Jul 23, 2018

NASCAR for the REALLY young set

This is NOT a photo from The NY Times Article

Nascar’s Future Depends on These 5-Year-Olds

For families whose children harbor racing aspirations, quarter-midget tracks offer one of the earliest possible introductions to motor sports — leading some children to race before they can read.

Here's the NY Times article.

Jul 19, 2018

The Real "Good Morning Vietnam" DJ has died.

     I never met Adrian Cronauer, but we kinda worked for the same people at different times. He was a D.J. on AFVN* in 2965-1966.

His on-air presence in Vietnam was borrowed for the Robin Williams movie "Good Morning Vietnam".

Cronauer died of age related illness" at a nursing home in Virginia,
(*Armed Forced Vietnam Network) 


I was on air on AFVN TV four years after him, and 411 miles North of his studios in Saigon (as a rocket flies) in Quang Tri.

Jul 17, 2018


     The gun-maker opened a big plant in North Alabama, helped along by a hefty incentive from the state, with almost $70-Million, but the company is now in such financial difficulty it is seeking financing that would allow it to file for bankruptcy, reports Reuters:

"Remington, which is controlled by buyout firm Cerberus Capital Management LP, was abandoned by some of Cerberus’ private equity fund investors after one of its Bushmaster rifles was used in the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Connecticut in 2012 that killed 20 children and six adults." 

     Obviously what is needed is a buyer.....and an unlikely suitor has appeared. The Navajo Indians. So reports today's N.Y. Times.

"The Navajo Nation — which controls a $3.3 billion investment trust — sent a letter to Remington in May offering to buy the company for $475 million to $525 million, according to a draft of the letter reviewed by The New York Times. The tribe planned to pay for the purchase in cash."

Jul 16, 2018

Trump & Putin

"This is an incredible, unprecedented moment. America is being betrayed by its own president. America is under attack and its president absolutely refuses to defend it."
                                                                    Charles Bow in a N.Y. Times column

Jul 10, 2018

Time Passing

Teenage sales clerk in the At Home store in Montgomery asking if I am a veteran (they offer a discount).

I told her yes, though it was long before she was born, "during Vietnam", I added helpfully....

Clerk: "Oh! My Grandfather served in Vietnam."

Me: ---sigh---

 1970, Quang Tri, Vietnam

One thing I learned from the boys-in-the-cave-story.....

The name of the King in Thailand

Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun

And you has better pronounce it properly...and not make jokes (did they run out of vowels?):

A Thai man has been jailed for 35 years for Facebook posts deemed insulting to the royal family, a watchdog said, in one of the harshest sentences handed down for a crime that insulates Thailand’s ultra-rich monarchy from criticism.
A Bangkok military court convicted him of 10 counts of lese-majesty for posting photos and videos of the royal family on a Facebook account that purported to belong to a different user.
Wichai, 34, whose last name was withheld to protect his relatives from ostracism, was accused of using the account to slander a former friend, said iLaw, a group that tracks royal defamation cases.
“The court punished him with seven years per count. Altogether he was given 70 years, but it was reduced in half because he confessed,” said Yingcheep Atchanont from iLaw.