Michael's Dispatches

Tennessee in Afghanistan

tn-in-kandaharAnyone missing this car?

23 February 2011

The weather in Kandahar was cool and bright all day.  I travelled around Kandahar City with people from the Central Asia Development Group (owned by a close friend) and we visited eight cash for work projects.  This is a very interesting story that I started researching in 2010.  More on that in a serious dispatch, later.

Have been seeing Afghan, American, and Canadian forces around town but only in passing as they rumble by.  During my first day back did not see any fighting.  More interesting was this Toyota Corolla with a Tennessee license tag and the Buddhist reference that “MY OTHER VEHICLE IS THE MAHAYANA.”

If you are missing this car, I saw where it went.

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# Marc 2011-02-23 16:13
:D:D That is too damn funny!
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# Peter 2011-02-23 16:26
I was giving directions to this car out of Nashville. It obviously headed east when I told the driver to head west.
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# M Joe 2011-02-23 16:29
That is just hilarious!

Mahayana or Vimana?!?
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# Griffin 2011-02-23 16:32
Hey they stole my car!
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# Peter 2011-02-23 16:37
I don't like to see anything Tennessee - Roll Tide :-x
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# Brett 2011-02-23 16:56
...and a 'Dead Head'at that!
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# Mark 2011-02-23 17:05
RL means Radnor Lake in Nashville.
http://www.radnorlake.org/welcome.html
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# Sandra 2011-02-23 17:05
Funny to say the least but even stranger. Anyone run the tag on that bad boy yet??
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-1 # baldon73 2011-02-23 17:13
Any bets this was a vehicle paid for with our Tax Dollars under the "Cash for Clunkers" program? They were supposed to be destroyed-but notice the bumper stickers.
"Art not Arms", "Change how you see,not how you look." Some Liberal Arts professor got $$ to buy a new Prius,and the dealer sold this car on the Black Market.
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# Garett 2011-02-23 17:14
One of the cultural advisors at the KPRT told me you can make a lot of money importing wreaked Toyota vehicles into Afghanistan through Karachi. While Kandaharis suck at carpentry, they very good at welding and mechanics, they can fix any vehicle with minimal resources.

Back in September they stole a lot of our pickets off wire obstacles in Bazaar e Panjawai and they made a ferris wheel out of them. They bring it out in the bazaar for events like Eid and Ramadan.
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# Scott 2011-02-23 17:18
Well we are known as the volunteer state. @ Peter; Round the bowl and down the hole, RTR. ;-)
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# Roger The Shrubber 2011-02-23 17:47
they need to update the "change the way you see, not the way you look" bumber sticker
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# David 2011-02-23 17:47
The Bumper stickers are also an interesting read. Do I see one about "change?"
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# Roger The Shrubber 2011-02-23 17:48
Quoting Brett:
...and a 'Dead Head'at that!

Must be a load of liberals with the "M for Moron" tag
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-1 # James 2011-02-23 18:38
Sad that the idea that this is an honest Afghan national who worked/studied in the US and then was fortunate enough to be able to take his treasured Toyota home with him hasn't occurred to anyone else here. Far easier to go with the cheap jokes and degrading ethnic characterizatio ns.
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# Sarah 2011-02-23 18:44
hahahahaha, yeah, he passed me over here in No. Carolina and I said to head north, you know, like to the DC area but clearly they cannot follow directions....h ow'd they get past the incoming traffic at the Florida Keys I wonder :-)
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# Thai 2011-02-23 19:18
Quoting James:
Sad that the idea that this is an honest Afghan national who worked/studied in the US and then was fortunate enough to be able to take his treasured Toyota home with him hasn't occurred to anyone else here. Far easier to go with the cheap jokes and degrading ethnic characterizations.

Thank you James for such comment. May every best be with you and your loves.
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# Jeff Speight 2011-02-23 19:58
I pre-ordered Michaels book, Iraq Inside the Inferno back in 10/2010 and have yet to recieve my copy. Have any of his readers had the same experience?
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# James 2011-02-23 21:24
Quoting Jeff Speight:
I pre-ordered Michaels book, Iraq Inside the Inferno back in 10/2010 and have yet to recieve my copy. Have any of his readers had the same experience?

Michael has mentioned in recent posts that he has only just finished proofing the galleys and returned them to the printer. I daresay we'll see our copies within a few weeks.
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# Bill Spence 2011-02-23 21:38
That is not a valid Tennessee License plate. For sure it wouldn't be my car because I refuse to drive anything made by countries whose people tried to kill us.
Bill..Age 78..Memphis, Tn Area...U.S.Army Veteran
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# Brian 2011-02-23 22:00
The owner of that car is a Deadhead judging from the tie dye sticker on the rear window. No surprise. Could be there for healthcare like in Seva.

