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Russia Must be Stopped... NOW! By Charles Krauthammer

The president of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council challenges critics of President Obama’s Ukraine policy by saying “What are you going to do, send the 101st Airborne into Crimea?” Not exactly subtle. And rather silly, considering that no one has proposed such a thing. The alternative to passivity is not war but a serious foreign policy. For the last five years, Obama’s fruitless accommodationism has invited the kind of aggressiveness demonstrated by Iran in Syria, China in the East China Sea, and Russia in Ukraine.

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Nothing demonstrates American global retreat more than a budget that reduces the Army to 1940 levels.


Cont’d. from Page 3 But what’s done is done. Put that aside. What is to be done now? We have three objectives. In ascending order of difficulty: Reassure NATO. Deter further Russian incursion into Ukraine. Reverse the annexation of Crimea.

Baltics to arrange joint maneuvers. 2. Same for the four NATO countries bordering Ukraine — Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania. 3. Urgently revive the original missile-defense agreements concluded with Poland and the Czech Republic before Obama canceled them unilaterally to appease Russia.

Deter Russia in Ukraine:

Reassure NATO:

We’re already sending U.S. aircraft to patrol the airspace of the Baltic states. That’s not enough. 1. Send the chairman of the Joint Chiefs to the

1. Extend the Black Sea maneuvers in which the USS Truxtun is currently engaged with Romania and Bulgaria. These were previously scheduled. Order immediate — and continual — follow-ons.

2. Declare that any further Russian military incursion beyond Crimea will lead to a rapid and favorable response from NATO to any request from Kiev for weapons. These would be accompanied by significant numbers of NATO trainers and advisers. HEALTH

This is no land-war strategy. This is the “tripwire” strategy successful for half a century in Germany and Korea. Any Russian push into western Ukraine would then engage a thin tripwire of NATO trainer/advisers. That is something the most rabid Soviet expansionist never risked. Nor would Putin. It would, therefore, establish a ring of protection at least around the core of western Ukraine.

Reverse the annexation of Crimea:

Clearly the most difficult. In the short run, likely impossible. There are no military cards to play, Russia holding all of them. Ukraine’s forces are very weak. The steps must be diplomatic and economic. First, Crimean secession under Russian occupation must lead to Russia’s immediate expulsion from the G-8. To assuage the tremulous Angela Merkel, we could do it by subtraction: All seven democracies withdraw from the G-8, then instantly reconstitute as the original G-7.

As for economic sanctions, they are currently puny. We haven’t done a thing. We haven’t even named names. We’ve just authorized the penalizing of individuals. Name the names, freeze their accounts. But any real effect will require broader sanctions and for that we need European cooperation. The ultimate sanction is to cut off Russian oligarchs, companies, and banks from the Western financial system. That’s the economic “nuclear option” that brought Iran to its knees and to the negotiating table. It would have a devastating effect on Putin’s economy.






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budget that reduces the U.S. Army to 1940 levels. Obama is not the first president to conduct a weak foreign policy. Jimmy Carter was similarly inclined — until Russia invaded Afghanistan, at which point the scales fell from Carter’s eyes. He responded boldly: imposing the grain embargo on the Soviets, boycotting the Moscow Olympics, increasing defense spending, and ostentatiously sending a machine-gun-toting Zbigniew Brzezinski to the Khyber Pass, symbolizing the massive military aid we began sending the mujahedeen, whose insurgency so bled the Russians over the next decade that they not only lost Afghanistan but were fatally weakened as a global imperial power. Invasion woke Carter from his illusions. Will it wake Obama? (Charles Krauthammer is a nationally syndicated columnist. © 2014 the Washington Post Writers Group)


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Answering the question... “What makes America great?” Aaron Sorkin’s new drama, “The our society. Newsroom,” debuted on HBO on a The monologue starts after a feSunday night male college stutwo seasons ago. dent, watching a In the opening panel discussion on We’re 7th in literacy, scene, Jeff Danwhich Will McAvoy 27th in math, 22nd in iels, who portrays speaking alongside a science, 49th in life news anchor Will liberal and a conserexpectancy, 178th in infant vative pundit, asks McAvoy, delivered a stunning, the question “What mortality, 3rd in median hard-hitting, acmakes America the household income, curate, and intelgreatest country in ligent monologue. number 4 in labor force and the world.” McAvoy number 4 in exports. This monologue hedges against anis something that swering the question, I believe every American should see, not wanting to take political sides, but and if they can’t see it, it should be is pressured by the moderator to anread, for I believe it is accurate and hits swer, when he finally delivers the beauhome at a number of issues we have in tiful words that follow: RESORTS

“It’s not the greatest country in the world professor, that’s my answer. Sharon, the NEA is a loser, yeah, it accounts for a penny out of our paycheck but he gets to hit you with it any time he wants. It doesn’t cost money, it costs votes, it costs air time, it costs column inches. You know why people don’t like liberals? Because they lose. If liberals are so f---ing smart, how come they lose so god damn always? *Turns to conservative pundit* And with a straight face you’re going to tell students that America is so star spangled awesome that we’re the only ones in the world that have free-

dom? Canada has freedom. Japan has freedom. The UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Australia, BELGIUM has freedom. So, 207 sovereign states in the world, like 180 of them have freedom.  And you, sorority girl, just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day there’s somethings you should know. One of them is there’s absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we’re the greatest country in the world. We’re 7th in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, 3rd in median household income, Number 4 in labor force and Number 4 in exports. We lead the world in only three categories: Number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending where spend more than the next 26 countries combined, 25 of whom are allies.  Now none of this is the fault of a 20 year old college student, but you none the less are without a doubt a member of the worst period generation period ever period, so when you ask what makes us the greatest country in the world, I don’t know what the f---you’re talking about. Yosemite? It sure used to be. We stood up for what was right. We fought for moral reasons. We passed laws, struck down laws for moral reasons. We waged wars on poverty, not poor people. We sacrificed, we cared about our neighbors, we put our money where our mouths were and we never beat our chests. We built great big things, made ungodly technological advances, explored the universe, cured diseases, and cultivated the world’s greatest artists and the world’s greatest economy. We reached for the stars, acted like men, we aspired to intelligence, we didn’t belittle it, it didn’t make us feel inferior.  We didn’t identify ourselves by who we voted for in the last election and we didn’t scare so easy. We were able to be all these things and do all these things because we were informed, by great men, men who were revered. First step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one. America is not the greatest country in the world anymore. Enough?”

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Joe and Eva Briseno provide their son, former Army Spec. Jay Briseno, with aroundthe-clock care. (Photo courtesy Fox News) effectiveness at reducing depression and improving the health of caregivers. It also reduces the anxiety of children in the home. A grant from the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving was made to the Southern Caregiver Resource Center (SCRC) to use this problem-solving model because of the agency’s successful track record supporting caregivers in San Diego County since 1987. Given that 65% of family members caring for a veteran face high levels of caregiver


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After a two-year break in rolling sleeves, the Commandant of the Marine Corps recently reinstated the tradition. All Marines returned to rolling sleeves, March 9, 2014. However, with sleeves going up some problems may arise with Marines having out-of-regulation tattoos. Marines and men and women enlisting in the Marine Corps are not allowed to get or have tattoos or brands on their neck, head, mouth, hands, fingers or wrists. Tattoos that

are sexist, racist, eccentric or offensive or express an association with illegal substances are prohibited. Enlisted Marines with grandfathered sleeve tattoos are not eligible for any Marine Corps commissioning or warrant officer programs. However, they are still eligible for promotion and re-enlistment, but only as an enlisted Marine. Anyone with questions or concerns can speak with their chain of command.

Navy releases new game The Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention (NADAP) Office has released a mobile game as part of the Keep What You’ve Earned campaign. “Pier Pressure” was designed to promote responsible drinking among Sailors by incorporating real-life choices in an entertaining work-and-play scenario. The app also enables all Sailors to have important alcohol-related re-

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By Jim Sweizer How many times have you gone into a store with a great coupon deal only to find that the item you wanted to purchase is one of many “exclusions” listed in the fine print? The same thing can happen when shopping for colleges. Keeping this scenario in mind, here are some of the questionable “comeons” you should be aware of when looking for the college that’s right for you.

What they tell you: “Complete your degree in X months!”

