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In 1975, our publisher Richard Matz was publishing a small Carlsbad community newspaper called The Breeze. It was a very sad time for our military as the Vietnam war ground to a half and our men were coming home. Instead of the celebration they deserved, they were considered war mongers and many were spat upon! Our publisher was outraged and printed as many stories as the paper could hold about our beloved heroic men. His newspaper was in the minority as other publications supported the anti-military stance of many so-called Americans. An incident aboard Camp Pendleton between five rowdy white and five rowdy black soldiers arose. The black Marines were from the motor pool and stabbed some of the white Marines with screwdrivers. In order to not be disciplined, the black Marines claimed the white Marines were affiliated with the Klu Klux Klan. This brought an immediate negative response from the print and broadcast media. Rev. Jesse Jackson, Yvonne Brathwaite Burke and the NAACP joined in the protest of the white Marines whose charges proved later on to be untrue. Matz wrote an article in The Breeze about a convoy of four trucks of Marines of all colors that cleared out a field next to his house. They cleared three acres and killed seven rattlesnakes for the Carlsbad Girls Club. Where were the reporters?

Where were the photographers? Where was the media? It appeared that when the Marines did a good deed, no one cared but when a small problem occurred, the media made a mountain out of a mole hill. Matz wrote that the media and politicians should be put on trial, not the Marine Corps. This article appeared in The Breeze on Thursday and by Friday morning, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Wilson, called Mr. Matz to thank him for supporting the Corps. He had the Camp Pendleton commander General Hoffman invite Matz on base for a special luncheon. At that time, General Hoffman asked if he could do anything to help him. The Breeze was struggling because of the recession at the time. Matz asked General Hoffman if he could put a paper aboard the base. The Scout newspaper was the base paper but was financed by the government. No ads were permitted in The Scout. The general said, “You have carte blanche from General Wilson so of course you can distribute your paper on the base. We will help you with distribution and give you any lcoations you want. Mr. Matz asked if he could call the paper The Military Press which would feature entertainment, sports and national news. He got the go-ahead and this was the birth of the paper. Now 34 years later, Matz and the Military Press organization strives to provide more than just a military newspaper. We honor the military by attending special events with tons of donations for giveaways just for the active duty personnel. We participate heavily in the Military Appreciation events at Oceanside and MCAS Miramar, the annual Miramar Airshow, Veterans Parade, and more. We provide for our veteran, retired and Wounded Warrior communities by featuring articles relating to their special needs.

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COMMENTARY By Cal Thomas I MP

The 40th President at 100 Ronald Wilson Reagan was a believer... he recognized that each of us has the power – as individuals and as a nation – to shape our own destiny. On the centenary of Ronald Reagan’s birth, I pause for another historic event: agreement with President Obama, who says of his predecessor in USA Today, “Ronald Wilson Reagan was a believer... he recognized that each of us has the power — as individuals and as a nation — to shape our own destiny. He had faith in the American promise; in the importance of reaffirming values like hard work and personal responsibility; and in his own unique ability to inspire others to greatness.” Precisely!

I suspect Reagan would be embarrassed by the attempts to elevate him to political sainthood. Even conservatives who now long for another Reagan were sometimes critical of him during his presidency and of those around him they believed were holding him back. “Let Reagan be Reagan,” they cried, as if he wasn’t who he was. What made Reagan a great president was that he understood America and his countrymen better than any politician of his time, or perhaps any time. He saw that the greatness of the country is not

found in Washington, no matter which party or personality is in power. Rather, it is to be found in the people. Reagan awakened that dormant truth from hibernation. Ronald Reagan didn’t need to be president to complete himself as a man. He knew who he was before seeking the job. Self-awareness is an essential quality in a leader if he or she is to avoid the siren call of narcissism and the temptations that go with the preoccupation about “legacy.” Reagan awakened in many

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Americans the belief that no matter what the challenge, Americans can meet it. His opponents mocked him for what they regarded as an “oldfashioned” concept. In a time of growing dependency on government, based on the fallacy that we can’t do much on our own (and if we do we must be punished with higher taxes and more regulation), such a notion was offensive to the dominant political culture. Reagan tapped into a principle that is as much a part of our DNA as motherhood and the American flag. Reagan’s “vision for America” mirrored our vision of ourselves: strong internationally, economically sound at home. He restored our self-confidence at a time when his predecessor, Jimmy Carter, was suggesting America had seen its best days and we should trim our expectations and become “realists.” Reagan, the eternal optimist, even after discovering he had Alzheimer’s disease, was always thinking about the future. Bill Clinton made the future his theme when he adopted Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop (Thinking About Tomorrow)” as his 1992 campaign song. After reading a book about Reagan, President Obama tried to channel him in his State of the Union address. It fell flat. Trying to be Reagan without the substance didn’t fully succeed with Clinton either because of his selfabsorption, manifested in the sex scandals. It is even less likely to succeed with Obama because his big government philosophy is the antithesis of Reaganism. A theme must have more than a melody. It must be in harmony with America. Reagan’s was. Obama sings his off-key. A Google search for Reaganisms finds scores of little phrases that touched principles handed down by previous generations of Americans. These aphorisms were born of Reagan’s own experiences with FDR Democrats and the notion that the bigger government gets, the fewer liberties we enjoy. Here are just three: “We have a deficit, not because the government taxes too little, but because it spends too much;” “Above all, we must realize REAGAN, continued on next page


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Dear Sirs, I appreciated the Naval Aviation issue (Feb. 1, 2011) and most of the stories, especially on Bataan and on the disabled Marine hero, John Jones, who is a great inspiration to every citizen. I read of the suggestion that General Petraeus be awarded a 5th star. For of all, as a historian, I see no reason at all for this move. With the exception of General Pershing, who was designated General of the Armies, and who did not wear more than 4 stars, all of the others were World War II generals and Admiral Nimitz. This practice should end with those who were in World War II. If it continues, it becomes a political football. Your article saying DADT cost money was absurd. The abolition of DADT will cost infinitely more in terms of lost enlistments degradation, destruction of morals, and conflicts that will grow as the years go by. Obama paid off his crowd, but the costs to the country will multiply in quantum leaps. Concerning your two-page spread on Capone and the St. Valentine’s Day massacre — I, as an Italian American, am tired of this garbage. The HollywoodNew York axis of phony entertainers has given us enough of this trash. Instead of Capone, give us a story about MSgt. John Basilone, USMC, the hero who received the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross, and who died in battle after he returned to combat. John Basilone represents Italians, not the hood Capone. We are fed up with this stuff being thrown in our faces, especially when the New YorkHollywood entertainment industry is dominated by the epicene. By and large, MP does a really great job. — From Michael Suozzi, Ph.D.

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that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have;” “...there are great advantages to being elected president. The day after I was elected, I had my high school grades classified Top Secret.” Selfdeprecation and humility rested comfortably on Reagan’s broad shoulders. Reagan didn’t promise to do great things for us. He showed us that great things came from within us. Modern Republicans would do well to remind themselves that America’s greatness doesn’t lie within politicians, but within each of its citizens. That is Reagan’s legacy. On The Cover – Portrait of John P. Jones © Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (www.greenfield-sanders.com) Greenfield-Sanders’ “Injured Soldiers and Marines” portrait exhibition is currently on view at : Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Tx. dbhbg. com

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The Veterans Association of North County will meet at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 at the Oceanside Senior Center, 455 Country Club Lane. The organization was established to provide a meeting hall and one-stop resource center for military veterans and their families to be connected to resources; aid and assistance; and social/patriotic functions. Call 760-967-7254 or 760-730-5291 or visit www. vancnorthcounty.org .

Drivers Needed to Help Veterans

Talk at the governor’s office is that funding will be eliminated for a program that helps new veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. The money to be saved, about $10 million, will be from cutting the “Welcome Home” program. The program was created to help connect veterans with the federal benefits they are entitled to. There’s a lot of confusion as to what benefits they are eligible for and what paperwork needs to be submitted to get those benefits. Without this program, federal dollars that veterans are entitled to will not flow into San Diego, affecting the economy. It is estimated that for every $100 spent helping veterans obtain deserved benefits garners about $100 in federal money.

The Disabled American Veterans organization is seeking volunteer drivers to take veterans from their homes in coastal North County to doctors’ appointments at the VA Hospital in La Jolla. Volunteers are needed one day a week for six to eight hours. A van will be provided for transportation. The DAV is at 3350 La Jolla Village Drive in San Diego. Call 858-552-7470.

Concert Serves to Thank Veterans

The Valentines 4 Veterans concert with music legends Florence La Rue and the 5th Dimension will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Balboa Theater, 868 Fourth Ave., in the Gaslamp District. Veterans, their families and the community are invited to this free event. Reservations: 858-642-3622 or visit sandiego.va.gov.

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COMMENTARY & STORIES THAT CAME ACROSS OUR DESK I MP

BBC Sorry for Anti-Mexican Remarks on ‘Top Gear’ By AARON EDWARDS, Associated Press LONDON — The BBC has apologized to Mexico’s ambassador for remarks on its “Top Gear” program that described Mexicans as lazy and oafish. The BBC wrote to Ambassador Eduardo Medina-Mora Icaza on Thursday, saying that national stereotyping is part of British humor — and that the presenters did not intend to be vindictive. “Our own comedians make jokes about the British being terrible cooks and terrible romantics, and we in turn make jokes about the Italians being disorganized and over dramatic; the French being arrogant and the Germans being over organized,” the statement read. “We are sorry if we have offended some people, but jokes centered on national stereotyping are a part of ‘Top Gear’s’ humor.” The remarks came in a segment in which presenter Richard Hammond claimed that cars imitate national characteristics. “Mexican cars are just going to be a lazy, feckless, flatulent, oaf with a mustache leaning against a fence asleep looking at a cactus with a blanket with a hole in the middle on as a coat,” he said. Presenter James May mocked Mexican food, while Jeremy Clarkson suggested the ambassador would be too busy sleeping to register his outrage. The ambassador in turn, wrote to the BBC earlier this week, complaining about the “bigotry and ignorance,” of the presenters.

