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June 18, 2007


John M

Can someone tell us why the Vietnamse community in oversea is going to protest the VN President Nguyen Minh Triet

Supervisor Janet Nguyen to Host President?

This would a great chance for Janet to show she is part of the younger generation of Vietnemise Americans who believe it's time to open up relations with the Vietnemse government. Wasn't Trung Nguyen more closely associated with those old fuddy duddy Vietnemise Americans who still hold a grudge regarding the Communist government? This will give Janet a real opportunity to show her true colors. If he comes to her Supervisor District won't she have an obligation to meet with him?


10:53 - you trying to get her to commit political suicide or what?


John M,

I will tell you why people in free and democratic countries are against the communists. It's simple. Just look at the picture above and see for yourself. There is no freedom of speech, no right to have fair and speedy trial, no right to think freely and question the accusers. In short, there are no basic human rights in the communist countries.

So non-violent protest against the communist boss by the Vietnamese-Americans is understandable. Any people who are reasonable would not support that kind of authoritarian government.

Morning Coffee

Re: Security

There are several agencies involved in security for this visit, including the Sheriff's Department. They have already been here to look over every detail of his visit, from the moment he touches down at LAX, to his return there.

The fact that he's staying at the St. Regis, and having his reception there, speaks volumes about their concern for his safety. Rest assured, they expect protesters and have made arrangements for where they will be "contained". The St. Regis was a good choice, from a security standpoint, for this visit.

I would guess that both Janet and Van Tran have been invited, but since neither have any "obligation" to be there, my guess is, neither will go. Flowerszzz is right. If Janet does attend, it will be the end of her political career.

Thomas Anthony Gordon


Most people in Vietnam live on under $ 1 a day, yet Nguyen Minh Triet will overnight at the Saint Regis Hotel in Dana Point where rooms start at $ 490 and go to $ 2095 a night.

Sounds just like an American politician to me.


Someone toll me that JN won't be there, but
Tony anh Nick are the two of the invited guesses. They will be there.


The St Regis?

Not bad for the comrade. Methinks he is corrupted by revisionist capitalism and needs to review Mao's little red book.

Re GGGirl

If you are right then Tony is Tony Lam, who has been Janet's advisor and a major donor with his extended family and business. Same to Nick, aka Nick Lecong or Tam Lecong, whose family contributed extensively to Janet. Nick is one of Janet's policy advisors paid by OC residents. Pictures please!


i really think these vietnamese demonstrators are nothing, but a whole bunch of stupid hypocrites. remember the man who put up a picture of ho chi minh in his own shop and got yelled at, hit at and kicked at? he was exercising his rights this country provides him, but these clueless, leftover losers from the south vietnam army farts took it away from him. so what on their minds when they tape their own mouths and tight up their arms and legs demonstrating for freedom of expression for the vietnamese people in vietnam? they are just whole bunch stupid hypocrites. For those who oppose and demonstrate against Mr. Nguyen’s visit are ignorants; they do not have the education to further understand the politics nor they have the love for their country and the fellow Vietnamese; they selfishly seek for their own personal vengeance. let's tell them to focus on their own family and kids. don't desert your own kids to become gang bangers robbing and killing others in this wonderful country of the united states of america.


I’m a fellow Vietnamese American who was born in 1968 during the Tet Offensive. I have lived 7 years before and 9 years after the Fall of Saigon. I have vivid memory of bombs dropping and gun shots in 1975 in Cam Ranh. I remember what went on during 1974-1975 and after. Though both of my parents and relatives have not shared any of their war stories to me, I have seen both bitterness and joy in their eyes from the mixed feeling as the result of the Vietnam Re-Unification.

Before 1975, my father’s family was torn apart; my father’s mother and brothers were fighting along side with the North to re-unite the country while my father was a soldier in the south. The pain and anger for those who lost their love ones in the battle will always linger in their mind for many years to come. These pain and anger are inevitable in any battle for anyone. My grand mother lost her son. My father lost his brother. Who are we going to blame to, the North Vietnamese or the South Vietnamese or the intruders, the Chinese, the French and the American. It is clear for all of us to make up for the answer to forget the past, but improve the present.

It’s up to the individual to forgive the past and to prosper from the result of what it is now in Vietnam. I still have relatives and friends in Vietnam. I would love to come back to help them and the country.

Mr. PM Khai and Mr. President Nguyen visiting U. S. marks a wonderful relationship between the two countries; the visit strategically secures Vietnam’s economically and militarily among its neighbors. As Vietnamese American, we should support and welcome the visit of Mr. Khai and Nguyen; it only benefits the country and its people.

For those who oppose and demonstrate against Mr. Khai’s visit are ignorants; they do not have the education to further understand the politics nor they have the love for their country and the fellow Vietnamese; they selfishly seek for their own personal vengeance.

I personally think that Vietnamese Government should suppress on the human rights and religious practice in Vietnam. Due to wars and condition of the country, the Vietnamese people are not as well educated and open minded as the Americans in many aspects such as understanding the freedom of religious practice and what human rights stand for. For instance, let say the people have the freedom to practice any religious belief at their wish, it doesn’t give the rights to one who practices animal/human sacrifice because of his/her belief. Having human rights doesn’t mean for one has the rights to exploit others. These are just simple plain examples so you can see what my point of view is.

What we should encourage the Vietnamese Government to work on is the vicious corruption practices among its local leaders as well as all leaders in the country and its environmental issues. As Vietnamese American we need to encourage Vietnamese Government to improve its people lifestyle as well as its beauty and safety for foreigners to visit and its citizens to live.

