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Cold War Book Review: The Last Saturday of October

I grew up during the cold war era, so I looked forward to reading this book. I am just a bit too young to actually remember the Cuban Missile Crisis.  After all, I was two-years-old at the time. However, the story was pretty well-known and often a topic of conversation by people around me during my younger years. Despite that, reading this book was quite a shock. What really floored me while reading The Last Saturday of October, was how much we did not know.

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A Historic Cold War Thriller

This story is a thriller and a historical bombshell. Written from the point of view of the Russians, the story is meticulously researched with much of the information only declassified in recent years. The characters are real and so well developed that you actually become part of the conversation and part of the story. You have the very real feeling that you too are on the submarine, and experiencing the same wet, cold, fear, discomfort, and uncertainty that the crew of submarine B-59 was dealing with. 

What is truly extraordinary is the fact that, if not for the last minute moral decisions of a few Russian men, and especially Vasili Arkhipov, the world today would be very different. Many do not know just how dangerously close we came to nuclear war. It was a unique moment when that realization dawned on me.

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Read The Last Saturday of October

Douglas C Gilbert (no relation) clearly knows his subject matter and probably has first-hand naval training or experience. I would certainly not be at all surprised to learn the author served a few years in the U.S. Navy.  The dialogue and terminology ring very true throughout the story. The research and documentation are very impressive.

The Last Day of October is a must read for history buffs, military history enthusiasts, and anyone who enjoys well-written historical fiction. I give this book 5 out of 5 Stars and highly recommend it!

If you think you might enjoy The Last Day of October, you might also want to check out Serpents Underfoot!

A Few Random Thoughts …

Thought #1:

Well … Progressives and Liberals have found something else protest … other Protesters.  It is amazing to me that the ideology that brought us the Vietnam War protesters, Green Peace,  Code Pink, the Million Mom March, gay rights protestors, anti-nuke protestors, anti-Bush protestors, pro-Snail Darter protestors, ACORN, etc, etc, ad nauseum … can’t stand a little competition.  So … when regular Americans show up at a town hall meeting to voice (yes … sometimes loudly) their distrust of and anger at the horrible health care reform bill that Obama is determined to ram down America’s throat, left wing leaders call them Nazis, compare them to Timothy McVeigh and hooded KKK members. 

I guess this should really come as no surprise … coming from the folks that provided us with these gems:

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Of course …  to be fair … we all know that most left wing progressive protests are spontaneous; and therefore, certainly have no interest in rocking the political boat!   Seriously folks …  there simply aren’t any left wing political groups with political agendas and connections; that plan, coordinate, and carry out protests against their political opponents! 

Do you want to know what the key point hidden in all this is? The point that most folks have missed in all of this fanfare?   It is quite simply this: 

Conservatives do not, as a rule, protest.  Therefore … if you actually have conservatives angry enought to protest … you might want to take a pretty close look at why!

Thought #2:

If socialism works so well, why is Cuba running out of toilet paper?

Thought #3:

How is the fact that UPS and FEDEX are doing well … and that the U.S. Postal Service is in trouble … an endorsement  for a federal run health care system?

Thought #4: 

Since the 1017 page House version of the health care reform bill (which amazingly enough, Obama is not familiar with many sections of) is written in some kind of alien form of bureaucratic English that can barely be decoded by earthlings,  and therefore is largely open to interpretation; what is wrong with these interpretations:

  • Page 16:  States that if you have insurance at the time of the bill becoming law and change, you will be required to take a similar plan. If that is not available, you will be required to take the government option!
  • Page 22:  Mandates audits of all employers that self-insure!
  • Page 29:  Admission: your health care will be rationed!
  • Page 30: A government committee will decide what treatments and benefits you get (and, unlike an insurer, there will be no appeals process)
  • Page 42:  The “Health Choices Commissioner” will decide health benefits for you. You will have no choice. None.
  • Page 50:  All non-US citizens, illegal or not, will be provided with free healthcare services.
  • Page 58:  Every person will be issued a National ID Healthcard.
  • Page 59:  The federal government will have direct, real-time access to all individual bank accounts for electronic funds transfer.
  • Page 65:  Taxpayers will subsidize all union retiree and community organizer health plans (example: SEIU, UAW and ACORN)
  • Page 72:  All private healthcare plans must conform to government rules to participate in a Healthcare Exchange.
  • Page 84:  All private healthcare plans must participate in the Healthcare Exchange (i.e., total government control of private plans)
  • Page 91:  Government mandates linguistic infrastructure for services; translation: illegal aliens
  • Page 95:  The Government will pay ACORN and Americorps to sign up individuals for Government-run Health Care plan.
  • Page 102:  Those eligible for Medicaid will be automatically enrolled: you have no choice in the matter.
  • Page 124:  No company can sue the government for price-fixing. No “judicial review” is permitted against the government monopoly. Put simply, private insurers will be crushed.
  • Page 127:  The AMA sold doctors out: the government will set wages.

Thought #5:

How do you have a serious discussion about health care insurance reform without discussing:

  •  Allowing Americans to shop for health insurance across state lines.
  • TORT Reform.
  • Controlling malpractice insurance premium costs for physicians.