THE GUARDIAN ANGEL ASSHOLES on their defense of SEAL Wannabe's
Morris Ashton on the Vietnam Wall
AE1 - E6 - Navy - Regular
John Cooke BREWTON
LTJG - O2 - Navy - Reserve
26 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on Sep 05, 1943
From MOBILE, ALABAMA
Length of service 3 years.
His tour of duty began on Feb 15, 1969
severely wounded was on November 24, 1969
in GIA DINH, Rung Sat Special Zone, SOUTH VIETNAM
Hostile, died of wounds Jan 11, 1970
MULTIPLE FRAGMENTATION WOUNDS
Body was recovered
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|EUGENE THOMAS FRALEY
SEAL Team TWO 7th Platoon: 'Nam 67-68
ABH2 - E5 - Navy - Regular
23 year old Married, Caucasian, Male
Born on May 14, 1945
From NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Length of service 4 years.
His tour of duty began on Aug 18, 1968
Casualty was on Oct 29, 1968
in PHONG DINH, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE
Body was recovered
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In memory of Eugene Cahill (RIP)
Table of Contents
The U. S. Army Generals caused the U.S. Navy SEALs to lose a few great men! Navy SEALs Win/Lose
32. Ted KASSA (SEAL) and Deep Sea Diver
33. Drug bazzar, getting drugs on the Web (drug interactions) and DRUG INFO LINE
34. Dying for a cure. Doctors failed to accurately inform patients of the benefits and risks of a study.
35. Everyday life is getting NOISIER, Americans losing their hearing earlier. Take this hearing QUIZ.
36. Bush, Gore take up arms over guns
37. ASR/ARS Association Official Web Site
38. Per-Erik "Swede" Tornblom Photo Album in Cyberspace
39 Solomon "kimo" "sol" Atkinson Photo Album in Metlakatla AK
40. Doc Riojas' answer to the "Guardian Angel Assholes"
3. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
First identified as "shell shock" in World War I, and
brought to prominent attention in veterans of the Vietnam War, post-traumatic stress
disorder has since been recognized in the larger population. The term is used to describe
a broad pattern of emotional and behavioral symptoms that arise as a result of direct
exposure to or participation in intensely frightening, often violent events or
circumstances. Psychic trauma occurs when a person is involved in horrible external events
over which she has no control and which render her temporarily helpless.
There are three basic types of psychic trauma: single-blow
trauma, which arises from a single, sudden, and unexpected blow such as a rape, a car
accident that kills someone else, or a destructive flood; repeated trauma, which
results arises from long-standing, anticipated blows, such as political torture, sexual or
physical abuse; and long-term trauma, in which a single, sudden shock results in
homelessness, disability, disfigurement, prolonged hospitalization or pain, or serious
injury or death of a loved one.
Post-traumatic stress symptoms appear and evolve over time. At
the moment of the event, a person usually retains full physical and emotional control. In
retrospect, it may be noted that he remained remarkably calm. Yet, within days, the full
impact of the experience may hit. He might begin to wonder why it happened, whether he was
chosen in particular for the experience, and what he could have done to prevent it. In
time, this may evolve into a belief that his future is limited, and his destiny grim.
With a single-blow trauma, a person is likely to remember the
event with dazzling clarity. Yet the details may become distorted; time becomes protracted
For people who are subjected to repeated trauma, there is a
greater tendency to become numb. Take, for example, the experience of sexual or physical
abuse; once a child comes to understand that the abuse will happen again, and that she has
no control over it, her dread may eventually translate into physical and emotional
numbing. Or, as she comes to accept the terrible inevitability, she may begin to
dissociate, cutting that part of her life, and herself off, and forcing herself not to
feel. As an adult, she will likely experience a reduced ability to feel emotions,
especially those associated with tenderness, intimacy, vulnerability, and sexuality.
Even so, trauma may lead a person to experience vivid and
unwelcome imagery from the event, especially during leisure times, when he is bored at
work or school, falling off to sleep, listening to the radio or watching television. Some
people experience flashbacks years after the traumatizing event.
It is not at all unusual for people with post-traumatic stress disorder to be preoccupied with the event or experience for years. Feelings of fearfulness, panic, and menace tend pervade most areas of their life. Traumatic episodes tend to drain the enjoyment from activities that used to interest them. They may feel estranged from other people, even those who are dearest to them. In addition, they may experience unremitting sadness, and generalized rage. Occasionally, a traumatized person expresses that rage in self-mutilating and self-endangering behavior or physically damaging suicidal gestures.
