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U.S. House to send Trump impeachment articles to Senate

iHeartRadio Podcast Premiere

09:53 min | 1 year ago

U.S. House to send Trump impeachment articles to Senate

"Let's get to impeachment we finally have some updates Fauria and I didn't leave the show with this today well number one because I want to make fun of the Democrats during the debate last night and all the craziness that went on there and then we had local issues because the legislative session is officially under way there a lot of issues that are being debated in Tallahassee that will actually impact your lives here in the state of Florida so we wanted to get some of those and of course during the course of the Senate trial we're gonna spend plenty of time on all of this but I do want to update you on where things stand today speaker Pelosi signed a house resolution to transmit the two articles of impeachment against president trump over to the Senate that followed the house approving resolution today appointing house managers for the impeachment trial representative Collin Peterson Democrat from Minnesota was the only Democrat to vote against the resolution the vote triggered the start of the Senate trial which has been delayed for nearly a month after the house approved two articles of impeachment against president trump one for abuse of power in the other for obstruction of Congress polo C. named seven house managers house intelligence chairman Adam Schiff house judiciary chairman Jerry Nadler representative Val Deming's from here in Florida Democrat from the Orlando area representative came Jeffries representative Zoe Lofgren representative Jason crow and representative Sylvia Garcia I know hello see couldn't do this she had to include chef and Nadler among the house managers but it would have been much better if she didn't because they're just viewed in such a partisan light and you've got talented people bound Deming's she's gonna be good she's the former police chief of Orlando and she uses out during the hearing as well she did so you've got talented people that you could have handled this you don't need shift or Nadler because nobody's really gonna pay much attention to what they say there's just a view bait in about those two I can see where the mines take a step back from being doing the actual trial and maybe there is yeah behind the scenes manager that's how it should be I don't know you think shift is gonna take a step back from the cameras are now learn mom the with all the incoming that chef and never took from the president maybe plus he said like and I'll let you go over there behind a smart move I don't know if that's what's going to happen but still Lofgren she's been this is our third impeachment trial yeah you were mentioning this earlier she was a staffer during the Nixon Nixon and the run up to the Nixon impeachment was actually in peace okay and then she was in Congress on the house side when Clinton was impeached now she's one of the truck the the managers of the impeachment I'm sorry if you've been around for three if you were a staffer during Nixon you really still need to be in Washington DC well I think it goes to the depth chart the dancing clothes he was well yeah yes yes yes I'm looking at a trial of it you know fantasies over here yeah that's how I'm viewing rice really she was there for Nixon to still there but now that that makes total sense to have somebody like that we I kinda knowledge and experience on your house manager staff list in terms of what's next there's gonna be a few days a housekeeping and procedural work Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to hold the substantive part of the trial opening arguments in the queue in a period it's gonna hold that until Tuesday in order to give house managers and trump's defense team a couple of days to prepare on Tuesday the Senate is expected to vote on an organizing resolution the will lay out the terms for the trial it seems like they're going to model it very closely to what happened in the Clinton impeachment they always need a live witness issue yes which if they get the for Republicans across over right right then we'll see what happens then and also the the new reporting today is and how will the Democrats agree to a **** for tat as far as witnesses of they get right hold on yeah well they allow hunter Biden especially if they think under by it has nothing to hide you know we'll see how that plays out and let me get to that aspect several key Senate Republicans are insisting there be specific language in shoring of votes on whether to call witnesses and request documents not that witnesses and documents are allowed but just that there's a vote right on it aides to some vulnerable senators and moderate states including senator Susan Collins have said this language is crucial we know Susan Collins probably once witnesses and it sounds like Mitt Romney once that as well I've heard Lamar Alexander Makowski is always one to watch the numbers are close a democratic leadership aide told Axios that they will force votes on subpoenaing key witnesses such as trump's former national security adviser John Bolton acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney Mulvaney senior adviser Robert Blair and top White House budget official Michael Duffy as well as relevant documents at the very least that will for some vulnerable Senate Republicans to cast tough votes lot of politics being played on both sides as to be expected some important numbers to remember Republicans would need fifty one votes to dismiss the case out right that's not gonna happen there's no way you're gonna have vulnerable Republicans like a Susan Collins vote to dismiss the case will not happen Democrats would need fifty one votes to call witnesses that's possible Republicans currently hold a fifty three forty seven majority in the Senate so Democrats would need for Republicans come over to their side to make the numbers work I think they think they have the votes I think they probably have the votes to at the very least John Paul at the very least I think you're gonna want to he he you're gonna have some Republicans are gonna want to hear from the former national security adviser one important note about today's resolution it gives managers authority to submit additional evidence that the Senate that's key because last night impeachment investigators at the house Judiciary Committee new evidence obtained from left partis Giuliani associate indicted by the Southern District of New York harness is gonna appear with Rachel Maddow Alan M. S. N. B. C. in a little bit and he basically says everything he did some of which was not good he did at the direction of the president Rudy Giuliani that's what he's gonna say tonight's in there there's a lot to one pack based on some of what we've learned about partners over the past couple of days so they're certainly going to be a back and forth and debate over what needs to be explored during the course of the Senate trial on the controversial decision by pelo C. to hold the impeachment articles for three weeks this is what she said on ABC's this week this past Sunday she said the tactic has produced a very positive results she said quote we feel that is produced a very positive result in terms of additional emails an unredacted information that's come forward Bolton has said he will testify if subpoenaed by the Senate I don't think the delay matters all that much in the big scheme of things you had much McConnell who held his ground he was not gonna be bullied by Nancy Pelosi should just didn't have the leverage some new information did come out including reselling the past couple of days although look this stuff it's not going to change the outcome of the trial the only thing that can really make this difficult for Republicans would be of John Bolton testified and have really really damaging information it also have John Bolton testify and he puts forth information favorable to the president and then it's a no brainer we don't know how that's going to go I think Bolton's announcement that he was willing to testify was the most important development that took place during the three weeks the pelo C. held the articles of impeachment what I go back to is the house were rushing through the impeachment process that was a mistake because now they have to push the Senate to do what they should have done I thought they went too fast if this was such a serious matter then you take your time and you do a thorough complete process instead they rushed through the articles of impeachment and then they kind of had to wait to see if more information will come out and then they learn one of the people they should of try to issue a subpoena for John Bolton he was maybe interested now in talking to the Senate it's it's just a mess and plus on top of this all it puts Senate Democrats running for president Elizabeth Warren Bernie Sanders in closure but some of the top spot she delayed this whole thing policy for three weeks and now at a crucial time for them right before the Iowa caucuses they're gonna be caught up in the Senate trial that's really at the end of the day that's where the biggest impact is the biggest impact is on the democratic primary and how it's gonna fact Iowa if I were those Senate Democrats I would not be thrilled with Nancy Pelosi at the moment your thoughts on the whole I hate you up to this point I have to disagree one thing is this notion that the investigation

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Unredacted Ukraine Documents Reveal Extent of Pentagon's Legal Concerns

