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ssemblyman Isadore Hall today announced that he endorsed Nathan Fletcher for mayor of San Diego. Previously, Assemblyman Hall served as the Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Compton and on the Compton Unified School District Board of Trustees. He is chair of the Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization and Chair of the Select Committee on Child/Adolescent Health and Safety. “I respect and enjoy working with Isadore in the State Legislature," stated Fletcher. "Our ability to work together to solve problems shows that we don’t have to accept the polarized status quo, and that Democrats and Republicans can come together in the public’s interest.” Assemblyman Hall’s endorsement adds to Nathan’s growing list of supporters that includes colleagues, current and former members of the legislature, county officials, women, veterans and community members. “I have served alongside Nathan since we were both sworn in as freshmen. I have watched the way he tackles complex policy issues. Nathan brings fresh eyes and new ideas to the problems facing our state and approaches each issue with a great deal of thought. Although we are members of different parties, Nathan is a Republican and I am a Democrat, he always treats other lawmakers with respect and comes to the table with an open mind,” said Assemblyman Hall. “Nathan is probably best known for the incredible work he did on Chelsea’s Law and rightfully so. But what is less known about Nathan is that he is well-liked by members of both parties and is a sought-after voice of reason in the State Capitol. His work has delivered real results opening up pension systems to greater transparency, reduced the regulatory burden on small businesses, helped veterans, and many other important changes. It is for all these reasons that I’m endorsing Nathan for San Diego Mayor. As a former mayor myself I know how important it is to have a leader at the head of the city that can bring people together. These are serious times and San Diego must have a leader who has a track record of accomplishment and an ability to build large coalitions,” Hall added.
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Building San Diego into an ethnic tourism destination By ELIZABETH MALLOY The Daily Transcript For new entrepreneurs, finding a niche is sometimes the most difficult part of starting a business. Clara Carter found her inspiration in an unlikely place for a long-time San Diegan -Portland, Ore. After spending her career as a mapping technician at San Diego Gas & Electric, Carter decided to go into business for herself and, after taking some business classes, discovered an interest in meeting planning. While traveling around learning more about the industry, she discovered a man in Portland named Roy Jay, who works to bring multicultural and minority-based groups to his city for conventions and meetings. In the process, Jay, who is African American, had become something of the face of his majority white city when it came to attracting meetings and conventions. Carter, who is also African American, thought she could do something similar for her home town. She started Multi-Cultural Convention Services Network, which tries to attract minority organizations here. While she is making inroads, she said she has come up against some tough impressions about the local market. "Some of the things that I've heard (potential clients) say are, 'Does San Diego really have culture?' Others have said, 'Do they really market to us? Are they really embracing ethnic tourism?'" she said. "And the reason they're asking that is (they say), 'Sometimes we send our (requests for proposal) in and we don't even get a response. Or we send them in but we can never get a date that's available.'" Carter stressed that these are impressions expressed by clients, but they are not necessarily an accurate depiction of the local tourism and meeting industry. But, she said she would still like to see more done to attract a wider swath of the meeting market to San Diego. "It's a $100 billion industry. It's huge," she said. "So even if we just get a portion of that share on an annual basis, it would be significant to the economics of San Diego." Multi-Cultural Convention Services Network is largely a
Clara Carter is the founder of Multi-Cultural Convention Services Network. Staff photo by Sarah Strong one-woman show, with Carter as its director, producer and star. She travels around the country and occasionally abroad trying to attract clients, and when she's home, acts as the organizer and point person for the meetings and conventions she brings in. Some of the clients she's been able to bring to San Diego include the National Optometric Association, the International Association of Hispanic Meeting Professionals, and the National Association of Asian Professionals. Prior to starting the network, Carter spent 21 years with SDG&E, but eventually grew tired of corporate life. She wanted to work on something she was passionate about. Unfortunately, she wasn't sure what that passion was. After taking business classes at San Diego State University, she discovered an interest in meeting planning. "I decided I had a natural knack for putting together events and bringing people together," she said. She started organizing events for community groups, then local nonprofits, and finally started expanding beyond San Diego, investing her own money in traveling and networking.
She credits the San Diego branch of the U.S. Small Business Administration with helping her as well with some of its classes and programs, and helping her finally officially launch MCCSN. When she brings a group to San Diego, Carter acts as a liaison, helping to arrange everything from where conventioneers hold their meetings to where they spend the night, go out for lunch and how they get around the region. She said some minority groups do have special needs, like translators for Asian or Latino groups. Carter also helps the groups find reasonable rates, whether it's at hotels outside of downtown or scheduling a conference during the offseason. Above all, Carter acts as a human face and voice that her clients know they can rely on once they're in San Diego. "When you're going into an unfamiliar area, it's good to know that there's somebody there that you know you can pick up a phone at any time and call, and they're going to give you their undivided attention," she said. Carter also takes it upon herself to dispel some of the myths she hears about the region. She said that while she has to acknowledge to African-American groups that San Diego does not have a large black population, the region is full of friendly, welcoming people who won't make certain groups feel uncomfortable. For Latino groups, she explains that Latino culture has a major influence on San Diego. In some ways, Carter said the city of San Diego and its convention and tourism industries have been very helpful. She organizes a tour of the region for the leaders of minority-based organizations to come and see what the county has to offer in terms of amenities for meetings, and Mayor Jerry Sanders usually welcomes the groups to town. In other ways though, she said there is more the region could do. For example, she said she'd like to see the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau use more people of color in their advertising, highlight more ethnically diverse activities in their materials, and advertise in the kinds of magazines that minority-based organizations would read. Continued on page 9
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Have Black Americans Redefined Kissing Up? I was watching television the other night where some commentators were defending Herman Cain against the current slew of sexual harassment allegations. Cain grew up in the South they explained, where he had to be particular about what he said and how he acted around white Americans, especially white women. Black Americans in general have to be very careful about what they say and what they do around nonBlacks. However, this kissing up has become an accepted practice among Black Americans that have found their way into the good graces of White America. They have learned how to do the right things. Some say Blacks have learned how to be the good guy and the bad guy. But when it all adds up, it simply means that we have learned how to behave and get promoted on our jobs, kiss up to our teachers to get the grades that we want, and even kiss up in the military to climb up the ranks. The question is, how many other Black folks are we stepping on to get up the ladder? In the times that I have been in the company of Blacks discussing what it’s like to be the corporate whipping boy, they describe it as the guy that has to listen to all the white jokes. This kissing up includes laughing when things are not funny, doing extra duties not in the job description. I’m sure you understand what I mean. It’s a careful journey up the corporate ladder; one that often includes selling out other Blacks to make sure the quota is not exceeded. Think about how many Blacks you know that have been fired from their jobs because the company had to “scale back.” In one case that comes to mind, a company fired a bunch of mid-level employees to cope with the economy, or so they claimed. What really happened was the upper management got rid of the middlemen and kept the salaries for themselves. There are Black people I know that got fired from their jobs, after which the company gave their positions to new people for a third of the money. Kissing up is selling out so you can step up. Go into any company and you’ll find one Black person per department, or perhaps two Black people in a company of a hundred. Two Black people do not represent a level playing field. You can find other ethnicities in higher numbers, representing a higher percentage of their population.