And the only moron is Roger. I know conservatives who are morons just as I know liberals who are morons. Time to get beyond political labels.
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# James 2011-02-23 22:05
Quoting Bill Spence:
That is not a valid Tennessee License plate. For sure it wouldn't be my car because I refuse to drive anything made by countries whose people tried to kill us.
Bill..Age 78..Memphis, Tn Area...U.S.Army Veteran

You must do a lot of walking. Most Corollas you see in the US were built in California by Americans. Funny how that works, my Mercedes was built in Tuscaloosa!
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# Brian 2011-02-23 22:07
I bet that is a person involved in healthcare. Be cool to find out. The car was not stolen. The owner shpped it there.

Wake up to find out that you are the eyes of the world.
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# Mike Howard 2011-02-23 23:49
Ditto. I e-mailed the publisher and didn't get a reply.
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# Javier 2011-02-24 01:55
Lighten up James. It's the American sence of humor, that's all. No harm meant. Sad that anyone's gotta explain that to you.

On another note...
Godspeed Michael. Thank you for what you do.
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# Bryan A. 2011-02-24 02:14
It is a valid TYPE of liscense plate, however there are no longer records of that plate with the state of Tennessee according to the database I have access to. There is info available for the plates before and after in numerical sequence. If that was a cash for clunker car, the engine was supposed to have been disabled. I work for a car dealer and personally got to do that (its FUN!) Anyways, Its off the official record books so my guess is its not stolen.
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# Singadick 2011-02-24 02:56
Didn't anyone notice the rear view mirror showing the police car?
How do you feel about the Afgan cops having your six, Mike? :-)
Richard
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# Hispeed 2011-02-24 04:29
Isn't it funny how they try to politicize EVERY topic? So sad...so sad :sad:
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# Hispeed 2011-02-24 04:34
I agree. More than likely the vehicle was shipped back to Pakistan then Afghanistan. I've seen the same thing in other countries. Why are conservatives so ignorant?
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# Bill Treadway 2011-02-24 17:53
Google Meher Baba. That and the bumper stickers tell a tale. Haircuts are a discordant note... Maybe more CIA assassins?
Hope they are not just hangin out and handing out bibles...that could get ugly.
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# steve 2011-02-25 06:24
I always wondered what Al Gore did with the car I sold him! Just kidding.
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# DamanJohn 2011-02-25 14:41
Quoting James:
Sad that the idea that this is an honest Afghan national who worked/studied in the US and then was fortunate enough to be able to take his treasured Toyota home with him hasn't occurred to anyone else here. Far easier to go with the cheap jokes and degrading ethnic characterizations.


That is extremely unlikely. Most of the left hand drive Toyota corollas here are clunkers bought in from North America or Germany then resold at a massive profit.

There aren't any Afghan-American s paying thousands of dollars to transport thier hoopties back to the motherland.
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# Renee P 2011-02-26 00:42
No Tide.

WAR EAGLE!

(Sorry, this has nothing to do with Yon's photo, but I have a kid at Auburn.)
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# steve 2011-02-26 01:18
I did a computer check and it was stolen in June 2010. Too funny that it showed up in Afghanistan. Course, lots show up in Mexico, but Afghanistan? That's funny stuff.
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# William O. B Livion 2011-02-28 11:14
Quoting Bill Spence:
That is not a valid Tennessee License plate. For sure it wouldn't be my car because I refuse to drive anything made by countries whose people tried to kill us.
Bill..Age 78..Memphis, Tn Area...U.S.Army Veteran


So you don't buy cars made in the South, or the North? Didn't we go to war with Canada at one point?

I guess there's enough auto factories in Tennessee that you have a few choices. Of course, most of them are owned by Japanese corporations.

Or maybe you're a Volvo guy. That's the only car I can think if in a country we were never at war with.
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# Shaun 2011-02-28 11:21
...but isnt Volvo owned by the Chinese - US involvement in Boxer Rebelion would mean US has been at war with the Chinese too! Is there anyone the US has not had a ruck with?
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# RE: Tennessee in AfghanistanShea Brown 2012-10-13 07:12
:-) The Meher Baba sticker refers to a guru type who passed away, and there is a beautiful 250 acre retreat here in his honor in Myrtle Beach. Very wild to see that sticker in ?Afghanistan !!
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