Friday, June 15, 2007

For Enemy of The Republic

I know life has got you down. I know you are upset over the recent death of a good friend. You have had to endure much pain.

Too many losses.

You are not alone.

I get that way myself.

I used to get so depressed that I would sit alone in a dark room with a .357 magnum and play Russian Roulette all by myself.

Thank God I never won.

Or maybe I did.

Sometimes the pain of mere existence becomes almost too much to bear.

I climbed down off the wagon today.

I didn't fall off, it was a conscious decision made in an entirely sober state. There are things that I can say this way that I can't say otherwise.

Like you, I am feeling somewhat down. Sunday is Father's Day. I have a post prepared for that and it was the preparation that made me cry. And crying is what made me think of you and your losses.

We do what we can with what we have.

Since my Mother died I have been, well, a wreck. She was my rock, my anchor. In spite of everything, my unsavory way of life, my associates, my drinking and drug abuse, my criminal activities, my time in prison, she was the only one who always believed in me.

Until I met Maggie.

Even with Maggie, it isn't an easy row to hoe. But she's the reason I haven't taken the razor sharp katana off the wall and committed sebuku.

You have your very own Maggies, Love, your son and your husband.

Leave God out of this for a moment,( and I know that is a hard thing to do). Find your joy in those who love you and love them back as hard as you can.

That is the answer. The only answer. And live this life as long as life will let you. God will love you always anyway.

Your friend and blog bud,


"I have no fear, Angels follow me where-ever I may go>"

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

We Need All That We Can Get

Dear Supporter,

Last year, with your help, VoteVets made history. Because of your support, four candidates who served during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were elected to Congress with high hopes, and they have not disappointed. Congressmen Patrick Murphy, Joe Sestak, Tim Walz, and Chris Carney have become strong leaders in the House of Representatives, and are giving a heavy dose of reality about what is, and what is not, supporting the troops.

Now, it's time to add to their ranks. Today, PAC is announcing our endorsement of two more veterans who are running for Congress - John Boccieri and Jonathan Powers. To ensure that their campaigns begin as strongly as possible, they need your help.

Donate to Boccieri for Congress here | Donate to Powers for Congress here
Both of these 21st Century Patriots promise to bring more strength of leadership to a place where it is sorely lacking - Capitol Hill.

John Boccieri, is in his first term as a member of the Ohio State Senate. Boccieri served our country by enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. He is an Air Force Reserve Major and aircraft commander aboard the C-130 aircraft, and was stationed at Youngstown Joint Air Reserve Station. He recently deployed in 4 rotations to support our troops in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Boccieri has served our nation in over 40 countries and has eleven years of service in the U.S. Military.

Previously, in his role as staff officer, he supported Presidential visits to Arkansas and also worked on base-wide support of three treaties- Open Skies, Chemical Weapons Compliance, and START II Treaties. As a commissioned Lieutenant in the military, he worked with base-wide support for the Department of Defense, Department of the Air Force, the State Department, the White House Communications Staff, the Secret Service, and Air Force and Marine Advance Agents.

John has a tremendous opportunity to take this district. Republican Congressman Ralph Regula, an 18-term incumbent, was only able to get 58 percent of the vote last election, so this is a very winnable district for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans!

Donate to Boccieri for Congress here | Donate to Powers for Congress here

Jonathan Powers has long been one of's go-to guys, and has represented us in press conferences and media many times. We're very excited to see him throw his hat into his home district around Buffalo, NY. An Army Captain and decorated Iraq War veteran, schoolteacher and non-profit leader, Jon sets an exceptional standard for "leadership by example" some in Washington, DC would be wise to follow.

As an artillery platoon leader in the Army's 1st Armored Division, and later as the Battalion Commander's Adjutant in Baghdad and Najaf - Jon Powers was hailed by his commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel William Rabena, as "one of the most talented officers I have known in twenty-two years of service in the Army." Rabena lauded his "extraordinary management skills, leadership, and unmatched talent to accomplish the most difficult tasks with minimal guidance," calling Powers "the type of officer a commander only dreams of having in his unit."

