Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Nick Popaditch Viciously Attacked in Editorial Cartoon!

I won't dignify the horrendous editorial cartoon, with the likeness of Nick Popaditch, Iraq War hero, Silver  Star/Purple Heart recipient, by showing it the here. The cartoon ran in Saturday's Imperial Valley Press and has even been denounced by his Congressional opponent. It shows a poster, with Gunny-Pop's eye patched image, on a wall and two skate boarding thugs making derogatory remarks about him. Popaditch is a candidate for the United States Congress in California's 51st Congressional District. I refuse to print the cartoon here but if you wish to click on the link to view it, that's your business.

Popaditch became the face of the Iraq War when the picture, tilted the Cigar Marine, was shown on the front pages of  newspapers all over the world. He and his unit were pulling down the statue of Sadam Hussein in Baghdad, at the beginning of the Iraq War, and he stopped to have a celebratory cigar. A year later, in a battle in Falluga, Iraq, images of his U.S.Marine Corps ending injury, the loss of the sight in his right eye, were flashed across the world in video of the battle that actually caught Popaditch being hit by an RPG.  

The hateful West Coast attitude of disrespect toward the Military continued even in the Los Angeles Times apology headline. Popaditch's name is not even mentioned; his opponent's name is. The apology in the Imperial Valley Press  on Tuesday morning is disingenuous at best but, in my opinion, still has a mocking tone.

Popaditch is taking exactly the right attitude in dealing with the cartoon. "I've got much thicker skin than that," he said. "It's not going to hurt me in any way." He is, however, concerned about the attitude of some toward the Military in general and how this will affect other troops.

To get a sense of who this man is and why he deserves to be a United States Congressman view the video trailer to his book, Once a Marine here or on Youtube.

Semper Fi Brother,

Monday, June 28, 2010

Pros and Cons for June 28th, 2010

Dear Dan,
I am not an American, nor do I live in the USA, but I wanted to let you know that I look up to you and respect you for the strength, compassion and for the obvious values and ethics that drive you.  I saw the Extreme Make Over show you were on, and wanted to find a way to send you a message to tell you how much I respect you, when I came across the Congress site, I nearly jumped out of my chair, you are exactly the kind of man that should be in a form of political leadership, a real person, with real knowledge of how every day people live, feel and hope, every country could do with people like you in the political arena, it would only make the world we live in a better place.  More power to you.  I wish the best for you in your political career from here on out, and am sure you can go all the way.

Much respect, 
Shane Vital,
No Country listed

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Dan delivering Freedom Papers in Philadelphia

Dan made a quick trip to Philadelphia and New York City this week to deliver the Freedom Papers and do some work for a Wounded Warrior group Coalition to Salute America's Heroes while he was there. The Freedom Papers are a joint effort between Dan Gilyeat and Veterans for a Strong America.  

Photos by Mychal Wyatts

Mychal Watts
Sgt. USMC (ret)
Director of Photography Services
Coalition to Salute America's Heroes
2 Church st. Suite 101
Ossining N.Y. 10562

Monday, June 7, 2010


Letter to Dan from a childhood friend,
Greg James,
Danny, it was SO good to see you tonight at Old Shawnee Days, standing proud in Uniform sporting the medals you have so humbly earned through your service to the Americans that you call beloved. Upon seeing you (first time in too many years) I had to restrain my emotions because in your absence. I had thought of you often in the past, only hearing bits and pieces of news, my worry still lingering. I indeed was overjoyed. Time does a wondrous thing to us.
Sure I miss the good old days when you and I, Joey, Wes, Bobby, and the other guys would hang out on Bonnie's front porch and have all kinds of fun. But as God would have it, we moved on into each of our own futures.

I am blessed to say that I am very happily married 22 years to a beautiful wife, with two sons brought up in the church that are honest, hard working, trustworthy, respectful and proud of this country. Hardly could a man ask for more. But I do ask for more.

I ask that we as AMERICA waken from this deep funk of liberal communistic mind programming that the enemy has brought upon us like a darkening cloud. A cloud that harbors a hidden death rattle for all that stands for what is right, good, upstanding, honest and God fearing. 

