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A ‘SCARY’ SIGHT
Flag on police cars triggers the left
ell folks, here we go again. The politi- ists, “that initially fought the new black-and-white cally correct, left wing, unpatriotic design for police vehicles.” When they lost that battle, haters find fault with our flag as the they went after the Stars & Stripes. They even went backdrop for the Laguna Beach police to the American Legion to determine if it was disrespectful for the flag to be chopped up department’s patrol cars. (within the letters). Some community members exAttorney Jennifer Welsh Zeiter pressed shock and concern at the called the decorated Ford Explorers aggressive logo on the new police vePOINT exceptional at the City Council meethicles, which features a prominent ing, and said that those who vocally opAmerican flag graphic. The word posed the design are so filled with ha“police” on the sides of each vehicle is tred toward the president of the United painted in an Old Glory-inspired red, States that they cannot see through white and blue design. their current biases to realize that a poOne local citizen, a designer that lice vehicle with an American flag is the had nothing to do with the police cars, ultimate American expression. observed a group of immigrants upon Why is it that the left-wingers think seeing the patrol cars scatter about like it’s A-O.K. to let illegal and legal immia bunch mice fearful of being caught grants hoist the flags of Mexico Honby a SWAT team of police and police Richard T. Matz duras, Guatemala, El Salvador and cars. At the March 19 City Council Nicaragua? This type of display clearly meeting several Laguna Beach resiindicates that the immigrants of these dents spoke up about their resistance to the new design. A local woman artist said it was countries clearly refuse to assimilate. Some immi“shocking to see the boldness of the design,” which grants want the material comfort and the security that the United States provides but not necessarily she said “felt very aggressive.” Apparently now the sight of the American flag is its way of life. Many people think the tradition of assimilating so aggressive it strikes fear in the hearts of immiimmigrants into society is solely an American thing, grants. Please. She didn’t realize that she would be stepping on something that is not practiced in European nations. a political landmine. The impetus for that landmine Take France as an example. So far that country’s elites was “a vocal minority of political activists,” extrem- decided to indulge in self-defeating ennui (boredom)
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and gave up on assimilation. They now realize that the terrorists that have run amok, killed and murdered French men women and children, were French born and raised and showed a higher price the nation has paid for abandoning assimilation. The Laguna Beach police cars mean so much more than just police cars — they represent the love and allegiance people living in the greatest country in the world must have to protect our freedoms and way of life. We must remember Donald Trump is more than just rough around the edges. He’s a street fighter, not a politician, and street fighters couldn’t care less about being smooth, dignified and politically correct. He totally believes that a street fighter’s only objective is to win the fight and Donald Trump is hell-bent on doing that. Part of his promise was to clean out the swamp, and it appears he’s taking no prisoners. He refuses to apologize for America’s greatness and realizes we must keep America great forever! The Laguna Beach City Council voted this past week to keep the American flag design on city police cars. At least 200 people packed the council chambers where police officers guarded the doors. Many in attendance wore combinations of red, white and blue. Some donned veterans or American Legion hats and a few more wore make America great again hats! Richard Matz is the publisher of the Military Press. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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COURAGE COMPELS COMBAT MARINES TO SAVE LIVES MEMBERS OF 1ST CEB SAVE THREE LIVES By Lance Cpl. Alexa Hernandez 1st Marine Division
AMP PENDLETON — Courage is the mental, physical and moral strength to persevere and withstand danger, fear or difficulty. It is the heart of the core values instilled in every United States Marine and is what defines their character and warrior spirit. It is with this courage that Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division were able to do what is right and necessary when they were faced with critical challenges throughout this past year. In the last 12 months, nine Marines from 1st CEB saved the lives of three people in completely separate events in our community. Capt. Andrew Cruz was celebrating his wedding night in Maryland on July 14, 2018. During the ceremony, he heard a car crash on the road outside. Without hesitation, he ran toward the commotion where an SUV had flipped on its side, trapping the woman who was driving it. Cruz climbed on top of the vehicle
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Marine Corps Cpl. Renzel Craft, left, and Cpl. Everton Porto, both heavy equipment mechanics with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, receive Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals during their Corporal Course graduation ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton on April 12. Craft and Porto received recognition for responding to an incident in the chow hall where a Marine was having a seizure. | Photo by Lance Cpl. Alexa Hernandez
and broke the window with his elbow to get to the driver and provide the necessary care until medical professionals arrived. His heroic instinct and Marine Corps training were crucial factors in the rescue, and ultimately, the survival of the woman involved in the crash.