What they’re not saying: “Applies to full-time students only.” Fact: A service member using tuition assistance benefits for undergraduate courses enrolls in approximately three courses or nine semester hours a year. In fact, an airman enrolled in a Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) associates program takes nine years to complete all degree requirements.* Can a motivated military student working 10-16 hours a day really complete their degree requirements quicker by enrolling full time? Practically speaking, those who can are in the minority and less likely to have tuition assistance approved for a full-time course load.

rankings in their ads should provide a verifiable source. Is the ranking given by a reputable magazine or does it emanate from a “play-to-pay” website that creates a list based solely on those schools purchasing an ad or sponsorship? Another thing to consider is that rankings are sometimes based on the submission of a survey which some schools choose not to complete due to a methodology which may be at odds with their admissions policy, program or student support structure, or other

reasons. Does their absence mean they are not, “military- friendly”? Possibly. But there’s usually more than meets the eye in such cases. A once popular clothing store chain in the Northeast used a terrific slogan to sell their products, “An educated consumer is our best customer.” I am a big fan of military students being educated consumers and the only way this will happen is through research.

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April 1, 1945: Over 1200 Navy ships and Army troops begin invasion of Okinawa

Last and biggest of the Pacific island battles of World War II, the Okinawa campaign (April 1 to June 22, 1945) involved the 287,000 troops of the U.S. Tenth Army against 130,000 soldiers of the Japanese Thirty-second Army. At stake were air bases vital to the projected invasion of Japan. By the end of the 82-day campaign, Japan had lost more than 77,000 soldiers and the Allies had suffered more than 65,000 casual-

ties—including 14,000 dead. Japanese forces changed their typical tactics of resisting at the water’s edge to a defense in depth, designed to gain time. In conjunction with this, the Japanese navy and army mounted mass air attacks by planes on oneway “suicide” missions; the Japanese also sent their last big battleship, theYamato, on a similar mission with a few escorts. The “special attack” kamikaze tactics the Japanese used on these missions, although not especially sophisticated, were so determined that Allied forces perhaps faced their most difficult Pacific campaign. The net result made Okinawa a mass bloodletting both on land and at sea, and among both the island’s civilian population and the military. A series of defense lines across the island, both north

and south of the American landing beaches, enabled the Japanese to conduct a fierce defense of Okinawa over many weeks. Using pillboxes and strongpoints, caves, and even some ancient castles, the Japanese defense positions supported one another and often resisted even the most determined artillery fire or air strikes. Mounting few attacks themselves, the Japanese conserved their strength for this defense. Caves or pillboxes often had to be destroyed individually with dynamite charges. This battle took place in an environment much more heavily populated than most Pacific islands, with civilian casualties of almost 100,000 and equally heavy losses for the Japanese army. “It was a scene straight out of hell. There is no other way to describe it,” recalls Higa Tomiko, then a sevenyear-old girl, who survived the battle. The commanding generals on both sides died in the course of this battle: BATTLE, cont’d. on Page 26

Beneath the Battle on Okinawa

In 1944, the Japanese navy dug this 450-meter network of tunnels, using only picks and hoes, in anticipation of near-future warfare. It was the Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters in Tomishiro. During the Battle of Okinawa, this bunker in the southern part of the island played a vital role in protecting the Japanese military, providing a place to plan offense and defense. It could hold 4,000 soldiers at a time, and included a sick bay, a kitchen, an operation room and electricity. But as the invasion wore on, nothing BENEATH, cont’d. on Page 26


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DoD to Walmart: Take down our logos

How-to’s of becoming an entrepreneur Veteran Entrepreneurs Today (VET), a new program designed to help vets become business entrprepreneurs, is holding a Friendraiser event at Courtyard Marriott San Diego Mission Valley, 595 Hotel Circle South, San Diego at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 21. The program a project of Honoring Our Troops, a San Diego-based non-profit dedicated to filling the needs of returning veterans by supporting them to start small businesses. This unique program coordinates “think tank” groups of veterans with an emphasis on veterans with service-

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By Kathryn Skelton Sun Journal The U.S. Department of Defense has asked Wal-Mart to remove military logos from 16 corporate tractortrailers used to carry wreaths to veterans’ graves for Wreaths Across America, a charity based in Down East Maine. Citing a trademark violation, the U.S. Department of Defense has asked Wal-Mart to remove military logos from the tractor-trailers WalMart uses to carry Wreaths Across America wreaths around the country. The DOD says Wal-Mart was violating its trademarks. The trucks sport logos for the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard above a field of snowy, wreath-covered headstones. Jessica O’Haver, program manager for the trademark licensing office of the Marine Corps, said at least four of the five logos are official seals intended for use only by the DOD. A Marine spotted one of the trucks, took a picture and alerted her office back in December. Wal-Mart says the logos will be down by Memorial Day.

