Posts Tagged ‘vietnam’

Beaver Surprise! This Tourist Airplane Over San Francisco Used To Be a Part of CIA-Owned Air America, Inc.

Monday, December 16th, 2013

[TRIGGER WARNING: Beaver*]

This 1955 de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver, operated by Seaplane Adventures (aka San Francisco Seaplane Tours Inc) of Mill Valley, Marin County USA  and recently seen flying over Market Street…

…this one…

…used to operate out of Thailand as a part of the CIA-owned Air America, Inc a half-century ago.

See? It’s one of these:

“Six Beavers lined up* at Udorn, probably in 1962 (UTD/Fink/ photo no. 1-JF25-16-PB1)”

Get all the deets right here:

AIR AMERICA: DE HAVILLAND CANADA DHC-2 (L-20) BEAVER by Dr. Joe F. Leeker Last updated on 4 March 2013

To wit:

“DHC-2 (L-20) L-202 833 1 March 62 leased from US Army 54-1693

Service history: arrived at Bangkok in crates on 15 February 62, to be operated under the Madriver Contract AF62(531)-1674, based at Vientiane, but maintained at Udorn (Minutes ExCom-AACL of 23 January 62, in: UTD/CIA/B7F1); assembled by Thai Airways according to contract no. BKK 62-001 (Memorandum dated 9 February 62, in: UTD/Fink/B2F16); officially received at Bangkok on 1 March 62 (Aircraft list of June 62, corrected to Sept.1963, in: UTD/Kirkpatrick/B1F1).

Fate: was to be returned to the US Army in October 62 (Minutes ExCom-AACL of 30 October 62, in: UTD/CIA/B7F1); returned on 21 April 63 (Aircraft list of June 62, corrected to Sept.1963, in: UTD/Kirkpatrick/B1F1); sold to R. N. Nelson Earth Movers as N5220G in March 92; sold to Kenmore Air Harbor Inc, Kenmore, WA, in 92; sold to San Francisco Seaplane Tours, Mill Valley, CA, on 13 July 94; current in March 2004 (request submitted to the FAA on 13 March 2004 at http://162.58.35.241/acdatabase/); current in November 2008 (request submitted to the FAA on 23 Nov. 2008 at http://162.58.35.241/acdatabase/).”

So there you have it. Head on up to the Sausalito / Marin City / Mill Valley area and take a ride on a piece of flying history, if you want. $179 and up.

* Heh.

Should San Francisco Be Making Trade Deals With China, In Light of Its Bullying of Vietnam, the Philippines, and Others?

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

So today’s the day of the big ceremony with elements of the single-party state known as the People’s Republic of China announcing some kind of trade deal with the City and County of San Francisco.

So let’s check the international news. Seems as if the Chinese Navy recently went down to the Philippines to establish a new “city” called Sansha. I think it was yesterday.

Check it:

Beijing’s planned deployment of a military garrison to Sansha brought a swift response from President Aquino. He said, “If someone entered your yard and told you he owned it, would you agree? Would it be right to give away that which is rightfully ours?” Protesters hold banners while chanting slogans during an anti-China protest along a street in Hanoi, July 22, 2012. ​​Vietnam has also criticized the establishment of Sansha, calling it “serious violation” of Hanoi’s sovereignty over the Paracel and Spratly chains, which it claims as part of Danang city and Khanh Hoa province respectively.”

Here’s a map of territorial claims in the oceanic area betwixt Vietnam and the Philippines. Do you see which county is farthest away? That’s right, it’s China. And do you see which country has the biggest claim? That’s right, it’s also China. Why is that?

Historically, other countries have had imperial ambitions in this part of the world, of course. But these days it’s all China all the time.

Is that a good thing?

Now let’s hear from Chinese Consulate advisor / Mayor Ed Lee advisor Rose Pak – perhaps she could shed some light:

When asked what message she would like to convey to the Chinese government, Pak said, “On what moral ground do we have as United States citizens lecturing what China should do when our own President would drum up falsehoods and bomb Iraq back to the stone-age, killing several hundred thousand innocent Iraqis.”

“Look at all the problems in the world, (they) are all created by Western countries with their phony-baloney moral standards,” Pak added.”

OK fine.

OMG, They Made a Movie About the AC Transit Bus Fight – On Netflix Now – Entitled “Bad Ass” – $$ for Epic Beard Man?

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

This incident in the East Bay a few years back…

…has been made into a movie called Bad Ass:

Which I guess is old news.

But the new news is that you can watch this flick for free now via the NetFlix.

It’s just released. See?

“This movie is: Exciting”

(But, sorry streamer-only NetFlix people, right now you can only have them mail you the DVD or the Blu-Ray – you can’t just stream this to your device.)

And no, I don’t think Vietnam Tom Bruso, or anyone else on the bus that day…

…will get a dime out of Bad Ass.

That’s Tinseltown for you…

Don’t Ever Change, Costco: SUPERGA Shoes, the “People’s Shoes of Italy,” are Made in, Of Course, Vietnam

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

I don’t see how SUPERGA can boast about being the “People’s Shoe’s of Italy” whilst selling old-school kicks actually made in Vietnam.

See?

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Now the Italian brollies at Costco are different – they’re actually made in Italy.

But they kind of suck.

And they cost $100.

Oh well.