Just four months after Capt. Cruz saved a woman on his wedding day, six Marines from 1st CEB rescued an injured motorcyclist when returning from a camping trip in Big Bear. During their drive through the rolling mountains of Southern California, Sgt. Devon Espinoza, Sgt. Kyle Henne, Cpl. Mark Dass, Cpl. Alex Koeneke, Cpl. Alec Leonard, and Cpl. Jay Wehrenberg came across the motorcyclist on the side of the road. Other cars drove past the wounded man but the Marines knew they could help. They immediately pulled over and began assessing the rider’s injuries, applying a tourniquet to his lacerated leg and calling first responders. Once the medical professionals arrived, the Marines stayed on the scene and helped direct traffic. For his valiant efforts in directing the life-saving actions, Espinoza was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal. Additionally, Henne, Dass, Koeneke, Leonard and Wehrenberg all received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for their actions. “I am honored that my actions helped someone as much they did. It was a humbling experience to be recognized by so many people, and it really puts into perspective how quickly a situation can change, and as a Marine, you have to be ready for it,” Koeneke said. While these Marines created a reputation of protecting the innocent people in our community, other Marines from 1st CEB were on base ensuring the safety of their fellow Marines. Cpl. Renzel Craft and Cpl. Everton Porto were attending Corporal’s Course on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton on April 4 when they joined their fellow Marines in the chow hall. Upon sitting down to eat, they realized a Marine across
from them had fallen to the ground face first and his body began to seize up. Immediately, Craft and Porto rushed to his side to assess the situation and stabilize his body to prevent further injury. “We made sure he didn’t swallow his tongue, we rubbed his sternum to keep him awake, asked him relevant questions to check for concussions, and checked for bleeding around his head and mouth,” Porto said. Corpsmen arrived on the scene, and provided aid to the Marine. Upon further examination, the corpsmen determined the Marine needed to be brought to a medical facility. Craft loaded him into his personal vehicle and drove him to the local Battalion Aid Station to receive additional treatment. “I was able to help a Marine get the adequate care he needed by being proactive about the situation,” Craft said. “To those Marines who witness an accident, I can’t stress enough the importance of keeping a clear mind, and always paying attention to the Marines to your left and right. That doesn’t mean just medically, but mentally, physically, financially, or in whatever case it may be, just take care of your Marines.” The Marines who came to the rescue in each of these events are part of 1st Combat Engineer Battalion. Some might credit the Marines’ fearless nature to the demanding operational training the battalion performs throughout the year. While the intense training certainly enabled these Marines to perform the live-saving techniques they were taught, perhaps the credit can more rightly be attributed to the familial bond of the battalion that generates the mentality of always taking care of the person next to you no matter what. Without this mentality, the Marines’ may not have felt compelled to save the lives of complete strangers. www.militarypress.com • email@example.com
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“Game of Thrones” has lost its nerve. How else do you explain why, in the big Battle of Winterfell episode — hyped By Richard T. Matz by the actors and creators as the biggest Military Press “Thrones” battle sequence and a fight in which the very idea of living was on No, this isn’t an advertorial. This is just the line — not a single major character my experience shopping at ALDI superdied? market. My wife and my three daughters When the battle was said and done abhor grocery shopping, so this task has and Arya had saved the day, the death been left to me for