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EXPLAINING EVIL Some will blame TV and video game violence. Depictions of murder
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rying to explain an evil act like the one that killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., is on a par with explaining how the universe was formed. The natural human reaction after extending sympathy and prayers for the victims and their families is to ask what actions might have been taken to prevent the massacre. More gun laws? Connecticut already has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. Those laws did not prevent a man with evil intent from carrying out his heinous act.
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More gun laws? Connecticut already has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. Those laws did not prevent a man with evil intent from carrying out his heinous act. and other violent acts on TV and in the movies have grown in recent years, but people killed people long before TV and movies. Such explanations are too easy. Would armed guards at Sandy Hook have helped? Possibly, but do we want guards at every elementary school, patrolling not only the halls, but play-
headed. What about locked doors? Sandy Hook’s doors were reportedly secured, but the shooter still managed to somehow gain access. As much as humans have tried for millennia to prevent evil acts, we have not succeeded. In the modern era, Woodrow Wilson believed his League
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of Nations would usher in peace on Earth, if not goodwill to men. The United Nations followed that aborted experiment. The U.N. has been equally unsuccessful in preventing the slaughter of innocents and other evil acts. Political leaders not usually identified with spiritual concepts are making use of the word “evil’ in accurately describing what happened in Newtown. We hear calls for prayers from politicians committed to the separation of church and state. Whether it is Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tucson, Aurora, Ft. Hood, Oklahoma City or the 9/11 terrorist attacks, evil seems to have gained a foothold in America. Not every parent with a child in public school has the option of homeschooling, but that is something they might want to consider if they want to create a completely safe environment. Even private schools can’t offer full protection from a deranged mind hellbent on carnage. More information about the killer will surface in the days to come, but even if we learn he was psychotic and off his medication, that will not satisfy our communal anger or anguish. It will not explain evil. It will not explain why 26 innocent lives were lost. The way to deal with evil is to first acknowledge that it exists and that we all possess the potential for it. We don’t become evil by what we do, but because of who we are. We are human beings, not God. We are not “basically good,” as some claim, we are imperfect and fall far short of any true standard of perfection. Evil is a “pre-existing condition.” In some it is controlled by an inner compass, or by laws and cultural constraints. When it is not, we get Sandy Hook and tragedies like it. We get what we do not understand and cannot begin to fathom. There may be no greater expression of evil than the murder of children in their classrooms. In calling for prayers, officials have taken an important first step in combating evil, but a larger question should be asked. Perhaps theologians, pastors, priests and rabbis are the ones to ask it, but permit me a suggestion. If there is a source of evil, is there also a source of good? And if there is, has that source for good been offended by all of the accumulated evil we are piling up, affording it an upper hand? As a friend of mine says, “Not a sermon, just a thought.”
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Reader Offended by Publisher’s Hypothesis Mr. Richard Matz, The beginnings of one of history’s “horrific” tragedies began when European settlers landed in the New World in the 16th century. Indentured servitude wasn’t successful and the indigenous peoples of the New World often died of small pox and other diseases Europeans carried and to which they did not build an immunity. Trade between Africans and Europeans expanded in Africa about this time. In exchange for European goods, Africans did not intentionally sell off their own people. It was an exchange of labor for goods. Europeans deliberately took advantage of this situation, instigating conflicts between warring tribes. It was then that the wealthy merchants exploited Africans through brutality and racism! Your people built the slave ships and made a cottage industry out of human suffering, not us! Get your facts straight! — From Al Simmons
your statement offensive. Your reference of “Your People” is a very feeble attempt to place blame for slavery on today’s Americans. You and people like you continue to try to divide Richard Matz, our country! Why do Publisher you continue to segregate us by using the term “African Americans?” You are either an American or from another country. I am of German descent but when asked, I’ve never referred to myself as German American. If anyone states they are African American, Mexican American, German American, I feel that it’s a slap in the face of all Americans. Get it straight… when our military men and women die for their country, we should never describe these heroes as anything but Americans! — Richard Matz
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Think small. That’s what more of today’s car buyers are doing. But it’s not just new Volkswagens they’re buying. After several years of high gas prices and a sluggish economy, it seems U.S. consumers have finally taken to the idea of buying small, eco-friendly, fuel-efficient vehicles across the board. About half of all new cars sold in the U.S. now have smaller four-cylinder engines. Meanwhile, federal fuel-efficiency standards — which will double the m.p.g. standards for cars and light trucks by 2025 — will continue putting pressure on manufacturers to produce vehicles with smaller engines and better fuel economy. Consumers seem to be on board at a time when the industry as a whole has recovered after the government bailouts. Sales were up 13% in September from a year ago and are currently at their highest point since February 2008.
