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Volume 44 • Number 24 • December 15, 2019


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There are few films in the history of cinema that have been able to invoke the true spirit of Christmas the way that George Seaton’s Miracle on 34th Street has. Based on a story of the same name by Valentine Davies, the film premiered in New York City on June 4, 1947. By today’s standards, this may seem a bit early for a Christmas movie. But, as Kris Kringle (played perfectly by Edmund Gwenn) so eloquently points out, “Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind.” Gwenn, who was actually Santa in the 1946 Macy’s Day Parade, received high praise from fellow cast members. Maureen O’Hara (Doris) and Natalie Wood ( Susan ) at age 8 stated “By the time we were halfway through the shoot, we all believed Edmund really was Santa Claus. I’ve never seen an actor more naturally suited for a role.” There have been remakes and TV adaptations of the film, and in 1985 it became one of the first films to be colorized. However, for many, the original has always been colorful enough. The tale opens with the backside view of a man walking calmly through the bustling streets of NYC, as festive holiday music fills the air. When he turns around, it is clear that he bears a striking resemblance to a certain someone from the North Pole. As he goes on to claim he is the real Santa Claus, people are quick to label him mentally ill.

ism of Christmas. “The only important thing is to make the children happy”, he tells a mother before sending her to

In many ways, this is a thinking man’s Christmas movie. There isn’t an abundance of recognizable Christmas music in the movie (though Kringle can be heard humming “Jingle Bells” in the first scene). There aren’t pretty lights and decorations everywhere. We catch a glimpse of a miniature reindeer set in a storefront, as Kris instructs the owner how to properly line them up. We are also treated to a couple shots of the Macy’s Day Parade, including one scene involving a drunken mess of a Santa, which really bothers Kris Kringle. From that point on, the focus is on the true meaning of Christmas: hope and love. Kringle is bothered by the commercial-

approval, and you can see that exact look appear on his face. On the flip side, there is Doris Walker and her daughter Susan. Kringle refers to them as “lost souls”. One can’t help but feel sorry for Susan. She doesn’t believe in fairy tales. Not even Santa Claus. She is a proper, sophisticated, and pleasant adolescent. In some ways this is refreshing to see on screen. Unfortunately, in the midst of her maturity, she lacks an imagination (and what’s Christmas without a little imagination?). She isn’t just missing out on the magic of Christmas, she’s devoid of the carefree fun of being a child. Therefore, it’s an absolute joy to watch Susan’s transformation, as she slowly becomes

a competitor’s store. She is so appreciative she thanks the manager, and tells him she’ll be back. People love honesty. Alfred, a janitor who portrays Santa at the Y, explains to Kringle, “When I give packages to little kids, I like to watch their faces get that . . . that Christmas look all of a sudden. It makes me feel kind of good and important.” Kris nods in

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more childlike, thanks to Kringle’s cheerful lessons on pretending. Doris is understandably afraid of the

mental conflict that her daughter might go through. She worries that fairy tales can provide a false sense of reality and unreal expectations. While she has her child’s best interests at heart, there isn’t need for such wild concern. Many kids believe in Santa and they end up just fine. Kringle is institutionalized for standing up for what he believes in, and defending his friend Alfred. Sure, he also bopped the psychiatrist on the head with his cane, but one could argue he deserved that. This almost breaks Kringle’s spirit. Almost. He never loses his sense of humor or positive outlook again, once his trial starts. A “miracle” from the Post Office saves Kringle and declares him the one, true Santa Claus. But what ultimately saved him was other’s belief in him. A good portion of the movie revolves around the quest for truth. The idea of faith is also examined. The writer recognizes the value of both, and seems to be striving for a balance between the two. In the middle lies the beating heart of humanity. People demand concrete evidence, not just during Kringle’s trial, but outside of the courtroom as well. As the truth becomes harder to find, they slowly begin to rely on faith. As Fred Gailey notes, “It’s not just Kris that’s on trial, it’s everything he stands for.” Faith is pursued not just in the idea of believing there’s a Santa Claus, but in the idea of believing in people. Once that belief is displayed, that’s when the Christmas miracle happens. People feel better when you believe in them. Belief equals support. Support creates happiness. Happiness spreads like a snowstorm, and before you know it, Christmas is more than just a holiday; it’s a way of life.