Different people development different symptoms in response to trauma depending on their age when the traumatic event occurred, the nature of the event, and the way in which the trauma was handled by others at the time. Related symptoms include:
Often when a single-blow episode, such as a hurricane, flood,
tornado, a violent act at the local school, or the suicide of a classmate, affects large
groups of people, the community will step forward and provide emergency interventions.
After such disastrous events, early responses from mental health professionals, community
assemblies, and school-centered groups allow for immediate exploration of the impact. By
providing the forum for sharing experiences, feelings, and reactions, these interventions
may well act to circumvent problems and symptoms later on.
When symptoms in response to a traumatic episode or experience
take root, other treatment may be necessary. Occasionally, medication is recommended in
the early course of post-traumatic or acute stress disorder, particularly to treat
trauma-related depressions, anxiety, or compulsive behaviors. Also therapy that, over
time, allows the person to talk about the trauma can be instrumental in allowing her to
get on with her life.
Depending on the severity of the event or circumstances, and the
persistence of your reaction, it is usually wise to consult a mental health clinician
following a disastrous experience.
If traumatizing episodes are not dealt with immediately, it may be discovered, years later, that trauma lies at the root of other conditions, including depression, behavioral disorders, anxiety or panic disorders. During subsequent psychiatric treatment, the existence and impact of earlier trauma will be uncovered.
Good. Although few people "get over" traumatic events
completely, with the support and love of family members, and appropriate psychosocial
interventions, most are able to gain greater perspective and understand the experience
within the larger context of their past, and go on to engage in productive and healthy
4. Teachers Should be Allowed to Carry Guns
Teachers should be allowed to carry loaded guns!
5. Lawsuits Expose Diagnositic Limits of Mammogram
Nov. 3, 1999, 5:27PM By JANE E. BRODY
New York Times
Recently a jury in Hawaii awarded $1.32 million to a 57-year-old woman who said her breast cancer diagnosis had been delayed for 17 months because a radiologist had not found it on a mammogram. In New York, a 37-year-old woman won a $2.5 million malpractice suit against a radiologist who she said had failed to find her breast cancer on a mammogram done seven months earlier. In Florida, a jury awarded $3.35 million to a 56-year-old woman who claimed that her breast cancer diagnosis was delayed for six months because her cancer had been missed on a mammogram.
These are just some of a growing number of lawsuits asserting that a diagnosis of breast cancer was missed because a radiologist failed to find it on a mammogram.
Yet experts in the field say such lawsuits mainly stem from serious misconceptions about the ability of mammograms to detect cancers and from an assumption that the radiologists who read mammograms should be able to see things that may be discernible only in hindsight.
In the current American Journal of Roentgenology, Dr. Leonard Berlin, chairman of radiology at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago, writes that "the number of medical malpractice lawsuits alleging injury due to missing or delaying the diagnosis of breast cancer has increased so rapidly that such lawsuits have now reached epidemic proportions."
Radiologists who read mammograms are the main targets of these lawsuits, which often result in multimillion-dollar jury awards, even when no medical error has been committed by the doctors involved.
Robert A. Clifford, a plaintiff's lawyer in Chicago and vice chairman of the section on litigation of the American Bar Association, said: "Radiologists do miss these things. I've seen top-drawer radiologists miss it. I believe it's a volume issue where the doctor has too much business on his plate. He's rushed, harried and doesn't give it the time and attention it needs."
But Berlin believes that well-meaning efforts to encourage women to get regular mammograms have led to a highly inflated view of the accuracy of the technique. For example, in promoting mammography in the 1980s, the American Cancer Society stated, "Now, breast cancer has virtually nowhere to hide," even though 10 percent of known breast cancers in older women and up to 25 percent of cancers in young women cannot be seen on a mammogram.
Dr. Marc Homer, a professor of radiology at the Tufts University School of Medicine, said "Mammography is the best tool we have for finding small, potentially curable breast cancers, but it's not 100 percent perfect." A cancer can be seen on a mammogram only if it looks different from the surrounding normal breast tissue, he explained.
"Breast cancers like invasive lobular carcinomas can masquerade as normal, even if you can feel them," Homer said. In younger women, Homer he added, the density of the breast tissue makes it difficult to recognize subtle early signs of cancer on a mammogram.
