CONTACT CONGRESS ON BEHALF OF SGT. ANDREW TAHMOORESSI

We have asked you to circulate a petition to President Obama and gather at least 100,000 signatures.  You’ve done that.  While we are awaiting his (hopeful) response we feel we must help Andrew on many fronts.  With that in mind, we are once again asking for your assistance.  It is time for all citizens to contact their elected representatives.  Some of you are familiar with doing this and others may not be.  Fear not, we will walk you through the process.

1)      Find your representatives.  Every citizen has one U.S. Congressperson and two Senators.  We ask that you write, call and possibly tweet all of them.

For starters, enter your zip code on this site, hit enter and it will bring up both your Congressperson and two Senators http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

You now have your three representatives.  Click on the name of the first representative and it will take you to all of his/her contact information.  Included you will see their DC Address, phone number, Fax number, email contact form, their website information (which generally includes their Facebook page) and, their twitter user name.  You will also see choices for their local office contact information.  It is up to you whether you choose to contact their D.C. office or their local office, or both.

Next, return to the homepage (above).  Click on your next representative and repeat the above steps.  Finally, return to the homepage, click on your third representative and repeat.

Now, draft your correspondence or phone your representative.  It is unlikely you will reach your representative directly but, you can try.  If not, please leave a message for them.

Finally, you may choose to tweet or Facebook them.  Most of Congress is on twitter and/or Facebook.

The most effective channels of communicating with Congress, in order, is as follows:

1)      A “Snail Mail” letter.  These letters are logged and recorded and must be responded to.

2)      An Email letter.  These letters are also supposed to be logged but it is not as traceable as a “snail mail” letter.  Also, tech is not perfect.

3)      A phone call.  We suggest calling both the D.C. office and the local office of all three of your representatives.

4)      A tweet.  It HAS happened that a tweet to a representative has been responded to but, there is no requirement or guarantee that they will respond.

5)      A Facebook post.  The problem with this is that most members of Congress have their FB set so that you can only comment on a post that they have put up.  It is the least effective method of communication and one that will likely not be seen or responded to.

All of that said, if you can, we suggest doing ALL of the above.

What to say?  That is entirely up to you.  We can only offer suggestions.  When writing, the subject line should be “Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, imprisoned in Mexico.”   We suggest you stay on point.  Do not bring other factors (ie illegal immigration to the U.S. and or Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl) into the discussion.  Ask for their help.  You want them to intercede and help free Sgt. Tahmooressi.  Ask them to please contact Secretary of State John Kerry.  Be concise, stick to facts. Do NOT make threats.  Be professional and courteous.  Keep it brief.  This is an effort to elicit help from Congress and the State Department on behalf of Sgt. Tahmooressi, not a letter to air all of your grievances.  You may wish to do that in a separate letter and, we encourage that if you so choose.  Our elected officials represent us and this is a proper and appropriate request.

A sample could be “Sgt. Tahmooressi has been in a Mexican Prison for over two months for a wrong turn into Mexico”… etc.

You may wish to include your contact information and request a return phone call or email etc.  Let’s slam the phone lines, crash the servers and jam the Fax lines.

This is a major “CONTACT CONGRESS” push.  If you’ve no idea what to say, please message the Facebook page for Sgt. Tahmooressi here and someone will assist you.

https://www.facebook.com/freeusmctahmooressifrommexicanjail

Finally, post this link on your Facebook page, tweet it, email it.  Let’s get everyone involved in this.  Send it to any person or entity that you may know that can be of assistance.  Once done, please post on the Facebook page (above) what you have done as it encourages others to act as well.  Let’s do this!

On behalf of the Tahmooressi family and our entire effort to free Andrew, thank you.

I am on twitter at @hipEchik

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The Gunny’s List & The Gunny’s Wife’s List

At a recent gathering of friends the topic of military charities arose.  We’ve been concerned with some disturbing facts recently released about extraordinarily high overhead, administrative costs and irregularities among such entities.  We want to support our troops and our veterans but we also want to know that as much of our donations as possible go to helping our  troops.   Our friends & neighbors, April & Nick Popaditch offered to vett some military charities and true to their word, they did.  Below is the Gunny’s list and the Gunny’s Wife’s list of their favorite military charities.   Our trusted Military Charities.