EDITORIAL Other Black folks make sure Blacks are not there by lying, cheating, and scheming. When they are asked for recommendations, they’ll claim they don’t know any other Black people that can do the job. If their boss comes to them with a prospective hire, they’ll even defame the person, ensuring they won’t get hired. So have we redefined kissing up? In the South we call it Uncle Tomming, brown nosing, soft shoeing, or dancing for the man. I actually saw a program on TV that explained how Black slaves in South America coped during slavery. When the master came around, they would pretend to be happy and dance in order to avoid punishment. Entertaining America. That’s what we’ve been reduced to. Are we Black Americans still kissing up and selling out to the man? My mother used to say Black people believe the white man’s ice is colder. Perhaps she’s right. We were brought here as slaves, so maybe that is the way Black people think. But let me tell you, his ice is not colder; and you should remember that because the last time I checked, Blacks are still the last to be hired and the first to be fired. Until Next Week, Willie Morrow
In this 15 March, 1967, file photo, Joe Frazier, right, with Muhammed Ali at the champion's training quarters at Madison Square Garden in New York. AP
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Joe Frazier Everyone knows about the Thrilla in Manila, but there are some strange things you never knew about Smokin’ Joe. Despite being the heavyweight champion of the world and an Olympian, Joe Frazier was often quiet, and even seemed downright mute when compared to his most infamous rival, Muhammad Ali. While Ali welcomed camera crews and the spotlight, Frazier was more about letting his gloves do the talking. It wasn’t until his boxing days were over that Frazier became a bit more interested in talking about his life. Here are some fascinating tidbits you probably didn’t know about Smokin’ Joe Frazier. Frazier believed that he inspired a famous scene in Rocky: “I was the drain man. My job was to make sure the blood went down the drain. But sometimes, early in the morning, I’d go down that long rail of meat and work on my punching,” he told The Guardian about his time working in a Philadelphia slaughterhouse. “That’s how [Sylvester] Stallone got the same idea for Rocky—just like he used the story about me training by running up the steps of the museum in Philly. But he never paid me for none of my past. I only got paid for a walk-on part. Rocky is a sad story for me.” Frank Sinatra played photographer for Frazier: On March 8, 1971 Frazier fought Muhammad Ali for the heavyweight title of the world. LIFE magazine commissioned singer Frank Sinatra, who moonlighted as an amateur photographer, to shoot the event. Frazier asked President Richard Nixon to give Ali his license back so he could beat him: “I went to see President Nixon at the White House. It wasn’t difficult to get a meeting because I was heavyweight champion of the world,” he said to The Guardian. “So I came to Washington and walked around the garden with Nixon, his wife and daughter. I said: ‘I want you to give Ali his license back. I want to beat him up for you.’ Nixon said, ‘Sure, I’d like that.’ He knew what he was doing and so Ali got his license back.” Frazier was a singer: He performed from time to time with his band Joe Frazier and the Knockouts. He was practically blind his left eye by 1974: In the ‘60s, shards of metal landed in his eyes while training with a faulty speed bag in Philadelphia. His trainers kept it a secret so he could continue to fight, but a decade later, he developed cataracts from the scar tissue and lost most of his vision in his left eye. Frazier’s father was a one-armed moonshine runner: “I never asked him what happened. Don’t
know what exactly. But the story I heard was that another man tried to kill him in an argument over a woman,” he admitted to Esquire. Frazier was scared of George Foreman: “I wasn’t a big guy. People thought the big guys would eat me up. But it was the other way around. I loved to fight bigger guys,” he told Esquire. “Only one big guy I didn’t like to fight. That was George. Fightin’ George Foreman is like being in the street with an eighteen-wheeler comin’ at you.” Foreman was just as scared of Frazier: “Joe Frazier, he was the toughest guy I’d ever seen,” Foreman said in an interview with Johnny Carson. He cut up his Olympic gold medal: “I had my Olympic gold medal cut up into eleven pieces. Gave all eleven of my kids a piece. It’ll come together again when they put me down,” he told Esquire in 2004. How he wants to be remembered: In an interview with AskMen: There are discussions in Hollywood about a film. Fans stream out to meet me when I make public appearances and do corporate meet-and-greets. I’ve got my health. I get paid every week. I take care of the things I need to take care of. I’ve achieved “the American dream.” I feel it’s my duty to help others achieve their vision, too— especially the youth. Giving back is very important. I think people like me, who’ve been in the fight game, need to be there now. You took something out, put something back in. If you don’t have a car, and if you haven’t driven one before, how are you going to teach me? And something everyone already knew about Joe Frazier... He knocked out “The Greatest,” Muhammad Ali.
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Ask ourselves, “am I selfish?” By Brian Pollard Today is Veterans Day and I want to give my personal thanks and appreciation to all of the Veterans that have served for our country. They have sacrificed much and with that in mind I am always wondering what is our “sacrifice” we offer to make our community better? “Sacrifice” generally refers to putting something that is greater than ourselves ahead of our needs and self interests. We can in no way match the sacrifices our Veterans have offered, but we can do our part. We can Volunteer at least 2 hours per month to your neighborhood, favorite NonProfit, Church, school, or even helping out your neighbor. Volunteering is a vital part of our existence in today;s environment. If we are to truly “step up” and change our circumstances and improve our quality of life, we can no longer sit back and watch things happen, in essence play “victim” any longer. Look I understand we all have busy lives and juggling households are difficult, however 2 hours a month of volunteer work is not much, and it is a start. There are numerous Town Councils in our neighborhoods that need our help, the Holiday season is approaching and there will be opportunities to volunteer, with feeding the homeless, donating old clothes, providing toys to the less fortunate children,
and heaven knows our own community has a lot of work in front of us. Our community is a “target rich environment” for volunteering. Vounteering can teach our children and grandchildren the importance of “giving back”, and perhaps show them a way to help their community. It does not require giving money, but more importantly giving of ourselves. I often participate in numerous events, projects and programs and I have seen the same 3-5% of the same people at all of these events, so I guess I am talking to the 90+% of us that do not ‘show up”. Opportunities to volunteer show up everywhere, and we just have to have that Christian value not only touch us, but inspire us to act! The Bible has numerous examples of people volunteering, putting others ahead of ourselves. I believe this is what Christ wants us to do. Not for the recognition but for the mere fact that it is the “right thing to do”. In summary, make a commitment to volunteer 2 hours each month. Again, it does not matter how you volunteer, just do it. I am sure you will feel better and will serve as a positive role model for your children and grandchildren. Give it a shot. You will appreciate it, the community will benefit and your spirit will be lifted. Helping others takes us out of ourselves. Let’s all give it a try folks.