"The public perception is that the mammogram is a test that is 100 percent accurate," Homer said. "A woman thinks, `If I have cancer, it must be on the mammogram, and if the mammogram was read as normal, my cancer must have been missed.' "
Dr. Daniel Kopans, a radiologist and mammography expert at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, said "I think we've elevated the expectations of women above reality. The legal system is holding us to a standard that's impossible to meet."
The rapid rise in lawsuits involving mammography represents the flip side of arguments that have long raged over this technique. Many critics claim that its widespread use and doctors' fear of litigation has resulted in large numbers of unnecessary biopsies and operations.
While studies have indicated death rates from breast cancer are reduced by 30 percent when women older than 50 have annual mammographic screening, the benefits to younger women are less clear.
Mammography can often find tiny cancers before they can be felt by a woman or her doctor and when they are presumed to be most curable. But the diagnosis and treatment of a tiny cancer is not a guarantee of cure. As Homer explained, "Some breast cancers are very aggressive even at a small size" and may have spread beyond the breast even before they can be felt. Others are slow-growing "and may only be recognizable on a mammogram when they grow larger," he said.
When used annually as a screening tool, mammography is most valuable when it finds tumors before they have spread beyond the breast and while they are potentially curable. But tumors that grow rapidly may become apparent as a discernible lump months after a routine mammogram has found no trace of it.
When a woman or her doctor can feel a lump, "a negative mammogram is essentially meaningless," Kopans said, adding: "It does not tell someone she does not have breast cancer. Once something can be felt, it must be checked out further," for example, by ultrasound or biopsy.
Efforts to improve the accuracy of mammograms have taken several paths. One is to have two experienced radiologists look at them independently, but not under the pressure of a woman who is waiting in the office for the results, Kopans said. Unrushed double readings can increase the accuracy of mammography by about 7 percent, his studies have shown.
The American Cancer Society has also been urging women to seek high-quality mammography. Those places that meet high professional standards of safety and quality should display a Food and Drug Administration certificate. back to top
6. Compassion has created a medical quagmire
|Paul Craig Roberts
Compassion has created a medical quagmire
Private practice is being destroyed as doctors are herded into HMOs, where budgetary concerns rather than doctors' judgments dictate the treatment of the patients. Having forced HMOs into rationing medical care, Congress is responding to the fiasco with legislation that permits patients whose treatments were inadequate to sue the HMOs.
It is another win for trial lawyers, but a no-win situation for patients, doctors and HMOs. The only solution is to get government out of the health-care business. People should be given tax deductions or tax credits to buy private policies. Medicine should be returned to the private practice, where doctors are guided by their judgment and knowledge of their patients, not by budgetary restrictions and paperwork requirements.
Health care based on income redistribution has failed -- just like everything else based on income redistribution. A real leader worthy of becoming our president would not propose to expand a failing program. He would offer a plan to extricate us from the medical quagmire that compassion has created.
7. The many wrongs of
patients sue their HMOs sounds like a wonderful idea only if you think rampant lawsuits
have been a blessing to society in other areas. Medical malpractice offers little basis
for believing that an influx of trial lawyers will foster saner health care. A 1997 study
of 30,000 litigants published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that 20
percent of the suits were filed by patients who had not suffered any injury -- and that
they got an average settlement of $29,000 anyway. Those who had suffered an injury, even
though their doctor had not been negligent, did even better, with an average payoff of
This bill allows patients to sue only in cases where they were denied care and are harmed as a result. But that invites a mass rush to court by anyone whom modern medicine has not cured completely, which is many people. Anytime someone faces a serious health problem that gets worse, it is possible to argue she would have been better off had she gotten some treatment that she was denied. And who can prove otherwise?
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BY DALE EISMAN, The Virginian-Pilot
Copyright 1999, Landmark Communications Inc.
But Lt. j.g. Chris Rohrbach, a Navy SEAL based at Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base, told the lawmakers that the active duty sailors in his platoon have voiced no reservations about taking the anthrax shots.
Rohrbach compared the vaccinations to the precautions he insists his men take in various job environments. In the water, they wear floatation devices; when flying, they always wear helmets; when facing the threat of an anthrax attack, it makes sense to have the protection of a vaccine, he said.
9. Camp Pendleton Armed Services YMCA 10K Mud Run o
Johnny Surprise is a sports marketing manager. He wears a
business suit and
drives a black BMW. He's married and owns a cat. He likes to run to stay in
shape, and plans to participate in the California Iron Man next year.
But Surprise, 31, has added a twist to his workout regime -- mud.
Lots and lots of mud.