The BBC received thousands of other complaints about the antiMexican comments, particularly from people outside of Britain. Hammond, Clarkson and May are known for frequent and irreverent quips The BBC has fielded complaints in the past after Clarkson made a joke linking truck drivers with prostitute murders and described former Prime Minister Gordon Brown as a “oneheyed Scottish idiot.” The show’s mix of outlandish jokes and auto worship has made “Top Gear” a British institution, broadcast in more than 100 countries. More than 6 million viewers saw the episode in question.

Theodore Roosevelt’s ideas on Immigrants and being an American in 1907 “In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American... There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language. And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”h — Theodore Roosevelt 1907 The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the various authors and forum participants in this publication do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of the Military Press. We invite you into a discourse, and would like to hear your thoughts. email: trevor@militarypress.com rmatz@militarypress.com

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COMMENTARY By Dennis Prager I MP

A Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give To the students and faculty of our high school: I am your new principal, and honored to be so. There is no greater calling than to teach young people. I would like to apprise you of some important changes coming to our school. I am making these changes because I am convinced that most of the ideas that have dominated public education in America have worked against you, against your teachers and against our country. First, this school will no longer honor race or ethnicity. I could not care less if your racial makeup is black, brown, red, yellow or white. I could not care less if your origins are African, Latin American, Asian or European, or if your ancestors arrived here on the Mayflower or on slave ships. The only identity I care about, the only one this school will recognize, is your individual identity — your character, your scholarship, your humanity. And the only national identity this school will care about is American. This is an American public school, and American public schools were created to make better Americans. If you wish to affirm an ethnic, racial or religious identity through school, you will have to go elsewhere. We will end all ethnicity, race and non-American nationalitybased celebrations. They undermine the motto of America, one of its three central values — e pluribus Unum, “from many, one.” And this school will be guided by America’s values. This includes all after-school clubs. I will not authorize clubs that divide students based on any identities. This includes race, language, religion, sexual orientation or whatever else may become in vogue in a society divided by political correctness. Your clubs will be based on interests and passions, not blood, ethnic, racial or other physically defined ties. Those clubs just cultivate narcissism — an unhealthy preoccupation with the self — while the purpose of education is to get you to think beyond yourself. So we will have clubs that transport you to the wonders and glories of art, music, astronomy, languages you do not already speak, carpentry and more. If the only extracurricular activities you can imagine being interested in are those based on ethnic, racial or sexual identity, that means that little outside of yourself really interests you. Second, I am uninterested in whether English is your native language. My only interest in terms of language is that you leave this school speaking and writing English as fluently as possible. The English language has united America’s citizens for over 200 years, and it will unite us at this school. It is one of the indispensable reasons this country of immigrants has always come to be one country. And if you leave this school without excellent English language skills, I would be remiss in my duty to ensure that you will be prepared to successfully compete in the American job market. We will learn other languages here — it is deplorable that most Americans only speak English --but if you want classes taught in your native language rather than in English, this is not your school. Third, because I regard learning as a sacred endeavor, everything in this

school will reflect learning’s elevated status. This means, among other things, that you and your teachers will dress accordingly. Many people in our society dress more formally for Hollywood events than for church or school. These people have their priorities backward. Therefore, there will be a formal dress code at this school. Fourth, no obscene language will be tolerated anywhere on this school’s property — whether in class, in the hallways or at athletic events. If you can’t speak without using the f-word, you can’t speak. By obscene language I mean the words banned by the Federal Communications Commission, plus epithets such as “Nigger,” even when used by one black student to address another black, or “bitch,” even when

addressed by a girl to a girlfriend. It is my intent that by the time you leave this school, you will be among the few your age to instinctively distinguish between the elevated and the degraded, the holy and the obscene. Fifth, we will end all self-esteem programs. In this school, self-esteem will be attained in only one way — the way people attained it until decided otherwise a generation ago — by earning it. One immediate consequence is that there will be one valedictorian, not eight. Sixth, and last, I am reorienting the school toward academics and away from politics and propaganda. No more time will be devoted to scaring you about smoking and caffeine, or terrifying you about sexual harassment

or global warming. No more semesters will be devoted to condom wearing and teaching you to regard sexual relations as only or primarily a health issue. There will be no more attempts to convince you that you are a victim because you are not white, or not male, or not heterosexual or not Christian. We will have failed if any one of you graduates this school and does not consider him or herself inordinately lucky — to be alive and to be an American. Now, please stand and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of our country. As many of you do not know the words, your teachers will hand them out to you.

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COMMENTARY I MP

A whole new meaning to yo ho ho and a bottle of rum I always thought they had it hard in those days... Little known tidbit of Naval history The USS Constitution (Old Ironsides), as a combat vessel, carried 48,600 gallons of fresh water for her crew of 475 officers and men. This was sufficient to last six months of sustained operations at sea. She carried no evaporators (i.e. fresh water distillers). However, let it be noted that according to her ship’s log, “On July 27, 1798, the U.S.S. Constitution sailed from Boston with a full complement of 475 officers and men, 48,600 gallons of fresh water, 7,400 cannon shot, 11,600 pounds of black powder and 79,400 gallons of rum.” Her mission: “To destroy and harass English shipping.” Making Jamaica on 6 October, she took on 826 pounds of flour and 68,300 gallons of rum. Then she headed for the Azores, arriving there November 12. She provisioned with 550 pounds of beef and 64,300 gallons of Portuguese wine. On November 18, she set sail for England . In the ensuing days she defeated five British men-of-war and captured and scuttled 12 English merchant ships, salvaging only the rum aboard each. By January 26, her powder and shot were exhausted. Nevertheless, although unarmed she made a night raid up the Firth of Clyde in Scotland . Her landing party captured a whisky distillery and transferred 40,000 gallons of single malt Scotch aboard by dawn. Then she headed home.

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COMBAT VETERANS FEATURE I MP

“Where angels and Marines fear to tread, there you’ll find a Corpsman dead.”

This was a dying Marine’s tribute to his corpsman. To combat Marines, there are three kinds of doctors---corpsman, Corpsman, and CORPSMAN. In time of disparity they look left and look right as they shout “Doc, can you fix me?” or “Doc, man down!” I’m sure those words have been heard many times over by HM2 (FMF) Tyler T. Burdick, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Unit: 3rd Battalion 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, a fouryear Navy vet. Tyler comes from a family of doctors. His intention was to enlist into the Marine Corps until he learned that the medical side of the military is the Navy. Tyler was nearing the end of his third deployment. He was in Helmand Province Afghanistan, the largest opium-producing region in the world. The terrain is mountains of dirt, sand, a river and fields of poppies in bloom. It is known to be a Taliban stronghold. With one week left before their turn over on July 22, 2010, Tyler, along with one other corpsman, a gunner and driver, were conducting road mounted operations. The vehicle was a heavily armored and very reliable. Locals were yelling and warning them of bombs in the roads ahead. Usually this was a means to coax the soldiers from their vehicles to have open opportunity to shoot. Not this day. Their vehicle hit a bomb that went off right under Tyler’s seat. The entire truck was lifted into the air, crashing back down into the crater created by the explosion. Three of the four remained conscious through the entire event. The driver had head injuries, broken foot and a sprained ankle. The gunner had gashed his head into his machine gun. Tyler, being directly over the impact, had both feet ripped open. His ankles shattered. The pictures showed black looking holes in the bottom of his feet. The soft tissue had all been torn away Considering every nerve ends in the foot, the pain would have had to be horrific. He walks around now with rods stabilizing his legs. He has an incredible outlook and praises all those whose injuries are far worse for their resilient attitudes. He has been so very touched by the outpouring of love and graciousness from our communities. He knows his country is grateful and proud. He mentions a new friend from Ventura County, Gary Hensley who is a wood carver. Gary invited Tyler to his home for dinner and to present him with a specially carved cane with incredible detail. Tyler has been awarded the Purple Heart and was visited by all the top commanders, which meant the world to him. His smile is awesome and so inspiring. I hope we all take something from these stories of these outstanding service men and women.