the past 30 years. Don’t count wasn’t particularly high: Theon get me wrong — I’m not complaining, for (Alfie Allen), Melisandre (Carice van it gives me the opportunity to select and Houten), Lyanna (Bella Ramsey), Beric choose all my favorite foods. (Richard Dormer), Dolorous Edd (Ben I’ve shopped at Vons, Albertsons, Stater Crompton) and Jorah (Iain Glen) all Brothers, Food for Less, Walmart, Costperished. That’s it. co, Smart and Final and too many other Sure, in nearly any other series, the large and small markets to list them all. deaths of six characters in one episode With all the experience I’ve had shopping would be a massacre. But “Thrones” I know when I run across a good product isn’t any other show. And not only were with a low or reasonable price. these deaths few, they were also relaThat brings me to the experience that tively minor. I’ve had shopping at ALDI. They reWhat happened here? “Thrones” mind me a lot of shopping at the combuilt its reputation and its status as a missaries on base! But the best part, phenomenon on the idea that anyone they are not on base and could die, anywhere, anytime. We all are very convenient — all know the stats: The series killed off its six stores in our area and protagonist and biggest star, Ned Stark more to come. (Sean Bean), in its first season, stabbed ALDI sells brand a contender for the Iron Throne in Seanames and off-brands, son 2, ruined weddings for everyone in and the best part is if you Season 3, crushed a new hero in Season are not satisfied with the 4, burned a little girl at the stake in Seaquality of the off-brands, son 5 and blew up a church in Season 6. ALDI returns your money to be applied But since then, “Thrones” has kept to your new purchases that day. deaths — especially of headlining characThey always have ridiculously low ters with fan followings — to a minimum. prices on an advertised fruits and vegAnd even when characters die, it doesn’t etables. Let me give you an example: feel like a “Thrones” demise. Last season’s 99 cents for a delicious pineapple or most notable casualty was Littlefinger 25 cents for an avocado. These spe(Aiden Gillen), a comically staged mocials change each and every week from ment that amounted to fan service. pineapples to mangoes to avocados to The slim body count from “The Long 16-ounce packages of asparagus for 79 Night” presents problems for “Thrones” cents! If you are a potato chip aficioas it heads into its final three episodes. nado, you’ll love Clancy’s chips. They’re On one hand, it’s almost laughable that every bit as good as Ruffles and for half all the good guys we care about survived the price. The same thing goes for Clanwhile a horde of Dothraki was nearly cy’s tortilla chips, pretzels, jalapeno and wiped out (a poor decision in regards to barbecued chips. the racial politics of the show). Despite They are extremely competitive when its fantasy genre, “Thrones” has strived it comes to milk, eggs, butter and all for some kind of realism in its world dairy products. 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Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), right, mourns over her fallen protector, Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) in ‘The Long Night’ episode of ‘Game of Thrones.’
in danger. Had Jon (Kit Harington), Dany (Emilia Clarke), Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) or any other marquee name fallen early on, the rest of the 85 minutes would have been all the better for it. Even if someone big had died at the end, it would have set up the final three episodes for greater success. How are we supposed to take Cersei and her Golden Company as a real threat when everyone and their brother survived an
army of vicious frozen zombies? “Thrones” is a huge and sprawling series known for its leisurely pace, but as it sprints toward the May 19 finale, the writers have let loose a host of contradictions. Anyone can die, but so close to the end, the writers don’t want to give up their best characters. “Thrones” may be done killing its faves, but it might just kill its legacy in the process.
