during the period when the old "Wild West" is certainly dying, making way for progress and civilization. Yet, there is still enough wildness in the west to cause trouble. Mitchum, who plays a son of "Jake", employs modern weapons (an automatic pistol and scoped rifle) while Wayne and Cabot cling to the old ways. Automobiles are making inroads into the world still largely driven by horses.

I thought the acting, score, cinematography, locations were all quite good. The script is solid, giving Wayne plenty of one-liners such as "That'll be the day." which Wayne growls each time someone tells him they thought he had already died. The direction by George Sherman is crisp and the film never seems to drag. The action sequences are very good for the time. Frankly, I prefer the staged violence of that era to the overly bloody special effects of today.

This is a solid western that allows Wayne to be himself, the strong, tough man of action that always fights on the side of right. It's an excellent film and I recommend it with five stars.

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