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3 cover feature see story on page 4 >>> The Military Press April 15, 2012 Publisher Richard T. Matz Editor / Design Trevor Watson Customer Service Manager Carol Williams Advertising Manager Valerie Swaine Sales Director - Multimedia Mike Miller Account Representatives: Michelle Hull, James Wyatt Mandie Matz, Isaac Banks Justin Gilmore Public Relations Lisa Matz Production / Web Manager Sandra Powers Graphic Design / Web Joe Yang Distribution Ernest Moralez Dennis Winks Inspiration plus perspiration equals success the nuclear threat By Cal Thomas Last week the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans (www.horatioalger. org) will celebrate its 65th anniversary. I confess I did not know of its existence until I read their ad in an airline magazine. I am familiar with Horatio Alger, the man, who inspired generations of boys, and later girls, with stories of people overcoming difficult circumstances to succeed, but I was ignorant of the association that carries on his vision. lobbyists & bribery continues on page 18 >>> continues on page 6 >>> 9715 Carroll Centre Road, Suite #104 San Diego, CA Tel WIN MOVIE TICKETS In the 1996 Documentary When We Were Kings Who is Muhammad Ali in a championship bout with? local-events/giveaways see more on page 20 >>> For advertising information, call (858) April 15, 2012 THE MILITARY PRESS 3
4 Cover Feature float like a butterfly, sting like a bee Muhammad Ali I am the greatest, the greatest of all time By James Wyatt Continued from page 3 Ali points to a headline showing the number of people that attended an anti- Vietnam war rally. Apart from, I float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, the most distinctive, memorable phrase uttered by Muhammad Ali has to be: I am the greatest, the greatest of all time! Floyd Patterson s thoughts on that boast: He s always saying he s the greatest, but he never finishes that statement. If you re patient and listen to him long enough, you can fill in the blank. If you check with Sports Illustrated, you ll discover Ali, the boxing icon, has been their cover subject 37 times. Only Michael Jordon has been on the cover more often, 47 times. Even the Beatles arranged for a photo op at Ali s training camp. Most recently, General Mills honored Ali by placing him on boxes of Wheaties cereal. Does he deserve the recognition? Sure he does. You d have to be an ignoramus not to realize how glorious a boxer he was. He deserves every praise for his skills in the ring and the fun character he created. Over his illustrious career, he was like a comic book super hero. Every rhyme, every amusing utterance became fodder for the press. When reaching the twilight of their years, athletes, like statesmen, attain a certain degree of sanctity. All mistakes are forgotten, while the exploits are exaggerated. Case in point, the inscription on the current Wheaties cereal box claims Ali, is the Greatest, an Ambassador of Sportsmanship. Whoa, we ve got to draw the line somewhere. We could count on one hand the number of times Ali exhibited that trait. Yes, he is legendary, and the ex-champion s life will become folkloric, much the same as Davy Crockett. Aside from killing a bear when he was only three, Ali has accomplished much. As time passes his exploits will be extolled and likely overblown. It s up to the boxing historians to keep things real. Tennis star, James Courier Jr., himself a good sport, once said, Sportsmanship is when a guy walks off the court and you really can t tell whether he won or lost. He carries himself with pride either way. Dartmouth College s Athletic Director Harry Sheehy adds: It is your response to winning and losing that makes you a winner or a loser. Good sportsmanship is when you see teammates, opponents, coaches, and officials treating each other with respect. Kids learn good sportsmanship from the adults in their lives, especially from parents and coaches. When they see adults behaving in a sportsmanlike manner, they learn the real winner in a sporting match is the one who knows how to behave with dignity. Whether they win or lose. Everyone knows it s suicide to poke fun at the revered. Some people are so well liked, they become untouchable. They get a free pass even when being a jerk. This article ignores common sense and instead is dedicated to all the guys who ended up playing second fiddle to the great Ali, guys like Floyd Patterson, Joe Frazier, Kenny Norton, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, et cetera. Who do you blame for over-hyping an athlete? The sports networks? They re certainly known for doing whatever s necessary to keep their ratings high. That s why they keyin on the most colorful, the look at me, aren t I special people in their broadcast. Why? Because the Dennis Rodmans, Money Mayweathers and Ochocincos of the world do a great job of promoting and at the same time put the fans in the seats. Kobe Byrant of the LA Lakers has a huge ego. Could this basketball legend SHARE YOUR POWER Help Create a Family, Become a Surrogate SEEKING COMPASSIONATE MOMS WHO ARE - Between the ages of Healthy body weight, non smoker/drug free - No prior complications during pregancy - Financially stable, reliable transportation - CA resident & No criminal Histsory COMPENSATION PACKAGE INCLUDES: Base pregnancy compensation, clothing, housekeeping, childcare, monthly expense allowance, start of cycle fees, plus other benefits! EARN UP TO 50,000+ Call: ConceptualOptions.com 4 April 15, 2012 THE MILITARY PRESS