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By Amy Bushatz All stateside Tricare in-person service centers are closed as of April 1. The closure of the 189 facilities is expected to save the Defense Department about $50 million a year, officials said. The Tricare Service Centers, which handle about 137,000 visitors a month, are staffed by contractors and handle issues ranging from processing provider changes to billing problems. "The change will not — let me repeat that — will not affect any Tricare medical benefit or health care service," Army Col. Steve Warren, a DoD spokesman said in a statement. "What it will do is allow the department to save $250 million over the next five years, allowing Tricare to invest in more important services." All of the services currently dealt with by service center staff can be currently handled exclusively over the phone, they said. Officials don't plan to add any staff to call centers as a result of the closures since shuttering the service centers is anticipated to only marginally increase call center volume, officials said. •

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ter that even their head coach admitted had just six NBA players. Then, they traded three of those NBA players at the deadline, leaving behind a roster featuring Rookie of the Year favorite Michael Carter-Williams, veteran forward Thaddeus Young and a revolving door of D-Leaguers. 22 players have appeared on the Sixers’ roster during the regular season, and only nine of them have had two or more years of NBA experience. The Sixers have 10 games remaining on the schedule, including seven against playoff teams. There’s a very real possibility they will finish the season on a 36-game losing streak. Considering they improbably won their first three games of the season, this is a real feat. The 2013-14 Sixers should not be viewed as a basketball team, but as a piece of performance art, expertly executed by Hinkie, who could be having the last laugh. He goes into the offseason with a ton of cap space, two likely top-10 picks (including one top-four pick) and a promising young core including Carter-Williams and Noel. Mission accomplished indeed.

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CHARGERS REPORT By Art Garcia “Vince is a playmaker. He’s proven himself and (he’s) a guy who can come in here and teach our younger guys – I think he’s the perfect match … If Vince is listening, ‘come to San Diego.’” — Chargers linebacker Donald Butler commenting on the Patriots’ defensive tackle Vince Wilfork. As the third week of NFL free agency begins it is clear that Tom Telesco is sticking to his three-tiered plan of resigning in-house free agents; restructuring salaries to help free up some money under the salary cap and signing some key free agents to bolster the talent on the roster.

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Though he hasn’t made the ‘bigname’ free agent signing that fans are clamoring for – see the Broncos and Patriots moves – Telesco is content with building a deep roster with steady, if not spectacular, role players that fit into the Chargers’ overall scheme. You know, the same plan he used last year which catapulted the team back into the playoffs after a three-year hiatus. Recently, Telesco talked about his strategy for this offseason with The Mighty 1090’s Darren Smith: “We feel very good about it, I know this may not have been a very sexy offseason for us but we had three things really as a

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game plan of what we had to get done this offseason. No. 1 was kind of cleaning up our own house and restructuring some contracts to give us some cap flexibility this year to get some things done that needed to get done – so that was a good start. “Our main priority this year was to re-sign some of our own players and Donald Butler was obviously a big part of that; re-signing Darrell Stuckey who is an excellent special teamer was a big priority and Chad Rinehart who was a starting left guard for us who played well. Those were three guys that we really wanted to get back in the fold and also three guys that if we don’t have, now we have more holes. “So we’re happy to get those guys and guys like Tutu (Seyi Ajirotutu) back. We wanted to get some of our own guys back and we were able to do that and the third part of that (his plan) was just to keep building that depth. “We’re getting there little-by-little, we’re better this year than last year and we’re trying to build as deep of roster as we can because we need them all. So we were able to add some pieces there that we think can come in and really contribute in some roles with us.” Telesco also re-signed two free agents he brought in last year, ILB Reggie Walker and CB Richard Marshall, as well as RB Donald Brown and ILB Kavell Edwards from the Colts, CB Brandon Ghee (Bengals), TE David Johnson (Steelers) and QB Kellen Clemmons (Rams). While the addition of Walker and Edwards brings some much-needed depth behind Butler and Manti Te’o at the inside ’backer position, landing a defensive tackle via free agency or the upcoming NFL Draft in May has to be at the top of Telesco’s wish list. As bad as the Chargers need to shore up the secondary, specifically cornerback, if you can’t stop the run it doesn’t matter how great your pass coverage is. The success to a 3-4 defense is a strong, physical presence at the nose tackle position who can stuff the run at the point of attack and occupy double teams (remember Jamal Williams?) to keep the offensive linemen off of the linebackers. The Chargers currently have just one veteran, Sean Lissemore, CHARGERS, cont’d. on Page 25 •




