27.2.08

Not before time and something that all Americans need to know

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China Agrees to Open Records on MIA’S

It seems that 8,100 US Servicemen are still missing (MIA’S) from the Korean War and finally Red China has agreed to release records of these POW’s.

This took a long time even though we all trade with that particular country in fact we have for years lots of western counties do, my own in particular they flood our markets with cheap imports.

But they hung on to these records so that the families of these servicemen are still wondering what actually happened to their kin what a lousy way to conduct international goodwill.

Mind you they are quick off the mark whinging about missiles in space as I blogged the other day.

The image featured is very mild in comparison to some I saw so I will not put it on here but they appalled me and folk grumble about Guantanamo Bay I indeed thought it was bad there but nothing like Korean prison camps compare to it oh yes these camps were all administered under the control of the Red Chinese government never forget that.

They seem to have conveniently forgotten how America helped them in WW2 with brave pilots etc, the flying Tigers I think they were known as in the struggle to defeat the Japs.

Even this agreement is subject to limitations put on by the Chinese Government initially, the arrangement to be announced on Friday will not give U.S. researchers direct access to Chinese records. Instead, Chinese archivists with security clearances acceptable to the People's Liberation Army will do the document searches and turn over relevant records to U.S. analysts.

Figured there would be a catch to all this; it has I read see US Military been going on over many US administrations and even now they want control if you want the Red Chinese view click here; I never read much of their rubbish to be honest in fact it stuck in my craw to read such crap.

This is the same autocratic government that ordered it’s so called liberation army to kill its own students in Tiananmen Square a few years ago and they say we are warlike

Make up your own minds

I received an e-mail today from a friend it more or less gives the point of view of what it is like for an American Citizen to go and reside in Mexico, I must say I was staggered to say the least at the ballyhoo one has to go through when you have in the USA some Government representative's who want to give illegal immigrants certain rights like driving licences, medical help stuff like that, so I shall publish it on here.

Called an American working in Mexico

From the other side of the fence From Tom O'Malley, who was a Director with South west Bell in Mexico City : "I spent five years working in Mexico ..B and I worked under a tourist Visa for three months and could legally renew it for three more months. After that you were working Illegally. I was technically illegal for three weeks waiting on the FM3 approval. "During that six months our Mexican and U.S. attorneys were working to secure a permanent work visa called a 'FM3'. It was in addition to my U.S. passport that I had to show each time I entered and left the country. Barbara's was the same, except hers did not permit her to work. "To apply for the FM3, I needed to submit the following notarized originals (not copies): B B 1. Birth certificate for Barbara and me. B 2. Marriage certificate. B 3. High school transcripts and proof of graduation. B 4. College transcripts for every college I attended and proof of graduation. B 5. Two letters of recommendation from supervisors for whom B and I had worked for at least one year. B 6. A letter from the St. Louis Chief of Police indicating that I had no arrest record in the U.S. and no outstanding warrants and, was "a B B B citizen in good standing." 7. "Finally, I had to write a letter about myself that clearly stated why there was no Mexican citizen with my skills and why my skills were important to Mexico . We called it our 'I am the greatest person on Earth' letter. It was fun to write. "All of the above were in English that had to be translated into Spanish and be certified as legal translations, and our signatures notarized. It produced a folder about 1.5 inches thick with English on the left side and Spanish on the right. "Once they were completed Barbara and I spent about five hours, accompanied by a Mexican attorney, touring Mexican government office locations and being photographed and fingerprinted at least three times at each location, and we remember at least four locations where we were instructed on Mexican tax, labor, housing, and criminal law and that we were required to obey their laws or face the consequences. We could not protest any of the government's actions or we would be committing a felony. We paid out four thousand dollars in fees and bribes to complete the process. When this was done we could legally bring in our household goods that were held by U.S. Customs in Laredo , Texas . This meant we had rented furniture in Mexico while awaiting our goods. There were extensive fees involved here that the company paid. "We could not buy a home and were required to rent at very high rates and under contract and compliance with Mexican law. "We were required to get a Mexican driver's license. This was an amazing process. The company arranged for the licensing agency to come to our headquarters location with their photography and fingerprint equipment and the laminating machine. We showed our U.S. license, were photographed and fingerprinted again and issued the license instantly after paying out a six dollar fee. We did not take a written or driving test and never received instructions on the rules of the road. Our only instruction was to never give a policeman your license if stopped and asked. We were instructed to hold it against the inside window away from his grasp. If he got his hands on it you would have to pay ransom to get it back. "We then had to pay and file Mexican income tax annually using the number of our FM3 as our ID number. The company's Mexican accountants did this for us and we just signed what they prepared. It was about twenty legal size pages annually. "The FM3 was good for three years and renewable for two more after paying more fees. "Leaving the country meant turning in the FM3 and certifying we were leaving no debts behind and no outstanding legal affairs (warrants,tickets or liens) before our household goods were released to customs." "It was a real adventure and if any of our Senators or Congressmen went through it once they would have a different attitude toward Mexico . "The Mexican government uses its vast military and police forces to keep its citizens intimidated and compliant. They never protest at their capitol or government offices, but do protest daily in front of the United States Embassy. The U.S. Embassy looks like a strongly reinforced fortress and during most protests the Mexican military surrounds the block with their men standing shoulder to shoulder in full riot gear to protect the Embassy. These protests are never shown on U.S. or Mexican TV. There is a large public park across the street where they do their protesting. Anything can cause a protest such as proposed law changes in California or Texas ." Please feel free to share this with everyone who thinks we are being hard on the illegal's. TOM O"MALLEY'

Tom has a valid point thanks Tom

Comments most welcome

2 comments:

  1. They seem to have conveniently forgotten how America helped them in WW2 with brave pilots etc, the flying Tigers I think they were known as in the struggle to defeat the Japs.

    Yes, the Flying Tigers -- officially the 1st American Volunteer Group of the Chinese Air Force -- went to Asia in 1941 to defend China and take the war to Japan, though they didn't go into combat until after the US was at war. But it's not true that the Chinese don't remember! They have monuments to the Tigers in Kunming and other places, and the average Chinese probably knows more about the AVG than the average American. For more about all this, see Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault and His American Volunteers, 1941-1942, published by HarperCollins, and also the Annals of the Flying Tigers online. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford

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  2. Thank's for the extra info Dan, also for taking the time to read my blog, it was much appreciated.
    I will certainly have a squizz at the links you kindly provided

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