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The San Diego Unified School District Facilities Planning and Construction (FPC) department has a business outreach program designed to engage with Emerging Business Enterprises and increase participation on its construction projects. “EBE” is an umbrella term that includes woman-, minority-, disabled veteran-owned and small business enterprises. Forty percent EBE participation on each construction project is encouraged, and at present, exceeded! To help local contractors bid effectively, SDUSD staff puts on training classes throughout the year. Monthly Labor Compliance Program workshops are held to ensure that contractors understand the process for being fully compliant with state and federal prevailing wage laws and regulations, and to meet SDUSD expectations. Licensed contractors are encouraged to attend. Register by emailing Graham Champion at email@example.com. The next classes will be held November 4 and December 2, 2011, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Physical Plant Operations Center in Training Room A/B (4860 Ruffner Street, San Diego, 92111). SDUSD also holds quarterly Project Stabilization Agreement training workshops to ensure contractors understand the scope of the “PSA”; contractor, union and SDUSD roles and responsibilities; and grievance procedures/jurisdictional disputes. A one-hour candid conversation with union representatives to answer specific trade questions is included. Register by contacting Ivory Anderson at 858.637.6262 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The last class of the year will be held January 17, 2012, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Harold J. Ballard Parent Center located at 2375 Congress Street, San Diego, 92110. “The classes offer a solid foundation for understanding the ins and outs of doing ‘public works’ contracting—specifically on SDUSD projects,” explains Karen Linehan, SDUSD’s Outreach Program Manager. “Graham and George patiently explain what can be tedious administrative paperwork and documentation. This is especially helpful for new business owners who wear many hats” she said. If you own a small, local and/or emerging construction company and are interested in scheduling a workshop between quarters, or would like a tailored PSA presentation delivered to your staff, partners and/or subcontractors, contact Alma Bañuelos at (858) 573-5852 or email@example.com to plan such an event. If you would like to get on SDUSD’s business outreach database, contact Alma for an application. For real-time bid information, follow her on Twitter at @sdusd_bizoutrch. Be sure to visit the SDUSD Outreach webpage at http://www.sandi.net/page/934.
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The San Diego Monitor News Salutes Our Veterans African American Women Military First Clara Leach Adams-Ender (1939– ) was the second black woman to achieve the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Army, but that feat was preceded by a number of amazing firsts. Raised in Wake County, North Carolina, she attended North Carolina A&T State University (BS, Nursing, 1961) and joined the army right after she graduated. She was the first woman awarded the Expert Field Medical Badge (1967) and the master of military art and science degree from the Command and General Staff College (1976). She was the first black woman to graduate from the U.S. Army War College (1982) and to become chief of the Department of Nursing at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (1984). Only three years later she was made chief of the Army Nurses Corps, and a month after that, brigadier general. In 1991, she became the first nurse to serve as commanding general of a major military base (Fort Belvoir, Virginia). She retired in 1993. In addition to her other duties, Adams-Ender served as a member of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services and was also a member of the National Council of Negro Women and the National Association for Female Executives. Among her many awards, she received the military’s Distinguished Service Award and Meritorious Service Medal with three oak-leaf clusters. Her autobiography, My Rise to the Stars: How a Sharecropper’s Daughter Became an Army General, was published in 2002. Vernice Armour (1973– ) was the first black woman combat pilot. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, she attended Middle Tennessee State University (BA, Exercise Science, 1997). While there she joined the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and the Reserves. She became a police officer in Nashville, Tennessee, and was the first woman on its motorcycle squad, before moving to the Tempe, Arizona, force. In 1998 she joined the Marine Corps and attended Officer Candidate School. When she received her wings in 2001, she was the top-ranked soldier in her class of two hundred. As a result, she was awarded the Naval Air Station’s academic achievement award. A Super Cobra helicopter pilot, Armour was assigned to the Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 and served in the Iraq War in 2003. The same year she was named one of the “50 Women Who Are Shaping the World” by Essence magazine. In 2004, Armour was promoted to captain and returned to Camp Pendleton. An athlete as well as a pilot, she won the Marine Corps Community Services Female Athlete of the Year Award (2001) and was a two-time winner of the Camp Pendleton Strongest Warrior competition. She also played running back for the San Diego Sunfire women’s professional football team. She returned from Iraq in 2004. Margaret E. Bailey (1915– ) was the first black nurse in the U.S. Army to become a lieutenant colonel (1964) and the first to hold the rank of full colonel (1970). Born in Selma, Alabama, she attended the Fraternal Hospital School of Nursing in Montgomery and San Francisco State College. She joined the U.S. Army in 1944 and served at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. A specialist in medical and surgical nursing, she later continued her education by studying psychiatric nursing at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. In addition, she headed the Nightingale nursing program (named for Florence Nightingale) at Fitzsimmons General Hospital in Denver, Colorado. Throughout her career, she not only recruited nurses for the Army, but fought segregation and inequality within its ranks. When she retired in 1971, she was awarded the Legion of Merit for Exceptionally Meritorious Conduct. In 1999 she published her autobiography, The Challenge: Autobiography of Colonel Margaret E. Bailey—First Black Nurse Promoted to Colonel in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps (1999). Sherian Grace Cadoria (1940– ) was the first black woman in the regular U.S. Army to achieve the rank of brigadier general and the second black woman in history to earn the honor. Julia Cleckley (?– ) was the first black woman in the Army National Guard to achieve the rank of brigadier general. Raisedin Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, she attended Hunter College (BA, Psychology and Education) and Golden Gate University (MA, Human Resource Management). She first enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps as soon as she graduated from high school and served for three years. She then became a schoolteacher and in 1976 joined the National Guard and was commissioned with New York’s 42nd Infantry Division. In 1987 she became a full-time member of the Guard and began climbing the ranks. In order to advance her career, she attended the U.S. Army War College and received a senior service fellowship to the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. In 2002, she was promoted to one-star general. Her other firsts include becoming the first woman of color to become a branch chief with the National Guard, the first black woman colonel in the Army National Guard Active Reserve, and the first woman and black to serve on the Army National Guard director’s special staff as chief of Human Resources. She also taught military science at Hampton University. In 2003 she was named Special Assistant for Military Women for Federally Employed Women. Among her many awards and honors, in 1998 she received the NAACP Roy Wilkins Renowned Service Award. Continued on page 12
“Whenever military service came up I couldn’t truthfully say,‘Yeah, I’m a proud Marine,’” Smith said.“I tried to say it and it wouldn’t quite come out.” Smith was one of thousands of African Americans who joined the Marine Corps during World War II and then learned they would be shipped off to a separate boot camp for blacks and serve in segregated support units commanded by white officers. PHOTO: The Montford Marines