Semper Fi Fund “Serving Those Who Preserve Our Freedom” Karen Guenther, President, Chief Executive Officer, and founder Karen Guenther, registered nurse with more than two decades of experience and the spouse of an active duty United States Marine Corps Colonel, is the inspiration behind the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund: a nonprofit organization supporting the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and their families.

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation “Celebrating 50 Years of Honoring Marines By Educating Their Children” Margaret B. Davis, President and Chief Executive Officer Margaret was appointed President and CEO of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation in March 2009. Margaret is a granddaughter of a WWI Marine Corporal. Married to retired Marine Major General Andrew “Drew” Davis, and also has a daughter in the Marine Corps, 2nd LT Katharine Davis.

Thank you in advance for giving what you can to help our troops.  As you well know, it is the private sector’s generosity that makes a world of difference in the lives of our troops. It’s Christmas as I write this but this post will be disseminated often.  Please, whenever you see this post, dig deep in the spirit of Christmas.   Your donation can make a world of difference in the life of a service member.  Thank you and, Semper Fi from the four of us in San Diego.  April, Nick, Teri & James

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Tick Tock!

So,  I can’t sleep.  I can no longer blame the loud clock someone gave us for a wedding gift as I finally succumbed and put it in the garage to give to charity.   It’s just too loud.  Anyway, I give up and get up, quietly so as not to wake the sleeping man and dog.  I get out the door and downstairs without kicking the door jam or any other clumsy thing you might expect to hear next.  I Tiptoe to the coffee maker and I have to grind the coffee, dangit it’s noisy, still, not a creature stirs.  I go to turn on the t.v. and nothing.  The remote has died overnight.   I look but am out of AA batteries.   I power up with a sip of coffee and start searching.   Nothing in the kitchen has an AA battery. Quietly I look, nada. I head out to my husband’s tool bench to start searching the man toys. It all looks frightening and am pretty sure something will drop and wake the boys upstairs. I’m about to give up when I hear the damn clock in the box waiting for Amvets.

TICK.TOCK.TICK.TOCK.TICK.TOCK.  Please let it be an AA battery.  IT IS!  I have to pry the battery out but I do, hurry in, put it in the ailing remote and pray it’s enough juice to give me the morning headlines.  Apparently, in my earlier stupor I had been hitting the up volume on the actual T.V. set (who knew)? and the T.V . comes on LOUDLY.   I drop the remote, it hits the coffee table and goes flying.  I curse.  I am chasing things down and the TV is blasting some infomercial from whatever channel was on last night.   I finally get it all fixed and I hear scratching from above. It’s either the dog scratching at the door or, not sure.  I stand perfectly still until it stops. Anyway, that’s my day thus far.   Oh, the moral of the story?  Take the batteries out of the loud clock that’s been torturing you for years before you give it to charity and let them scratch for a while.    Eventually they might fall back asleep.  Good morning everyone!


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Happy Constitution Day and Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad.

The Greeks
The Greeks and my mother holding my brother, just before immigrating to the U.S.

September 17, 2013

My parents were children during WWII.  My father was born in Greece and remembered the worst.  My mother was born in Canada on the very day the Nazis marched into Poland. My paternal grandparents, with four young children in tow, managed to escape the civil war in Greece when my father was 13.  Their intent was to immigrate to the United States but there was a document snafu in Athens.  They were lucky to be able to board a ship to Canada.  This was to be temporary though as my grandfather had already lived in San Francisco.  I’m murky on the details but, he may have already been a U.S. citizen.   As a young man he’d owned a small candy store in San Francisco.  He also worked on the railroad and served in the United States Army as an interpreter.   He went back to Greece to marry my Yia Yia but his heart never left the United States.  It was the land of opportunity and the home of the free.

