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Opening in theatres this Friday from director/producer Peter Berg, Universal Pictures, Film 44 and Hasbro comes the invasion with “Battleship”. This film tells the story of Lt. Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch), a naval weapons officer assigned to the U.S.S. John Paul Jones. A rogue who is always in the middle of trouble brother Commander Stone Hopper (Alexander Skarsgard) tries to keep him in check. Another person who accepts Hopper is his love Sam (Brooklyn Decker), which would be fantastic if her father wasn’t Admiral Shane (Liam Neeson). Heading out for RIMPAC off the coast of Hawaii for naval games the unthinkable happens. After sending a signal to a planet discovered by skywatchers, what comes back in reply is an unexpected invasion. Surrounded by a force field the only way they can fight is come together with commanded Lt. Hopper. Joining the new captain is Petty Officer Raikes (Rihanna), Boatswain Mate Ord (Jesse Plemons), Chief Engineer Hiroki (Joji Yoshida), Chief Petty Officer Lynch (John Tui) and from the Japanese fleet Captain Yugi Nagata (Tadanobu Asano).

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“The heritage of freedom must be guarded as carefully in peace as it was in war. Faith, not suspicion, must be the key to our relationships. Sacrifice, not selfishness, must be the eternal price of liberty. Vigilance, not appeasement, is the byword of living freedoms. Our Armed Forces in 1950— protecting the peace, building for security with freedom—are “Teamed for Defense ...” — General Omar N. Bradley Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

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Names such as Tarawa and Lejeune are seen on street signs or in housing areas throughout Marine Corps’ Installations, but some may wonder where Camp Pendleton’s unfamiliar camp names originated. When explorers discovered modern-day Camp Pendleton, it was common for Catholic missionaries to name points of arrival or rest stops for the patron saint whose holy day coincides with the time they arrived. A majority of Camp Pendleton locations can be traced to these Spanish padres and voyagers who traveled to Southern California in the late 18th century.

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celebrating armed forces day Armed Forces Day History On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one

formed day. The Marine Corps League declined to drop support for Marine Corps Day (Nov. 10) but supports Armed Forces Day, too. In a speech announcing the formation of the day, President Truman “praised the work of the military services at home and across the seas” and said, “It is vital to the security of the nation and to the establishment of a desirable peace.” In an excerpt from the Presidential Proclamation of Feb. 27, 1950, Mr.

“It is fitting and proper that we devote one day each year to paying special tribute to those whose constancy and courage constitute one of the bulwarks guarding the freedom of this nation and the peace of the free world.” – President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953 department — the Department of Defense. Each of the military leagues and orders was asked to drop sponsorship of its specific service day in order to celebrate the newly announced Armed Forces Day. The Army, Navy and Air Force leagues adopted the newly

Truman stated: “Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 1950, marks the first combined demonstration by America’s defense team of its progress, under the National Security Act, towards the goal of readiness for any eventuality. It is the first parade of preparedness by the unified forces of our land, sea, and air defense.” The theme of the first Armed Forces Day was “Teamed for Defense.” It was chosen as a means of expressing the unification of all the military forces under a single department of the government. Although this was the theme for the day, there were several other purposes for holding Armed Forces Day. It was a type of “educational program for civilians,” one in which there would be an increased awareness of the Armed Forces. It was designed to expand public understanding of what type of job is performed


and the role of the military in civilian life. It was a day for the military to show “stateof-the-art” equipment to the civilian population they were protecting. And it was a day to honor and acknowledge the people of the Armed Forces of the United States. According to a New York Times article published on May 17, 1952: “This is the day on which we have the welcome opportunity to pay special tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces... to all the individuals who are in the service of their country all over the world. Armed Forces Day won’t be a matter of parades and receptions for a good many of them. They will all be in line of duty and some of them may give their lives in that duty.” The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated by parades, open houses, receptions, and air shows. In



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“Real security lies in the prevention of war — and today that hope can come only through adequate preparedness.” – General Omar N. Bradley, 1951 Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Washington D.C., 10,000 troops of all branches of the military, cadets, and veterans marched pass the President and his party. In Berlin, 1,000 U.S. troops paraded for the German citizens at Templehof Airfield. In New York City, an estimated 33,000 participants initiated Armed Forces Day “under an air cover of 250 military planes of all types.” In the harbors across the

country were the famed mothballed “battlewagons” of World War II, the Missouri, the New Jersey, the North Carolina, and the Iowa, all open for public inspection. Precision flying teams dominated the skies as tracking radar were exhibited on the ground. All across the country, the American people joined together to honor the Armed Forces.

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Camp Pendleton — History of the Land By Lance Cpl. Daniel Boothe, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton “The land we know as Camp Pendleton has a rich and colorful history that extends over 230 years,” said Richard B. Rothwell, president, Camp Pendleton Historical Society. “From the Spanish mission days, through its service as a working ranch under Mexican and United States rule, to its present role as an amphibious training base for U.S. Marines. Several historic sights serve as reminders of Camp Pendleton’s rich and colorful past.” In 1942, The Marine Corps bought 125,000 acres of land in southern California for nearly $4.25 million. The very same undeveloped beachfront, valuable ranch land and scenic mountain vistas would later become the base we know today. Remaining true to the heritage of this historic land, base officials decided to keep the names given to geographic locations by Spanish explorers

and the native descendants after the purchase. According to the CPHS, examples of these geographic names include: Cristianitos: Seventeenth century Spanish priests of the Portola-Serra expedition named this area as they made their way through this land on their way to northern California. The site of their encampment was named after St. Apollinaris, but since priests conducted California’s first known Christian baptisms for two dying Indian infants, the soldiers referred to it as Los Cristianitos, or “the little Christians.” Today, the baptismal site is an official California Historical Site. Las Pulgas: Eighteenth century soldiers accompanying a survey party for the San Luis Rey Mission were constantly bothered by fleas, or Las Pulgas, while camping here. The area was then named after the tiny pests that made a stronger impression than the physical beauty of the area. Las Flores: The way station or assistance to Mission San Luis Rey was established in 1827 near what is today the Las Pulgas exit to Interstate 5. Seeing wild roses and flowers at the mouth of the canyon and remembering the name given by Father Crespi years


camp pendleton earlier, the name Las Flores, meaning “the flowers,” was given to the area. Chappo: The name is believed to be derived from the word Chapala that was the thick undergrowth found in the area. Horno: This is the Spanish word for the clay oven or kin used by early settlers. Camp Horno is nestled below the coastal mountains, which block the cooling ocean breezes. As any Marine stationed there can attest, it can get hot as an oven in the summer. San Onofre: In keeping with the padres’ tradition of naming areas after patron saints, this area was named after the obscure Egyptian, Saint Onuphrius. San Mateo: This was derived from Saint Matthew, a saint whose name was a favorite with the Catholic missionaries. Deluz: An Englishman by the name of Luce kept a corral of horses in the area north of the village of Fallbrook. The Spanish-speaking neighbors knew it as Coral de Luz, which was later shortened to the name we use today. Lake O’Neill: This is a man-made lake created for the irrigation of the fields on Rancho Santa Margarita in the late 1800s. It is named for Richard

O’Neill who managed the ranch and later became part owner. Vado Del Rio: At one time the Margarita River was much deeper and wider. Small trading boats actually sailed up the river from the ocean to trade goods behind the base’s Historic Ranch House. When a bridge was constructed so that travelers could easily cross the river the area overlooking the bridge was named Vado Del Rio, or river crossing. Amazingly, much of Camp Pendleton would be recognizable today to Richard O’Neill, John Basilone, and other historical figures whose stories are intertwined with the land, said Rothwell.

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The Secret Is Out By Chaplain O. J. Mozon, Jr. “I’ve got a secret. I’ve got a secret.” is the melodic chant children sing when they have been given the gift of some special knowledge not known to their playmates.” Sometimes people do keep important knowledge to themselves when many may need to hear it. I’ve heard such keepings referred to as “a best kept secret.” This secret of which I sing is the story of the generosity and love the churches and religious organizations surrounding Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. What I am about to share is my song – my opinions, my experiences, my attitude of gratitude. I apologize up front to any of the supporters I do not mention. All names and organizations could not be included in this one article. As Mother Maybelle, that sweetest church lady would say, “May the Lord help you to forgive me. Blame it on my head not my heart because I love you all.” In almost 30 years serving as a Navy chaplain I have been stationed in many places. I discovered something wonderfully different when I reported to 1st Marine Logistics Group at Pendleton. The first was the self proclaimed “Church Next Door,” New Song Community Church. Pastor Hal had a clear vision to be a good Jesus neighbor to the Marine Corps Base. The first support event I recall the

“Great Fish Give-Away.” Members of New Song set up across the street from the base’s Marine Memorial Chapel, grilled tuna steaks, assembled and served fish tacos to military families. Soon I met Jack and Nina from North Coast Calvary. They represented the Military Network Ministry which had a special niche. They found furniture for our young Marine and Navy families — newly married and new to having to furnish a home. Somehow needs were made known and members of the church would say, “I have a sofa or beds or tables with chairs and dishes. Here’s the address. Have that Marine and his buddies come pick it up. “ Shortly, a new service family had set up their first home with the help of God’s caring people.