Not only has the enemy advanced, they have come under the wire, gradually introduced their agenda into our system, disguised themselves as "Americans of like mind" just as wolves in sheep's clothing. Never resting a moment, they have infiltrated, and have come to put the oppressor at the helm of our beloved country! Never have I been more worried for my fellow countrymen and comrades. This ruthless ilk continuously brainwash our children, re-write history, pound us to become multi-culturalistic, shake a finger at our patriotism and force upon us their unlawful and un-Godly views in the name of diversity and acceptance!

 I do ask for more. From our fellow man, from every true hard working American in this land and anyone who would stand beside me. I know you are in our ranks and I thank God for you Danny. I ask we stand in dire straights and face the enemy. I ask that the Giant that was awakened at Pearl Harbor and 911 be stirred to a sober wrath. A righteous, patriotic wrath that seeks to bring us from the brink of sure destruction.

 Thank you so much for the leadership you yearn to provide. We need loved ones that will give our posterity a gleaming hope in our future, and I see this in you Danny Gilyeat. Its a beautiful thing to behold. There is still a good heart in America, and it shines forth from your inner being and it makes my heart beat with pride. 

I type through blurry eyes as I send this to you because it touches me deeply to know that we still have a chance. All is not lost. I see a hope in tomorrow as long as God provides us with one. 
May the Lord guide you in all your endeavors and have mercy on us as a Nation that has seemingly forgotten Him. 

As I did today, I salute you as a beloved brother in arms and a shining hope for all Americans who love and stand for the original America that was created by our forefathers!

In all love and admiration, Greg, Pamela, Gregory, and Shadow James.

Godspeed my friend!
We will be with you 'till the end!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Dan Makes an Impact Face to Face...

I had the great privilege of meeting Dan Gilyeat yesterday morning.  He is an ex marine Sgt who lost a leg in Iraq.  He is a breath of fresh air that has a passion to make a difference in Washington.  His number 1 goal is to put this country back on the track our founding fathers meant for it to be.

I urge you to get to know Dan, his principles, his ideas, and his vision.  He needs our support.  This is a grass roots candidate that can make a difference.  This is his website.  http://www.danielgilyeat.com 

There are a lot you that sit at your computers all day long with nothing better to do than send political emails complaining about how this country is run.  Well here is a candidate that can use that energy.  Get behind a fellow brother Marine, a veteran, a man with a sense of God, Country and what is correct. 

Let’s get this guy elected and start the revolution!!!

RL Paschall
R. L. "Dick" Paschall

Dan received this e-mail through his website the other day and he decided to answer it. It was sent through SquirrelMail....a web browser that hides the senders information. The e-mail link leads nowhere. Guess he's a coward who's afraid to directly take on a Marine....

Name: I.Work.Hard
Email: Paymyownbills@aol.com

I would like Dan to attend a full day of work at a job that he found himself.  My
understanding is that this man does not work, can barely pay his own bills, etc. 
How can you honestly represent the working class when you don\'t even work.  Stop
sponging off society and get a job you cadge!!!

Dear I.Work.Hard

Wow, I must have hit your last nerve.
A cadge? I had to look it up and simply put it means being a freeloader.
I don't know why you need an accounting of my work ethic, my finances or my life, but I'll try. I've worked many full days as a heavy equipment mechanic before I joined the US Marines. I owned and ran Frankenstein Classic Cars, after my first four year tour in the Marines.

911 interrupted most caring American's lives; mine as well. I immediately went back on active duty. I volunteered to go to Iraq in 2003. A war zone is not a pleasant place to be. Long hours, sand fleas, scorpions, 110 degree nights and even hotter days. You have to be vigilant 24/7 or you can get yourself or your friends killed. I volunteered for a second tour to protect and defend my country, my family; even you. It didn't go so well. I came home after having my leg blown off and thousands of pieces of shrapnel embedded in my body.

I worked hard to learn to use my prosthetic leg. I broke nine of them while helping the Doctors and technicians perfect these appliances for other wounded warriors. I worked even harder learning to cope with the new realities of my life. I learned I had a gift for reaching other wounded men and women and their families. I used techniques, that I had perfected myself and taught others how to cope with the major life changes they faced.

