Thursday, March 29, 2018

[Photos] A Glimpse Into Life in Vung Tau in 1967

Been there many a time (once on my honeymoon) and looks basically the same today.

Today, Vung Tau is a bustling tourist spot for Saigoneers looking to get out of the city and enjoy some ocean waves, but these photos from 1967 reveal its past as a working port.

Vung Tau has been an important city for centuries, especially because its unique geography allowed for it to serve as a safe harbor during storms – a fact alluded to in its name, which translates to “anchoring bay.” It has therefore long fostered commerce and activity as the below photos by Chris Chubb attest to.

From markets stuffed with clothes, engine parts and cooking ingredients, 50 years ago Vung Tau hosted a frenzy of trade. But once one left the busy city center, the activity quickly gave way to quiet fields and humble buildings. Farmers tending crops and traditional wooden boats resting at low tide reveal what Vung Tau was like before the resorts gobbled up the coastline.  

Take a peek at the crammed markets and peaceful surroundings in the photos below:

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Army mulls tougher basic training for out-of-shape, undisciplined recruits

Via Billy

A drill sergeant scolds one of his recruits inside the soldiers barracks during basic training at the Fort Sill Army Post in Fort Sill, Okla.

Citing a disturbing trend of new soldiers lacking both proper discipline and physical fitness, senior U.S. Army leaders are calling for a tougher and longer basic training program to prepare troops for combat over the next decade.

“We have every reason to get this right, and far fewer reasons not to,” Secretary of the Army Mark Esper said at the Association of the United States Army's Global Force Symposium in Alabama on Monday. “That’s why we are considering several initiatives — from a new physical fitness regime to reforming and extending basic training — in order to ensure our young men and women are prepared for the rigors of high-intensity combat.”

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Perhaps boycotts have their place but going after another person’s livelihood for some innocuous statement, just because you have a minor disagreement, is not one of those places.

Recently, Laura Ingraham used her twitter account to question the reasons that the child anti-Second Amendment activist, David Hogg, was not accepted to certain universities. Ingraham tweeted: 

David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it. (Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA...totally predictable given acceptance rates.)

This seems a somewhat meaningless (and boring) tweet really, but apparently it sent Hogg, having recently discovered the ultimate rush of near monarchial power, into a tantrum such that he tweeted that all should contact Laura Ingraham’s advertisers and threaten to boycott them unless they dumped their advertising on Ingraham’s show. Really? Read more here.

If you don’t support boycotts based strictly on the temper tantrum of a prideful student activist, who is sadly being used by the American media to push an agenda, you can contact these advertisers to let them know that David Hogg does not speak for you, and express your disdain for Lord of the Flies-style leadership).

If you are an adult, or a mature youngster, find details below on how you can contact the advertisers in question, and support gun freedom and adult rule in North Carolina and in America. 

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Hank Williams' Funeral


This piece was originally printed in Southern Partisan magazine in 1985.

Hank Williams has now been dead longer than he lived. And outside of a hundred or more fine songs, his thrity-year-old memory survives best among some of his cousins down in Georgiana, Alabama, about sixty miles south of Montgomery. Among them are Taft and Erleen Skipper (Taft’s daddy and Hank’s mother were brother and sister), who run a kind of clearing house on Hank. Taft is a tall, thin, and happy man, content to make way for a vital wife who keeps up a hand-written correspondence that would intimidate the secretarial corps at General Motors. Hank’s fans call Erleen so often to chat about their hero that she has to sleep with the phone off the hook. But she’ll talk to you in daylight.

And if you love Hank like she does, she’ll have you to dinner the day before the Hank Williams Memorial Picnic. (That way you’ll know enough people to feel at home when she has you to dinner again at the picnic). I swear that she’ll have cousins who have come all the way from Mobile and Panama City eat in the kitchen to make room at the table for a stranger from New York or Oklahoma who wants to know more about Hank.

‘Enough Is Enough’: Nearly 400 Sheriffs Demand Congress Reduce Immigration, Criminalize Sanctuary Cities


Nearly 400 sheriffs across the country are calling on the Republican-controlled Congress to follow through on President Trump’s popular immigration agenda by securing the nation’s porous borders and criminalizing sanctuary cities.

Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson of Bristol County, Massachusetts, has gathered with about 380 sheriffs from across America, representing 40 states, to ask Congress to push Trump’s agenda that would help decrease and end illegal immigration to the United States.

“Enough is enough,” the sheriffs write. They continue, saying:

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AR-15 vs. AK-47: Which Is King?


It’s a discussion that has preoccupied some gun enthusiasts for decades. Which is better between the civilian-legal versions of the two primary military weapons of the Cold War superpowers: the AR-15 or the AK-47? I’ve owned both, so I figured that was as good a reason as any to pretend my opinion counts for anything and get to work.

As time has marched on, the positions have shifted a bit as economic realities changed. That’s why some older discussions on the internet might give you some bad information that’s not relevant in this day and age. What was true seven or eight years ago may or may not be true today.

Operation in Syria's Ghouta 'nearly over', Russia says - Trump: U.S. troops will be out of Syria 'very soon'

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Rebel fighters gesture as they stand next to a bus before their evacuation, at Harasta highway outside Jobar, in Damascus, Syria March 26, 2018.
The massive Russian-backed Syrian military offensive in suburbs east of Damascus is almost over, with rebels holed up in just a single town after abandoning the rest of the eastern Ghouta enclave, Moscow said on Thursday.

Russia and the rebel faction controlling Douma, the last Ghouta town still in insurgent hands, said they were still negotiating over the fate of the town. Moscow said it saw a chance of the remaining insurgents quitting Douma.