The Lead with Jake Tapper

07:59 min | 1 year ago

Unredacted Ukraine Documents Reveal Extent of Pentagon's Legal Concerns

"The politics lead now amidst the presidential impeachment involving withheld White House meeting for the President of Ukraine Secretary of State. Mike pompeo cancelled his planned trip to Ukraine bear. He would have met with Ukrainian Presidents Alinsky. The State Department saying Pompeo did so so in order to monitor the violence surrounding Iraqi embassy. This news comes as new reporting from the website just security showing us. What's behind some of those black lines James? In the redacted emails the trump administration was forced to hand over to those requesting it which include warnings from the Pentagon that the hold on military Ukraine rain broke the law and that the decision withhold the aid came right from the top. CNN Sara Murray reports in the face of mornings from the Pentagon on that holding nearly four hundred million dollars in Ukraine could be illegal. A top budget official made it clear. The orders were coming directly from the President Clear Direction from Port Chris to continue to hold Michael Duffy. Atop Office of Management and budget official wrote in an email to Defense Department Comptroller Elaine mccusker on August thirtieth national security focused website just security reviewed the unredacted emails which had previously been released by the trump administration with heavier reductions. The emails reportedly show that weeks. Earlier mccusker flagged concerns that if the hold wasn't lifted soon the Pentagon couldn't guarantee all of the money would reach Ukraine and time. The emails highlight the finger pointing between Owen. Be and the Defense Department over the freeze on Ukraine funds today no MB. Spokesperson said. There was agreement every step of the way between Dod and lawyers who are responsible eligible for working out the details of the hold in line with the president's priorities Defense Department officials disagreed. One said we were always concerned about the ramifications sins of holding the military assistance to Ukraine the new details come as the impeachment proceedings remain in limbo White House. Aides were in touch with Senate majority leader. Mitch McConnell's office over the holidays. But when the Senate returns tomorrow McConnell plans to continue business as usual until Nancy Pelosi officially transmits the articles of impeachment. Each mint your house. Democrats seem to be suggesting they'd prefer never to transmit the articles Democratic lawmakers including Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are already seizing on these emails pointing to them as evidence that any kind of fair trial in the Senate is going to need to include documents documents and witnesses from the trump administration. Jake all right Sara Murray. Thanks so much and this is how Nancy Pelosi just responded to these new emails on a tweet trump engaged in unprecedented resonated total obstruction of congress hiding these emails all other documents and his top aides from the American people. His excuse was a phony complain about the house process. What's the excuse now? Why won't trump McConnell allow a fair trial? What do you make that argument Asia? What it is something that they're going to really drill down on these unredacted emails? They really do raise questions because you had ownby general counsel has sent a letter to the GAO so Basically saying that that they had held up this money and that the reason why they held up this money that but it didn't really make a big difference. That dod was telling them that there was no risk that this money wouldn't go out but what you see in. These emails is the direct opposite of what will be said that there was a risk that this money was going to be held up and there was a legal concern and this goes to the heart of what kind of Republicans have been saying that this was just people. This was just the deep state. They just disagreed with policy but the concern that we're being raised. Were not about policy. They were about legal issues. People in the Dod thought that this was illegal that they were withholding this money. I and here's this. One unredacted email from August thirtieth of last year from Michael Duffy. He's Office of Management and budget official to Elaine mccusker. She's a Pentagon comptroller. Roller mentions the quote clear direction from Potus President of the United States to continue to hold this obviously flies right in the face of those who are saying. There's nothing meantime president trump to this and. I don't think that many people actually believed that the number of Publicans elected officials the real people people the the the number who think it was a perfect call and there was nothing here is fairly low. The question is again whether that rises to the point point they want him removed. And that's a real open question. I'm not real sure what we're doing at this point. Are we going to transmit the articles of impeachment. Are we going to Redo the thing in the house because as we have more information or they just asking to be in control of the Senate rules and all of that sounds like Gobbledygook. That's what it sounds like to normal people as well and it will continue to sound like that which is y this is sort of stagnant and has been for quite some time and that part matters one of these I would say yes and no right if Democrats keep it very simple which is the president of the United States should tell the truth. Why are you blocking material evidence because every time in the last couple of weeks we've got new information? It undermines the president so it looks like he's using his power or to protect himself. And why won't you let these people come forward and testify now when we went through the house proceedings. Republicans kept saying well. These people don't have direct knowledge. Okay so now now Schumer saying we want people with direct knowledge. This report gives us more information from security. That gives an actually the New York Times even earlier. This week gives us more information of exactly. What kind of direct knowledge these individuals hat and their participation so I think if Democrat now that they're in this phase of negotiating? I'm sure tomorrow is going to be full of lots of bluster on the Senate floor. That'll be great. However I think this gives Schumer and Pelosi some leverage? It's not just about Mitch McConnell. It's about those senators who are vulnerable honorable right that doesn't move those needle move Nina with those enough Republicans. Four Republican senators. What would be needed for anything at the end of the day? Fifty one votes wins. I haven't seen that yet collins and Murkowski who expressed concerns but then they also say we're concerned with the democratic process or in case she said I'm open to waiting on the witnesses until after the case so if they're not willing to get behind Democrats in this push for firsthand witnesses and documents. It's just not going to happen. Would you look like you're about to say yeah. I'm just. I'm just skeptical. That there's enough enthusiasm to on this issue on the issue of witnesses inside a Senate trial among Americans wants to put enough pressure on a couple of senators for them to go. Oh Yeah we're GONNA change the way we do this. I can hardly and buck McConnell. It's very hard to imagine a president venting about a lot of things on twitter today as want quoted a conservative commentator from the NOCCO saying quote. It seems the Democrats have shot themselves in the foot in one one more way and this president is being persecuted over three years with one investigation after another and and that really plays to his base. It's it's an argument to me because I mean things are not clear cut here. We had the impeachment proceeding. And then it's just kind of as Mayor Catherine some points on hold and we're not really sure what's going to happen and the country is divided right like even though some polls have shown that the majority of the country thinks that he did something wrong that the president president did something wrong. They are divided on what happens next And so I think probably what you're having now is a Democrat trying to decide. What are they what type of pressure they can really put on president trump? He was saying that he wanted a trial but in the past few days. He's kind of been hinting that maybe he doesn't care what happens. I think he wants to be vindicated. I I think he's GonNa want some type of trial but it's not clear how much the Democrats are really going to be able to dictate that. Are they putting the Democrats putting enough pressure directly on Susan Collins. Lisa Murkowski Mitt Romney any other vulnerable Republican with ads with democratic grassroots activists. I mean I haven't seen that I agree with you. I haven't seen enough of it. I think there have been some efforts. It was a little bit challenging. I think during the holidays now that we're back in January. I think it'll be a lot easier and again as long as as they keep it simple. I think there is a very fair argument to be made about the facts and the

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Newly released email sheds light on holdup of Ukraine aid

Noon Report with Rick Van Cise

00:43 sec | 1 year ago

Newly released email sheds light on holdup of Ukraine aid

"Seas Terry Moran reports they're also new details about the American aid that was withheld from Ukraine trove of newly released emails are shedding light on how nearly four hundred million dollars worth of security aid to Ukraine was withheld at the instruction of the White House the one hundred and forty six pages of redacted documents reveal the just ninety minutes after the July phone call when president trump asked Ukraine's president so let's get you a quote do us a favor by investigating his political rivals senior budget official Michael Duffy instructed the defense department to please hold off on releasing the funds asking for discretion Duffy rights given the sensitive nature of the request I appreciate your keeping that information closely

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Aid withheld 91 minutes after Trump call with Ukraine president