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By Alice Park When you’re the greatest Olympian of all time, it’s a challenge to find new ways to top yourself. After setting a record in gold-medal wins in Beijing, Michael Phelps wanted to make a new mark in London: the most decorated Olympian ever. And even with an uncharacteristic fourth-place finish in his first race, Phelps ended up accomplishing just that, closing out his career with his 18th gold medal (and 22nd medal overall) in the men’s 4-by-100-m medley relay. For eight years, both diehard fans and those new to the sport have been lured to the pool to satisfy their “will he or won’t he” curiosity, and they were rewarded by witnessing history. FINA, the international swimming federation, recognized Phelps’ achievements with a first-ever trophy to commemorate his unique status in both the sport and the Olympic movement. “I’ve been able to do everything I wanted,” said Phelps, who retired in London, of his history-making career. And now legions of new swimming fans can’t help but ask, What will we do in Rio? Special thanks to: time.com
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The Drug War in Mexico Continues
By Nate Rawlings When Presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney squared off to debate foreign policy on Oct. 22, the only mention of Latin America was when Romney called the region a “huge opportunity” for the United States. There was no mention of the estimated 60,000 people who have died in drug-related violence in Mexico in the past six years, double the number believed to have been killed in Syria’s civil war. But just as the presidential candidates didn’t want to discuss Mexico’s drug war, is seems Americans don’t want to read about it either. In July, Mexico’s new president Enrique Peña Nieto hinted at shifts in the country’s strategy away from large drug busts to focus more on protecting ordinary citizens from violence and kidnapping by cartels. As Nieto begins his first full year of a six-year term, it will be important to see whether this new approach works — and whether Americans will start paying attention. the full amount for her services. Following the incident, 11 agents were expelled from Colombia and placed on administrative leave, and eight of those agents were fired. Four of the
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The General’s Mistress: David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell
By Erin Skarda Just a few days after Barack Obama was re-elected as President of the United States, General David Petraeus — the highly respected director of the CIA and former commander of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan — announced his resignation, citing an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. But that’s where the story begins. Within days, a half-dozen other characters emerged: a Tampa socialite and her identical twin, a dogged FBI agent and another high-ranking general are all being investigated for breaches of security. Meanwhile, members of Congress asked why they were the last to know of the scandal, and conspiracy theorists questioned the timing of the general’s resignation, as it occurred just before he was slated to testify before Congress on the Benghazi consulate attack (the general testified a week later).
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By Nate Rawlings The initial incident was bizarre enough. In May, Miami police shot and killed 31-year-old Rudy Eugene, whom they found lying naked under a highway overpass eating the face off a homeless man. Police later said that Eugene was likely high on “bath salts”, a designer drug similar to amphetamines. But then, things got really weird. A couple of weeks later, another Miami homeless man, reportedly high on bath salts and Four Loko, tried to bite a police officer’s hand. An article in GQ investigating the origins of bath salts asked, “more importantly, will this cause the Zombie Apocalypse?”and Buzzfeed proclaimed, “The Zombie Apocalypse Continues” after yet another cannibalistic attack in Louisiana. Even the Centers for Disease Control was compelled to weigh in, advising worried
Americans that it knew of no “virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombielike symptoms).” Thankfully, the flesh-eating incidents turned out to be less a trend and more a string of violent outbursts. Bath salts dropped out of the public eye, and the number of reported incidents thinned. However, if people haven’t gotten their fill of zombie news, they can always catch an episode of The Walki.
Lance Armstrong Is Stripped of His Titles
By Erin Skarda Talk about a fall from grace. After years of denying that he had any part in the doping scandal that rocked the sport of cycling, Lance Armstrong finally succumbed to the overwhelming evidence gathered by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. In October, the USADA published a 1,000-page report that implicated Armstrong for not only using performance-enhancing
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By Erin Skarda The Penn State sex-abuse saga continued to unravel in 2012, with more victims, resignations and sordid details after more than a year of investigations. In October, Jerry Sandusky, the former assistant football coach who was charged with sexually assaulting at least 10 underage boys, was found guilty on 45 of 48 counts of child sexual abuse and was sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison.
