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If you don’t understand Paul Ryan’s points, stop pretending you do.

By Dacia Nichol In a pathetic attempt to paint Congressman Paul Ryan as someone who’s a hypocrite, there’s been some pretty disgraceful rhetoric and accusations swirling around the blogosphere and Twitterville regarding some dug up news about his personal history. So here’s the deal. A Wisconsinbased think tank called The Wisconsin Interest did a very nice write up on Ryan in July of last year. I’m assuming that this has just now been dug up due to Ryan’s State of the Union Response. In it, the story of Ryan finding his father dead when Ryan was only 16 is described, an event which was followed by his family receiving social security money to aid them in their father’s absence. Ryan received money until he turned 18. Here’s where the spin starts. Ryan put the money he received away in savings to be later used toward his college education. So in effect, a government entitlement program gave him a “hand up” to pursue a better life. I know. The nerve! It’s like that was what entitlement programs were made for. Why is this trumped as a big deal? Because Paul Ryan preaches about how our entitlement programs have gone beyond the “safety net” that they’re supposed to provide and turned them into a “hammock”, making people essentially lazy and complacent. Except none of the articles screaming about Ryan’s hypocrisy talk about his support for a “social safety net”, even though he mentions it every time he talks about entitlement reform. To break it down: Entitlements (raised to the “bad” power) = Hammocks / Paul Ryan’s SS payments = Hypocrisy! What’s happening here is that for some reason, and I really don’t get it other than it being a product of some ridiculous ideology, the mere idea of reforming social security and/or Medicare is always met by the same chorus of fear-mongering claims every time a suggestion is made. The facts are pretty clear. These programs are an impending disaster with shock effects coming that no one will like or benefit from. Paul Ryan has put forward some

serious solutions and the opposition just responds with lies. Who do they first appeal to? Seniors. They say he’s going to “pull the rug” out from people in the “twilight of their lives.” Actually, they basically tell retired folks that Paul Ryan is the boogie man and he’s going to take all their money. Why would they say that when Ryan’s plan doesn’t touch anyone over the age of 55? Your answer is as good as mine. Then they get into the Wall Street investment thing, i.e., Ryan’s plan to allow people to invest their retirement money in the stock market rather than the government’s coffers. Insert line about instability of the market and the ups and downs over the last few years. Except they don’t mention how members of Congress are vested into a very successful system that yes, is invested in Wall Street. Why criticize something that’s obviously effective enough to use for government representatives? Most of them lately however, don’t even bother with even those details. They just point out that Ryan received social security at one point in his life, screaming that he’s a hypocrite. The article saying so is retweeted and retweeted and retweeted until…every liberal who believes 140 characters of spin over reality thinks they know everything they need to know about this Paul Ryan character. Nevermind that every time (and I do mean every time) he is interviewed he specifically states that he believes America should, in fact, have a social safety net. His problem with social security and Medicare? They’re insolvent. They’re going to go belly up. They’re going to become a fiscal disaster. They’re doomed. They need to be fixed. He doesn’t have a problem with social welfare programs being used for helping people help themselves. That’s what they were always there for. A “just in case”. A protection to ensure that our citizens aren’t starving or living on the streets. Do they work that way now? No. And he wants to fix them, not eliminate them. Maybe his opponents just don’t understand him. Too much wonk, not enough wank talk. Well, if you don’t understand Paul Ryan, stop pretending you do.

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Cancer-Stricken 10-Year-Old Granted Wish to Join the Army By Zachary Roth Most kids might hope to get an Xbox or an iPod Touch for their 10th birthday. Brennan Daigle got a reception from a formation of soldiers, a ride in a camouflaged National Guard Humvee-and induction as an honorary member of the Army. Since October 2009, Brennan, from Sulphur, Louisiana, has been battling embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma- — a rare form of cancer in which muscular tumors attach themselves to bones, reports the Fort Polk Guardian. Last month, doctors told his family there was nothing more they could do, and gave Brennan just weeks to live. Brennan has always loved the Army. His mother had created a Facebook page — Brennan’s Brigade — to keep family and friends informed of his condition. People from around the world, including soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, have left comments of encouragement and support. One group of soldiers in Afghanistan posted a picture of themselves holding an American flag, and told Brennan: “We’re flying this flag in honor of you; we’re here to back you. Stay Army strong.” Becky Prejean, who runs a charity for sick kids called Dreams Come True of Louisiana, heard about Brennan’s illness, and got in touch with his mother, Kristy Daigle. Brennan’s greatest wish, Daigle told Prejean, was to meet some soldiers in person, before his illness

Capt. Gabriel Araujo swears in Brennan Daigle at Fort Polk, LA. Courtesy photo

worsened. So the two women contacted the Fort Polk Community Relations Office, which put out a call for a few soldiers to attend Brennan’s tenth birthday on Feb. 26. Forty showed up. Brennan had been told he was going fishing with his father. But when he got out of his dad’s truck, he was greeted by a formation of 1st MEB soldiers, standing at attention in front of a National Guard Humvee. After a moment, they all shouted “Happy Birthday, Brennan!,” and broke into applause. Brennan was speechless, according