At last, honors for the first black Marines Along the way they suffered indignities — limited to support assignments while on duty, and confronted with racism when they were home on leave. After their service, they were not encouraged to stay in the military. Most faded from history. "No one knew we existed," he said. That's changed. One balmy evening this summer, Smith and other black World War II-era Marines sat alongside the Marine Corps commandant and watched an evening parade in their honor at the historic Marine Barracks in Washington. Some of them were using canes. Others were in wheelchairs. Ranks of crisply dressed Marines passed in front of the reviewing stands, where Smith sat during the parade. Smith struggled later to explain the emotions he felt. "It was liberating," said Smith, who received a doctorate after the war and went on to a career as a professor and administrator at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign. "At last I feel like a damned Marine." The Marine Corps is determined to rescue the story of the Montford Point Marines — so named because of the segregated boot camp they attended — even though it has meant confronting uncomfortable truths about the history of the Corps and some of the earliest black Marines. "How could we have taken that part of our history and slid it off to the side and not embraced it?" Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos said in a recent speech. Amos has ordered the Marine Corps to teach recruits the history of the Montford Point Marines, with the rest of the Corps' legacy. He also intends to incorporate their story into the curriculum of advanced courses for senior officers. "We're going to anchor the rich history of Montford Point in the 236-year history of the United States Marine Corps," Amos told a gathering of Montford Point Marines this summer. This week, the House of Representatives unanimously approved a Congressional Gold Medal honoring the Montford Point Marines. A similar bill is pending in the Senate. The outpouring of appreciation after so many years has surprised some of the aging veterans. Recently, Smith joined more than 100 other Montford Point Marines as the guests of Amos in Washington, D.C. The veterans, now mostly in their 80s, met black officers, attended a parade in their honor and visited the commandant in his circa 1806 home. Young Marines assisted them when needed. The Marine Corps treated them to a breakfast on white table cloths and served them chipped beef with eggs — a staple of chow halls for decades. "We got treated royally," said Theodore Peters, 88. "I've never experienced anything like that." Fighting institutional racism Most Americans have heard of the Tuskegee Airmen, black pilots who flew during World War II, and the Buffalo Soldiers, the legendary African-American Army units that fought during the Indian wars. The Montford Point Marines barely rated a footnote in the military's history. Even some Marines don't know of the story, said Chief Warrant Officer 4 James Averhart Jr., an active duty Marine who is president of the Montford Point Marine Association. Deciding to incorporate the Montfort Point Marines into the pantheon of Marine Corps legends is notable in an institution that reveres its past. Every recruit learns the story of Belleau Wood, the World War I battle where the Marines' ferocity earned them the name Devil Dogs; and of the exploits of "Chesty" Puller, the legendary Marine commander. Now the Montford Point Marines will officially be part of the Corps' story. Recognizing the Montfort Point Marines meant confronting racism in the Corps' past. The Marines were slower than the Army in allowing African Americans into their ranks. With the exception of a few slaves and freemen in the Continental Marines during the American Revolution, blacks did not serve in the Marine Corps until World War II — and even Continued on page 12
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Know About Painkillers Can Kill You! - Nurse’s Guide By Helen Hecker You may be using painkillers now or thinking about taking them because you need relief from chronic or acute pain. Or maybe you started taking them for another reason but in any event you think you're hooked or addicted or may have a physical dependence or are worried you may be. If you're thinking about taking them but haven't started, you may want to reconsider after learning some facts. Painkillers can be addictive and require higher and higher doses as time goes by. They can be expensive and cause overdose death. More prescriptions are written for narcotics and opioid drugs like methadone, oxycodone and OxyContin than for cholesterol-lowering medications and drugs. Many doctors don't have pain management clinics they can refer patients to for treatment so find they write prescriptions for painkillers because they have few options. Of course there are other options and alternative measures but
many doctors are not aware of them. They know they can implant devices to stimulate nerves and/or electrically block pain signals for one and acupuncture is an option for some people but may or may not work and can be expensive. Methadone is often prescribed to replace heroin in addicts and is not truly a pain reliever or painkiller. And methadone is unpredictable and responsible for a high rate of overdose death throughout the United States. One can be taking it fine and then all of a sudden drop dead. Also it does not combine or interact well with other medications or drugs including alcohol. Years ago it was only given to heroin addicts in highly controlled settings and never prescribed. These overdose deaths to methadone, oxycodone - the main chemical in OxyContin (hillbilly heroin) and opioids and those due to prescription errors are now more common than the overdoses of past for the illegal drugs heroin
and cocaine. Another problem has been that these opioids have not been effective pain relievers or painkillers for certain types of chronic pain including fibromyalgia and a chronic type of muscle pain called myofascial pain. The side effects of these drugs can cause heart problems, cause sexual problems and reduce testosterone levels. There are a wide range of side effects and adverse reactions with other drugs being taken that are associated with painkillers. And worst of all these painkillers, that are supposed to give you relief, can actually cause a person to suffer more pain - the medical term is hyperalgesia. The rate of addiction for people taking these drugs is about 10%. The rate for those who become physically dependent on them may be higher. Physical dependence means you may not crave the drugs but it requires
CLARA Continue from page 2 "Until the city puts out the marketing dollars that it needs to (in order) to have the faces of the people in the advertisement look like those they are trying to attract, (minorities) are going to see San Diego as unfriendly to people of color," she said. Joe Terzi, the president and chief executive officer of the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau (ConVis), said he sees the groups Carter represents as important business opportunities, and ConVis has a sales leader based in Washington, D.C., whose job it is to recruit them. But getting into more niche marketing is difficult because of budget constraints. "We don't do specialty marketing to a specific group because we feel that all people are impacted by the marketing we do," he said. "If we started to single out certain groups, we would minimize the impact of
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he single word, “Guilty,” brought a muffled shriek in the gallery of the packed courtroom and tears from Michael Jackson’s family, but no reaction from the doctor convicted of supplying the King of Pop with the drug he craved for sleep. With the snap of handcuffs, another chapter in the bizarre saga surrounding Jackson’s life came to a close, and the man who once envisioned a glamorous career as the music icon’s personal physician was led from the courtroom. Dr. Conrad Murray was going to jail for involuntary manslaughter. Murray’s face was grim but betrayed no emotion. In a few minutes, his life had been shattered and it was likely he would never practice medicine again. It was a precipitous fall for a man who told his patients he had been given “a once in a lifetime opportunity” for which he was giving up his practice. At 58, he planned to devote himself to one patient, Jackson, who would escort him into a world of glamor and celebrity. They were going to London for Jackson’s spectacular comeback concerts. All of that ended on June 25, 2009, in a Holmby Hills mansion where he gave his difficult patient what he wanted — an operating room anesthetic that Jackson called his “milk,” the only thing the singer trusted to put him to sleep. Jurors heard hours of testimony about propofol, the drug that killed Jackson, and they listened while defense attorneys blamed the singer for his own death, suggesting it was he, not Murray, who injected the fatal dose. But now Murray faces up to four years in prison. Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor praised the panel’s dedication and was harsh in his comments about Murray after the jury left the room: “This is a crime where the end result (was) the death of a human being,” the judge
said. “Dr. Murray’s reckless conduct in this case poses a demonstrable risk to the safety of the public” if he remains free on bond, the judge said. Despite six weeks of testimony and hundreds of pieces of evidence, precisely what happened in Jackson’s bedroom in the hours before his death remains unknown. The jurors did not have to find that Murray administered the dose that killed Jackson, only that the doctor was primarily responsible for the singer’s death. Murray’s departure from the courtroom in handcuffs was an abrupt end to the freedom he had kept since being charged with Jackson’s death nearly 21 months ago. After Murray changed into prison garb at the courthouse his elegantly tailored suit was returned to his mother, who had sat through every day of the trial. In the eyes of Prince Sefa-Boakye, nobody wins. Two mothers lost a son, and the world has still lost a gift. What is there to gain? Justice? Why should I be happy when my favorite person on earth is gone? We were so concentrated, passionate, putting down Conrad Murray that we forgot about Michael Jackson. It seems that our attention has shifted away from Michael Jackson. Whether or not Dr. Conrad Murray did kill Michael Jackson, I still need more evidence to show me that he intended to kill Michael Jackson. But if I was Michael Jackson, knowing the type of man he was from his character and music, he would say to continue to love people—and not express hate which I saw. Now my next question is when will Kanye West’s mom will receive justice in the court of law?
