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March 31, 2007

Reality Mugged Me--What a great title!

This blog is a newcomer to the blogosphere, but of course there have been many others before. Reality Mugged Me caught my eye a while back because of the great title. It turns out one of the authors wrote a story from one of the smaller blogs I did. The gentleman expounded on my original points and gave an ideological underpinning for America the Confused.

He also wrote a great piece on the pseudo-drama/scandal that took place after I won the CPAC award.

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Trans-Gression and How the Gender Agenda Threatens Free Speech

Would you believe this woman was formerly a man? Our friends over at Ugly Betty would like you to. Rebecca Romijn may have been a shapeshifter in her last role, but this bender of gender is a bit of a stretch for a woman who has appeared in some of the most popular bathing suit covers ever. Part of the trans gender mainstreaming campaign is to get people to believe that nothing could be more normal than for a man to want to "reassign" his gender to the opposite sex, uh gender, uh her role, I mean "his" role...I think. The trick is the producers never want to cast a REAL man who has undergone an operation, that would be too obvious--as late, late night show host, Jimmy Kimmel proved. They'd much rather cast a former female swimsuit model and have her pretend she was formerly a man who is currently a "woman", who in actuality is really a woman? Confused? Good, they've succeeded.
If you think this is all just Hollywood nonsense, you're only partially correct. The LGBT community will be working with the owners of the show, ABC, to ensure a "positive portrayal" of the trans gender community.
"Mr. Kimmel has been an ally to the gay community," Romine continues, "but with this display of poor taste we feel his comments and humor were out of bounds and offensive to transgender people. We invite Mr. Kimmel and his staff to meet with representatives of the transgender community to better educate themselves about transgender issues."
Could you imagine ABC working with Christians to "ensure a positive portrayal" of religion? Now, Mr. Kimmel will make sure to never say anything painstakingly obvious about the trans gender bait and switch. Critics will run the gamut claiming: This is no big deal or this blog is anti-trans gender. Somewhere between denial and defamation lies someone's truth. Where is yours?

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Vive le Quebec Libre??? The San Francisco of the North

Andre Boisclair is a fascinating character. A college dropout, he became a powerful provincial minister at the age of 30 and went on to head his party, Le Parti Québecois. In a province that is hyper-political and where bureaucrats are the ruling class, the head of a party is quite an accomplishment, even more so for a young man. Boisclair overcame several public debacles. He confessed to having routinely used cocaine while in office. He publicly called Asians "slant-eyed". He also participated in an embarrassing spoof of Brokeback Mountain (caution, the spoof is not for kids.) These are my personal comments to Quebecers. De Gaulle il y a 40 ans   Boisclair, le glissement d'un rêve souverain ‡a fait tellement longtemps que je n'ai plus regardé la télévision canadienne que j'ai perdu la chute de M. Boisclair, ainsi que la possibilité immédiate d'un "Québec libre." Beaucoup a changé depuis le temps que j'y ai habité, on dirait que la Belle Province cherche   s'intégrer   niveau national. Surprenant quand on pense que le dernier vote était quasiment   faveur de l'indépendance! On se trompe-tu?

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Alan's Studio

For two hours I was "Trapped in the studio with Aylan Kolmes!" and two other guests, Tracy Quan and Barry Weintraub on the Friday Free For All. It turned out to be a great conversation on a lot of important topics that are usually treated superficially, but two hours is a lot of time to get into detail.
There was one specific caller from Atlanta who made these amazing comments. I'll post the interview as soon as I get it from producers.

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The Times at the Marine Corps

The Marine Corps Times published some of the allegations against me. The allegations against me were really shocking. First off, none of the allegations dealt with what was obviously the most important charge. Second, there were two allegations, allegations of soliciting $12,000 + for my future embed in Iraq, that are demonstrably false.
  1. I never solicited the money, nor did any money change hands.
  2. I have e-mails from the parties involved detailing what the money they offered is for. Namely, my trip as a reporter overseas, and their sponsorship in exchange for promotional consideration. That information is pretty cut and dry.
The inside story is that I petitioned the Marine Corps to speak directly to the Brigadier General in charge. They granted my request and here is the statement I made:
Dear Sir, There are about as many reasons to join the Marine Corps as there are Marines, but most will agree that their lives changed when they earned their title. Like a USMC Major recently explained, "The Marine Corps is a conversion experience, what men were before they joined is not as important as what they become." Marines hold a high standard that is simply unknown outside of the Corps. Recently, I've had the distinct honor of reading lots of messages from lots of Marines: reservists, active and former. Many have told me stories of what their lives were before they joined the Corps. Although all the specifics were different, there was one common theme. These men and women felt the Marine brotherhood was one of the best parts of their service, a type of family that is nearly impossible to reproduce outside of the Corps. It dawned on me that the USMC is more than just a lethal fighting tool for the nation to implement in case of emergency; the Corps offers refuge-sanctuary if you will-for the few who: refused the civilian mainstream, agreed with the road most traveled or dared to change their lives. For me, joining the Corps was indisputably a step upward. A series of events has led me to address myself to you, Sir. I wish to make it clear that since becoming a United States Marine, I have never done anything to dishonor this institution. My past is behind me, and there is little anyone can do to change it; like most scars these indelible marks remind us of lessons learned. This is not a plea for clemency, the bended knee is a tradition I lost when my drill instructor placed my Eagle, Globe and Anchor in my hand, but I would like to express my devotion to the United States Marine Corps and thank you for this opportunity to be heard. Semper Fidelis Cpl. Matt Sanchez

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March 30, 2007

Complacency Kills

"Will you tell me how to prevent luxury from producing effeminacy, intoxication, extravagance, vice and folly?"