It wasn’t long before I met Chaplain Gerald, pastor of City of Refuge, who led a team of volunteers to assist the Brig Chaplain. Providing specialized ministry to personnel being detained or incarcerated. How surprised that was to find that there were church folk who cared about their welfare and were willing to guide them and develop them for a second chance in life. Finally, my time to deploy came and I went off to Iraq for 13 months. Persons from all over the country sent care packages which often wound up in the Chaplain’s office to distribute. Of great delight was to find that some of our boxes came from the Pendleton area. There were several packages sent from an RV Park chapel near Temecula. Other boxes came regular-

ly from a group of senior adults in the Ocean Hills active retirement community in Oceanside. I was afforded the opportunity to visit and say thanks to both groups upon my return. When I assumed responsibilities as the Pendleton Base Chaplain I became more aware that many of these religious supporters had a long standing relationship with the base command religious program through the Parachapel Ministry Council. Established in the early 1990’s, the Parachapel Ministry Council is a voluntary quarterly gathering of groups who choose to come alongside of the chaplains to provide social, spiritual and religious services to military and family members. From amongst the group they can do just about anything. Military Outreach Ministry (MOM) is an operator of a warehouse on base stocked with food and other items. Monthly food deliveries are made to several military housing areas. This past November MOM partnered with Congressman Issa to gather toys for the military Exceptional Family Member Program. Armor of Light, a ministry of Calvary Chapels have coordinated two concerts by Mercy Me aboard the base and have provided refreshments for homecomings and ceremonies. Regular Bible studies and discipleship development have been the key offering of Navigators and Military Ministry, Campus Crusade for Christ. The Jewish Family Services stands out as a stalwart among this mostly evangelical Christian gathering. They provide monthly food distributions as well as effective parenting consultation. Stonecroft Ministry targets the needs of women. They established “Pray and Play” groups at the chapel for housebound mothers, honored wives and military women with a heart-tugging lunch. Life Church heightened the joy of Easter with a dynamic Egg Hunt for families. Smaller groups, like Wrangler Ministry avails itself to offer rides and home cooked holiday meals. Stressors upon relationships and rising divorce rates among our military population during this time of war inspires overwhelming support from various groups. PK3 Ministry has partnered with the Marine Corps Family Team Building to offer training in The Five Love Languages tailored for military couples. San Luis Rey Parish has hosted a couple of targeted marriage seminars. I’m singing louder. The secret is out. There is more that could be shared but suffice it for now for me to say THANK YOU to all our caring neighbors surrounding CAMPPEN. Captain O. J. Mozon, Jr., Chaplain Corps, U.S. Navy is the Command Chaplain, Marine Corps Installations West- Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. He is a native of Washington, DC and endorsed by American Baptist Churches, USA.

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Oceanside Boys & Girls Club Celebrating 60 Years The Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceans- nity to support the campaign through ide, an organization that has served private donations, corporate matchfamilies of Oceanside for 60 years, has ing programs, in-store fundraisers and launched a renovation campaign to percentage-of-sale gifts. All donations raise $650,000 toward infrastructure are tax deductible. The renovation is improvements of its main Townsite slated to be completed by October. branch, 401 Country Club Lane. To donate to BGCO’s 60th AnniverMore than 1,200 children, 30 per- sary Renovation Campaign, contact cent of which come from military Dana Martin at: dmartin@bgcoceanshouseholds, are served daily through or visit: BGCO. The Club’s CEO Tammy Walz and click on the donations tab. says there is a great need to renovate the 40-year-old clubhouse so that they can accommodate its growing membership and continue to deliver programs that foster development, hope and opportunity for local youth. “Our military programs are serving an important role in our community,” said Walz. “Children from military families experience a multitude of stressors and we are here to positively impact their lives by providing a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment.” In addition to the sports, afterschool and summer programs offered to all its members, BGCO has specialized programs geared toward the unique needs of military families. One program that has blossomed in recent years is Children of Active Military Operatives, or CAMO, which is geared toward mentoring military youth. Twice per week, youth meet one-on-one with their mentor to talk about any triumphs or tribulations they might be experiencing in their life. In addition, at least once a month all CAMO participants will convene on a Friday night at the Club for fun activities in BGCO’s Interactive Media Center, Music Recording Studio, game room, basketball court or indoor soccer arena. The renovation will create a new lobby, serving kitchen, a refurbished game room and educational learning lab that will feature glass walls and high-tech equipment. Kitchen upgrades will allow for the Club to incorporate new cooking programs that will foster education and interest in the culinary arts. BGCO will be looking to its friends and neighbors in the military commuFor advertising information, call (858) 537-2280

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Camp Pendleton’s New Hospital is Already Winning Awards! When you drive Besides the obviaboard Camp ous benefit of locaPendleton now tion, this facility your eyes are imwill have a sepamediately drawn rate emergency ento this grand structrance, convenient ture that is taking parking design, its shape before our own power plant eyes. This fourwith emergency story, 500,000back up, lower carsquare-foot facility bon emissions and a is absolutely awedesign that creates some. For those of a physical environyou who have Inment that can influternet access, I inence well being and vite you to take the promote healing. short five-minute This facility tour of this pre- Artist’s rendering of the new Naval Hospital aboard Camp Pendleton as it will look when completed in 2014. will offer the Sailsentation. The adors and Marines a dress is state-of-the-art healing and rehabilitation center. You will enter through a corWith a completion date of 2014, the hospital construction is already ahead of ridor of lush plantings and majestic trees. You pass through a tree-lined ceremoschedule. This project has won the “California Team Excellence Award,” which nial mall to the inspiring Wall of Honor, containing the names of the Medal of is the first for the Navy. Another milestone to note is that with 250,000 man- Honor recipients. With our natural coastal landscape elements of ocean, earth, hours worked over the past 14 months there has been zero lost time incidents. sun and sky used as a coded connection between levels, its easy to quickly naviMcCarthy, in joint venture with Clark Construction Group, have exceeded the gate the central spine of this facility. The natural serene environment encourmilitary’s contracted goal of 45% of contracts to be awarded to small business- ages the physical and spiritual healing. The design will ensure comfort and es. More than $233 million have to date been awarded to local small business, easy access and an energy consumption of30% less than a typical hospital. Suscalculated total to be 77%. More importantly, $157 million in contracts have tainable green roof tops, solar cells, and sun screens have all been part of this been awarded to disabled veteran-owned businesses. OORAH! effort to create a facility which will become a landmark worthy of its position.


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Welcome Home Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group The Military Press sends a warm welcome home to the men and women of the USS Carl Vinson, USS Bunker Hill, USS Halsey and Carrier Air Wing 17. The strike group has been deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation for the past six months. During this deployment, the USS Carl Vinson marked the 30th anniversary of the day it was commissioned. The enormous nuclear-powered aircraft carrier has made history many times throughout its three decades of service.

As reported by KPBS’ Home Post, the Vinson has made international headlines for being the ship responsible for the burial-at-sea of Osama bin Laden. On Veterans Day 2011, the Vinson was the site of the Carrier Classic, and thus became the first live aircraft carrier to host a college basketball game on its flight deck. Congratulations on a job well done. Thank you for your service to this country.

