A Promise Kept. Gizmo has a home!

July 28,2011

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

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Lyman Peterman and Gizmo

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.

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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).

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Help! A Soldier Needs a Guardian Angel for her pets!

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 gasp.communications.co@gmail.com. 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!!


Don’t Get Jo Joe’d. A social media lesson.

So, I am the Twister that Brooks refers to in his post :

Fakes. What do we do when we suspect they’re among us?

I can attest to all he has written in this post and then some. Like Brooks though, I am not up for writing War and Peace tonight, so this is some of the rest of the story.

I too was duped by Jo Von Ho. This goes way back, and I honestly do not recall all the particulars of our involvement. I was on phone calls, internet chatrolls etc. with her. This was probably prior to the June primary as I was working with Anystreet to encourage help with the Chuck Devore campaign. One evening I was tweeting with Jo (aka @FemmePatriot) when Brooks dm’d me: “there is an imposter in our community”. He and I subsequently talked and it did not stop there. Without embarrassing anyone in the Anystreet organization, it would be impossible to tell you the depth of the cover up of the fraud, Jo Von Ho.  One would have thought I had learned my lesson!

As Brooks says, “fast forward” to a few weeks ago when tweets began flying requesting prayers for “Raquel” by her sister “Anamaris”.   I became emotionally invested in Raquel and tweeted a few things in the public timeline to Anamaris. I also began dm’ing with her regularly. Additionally, I DID pray for her sister.  It was not until Brooks contacted me and questioned the legitimacy of this that I stopped to think. Actually, at first, I assured him it was real. He persisted, and reminded me of Jo Von Ho so I went into action that very day. My phone records reflect that this was on 12/22.  I believe I first contacted my friend Michelle (@MichelleinCAL on twitter) in San Diego who I knew was very emotionally vested in the welfare of Raquel. (By the way, I have met Michelle in person.) I told Michelle that Brooks was skeptical of this as was I.  Michelle shared with me things that Anamaris had not told me. Notably that Raquel was at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco. I immediately called UCSF and was informed that “There is no patient by the name of Raquel Esparragoza” in ANY unit at UCSF. How about a Raquel E? No, nobody by that name either. I was transferred to a supervisor who went to great lengths to search the database. There was no Raquel E at UCSF. I shared this with Michelle who also called the hospital. She got the same responses and the same careful service. We were not dismissed outright; they really looked for “our friend Raquel who is in ICU on life support”.  Michelle called to my attention that there is more than 1 UCSF phone number so; both she and I tried again. For the third time I was told that there was no Raquel E in the hospital. Michelle went into action and found a web form to email patients at UCSF.   She sent an email, it was bounced back.

Meanwhile, I checked out the dates of the twitter accounts and the facebook accounts and discovered them to be new. Raquel’s was created in mid November and Anamaris’ was created on December 14th, 2010. Additionally, Raquel had a Facebook page created in November. I know one person whose friend request was accepted during the time period that Raquel was in a coma. Hey, miracles happen. But not this time…

The details of this summation could actually fill a volume as large as War and Peace. Suffice to say; from that day forward, Michelle and I were trying to get as much information out of “Anamaris” as possible. Michelle was able to obtain Raquel’s Dr’s names: Dr’s Chen and Ueda : (see dm’s to Michelle  http://yfrog.com/h0o8np ) which are both common names at UCSF. No first names were given but Michelle did google those names and found them to be Dr’s on staff at UCSF. Yes, it was “googlable”.  So, as I discovered was the treatment that Anamaris was posting on her timeline. All, was very googlable. We were on high alert by this time and pretty sure this was a scam, but we were being ultra cautious.

Ok, this MAY turn into “War and Peace”; Michelle  and I also spent hours checking out A multitude of LIES that Anamaris had told Michelle. For example the one about being a bail bonds person in Texas. No go there either. We tried to give every opportunity for this story to be true. It was not to be.

I could go on with the BS dm’s Anamaris sent me, and Michelle but, I think we are finished here. Michelle emailed me her dm’s which has been terribly handy since Anamaris deleted them all. We have referred back to them many times. Oddly enough, she did not delete mine. I guess I was not on her radar as much as Michelle was. I don’t know. Who’s to know what is in the mind of , what I believe to be, a terribly ill person?