Marine Still Giving For Vet Brothers Christopher Lawrence, 24-years-old and eloquently spoken, is an Iraq Combat veteran who served with the 2nd Battalion 4th Marines, 5th Marine Regiment. He deployed to Iraq with the 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion in 2007, where he received a Purple Heart. He retired from the Marine Corps in 2009 after five years of service and the rank of Sergeant. He joined the Warrior Traditions team in April of 2010. The skies on the day Christopher was injured were not unlike the beautiful sunny Southern California skies today. The normally 120 degree heat had not risen much above 90; in Iraq terms... a perfect day. He marveled at the good fortune of it while brushing his teeth that morning, only mildly curious as to why the two medallions he wore daily had just broken free from their chain. Soon after getting squared away and ready for the day, Christopher was carrying the unit’s radio (he called it a “10-foot shoot me sign”) and crossing a foot bridge from Alus Island in the Anbar Province back toward the mainland. That’s when he heard the click which would change his life life forever. A bomb detonated under his feet throwing him as high as the palm trees lining the Euphrates River below. He didn’t wake up until a week later. He credits everything from God to the helicopters that just happened to be patrolling his area, with being alive today. The doctors who performed his surgeries had a lot of work to do. Christopher’s injuries were horrific. One leg was broken to pieces, which was better than the other one that had been virtually liquified. Christopher still had all his

limbs up to five months after the blast, but decided that his mobility was more important than keeping his leg. He now has a metal prosthesis and enjoys running and biking. Christopher works for Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD) as an outreach specialist. He knows from experience how important it is to reach out to transitioning combat veterans. Christopher has experienced himself the addictive nature of the pain medication the injured

are prescribed. Fortunately for him, there was someone to talk to about it. When he was having flashbacks that kept him awake night after night, he had someone to talk to. And that’s who Christopher wants to be for his fellow Marines. The VVSD provides a confidential, off-base support group called Warrior Traditions. The North County location where Christopher works offers group on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m.. Christopher leads the meeting along with a licensed clinician who is also a combat veteran. OIF/ OEF service members can come in, enjoy some food (mainly pizza I understand), camaraderie, and maybe see that they can reach out for help in a safe environment. Christopher’s message to anyone who hasn’t been in a combat situation is to not condemn the behavior of combat vets until you first try to get them help. When your loved one comes back from a combat situation, they aren’t the same person as when they left. The noncharacteristic behavior needs to be addressed. When asked what are the obstacles to combat vets getting help, he said the first one is the Corps itself. Some combat veterans stay in and keep deploying because it gives their wounds a purpose. They mask the pain that someday will have to go somewhere. The other obstacle is the Marine himself not dealing with the pain, maybe by abusing drugs and/or alcohol, or resorting to suicide. Christopher did find out later from a friar visiting from the local monastery in Bethesda — Brother John — that when blessing medals fall off, it’s the saints putting their blessing on you.

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COVER FEATURE I MP

Bringing Home Iraq By Nicolaus Mills, Dissent Magazine

W

hen we think of photographs from the Second World War, we think of Robert Capa’s D-Day pictures of American infantrymen struggling to get ashore at Normandy. When we think of Vietnam War photographs, we think of Larry Burrows’s pictures of U. S. Marines bogged down in the mud and dense growth of the Vietnam highlands. Now comes Iraq, and this time the photographs that best capture the war are the pictures by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. Greenfield-Sanders’s Iraq photographs are already well known. They were made to accompany the HBO documentary, Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq, which James Gandolfini, the star of the Sopranos, produced. The documentary revolved around interviews that Gandolfini conducted with ten wounded soldiers, who talked about the Iraq war and their memories of “alive day,” the day they narrowly escaped being killed. In contrast to Capa and Burrows, who made their marks as combat photographers, Greenfield-Sanders owes his reputation to portrait photography.  Painters, fashion models, even porn stars have been the subjects of his books, and in “Alive Day Memories,” he brings his portrait skills to bear in the thirteen 16” x 20” photos that take up a room of their own at the Steven Kasher Gallery. When once asked who is his favorite photographer was, Greenfield-Sanders answered that it was Rembrandt.  His reply was a joke, but the joke captures the spirit of his work. He is out to reveal the inner life of his subjects.  For Greenfield-Sanders, this means giving his subjects the freedom to appear as who they think they are.  Unlike other portrait artists, Greenfield-Sanders does not want to surprise his subjects and catch them in a moment that reveals something they would rather conceal.

Invariably Greenfield

appears in a close up that shows his left eye socket empty and his right eye socket with a plastic eye studded with the diamonds from the wedding ring his wife gave back to him when they divorced after his return from Iraq. In none of Greenfield-Sanders’s Iraq portraits—all except for John Jones’s portrait done against a black background—do his subjects avoid contact with the viewer. Their relaxed postures suggest they have begun to come to terms with what has happened to them.  But for the viewer the photographs are still painful. There is a before-and-after narrative implicit to them.  They leave no doubt about the costs of the Iraq War or why the president JAKE SCHICK, Marine Corporal

SUE DOWNES, Specialist, U.S. Army

DANIELLE GREEN-BYRD, Specialist, U.S. Army

Sanders’s subjects stare directly into his camera and make eye contact with the viewer in a frame free from distractions. The approach is one that works particularly well with such established figures from the art world as the painters Robert Rauschenberg and Roy Lichtenstein, but it also works with the porn stars Greenfield-Sanders photographed for his book XXX. The porn stars in XXX are never objectified by GreenfieldSanders’s lens.  In his pictures, they are vulnerable in their nakedness but neither coy nor seductive. They stare at, rather than away from, the viewer, making it, in turn, impossible to look only at their bodies.  This same preoccupation with dignity is central to Greenfield-Sanders’s portraits of wounded Iraq War veterans.  In a photo that Greenfield-Sanders has said is his favorite, Dawn Halfaker, a West Point graduate and star basketball player, stands before the viewer holding the prosthesis for her missing right arm.  John Jones, a decorated Marine, sits dressed in his uniform from the waist up, but from the waist down he is wearing shorts that display the two robotic legs he must now use.  And in what is, in many ways, the most disturbing of all GreenfieldSanders’s portraits, Mike Jernigan, another Marine, Page 14 February 15, 2011 THE MILITARY PRESS

DAWN HALFAKER, First Lt., U.S. Army

has gone to such lengths to avoid being pictured with the wounded. “Alive Day Memories” is no substitute for the political analysis of the Iraq War found in George Packer’s The Assasins’ Gate and Thomas Ricks’s Fiasco, nor is it an alternative to Dan Baum’s brilliant reportage on the wounded in his 2004 New Yorker article, “The Casualty.” Still, when it comes to arguing that the time has come to bring the Iraq War to a close, nobody has made the case in a way more likely to convince the undecided than Greenfield-Sanders. His visual politics forecloses debate.  At the end of the Second World War our image of the wounded vet was epitomized by Harold Russell, a disabled vet, who played the navy double amputee Homer Parrish in William Wyler’s Academy Award-winning 1946 film, The Best Years of Our Lives.  While in the service, Russell lost both his hands in a demolition accident, and early in The Best Years of Our Lives, in the role of Homer Parrish, he demonstrates that he can cope with his accident by lighting a cigarette with the hooks that substitute for his lost fingers. His worry is that others, particularly his girlfriend Wilma, will not see him as whole. 

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MARISSA STROCK, Specialist, U.S. Army

BRYAN ANDERSON, Sergeant, U.S. Army

The Best Years of Our Lives ends happily. Homer marries Wilma and is able to put the Second World War behind him.  In Greenfield-Sanders’s portraits, we have no such assurances about the future. His vets appear every bit as resilient as Harold Russell was more than sixty years ago, but the jury is still out on their long-term recovery from a war that has left so many who fought it, as well as the country, filled with second thoughts. Nicolaus Mills is professor of American Studies at Sarah Lawrence College and author of the forthcoming Winning the Peace: The Marshall Plan and America’s Coming of Age as a Superpower (Wiley).

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ portraits are in the collections of numerous museums. In 2004, seven hundred of his art world portraits were accepted into the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In 1997, Greenfield-Sanders produced and directed Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart, a feature documentary about the legendary rock musician. The film aired in April 1998 on the PBS Series ‘American Masters’ and premiered in the US at The Sundance Film Festival and in Europe at The Berlin Film Festival. Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart screened at over 50 film festivals worldwide and won a Grammy Award. Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ published books include: The Black List (Atria 2008), Movie Stars (Skira 2007), Face to Face (Skira 2006), Look (Powerhouse 2006), XXX (Bulfinch 2005), Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, (ACS Editori 2001), Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (Mazzoli 2000), Art World, (Fotofolio 1999). Greenfield-Sanders’ directed and produced in 2004 the documentary Thinking XXX, a film about the making of his XXX book. It aired on HBO in 2004. The project included a soundtrack CD, a DVD and a traveling portrait exhibition. In 2005, Timothy GreenfieldSanders was profiled on the American T.V. show, “60 Minutes.” From 2008-2010 he produced and directed The Black List: Volume 1, Volume 2 and Volume 3, which aired on HBO. The project also included a book, a DVD and exhibitions of his portraits at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Brooklyn Museum, The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, and the Paley Museums in Los Angeles and New York. Greenfield-Sanders’ is a contributing photographer at Vanity Fair Magazine. Timothy Greenfield-Sanders was born in Miami Beach, Florida. He received a B.A. in Art History from Columbia University and his Master’s Degree in film from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. www.Greenfield-Sanders.com For advertising information call: (858) 537.2280

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COMBAT VETERANS FEATURE I MP