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know you may still be eligible for a VA home loan? We just need to verify entitlement. Did you know that if you are a Surviving Spouse of a veteran you may have home loan eligibility? Did you know that two unmarried veterans can apply for a home loan together under a “Joint Loan”? Use only 50% of entitlement for each veteran. Did you know that there are “no point & no cost” options to purchase a new home using VA? So no out of pocket costs for title, escrow or loan fees. For active military, Did you know that your BAH (Basic Housing Allowance) can still apply when you purchase a home off base/ military housing? Did you know that loan amounts can be increased to cover the cost of making energy efficiency improvements to a dwelling? Did you know borrowers can often refinance to a lower rate within the VA program without re-qualifying for the STORAGE

Brilliant moving tips By Peggy Wang 1. Pack an overnight bag containing all the essentials. Chances are, you’ll be too tired to unpack your things. You’ll want your essentials within easy access, including a change of clothes if you’re going back to work the next day as well as all your toiletries. It’s also a great way to transport a laptop, which could run the risk of getting stolen during a move. 2. Pack the items you will need FIRST in a clear plastic bin. This includes things like a box cutter, paper towels, trash bags, eating utensils, select cookware, power strips, phone chargers, toilet paper, tools, etc. The clear bin allows you to see inside; it also separates itself from the myriad of cardboard boxes. 3. Wrap your breakables (dishes, glasses, etc.) in clothing to save on bubble wrap. Two birds, one stone: you’re packing your clothes and kitchenware at the same time. 4. For extra padding, pack your glasses and stemware in clean socks. 5. In addition to labeling what’s in your boxes, add what room they’ll be going into, as well. When you arrive at your new home, unpack BY ROOM. The unpacking process will feel more manageable. 6. If you can, show up to your new home before the move and pre-clean the bathroom and kitchen. Put up a new shower curtain liner and stock some new bath towels and toilet paper, as well. You’ll want to take a hot shower after a long day of moving. 7. Pack plates vertically, like records. They’ll be less likely to break. •

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Dwight D. Eisenhower 34th President of the United States Served from Jan. 20, 1953 to Jan. 20, 1961

“I have one yardstick by which I test every major problem - and that yardstick is: Is it good for America?” — Dwight Eisenhower

Richard M. Nixon 36th Vice President of the United States Served from Jan. 20, 1953 to Jan. 20, 1961

World events

first is the Toyopet Crown • Portable radar devices used • Suez Canal crisis: Egypt re-opens to enforce speed limits the Suez Canal • Martin Luther King Jr. heads • Soviets test H Bomb • Malaya gains independence from nationwide resistance to racial seg• Great Britain tests Britain regation and discrimination first hydrogen bomb on • Asian flu pandemic claims over to ensure they could enter • Federal troops Christmas Island 150,000 lives worldwide • U.S. Mackinac suspension send to Arkansas • Soviet Union • Russia successfully bridge opens connecting the to enforce antilaunches Sputnik 2 launches the first artificial upper and lower peninsulas of segregation laws with the satellite, Sputnik 1 Michigan • Tidal wave first ani• South Vietnam at• The House follows Hurricane mal to tacked by Viet Cong guefor Un-American Audrey into coasts of enter rillas Activities ComTexas and Louisiana space, • Treaty of Rome is mittee convicts a • The National a dog formed number of writers N ik Guard, on the order it a • Peak of the baby and playwrights Khrushchev of Gov. Orval Faubus, named boomer years for un-American Martin ing is used to prevent nine Laika • Singapore gains self rule activities / ComLuther K African-American students • Bubble wrap in• Foot and Mouth disease in Engmunist party membership. from entering Central High School in vented accidentally land reaches epidemic proportions Little Rock and shortly after, Federal while trying to create with 30,000 animals slaughtered Technology troops charge defiant protesters with plastic wallpaper Jackie • Papa Doc becomes president of • Ultrasound scanning fixed bayonets Robinson Haiti pioneered