(President John Adams to President Thomas Jefferson 19th Century).

It turns out that only 1/3 of the American population is even eligible for military service. This is an alarming state that points to a couple of really bad trends
  1. Young Americans are in crisis.
  2. Young Americans are pathologically stuffing their faces in search of a satisfaction empty calories will never provide.
  3. The "no pain" just gain mindset is producing a population of wimps.
  4. "It's all good"? Sure, if you're part of the growing teen population that is taking antidepressants.
I found this article in today's USA Today. Enjoy

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March 29, 2007

Back to Alan

It's me and Alan Colmes again tomorrow, Friday. Tune in after 11 pm est. We're going to be taking calls. Alan's going to set the record straight on that "phone number" and the website.

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Gay "Rights"???

There's a saying in Spanish: "Tell me what you brag about and I'll tell you what you lack". Sure, NewsMax heavily skews to the right, but in a media mud bath that is mostly gauche, it's a balancing publications like Newsmax that keeps the slime off the floor tiles. That old Iberian saying burns ears whenever the weekend chatter of "pride parades" tweaks up. Pride parades have become a quasi-"legitimate" holiday or festivity because they mostly take place during the day, when some are still fairly rested after only a little more than 48 hours of sleep deprivation.

Ford's Head-On Collision with Gay Rights

NewsMax.com Wires Thursday, March 29, 2007

Beleaguered Ford Motor Co., struggling to get back into the black by 2009, could be the first corporate victim of the so-called "culture wars" due to a boycott led by Christian-centered conservative groups.

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Martha Zoller

Martha called me and wanted to talk about my story. We spoke the day before and I really warmed up to her. This was the day after the MSNBC piece and I was feeling at an all-time low. Martha has a great motherly warmth to her and I quickly warmed up to the idea of appearing on her show. Part 2Since then, Martha has become an enormous reference and guide for me. This woman writes, answers every annoying e-mail I send her, develops new radio programs, appears on TV, returns all calls, interviews guests, travels to Iraq--twice, guest speaks, and... oh...by the way, she also raises her children and I even caught her in the middle of cooking dinner for her husband (a very lucky guy). Martha is amazing and if she's not what a modern successful woman is, I don't know who or what would be.

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March 28, 2007

Next on My Reading List

From a group that likes to call itself a victim, the gay fundamentalists are very aggressive to attack any and all who are not in lockstep with their "way of thinking. Several thoughtful readers have recommended that I read this book. With an ever increasing "gay is ok" society, everyone is effected by a "gay agenda". I ordered the book and I'll read it as soon as my schedule permits. If anyone else has read The Gay Agenda, by Ronnie W. Floyd, feel free to share.


By Dr. Ronnie W. Floyd


The issue of
homosexual marriage seems to have exploded on the national scene in
2004, but this is an organized effort that has been ongoing for over 30
years. It is now affecting every level of our society. Families agonize
over this issue, while the church has been rocked with the ordination
of homosexual clergy and same-sex marriage ceremonies.

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March 25, 2007

Movie Minute and Life's Funny Turns

Many people got tired of listening to the same arrogant reviewers give their predictable opinions on films. For me, the breaking point was all the "professional" movie snobs who hated Titanic, a film I thought was very solid. So, we took to the streets of Manhattan and decided to get the opinion that really mattered--yours. I had shelved this project some time ago, there were lots of distractions: bootcamp, MOS school and being activated to spend time in Maryland to check equipment going overseas, but it turns out that the Movie Minute will make a come back. I'll give more details as we get closer to the final agreement.

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March 24, 2007

America Alone? America Confused.

It's common to believe that the War in Iraq drove a wedge between the US and foreign countries, especially "allies" like the Europeans. This is entirely false, a fact I can attribute to through my experiences on Sept 11th through 15th, 2001. On the day of the attacks, I was taking a flight back to New York from Europe. We were detained for five days on a Canadian Army base in Halifax. For five days, I heard mostly Europeans explain how America had deserved to be attacked and how this was "the end of American dominance." Of course, there are Americans who feel the same way. Just like a cottage industry has formed around the specter of conspiracy. Having lived in Europe on several occasions, it is common knowledge that anti-Americanism was rampant during the "popular president" years of the 90's. The European view of the United States always astounded me, because it was completely incongruent with my own personal experience as an American. Nevertheless, perception is reality and for too many, the perception of this country is overwhelmingly negative. That's a fact bigger than any publicity campaign saying "We Come in Peace" will ever solve.

The genius of Mark Steyn's America Alone
is how excruciatingly intuitive he is in tying these tendencies
together and relating them to the future of American security, both
here and abroad. In the 200 channel plus fog of bore, finding clarity
can be disorientating even numbing. Steyn is witty, direct and a great
read, a clear road sign for a trip to a place where know one has quite
been--the future. Drop me a line when you've finished the book--we may
have just laughed at the same parts.
MS

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Dom Giordano and Beyond

Dom Giordano called the day after this whole story started to hit the media. I had never heard of Dom Giordano, he's generally in the tri-state so I didn't know what his social leaning was.

