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Battle of Dien Bien Phu, Psychological Operations, and the Thai People
by Joseph Patrick Meissner

An eleven year old boy kneels beside his bed and studies the pages and maps of the Cleveland Plain Dealer laid out on the bed spread. The ongoing media story for several months has been the titanic struggle at Dien Bien Phu in Northwestern Vietnam. Daily, the Viet Minh Communist forces have tightening their trench line noose around these gallant French forts manned by French foreign legion troops, other French soldiers, Moroccan and African French forces, Vietnamese units of Emperor Bao Dai, and local Thai and tribal groups. The Communists were called the Viet Nam Doc Lap Dong Minh Hoi (League for the Independence of Vietnam)-- or the Viet Minh, as it became known colloquially.

This is concrete relief beside Col De Castries bunker showing brave French defenders. I salute them for their dedication and sacrifice

This is concrete relief beside Col De Castries bunker showing brave French defenders. I salute them for their dedication and sacrifice

If you like history, especially military history, Read the rest of the essay on Dien Bien Phu

I Wanna Be Wonder Woman by Amy Kenneley

A few days ago, the United Nations selected Wonder Woman to be the Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls on the 75th birthday of her creation as a comic book character. Immediately, protestors gathered, demanding that a "real woman" should have been chosen for the honor, not "….a fictitious comic book character wearing ..what looks like a Playboy-type bunny outfit .." (a quote taken from The Associated Press release)

SO...Pick Me! I am a real person, and I LOVED Wonder Woman, so what better combination could they have to be that Honorary Ambassador?

Here's why:

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Wonder Woman

Uber Good! - My first Uber ride by Amy Kenneley

When you realize that driving at night-- especially on roads you are not too familiar with-- is not such a good idea anymore, you have a few choices.

  1. You can stay home
  2. You can have someone else drive
  3. You can take public transportation
  4. You can call a cab.

But I was not about to go back to TV reruns, not when an event was on the calendar that was not to be missed. What to do?

I had heard of this driving service called Uber, but had never tried it.

Read the rest of Amy's first Uber ride

Vote Smart!

It can be very difficult to know who to vote for in the various judicial races. Most of us don't have much exposure to judges so we don't know who is the best choice.

Judge4Yourself provides independent non-partisan ratings of candidates for Cuyahoga County trial courts and the Ohio Supreme Court. From their ratings page, you can access candidate photos and short biographies, and descriptions of the work of the courts where the candidates seek office. You can vote “all the way down the ballot” with confidence!’s ratings are made by four cooperating bar associations, with the help of dozens of experienced lawyers—many who work in the courts every day. We interview the candidates, and review their answers to our questionnaire. We look at examples of the candidates’ writing, and get the input of lawyers who know their work.’s ratings are non-partisan, and independent. We care only whether the particular candidates who are running this year will be competent, fair and trustworthy judges. So we focus on each candidate’s integrity, knowledge, experience, diligence, and community understanding, and on every candidate’s ability to be impartial, even-tempered and respectful to the people who must come to court.

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Rita Moreno in Cleveland for Convencion Hispana

The legendary Rita Moreno came to Cleveland to be the keynote speaker at the 2016 Convencion Hispana. The evening before she was a guest at a preview reception at Baker Hostetler where Hispanic Roundtable president Jose Feliciano practices law.

Rita Moreno and Jose Feliciano

Rita Moreno and Jose Feliciano

Rita Moreno is a Puerto Rican-American actress and singer. Her career has spanned over 70 years; among her notable acting work are supporting roles in the musical films The King and I and West Side Story, as well as a 1971-77 stint on the children's television series The Electric Company, and a supporting role on the 1997-2003 TV drama Oz.

Moreno is one of twelve performers to have won all four major annual American entertainment awards: an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony. She is also one of 22 people who have achieved the so-called Triple Crown of Acting, with individual competitive Academy, Emmy and Tony awards for acting; and one of only two people who have achieved both distinctions, the other being Helen Hayes. She has also won numerous other awards, including various lifetime achievement awards.

In her book you can read about her eight-year-long affair with actor Marlon Brando as well as dating Elvis Presley, Anthony Quinn, Dennis Hopper and others.

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Respect the national anthem - never take a knee

Estonian Garden representative and Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation board member Erika Puussaar spoke at the 80th anniversary celebration of the Lithuanian Cultural Garden in Cleveland. As a former refugee and immigrant, she spoke of the great respect she has for the national anthem and how others should respect it as well - and never take a knee.

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ClevelandSeniors.Com Book of the Week
Before You Leap

Before You Leap starts on screeching tires, literally—an interstate bridge, a police chase, three men trapped in a car, driving at full speed. The two in the front are arguing, one is brandishing a gun, and the third is bleeding profusely in the backseat. You can’t help but be immediately hooked and wonder, Who are they? And how on earth did they get here?

The novel then takes you back a few days. Greg Cole’s quiet and secluded life is about to be thrown into chaos when he learns that his dead sister’s convicted murderer has been released early.

Before You Leap is absorbing, thought-provoking, and psychologically riveting. I was struck by how the author is able to delve into Greg’s psyche and express his grief over the loss of his sister—and the inner turmoil that overtakes him—with such clarity. What you’re left with is a poignant, complex, nail-biting novel where you watch in a stupor as someone’s life and sanity shatter. And as it crescendos, the story pulls the rug from under your feet and delivers the most unexpected twist—one that took my breath away and left me reeling.

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