The eighth annual Camp Pendleton Armed Services YMCA 10K Mud Run will take
place Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Race registration begins at 7.
"After that last part there is mud in every orifice known to man," said
Surprise. "I always have to try and identify my partners because you have
to cross the finish line together to be eligible for the prizes."
It was thought that the Navy SEALs, who are used to performing under
extreme conditions, would win the race every year. That hasn't proved to be
"The San Diego Fire Department beat the SEALs last year," said Spratt.
"We're finding that there are all sorts of incredible athletes out there.
They're not all in the armed services.
To register, up until race day, call Spratt at the Armed Services
(760) 385-4921. Race-day registration can be done at the event itself. Cost
is $22 for individuals and $110 for teams of five. Copyright Union-Tribune Publishing Co.
10. SEAL finds parallel world as Astronaut/ Set for mission as commander of space station
James W. Crawley
The Navy's SEALs are known for operating in most
any environment -- sea,
air and land.
But SEAL Capt. William Shepherd has gone higher and farther than any other
Navy commando -- to space.
Shepherd is set to make a fourth trip to the final frontier next spring
when he will rocket into orbit aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft and become
the commander of the first crew to man the International Space Station.
Shepherd visited here this week speaking to a special warfare forum on
His SEAL training and experience have come in handy for his work in space.
"I realized that being an astronaut was a lot like being a diver," Shepherd
said, recalling his decision to make a career change.
Both must work in a harsh environment that requires self-contained
breathing apparatus and protection.
Also, he said, SEALs perform at the same very high tempo, endure hardships
and work well as a team, just as astronauts do while performing spacewalks
and working long hours in the confined living space aboard the shuttle or
"I think it will serve me well in this situation," Shepherd said, referring
to his 13 years as a SEAL.
So far, Shepherd has flown three times on space shuttles as a mission
specialist. And, although it has been nearly seven years since his last
mission, the captain has been busy the past six years working full time on
the space station project and with NASA management.
In March 2000, Shepherd is scheduled to be launched aboard a Russian rocket
from Baikonur, Kazakstan, with two Russian cosmonauts. They will rendezvous
with the station, which is orbiting 237 miles high and traveling at 17,180
The trio will be Expedition 1 -- the first station crew -- and stay aboard
the partially completed station for about 4 1/2 months. They will test the
station's components, conduct two spacewalks to install equipment and make
connections between modules. They also will be visited by three shuttles,
bringing the first large solar power arrays, an American-built laboratory
module, supplies and, finally, a replacement crew.
For several years, the SEAL has been training in the United States and
Russia, learning the Russian language and spacecraft procedures.
One part of his training has become a family affair. His wife of three
years, Beth Stringham-Shepherd, is a NASA exercise physiologist and is in
charge of the Expedition 1 physical fitness training.
For the first time in their marriage, the couple are spending a lot of time
together, albeit in the gym, she said.
"I'm the mission commander, but she's the boss," her husband said.
Shepherd's flight could be delayed.
Original plans called for Shepherd's mission to fly two years ago. The
Russian space program, stymied by chronic money problems, has been late
delivering station units.
Before Expedition 1 can blast off, the Russian-built Zvezda module, in
which the trio will live, must be launched. Then, two shuttle flights are
set to bring the station's stabilizing gyroscopes and supplies. But those
launches could be delayed.
An unexpected problem also has cropped up.
The atmosphere aboard the first two station modules has been contaminated
by "off-gassing" of materials inside. This caused a recent shuttle crew to
Likening it to a "new-car smell," Shepherd said the problem is more serious
in space because the station is self-contained and confined.
"It's part of the growing pains," he said, noting that the problem will be
solved with filters.
While Shepherd has his eyes on the stars, back on Earth part of his job is
telling the public why the space station is important.
"It's really hard to walk up to the man in the street and say (the space
station) will create all this new technology. And, he'll say, `What is it
going to do?' "
"I have to answer `No one knows,' " Shepherd said.
But, as with the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions of the 1960s and
1970s, Shepherd said, no one can predict the technological advances.
"No one really knows what that golden egg will be to pay the freight," he
said. "But if we don't have the space station we won't find those answers." Copyright Union-Tribune Publishing Co.
11. Jessie Ventura Governor of Minnesota
Jesse Ventura |
Question: Your visit here for Fleet Week events reminds us of
Diego ties. Would you describe them?
