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Veterans Face Confusion Using GI Bill At State Schools

Not quite understanding this, when I exited the service in 2001 we were advised to set our state of residence to whatever location we wanted to go to school to. I chose California and walked in paying in-state tuition from day 1. Our state of residence can be changed at any time.

January 7, 2013 at 9:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Demolition Begins To Make Way For Horton Plaza Park

Sadly, this place is going to be a focal point for homeless and street kids.

November 29, 2012 at 6:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Four Camp Pendleton Marines Accused Of Beating Gay Man (Video)

Yup, all 40,000+ on the base just a rapin' and a murderin' away.

It is a DoD installation, not subject to State of California investigation. Especially for ingrained resistance to new attempts at social engineering that have little to do with the story at hand.

As far as calling the guy a derogatory name before a fight, it is pretty regular for young Marines to toss out something pretty foul before a conflict. The issue will be the motivation for the fight. If it was an issue of going out to beat a guy due to his sexual orientation, they will get burnt by the system. If it was a guy who got lippy and a pretty mundane bar fight that happend to have a name thrown out and buddies that jumped in to help (as I would expect) I don't see how it is a hate crime. It will come down to context, situation and intent.

September 7, 2012 at 10:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Are Men In the Military More Likely To Be Transgender?

The article seems to start off stating that men in the military were twice as likely to be identified (almost as if giving service itself were the cause) but then settles into the more logical reason of joining a hypermasculine world to deal with gender dysphoria.

Further, I would not suggest to say that the rising suicide rate is a result of massive amounts of troops struggling with their sexual identity; I would state from my own experiences that it is caused by repeated deployments, combat stress, disasterous home lives and returning to a country that seems to be going in a direction that most serving do not agree with.

July 26, 2012 at 5:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Nation's Busiest Border Crossing To Close 8 Lanes Monday

Increase pedestrian lanes, decrease the vehicle flow north. Focus on the truck and commercial areas for expansion. We need an increase in trade, not more vehicles flowing north. Besides, if you work on this side you should reside on this side.

January 31, 2012 at 1:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Study: Immigrants In U.S. Assimilating Well

I saw the manner in reply to 87Marines post yesterday and I was a little irritated with the manner in which his opinion was put down. Servicemen are entitled to their opinions, and realisticly (if in the service) has paid a heavier price for that opinion than 99% of our society.

There is a huge backlash against immigration, but typically it is against the unregulated masses that citizens see on a daily basis. Xenophobia is a normal reaction to the percieved threat of a change in social norms. I live in Fallbrook and I could say without a doubt that unregulated immigration has definately changed the nature of that town in the last several decades. There are stores that don't speak English and services that have to be rendered in Spanish. It is the way things are, but I don't think it is beyond normal for people who have resided there or in any other area that has changed drasticly (Escondido, Vista, Imperial Beach, etc) to not be resentful. In the long run any group will assimilate but it is difficult in certain areas, it has been that way for decades.

As for instructing him to "follow the orders of his commanding officer", it is pretty childish and shows an inability to follow the course of the conversation.

December 6, 2011 at 5:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Mexican Consumers Flock to the U.S. for Holiday Sales

Consumerism is the machine that keeps industrial societies moving, it is alive and well in any state that is industrialized. This includes Mexico, etc. And people wanting things to make life more pleasant/interesting/envious to others/whatever isn't particularly an American invention. Don't worry so much about it.

December 6, 2011 at 5:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bill Easing Employment-Based Visas Blocked

While I'm not a fan of protectionist policy, I don't know if I want all immigrants of any class from one particular place (ie-India, China, Great Britain, etc). I think it may be better to have some diversity in the pool. If they need to raise the ceiling for each country to 10, 15, even 20%, so it goes, but the system should not end up being served best to the nation with the easy to use embassy or best lawyer.

December 6, 2011 at 5:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Mexican Consumers Flock to the U.S. for Holiday Sales

"Close the Border" isn't referring to people who cros the border with passports for visits and shopping. Further, I'd say Mexico is just as consumerist as the United States.

These are the kind of cross border relationships we need.

December 5, 2011 at 9:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )