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Ex Gay Activist

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 12, 2021 by andelino

Milo Yiannopoulos, the “gay activist” whose conservative messaging and willingness to “speak the truth” sparked riots on university campuses may well trigger more outrage now that he describes himself as “Ex-Gay” and “sodomy free,” and is leading a daily consecration to St. Joseph online.

Two years ago, when Church Militant’s Michael Voris famously challenged Yiannopoulos to live a chaste life, Yiannopoulos was not defensive. Instead, he acquiesced, and humbly admitted his human weakness.

“I know everything you’re saying, and I’m just not there yet. And I don’t know if I’ll get there,” Yiannopoulos told Voris at the time. It seems that he has now arrived “there.”

LifeSite: I imagine that to many who follow you, your recent decision to publicly identify as “Milo, Ex-Gay” may seem like a 180-degree turn. Are you also surprised that your life has taken this turn? Or is it unsurprising, a natural and perhaps inevitable progression in your life? I ask this because over the last few years things that you’ve said have hinted at being drawn in this direction.

Milo: When I used to kid that I only became gay to “torment” my mother, I wasn’t entirely joking. Of course, I was never wholly at home in the gay lifestyle — Who is? Who could be? — and only leaned heavily into it in public because it drove liberals crazy to see a handsome, charismatic, intelligent gay man riotously celebrating conservative principles.

That’s not to say I didn’t throw myself enthusiastically into degeneracy of all kinds in my private life. I suppose I felt that’s all I deserved. I’d love to say it was all an act, and I’ve been straight this whole time, but even I don’t have that kind of commitment to performance art. Talk about method acting.

LifeSite: Was there any event, or series of events, that triggered your decision to become “sodomy free,” and to do so publicly? Did God knock you off your horse as he did Saul; or did it come about some other way? Please explain.

Milo: Four years ago, I gave an interview to America magazine which they declined to print. It’s taken me a long time to live up to the claims I made in that interview, but I am finally doing it.

Anyone who’s read me closely over the past decade must surely have seen this coming. I wasn’t shy about dropping hints. In my New York Times-bestselling book “Dangerous”, I heavily hinted I might be “coming out” as straight in the future. And in my recent stream-of-consciousness Telegram feed, I’ve been even more explicit — stomach-churningly so, if the comments under my “x days without sodomy” posts are anything to go by.

I’ve always thought of myself as a Jack Bauer sort of figure — the guy who does the hideous, inexcusable things no one else can stomach, without which the Republic will fall. I know that means my name will always be cursed, and I’ll always be a scorned outsider, so the temptation is to throw out any consideration of living well or truthfully. But even Jack Bauer has to confront his maker sooner or later.

LifeSite: Last summer you posted on Parler pictures of members of the CHANGED movement, with the caption, “Look at these beautiful souls, rid of their demons and cured of their sinful urges. Can’t you tell they’ve been saved? I can.” Are you now able to add your picture to theirs, with that same caption?

Milo: No, and I don’t suppose I’ll ever be brave enough to declare it a thing of the past. I treat it like an addiction. You never stop being an alcoholic. As for the CHANGED movement, I guess because they’re Californian they don’t see how funny their website is, or maybe they’re “dirty non-doms” who think God loves you more the “gayer you act”, but I was slightly making fun of them with that caption.

Walker Percy was right: “Modern man has two choices — Rome or California.” Someone really ought to tell them to use more heterosexual-looking photos on their website. I can share some tips! My followers have been giving me a crash course in all-American straight guy aesthetics, which apparently include growing a mullet and learning to drive stick.

LifeSite: In what ways has this impacted your personal and social life?

Milo: Well, the guy I live with has been demoted to ”housemate”, which hasn’t been easy for either of us. It helps that I can still just about afford to keep him in Givenchy and a new Porsche every year. Could be worse for him, I guess.

My own life has changed dramatically, though it crept up on me while I wasn’t paying attention. I’m someone who responds to micromanagement and accountability, so I’ve found counting days an effective bulwark against sin. In the last 250 days I’ve only slipped once, which is a lot better than I predicted I would do.

It feels as though a veil has been lifted in my house — like there’s something more real and honest going on than before. It’s been a gradual uncovering, rather than a dramatic reveal. Maybe that lack of theater or spectacle is a sign the “gay impulses” truly are receding?

