Political Pistachio Radio and KORN?

William Russell for Congress and the Upcoming Schedule of Political Pistachio Radio

Political Pistachio Radio interviewed William Russell on April 26, 2008. Lt. Col. William Russell’s campaign is back on track after the Pennsylvania Primary where he received more than enough write-in votes to return to the race against John Murtha.

And here is the upcoming schedule for Political Pistachio Radio:

Personal Pistachio – Adjusting to Civilian Life (and married life)
= Through the Years on Personal Pistachio – 1988 through 1989. . . 4/27/2008
6:00 PM Pacific Time

The Jerusalem Connection President and Editor on Political Pistachio
James Hutchins is very pro-Israel . . . but why do we continue to be Israel’s ally? How does such an alliance benefit the U.S.? Find out tonight as I interview Mr. Hutchins on Political Pistachio 4/28/2008
7:00 PM Pacific Time

Alan Keyes on Political Pistachio – Conservative Commentary
Alan Keyes has announced a break with the GOP. He is a conservative, Christian, and Reaganite. . . and his influence in Conservatism is felt across the board – Join us tonight as we have the opportunity to interview this Great American! 4/29/2008
7:00 PM Pacific Time

The Next Generation Internet (& its Political Impact) on Political Pistachio-Conservative Commentary
Is the GRID the next big thing in information transfer? Or is WIMAX Wireless and its Mind Boggling Speed faster? Either way it is thousands times faster than the existing fastest internet speeds, and it is here now! Ari Zoldan, the King of Wimax is our guest tonight. He is a leading pioneer in Internet Technology, and is ready to move us to the purely wireless age- – – tonight on Political Pistachio – 4/30/2008
7:00 PM Pacific Time

Your Freedom to Home School on Political Pistachio – Conservative Commentary
Mike Donnelly of the Home School Legal Defense Association joins us to discuss this quickly rising important issue – 5/1/2008
7:00 PM Pacific Time

Back To Basics for the Republican Party on Political Pistachio Conservative Commentary
Michael Zak is the author of the book, “Back To Basics for the Republican Party,” as well as site owner of RepublicanBasics.com and http://grandoldpartison.typepad.com​. . . He is an expert on the Founding Principles of the United States, and the History of the Republican Party. Join us as we interview Michael Zak tonight on Political Pistachio Radio – Politics Conservative 5/3/2008 7:00 PM Pacific Time

And don’t forget about the shows I co-host:

Andrea Shea King, Monday Nights at 6:00 PM Pacific Time

CIR Radio, Friday Nights at 6:00 PM Pacific Time

Founding Truth, Saturday Nights at 5:00 PM Pacific Time

And, though it is not confirmed for which day yet, Rick Davis, father of Jonathan Davis of KORN, will join me to discuss the impact of the music industry on politics, and the impact politics has on the music industry (and you never know, Jonathan might call in too!) Note: Family relation. . . find out how I am related to the Davis Family on the show with Rick Davis which will air either the 5th, 6th, or 7th of May. And yes, KORN Rocks!

cross-posted on Heading Right, and throughout the Political Pistachio Family of Sites

Published in: on April 27, 2008 at 6:18 am  Leave a Comment  

A Military Commitment in the Age of Government Dependency

Honoring Commitments

James Raymond is an honorably discharged veteran that was ordered to Iraq despite disabilities he suffered from his service in Afghanistan. The Leftwing Blogosphere and Leftwing e-mailers went ballistic on this. My cousin immediately sent me an e-mail stating that this kind of suffering and unfair tyrannical military actions are a direct result of Christianity, because if there was no Christianity, there would be no Islam (idiotic, I know but that is what she says). Ballbuster sent me an e-mail saying that if a**holes like me would go fight in this war that “rightwing fanatics,” like me, favor so much, the injured would not have to step back into the “Hell that Bush created.” Tom the Neurotic Liberal Blogger said, “And the f***ers that cheered this on.. and the f***ers that think they deserve an opinion.. and the f***ers that didn’t suit up and risk getting blown to pieces.. can f**k off. The vast majority of the “right wing Loon-o-sphere” sure can type a mean game.. eh?” Wow, now that one is pure idiocy mixed with out-of-control anger . . . perhaps he needs to be lying on a couch explaining himself to a shrink.

