A magazine, now web site, that has always been true to the spirit of the Army grunt in Vietnam is Soldier of Fortune. It's founder, owner and senior editor is Lt. Col (ret) Bob Brown, a friend of mine. Like Zippo, our guide-on in these discussions on the upcoming Ken Burns series, and Alan Dawson and Helen Murphy mentioned previously, I trust Bob Brown's opinions.
What follows are some thoughts from a Vietnam vet friend of his that Bob re-sent to a few of his buddies. He recommended it to us as something "worth the read."
I, in turn, recommend it to you.
Internet’s The Daily Caller article on the USA future
by ALEX PFEIFFER
How the U.S. Tracked and Killed Mullah Akhtar Mansour, the Leader of the Taliban
Following newspaper article of 23 May 2016 details the demise of an ol’ adversary of US intelligence, in an area I know well.
See my comments at the end.
Wanted Dead or….
This is for all of y’all who might think that the Clintons are basically good and honest people.
I mean one was President of the US for eight years and the other was almost President. Integrity and honesty should be there is some great measure, wouldn’t you think?
Writing a blog like this, you’re expected we'd have something seasonal to say most holidays.
But what’s to be said about Christmas that hasn’t been said before?
Those of us raised in the Christian faith often harken back to cherished memories of church choir programs of Christmas music and visiting relatives and eating home cooked meals and Santa Clause and gifts under that brightly decorated tree.
These were a time of special Christmas stories of the baby Jesus, born in a manger, visited by wise men, who goes on to be our savior… told time and again in a hundred different ways in sunday shools and portrayed with manger scenes in front of churches across the country.
Remembering those childhood times connects us to the purity of our more innocent youth….
The Christmas season is enormously commercial now… pure religious celebration only seen occasionally… though a common theme in selfless service to others and to country.
My seasonal tiding this year is along those lines. It’s excerpted from a book written by a master story teller on US men of brave purpose at war.
Teaching the mechanics of good story telling is like teaching a good golf swing.
Easy, because you can de-engineer a story and a golf swing… and laid out in its difference parts, they’re easy to understand and teach.
But with both, the whole is more than just the sum of its part.
Take this for example, back in the 80s the Chinese Government bought a brand spanking new Boeing 707, and out at a remote air field in the western Chinese badland, they took their new plane apart. Piece by piece. Screw by screw. Every piece of wire, every instrument, every piece of avionics… taken down to its smallest component.