RAMBLING # 11
GOOD GOLLY – I wouldn’t mention this if it wasn’t for a good average of the member’s age here would be between fifty five and sixty five. Last week end I saw on the TV news some congressman or another politician say, “We are living in the dumbest of times.” I don’t think that anyone can have a good argument against this. I think that I have a pretty good guess on just why this is, but I don’t have the necessary background on just who or what group of people started it here in the US. The only two incidents of this that I am familiar with are Vietnam and Cambodia where the philosophy was, “Keep them dumb because then they will be easier to control.” Of course most of Africa is this way. It is being done more subtle here unlike the two places I mention. The French in Vietnam would not let the Vietnamese have schools for the Vietnamese. Only the French were allowed to go to a school. Fact is the French had left four or five years prior to my arriving there in November of 1967 and I do not recall seeing any evidence of any school for children during the next 11 months, or any school. I was in Saigon only a couple of times with most of my time in and out of DaNang so I don’t really know about if Saigon had solved the school issue by that time.
An incident that happened just a couple of days after I arrived in DeNang...I was setting in bar in downtown talking to some girl and a little boy stuck his head in the front door and shouted something...within a couple of seconds a dozen girls and the cashmere grabbed her money box and all ran out the back door. There was the mamasan and me, And I said what in the world just happened? She said well the girls pay the boy some coins to warn them when some policemen come down the street. And I ask why, ‘Well the police will just run in a bar at random and grab a bar girl and take her out in the middle of the street and shoot her. I said the French has left a few year ago, why are they afraid now? She said oh yes but the policemen are the same. Sure enough a couple of minutes later two policemen came walking down the street. And I asked why would they do this....oh just to keep everyone reminded who is in charge. I went to visit my folks in Florida when I left Vietnam and my mother said well tell us what you have been doing and I told her this story, and she said, “Oh I don’t believe that.” And...I just didn’t tell her anything anymore. And years later in a movie I saw where some guy said to another, “One can’t talk about Vietnam with someone that hasn’t been there.” With much truth to that for example. But, I spent the next 11 months there and didn’t see that again. Apparently about at that time they were told to knock that stuff off. That was a rotten, rotten war and I could tell you things that you would find hard to believe.
Cambodia...the Khmer Rouge Regime with Pol Pot in charge took a quicker approach. He didn’t want to waste any time with any slow subtle nonsense – He wanted to get right to it and kill all of the intellectuals among his own people. School teachers, librarians, college students, and their teachers, doctors, lawyers, anyone that may oppose his idea of a new society. One estimate I saw was 25 to 39 percent of the population. And, and, I will point out that you may not know that the rest of the world did not, DID NOT, object to this. They just set back and didn’t want to sound hypocritical. You may think that this doesn’t sound right but, I say they didn’t say anything because they secretly just wished that they could be so brazen to do such a thing. We are so slow at this, but I saw this morning on the news that we made a small step in this direction. kill the unnecessary. Some congressman or other politician said that Medicare...now he didn’t say that all Medicare programs did this or not but henceforth Medicare would not pay for the 7 to 8 thousand dollars for a hip repair after a fall that broke a persons hip if they were over 75 and on Medicare. In other words if one doesn’t have supplemental health insurance that will cover it, they will have to pay or they are out of luck. Okay, I am here to tell you that I witnessed this very thing. It may sound gruesome to some and definitely goes under ‘off topic’. But when I was in the physical rehab facility for my cracked back we were two to a room and the other guy’s name was John. John had a stroke and was faulty at foot. He had been there about a month before I. So John used a walker as I. Well, he fell and broke a hip. They took him to the local hospital...two days later he came back and the word was that he was not a good candidate for hip repair or replacement. He was 87. Now what would this mean? He would normally be confined to a wheel chair?...or, I don’t know if he lacked the necessary supplemental insurance or what, but It was decided by ‘they’ or a few others that it would be too costly or inconvenient to pursue a repair, or what but I am pretty sure that John didn’t have vote in what would be done with him. In retrospect I don’t know if John came under this new Medicare policy or not but I do know this. I was witness, just 12 feet away, from what they did to poor john. At two AM the next morning a strange fellow came into the room and pulled his curtain, spent about 10 minutes with him and I didn’t think anything about. The facility people came and went all the time. That is until a half an hour later a representative of the County Coroner's office came into the room pushing a cart with an empty bag on it. They tagged him and bagged him and wheeled him out. Sure enough, John was killed by a genuine real life Grim Reaper. He just didn’t have a scythe and snath. This was not one of those ‘Do not resuscitate’ signed certificates cases that we all sign. It was not an assisted euthanasia, it was just a plain, you are biting the dust whether you wish it or not buddy. I am saying this because some of you may find yourself under the same circumstances. As we all know this is not legal in all states. I said that I was well enough to get out of there and I am using a walker just as well here at home. I am here to tell you that a ‘small hair-line crack’ of the spinal column can mess one up, especially at 85. It has been just about three months on the mend. I saw just the first of the bills the other day and they were over ten thousand. That included a month in the rehab facility and it is going to be a lot more. But I opted for the expensive heath insurance all along with it continuing with my retirement – luckily nothing cost me a penny out of pocket for any heath issues. But they sure take a big chunk out of my retirement pay.