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to his mother. “All he could do was giggle,” she said. Brennan and his best friend Kaleb were invited to check out the Humvee, and Brennan sat behind the wheel. Then soldiers took the two boys out for a spin. Afterward, Brennan and Kaleb put their heads out the hatch on the vehicle’s roof, while the crowd snapped pictures. But it wasn’t over. Brennan got out of the Humvee and was led to the front of the formation, where he shook hands with each soldier. He was inducted into the Army as an honorary member, then

given a coin symbolizing merit and excellence, as well as a military jacket with his name on the pocket, and other Army-themed gifts. “Brennan, you exemplify what personal courage means,” Pfc. Kamesha Starkey, 1st MEB, told him. Finally, the mayor of Sulphur, La., gave Brennan a key to the city, and the title of Honorary Mayor of the Day. “Words can never express what I felt seeing all those soldiers there, knowing some of them had just come back from Iraq and still took time out for just one little boy,” Kristy Daigle said. “Just to know that they care enough to give their all, to give their love and support to a little boy is phenomenal. It says so much about our men and women who serve our country in the armed forces.” Some of the soldiers said the event helped put things in perspective for them. “It was good to be able to give back,” Pfc. Kyle Frederick said. “It opened my eyes to a lot of things: How I take my kids for granted, how lucky we are, how we complain on a day-to-day basis and we really have it good compared to others.” As for Brennan, it took a while for his new honor to sink in. The next day, he asked his mother, “Am I really in the Army?” “You most certainly are,” she answered. “They don’t swear in just anyone.” “That’s awesome,” said Brennan.


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Letters to Military Press Hello MP, Picked up your Military Press at Cafe Loma this morning. Great rag. Really enjoyed the excerpt from Alan’s book in your essential reading section in the March 1 issue. I think that “Armed Humanitarians, the Rise of Nation Builders” by Nathan Hodge might be worth reviewing in essential reading. It looks at events and policy changes the military has been involved in the past 10 years. He asks the question of what should be the role of the military in the world’s hotspots now and in the future. Interviews of folks of many ranks make it unique among the usual news stories. Hey MP,

their hand over their heart. I think these days that not enough patriotism is instilled in the young people of America. Don’t they know how fortunate they are to live here? Public Law 110 states that all persons present in uniform should render the military salute. Members of the Armed Forces and veterans/retirees who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute or place their hand over their heart to render respect to the U.S. flag. All other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart. If you are wearing a hat, remove the hat with the right hand and place your right hand over your heart (the hat should rest slightly near your left shoulder). Signed, Sandra Powers

Great piece on pirates in your March 1 issue. I agree with Mr. Amland, we should blow then out of the water . . . no questions asked!!!! Larry, Santee Dear MP, The February edition of MP has a great commentary message on page 9, “A Speech Every High School Principal Should Give”, by Dennis Prager. If possible I’d like to highlight the article in my WTOT Newsletter. Also, if you could send me your MP Publishing dates I will add your link to my Newsletter. Your publication is an important way for our Troops Past and Present to stay informed. Bob Zimmerman, Veteran Advocate

Hello, I missed the February 1st issue and understand that there was an article about John Jones with Wall Street War Fighters. Great cover photo of him in the current issue! I worked with John in CO last year (now live in Oceanside) and would love to read your article. Is it online somewhere? Thank you! Kerry Luph Thanks Kerry, yes, you can view us online at: http://issuu.com/militarypress/docs/ militarypressmarch1 We had hundreds of entries to our Movie Ticket contest.

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The Sailors, who work on some of the most sophisticated weapons and engineering systems in the world, reenlisted to serve an additional 324 years in jobs the Navy considers critical to the success of the fleet. In addition to added job stability, Sailors paid no taxes on their bonuses or any of their income because the

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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, may be a presumptive service connected disease. If you were diagnosed with ALS while on active duty or within one year from your date of discharge, your disease may be presumed to be service connected. If you were not diagnosed while in service or within a year of discharge, but you can prove with medical evidence or otherwise that you now have ALS, and that you had symptoms of ALS within the oneyear period following discharge, you may still be eligible for service connected benefits. If you have a condition that is listed on the presumed illnesses list, then you would only need to apply for VA compensation benefits without the additional necessity to provide information that would otherwise link your illness to your service. I was giving a presentation on veterans’ benefits to a group of lawyers. The speech was focused primarily on non-service connected benefits available to seniors. However, I did mention the presumptive listings for service connected conditions. After the

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Alternative sentencing approved for vets with PTSD

Legislation approved by a House committee would allow veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injury (TBI) to receive treatment when they are convicted of a crime House Bill 1081, by state Rep. John Bennett, would allow a judge to send a military veteran convicted of a crime to the Department of Veterans Affairs for treatment if the defendant was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Bennett, a Marine who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, said the PTSD or TBI would have to be servicerelated and have contributed to the commission of the crime. “Many veterans are struggling to cope with PTSD and TBI, and are not seeking the treatment they need,” Bennett, R-Sallisaw, said. “My legislation will help them to get treatment, which I believe they have earned through their service to our country. This is not an opportunity for someone to commit a crime and blame it on PTSD. You have to be diagnosed with the condition, it has to be service-related, and it has to have played a role in the commission of the crime.” The program could ultimately save taxpayer dollars because the alternative sentencing/treatment programs would be far less expensive than automatic incarceration, Bennett noted. House Bill 1081 passed unanimously in the House Judiciary Committee. It now awaits a vote on the floor of the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