U.S. news

• Toyota starts selling cars in the U.S. — the

• First nuclear reactor plant opens for production of electricity in Pennsylvania


• Jackie Robinson says he is quitting the game forever to enter private business • NFL Champions Detroit Lions over the Cleveland Browns. • NBA Finals Boston Celtics over the St. Louis Hawks, 4 to 3 • World Series Champs Milwaukee Brewers

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BORN THIS YEAR: Above right: Katie Couric. Above left: Princess Caroline of Monaco, Ray Romano, Steve Harvey and Denis Leary.

Popular films

• The Ten Commandments • Around the World in 80 Days * 12 Angry Men • Jailhouse Rock • The Bridge on the River Kwai * The Three Faces of Eve

•  Income per year ....... $4,550 •  Minimum wage ........... $1.00 •  New house ............ $12,220 •  Monthly rent .................... $90 •  New car .................... $2,749 •  Gallon of gas .................. 31¢ •  Dozen eggs .................... 28¢ •  Gallon of milk ................. 50¢ •  Loaf of bread .................. 19¢ •  First-class stamp .............. 3¢ •  Movie ticket .................... 50¢

Number one songs

Popular culture

• Elvis Presley purchases a mansion in Memphis, TN and calls it Graceland • “American Bandstand” chart music show makes its network debut on ABC • Time Magazine’s Man of the Year, Nikita Khrushchev

• Singing The Blues, Guy Mitchell • Don’t Forbid Me, Pat Boone • Young Love, Tab Hunter • Butterfly, Andy Williams • All Shook Up, Elvis Presley • Teddy Bear, Elvis Presley • Tammy, Debbie Reynolds • Wake Up Little Susie, The Everly Brothers • Jailhouse Rock, Elvis Presley • You Send Me, Sam Cooke

Popular books

• The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss • From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming • The Guns of Navarone by Alistaire MacLean

Popular TV shows * Ed Sullivan Show • I Love Lucy • Perry Como Show • Gunsmoke • Steve Allen Show • $64,000 Question • Dragnet • G.E. Theater • The Lineup

Born this year • Bernie Mac • Bret Hart • Vanna White • Vince Gill

• Fran Drescher • Spike Lee • Gloria Estefan • Caroline Kennedy • Matt Lauer • Sid Vicious

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Oh my, and you should hear him on the phone! He is just the cutest, he says to me in the cutest voice “Hi Grandma!” It just gets me all teary eyed.” After what seemed like two hours for the poor man sitting next to her, Gertrude seemed to realize that perhaps she was talking a bit too much. “You know, I feel terrible! Here I am just talking and talking without letting you get in a word edgewise!” “Tell me… what do you think about my Grandson?”

Just for Laughs


“My memory is gone Mildred, so I changed my password to “Incorrect.” That way when I log in with the wrong password, the computer will tell me… “Your password is incorrect.”

Grandma Joke


“Hi! My name is Gertrude,” said the lady next to him on the plane. ”It’s so nice to meet you! I’m flying to New York for my grandson’s third birthday. I’m so excited! I remember when he was just a little thumbkin and now he’s already three!  It’s really hard to believe. He’s the most adorable thing you’ve ever seen! You know what?  Hold on, I think I might have a picture on me.  Let me take a look in my purse, yes, here it is, just look at him, isn’t he adorable. Do you see his dimple on his left cheek? Simply adorable! I could stare at his picture all day.

ACROSS 1. Old hat 6. Black, in poetry 10. Untidyness 14. Insect stage 15. Exploded star 16. Countertenor 17. Master of ceremonies 19. Regretted 20. Anagram of “Steals” 21. Attempt 22. Bright thought 23. Aroma 25. Female students 26. Tiny sphere 30. Time of the year 32. Oval 35. Salad pepper 39. Hyrax 40. Confine 41. Pocket billiards 43. Sparrow hawk 44. Fail to fulfill a promise 46. Countercurrent 47. Slender nails 50. Vestibule 53. Vitality 54. Japanese apricot 55. Part of a tea service 60. Smell 61. Eloquent 63. Monster 64. Clairvoyant 65. Lustrous fabric 66. A fitting reward (archaic) 67. Arid 68. Spew


So there was this female business executive who was late for a meeting. She is going 65 on a street where the speed limit is 40. A cop pulls her over and says “Ma’am, can I please see your license?” She says “I’m sorry, officer, but I got it revoked two years ago for drunk driving.” His brow furrows and he straightens up. “Well, can I please see the registration of your car?” She says “I stole the car and I killed the driver; he’s in the trunk.” “Ma’am, DON’T MOVE, I’m calling for backup.” He mutters furiously into his walkie-talkie… Five minutes later, half the squad pulls up, the Chief of Police walks over to the woman’s window. “Ma’am, can I see your license?” he asks sternly. “Of course, officer,” she smiles demurely and pulls out a license from

DOWN 1. Soil 2. Dogfish 3. Bronzes 4. Hens make them 5. Covered stadiums 6. N N N N 7. Flask 8. Cover 9. Not 10. String puppet 11. Avoid 12. Horse 13. Soft drinks 18. A high alpine meadow

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24. East southeast 25. Arrives 26. What we sleep on 27. Distinctive flair 28. As well 29. Disarrayed 31. On the left or right 33. Northern freshwater fishes 34. Observed 36. An aromatic ointment 37. Fastened 38. Unique 42. Umpire

her purse. He squints warily at it. “This looks legitimate,” he mumbles. “Can I see the registration to this car?” She pulls it out of the glove compartment and hands it to him. “Ma’am, stand back!” He bangs open the trunk of the car and flinches: but it was completely empty… The woman brandishes a finger at the first cop and says accusingly, “And I’ll bet that liar told you I was speeding too!!”

Fly swatter

A woman walked into the kitchen to find her husband stalking a round with a fly swatter. “What are you doing?” she asked. “Hunting flies,” He responded. “Oh, killing any?” She asked. “Yep, three males, two females,” he replied. Intrigued, she asked, How can you tell? He responded, “Three were on a beer can, two were on the phone.”

Hearing aid

After much nagging from his wife, Sam was visiting the audiologist. Yes, he would need hearing aids and they ranged in price from $10.00 to $2,000, was what he was told. “I’ll try the $10.00 pair” Sam said. The nurse placed the hearing aids into his ears and hung a wire around his neck. “Does the wire really have to be around my neck?” asked Sam. “Why of course!” replied the nurse. “You think these things in your ears do any-

43. It unlocks doors 45. Abnormally enlarged thyroid 47. Flower 48. Chain of hills 49. Previously 51. And so forth 52. Utilize again 54. Catholic church service 56. Winglike 57. A Maori club 58. Ear-related 59. Canvas dwelling 62. Fury

thing?! It’s the wire around your neck – it makes people talk louder!”

Smart “Ass”

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him.. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally  looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel  dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as

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the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off! Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds  of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.  Remember the five simple rules to be happy: Free your heart from hatred; forgive. Free your mind from worries, most never happen. Live simply and appreciate what you have. Give more. Expect less. NOW ............ Enough of that crap... The donkey later came back, and bit the farmer who had tried to bury him. The gash from the bite got infected and the farmer eventually died in agony from septic shock.. MORAL FROM TODAY’S LESSON: When you do something wrong, and try to cover your ass, it always comes back to bite you. 

you, sir, but this morning we found your wife’s body in Kachemak Bay.” “Oh my God!,” said Wilkens. Swallowing hard, he asked, “What’s the good news?” The trooper continued, “When we pulled her up, she had twelve 20-pound King crabs and six good-sized Dungeness crabs clinging to her, and we feel you are entitled to a share in the catch.” Stunned, Mr. Wilkens demanded, “If that’s the good news, then what’s the great news?” The trooper smiled and said, “We’re gonna pull her up again tomorrow.”

his childhood crush. “Hey Sandra, I may look like a regular guy, but I’m soon gonna be a billionaire! Do you wanna come home with me?” “Sure thing” Sandra replied, “I would love to come home with you.” And that’s the story how Sandra became Eddie’s stepmother.

Likes fishing because... 

I think the only reason my husband likes to go fishing so much is that it’s the only time he hears someone tell him, “Wow, that’s a big one.”

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Eddy was just a regular guy. Except for the fact that he was an only child and the fact that his billionaire father was breathing his last. Since Eddy was a soon to be billionaire it only made sense that he should have a woman to share his riches with. Eddy approached

Politicians and diapers have one thing in common. They should both be changed regularly… and for the same reason.


