Sunday, October 28, 2007

Vietnam Veteran Navy

Starting in submarines, this navy veteran eventually came to a staff function that gave him a good deal of exposure to many outposts in Vietnam. His observations of events in Vietnam about 1970 are interesting and instructive. See more veteran interviews at ME3TV.

Ralph Fronczkowski is now retired from the Navy and lives in New Jersey.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Global Incident Map

When you click on the website link below, a world map comes up showing what strange & dangerous things are happening right now in every country in the entire world & is updated every few minutes. You can move the map around, zero in on any one area & actually up-load the story of what is going on. Global Incident Map: There is a lot happening in our world every minute. This 'map' updates every 300 seconds...constantly 24/7.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Young Americans Documentary
OK.. these guys are in the real war.
This video blog gives them a voice.
If you have a problem with bad language-
these American Kids who are fighting and
dying in Iraq are probably not for you.

Friday, October 19, 2007

WWII_Army Nurse - A.Quick

Alice Quick of New Jersey was a nurse in the Army in WWII. Her full interview for the "Veteran's History Project" is on a DVD and is provided to the Library of Congress, her family and the local library. Her service was in England -in Westminster (see the Chapel) and in France and Germany after the Allied Invasion. She did not work in surgery (wounded soldiers) but in the sick wards where she helped in the treatment of both American and German soldiers that came to her care. More veteran interviews are located in the website and in this Blip-TV channel for ME3TV. Volunteers are encouraged to help with videotaping and other tasks. See the website for details.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

A LOT OF GREAT short Vids

commercials you'll never see in USA and more
pick and choose

Hillary Exposed - election fraud
Thanks, Jerry .. Very interesting.
"Hillary and Bill kill Spiderman"
"Hillary skirts all bounds of election fundraising - nobody squeaks a note"

She is very powerful. Most powerful of any candidate of any party in
She will BE the next president.
Even Spiderman cannot stop her.

A Veteran Perspective

Not a timely artilce. More than 15 years old. A Navy buddy that served with the Swifts sent it to me this week. A good read (Tom) .

Thanks, Tom .. (respected upper classman at - my rural high school - and former naval officer) .

This piece is very instructive. As people in the Navy at that period, it really paints a picture of the time. This man left Newport RI the year I went to OCS for my first ROC summer - (I was commissioned in 1971). In 1970 there were hundreds of Vietnamese Officer Candidates in training at Newport in some of the same classes I was taking. These are the ones that were replacing his boat crews in late '70 and '71. I've talked to a lot of swifties over the years and realize they were in quite a different war than most anybody else there. My time there in '72-'73 was nowhere near the delta - but way way North on the DMZ - in at Tin Can (Destroyer) gun platform. Different kind of war for sure. But this writer's history is very clear. I do think it is relevant to many veterans of all wars - even the current one. I recently interviewed a Vietnam Vet on tape (soon on the web at (from about this period of time - '69-'70. He actually talked about this river base in his narrative. He also talked about the Cua Viet River - near Quang Tri which was no longer a secure outpost in late '72 (when I was there) . The only people there were South Vietnamese Marines who were promptly massacred after our ships stopped all fire support on January 27, 1973 (the official end of US Combat operations in Vietnam).

Interviewing a WWII vet yesterday - A B-24 bomber crew (and POW) from the 15th Air Force - I was reminded again of the challenges many veterans have in taking their lives forward - or in being simply understood. This article describes the same issue. The WWII vet explained that - often - very early after returning from the war, he was asked what he saw and what happened. He told them. The reactions and expressions from those who listened were consistantly disbelief or a touch of fear that one might have touched a nerve - a nerve better left untouched. SO - after a few experiences like that - these WWII vets closed up and never talked about it again. While some could tell their stories - many reached the conclusion that silence was best. The man yesterday explained that - now, after well over 60 years - he has a mission - not to tell HIS story - but to tell the story of those who died beside him. Their voices will never be heard except by those who were with them. (some of his story will soon be on as well).

The volunteer veteran interview project is quite rewarding. It feels as if there is a treasure of memories here from which future generations can learn. I hope to develop a systematic interview program that will make it easier for students and others to participate in capturing these life treasures on video tape.

Vic Campbell

Sunday, October 07, 2007

The Republican Collapse - New York Times

Well written but largely misguided by assumptions...
One chord he strikes that is common among all those who see the last 6 or 7 years as a republican wasteland... the huge budget deficits....

But they miss several things in their analysis..

1. The bubble burst under Clinton began a long tech slide that blew away any of the future surpluses the dems endlessly brag about under the same president.
2. The 9/11 attack killed off the rest of the economy in one fell swoop. It was the major intent of the terrorists who did it.
3. What would have been HUGE domestic progress with massive tax-cut-induced, free-flowing-revenue to the government and huge surplus funds making for an idyllic period of world history were WIPED out in one day.
4. To salvage the nation and the economy (of the WORLD) the USA (Bush) fired up MASSIVE government spending to flood cash into the economy through homeland security and to fight a war. THIS CASH FLOW pumped the whole economy in a Keynesian way - much as is the traditional method of Democrats. Add a couple of bad weather events and this task becomes even harder to accomplish. Sometimes even Republicans must turn to the Keynesian solutions when things get THIS bad.
5. The problem with the Keynesian solutions is that they tend to never come to an end ... and the spending never seems to stop (ie. government programs are expanded - entitlements go on forever and whole departments (homeland security) come into being and remain in place. But in THIS case and in others in history - there was no OTHER choice at hand. You must take the bad
with the good.
6. The massive influx of funds to the government because of the TAX CUTS (see above) were essential to keep the Keynesian solution funded -- so they never did more than "creep up" in their contribution to erasing the "9/11 - Bubble" deficit. But they ARE, amazingly, reducing the deficit - a little every year regardless of the Keynesian solution.

The deficit will be a political issue - blown up huge by the Democrats in their battle for supremacy. But don't you know - THEY would have done the same thing (spend money like crazy by the government) with less results because THEY would have also RAISED taxes and REDUCED the flow of revenue to the government (raised taxes stymie the private sector from which the taxes are flowing - and which has never been a concern of Democrats since their
intent seems to be to "control business" not "stimulate" it.

SO .. the article below has points to bear in mind .. about conservatives and the economy .. but one must look at the history of the last 10 years to fully appreciate the value of the Bush and Republican contribution to solving problems arising in the course of this time frame.
Vic Campbell
RE: Subject: The Republican Collapse - New York Times