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The leader of The American Legion praised the unanimous decision of the Supreme Court which ruled that the 120-day requirement to file an appeal with the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims is not concrete — that an individual may take longer if circumstances warrant. The court’s ruling will certainly make a difference in the outcomes of many veterans’ appeals,” said Jimmie L. Foster, national commander of the nation’s largest veterans organization which had filed an amicus brief in the case Henderson v. Shinseki. Mr. Henderson served on active military duty from 1950 to 1952. He was discharged in 1952 after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, for which he has established service connection and currently has a 100 percent disability rating. In August of 2001, he filed a claim for monthly compensation with the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) Regional Office (“RO”), based on his need for inhome care. The RO denied the claim, and he appealed to the Board. The appeal was denied on August 30, 2004. On January 12, 2005, Henderson filed a notice of appeal with the Veterans Court, fifteen days after the expiration of the 120-day appeal period. In its ruling, the court held that the deadline for filing a notice of appeal with the Veterans Court can be modified for good cause. “Our veterans sacrifice so very much serving in combat thousands of miles from home,” Foster said. “They deserve every opportunity and consideration in applying for the benefits they earned through their service.  The American Legion is proud to have been a friend of the court in this litigation.”

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INTERVIEW I MP Aliens are always taking over the world. <laughing> Yea, but I like intense. When your out there in warfare, look I can’t really tell you guys what its like because you already know, but there are tense moments and then hilarity because of the absurdity of it all. There were real 18 and 19 year olds in there having these experiences with the Marines. WE tried to keep it real for you.

APPRECIATES THE U.S. MILITARY By Jeri Jacquin / Movie Maven Opening this week is BATTLE: Los Angeles and one of its stars is a force to be reckoned with in everything he does. Bursting onto the scene in 1992, he is most remembered as the love-interest-biker George in “Erin Brokovich,” to the romantic comedy “Love Happens” to Harvey Dent in “Batman,” now he comes to us as SSgt. Michael Nantz in “BATTLE: LA.” Recently I was thrilled to have a few moments with Aaron Eckhart to talk film, aliens and he appreciation of our U.S. military. Aaron, thanks for taking the time to talk with us today, I know your schedule is crazy right now. We love the guys and really love the Military Press. Do you want to say anything to the guys? Yes! A year ago I went to Afghanistan with the USO and to Khandahar and you guys took such good care of me and I’m looking forward to going back. I hope that you like the film. What else can I say? I was at Comic-Con last year, when you walk into a room everyone goes crazy?

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I know, its crazy and I love it. How did you get involved in the film? I came into a meeting with Jonathan Liebesman, the director, for the first time and he was showing me footage of Marines in Fallujah doing house to house combat and he said, “That’s what I want our movie to look like” and I said I’m in. We needed a war movie that had aliens in it and I have to thank Jonathan for giving me the part. So tell us about the film? I like to talk about this because it s a military movie and I hope everyone out there likes it, especially the Marines. We tried to do it right with our Lt. Colonel, the support of the Narines and everyone there and our gunny. We went through the boot camp and really tried to get it right with all our weaponry with the 50 cal and everything. It was just the best time of my life and the best movie I’ve ever made in terms of fun. I really feel like the Marines and the soldiers are going to feel like we tried to represent them well in the movie, professionally. Also to look and see them in a good light. What I’ve seen it looks very intense. Very intense, well aliens are taking over the world.

I think you did. I really hope the Marines like it. I hope we make them proud. I really do want to thank them so much for all they do because its just mind blowing to see it up close. I want them to know they really are appreciated. I know they would be thrilled to hear that Aaron. There you have it! An actor who jumps right in to thank those who have done so much for our country. “BATTLE: LA” opened in theaters March 11.


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The other night I had just returned from a road trip and watched one of my favorite movies that happened to be playing on TV, “Forrest Gump.” In the end of the movie Forrest is at Jenny’s graveside and recounting the many experiences and travels he had the blessing of experiencing along his life’s journey. He recounted the beautiful lakes, the sunsets and the peacefulness… I had the opportunity to enjoy the similar beauty of the countryside the previous few days. I have always enjoyed being on the road and traveling. I have been blessed to see most of this country many times, not like Forrest running from coast to coast to coast, but in a car and truck many times over. There is beauty everywhere I go. But many do not realize or appreciate this and other of life’s beauties until the ability to enjoy them is taken away. A few years ago I had an awesome experience on the road of this journey we call life. On this particular weekend I supervised and participated in a retreat for 30 military personnel who were residing in the barracks, one with extra security and barbed wire around it. You may know it as the Brig. However, those in this facility were longing to grow and accomplish good things in their life, much like most of us desire to do. We shared with them life-changing principles that we all can use to strengthen our resolve and ability to accomplish the goals and dreams we have for ourselves. I saw those who some write off as losers or troubled (much like many did to Forrest in the movie…), reflect on what was truly most important in this life and how they could develop attributes and skills to get there. As a Chaplain and a counselor to many, I wish I saw more often the true desire that I saw that weekend, in those I counsel who are not incarcerated, who have so many more opportunities to get what they want if they would only harness the power within and do it. Many of us limit ourselves with our own negative thinking. It is so important to remember that we are the ones who limit our ability to get things done in most cases. We can accomplish almost anything we put our mind to if we just remember that “our past does not equal our future” and that with God all things are possible. It is also important to first take care of self to be able to have the strength and capabilities to fulfill our desires. One example of this from that weekend was one Marine who expressed his frustration over his wife regularly asking him to take out the trash. He felt that it was something so silly to get into fights about. Howev-