Oh, additionally, I asked a pal of mine, who is connected, to check this out.  He actually did not get back to me until after Brooks posted this but he has a Dr. Friend in San Francisco who checked the data base at UCSF and NO Raquel! None! She does not exist.

What is the moral of this story? I don’t know. “Trust but Verify” or “Verify then Trust”?   Brooks planted the seed with Jo Von Ho, and he planted the seed with this fraud. Truth is, Michelle and I knew this was likely a scam going back to 12/22/10 and I feel like a wuss for not stepping up sooner. It wasn’t until Michelle and Brooks started tweeting this out this morning that I stepped up. My instincts are good, they rarely fail me, and I won’t get VonHoed again!  Additionally, next time I will speak up sooner.  I did post a comment on Anthony Martin’s (@Welshman007 on twitter) first blog post imploring him to check into this. Since no money was apparently asked for, it was ignored. In true wuss fashion, I posted it as Kristen Noel. Wuss no more. These are the facts nothing but the facts and I do attest to them. Anyone want to see proof and I will post dm’s, though that would then truly make this War and Peace.

So, there you have it. War and Peace II plus an addendum. Any additional questions and you can contact me at @hipEchik on twitter. Thank you Brooks for posting this, and for reminding me, of what is right, the truth. Thank you Michelle for being my friend and fellow sleuth! The truth prevailed! Thank you all for your prayers. Whoever did this truly needs them

“For Death Is In My Wings” Rest in peace Captain Haney.

Air Force: Capt. Jeffrey Haney, missing pilot from Jackson County, died in crash

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:

The Aeroplane

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.

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:


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 :


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!


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:


Please check out Bob Filner’s voting record here:


Please follow Nick on Twitter: @Popaditch

Nick Popaditch on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Popaditch-for-Congress/239944974289

Nick Popaditch on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/nickpopaditch

“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!


Let’s Flip This House!

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

Nick Popaditch v Bob Filner Debate Video !

TKO delivered by Nick @Popaditch. Please watch, the debate speaks for itself :

A Picture speaks a thousand words and this one is priceless. This is what happens when you try to debate Nick @Popaditch !  I have some strong commentary about this debate, which I attended but I shall wait! I want to know what you think!  Please watch and comment.  If you think Nick won this debate, please consider donating to his campaign . Thank you from the California 51st Congressional District!

If you cannot see the video below, please click this link : Nick Popaditch v Bob Filner Debate

Debate: Nick Popaditch vs Bob Filner this Thursday!

California’s 51st Congressional District Candidate Nick @Popaditch and Incumbent Bob Filner have agreed to a debate sponsored by the Joint Chambers of Commerce of El Centro and Brawley.

The debate will be held on Thursday,   October 21, 2010 6:30p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Plaza De La Cultura Building.  Imperial Fairgrounds Imperial, Ca.

The format will be an opening statement and closing statement of one minute. There will be three sections to the debate, each section utilizing a different format. First section will be direct question and response. Second section will be single candidate questions with rebuttal and response. Third section will be an all-candiate “lightning round” where a question is asked of both candidates and each will have 45 seconds to respond.

Gunny Nick @Popaditch Event Tomorrow! #CA51 #catcot pls rt!

Nick @Popaditch and supporters will be attending the Arts and Culture Festival tomorrow: 12pm – 3pm! Please come out and join us!  310 Euclid Ave., San Diego, CA 92114.

This is a winnable race and one that is personal to me! I live in the California 51st Congressional district and have witnessed the destruction wreaked on this area due to “progressive” policies.  This is the year we begin to take back California.  What better place to start than at the border district!

Please help me re-deploy the Gunny! This time, to Washington D.C..  He will “Charge that hill.”  Even if you cannot vote for Nick, he will vote for you! If you cannot be at this event, you can still help with your contribution http://tinyurl.com/24x28qn

Learn more about Nick Popaditch at : http://popaditchforcongress.com/

November is nearly here. It is time for fewer words and more action! Thank you for your support from the California 51st!