Giordano taped this show and later used the recording to interact with his callers. He constantly mislabeled me as a recruiter, which I'm not, but beyond that the interview stands
on its own. Of course, I was struggling with parts of his questions,
telling thousands of strangers your story, a story you're not very
comfortable with can be a daunting task. One caller defended me and
mentioned I may have been "in bad need of money". That was very nice,
but I wasn't desperate for money at all, those years ago, I was simply
depraved--which is far worse than needing a couple of bucks to make the
rent.
Depravity seems to be spreading. It's sad that we can ask another human being
"What are you?" when in fact no one is a "What", but a "Who". This
degrading practice of reducing people to a few sexual acts, the texture
of their hair or a brand of soda is dehumanizing and it's unfortunate that so many cling to it as a refuge of pride. I'm glad I did the Dom Giordano Show, I just wish we could have gone beyond obvious and into the universal.

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March 23, 2007

Those Who Have No Voice, Because Actions Speak Louder than Words

The group that usually insists on diversity makes one huge exception--the military. On every liberal and socially engaged college is a "no-recruitment" student group that is angry military recruiters "target" poor, helpless inner-city kids (inner-city is code for black and Hispanic) because "brown people" are too feeble to make up their minds between a fulfilling college life on some campus in upstate New York, or toiling at a military base somewhere in the boonies. A young female reporter asked me to comment on the suspected advances of recruiters in Harlem schools. Very little is more annoying than several, paternalistic, pedantic, and righteous Barnard girls who come from upper class homes and--without ever condescending to speak to a black or Hispanic--already know what that young man should do with his life--and it usually involves not joining the military. The anti-recruitment campaign reminds me of the save the seals campaign, except for that the activists involved would happily be photographed with the cuddly seals. The rabid anti-military crowd are the types of people who reduce fallen soldiers, airmen and Marines to chicken scratches on a hand painted protest banner, or a monotonously recited name in the umpteenth protest no one wants to hear, but everyone insists is meant to "honor the troops". Nothing makes this blogger more angry than the prejudice that passes for conventional wisdom from the mouths of upstate New York snobs, liberals and pacifists, who pretend they are doing the right thing by taking away a young student's right to choose.

Of course, there's the whole "The military discriminates" argument that the "office of multiculturalism" chants like a bad slogan. Here's a newsflash, the military discriminates against people who are obese, who have flat feet, who are myopic, who are color blind, who are diabetic, who have taken anti-depressants, or who have considered suicide. Not sure if those groups form part of your rainbow flag. The clueless need to recognize that the needs of the Marine Corps, or Navy Seals are not the same as the needs for the incoming freshman chess team.

Anti-militarism
for the sake of "speaking for those who have no voice" even when that voice wants to take the oath of service, is the type of racism leftist whiners are so good at spreading in the name of "social equality". It's a queer sort of equality that puts their sanctimonious opinion above all else.

During our interview, the future Lois Lane wondered out loud "Why would anyone want to join?"
Of course, the truth is that there are as many reasons for men and
women joining the military, as there are members of the military. The
decision to enlist is above all very personal. For many, military
service offers an alternative, an education you simply can't get on a
college campus. The dirty secret is that there are motivated men and
women who really want to learn how to hit a target the size of a
microwave from nearly 1/2 a mile away, serve their country in a way
that actually makes a difference, or set off really big explosions, or
learn six ways to kill a man with their bare hands. Of course, my young
interviewer would be appalled by such a revelation, but then she was
never going to sign a contract anyway.

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March 21, 2007

Front Page picks up The News At Columbia

Front Page Magazine picked up the story on the enormous concessions Columbia University
made to veterans. Columbia University is, without a doubt, a leader in
American academia. When a leader makes a move, others follow. It's our
hope that Columbia will inspire sister institutions to take note of
their example. Veteran's issues on campuses are a not a partisan issue.

Let's hope more blogs from all ideologies pick up this story. We promise to let you know if and when they do.

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March 19, 2007

Columbia says it Honors its Veterans and Takes Actions to Show

Columbia is one of the biggest Ivy League schools in the country, so it's bureacracy can be truly daunting. At the head of that administrative maze is very busy Provost Alan Brinkley, who also happens to be the author of several notable history books. The provost was kind enough to call a meeting where he made several concession. The following article ran in today's university paper. Bringing the Military to Columbia By Matt Sanchez
Issue date: 3/19/07 Section: Opinion
Does Columbia have an estranged relationship with the military? From the 20-plus students who fought for the British during the War for Independence, to those alumni who paid Irish immigrants to take their place on the Civil War battlefield, Columbia has always had a strained relationship with the American military. If, at times, the University seemed wedded to the Armed Forces, as more naval officers graduated from Columbia than from the actual Naval Academy, it is Columbia who asked for a divorce some time in the '60s and has given the military the cold shoulder ever since. When Provost Alan Brinkley accepted to meet with me to discuss a project for the 369th Harlem Hellfighters Museum, I was shocked. cont.

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Tired of Political Correctness? So were the Spartans!

The overwhelmingly liberal movie-reviewer set (the people who insist most European film are deep and insightful) are angered by the intolerance and lack of sensitivity shown to the multiculturalism idols 300 refuses to worship. Of course, the millions of viewers worldwide who stood in line to see the film probably don't agree. The Marine Corps Times gave it FOUR stars, while my best buddy Joe said it was "awful"--that pretty much sums up the cultural divide between the Few the Proud and the I'm here I'm Queer crowd. The loony, lily left and movie critics can sleep well knowing that they have a cinematic soul-mate in the persona of the President of Iran who feels every bit as offended by 300's simplistic good vs. evil message as they do--imagine that.