Stating that people have no business supporting a war effort without joining the military is like arguing that people don’t have a right to be against illegal immigration if they never served as a Border Patrol Agent, or that I have no business supporting a politician if I’ve never been in politics. That argument by the left is pure lunacy, and proof that rather than argue the issue, they would rather go into a finger pointing, name calling fit.

As for the article about James Raymond, there may be an error in the article. The article states that the “Department of Veteran’s Affairs determined that he was 10 percent disabled, enabling him to receive $120 a month for the rest of his life.” In the world of military medical separation, the original percentage is determined by the military branch that the service member was discharged from, and then the service member can request a re-evaluation with VA once they are discharged in the hopes of raising the percentage. For example, when I was medically separated, the U.S. Navy originally determined I was a 20% disability, but after a re-evaluation, Veteran’s Affairs determined that I was a 30% disability. This leads us into the “receiving a check for the rest of his life” thing. If Mr. Raymond is only at a 10 percent disability, then the military would have provided him with a severance package, rather than a monthly award because any disability at less than 30% does not warrant a monthly amount of money. If this rule has changed, I am not aware of it, but as far as I know, that is still the rules regarding military separation. It is possible that he was discharged with a 0% disability rating from the military, and was only able to get the Veteran’s Administration to raise it to 10%, but even then, it would not result in him receiving a monthly check. So, with an error like this in the article, I wonder how many other untruths there are in it.

As the article in the Buffalo News explains, in addition to a service member’s active duty commitment, there is a four year inactive reserve commitment in effect after a service member separates. Any disability that is less than 30% normally does not exempt a veteran from being later deployed during this period of Inactive Reserve. I learned quite a lot about this when I looked into re-entering the military service after the act of war against the United States on 9/11/2001, but because of my percentage, I am undeployable, therefore, unfit to serve.

One of the reasons James Raymond does not want to re-deploy, aside from having to drop his current life into a holding pattern, according to the article in the Buffalo News, is because he is not sure his knee will hold up. If that is the case, when he undergoes the medical evaluation (which will be mandatory) before deployment, and if the military medical staff determines his knee is unstable enough, then they will cancel his redeployment.

I understand the injuries that Raymond have incurred. I am deaf in my left ear, as is Mr. Raymond, and I have tinnitus (constant ringing in that ear) that is sometimes so loud I can’t hear what people are saying in my other, still functioning, ear. And, like James Raymond, I have a damaged knee, one that the doctor’s seriously wondered whether I would ever be able to use again. I was in a wheel chair, and graduated to a cane (twice), until I was finally able to walk fairly well, as I do now, with occasional bouts of pain that cause a visible limp. In addition to that, I incurred various other injuries during my time as a sailor, enough, apparently, to make me undeployable.

I believe I was “low-balled” on my disability rating, but never fought for an even higher percentage for a number of reasons, one being that I figure those monies would be better spent on a veteran with more severe injuries than myself. I have also had two doctors recommend that I go on permanent government disability, but I have refused that as well, figuring as long as I can stand, I can work. Perhaps James Raymond was low-balled as well. Perhaps his injuries demand more than a ten percent rating. But when I consider my disabilities, and then consider what I read about James Raymond’s, I wonder. I am ready to return to service (or course it would be amidst objections by my wife) if ever they were willing to take me. But he, with less disability than myself, is crying foul.

When James Raymond, like all other people who enter the U.S. Military, took that oath to defend this nation, he signed a contract. The contract included the inactive reserve period that he is now a part of. It is his obligation to fulfill the contract he signed. Or does the liberal left not place importance on contracts anymore?