The best metaphor I know is that of a flower blooming — of nature’s Epiphany — an image I know Caryll Houselander was fond of. I think it was Houselander who said, “Whatever is loving in man and whatever is lovable in man is Christ in man.” I take this to mean that the more love and the less lust in us, the more we cease to obscure Christ and instead reveal Him, in whose image we are made.

I don’t mean to suggest it’s been easy, just simple: Our Lord endured worse than any of us and promised us that we have to take up a heavy cross each day. Ronald Knox says the Via Crucis shows us the 3 ways we can carry our cross: With bitterness, like the unrepentant thief; with grim resignation, like the repentant thief who said it was what he deserved; or with love, like the Lord, who never minimized suffering but said it would, in God’s time, redeem us.

Secretly, I feel I’ve done enough good in this life to excuse me from earthly penance for past sins. Your readers will no doubt respond, rightly, that this statement demonstrates how far I have to go. The best advice I can give others in my situation is: Check your pride, not your privilege. So often it’s vanity or conceit or self-satisfaction that gets in the way of accepting Christ. Learn to catch it before it takes root, and difficult things suddenly don’t seem so difficult.

LifeSite: What drew you to consecrate your life to St. Joseph?

Milo: Secular attempts at recovery from sin are either temporary or completely ineffective. Salvation can only be achieved through devotion to Christ and the works of the Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. St. Joseph is the spiritual father figure of the Holy Family. In this time of gender madness, devoting myself to the male protector of the infant Jesus is an act of faith in God’s Holy Patriarch, and a rejection of the Terror of transsexuals. Trannies are demonic: They are the Galli, the castrated priests of Cybele, the Magna mater, whom Augustine saw dancing in the streets of Carthage dressed like women. Don’t even get me started on “Drag Queen Story Hour.” I only have to see those four words to be overwhelmed by the urge to buy rope.

LifeSite: Anything else you would like to add?

Milo: I have enjoyed a lifelong affection for the absurd and the outrageous, so part of me gleefully anticipates the day I can seize the moral high ground, however briefly, to denounce others for failures of piety and sobriety. I hope people will support and pray for me, if for no other reason than they share my delight at the prospect of Milo Yiannopoulos furiously and indignantly railing against homosexuals for sins of the flesh.

As you might expect, my professional priorities are shifting somewhat, given my new spiritual preoccupations. Over the next decade, I would like to help rehabilitate what the media calls “conversion therapy.” It does work, albeit not for everybody. As for my other aspirations and plans, well, no change: “I’ve always considered abortion to be the pre-eminent moral horror of human history. I’ll keep saying so — even more loudly than before.”

They say if you let one sin in, others will follow, and now I truly know what that means: “As I’ve begun to resist sinful sexual urges, I’ve found myself drinking less, smoking less … you name it.“ I confess my weakness for designer shoes and handbags is yet to dissipate.

But I am coming to realize, however slowly, that lust — per Augustine — is disordered desire for all sorts of things, not just NFL players.

Pro-Abortion Activists

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on May 26, 2019 by andelino

Jillian Ward, 19, a “pro-choice activist” student at University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC was “triggered” by graphic photographs depicting “aborted children” put up by Created Equal. The group uses the images to show “the gruesome reality of abortion and to engage students in conversation about this human injustice.”

Ward approached the group’s display asking them, “Did y’all put these up?” When Austin Beigel confirmed that he did, she raced toward him with fists flying, screaming “Fucking terrible person. ..You’re a terrible person. You this is not okay. This is not okay. This is not okay. Shut the fuck up right now. This is wrong. This is triggering. You’re not an innocent human being. You’re a terrible person.”

Beigel was allegedly “punched” in the face a number of times and was also “hit” in the stomach. UNC campus police “arrested” Ward and she is expected to make a court appearance in June. Triggered by “images” of aborted babies is the progressive new way to celebrate “violence.” We should not be surprised when those who champion “killing” babies also “assault” those who stand between them and the victims.

Thus, “violence” is inherent to “abortion” advocacy.