Update:
The movie was just crowned the box office winner for the second week in
a row. Maybe people are tired of Politically Correct garbage--let's
hope so.

By DAVID KAHANE

Blatant homophobia? Leonidas roars his defiance at the Persian invaders in "300."

Blatant Homophobia--or just plain old fun?

March 16, 2007 -- OK, this is weird.

Since about, oh, Sept. 12, 2001, every writer, producer, director and suit in Hollywood has known one sure rule: Don't make fun of our so-called "enemies."

Don't
stereotype them as bad guys. Don't mock their beliefs. Don't even
mention their names. And for heaven's sake, don't make them mad. Cont.

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March 18, 2007

Smerconish

Smerconish interview is up. Smerconish interview came about two days after the whole beginning of this. Smerconish was great about asking questions and giving me a chance to get this out--unlike some of the bigger media outlets.

I enjoyed the fact that Smerconish has a libertarian mindset that respects both the actions and autonomy of people.

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March 17, 2007

There IS something Ugly about Betty

I wrote this article last month to make a point about a fairly common tendency in American society. Movements like the HRC, radical feminists, and pretty much every university women's study department in the country have declared war on the American male and demand radical change. One of those changes is the assault on masculinity. It's easy to confuse gender with sexuality and in fact, much of the current multi-cultural, LGBT(Q?) and every other alphabet acronym movement is designed to do just that. To deny you were born gay is treated as lunacy and self-hatred, but if you deny that you were born a man you may just get the city to pay for a sex change. Keep those thoughts in mind as you read the following article.

Obviously, a lot of people won't agree with what is written; especially those who use victimhood as a Trojan Horse for "progress".
They will cry homophobia because anyone who doesn't agree with them
must have some sort of psychosis. Fair enough, but it's those same
people who insist these issues cannot be touched--like sacred cows
roaming a pot-holed street, multiculturalism, victimhood and "human rights" are understood to be above dissension, especially on college campuses. In an age when the ability to speak is more important than ever, this exception to the unspoken "rule" simply can not be tolerated.


Enjoy Ugly Betty.

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Marathon: A long Running Dream

For many, running a marathon is the ultimate challenge in physical endurance. Athletes have literally expired from sheer exhaustion from the effort it takes to propel the human body 26.2 miles. My strength was never in running, not that I was a pushover. PFT. 100 crunches, no problem. 20 pull-ups, no problem 3 miles in under 18 minutes---uh...well...At 200 lbs and 6'0" it's not easy moving fast for any period of time. So, anyone who decides to run the Marine Corps Marathon should do so with some intimidation. The MCM has a reputation to make even the most seasoned runner nervous. Rumors abound in the Marine Corps and the 30 year plus marathon is no exception. There's supposed to be a team that runs the whole race in PT formation and in jungle boots. Motivated Marines carry USMC banners that they insist on holding up throughout the course. Others humbly run to honor those who have fallen in conflicts both past and present. Training was tough, most people will start to train several month before the event. No matter how many people you tell you're going to run the marathon, there's still something in the back of one's head that reminds you that you may just cop out, that you may just quite before you hit the Iwo Jima finish line. Wounded veterans were on our team and as we helped to assemble their modified wheelchairs, it was difficult not to be inspired. Some of them were competing for the first time. One salty Vietnam era Marine had done over 30 marathons and worked to get new devil dogs into the race. It's hard to sleep the night before the big event, and the course the organizers chose is a tourist's dream. We all wanted to stop several times along the way, this picture was taken at the finish line. It all seems like a dream, but sometimes goals fulfilled are like the challenges we thought we couldn't meet; once they're overcome, we set the bar higher. See you guys next year!

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March 15, 2007

Kevin McCullough who Tells it like it is

Kevin got to the heart of my argument and understood that this wasn't just about pictures and videos. This was about leaving depravity and the left's double-standard. When you take a stand and denounce your previous sins, problems, demons, the people who would normally insist on the right to "no judgments" will be the severest critics. By no means am I excusing myself from my past, I am not a victim; but it is because of my past that I feel I have to speak out the loudest. This isn't a blame game, it's a well-earned conviction and I stand by the statement below.
"Porn reduces the mind and flattens the soul. I don't like it. That's not hypocrisy talking; that's just experience. I sometimes think of myself, ironically, as a progressive: I started off as a liberal but I progressed to conservatism. Part of that transformation is due to my time in the industry. How does a conservative trace his roots to such distasteful beginnings? I didn't like porn's liberalism. In porn, everything taboo is trivialized and everything trivial is magnified."
How does that happen? How does a group that clings to professional victimhood so quickly go on the attack and so easily subject another to the same treatment they claim they want to prevent? For the gay jihadist, it's easy to issue a fatwa against me. Everything is kind of relative, and as Michael Signorile kept saying, "they will never accept you". He truly meant to say that he, the gay fundamentalist, as well as the vicious left won't accept you. He is correct.

Kevin
inspired me, because he unapologetically got down to the truth. Without
ever having met me, Kevin understood that we are all human, we all have
pasts, and that we all can move on, especially with some spiritual
help. In my case, I've moved on for the better, and that really angers
many on the left. That's not gay, it's sad.

