In Other Words

Much Ado About Nothing; I’m Another Year Older!

SUMMER TIME AND THE NEWS IS REALLY SLOW. That means us news types have to scramble around looking for story to fill up our pages and our air time.
What better topic than a story about an editorial cartoon that supposedly discredited a veteran because of an eyepatch he wears.
Since eyepatches make people look sexy and mysterious, we’re not sure what all the shouting is about.
Nick Popaditch is not exactly a household name even though he’s running for Congress.
As a result he needs a little help calling attention to himself. How about an eyepatch? How about making an issue out of a tasteless cartoon about a man with an eyepatch?
Well, if getting his name known better was the goal, he has done that. He at least got into my conscienceness. Before an I.V. press editorial cartoon supposedly poked fun at his eyepatch, my only recognition of him was a small billboard posted on Fifth Street in Holtville. “Who’s that? I asked as I drove by it  several times. Well, at least I know he is a war veteran who had an eye injury. And if he capitalizes on all this noise that’s being made about the cartoon, we may even find out more about his stance on the issues.
If you’re running way behind and its summer and nobody knows much about you, then a good size controversy can help you over the doldrums and into the election season.
We haven’t seen anything about his response, if he has made one. Perhaps he’s too distraught to speak. We doubt it. We hope he takes advantage of the situation so we will actually get some information about him.
As for the I.V. Press editorial cartoon, it was an exercise in tastelessness, but this is still a free country where you can speak, or draw, what’s on your mind. How sensitive can one person be? If his feelings, or those of his supporters were hurt, perhaps he should try some less strenuous form of work other than being a political candidate.
From his website, or at least one of them touting his candidacy:
“For the record, Nick spent 16 years in the Marine Corps, led men in and out of combat, achieved the rank of Gunnery Sergeant, lost most of his eyesight for his country, and was awarded the Silver Star.”
So, what’s he going to do for  me and the people of Imperial Valley?
A Congressman is supposed to take care of his district. This was probably a pretty good trick to get his name out in front of the public without any cost involved.
We’ll see if he uses it to his advantage. His website only offers negatives and military rhetoric.
Well, it’s still only July. We’ll see where he is in October. Considering the uproar his followers created, we have to wonder what his stand is  on the Bill of Rights. Maybe he’ll give us some answers.
AS I TYPE THIS, I am another year older. My birthday was Wednesday and the days  between them keep getting shorter.
That’s OK, because this has still been the best job in the world when it comes to getting a front row seat to most everything that happens in Imperial Valley.
You have to get a little flack for doing that, but it it well worth it. And every now and then, you get to be a part of justice being served and you can help people with what  is keeping them down.
But the best part is I get to wear Hawaiian sports shirts and shorts to work in the summertime!
Take that all you people at the San Diego Union-Tribune and the L.A. Times!
IT’S SUMMERTIME AND THE LIVING IS EASY. That means we can all hover around our air conditioners for the next several months .
I got to tryout my new gas barbecue for a few days while I was on vacation last week. That’s a real treat.
So were the steaks, salmon steaks, bratwursts and shrimp kabobs we dreamed up for cooking.
This kind of summer living can get real easy to enjoy. I don’t think I’ve eaten that good in a long time. As my mother used to say: “I think I gained five pounds. “
Enjoy the rest of the summer and do something fun. Now is the time to get outside and travel somewhere. Especially to a cooler region of the planet. That’s just about everywhere.


What’s Filner done? Push around some TSA folks and try to shove his way into an I.C.E. cellblock? Jobs? Economy? Border Enforcement? Zero, except make an ass of himself. Nice hit piece you wanna be elitist.

Steve B.

I am embarassed I have the same first name as this idiot. What a disrespectful little turd. That right! Wish I could say it in person but this will have to do. Idiot.

Ahhhhh, the hypocrisy! “As a result he needs a little help calling attention to himself. How about an eyepatch?” Or maybe we can call into attention, the color of one’s skin when we need attention, that seems to work. “As for the I.V. Press editorial cartoon, it was an exercise… Read more »
So Steve, were you at the town hall meetings? No? Guess you don’t get the paper. We can talk anytime after November 2 Steve, I’ll have some free time then, and I can try and bring you up to speed on ethical journalism. In the mean time, I’ll be working… Read more »

Been reading the journolist listserv lately, as it sounds like something a lefty “journalist” would do in order to mar Gunny Pop’s reputation? Funny thing is, you have cooked your own goose, lol.


Steve: obviously you must be one of the “uninformed” dolts that was supposedly the theme of the cartoon. Says quite a bit about you doesn’t it.

Mr. Larson, I could pick away at your meager attempt to capitalize on the recent cartoon of Nick Popaditch published in the IV Press, as many appear to have already done for you. No, instead, I would like to merely applaud the fact that you have, as a result of… Read more »

Mr. Larson,

You want your Representative to “take care of you?” THE PEOPLE are supposed to take care of themselves. A Representative doesn’t take care of you. He Represents your interest in the Gov’t.

World of difference.

If you want gov’t to take care of you…. try North Korea.

Gerald W Valusek

This article only serves to remind me why I do not subscribe to this publication. Thanks for the reminder.

If you really want to know about Nick, go to his website, If you like what you see, go get his book, Once a Marine. If you really, really like someone who tells it like it is and doesn’t have a hidden agenda, donate to his campaign at… Read more »
Jimmy Carter

Mr. Larson,
You owe future Congressman Popaditch your thanks for his service to our country. I hope you see the error of your ways.

Buford Gooch
I can only assume that this is an attempt at humor. Surely no one is oblivious enough to write something like this and expect it to be taken seriously. If you are attempting to emulate a 13 year old writing a “Neener-Neener” piece for his school newspaper, you have done… Read more »

Here is a link to Nick Popaditch on Fox News’ Red Eye last night so you can see for yourself what he is like:

John W.
A sixth point overlooked by tps: The publisher of the cartoon had the integrity to apologize, both publicly and privately, to Mr. Popaditch. Nor was it an “I’m sorry you’re to stupid to get the joke” or “mistakes were made” apology so favored by Democrats. If you want to be… Read more »
Mr. Larson, Why is it that sniveling little lefties such as yourself despise the military and its true heroes so much? Is it because they are fighting your friends? Gunny lost his eyesite so that loonies such as yourself can spew such garbage as this – and he’d do it… Read more »

Another Take on “The Cartoon”:

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Very clever.


bob sanders
“In Other Words” I am an idiot who doesn’t know anything about the people running to represent my readers in congress. Maybe you should go join the military and do something useful for people instead of writing opinion pieces that read like they were written by a fifteen year old… Read more »
Sir, I am shocked you could write such things in your paper that are demonstrably untrue or shaded in factual veneers wrapped around rotten centers. First, Nick never calls attention to himself, and if you knew anything about him, you would know that. As a columnist, did you ever think… Read more »
shannon mcgraw

What an obvious idiot you are. Eye patches make you look sexy? How ’bout you go and fight and lose your eye so you can become ‘sexy.’ Nahhhhh, that would take more courage than you could ever muster.

It bears repeating…

you’re an idiot!