5 Ali on the original Wheaties cereal box. be elected Mayor of Los Angeles? Could he ever earn the NBA s Good Sportmanship award? We know that s never going to happen. But still, everyone comes to see him play because they know he ll be lighting up the scoreboard. Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. (his slave name) was 18 years-old and fresh off his light-heavyweight gold medal performance at the Rome Olympics when he was refused service by a waitress at a whites-only restaurant in his native Louisville, Kentucky. Clay found that despite his new acclaim, he was not immune to the racism that was so prevalent at the time. After that incident and a scuffle with some white boys, the disgusted Clay threw his Olympic gold medal into the Ohio River. Unable to skirt controversy, Clay, aka the Louisville Lip then faced a 30 yearold small town police chief in his first professional fight. The bull dog police chief, Tunney Hunsaker, was a veteran of 25 professional fights. After working over Hunsaker s eyes for six rounds, they were nearly swollen shut. Hunsaker never made it into the Pro Boxing Hall of Fame, but he was inducted into the Law Enforcement Hall of Fame. In 1964, Clay announced his name change to Cassius X, then Muhammad X, then Muhammad Ali after defeating Sonny Liston to win the world heavyweight title. On November 22, 1965, Floyd Patterson, the former Heavyweight Champ, became Ali s victim #22. In order to gain support or perhaps ingratiate himself to fellow Blacks, Ali kept referring to Patterson as an Uncle Tom and the White man s champ. In their match, Ali, who was three inches taller and outweighed Patterson by 15 pounds, stated before the match he wanted Patterson to suffer. Almost every time Ali hit Patterson, he taunted him. The crowd ended up booing Ali and felt he had treated the ex-champ with cruelty and disrespect. Interviewed after the fight, ex-champion Joe Louis said: He (Ali) could have knocked Patterson out whenever he wanted, but let s face it, Clay is selfish and cruel. Continues on next page For advertising information, call (858) April 15, 2012 THE MILITARY PRESS 5
6 float like a butterfly, sting like a bee Muhammad Ali I am the greatest, the greatest of all time Ali had an uncanny talent for hyping fights and in turn build his celebrity status. Before each bout, the Fighting Prophet would name the round in which his opponent was to be retired and this worked for some time. Earnie Shavers, one of the top heavyweights of that era, once said, Ali was something, he knew how to con you in a million different ways. He not only had the cunning, the hand and foot speed, the impeccable skills, he had the ideal body type with his 80 inch arm reach and 6 3 stature. Over a career that lasted 21 years, his KO ratio was 60.66% despite the fact he fought only one boxer with a losing record. In 61 fights, 37 of his opponents failed to go the distance. His personal life became a whirlwind of fast women, the birthing of children, fancy cars, the business of being a conscientious objector and the change in religions; all distractions working to derail his efforts to become the greatest ever. It s an old axiom in Boxing; the more one wallows in their celebrity, the more lackadaisical they become in the gym. You can forget everything else, weight gain is always the strongest indicator of a boxer s decline. In Ali s case, at the weigh-ins he went from 188 pounds all the way up to 236. That meant, he allowed himself to drift upwards to pounds between each fight. As a fully mature heavyweight, Ali s ideal fighting weight was between 208 to 212 pounds. With the weight gain, his strategy in the ring had to change. He started dropping his hands to rest them. He held more, introduced the rope a dope and like any crafty veteran began to steal rounds with late flurries. Lest we forget, over the last six years of his career, he was only a shell of his former self and when facing the likes of Trevor Berbick (12 years his junior), Leon Spinks (11 years younger), Larry Holmes (7 years, 10 months younger), he d spend the majority of the time either running, circling or holding. In 1967, Ali got himself in trouble on several fronts. The courts found him guilty of draft evasion, fined him 10,000, sentenced him to five years in prison, and then had the boxing commission strip him of both his title and boxing license. Embroiled in this financial mess and fighting the conviction, Joe Frazier came through with some financial help. He also lobbied hard to have Ali s license reinstated. Frazier s aid was forgotten when the two men signed a contract to fight on March 8, Even after the venues had been sold out and well after 6 April 15, 2012 THE MILITARY PRESS Young Cassius Clay stands in front of a chalk board predicting the round his opponent will be stopped. the fighters had received their guarantees, the demeaning, hurtful comments continued. These incendiary remarks provoked the crazies to call the Frazier household with death threats or they d get a call that said their house was going to be blown up. Understandably, Frazier felt betrayed. At the Press Conference for his first fight with Frazier, Ali predicted a KO by the sixth round and made the following promise, If Joe Frazier were to beat me. I m going to get down on my knees and crawl over to his corner, look up at him and say, You are the greatest! You are the Champion of the Ali is a honored guest at one of the honorable Elijah Muhammad rallies. World! During that epic battle several verbal exchanges took place. In an attempt to psyche Frazier out, Ali boasted, You know, you are in the ring with the God. Frazier s reply, If you re God, you are in the wrong place tonight. At the close of round six, Frazier made reference to Ali s earlier boast, I ain t going nowhere. After his humiliating defeat, Ali left the ring sheepishly without following through on the promise to crawl across the ring. People say that fight and those remarks gave Sylvester Stallone the inspiration to write the screen play for the movie which turned out to be Rocky. When discussing the top heavyweights of all time, where does Ali (The Greatest) rank? Keep in mind the sport has been around for over 150 