March 14, 2007

At Columbia, First ROTC Event Since '72

A stubborn situation can change. It isn't every day that I feel I can get into my dress blues and walk onto the Columbia University campus, in the clear of day. It was last Spring, and the school year was deflating to an anti-climatic end, there were plenty of students wandering about. The last thing I wanted was another 'incident' because today was a special day.

For the first time, since 1972,
Columbia University was going to be the host of an officer
commissioning ceremony. Well, kind of sort of. The university wasn't
going to officially "sponsor" the commissioning, but they did agree to
allow the use of their symbolic building, Low Library.
If Columbia, a thoroughly secular academic institution, had a soul the
heavy hand carved wooden doors were its entrance, and the powers that
be had allowed something to take place that had not happened in over
three decades.
I had never been to an officer commissioning
before, but the officer-to-be flattered me when he requested that I
render to him his very first salute. Bob was an Air Force candidate
whose father, a captain in the Navy, was to attending the service. As
an enlisted man, my cardinal rule was to avoid officers, but I tended
to fail at that. The ceremony was intensely personal, as many family
members beamed with pride and their loved ones took the oath to honor and protect the Constitution.

For me, the height of that Spring afternoon was when an Iwo Jima survivor administered the oath to his grand-daughter from his wheelchair. The salty 90-year old had been a Marine officer during the island hopping campaign,
and his voice wavered when his mind wandered back to the quick-like
sands of that emblematic conflict. Of course, someone wanted to take a
picture and we were all prepared to kneel, but this feisty devil dog
insisted on getting up. For a moment, he seemed to waiver, I offered
some support, but he snapped to attention just when the camera flashed.

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March 13, 2007

Crisis, Conflict and Conduct

Despite the enormous publicity, Tara is someone the world really didn't get to know. The Tara Connor I knew is a kind woman who was always willing to help in veteran causes.When the media frenzy on Tara began, I remember writing an e-mail to several members of the press and telling them that they did not know the real Tara Connor. Tara is someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty to help the veteran community. I remember we stuck her on Military Island, in Times Sq. where she tirelessly interviewed people walking by and got them to give their support for servicemen deployed overseas. Despite the cooling weather, the war protesters, and the lines of people, Tara never complained and always wanted to be helpful. Believe it or not, that's an uncommon trait. After all the news coverage, I was happy to learn Tara had not changed. Two weeks ago, I saw Tara again and she was as beautiful and kind as ever, with a sweet southern accent that had matured considerably since we had seen each other. HBO was kind enough to host a Thank You for Serving event. The idea was simple, get a bunch of veterans into HBO headquarters, give them all the food and drink they wanted and then entertain them with a show. Tara took pictures with servicemen and women who wanted a souvenir. She was kind, warm and she kept her bearing, without a hint of arrogance or a glimmer of disdain. I was very impressed. Despite it all, that night Tara taught me a lot, and for that I am very grateful to her.

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Marine Corps Times Interview

During the early days of the CPAC controversy, I couldn€™t tell whether the story would have legs beyond the blogosphere or whether it would die quietly there. Last Friday, I got my answer. I received a message from former Marine Corps sgt. Beth Zimmerman, now a reporter for the Marine Corps Times. She wanted to do a story on me for the paper. When the story first broke I had two choices€”I could conceal and cover or I could do what the Marines have taught me€”keep my wits about me under stress and confront the situation--head on. With that in mind, I called Zimmerman back and I told her I would do the story. As we spoke, there were awkward moments. I heard the tapping of her fingers across the keyboard and I imagined the soon to be public details of my pre-USMC existence would be the fodder of gossip in barracks, mess halls and barber shops throughout the small but intimate Marine Corps community. I was being stripped of my privacy; I felt vulnerable, this was out of my control. As it turns out, the reaction to the story has been a mixed bag. I€™ve received kind letters of genuine support from Marines, and I€™ve received others that made me think long and hard. None of that affects the way I feel about the Corps, nor my decision to serve. The Marines are bigger than any one scandal, and I'll never regret having joined. I was recently reminded of how a single Marine can affect others: "I'm at Quantico and I'm sure there are quite a few of us that share my hopes for your good fortune and continued support." -- unidentified Marine, March 10th, 2007. What more could I ask for? Like most Marines, I went into the Corps with no political agenda or social policies to promote. Everyone has their own personal reason for wanting to join. Mine were to become a better person (check), to rise to an enormous challenge (check), and to take part in the finest institution this country has to offer. We all have baggage and my load was heavy, but not unbearable--I have Parris Island training to thank for that. I'm happy this burden is no longer on me, mercilessly weighing me down, but behind me, steadily pushing me forward. Semper Fi,

Cpl. Matt Sanchez

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March 10, 2007

Right to Privacy? Not if you Don't Agree

So, I get this e-mail from someone who wants to know if my personal information posted online was true: Home address, phone number and social security number. I check out the site and there it was. I won't confirm if the information was true or false, but I thought to myself how funny this is. For the past couple of days, I've been bombarded by all these people who claim to fight for rights, call me a hypocrite and demand that I tell them everything about my life. Apparently, they're not only interested in private parts, but private information. In an age where data is cheap and abundant, it is sometimes easy to forget that some information has value and is precious. So, to those who think their ends justify their means, I salute you for your particular dedication to viciousness.