Combat Vet Resources

The United States Navy and Marine Corps have been prominent members of the San Diego Region for over 100 years. We are home to the largest concentration of military in the world. Many do not realize that the Department Of Defense sustains more than 328,000 jobs here. We are home to more than 136,000 service members, 47,000 retirees and 244,000 military veterans. The military community is our parents, children, brothers & sisters, coworkers, members of our churches, classmates, they are our neighbors and they are our family. Our support means the world to them. There are so many ways to show them our appreciation, our support and how proud we are of them. If you are a business owner you may contact the local MWR, Morale Welfare Recreation Departments, they have events throughout the year from Air Shows, Beach Bashes to 5K runs and pizza parties. There are sponsorship opportunities ranging from $100 to $25K you may contact the following: Camp Pendleton, Cathy Monroe at 760-763-0680, Miramar, Melanie London 858-577-1696 and for the Navy Region Southwest, Irene Wells 619-556-7464. I have highlighted the following organizations which directly work with our community’s service members. Businesses and Individuals can donate or volunteer: • Armed Forces YMCA, Cherri. Barnswell, militaryymca.org 619-532-8156 • Wounded Warriors, Charitable Donations Liaison, 760-815-6194 • Veterans Village, vvsd.net, 619497-0142 There are so many great organizations out there helping our military. You can research them through websites and the Better Business Bureau. To send letters of appreciation, prayers, etc., send them to: Letters c/oMilitary Press 9715 Carroll Centre Rd., Suite 104 San Diego, CA 92126 If you have a preference on whom you wish to receive your letter just note it on your address: Letters/Active Duty, Letters/Veterans, etc., and we will forward them to the appropriate places. We may use your letters for print and post on our new website. Sometimes one letter can touch thousands. If you are an organizer, you can create any kind of fund raising activities to help our local organizations. Neighborhood rummage sales, car washes, special runs or walks the ideas are endless

and they will be so grateful. You can do it in honor of someone. If you have children in school you could have their class or classes create cards; Thank you – You’re Our Hero, Valentines or Holidays. Invite a military service person or veteran to come and speak to your child’s class. If you are involved with a church, have your church leader hold a special offering once a month to go to one of the organizations. Find the families within your church that have someone de-

ployed and see what they may need. Get your prayer warriors working for them. Are there any veterans, acknowledge them during a service. Be aware of any who may be having a hard time. Have your church leader offer time to listen to them. Have a pot-luck for a group of local veterans. Do you make quilts? Are you in a quilt club? Make a patriotic quilt or quilts and present them to a wounded warrior, veteran or to a military family. A group of wood carvers in Ventura County are making canes for our amputees. Contact the ASYMCA and see if your group can contribute, too. Employers: Host a special luncheon for all your veterans. Recognize their service to your company & your country. Do you have a web site? Post a flag, emblem of a certain service branch, place links to websites that honor our military. Business Owners: Hang a sign and invite veterans and military in for a free cup of coffee, or a special discount. If you see a military member in the same restaurant as you, send them a drink, pay for their desserts or pay for their meal. You can always just stop by their table and say thank you for their service. Teach your children a patriotic song, like America the Beautiful or the Star Spangled Banner. Instill patriotism early. Fly your flag 365 days a year. Don’t’ forget to lower it when appropriate and follow the general rules. Wear a flag on your coat, wear patriotic clothes or put supporting bumper

stickers on your vehicles. Vote. Don’t let them sacrifice for naught. Be a good citizen and do your part to protect the freedoms our servicepeople have fought and died for. Spot a DoD sticker on a car? Leave a note of thanks. Find out which businesses in your community truly support our military and veterans — become their customer. November is Military Family Month. By thanking the family, you thank the veteran. For our Veterans: Take a veteran out to eat. Tell them why you are bringing them and let them tell you their story. Is there a disabled veteran in your neighborhood? Help with the raking of his leaves or mowing the lawn. Do you bake? Make an apple pie and bring it over to a neighbor veteran. Call them. A grandparent, uncle, aunt, mother, father. Take time to call them, especially if they live far away, and find out how they are doing. Nearly 40% of our veteran population is 65 or older. Give a veteran your phone number and ask them to call if they need help around the house. Make a note to call them once in a while to see how they are. Recognize Veteran’s Day in church. Offer to baby sit for a veteran family. Let the husband and wife get out together. Find out how you can help with a community service project through your local VFW. Attend a local parade or ceremony on Veteran’s Day. Not every veteran is lucky enough to have someone at home to honor and thank them for their service. Do you know the parent’s of a veteran? Thank them for raising one of America’s heroes. In the market to hire? Seriously consider a veteran. Visit a veteran’s grave. Even if you simply stand there for a moment of quiet reflection, you’re honoring their service and you’re rededication yourself to the freedoms we enjoy as a citizen of this country. Give them a big smile as you walk by. Call the local VA hospital and Navy Medical Center to see about volunteer opportunities. Do a random act of kindness for a vet or their family. Remain anonymous. Open your house on holidays to a few veterans that don’t have any family in the area. Make it a holiday none of you will forget.

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Naval Medical Center San Diego

How does a Marine in Iraq have an IED detonate under the bridge he’s crossing — blowing him 15 feet into the air and back — live to tell about it? With injuries including shattered limbs, head trauma, burns and severe internal bleeding, Marine Sgt. Christopher Lawrence was very blessed. He had God, his Navy Corpsman, his Marine brothers and the Navy’s medical facilities to put him back together. And together they did. The God part I get, but for the rest… how? He went from that bridge in Iraq to riding a Harley-Davidson in San Diego. It could not have happened without the Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD). It has achieved national acclaim for its clinical and research programs, including refractive surgery, post-traumatic stress, and hearing and balance disorders. This facility is also recognized as an amputee center of excellence. NMCSD is “The Pride of Navy Medicine” and is rich in history and tradition. A team of over 6,000 military and civilian professionals provides state of the art health care to the military community. “We are privileged to care for the wounded from Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM, as well as Sailors and Marines preparing to deploy, their family members, and those who have served our nation in the past. The Navy is responsible for all the medical needs of our Navy and Marine Corps active duty, retirees and their dependents. The Navy sees to our troops’ wounds as they stand by side Marines in combat and back home they help deliver the babies of our heroes, and see to the health of our elderly veterans. For more information about NMCSD, visit www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmcsd.

Armed Services YMCA

Since 1982 Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) provides assistance to patients and their families at Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD). ASYMCA office is easily accessible, located in the main hospital building 1-G. They have eased the stress of illnesses and injuries and contributing to the healing and wellness of thousands of active duty and to their dependents. Medevacs that arrived to NMCSD from around the world are greeted by caring ASYMCA volunteers. Medevacs are given appreciation gifts from the community such as quilts and backpacks filled with get well cards, snacks and necessities. Those who have served in Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom and are currently in active treatment for illness or injury are qualified, along with their families, participate in Community Recreation Opportunities. The ASYMCA partners with the San Diego community to provide meaningful experiences such as sport fishing, ticketed events, barbecues, golfing, are just a few examples. For more information or donations, visit them at militaryymca.org

Veterans Village of San Diego

On the battlefield, when a soldier “goes down outside the wire,” their buddies will do everything they can to save them. VVSD does the same for our veterans, giving them hope and restoring their lives. Each year VVSD provides services to more than 2,ooo military veterans, men and women, who have served and sacrificed for our country. “These programs set the bar and is the gold standard of veterans transitional housing,” James Nicholson, former Secretary of Veterans Affairs. “We get more bang for our buck out of Veterans Village than anything else we do, bar none. The success rate is greater than any other program I am aware of.” Mayor Jerry Sanders, City of San Diego. You can contact the VVSD at 619497-0142 or by visiting their website at vvsd.net. They are located at 4141 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92110. For Warrior Traditions group sessions in San Diego for OIF/OEF combat veterans, call 619-393-2075. North County Warrior Traditions can be reached at 760-433-9033.

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Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Chris L. Stirk rises (left) and Quartermaster 2nd class Robert M. Persi (right) run through a mud pit as a fire team rush at Naval Medical Center San Diego during a Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) field exercise course. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Samantha A. Lewis.

in Iraq so like other wounded Marines he was essentially unsupervised in empty buildings. With the approval of the 2nd Marine Division Commanding General he gathered the wounded Marines into a single barracks building.  Eventually it became the Wounded Warrior Battalion where they got help with their recovery, assistance with medications and appointments and advice on personal matters.  A second battalion was stoodup at Camp Pendleton, CA and the two became part of the Wounded Warrior Regiment headquartered at Quantico, VA.   New barracks were built for the battalion at Camp Lejune and were dedicated, “Maxwell Hall.”   The Army and Air Force now have similar units. Many Americans are proud of the Marines and Sailors of the armed forces and want to show their gratefulness for the sacrifices of these wounded warriors. The Marines and Sailors of the Wounded Warrior Battalion West are active duty

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SPORTS NEWS I MP

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The Eastern Conference starters feature Miami's LeBron James and New York's Amar'e Stoudemire at forward, Miami's Dwyane Wade and Chicago's Derrick Rose at guard and Orlando star Dwight Howard at center. The injured Yao Ming was voted in as the Western Conference starting center, but he will miss the game. His replacement will be announced by David Stern after the reserves are revealed. Los Angeles' Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul of New Orleans will be the West guards, while Denver's Carmelo Anthony and Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant will be the starting forwards. Kobe Bryant was the Lebron top vote-getter in the NBA james All-Star balloting with 2,380,016 votes.