The Nurses and Doctors at Brook Army Hospital took notice of my capacity to reach other wounded men and women. One of the nurses gave my name to Helping a Hero Foundation. They build modest homes for wounded warriors all over the country. The woman who ran Helping a Hero Foundation, Meridith Iiler interviewed me and thought my story was compelling so she contacted ABC about rebuilding my house on Extreme Makeover - Home Edition. The rest is history.

As a single Father, I've struggled financially to provide for my family. It isn't easy to rebuild a life after devastating injuries and a mountain of debt left to me by my first marriage. Last 911, God blessed me once more when I married the woman of my dreams. A woman I met because of that episode of Extreme Makeover. I'm a lucky man. I have seven kids, a new wife and I'm running for Congress.

I don't ask why God chose this path for me. I just accept it as the blessing it is and move on. God blessed my heart to let me see the spark good in everyone. Not everyone is going to like me, some will be jealous, some will just hate me for no good reason. I don't take anything for granted. God Blessed me with a second chance at life. A second chance to bring my children up to respect God, their family and themselves. I work in my community and I'm involved in my kid's schools.

I spent 12 years in a job I loved, a job most Americans won't do. I would have been a lifer but God had other plans for me. I am a Servant of the Lord, a husband, a Father, a friend and a decorated (Purple Heart, Navy Achievement Medal with Combat V) US Marine (R).

Something must have fired you up because you took the time to think up your clever user name and e-mail address and even look up an obscure word to use to try and insult me.

Thanks, that took some real effort,

Matthew 7:3 (KJV)
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

This was sent to me by my friend Robin...

CNN reported: Move along folks nothing to see here!
No reporting on this has ever been done that I know of. While our President says he is sorry to China for OUR human rights violations! Wonder if China said anything about the millions that have been murdered, or forced abortions, and other REAL crimes against human rights.

Let's talk about real human rights. The COYOTES that deal in human trafficking bring girls as young as 8 and 9 into the U.S. to be used for sex. Thousands of Latinos DIE in the dessert at the hands of their own people; these Coyotes who extort money or worse to bring them across the border. The Cubans that drown every year trying to get to Florida on makeshift rafts! These are men, women and CHILDREN dying to get here!

The ARIZONA LAW in does not cause this! We know that leaders in Washington D.C. have not read the Arizona Law.....have you? It only takes a minute to read and nowhere in the bill does it infringe on civil rights or human rights, nor does it allow Profiling. It does NOT allow anyone to be pulled over because of how they look. They can be pulled over or questioned only if they are already doing something against the law!

Please read the Arizona Law and understand it the way you should also know about the Healthcare Law and what it actually does to you. People this is all very important.



Pictures Of Our Beautiful Southern Desert in Arizona.
HERE IS A REAL EYE OPENER FOR YOU. Another Monster Layup/Rest Area

This layup is on an 'illegal super-highway' from Mexico to the USA (Tucson) used by human smugglers.

This layup area is located in a wash area approximately .5 of a mile long just south of Tucson.

We estimate there are over 3000 discarded back packs in this layup area. Countless water containers, food wrappers, clothing, and soiled baby diapers. And as you can see in this picture, fresh footprints leading right into it. We weren't too far behind them.

As I kept walking down the wash, I was sure it was going to end just ahead, but I kept walking and walking, and around every corner was more and more trash!

And of course the trail leading out of the layup area heading NORTH to Tucson, then on to your town tomorrow. Is that an "abandoned" jeep?

They've already come through here. Is this America the Beautiful ?or another landfill?

The trash left behind by the illegals is another of the Environmental Disasters to hit the USA.

Had this been done in one of our great Northwest Forests or Seashore National Parks areas there would be an uprising of the American people........but this is the remote Arizona-Mexican border.

CNN does talk about light bulbs a lot though...You won't see these pictures on CNN, ABC, NBC or the Arizona Repugnant (Republic). Nor will they mention the disease that comes from the human waste left in the desert.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Dear 3rd District Voters...

Today more than ever, America needs good wholesome individuals with honor and conviction to help guide our great nation. We, as a country, are experiencing, for the first time since the American Revolution genuine threats to our freedoms and sovereignty. Unless we as a nation send a clear message to Washington, America as we know it will cease to exist.