First Light

12:43 min | 1 year ago

Aid withheld 91 minutes after Trump call with Ukraine president

"Democrats a newly obtained White House emails provide more insight into president trump's dealings with Ukraine the White House communications show the order to withhold military aid came minutes after president trump and the Ukrainian president hung up the phone in July ABC Serena Marshall reports from Washington just in ninety one minutes after the now infamous phone call between president trump and Ukraine's president Michael Duffy a senior official with the office of management and budget email the Pentagon to please hold off on that funding to Ukraine requesting they keep it quiet Duffy is one of the four witnesses to Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer has said he wants to hear from during the Senate trial the one hundred and forty six pages of heavily redacted emails were obtained by the center for public integrity following a federal judge's ruling a US service members serving in Afghanistan has been killed in action the Taliban claimed responsibility saying US and Afghan forces were ambushed the US military reports that a US service member was killed in Afghanistan on Monday but no details are available about the circumstances of the service member's death twenty Americans have been killed in combat in Afghanistan this year making two thousand nineteen the deadliest year for U. S. troops in that country since two thousand and fourteen president trump is considering reducing the number of American troops in Afghanistan from thirteen thousand to eight thousand six hundred though no decision has been made we Martinez ABC news Washington our our Chinese president she's in pain welcome south Korean president merging into Beijing today for meetings on the freeway summer with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Ave SO three Asian powers are expected to discuss regional tensions running trade security in North Korea and new satellite image of a factory where North Korea makes military equipment used to launch a long range missile shows the construction of a new structure and just reported this hour Saudi state TV says the kingdom is handed down five death sentences and the death of columnist this is ABC news from Kelly Blair with the top local stores from from the the the como como como twenty twenty twenty four four four seven seven seven news news news center center center of of of rail rail rail service service service between between between Seattle Seattle Seattle and and and Portland Portland Portland won't won't won't be be be resuming resuming until until today today it it was was shut shut down down on on Friday Friday after after much much like like cover cover the the tracks tracks south south of Tacoma contract plan to resume service by Sunday afternoon but that was changed to Monday the land side left mud that was fifty feet wide and three to four feet deep on the track the crash that left one person dead shut down I five for several hours and troopers believe racing on the freeway led up to that crash the state patrol says around two thirty Sunday morning a car crashed on northbound five a two thirty six and not like terrorism went up in flames investigators say twenty eight year old Randy better ten was speeding when he side swiped another car and slammed into a concrete bridge he said he died in the crash and wasn't wearing a seatbelt and a fun it's been set up for fall in Pierce county deputy Cooper Dyson who died in a car accident on his way to help fellow deputies Friday night donations can be made online using a credit card or PayPal ATP crime stoppers dot com here's your triple a traffic at the Smith in the como traffic center we have some road work going on overnight overnight on on highway highway ninety ninety nine nine this this is is in in both both directions directions between between away away notice notice street street and and one one forty forty fifteen fifteen expect expect to to see see up up to to two two lanes lanes in in each each direction direction closed closed through through that that stretch stretch meanwhile meanwhile working working us us weather weather closures closures West West Valley Valley high high we we still still closed closed in in Pacific Pacific between between third third and and alleys alleys and and and and also also in in the the highways highways and and closed closed between between older older cut cut off off road road and and one one six six one eight due to a landslide haven't Smith couple twenty four seven traffic primarily cloudy skies expected across western Washington overnight into your Monday early this morning Los tumble to the upper thirties and low forties highs on Monday range in the low to mid forties certainly keep the jacket with use you're asking about in the lowland rain is expected to be one still dealing with potentially with a little bit about extra features of winter white probably over the past a county the couple at the center for the first time in seven tries the Seahawks lost to the Arizona Cardinals in Seattle failing twenty seven to thirteen shop now let it for but can still win the NFC west tied up next week if the forty Niners that came flexed his Sunday night for the division championship customers basketball the dam and classical repair St eighty five to sixty four G. 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S. Christmas gift and follow those remarks with more tests at its missile sites which satellite photos show our being expanded correspondent will Ripley does not necessarily expect leader Kim to order any aggressive action right now so my source says of the north Koreans are going to do they're going to kind of take a step back take a wait and see approach continue to remind the world that they have this nuclear capability and I wouldn't rule out a launch by the way in twenty twenty they've already gotten the effect that they want around Christmas time which is lots of western media talking about the possibility of the of a large why would they need to go through with it now when they can maybe save it for an even more vulnerable time closer US election perhaps John Bolton told ACSI owes he doesn't think the White House really means it when president trump pledges to haul dictator Kim Jong own from nuclear weapons development or it would be pursuing a different course boat we are now nearly three years into the administration with no visible progress toward getting North Korea to make the strategic decision to stop pursuing deliverable nuclear weapons close quote time is on the side of the proliferator Bolton told ACSI owes the more time there is the more time there is to develop test and refine both the nuclear component and the ballistic missile components of the program still the senior military commanders say the US is ready for whatever Pyongyang might do Evan hating reporting for first light by the way we will be going live to Seoul South Korea later this morning for a closer look at what the north is up to it's nine minutes past the hour now and they are heavily redacted but newly released emails give more of a time line about the White House efforts to hold back hundreds of millions of dollars in military funds to Ukraine last summer Bob Costantini reports Democrats would like to hear from one of the key participants in those email chains Michael as you might expect the trump White House is urging Americans to not read too much it these newly disclosed emails the center for public integrity obtained one hundred forty six pages of White House emails focusing on the office of management and budget Mike Duffy who worked in the area of national security funding wrote the Pentagon asking officials there to hold off on sending military aid to Ukraine just ninety minutes after president trump had the impeachment focus phone call with Ukraine's voluminous landscape the transcript as Mr trump asking for a favor mentioning Joan hunter Biden and theories about Ukraine helping Hillary Clinton in twenty sixteen Duffy also mention to the withholding of the two hundred fifty million dollars be kept quiet quote given the sensitive nature of the request Mike Duffy is one of four witnesses Democrats want to call it a Senate impeachment trial the new email disclosures prompting Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer urge even just a handful of Republicans to think about what he believes the nation needs to hear the questions Democrats want answered there's nothing wrong with withholding the eight why didn't Mr Duffy want anyone to know about what he was doing it this is a perfect conversation why are they trying to hush it up the only be spokeswoman calls focusing on one line of the email without context misleading and inaccurate speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi is withholding the articles of impeachment from the Senate demanding to know how the trial will proceed president trump speaking into Saturday conservative students meeting near is more like a home with a new nickname crazy so now he says you know she has no okay so let's not submitted she sings about witnesses are stalled and on hold for the holidays our thanks to Bob Constantini reporting from the White House it is now eleven past the hour and coming up a devore cast only a parent could love the latest on the NFL playoff picture heading into the final week of the season I'm 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Schumer cites "explosive" email to call for impeachment witnesses

Optimal Health with Dr Calapai

00:38 sec | 1 year ago

Schumer cites "explosive" email to call for impeachment witnesses

"Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer says a newly released email from a White House official ties the president's request for Ukraine to investigate the bidens to a hold on military aid correspondent Jeremy herb explains Michael Duffy the White House official he sent this email basically ordered the Pentagon to hold this eight out and in it he acknowledge there was the potential for political sensitivity of this was potentially explosive as minority leader Schumer said Republicans say they've heard from enough witnesses in the house impeachment inquiry and on Sunday talk shows blasted as unconstitutional speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to delay

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Senate leaders battle over impeachment trial after McConnell rejects Democrats’ calls for witnesses

Heartland Newsfeed Radio Network

00:40 sec | 1 year ago

Senate leaders battle over impeachment trial after McConnell rejects Democrats’ calls for witnesses

"The Senate's top. Two leaders Tuesday engage in a battle over the structure of the trump impeachment trial from the Washington. Post they report. It shines a spotlight on a new level of tension between the two sides before negotiations over the Senate proceedings even begin. It started Tuesday as Senate majority leader. Mitch McConnell rejected a call from minority leader Chuck Schumer to subpoena witnesses for the proceedings for his part. Schumer wants to see subpoenas for acting the White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney senior adviser Rubber Blair former National Security Adviser John Bolton as well as Michael Duffy a top official with the office of Management Spent and budget

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Impeachment updates: Congress braces for historic vote

The Glenn Beck Show

00:52 sec | 1 year ago

Impeachment updates: Congress braces for historic vote

"I will be voting yes on obstruction of Congress that from congresswoman Alyssa Slotkin a Democrat from a swing district in Michigan that went to trump in twenty sixteen the house Judiciary Committee releasing this report on impeachment just days before the full house vote on the two articles abuse of power and obstruction of Congress as the vote approaches impeachment in the house appears inevitable now some lawmakers are shifting their focus to the Senate and a likely trial in January conducting an impeachment trial in the Senate is enormously weighty and solemn responsibility Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer says he'd like to hear testimony from at least four people tied to the Ukraine scandal acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney Mulvaney aid Robert Blair former national security adviser John Bolton and Michael Duffy associate director for national security at the office of management and budget fox's

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"michael duffy" Discussed on Mental Illness Happy Hour

Mental Illness Happy Hour

05:10 min | 3 years ago

"michael duffy" Discussed on Mental Illness Happy Hour

"Yeah, good questions. Fourth of July, I never wanted to God what other fireworks display to answer that quick quickly. Is there a Vietnam vet that enjoys the fourth of July? I've gotten better because I raised three daughters and, oh, we're going to the MO gay, and as long as they sit not next to them blowing off. But I have some friends, you know, I raised my family in the suburb of Chicago, and of course a, we're going to have a big fire works display in my backyard. Come on over and you kids go on over. I'll stay. But sleep finally came and it, you know, a melodic of. A lot of work there kind of work. Did you put in when did sleep gum? Well, in the late seventies the via the Veterans Administration put together, these vet centers where groups and I was living in Denver that time groups of veterans would talk about their experiences that really helped me some moments from that head. If you remember any essentially tell them about a lot of the stories I put in the book, but. I just was interesting to see some of the different personalities in those. Those those groups, some guys felt anger because they said we could have won the war had we just stayed there and I'm thinking to myself, really, I don't think so. We had a half a million men and I couldn't go outside the barbed wire. Got a Cup of coffee. That's how dangerous it was. We had those type of GI's. We head others that. Were just focused on. Their marriage, which was dissolving and they didn't understand why a lot of that this these up since abuse. Yeah, not so much. We didn't bring up, you know, I'll tell you what they asked me. Oh, yeah. How much did you smoke? And b. I said, I didn't smoke. I didn't. I didn't go near it. I didn't go near anything because remember these guns, all I have to do is smoke a joint and drop around in Westmoreland tent. You know. No, I I was on and that night the the passage I read head, I've been awake this. That would not have happened 'cause I know how it happened and I don't explain it. I'm maybe I did. I don't remember. You'll have to read the book to find out how it have you. Did you did that the wrong church was put in? They borrowed ammunition from the, but so. That would not have happened. So that's why I drink beer and I spent one night in Saigon. I think you read about that. Your listeners would love that chapter. So the the group's work with Arctic very started getting some help from the VA. Yeah. So they did come up to the plate. And as I mentioned earlier, when I got back nineteen sixty nine in nineteen sixty nine, they went up. They didn't know what was wrong, but they did come the the Veterans Administration did see a problem and they addressed it with these vet centers, and I really have nothing but praise nothing but praise for the Veterans Administration in this country. They have treated me in my fellow vets that I've talked to with respect and they have answered our questions, whether it be the Agent Orange question or the post traumatic stress questions. They've done a good job now that's not to say that down in some parts of the country. Somebody fudge some papers in one hospital to make it look better. That happens anywhere that happens in any corporation. They cut a corner, but by and large, I have nothing but praise for the Veterans Administration. That's that's refreshing to hear because. The people that I talk to in the stories that I've read, not necessarily Vietnam vets, but Gulf war veterans. I hear a lot of frustration and them trying to seek mental health health and being given a, you know, an appointment five months from now when they're in a state of crisis. So I imagine, yes, it varies, but thank God you. You got the help that that you did. What? What, what was it like when you saw the? The Vietnam memorial. Oh, very moving. Yeah, I saw it only once when it was in Chicago. No, no, not..

