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Entertainment Review Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Posted June 28, 2012 by Cpl. Aaron Diamant

Can a story about a vampire killing historical American President thrill and excite viewers? I’ll answer that question with another. Are you serious? Fortunately, the answer is yes, assuming that moviegoers can suspend enough disbelief…

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Thom Jones – The Pugilist at Rest: Stories

Posted August 30, 2012 by Lance Cpl. Uriel Avendano

Courtesy photoIf Vietnam, hospital asylums, punch-drunk boxers, retrograde amnesia and a little philosophy of the pessimist variety peaks your interest, then Thom Jones’ The Pugilist at Rest collection should be right up your alley. The retired Force Reconnaissance Marine, unfortunately, was diagnosed with epilepsy believed to have been brought on as a result of the time he spent as an amateur boxer. However, in 1993, Jones published the…

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CRASH

Posted November 1, 2012 by Cpl. Sean Dennison

In the spirit of Multicultural Heritage Day, why not review a movie that’s all about being multicultural? Or at least about how when multiple cultures overlap, the results can be tectonic. Anyway, Crash is an easy sell for almost any film buff; the Academy Award winning movie is an ensemble tale about denizens of Los…

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Book Review: The Old Man’s Trail

Posted May 10, 2012 by Cpl. Laura Cardoso

The Old Man’s Tail was a very informative and engrossing read. A.U.S. Vietnam veteran, Tom Campbell, presents the war from his enemy’s perspective: a platoon of 15-year-old boys ordered to carry a ton of cargo 650 miles along a primitive network of trails. Campbell, a Marine veteran of 29 years and several tours in Vietnam,…

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Good bye everybody, I’ve got to go

Posted July 19, 2012 by Cpl. Jolene Bopp

Every enlistment must come to an end at some point or another, the question is, when is the right time? I thought I had everything planned out, then I received an email about the Voluntary Enlisted Early Release Program and I feel as though I’ve been thrown a curve ball. The VEERP provides Marines within…

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Chaplain’s Corner: Family Thing

Posted September 13, 2012 by Lt. Cmdr. Timothy Power

The time for family vacations during the summer has passed as children go back to school.  My children were able to visit family out East, spend some time in San Diego, and go camping.  I know they enjoyed their time away, but they are already busy with their daytime school and evening activities. My teenagers…

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Chaplain’s Corner: Reflections of Light

Posted December 6, 2012 by CMDR Tim Power

My son and I were on our way back home from the Arizona Western College Faculty Recital, and we took a short detour through a residential area to see what holiday lights the houses were displaying.  We saw small LED blue lights, multi colored big bulb light strings, and white icicle type strings of lights…

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Opinion: Commend the deserving, encourage the wayward

Posted March 29, 2012 by Cpl. Jakob Schulz

All too often I see the line between noncommissioned officers and junior enlisted Marines blurring. I see lance corporals and privates first class talking back to corporals and sergeants, and NCO’s getting too friendly with the Marines they’re supposed to be leading and setting the standard for. When I picked up…

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Opinion: The conquest of fear, the terror of ourselves

Posted June 7, 2012 by Lance Cpl. Bill Waterstreet

Recently I saw a horror film where all the characters were continuously running scared in the traditional horror fashion. Normally, I don’t put much stock on such movies on an intellectual level, but as the story progressed I realized many of their predicaments resulted from them acting on the sole basis of fear. They might…

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Chaplain’s Corner: Uncertainty

Posted August 9, 2012 by Lt. Greg Woodard

Over the course of my time here in Yuma, I have assisted several individuals who had come to a point where suicide seemed like a viable option. And I have met with Marines who have lost people that they love. I bring up these events to bring into focus the idea of uncertainty. One of…

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