On this date in 1955 my parents wed in Canada.  The following year my older brother was born.  Two years later the entire family finally immigrated to the United States.  They came to California specifically because the San Francisco Bay area reminded my grandfather of Greece (the old country).   That is how they always referred to Greece, “the old country.”  The United States was their country.  My parents were very young and overcame many hurdles to both marry and become United States citizens   At the time, a sponsor was required.  My grandfather’s uncle was a Superior court judge in San Francisco and he sponsored them.   I don’t know the exact timeline but they soon began the process to become Naturalized citizens.   I recall the stories of how they had to study for the citizenship exam.  One of the requirements was that they read the constitution.  I believe they were tested on it as well.  They passed with flying colors.  I don’t have the photos of them on that day but they exist.  I recall their suits, the carnation on my father’s lapel, my mother’s young, beautiful smile.   Throughout their lives they carried the title of “United States citizen” proudly.  Several years after they were naturalized I was born and with my birth the first born American citizen arrived.

I heard it from the time I was a child.  We were lucky.  America was the greatest country in the world.  It was instilled in all of us.  My parents were the most patriotic people I’ve ever known.   I remember them debating the sample ballots very carefully.  Researching, vetting, discussing.  The polls were at my elementary school.  I recall watching them walk hand in hand every single Election Day to vote.  The flag was always flown on appropriate holidays and I believe they had the same flag all of their lives.   I don’t recall it being discussed that they were married on Constitution Day.  I’m fairly certain they did not realize it was such while they were Canadian citizens but, anything is possible.

On this constitution day I honor my parents as I strive to do every day.    I owe everything I’ve become to them.  It is not a small matter that it is in honor of their memory that we stay in the state they chose.   I choose to stay in California.  I do what I can to fight for my beloved state, their beloved state.    I can quite vividly picture them cheering me on from Heaven.  Sometimes, though less frequently lately, they are next to me in my dreams.  Not talking, just watching.  The quiet, no problem,  bookworm middle child turned out to be the feisty one!  Happy constitution day America and happy anniversary mom and dad.    I know that despite the turmoil in their precious state and country, they rest in peace.  I know they worry not about me for I am their daughter; their  first born citizen of the greatest country on earth.

Addendum : I was taught that a writer should never apologize for her work and I shan’t but I must say that this is imperfect.  Some specifics may be slightly inaccurate and I’d love to get this down perfectly.  My parents died young and many stories died with them. This is my recollection of events.  My parents loved us all equally but differently.   They didn’t have a favorite.  I know that my parents would be particularly proud of my elder brother lately as am I.  He’s been reading the constitution and the founding father’s writings.  But, that’s not my story to tell further without his permission.   For tonight, I’ll just get this down while it is still Constitution day (it is in California),  and perhaps edit it later.  Thank you all for reading it.  My parents would love that I wrote it, imperfect though it is.

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“Thank You For Donating.” Sarah Murnaghan and My Eerie Tale.

This morning we get the word that Sarah Murnaghan, the 10 year old who has been in the press lately, is getting her lung transplant. While this is good news for Sarah, I always remember that someone died in order for such a transplant and my thoughts are with that family also. This situation reminds me of an eerie incident that occurred a few years back at, of all places, the grocery store. It was profound and not something I shall ever forget. Today is the first time I’ve publicly discussed it. It’s as good a day as any.

I was at the checkout counter at Trader Joe’s grocery store and paid with my debit card. The chatty cashier asked for my driver’s license as identification and then said “thank you for donating.” I was perplexed. “Huh”? I asked. He repeated himself: “Thank you for donating, for being an organ donor.” I had never even realized that yup, there it is. A pink dot on my California driver’s license that quite simply says “donor.” It shook me up a bit and I responded “well, hopefully not anytime soon.” He said “it’s the most unselfish gift you will ever give.” Still shaken, I nodded and off I went. No one before or since has ever commented on this pink dot or the fact that I am registered as an organ donor.

I’m in my car driving home. I’m a careful driver. Uber cautious I’ve been told. I’m always on the lookout for the “other guy.” I check my mirrors, side, other side, rear view, repeat. It’s served me well. I’ve gotten out of many possible accidents by practicing defensive driving. My father taught me this. Even if you are the best driver in the world, you have to look out for the idiots. Always have an “out” planned in your head. I do. I always do. I know where every car is and have some sort of escape plan in the event I have to make a quick move. This day was the one time I did not have that opt out plan. I am driving home practicing defensive tactics yet still unnerved and distracted by the cashier’s unusual comments. Near my home there is a ICE office. Ever since the murder of Border patrol agent Robert Rojas near the San Diego/Mexican border I’ve made it a practice to look up at the flags and say a quick prayer for him. This day was no exception.