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COMMENTARY I MP

Egypt Aflame By Cal Thomas

The turmoil in Egypt must not be seen in isolation from other events in the world. Neither is it an aberration. It is the next scene in a long-running play whose final act is the domination of the world by radical Islamists. The Obama administration has been delusional in its belief that dictators and religious fanatics can be coddled. It has also been dangerously wrong in thinking exposure to our way of life will make them more like us. In fact, such exposure has confirmed what they have been taught: that America and the West are secularists who mock God, sexualize women and live only for the pleasures of this world. The history of radical Islamist movements is being repeated in our time. First there is infiltration and when their numbers are large enough, domination. Next comes subjugation, followed by eradication of nonbelievers. To think things will be different this time is folly. The Muslim Brotherhood, which was founded in 1928 by Egyptian schoolteacher, Hassan al-Banna, is egging on the protestors in Egypt. The group’s goal is to impose Islam on the world; its motto is: “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.” No mosque-state separation there. Western secularists either don’t believe this, or stupidly think these beliefs can be overcome. In fact, the Muslim Brotherhood and their growing adherents, plan to overcome us and prove it daily. “Not all Muslims are radicals.” True. “Islam is fundamentally a peaceful religion.” Also true. But the growing threat of radical Islam is real enough that we should be mindful of the exceptions, not the rule. To do otherwise dulls the senses and lulls us all into a false sense of security, which is exactly what our enemies want. Daniel Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum, notes, “Islamists wish to repeat their success in Iran by exploiting popular unrest to take power.” That strategy worked in Russia a century ago when the communists exploited grievances against the czar to grab power. It worked in Germany when the Nazis used German humiliation following World War I to ride to power. Now it is Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Jordan and Lebanon with more to come. In her book, “Londonistan,” Melanie Phillips writes, “we have long contracted our understanding of the extremists to the extremists.” She means that instead of pursuing a policy to defeat radical Islamists, we have welcomed them among us. They are at the Department of Justice and Homeland Security, giving “sensitivity training” to people who are supposed to be protecting us from them. They are in prisons, organizing the disaffected into “hate America” cadres. They are military chaplains and in polling organizations, shaping the way questions are asked and manipulating results to further their interests. This isn’t “bigotry.” It is provable fact,

which the Islamists believe we will ignore. One of our many errors occurred in the ‘90s when the clueless State Department thought the Palestinian Authority should have a democratic entity. It got behind Hamas (which the Muslim Brotherhood supports) and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat as he perpetuated the mirage called the “the peace process.” After all, State must have “reasoned,” Hamas leaders speak English, attended schools in the West, understand the media and can be trusted to run AID projects. It was all wishful thinking. We now call Hamas a terrorist organization. Too late. For more background visit http:// counterterrorismblog.org/. If Egypt falls — immediately, or ultimately — to the Muslim Brotherhood, it will embolden other fanatical revolutions throughout the region and world. Then they’ll come after the big prizes: Europe, which is almost gone, and America, which still has time to save itself, if it will climb out of denial which, as the joke goes, is not just a river in Egypt. Last week, U.S. border guards got a surprise when they discovered the radical Muslim cleric, Said Jaziri, trying to sneak into the United States across the Mexican border. They’re coming to America. Rep. Peter King (R-NY) will soon hold hearings on the radicalization of Muslim communities in the U.S. Will he probe deeply enough? Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers will try to prevent him from doing so. Direct all MAIL for Cal Thomas to: e-mail Cal Thomas at tmseditors@tribune.com. Legal Notice

Important information about the $3.4 billion Indian Trust Settlement For current or former IIM account holders, Owners of land held in trust or restricted status, or their heirs There is a proposed Settlement in Cobell v. Salazar, a class action lawsuit about individual Indian land held in trust by the federal government. This notice is just a summary. For details, call the toll-free number or visit the website listed below. The lawsuit claims that the federal government violated its duties by (a) mismanaging trust funds/assets, (b) improperly accounting for those funds, and (c) mismanaging trust land/ assets. The trust funds include money collected from farming and grazing leases, timber sales, mining, and oil and gas production from land owned by American Indians/Alaska Natives. If you are included in the Settlement, your rights will be affected. To object to the Settlement, to comment on it, or to exclude yourself, you should get a detailed notice at www.IndianTrust.com or by calling 1-800-961-6109.

Can I get money? There are two groups or “Classes” in the Settlement eligible for payment. Each Class includes individual IIM account holders or owners of land held in trust or restricted status who were alive on September 30, 2009. Historical Accounting Class Members • Had an open individual Indian Money account (“IIM”) anytime between October 25, 1994 and September 30, 2009, and • The account had at least one cash transaction. • Includes estates of account holders who died as of September 30, 2009, if the IIM account was still open on that date. Trust Administration Class Members • Had an IIM account recorded in currently available data in federal government systems any time from approximately 1985 to September 30, 2009, or • Owned trust land or land in restricted status as of September 30, 2009. • Includes estates of landowners who died as of September 30, 2009 where the trust interests were in probate as of that date. This means you have asked a court to transfer ownership of the deceased landowner’s property. An individual may be included in one or both Classes.

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How much can I get? • Historical Accounting Class Members will each get $1,000. • Trust Administration Class Members will get at least $500. • If you own a small parcel of land with many other people, the federal government may ask you to sell it. You will be offered fair market value. If you sell your land it will be returned to tribal control. If you believe you are a member of either Class and are not receiving IIM account statements, you will need to call the tollfree number or visit the website to register.

What are my other rights? • If you wish to keep your right to sue the federal government about the claims in this Settlement, you must exclude yourself by April 20, 2011. • If you stay in the Settlement you can object to or comment on it by April 20, 2011. The detailed notice explains how to exclude yourself or object/comment. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia will hold a hearing on June 20, 2011, to consider whether to approve the Settlement. It will also consider a request for attorneys’ fees, costs, and expenses in the amount of $99.9 million. However, Class Counsel has fee agreements that would pay them 14.75% of the funds created for the Classes, which could result in an award of $223 million. The Court may award more or less than these amounts based on controlling law. If approved, these payments and related costs will come out of the Settlement funds available for payment to Class Members. If you wish, you or your own lawyer may ask to appear and speak at the hearing at your own cost. For more information, call or go to the website shown below or write to Indian Trust Settlement, P.O. Box 9577, Dublin, OH 43017-4877.

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HIDDEN HISTORY By Robert Watson I MP

The romanticized story of “Custer’s Last Stand” is indelibly etched in American memory. Yet, the true story is anything but heroic. Indeed, Custer was an unlikely leader, whose ego and recklessness cost him his life and the lives of more than 200 soldiers. George Armstrong Custer was born in Ohio in 1839 and raised by relatives in Michigan. He graduated from West Point at the bottom of his class. Later in his career, Custer was court-martialed for taking an unauthorized leave to visit his wife. Custer graduated in 1861, the year the Civil War began, and was commissioned in the Union Army. Displaying calm in the face of fire, Custer soon commanded his own mounted unit, served under McClellan and Grant, and saw action in many important battles, including Gettysburg. Custer stayed in the Army after the war and enjoyed a growing reputation. With flowing golden locks and bedecked in flashy uniforms and buckskin, Custer cut a dashing image. However, his chief characteristics were self-promotion, vanity, and flamboyance. Longing for fame, Custer both sought out the press and wrote about his own heroic deeds. A decade after the Civil War, the Sioux and Cheyenne nations, angered over continued white encroachment on their lands in the Dakotas, moved off the reservation and began an armed revolt. Numerous nations gathered in Montana in a grand alliance under the celebrated chief, Sitting Bull. Custer was sent to defeat the alliance. Eager to engage the enemy, an overconfident Custer foolishly rejected offers of additional soldiers and a suggestion to equip his command with the military’s new, formidable Gatlin

guns. On June 25, 1876, while leading some 650 men of the 7th Calvary across the plains of Montana, he encountered what he believed to be a small Indian village near Little Big Horn. Rather than waiting for reinforcements or bothering to determine the strength of the enemy, Custer split his command into three groups of roughly 200 men and ordered them to surround the village. Custer set off after some 40 braves, but was led into a trap. While attempting to escape, he was blocked by a force commanded by Crazy Horse and trapped on a desolate, high ridge. It took less than one hour for Custer’s men to be routed. The image persists of Custer, pistols blazing, standing tall next to the flag as his men fought valiantly to the bitter end. But no one knows what happened. Custer likely ordered his men

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to shoot their horses and pile them like a wall for protection on the open prairie. Other evidence suggests that it was anything but a “stand.” Shell casings and bodies were strewn over a large area, indicating that many men were riding or running in panic for their lives. Two days later, on June 27, what remained of the other two companies discovered the mutilated bodies of their comrades. Custer had been shot in the left temple and chest but accounts state that his body alone was not scalped or mutilated. Perhaps the Indians believed he was not a soldier because he wore buckskin, but history books perpetuate the belief that Custer fought so valiantly that the Indians spared his body. Either way, a shocked nation wondered how “savages” could destroy a modern army. The incident known as “Custer’s Last Stand” became one of the most embarrassing military disasters in American history, but it ended up being the last stand for the American Indian. The grand alliance fell apart shortly after this battle and settlers and troops poured into the region after gold was discovered. Three days after the battle, a hasty burial was arranged for Custer and his men on the site where they died. One year later, however, what was believed to be Custer’s body was exhumed and given a military funeral at West Point. Custer was 36 when he died, but he achieved his dream of national fame. Robert Watson, Ph.D., is professor and coordinator of American Studies at Lynn University.


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The Sullivan Brothers The Sullivan brothers were five siblings who were all killed in action during or shortly after the sinking of the light cruiser USS Juneau (CL-52), the vessel on which they all served, on November 13, 1942, in WWII.

