Since Aug 21, 2000
U.S Navy, 1961-1964, deck Seaman. My "war" was the Cuban Missile Crisis; my ship was tasked with evacuating military dependents and civvy contractors from GTMO. Married to a beloved Liberal since 1973; two adult sons, grandfather of a delightful little guy since March '07. Presented with a beautiful granddaughter 1/28/09. District official for county board of elections. Run for fitness; pick-up basketball a couple of times a week (prefer full court run n' gun with the "youts", and those 40 year old kids are killin' me!). Used to run recreational races, mile to marathon; career peaked with a 2:48:45 Jersey Shore Marathon in November '82 and a 2:56:57 Boston Marathon in '83. Choir member, so-so baritone; sometimes singer at Irish sessions at our local pub. Regular
occasional (back to "regular"; published five times so far in 2011) contributor to letters to the editor. Update 9/12: they must have changed editorial page staff, as my last 6 submissions have not even been acknowledged let alone published. They always used to call to confirm that I sent it, and tell me it may be published.
Heart attack survivor end of June 2011, stented, finished cardiac rehab and back to playing B'ball. God has been better to me than I deserve.
By my estimation Mrs. JimRed and I stand about a 25% chance of losing one of our sons in the next Islamic bio/chem/nuke attack. Our older son is a union carpenter and commutes to Manhattan (previously worked on the WTC memorial); our younger son is an architect living and working in DC.
I can live without the death penalty, provided the alternative makes the criminal WISH for death.
My "rock in the Aleutians solution" applies to career and violent criminals, drug lords and dealers as well as child abusers. In other words, anyone worthy of death. Dump 'em on a barren rock out there with a knife and a blanket. The strongest will quickly kill the weaker ones to steal their knives and blankets; the few who survive will wish that the libs hadn't managed to spare them their execution.
And when the sure-to-come Liberal "rescue missions" happen, the rescuees will turn upon their rescuers and kill them!
TERM LIMITS, NOW!
BUILD THE BORDER WALL, NOW!
Compromising with bad policy is like adding just a little sewage to your drinking water.
U.N. out of U.S.; U.S. out of U.N., NOW!
John Kerry and Nancy Pelosi (treason) belong in prison, not in the U.S. Congress or as SOS!
Ted Kennedy (D-HL) should have been there alongside them.