In the nano second that it took to look at the flags and quickly look back at my driver’s side mirror I was in mortal danger. A female driver was veering quickly from the left lane into my lane near the curb and her car was headed straight for mine. No time to otherwise evade, I instinctively drove up the curb onto the sidewalk and braked in the middle of the bushes. Luckily there was no one on the sidewalk because I had broken my “always” rule. Luck or God or both were abundantly on my side that day. She wound up bouncing off the curb, back to the center of the road and was off on her ( I think, very drunken) way. Had I not driven onto the sidewalk, she surely would have smashed into my driver’s side door at about 50 miles per hour. I shudder to think what may have happened. I got off that curb, turned a corner, parked and sobbed. I thought then and still maintain that I cheated death that day. No, the cashier’s comments did not help the situation (and certainly distracted me), but my instinctive driving skills are what may have saved my life. Since then when I want to pay respects to the fallen I pull into the border patrol parking lot, park and say my prayer. Live and learn. Key word is live.

I did live but I well could have perished that day. Had I died it would have been tragic. Too young. Another innocent person taken by a drunk (at least reckless) driver. But, my organs would likely have been donated. Part of me would have lived on and saved or prolonged another life. Perhaps several lives. The thought comforts me. Since the news of Sarah Murnaghan broke I’ve been advocating one thing. Please consider being an organ donor. Similar to writing one’s will, it’s not a pleasant proposition; facing our own mortality. But we are mere mortals. Once done, I had pretty much forgotten about it (but for the oddly timed “thank you” from the cashier). We want to take government out of our health care, out of our lives. We have to start somewhere and it’s not by petitioning the head of HHRS. There are so many things that appear to be out of our hands lately but this we can do. Here we can make a difference. Again, I repeat an oft used phrase of mine; walk the talk. At the very least, have the talk.

What is really at the heart of the matter is a severe shortage of organ donors. Unsavory though it may sound it is a supply and demand problem.  According to one source “The demand for organs in the United States far outpaces the supply. There are currently 75,650 active candidates (meaning they are medically suitable for a transplant) waiting for organs in the United States. But 18 people die every day, on average, waiting for an organ transplant. In 2012, there were only about 14,000 organ donors (deceased and live donations). Organ donations from deceased donors resulted in the procurement of 28,600 organs that led to 24,560 transplants.”

I realize that sometimes religion, family preferences, ethics, or simply the unpleasant aspect of the conversation all factor into this shortage. It is not my intent to talk you into something you feel strongly against. Rather, it’s my desire to urge you to have a chat with yourself, with God, with whomever. Until we have this discussion and take action this problem will continue. I urge you to strongly consider becoming an organ donor and register yourself as such. Ensure that your status is known. Depending on your state, it may be noted on your driver’s license. If not, you may wish to wear a bracelet, have a card in your wallet and, very importantly, it must be in your living will. Additionally you must ensure that your D.N.R. is written in a manner that does not conflict with your organ donor status. Without getting too far into the weeds, it is often necessary to keep the donor on life support in order to preserve the organs. Finally, your designated durable power of medial attorney must be on board. The legalities can be complex but, even after registering as a donor, your family can stop the process. I’ll leave it up to you to do your research on this. Suffice to say, there can be glitches and people can change your decision. Make sure this does not happen. The life you save may be that of a 10 year old child like Sarah. The lives you save will be as the cashier said “the most unselfish gift you ever give.” Because each state handles the registration of organ donations differently I urge you to search “how to become an organ donor.” Or, ask your physician or attorney for assistance. I am ever so grateful that I did not die on the road that day but I know that if I had, my husband would be comforted in the knowledge that my heart or lungs or eyes or possibly all, found new life in a needy, perhaps dying individual. I know this to be true because I’ve ensured that it is. It started with a conversation and I walked the talk.

Finally, cashiers: shut up. Thank me for my business, not my organ donation status. It’s a personal matter. Not something I wish to be thanked for or even reminded of. I was distracted that day. I am grateful to my father and to God that I still managed to get out of the situation and lived to tell the tale. Thank you for your time. Thank you for your prayers for Sarah and for whomever died to give her the (hopeful) gift of life. Most of all, thank you for having the conversation, for walking the talk and, thank you for your donation.