er, he resisted doing it whenever she asked or he would take it out to the back porch, but not to the outside trashcan. Many in the group tried to convince him to do it and he would see how it would make her happier. He resisted the advice. In the retreat we taught him how to reflect on how he felt about his wife and then write about it in a particular way. Then, on his own the epiphany came. He approached one of our team members and shared the realization of how much he really loved his wife and that he should be willing to do most anything for his sweet companion. He finally let go, surrendered his pride, and now has the desire to tend to the trash long before she would even have need to ask. We all have the ability to gain control of our thoughts and move them to new heights of true fulfillment. I would like to share with you something to consider on this topic that I came across some time ago written by an unknown author. “To ‘Let Go’ Takes Love” To “let go” does not mean to stop caring.; it means I can’t do it for someone else. To “let go” is not to cut myself off, it is the realization I can’t control another. To “let go” is not to enable, but to allow learning from natural consequences. To “let go” is not to be protective; it is to permit another to face reality. To “let go” is not to try to change or blame another; it is to make the most of myself. To “let go” is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes, but to allow others to affect their own destinies. To “let go” is not to nag, scold, or argue, but instead to search out my own shortcomings and correct them. To “let go” is not to adjust everything to my own desires, but to take each day as it comes, and to cherish myself in it. To “let go” is not to care for, but to care about. To “let go” is not to fix, but to be supportive.

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COMMENTARY I MP

SHAME ON YOU By Reynold N. Mason

Two weeks ago the U.S Supreme Court ruled in the case of Snyder v Phelps, that Phelps and his legions of mindless disciples are free henceforth to go forth and wreak havoc at the funeral of fallen soldiers. What got the Westboro Baptist Church in hot water was its outrageous, obnoxious picketing at the funeral of Matthew Snyder, in Maryland a while back. Matthew Snyder was killed in Iraq and Phelps and his legions showed up at the funeral brandishing banners and placards bearing verbiage that ripped apart the heart of the fallen soldier’s father, his family and friends.

Some of the obnoxious signs and placards bore the hateful words that have brought Westboro notoriety over the last few years. Church members have staged protests at 600 plus funerals with signs that read: “God Hates Fags” “Thank God For Dead Soldiers.” The Church is a snake pit of venom. And Phelps and his followers hiss and spew their hateful, hurtful slogans, like vipers, at the heart of those in

Heads of the Westbroro Baptist Church, Fred and Shirley Phelps.

the throes of grief. Mr. Snyder simply wanted to bury his son in peace. Now his name will forever be linked with one of the most contentious free speech issues America has had to confront since Civil rights. Whatever else Phelps might hope to gain by his callous, backwards and obscene displays, he does succeed in gaining publicity. The media are drawn to Phelps’ freak shows, like moths to a candle. They must sell papers and they know

that anyone who dares to compound the grief of family and friends at a final farewell with epithets as vile as Phelps’ are sure to incur the ire of decent people. The quest for notoriety drives Phelps and his motley band of followers. When a crazed shooter shot up Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford’s meeting in Tucson, Phelps announced that he would picket the funeral of a 9-year-old killed by the crazed shooter

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because she was “better off dead.” The story made national news. To spare the little girl’s family the slings and arrows from Phelps ample quiver, he was given free air time on a radio in exchange for calling off the protest. Hate speech is protected speech. Why, one might ask, do we permit someone like Phelps and his followers to launch a verbal volley of hurtful, hateful, and obnoxious slogans at people in grief? In the United .States the regulation of free expression of ideas is different from the regulation of any other industry. What makes it different is the First Amendment to the Constitution; “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” The optimum response to Phelps is not to shut him up but rather to shout truth into his wax-filled ears, loud enough to be heard over the noise inside his own head. Were we to suppress his thoughts, they might drive


COMMENTARY I MP him mad and his wild antics might be viewed as grounded in delusions. Any first year law student could then plead him out on grounds of insanity. The idea of free speech that the First Amendment protects is designed to work as a safety value for the release of noxious ideas such as Phelps’. It lessens frustration and channels hate into means consistent with law. Phelps and his followers have not engaged in some of the illegal acts that marked some of the protests of the 1960’s.

“For evil to fluorish, all that is needed is for good people to do nothing.” — Edmund Burke

But what about Mr. Snyder? The sort of conduct exhibited by Westboro would move some to a violent response. Having just this in mind, some states passed laws making it a crime to engage in behavior likely to arouse “anger and alarm” on the basis of race, color, gender, creed, or religion. The problem with such an enactment is it is not content neutral. It bans only certain kinds of speech, so that a youth prosecuted for burning a cross on the front lawn of a black family under the

ban was acquitted. The content of the speech in what determines whether it is protected speech.  In ruling in Phelps favor, Justice Roberts said the distress occasioned by the protests here, turned on the content of Phelps’ message.  Americans, grateful for the

ultimate sacrifice of fallen soldiers are wrenched by the slogan “Thank God for dead soldiers.” But Phelps can say it because it is a political message; it conveys the idea that Westboro is opposed to war. That makes it protected political speech. Were the protesters

instead waiving signs that read, “God Bless America” there would be no issue, because that is free speech we like and admire at the requiem for a fallen soldier. That means we would be censoring speech on the basis of its content.

The Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) is a motorcycle club whose members attend the funerals of members of the United States armed forces at the invitation of the deceased’s family. Patriot Guard Riders’ representatives state that they are not a chartered motorcycle club, but a group of patriotic individuals. The group was formed in 2005, to shelter and protect the funerals from protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church, who claim that the deaths of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan are divine retribution for American tolerance of homosexuality. PGR members position themselves to physically shield the mourners from the presence of the Westboro protesters by blocking the protesters from view with their motorcade, or by having members hold American flags. The group also drowns out the protesters’

chants by singing patriotic songs or by revving motorcycle engines. Although initially founded by motorcyclists, the organization is open to anyone, regardless of political affiliation, veteran status, or whether they ride or not. The only prerequisite is “a deep respect for those who serve our country; military, firefighters, or law enforcement”. The Patriot Guard was established in Mulvane, Kansas at American Legion Post 136 in 2005. The group’s mission quickly expanded to include the funerals of law enforcement officers, fire department personnel, all first responders, and any active duty member or veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces from all previous wars and conflicts and is now largely focused on recognizing and

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Military Press Café ‘Families of Deployment’ series looking for onscreen volunteers Chaplain Ron Ringo, EveGreyProductions, Ombrellamedia and Canaan Brumley Films has teamed up for a new internet/television series called “Families of Deployment.” The series is a non-scripted documentary-style series that reveals the issues based around deployment. The film project is currently seeking volunteers to be a part of the series. We are screening parents, spouses, and children of military service members to tell their stories about deployment. We would like to hear the stories and experiences from this population and their real life situations. The pilot will be made over the course of six months and will be targeted for Discovery Channel, KPBS, and OWN Network. The show targets the population of Military Families but

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ministration has dealt a devastating blow to the sale of Spice using its emergency scheduling authority under the Controlled Substances Act to regulate five of the chemicals commonly found in Spice as Schedule I controlled substances, which makes it illegal for at least one year. The composition of spice is a mixture of chemicals that are blended with herbs to mimic the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana. It is commonly sold as herbal potpourri at convenience stores, tobacco shops and novelty stores under a number of brand names. It is usually smoked in pipes and joints to achieve the hallucinogenic effect associated with marijuana. The easy-to-acquire drug had taken the armed forces by storm and the use of Spice by Marines has not gone unnoticed by top officials. DEA officials moved to ban Spice due to the alarming amount of calls received by poison control centers and emergency room visits regarding the negative effects of the drug, she added. This fake pot is untested in humans and long term effects are not entirely known, though a range of negative effects has been observed. “The side effects of Spice are also of concern, as it can cause anxiety, agitation, paranoia, slurred speech, impairment of coordination and memory and light headedness,” said Vice Adm. Adam Robinson, Surgeon General of the Navy. “In some cases, there have been reports of elevated blood pressure, increased heart rate, hallucinations and near death experiences.”


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America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. – Abraham Lincoln

Cost of Living -Ten pounds of sugar cost $0.20 -One acre in a tract of land of over 400 acres cost $2.00 -One bushel (35.2 liters) of potatoes cost $0.12 -One set of blue china cost $8.00 -One cow cost $12.00 -One Pound of Coffee Cost $0.17 -One bottle of port cost $0.11 -One piano cost $195 -A routine doctor’s visit cost $2 -A new home in Brooklyn, NY cost $2,500 -A necktie “designed to supersede all other methods for fastening the bow to a turndown collar” cost $0.10 -A dozen pairs of Levi Strauss blue jeans cost $13.50 -One pair of shoes cost $0.98 -One suit cost $10.00 -One opera ticket for “The Marriage of Figaro” cost $1 -One pound of Coffee cost

$0.25 Most professions required a 60 hour work week, which paid anywhere between $1.60 per day (a fireman in Massachusetts) to $4.64 per day (a glassblower in New Jersey.)