My family left Vietnam in 1984 when Vietnam was in the bottom of its poverty. 20 years later, Vietnam has improved economically and eventually democracy will come in place.

I was 16 when my family and I arrived to Los Angeles in 1986. I worked hard enough just like anyone else to put myself through high school and university. I now work as an Analyst. I don’t involve myself with the Vietnamese Community that much for so many reasons. Bill O’Reilly’s has commented correctly about the former South Vietnamese soldiers how they did not fight hard enough for their freedom. I’d also like to suggest that the existing former South Vietnamese families and their so called the three red stripes and yellow flag should be put to rest, and close the chapter of anger with the current Vietnamese Government. What these Vietnamese-American parents should do now is to focus on supporting their children for their brighter future and their own health instead of politics, which I doubt they have any knowledge or understanding what politics really mean or how it works.

My own family was torn apart; my dad worked for the American military in Cam Ranh while my uncle and grandmother were on the North side. My dad had to do what he had needed to do to support his family while my uncle and grandma had the love to unify the country as it was fighting for generations before them. Just like anyone else my father worked with, their only goal was to bring food on the table. Yes, he was afraid of dying. He was afraid of losing his family. He had to do whatever it took to protect his own family.

The reasons these South Vietnamese soldiers did not fight hard enough for their freedom were those reasons I mentioned above. They were basically fighting to bring food on the table. They were not brave enough to give up their lives to unite the country.

Who are these Vietnamese Communists? Are they from a different country? They are also Vietnamese who had to choose side in order to unify their country. Unfortunately, the side they had chosen was not what the American would like them to. For all I know, the North Vietnamese could have chosen Liberal or Green Party instead of communist if there was a rich and strong ally to support their fight with the French and the American. China is the closest neighbor and was a good friend in supporting the fight. Soviet Union was another powerhouse in supporting the fight. So the North Vietnamese lead by uncle Ho had to take side with the communist in order to accomplish his goal unifying the country. We got to give credit to these fighters who sacrificed to give us the country unification today.

When the North Vietnamese won the war and unified the country, just like anyone else who won the war, retribution would be for those who fought against them.

I am very proud of those who make to the top in America in representing the Vietnamese American community. Let’s keep supporting our next generation reaching for the highest success in this country.

Ask your friends and anyone besides Vietnamese ethnic if they care whether you are a Vietnamese communist or not. I’m pretty sure they don’t care. All they know that you are a Vietnamese. They don’t care if you are from North or South of Vietnam. Don’t you see how other view Vietnamese in America? For example, a bad apple robbed and killed some one, does the public care whether he’s from the North or South of Vietnam? A successful Vietnamese businessman donated millions to the Tsunami relief, does the public care he is from the North or South? Eugene Trinh and many other prominent Vietnamese in America have accomplished high success and brightened up our Vietnamese image in America. Does the public care where they came from? What I’m saying is that as a Vietnamese American, the old as well as the young should focus on improving relationship among each other at home and outside instead of prejudice against the North Vietnamese for re-unifying the country. As for the older generation, they should just focus on their health, which can have a tremendous effect on their kids. As for the younger generation, they are educated with American system; they should be more liberal, not one sided. They should be open-minded toward anyone’s influence about the Vietnamese government.

I’m sure every one of us still has some friends and relative in Vietnam. We certainly don’t want to see them struggling everyday for survival.

Hopefully what I’m saying would enlighten up those who are still bitter toward the Vietnamese Government. My suggestion to those who are still “hieu chien” eager to fight for their own vengeance should instead focusing on the improvement their lives, their kids and their community so that we all Vietnamese American can be proud along with other minorities in America.

Joel Phillips

Why I Hate Russia
by Joel Phillips (publisher, www.religiousfreeomwatch.org; owner American Coast Title www.actfortitle.com and proud to be an American and a Scientologist)

When I was a kid we used to have jump under our desks and hide when they rang the air alarm. The teachers said this was in case the Russians came and bombed us.

Well you know what they bombed us and did a good job of it. They have us doing whatever they say.

First of all they are leaders in religious persecution. They closed down the Scientology Center in Saint Petersburg. Now I suppose the fact that the city used to be called Leningrad tells you something. What other country closes down a church?

But they are hypocrites. They have their own church namely the Russian Orthodox Church. This church is controlled by the Russian government. This is not how you get religious freedom!

Second they are sneaky. My website and company have been attacked by Indonesians. I have listed details on my website including those for a substantial reward.

So what happens? Well it turns out the Russians protect their Internet. It turns out my company which is the sponsor of the www.religiousfreedomwatch.org site is being sued by OOO TRANSTELEKOM. This OOO is apparently like the AOL or Earthlink of Russia but under the control of the Russian government.

They are suing for millions of dollars and they are demanding an apology. I have had to meet with Frank Berriz and Linda Blood about it as they are the other owners of American Coast Title and they are named in the lawsuit.

But they are even sneakier as they are also complaining to Stewart Title who are our underwriters. This could quite literally get us shut down all because I go through life according to my religion.

And, it gets worse. Some Russian radio station has sent press releases to my competitors telling them about this. I don’t even get my day in court with OOO and the Russians have already decided I lost.

But the real trick is they are hiding behind the Olympics. OOO is suddenly the official Internet of the Olympics. Maybe countries that value religious freedom should boycott the Russian Olympics again. That will teach them a lesson.

So that’s it. I hate Russia. The teachers way back when were right they had us hide from the Russians. Maybe we should of kept doing that. It is clear the Russians are just going to walk all over us. They are going take away our religious freedom and who knows what they will do after that.

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