Born in 1967 in Walnut Creek, CA I enlisted into the Marine Corps at the age of 18 in 1986. I went into a communication MOS and was stationed in 29 Palms, Camp Pendleton, and spent my last year in Okinawa. I discharged in 1990 and joined the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in 1991 (after undergoing a 11 month hiring process) and have been with the department ever since then.  (Retired after 29 years and 3 months recently)

A political junkie since my early days in High School I still have vivid memories arguing with my liberal mother over Reagan, and even though I was too young to vote in 1984 I actively campaigned for Reagan by placing signs and stickers where ever I could.


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A former fetus, the “wordsmith from nantucket” was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1968. Adopted at birth, wordsmith grew up a military brat. He achieved his B.A. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles (graduating in the top 97% of his class), where he also competed rings for the UCLA mens gymnastics team. The events of 9/11 woke him from his political slumber and malaise. Currently a personal trainer and gymnastics coach.

The wordsmith has never been to Nantucket.

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James Raider

A constituent of the vast baby boomer generation with a career which has been fortunate to know the ponderous corporate worlds, as well as the intimately pressurized, and invigorating entrepreneurial domains of high tech and venture capital, I have harvested my share of mistakes meandering through corridors of enterprise from Silicon Valley, to London and endless, colourful, sometimes praetorian points in between. The voyage has provided an abundance of fodder for a pen yielding to an inquisitive keyboard, a foraging mind, and a passionate spirit.

Whether political or business or social or economic or personal, is it not all political? It is a privilege to write, and an even greater privilege to be read by anyone, and sometimes with the wind at my back the writing may occasionally be legible. I do not write to invite scorn, nor to invite respect, but if I get really lucky the writing can stimulate thinking. I also write for the very selfish purpose of animating my own processes, and engaging the best of what life offers. Above all, whether biting fire or swatting shadows, I am grateful to be gifted the freedom to write and publish whatever flows down to the keyboard. To all those who enabled this freedom, and to all those standing guard to preserve it, I am indebted.

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DrJohn has been a health care professional for more than 30 years. In addition to clinical practice he has done extensive research and has published widely with over 70 original articles and abstracts in the peer-reviewed literature. DrJohn is well known in his field and has lectured on every continent except for Antarctica. He has been married to the same wonderful lady for over 30 years and has three kids- two sons, both of whom are attorneys and one daughter on her way into the field of education.

DrJohn was brought up with the concept that one can do well if one is prepared to work hard but nothing in life is guaranteed.

Except for liberals being foolish.

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The product of a military family, growing up in Naples, Italy and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and being stationed in Germany for two years while in the Army, Vince spent half of his first quarter century seeing the US from outside of its own borders. That perspective, along with a French wife and two decades as a struggling entrepreneur have only fueled an appreciation for freedom and the fundamental greatness of the gifts our forefathers left us.

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Brother Bob:

Blogging by the credo of “Making the world a more offensive place, one blog post at a time”, Brother Bob started writing posts around the beginning of the Obama presidency over at Brother Bob’s Blog. A born-again Existentialist and self-professed libertarian with conservative tendencies, he has ironically chosen to live in the Washington, DC area – deep behind enemy lines. He has always loved history, and spent eight years volunteering as a tour guide on weekends, giving over 200 tours to roughly 2,500 mostly foreign guests. His tours were highlighted by stories generally not found in the history books or most other tours, such as the importance of the Battle if Antietam, the origins or Arlington Cemetery, and dispelling the myths of FDR’s New Deal.

Although his favorite subject to blog about is Economics, as seen in his Economics for Politicians series, his posts try to address angles that other conservative writers and the mainstream media (naturally!) miss. “There’s no point in putting up a post on a subject that someone smarter than me has already written”. He believes in the “Happy Warrior” approach, and tries to inject humor in his posts, sometimes successfully. Two such examples are his posts comparing the modern left to the horrible Star Wars prequels, and analyzing the laments of a DC woman in search of a feminist boyfriend.

Brother Bob lives with his very patient wife known as Sister Babe, and their fantastic son. Little Bob. Little Bob is also the reason that being a tour guide came to an end, as spending Saturdays raising a son takes priority over giving lectures to foreign visitors on the folly of Keynesian economics.

BB is also grateful for the opportunity to take his place among the outstanding writers at Flopping Aces, appreciates every person who takes the time to read his posts, and especially those who join him in the conversation in the comments.


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Larry Brandes

Larry is a staunch conservative who was born in 1948 in Vernon, Texas but was dragged away before his second birthday by his parents to live in a blue state where unfortunately he still resides. He believes in God, the Bible, the family and the U.S. Constitution. He also believes that America is the greatest nation on earth but is now sliding towards the abyss and almost certain destruction because many have turned their backs on God and now rely on morons in government to magically fix everything that the liberals destroy.

Larry enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1968 and has always maintained a deep respect for those brave men and women who stand on a desolate wall in the middle of the night and say, “Sleep tight, nothing will harm you tonight.” Those valiant soldiers who risked their lives defending this country deserve better than to be discarded like garbage and forced to sleep in the streets.

Larry also believes that the conservatives in this country need to stand up and boldly speak the truth and confront the evil that permeates our society. That is why I write articles for Flopping Aces. I firmly believe that using sarcasm to mock hypocrisy is a very powerful weapon. God bless you!

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