Answer: I lived here from 1969 to 1973. I went to boot camp at what was
then the Naval Training Center. From there I went to 32nd street and went
to Storekeeper A school and from there I got on the big blue bridge and
went to the Amphibious Base. And so I spent 17 months overseas with two
deployments but all the while that I wasn't overseas, I lived here in San
Q: I'm guessing you didn't have anybody like Demi Moore in your Navy SEAL
A: No, we didn't. As far as that goes, I'm not saying that a woman couldn't
do it. There are certainly triathletes out there who are in phenomenal
shape. They certainly could handle pain because giving birth is no walk in
the park. But I think before anything like that could ever happen, you have
to change the male thinking. The males are the ones who need to change
their frame of mind because the male has a natural response to protect the
female and in a situation like that, it could ruin the integrity of your
Q: Do you think you've changed the political state of mind in this country
with your upset victory in Minnesota?
A: Maybe. I hope that I have awakened the people to what these two parties
really stand for. Themselves. They stand for the people only when it's time
to get elected and then as soon as they are through getting elected, it's a
power trip. Between fighting to get the power and how to keep it, the
people are left as chips in a poker game.
Q: What do you think is the reason for your popularity outside of
A: I think initially because I accomplished what they said couldn't be
done: Defeating two prominent Democrat and Republican candidates. I think
people naturally are attracted to the underdog, the Rocky Balboa syndrome.
And I think that because I'm not a career politician and therefore I can
speak my mind without any fear of worrying about `Gee, what do I have to
say to gain re-election.' If I'm not in office four years from now, whether
by vote or my choice not to be, I'll be happily back in the private sector
doing what I believe this country was founded upon. I believe this country
was founded upon people serving and then going back to what they used to
Q: Would you consider running for the presidency?
A: At this time, no.
Q: Weren't a lot of your Reform Party members in Michigan last week touting
you as a presidential standard bearer for the party?
A: Well, they are touting me naturally as the leader of the party now and I
think I have to accept some responsibility for that because I'm the Reform
Party person who has won the highest elective office. But I don't want to
lead the national party. My job is to govern the state. My job is not to
build the party.
Q: But Governor, were the party to be successful in drafting someone like
John McCain, whom you mentioned as someone you'd like to see be in the
Reform Party and running for president, would you accept being drafted as a
vice presidential candidate?
A: At this time no, I don't think so, because one of my big criticisms of
the Republican candidate that I faced in Minnesota was the fact that he had
just gotten elected to his second term as mayor and in less than six months
he ran for governor. If he desired to run for governor, why did he run for
mayor? And that bothers me because, why do they do it? Well, first of all,
they do it because if they get beat they have something they can fall back
on. Second of all, they do it so they can collect a paycheck while they run
for governor even though they're not performing mayoral duties. And one of
the initiatives I'm going to try to do, I'm going to try to make it illegal
for a seated politician to campaign between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday
through Friday unless they take an unpaid leave of absence. They have been
elected to do a job and that job is not to seek higher office. They should
be campaigning on their own time, not on the people's time.
Q: In the 2000 campaign, do you intend to play a role in recruiting a
A: I'm sure I probably will without choice. They consult me on different
candidates. I hope that we don't even bother to name our candidate until
our convention next summer. I think it's really pathetic that we already
have two candidates running two years ahead of time and that we're going to
be inundated with television ads for what, the next year and a half? I mean
to me, getting it three months before the election is plenty. I hope and I
believe very strongly that a strong third party candidate, if he or she
were to enter the race, say next July, would have a good chance of winning
Q: Where is the Reform Party going in terms of what it stands for?
A: Well, we have to have a little patience from the media and the people.
We're a baby. We haven't even been around 10 years. If you're not aware of
it, the two parties will combine to keep down the third party. When I ran
for mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minn., which is the sixth largest city in
Minnesota, it's a nonpartisan election and I took on a 20-year incumbent.
Both of the two parties, the Democrats and the Republicans, sent a letter
to every citizen of Brooklyn Park saying they were dropping party
differences in support of the 20-year incumbent and called me the most
dangerous man in the city. That's fine, that's democracy, that's America.
But when the election was over, they then both independently came courting
me. Well, it showed me first of all that there's no real integrity in
either party. If you win, they want you, they don't care what you stand
for, it's back to the power struggle. It was at that point I started
looking at the Reform Party.
Q: How much of your election do you think is attributed to, not the
frustration with the other parties, but the kind of guy you are and
whatever you bring to the table?
