POLITICAL: No more Vietnams


35 years after fall of Saigon
Posted: April 28, 2010
By Richard Botkin

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America’s investment in Vietnam was significant. Aside from the tens of billions of dollars spent to fight the war, 58,000 men paid the ultimate price. Several times that number were wounded, and every man who endured combat has been marked forever by that experience.

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Even those, who didn’t endure that combat, has been marked forever.

Good “boys”, really men, followed their consciences to Canada or underground. Some of them died as well. Driven from society, their friends, their family, their supporting social circles, their dreams into who knows what type of personal and civil hell. My best friend died in that hell. I didn’t know about it because he was on the wrong side of the law and I had a security clearance. His girl, who in normal times, might have become his wife, drifted on without him. He was a “casualty of war” as much as any man lost in combat.

There were a lot more casualties.

“No More Vietnams” to me means no more welfare / warfare state illusions. George Washington was perceptive about “entangling alliances” and MYOB!

Donna Nobis Pacem!

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INSPIRATIONAL: My father’s sister has passed


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Berniece M. Reinke

(June 14, 1919 – April 21, 2010)

Berniece M. Reinke, age 90, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at Elijah’s Place in Oshkosh. Berniece was born on June 14, 1919, the daughter of the late Jerome and Amanda (Plude) Burbey. She attended school in Dunbar and graduated high school there in 1937. Berniece was married to Robert E. Faehling from May 1937 to 1946. She married Carl E. Reinke in 1947 and he preceded her in death on March 30, 2006.

Berniece was a welder in the Sturgeon Bay shipyard during World War II and later worked for Hudson Company in Oshkosh. She was also employed by Sears in Oshkosh and other locations where her husband Carl was stationed with the Air Force. Berniece was also a volunteer Gray Lady for many years.

Berniece will always be cherished and missed by her daughter, Diane (George) Clark of Oostburg; son, Robert (Evelyn) Faehling of West Bend; seven grandchildren, Michael (Jody) Clark of Monument, Colorado, Todd (Debra) Clark of Stevens Point, Kristen (Kevin) Pisula of Orlando, Florida, Tami (James) Slayton of West Bend, Michelle (Brian) Schraufnagel of West Bend, Chip (Rhonda) Faehling of Kewaskum, Robin Faehling of West Bend; and fourteen great-grandchildren. She is further survived by several nieces, nephews and friends. Berniece was preceded in death by her husband, Carl; parents; four sisters and four brothers-in-law; six brothers and six sisters-in-law; two nieces and two nephews.

Memorial service for Berniece will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 2, 2010 at Seefeld Family of Funeral Chapels, 1025 Oregon Street, Oshkosh. A time of visiting and sharing of support will take place at the funeral chapel on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. until the time of service. Please visit http://www.seefeldfuneral.com to send online condolences to the family.

The family would like to a send a special thanks to the staff of Elijah’s Place, Chaplain Vicki Marxen, and Hospice Care for the kindness and wonderful care they showed our loved one.

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It’s serendipity that I found this sad news. My Mom just died in April. She always spoke lovingly about “Bernie” and how she helped her, a “Nu Yawker”, with a newborn out on the “frontier”. Strange how fate joins, separates, and rejoins us.

Even though, I didn’t know my father’s family well, I have fond memories of Grandma Reinke and my visit with her in the nursing home when I was enroute to Fairchild AFB.

I feel a little poorer now. “No man is an island, entire of itself … any manʼs death diminishes me”. I am sorry for your loss.

I’ll try to post some pictures later. Or on my blog “Reinke Faces Life”.

(I’m top row on the right.)

It’s like the “hidden from me” pane of my JoHari window just became a little smaller. I’ve opened a special email address if any of the Oregonians want to communicate with me.

Tonight, I will say a prayer for Aunt Bernie and for all that might have been. Shoulda, coulda, and woulda! They’ll kill you. You have to declare an amnesty after a year, or you’ll drive yourself nuts. Still hard to imagine what would have been possible. Were war time marriages doomed to failure? Does this all have to be chalked up to the casualties of a long ago war?

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.” — Robert Frost

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I guess I wasn’t clear enough. Bernice was married to Carl that’s my father’s brother. That makes her my aunt-in-law.

When my Mom and Dad separated, (never divorced; Catholics), it was nasty. And, I had very little contact with my West Coast Oregon Reinke family. Whenever my East Coast Bellew family did something I didn’t like, I’d always declare I was a “Reinke”. My Mom always laughed, but I think she knew it was true. I didn’t share a lot of the East Coast’s values. Still don’t. And, I attribute my “I don’t give an <synonym for excrement>” attitude to my Reinke roots. I remember my Dad wistfully describing how when fishing season came, everyone dropped everything and went fishing. While I don’t fish, (Thanks, to Ferdie, my childhood pet goldfish who died on me!), I do like that meme. Drop everything and go relax!


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POLITICAL: Beck is morphing into a libertarian


Beck breaks from the pack
Posted: April 23, 2010

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But more importantly: good guy Glenn is finally espousing a foreign policy compatible with limited authority and republican virtues.

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Glenn Beck has been slowly moving toward being a libertarian in thought, word, and deed.

The shift to a “humble foreign policy” is essential to getting our troops home and our “collective nose” out of everyone else’s business.

The question is it real or is it like “Rosie O’Donnell”? Where after the fame is no longer needed, the star rips off the mask and we see the truth.

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