One such individual with the honor, conviction, dedication and spirit to fight for our freedoms is Daniel Gilyeat. He has already given more than any one man should be asked to give for his country. He continues to give in all that he does and shows an unbridled spirit and determination to help his fellow man and right the wrongs of this world. Dan is a humble man, who speaks his mind and plays no politics. He knows right from wrong and will not back down from a fight when justice and liberty are at stake.

Coming from humble beginnings in the heartland and working hard to better himself, Daniel Gilyeat has never been fed from a silver spoon and understands the risks and hardships endured by the common man. Having fought for his country in Iraq and losing his leg there, Daniel has seen humanity at its worst and understands the true meaning and the real cost of freedom far better than most politicians could ever hope to. It is perhaps these extreme experiences and his ability and drive to overcome that have made Dan such a true patriot, willing to give of himself to better his country and insure a future for America’s youth.

As an American and a Kansan, I am supporting Daniel Gilyeat in his bid for Kansas’ 3rd Congressional seat. Dan is as genuine as can be. With the honor, integrity and unstoppable drive that he displays, Daniel Gilyeat is a great asset to this nation and will carry those principles with him as he serves in Congress. Please get to know him and support him as Dan strives to once again serve and protect our country.

Doug Wilt
Show Your Freedom, Inc.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Warrior...from Kid Rock

Hat Tip to Timithy Kemper

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Dan's Closing statement at the HFAC Debate

Thank You Kansas Watchdog for the excellent work you do. My camera's battery just couldn't make it to the second half.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Saturday, March 6, 2010


Why I support Dan Gilyeat
By Michael Middleton,
Kansas City, KS

Because I feel like someone like him belongs in the House of Representatives, the People's House. Because my son goes to the same middle school as his daughter, so I know he sees what the opportunities and challenges face our school system, unlike a lot of politicians who talk all about the needs to improve the public school system, oppose school vouchers and school choice, all the while sending their own kids to exclusive private schools.

Because he has made huge sacrifices for this country, but instead of being resentful, he is asking "What else can I do, how else can I help?"

Because when my tax bill comes due, unlike Rep. Rangel and Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, I have to pay up my taxes and if I'm late pay penalties, not re-do my taxes three times and say he didn't know any better, even though they are the people who write and enforce the bloated Tax Code.

Mr. Gilyeat seems to be a lot more like me than like them.

Because I have never cared to volunteer for any person running for any office, but Mr. Gilyeat is the first person in a long time to actually inspire me. If he wants to enter the political fight, then the least I owe my family and this country is to support a candidate I can believe in.

I hope you find these reasons sufficient to merit your consideration.

Best regards,

Michael Middleton

Hey Dan,I saw you the first time on the TV Show, Extreme Makeover, and let me tell you something, you are what every Marine strives to be: a man with Integrity, conviction, honor and loyalty. I was impressed, and you well deserved what you received from the show. I was very moved that you are a very loving father!! So now I see that you are running for congress, well good for you, we need more men like you in congress. I will be following your race, and although I don't live in your state, I live in California,I back you up 100% and I will keep you in my prayers.

SSgt Jerry Torres
USMC Retired
Semper Fi

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Teleprompter Shot of the Day! Hat Tip to Rich Lowery at NRO

Why is this man President? 
He can't even speak to his Middle Class Taskforce without TOTUS. Talk about staying on message.

...and how about that middle class task force? They sure look middle class to me. Nice suits you guys and girls. Really nice suits...

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Another Extreme Home Makeover Testimonial

This is more of a personal e-mail than one in support of your campaign, although I firmly believe, with the warrior heart that you have, you could only do good things for our country.

I didn't become a viewer of Extreme Makeover until it started as reruns on CMT. One of the most moving episodes I saw was the one that your home was built on -- but it wasn't because of the beautiful home you and your family received, it was much more precious to me than that.

I didn't see that episode until my oldest son had gotten out of Parris Island. He graduated from 3rd Mike on 12/19/2008. I'm not ashamed to say that I darn near drowned myself with all the tears that fell, not only on his graduation day but when I watched that show.

When I looked at you, I saw the devotion and love my own son has for the Corps. I saw your deep sense of responsibility and honor at being able to serve your country, no matter how you got there.