Perhaps this is just more evidence of our Society of Dependency. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that there are those cases where there are people that find it very difficult to fully participate in the rights that the Creator has endowed them. I recognize that there are some Americans that find themselves in such situations due to no fault of their own. These cases are rare, however, and should not dictate the direction of our society. The current societal trend is to create dependency through a welfare state that perpetuates poverty. There are no rewards for getting people off of federal programs and no rewards for getting people back into the community with full-time jobs and independent lives. As a result of this welfare society that has been created, originally by Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s unconstitutional “New Deal” which actually failed seven years after it had been originally put into place, and only succeeded because of the industry created by World War II, not because of his “socialized” government programs, our poorest neighborhoods are more violent and drug-infested, and the remainder of society has begun to believe that somehow the government owes them something. This “What can I get out of government” attitude is most apparent in stories we come across about people who take the “dependency” approach to life.

To illustrate this, I wish to discuss to situations. The first is about the disability pension abuse by the California Highway Patrol which reports that nearly 10 percent of the CHP budget goes to workplace injury complaints. Among the top ranking members of the CHP, more than 80 percent file for disability pensions, and the evidence is showing that most of these are fraudulent, and they are often simply being used as mere entitlement while the recipients pursue other careers.

In contrast to that “What can I get out of government” approach to life, there is the story of a paratrooper named George Perez, who, after losing his leg in Iraq, re-enlisted and in order to be able to serve again he undertook a tireless regimen to rebuild his body so that he could rejoin his regiment in Afghanistan. He was quoted as saying, “I’m not ready to get out yet. I’m not going to let this little injury stop me. . .”

In the end, the article in the Buffalo News is not about poor James Raymond who must place his life on hold, and go out on the battlefield with a bum ear and a less-than-100% knee. This article in the Buffalo News was not written with Mr. Raymond’s horrible plight in mind. The article was written with an anti-military fervor attached to it. It was designed to encourage pity for the poor soldier because of the horrendous mistreatment by the “big, bad” military. It uses comments like “…drop my life,” that it had been originally explained to him “. . . unless World War III breaks out, your name is never going to be called,” “He was expecting a normal life,” “He can’t understand how the government can send him checks for being disabled one day and then ask him to fight in a war the next,” he “hasn’t been able to quit smoking, a habit he picked up in the military,” and that he is being “forced to join a unit with which he has no history.”

The techniques worked, apparently, for my cousin, Ballbuster, and Tom all fell for the B.S. lock, drop, and barrel.

Oh, and my responses to those attempts at gaining pity by the Buffalo News article, and James Raymond? – – – Drop your life? Welcome to the world of honoring contracts with the military. You knew full well what the possibilities were when you signed up. Never going to be called up? Never say never, especially in a time of war. Expect a normal life? Are you saying the military is forcing you not to have a normal life? You signed the contract, so the decision to possibly have your normal life disrupted was originally yours. Receiving checks one day, fighting in a war the next? Hmmmm, goes back to that contract thing, first of all, and my question to you is, if you received no disability rating from the military when you were discharged (which I find unlikely, but possible), and then the VA later increased your percentage to 10 percent, did you bother letting the military human resources know about the disability rating? Did you bother to be responsible enough to ensure the information was forwarded to them? As for the smoking cigarettes part, the way that was worded it makes it sound like the writer of the article blames the military for forcing the poor guy to start such a horrible habit. That was a free choice. I began smoking in the military myself. I smoked for 21 years before I quit. And guess what? I didn’t blame anyone for me starting the habit. It was me that placed that cigarette in my mouth, and it was me that lit the lighter and placed it to the cigarette. No blame game. Personal responsibility. As for being forced to join a unit he is unfamiliar with. . . please, cry me a river. Welcome to the military. The need to adjust to new and unknown situations is a normal occurance in the military. You didn’t figure that out during the time you spent on active duty?