In July, former FBI director Louis Freeh released an in-depth report on
the scandal and concluded that top administrators not only knew about Sandusky’s indiscretions but also attempted to conceal them, thereby putting the welfare of many children at risk. Shortly after the report was released, the NCAA imposed severe penalties on the football program, including a $60 million fine, a four-year postseason ban and a void on all victories from 1998 to 2011. Meanwhile, three top-ranking officials who were forced to resign — ex-president Gra-
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At a Christmas party they give annually for the “bar girls,” more than 200 prostitutes show up to play games like musical chairs and to hear a message from a former prostitute who tells her story of redemption, offering them a new life if they will only trust God. A few respond. One is called “Nim,” not her real name. Nim says she was abandoned by her mother and later sold by an opportunistic “auntie” to a couple who needed her to care for their aging parents. Nim says her work proved unsatisfactory and she was sold again to a bar where she was forced into prostitution. When the Thompsons rescued her they took her to a doctor who estimated her age at 11 or 12. She had no formal schooling, but they tutored her and she is now in a regular school. Nim recently received a “character pin” from the oldest daughter of Thailand’s king in recognition of her changed life and academic success. The rescued girls live in housing run by the Thompsons. They receive an allowance that partially compensates them for lost earnings. Many send portions of their allowances to family, which they used to do with their income from prostitution. The Thompsons are doing their small part, though the numbers seem overwhelming at times. Think of these girls as someone’s daughter or granddaughter and even though some of those relatives may have sold them, the message of love and self-worth sometimes breaks through, even in the red light districts of Bangkok.
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Health & Beauty Former Navy Surgeon Gives Back Dr. Maurice Sherman served 10 years as a Navy doctor and today is well known throughout Southern California as chief surgeon at the Del Mar Cosmetic Medical Center. Military Press caught up with Dr. Sherman to learn more about his work with military personnel – both then and now. MP: No doubt you’ve handled many interesting military cases given your years of experience and connections. Dr. Sherman: Well we see many active military patients here at our Center. But it doesn’t seem that long ago I was active military myself. I’ll never forget a case while stationed at Pendleton (1978-81) serving as a staff surgeon. One of our officer’s wives - also pregnant at the time, developed a rare cancer of the larynx (voice box) which was cutting off her airway. Immediately after her baby was delivered, she recorded her voice for posterity. Then we had to remove her voice box to save her life, which was followed by radiation treatment causing additional complications. I managed her care for an additional two years after that. MP: You’re well known for your charitable work, including the National Domestic Violence Project and now we’re hearing of a new charitable program in the development stages for active military. Tell us about those. Dr. Sherman: It’s a sad statistic, but more than 5 million are affected by domestic violence annually and more than a million of those require medical attention. In this particular program, victims of domestic violence are referred to myself and other members of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery for surgical services to repair disfigurements cause by these traumatic domestic events. I’m also excited to be on a new organizing committee with some of my colleagues from the California Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (CACS). We’re in the planning stages for a new program called Military Outreach with a goal to provide active duty military and/ or their immediate family members the opportunity to receive certain cosmetic surgery procedures on a goodwill basis. Our panel would discuss those applying with a demonstrated need and we would move forward from there. Our goal would be to absorb the costs of professional services (doctor and anesthesiologist fees and even implants if necessary). Only facility charges would be incurred. If any of your readers may know of a candidate, they should contact me at the Del Mar Cosmetic Center. MP: In addition to charitable services, your Cosmetic Center offers other military offers. Dr Sherman: Yes, we’re offering a 25% discount off for our active military and special pricing for military families. These discounts are
illustrated on our website at www. DrSherman.com. Most of the time, requests are for body contouring procedures such as liposuction, because they need to fit certain standards. For female active-duty military people we offer body contouring in the sense of tummy tucks after children, or perhaps breast enlargement procedures. And we have different types of facial plastic procedures also, such as rhinoplasty and eyelid surgery to, let’s say change the appearance of a nose that’s been bothersome for many, many years or is causing breathing problems. In addition, we offer some of the latest innovations in non-surgical treatment. So, whatever our military people are interested in, we’re going to try and provide them with the most modern and up-to-date answers. MP: Folks want help dealing with military standard requirements? Dr. Sherman: Absolutely. When I was in the military, we always had to deal with that and I don’t think too much has changed. If anything, it’s gotten a little stricter perhaps. Looking good in a uniform and meeting certain body measurements such as the