About Me

BACKGROUND

Hmmm… what do you need to know, and what should I keep private?  An interesting dilemma.  Well, here goes:  My name is Chuck Newman.  I’m in my mid-50s, married to a wonderful woman for over 35 years, with 2 biological children and a foster son that has been with the family since 1994.  All the kids are in their 30s, and 2 of them are married.  I’m a veteran, having spent 6 years in the U.S. Air Force in the 70s.

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My daughter is married to a Marine Gunnery Sergeant, recently returned safely from Afghanistan.  I’m so glad he’s back!  While he was gone I was surrounded by entirely too much estrogen.  It’s so nice to have a genuine bad ass in the family icon wink About Me They have a daughter who was born in November of 2008.  That little girl has made my life complete.

My wife and I now live in Murrieta, California… having moved here in June 2010 to be near our daughter, son-in-law and grandbaby.

I’ve known all sides of the social/financial spectrum, from being unemployed, living on the street and wondering where my next meal is coming from (this was only 17 years ago… back in 1993), to being able to afford a yacht… which we recently sold at a huge loss due to the economic downturn

.  I own my own business, and have had to deal with taxes, employee benefits and making payroll… and the stress associated with all of them.  I’ve watched my business go from booming in 2005-2008 to bust toward the end of 2009 when my largest customer decided to take their business to India and I had to lay everybody off.  I learned from my 1993 experience, and have socked away a decent nest egg, which I hope will see my wife and I through our twilight years.

We recently started up a new business… Buddy Systems, LLC – Home of the Box Buddy

.  A lot of the nest egg we had accumulated over the years is going into the new startup.  I hope for our future’s sake it’s successful.

I suffered a mild heart attack at 49, which required bypass surgery after a botched angioplasty.  I was diagnosed with prostate cancer at 51, which resulted in a prostatectomy.  So far, the ticker is in great shape and I’ve been cancer-free for 6 years.

You could say I’ve pretty much run the gamut of life’s experiences.  All that awaits me now is to enjoy watching my granddaughter grow up before it’s time for the dirt nap.

MY POLITICS

I’m what you might call a Red Dog Republican.  I’m a fiscal conservative with a conscience, as opposed to GW’s Compassionate Conservative.

I believe our Constitution is not a living, breathing dynamic document.  Rather, it should be interpreted as written, limiting Federal powers and granting broad rights to the individual states while maintaining individual freedom for its citizens.

I’m Pro Choice, but don’t believe in any Federal funding for abortion or in late term (3rd trimester) abortions.  A woman’s decision regarding an abortion is between her, her doctor and her God.  What she does with her uterus is nobody’s business but hers.

The United States is a Republic.  This means it’s a representative democracy as defined by James Madison.  As such,  our representatives to both Houses of Congress are obligated to put their constituents before their parties.  I don’t think they do a very good job of this.  Do you?

Living in Southern California, so my Senators are Boxer and Feinstein (please pray for me)… and we have Nancy Pelosi (though thankfully, not in my District).  God, don’t you just want to drop a house on her and take her shoes?  Anyway, I’ve watched what once was arguably the greatest state in the union be driven into the ground by a far left legislature that couldn’t hit water if it fell out of a boat, let alone balance a budget.  Mark my words… however goes California, so goes the rest of the nation.

Did you hear about the Democrat that moved from California to Nevada, and raised the IQ of both states?

I believe in the 2nd Amendment exactly as it is:  “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”  Take that statement, and remove the Preamble (i.e., “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State”), and it still makes sense (i.e., “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”).  Writing it any other way makes no sense at all.  Thank you Glen Beck, for clarifying that for me.  I’d not thought of it that way before I read your book.  If you’ve not read it, his “Arguing With Idiots” is a good read.

I’m a gun owner, and love to go target shooting.  I also keep guns for home protection.

I have two “welcome” mats at my house.  One says “No Pinheads” (courtesy of Bill O’Reilly), the other says “Come Back With A Warrant”.

Speaking of Bill O’Reilly, his Culture Warrior and Dick Morris’ Outrage, Fleeced and Catastrophe are also worth reading… if you can keep your blood pressure down in the process.

Let me go on the record right now by saying I do not subscribe to Fox News as gospel.  However, I do find Bill O’Reilly and Glen Beck entertaining as TV personas.  I also think Sean Hannity’s show is the biggest waste of an hour on television.

This page last updated December 21, 2010.

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