When I look at you, I see my son. Plain and simple, When I see young men like the both of you, I thank God that I live where I live and that there are men like you and my child willing to fight to make that life possible.

That episode demonstrated to me, more clearly than my son could ever articulate, how much HE loves the Corps, loves the brotherhood, loves the life that he's chosen to lead. He's only ever wanted to be in the military thanks to the movie Top Gun, which he first saw as a three year old. Imagine....;o)

I felt connected to you, as many Marine parents around this country must have also. The Marines that brought you home to your new house on the birthday of the Marine Corps were so proud to be there -- their love also so clearly showed on their faces.

In this era that we live in, of parents that don't teach their children morals and values, children that don't appreciate what they have, it is gratifying to me that there are men and women that volunteer to serve in our Armed Forces.

Young men and woman that are willing to risk being killed for the very same things that others take for granted.

As a mother, when my son enlisted in the Corps, I faced the possibility that my child would come home in a box. He bought two rings at boot camp so that God forbid he was killed in combat, I could bury one with him and have the other for myself. I pray that I never have to experience the loss of my child and am sorry that so many families have had to suffer like that. I remember when he was in boot camp, I cried, at least once a day, for all 89 days that he was in. I worked two nights of his Crucible and paced the floors of my ER. I gazed at the full moon and knew it was lighting his way on the last night that he was out there. I watched a spectacular sunrise the morning of the 13th of December and cried, knowing that he had just gotten his first EGA.

Boot camp was rough on me. He loved it, the brat ;o)

He'll leave for Okinawa for the next two years at the end of February or the beginning of March. He'll miss my 50th birthday, his 21st birthday, his brother's high school graduation and all the holidays between his departure and my first visit over there next summer.

We'll use Skype, we'll use e-mail, we'll send things back and forth but as you know, it's never the same.

I guess this e-mail really had no point except to say thank you -- you truly helped me understand what the Corps means to my child.

Thank you for your service in the Corps and your continued service as a civilian. Congratulations on the occasion of your marriage and the blending of two families. If anyone deserves happiness it's you and I'm so glad that you found it.

If you ever get to the Hampton roads area of Virginia, I’d love to say to you in person what I just said in writing.

Thank you again from a dedicated Marine Mom -- OORAH! SEMPER FI!

God bless.
Jane Matte,
Hampton Roads, VA

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Exterme Makover Testimonials

Semper Fi!!! I just watched the extreme makeover that you were on in 2008 and was extremely moved and impressed. I decided to google your name to see what you were doing now and was surprised to see you running for Congress. You are truly an inspiration and I look forward to following your career when you are elected. A quick question-Have you ever considered moving to New York?? We could certainly use you up here in the North East!! Anyway, as one Marine to another, I appreciate your service as well as the sacrifices that you have made to keep our country safe. Good luck in the future after you have won election.

Semper Fi!

Michael P. Doyle
USMC (83-87)

I would like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for risking your life for my freedom! I watched the extreme makeover edition with you and your amazing children. You impacted me and my children in a way that we will never forget. As a single parent myself I know how hard it truly is, but like you I keep pushing along. I am a nurse, and to see you interact with other wounded soldiers I see a true angel in you! Keep up the good work! You are a true genuine person! Good luck with the election, we need more people like you in the Congress to fight for the little people of this country we LOVE!  
Tabitha Smith
Dear Dan,
My name is Leah Devincenzo I am a 35 year old single mom from NJ.  I recently watched Extreme Makeover and saw your story and beautiful family.  I've always been strong (or so i thought), hardworking, and make my son my priority.  I had a very traumatic childhood and even though I am the antithesis of what my parents were, I recently suffered a bad depression.  I went through therapy and anti depressants and sat for hours discussing my past.  For what?  It was something I wanted to forget. 
Seeing your story did something to me.  It was palpable. It touched me and lifted me in a way I wish I could better put into words.  I realize that you have to "not forget" your past in order to be better than it.  And to take your weakness and turn it into something positive.  I really wanted to thank you.  I thought it was ironic also that i saw your episode twice in a week since i usually don\'t even watch it. You've made a difference to someone far away from you and I wanted you to know that.  God Bless 
Leah Clune Devincenzo

Semper Fi (my brother-in-law is a marine too)  

Tuesday, January 12, 2010