Back in 1967 they told me that if I would do them a favor and go to Vietnam I could then go back to the Philippines, and they held true to this. I worked in the Philippines for a total of 21 years until the Mount Penatubo eruption destroyed the town that I was living in and destroyed Subic Bay Naval facility and Clark Air Base. I was living 17 miles from the eruption. One can see with Google earth the lake that formed after the top 2000 and some feet blew off. If one may be interested look at some of the YouTubes of the Mount Penatubo eruption and I was right in the middle of that. https://www.gettyimages.com/photos/mt-p ... ction=true
Here are some photos of our town 17 miles away. We were living in a concrete apartment building luckily. https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=mo ... &FORM=IGRE
Back to the degradation of our education system, as planned. Keep us dumb so as to be easier to control. I can see it from the time I got out of high school. Oh how I hate the word ‘got’. Over twenty years ago a news item – only 40 percent of a Florida 10th grade class could identify Florida on a unnamed US map of the states. I had to know the multiplication tables in the third grade. In 1957 I met a 6th grade School teacher in Oxnard California who said that he just started the multiplication tables half way into his 6th grade.
A few years ago here in Colorado some school districts went to a 4 and a half day school week. A high school student told me that on Friday it was just 25 minutes of each class doing nothing. Okay some school districts this last year said since Fridays were worthless lets just eliminate Friday as a school day and and they did. And they said that if this works out okay, they will make the school week a three day. Now just what may they mean by ‘if this works out’ ? If this isn’t a planned degradation of the school system here, what is? My wife told me that she heard that there are graduates of the local high school here that can’t get into the Army because they did not pass the tests. Now is that bad or not? But they can be elected as congressmen and I think that they are proving that every day.
AND – Some Colorado representative has proposed that since most school age children now use the I pads and etc for writing, we should just eliminate hand writing in the schools as part of the normal curriculum.
I have heard on TV that 30 percent of the student bodies of the big Universities here in the US are Chinese students. And just the other day I heard that there are 1700 Universities under construction in China. Now that could be bum dope of course. I have been to mainland China and I wasn’t really impressed with the place, but that was 30 years ago. 30 years it was just a dank and drabby place.
No, I think that one of the problems with our school systems are the parents, and I think that the teachers feel the same way. I know some that just flat quit because of the parents being allowed too much input.
When I went to Vietnam in 1967 I was attached to H & MS - 17. At the time It was part of the First Marine Air Wing. I noticed that the Marine snipers were using hollow point bullets, a certain type of Nato 7.62 Match ammo.. The Hague Convention of 1899 outlawed the use of such, but the US was not a signator so it was okay. “...the parties will abstain from using “bullets which expand or flatten easily in the human body.”
And I could carry the issued noncombatant card if I wished, but be warned that the VC and NVA had a habit of nailing the card to one’s forehead if captured. It was not heard of a DoD contract person to come out alive if captured anyway. And one could not tell just who was a VC or NVA...if one didn’t get killed by one, they were just lucky. One time I just happened to see one shoot at me...he just jumped up and shot and I heard the bullet whiz by my head. At the time there was a marine walking around that wore a necklace of dried ears. Now why such nonsense was allowed, I don’t know. And opium burners were sold in the PX concessions. Little kids would openly sell pot outside the PX’s. And little girls would show a bunch of porn photos out side the PX’s and when the number of onlookers were so many, they were trained to pull the pins on under garment grenades – rotten, rotten war. One of the tricks used was to use rubber bands to tie down the handles of grenades and drop them in the outdoor privies. It would just ruin one’s whole day when the rubber rotted. And one was suppose to feel better with drinking beer in a bar enclosed in chicken wire. It was meant to make it harder for someone to throw in a grenade. Life wasn’t easy there at the time. Now if one may wonder just why one would put up with this if they didn’t have to, they might have a hard time at it.
https://www.history.com/topics/vietnam- ... massacre-1
This happened just south of DeNang. I was there at the time. In DeNang, not in the village. Just another example of the rottenness. We know about the written rules that a military type does not have to follow unlawful orders but that is just a crock. The people in that village had no choice, they were just living there tying to stay alive the best they could. Captain Medina just said to Calley before he left, “Just kill them all.” Now all of the extras thrown into the stories I say were part of the Medea hype, although I wasn’t there of course, but from what I heard it didn’t agree. Being a scape-goat is just part of normal military day-to-day operations.
These pictures are not fake, just day-to-day activities. https://www.gettyimages.com/photos/viet ... ction=true
The night of 30 January 1968 I spent the entire night in a bunker three feet from my bunk out side my hootch with the front lines 50 yards away with small arms fire all night long. At that front lines there was a marine every three feet, luckily.
As for living in the dumbest of times, did you see the TV shot of the streets in LA with all of the pop-up tents on the sidewalks? Now if that isn’t dumb, what is? https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=la ... &FORM=IGRE
I wonder if the California people even realize what kind of place they live in.