years. The first World Championship took place at Farnsborough, England on April 17, 1860 between the British Champion Tom Sayers and the American champ John C. Heenan. To be fair, we d have to weigh, not only a person s transcendence over fighters of his day, but over the fighters from all 16 divisions over the past 150 years. Joe Louis (68-3) held the heavyweight title for longer than anybody (11 years, 8 months, 7 days) and made more successful defenses (25). Henry Armstrong ( with 101 KOs) is the only boxer to hold world titles in three different weight classes simultaneously. Sugar Ray Robinson ( with 109 KOs) lost just once in his first 123 fights to Jake LaMotta, a defeat he avenged five times in their classic rivalry. Only stoppage defeat came when he challenged Joey Maxim for the light heavyweight crown, and then was leading on points until overcome by heat so extreme it forced the replacement of the referee in the tenth. San Diego s own Archie Moore ( ) would be in the running. He fought 168 times and was 39 years old before finally getting a shot at the world title. He took full advantage and outpointed champion Joey Maxim to take the crown. His 131 knockouts is the most by any boxer. Featherweight Willie Pep had a record of with 65 KOs and achieved tremendous success despite suffering near-fatal injuries in a plane crash. He won his first 63 bouts, then went before losing again. Julio Cesar Chavez had a ring career that lasted 25 years and his record during that time, (87 KOs). Chavez won his first 88 fights. Benny Leonard won the world lightweight championship in May 1917, and retired as champion in January 1925, making him the longest-reigning lightweight champion. A 1974 World Boxing reader poll ranked Ali as the 5th greatest heavyweight in history. In 1975 historian Nat Loubet ranked him ninth. In 1976, John Durant, author of The Heavyweight Champions, ranked him as the fourth greatest. After all the research, I find it s impossible to name The Greatest Boxer of all time.
7 Muhammad Ali s most memorable moments in the ring 1. KO of Foreman to win back the title (Oct. 30, 1974) At the time, the 25 year-old Foreman had a record of 40-0 with 37 knockouts and was considered the hardest puncher ever. He had won the title by stopping Frazier in the second round, then defended his title twice with a first-round KO of Jose Roman and second-round stoppage of Ken Norton. At 32 years of age, Ali was considered a major underdog. Out of necessity, he came up with this Rope-a-Dope idea where he laid on the ropes while Foreman punched himself out. His plan worked and by Round #8, Foreman a very tired fighter. As a result, Ali landed two hard shots on the exhausted fighter to knock him out and become only the second man in history to regain the heavyweight title. 2. First of the Ali vs. Frazier fights, (March 8, 1971) Both undefeated, Ali (31-0) and Frazier (26-0) met in their prime for the heavyweight title. Frazier simply outworked his opponent and punctuated the big win by dropping Ali in the 15th round with a left hook. 3. Frazier s corner throws in the towel (Oct. 1, 1975) The Thrilla in Manila is considered one of the greatest heavyweight fights ever. With both fighters gasping for air, Frazier s trainer Eddie Futch stopped the bout after the 14th. At that point Frazier couldn t see and Ali could hardly breathe. 4. TKO of Liston to win the heavyweight title (Feb. 25, 1964) The brash Cassius Clay was a huge underdog and his behavior leading up to the fight caused many to think he was a nut case. But Ali thoroughly outboxed Liston and even when he got liniment in his eye and unable to see for an entire round, he stalled by moving around the ring to avoid being hit. It was one of the most brilliant performances of his career against a man everyone feared. 5. Win over Cleveland Williams (Nov. 14, 1966) Ali was two months shy of his 25th birthday when stopping the veteran Williams in the third round at the Astrodome. Williams, a quality fighter with a record, met Ali in his prime. He was lightning fast, exceptionally accurate and his punches had significant power. 6. Knock down by Henry Cooper (June 18, 1963) Cooper floored Ali in the fourth round with a left hook. It was the first time in his career he had Muhammad Ali gets a kiss from movie star Halle Berry. faced adversity. After getting up, he proved his mettle by stopping Cooper in the following round. 7. Win over Jerry Quarry (Oct. 26, 1970) Quarry was one of the elite heavyweights of his day and would have likely won the title had he not come around at a time when there were guys like Ali and Frazier. Ali faced Quarry in his first fight back after refusing induction into the military service. In that match, he put on a spectacular performance to signal he was, for certain, back in the hunt for the title. 8. Loss of title to Leon Spinks (Feb. 15, 1978) Spinks, a 1976 Olympic gold medalist, came into the fight with just a record. He simply outworked Ali and won the title in one of the most significant upsets in boxing history. 9. Knockout of Sonny Liston in rematch (May 25, 1965) Ali won by first-round knockout with the phantom punch that many to this day insist didn t land. It marked the end of Liston as a serious contender. 