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Monique Dols and Protests

There's some doubt about the incident or gravity of the incident that's at the origin of all this. I understand some need to play down or disregard what I say, in order to justify their hate-filled speech against me, but what the ISO did was really beyond the pale, and few people would endorse it. On several occasions, the ISO decided that they would take my picture, post it next to that of a dead Iraqi kid and a homeless veteran and write the word VICTIM? across it. Of course, Monique Dols was just an amateur next to some of the vipers I've had to deal with since. Nevertheless, this stage rushing fanatic, was a great primer for the kind of onslaught I presently face. So thanks Monique, you're a Dol.

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Columbia Approves War Memorial For Fallen Alumni?

On the 5th of March, I met with Columbia University provost Alan Brinkley to discuss the state of veteran and university relations. Brinkley said the current image of Columbia University as an anti-military campus has proven to be "disastrous". "No one is happy with it, not the alumni, not the students and not the administration." Brinkley announced his willingness to promote several pro-military initiative the first of which will be a Columbia University Monument to the Fallen, as a tribute to alumni who have lost their lives in combat from the War of Independence to the present.

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The Fighting 369th and Columbia University United!

So, a friend of mine, last semester, asked if I could help in a project. A retired general had approached the black student union about helping to preserve a piece of history. My friend told me she thought I could help the general more than she could. So, we went down to the armory, on 145th and 5th Avenue for a bit of recon. The Harlem Hellfighters were not only one of the most highly decorated units during the First World War, they were also the only American unit to fight in a foreign uniform. This all-black regiment has a special place in history and after today, I'm proud to say that that place is going to look a lot brighter. As of today, Columbia University has agreed to aid in the cataloging, archiving, and preservation of these historical artifacts, many of which are nearly a century old. This is why I love an institution like Columbia University. They not only have the technical knowledge to pull something like this off, but they also have the wherewithal to understand the importance of this project. So, kudos to Columbia and for all those who are going to be involved.

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A good friend of mine

A good friend of mine and an Iraqi War veteran insisted I go with him to see a film. 300 was
created by Frank Miller who, I am told, lives not far away from me. I'm
a huge comic book fan so, I fondly remember Millers work in Daredevil and The Dark Knight.
The film was packed with a loud audience that wanted to see action.
People cheered when Spartans viciously killed the Persian forces.
Meanwhile, back in Sparta, the counsel plotted to throw the Spartan
king, Leonida, into jail for breaking their laws. I can't be the only
one who thought of the Republicans and Democrats during this intrigue
of treason, sex, and war. The Persian king, Xerxes, looked like a drag
queen on a float, and Persia offered all of the delights that lead to a
type of interior decay, with one scene that could be described as a
gender-bender circuit party. 300 was entertaining,
dramatic, direct and unapologetic. Visually stunning, the film was full
of intense staging that accentuated the cause of the noble Spartans,
with the depravity of their enemies. No wonder the Marine Corps Times said "We Loved it." In the same issue they ran the story on me.

I've quickly put up a comment

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March 09, 2007

And In Reference to...

You know you must be someone if you're wikipediable. Just on a whim, I entered my name on Wikipedia, and guess what? Students from now until the end of time will be able to reference me in their papers, despite the disdain academia has for the Free Encyclopedia In fact, Wikipedia has been so thorough that they've even placed me under the Columbia University entry. I was fascinated how they had cobbled together a biography of me. It's truly stunning. Who writes this stuff and how do they get a hold of it? Matt Sanchez entry in Wikipedia

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Number 1 and I Didn't Even Know It

You'd think that if you were going to be the feature of a report on a nationally syndicated cable show YOU would be the first to know!!! But guess what, it turns out Countdown with Keith Olbermann did a hit piece on me last night and I learned about it a couple of hours ago. I must have been all that running around and talking to programs that really do get ratings. Olbermann didn't give the report himself, it was a hot looking cafe au lait woman who said I was "obviously very attractive". I should have gone on her show instead of O'Reilly who reminded the audience TWICE that I was 36!! Modesty aside, I'm amazed that this piece made it to #1 on the same day someone spotted Anna Nicole Smith in Las Vegas. Seriously Sgt. Liam only made it to #5, and he had an important point to make.


The curious thing is that MSNBC easily
could have requested comments from me, instead they chose to pick this
red-diaper baby to explain how I am homophobic and "being used". I'm
tempted to say MSNBC is being
used, but I suspect the feeling was mutual.
Everyone told me how bad this piece was, but I couldn't help laughing.
The premise was so flimsy and the speaker kept stumbling over his
talking points. I hope they picked up decent ratings, because with this
junk passing itself off as news, they're going to need them.

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Halp me! I'm Stuck in Allayn Coalmz Studio!

So, I'm sitting on my futon and working hard to return e-mails, field requests for interviews, and convince my friends that I'm not suicidal, when the producers from the Alan Colmes Radio Show call. I met Alan a few months ago when I appeared on his show with his sidekick Hannity. The producers said Alan wanted me to come in and "chat with him" about the news, controversy and issues surrounding me. I live a couple of blocks from the studio and it wasn't long before I found myself in the now familiar building on 47th and 6th. Alan has to run up, after his television show with Hannity, in order to do the radio show. He literally has 5 minutes to make it from one studio to the other, but he still was sharp as a tack when he asked me his first questions. Now, believe it or not, I'm normally a private guy, but current event have forced me to be much more candid in ways that many people will probably never experience. After we got the gory details out of the way Alan and I sparred on topics like Ann Coulter, Porn, Public Schooling, the VA and pretty much everything in between. I beat up on him, and I think he was surprised that a corporal in the Marine Corps wasn't going to be a push over. I'll upload the audio file as soon as I get a chance. I was nervous when we took calls from the audience but pleasantly surprised when it all turned out ok.