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‘Unless we in America work to preserve the peace, there will be no peace. Unless we in America work to preserve freedom, there will be no freedom.’ Richard Nixon 37th. U.S. President Served Jan. 20, 1969 – Aug. 9, 1974
39th. U.S. Vice President Served Jan. 20, 1969 – Oct. 10, 1973
• Citing progress in peace negotiations, President Nixon announces the suspension of offensive action in North Vietnam on Jan. 15. • Ferdinand Marcos becomes “President for Life” of the Philippines on Jan. 17. • U.S. involve-
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ment in the Vietnam War ends Jan. 27 with the signing of the Paris Peace Accords. • The last U.S. soldier leaves Vietnam on March 29. • Pablo Picasso dies April 8 at his home in France. • Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev address the American people on television June 24, the fist Soviet leader to do so. • The Yom Kippur War begins Oct. 6 as
s return from the
Egyptian and Syrian forces attack Israel in the Sinai Peninsula and Golan Heights. The war would last until Oct. 25. • OPEC begins an oil embargo against countries that support Israel on Oct. 17, triggering the 1973 oil crisis.
• Aerosmith releases its self-titled debut album Jan. 5. • Elvis Presley’s concert in Hawaii on Jan. 14 becomes the first worldwide telecast by an entertainer. It is watched by more people than watched the Apollo moon landings. • The Supreme Court overturns state bans on abortion Jan. 22 in its Roe v. Wade decision. • Pink
war in Vietnam.
Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon,” on of rock’s landmark albums, is released March 1 in the U.S. • Martin Cooper of Motorala makes the first handheld mobile phone call April 3. • The World Trade Center officially opens April 4 in New Your City. • Federal Express officially begins operations April 17 with 14 aircraft operating out of Memphis International Airport. • President Nixon fires White House Counsel John Dean on April 30 amidst the Watergate scandal. Attorney General Richard Kleindienst and staffers H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman resign. • The Sears Tower becomes the world’s tallest building May 3, standing at 1,451 feet. • The U.S. launches Skylab, it’s first space station, May 14. • Secretariat wins the Belmont Stakes on June 9, breaking the record by 2 3/5 seconds and becoming the first Triple Crown winner since 1948. • The Drug Enforcement Administration is founded July 1. • Billie Jean King defeates Bobby Riggs in a televised tennis match dubbed “The Battle of the Sexes” on Sept. 20.
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• Vice President Agnew resigns Oct. 10 and pleads no contests to income tax evasion charges. Gerald Ford would become vice president Dec. 6. • President Nixon orders Attorney General Elliot Richardson to dismiss Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox on Oct. 20. Richardson refuses and resigns, along with Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus. Solicitor General Robert Bork then fires Cox. The event raises calls for Nixon’s impeachment.
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SWITZTERLAND: A TALE OF 3 CITIES
SWITZERLAND Part 3
By Howard Hian Military Press
ugano, Pontresina and Zurich are examples of Switzerland’s appeal — something for everyone. In Lugano, one gets the feeling of stumbling into Italy because of the language and food. In Pontresina, while hiking, you expect either Heidi or the Von Trapp family to pop up over the next hill. Zurich, the largest city in Switzerland (400,000-plus), is urban and urbane. It is the financial center and transportation hub of the country. Where else can you find a hotel with a pawnshop in the lobby? Here is my “to do” list for each locale.
Ciani Park’s 15.5 acres borders Lake Lugano. First developed in 1845, today it is divided into two parts: one near its original villa and the other extending to the mouth of the Cassarate River. Walk the winding paths throughout this gem and enjoy the fountains, statues, flower gardens and native and imported trees. Take a boat ride on picturesque Lake Lugano, also called Lake Ceresio. The coastline shares approximately 40 percent of its boundary with Italy. Ride the cable car up Monte San Salvatore for panoramic views of the city and Lake Lugano, with the Alps as a backdrop. Piazza della Riforma is the
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Switzerland’s largest city, Zurich, is urban and urbane. Don’t miss Ciani Park (below) on Lake Lugano.
main square in the city and its action spot. Restaurants, bars, bistros and cafes are plentiful. It’s great for people watching. Stay at the centrally located, recently renovated Hotel City Lugano. Its rooms and public space are imaginatively decorated and colorful.