Political events The American Civil War ends, President Lincoln dies by an assassin’s hand, and a 12-year era of Reconstruction begins in the South with state legislatures run by “carpetbaggers” and “scalawags.” Union forces under Connecticut-born Brig. Gen. of Volunters Alfred H. (Howe) Terry, 37, capture Fort Fisher at Wilmington, North Carolina, January 15; Union forces occupy Columbia, South Carolina, February 17, and Charleston falls to a Union fleet February 18. President Lincoln delivers his second inaugural address March 4, stating that the nation’s postwar posture should be “with malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right.” Petersburg, Virginia, surrenders April 3 and Grant takes Richmond the same day with help from local Yankee sympathizer Elizabeth Van Lew, who has brought supplies to imprisoned Union officers and helped many to escape (see 1862). Affecting peculiar dress and behavior in order to divert suspicion, “Crazy Bet” has maintained five relay stations between the Confederate capitol and

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Grant’s headquarters. Confederate secretary of state Judah P. Benjamin disguises himself as a clergyman and escapes to the West Indies following the fall of Richmond April 3. Now 54, he sails for England, will be admitted to the bar at London next year, and in 1869 will become Queen’s Counsel. The War of the Rebellion ends April 9 with General Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House in Virginia. “Let us have peace,” says General Grant. The 4-year Civil War has cost the country 620,000 lives: the Union has lost 360,222 men (110,000 of them in battle), the Confederacy 258,000 (94,000 in battle), with 471,427 wounded on both sides. Men with missing arms and legs are everywhere to be seen, the nation is full of widows and orphans, and marriageable young women have trouble finding husbands.

Confederate secretary of war John C. Breckenridge flees south with other high-ranking officials, escapes to Cuba, and makes his way to England, where he will remain until 1868, when an amnesty proclamation will permit him to return to Lexington, Kentucky.

“Duty is the most sublime word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less.” – Robert E. Lee

The end of the Civil War makes it possible for President Lincoln to ship arms and clothing across the border to Mexico, where supporters of exiled President Juárez put them to good use against French forces of the emperor Maximilian (see 1864; 1866).

Assassin John Wilke Booth’s alleged conspirators go on trial beginning May 12; all are found guilty, including Mrs. Surratt, and hanged July 7.

Former Confederate president Jefferson Davis is captured at dawn May 10 near Irwinville, Georgia, and placed in leg-irons at Fort Monroe, Virginia, where he is confined in a damp casemate. News of his treatment produces a wave of outrage in the North, and he is transferred to more comfortable quarters, but he will be held under guard until May 1867.

Confederate guerilla leader William C. Quantrill dies in a Louisville, Kentucky, prison June 6 at age 27; The “carpetbaggers” who move into the South are so called with contempt by Southerners, who say that the newcomers can put all they own in the common hand luggage called carpetbags. Some become state legislators and U.S. con-

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gressmen, some are missionaries sent to help the freedmen, who are helped in some cases also by “scalawags”— Southerners who join with the exslaves to establish a new order in the South.

human rights, social justice News that the war is over and the slaves freed reaches Texas June 19 when a U.S. Army ship arrives at Galveston; the state’s 250,000 slaves were freed in 1863 by the Emancipation Proclamation but Texans never heard about it. Many will celebrate “Juneteenth” in years to come. The Ku Klux Klan organized at Pulaski, Tennessee, is a secret social club

of young men who hope to recapture the comradeship and excitement of the war. Headed by former Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest, its name comes from the Greek “Kuklos” meaning circle. Gen. Forrest is its “Grand Wizard.” The group adopts elaborate rituals, and its members soon discover that their curious uniform terrorizes superstitious blacks. A majority of Southern whites will join in the next few years as the KKK tries to return local and state government to white, Democratic Party control, but the Klan will disband in 1869 (see 1915; White Camelia, 1867). The commandant of the Confederate prison camp at Andersonville, Georgia, is convicted of “murder, in violation of the laws and customs of war” and hanged November 10 in Washington’s Old Capitol Prison at the foot of

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science Chemist F. A. Kekulé von Stradonitz explains the structure of aromatic compounds, setting forth a doctrine of the linking of carbon atoms and originating the ring (closed-chain) theory of the benzene molecule’s constitution (see 1858). “A Dynamical Theory of the Electromagnetic Field” by physicist James Clerk Maxwell unifies laws of electricity and magnetism (see Maxwell, 1859). Light, he concludes, is an electromagnetic wave, but his theory fails to explain why atoms do not lose all

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medicine Cholera strikes Paris in September, the daily death toll reaches 200, and sulfur is burned to combat the “miasma” in the air that is held responsible despite John Snow’s observations at London in 1853. Louis Pasteur’s infant daughter Camille dies in the epidemic.

everyday life The Stetson “ten-gallon” hat is created by Philadelphia hat maker John Batterson Stetson, 35, whose highcrowned “Boss of the Plains” is a modified Mexican sombrero with a fourinch crown, a four-inch brim that can carry 10 “galions” (ribbons), and a leather strap hatband. The $5 hat has a look of importance and is destined for fame on the Western plains (a Stetson made from better materials will sell for $10, one made from pure beaver or nutria felt for $30). Boston City Hall is completed to designs by architects Gridley J. Fox Bryan and Arthur Gilman. Oregon’s Mount Hood in the Cascade Range erupts for the last time and becomes extinct. Anheuser-Busch has its beginnings at St. Louis, where German-born brewer Adolphus Busch, 26, marries Lily Anheuser and goes into business with her German-born father, Eberhard Anheuser.