10. Loss to Larry Holmes (Oct. 2, 1980) Anyone who saw the fight cringed at the site of an aged Ali unable to move and unable to compete against Holmes. Several times, Holmes turned to referee Richard Greene and pleaded with him to stop the fight. When Greene didn t, Holmes turned back to battering Ali in what was the saddest bout of his career. Local boxing scribes put The Greatest under a microscope: To be fair, Ali was drawn in so many directions. There were the racial tensions, Vietnam, the division within the Black Muslim faith and the fact he was making a ton of money with everybody wanting a piece of the action. Ali was the greatest if you consider he had more women chasing after him than Elvis, the Beatles, and Tiger Woods combined. I imagine even the great Wilt Chamberlain called for advice. His ego became so big he had to turn sideways just to get through a doorway. At this stage in his life, he s become a huge ATM machine, fundraiser extraordinaire, with every charity imaginable knocking on the door. He doesn t have one birthday party, this year he had five. From his numerous quips and catchphrases, to his brash, in-yourface openness, to his controversial stances on race, Ali set a tone far different from professional athletes of his era. No one can dispute his effect on our pop culture. He s had 30 books written about him, made appearances on the covers of magazines and TV, been the subject of seven movies, had advertising deals with Coke and Pizza Hut, has a star on the Hollywood Walk-of-Fame, and he s even had his own Saturday morning cartoon show. Did I leave anything out? The reason I loved him is because of his confidence, said University of Kentucky men s basketball coach John Calipari. He would talk and then back it up. He had great courage and who had more fun than him? For advertising information, call (858) April 15, 2012 THE MILITARY PRESS 7
8 Commentary so what s the difference? lobbying Lobbying (also lobby) is the act of attempting to influence decisions made by officials in the government, most often legislators or members of regulatory agencies. The ethics and morality of lobbying are dual-edged. Lobbying is often spoken of with contempt, when the implication is that people with inordinate socioeconomic power are corrupting the law (twisting it away from fairness) in order to serve their own conflict of interest. ). The difficulty in drawing objective lines between which lobbyists are good lobbyists and which ones are bad ones is compounded by the cleverness with which lobbyists or their clients can speciously argue that their own lobbying is of the good kind. bribery Bribery, is an act of implying money or gift giving that alters the behavior of the recipient. Bribery constitutes a crime and is defined by Black s Law Dictionary as the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions of an official or other person in charge of a public or legal duty. The bribe is the gift bestowed to influence the recipient s conduct. It may be any money, good, right in action, property, preferment, privilege, emolument, object of value, advantage, or merely a promise or undertaking to induce or influence the action, vote, or influence of a person in an official or public capacity. In economics, the bribe has been described as rent. Bribery in bureaucracy has been viewed as a reason for higher cost of production of goods and services. Learn how to support military members with adjustment challenges. From active duty to retired, reservists to DOD and family members, anyone can face depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder and other mental illnesses and be reluctant to seek help. Recovery is possible, and getting help is an important first step to a healthy and active future. COURAGE TO CALL April 15, 2012 THE MILITARY PRESS 12-SPSR-0212_MarMilitaryPressUpdate_FNL.indd 1 SIGNATURES: 170 Laurel Street San Diego, Ca /5/12 10:16 AM
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10 Commentary Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Thomas Jefferson By Cal Thomas The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people; it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government lest it come to dominate our lives and interests. Patrick Henry Liberty is always tenuous. Those who enjoy it seem to be a minority in the world. That s why liberty must not only be preserved by those who currently benefit from it; it must also be fought for and constantly renewed for future generations, because there are always those who wish to restrict or eliminate our freedoms. The Obama administration s ham-fisted attempt to require that contraceptives and abortifacients be offered to employees of Catholic and other religious institutions is a serious threat to our civil liberties. Yes, federal (through EEOC oversight) and state governments already play this role and have for a time. According to the Guttmacher Institute, Some 28 states have mandated coverage of birth control and 20 of those have some sort of exemption for religious employers. New York and California are among the 28. But do we really want government to continue to take the place of individual conscience? Should government continue to dictate to its citizens how to order and conduct their lives? But wait. Didn t President Obama give in to the concerns of Roman Catholic bishops by excusing Catholic institutions from paying for contraceptives and morning-after pills for their employees? Not exactly. The president disingenuously shifted the burden to insurance companies, which have now been ordered to offer the pills free to any employee who wants them. Nothing is free. The cost will eventually be added to the price of the policies, which the employer will wind up paying for anyway. The cost will then be passed along to the employee. Congratulations to Marvin Alexander NATIONAL CITY Winner of 50 in the Military Press Search & Match Picture Hunt, April 1, 2012 Next Search & March Contest is May 1, April 15, 2012 THE MILITARY PRESS FREE NEW BOOKS FOR KIDS Reading Literacy Learning, Inc. Presents the 28th Annual Children s Book Party 2012 Sat., April 28th 8:30AM - 10:30AM Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park Admission is FREE All Children are welcome and will receive free new books, entertainment & refreshments M.C. Jamarr Brown Roosevelt Brown, Program Director at Celebrating over 28 yrs of donating new books to children, to help them build their own home library. Over one million books given away.