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06:14 min | 3 years ago

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"I was not sophisticated enough with my high school diploma to say, I didn't know where Vietnam was. I needed to get a map out. Yeah, Vietnam is this place for our younger listeners, the author he's referring to is president John F Kennedy, who said in his inauguration speech and. In the other thing I want to say to some for younger listeners that might not know this. These worth last days for. People having faith in their government. The from the mid sixties through Watergate, which was roughly kind of wrapped up in seventy four seventy five. America got its cherry popped. In many ways. It. How would you phrase it? Well, the bright light of the press came into the White House and congress, and we saw what we thought was a steady ship going through the c really wasn't that steady ship. And there was at times more interested in getting elected. Then bringing these young men home to the United States and ending that war three presidents in a row, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon are all their phone transcripts of all three of them saying, I know I can't win this war, but I've got an election to think about which is noisy aiding to think about, right. I think the worst part was the end there when. When president Nixon came up with the slogan, peace with honour. Well, honor meant a lot more Americans. We're going to stay over there and many of them died. Many of them lost a limb, lost their eyesight. It was. Vietnamese many, yeah, and civilians too. So it's tragic that they any well, any of them. Goodness. Set up a said, this is an error we need to get out. Now we'll give the equipment to the South Vietnamese army and they can fight their own war. Remember South Vietnam was a sovereign country. And North Vietnam was a sovereign country and the North Vietnamese invaded South Vietnam. So this. When we left it was still South. Vietnam was still alive as a government. It took two years then for them to fall. They could have pulled out and just said, here's the equipment, South Vietnam. Nixon could have done it in one thousand nine hundred seventy didn't and. Yeah, not only that in nineteen sixty eight. I remember listening on the radio, three important news items. I one would have been the assassination of Martin Luther King and it was just thinking, whoa, what happened here? I heard him speak in Chicago in nineteen sixty five. And you really interested me. As a as a powerful figure and the high school I went to, whoa, I was taught by French Christian brothers in the summer. Some of them went down and worked in the south in the voting rights March. And we were taught. We were reading some heavy literature back then black like me and in no uncertain terms. He was doing the right thing. So that was the message we got. And that was horrible. But the next one was Bobby Kennedy who I thought, well, this guy might bring me home. But the the real worsed one for me was when I heard Lyndon Johnson on the radio say, I will not accept and I will not put my name in. An accept the nomination for president of the of the United States, and I thought this guy sends all of us over here and then he quits. Okay, I'm done. It's not working. What did you? What did you think finger in that moment? Anger. I little portable radio, and I'm sitting in a filthy MAs sandbag filled with mud. Our FTC bunker and I heard it on the radio that coward at coward he takes on this. He wraps up the military. He did it, the mill, the generals didn't do it summarily. They have to go to the president. Wraps it up for five hundred thousand troops. And then the set of say, this is an error come on home. I'm out of here. Pretty angry. So that whole year was tumbled. So let's go to, let's wrap it up with when you come home. Give me some moments. Post Vietnam could even be something that happened last week where. The war has changed who you are, how you view yourself the world, maybe even how you sleep, how you walk down the street, how you experience the fourth of July friends of yours..

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01:41 min | 3 years ago

"michael duffy" Discussed on Mental Illness Happy Hour

"Lieutenant win guided the driver through a series of narrow, narrow dirt streets to me. This was nothing but amaze of confusing lanes where if left alone, I would never find my way out. There were no street signs, no curbs, no sidewalks. Everything seem seemed to be built without thought or planning. Lieutenant win. Header drivers stop near a narrow canal, filled with a fetid liquid. The color of used motor oil barges and sampans were lined up against each Bank of this narrow waterway. I saw people living on the vessel, their laundry, hanging from ropes, stretched from the craft to a post on the dock. The stench from the canal made me breathe through my mouth. I watched a young boy urinate of the site of a sound pond sampan into the water. This channel was a dead end slipped built by the French businessmen to turn of the nineteenth century at one time the canal. Provide a transfer point from land to sea for the bountiful Asian rubber product. The commercial vessels that Dr fifty years earlier where long gone replaced by paint chipped, wooden, sampans, poverty, filth, and hopelessness had a new home here. Lieutenant win looked at a piece of paper. He held his hand and motion the driver toward a lane leading away from the canal. I secretly thanked him as we passed a group of children. The yelled in unison number one GI that was a common signal to the GI's is to toss candy candy bar or gum. I was in no mood to toss candy.

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04:45 min | 3 years ago

"michael duffy" Discussed on Mental Illness Happy Hour

"The radio would crackle with another fire mission. It hear machine gunfire from the infantry and they were screaming and you really needed your wits because you could not make a mistake. So the fella I was training, I did not have confidence that this guy was should do the right job and be out on the guns every night and I didn't want to hand over the battery. Reluctantly, I gave into my fatigue and. I, I. Gave him the battery that night, and there was a a horrible accident in. I'll read from my book. Now. When I found out what had happened, I ran to the gun and demand to know who caused munya mental fuck up. Where was Lieutenant heart last night? I soon found out he had spent the entire night in the FTC bunker fire direction, control bunker with his buddy Owen in a feckless orgy of jokes, laughs and coffee. Meanwhile, an exhausted gun crew had made a sequence of errors that under proper supervision could have been avoided. Heart was seduced by owned a forget his responsibility and forget my nightly mantra to him as we walked the guns, don't let the guns fire without supervision. I knew what I knew I would have caught this error and the mistake would not have happened. I audibly cursed myself for taking the night off us. Stupid fucking shit Duffy. I said to myself, I also felt betrayed with his era Ghent edited toward me. Owen dismissed all our training from officers candidate school and fort sill Lieutenant heart fell for Owens picture of me as an over-cautious micromanager the guns fired without supervision. There was no officer. At the guns as r. s. o. p. standard operating procedure required for the first time since he had arrived in our unit Owen looked worried his haughty attitude vanished. I stood in the FTC bunker demanding an explanation. He and Hart told me they were aware of the air shortly after it happened the gunners informed FDIC that an error probably occurred soon after this horrible news and emergency radio message came from our command, ordering all the artillery batteries to check their fire or cease firing and review their missions. A military post in Saigon had reported seeing incoming rounds. Heart and Owen did not wake me because they believe nothing could be done until morning anyway. That was the only wise decision they had made. I was furious. I love the FTC bunker distraught and seething with anger. I walked to the headquarters bunker and waited as our new captain finished a discussion with the first sergeant. They both looked terrible when he finished. He turned to me in an a somber voice told me that our guns were responsible for three civilian deaths. He asked me if I was traveled to Saigon to survey the damage and talk to the family of the dead. I hesitated thinking to myself that this visit to Saigon should be a job for lieutenants heart and Owen. He looked at me with panic in his face, then said Duffy I need to debrief heart and Owen battalion. Headquarters is flying a major indoor unit this afternoon. He wants to review all of last night's fire motion. He has attained then said the major wants to review this. Fuck up himself. I said, okay, that was the first. And the last time I heard him say the word fuck up. Lieutenant win. Our Arvin neighbor would accompany me as an interpreter because I could not speak or understand the Vietnamese language. I found a driver in a Jeep, and we were off to Saigon. We drove out of camp and headed north. The normally pleasant drive for the lush rice patties was blurred with my anger the road from knob aid, Saigon received light military traffic beyond our capital was only the.