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his year for Memorial Day, I will be in Washington, D.C., with 500,000 other Veterans and friends having just crossed the country with the “Run to the Wall” Riders and will end be a part of the “Rolling Thunder” around the D.C. monuments mall. What an honor to be with all those who have served and continue to love this country… I will have the honor to provide counseling and support to the riders each night of the ride. What are you planning this year? At the end of this month we take time to reflect and give honor to those who have gone before us. We give them a special day called “Memorial Day.” Many of you have childhood memories, as I do, of going as a family to the cemetery each Memorial Day to visit the site where my great-grandparents were buried. It almost felt like Easter. We would all dress up in our nice clothes and take a picnic lunch. We kids would be told or reminded of who

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the worldly rat race to interfere with a family tradition and what is most important? Maybe this hasn’t happened in your family yet. Great, maybe these few words will help you not allow it to. A writing I came across, reminds us that all memories may not always have been especially good ones, but become special nonetheless. Maybe you have

riage was good, their dreams focused. Their best friends lived barely a wave away. I can see them now, Dad in trousers, tee shirt and a hat and Mom in a housedress, lawn mower in one hand, dish towel in the other. It was the time for fixing things — a curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door, and the hem in a

Memorial Day is a time to remember the joys of life. For most, it is the time spent with family and dear friends. “Good friends are like stars... You don’t always see them, but you know they are always there.” was buried there and how important they were to our life. Then, the parents would edge the overgrown grass around the markers and we would play up and down the hill. We came to know that these people we had never met had played a vital role in our family. For some reason, however, as we became teenagers and life got busier, our family would go only every few years and then stopped going all together. Why do we allow

some thoughts similar to these in this story. (With all that is going on in the economy today, some of us may relate to this story even more…) “I grew up in the fifties with a practical parent — a mother, God love her, who washed aluminum foil after she cooked in it, then reused it. She was the original recycle queen, before they had a name for it... A father who was happier getting old shoes fixed than buying new ones. Their mar-

dress. Things we keep. It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy. All that re-fixing, reheating, renewing, I wanted just once to be wasteful. Waste meant affluence. Throwing things away meant you knew there’d always be more. But then my mother died, and on that clear summer’s night, in the warmth of the hospital room, I was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn’t any “more.”

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Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away... never to return. So... while we have it... it’s best we love it... and care for it... and fix it when it’s broken... and heal it when it’s sick. This is true for marriage and old cars, and children with bad report cards and dogs with bad hips... and aging parents... and grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it. Some things we keep. Like a best friend that moved away — or — a classmate we grew up with. There are just some things that make life important, like people we know who are special... and so, we keep them close!” We can get so caught up with day-today life that we forget to “keep” those ties with family and old friends. Many is the mother who longs for a phone call from her son or daughter, be they 20 or 60 — whose heart is lifted to the heavens when she hears them ask, “How are you doing, mom?” For those away from home and possibly somewhat estranged from loved ones, this could be a door opener to reestablishing the relationship that is obviously still somewhat on your mind. (Because you are thinking of that person now). It may be a parent, a brother, or sister; it may that friend you hung out with during school. It just might be someone you want to check on and see how they are doing; a former teacher who made a difference in your life, a coach, or the old man you talked to on the graveyard shift at one of your first jobs. All who are growing older, as we are, and may wish to know if they helped create lasting memories or made a difference in your life. I think we all would want to know if we had. If this hadn’t been part of your family tradition maybe you might want to start one of honoring those who are a part of you and contributed to who you are. We are given this day of Memorial Day to jar our memories, but it can be any and all days. Start by keeping a record, a journal, a photo album, etc. Go to the family reunions, high school reunions and for those who go to war together, unit reunions. Maybe we are the ones who start them up. We can always start from where we are and appreciate what and who is in our life today. A poem, by an unknown author, sharing this message is called, Memorial Day is a time to remember the joys of life. For most, it is the time spent with family and dear friends. “Good friends are like stars... You don’t always see them, but you know they are always there.” May we take and make the time to create those special moments that others and we can look back on with fondness, is my prayer this week. God Bless!! As always, it is my hope that this message will help you this week to, “mount up as on eagle’s wings,” and renews 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. Ron Ringo, Retired Chaplain Navy/Marine Corps holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Counseling, and is a Certified Trauma Specialist.

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Corps’ largest MCX opens for business By Lance Cpl. Trevon Peracca , Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.   —  The largest shopping experience in the Marine Corps was introduced to service members and their families aboard Camp Pendleton, May 3. The recently constructed Marine Corps Exchange officially opened near Pendleton’s Main Gate, directly adjacent to the Pacific Plaza and will offer residence an expanded variety of consumer goods. The MCX facility will provide convenient, one-stop services and sales to over 41,000 Marines, sailors, countless dependents and retired veterans. Some of the MCX’s products and services include the following: Marine Corps Community Services retail, military clothing, barber shop, vision center, watch and jewelry repair, engraving shop, computer technicians, cell phone vendor, Yogurt Land, Dunkin’ Donuts, tailor shop, 24-hour dry cleaners, a florist, West Coast Customs and many more.

L-R: Mark Farmer, Mary Walls, George Ladd, Mr Jones, B Gen Colianese,, Lt Gen Waldhauser, Commander Rang, and Bill Dillon, Director, MR, HQMC, are on hand to cut the ribbon signaling the opening on May 3 of the largest MCX in the world. Photo by Linda Woods “If you take a look at this barber shop, whether you need a haircut or not, you will probably go get a haircut,” said Lee Farmer, the senior staff officer of MCCS MCI-West, MCB Camp

Pendleton. In anticipation of the new exchange, a large selection of the products and amenities previously offered at the 11

Area MCX, electronic store and novelty store have been transferred to the new exchange now located in 20 area. Due to the opening of the MCX in 20 Area, the former 11 Area clothing store is now a miniature version of Camp Pendleton’s newest Marine Corps Exchange, said Jessica A. Brooks, an administrative assistant at MCCS. Brig. Gen Vincent A. Coglianese, commanding general of Marine Corps Installations West — Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, along with other VIPs, cut a ceremonial ribbon declaring the more than 147,000 sq. ft. complex open for business. The contract for this massive facility was awarded in May 2010, said Navy Cmdr. Russ Rang, resident officer in charge of construction (ROICC), Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast for Camp Pendleton. Through design and construction, this project was delivered in February 2012, totaling in more than 40 million dollars. For more information, visit www.

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The Vanguards of Freedom Personal Responsibility, Education & Prosperity

By Bob Zimmerman, Veteran Advocate For 237 years, We The People have worked hard to build this Democratic Republic. Proud to be Americans, we all came as immigrants to become an integral part of the land of opportunity. We The People of yesterday came ashore with what they could carry on their voyage to FREEDOM.  Being fiercely independent, our forefathers toiled hard to make their way in life. All came with one idea in mind — being responsible to see that they did what was  needed  to feed and  care for their families. That mission became an American tradition. America grew up on hard work. Some among us needed a “hand Up,” but “charitable giving” became a national trend to care for those in need. In the beginning, churches organized their congregations to address the needs of the needy. The churches

gave birth to a key asset of American philanthropy — it was the Christian thing to do. Fast forward to the present day, we still have charities doing God’s work, but we also have those among us who take advantage of a free lunch and have become dependent upon our government Of The People, By The People, and For the People. Unfortunately, there are those politicians in our ranks that find these “taker folks” of great value when it comes to election time. In the lakes that dot the American landscape there are fish called “carp” — the “bottom feeders.” In our human family, those “bottom feeders” are a great catch for the “opportunistic politicians” who have only their self interest in mind as they tout their “fair share mantra” — let me lead you to the promised land of the free lunch! We are prodded daily with phrases

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like, “paying our fair share for people who live on entitlements and have no responsibility for having families beyond their means. Practical. responsible Americans who support themselves, take care of their children, feed them and send them to school should not have to pay for someone who could care less about being responsible. Somehow, for the past four years, our American free market economy has been subjected to what might be considered a hostile takeover by Pied Pipers and their lemming followers. For nearly four years, the sense of pride enjoyed by generations of Americans has all the appearance of being replaced by the “you owe me crowd,” as they line up at taxpayer-owned buildings with nice names like “Social Welfare Assistance;” the acronym for “Why work for it if we can get it free folks.” When, and if needed, We The People will provide  assistance to all who are truly in need.  Personal responsibility is as “American As Apple Pie” and it must reign supreme in this land of opportunity, so help us God.

THREE-PEAT: Marines Take Chairman’s Cup at Warrior Games

The All-Marine Warrior Games team won the Chairman’s Cup for the third year in a row at the 2012 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 1-5. “These Marines represent all that is good about our Corps. Their efforts and successes reflect that they still have a lot to give. As a matter of fact, they are thriving,” said Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal Barrett. Marines claimed 89 medals competing against wounded warriors from the other branches of service in archery, cycling, shooting, wheelchair basketball, seated volleyball, swimming, and track and field. In the shooting competition alone, Marines took 20 of the 24 medals.