PUBLISHER’S APOLOGY As publisher of the Military Press I must accept full responsibility for the egregious article published in our November 15 issue titled “The Russian Revolution of 1917.“ We had a cancellation of a half page advertisement one hour before the paper when on the presses. Without any thought an assistant to our editor pulled a story directly off the Internet and used it as fill in place of the half page ad. I was not notify nor had the opportunity to proof read the story. I was appalled when the story was called to my attention. The assistant said she thought the story was about Russian’s killing innocent people. This story was completely opposite of the way we think and feel at the newspaper. For those of you that have not read this story it was antiSemitic and used as a pretext for the murder of countless Jews across Eastern Europe by self proclaimed enemies of communism in Russia. And it still being used today to incite hatred against local Jews, including devout Christians who were persecuted also by anti-religious Soviet authorities. In closing, for forty five years we are and have been staunch supporters of all religions including the State of Israel and all of our Jewish friends and readers.



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The San Diego Padres landed outfielder Tommy Pham from the Tampa Bay Rays for Hunter Renfroe, the two clubs announced on Friday. The Padres also received two-way prospect Jake Cronenworth while the Rays got second base prospect Xavier Edwards and a player to be named. The deal helps solidify the Padres’ crowded outfield and address its longstanding on-base problems. Pham, 31, will fill in as the everyday left fielder and is under team control for the next two seasons. He hit .273 with and had a .369 on-base percentage last

season. With the deal completed, it is the third trade in the past two weeks by Padres GM A.J. Preller. He acquired INF Jurickson Profar from Oakland on Monday and minor league OF Trent Grisham and RHP Zach Davies from Milwaukee on Nov. 27. Tampa Bay Rays lefthander and

former Cy Young winner Blake Snell had an immediate and strong reaction after learning about his team’s trade of outfielder Tommy Pham to the San Diego Padres. “We gave Pham up for Renfroe and a damn slapd--- prospect?” Snell said during a Twitch stream early Friday morning in a moment that was captured and shared on social media. Snell later apologized on the stream and told the Tampa Bay Times he was just frustrated over losing Pham, who hit 21 home runs and 68 RBIs in 2019. Second baseman Xavier Edwards was the prospect to whom Snell referred. Edwards, outfielder Renfroe and a player to be named later are headed to Tampa Bay from the Padres in exchange for Pham and two-way prospect Jake Cronenworth. Snell said “I apologized on [Twitch] just saying I’m sorry I’m just upset we’re losing a guy like Tommy who helped our team in so many ways!”

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Lindsay Lohan It’s safe to say Hollywood is where the sexual affairs reside. Troubled actressLindsay Lohan reportedly revealed all the Hollywood stars she’s had sex with and the total was around —36 stars According to In Touch Weekly, the actress left a handwritten list on the Scattagories pad of all the Hollywood A through B-listers she laid down and a source backed up the claims. “It was her personal conquest list, she was trying to impress her friends with the list and then tossed it aside.” The source also revealed the Mean Girls actress often forgot who the person was, but at 36 sex partners, who could blame her?

saving his career by getting him the part in From Here to Eternity. (as portrayed in the Godfather movie) However, they did remain friends for life after they split up, so at least they were cool about everything. Away from the soaring ballads and Golden Globe nominations, Ol’ Blue Eyes had a few demons in the closet. Frank Sinatra was notorious for having a terrible temper; when the mood took him, no one was safe from his wrath—not even Marlon Brando or President JFK. Sinatra’s fourth wife and valet both released tell-all memoirs that painted the “New York, New York” singer as a man who was prone to violent outbursts. The F.B.I’s infamous file on Sinatra points towards the celebrity’s ties to the mob,

pears to offer up still more questions. CBS reports that Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s investigators have told the televised news magazine that Wagner is now a person of interest and, further, “investigators want to speak with Wagner about the circumstances surrounding her death.” The new special includes interviews with new witnesses, plus supposedly new evidence and new theories as to what really happened on the Splendour.

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Chelsea Handler hasn’t been shy when discussing her one-off hook ups with 50 Cent. In fact, she has repeatedly mocked tabloid speculations by posting racy, albeit cheeky, pictures of she and Fiddy on Twitter a handful of times. On the Piers Morgan show, Handler fully confirmed the rumors that the two were casually hooking up. She even said 50 Cent had sent her some gifts that she returned to him, because she doesn’t “really like when men buy her ridiculous gifts, especially when she doesn’t know them well.”