11 The bishops weren t fooled. After initially expressing cautious optimism over the administration s first step in the right direction, they issued a statement, reports the Wall Street Journal, saying they still have serious moral concerns and cannot support the announced compromise, despite the fact that many thousands of religious institutions will be exempted from the mandate. This issue was always about more than contraceptives and who pays for them. It is about individual liberty and whether the government under Obamacare has the constitutional right to dictate to private businesses and church-related entities when such orders violate conscience and religious beliefs. Would the administration also order a conscientious objector to engage in combat? It s the same principle. If the administration can get away with this, there will be no stopping it. If government can force an insurance company or institution to pay for a birth-control pill or a morning-after pill, it can, under the same authority, conceivably force them to pay for a euthanasia pill for those others have deemed unfit to live. Too extreme? Most inhumanities begin with extremes. What is to stop the government from such behavior? If the Constitution s protection of religious freedom is to be annulled, along with the already voided endowed right to life written into the Declaration of Independence, by what moral or legal authority can anyone stop government from doing anything? This is more than a slippery slope; this is an avalanche and it threatens our most fundamental rights, without which we morph into something other than the America we have known. Responding to the president s remarks in which he pulled back on his insurance company mandate, Amy Ridenour, chair of the National Center for Public Policy Research, weighing in on the cost of providing contraceptive benefits, said, Here s the problem: The savings substantially comes from pregnancy avoidance. That s what religious-based opponents of the birth control/early abortifacient mandate objected to in the first place. There are two possible remedies: A decision expected this spring by the Supreme Court that Obamacare is unconstitutional, or a complete repeal of the health-care law, which would require a Republican Congress and a Republican president. What other liberties does the Obama administration want to subvert? In his Super Bowl Sunday interview with NBC s Matt Lauer, President Obama appeared to complain about the Founding Fathers, whom he suggested,...designed a system that makes it more difficult to bring about change that I would like sometimes. It s called the separation of powers, Mr. President, and it was created to protect the nation from a dictatorial executive branch. Dr. Stuart B.Kincaid M.D., F.A.C.S. Permanent Change of Station Her Heart! Get Both for Only 25 Per Payday* FREE MODEL SHIPPING! Use coupon code: SHIPIT 698 Active Duty Pre-Qualiied Twice Monthly Payments (as low as 25)* Over 55 years serving the Military Community EVENING AND SATURDAY APPOINTMENTS COMPLIMENTARY CONSULTATION MILITARY DISCOUNTS AFFORDABLE FINANCE PLANS Plaza Camino Real Carlsbad, CA :: Ocean Place Cinemas Oceanside, CA :: Westteld Horton Plaza San Diego, CA ALL SALES SUBJECT TO CREDIT APPROVAL. Free Shipping is via UPS Ground (Domestic) or USPS (APO/FPO). Must enter coupon code SHIPIT at checkout. *Sample payment based on 18-month terms and payment by allotment. 50 minimum monthly terms required to open an account. Toll Free: Direct: Overseas/Toll Free: Germany Japan Korea For advertising information, call (858) April 15, 2012 THE MILITARY PRESS 11
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14 Military News Field Tested: LEAVING ACTIVE DUTY? Keep Serving in the California National Guard There are openings statewide for prior service personnel in both Officer and Enlisted Ranks Keep your retirement benefits Maintain your rank Healthcare benefits Part-time service in your community Up to 100% tuition assistance Enjoy the camaraderie Switch to a new career field or keep your current career Recruiting, Managing, and Retaining Veterans Field Tested by Emily King, c.2012, Amacom, 29.95, 187 pages. In a normal weeks time, you get many applications from many jobseekers. That s no surprise in any economy, but what caught your eye this week was that the number has soared. Veterans are returning to the civilian workforce in waves, and they re reaching out to you for employment. Fortunately, you might have a place for someone with military experience but making room on the payroll isn t all you ll need to do. In the new book Field Tested by Emily King, you ll learn how to keep the best employee you may ever have. Every year, and particularly now, tens of thousands of military personnel leave their old jobs to join the ranks of civilian workers. You d love to tap into a veteran s discipline, that can-do attitude, and the training that comes from working for everybody s favorite Uncle. But there are things you need to do before you post a Help Wanted ad. There are considerations on both sides of the desk, and preparation is key. First, understand that most employees don t leave a job, they leave a manager. Managing properly for retention, therefore, is what you ultimately want. Since the average veteran goes through three jobs before acclimating to civilian workplaces, it s to your advantage to anticipate the challenges that will come with transition. At issue is that the military is a very different kind of business than the one you have in the civilian world, and you can t make assumptions. Your new hire may never have had to negotiate for salary or benefits. He or she may be unaccustomed to a more casual, less-regimented office with unique relationships between employees. Office hours are gentler. Even the uniforms are different. So what can you do for your new hire to help with what amounts to a diversity issue and a culture clash. How can you keep him or her working for you? Arm yourself with an understanding of what your employee is