Thousands of fighters have accepted Russian-brokered deals to leave other parts of the enclave in the past week with their families on government-supplied buses, giving them safe passage to other insurgent-held areas. Tens of thousands of other civilians have stayed behind to accept state rule, and tens of thousands more have fled across the frontline.

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"Are we voting to not allow the government to sell automatic weapons to drug cartels? Sounds like a common sense gun law."

Via Billy

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Former Obama-era Attorney General Eric Holder doesn’t exactly have the best memory. Just look at any of the statements before Congress during the inquiry into the Fast and Furious scandal.

Of course, Holder has not gone quietly into that good night of officialdom. He’s been politically active, advising the state of California in its legal battles against the Trump administration and even possibly considering a 2020 presidential run.

I’m sure Mexican gun runners will just love that. But never mind. The point is that Holder hasn’t stepped out of the spotlight, especially when it comes to promoting liberal causes.

Before & After Gun Confiscation: The Cambodian example.

Via John

The Tuol Sleng Museum, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The recent kiddies' 'March for Our Lives' seems vaguely reminiscent of Cambodia's 1970's Children's Revolution which was led by the manipulative Marxist, Pol Pot.   This children's revolution disarmed the Cambodian populace and afterwards, 25% of them were killed; nearly two million people in all.

The goal of the American Left is to do the same, which is why (were the 2nd Amendment repealed)
instead of turning in our guns as others have done, we will aim our guns AT THEM.  We will not meekly suffer the same horrific fate as those many tens of millions of helpless victims in Cambodia, Nazi Germany, Cuba,Russia, China and elsewhere. Here, the leftists will be annihilated, not us.

White Privilege

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5 Reasons Why The Japanese Are So Polite

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Parkland Gun Control Activists Driving Americans Toward 2nd Amendment

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As Parkland gun control activists and their surrogates mock the idea of arming teachers, march for gun bans in D.C., and call for new gun controls via Twitter, they risk driving Americans toward the Second Amendment instead of away from it.

They run this risk via their in-your-face gun control hubris, especially when that hubris is directed toward docile actors.

For example, on Monday Rep. Steve King (R-IA) addressed Parkland students who want to raise the minimum age for gun purchases by asking, “If you are a teenager & believe you won’t be responsible enough to own a gun until 21, why should you vote before 21?” That is a reasonable question when one considers that voting and owning guns are both constitutional rights. Yet the responses to his question varied between things  too vulgar to print and pronouncements that his political career is over–that he is a pawn of the NRA and is going to be voted out office

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Pentagon: Trump, Mattis discussed using military dollars for border wall

“They have talked about the proposal, potentially,” chief spokeswoman Dana White told reporters. “Securing Americans and securing the nation is of paramount importance to the secretary. 

They have talked about it. I don’t have any more details with respect to specifics.”

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University students in Georgia forced to confess their white privilege

Via Billy

State. Rep. Earl Ehrhart said some students at Kennesaw State University in Georgia were forced “as a condition of their grades to confess their white privilege in a video.”

Georgia lawmakers are investigating what they call systematic bias against conservative and Christian students at Kennesaw State University.

“They are threatened. They are retaliated against all because of their viewpoint,” State. Rep. Earl Ehrhart said Wednesday on the Todd Starnes Radio Show.

The taxpayer-funded university is already facing two federal lawsuits alleging bias against conservatives.

“It’s a scary thing on campuses today,” the state lawmaker told Starnes.

He went on to say that some students were forced “as a condition of their grades to confess their white privilege in a video.”

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"You see old Brian here is what we lovingly refer as a Benedict Arnold"

Via 4Branch

It's going to cost you your life.

DOJ Inspector General reviews alleged FISA abuses by DOJ, FBI

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Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced Wednesday he will review potential Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses by both the Justice Department and the FBI, following requests from Congress and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The Office of the Inspector General released a statement Wednesday outlining the start of the review.

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Documents suggest possible coordination between CIA, FBI, Obama WH and Dem officials early in Trump-Russia probe

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 Dec. 11, 2014: CIA Director John Brennan pauses during a news conference at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va.
 Former CIA Director John Brennan, seen here, briefed then-Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., two days before the Democratic leader wrote a letter to Comey

Newly uncovered text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page suggest a possible coordination between high-ranking officials at the Obama White House, CIA, FBI, Justice Department and former Senate Democratic leadership in the early stages of the investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to GOP congressional investigators on Wednesday.

The investigators say the information provided to Fox News “strongly” suggests coordination between former President Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, then-Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, and CIA Director John Brennan — which they say would “contradict” the Obama administration’s public stance about its hand in the process.

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Gun Rights Provocateur David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied

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David Hogg, a self-appointed spokesman for a generation, revealed on Tuesday that four universities he has applied to have rejected his application.

The Florida high school student, a survivor of the February 14 shooting in Parkland who recently helped organize the March For Our Lives, said four different campuses in the University of California school system have turned him down: UC Los Angeles, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine.

Orange County, CA Supervisor and legal immigrant from South Korea, Called a 'Racist B----' For Opposing Sanctuary Law

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The supervisor of Orange County, California said Wednesday she was recently called a "racist b----" amid her county's push to opt out of the state's sanctuary designation.

Michelle Steel, a legal immigrant from South Korea, voted in support of the move, which she says was voted in favor of unanimously.

Steel said it was the first time she was called a "racist."

She noted English is her third language, behind Korean and Japanese.

"In Asia, when you get called all different names, you live longer. So I think I will live a long life," she said.

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