Update. Disregard everything in this post. I’m a Rubio Girl!
I’m just linking to the video. I’ve watched the speech twice now and I was pleasantly startled several times. Mostly, I was caught off balance at how much he spoke to me, a native Californian and a conservative. Like many others I’ve had pre-conceived notions about self described libertarians. Imagine my surprise when I find myself nodding in the affirmative to many of the concepts Senator Paul discusses.
It’s not that I don’t understand the basic tenets of libertarianism; I do. It’s just that there seem to be 50 shades of libertarians. All that aside, his shade speaks to me. He calls himself a “Libertarian, Conservative, Republican.” I like that. He’s not shirking from the Republican bit. Nor do I. He talks about how to win in California. He’s spot on. I may not be a political pro but I am an expert on my native state.
Mostly though, he speaks to me when he talks of “passion.” I had it. I was even known for it. I lost it somewhere around 2010 when the conservative sweep came to a screeching halt right around the Rocky Mountains. Passion. Rand Paul sparked a bit of it during his infamous filibuster and he sparked it again last night during this speech.
I still have questions. It’s early days. We don’t even know (for sure) if he’s running but, this speech put the Senator from Kentucky on my radar. I hope you’ll take some time and watch it.
My Marine grew up in an idyllic little town called Highlands, New Jersey. It’s his home town. Most of his family has left but one sister still lives there. A lovely little home down by the seashore, or it was. Like many others my sister in law and her husband were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. The above video shows some of the havoc that was wreaked on Highlands. ( If you cannot tolerate the Springsteen music please mute it and just watch). My focus is on Highlands since we have family there. Obviously, there were many other areas in several states that were hit hard by this nasty hurricane.
The last update we had from sis was not great. They still had no power and were waiting for their insurance company to get back to them. They have done as much as they can on their own and the community has been pulling together to help but this is just an atrocious situation. The insurers are either overwhelmed or not in any hurry (or both). She and her husband have “mudded” out their basement and lower floor and there was raw sewage which is an obvious health concern. All appliances and anything that couldn’t be moved up are destroyed. The interior of the home will have to be re-done as well. They have pulled out the sheetrock and scrubbed as best they can. Leaving their home is not an option as there have been incidences of looting on their Street. They are seasoned in the way of Hurricanes and no one had to come to their aid but, they will need help. This is just a tiny bit of their account which is actually much worse. The good news is they were not injured. The bad news is that no help is coming any time soon. Many that are employed missed much work and won’t be compensated for that time. Even those with good insurance have significant deductibles and will likely see hefty premium increases.
I hope everyone will tune in today from 7-11 eastern for this radiothon. As we know by now, these victims need help. Government help and/or insurance payments are not coming quickly enough and we need to assist as much as we can. It’s what we do! I know the economy is bad but, please give what you can. Those $10.00 donations add up quickly. Thank you to everyone who is contributing to this effort and a special thank you to FTR Radio and Smart Girl Politics! A super special thank you to Anna Little who went to check on my sister in law and was on the ground, helping victims right before the election. ( Highlands blew it on that one, but that’s for another day). I hope you will tune in and take part in the radioathon but if you cannot, please give what you can to the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund The United Way is waiving all administrative expenses for this effort and all donations are tax deductible. Additionally, if you like, you can designate which State you wish your monies to go to.
Finally, a word about some responses I have been seeing on social media. Most of you have been great, spreading the word and positive messages. Some have unfortunately been nasty. “Why are we helping blue states.” “Governor Cuomo said everything is fine.” etc. This is not about politics folks, this is about helping victims of a horrendous natural disaster. I’m a huge fan of snark when appropriate; this is not one of those times. Please, set aside the snarky comments for another day. In other words, either help or get out of my way. This one is personal. Now, let’s get out there and walk the talk. I thank you, The Marine thanks you and his sister thanks you.
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.
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 : email@example.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
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!
I’ve been meaning to post about this for a while. Many of you helped in the search for a home for Gizmo so you ought to know the outcome. Sadly, the veteran died before a home was found for his beloved Gizmo but I know he knew how much interest there was in Gizmo. Hopefully he passed with the knowledge that Gizmo would be placed suitably. What are the odds that another veteran who had just lost his dog ALSO named Gizmo would hear of this story and step up? I’m not an oddsmaker but as detailed below, this is exactly what happened.
Again, thank you to all that helped in the quest to find a home for Gizmo. Thanks to Pets for Patriots for all you do. Thanks to Mr. and Mr. Peterman for taking Gizmo. Thanks to social media for getting this story far and wide and a special thanks for my friend Michelle who not only brought this to my attention but went the extra mile in her efforts to help “Mr. Smith”. May he rest in peace and may Gizmo live a long and happy dog’s life!
Jul 05, 2011
By Beth Zimmerman, Pets for Patriots
A few weeks ago we were asked to help an elderly, dying Korean War veteran find a home for his dog, Gizmo. In spite of our efforts and those of many people across the country, this hero died before his wish could be fulfilled. But fate was about to play an unlikely hand in the tale of Gizmo, a pint–sized Shih Tzu with a Great Dane–sized spirit and a love for life.
Word spread like wildfire, fueled by the urgency of the veteran’s grave condition and the prospect of his pooch being suddenly without a home or anyone to care for him. Scores of people from across the country offered to give Gizmo a new life, each with a compelling story of their own. One was the daughter of another San Diego area veteran, whose appeal was so personal and touching — and so perfect — that we had a feeling that this was “it.”
