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    Re: What Are You Reading Right Now?

    Quote Originally Posted by southwest88 View Post
    Yah. But we (the US) transported their troops (from Algeria?), abandoned US uniforms, side arms, rifles, MGs, arty, trucks, jeeps, light aircraft to them in VN. We also provided political cover, intel, surveillance, air support, arty & navy arty support. We eventually wound up paying a lot of their military expenses - payroll, bribes, the lot. I've never understood why we thought we needed to not only subsidize but eventually replace the French in their quest against windmills.
    Because communism lol. Our leaders back then all thought the Domino Theory was correct. Anyway, this is getting off topic, so if you would like to talk about Vietnam, I guess we could start a thread in the history forum and help drive away the Russian spam in there.

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    Because communism lol. Our leaders back then all thought the Domino Theory was correct. Anyway, this is getting off topic, so if you would like to talk about Vietnam, I guess we could start a thread in the history forum and help drive away the Russian spam in there.
    I think our diplomats, military & spooks all severely underestimated the resiliency of the VC & their political/military apparatus. There also seems to have been some US condescension to the French diplomatic/military efforts there, as if throwing more of the same @ the struggle would pay inordinate returns.

    It was all so long ago - probably time to let it go. Thanks.

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    The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution

    By Eric Foner - W. W. Norton & Company - 2019 - 256pp

    The Declaration of Independence announced equality as an American ideal, but it took the Civil War and the subsequent adoption of three constitutional amendments to establish that ideal as American law. The Reconstruction amendments abolished slavery, guaranteed all persons due process and equal protection of the law, and equipped black men with the right to vote. They established the principle of birthright citizenship and guaranteed the privileges and immunities of all citizens. The federal government, not the states, was charged with enforcement, reversing the priority of the original Constitution and the Bill of Rights. In grafting the principle of equality onto the Constitution, these revolutionary changes marked the second founding of the United States.


    It is extremely difficult to get a GOP Senator to accept something when their salary depends upon not accepting it.

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    I really love to read. Recently, I often read bedtime fiction. I was a little tired of motivational books from the great gurus of efficiency and decided to re-read Charles Dickens. I set a goal to read 4-6 books a month. I set aside an hour at bedtime for reading every day. Sometimes I read on weekends. I like this personal challenge. Many people say that reading in bed is very bad for eyesight, but I know that if you choose the right lighting, it doesn't affect vision. I found an article on this portal bestlightguide about which reading lamp is best to choose. I plan to set a goal to read 100 books next year. I really noticed that I began to speak more beautifully and quote classics in conversation.

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    I just finished A Republic if you can keep it by Justice Neil Gorsuch.

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    This is a heavy read. Justice Gorsuch writes in lawyerese- Long complicated sentences and never uses a simple word where a more complicated one can be found. That said, this is an amazing look at the level of thinking and reasoning that goes on in the judicial system up to SCOTUS. Gorsuch spends a lot of time talking about the proper roles and relationship amongst the three branches of government. Won't surprise anyone that he's against "legislating from the bench" but he's not kind to the way the executive sneaks judicial powers into its agencies, bureaus, etc.

    As I said, I don't recommend saving this book for your summer beach reading, but I recommend it for a deeper understanding of the roles and functioning of SCOTUS.
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    The First Lord's Fury

    By Jim Butcher

    This book completes the 6 book high fantasy epic series Codex Alera. I have been on a rather intense Jim Butcher kick over the last two years. I have completed 22 of his books in that time. This series was, like all of Butcher's books, about characters more than story. He does a very good job of creating believable characters in unbelievable situations and having them behave in ways that seem natural and unforced. Some of the best work he does is in conversation between characters as they try to hash out differences, differing opinions and philosophies in ways that just make sense.

    One of the more endearing take aways from such discussions came between the main character Tavi and a member of another race who had been at war with Tavi's people for centuries. They were pushed together by necessity and forced to learn each other's ways and form a friendship. At one point Tavi discovered that the nickname he had been given my this person translated to "Enemy". Tavi confronted him about it and a discussion began about the meaning of "Enemy" to his culture. It was something like the "Eskimos have 20 words for snow" explanation, but with an interesting twist. Tavi asked what that specific version of "Enemy" meant and after some thought the person replied "Trusted Enemy". After some discussion it was explained that to his people there is no one in life you can trust more than an enemy. An enemy will always act towards you in a way you can depend on... friends, on the other hand, will fail you. It was just an interesting exchange that established an alien concept in a way that made perfect sense.

    Anyway, Jim Butcher likes to equate his writings to an 8 year old boy smashing action figures together. In this case it is a genre departure for high fantasy, modeling the society in which the story plays out after Ancient Rome rather than medieval or Victorian England setting, complete with Roman tactics and sensibilities. It's an interesting departure. The series feels like a rather natural blending of the works of Tolkien, Robert Graves and Robert Heinlein. Well worth your time if you like fun, gripping, high fantasy series that have an ending.
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    "How Rich Countries Got Rich… and Why Poor Countries Stay Poor" by Erik S. Reinert

    "In this refreshingly revisionist history, Erik S. Reinert shows how rich countries developed through a combination of government intervention, protectionism, and strategic investment—rather than through free trade. Yet when our leaders lecture poor countries on the right path to riches they do so in almost perfect ignorance of the fact that our economies were founded on protectionism long before they could afford the luxury of free trade. How Rich Countries Got Rich… will challenge economic orthodoxy and open up the debate on why self-regulating markets are not the best answer to our hopes of worldwide prosperity."
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    Unmaking the Presidency: Donald Trump's War on the World's Most Powerful Office

    by Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes - Farrar, Straus and Giroux - 2020 - 432pp


    As editors of the “invaluable” (The New York Times) Lawfare website, Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes have attracted a large audience to their hard-hitting and highly informed commentary on the controversies surrounding the Trump administration. In this book, they situate Trump-era scandals and outrages in the deeper context of the presidency itself. How should we understand the oath of office when it is taken by a man who may not know what it means to preserve, protect, and defend something other than himself? What aspects of Trump are radically different from past presidents and what aspects have historical antecedents? When has he simply built on his predecessors’ misdeeds, and when has he invented categories of misrule entirely his own? By setting Trump in the light of history, Hennessey and Wittes provide a crucial and durable account of a presidency like no other.


    It is extremely difficult to get a GOP Senator to accept something when their salary depends upon not accepting it.

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    Re: What Are You Reading Right Now?

    Reading the Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick. I'm on volume 4 of 5. These stories were written & sold to pulp scifi/fantasy magazines in the early to mid-1950s. One that caught my fancy last night was titled 'Service Call.'

    Review & analysis: Service Call | Philip K. Dick Review

    Good read.

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