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The San Diego Monitor News Salutes Our Veterans WOMEN Continued from page 8 Charity Adams Earley (1918–2002) was an officer in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps. She trained women to become soldiers, fought segregation in the army, and left the military with the rank of lieutenant colonel. (See individual entry: Earley, Charity Adams.) Rhonda Fleming-Makell (1962– ) was the first black woman in the U.S. Coast Guard to retire as a commissioned officer. Born in Morgantown, North Carolina, she attended South Carolina State University (BS, Psychology). She joined the Coast Guard in 1984 and graduated from Coast Guard Officer Candidate School in 1986. She also earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix in Arizona. While working her way up the ranks in the Coast Guard, Fleming-Makell was operations officer at the Coast Guard Command Center, chief of district personnel, and law enforcement specialist at the Coast Guard’s Office of Law Enforcement. When she retired in 2004 after twenty years in the service, she had earned the rank of lieutenant commander. Lillian Elaine Fishburne (1949– ) was the first black woman rear admiral in the U.S. Navy. She was born into a career naval family and raised in Rockville, Maryland. After receiving her BA in Sociology from Lincoln University (1971), she joined the U.S. Navy and graduated from the Women Officer’s School (1973). In the late 1970s she returned to school and received a master’s in Management from Webster College (1980) and another in Telecommunications Systems Management from the Naval
Postgraduate School (1982). For the next two years, she served as assistant head in the Joint Allied Command and Control Matters Branch of the Command, Control, Communications Directorate, Chief of Naval Operations. She also served as executive officer at the Naval Communication Station, Yokosuka, Japan (1984–1987), and as commanding officer at the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, Key West, Florida (1990–1992). She spent 1993 studying at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and then became chief of the Command and Control Systems Support Division of the Joint Staff. In 1995, she became the commander of the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station for the Eastern Pacific. She was promoted to navy flag officer and rear admiral in 1998 and then became director of the Information Transfer Division for the Space, Information Warfare, Command and Control Directorate, Chief of Naval Operations. Rear Admiral Fishburne retired in 2001. Over the course of her long career she received numerous medals and awards, including the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Legion of Merit. Marcelite Jordon Harris (1943– ) was the first and only black woman to earn the rank of major general in the U.S. Air Force. At her retirement in 1997, she was the highest-ranking female officer in the Air Force. (See individual entry: Harris, Marcelite Jordon.) Hazel Winifred Johnson-Brown (1927– ) broke through convention, custom, and racial and gender barriers in 1979 when she became the leader of the U.S. Army Nurses Corps and the first black woman general in the American military. (See individual entry: Johnson, Hazel Winifred.) Mabel Keaton Staupers (1890–1989) was best known for her role in implementing the desegregation of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps during World War II. (See individual entry: Staupers, Mabel Keaton.) Harriet Ross Tubman (c. 1821–1913) earned distinction as the only woman in American military history to plan and execute an armed expedition Continued on page 23
MARINES Continued from page 8 then, many military leaders were reluctant to include them. "If it were a question of having a Marine Corps of 5,000 whites or 250,000 Negroes, I would rather have the whites," Maj. Gen. Thomas Holcomb, the Marine commandant, said in 1941, when the services were ordered to desegregate. "Why the Marine Corps was the last one, I don't know," Amos told the gathering of Montford Point Marines. "It breaks my heart." African Americans joined the Marines during World War II despite the hostility. To train them, the Marines carved a camp out of a spit of land at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. The woods were filled with bears and snakes, and the humid air was filled with mosquitoes during the summer. From 1942 to 1949, 20,000 black men were turned into Marines there. Theodore Peters was drafted in Chicago in 1943, and when he arrived at the processing center he was told he would be sent to the Navy. He told the Selective Service officials that he didn't want to be a sailor, knowing that he would likely end up as a steward serving white officers in a ship's wardroom. A Marine recruiter sitting nearby heard Peters tell the officials he didn't want to join the Navy. "Send him over to me," the recruiter said. Smith joined the Marines in Boston in 1943. He and a group of other recruits, white and black, were changing trains in Washington, D.C., on their way to North Carolina when a conductor stood in Smith's way. "Where you going?" the conductor asked Smith as he was about to climb aboard. He pointed Smith to the car reserved for blacks, which was immediately behind the engine car. In the summer, it got hot and when passengers opened the windows, cinders and
ashes blew in. A white recruit who was in charge of the small group confronted the conductor. "We'll sit where he sits," the white recruit told the conductor. "We're together." The conductor relented, but Smith and others from the North were in for more humiliation. The recruiter in Boston told him he would receive the same training as other Marines. Smith learned otherwise on the train south, when he compared his orders with those of white recruits. The whites were headed to Parris Island, S.C. He was on his way to Montford Point. "I was bewildered," Smith said. After boot camp, black Marines were not allowed into traditional combat units, but instead were put into support roles, such as defending bases or hauling ammunition. Even so, they did make a mark in other ways: In training, black units set servicewide marksmanship and gunnery records. "We wanted to be excellent in every aspect of our being," said Edwin Fizer, 86, who served in the Pacific after Montford Point. 'We just took a lot of stuff' The color barrier broke down when they faced Japanese machine guns. Black Marines were on Iwo Jima, the bloody fight that came to define Marine Corps tenacity and bravery. Their job was to supply ammunition and other supplies to combat units, but the distinction between support jobs and combat arms didn't matter. "Can you imagine being on the island of Iwo Jima and your job is going from ship to shore with just thousands and thousands of rounds firing over your head to deliver ammunition, deliver food and water, and to evacuate the wounded and the dead?" asked Marine Maj. Gen. Ronald Bailey, who is black and commander of the 1st Marine Division. They patrolled in jungles, hauled ammunition and carried injured white Marines. When white Marines were killed, blacks picked up their weapons and fought, Averhart said. Continued on page 23