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The Difference Between Oldest Female Veteran Friends and Sister Wives

Yes I said it. and find that life I have friends long friend. Also, and I have sister Christopher Lawwives. It started rence and his crew out as a joke but at Veteran’s Vilof the Corps then after looking lage of San Diego more closely we’ve hosts Family Days found slight differences between a that promote spouse camarderie or friend and a sister wife. just a place to vent while offering free I think we all have a sister wife in child care and snacks!  Find a good ice one way or another. Nothing extreme breaker and start mingling! or anything, she’s just that supportive Questions or comments? Email us at shoulder to lean that you click very Military Press at keepinformed@milieasily with without hurtful drama;! You can also follow my like a sister. Sometimes it can be just blog @ http://therealhousewivesoftheone sister wife and sometimes it’s a fluid cluster with wives coming and going as the Marine Corps sees fit. This Marine wife can relate to your plight more so than civilians and even your own family sometimes. So you see “Grossology: The (Impolite) Scishe’s more than just a typical friend, ence of the Human Body” returns by she’s a sister wife. popular demand to the Reuben H. Friends are great and everyone Fleet Science Center, May 26 to Januhas lots of them; whether they are ary 1, 2013. acquaintance friends, high school This exhibition uses sophisticated friends, Facebook friends, Twitter fol- animatronics and imaginative exhiblower friends, work friends or neighbor friends. One of these type friends might say hello and ask a rhetorical question expecting an empty answer. You and this friend don’t really have much in common but you are cordial. But a sister wife would know if something is up with you. She tries to pull you out of a funk when the guys leave for training and stops by for coffee to cheer you up every morning. A friend would ask to stop by chit-chat and leave, while a sister wife knows your schedule so she drops by and doesn’t have to but will (after coffee of course) help you clean your house before the hubs gets home from out of town just because she knows you’re trying to do 1 million other things. The saying, “It takes a village…,” applies here especially if you have kids because when you’re on the verge of emotional breakdown a sister wife will take your kids for the evening so you can run a warm bubble bath and relax before biting everyone’s heads off. Having a sister wife will give you an excuse to visit your friend in Hawaii when you have to PCS to Arizona. All of us are in this Marine Corps thing for a few years give or take two or ten, so there’s apprehension of getting close to folks you know you’ll move away from Like the Marines, though, your support system is only as strong as those standing right beside you. Ladies, being the only one in your support system is lonely and you’ll need a lifeline every now and then, even if it’s just to vent. Regardless of the wife drama stigma out there, please mix and mingle with some remarkable new lifelong Steel Magnolia sister wives. Meeting Sister Wives: When you’re going to an MCCS class, a Beach Bash on base, the weekly ‘Coffee with the FRO’ and other unit spouses, the Marine Corps Ball, dining in, or participating in Jane Wayne day say hello

By Ann M. Simmons. Los Angeles Times It’s all about “mitzvah,” said Bea Abrams Cohen as she sought to explain one possible secret to her longevity. The meanings of the Hebrew word include an act of human kindness or a good deed. That’s what Cohen, age 102, has spent a lifetime doing. The chatty centenarian served her country during World War II and has worked for more than seven decades supporting the U.S. military and philanthropic organizations. A resident of Westchester, Cohen is believed to be California’s oldest female veteran, according to the California Department of Veterans Affairs. She was recently recognized at a state Capitol celebration during Women’s Military History Week honoring the achievements of women in the armed forces. “I don’t want anyone to ever forget our veterans,” Cohen said. “They are our heroes.” For complete article, visit

Bea Abrams Cohen, who immigrated to the U.S. in 1920 and lives in Westchester, did Rosie the Riveter-style work during World War II before enlisting in the Army.

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Military News 9,000 Marines to be Relocated from Okinawa

Canine Companions Expand Wounded Vet Initiative

The nonprofit Canine Companions for Independence places service dogs in the homes of those with disabilities and is now reaching out to members of the military. The organization’s wounded veteran initiative has placed companion dogs in the homes of disabled service members and is making a push to place even more. For more info on this program, visit

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About 9,000 Marines stationed on the Japanese island of Okinawa will be moved to Guam and other locations in the Asia-Pacific theater, including Hawaii, under a U.S.-Japan agreement announced recently. The move is part of a broader arrangement designed to tamp down tensions in the U.S.-Japan defense alliance stemming in part from opposition in Okinawa to what many view as a burdensome U.S. military presence. About 10,000 Marines will remain on Okinawa. There is also a substantial Air Force presence on the island.

True Comic Book Heroes

A new comic book series in stores nationwide showcases real heroes — military men and women — and their stories. From the cold of Valley Forge to the burning tem-

peratures of the deserts of the Middle East, each story tells of soldiers’ exploits in defending freedom and making the world a safer place. The Army is the featured branch so far, with other branches being written later this fall. For more info, visit www.

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In response to severe budget cuts affecting thousands of local college students, the university will offer local and online college students a discounted tuition voucher for the special summer session, which is good for $250 off one course, or $500 off any two. Session dates: June 4 to July 29. For more info, visit

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Pets for Military

Orange County Animal Care and Animals for Armed Forces are providing free adoptions on Saturday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 561 The City Drive in Orange. Adoption discount is available to current, former/ retired and/or immediately family of members of the armed services. Bring military ID, DD-214 if applicable, driver’s license, and copy of NGB Form 22 if National Guard. Call 714-916-5400 for more info.

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Come out to the Pacific Views Event Center aboard Camp Pendleton on Friday, May 18 from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. for Pendleton’s Roadhouse Country Fest. Ladies free entry all night. Learn line dancing skills with lessons from 8 to 9 p.m. Live performance by Kelly Boyz and the Rough Riders. Full service bar with drink specials. General public welcome; bring drivers license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance to get on base. For more information, visit roadhouse.

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San Diego veterans and their families, active duty military and members of the public are invited to attend a Veterans Memorial Service at Miramar National Cemetery at 1 p.m., Sunday, May 27. It will be the first Memorial Day commemoration to be held at the cemetery since its opening. Guest speaker will be retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert L. Cardenas. The service will feature the Navy Band Southwest.

Fort Rosecrans Memorial Day Service

The traditional Memorial Service and Day of Remembrance is scheduled at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery at 1 a.m., Monday, May 28. The featured speaker will be Lt. Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, CG o the 1st MEF and Commander, U.S. MCFCC. The event is open to the public. For more information, visit

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Archery has been used in warfare for centuries but now archery is the new cool theme for birthday parties. Birthday parties? Yes, thanks to the archer Katniss Everdeen, the heroine in “The Hunger Games” movies and books, archery has become popular. Having a birthday party at an archery store is the newest trend. Forget

Chuck E. Cheese birthday parties – archery parties are for all ages and especially for military men and women. Pre-teen and teen girls (and boys) newly acquainted with the art of archery are flocking to archery stores and ranges to learn how to shoot an arrow. Aside from where to have your next birthday party for any age, movie archers Katniss, and Hawkeye from the new “The Avengers” movie, are introducing archery to a whole new generation — one that did not learn archery in Boy or Girl Scout camps.

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a credible manner. Nationally, archers will soon be competing for a spot on the Olympic archery team in preparation for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. They are true blue human archers. Locally, an archery shop in Miramar, Performance Archery, is a beginning archer’s dream with archery equipment and lessons in the same facility. Scott Jones, of Performance Archery, notes, “… a large number of people have come in during the last couple of weeks after seeing

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the movie or reading the book.” Another clerk at the store claimed that a gentleman had recently purchased a bow and arrow and headed to the Amazon (shooting pythons comes to mind with that trip). A bow fisher with a survivalist mindset undoubtedly. The Bow N Arrow Shop in Lakeside, the Balboa Park Archery Range, and other archery stores and ranges can be researched online to find equipment, lessons, prices, and other particulars of field archery that suit you and your. According to Bruce Marshall of the Bow N Arrow Shop, for any archer to hunt the basics required are a hunting license, a tag for the specific species you want to hunt for, and finally… public land to hunt on.” San Diego County resident Amy Jesperson had parents that planned a family trip bow hunting jaguars in Venezuela, until other plans derailed this family vacation. Certainly this would have been a family outing requiring more bravery than the amusement rides at Magic Mountain. If you are considering trick-shot archery try practicing in your backyard. Buy a bushel of apples to start on. Go archery! Katniss and Hawkeye have brought the sport alive again. Shouldn’t Katniss and Hawkeye be on the Olympic Archery team?

