We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I was there. I'd been there fifty plus times maybe more. Saigon. The last time I got a call in the middle of the night at my home in Redondo Beach telling me to get to the office and get on a secure line.
"You've got to get to Saigon"
" Mr K, you do understand that Saigon is going to fall and it's hard as hell to get there"
"Yeah, that's why you're going and that's why we pay you..you'll get there. Be on a plane to Honolulu ASAP and call me from there"
Back to the house after booking the next flight out of LAX for HNL and gathering up 10k from the vault. A small leather satchel bag packed and off to Honolulu..
I made it to Saigon thru contacts and arrived on 4-18-75, Friday. I was tasked with getting some information out of the country that could not be transmitted in any form.
The embassy at that time was now short handed so I got "volunteered" to help run the incenerators on top of the embassy, destroying tons of intel. I can't remember what day Ton Son Nuit finally went inop but on 4-27-75 I was ordered out. In the small world department, two retired Marine Aviators who were flying for Air America, Lucky Waller and J.B Henson helped my escape to Thailand. Small world because they had flow with my father in the Corps and Lucky was a bird hunting buddy.
Saigon was ugly then. Panic,chaos, not a good environment. I was lucky,.
But this NYT bull shit is exactly that. There were horrid times to follow in that region after we pulled out...I think the Killing Fields and "reeducation camps" about covers it.
I often wish I'd kept a diary but you don't do that type of thing when you're clandestine. Over the years I've tried to reconstruct my time in the Company but it's thru old friends and other coverts, not the NYT that aid my memory. Fuck 'em.
I still have that leather satchel bag. Today it would be called a Jack Bauer bag but it was with me for the ten years of world travel and it is a treasure to me...funny how we are about "things" Our life is in our memories but tangible items somehow validate those memories. Sorry for the run on ....
When I hear about the truth of the matters, and first hand stories from guys like you and see comments from left wing scum like :"illiterate neocon Rethuglicans" it makes me sick.
I wish I could see a human say words like that in person, seems likely here in Portland, so I could see a human who truly deserves a lesson in heavy manners.
There's the truth and there's those who wouldn't know the truth if it locked them in a hole in the ground for a couple years. Sounds like a good start for some...
I am younger than most of you, and I think in the future I will be looking back at the lessons of today, wincing at the loss of said such, and think: that is the way of the soft American mind after all is said and done. The real men are dead or marginalized by words from puny ants of men.
PT Barnum was right and will be so forever, sadly.
I just wonder who would take themselves seriously enough to say "rethuglican" out loud. Ideas come to mind: bonging out in parent's basement, sandals, 20ish, never been in a fist fight, thinks Big Brother is kinda like Bush Chimpler, would let you dis his girlfriend in public place with no reprisal, still has Kerry sticker on mom's volvo, even though he was too young to vote, no black friends, etc.
August 23, 2007 The Future of Western Civilization Depends on Two Things
The current political squabbles in America between the liberal, socialist left and the moral capitalist conservative right are merely a skirmish line on the edge of two colliding civilizations. The combatants are not the free market, individual centric conservatives and libertarians vs. the Nanny State, socialist plantation liberal straw bosses. Not at all!
The American Thinker
Ya gotta read the very next sentence to get the answer.
Putting aside the political implications in the article, which I basically agree with, what is he saying theologically toward the end of the articile? Is he saying that Jesus and the Chassidic messiahs of the 18th century were one and the same. He seems to be saying that when Jesus returns during end times that from a Jewish perspective and a Christian orthodox view that Jesus is the Messiah. Maybe I'm not reading this right, but this sounds like some new theology that I've never encountered. Its not Messianic Judaism, which to my mind is just an orthodox Christian who happens to be a Jew or a Jew who believes that Jesus was the Messiah. Can somebody help me out here?
I wish I could help you out on the religion thing. My college minor was philosophy and religion which comes nowhere close to doing anything but raising more questions.
By religious premogeniture but I'm A Southern Baptist, lapsed variety. The Episcopalians ..they've destroyed themselves. Catholic, Confuscian, Hindu,
Buddists .... I think Agnostic theism is interesting but I don't know which closed down drive in movie theater to go to on Agnostic theist day....
Its an interesting mix of orthodox Christian and Chassidic Judaic beliefs concerning the return of Jesus if I read it correctly. I'm not sure who subscribes to this other than the author of the article, but in any event its still interesting.
Habu, you could always go to the Church of the Holy Doughnut (Unitarians), but on second thought I don't think that would work out since they believe in the Marxist Liberation Theology of Che Jesus.