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The New World Order YOU BETER GET YOUR ASS OUT THERE AND VOTE !!!! Nationalism is dead. The sovereign nation we call “The United States of America” is on its way out! The experiment in democracy has concluded. Government of the People by the People and for the People is OVER! In case you haven’t noticed, the world as you know it is coming to an end. I’ve been trying to tell you to pay close attention to events in the world and THINK about the future consequences of what you see. The Greek (GDP $300 billion) government, ELECTED by the Greek people, got suckered into debt by the “Powers That Be” (PTB). The Greek government did NOT get the permission of the Greek people for this (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/may/06/greek-debt-crisis-economy). They did it on their own. The PTB said “pay up.” The Greek government told the Greek people, “Ya’ll gotta pay the PTB.” The Greek people said, “Kiss my @$$, we didn’t make this debt, you did.” The PTB told the Greek government to FORCE the deal on the Greek people. The Greek Prime Minister, George Papandreou, elected (in a parliamentary system) by the Greek people said, “We’ll let the Greek people decide.” The PTB said, “No you won’t, and by the way, you gotta go!” So the Greek Prime Minister, ELECTED BY THE GREEK PEOPLE was “FORCED” TO RESIGN BY THE PTB. Italy (GDP $2.05 trillion). “Cornered by the European debt crisis, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy offered a conditional resignation Tuesday…” (New York Times, Wednesday, November 9, 2011.) Berlusconi was taken down by the same forces that destroyed and enslaved the people of Greece. Two down, America to go. Who is the PTB? Who has enough money to BUY and major European country? I don’t know. But they now OWN Iceland, Greece, and Italy, not to mention any number of (all of the?) smaller “sovereign nations.” In the world of POWER we always test a theory first. The biggest prize on Earth is still the United States of America. With all of its flaws (and there are many) the USA may be the last place on Earth where THE PEOPLE still have some say in our own destiny. The PTB is cracking down on the Occupy movement the way Syria is cracking down on their freedom fighters. Sovereignty is no longer in the hands of the people. Nationhood is facing its greatest threat ever from the PTB. If we don’t wake up we’re next. YOU BETTER GET OFF YOUR ASS AND VOTE! And you better spend enough time studying the issues to figure out who will work for you, and you is working for the PTB. Love Your Neighbor. J CMH [The Revolution Will Not Be Televised – Gil Scott Heron] email@example.com
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Are you in love or simply having an affair? When you’re in love with someone you’re in it for the long haul, at least if its true love that’s the case. If you’re in love with someone you tend to function in a selfless mode. You are concerned about their wellbeing. You’re concerned about their happiness. You spend a great deal of time getting to know their likes and their dislikes. You want to know what makes them laugh and what makes them sad. You get so close to that person that you know what they’re getting ready to say before he or she says it. When he or she walks in the room your world lights up. When you are having an affair with someone you are in and out, you’re hitting it and quitting it, you’re in a selfish mode of thinking and acting about oneself. It’s really simply about what you can get out of it, and if someone gets hurt in the process then, oh well, that’s the chance everyone took. An affair by the nature of the word is temporal, not meant to last. While being in love generally means lasting, an If you have questions you would expectation of growing old together. When in love you both are like answered or topics discussed, committed to each other. When having an affair there is no cer- please send all questions to facetainty that the person you’re having an affair with is exclusively book.com/connectwithangelaharyours, quite frankly when having an affair you pretty well know ris or email: the other is in another relationship or even worse they’re married. firstname.lastname@example.org or When having an affair there isn’t much, if any, talk of a future twitter@KeepingitealAH. For more articles you’re simply taking it day by day. So the question begs are you having an affair or are you in love? www.keepingitrealwithangela harris.blogspot.com This application is universal. For instance do you: Love money with a healthy respect for it? Do you respect what it can do and what it can’t? Have you learned the good, the bad and the ugly of it? Are you mindful of its role in your life? Or do you simply take it for granted and do with it what you will, only to find yourself coming up on the short end of the stick? If you say yes in the beginning you have a healthy appropriate relationship with money. If you say yes to the latter then you are having an affair with money that will only lead to disaster, financial ruin, and you will always find yourself in state of lack instead of a state abundance. Do you love your children or are you simply having an ineffective relationship with them? You love them if you’re ensuring that their basic needs are met, and you tell them and show them your love by disciplining bad behavior and applauding good behavior. You love them if you’re training them up to be respectable young adults who respect their elders, authority, rules, and the lives of others. You love your children if you’re giving them JESUS not in word but in action – by the example of a godly life you’re leading. You love them if you’re willing to accept their anger by doing what’s right for them and not yielding to what you know isn’t good for them. You love them if you’re teaching them healthy financial principles. You love them if you’re living your life before them in a manner that they can and will desire to emulate, of course maybe not now but when they get older. You don’t love them, in the true sense of the word if you’re doing exactly the opposite of love. Do you love your spouse or your significant other? (Read the beginning of the article to see if you’re in love or simply having an affair.) Do you love the Lord or are you having an affair with Him? Let me be very clear on this – if you have no desire to spend time in prayer with him – you should check your relationship status. If you don’t spend time in your bible getting to really understand who it is that you’re in love with – then you should check your relationship status. If you don’t apply the teaching of the scriptures to your life – then you should check your relationship status. If you do not have a desire to appear to the world as a reflection of Him – then you should check your relationship status. If nobody knows you’re a disciple of His by your life and not simply by your words – then you should check your relationship. So as we began I ask you in closing are you in love or simply having an affair?
End~Time Christian Soldiers Ministry Celebrating 12 years of faithful and active service in the community, Honoring Pastor and First Lady Sweet. God is using this ministry to reach some of the toughest souls in society. A ministry where rival gang members worship and fellowship together in love. This ministry has been faithful and effective in serving Donovan State Prison, The Sand Diego Rescue Mission, God extended Hand, Green Oak Ranch Treatment Facility also feeding and clothing those in need. This is a Ministry where God is truly being glorified and souls are being delivered and set free from the strong holds of the enemy in these end times. Through this awesome ministry Pastor Sweet is being used to teach, preach and train men and women to be soldiers in these end times. Pray for this ministry and the man and woman of God that He would continue to use them to serve and reach the souls who are hurting, broken, bruised and struggling with addictions, habits and hang-ups. God Bless Pastor and First Lady Sweet and the End~Time Christian Soldiers Ministry.