But, hey, not all people are cut-out for the military, so I sincerely hope the military does reconsider sending him back out into the field, because when I was in the military, the last thing I wanted was for my life to be in the hands of a fellow service member that did not want to be there, and therefore was not putting 110% into their duties. Whiners and criers are not fit for military service. Go home, go to school (or whatever it is you are going to do), don’t poison the moral of a unit.

In closing, I do not wish to take away from James Raymond’s service. Fact is, he did enlist, and he did serve in Afghanistan. I thank him for is service, and I appreciate all of our fine service members for the sacrifice they are giving. We all have our way to serve in this effort. Now that I cannot serve anymore due to my own disabilities, I blog and host my radio show on Blog Talk Radio. Others that wish to contribute to this war effort work for, or donate to, resources that support our military and provide services to our military service members. We all have a way to be a part of this effort, and comments by the left that if you support the mission you have to do join the military is idiotic. . . but, that’s when you need to consider the source.

Published in: on April 19, 2008 at 10:56 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A Call From Afghanistan, Because of a Call from Germany

A Call From Afghanistan

Blog Talk Radio recieved a treat during last night’s Political Pistachio Radio Show. Last night on Political Pistachio Radio my guest was Angie Heslen, the Director of Operations for PCSPortico.com. PCS Portico dot com is a resource for the over 400,000 military members and their families that make a Permanent Change of Station each year, as well as a great resource for veteran’s and retirees. PCS Portico dot com offers over 40 categories for business listings, and 75% of their gross revenue flows directly back into the military community through the employment of spouses, veterans, and retirees, as well as donations to several military charities. In fact, PCSPortico.com donates 10% of each advertisement sale to military charities. The site offers information on local businesses surrounding the hundreds of major U.S. military installations worldwide, and the site provides an invaluable service to active duty military servicemembers and dependents all in one site.

The interview with Angie was informative, and encouraging, and a real treat was added about halfway through the show. Angie Heslen called us from Germany, and her husband is currently deployed to Afghanistan near the Pakistan border. He called into the show to encourage his wife, thank Political Pistachio for having her on, and to say a few words about his deployment and how thankful he and his fellow troops are to members of the New Media like Political Pistachio for our support of the troops and the mission. I feel honored that such fine personnel are out there defending freedom, and protecting America. As I told him on my show, only my disabilities and non-deployable status keeps me from joining these fine men and women of the United States Military. I, myself, am a U.S. Navy Veteran.

And Thursday Night’s show is not the only great one you missed. Recently we have discussed:

The One Year Anniversary of the Virginia Tech Shooting, and the discussions that have resulted,

Globalism vs. Globalization – What’s the Difference?,

The Life of Charlton Heston, and the Importance of the Second Ammendment,

Tibet and China, The Year 2012, The Minnesota School of Islam, The Battle of Trafalgar if it happened today with all of the Political Correctness,

Interview With Walid Shoebat, The Islamic Terrorist that became a Christian,

And what, you may ask, is coming up on Political Pistachio Radio in the future? Well, here are a few of our upcoming shows:

The story that the liberal left has jumped all over of the Honorably discharged vet ordered back to Iraq despite disability; discussing movies “Expelled” (Ben Stein’s documentary about the loss of freedom, and the suppression of any scientific discussion regarding Intelligent Design in Academia) and “Under the Same Moon” (Hollywood’s gift of opinion regarding the illegal alien invasion, unfortunately, this one uses the political hot button of illegal immigration in a cleverly worked tale that demonizes White American Culture, the rule of law, and will be best remembered for the line, “First they screwed the Indians, then they screwed the slaves, and now they’re screwing us Mexicans!” With the surging emotional momentum created by this film that will be most appreciated by those who share its political view, perhaps another overstuffed tale such as this will emerge for the gays too. . .jeeeez!)