Cold Busted: SFPD Arrests Sexual Assault Suspect Just Two Weeks Before Statute of Limitations Bar

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Nine years and something months later, the SFPD makes an arrest:

SFPD ARREST SUSPECT IN 10 YEAR OLD BRUTAL COLD CASE SEXUAL ASSAULT
11-103 Posted Date: 9/27/2011

The San Francisco Police Department’s Sex Crimes Detail Cold Case Unit made an arrest in a 10 year old sexual assault case. The incident occurred on November 6, 2001 in San Francisco, CA and the suspect was arrested on September 26, 2011 in San Jose, CA. The victim in this incident was offered a ride from the Mission District to her home. The three suspects then drove with the victim to Golden Gate Park and parked their car in an isolated dark area of the park were they sexually assaulted and robbed her. The victim was then ordered out of the suspect vehicle and had to flag down a passing motorist for assistance.

Due to the diligent work of the Sex Crimes Unit and Violence Reduction Team, in addition to the advent in today’s technology, the San Francisco Police Department was able to identify the suspect as Vinh Q. Chung, Vietnamese, Male, 10/26/1981. Chung was taken into custody at his home by members of the San Francisco Police Department’s Violent Reduction Team. He is currently being held at the County Jail in lieu of 5 million dollars bail.” 

How about that?

Three-Day Weekend Fun: Using This Link to Search WikiLeaks Cables for Interesting Stuff

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Well, here it is, your:

US diplomatic cables browser (all 250k, unredacted cables available)”

I think this link has the new stuff in it, since there are references in there to Apple’s astonishing (to the writer, anyway) lack of counterfeit-preparedness back in 2008, and that’s been in the news the past couple of days.

I don’t know how exciting this will be for you but remember when that Olympic torch came to town back in 2008? This bit and others similar touch on that:

China is \”gravely concerned\” about security for the April 9 San Francisco Torch Relay participants and their charter plane, said MFA Director General Zheng Zeguang, during a March 26 meeting with the Charge. China expects \”anti-China forces\” to step up their efforts to sabotage the event and asked for USG help in ensuring a \”smooth\” relay.”

And oh yeah, Vietnam was pissed about this kind-of-whacko lady who tried to set part of our downtown Marriott on fire leading to a back and forth that reads just the way you’d expect it to. (The Vietnamese really, really wanted the terrorism charges to stick. They didn’t. But she got a five-year sentence for arson so that’s not too bad.

Anyway, I’m done, my five minutes worth of kicking around the browser are over. The problem is that you can’t search the text.

But you, you’re so clever, I’m sure you can look into this and figure out all sorts of interesting stuff what occurred in the 415…

Phone Home: iPhone Stolen on the Streets of San Francisco Pings Its Rightful Owner from Vietnam 2 Weeks Later

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

From @FredSharples comes this news: Panic Co-Founder Cabel M. Sasser had his Apple iPhone 4 ripped out of his hands while waiting for a table at a San Francisco restaurant two weeks ago.

Well, let’s let him Tweet the rest of the story:

“The good news? My iPhone 4, snatched out of my hand in SF (long story), just pinged, two weeks later! The bad news? http://t.co/ZBJ1J05

That’s right, it turned up in Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon, aka S S S S S Saigon) in Vietnam, per the free Find My iPhone app.

Check it. Sai-going, Sai-gong, Sai-gone:

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But that’s not the worst part, oh no:

“Worst part was, I was holding it pretty close, waiting for a table at a restaurant. And *poof*, gone so quickly.”

(What a nice story – it’s like the Golden Gate Restaurant Association and the Mayor’s Office got together to write the copy, huh?)

All the deets here on the Twitter.

Oh  well.

The Return of “Epic Bearded Man” Thomas Bruso of AC Transit Fame – Bus Fights Behind Him – Cheering for the Giants

Monday, October 25th, 2010

CaliberSF‘s Travis has a doozie today. Click on over to see the original version of this shot and also to catch up with Vietnam Tom.

Via Travis of CaliberSF

Both AC Transit Bus Fighters Speak Out – Planned Boxing Rematch Cancelled

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Here’s some fresh video from YouTubes’s doghousefm. It seems that the famous incident started when Epic Beard Guy Thomas Alexander Bruso boarded an AC Transit bus so he could go “to Frisco to get some weed.” His original plan for his mother’s funeral:

“I’m going to wear a powder blue fucking suit, and a white shirt and a red tie and a fucking breast cancer pin…”

Comes now the fight loser “Michael” (who appears to be on a first-name-only basis with DJ “JV“):

“First of all, I’d like to aPOlogize to AC Transit…”

It goes on and on, Black History Month, 5150, bygones, veterans, arthritis, murder, parole, apologies, brothers, stolen money, leaking, ass kicking, Strike Force(?) Showtime TV, 10,000 kids, cocaine - it goes on and on.

Can’t remember which morning-zoo / dawg-pound joint this screengrab came from. Oh yes, it was from WILD 94.9 FM:

And here’s more information about the now-cancelled plans for a rematch.

We’re approaching endgame on this one…

A Message from Thomas Bruso: “Don’t Fuck With Old Senior Citizens, They’ll Surprise You”

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Well, somebody tracked down Epic Beard Guy Thomas Bruso after he got released from John George Psychiatric Pavilion.

Here he is, straight outta Caffe Trieste in North Beach, Tom Bruso:

Wow, he runs the gamut.

He mixes fact with fiction – how can you sort it all out?

Here’s the reaction on KRON 4.