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As beloved as Frank Sinatra was during his time (inspiring the phrase Sinatramania before anyone had even heard of the Beatles), things took a turn when he infamously divorced his wife, Nancy, so he could marry renowned actress and femme fatale Ava Gardner, with whom he’d been having an affair. The press soundly criticized Sinatra’s actions, tarnishing his once reasonably wholesome reputation permanently. Gardner and Sinatra also had a turbulent marriage, even though Gardner was responsible for

although very little of the material was actually concrete. It’s one of Hollywood’s most tragic mysteries: what happened to Natalie Wood on the night of November 28, 1981? The beloved actress drowned off the coast of California’s Catalina Island after an ocean outing with her husband Robert Wagner and her Brainstorm co-star Christopher Walken. The next morning, she was found nearly a mile away from the yacht Splendour, though the circumstances of her death have long remained strange and unanswered. Four decades on, a new “48 Hours” special, titled “Natalie Wood: Death in Dark Water,” ap-

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TREES FOR TROOPS Over the next few weeks, 16,000 trees will be delivered across the country and abroad through Trees for Troops, a program that provides free, farm-grown Christmas trees to military bases. Beyond the team of nine, there are hundreds of volunteers who help. Trees for Troops began in 2005 and has delivered more than 225,000 Christmas trees to military families in the US and to troops stationed overseas. The act may seem small, but for those serving, it can mean everything. “It took me away when I was overseas. It just reassured me and our troops that the American people were truly behind us,” retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Marvin Hill told CNN on Tuesday. “They may have had different feelings about the war effort, but they were truly behind the service members that were fighting and their families back home.” Hill, who retired after 35 years in the US Army, is involved with Trees for Troops now in his role in advising FedEx Freight on project management. By December 13, Trees for Troops will deliver thousands of trees to more than 74 US bases in all branches of the military. It has already sent about 200 trees overseas.

Once the trees reach the military bases, they are often given out to military families who can take them home. What happens to the trees, however, is up to the specific military base. Trees for Troops does not donate any Christmas trees to specific families. “It’s incredible how many volunteer hours and donations go into our program,” Ann O’Connor, executive director for the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, told CNN. Trees for Troops is a program of The Christmas SPIRIT Foundation. The program is small, with eight volunteers and one paid staffer, but they are passionate about what they do and coordinate with people across the country. Tree farms in about 20 states have donated trees to brighten a military family’s holidays. Many individuals have donated to Trees for Troops as well, getting the organization to its grand total of 225,319 free trees over the past 15 years. All those trees are then delivered to the bases with the help of in-kind work from FedEx, whose volunteers coordinate all deliveries. “Everyone is a volunteer,” O’Connor said. “It’s everyone’s busy time of year, so they’re really adding on an extra


A local military wife finds a way to include her husband in their Christmas photo during his deployment. Danielle Cobo will spend Christmas away from her husband. He deployed in early 2019.He is serving overseas as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot. He closed his own medical marketing company to join the military six years ago.”Every time you go to bed, you’re constantly reminded that they’re not here. Every time you have a tradition you normally do and they’re not there,” We just love Christmas. Her twin boys are old enough to enjoy family traditions. She did not want her husband to skip the holiday photo for their Christmas card. Danielle Cobo will spend Christmas away from her husband. He deployed in early 2019. He is serving overseas as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot. He closed his own medical marketing company to join the military six years ago. “I said 8 December 15, 2019

‘can you take a photo of you in your uniform with your hand out?’ He really had no idea what I was doing,” said Cobo. Her Christmas cards feature a photo with her and her twin boys. The other half of the photo includes her husband in uniform as he serves our country.”Even though we’re miles apart, we’re still close together. We’re still a family unit and our hearts are in the right place. Cobo wants others to be mindful that soldiers make sacrifices and so do their families.”We’re just holding it all together. It’s a sacrifice amongst everybody,” she added. She also encourages people to be kind to one another because you never know the battles someone is fighting “I remember the day when I dropped him off with his unit to leave. I remember driving home. No one had any idea what I’m going through right now. It made me look around at all the other people around me. People go through so much in their lives and you have no idea how great their problems might be !

amount of work for themselves, but they choose to do it every year.” The program keeps growing. O’Connor said that as more people hear about Trees for Troops, more bases want to be involved. She said the demand is much higher than the supply, and there is even a waiting list. “It’s a small gift that just has a lot of heart,” O’Connor said. “As military bases keep learning about it, they definitely want to be involved.”