A: Well, the Reform Party allows me to be that way. We have some rules
written in stone, like campaign finance. We don't allow PAC money, we don't
allow the taking of special interest money, the buying and selling of the
elected official. That you cannot do. And I agree with that. But as far as
anything else, we have both pro-life and pro-choice in the Reform Party
because we believe it's a personal issue of whatever one believes in. And
they allow me to be me.
Q: What does the Reform Party stand for beyond your sort of capsule
description and especially with Ross Perot seemingly fading from the scene?
A: I think we stand for people who are tired of the system's status quo of
the campaign finances and the way it's set up. I believe the Reform Party
carries a little integrity, that we won't do whatever it takes to win an
Q: What is your position on public financing or public subsidies for the
building of stadiums for professional franchises?
A: Not in the current state of pro sports, no. I can't see where a new
stadium is going to somehow make a smaller market team viable in the state
that baseball is in right now where there's no revenue sharing. In the case
of Minnesota, what bothers me is that the Metrodome is only 17 years old.
The high school that I graduated from Minneapolis Roosevelt is now 77 years
old. So I've told them, when I see a new Roosevelt High School, I'll think
Q: It doesn't sound like you're saying you're philosophically opposed to
public subsidies, you're just opposed to the particular circumstances in
your state right now?
A: Yeah, other than that, it's up to the people of a community whether they
feel that that's the right way to spend their money. I think we have a
bigger duty to spend it on education of our young people than to spend it
on multibillion dollar owners and multimillion dollar players.
Q: What was the biggest surprise when you became governor?
A: I think my biggest surprise was watching the legislature work, that I
realized that if these people worked this way in the private sector, they'd
fail miserably. But because they have an unlimited monetary source and they
don't have to compete . . . I've been a believer in you go in and you do
the work and you get the job done quickly. In the legislature, it's play
poker, be arrogant and pompous like bantam roosters and kick your feet
around and puff your chest out and do nothing until there's a week to go
and then make decisions where you haven't really thought them through
because you're under the gun to get finished. And I told them unequivocally
they would not see a special session. I got these Democrats and Republicans
back in line and made them finish their work on time like they should have.
Q: How would you describe your political philosophy?
A: I'm fiscally conservative and I'm socially liberal. I think mainstream
America fits with me.
Q: Well define what that is.
A: That's fiscally conservative. I have a simple philosophy. Government
should only do what you can't do as an individual. If you can't accomplish
it as an individual, then, from that point on there's government and common
good. I don't want government overregulating. I don't want them in our
lives to the point where they become everything to us. Yet I'm socially
liberal. I don't care what people do in the privacy of their own home. As
long as they're not harming their fellow man, it's not my business what
Q: What is your position on drug laws?
A: They can't work. Absolutely not. No, I don't agree with drugs. I agree
you fight drugs. But you fight it on the demand side, not the supply side.
You take away the demand, supply will disappear. This war on drugs is no
different than the war on alcohol back in Prohibition. Who becomes
powerful? The dealers. Because there's a demand, the dealers supply, the
price goes up. They don't pay any taxes and they become rich and powerful
because money is power.
Q: Does that mean we should legalize drugs?
A: I don't know if we should legalize them, but I don't think we should
Q: You've had some rather colorful things to say about the news media over
the last few months.
A: What's wrong with the news media is they've started to editorialize
rather than simply report the news. Now I understand on the editorial page,
that's the proper place for it. But they're doing it in articles now.
Q: What about the whole wrestling phenomenon? None of that stuff is fake,
A: No. What's fake? Is Nureyev fake? I'm saying when I get body slammed . .
. it's entertainment. All pro sports are entertainment. You're just paying
to see the finest perform at what they do.
Q: How do you hope your state will be different at the end of your first
A: Well, I hope that I can get unicameral (one-house) legislation in. It
eliminates conference committees where all the dirty work's done. Then,
each legislator has to vote things up or down on the floor and has to stand
by it. They can't sit back knowing that the other house and committees are
going to kill it so they can come out and vote for it. Now, federally we
need two houses. Otherwise a populous state like California would become
too powerful. But, in a state government, you don't need two houses. They
have unicameral in Nebraska, it works terrifically there.
Q: Minnesota was one of the pace setters of charter schools. What is your
position on education?
A: I'm a big supporter of public schools. I come from public schools. Our
state constitution says we will provide public schools and so that's my job
in following the constitution is to support public education. The schools
can be improved . . . I chose a lieutenant governor who had no political
experience at all, she's a 36-year teacher and I chose here because I
wanted her to be able to focus with my director of education to do the best
that they could possibly do.