“This is part of a bigger trend on college campuses. Students being groomed on college campuses to be leaders, writers, and thinkers of the Left are increasing in censorship and violence against those with whom they disagree,” said Mark Harrington, president of Created Equal.

After intern Austin Beigel was punched by feminist “pro-choice advocate” Jillian Ward at the University of North Carolina, an Administrator at the university asked “Created Equal” to drop the charges against her because she is a “good student and fine person.”

Few days after the attack on intern, Austin Beigel, a second student on the same campus faces “larceny” charges after she stole a pro-life sign that read “Warning: abortion victim photos ahead.” When the officer asked her why she ripped it out of their hands, she responded: “This restricts women’s rights. He’s promoting lies on a college campus. I can’t believe y’all protect them.”

Mark Harrington, president of Created Equal, said students need to be taught that “disagreeing” with someone doesn’t give them the right to “break” the law. “College students who interfere with the First Amendment rights by assaulting people or stealing signs are not the victims. Universities are failing to educate students on the basic American ideal of freedom of speech.”

Obviously, this female progressive “snowflake” was shocked by the fact she’s being arrested for “stealing” a pro-life sign, when all she wanted was to “throw it away” and go back to the cafeteria, getting high-fives from the ”Sisterhood of the Traveling Abortion” activists.

Fortunately, the left has updated that old timely thinking to say that a baby is NEVER a human being. The whole mysterious concept of two separate genomes being some kind of right wing radical misinformation.

After all, since the “non human” being is totally dependent on the Mother for life giving “nourishment” she should be able to decide if it should “live or die.” That holds true until the clump of cells” are 5 or 6 years old or beyond in some cases.

During a debate between Dr. Mike Adams and Dr. Willie Parker at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Dr. Parker, a self-proclaimed “Christian” abortionist, admitted that abortion “kills a human being.” Following this admission, Adams asks Parker how many “human beings he has killed.” Parker initially tries to deflect the question, but his eventual answer is shocking. You’ve got to see it to believe it!

Parker is not the first black “abortionist butcher” to openly admit he “kills” human beings. Many others, like Kermit Gosnell, have done so, as well.

But this “transparency” from abortion butches who “commit” abortions is nevertheless sharply “contrasted” with advocates of abortion who routinely insist “it is not killing.”

Gosnell and Obama

North Korea Survivor

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on December 28, 2014 by andelino
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Dictator Kim Jong-un.

Dictator Kim Jong-un would really “hate” for you to watch this “video” which is exactly why you “should” watch it.

At the young age 21, North Korean Yeonmi Park is a brand “new” activist. She’s also a North Korean “survivor.”

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Listening to her speak about the “atrocious and horrible” things she’s lived through is “pretty” heartbreaking.

At the age of nine she saw her friend’s mother “punished” with death for a crime that in most countries is just a normal, “everyday” activity.


Her crime: Watching a “Hollywood” movie. This is just one “reason” North Koreans live in “fear” for their lives.

Yeonmi’s own mother was “forced” to make a horrible “rape” compromise to “protect” her daughter. To hear the full story of her “escape” from North Korea, watch the video:

Here is a Transcript:

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I have to do this because this is not me speaking. This is the people who want to tell the world what they want to say. North Korea is an unimaginable country. There is only one channel on TV. There is only one Internet. We aren’t afraid to sing, say, wear, or think what we want. North Korea is the only country in the world that executes people for making unauthorized international phone calls. North Koreans are being terrorized today. When I was growing up in North Korea, I never saw anything about love stories between men and women. No books, no songs, no press. No movies about love stories.

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There is no Romeo and Juliet. Every story was propaganda to brainwash us about the Kim dictators. I was born in 1993 and I was abducted at birth, even before I knew the words freedom or human rights. North Korea is so desperately seeking and dying for freedom at this moment. When I was nine years old, I saw my friend’s mother publicly executed. Her crime: watching a Hollywood movie. Expressing doubt about the cruelness of the regime can get three generations of a family imprisoned or executed. When I was four years old, I was warned by my mother not to even whisper.