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Katherine DeMille Katherine Paula Lester Born June 29, 1911 Spouse – Anthony Quinn (1937-1965) Katherine DeMille (June 29, 1911 – April 27, 1995) was a Canadian-born American film actress. She was born Katherine Lester in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She was orphaned as a child by the death of her father, an officer in the Canadian Army who died in World War I combat and loss of her mother to tuberculosis in 1920. When she was nine years old, she was found in an orphanage and legally adopted by film director Cecil B. DeMille and his wife Constance. She first appeared as an uncredited “Zeppelin Reveler” in Madame Satan (1930) and made thirty film appearances until she retired from films in 1956. DeMille married actor Anthony Quinn on October 3, 1937. they had five children : Christopher (born 1939), Christina (born December 1, 1941), Catalina (born November 21, 1942), Duncan (born August 4, 1945), and Valentina (born December 26, 1952) [1]. Their first child, Christopher, was found drowned in the lily pond of W.C. Fields at age two.[2] DeMille accepted the 1953 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor on behalf of her husband, who was not present at the ceremony. They divorced in 1965, following his affair with costume designer Jolanda Addolori. March 2011 THE THE MILITARY MILITARY PRESS PRESS Page Page 29 29 For advertising information call: (858) 537.2280 March15, 1, 2011

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To “let go” is not to deny, but to accept. To “let go” is not to regret the past, but to grow and live for the future. To “let go” is not to criticize and regulate anybody, but to try to become what I dream I can be. To “let go” is fear less and to love more. That understanding is what I saw come to these good men who have made some mistakes, but have the desire to be better people in spite of those mistakes. As I said earlier, I wish I saw more of the courage of these men in the brig, to work on self, in more of those whom I counsel day to day. However, I also feel we need to remember that there is one much wiser than you or me, who knows us and loves us unconditionally. He wants to be a part of our lives if we will let him in. He won’t force or compel us, but will be there when we invite him to be a part of it. It is hard for many of us to surrender to his help at times. We think we can do it all alone. But, that is when we tend to do the things that hurt those around us and ourselves. We don’t need to make it so hard. Life is a journey. We can make it one filled with nightmares or one filled with sweet dreams and great adventures. Another little story I came across expresses this point. It is called,

knows how to fly to shorten scary passages. And I am learning to shut up and pedal in the strangest places, and I’m beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face with my delightful constant companion, Jesus Christ. And when I’m sure I just can’t do it anymore, He just smiles and says... “Pedal.” May we have the opportunities of experiencing life a bit more like Forrest and have his wisdom to comprehend the blessings that he and we experience in a given day or event or location. There is beauty all around created for us to enjoy. Let’s do that… As always, it is my hope that this message will help you this week to,

“mount up as on eagle’s wings”, and renew a little of your strength to keep moving forward and find joy… (Isaiah 40:31) Until next time, may God bless you and may God continue to bless our great nation… SEMPER FI Chaplain Ringo, is the Command Chaplain at MCRD H&S BN, holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Counseling, and is a Certified Trauma Specialist. www.yourchappy.com www.lifetraumasolutions.com www.serviceforhumanityfoundation. org

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“The Road of Life.” At first, I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong, so as to know whether I merited heaven or hell when I die. He was out there sort of like a president. I recognized His picture when I saw it, but I really didn’t know Him. But later on when I met Christ, it seemed as though life were rather like a bike ride, but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed that Christ was in the back helping me pedal.  I don’t know just when it was that He suggested we change places, but life has not been the same since. When I had control, I knew the way.  It was rather boring but predictable.   It was the shortest distance between two points.  But when He took the lead, He knew delightful long cuts, up mountains, and through rocky places at breakneck speed.  It was all I could do to hang on! Even though it looked like madness, He said, “Pedal!” I worried and was anxious and asked, “Where are you taking me?”  He laughed and didn’t answer, and I started to learn to trust.  I forgot my boring life and entered into the adventure, and when I’d say, “I’m scared.” He’d lean back and touch my hand.  I gained love, peace, acceptance and joy; gifts to take on my journey, my Lord’s and mine.  And we were off again. He said, “Give the gifts away. They’re extra baggage, too much weight.” So I did, to the people we met, and I found that in giving I received, and still our burden was light. At first, I did not trust Him in control of my life.  I thought He’d wreck it; but he knows bike secrets, knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners, knows how to jump to clear high rocks, For advertising information call: (858) 537.2280

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Guadalcanal-Tulagi Invasion, August 7 -9, 1942 The long fight for Guadalcanal formally opened shortly after 6 a.m. on August 7, 1942, when the heavy cruiser Quincy began bombarding Japanese positions near Lunga Point. In the darkness a few hours earlier, what was for mid-1942 an impressive invasion force had steamed past Savo Island to enter the sound between the two objective areas: Guadalcanal to the south and, less than twenty miles away, Tulagi to the north. These thirteen big transports (AP), six large cargo ships (AK) and four small high-speed transports (APD) carried some 19,000 U.S. Marines. They were directly protected by eight cruisers (three of them Australian), fifteen destroyers and five high-speed minesweepers (DMS). Led by Rear Admiral Richmond Kelly Turner, this armada was supported from out at sea by three aircraft carriers, accompanied by a battleship, six cruisers, sixteen destroyers and five oilers under the command of Vice Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher, who was also entrusted with the overall responsibility for the operation. The great majority of these ships (9 AP, 6 AK and most of the escort and bombardment ships), with Marine Major General Alexander A. Vandegrift and the bulk of his Leathernecks, was to assault Guadalcanal a few miles east of Lunga Point. Tactically, this part of the landing went very well. There were few enemy combat troops present, and these were some distance away. The first of the Marines came ashore soon after 9 a.m. at â&#x20AC;&#x153;Redâ&#x20AC;? Beach, a stretch of grey sand near