The Sullivans, natives of Waterloo, Iowa, were the sons of Tom and Alleta Sullivan. They were: • George Thomas Sullivan, 27 (born December 14, 1914), Gunner’s Mate Second Class (George had been previously discharged in May 1941 as Gunner’s Mate Third Class.) • Francis “Frank” Henry Sullivan, 26 (born February 18, 1916), Coxswain (Frank had been previously discharged in May 1941 as Seaman First Class.) • Joseph “Joe” Eugene Sullivan, 24 (born August 28, 1918), Seaman Second Class • Madison “Matt” Abel Sullivan, 23 (born November 8, 1919), Seaman Second Class • Albert “Al” Leo Sullivan, 20 (born July 8, 1922), Seaman Second Class The Sullivans enlisted on January 3, 1942 with the

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stipulation that they serve together. The Navy had a policy of separating siblings, but this was not strictly enforced. George and Frank had served in the Navy before, but their brothers had not. All five were assigned to the light cruiser USS Juneau. The Juneau participated in a number of naval engagements during the months-long Guadalcanal Campaign beginning in August 1942. Early in the morning of November 13, 1942, during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, the Juneau was struck by a Japanese torpedo and forced to withdraw. Later that day, as it was leaving the Solomon Islands’ area for the Allied rear-area base at Espiritu Santo with other surviving U.S. warships from battle, the Juneau was struck again, this time by a torpedo from Japanese submarine I-26. The torpedo likely hit the thinly-armored cruiser at or near the ammunition magazines and the ship exploded and quickly sank. Captain Gilbert C. Hoover, commanding officer of the USS Helena and senior officer present in the battle-damaged US task force, was skeptical that anyone had survived the sinking of the Juneau and believed it would be reckless to look for survivors, thereby exposing his wounded ships to a still-lurking Japanese submarine. Therefore, he ordered his ships to continue on towards Espiritu Santo. Helena signaled a nearby US B-17 bomber on patrol to notify Allied headquarters to send aircraft or ships to search for survivors. Approximately 100 of Juneau’s crew had survived and were left in the water. The B-17 bomber crew, unwilling to disobey orders not to break radio silence, did not pass the message about searching for survivors to their headquarters until they had landed several hours later. The crew’s report of the location of possible survivors was mixed in with other pending paperwork actions and went unnoticed for several days. It was not until days later that headquarters staff realized that a search had never been mounted and belatedly ordered aircraft to begin searching the area. In the

meantime, Juneau’s survivors, many of whom were seriously wounded, were exposed to the elements, hunger, thirst, and repeated shark attacks. Eight days after the sinking, ten survivors were found by a PBY Catalina search aircraft and retrieved from the water. The survivors reported that Frank, Joe, and Matt died instantly, Al drowned the next day, and George survived for four or five days[1] before being driven insane with grief at the loss of his brothers, finally going over the side of the raft he occupied. He was never seen or heard from again. Security required that the Navy not reveal the loss of the Juneau or the other ships so as not to provide information to the enemy. Letters from the Sullivan sons stopped arriving at the home and the parents grew worried. The brothers’ parents were notified of their deaths on January 12, 1943. That morning, the boys’ father, Thomas, was preparing to go to work when three men in uniform, a lieutenant commander, a doctor and a chief petty officer, approached his front door. “I have some news for you about your boys,” the naval officer said. “Which one?” asked Thomas. “I’m sorry,” the officer replied. “All five.” The brothers left a sister, Genevieve. Albert was survived by a wife and son. The “Fighting Sullivan Brothers” were national heroes. President Franklin Roosevelt sent a letter of condolence to Tom and Alleta. Pope Pius XII sent a silver religious medal and rosary with his message of regret. The Iowa Senate and House adopted a formal resolution of tribute to the Sullivan brothers. Thomas and Alleta Sullivan made speaking appearances at war plants and shipyards on behalf of the war effort. Later, Alleta participated in the launching of a destroyer USS The Sullivans, named after her sons. The USS The Sullivans os an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer As a direct result of the Sullivans’ deaths, the U.S. War Department adopted the Sole Survivor Policy.

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Billy Wilkerson The Flamingo Founder The myth that Bugsy Seigel was the great visionary who single-handedly created modern day Las Vegas is bull hockey. Contrary to popular belief, the Flamingo wasn’t the first casino on the Strip - though it was the first casino that used a Beverly Hill’s style, instead of the western themes of the downtown casinos and the El Rancho and Last Frontier. The Hollywood influence, on Las Vegas, came from Billy Wilkerson and his long-time architect George Russel,(who later designed the Desert Inn). New York City Mayor Jimmy Walker chose Billy Wilkerson to operate his NYC 1930s nightclubs. Wilkerson, from the Jazz Age to Swing Age, was a powerful force, in American nightclub operations. During the 1940s-’50s Wilkerson became one of Hollywood’s most influential and powerful people, being the founder and publisher of the renowned ‘Hollywood Reporter’ daily newspaper. During the 1940’s Wilkerson owned & operated LA’s (Sunset Strip) Trocadero and Ciro’s nightclubs, later taking his Hollywood inspired concept to Las Vegas. Flamingo Founder, Billy Wilkerson (a major Hollywood starmaker for three decades) seen being visited, in his Trocadero Nightclub, by Carole Lombard and Cary Grant in the thirties. Also shown giving life advice to Frank Sinatra, in the fifties, at the Sands Casino (which was modeled after his Club La Rue Nightclub). As the publisher of the Hollywood Reporter, the main media source for movie news, Billy Wilkerson was the virtual King of Hollywood, whose favor was courted by movie studios, producers, actors and agents alike. Wilkerson’s huge Hollywood influence on popular nightlife and on Las Vegas should never be under-valued. Bugsy Siegel was a very minor figure compared to Wilkerson, who was in the top league of media publishers with the likes of William Randolph Hearst . Siegel was simply a short-lived hood who over-stepped his limits. Seigel was a murderer, thief and thug with zero vision. His 41 years of life was spent killing and stealing. Meanwhile — history professors, book writers and myth spreaders give Seigel credit for all that Las Vegas is today. Here is an excerpt from Wallace Turner’s book “Gambler’s Money”:

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UNLV professor (Hal Rothman) likewise perpetuates the Bugsy myth by claiming Seigel to be a “visionary” — while reducing Wilkerson to being a mere “footnote in history.” All Bugsy did was steal an on-going construction project. His vision was nil, null and void. He was neither an entrepreneur nor a designer. He never built anything, just merely stole other’s projects. What architectural vision did he ever possess? He might have changed a choice in rug pattern — for the already-designed and started Flamigo. And he might have had changed a wall to add a window. But, the Flamingo’s name, design, logo and advertising was already well-established by Wilkerson, Russel and his staff. All Bugsy did was steal the project and attempt to run it. Ben Seigel’s only importance — in the history of Las Vegas — is that he was a colorful personality. To give sole credit to an assassinated gangster for singlehandedly envisioning modern day Las Vegas is stupid. Yet, for 50 years, writers with vested interests to protect, have turned historical facts into fairy tales. Credit can be given to Ben Seigel for somehow being the person that Tony Cornero turned his S.S. Rex Club over to in 1945. Ben Seigel also took over Wilkerson’s earlier Trocadero Club in 1938. Then he took over the Flamingo in 1946. So, in that regard, Seigel was an excellent “take-over artist.” But to call Bugsy the “great visionary who invented modern Las Vegas?” That story is pure myth and fabrication. The invention and design of Las Vegas did not spring full-blown from the mind of any one man (especially not Bugsy Seigel) nor from a handful of insignificant, nondesigning, thug-like, mob operators. The outdated belief that Las Vegas was “a Mafia-made town” needs to be put to rest once and for all. Las Vegas has always been a city filled with inventive pioneers, designers, publicity makers and hospitality pros. To focus on shifty casino operators, Teamster money, Bugsy, Lefty or Moe misses the true Vegas story; which is a story of design, service, artistic vision and the way those factors unfolded — for all the world to enjoy. As far as this website is concerned — the real Early Vegas story is the story of Architecture & Hospitality.


the Brooklyn Bridge. Early Vegas’ intent is to show the origins and logic of Roadside Architecture in Southern Nevada. Las Vegas has always been a city of recreation and re-creation, whether using the prototypes of Seattle’s Space Needle for the design of the Landmark Hotel or the Stratosphere. Whether rebuilding new versions of the Statue of Liberty or the Eiffel Tower, Las Vegas Design always brings an unusual twist of its own. A look thru this website will show the many examples of the unique history of “Las Vegas Style.”

The Southern California Influence Who Really Made on the Las Vegas Las Vegas? Strip The influence of Hollywood’s ‘Miracle Mile’ and the ‘Sunset Strip’ played a large role in Las Vegas Design in the 1940s and 50s. The Hollywood Brown Derby was an early example of the Roadside Art of Gigantism. Las Vegas architecture and signage adopted the use of car inspired design, using supersigns meant to catch a motorist’s eye while driving 40 miles-per-hour down the highway. Californians were long familiar with ‘mimetic architecture’...the exaggerated, novelty, kitsch stylings which included buildings shaped like giant oranges, hot dogs, donuts and coffee pots (now popularly known as Roadside Architecture). The 1950s brought the futuristic modernism of (what is now labeled as) Googie and Populuxe Design. Googie design used upswept roofs, bold use of glass, steel and neon along with ‘science inspired and space age’ geometric shapes (amoebas, boomerangs, sputniks, etc) The influence of the 1949 Motorama and 1954 Disneyland also set trends for Las Vegas motel and hotel cartoon-like design. ‘Disneyland in the Desert’ is still the predominant proto-theme for all Las Vegas Design. This website’s intent is to show the assorted influences at work that lead to today’s use of Pyramids, Castles, Gondolas, and even

Las Vegas is the, 100 year, result and culmination of thousands of experts in various fields ranging from inventive casino owners, visionary architects, interior designers, hotel managers, entertainment directors, headline entertainers, hospitality experts, choreographers, showgirls and a variety of lounge acts. Add in the exceptional work of culinary pros, restaurateurs, neon sign designers, publicity staffs, civil engineers, transportation workers, junket planners, news reporters, postcard makers, photographers, billboard makers, wedding chapel operators, friendly bartenders, desk clerks, bell-hops, cab drivers, waitresses, dealers, keno runners, change girls, dime-a-dance clubs, as well as over 200,000 burlesque dancers, strippers, hookers and glamor girls; and you’ll better understand all the necessary components that formed ‘modern-day Las Vegas’. If credit, for the development of Las Vegas, is to be handed out properly - it should first go to those at the very top - the casino owners, architects and sign designers.