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The birds and mice couldn’t hear me. I admit it. I thought the North Korean dictator could read my mind. My father died in China after we escaped North Korea and I had to bury him at 3:00 a.m. in secret. I was 14 years old. I couldn’t even cry. I was afraid to be sent back to North Korea. The day I escaped North Korea, I saw my mother raped. The rapist was a Chinese broker. He targeted me. I was 13 years old. There is a saying in North Korea, “when men are weak, our mothers are strong.” My mother allowed herself to be raped in order to protect me. North Korean refugees, about three hundred thousand are vulnerable in China. 70% of North Korean women and teenage girls are being victimized, sometimes sold for as little as 200 dollars.

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We walked across the Gobi desert following a compass. When this stopped working, we followed the stars to freedom. I felt only the stars would lead us. Mongolia was our freedom moment. Death or dignity. And with the knives, we were prepared to kill ourselves if we were going to be sent back to North Korea. We wanted to live as humans. People often ask me, “how can you help North Koreans?” There are many ways but I would like to mention three for now. One, educate yourself so that you can raise awareness about human crisis in North Korea. Two, help and support North Korean refugees who are trying to escape to freedom. Three, petition China’s on repatriation. We have to shine a light on the darkest place in the world.

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It isn’t just North Korean human rights, it’s our rights that North Korean dictators have violated for seven decades. We need governments all around the world to put pressure on China to stop repatriation. In particular, Chinese delegates of One Young World, can play a part by speaking up. North Korea is indescribable. No humans deserve to be oppressed just because of their birth place. We need to focus less on the regime and more on the people who are being forgotten. One Young World, we are the ones who make them visible. Fellow delegates, please join me as you make this a global movement to free North Koreans. When I was crossing the Gobi desert, scared of dying, I thought nobody in this world cared. It seemed that only the stars were with me. But you have listened to my story. You have cared. Thank you very much.

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As Yeonmi “points” out, there are about 300,000 North Korean “refugees” in China who are “vulnerable.”

70% of North Korean “women and teenage” girls who have “escaped” into China are being “victimized and trafficked,” sometimes sold for as little as $200.

Even “escaping” into China isn’t the “safe” haven it should be.

Yeonmi Park’s speech was given at the One Young World conference in Dublin and uploaded to the conference’s YouTube channel.

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Yeonmi Park with her parents and sister Eunmi (left); and with her father (right) in Pyongyang in 2002, before he was arrested.

Here’s an article with more info about her story and her activism, and how you can follow her on Twitter to show your support.

So what can people do to “help” put an end to this 7-decade-long “human rights” violation?

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Yeonmi Park in Seoul, where she now studies and raises awareness for the plight of her compatriots in North Korea.

Here are Yeonmi’s requests:

Educate yourself so that you can raise awareness about the human crisis in North Korea.

Help and support North Korean refugees who are trying to escape to freedom.

Petition on China’s repatriation of North Korean citizens. We need governments all around the world to put pressure on China to stop repatriation.

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Just by “watching” this video, you’re “already” doing #1.

How I escaped horrors of life under Kim Jong-il
North Korea Today: Featuring Casey and Yeonmi

Feminist Sandra Fluke

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 23, 2014 by andelino

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Heroic Sandra Fluke is the woman who couldn’t get “screwed” without taxpayer help and is now running to “screw” taxpayers.

In a surprising “turnabout,” women’s rights activist Sandra Fluke will not run for retiring Rep. Henry Waxman’s (D-Calif.) seat, and instead said she plans to run for a spot in the California “State” Senate.

“I am extremely moved by the outpouring of local and national support I have received since I announced that I was considering running for office,” Fluke said in a statement.

“While I strongly considered offering my candidacy for Congress, I feel there is a better way to advance the causes that are important to our community.”

She said she hopes to run for the state “Senate” post held by Ted Lieu, who has his “eyes” on Waxman’s seat. The district, California’s 26th, includes “West Hollywood, West Los Angeles, and Santa Monica.”

“I believe that the families and communities of this district – from West Hollywood to West LA and from Santa Monica to Torrance and beyond – deserve to have a fresh perspective from a new generation of progressive leadership in Sacramento, and I am eager to get to work fighting for the causes that matter most to our future as a community, state and nation,” Fluke said in the statement.

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Just last week, Fluke told a local radio station that she was “strongly considering” running for the seat held by the 40-year veteran of Congress. She then filed the necessary “paperwork” to run with the California Democratic Party.