We forwarded the information to Nick Winfrey at Rancho Coastal Humane Society in Encinitas, as we did with all potential adopters who contacted us. Nick is a Marine veteran who now dedicates himself to helping the countless homeless dogs and cats that find their way to Rancho Coastal; the organization is one of our charity’s outstanding shelter partners in California. Nick and I spoke about this one, very special adoption candidate. He agreed; this definitely felt like “the one.”
The woman who wrote to us is the daughter of Lyman “Tim” Peterman, a WWII veteran who will be 90 years young this month. Earlier in June, Tim lost his 15 year-old Shih Tzu dog whose name happened to be — Gizmo! Tim took daily walks with his Gizmo, and was completely bereft when the dog died after a long illness.
We wondered: was it possible that one veteran — who died, leaving his Gizmo unexpectedly homeless — could give renewed purpose to another veteran whose own Gizmo had just died?
Tim applied and was accepted as a member Patriot of our program, which entitles him to ongoing, reduced cost veterinary care and other benefits, such as direct financial support to make pet food and other basics more affordable. At nearly 90, Tim is the most senior member of our program, besting an 88 year-old Marine veteran who lives in Florida with her honorably adopted dog, Laddie. We’re proud to bring the unconditional love and joy of companion pet ownership to veterans and service members of any age, from all armed forces and from any stage of their military lives.
On June 30, Tim went to Rancho Coastal Humane Society, with his wife and daughter by his side, and honorably adopted his new Gizmo as three network television stations filmed the event. He met Chyba, a retired military K9 whose likeness graces Rancho Coastal’s Military Working Dog memorial — the first in San Diego and the only private such memorial west of the Mississippi. Speaking as one veteran to another, Tim thanked Chyba for her service.
And if all of this seems like just a sweet little pet tale, think again. Tim told his crowd of newfound admirers that this was the happiest day of his life since he was serving in the Army in Berlin, and the town crier announced that the war was over. We hear there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
Today, a veteran is smiling from his heavenly perch, at peace in the knowledge that his beloved little Gizmo is bringing joy to a brother in arms.
About Pets for Patriots Pets for Patriots, Inc., is a registered 501(c)(3) charity that helps service and veteran members of the United States military honorably adopt adult and at-risk shelter pets. Its mission is to consistently give the gifts of fidelity, joy and companionship to both pet and person. Pets for Patriots is one of the only organizations in the country dedicated to both homeless pets and military personnel at any stage of their careers and from all armed forces. The charity is a proud member of the Army AW2 Wounded Warrior Program national community support network, a national partner of the Real Warriors Campaign and is listed by the National Resource Directory for ill and wounded veterans. Visit Pets for Patriots online today and Be A Pet’s Hero(TM).
July 28th, 2011 update : Shortly after this post and as a direct result of social media we found the kitty’s a home. Thank you to all that assisted in this effort!
Anyone who knows me, knows that I will do most anything for our troops and veterans. This though, I cannot do and am asking for your help. I must admit, I never considered what happens when a single, deployed troop member has a pet or, in this case pets. Enter Amelia, (or @gadsdenista on twitter) who has been tweeting about this incessantly for a while now. Amelia is one of my newer twitter friends with a lot going on in her life but she took these kittens out of necessity when their owner’s plans fell through. She can no longer keep them and, well, she’s a writer. I will let Amelia tell you the story:
When our service members are deployed, they’re frequently unable to find a temporary home for their pets and are forced to leave them with an animal shelter. Guardian Angel For Soldier’s Pet is a nonprofit organization created to help find foster homes for these pets so that service members may be reunited with them upon their return.
Right now, Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet is looking for a home for Abraham and Sarah, two young cats in the Denver area. Sarah and Abraham’s human is already deployed, and the arrangements she had made for the cats fell through. They are very sweet, well-behaved cats, who can usually be found purring in their temporary foster mom’s lap, napping, or playing with each other. If you or someone you know can give Abraham and Sarah a nice place to live for the next 9-12 months, please contact Amelia Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org. We need to find them a new home by next Wednesday if at all possible.
This group places pets all around America for varying lengths of time. We need volunteers not only for foster homes, but also to help with administrative work, communications and many other roles. If you cannot take these kitties but would like to help, please see www.guardianangelsforsoldierspet.org
If you or someone you know can foster these adorable kittens, please email Amelia at the above address, or tweet or dm either Amelia @gadsdenista or me @hipEchik . As Amelia says, time is of the essence. Thank you, God bless, and may He watch over our brave men and women. I am confident we can find a foster family for these adorable cats! Let’s Do This!!
Captain Jeffrey Haney has died in the service to his Country. I have no words to describe the sorrow I feel, but take solace in this poem:
I sweep the skies with fire and steel
My highway is the cloud
I swoop, I soar, aloft I wheel
My engine laughing loud
I fight with gleaming blades the wind
That dares dispute my path
I leave the howling storm behind
I ride upon it’s wrath.
I laugh to see your tiny world
Your toys of ships, your cars
I rove an endless road unfurled
Where the mile stones are the stars
And far below, men wait and peer
For what my coming brings
I fill their quaking hearts with fear
For death…is in my wings.
— Gordon Boshell
Rest in peace, Captain Haney. You fly with Angels now.
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 51stCongressional 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 51stCongressional 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.
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: