Kevink got a reaction from bluehash in msp430f149 Serial port example search
Murphy, a life long close personal friend of mine was with me today. The problem with my serial rx side of things was a blown Port 3 pin 5. I know this because I set all of port3 to toggle state and every pin on the port did but pin 5. Pin 5 is stuck high. I tried another board and all is good on that pin anyway... And now I get serial out!
Thanks to those that tried to help me