Copyright Union-Tribune Publishing Co.
12. SEAL hero, Rear Adm. Eric Olsen takes over the special warfare command
James W. Crawley STAFF WRITER 22-Sep-1999 Wednesday
CORONADO -- The streets of this city are a lot tamer than the
Mogadishu, Somalia, where then-Capt. Eric Olson fought to rescue trapped
American soldiers during a pitched battle with a local warlord.
He and four other Navy SEALs earned Silver Stars for gallantry for their
part in the October 1993 mission.
He led a small ad hoc force into battle then, but now-Rear Adm. Olson took
command yesterday of a much larger force -- about 5,000, including SEALs
and other personnel -- when he became the new commander of the Naval
Special Warfare Command.
Olson is likely to build on the plans and progress made by his predecessor,
Rear Adm. Tom Richards, who has taken several steps to reorganize the SEAL
force for the next century.
Richards will retire next month, after leading the Navy's special
operations forces since April 1996. Olson becomes the fifth commander of
the special warfare headquarters, which was created in 1987.
The Coronado headquarters oversees 2,300 SEALs, 600 special warfare combat
crewmen who operate watercraft, and other Navy and civilian personnel. The
staff is in charge of Navy special warfare training, personnel and
logistics worldwide. When deployed, the SEALs report to the Special
Operations Command in Tampa, Fla., and local commanders.
Richards recently discussed the efforts he and his staff have taken toward
reorganizing the Navy's special operations units during a period of
Navy-wide drawdowns and retention woes.
If the Navy and Pentagon brass approve the reorganization plan, Richards
said during an interview last week, "We'll have an organization that can
better respond to the crises around the world."
The admiral acknowledged that a crisis, such as in Kosovo, requires
stateside SEAL units to fly overseas to assist units already in the area.
But, with reorganization, Richards predicted, forward-deployed special
operations units will be more robust.
"In the world of tomorrow, I feel there will be a lot of small
instantaneous crises," he added.
"But, it's a balancing act. It costs a lot of money to be
The plan, Richards said, would give lower-ranking officers greater
responsibility and opportunity, which would boost retention. Increasing pay
and bonuses next year should also help alleviate the retention problem
among officers and enlisted personnel, he said.
The SEALs have been receiving a lot of new equipment, including high-speed
boats and a soon-to-be finished prototype minisubmarine. For the first
time, SEAL units are deploying with laptop computers, in addition to guns
and diving gear.
"SEALs with carpal tunnel syndrome are just around the corner," Richards
joked during the interview.
While Richards will not be in charge during the hoped-for changes, he said
Olson backs the plan.
Olson was described as "a seasoned operator" and "combat hero" by Adm. Don
Pilling, the vice chief of naval operations, the Navy's No. 2 admiral, who
spoke at yesterday's ceremony.
The new commanding officer is a Mideast expert who speaks Arabic and has
been posted to Saudi Arabia and Tunisia; he participated in the Persian
Gulf War as commanding officer of SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team One and has
served with U,N. peacekeepers in Israel, Lebanon and Egypt.
He has commanded Special Boat Squadron Two and the Naval Special Warfare
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Water is the home of all Frogmen/SEALs!!
13. Terminology and the Gun
from the Washington Times Oct 99
The ability to control the terminology in a debate conveys a powerful advantage. In the national gun control debate, this principle has been expertly exploited by gun control advocates. The emotionally charged, but technically meaningless term, "assault weapon," is a case in point.
The term "assault rifle" dates from WWII Germany, where it was intended to be lighter, cheaper and less powerful than a normal rifle so that soldiers could more easily employ it in battle and carry more rounds of the smaller ammunition. These guns started life with the unimposing, but technically correct name, "machine carbine."
These fully automatic rifles of reduced power were not favored by Adolf Hitler, because his experience in WWI convinced him that rifles must fire powerful, long range ammunition. Only after the rifles had been produced without his permission, did he angrily sanction the project, assigning the more heroic title, "assault rifle" (sturmgewehr). It was a sensationalist name, chosen for propagandistic reasons. It is not known for sure if Hitler invented the term himself or if it was offered by his officers to appease the propaganda loving dictator. It is ironic that anti-gun groups have appropriated Hitler's dramatic term for their own purposes today.