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CBMU 303 Mentorship Riders visiting Barona Speedway in Lakeside, CA. Photo by CMCN Royce Roberson By CM1 Jason R. Poole, CBMU 303 Public Affairs Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit Three Zero Three (CBMU 303) recently conducted its second quarterly command motorcycle safety ride since the program’s inception. The ride, which took place throughout San Diego County, is intended to raise awareness of safety protocols and minimize risk while enhancing riding abilities and promoting safe operation of two-wheeled vehicles. The rides are required components of the Navy’s Motorcycle Safety and Mentorship Program and were established by CBMU 303 in August 2011. These critical training rides not only raise awareness and minimize risk, but they also serve to improve rider morale and emphasize positive behavior while operating two-wheeled vehicles. So, when all the paperwork completed and training current for all members, Construction Mechanic 1st Class (SCW/EXW) Jason Poole led a group of on-road riders on a six-hour safety ride throughout San Diego County. On the same day, and as an extension to the command’s motorcycle safety program, Construction Mechanic Chief (SCW) Ian Youngs led a small group of off-road riders on a safety ride of their own. The offroad group started in Lakeside, where they met up and convoyed to the Plaster City Off-Highway Vehicle Area (OHV). The OHV area provided ample opportunities to test individual riding skills over a variety of terrain. The onroad motorcycle group started their ride from Naval Base San Diego 32nd Street. From there, they rode east to Lakeside and visited the Barona Speedway. CM1 Poole notated that it can provide a place for riders and drivers to safely and legally drag race. His intent was to discourage Illegal Street racing by demonstrating that there are alternate and safe options. They, then, continued their ride northward to Julian. While refueling in Julian, CM1 Poole took the opportunity to talk about proper riding techniques

and touched on the subject of proper riding gear in different weather conditions. Onward they rode southbound into Campo and finally reached their destination back at the base. These rides were coordinated to utilize skilled and experienced riders to demonstrate safe motorcycle and off-road vehicle operations to junior riders. Riders were able to get hands on training about lane sharing, riding around curves, and traffic safety. Not only were these rides for training benefits, but they were also organized to place a positive image of the command’s motorcyclists to the local populace. A clear message that CBMU 303’s Motorcycle Safety and Mentorship Program delivers to its riders is: “You are an irreplaceable defender of the freedoms we enjoy in this country. To your friends and family you are absolutely unique and priceless. Therefore, we are offering you an opportunity to pledge your commitment to safely operate your motorcycle and other vehicles in every situation, watch out for your fellow riders, and come back alive.”

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Pakistan’s Village of Illegal Guns Afghanistan and Pakistan are both economically depressed, with a per capita GDP of roughly $3,500 and $1,000 respectively. Yet both of these nations have many well-armed men, at least relative to the typical Westerner. With money tight, infrastructure rare, and even literacy often lacking, where do the guns come from? The answer: a small town called Darra Adam Khel. Located in Pakistan south of Peshawar and near the Afghan border, Darra Adam Khel (or simply Darra, for short) is, as the Washington Post described it in a headline, “like the Wild, Wild West — plus AlQaeda.” The town is in one of a half-dozen frontier regions which are considered “Federally Administered Tribal Areas,” or “FATAs.” FATAs are exempt from many of the laws passed by the Pakistani government. Instead, Darra is administered by the Frontier Crimes Regulations, which, in turn, gives individual tribes in each area the power and responsibility to govern its people, and with wide discretion. In practice, this means that the town of Darra is outside the purview of Pakistan proper — and its people take advantage of this. There is only one main road in Darra and it is filled, on either side, with ramshackle stores. The stores sell guns of all makes and sizes. But these weapons aren’t imported by some shady arms dealer; they didn’t fall off the back of the proverbial truck; and they aren’t procured via some conspiracy theorist’s delusions of a classified CIA program to arm insurgents. Rather, the Darra people make them. Using only “hand tools and a small drill press”

known but believed to be in the ballpark of 50,000. An absurd number of them are involved in the gun trade — Atlas Obscura reports that 75% of the male population work in the “industry.” They aren’t all gun manufacturers, though. Some are the shopkeepers themselves, charged with brokering deals and collecting payments. Others act as try-before-youbuy salesmen; they run shooting ranges situated on top of the shops. And finally, some make sure tourists stay out of the area — outsiders are typically unwelcome — confiscating anything purchased by someone unauthorized by the tribes. The town is often discussed as one of the most dangerous places in the world, and, given its product line and clientele — often, extremists aligned with al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or similar groups — the description seems apt.

per Wikipedia, men in Darra create illegal replicas of firearms all day, every day. The gun-making skills are passed down from generation to generation, treated like any craftsman’s trade. The variety of weapon is virtually limitless, stretching from hand guns and pen pistols to rifles and even grenade launchers. In spite of this informal education and their relative primitive tools, these weaponsmiths can recreate a gun that they have never seen before, typically in under a few weeks. And in most cases, the replicas come out as nearly perfect copies. The number of people living in Darra is un-

Bonus fact: The name “Pakistan” comes from

a 1933 pamphlet titled “Now or Never,” written by Choudhary Rahmat Ali, an activist who wanted to create a Muslim homeland in South Asia. It is an acronym, per the pamphlet, for “the five Northern parts of India” which were heavily comprised of Muslims: Punjab, the Afghan Province, Kashmir, Sind, and Baluchistan. The original text called the envisioned country “Pakstan;” the “i” was added later in order to make the name linguistically correct.

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A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the four pups and set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard.As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a little boy. “Mister,” he said, “I want to buy one of your puppies.” “Well,” said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat off the back of his neck, “These puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money.” The boy dropped his head for moment. Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer. “I’ve got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?” “Sure,” said the farmer. And with that he let out a whistle. “Here, Dolly!” he called. Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran Dolly followed by four little balls of fur. The little boy pressed his face against the chain link fence. His eyes danced with delight. As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse. Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up... “I want that one,” the little boy said, pointing to the runt. The farmer knelt down at the boy’s side and said, “Son, you don’t want that puppy. He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would.” With that the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers. In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe. Looking back up at the farmer, he said, “You see sir, I don’t run too well myself, and he will need someone who understands.” With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and picked up the little pup. Holding it carefully he handed it to the little boy. “How much?” asked the little boy... “No charge,” answered the farmer, “There’ s no charge for love.” The world is full of people who need someone who understands.











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Movie Feature By Movie Maven, Jeri Jacquin


It takes guts, determination and the belief that nothing takes our planet FINAL WORD: Kitsch once again puts in a blockbuster type performance as the misunderstood hero. In the two hours the film offers up, Kitsch has a chance to bring his character full circle. The film could have easily been all about him but it wasn’t and he shares the story and screen with the cast. Rihanna is a tough cookie and doesn’t back down from the fight. She gives up the glitz and glitter for a toned down look being just one of the guys. Plemons is adorable, funny and yet still manages to show courage even in the face of fear. Asano as Captain Nagata plays of Kitsch very well and from the beginning you see where his character will go. Skarsgard puts in his moments as well – watching out for a baby brother isn’t an easy job. Neeson makes a good Admiral, especially watching his interaction with Kitsch and Decker who plays his daughter. Decker also gets a chance to be a little bit of a heroine along with a pretty cool retired Army soldier.

The Military Press talks with Director Peter Berg and some of the cast: Director Peter Berg has always had a passion and took time to research the U.S. Navy for this script. He says, “BATTLESHIP is a passion of mind because, as a kid, I spent so much time on ships, absorbing detailed histories about the great battles of World War II from my father. When this fell into my lap, it didn’t take me long to find a take for the film – a contemporary story of an international fleet engaged in a very dynamic, violent and intense

fight that’s chock-full of action-packed sea battles with big hardware and conflict. You can go anywhere in the world and say “Battleship”, and people know it. In today’s market, that’s a big plus for turning a brand into a film”. The brand he speaks of is HASBRO, one of the world’s premier toy manufacturers. The company is focusing on “Battleship” as its first game to screen film. CEO Goldner says, “BATTLESHIP is a global brand that has enjoyed nearly 40 years of success in 30 countries. People know how to play the game and understand its face-off nature. We knew we could take its compelling elements and play them out in a reimagined manner.” Being part of the culture the strategy is learn where your enemy has put his ships so the opponent knows where to strike next leading to a victory. The modern counterpart of the battleship is the destroyer and it was prominent in World War II and was in use until the first Iraq War in 1991. “Battleships were defined by their power and muscle and built to take on shrapnel. They were giant ships with giant guns and thick hulls that had extraordinary power. They are the protectors of the fleet. They are like Secret Service agents. If an enemy fires, they step in front of the carrier and take the shell. There is something extraordinarily heroic about being the first dog in the fight,” says Sarah Aubrey, production partner in Film 44. “Destroyers are magnificent pieces of machinery, run by incredibly smart and brave people. We thought it would be a great opportunity to showcase them within the context of this game that people have such an affinity for. We take you inside of these massive oceangoing beasts. You will see their weapons, missiles, all of their power. In our story, they’re the underdog. So