March 08, 2007

And who said Fox preferred Blondes?

One of the prettiest faces on TV was among the first to greet me at the CPAC. In the world of blogging Malkin is a giant where most aspire to be lilliputian. I hoped to introduce myself to her, but she gleefully welcomed me before I could even speak. "Cpl Sanchez!!!". I was honored she even knew my name, and believe or not, she's even more attractive in person. Which made it particularly acute when this whole "scandal" of mine hit the blogwaves. I can't blame Malkin for initially wanting to back away from me. Hell, I would have backed away from myself at many times in my life. But Michelle was one of the first to insist on "hearing me out". She published my article and even let officer candidate Austin Byrd share his thoughts on the matter. This is not only an extremely classy woman, a concerned mother and an ardent activist, this is a person who speaks her mind and people actually listen. I have no idea why feminist on campuses across the nation don't let leaders like Malkin show them the way--are you listening Barnard?

From Michellemalkin.com
Last night, hate-filled liberals on MSNBC attemped to smear Marine
Corporal Matt Sanchez and conservatives who honored him at CPAC for his
support of the military at Columbia University. They gleefully showed
photos of Cpl. Sanchez at the event--including ones I took--in mockery
after his gay porn past was outed by left-wing blogs. They cackled
"Semper Fi."
I said the other day I thought CPAC organizers would be justified in
being embarrassed if the rumors about Sanchez's porn star past 15 years
ago turned out to be true. Well, the rumors are true. But it is neither CPAC nor Cpl. Sanchez who should feel embarrassed.
It's the nasty, gloating liberals who claim to stand for tolerance,
privacy, human rights, and compassion. I predicted the other day that
left-wing bigotry would rear its ugly head. I was right. The e-mail
I've received is more disgusting than anything Ann Coulter stupidly
said at CPAC. And I can imagine the vitriol Cpl. Sanchez is enduring.

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David Horowitz another Conservative "abandoning me"

By David Horowitz FrontPageMagazine.com | March 8, 2007 [Editors' note: the article below is David Horowitz's defense of Matt Sanchez, a Marine corporal and Columbia student, who is now the target of the Left's campaign of personal destruction.] I am generally a forgiving soul. If treated half-decently by my opponents I am prepared to overlook many of their indecencies because I understand they come from a place of self-righteous zeal that often overwhelms their better judgment and inspires them to be nasty and dishonest in their service of their political agendas. After all, they€™re saving the world. READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

Michael Smirconish Radio Show Friday 8:00 am

It's hard to tell what's going on in the world from the 2nd story of my appartment. When Michael Smirconish started our conversation with "I was talking to my audience about your story" it was a bit jarring. Gee, can you really discuss this stuff on a morning commute broadcast? Michael invited me on the show and that's where the fun began. He's smart, and to the point, so didn't beat around the bush. I told him the truth from the top to the bottom and I think I even confessed that I had cut class today to field all the interview requests. If you're up that early I'll be on the Michael Smirconish show. This guy's a libertarian and I think you'll enjoy the interview.

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Alan Colmes Radio 10 pm Tonight Thursday

One of Colmes' trademarks is a segment called "Radio Graffiti." The listeners are allowed "one sentence and one sentence only." During fast and furious few minutes that features 30-40 callers competing to best put their message on Alan's radio bulletin board.

Dom Giordano Show (1210 AM) Radio Tonight 10 pm

Dom Giordano Talk Show Host WPHT (1210 AM) Radio, Philadelphia I just taped this show and I'll post it as soon as they give it to me. In the meantime, tune in and hear his interview. I am a talk host at 1210 AM Radio and my show reaches 38 states and Canada. I'd like to have you as my guest by phone for 10 minutes. The station features Sean, Rush and O'reilly.

Salon.com

Originally, salon.com asked to interview me, but after several reporters putting their own spin on my words, I asked this mostly liberal blog to let me write my own article.  What I wrote, without any editing, is below.  The Salon version has some definite differences. 