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The Californy Hillbillies!

Must be sung to the tune of “The Beverly Hillbillies Theme Song, and with a twang.”

Come and listen to a story bout a man named Red
A self made man who rarely went to bed,
He worked so much he was always in a mood
His wife told him that lately he was rude!

Mean and such. From working much…

Well, next thing you know old Red’s a millionaire
The wise folk said “ Red move away from there!”
Said, Californy is the place you wanna flee
So they loaded up the truck and they moved to Tennessee

To a farm you know. In an S.U.V.

The state of Californy does want to try to bilk,
Red and folks that are his working ilk,
The only question left if you make a lot of dough
is where in America should the cap it al ists go?

Florida, Texas, Tennessee. Sit a spell. Put your feet up, have a beer. Ya’ll come back for a visit, hear?

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A Deployed Army Nurse Needs a Foster Home For Her Dog. Please Help~!

UPDATE: 6/9/13 It is with great sadness that Megan was told that Diesel has died. He was struck by a car and underwent surgery but he did not survive. Rest In Peace Diesel.

UPDATE:  2/7/13  Diesel is home with his Army Nurse Owner!  Diesel’s owner came home early from her deployment and I am pleased to announce that Diesel is back at home with her.  He never did leave Megan’s good care and it was a bitter sweet parting. Here are Megan and Diesel on KUSI news in San Diego just prior to his departure. Everyone at the dog park miss Diesel but we are happy that he’s home.

KUSI.com – KUSI News – San Diego CA – News, Weather, PPR

To close this chapter I’d like to recommend Megan.  She’s helped train Scout and is a wonderful dog trainer.  Check her out at www.theMannerlyMutt.com Thank you to all that helped to try to find Diesel an interim home.

UPDATE:  A Producer from KUSI News in San Diego saw this blog post and invited Megan and Diesel on the local news this morning.  Diesel (and Megan) were on their best behavior.  Below is a clip of that interview.  As of now, Diesel still needs a home.  As you can see he is a sweet, well mannered dog.  There are also photos of the Army Nurse and her adorable baby.  Let’s get this done, for her:

Diesel is a male boxer and is a year and 8 months old, and weighs about 70 lbs. He has an owner who is a single mom and is a nurse in the Army. She is currently deployed in Afghanistan. Her toddler-aged son is with her parents but they could not take Diesel. The owner will be returning in about 10 months. Diesel is her baby and she really cares about him. He gets along great with cats and kids, and also gets along great with most dogs but can be a bit too bouncy and energetic for some. He is very people-oriented, loves to play fetch, and he is potty trained and knows basic commands. Overall he has good manners and does not jump up, get into trash, or grab food off counters.  He is neutered.   He is smart and learns new things quickly. Daily play and running will be needed as he has a lot of energy. He walks great on leash without pulling and has also been doing “urban mushing” pulling a bike. Diesel has been with my friend Megan for  over 6 months but she must find him a new foster home preferably in the  San Diego area for the remainder of his owner’s deployment.  (Preferably San Diego but will consider elsewhere in Southern California).  The foster organization will cover expenses. To fill out an application, visit https://www.netpets.org/netp/fosterhome.php.   The very last box says “Personal information and comments” and there you should indicate you are interested in  ” Diesel, D0190428*2a112 ”  Finally, please contact his current foster mom at : meg.lundberg@gmail.com so she can ensure the foster entity is aware.  As you can see, they have no social media and are not really helping Megan find a new foster for Diesel.

Diesel is currently being fostered by my friend and Scout’s trainer Megan.  Megan is a military wife and has just started her own business and can no longer take care of Diesel due to time constraints.  She has had him for about 6 months and has done a great job training him.   Scout and Diesel play together on a regular basis.  I can attest to the fact that he is a nice dog and Megan has done a wonderful job with him.

Please help me help Megan help this deployed service member.  Freedom is not free.  Thank you all!

If you have any questions or if I can facilitate this in any way please tweet me at @hipEchik

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Maui digs!

There is much I want to write about our recent Maui trip but it shall have to keep for another day.  I have been writing all day and cannot focus.  One thing I do want to get out there is the place we called home for all but 3 days of our trip.