This less-powerful, fully automatic rifle concept was adopted by the Soviets immediately after the war. They virtually copied the German sturmgewehr in making the AK-47 (the '47' stands for 1947). The U.S. and other countries followed suit after military theorists decided that a less lethal weapon could actually be an asset on the battlefield, since a wounded soldier actually weakened the enemy forces more than one who was killed.
Civilian ownership of assault rifles has been extremely rare in the Unites States, since they are capable of fully automatic fire and have therefore been regulated to near non-existence by the National Firearms Act of 1934. Unfortunately, weapons that look even vaguely like AK-47's are now labeled as "assault weapons" by journalists and gun control advocates, implying that a ban is needed to stop an epidemic of automatic weapons, when such a ban has already been around for over six decades.
Semi-automatic variants of the AK-47 and other assault rifles are properly called carbines. They are sold and used for a variety of legitimate civilian purposes, including hunting. In fact, they are functionally similar to many common hunting rifles, except that they fire a less powerful cartridge. When gun control advocates call for a ban on "powerful assault weapons," hunters are justifiably concerned about their right to own their even more powerful hunting rifles and shotguns.
Although many experts have pointed out that "assault weapon" is a confusing and illegitimate term, it lends drama to media stories.
Therefore, sound bites from gun control organizations are heavily laced with such misleading terms. Emboldened by their media victories with the term "assault weapon," anti-gun groups fabricated another new oxymoron, ""semi-automatic assault weapon," to aid their attacks on other types of weapons. The new term was quickly adopted by the media, since this sinister description plays well on news programs.
One reporter for NPR recently made up an even more outlandish term, "large caliber urban assault rifle."
Where will this blatant misuse of terminology stop? Even some handguns are now miscast as "semi-automatic assault weapons." One example is the Tec-9, which is a rather low-tech pistol that fires a low-powered cartridge (the 9mm). The 9mm cartridge, exaggerated in the press as a deadly high-tech bullet, was put in service in 1898, but the media often specifies this cartridge by name, implying that it is especially modern and deadly, or worse, "high powered." Media reports now routinely mention the fact that a particular crime was committed with a semi-automatic handgun to increase the sense of drama.
Gun control advocates and poorly educated journalists have mis-labeled many very old and ordinary firearms with intimidating, technical-sounding, multi-syllable terms. The result is that the public has been led to believe that a wave of high-tech, military arms and machine guns are flooding the streets, when these weapons have been heavily restricted for decades and very rarely involved in crimes.
Anti-gun groups use these misleading messages to frighten the general public and dupe unsuspecting journalists into promoting their real agenda, which is to ban guns one class at a time rather than all at once.
Since most Americans do not support total gun prohibition, the deliberate misuse of terminology is a brilliant tactic to both promote and obscure the ultimate goal.
Michael S. Brown
Number of physicians in the U.S ....... 700,000
Accidental deaths caused by physicians per year.... 120,000
Accidental deaths per physician ........... 0.171
Number of gun owners in the U.S ...... 80,000,000
Number of accidental gun deaths per year (all age groups) .. 1,500
Accidental deaths per gun owner. ..... .0000188
Therefore, doctors are approximately 9,000 times more dangerous than gun ownners In Mexico Medical Community circles we call them "Los Mata Sanos"
14. SEAL Team TWO
Long live the ST-2 shooters from the '60's: Bob Thomas, Fred Miller, Erasmo Riojas, Jack Lynch, Kenny Estok, and all the others whose names I cannot bring to present memory. this photo by Fred Miller.
15. Discovery of ExtraSolar Planets: Upsilon Andromedae
Known Extrasolar Planet Candidates Around Sun-like Stars. Views of the Solar System presents a vivid multimedia adventure unfolding the splendor of the Sun, planets, moons, comets, asteroids, and more. Discover the latest scientific information, or study the history of space exploration, rocketry, early astronauts, space missions, spacecraft through a vast archive of photographs, scientific facts, text, graphics and videos. Views of the Solar System offers enhanced exploration and educational enjoyment of the solar system and beyond. Popular Science Magazine can be entertaining for you junior rocket scientiest.
16. Pete Carolan SEAL Team THREE, busts another SEAL Wannabe!
Doc Rio's comment: Capt. Larry Baily (SEAL) USN (Ret) may write that letter. Where is the Chief's name,address, etc.
30. SEAL TOYS
(a Winter Class )
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John "Eagle" Alexander
William "Bill" Burbank
Maurice "Mo" Lynch
Norm J. Marsh
Norman "Buddy" Mimbs
Charles "Chuck" Newell
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