There's still time to enjoy some of the most amazing feats of athletic achievement: The London Paralympics 2012! As a winner of 3 Paralympic medals, I know firsthand the dedication to training and perseverance required to compete at this level of sport.
Rapid Googling: radiated in the womb (Did someone make this up?), adopted from a Ukrainian orphanage by a single mother in Buffalo at age seven (Did I?), rowing partner with a Marine who lost his legs to an IED in Afghanistan (Did Jerry Bruckheimer?).
This past Sunday, Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh, who never served a day in the military, shamelessly questioned the heroism of his Congressional opponent, Illinois Army National Guard veteran and double amputee, Major Tammy Duckworth.
My new knee will include a microprocessor that calculates pitch, yaw, roll, orientation, direction and momentum at something like 70 computations a second. I'm 46. I'm pretty sure the beaten-down old natural knee they cut off me was performing calculations with an abacus. Felt that way anyhow.