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HOW TO HAVE HEALTHY BOWEL MOVEMENTS By Lady Topaz To have healthy bowel movements, it is essential that you support colon and rectal health with all of your daily choices. Keeping these areas clean and healthy provides the following benefits: A lowered risk of developing colorectal cancer, one of the most common types of cancer in industrialized countries. A lowered risk of experiencing irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation, and chronic diarrhea. A lowered risk of developing hemorrhoids. Less gas production. More efficient absorption of water and minerals. A feeling of lightness, comfort, and wellbeing in your abdominal region. Before we discuss specific choices that you can make to keep your colorectal region healthy and to have comfortable bowel movements, we need to review some basic anatomy and physiology of this area. Your colon and rectum are collectively referred to as your large intestine, which is the last part of your digestive tract. A JOURNEY THROUGH YOUR LARGE INTESTINE After food passes through your stomach and small intestine, the remaining material, mostly waste products in liquid form, move on to the your colon, which is the first part of your large intestine. Your colon is approximately six feet long and serves primarily to dehydrate liquid waste material. Your colon begins at the lower right hand corner of your abdomen, where it is called your cecum. Attached to your cecum is a twisted, worm-shaped tube called your appendix. From your cecum, your colon travels up the right side of your abdomen, where it is called your ascending colon. When it reaches your lower right ribs (just below your liver), it turns to travel across your abdomen to just below your lower left ribs; here, it is called your transverse colon. Just below your lower left ribs, it makes another turn and travels down the left side of your abdomen - this portion is called your descending colon. Your colon then makes one last turn toward the middle of your lower abdomen, forming an “S” shaped segment that is called your sigmoid colon. Your sigmoid colon empties waste materials into your rectum, which is like a storage pouch that retains your feces until contractions in your large intestine stimulate a bowel movement. To understand how to keep your colorectal region clean and healthy, let us review a few key details on how your large intestine works. LARGE INTESTINE PHYSIOLOGY MOVEMENT OF WASTE MATERIAL After you eat a substantial meal, your stomach expands enough to trigger a reflex that causes a contractile wave (called a peristaltic wave) to travel through your small intestine and push any liquid waste material (chyme) that is sitting in the last part of your small intestine into your large intestine. Once enough liquid waste material accumulates in your cecum (the first part of your large intestine), the waste material begins to move up your ascending colon. Movement of waste material through your colon is facilitated by something called “haustral churning.” Your colon is divided along its length into small pouches called haustra. When a haustrum is filled with substantial waste material, its muscular walls contract and push the waste material into the next haustrum. The contractile reflex that allows haustral churning is regulated by your enteric nervous system, which is a division of your autonomic nervous system. Your autonomic nervous system is regulated involuntarily (without regular conscious input on your part), and is intertwined with your emotional health. This is why bowel movements and colon health are intricately tied to emotional states like feeling calm or anxious. On average, your colon experiences anywhere from three to twelve moderate waves of contractions every minute. After every substantial meal, your colon experiences a much larger contractile wave, called “mass peristalsis.” Mass peristalsis serves to push waste materials from your transverse colon all the way to your rectum. In most people, mass peristalsis occurs
about three times a day. WATER AND NUTRIENT ABSORPTION The mucosal lining of your large intestine is lined with tiny pits that open into long, tubelike intestinal glands; these glands are lined with specialized cells that absorb water, and other specialized cells (goblet cells) that release mucous into your large intestine to lubricate your stools and to protect the lining of your large intestine against acidic substances and potentially harmful gases. The specialized cells that absorb water from your waste materials are responsible for about 10% of the water that you absorb from the foods and beverages that you ingest; the remaining 90% is absorbed by cells that line your small intestine. This 10% of water absorption in your large intestine amounts to anywhere between a pint and a quart of water, and represents a significant portion of your body’s daily intake of water. As water is absorbed from the waste material in your colon, so are some nutrients, mainly minerals like sodium and chloride. It takes anywhere between three to ten hours for your large intestine to absorb enough water from waste material to turn it into solid or partially solid stools. Your stools consist mainly of water, mucous, fiber, old cells from your intestinal lining, millions of microorganisms, and small amounts of inorganic salts. When your rectal pouch is distended with enough feces to trigger a contractile reflex, your feces are pushed out through your anus. When you consciously contract your abdominal wall, your diaphragm moves downward and helps open up muscles that line your anal sphincter. Your rectum is lined with three horizontal folds, called your rectal valves; these valves are what prevent stools from passing through your anal sphincter when you pass gas. If you choose not to release stools when you experience the urge to do so, your reflex contractions may stop, in which case you likely will not have a significant bowel movement until the next mass peristalsis occurs. DIARRHEA AND CONSTIPATION EXPLAINED When waste material travels through your digestive tract too quickly for sufficient water absorption to occur, your stools will be runny and more frequent than normal. Three main causes of diarrhea are: Undesirable microorganisms; Food intolerances (like lactose intolerance); and Stress In the first two cases listed above, it makes sense that your body would want things to move quickly through your system; your body does not want to spend time digesting foods that it cannot properly extract nutrients from or that are laced with disease-causing microbes. Stress can cause transit time to shorten by messing with your enteric nervous system; please recall that your enteric nervous system controls the reflex contractions that mark “haustral churning.” Your enteric nervous system is a part of your autonomic nervous system, and your autonomic nervous system regulates your physiological responses to emotional and physical stress. When waste material travels through your colon more slowly than it should, enough water is extracted from your waste material to cause your stools to become uncomfortably hard. Five main causes of constipation are: Eating sporadically, or eating meals that are too small to elicit mass peristalsis. Not going when you feel an urge to go. Lack of a healthy intestinal lining that is capable of producing enough mucous to properly lubricate your stools (vitamin A deficiency is a potential cause of this situation). Insufficient intake of water, water-rich foods, and/or fiber-rich foods. Stress. STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO HAVE HEALTHY BOWEL MOVEMENTS Eat substantial meals; do not nibble on small amounts throughout the day. Each time you eat a substantial meal, you stimulate stretch receptors in your stomach that are responsible for triggering normal and mass peristaltic waves throughout your small and large intestines. These natural contractile waves promote regular movement of waste material through your colon and rectum. Also, eating substantial meals allows significant boluses (roundish masses) of waste materials to travel together through your colon, turn into well formed stools, and get eliminated Continued on page 20
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Jonathan Harris – Columnist November 12, 2011 – Cain Faces Another Accuser, Remains Ahead In Polls Republican Presidential hopeful Herman Cain is facing another accusation of sexual impropriety, this time from a woman named Sharon Bialek. Monday, Bialek, flanked by her attorney Gloria Allred detailed for reporters an alleged sexual assault from Cain in 1997 during which she says, among other things, he placed his hand up her skirt. Bialek is the fourth woman to allege sexual misconduct from Herman Cain but the first to speak publicly. Tuesday in Phoenix Cain responded to the allegations at a press conference. Cain said that he is willing to take a lie detector test, should there be a relevant reason. He also blamed a “machine” that was at work for the allegations
and said its goal was to keep a “businessman out of the White House.” Cain seems to be relatively unharmed by the allegations, still coming out ahead in state and national polls. During a debate Wednesday night, Cain received support from audience members who booed the moderator for asking Cain about the accusations. Rick Perry: I Stepped In It Speaking of the Republican debate Wednesday night, Rick Perry who is also vying for the Republican nomination, suffered another debate stumble. When naming the three federal agencies he would “do away with”, the Texas Governor quickly raddled off the first two, but when he got to the third he drew a blank. Perry said, “It’s three agencies of government when I get there that are gone.” Turning to Ron Paul, Perry said, “Commerce, Education and the uh… what’s the third one there, let’s see.” After a series of “Uhs”, “Ums” and laughter (from the audience and Perry) and being pressed by the moderator, Perry ultimately admitted he couldn’t name the third, saying “The third one, I can’t. Sorry. Oops.”