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we introduce this mighty Navy fleet steaming out to sea, unlike anything we’ve experienced before”. Getting the cast in shape to take on their military roles, Berg worked with multiple consultants to help get the m in shape. Gunner’s Mate Jacqueline Carrizosa trained star Rihanna for her role. “A lot of the training on set had to do with how to hold the weapon the correct way”, Rihanna says, “I had to learn about these weapons and I enjoyed that because I didn’t want to look like an actor with a gun just shooting off into no where!” During production, Carrizo, a rank of E-5, which is petty officer second class, says, “I deal with everything from basic 9mm handguns and .50 cal weapons to torpedoes, magazine sprinkler systems, missiles, VLS [vertical launching systems] and such.” Berg was careful to make sure every aspect of the U.S. Navy was portrayed as accurately as possible; Capt. Rick Hoffman was brought on as a technical advisor. Every detail was taken into account from the dialogue, uniforms, and haircuts. Capt. Hoffman commanded two warships in his 28-year career so his information was invaluable. “When I was first interviews for this position, Peter Berg told me that in a movie this fantastic, the real part has to be very real. He

wanted to use active-duty sailors, preferably serving aboard ships now, in as many scenes as possible. We wanted to make sure the actors came across in a compelling and convincing manner”. Filming in Hawaii was crucial in the project. There was also another reason for choosing that historical site. “We set our story at Pearl Harbor so we could honor these historical references. We also cast actual World War II Navy veterans, and we brought back the iconic World War II battleship MISSOURI and gave it a key role.” The difference this time is that the American and Japanese sailors come together to fight an enemy and it becomes a powerful visual in the production. Also called the “Mighty Mo”, the MISSOURI is an Iowa-class battleship and the last vessel ever built by the U.S. Navy named for the home state of President Harry S. Truman. Decommissioned in 1992, the MISSOURI has been donated to the nonprofit USS Missouri Memorial Association in Honolulu where she sits today as a museum. Her presence in Pearl Harbor is considered a fitting place for the Mighty Mo. The alien enemy has brought their own big guns as well as Industrial Light & Magic supervisor Grady Cofer and Pablo Helman needed to make that happen. “We took great pains to construct the aliens so that they were similar to us,” Aubrey says, “Certainly they’re going to look very different, but the idea was that we live in parallel worlds, something astronomers call a ‘Goldilocks planet’. The creators wanted to make sure the aliens had distinctive personalities so they audience could tell them apart. “We also created some cool weaponry that the aliens use. One is called a shredder, which has an intelligence system and is programmed to destroy whatever is in its path.” Describing it as about nine feet long it is a sphere that shreds. It’s huge and has all kinds of gears and thing that cut through metal and cement”. Other cast include: Peter MacNicol as Secretary of Defense, Hamish Linklater as Cal Zapata, Gregory D. Gadson at Lt. Canales, Jerry Ferrara as Sampson Strodell, Adam Godley as Dr. Nogrady and Rico McClinton as Captain Browley. TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Battleship” four tubs of popcorn out of five. I’m not going to shy away in saying that there are some corny lines and some extremely cheesy moments. Its all about bigger, badder and louder and Berg seems to have enjoyed making sure there is more than enough of just that. That being said the audience responded with extreme applause any time the military was called into play. There is something about watching our military take on even alien bad guys that gets a crowd to its feel applauding. Also, the veterans of the U.S.S. Missouri really touched many in the audience as well as the salute to the U.S. Army. In the end – the battle for earth begins at sea!

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By Liz Smith

“I couldn’t stand that my husband was being unfaithful. I am Raquel Welch — understand?” That was Miss Welch, way back when she had more illusions about men and her own image. She’s much happier now. She’s single. Word has wriggled out of L.A. that Raquel has met with the creators of TV’s big hit “Modern Family.” She is being wooed to make a few appearances as Sofia Vergara’s mother. Sofia’s hot, sexy mother, needless to say. Raquel is open to the idea, especially as it would offer her juicy comic opportunities as “Gloria Delgado’s” mama, her character would probably be just as high-octane as the daughter. Cool as a cucumber one minute and flying off the handle the next. The producers of “Modern Family” are said to be “gaga” over the possibility of Raquel appearing. Especially after her recent stint on “CSI: Miami,” where she blotted out every other character with her ageless charisma. (Raquel has reversed the usual stellar process. She looks more like a movie star now than she did back in the old “Myra Breckenridge”/”Kansas City Bomber” days.) Oh yes, Sofia Vergara idolizes Welch. That helps.

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Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt to Relationship Rehab: Pass! Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt turning down a reality show? What is the world coming to. Relationship Rehab (VH1’s new Celebrity Rehab spinoff) producers recently approached Speidi to work out their issues on the show, and the gruesome twosome flat-out rejected their offer for a simple reason: They’re doing well and weren’t willing to pretend otherwise. We know, it really doesn’t compute. Photos and Spencer and Heidi from this year. They’re still around! The couple is said to have been initially intrigued by the show, thinking Relationship Rehab was actually about working out together, a la Biggest Loser. They had no idea it was for couples with real issues, and while they certainly have had some — they’re broke now, for one — things are good nowadays. So they passed, which is great. For them, but mostly for us. Spencer BLASTS Virgin Mobile — ‘Sparah’ Is a Rip-Off! Spencer Pratt is furious at Virgin Mobile — telling TMZ, the cell company’s new celeb couple spoof “Sparah” is blatantly copying Speidi ... and now he wants Virgin to start paying up for using his likeness. If you haven’t seen the commercials ... Virgin Mobile’s new ad campaign is built entirely around a fake Hollywood couple called “Sparah” — a mashup of the names Spencer and Sarah — and Pratt is pissed he and Heidi have become the target of a national joke ... with no paycheck to show for it. According to Spencer, Speidi’s getting ripped off — telling us, “They should being paying for using our likeness. It’s obvious they are trying to be us.” Pratt doesn’t stop there — adding, he and Heidi “hate” Sparah ... “It’s nuts how much [Virgin is] promoting them, when they are obviously copying us.” Attempts to reach Virgin’s celeb couple were unsuccessful — but we’re guessing ... “Sparah has no comment.” For advertising information, call (858) 537-2280

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‘The Avengers’ By Liz Smith

“Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.


o, I decided last weekend to not be timid and take myself right to the head of the line to see “The Avengers,” because if I read one more word about it I’d be surfeited and might never see this phenomenon of the box office with its historic $200 million-plus opening. Fortunately, I went to see it at a Connecticut mall where there were no crowds and the only thing unusual were the avid young parents who had brought all their climbing, inattentive and noisemaking toddlers with them. It didn’t matter. Events on the screen blew away any noise these rioting kids might be making as the movie boasts its own super noise, crash, bam, wow factor. Juggling my own far-distance glasses, and the darkened 3-D ones over them, was also disconcerting. But in the end I just loved “The Avengers.” I had never before seen the Black Widow, Captain America or Thor and I had only seen part of Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man. So I required a few updates from my younger companions. It was worth it! “The Avengers” is somewhat inexplicable, if you haven’t been following Marvel Comics’ many superheroes. The plot revolves around an effort to control an energy source called Tesseract and the heroes of civilization are called together to battle the trickster villain Loki, amused at his own daring. He’s a god of Norse mythology now opposed by all good men, including his brother god Thor. Thor himself is a sexy thing who is the only one strong enough to lift his own hammer and he speaks with an Australian accent. The rest of our heroes are mere mortals who have been made superhuman by one thing or another, usually a nuclear accident. My favorite among the gang was, of course, the one I knew best — the incredible Hulk of TV, played to clothes-busting perfection by Mark Ruffalo. (It is dangerous to even have him on your side, but effective in the long run. Ruffalo makes his human self all too charming and interesting as he fights not to become the Hulk!) HERDING them all together as the boss of things is superhero Fury, played with understated rage by the great Samuel L. Jackson. (You wouldn’t want him on the other side either! You can’t ever forget his casual murders in “Pulp Fiction.”) And the Iron Man of Hollywood these days is Robert Downey Jr. who, even in a metal mask, exudes sex appeal, sarcasm and wit. (The real-life Downey is an inspiration to substance abusers the world over; if he can lick it, go to jail for it and then become a catnip-to-females Iron Man, you can too.) What else can I say? Scarlett Johansson and her stunt doubles just about dominate this movie and she is not only liplicking sexy but she can’t quell the very good actor underneath all that sizzle. Just great!

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Captain America’s 1940s hero is played with fine-honed perfection by Chris Evans who knows how to be stuffy and World War II out-of-date. The shape-shifting villain of all this, Loki, is played by Tom Hiddleston and he is up to all these super-humans as one wicked force. I was particularly disturbed by the end of the movie because Loki, not realizing of course that I, of all people, live right here in midtown Manhattan’s Murray Hill, sets this part of New York City ablaze and tears it apart, destroying everything from the old Pan Am building to 39th Street. The latter seems to be a boundary of the end of the world as we know it. I guess Loki didn’t realize I was living serenely here on 38th Street just over from Park Avenue and I’d get all the fallout.

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Trivia This film recreates the famous Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima scene as known famously from an historic photograph which was taken on the 23rd February, 1945, by Joe Rosenthal. The three surviving flag raisers make a cameo appearance during this scene in the film. These three men who were part of the flag raising and survived the battle for Iwo Jima, appear in this scene only. Rene A. Gagnon, Ira H. Hayes and John H. Bradley are seen with with John Wayne as he instructs them to hoist the flag (Wayne gives the folded flag to Gagnon). The flag used to recreate the incident is the actual flag that was raised on Mount Suribachi on February 23, 1945. It was loaned to the movie by the U.S. Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Virginia. (Other films which would later depict the flag-raising on Iwo Jima include The Outsider and Flags of Our Fathers.)