waist size or thigh size is still very, very important. With today’s liposuction procedures, this can be done both painlessly and with the patient in an awake status so that there’s very minimal discomfort. Patients can return to a limited type of duty almost immediately. Now, this is not, I need to mention, a weight loss type of program. Liposuction and body contouring procedures can make you look like you’ve lost some weight but in actuality the fat that we remove does not weigh that much. You still have to get into the exercise program and watch your diet. MP: Your clinic is in Del Mar, but you really serve all of San Diego, correct? Dr. Sherman: We’re near Highway 56 in Carmel Valley and I5, and we’re really easy on and off. So we are within 20 minutes of say downtown 32nd Street, as well as in the north Camp Pendleton. It’s about a 20-minute drive either way. And of course, east of Miramar, that area is also very, very accessible to our office. MP: Over the years, we’ve all seen major technological advances in cosmetic surgery. Should we assume over the next two or three years there will continue to be more exciting developments? Continued on page 21>
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uring the young NBA season, there have been two storylines which seem to tower over the rest. They take place on opposite sides of the country and feature exceeding expectations on the East Coast and one of the biggest disappointments to this point in the season in league history on the West Coast. Currently, that East Coast team, the New York Knicks, stunningly sit on top of the Eastern Conference with an 19-6 record despite not having their second most well-known player for any part of the season to this point and possessing a supporting cast that can best be described as geriatric. In fact, when Rasheed Wallace signed for the Knicks, it put the team’s average age at 32 years, 240 days — the oldest team in the history of the league. Some of those older players, especially point guard Jason Kidd, are making the most of the twilight of their career. But it’s two of the Knicks younger players, albeit that they are 10+ year NBA veterans, that have the greatest part in making the Knicks into one of the league’s best teams. At this point in his career, it seems like everything that could possibly be said about Carmelo Anthony could be summed up pretty well in a few short sentences. He’s one of the best pure scorers in the game and a fantastic crunch time option in the regular season. He’s almost impossible to guard and has been a top-10 player for most, if not all, of his career. However, he also has extremely limited playoff success for someone of his stature and quality that is regularly characterized as a selfish ball-hog. But this year, he seems to be morphing into a leader with a great attitude for the game. And perhaps Anthony has become more of a leader because the Knicks’ other key cog, Tyson Chandler is wearing off on him. Chandler is the most
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By Jeri Jacquin, Movie Maven 1. DJANGO UNCHAINED – From start to finish I laughed myself silly. Christoph Waltz is the heart of the film, Jaime Foxx is the hero, Leonardo di Caprio was evil but Samuel L. Jackson oooozed evil!
7. PROMETHEUS – What happens when you put Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron in a film with Noomi Rapace? An epic film that many had been waiting for. The cinematography is stunning, the special effects are amazing and the casting couldn’t have been better.
2. SEVEN PSYCOPATHS – If you haven’t seen this film and are a fan of insanity then this is the film to see. Farrell takes on a unique role, Rockwell is hilarious, Walken deserves every award, Harrelson cracks me up and John Waits needs a hug.
8. THE IMPOSSIBLE - Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts with Tom Holland bring about the brutality of mother nature and the tsunami of 2004. The emotion is wrenching, the scenery unforgiving with a powerful message of love, family and the unflinching desire to survive.
3. LIFE OF PI – It is no secret that I am not at all a fan of 3-D but if there is one to be seen, relished and seen again this way its LIFE OF PI. The story if heart wrenchingly beautiful, the cinematography is beyond spectacular and the acting of this talented young man is the soul of the film.
9. LAWLESS – I am really shocked this film has received more attention. Tom Hardy and Shia LeBeouf put together a stellar story with Jessica Chastain about moonshining and protecting family. Hardy was quiet but deadly and I couldn’t have been more surprised.
4. LINCOLN – Daniel Day-Lewis has channeled this beloved President in such a way that anyone seeing it will walk away a little better for seeing it. I hardly think this performance will go unnoticed. 5. THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY If it weren’t for the 3D and frame rate this film would have been pure perfection. Let that be a lesson to you Jackson! However, that being said – never have I been more happy to see Gandalf, Elron, Galadriel, Bilbo, Gollum and a few other surprises. Will I be there next December for another go? First in line with no regrets.
10. ARGO – I know I will get a lot of flack for not having this further up the list but understand I did enjoy ARGO very much. I think Ben Affleck will get his share of kudos and rightfully so. He kept to the story, the realism is there and the ending still have viewers on the edge of their seat. GUILTY PLEASURE: 3,2,1… FRANKIE GO BOOM – a film with an amazing cast doing unspeakably funny (and I mean unspeakably funny) things in a story about love, life and a brother who films everything. I have watched this film several times because it is one of the funniest twisted things I’ve ever seen!
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