Sources at Kaffeeklatsch News(ish) have today obtained a copy of a memo circulating from the headquarters of the National Rifle Association (NRA) to conservative news sources. In the aftermath of the United States' most recent mass shooting, the NRA sought to remind these news sources of their prime directive of obfuscation. Below is the text of the original memo, dated July 23, 1998, and updated in January 2014.
1966 Embassy Post Report--Vientiane
As I get my stuff together (and studiously avoid having to deal with iMovie this evening!), I thought I would start out our trip back to Laos with the 1966 U.S. Embassy Post Report for Vientiane, Laos. The times they have a’changed a tad, so those of you from an earlier generation will probably be even more amused than I am.
I started writing this post with an eye toward excerpting some of the more humourous, ironic, or just downright out-dated sections of the Report, highlighted by my usual acerbic and pithy observations.
Then I got to the housing section and determined that I just can’t improve on perfection.
I give you, then, the 1966 U.S. Embassy Post Report for Vientiane, Laos.
Bear in mind (those of you who didn’t have the privilege of living in Vientiane at this time—and I mean that sincerely) that this was the same posting about which Noam Chomsky wrote, “An American can live in the suburbs, complete with well-tended lawns, or in a pleasant villa rented from a rich Laotian, and can commute to the huge USAID compound with its PX and other facilities.”1)Noam Chomsky, Special Supplement: A Visit to Laos, The New York Review of Books, Volume 15, Number 2 · July 23, 1970, available at: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/10894 (visited March 2, 2015
I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: “American-style suburbs, my ass!”
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|1.||↑||Noam Chomsky, Special Supplement: A Visit to Laos, The New York Review of Books, Volume 15, Number 2 · July 23, 1970, available at: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/10894 (visited March 2, 2015|