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04:37 min | 3 years ago

"michael duffy" Discussed on Mental Illness Happy Hour

"For our monthly donors. Yeah. Let me see if you can find any how it's all see. I know I have a few, you know, at one point that's all I did was paint about that. And then at one point it stopped and I just said, I don't want them, and I was never some of my fellow artists in this group were in love with their work. I never was. I said, I wanted it oughta here and it was it essentially just a thing you wanted up and out of you and away from you? I guess so I enjoyed the painting was skilled at painting. I knew how to I did very well. I knew how to mix colors and and I'm very good draftsman. These were mainly abstract though, and I, I'm not drawing the beef fifty two bombers. It comes over the South China Sea. It's just abstraction, the big. Black bird represented the fifty two and I merely. Smeared roof? No, it was, yeah, roofing cement, black, yucky cement on there and let it dry. And I use chalkboard paint, which they don't sell any more because we don't use chalkboards and just slashed, it. But at one point I grew out of it. I just know I want wanna move on and I think it helped. It helped me not be angry is much maybe. So let's a few. Wouldn't mind reading a section from your book that I dog eared. Okay, Paul, you picked it. Yeah. I wonder when I told him when I asked him if he would mind reading. Selection from the book. He said, oh, which one? And I told them the one that he's gonna read, and he was like, oh, that one. And he told me that that was obviously the hardest one to two right. But to me, it's the, it's. One of the more compelling passages in the book. So if you don't mind. Sure, thank you, Paul. And if you could give them a back story on this on set it up kind of right. So he picked five pages. There's three hundred twenty one page is in my book and he picked these five. So towards the end of my tour of duty, our unit, which consisted of six, one hundred five millimeter artillery pieces. Really they they were the same pieces in Germany in World War Two. And in Korea, I had all the logbooks and I was appointed executive officer. That means I was in charge the captain above me did a lot of work. Work in their offices, move things around. But I was the guy on the guns every day every night every time they fired. I was behind them. I made sure they shot straight because if they don't shoot straight. Innocent, innocent people without firearms get killed. Sometimes our own troops get killed. So I had been working day and night trying to train another officer below me to take over my job and I headed tremendous conflict with some of the officers in there. I was the youngest. I didn't have a high. I didn't have a college degree. It was. I had a high school diploma and six months of OCS so officer. That's yeah. And those fears. All that's all you need it. Most of the people I served with work career military, they had a four year degree went through our DC's. They were three or four years older than me. So it was difficult for me, but I took my job very seriously and I was very good at it. Meaning we did not make I. I did not make. Mistakes. So one night I was just exhausted after being up firing, we'd fire every night of fifty. Eight ninety one hundred twenty sometimes three hundred rounds at night and the guns blasting away in muck and filth. You couldn't sleep. You couldn't take your boots off..

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05:26 min | 3 years ago

"michael duffy" Discussed on Mental Illness Happy Hour

"I said, I'll try again. You know. So I had to work the, I was a political in those year. If you had gotten into the Art Institute, would you have been able to avoid the draft? Of course. Okay. Because there was a deferment for college student college students didn't have to go and. I. That's all I applied for foolishly, but I wanted to get into the arts and I didn't want to go to the junior college didn't want to go to some of the other schools around. Chicago was easy. I could live at home and that was phenomenal. Some of our our great. Artists in the in our nation went to that school to include one of the teachers that taught me when I went to college. But I didn't get in. And and again, as I said, it was a political. So I watched what was going on. I said, when I couldn't put into together as most kids my age eighteen, we're interested in two things cars and girls, and if it wasn't that it was girls in cars, that's all we talked about. So you know, I was not political at all, and. We would. You stop and think back to how. Unaware and eighteen year old is of what. Well is going to happen to him on a whim of a politician that perhaps just wants to get reelected. Yeah. What what kind of feelings come up? I'm sure you watch the PBS documentary about Vietnam burns yet and Lynn Novick, and you and you hear the audio of every president saying, this is unwinnable, but I have to think about the upcoming election. We can't. We have to save face and you think about men being sent and women into a fucking meat. Grinder. What feelings come up when you? Well, they were latent. Even when I got back, I wanted to just stuff everything that duffel bag like I did when I went over and begin my life as a student and I did, but they surfaced in different ways. I was in Colorado Springs going too small. Private liberal arts college called Colorado college, and they saved my life by I. I really believe that they let me in six months early and and during that six months, when I was in college, our unit was overrun. Many men were killed at any rate. I go to Denver, and I said, I I to the VA up there and I said, I can't sleep and he's well, I, you know, are you drinking coffee? And I said, no. And I knew something was different because before I went to Vietnam, I couldn't be woken up. So there was a difference there. I recognized that early and. Whether it was nerves or mental health or the the grind of the war. Probably all of the above, but the VA did not recognize it yet the hidden the hidden there, they were not up to speed. So really those feelings about the politicians in the anger they did come out and it was about, you know, after I graduated from college, I began painting about Vietnam and painting these pictures. And I mean, one guy said, looked at it and said, oh my God, this looks like the angriest painting I've ever seen and they were, and I've painted a lot of you describe one of them, oh, I had huge birds flying over palm trees dropping things. Into the jungle was screaming faces and elongated arms and billowing smoke. Just, you know, that's kind of verbal. A verbal description of one of them on that comes to mind. The other one I did. I did a couple of these. I had women with their arms up. You know, I called the titled Novi, see, Novi see, as you went through villages, they the villagers. They didn't like the and they didn't like us. They wanted to just grow their crops so they knew of, we went through Novi, see, they're not here. And so I did one on that level few of them. And also if VC or weapons were discovered the their village would be burned saw. Yeah. Well, sure. I, you saw that in the Ken burns Lynn Novak series on Vietnam? I was. I only walked with the infantry on really a couple of occasions..

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03:40 min | 3 years ago

"michael duffy" Discussed on Mental Illness Happy Hour

"It's a city neighborhood filled with brick apartment buildings, some huge, some small on every corner on the main street was shop mainly filled with a groceries and. And then we had a kosher delis. The neighborhood was mainly Jewish and Irish. So. In fact, I worked for a gentleman by the name of Nathan Ramos, and his son was the now deceased famous producer, a herald Ramos. Wow, I worked for his father. So Harold come in. He was bigger and older than me, scared me all the time. But so I got to know that culture very well. So at eighteen I chronicled down to the draft board and we filled out a card name address age, and there were two women there, and they pulled out a long file cabinet drawer and stuff. My carton alphabetically with everybody else's. And they were like almost grandmother types. If I remember correctly or they were older, they were older. These is a draft board leftover from World War Two and Korea. Remember the men were gone. So most of the draft for were run by women. But here's what I found out later on and it struck me in my stomach were I just had this gut reaction of anger. A neighbor kid. Well, let me back up one of those kids that went to school with in grade school got drafted, and I ran into him, oh, maybe fifteen years eight, twenty years after Vietnam. He went to Vietnam to and said, he enlisted in the army like me because he got his draft board, went to his neighbors and told that family and the woman said, why didn't you tell me before I could have got you out. My aunt runs is one of the women in the draft board. I heard that in my stomach pit it out. So what happened in probably any neighborhood in Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, the draft was corrupt, and that's why they changed it to this lottery bingo, bingo system where you run the balls with your birthdays because I guarantee you the women or men who ran those draft boards didn't draft their cousins, their sons, their neighbours. They're good friends. Now they had full authority there of what names to pull out. It's like the opposite of the city of Chicago assigning jobs. You give them only to your cousin only two year nephew, right? Or at least how it used to be? Well, yeah, I, it probably is not. Too much different. But yeah, it was pretty nepotism was the way and it was political to you. If you had a have an uncle in on the fire department or working for the streets and sanitation you, you had a better chance to get the job. So the other thing is this question about your question about the arc? I registered for the draft and just went on and tried to get into the Art Institute when I didn't..

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05:40 min | 3 years ago

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"Obsession. The suicidal Ita Shen embarrassed of shine. If I don't get help and get what I need to get. You know, I did some horrible, horrible things and I'm not going to be here much longer God. I wish I could go back and undo them, but I can't snipers, which shoot in her science. My father was a notorious pimp in Boston. I can't do this anymore. It was kinda like Skopje's chain. So many life just by listening to former ability comes. It felt like I've been holding a sword and shield and dropped. And to this day I had never had a better. Actually, I started crying and a job that of you say like eludes, horrid man, Elise. And I didn't get that job. With Michael Duffy, who is Vietnam vet and author of a book called from Chicago to Vietnam memoir of war and. Man, some of the descriptions in that book of things that you encountered and Vietnam. I can't imagine anybody goes through that and comes out unchanged. You are exactly right for once. Well, I don't know you well enough, so I don't know what happened yesterday. First of all, I want to say, welcome to a Chicago win. And can I just tell you how sickly comforting? It was to hear somebody using the word Jag off in a book. It's such a Chicago word. I don't hear it anywhere else at guys that guy's a fucking Jag off my God. Yeah, Jagath was probably the first slur that was hurled at me and grade school. So I went back and I thought jeeze should I asked my dad with that means and I didn't. I found out from a neighbor kid in the next apartment building over. But yeah, we use it a lot in Chicago. I don't use it much anymore. So I was saying that I can't imagine anybody goes through that and comes out unchanged. Well, that's right. And there's so many. You know, every war is different. This one happened to be the unpopular one. So you know, they weren't sending us care packages and and rally round the flag. It was difficult because we, we all were listening to and reading the news back in the United States with the the tumbled with the convention in Chicago, the democratic national convention and all of the protests. So we had this angst. We carried with us when that happened, but some of the descriptions I put in the book of over and above combat, which in itself is, you know, almost another world, the just the living conditions, the bureaucracy that was the thing that. That really struck me. Michael opens his book with describing landing in Vietnam and. What did you tell them? Yeah. So in mcchord air force base out of Washington, we were issued all our clothes for Vietnam, jungle fatigues, silly hats, the jungle hat, combat boots. So I went over in a khaki, short sleeve, shirt and kicki pants landed and Cameron bay about three in the morning. And they through our duffle bags in a big pile. Everybody Claude through them. And I ended up as being the last man standing without a bag. So I had nothing. No weapon. No. Now the weapons interesting because no one had a weapon, they are issued down at the company level. Certainly the people that that greeted us. Yeah, they had weapons, but the soldier when it gets to his individual company or my case battery and artillery battery unit, that's when we were issued the weapons. But really you, you stand out like a big sore thumb with these bright khakis. So I was told on more than one occasion, Lieutenant Duffy you better get out of those khakis. You look like a target as it because you you look like an officer. You looked a little of both. We have little. I was I had a gold bar and of course that reflects the sun. But mainly everyone else had green fatigues and and a blended in with. The olive drab of our equipment in Vietnam, and I was walking around with these. Khaki fatigues. I don't know. At first I was relaxed, but when the next morning I was sent to Saigon and ran out on the tarmac and that's where they told me the base is under attack..