Our friend Ken owns this homey and inexpensive condo on the  north west side of Maui.  It is steps away from Napili bay.  Napili is great for swimming, snorkeling and sometimes boogy boarding.  But, I digress.

The condo is not the Ritz Carlton but we aren’t that kind of travelers.  Not in this economy anyway.  That is not to say that I don’t want to stay a few days at the Ritz but generally we just want a place to plop down  after a long day in the sea.  Ken’s place is the perfect place to do this.

The condo has all you need to feel at home.  We went in September and it was hot and humid with on again, off again tradewinds.  Generally the trades are your natural air conditioning on Maui.  This year, mother nature had turned the A. C.  off and the unit has no actual air conditioner.  That said, Ken has many fans which would generally be enough but it isn’t during the hot September days.  This is the only short coming of Ken’s place.  It’s hot!  But, when traveling to Maui, especially in September, expect to be hot .

It is stocked with all that the traveler, seasoned or otherwise might want or need.  It is strategically placed just steps from one of the best beaches on Maui (not swarmed with tourists ) and is, generally a great place to stay.

My post does not do this condo justice so please, peruse Ken’s website.  I will update this later because I am tired and struggling for words.  I promised Ken I would put this out, so here it is!

http://www.mauialohacondo.com/about.htm

Please tweet me @hipEchik if you have any questions.

Aloha!

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An Act Of Desperation by Bob Filner and a predicted Win for Nick Popaditch!

Tired of political games and falsehoods and married to a Combat Veteran Marine myself, I am incensed by the politics of slime that  Congressman Filner is getting away with against his opponent; former Marine and Congressional candidate Nick Popaditch.    I can only assume that the TV stations are enjoying the ad revenue despite the fact that the ads are completely false!

Congressman Bob Filner is running ads stating that his opponent Nick Popaditch did not vote for 11 years.  Please see Nick’s response and the pertinent part of the ad, to the right of the story on the link below:

http://www.kusi.com/story/13414219/popaditch-calls-voting-allegations-rediculous

We have obtained Nick’s voting records from both San Diego and San Bernardino Counties for the years 1992-2010 as below:

Nick Popaditch’s Voting Record: San Diego

Nick Popaditch’s Voting Record : San Bernardino

As you can see, Nick voted in all years except 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, and 2005.  Further to that, witness the fact that Nick voted in the 2004 Presidential election only 7 months after he was hit in the head by an Grenade in Falluja Iraq. As Nick explains in the above linked piece, he rushed to San Bernardino after being discharged from the hospital in order to vote in this important election!

Nick Popaditch nearly died for this Country!  His opponent Bob Filner is the  Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee and as Nick is a Veteran, Filner should retract this falsehood!

I am confident he will not do this, as I have seen this far leftie in action.  He has nothing but disdain and contempt for anyone who does not agree with his Marxist agenda. Ever since this data was made public, Filner has not been seen nor heard from.  At the last minute, he canceled a KUSI TV appearance where he was to go head to head with Nick on the topic of these ads.

He is running expensive ads during the World Series spouting these same mis-truths!I don’t know if Nick wants to counter these ads, but I am assuming money cannot hurt! Please donate what you can to Nick Popaditch for whatever last minute needs he has :

https://www.popaditchforcongress.com/contributions.html

Jim Geraghty Of National Review online also cites Filner’s desperation and predicts a win for Nick ! http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/251666/democrats-desperation-move-out-californias-51st-district

I agree with Jim that it is an act of desperation on Filner’s part. He has no dirt on Nick so he fabricates it!

I too have been calling this for Nick for a while. It is my district.  I have talked to many folks and can read the pulse of the district.  It may be close, but Nick is still out there stumping for every single vote!  We desperately need House wins in CA and hey, why not in my District?  Nick Popaditch is the most principled candidate I have ever met. As Nick says “A Marine’s word is his bond”.

Thank you from the California 51st Congressional District!

Teri~

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Nick Popaditch is on the Great American Panel on Sean Hannity Show, tonight!

A Great, Great, Great, Great, Great American!

Nick Popaditch is once again in New York!  He will appear on the Great American Panel on the Sean Hannity Show on FNC tonight!  Please make a note to watch and/or set your DVR’s for this must see T.V.  (Check local listings for times in your area.)