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And ... PALM BEACH COUNTY: So nice, we let you vote twice. PALM BEACH COUNTY: We put the “duh” in Florida. The LAPD, The FBI, and the CIA are all trying to prove that they are the best at apprehending criminals. The President decides to give them a test. He releases a rabbit into a forest and each of them has to catch it. First the CIA goes in. They place animal informants throughout the forest. They question all plant and mineral witnesses. After three months of extensive investigations they conclude that rabbits do not exist. Next the FBI goes in. After two weeks with no leads they burn the forest, killing everything in it, including the rabbit, and they make no apologies. The rabbit had it coming. Finally the LAPD goes in. They come out two hours later with a badly beaten bear. The bear is yelling: “Okay! Okay! I’m a rabbit! I’m a rabbit!”

This is the transcript of an actual radio conversation of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October, 1995.Radio conversation released by the Chief of Naval Operations on November 10, 1995. Americans: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision. Canadians: Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision. Americans: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course. Canadians: No. I say again, you divert YOUR course. Americans: THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS LINCOLN, THE SECOND LARGEST SHIP IN THE UNITED STATES’ ATLANTIC FLEET. WE ARE ACCOMPANIED BY THREE DESTROYERS, THREE CRUISERS, AND NUMEROUS SUPPORT VESSELS. I DEMAND THAT YOU CHANGE YOUR COURSE 15 DEGREES NORTH, THAT’S ONE FIVE DEGREES NORTH, OR COUNTERMEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP. Canadians: This is a lighthouse. Your call.

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Commentary & Opinion


By Richard Matz


ver the past few months the present administration has recommended downsizing our military! The administration has proposed to eliminate a minimum of 12,000 to 16,000 men and women. These men and women have a minimum of 4 to 12 years dedicated service to their country. Many of them have been in the war zone in Iraq Pakistan or Afghanistan. They have been informed not only will they lose their jobs but there will be significant cuts in their benefits. During Ronald Reagan’s administration the military had received

substantial pay and benefit increases so there would be parity in the military with the civilian workforce. Ronald Reagan said it didn’t make sense to train a man or woman, at the cost of $200,000 per person, just to lose them to civilian jobs that paid twice as much as the military. That was over 25 years ago and the cost to train these people today would be well over a half million dollars not to mention the pay they have received in salary, benefits and training from 4 to 12 years. The Military press has written articles in this publication about the money given each year to illegal immigrants. They receive $1000.00 per child just by falsifying IRS paperwork to the tune of

The Marine Corps And the Army

$4 billion per year. The IRS has admitted that the $4 billion dollars is an actual fact and the reason given by the IRS... not to stop this is... they cannot be prejudice to illegal aliens! Now the way the government can save billions of dollars is to take the military men and women and the $4 billion and build military installations along our porous Mexican border. Put these dedicated men and women to work and protect the United States as they have done in the past years! The Military Press promises we will do everything in our power to show all politicians how they can use this idea. They can truly show how much they love and respect our Military

and Country by using this common sense idea! The Military Press newsmagazines and anyone with an ounce of sense knows that this is a bipartisan, common sense solution to the loss of jobs and border protection for the United States of America. Please do not use this idea as a political football or rule it out because it makes our country safe from the dope and gun traffickers coming and leaving our borders! If you would like to make comments about this article please email me Richard Matz... publisher of the Military Press at...

social security thieves debt limit by $2.1 trillion to $16.4 trillion, requires corresponding paring of the federal deficit. Immigration relates to federal expenditures and budgetary matters in ways that many lawmakers do not recognize. This Memorandum examines briefly how immigration relates to fedBy James R. Edwards Jr. eral spending. This Memorandum finds: ames R. Edwards, Jr., Ph.D., is a Most of Washington’s budget deFellow with the Center for Immigration Studies and coauthor of bate has centered on discretionary The Congressional Politics of Immi- spending rather than the 60 percent of federal spending that is mandatory gration Reform. Washington is consumed with and includes Medicare, Medicaid, and budget politics, connected with the Social Security. The share of the population that increase in the federal debt ceiling enacted in August 2011. The Budget qualifies for entitlement programs Control Act, which raised the national such as Medicare now is, and into the 36 May 15, 15, 2012 2012 THE THE MILITARY MILITARY PRESS PRESS 36 May

The Golden Years? Deficit Reduction and Immigration


next half-century and longer will be even more, comprised by a burgeoning proportion of immigrants. A steadily growing share of mandatory spending will go to an immigrant elderly population, whose lifetime earnings will have lagged their native-born counterparts. Yet the progressive nature of those programs may result in an overall better deal for immigrants than native-born taxpayers, potentially placing a greater drain on the U.S. treasury. First, this Memorandum briefly describes the federal budget picture. Next, it considers entitlement programs, then how immigration affects federal entitlements. Finally, it draws conclusions and suggests immigration

changes that would help lower federal fiscal obligations over the middle- and long-term.

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cost of illegal immigration Immigrant Gains and Native Losses in the U.S. Job Market, 2000 to 2010 By Steven A. Camarota Director of Research Center for Immigration Studies


espite an abysmal jobs picture, Census Bureau data collected in 2010 show that the decade just completed may have been the highest for immigration in our nation’s history, with more than 13 million new immigrants (legal and illegal) arriving. What happened during the last decade in terms of employment of native-born Americans is astounding. Even though native-born Americans accounted for the overwhelming majority of growth in the adult working-age population (18 to 65), all of the net gain in employment went to immigrants. Something like that might not be too surprising over a short period like a quarter or even a year. But it is remarkable that over a 10-year period (2000 to 2010) all the net increase in jobs went to immigrants. In 2008 and 2009, 2.4 million new immigrants (legal and illegal) settled in the United States, even though 8.2 million jobs were lost over the same period.1

Immigrants come to America for many reasons. As a result, the overall level of new immigration can remain high even in the face of massive job losses. Immigrants accounted for just 34 percent of the

growth in the working-age population (18 to 65) between 2000 and 2010, but 100 percent of the net increase in jobs went to immigrants during the entire decade. The growth in the native-born working-age population, coupled with their decline in the number working, created a dramatic decline in share of natives holding a job during the decades — from 76 percent in 2000 to 69 percent in 2010. While the share of working-age natives holding jobs fell dramatically during the decade, the share of working-age immigrants holding jobs remained roughly constant at 70 percent. Less-educated natives have been especially hard hit. The share of working-age native-born high school dropouts holding a job fell from 52 percent in 2000 to 41 percent in 2010. For those natives with only a high school education, the share working fell from 74 percent to 65 percent. A significant share of the decline in work among natives is attributable to the current recession. However, the share of natives working was declining even before the current recession began. If past patterns hold, employment levels will recover for the native-born, but they will not return to pre-recession levels, while those of immigrants will. For the native employment rate to reach the 2000 level, it would require 12 million new jobs.

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some things just ain’t right No one has been able to explain to me why young men and women serve in the U.S. Military for 20 years, risking their lives protecting freedom, and only get 50% of their pay on retirement. While Politicians hold their political positions in the safe confines of the capital, protected by these same men and women, and receive full-pay retirement after serving. The Marine in the photograph is Lance Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, who was severely wounded by a thrown grenade in Afthanistan in 2010. The photo was taken in the South Carolina state Senate chamber in March 2011, where Sen. Jake Kotts presented a proclamation honoring Lance Cpl. Carpenter. The woman in the background is Kyle’s mother, Robin Carpenter. For advertising advertising information, information, call call (858) (858) 537-2280 537-2280 For

I think all politicians should declare before they run for public office a dirty laundry list! This list would eliminate all other candidates and parties both pro and con from using the misdeeds that the candidate has created throughout his or her lifetime. When you think about it, if you listed all the skeletons in your closet or at least most of them, then they could not be used as a weapon to destroy you or someone’s campaign. Once you make transparent the dastardly deeds you’ve committed over your lifetime, and I’m sure we all have many it humanizes you and makes everyone feel comfortable about you. Who does not have skeletons in their closets? As the saying goes “ let yea with out sin cast the first stone”! On the other hand if one carries too much baggage and the misdeeds are either to severe or too numerous then you must be a fool to think that the list won’t sink your boat There might be numerous candidates that would make excellent politicians but they might feel their past would doom them ! One of the biggest problems that candidates must face is the media and all the dirt and trash they can dig up on anyone! Even if candidates are in the same party the infighting and mudslinging makes them prey for the opposition. So where do we go from here? Usually if the answer makes sense it won’t make money for those whose only purpose is to advance themselves, friends, or lobbyist! Where have all the patriotic and honest men who run for office disappeared too? There’s a simple answer for this question as well… it’s called big Money and Greed. There’s no place in politics for an honest individual that puts his country before the dollar signs! In the last 3 terms of office I have heard more complaints and dissatisfaction from the 50% of taxpayers who no longer are represented by either party. We must wake up and find a solution to this horrendous problem before the greatest country in the world falters and is no longer controlled (Of the People… By the People… and For the People) If you would like to make comments about this article please e-mail me Richard Matz... publisher of the Military Press at... rmatz@