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05:10 min | 3 years ago

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"Yeah, good questions. Fourth of July, I never wanted to God what other fireworks display to answer that quick quickly. Is there a Vietnam vet that enjoys the fourth of July? I've gotten better because I raised three daughters and, oh, we're going to the MO gay, and as long as they sit not next to them blowing off. But I have some friends, you know, I raised my family in the suburb of Chicago, and of course a, we're going to have a big fire works display in my backyard. Come on over and you kids go on over. I'll stay. But sleep finally came and it, you know, a melodic of. A lot of work there kind of work. Did you put in when did sleep gum? Well, in the late seventies the via the Veterans Administration put together, these vet centers where groups and I was living in Denver that time groups of veterans would talk about their experiences that really helped me some moments from that head. If you remember any essentially tell them about a lot of the stories I put in the book, but. I just was interesting to see some of the different personalities in those. Those those groups, some guys felt anger because they said we could have won the war had we just stayed there and I'm thinking to myself, really, I don't think so. We had a half a million men and I couldn't go outside the barbed wire. Got a Cup of coffee. That's how dangerous it was. We had those type of GI's. We head others that. Were just focused on. Their marriage, which was dissolving and they didn't understand why a lot of that this these up since abuse. Yeah, not so much. We didn't bring up, you know, I'll tell you what they asked me. Oh, yeah. How much did you smoke? And b. I said, I didn't smoke. I didn't. I didn't go near it. I didn't go near anything because remember these guns, all I have to do is smoke a joint and drop around in Westmoreland tent. You know. No, I I was on and that night the the passage I read head, I've been awake this. That would not have happened 'cause I know how it happened and I don't explain it. I'm maybe I did. I don't remember. You'll have to read the book to find out how it have you. Did you did that the wrong church was put in? They borrowed ammunition from the, but so. That would not have happened. So that's why I drink beer and I spent one night in Saigon. I think you read about that. Your listeners would love that chapter. So the the group's work with Arctic very started getting some help from the VA. Yeah. So they did come up to the plate. And as I mentioned earlier, when I got back nineteen sixty nine in nineteen sixty nine, they went up. They didn't know what was wrong, but they did come the the Veterans Administration did see a problem and they addressed it with these vet centers, and I really have nothing but praise nothing but praise for the Veterans Administration in this country. They have treated me in my fellow vets that I've talked to with respect and they have answered our questions, whether it be the Agent Orange question or the post traumatic stress questions. They've done a good job now that's not to say that down in some parts of the country. Somebody fudge some papers in one hospital to make it look better. That happens anywhere that happens in any corporation. They cut a corner, but by and large, I have nothing but praise for the Veterans Administration. That's that's refreshing to hear because. The people that I talk to in the stories that I've read, not necessarily Vietnam vets, but Gulf war veterans. I hear a lot of frustration and them trying to seek mental health health and being given a, you know, an appointment five months from now when they're in a state of crisis. So I imagine, yes, it varies, but thank God you. You got the help that that you did. What? What, what was it like when you saw the? The Vietnam memorial. Oh, very moving. Yeah, I saw it only once when it was in Chicago. No, no, not..

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06:14 min | 3 years ago

"michael duffy" Discussed on Mental Illness Happy Hour

"I was not sophisticated enough with my high school diploma to say, I didn't know where Vietnam was. I needed to get a map out. Yeah, Vietnam is this place for our younger listeners, the author he's referring to is president John F Kennedy, who said in his inauguration speech and. In the other thing I want to say to some for younger listeners that might not know this. These worth last days for. People having faith in their government. The from the mid sixties through Watergate, which was roughly kind of wrapped up in seventy four seventy five. America got its cherry popped. In many ways. It. How would you phrase it? Well, the bright light of the press came into the White House and congress, and we saw what we thought was a steady ship going through the c really wasn't that steady ship. And there was at times more interested in getting elected. Then bringing these young men home to the United States and ending that war three presidents in a row, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon are all their phone transcripts of all three of them saying, I know I can't win this war, but I've got an election to think about which is noisy aiding to think about, right. I think the worst part was the end there when. When president Nixon came up with the slogan, peace with honour. Well, honor meant a lot more Americans. We're going to stay over there and many of them died. Many of them lost a limb, lost their eyesight. It was. Vietnamese many, yeah, and civilians too. So it's tragic that they any well, any of them. Goodness. Set up a said, this is an error we need to get out. Now we'll give the equipment to the South Vietnamese army and they can fight their own war. Remember South Vietnam was a sovereign country. And North Vietnam was a sovereign country and the North Vietnamese invaded South Vietnam. So this. When we left it was still South. Vietnam was still alive as a government. It took two years then for them to fall. They could have pulled out and just said, here's the equipment, South Vietnam. Nixon could have done it in one thousand nine hundred seventy didn't and. Yeah, not only that in nineteen sixty eight. I remember listening on the radio, three important news items. I one would have been the assassination of Martin Luther King and it was just thinking, whoa, what happened here? I heard him speak in Chicago in nineteen sixty five. And you really interested me. As a as a powerful figure and the high school I went to, whoa, I was taught by French Christian brothers in the summer. Some of them went down and worked in the south in the voting rights March. And we were taught. We were reading some heavy literature back then black like me and in no uncertain terms. He was doing the right thing. So that was the message we got. And that was horrible. But the next one was Bobby Kennedy who I thought, well, this guy might bring me home. But the the real worsed one for me was when I heard Lyndon Johnson on the radio say, I will not accept and I will not put my name in. An accept the nomination for president of the of the United States, and I thought this guy sends all of us over here and then he quits. Okay, I'm done. It's not working. What did you? What did you think finger in that moment? Anger. I little portable radio, and I'm sitting in a filthy MAs sandbag filled with mud. Our FTC bunker and I heard it on the radio that coward at coward he takes on this. He wraps up the military. He did it, the mill, the generals didn't do it summarily. They have to go to the president. Wraps it up for five hundred thousand troops. And then the set of say, this is an error come on home. I'm out of here. Pretty angry. So that whole year was tumbled. So let's go to, let's wrap it up with when you come home. Give me some moments. Post Vietnam could even be something that happened last week where. The war has changed who you are, how you view yourself the world, maybe even how you sleep, how you walk down the street, how you experience the fourth of July friends of yours..

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"michael duffy" Discussed on Mental Illness Happy Hour

Mental Illness Happy Hour

01:41 min | 3 years ago

"michael duffy" Discussed on Mental Illness Happy Hour

"Lieutenant win guided the driver through a series of narrow, narrow dirt streets to me. This was nothing but amaze of confusing lanes where if left alone, I would never find my way out. There were no street signs, no curbs, no sidewalks. Everything seem seemed to be built without thought or planning. Lieutenant win. Header drivers stop near a narrow canal, filled with a fetid liquid. The color of used motor oil barges and sampans were lined up against each Bank of this narrow waterway. I saw people living on the vessel, their laundry, hanging from ropes, stretched from the craft to a post on the dock. The stench from the canal made me breathe through my mouth. I watched a young boy urinate of the site of a sound pond sampan into the water. This channel was a dead end slipped built by the French businessmen to turn of the nineteenth century at one time the canal. Provide a transfer point from land to sea for the bountiful Asian rubber product. The commercial vessels that Dr fifty years earlier where long gone replaced by paint chipped, wooden, sampans, poverty, filth, and hopelessness had a new home here. Lieutenant win looked at a piece of paper. He held his hand and motion the driver toward a lane leading away from the canal. I secretly thanked him as we passed a group of children. The yelled in unison number one GI that was a common signal to the GI's is to toss candy candy bar or gum. I was in no mood to toss candy.