hiking shoes for this charming mountain village. There are more than 100 trails, including 10 long-distance treks. For an unusual activity, visit the largest herd of ibex in the Alps. Also referred to as wild mountain goats, they descend from higher altitudes to graze in the spring. Take a side trip to Pontresina’s world famous neighbor, St.Moritz. It’s only Pontresina Make certain to ride the panoramic 4-plus miles away and a quick 10 minBernina Express to or from Pontresina. utes by train. Check into the “Typically Swiss” Hotel It will be one of the sightseeing highlights of your trip to Switzer- Steinbock. Its family-owned tradition land. Reservations goes back 300 years. It is one of the oldest hotels in town, but completely updated. are required. Pack your Zurich Purchase the Zurich Card for 24 or 72 hours time periods. It offers travel by train, tram, bus, boat and cable car throughout Zurich’s environs. You can visit 40 museums, either free or discounted. Wander through Old Town. Stop by the craft candy and ice cream shops and watch the chocolatiers at work. Cruise Lake Zurich or take a Dream Boat outing that includes either brunch, fondue or dinner. Visit the Zurich West District. It’s close to 25Hours Hotel and has reinvented itself from an industrial locale to a trendy, hip neighborhood with bars, cafes, restaurants and boutique shops. I fell in love with the quirky, stylish 25Hours Hotel Langtrasse. The lobby is a cacophony of colors, mobiles and bric-a-brac.
That’s also where a pawnshop is located. You can bring in a collectible and, if it’s accepted, the cash value is credited toward your room rate. The central station is a short walk away and the hotel overlooks the rail yard, giving a fascinating view of Switzerland’s busiest train center. The hotel is very customer focused — no standard checkout time and the Sunday brunch at NENI (in the hotel) is available until 4 p.m.
Slow down and enjoy your visit to Switzerland — be flexible. If your plan includes two days in a spot, most likely you will need a third. Purchase the Swiss Travel Pass to get unlimited use of trains, buses and boats. It also provides entrance to attractions and more than 500 museums. You can choose 3, 4, 8 or 15 day passes. Download the Swiss Travel Guide App. There is a tourist bureau in almost every destination in Switzerland; just ask Google. Hotel breakfasts are included throughout Switzerland. Gratuities at restaurants, cafes and bars are built into the price. For carryout, wine, beer, snacks, etc., look for a COOP or Migros store.
Remember, it’s a small country. All of Switzerland is easily accessible. Public transportation is on time, clean, safe and affordable. From San Diego, Denver, Las Vegas, Orlando or Tampa Bay, fly Edelweiss Air For more travel information and links to guides, go to www.militarypress.com. Let’s go! Follow Howard Hian online at www.Travelswith-Hian.com and PokerResorts.net.
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A tom cat and a tabby cat were courting on a back fence at night. The tom leaned over with pent up passion and purred... “I’ll die for you” The tabby gazed at him from under lowered eye lids and asked, “How many times?”
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A 3-year-old boy examined his testicles while taking a bath. “Mommy,” he asked. “Are these my brains?” your prayers? God isn’t deaf.” “Not yet,” she replied. To which the little brother replied, “No, but Gramma is!” Bedtime prayers Two young boys were spending the night at their grandparents. Undercover clergy At bedtime, they knelt beside their beds A minister, a priest and a rabbi went for to say their prayers when the youngest one a hike one day. It was very hot. They were began praying at the top of his lungs. sweating and exhausted when they came “I PRAY FOR A NEW BICYCLE! I upon a small lake. Since it was fairly sePRAY FOR A NEW NINTENDO! I PRAY cluded, they took off all their clothes and FOR A NEW SMARTPHONE!” jumped in the water. His older brother nudged the younger Feeling refreshed, the trio decided to brother and said, “Why are you shouting pick a few berries while enjoying their
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