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“A president either is constantly on top of events or, if he hesitates, events will soon be on top of him. I never felt that I could let up for a moment.” – Harry S. Truman

Events • 6.75 Richter scale earthquake in Ecuador kills 6,000 and destroys 50 towns • Soviet

1949 Woody • Berlin Airlift officially comes to an end on May 12th • The Communist People’s Republic of China is proclaimed under Mao Tse Tung. • Republic of China / Taiwan on the island of Formosa comes into being following

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Union tests its first atomic bomb • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) established • Federal Republic of Germany officially founded • Indonesia gains its independence from Netherlands

the defeat by Mao Tse Tung • The Geneva Convention is agreed providing an agreement on the treat-

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ment of prisoners • RCA perfects a system for broadcasting color television • First Polaroid camera sold for $89.95 • President Harry S. Truman authorizes $16 million in aid for Palestinian refugees • The Emmy Awards first presented • First Volkswagen Beetle sold in the U.S. • The first car with a Porsche badge is shown at the International Automobile Show in Geneva (Porsche 356) • De-Havilland Comet. first commercial passenger jet airliner, test flight • Apartheid made official policy of National party in South Africa

• Newfoundland joins Canada Confederation • NBA comes into being

Technology • The first automatic street lights are installed in New Milford, Connecticut • 45 rpm record introduced • The world’s first commercially available computer, “The Ferranti Mark 1” is released

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“. . . if I had it to do over again, there is one thing I would change. I would make it (success) happen maybe ten years sooner. Ten years is a good stretch of scuffling. But I scuffled for 17 years before it happened and 17 is a bit much.” – Frankie Laine 38 May 15, 2012 THE MILITARY PRESS

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Cost of living Average cost of new house $7,450 1949 Oldsmobile Average wages per year $2,950 Cost of a gallon of gas 17 cents Average cost of a new car $1,420 Minimum hourly wage 70 cents per hour Bacon per pound 50 cents Kitchen table and chairs $100

Popular Culture • George Orwell’s book “1984” is published • 45 rpm discs are introduced • “A Your Adorable” by Perry Como • “Mule Train” by Frankie Laine

• Twelve O’Clock High • Frank Sinatra stars in “On The Town” with Gene Kelly • Rodgers and Hammerstein debut the musical “South Pacific” on Broadway

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Test Drive 2012 Cadillac escalade awd Collector Car Corner By Greg Zyla Hi Greg, I enjoy reading your column as I have been a car nut for over 40 years. What can you tell me about a 1968 Ford XL GT? My dad had one when I was 14 and I still remember it well. His was a black convertible with a gold “laser stripe” down the sides, white power top, white interior with bucket seats and a console shifted C-6 automatic transmission. It also had magstyle hubcaps and every option imaginable for the time. It even had air conditioning, which we thought was silly since it was a convertible! It had a 428 4-barrel with dual exhaust and posi-traction rear end. After it was gone, Dad always said “I should have kept that car, I have a feeling it was something special.” Thanks, Steve, Knoxville, IL. A: Steve, your dad was right! Of the 11,832 Galaxie convertibles produced in 1968, only 316 were XL GT’s with the 428 Thunderbird (Cobra Jet style) engine that produced an advertised 345 horsepower. Furthermore, your dad’s car was finished in what today is “most desirable” colors, specifically a black exterior with the white top and white interior. It must have been quite a car to ride in and look at back then. As for the options, even the air conditioning would be a plus today on the Mecum or Barrett-Jackson auction shows, as would al the other goodies your dad had in your XL GT. Because only 316 were ever built, it’s a tough car to find these days in tip top shape. As for competition, back in 1968 Chevy had a fullsize 427 SS Impala that was one of the hot tickets on the street scene. Thus, for those who wanted more room than a Chevelle or Mustang, it was either an SS427 or a Galaxie XL GT 428. Ford’s XL GT came in both convertible and fastback editions; although Chevy probably promoted its full size muscle car a little better than Ford did back then, as Ford also had a Torino GT that was a real hot ticket for performance buffs, too. Still, there’s no taking away anything from Ford as to the importance of the XL GT to today’s performance enthusiasts and collectors. In summary, I’ll bet when dad dropped you off at a school event, park or wherever, you were the envy of the crew. Thanks for your letter. (Greg Zyla writes weekly on collector cars and welcomes reader questions at 116 Main St., Towanda, Pa. 18840 or email him at

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Tony Pietrantonio takes a punch he’ll remember for a long time By Kevin Iole Lavarn Harvell (R) connects on Tony Pietrantonio (Photo By Tim Shaffer/Reuters) If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to get punched in the head — really hard — fortunately, you don’t have to climb into the ring and find out yourself. Photographer Tim Shaffer gives you a pretty good idea of what it is like with his photo of Lavarn Harvell’s knockout of Tony Pietrantonio in Atlantic City, N.J. recently. Fighting on the undercard of the HBO-televised Bernard HopkinsChad Dawson light heavyweight title fight, Harvell knocked out Pietrantonio in a bout that got scant attention. It was scary at the time, though, because when Pietrantonio went down, he slammed his head violently against the mat. He landed right in front of press row and his head hitting the mat was easily audible to reporters in the first several rows. Immediately, officials signaled for a stretcher to be brought in, but Pietrantonio was fine and left the ring under his own power a few minutes later. Shaffer’s incredible photo caught the moment of impact perfectly. If you wanted to know what it feels like, look at Shaffer’s picture. Pietrantonio’s entire face is distorted as Harvell’s punch lands squarely in the middle of his face. What’s scary is, the left hand that is cocked in the photo followed seconds later and Pietrantonio went down and out. The good news is that Pietrantonio is fine. Not only can you see the moment of impact in his picture, but you can almost feel it, too. Ouch!

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r.i.p. Junior Seau 1969-2012. By Brad Oremland

Junior Seau made the most Pro Bowls (12) of any linebacker in history. He was first-team all-pro six times. Seau was a starter on the 1990s All-Decade Team, but was so skilled and kept himself in such good condition that he played for another full decade afterwards, retiring after the 2009 season as the oldest LB in NFL history. He will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. But Seau himself won’t be present at his induction into Canton, because he died last week of a gunshot wound to the chest, apparently self-inflicted. Many athletes struggle with the transition away from playing — Seau had been a football player basically all his life, and it was surely a central part of his self-identity — but I don’t have anything to add to the speculation concerning a 43-yearold’s possible motivations for ending his own life. Many fans have been struck, however, by Seau’s shooting himself in the chest rather than the head. Former Chicago Bear Dave Duerson did the same thing last year, asking that his brain be used for research into chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) caused by his football career. Seau’s family has decided to donate his brain for similar research, and frankly it would be shocking at this point if there are no indications of CTE. He’s gone, now. Junior Seau was 43. We don’t know yet whether CTE played a role in Seau’s apparent personality shifts and depression. But we know we’ve lost a fine man too soon, and we know CTE is a problem that isn’t going away. Athletes are bigger and faster than ever, and modern playing surfaces accommodate greater speeds and stronger impact in collisions. The NFL is the most popular sports league in the United States, and among the visible worldwide. The Super Bowl is an international event. Seau’s death generated headlines abroad. Goodell and union head DeMaurice Smith have a unique opportunity to take a leadership role in defining how sports respond to CTE and protect their participants. We’ve made some positive changes, but not nearly enough.

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Beautiful Hillside Homes at Canyon Hills Available LAKE ELSINORE — The grand opening of LivingSmart® Homes Hillside at Canyon Hills in Lake Elsinore is slated for Saturday, May 26. This new neighborhood by Pardee Homes will offer home shoppers four floor plans with pricing from the high $100,000s. LivingSmart Homes Hillside will include both one- and twostory, single-family detached homes with three to four bedrooms, two to three baths and square footage ranging from approximately 1,296 to 2,256 square feet. All four floor plans will feature great room living, with welcoming front porches and two-bay garages. Both two story models will have a downstairs bedroom with a full bath. Plan 2 will include a den or fourth bedroom option. Grand opening activities will take place on May 26th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and include a cooking demonstration, refreshments, kid’s activities and a prize drawing for an Apple iPad.

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