This is yet another public stumble for Rick Perry whose campaign has been trying to recover from a series of poor debate performances and Perry’s very bizarre behavior at a recent speech in New Hampshire. Commenting on his debate performance, Perry told The Associated Press Thursday that he “stepped in it”. On whether or not the gaffe would end his campaign Perry said, “Oh shoot no.” President Obama: We Are Better Off Now Than We Would Have Been President Obama has said that the United States is better off now than it would have been had he not been elected. Obama told a CBS affiliate, “I think we are better off now than we would have been if I hadn’t taken all the steps that we took.” He continued, “I don’t think the country is stronger yet than it was when the economy was still booming and we didn’t have the Wall Street crisis, and we didn’t have the housing bubble burst. But, we’ve made steady progress, we just need to make more.” According to a CNN report, an average of several nationwide polls has President Obama’s
Repeated anal intercourse can also lead to regular injury of the mucosal lining in your rectal pouch, anal canal, and in some cases, the distal region of your sigmoid colon. Repeated injury and healing of these areas may increase your risk of developing polyps, which can increase your risk of developing colorectal cancer. Ensure adequate intake of water and/or water-rich foods. Water helps to move waste materials along, and is absorbed throughout the entire length of your colon. Insufficient water intake can cause stools to form far before waste materials reach your rectal pouch, which can cause constipation. This does not necessarily mean that you need to drink several glasses of water per day. If you eat plenty of water-rich plant foods, then you can rely on your sense of thirst to dictate how much water to drink. Eat fiber-rich foods regularly. Fiber adds bulk to the boluses of waste material that travel through your large intestine, and
this bulk is essential to your colon’s ability to turn waste materials into well formed stools. A diet that is rich in vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains ensures high fiber intake. Ensure optimal vitamin D status. Optimal vitamin D status significantly lowers your risk of developing all types of cancer, including colorectal cancer. Ensure adequate vitamin A status. As mentioned earlier, glands that line the mucosal lining of your colon are responsible for releasing mucous that is needed to lubricate your feces; vitamin A is needed to maintain the health of these specialized cells that release mucous. It is best to ensure adequate vitamin A status by eating healthy foods that contain vitamin A. Ensure adequate intake of healthy fats. All of your cells, including those of your large intestine and nervous system, require a constant influx of undamaged fatty acids and cholesterol to remain fully functional. If you do Continued on page 22
Continued from page 17 from your body in an efficient manner. Do not suppress the desire to go. If you regularly suppress the urge to have a bowel movement, waste materials spend more time than is optimal in your colon, causing excessive dehydration of these materials and formation of hard stools. Avoid anal intercourse if possible. Your anus is designed to be an exit, and your anal sphincter is not naturally inclined to comfortably allow external objects to enter your rectal pouch. Your anal sphincter is designed to stretch to allow passing of stools when your rectal pouch accumulates enough waste materials to illicit contraction of its walls. Repeated anal intercourse can lead to a loss in anal sphincter tone, which may lead to incontinence issues, if not now, then in the future.
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TOPAZ Continued from page 20 not ensure adequate intake of healthy fats, your nervous system and the smooth muscles that surround your digestive passageway - both of which are responsible for creating peristaltic waves throughout your digestive tract - may deteriorate in function. Also, intake of healthy fats is necessary for optimal absorption of fat-soluble vitamin A, which, as mentioned above, is critical to building and maintaining the mucosal lining of your colon. Healthy foods that are rich in healthy fats include: avocados, organic eggs, olives, extra-virgin olive oil, extra-virgin raw coconut oil, coconuts, raw nuts, raw seeds, and cold-water fish. Build and maintain a population of friendly bacteria in your digestive tract. Large populations of friendly bacteria can keep your digestive tract clean and healthy by:
Promoting optimal digestion, thereby preventing build-up of toxic waste materials. Taking up space and resources, thereby helping to prevent infection by harmful bacteria, fungi, and parasites. Work at feeling emotionally balanced. Stress can interfere with your ability to clean your colon through its effect on your enteric nervous system. I can state with certainty that the majority of people whom I have seen go to the holistic clinic with a chronic colon-related health issue have had significant anxiety in their lives. If you have a challenge with colon and rectal health, I encourage you to take a careful look at ways that you can minimize the amount of stress and anxiety you experience. C LOSING T HOUGHTS O N H AVING H EALTHY BOWEL MOVEMENTS Please remember that healthy bowel movements are generated by good overall health. Chronic constipation is the single greatest cause of having an unclean and unhealthy colorectal region because over time, constipation causes your bowel walls to
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MARINES Continued from page 12 "We had done everything to prove our mettle," Fizer said. It made little difference back in the United States. Smith and other black Marines were on a troop train that stopped in Tupelo, Miss. A sign that said "Welcome Servicemen" promised hot coffee and food for the tired and hungry Marines. When the locals saw that the train was carrying blacks, the Red Cross closed the food booth and the train pulled out of the station. "It was the most humiliating thing I encountered while in the Marines," Smith said. When they faced racism, they often checked their impulse to openly fight back. "We didn't want anyone to say we messed up, that blacks couldn't be Marines," Peters said. "We just took a lot of stuff." There were times, though, when a Marine's sense of brotherhood transcended the racial divide. Fizer said he once was sitting in a bus station in Jacksonville, N.C., returning to base after leave, when a Marine asked why Fizer hadn't boarded a bus yet. Fizer told him they allowed only one black for every 10 whites who boarded a bus. The Marine pulled out his .45-caliber pistol and pointed it at the head of the station clerk. "I want him on the bus immediately," the Marine said, a cigarette dangling from his lips. The frightened clerk complied, Fizer said. When the war ended, many of the Montford Point Marines left the service because they didn't feel welcome. Some tried to forget their experience. "I gave all my Marine Corps things away when
WOMEN Continued from page 12 against enemy forces. Serving in numerous capacities, Tubman was a spy, scout, and nurse for the Union Army stationed in the Carolinas and Florida. For thirty years, Tubman fought to receive a pension from the U.S. government for her military services and eventually won a $20-per-month stipend. (See individual entry: Tubman, Harriet Ross.) Cathy Williams (c. 1844–?) was a buffalo soldier serving on the frontier. Information about her life is sketchy at best; however, according to Williams’s own testimony she was born near Independence, Missouri, the daughter of a free man and an enslaved woman. She became a contraband (a slave who during the Civil War escaped to or was brought within the Union lines) during the Civil War and worked as a cook and laundress for
SAN DIEGO MONITOR LEGALS I got out," Joseph Burrell, 89, said of his uniforms. Smith put the Marine Corps behind him as well. He surprised himself about 40 years ago when he was at a Rotary Club. By turn, veterans of each service had stood to be recognized. He and another Marine stood when their turn came. Someone from the audience yelled, "Only two Marines?" "That's all it takes," Smith shot back. It was a typical bit of Marine Corps bravado, but Smith said he was surprised it came out of him. "What the hell am I doing?" Smith recalls thinking. He went back to suppressing his memory of the Corps. But about five or six years ago he asked his wife, who was more skilled on the computer, to research Montford Point. Smith began attending reunions, including one at Montford Point. The camp has been renamed and is home to a Montford Point museum. "I swore I would never go to that place again," Smith said. But he said he was glad he went to share stories with other men who had similar experiences. During a meeting of Montford Point Marines about six years ago, Smith ran into a senior Marine officer who was black. "You can't imagine how much pride I feel seeing you in that uniform," he told the officer. "It's enough to make an old Marine cry." "I owe much of this to you," the officer told Smith. Bailey said he has drawn inspiration from the Montford Point Marines throughout his career. And when he took command of the Marines' storied 1st Marine Division, about 50 aging Montford Point Marines were at the ceremony. "I'm standing on their shoulders," Bailey said. various army officers. She enlisted in the army under the name William Cathay or Cathey on 15 November 1866. Army medical exams during this period were superficial at best, and no one questioned Williams’s gender. At the time she was recorded as being 5 feet, 9 inches tall and twentytwo years old. (She may have lied about her age.) She served with the Thirty-Eighth U.S. Infantry until 1868. Although she was frequently ill during her time in the army, her gender was never discovered. When she was not ill, she seems to have served her unit adequately. On 14 October 1868, William Cathay was discharged from the army because of disability. She went back to being Cathy Williams and became a cook and laundress working in various towns in New Mexico and Colorado. In 1891, she applied for an invalid pension from the army. Living in Trinidad, Colorado, her story was finally told. The army, however, refused her pension after an examiner determined that her disabilities were not related to her time in service.
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