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"michael duffy" Discussed on Mental Illness Happy Hour

Mental Illness Happy Hour

04:45 min | 3 years ago

"michael duffy" Discussed on Mental Illness Happy Hour

"The radio would crackle with another fire mission. It hear machine gunfire from the infantry and they were screaming and you really needed your wits because you could not make a mistake. So the fella I was training, I did not have confidence that this guy was should do the right job and be out on the guns every night and I didn't want to hand over the battery. Reluctantly, I gave into my fatigue and. I, I. Gave him the battery that night, and there was a a horrible accident in. I'll read from my book. Now. When I found out what had happened, I ran to the gun and demand to know who caused munya mental fuck up. Where was Lieutenant heart last night? I soon found out he had spent the entire night in the FTC bunker fire direction, control bunker with his buddy Owen in a feckless orgy of jokes, laughs and coffee. Meanwhile, an exhausted gun crew had made a sequence of errors that under proper supervision could have been avoided. Heart was seduced by owned a forget his responsibility and forget my nightly mantra to him as we walked the guns, don't let the guns fire without supervision. I knew what I knew I would have caught this error and the mistake would not have happened. I audibly cursed myself for taking the night off us. Stupid fucking shit Duffy. I said to myself, I also felt betrayed with his era Ghent edited toward me. Owen dismissed all our training from officers candidate school and fort sill Lieutenant heart fell for Owens picture of me as an over-cautious micromanager the guns fired without supervision. There was no officer. At the guns as r. s. o. p. standard operating procedure required for the first time since he had arrived in our unit Owen looked worried his haughty attitude vanished. I stood in the FTC bunker demanding an explanation. He and Hart told me they were aware of the air shortly after it happened the gunners informed FDIC that an error probably occurred soon after this horrible news and emergency radio message came from our command, ordering all the artillery batteries to check their fire or cease firing and review their missions. A military post in Saigon had reported seeing incoming rounds. Heart and Owen did not wake me because they believe nothing could be done until morning anyway. That was the only wise decision they had made. I was furious. I love the FTC bunker distraught and seething with anger. I walked to the headquarters bunker and waited as our new captain finished a discussion with the first sergeant. They both looked terrible when he finished. He turned to me in an a somber voice told me that our guns were responsible for three civilian deaths. He asked me if I was traveled to Saigon to survey the damage and talk to the family of the dead. I hesitated thinking to myself that this visit to Saigon should be a job for lieutenants heart and Owen. He looked at me with panic in his face, then said Duffy I need to debrief heart and Owen battalion. Headquarters is flying a major indoor unit this afternoon. He wants to review all of last night's fire motion. He has attained then said the major wants to review this. Fuck up himself. I said, okay, that was the first. And the last time I heard him say the word fuck up. Lieutenant win. Our Arvin neighbor would accompany me as an interpreter because I could not speak or understand the Vietnamese language. I found a driver in a Jeep, and we were off to Saigon. We drove out of camp and headed north. The normally pleasant drive for the lush rice patties was blurred with my anger the road from knob aid, Saigon received light military traffic beyond our capital was only the.

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"michael duffy" Discussed on Mental Illness Happy Hour

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04:37 min | 3 years ago

"michael duffy" Discussed on Mental Illness Happy Hour

"For our monthly donors. Yeah. Let me see if you can find any how it's all see. I know I have a few, you know, at one point that's all I did was paint about that. And then at one point it stopped and I just said, I don't want them, and I was never some of my fellow artists in this group were in love with their work. I never was. I said, I wanted it oughta here and it was it essentially just a thing you wanted up and out of you and away from you? I guess so I enjoyed the painting was skilled at painting. I knew how to I did very well. I knew how to mix colors and and I'm very good draftsman. These were mainly abstract though, and I, I'm not drawing the beef fifty two bombers. It comes over the South China Sea. It's just abstraction, the big. Black bird represented the fifty two and I merely. Smeared roof? No, it was, yeah, roofing cement, black, yucky cement on there and let it dry. And I use chalkboard paint, which they don't sell any more because we don't use chalkboards and just slashed, it. But at one point I grew out of it. I just know I want wanna move on and I think it helped. It helped me not be angry is much maybe. So let's a few. Wouldn't mind reading a section from your book that I dog eared. Okay, Paul, you picked it. Yeah. I wonder when I told him when I asked him if he would mind reading. Selection from the book. He said, oh, which one? And I told them the one that he's gonna read, and he was like, oh, that one. And he told me that that was obviously the hardest one to two right. But to me, it's the, it's. One of the more compelling passages in the book. So if you don't mind. Sure, thank you, Paul. And if you could give them a back story on this on set it up kind of right. So he picked five pages. There's three hundred twenty one page is in my book and he picked these five. So towards the end of my tour of duty, our unit, which consisted of six, one hundred five millimeter artillery pieces. Really they they were the same pieces in Germany in World War Two. And in Korea, I had all the logbooks and I was appointed executive officer. That means I was in charge the captain above me did a lot of work. Work in their offices, move things around. But I was the guy on the guns every day every night every time they fired. I was behind them. I made sure they shot straight because if they don't shoot straight. Innocent, innocent people without firearms get killed. Sometimes our own troops get killed. So I had been working day and night trying to train another officer below me to take over my job and I headed tremendous conflict with some of the officers in there. I was the youngest. I didn't have a high. I didn't have a college degree. It was. I had a high school diploma and six months of OCS so officer. That's yeah. And those fears. All that's all you need it. Most of the people I served with work career military, they had a four year degree went through our DC's. They were three or four years older than me. So it was difficult for me, but I took my job very seriously and I was very good at it. Meaning we did not make I. I did not make. Mistakes. So one night I was just exhausted after being up firing, we'd fire every night of fifty. Eight ninety one hundred twenty sometimes three hundred rounds at night and the guns blasting away in muck and filth. You couldn't sleep. You couldn't take your boots off..

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"michael duffy" Discussed on Mental Illness Happy Hour

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05:26 min | 3 years ago

"michael duffy" Discussed on Mental Illness Happy Hour

"I said, I'll try again. You know. So I had to work the, I was a political in those year. If you had gotten into the Art Institute, would you have been able to avoid the draft? Of course. Okay. Because there was a deferment for college student college students didn't have to go and. I. That's all I applied for foolishly, but I wanted to get into the arts and I didn't want to go to the junior college didn't want to go to some of the other schools around. Chicago was easy. I could live at home and that was phenomenal. Some of our our great. Artists in the in our nation went to that school to include one of the teachers that taught me when I went to college. But I didn't get in. And and again, as I said, it was a political. So I watched what was going on. I said, when I couldn't put into together as most kids my age eighteen, we're interested in two things cars and girls, and if it wasn't that it was girls in cars, that's all we talked about. So you know, I was not political at all, and. We would. You stop and think back to how. Unaware and eighteen year old is of what. Well is going to happen to him on a whim of a politician that perhaps just wants to get reelected. Yeah. What what kind of feelings come up? I'm sure you watch the PBS documentary about Vietnam burns yet and Lynn Novick, and you and you hear the audio of every president saying, this is unwinnable, but I have to think about the upcoming election. We can't. We have to save face and you think about men being sent and women into a fucking meat. Grinder. What feelings come up when you? Well, they were latent. Even when I got back, I wanted to just stuff everything that duffel bag like I did when I went over and begin my life as a student and I did, but they surfaced in different ways. I was in Colorado Springs going too small. Private liberal arts college called Colorado college, and they saved my life by I. I really believe that they let me in six months early and and during that six months, when I was in college, our unit was overrun. Many men were killed at any rate. I go to Denver, and I said, I I to the VA up there and I said, I can't sleep and he's well, I, you know, are you drinking coffee? And I said, no. And I knew something was different because before I went to Vietnam, I couldn't be woken up. So there was a difference there. I recognized that early and. Whether it was nerves or mental health or the the grind of the war. Probably all of the above, but the VA did not recognize it yet the hidden the hidden there, they were not up to speed. So really those feelings about the politicians in the anger they did come out and it was about, you know, after I graduated from college, I began painting about Vietnam and painting these pictures. And I mean, one guy said, looked at it and said, oh my God, this looks like the angriest painting I've ever seen and they were, and I've painted a lot of you describe one of them, oh, I had huge birds flying over palm trees dropping things. Into the jungle was screaming faces and elongated arms and billowing smoke. Just, you know, that's kind of verbal. A verbal description of one of them on that comes to mind. The other one I did. I did a couple of these. I had women with their arms up. You know, I called the titled Novi, see, Novi see, as you went through villages, they the villagers. They didn't like the and they didn't like us. They wanted to just grow their crops so they knew of, we went through Novi, see, they're not here. And so I did one on that level few of them. And also if VC or weapons were discovered the their village would be burned saw. Yeah. Well, sure. I, you saw that in the Ken burns Lynn Novak series on Vietnam? I was. I only walked with the infantry on really a couple of occasions..