leaving behind and how it affects thinking. Make sure he or she knows what the job entails, how departments work together, and what is expected. Don t assume anything. Pair a new employee with an established co-worker who is a veteran, too. Check in often and keep the doors of communication wide open. You ve seen the posters and ads reminding you to hire a veteran. Does it really have to be this hard? Author Emily King has studied this subject at length and she says that it could be, but that knowledge is essential for [A]nticipating and heading off challenges I liked that King, who has a passion for this subject and has committed herself to ensuring that veterans are prepared for civilian workplaces, gives employers lots of tools for keeping those challenges in perspective. I also appreciated the first-hand accounts from veterans who ve made the transition. Be aware that this book is occasionally repetitive, may feel like babysteps at times, and is nowhere near reading-lite. Still, if you re eager to strengthen your business in a relatively easy way, Field Tested is a book you ll salute. Get your subscription to the Military Press No matter where you go... there we are. The Military Press is now offering subscriptions. For 50/year, you will receive every issue hot off the press and in your mailbox. Send check or money order, payable to Military Press Newspaper, to 9715 Carroll Centre Road, #104, San Diego, CA Fill out and mail in the form below or call Name Address Credit Card # Exp. Date Sec. Code 14 April 15, 2012 THE MILITARY PRESS
15 Military News HOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED: Results of Arab Spring Cleaning In this Oct. 10, 2010 AP file photo, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, center, with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, right, and his Yemeni counterpart Ali Abdullah Saleh, center left, pose for a group photo with Arab and African leaders during the second Afro-Arab summit in Sirte, Libya. Off to one side is Tunisia s Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Today, Saleh is out of power, Ben Ali is in exile, Mubarak is on trial and Gadhafi is dead. Now that we know our intelligence indicating Saddam was producing WMDs was overstated, it is clear that timing and conditions on the ground did not warrant an immediate change in containment policy. If the U.S. had waited for the Iraqi people to see and seize the opportunity to remove Saddam from power, our military and economy would have avoided carrying the costly and burdensome baggage of this deadly eight-year conflict. use your mouse Money can t talk but it s always spoken for. When the paycheck s gone before you get it, we can help. We serve the military exclusively, and we re committed to offering you a smarter way to borrow. Personal loans ,000 High military approval rate for all credit types Quick access to your money 15-day, no-cost satisfaction guarantee win stuff join our community militarypress.com Borrow smart apply today! FOR-LOAN PioneerMilitaryLoans.com Lending Saving Learning Follow us on All loan applications are confidential and subject to our credit policies. No official U.S. military endorsement is implied. MidCountry Bank is a member FDIC. 12-DL-090 For advertising information, call (858) April 15, 2012 THE MILITARY PRESS 15
16 Military News Drop Off Your Unused Prescription Drugs On April 28, collection activities, in conjunction with the DEA, will take place from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. at Naval Medical Center San Diego, MCAS Miramar, and Naval Base San Diego. The program is anonymous and free for active duty and beneficiaries, retirees and staff. Prescription and over-the-counter medications will be accepted. Intravenous solutions, injectables and needles will not be accepted. For more information or the site nearest you, visit www. dea.gov. Wings of Freedom Tour in San Diego In honor of WWII veterans, the Collings Foundation s Wings of Freedom Tour brings an extremely rare bomber and fighter aircraft to local living history display as part of 100- city tour. Visit www. 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The EXCLUSIVE San Diego home of D-BOX Motion Enhanced Seats! *add l. charge for 3D films & D-BOX seats 4 Convenient San Diego County Locations: Poway Mission Valley & Hazard Center For reservations and information on flight experiences call IMAX: To the Arctic Through the power of IMAX, audiences will be transported to one of the most remote and spectacularly beautiful places in the world and experience an emotional story of love, family and hope, when the documentary adventure TO THE ARCTIC comes to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center s Heikoff Dome Theater on Friday, April 20. An extraordinary journey to the top of the world as few people have ever seen it, TO THE ARCTIC tells a compelling tale of survival, with global implications. Narrated by Oscar winner Meryl Streep, the film takes audiences on a never-before-experienced journey into the lives of a mother polar bear and her twin seven-month-old cubs as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home. Seaport Village Concert Series Every Sunday enjoy FREE musical performances from 1 to 4 p.m. in the East Gazebo at Seaport Village. The line-up includes: April 22: Midnight Heat April 29: Doug Parent Band May 6: Blue Rockit May 13: Indian Joe & The Chiefs May 20: Nadro John May 27: Windy City June 3: NOVA Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse hosts free live music every Saturday night from 7 to 9 p.m. On the first Tuesday of every month the shop hosts Shakespeare readings from 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., presented by the San Diego Shakespeare Society. LEGAL EAGLE By Mark E. Sullivan, P.A. Divorce and VA Disability Compensation: Facts and Fallacies Part 1 Introduction: Many military personnel, spouses, former spouses and retirees are victimized by myths and misstatements about disability payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs and their effect on money issues in a divorce. Some people claim that VA benefits can be divided in a divorce, just like a military pension. Some claim that VA disability pay is off limits in calculation of child support and alimony. Even lawyers have a hard time understanding whether and how a court can order garnishment of VA payments to accomplish the prompt and full payment of family support ordered by the judge. Those who have served our country in uniform, and those who have accompanied them, are entitled to honest answers. Below are some of the questions and charges made, followed by accurate and straightforward answers. Q. I ve heard that Congress clearly intended to protect veterans benefits from being awarded to anyone other than the veteran who earned those benefits under any circumstances. A. This myth has been making the rounds recently. Like the stories of Bigfoot, Shangri-La and the Loch Ness Monster, it has a core of believers. And like these examples, it s not true. Congress wrote the law on veterans benefits, found at Title 38 of the U.S. Code, with an eye toward exempting VA benefits from most creditors claims; ordinary creditors are barred from execution or garnishment of VA payments. But family members are not ordinary creditors. They are, in fact, the subject of special protections in Title 38, both for child support and alimony. Q. But my ex-husband told me that the federal law on Veterans Benefits, Title 38, U.S. Code, Section 5301 and following provisions, was written by Congress to protect veterans benefits from third-party awards under any legal process whatsoever. Is that true? A. Not at all. The case that lays down the law on this is Rose v. Rose (U.S. Supreme Court 1987). There the Court made it clear that 10 U.S.C. Section 5301 (the anti-attachment clause in Title 38) does not apply to court orders which require a veteran to support his or her family. VA benefits can and should be considered as income when the judge is deciding how much support a spouse or children need and what a veteran is able to pay.
17 Careers / Education Responses to Boots To the Editor: I am responding to the article in the April 1, 2012 The Military Press. Outstanding! If anything, this article should be required reading for every Senator and Congressman, as well as the Administration. It was short, but to the point and more truthful than you can imagine. I hope to copy this article and send it to all of my friends. Terry Bucklew, RSVN To the Editor: Just wanted to say I read your article in Military Press about PTSD and coming DOD cuts, and I agree with you. I personally agree that DoD needs to cut costs and save some tax payers money; however, they do it ALL at the wrong place. I am active duty and we struggle to do our job because we don t have the funds to buy BASIC supply and BASIC equipment to do our job, while DoD spend billions of dollars on high tech weapon systems that are over-paid and not needed. But who benefits of this? The politicians and their friends... Same with the manning. We are already way UNDER-MANNED, but they cut our numbers again... with ERB, PTS, etc. Always the workers (bottom enlisted personnel) who are cut, while the higher ups stay there, cost A LOT more to DoD, and do not much... And finally, I believe there is WAY TOO MANY civilians in the Navy and Dod... they take a lot of military positions, but cost a lot more, and MOST double dip: they retire from active duty, then their high-placed friends civilized their position, and they keep doing the same job after they retire from active duty, but now as a GS 11 or higher... That s where the cuts should be done! Thank you. Prefer to Remain Anonymous To the Editor: I enjoyed your article. I am an old man In 1963 JFK sent me a letter to serve my country. I left college and joined the Army. Unlike Rush Limbaugh, Bill Clinton, Dick Cheney, Roger Hedgecock and others who profess their support for the military, they made lame excuses to avoid the Draft, getting college deferments. In the end they deferred nothing. Letters to the Editor continued at Navigate your future with Ashford University. Complete your degree at home or abroad. Discover a supportive learning community designed for you to go to school while you serve. Ashford s digital tools allow you to keep in touch with your courses while on the go. Even deployment doesn t mean your education is over you can continue while deployed or pick up where you left off when you return. To learn about all your benefits, contact Ashford today. Call or visit military.ashford.edu/mp today. Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association (ncahlc.org). Benefits subject to eligibility. Visit military.ashford.edu for complete eligibility requirements. Ashford University 400 North Bluff Blvd. Clinton, IA Post 911 GI Bill, Veterans & My CAA Eligible 12AUAM0328 AC-0255 For advertising information, call (858) April 15, 2012 THE MILITARY PRESS 17
18 Gone But Not Forgotten Edgar Allan Poe (born Edgar Poe, January 19, 1809-October 7, 1849) was an American author, poet, editor and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career. He was born as Edgar Poe in Boston, Massachusetts; he was orphaned young when his mother died shortly after his father abandoned the family. Poe was taken in by John and Frances Allan, of Richmond, Virginia, but they never formally adopted him. He attended the University of Virginia for one semester but left due to lack of money. After enlisting in the Army and later failing as an officer s cadet at West Point, Poe parted ways with the Allans. His publishing career began humbly, with an anonymous collection of poems, Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827), credited only to a Bostonian. Poe switched his focus to prose and spent the next several years working for literary journals and periodicals, becoming known for his own style of literary criticism. His work forced him to move among several cities, including Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City. In Baltimore in 1835, he married Virginia Clemm, his 13-yearold cousin. In January 1845 Poe published his poem, The Raven, to instant success. His wife died of tuberculosis two years after its publication. He began planning to produce his own journal, The Penn (later renamed The Stylus), though he died before it could be produced. On October 7, 1849, at age 40, Poe died in Baltimore; the cause of his death is unknown and has been variously attributed to alcohol, brain congestion, cholera, drugs, heart disease, rabies, suicide, tuberculosis, and other agents. Poe and his works influenced literature in the United States and around the world, as well as in specialized fields, such as cosmology and cryptography. Poe and his work appear throughout popular culture in literature, music, films, and television. A number of his homes are dedicated museums today. Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. ` Tis some visitor, I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door - Only this, and nothing more. Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December, And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor. Eagerly I wished the morrow; - vainly I had sought to borrow From my books surcease of sorrow - sorrow for the lost Lenore - For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels named Lenore - Nameless here for evermore. For the rest of this Poe classic, visit us online at: militarypress.com F R O M T H E D I R E C T O R O F V F O R V E N D E T T A THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN STOP A SERIAL KILLER IS THE MAN WHO INSPIRED HIM. JOHN CUSACK IS EDGAR ALLAN POE RELATIVITY MEDIA AND INTREPID PICTURES PRESENT IN ASSOCIATION WITH GALAVIS FILM AN INTREPID PICTURES/FILMNATION PRODUCTION JOHN CUSACK THE RAVEN LUKE EVANS ALICE EVE AND BRENDAN GLEESON CASTING BY LUCINDA SYSON C.D.G./C.S.A. AND ELAINE GRAINGER, C.D.G. MAKE UP, HAIR AND PROSTHETICS DESIGNER DANIEL PARKER MUSIC BY LUCAS VIDAL DESIGNER COSTUME PRODUCTION DIRECTOR OF CO- EXECUTIVE CARLO POGGIOLI EDITOR NIVEN HOWIE DESIGNER ROGER FORD PHOTOGRAPHY DANNY RUHLMANN, ACS PRODUCER RICHARD SHARKEY PRODUCERS GLEN BASNER JESÚS MARTÍNEZ ASENCIO JAMES D. STERN PRODUCED BY AARON RYDER MARC D. EVANS TREVOR MACY WRITTEN BY HANNAH SHAKESPEARE & BEN LIVINGSTON DIRECTED BY JAMES MCTEIGUE 18 April 15, 2012 THE MILITARY PRESS THE RAVEN MILITARY PRESS 9.417" x 6.145" imdb.com/theraven April RELATIVITY MEDIA
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All rights reserved. 4/5/2012 The association s focus recalls an era that preceded our entitlement, envy and greed generation. One of the goals stated in its Success Factors Study, is to...identify and assist scholars who exemplify resilience in the face of adversity a hallmark characteristic of Association members, themselves leaders who have journeyed from humble beginnings to achieve unprecedented success. Scholarship money goes to young people in need who have demonstrated the character qualities the society embodies and promotes. The adults who are honored by the association are people who, when young, dug ditches, painted houses and worked at other menial jobs. Some came from what we once called broken homes, others had alcoholic fathers, or absent mothers. Many escaped poverty. They tell their stories of a teacher who inspired them, or a mentor who encouraged them. The one common denominator in each of their backgrounds is the individual s embrace of this simple formula: inspiration followed by perspiration equals success. While the Horatio Alger Association is nonpartisan, the Republican Party is missing a great opportunity to resurrect Horatio Alger and return him to the center of American society. Instead of allowing some liberal Democrats to own the issue of compassion and promote victimhood and class warfare among their constituents, Republicans should feature people on the campaign trail who tell their stories of achievement, encouraging others not to settle, or become mired in difficult circumstances. One of the honorees at last year s Horatio Alger Awards dinner, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, said: People who believe they re victims will become victims. People who believe they can win, eventually will win. Ailes grew up in humble surroundings, but refused to allow those surroundings to define him. Instead of focusing on failure and poverty, why aren t Republicans telling stories of success and prosperity, or at least self-sufficiency and what it takes to improve a life? Success is not a secret. It is as old as civilization itself. The late radio broadcaster Paul Harvey made a career out of telling stories about people who overcame hardship through perseverance and tenacity and by embracing virtues that have helped those who live by them to experience a better life. Also appearing at the 2011 Alger dinner was actor Tom Selleck, who said, There are no magic formulas, no single book, or even educational degrees that can generate the spirit of achievement through perseverance. Nothing creates and inspires resolve more than knowing achievement is possible for someone who came from circumstances like your own. When the hardships of life threaten to sever hope from you, there is no prosthetic for an amputated spirit, no therapy for the atrophy of a dream, no medication for the sickness that breaks the heart and withers the soul. There is the American Dream. Republicans are known for wanting to reduce the power of government. That is more likely to occur when the power of the individual increases. You can do it! parents cry as they take the training wheels off their kids bikes and give them that last guiding push down the sidewalk. Take the training wheels of government off those Americans who rely on government far too much. Convince these Americans that they can make something of themselves, if they would only try. These should be the objectives of Americans of every political stripe. Horatio Alger got it. So can Republicans. 20 April 15, 2012 THE MILITARY PRESS