HANDLING THE HOLIDAYS 6 TIPS TO CHANGE-UP YOUR HOLIDAY ROUTINE 1. Do it differently It’s not going to be the same; it just isn’t. And that’s a good thing. It shouldn’t be the same without that Must-Do Parent at home. Trying to make it seem the same will just make it more obvious to everyone that the Must-Do Parent isn’t there. 2. If at all possible, travel ... ... especially if you don’t have family nearby. I know all the packing and planning seem like a hassle, and that long drive is daunting. But trust me, it will be worth it. 3. If you can’t travel, hang out with other solo parents. 4. Shop online Online shopping has revolutionized Must-Have Christmases. Instead of stressing over how you’ll get to the store to shop for presents for your children when they’re always with you, just log in, click and wait for the deliveries to arrive. 5. If lots of baking or cooking is one of your traditions, then by all means cook Buy some disposable containers and plan to give your confections away. 6. Volunteer Again, depression is a real concern for many people during the holidays. Giving your time to others is an excellent way to get out of your head and remember all the great things that are happening in your life. Suggestions for friends of Solo Parents If you have a friend or family member who is Deployment Parenting this holiday season, here are a few things you can do to make their season a little brighter. Offer to babysit, and be specific. The holidays are busy and stressful and MHPs need breaks. Invite them to come to your events. Even if they say “no” they’ll still appreciate the invitation. Offer to get the mail, water plants, pet-sit, or keep an eye on their house if you know they plan to travel. Knowing that someone local is looking out makes leaving town less stressful. Call, text or drop by -- whatever best fits with your relationship -- to let them know they’re on your mind. •


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ONE AT A TIME One day God came to Adam to pass on some news. “I’ve got some good news and some bad news”, God said. Adam looked at God and said, “Well, give me the good news first.”

Just for Laughs HOMEWORK The teacher had given the class an assignment. He stresses the importance of this particular assignment, and that no excuses will be accepted except illness (with a medical certificate) or a death in the immediate family (with a note from that member). A smart-ass student pipes up: “What about extreme sexual exhaustion, sir?” The class breaks up laughing, and when they settle down the teacher responds with: “Well, I guess you’ll have to learn to write with your other hand.”

Smiling, God explained, “I’ve got two new organs for you. One is called a brain. It will allow you to be very intelligent, create new things, and have intelligent conversations with Eve. “The other organ I have for you is called a penis. It will allow you to reproduce your now intelligent life form and populate this planet. Eve will be very happy that you now have this organ to give her children.”

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From your friends at the Military Press LARS IN MINNESOTA Sam was a college professor for 25 years and finally got sick of the stress. He quit his job and bought 50 acres of land in Minnesota as far from humanity as possible. He saw the postman once a week and got groceries once a month. Otherwise it’s total peace and quiet. After six months or so of almost total isolation, he was finishing dinner when someone knocked on his door. He opened it and there was a 300 lb., sixfoot-three-inch tall bearded man in a fur hat and overalls standing there. “Name’s Lars... Your neighbor from four miles away... Having a party Saturday... thought you’d like to come.” “Great,” said Sam, “after six months out here I’m ready to meet some local folks. Thank you.” As Lars was leaving he stopped, “Gotta warn you there’s gonna be some drinkin’.” “Not a problem... after 25 years of teaching college kids, I can drink with the best of ‘em.” Again, as he started to leave Lars stopped. “More ‘n’ likely gonna be some fightin’ too.” Sam said, “Well, I get along with people. I’ll be there. Thanks again.” Once again Lars turned from the door. “I’ve seen some wild sex at these parties, too.” “Now that’s not a problem!” said Sam, “I’ve been all alone for six months! I’ll definitely be there ... by the way, what should I wear?” Lars stopped in the door again and said, “Whatever you want, just gonna be the two of us.” •




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