Was I totally clueless? When I stepped forward to talk about an anti-military bias at Columbia of course I knew my life would come under some scrutiny.  We hear it everyday, with the universality of the internet, it€™s impossible to have privacy.  We have all done things no one wants to be advertised, but the truth is most of us aren€™t important enough to rate more than a bit of gossip from a snubbed co-worker or some derision from an embittered rival.  For most, life is fairly routine, but for those rare few who dare to be different, it can be a lot more harrowing.     Being Hispanic, a 100% American flag-waving red-blooded Reagan Republican, and living in New York City, I sometimes think of myself as a progressive: my views started off liberal but I progressed to conservatism.  People constantly ask €œHow can you be a conservative, they€™re so hateful.€  Obviously, these poor souls have never received a Jeanne Kirkpatrick Academic Freedom Award from a Conservative Political Action Committee like I did this weekend.  Let me step back a second, because most of you don€™t have a clue what I€™m talking about.  In September 2005, I complained about military bias at Columbia University€”New York City€™s finest institution of higher learning (and I truly mean that).  My fellow veterans were proud of me, happy that someone had finally spoken out.  It is unfortunate Salon.com and most liberal blogs and media chose to ignore this issue.  In fact, it€™s even more unfortunate that ONLY conservative (traditional for you O€™Reilly fans) were interested.  Given the left€™s constant talk about equality, discrimination, minority rights and systemic oppression, I thought appearing on CNN or MSNBC would have been a media no-brainer, a great way of spreading the non-partisan word, but so much is political today€”even the double-standards have talking points. It was a cold morning in Manhattan and I was late for classes, despite being a bit groggy from studying for my midterms, and working full-time at a marketing firm where I just made partner.  I don€™t drink coffee and in my morning haze, I didn€™t notice the mounting messages on my obsidian Blackberry.  I couldn€™t distinguish the spam from the hate mail.  We all have a tendency to want to hate the enemy; I suppose that€™s why Ann Coulter got applause when she used the term ragheads (that was the last Coulter scandal, or was it the Jersey Girls?)  I also suppose that€™s why I got so much invective when bloggers posted decade-plus pictures of me that I knew were still around, but simply chose to ignore.  Did I think I could become a €œpublic figure€ without some scrutiny?  Of course not!  Am I so craven for attention that I€™ll stop at anything to get it?  I€™m the first to admit that I want to be heard, read and taken seriously, but some issues really are simple and some are more complex.  I always hear the complaint of information reduced to sound bytes and of the lack of depth in public discourse.  Well, porn is porn; self-explanatory and of little depth.  The pictures do pretty much all the talking, and in an age when pictures are so abundant, they don€™t say much.  I€™m concerned many will feel inadequate, as a conservative, I like to insist on equal opportunity even if some start off with more than others.   I don€™t like porn, it reduces the mind, flattens the soul.  That€™s not hypocrisy talking, that€™s experience.  If I started off with liberal leanings, being on a gay porn set should have been heaven. In porn, everything taboo is trivialized and everything trivial is projected.  How does a conservative trace his roots to such distasteful beginnings?  Like all followers of a cult, it€™s tough to figure out when you stopped believing in the party-line, but I can tell you that by the time I finished my summer tour of the major studios, I was pretty disgusted with myself.  It was an emotional low, and the people who surrounded me were like drug dealers only interested in being with the anesthetized in  order not to shake off the stupor of being high.  Why did I become a conservative? Just look at what I left, and look at who is attacking me to today? Let€™s face it people, you€™re all cynical enough to know that if I had espoused liberal causes, spoken out against the military, got a liberal award for courage and then outed with a porn-past,  you€™d be clamoring for my memoir, and nominating me for a diversity  ticket with Barack Obama.  Instead those who complain about wire-tapping reserve the right to eavesdrop on my  private life for political brownie points.   Sure, I took a picture with Ann Coulter, I don€™t endorse what she said, but anyone in the military would defend her right to say it.  I realize that sounds prohibitively phony, but gee it€™s really true!    The right to say things is precious and like so many others, my decision to serve after September 11th is even a more salient point of my past.  I feel I€™m duty bound to help out my fellow veterans in any fight, both foreign and domestic.  The issue of anti-military bias on campus is enormous and the CPAC was correct to recognize the gravity of the situation and award those who act for change.  With so many experiences since the last George Bush was in power, you€™ll have to forgive me for not listing a summer job in my resume, so many years later.  It€™s just a part of my past, and like anyone who reflects on the past realizes, it contributes to who I am today.  No apologies, just recognition.  No running away, just moving forward. I€™m not clueless, I saw Jeff Ganon at the CPAC.  I didn€™t speak to him, and had never met him, but he seemed fine to me, despite the minor media scandal last year, or was it the year before???  It€™s hard to keep track, in fact, so many scandals come and go in such a rapid cycle, like the 24 frames it takes for one second of film to give the cinematic illusion of reality.  I wonder if I€™m just being blasé or the readers really think the tit-for-tat sport of political €œgotcha!!€ amounts to something more than a Mc€™Opinion: easily digested and effortlessly spewed as another €œI hate those people!€ anecdote.  I learned a lot at the CPAC, mostly that I€™m not as right-wing among the true believers as I feel in a place like New York, where people glibly promote diversity unless you don€™t agree with them.  I also learned that there are noteworthy citizens in this country who are dutifully engaged in public discourse and intimately committed to the autonomy of the individual.  I accepted my award and spoke with great pride.  I am embarrassed to say, I thought my fellow conservative friends would distance themselves when this news came out, and I€™m touched that the opposite has happened.  I€™ve been asked to give my point of view, invited to speak at various functions, invited to back on TV and most people have gone out of their way to give me their vote of confidence and avoid a rush to judgment.  That€™s really nice, I appreciate the support, but some conversations are worth having, and I€™ve achieved a major victory with changing Columbia€™s policy toward the military.   Columbia University will build a war memorial to alumni who fell in battle from the War of Independence to the War on Terror.  Now, that's the progress I've been demanding.  Anything else is just another blip on the blogosphere.

March 06, 2007

It's All Good?

Wow, who knew a little award and a couple of pictures would get me all this attention? Death threats, hate mail and plenty of people who want to be my "friend"--and it's not even 4 pm!!! I'm going to be writing a piece and posting it on this site by tomorrow. You'll forgive me for the delay, but between this week's midterms, my full-time job and working out at the gym, there's just not enough time in the day.