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Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel Birth: Feb. 28, 1906 Death: Jun. 20, 1947 Born Benjamin Siegelbaum in Brooklyn, New York, he was the son of Russian Jewish immigrants. He began his early criminal career extorting protection money from local pushcart merchants before moving on to more serious crimes. By the age of 21 his list of crimes had already included acts of murder, rape, drug trafficking, extortion, bootlegging, bookmaking, burglary and armed robbery. During the early 1930s he was involved in bootlegging operations in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and also worked as a contract killer against rival mob bosses. In 1937 he was assigned by the New York syndicate to California to develop and oversee gambling rackets in the Los Angeles area. While living in southern California, he was introduced to various Hollywood actors and directors through his close personal friend actor George Raft. Utilizing Raft’s contacts, he began extorting the motion picture studios to finance his own lavish Hollywood lifestyle. Facing murder charges in 1939 for the death of fellow gangster Harry Greenburg, a police informant, Siegel and three mob associates managed to kill two of the state’s star witnesses before the case could be brought to trial. Lacking sufficient evidence to prosecute, the state was forced to drop all charges against Siegel. In 1941

Siegel turned his attention to the small gambling community of Las Vegas, Nevada. Seeing financial opportunities in the small desert town, Siegel convinced mob heads to invest three million dollars into the building of a hotel and casino on what is now the famous Las Vegas strip. Considered by many as the father of modern day Las Vegas, Siegel’s Flamingo Hotel and Casino opened on December 26, 1946 after countless construction delays and cost overruns. Included in the construction of the 77 room Flamingo Hotel was Siegel’s private suite, complete with bulletproof glass and five separate escape exits. With costs exceeding six million dollars and shortfalls in projected revenues, mob members began to suspect Siegel of skimming construction funds and gambling revenues into an overseas bank account. On orders from the mafia hierarchy, Siegel was gunned down at the home of his girlfriend in Beverly Hills, California while reading the evening newspaper. He was pronounced dead at the scene with three fatal wounds to the head. In 1991 the motion Picture “Bugsy” was released to theaters starring Warren Beatty in the title role of Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel. (bio by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.) Burial: Hollywood Forever Cemetery Hollywood Plot: Beth Olam Mausoleum, 2nd hallway on right (M2), C-1087

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I don’t know about you, but I have experienced difficulty with the “art of communication” on many an occasion. It seems that no matter how much education or experience with people you may have, you still may find yourself to be the cause of awkward and sometimes hurtful situations when you fail to communicate well. I think we all know that WORDS have power, yet have you ever thought of how astonishing it is that we are able to communicate our thoughts and feelings to another, even to foreign people of a different tongue? We can say so much with our bodies, facial expressions, eyes, tone of voice, etc… without ever actually speaking an understandable word. Language in all its various forms has power. And it has been said, that of all the skills we ever acquire in life, the use of words and language is among the most critical. We probably have all read the Constitution or Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, or glanced at a tabloid magazine at the checkout stand, and pretty well knew the difference in the intensions and feelings of the writers. In reality, it is our language that pretty much reveals to others who we are and how we think. Our culture, education, morals, and respect for others as well as ourselves, are all displayed through our language. We often carry these from one generation to another, as family traditions are passed on.

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When I think of the great story “Roots” and how one family’s history was passed on through the careful retelling of their story to each new generation, I am reminded that language can even link us to those who have been long dead. Awhile back, I was doing some family history research and came across many personal writings of my great-great grandfather. These gave me a much greater insight into the man he was and helped me feel connected to him, even though he died long before I was ever born. I learned of his values, his manner of speech, and what was most important to him. Even his handwriting told me much about his personality. It helped me recognize again the importance of recording our thoughts and feelings in written form, for our children and grandchildren to one day read. Our language is an important foundation upon which we build our relationships and much of our society. Most of us have been in a gathering of people where we could tell almost immediately which of the smaller groups we would feel most comfortable joining, just by hearing a few words of their conversation. Their body language, facial expressions, tone of voice, overall demeanor and looks of acceptance or disinterest, all influence our decision to make contact with them or not. Understanding these subtle elements of communication can help us cultivate healthier relationships. The woman who complains that others think she is “snobbish,” or the man who hears others describe him as “gruff,” can consider how their manner of communicating with others is conveying these things. It can be as simple as changing the tone of voice used, to choosing kinder words or using friendlier facial expressions. That being true, it is vitally important to choose our words and other forms of language ever so carefully. We need to remember how powerful they really are. We know they can have lasting positive emotional impact or cause tremendous hurt to others and ourselves. We have each experienced the kind word that has calmed our troubled heart or the harsh unkindness that has caused pain indescribable. The sad thing is, we all too often do the latter to those we most want to be close to. And for us guys, we tend to step on ourselves all too frequently. Here is a story recently sent by a family member, which is a great example of language in action, but having the wrong effect. It is entitled, “How Typical.” A man asked his wife what she’d like for Mother’s Day. “I’d love to be six again, “ she replied. On the morning of Mother’s Day, he arose early, got up made her a nice big bowl of Lucky Charms and then took her off to the local theme park. What a day! He put her on every ride in the park: the Death Slide, the Wall of Fear, the Screaming Monster Roller Coaster, everything there was. Five hours later she staggered out of the theme park. Her head was reeling and her stomach felt upside down. Right away, they journeyed to a McDonald’s where her loving husband ordered her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a refreshing chocolate shake. Then it was off to a movie, the latest Star Wars epic, a hot dog, popcorn, a soda pop, and her favorite candy, M&Mhs. What a fabulous adventure! Finally she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed exhausted. He leaned over his precious wife with a big smile and lovingly asked, “Well, Dear, what was it like being six again?” Her eyes slowly opened and her

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The photo splashed onto the two large screens in the conference room looked scary. The man’s black hair was choppy and tousled. Looking straight into the camera, his eyelids drooped abnormally, revealing the dark-red tissue deep in the sockets. His swollen lips sagged to bare his bottom teeth. Scars cut across his face.

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The young Marine’s endocrine system was knocked “haywire,” Amos said. The endocrine system is similar to the body’s nervous system, but regulates metabolism, tissue function and internal functions such as temperature and water balance. His back also was broken. The Marine finished his deployment, but needed heavy painkillers to make it home. For two years, it was one problem after another, Amos said. Now he stood before the Marine again, this time with

his wife by his bed in tears. “He lost his life in the two years that followed,” Amos said. “I’ll be honest with you, we let him down. And I’ll just leave it at that.” Now, though, the Marine is receiving treatment at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland, reportedly one of the best facilities for endocrine system treatment. Navy medicine “has their arms around him,” Amos said, but they have to go outside to a civilian hospital for the care. “That’s collaboration. That’s where

that really, really deep talent on the bench resides,” Amos said. “The wounds are so severe that we need your help.” Amos said he is sometimes frustrated by the resistance of some in military medicine to reach out to their civilian counterparts. But those walls are coming down, he promised. Now is the time to talk collaboration, the general said. “If you’re not wearing this uniform … but you’re out there [as] just a regular American scientist or doctor or technician, … we need your help,” he appealed. “We can’t do this without you.” ­

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Rogers from the PBS show Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood was either a Navy SEAL or a U.S. Marine sniper. None of those legends are true, but they serve a purpose of leaving people unable to tell fact from fiction. It’s still a mystery as to why someone would make them up. But in many cases, it might be said that truth is stranger than urban legend, and real life stories of celebrities who wore combat boots are much more interesting. You could never make this stuff up! Take for example, the case of Werner Klemperer, an accomplished classical musician who was also a television and stage actor. Klemperer, a native-born German, was forced to leave Germany in 1935 with his family, shortly after Hitler’s Nazi Party took power, due to Klemperer’s father being Jewish. After immigrating to the U.S., Klemperer fell in love with his new home

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CONFIDENTIAL COMFORT -lda- PaRalEGal

rENTAlS

Offering Rentals Throughout San Diego- military friendly

bUSINESS SErVICE

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oCeanside/ Vista 2 BEDROOM

1,2 & 3 Bedroom apartment homes available in Falbrook, Oceanside, Poway, Lakeside and La Mesa, Dogs welcome at several properties upon approval. Military Programs available. Please call 619.956.6341 for more information

Call for Move-in Specials

760.231.9477

3699 Barnard Dr. Oceanside

hillsidE gardENs WElcomEs homE welcomes all all military military

1, 2BR’s starting @ $885

199 Sec. dep. Pets Welcome

$

Call foR SPECialS. OPEN DAILY

760-722-3620

imperial beach 2BR/1.5Ba Townhome $ 1375/mo. 2-car gar., W/D Hook-up. FREE Basic Cable.