The war was far from over when Jon returned home to Western New York, intending to become a full-time social studies teacher in the public schools. But, moved by his experience at war and driven to action, Jon sought to help those in Iraq whose voices are least heard - Iraqi children, many of whom have known only war their entire young lives. Jon returned to Baghdad and founded War Kids Relief, a nonprofit organization aimed at assisting the youth of Iraq, providing them the resources and education needed to avoid recruitment by radical and terrorist organizations. War Kids Relief was quickly recognized for its path-breaking work and was featured on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams "Making a Difference" series and in a Newsweek cover story.

Jon's opponent, Congressman Tom Reynolds, too often places loyalty - to his political party and the preservation of his own career - ahead of competence and accountability. In 2006, in a historically Republican district, Reynolds won by a mere 5,000 votes. Again, this is a district ready to be represented by a true leader, like Jonathan Powers!

Please do your part to help out these fine veterans lend support to the strong voices we've already sent to Congress. As you know, in today's politics, money talks. So, let's get these guys off to a huge start and show that America want the Voice of America's 21st Century Patriot in Congress!

Donate to Boccieri for Congress here | Donate to Powers for Congress here


Jon Soltz
Iraq War Veteran
Chairman, Political Action Committee

Monday, June 11, 2007

Steve Gilliard, 1964-2007

Steve Gilliard
The News Blog

In honor of his life, and his efforts on behalf of all of us, Steve's trademark banner, "We Fight Back" will be included in the sidebar here, as a Tribute and a reminder that, while men may die, their ideas live forever.

Thanks to Bulldog for the heads up.


Sunday, June 10, 2007

Somebody throw me a fish....

Found this over at Kilabe's Hive! A Seal? A Fuckin Seal?

where's my beach ball...

What should you be in the military?

navy seal

congrats!! the best job you would do in the military is be a navy seal, navy seals are one of the most elite units in the u.s military, they handle some of the most dangerous situations

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Kilabe is a former Active Duty Marine who joined the Guard after his stint in the Corps. He is now serving in Iraq. (Clear me up if I'm wrong on this Bro...) He 's a good blog buddy from the other side of the aisle, but like Mike The Marine, he put his money where his mouth is so he has my complete and utmost respect.

Don't be shy now, take the test yourself, and stop by Kilabe's Hive and send him some love!

Semper Fidelis!


Guess Who's Back?

Lookin like Eight miles of bad road

Sorry about the extended absence, been up to my ass in alligators while trying to drain the swamp.
Worked on two upcoming television shows, Canterbury's Law and Damages with Glenn Close. Long days, short nites and I ain't no spring chicken anymore. Next week I'm off to Connecticut for a TV movie. I'll be there all summer so my blogging will be light.

On top of all this, the media's preoccupation with Paris Hilton has disgusted me to the point where I am almost ready to join Cindy Sheehan and give all this up. What's the point? We live in a nation of minions and cretins who care more about some spoiled, misbehaving socialite than the fact that our troops are dying daily in a useless effort to stem a three way civil war.

Then again, maybe what they want is what I am seeking, a respite, a break from the tragedy and immorality of the Bush Administration. This is where my friends and fellow scholars come in, for while I have rested, they, you, have carried on the fight to save our Country from the corporatists who hold us in thrall.

So I ask your forgiveness and continued support. I just need a break.

It's a beautiful Sunday morning here in the Cradle of Liberty. I have some work to do around the house and then to the bar-b-que.

I have also been playing a lot of poker online, but that's another story for another day. You can find me on Poker Stars as deuddersun, Full Tilt as purpleleopard or Absolute Poker as chckrddemon, (you old heads should remember the Checkered Demon, lol!).

Actually got to the 2nd round in Tournament play at Full Tilt

So take today off and enjoy life for life's sake.
Appreciate every little thing for there will come a time when that is no longer possible. And feel the love I send your way as I feel the love you send to me. I'm off to the yard, the barbie and some kickass hillbilly hick-hop!

Will ya look at what they're doing in Texas!!!

Crank it up!

Love each other.