My wife sat down on the couch next to me as I was flipping channels.

She asked, “What’s on TV?” I said, “Dust.” And then the fight started...

Dad is dumber

A mother and father took their 6-year-old son to a nude beach. As the boy walked along the beach, he noticed that some of the ladies had breasts bigger than his mother’s, and asked her why. She told her son, “The bigger they are ... the dumber the person is.” The boy, pleased with the answer, goes to play in the ocean but returns to tell his mother that many of the men have larger members than his dad. His mother replied, “The bigger they are ... the dumber the person is.” Again satisfied with his answer, the boy returns to the ocean to play. Shortly after, the boy returned again. He promptly told his mother, “Daddy is talking to the dumbest girl on the beach and the longer he talks, the dumber he gets.”



The President

Thinking that he needed to show a more human side of himself, President Obama’s committee advised him to visit an old age home. Walking into the room of an old man, with the cameras whirring, the President was surprised when the old man offered him some peanuts from a bowl on the table. “Thank you,” said Obama after being offered more for the third time, “Why don’t you have some yourself?” “Oh, I can’t eat it” said the old man, “I don’t have any teeth.” “So why do you have them?” asked the confused President. “Oh, I like the chocolate around it” was the glib reply.

Good looking

OH MY GOODNESS!! You are not going to believe it, I saw the cutest thing in a store window. I was going to buy it for you but then I realized that it was my reflection!!

Anatomy lesson

The following conversation took place between a 3-year-old boy and his mom while having a bath. Boy: “Mom are these round things between my legs my brains?” Mom: “No not yet!”

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Far left, #97 Aaron Donald. Inset, Timmy Jernigan.

Cont’d. from Page 16 and three inexperienced players in Damik Scaffe, Kwame Geathers and Byron Jerideau on the roster. Telesco moved up five spots in last years’ draft to select Te’o out of Notre Dame and by keeping Butler, one has to figure the second-year GM feels that barring injury, the team is set at inside linebacker for the next few years. After finishing last season 23rd in total defense (366.5 yds. per gm.) and 12th in run defense (107.8 yds. per gm.), securing a stud tackle to cause havoc along the defensive front will allow both Butler and Te’o to maximize their potential. According to the various draft guides there are three defensive tackles with first-round grades – Louis Nix, Aaron Donald and Timmy Jernigan. Below is a closer look at each player along with a short synopsis from USA Today regarding their pros and cons.

Louis Nix – 6-2 1/2, 349 lbs., Notre Dame:

Pros – Has the talent to be the next Vince Wilfork. Stout at point of attack. Gets push up middle as a pass rusher. Explosive space occupier who absorbs blockers and keeps linebackers free. Disruptive enough to force plays deep. Gets hands up in throwing lane. Quick off ball and locks out and sheds. Clogs running lanes with girth and strength. Competitive with quick arm-over move. Good instincts and mobility for a huge

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American plus ACC Defensive Player of the Year. Cons – Shorter than minimum for prototype defensive tackle. In rare occasions, can be rooted out of a hole by a double team.

Aaron Donald – 6-0 ¾, 288 lbs., Pittsburgh:

Timmy Jernigan – 6-2, 298 lbs., Florida State:

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Despite Butler’s wishes, it is highly unlikely Telesco would take a chance on Wilfork. First, the Chargers have limited cap space – Wilfork asked to be released from the Patriots after the team asked him to take a pay cut from the $7.5 million he is owed this upcoming season. Secondly, as great as the 31-year-old Wilfork has been over his career, the fact that he is trying to return from a torn Achilles at his age has to be a concern. Scouts Inc. has four defensive tackles ranked in their list of the top 32 NFL Draft prospects – Donald (#12), Nix III (#22), Jernigan (#30) and Minnesota’s Ra’Shede Hageman (#19). While scanning over the various mock drafts the past few weeks only Sports Illustrated’s Doug Ferrar has the Chargers drafting the 6’6, 318 lbs. Hageman. Though he’s viewed undersized as a defensive tackle, there is no denying Donald’s production on the field where he garnered 66 tackles for loss – 28.5 this past season. Both Butler and Telesco’s quote regarding Wilfork is courtesy the Darren Smith Show.

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