Kitty Foth-Regner was a feminist in full and happy control of a god-free life – – but when her mother developed a fatal illness, she set out to determine if there really is a God – – her findings changed her life, and her politics, forever. She is the author of Heaven Without Her: A Desperate Daughter’s Search for the Heart of Her Mother’s Faith.. check out her book, “Heaven without Her.”

Alan Keyes has announced a break with the GOP. He is a conservative, Christian, and Reaganite. . . and his influence in Conservatism is felt accross the board – Join us as we have the opportunity to interview this Great American! Read and learn more about Alan Keyes at Alan Keyes dot com.


For Immediate Release
April 6, 2008

Iraq Vets for Congress Convene in DC:  ‘Fearless, Tested and Ready to

Johnstown, PA – Republican Congressional candidate William Russell who
running against John Murtha, will be joining Tom Roughneen, Republican
candidate in the 7th District of NJ, in Washington DC at the National
Club on Monday, April 7, 2008, from noon to 3:00 p.m. Tom Roughneen is
bringing together a group of Iraq War Veteran Congressional candidates
races throughout the country including Matt Salisbury, running in
Duane Sand, running in North Dakota, and Vincent Micco, running against
Steve Rothman in New Jersey along with other Veteran Candidates. The
National Press Club is located at 529 14th Street NW.  These candidates
meeting to show support for soldiers and also General David Petraeus
Ambassador Ryan Crocker who will be testifying before Congress early
week.  Refreshments will be served.

Iraq Vets for Congress is the brainchild of Congressional candidate
Lalor, running in New York, an Iraq War veteran and a former Marine.
information on the various candidates can be found at
www.IraqVeteransForCongress.com. Kieran Lalor was featured on Fox
regarding ‘Iraq Vets for Congress’ at

According to Russell: “Our common theme is that we have all served in
or Afghanistan as citizen soldiers and are now looking to serve as

Russell is a husband, father, small business owner, and an American
He continues to serve in the Army Reserve after 28 years and has served
Desert Storm, the Balkans, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and was in the
along with his wife and unborn son on 9/11. His video is available at

Published in: on April 7, 2008 at 5:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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The Death of Common Sense

This has been making its rounds on the internet, thought you might enjoy. . .

I don’t know who wrote this little article but it seems like it is turning out to be TRUE !
 Obituary of the late Mr. Common Sense

‘Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years.  No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. 

 He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: Knowing when to come in out of the rain; why the early bird gets the worm; Life isn’t always fair; and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. 

Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate;
teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch;
 and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. 

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an Aspirin to a student;
but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. 

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. 

 She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents,

Truth and Trust;
his wife, Discretion; his daughter,
 Responsibility; and his son, Reason. 
 He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;
 I Know My Rights, I Want It Now,
Someone Else Is To Blame,
and I’m A Victim.

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. 

 If you still remember him, pass this on. 
 If not, join the majority and do nothing.’
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Published in: on April 4, 2008 at 4:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Conversion Should Not Be a Provocation

Recently, the Pope baptized an Egyption journalist, Magdi Allam, who used to be a Muslim.   Now, he has converted to Catholicism (Christianity), and wished to be baptized.  The highly covered baptism was immediately denounced by Islam as being a provocation, and the church was threatened for their actions.

 A voluntary conversion to Islam from Christianity is not met with death threats from angry Christian mobs, so why is it that anytime anything happens that upsets the balance of the Muslim world, they all go nuts?  A freely chosen conversion is a spiritual event, not a political one, and the pope baptizing this convert was nothing more than an appropriate celebration of the new convert’s deepest beliefs.

 The batism was not a political event and the attempt to criticize it is really the Islamic demand that Christianity give up on its Great Commission of evangelizing to the world.  That will never happen, and though I am not Catholic, I believe the Pope should be applauded for making it very clear that Christianity will not bow down to threats by barbarians.

 Also, at my main site, read my post:

The Games Liberals Play. . . or “Don’t Feed The Trolls”

Published in: on April 2, 2008 at 8:36 am  Leave a Comment