1/2 OFF 1st Month

1348 Holly Avenue 619-575-9492

ImperIal Beach

Why Rent an Apartment When DeLuz has all the convienence of Home Ownership

•No Lawn Care •No Utilities, A/C incl. •W/D Hook-ups

•Private Garage

•Private Driveway •Pools & Parks •Community Center •Fallbrook School Dist.

•Weekly/Monthly Events Centrally located between the Naval Hospital & Main Exchange Complex. Mary Fay Pendleton Elementary School located on the property

DeLuz Housing LLC, Camp Pendleton

Large 1Br/1Ba On quiet cul-de-sac, Close to Beach, Bay & Bases From $795/mo

Call 1-760-385-4835 for availability. 108 Marine Dr. Oceanside, CA 92058

CAll Mgr. 619-429-9338

deluzfamilyhousing.com

1042 15th Street

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Helping dreams come true for 90 Years!

www.cdva.ca.gov/CalVetLoans (800) 952- 5626 or (916)503-8362

CalVet Home Loans is one of the Benefits offered by the California Department of Veterans Affairs For advertising information call: (858) 537.2280

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Military Press Café We’re Not In Kansas Anymore…

“The Wizard of Oz” Travels Over the Rainbow To San Diego Civic Theatre,Feb 15-20 The greatest family musical of all time, “The Wizard of Oz,” is touching down in San Diego as Broadway/San Diego — A Nederlander Presentation brings this national treasure to the San Diego Civic Theatre Feb. 15-20. This magical production, based on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s celebration of the 1939 MGM movie, is presented with breathtaking special effects that will sweep audiences away, from the moment the tornado twists its

way into Kansas. Twelve children from the San Diego area will be performing the roles of “munchkins.” The group will be chosen immediately following local auditions (details tbd). Singing timeless classics such as “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead,” the local children with help bring this beloved classic to the stage of their hometown as part of their continuing performing arts education. Director Nigel West, choreographer

Leigh Constantine and set and costume designer Tim McQuillen-Wright utilize the glamour and elegance of art deco Hollywood as the visually stunning technicolor backdrop for “The Wizard of Oz.” Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow are transported “Over the Rainbow” to adventures in Munchkin Land, the Haunted Forest and the Emerald City. Featuring the classic songs, as composed by Harold Arlen, “Over the Rainbow,” “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” and “If I Only Had A Brain,” along with the beloved characters, THE WIZARD OF OZ will have the entire family captivated as they travel down the yellow brick road for an unforgettable evening at the theater. For more information, www.wizardofozontour.com or BroadwaySD.com

Send listings / event news items to: sandie@militarypress.com

TRAVELS WITH HIAN

www.Travels-with-Hian.com

Discovering Atlantis How often have you attended a convention and only spent time in meetings, the elevator or your room? You know the drill: opening reception, next day chock full of seminars, big lunch, cocktails followed by dinner, then start over the next morning. Well, here’s an admission. At a recent conference, I played hooky and made a discovery: Atlantis. Not the mystical city of the Greeks, but the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nevada.

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

I had to plan my escape carefully. I started by wandering through the hotel for ideas. Since poker is a passion, the card room was a logical stop. Fortunately, there was a Hold ‘em tournament just beginning and a chair was open. It was a $30 buy-in, there were nine tables and the participants were a mixture of hotel guests and regulars. Free coffee, water and soft drinks were available for the players, as well as a platter of donuts. The game began promptly and after a good start, including quad queens, by noon I was short-stacked. I shoved allin with an ace-jack suited, but lost when the hand didn’t pair up. I finished out of the money (missed the final table by one) but it was an excellent start to the day.

Poker Room

By that time, I was ravenous and

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headed to lunch. The Manhattan Deli & Restaurant took good care of my hunger. It’s a traditional New York style deli with a huge menu and portions to match. Their not-to-be missed signature dish is the “piled-high” pastrami sandwich. It is served on thick-cut rye bread designed to better hold the giant stack of meat together. The classic New York cheesecake for dessert was sublime. All bakery goods are made in-house. Rightfully, the place has become a local favorite. I decided that a visit to the spa would be the perfect way to end my adventure. In 2010, the Spa at Atlantis was listed in the SpaFinders Reader’s Choice awards. Upon entering, I was transported to a zone of tranquility. I “took the waters” at the Aqua Lounge, then rested in the Laconium Relaxation area and finished with a superb hotstone massage. Now I understand why the Spa won its award. Additional Information: For information, specials and packages, logon to www.atlantiscasino.com or call 1-800-723-6500.


in Mission Valley

2011

2011

malibu

cruze

chevy

chevy

msrp ...........................$22,890 Courtesy disC .............$1,215 manuf. rebate .............$2,500 usaa rebate .............. .....$750

net cost

$18,425

$4,465 off MSRP

msrp .............................$17,095 Courtesy disC ..................$750 usaa rebate ......................$750

net cost

$15,595

$1,500 off MSRP

Stk#110628 VIN 155917

Stk#110380 VIN 231999

2011

2011

chevy

chevy

traverse msrp ...........................$30,439 Courtesy disC .............$1,711 manuf. rebate .............$2,000 usaa rebate .............. .....$750

net cost

$25,978

$4,461 off MSRP

camaro

msrp .............................$24,675 Courtesy disC ..................$900 usaa rebate ......................$750

net cost

$23,025

$1,650 off MSRP

Stk#110600 VIN 144344

Stk#110250 VIN 196913

2011 chevy

silverado msrp ...........................$32,080 Courtesy disC .............$2,200 manuf. rebate .............$2,500 ally dpa........................$2,005 usaa rebate .............. .....$750

net cost

$24,625

$7,455 off MSRP

20% Off

2011 chevy

aveo

msrp .............................$14,820 Courtesy disC ..................$850 manuf. rebate ...............$1,500 usaa rebate ......................$750

net cost

$11,720

$3,100 off MSRP

Stk#110479 VIN 150874

Stk#110550 VIN 253824

call today! 888-440-4308 750 Camino del Rio N., • San Diego CA 92108 www.courtesysandiego.com Located in Mission Valley Auto Circle

*o.a.C. must finance w/ally for d.p.a. most financing @ standard rates. all advertised prices exclude government fees an dt taxes, andy finance charges, any dealer document preparation charge and any emisssion testing charge. all vehicles subject to prior sale. offers expire close of business day 2/28/11.

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EVERY BIT AS NICE AS YOUR NEIGHBOR’S LUXURY CAR, BUT FOR A WHOLE LOT LESS. The 2011 Chevrolet Malibu

A CONSUMERS DIGEST “BEST BUY” THREE YEARS IN A ROW. 2011 MALIBU LS LOW-MILEAGE LEASE EXAMPLE FOR QUALIFIED OWNERS/LESSEES OF A 1999 OR NEWER GM VEHICLE

193 39

$

PER MONTH MONTHS1

SECURITY DEPOSIT FIRST MONTH’S PAYMENT DOWN PAYMENT DUE AT SIGNING

3

4

2

Tax, title, license and dealer fees extra. Mileage charge of $.20 per mile over 39,000 miles.

2011 CRUZE LS LOW-MILEAGE LEASE EXAMPLE FOR QUALIFIED OWNERS/LESSEES OF A 1999 OR NEWER GM VEHICLE

159 39 899

$

PER MONTH

MONTHS1 $

3

4

DUE AT SIGNING

2

No security deposit required. Tax, title, license and dealer fees extra. Mileage charge of $.20 per mile over 39,000 miles.

BEST MILITARY DISCOUNT FROM ANY CAR COMPANY. With the GM Military Discount Program,5 active duty members and Reserves can get even better deals on most 2011 Chevrolet vehicles.6 Register and get your GO code at gmmilitarydiscount.com. Bring it, along with your military ID, to your Chevrolet Dealer.

TO GUARANTEE OUR QUALITY, WE BACK IT

ONSTAR®7 – STANDARD ON MOST MODELS Safely connecting you in ways you never thought possible

100,000-MILE/5-YEAR POWERTRAIN WARRANTY Whichever comes first. See dealer for limited warranty details.

CHEVYDEALER.COM

• AUTOMATIC CRASH RESPONSE • STOLEN VEHICLE ASSISTANCE • VEHICLE DIAGNOSTICS • REMOTE DOOR UNLOCK Standard 6 months on most 2011 models.

1 Examples based on survey. Each dealer sets its own price. Your payments may vary. Must show proof of current ownership or lease of a 1999 or newer GM vehicle. Payments are for a 2011 Malibu LS with an MSRP of $22,695. 38 monthly payments total $7,334. Payments are for a 2011 Cruze LS with automatic transmission with an MSRP of $17,920. 39 monthly payments total $6,190. Option to purchase at lease end for an amount to be determined at lease signing. Ally Financial, Inc. must approve lease. Take delivery by 2/28/11. Mileage charge of $.20/mile over 39,000 miles. Lessee pays for excess wear. Payments may be higher in some states. Not available with other offers. 2 Requires a subscription sold separately by XM after trial period. Available only in the 48 contiguous United States and District of Columbia. Visit gm.xmradio.com for details. 3 EPA estimated. 4 Always use safety belts and proper child restraints, even with air bags. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. See the Owner’s Manual for more safety information. 5 Eligible military personnel includes active duty members, retirees and Reserves of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, National Guard and Coast Guard. 6 Excludes Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and Volt. 7 Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Not available in certain areas. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations. ©2011 OnStar. All rights reserved. ©2011 General Motors. Page 48 February 15, 2011 THE MILITARY PRESS

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