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"michael duffy" Discussed on Mental Illness Happy Hour

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03:40 min | 3 years ago

"michael duffy" Discussed on Mental Illness Happy Hour

"It's a city neighborhood filled with brick apartment buildings, some huge, some small on every corner on the main street was shop mainly filled with a groceries and. And then we had a kosher delis. The neighborhood was mainly Jewish and Irish. So. In fact, I worked for a gentleman by the name of Nathan Ramos, and his son was the now deceased famous producer, a herald Ramos. Wow, I worked for his father. So Harold come in. He was bigger and older than me, scared me all the time. But so I got to know that culture very well. So at eighteen I chronicled down to the draft board and we filled out a card name address age, and there were two women there, and they pulled out a long file cabinet drawer and stuff. My carton alphabetically with everybody else's. And they were like almost grandmother types. If I remember correctly or they were older, they were older. These is a draft board leftover from World War Two and Korea. Remember the men were gone. So most of the draft for were run by women. But here's what I found out later on and it struck me in my stomach were I just had this gut reaction of anger. A neighbor kid. Well, let me back up one of those kids that went to school with in grade school got drafted, and I ran into him, oh, maybe fifteen years eight, twenty years after Vietnam. He went to Vietnam to and said, he enlisted in the army like me because he got his draft board, went to his neighbors and told that family and the woman said, why didn't you tell me before I could have got you out. My aunt runs is one of the women in the draft board. I heard that in my stomach pit it out. So what happened in probably any neighborhood in Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, the draft was corrupt, and that's why they changed it to this lottery bingo, bingo system where you run the balls with your birthdays because I guarantee you the women or men who ran those draft boards didn't draft their cousins, their sons, their neighbours. They're good friends. Now they had full authority there of what names to pull out. It's like the opposite of the city of Chicago assigning jobs. You give them only to your cousin only two year nephew, right? Or at least how it used to be? Well, yeah, I, it probably is not. Too much different. But yeah, it was pretty nepotism was the way and it was political to you. If you had a have an uncle in on the fire department or working for the streets and sanitation you, you had a better chance to get the job. So the other thing is this question about your question about the arc? I registered for the draft and just went on and tried to get into the Art Institute when I didn't..

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"michael duffy" Discussed on Mental Illness Happy Hour

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05:37 min | 3 years ago

"michael duffy" Discussed on Mental Illness Happy Hour

"It was January thirty first nineteen sixty nine hundred sixty eight the opening day of the Ted offensive. So the shit storm of the Vietnam war. That's what changed everything. It changed. Politics changed the thinking in more than anything to change the mind of the noted news, anchor, Walter Cronkite. Yeah. So it was a shit storm in Thomson Newt? Airbase was under attack small arms fire. Everybody was all the soldiers around the berm facing outward. Helicopters gunships flying over smoke billowing from Saigon, and it was. I was just dazed. And that's the first place when I went on a second aircraft, a helicopter Huey to go up to a place called Ben wa. I was told get outta those khakis. You look like target Lieutenant and we we quickly flew over a little berm and then you could see Saigon it was under attacked the Viet Cong had penetrated the American embassy. The large force came in and took over the Newport bridge and many Americans died there. They had fighting at the racetrack. The Chinese section called show lawn in the cemeteries, and. The city was not secure. It may be around the embassy where they finally beat back that Viet Cong offensive. But the city was still somewhat occupied, and and men were men were dying Americans. So yeah, that was my introduction. So let's talk about the part of your story that interests me the most because you know, we've, we've heard stories from people about the nam and the logistics of this and that. But I, I would like to know emotionally, what's the arc. That somebody goes through from, I might get drafted to, I'm drafted, or in your case you enlisted so he could choose which branch to go into. To landing to your assignment to some of the things you encountered to transitioning back home. I would love to know the the inner life. What you're thinking about yourself, what you're thinking about the world, you're placing it, the war, our government, all those kinds of things. Right. Very good question. And for me. I didn't want to go in to the army. I didn't want to go to Vietnam. What I wanted to do was do what I loved, which was painting drawing. So I applied to the school of the Art Institute in Chicago, fantastic school. That's what I wanted to do. For some reason. They didn't want me and I received a rejection letter. Now, I had the chutzpah to take my letter. I got on the l. train and went down and I went into the school and I asked to the s the secretary can I speak to the guy who signed my rejection letter and after an hour and a half, he saw me, you know? So I asked him, I said, can you reconsider this? And he kind of stumbled and said, no. And then I said, well, why did you? Why did you reject me? Wasn't my academic performance in high school or was it my art portfolio? And he said both and stormed out. The secretary was standing at the door and she said, Mr. Duffy's time to go. So at any rate, what happened was I got home and shortly thereafter I received a draft notice. I still didn't want to go into the military, but with the draft notice I knew. From talking to my friends down in LVN beach in Chicago in up in Rogers park that the draft notice Mentz they could pick you for the marines for the navy for the army, possibly the air force, but mainly the marines. I didn't want that and they would assign you wherever they wanna. Do a sound you within that branch? Exactly. And what your what your job was. So I was pretty good in mathematics, and I took some tests and I said, why'd like to be a road surveyor? And he said, we can do that for you. So I did enlist in who served the draft where it would have been potluck, went into the military and was sent to fort Polk Louisiana. For the initial training and then sent to fort sill for the survey trainy. Hold that thought, we'll come. We'll come back to that, but tell the story about bringing your draft card in to that room. Well, the draft board in our neighborhood was up a long flight of stairs. Let me describe this neighborhood in Chicago..

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"michael duffy" Discussed on Mental Illness Happy Hour

Mental Illness Happy Hour

05:40 min | 3 years ago

"michael duffy" Discussed on Mental Illness Happy Hour

"Obsession. The suicidal Ita Shen embarrassed of shine. If I don't get help and get what I need to get. You know, I did some horrible, horrible things and I'm not going to be here much longer God. I wish I could go back and undo them, but I can't snipers, which shoot in her science. My father was a notorious pimp in Boston. I can't do this anymore. It was kinda like Skopje's chain. So many life just by listening to former ability comes. It felt like I've been holding a sword and shield and dropped. And to this day I had never had a better. Actually, I started crying and a job that of you say like eludes, horrid man, Elise. And I didn't get that job. With Michael Duffy, who is Vietnam vet and author of a book called from Chicago to Vietnam memoir of war and. Man, some of the descriptions in that book of things that you encountered and Vietnam. I can't imagine anybody goes through that and comes out unchanged. You are exactly right for once. Well, I don't know you well enough, so I don't know what happened yesterday. First of all, I want to say, welcome to a Chicago win. And can I just tell you how sickly comforting? It was to hear somebody using the word Jag off in a book. It's such a Chicago word. I don't hear it anywhere else at guys that guy's a fucking Jag off my God. Yeah, Jagath was probably the first slur that was hurled at me and grade school. So I went back and I thought jeeze should I asked my dad with that means and I didn't. I found out from a neighbor kid in the next apartment building over. But yeah, we use it a lot in Chicago. I don't use it much anymore. So I was saying that I can't imagine anybody goes through that and comes out unchanged. Well, that's right. And there's so many. You know, every war is different. This one happened to be the unpopular one. So you know, they weren't sending us care packages and and rally round the flag. It was difficult because we, we all were listening to and reading the news back in the United States with the the tumbled with the convention in Chicago, the democratic national convention and all of the protests. So we had this angst. We carried with us when that happened, but some of the descriptions I put in the book of over and above combat, which in itself is, you know, almost another world, the just the living conditions, the bureaucracy that was the thing that. That really struck me. Michael opens his book with describing landing in Vietnam and. What did you tell them? Yeah. So in mcchord air force base out of Washington, we were issued all our clothes for Vietnam, jungle fatigues, silly hats, the jungle hat, combat boots. So I went over in a khaki, short sleeve, shirt and kicki pants landed and Cameron bay about three in the morning. And they through our duffle bags in a big pile. Everybody Claude through them. And I ended up as being the last man standing without a bag. So I had nothing. No weapon. No. Now the weapons interesting because no one had a weapon, they are issued down at the company level. Certainly the people that that greeted us. Yeah, they had weapons, but the soldier when it gets to his individual company or my case battery and artillery battery unit, that's when we were issued the weapons. But really you, you stand out like a big sore thumb with these bright khakis. So I was told on more than one occasion, Lieutenant Duffy you better get out of those khakis. You look like a target as it because you you look like an officer. You looked a little of both. We have little. I was I had a gold bar and of course that reflects the sun. But mainly everyone else had green fatigues and and a blended in with. The olive drab of our equipment in Vietnam, and I was walking around with these. Khaki fatigues. I don't know. At first I was relaxed, but when the next morning I was sent to Saigon and ran out on the tarmac and that's where they told me the base is under attack..

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