As many of you know, over the past year or so, I have volunteered and assisted several campaigns. None are as personal to me as this one. You see, I live in the California 51st Congressional District. I have witnessed, first hand, the havoc wreaked by this President and Congress’ economic policy. I can literally see Mexico from my house. I know the need for a secure border. I can also see November from my house. Please help me, help Nick Popaditch flip this house! A brighter view is in sight!

I was, somewhat, kidding Nick one day. I quipped: “Once elected, I DO have your cell phone number and I will use it”

His response to my slightly snarky comment was: “You and the rest of California’s 51st Congressional district will be my commanding officer. I will take your mission to the hill! Semper Fi” I absolutely believe him!

People continuously ask me “what is wrong with your State?”  The answer to that question can, and has filled volumes! I know a bit about what is wrong with “my” State, but I also know what is right with it.  Many of us have been working diligently to right the wrongs of the progressive demise of California.   It won’t be a quick fix, but the Golden State will shine again!   Let’s start at the Mexico border and move North!  Let not your heart be troubled; Nick Popaditch is an example of what is RIGHT about California!

“What Do I believe in? I believe in limited Government, Strong National Defense and the traditional American Family.” Nick Popaditch

Nick Popaditch is a retired U.S. Marine campaigning for Congress in the 51st district running against incumbent Bob Filner (D). Understanding and believing in duty to country and his community, Nick is redeploying once again to serve and protect the liberties that make this nation truly exceptional.

This former Marine Tank Commander is also known as ”The Cigar Marine” from the AP photo (April 2003) on major front page newspapers in the U.S. of the historic event that truly symbolized the liberation of Baghdad as the 1st Tank Battalion Marines pulled down a statue of Saddam Hussein.

“Gunny Pop” was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry for his actions on April 6 and 7, 2004, while commanding a tank in Fallujah, Iraq and was also awarded the Purple Heart.

Nick was medically retired from the Marines in 2005 at the rank of Gunnery Sergeant from wounds sustained in combat in the battle of Fallujah.

He is the author of Once A Marine an Iraq War Tank Commander’s Inspirational Memoir of Combat, Courage, and Recovery. The book holds an honored spot on the United States Marine Corps Professional Reading program, also known as the Commandant’s reading list. Marine Corps University recommends
Once A Marine
for every rank from Private to General.

You can order your signed copy of “Once A Marine” here.

On the Economy and Obamanomics

“Only A Liar, only a liar could look somebody straight in the face, after you took over the economy at 7.5% unemployment, jack it up to over 10% and tell them how many jobs you have saved. Only a liar can do that.” Nick Popaditch.

“If you’re in the 51st congressional district, we’ve had some hard times. If you’re still down there after the recession you are a survivor. You are not looking for a handout. You are looking for the Government to stop pulling the rug out. That is what you are looking for.” Nick Popaditch.

“What do you need? You need representation. I’ll go up there and say no, I’ll start saying no so you can start saying yes in your life. You can say yes to lower taxes, you can say yes to a job; you can say yes to business growth, you can say yes on your Street when we start saying no to Washington D.C.” Nick Popaditch.

The 51st Congressional district encompasses virtually the entire California/Mexico border. Please see map to better understand how vast the 51st congressional district is.  Please note the area to the south, is Mexico : http://nationalatlas.gov/printable/images/preview/congdist/ca51_109.gif

It is obvious that these times call for a warrior to represent this all important area.  Bob Filner has represented this district for 18 years. His ultra progessive policies have done nothing to help the 51st.  In fact, the unemployment rate in the Imperial Valley region of the 51st is the HIGHEST OF ANY DISTRICT IN THE NATION!

You can find additional information on this Warrior for Congress here:

http://www.popaditchforcongress.com/index.html

Please check out Bob Filner’s voting record here:

http://www.votesmart.org/voting_category.php?can_id=26774

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“What’s a Junior Congressman? My vote will count as much as anybody’s” Nick Popaditch

ALL Elections Are National! Even if you cannot vote for Nick, he will vote for you!

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Let’s Flip This House!

Thank you and God Bless from California’s 51st Congressional district!


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