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the Tenaru River. By the afternoon of the following day they had pushed westwards to seize the operation’s primary object, the nearly completed Japanese airfield near Lunga Point. The surviving Japanese, mainly consisting of labor troops, quickly retreated up the coast and inland, leaving the Marines with a bounty of captured materiel, much of which would soon prove very useful to its new owners. While the Marines consolidated their beachhead and began to establish a defensive perimeter around the airstrip, the landing of their supplies and equipment proceeded less well. Typically for these early amphibious operations, arrangements were inadequate to handle the glut of things brought ashore by landing craft. Mounds of supplies soon clogged the beaches, slowing the unloading of the ships offshore. A series of Japanese air attacks, which forced the ships to get underway to evade them, didn’t help, and when the catastrophic outcome to the Battle of Savo Island and the withdrawal of Vice Admiral Fletcher’s carriers forced the the big transports and cargo ships to

leave on 9 August, none of them had been completely unloaded. Though the Marines had taken their objective, supply shortages would plague them in the coming weeks, as the Japanese hit back by air, sea and land in an increasingly furious effort to recover Guadalcanal’s strategically important airfield.

When mild-looking Victor Krulak was graduated from the Naval Academy in 1934 he was the smallest man in his class. He had a long Milquetoast nose, soft reddish hair, one constantly surprised eyebrow, and a solid reputation for whimsical understatement. Inevitably, he was called “The Brute.” As a lieutenant colonel of the Marines, back from a brush with the Japs on Choiseul Island, The Brute was in line for a Navy Cross. His Marine paratroopers had harried and jabbed the Jap for a week, killed at least 144, wounded uncounted others. The Marines landed on Choiseul at night, 18 hours after the Treasury Islands attack began. There were about 2,000 of them, and their heaviest weapons were 60-mm. mortars, but their job was to make a noise like a couple of divisions, to divert attention from the Bougainville landings. They succeeded: the Jap radio reported 20,000 Allied troops on Choiseul. Down on the Jap garrison at Sangagai swooped two Marine detachments. One party, moving along the beach, struck the Japs just at mealtime (2 p.m.—the Japs did not observe daylight saving.) Said The Brute: “The Nips immediately scampered into the mountains and met head on with our [other] force coming down. They put up a very nice fight but made the mistake of trying one of those banzai charges . . . our machine guns just chopped them to pieces. One of our men lost the tripod of his machine gun. He picked it up like one of those Victor McLaglen movies and fired.” The day of Bougainville, Krulak’s raiders slipped up the coast and attacked the supply and fueling area. “All burned briskly,” reported Krulak happily. The Brute thought the Jap marines better fighters than the soldiers encountered in the fueling area. But all of them, said he, are “really very easy to kill . . . they have a bit of a fetish about charging that gets them into trouble. A man who goes directly into machine-gun fire generally loses his social security.” To the long legends of the Marines, The Brute added another: When the Japs pushed out vigorous counter patrols, the Marines chose the trees that would be most tempting to Jap snipers. In the bark, the Marines stuck razor blades. As anticipated, the moment the Japs hit, the sniper squads started up the trees. Then they began dropping “in most outraged surprise.” While still staring at their hands, they were picked off.

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n the co-main event of Showtime’s feature presentation of Strikeforce, Liz Carmouche, a petite, 27-yearold, former Marine, now local MMA instructor at the San Diego Combat Academy, appeared well on her way to defeating Marloes Coenen, the 29-year-old world champion from Amsterdam, Netherlands, until getting caught in a triangle choke which forced her to tap out at 1:29 in the fourth round. Until that surprising move, Carmouche, now 6-1-0, 4 KOs, who took the fight on less than two weeks’ notice, was well ahead on the score cards. After an even first round, Coenen (19-4-3, with 14 submissions) spent the bulk of the second and third rounds looking almost helpless on the ground while getting pummeled. What was really surprising was how Coenen could take such punishment. Then in the fourth round she got her legs up to find their way around the neck and arm of Carmouche. She managed the winning maneuver after Carmouche drove forward for a takedown. When they hit the mat, Carmouche’s arm became trapped between Coenen’s legs, allowing the champion to encircle the challenger’s neck. Despite the lack of time to prepare, Carmouche outfought Coenen by taking her down three times, mounting her twice and having dominant position four times. She did most of her damage while mounted on top of the champion and outstriking her 91-9 in the second round and 88-14 in the third. Born in Okinawa, Japan, Carmouche is of Lebanese descent. The Camp Pendleton Marine spent five years in the Marine Corps with the three tours in Iraq. She now trains at the San Diego Combat Academy where she’s gotten expert help from coaches Manolo Hernandez and Baret Yoshida for MMA and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Priest “Tiger” Smalls for boxing.

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Liz Carmouche and Marloes Coenen participated in Showtime’s Strikeforce.


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