Fluke came into the “spotlight” in 2012 when she was denied the opportunity to testify at a House oversight hearing on ObamaCare’s “contraception” mandate.

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Sandra’s “trophy” dorm room at college…

Rush Limbaugh then called her a “prostitute” and a “slut” on his show, and she became an “icon” for the left and women’s issues.

Touching, very touching.

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Although this “look back” was entertaining, it didn’t capture the “true essence” of Ms. Fluke in my opinion.

Not a “deep enough probing” into Ms. Fluke and her various “positions”, most of which occurred while on her back.

Her political campaign sounds like a Polish “sex” manual… “she was in, then she was out, then she was in, then she was out…now she’s back in?”

This campaign, I am sure, will go “around” the world, and no doubt result in “happy” endings for all her constituents!

She will be working the polls right through “erection” night and be as “flexible” in her positions as needed to “garner” support.

One can only hope “ObamaCare” will pay for rug burns.

Vote “Sandra” and get “Fluked!”

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Lt. Colonel Joe Repya

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on July 27, 2008 by andelino

Retired Lt. Colonel Joe Repya issued the following statement on Barack Obama’s cancelled visit to Ramstein and Landstuhl:

“The most solemn duty of a commander in chief is to fulfill his responsibility to the men and women who serve this country in uniform. Barack Obama had scheduled a visit with wounded American troops who have served with honor and distinction in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but he broke that commitment, instead flitting from one European capital to the next. Several explanations were offered, none was convincing and each was at odds with the statements of American military leaders in Germany and Washington.

For a young man so apt at playing president, Barack Obama badly misjudged the important demands of the office he seeks. Visits with world leaders and speeches to cheering Europeans shouldn’t be a substitute for comforting injured American heroes.”

Army Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Joe Repya served 30 years of duty and three wars, Vietnam, Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was born in 1946 in Gary, Indiana. He was the oldest son of a disabled combat wounded veteran of the European Campaign of World War II. Awarded an ROTC scholarship he attended Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, graduating in 1969.

Upon graduation he was appointed to the Regular Army as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry. His 30 years of service in the US Army (12 years Active and 18 years in the National Guard & Reserves) lasted from 1969 until 2006. He served as a Combat Infantry Rifle Platoon Leader in Vietnam in 1970/71 with the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment (Band of Brothers “Currahee’s”), and an Aero Rifle Platoon Leader with A Troop, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment. In Desert Storm 1990/91, he served as a Combat Helicopter Pilot and Staff Officer with the 4th Brigade (Aviation), 1st Infantry Division (The Big Red One). He initially retired in 1998.

After the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, he was one of 12,000 US Army retirees who volunteered for Retiree Recall to Active US Army duty for Operation Iraqi Freedom. LTC Repya was selected as one of only 350 retirees who were returned to active duty status. At 58 years old on October 1, 2004 he returned as an Aviation Branch Officer for two more additional years of active duty service with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY.

He served for nine months as the G-3 Air for the Division. In 2005 he served as the Senior Liaison Officer for the 101st Airborne Division with the Multi National Corps Headquarters at Camp Victory, Baghdad, Iraq. He reentered retired status at the end of September 2006 at the age of 60.

Joe is a classic citizen patriot and activist. He first came to public attention in March 2003 when, disturbed by the anti-war campaign mounted by Minnesota liberals, he arranged for the production of lawn signs saying “Liberate Iraq — Support Our Troops.” His effort garnered a lot of publicity, and Joe eventually distributed 30,000 signs.


Two weeks ago, as I was starting my sixth month of duty in Iraq, I was forced to return to the USA for surgery for an injury I sustained prior to my deployment. With luck, I’ll return to Iraq in January to finish my tour.

I left Baghdad and a war that has every indication that we are winning, to return to a demoralized country much like the one I returned to in 1971 after my tour in Vietnam.

Maybe it’s because I’ll turn 60 years old in just four months, but I’m tired:

I’m tired of spineless politicians, both Democrat and Republican who lack the courage, fortitude, and character to see these difficult tasks through.

I’m tired of the hypocrisy of politicians who want to rewrite history when the going gets tough.

I’m tired of the so called “Elite Left” that prolongs this war by giving aid and comfort to our enemy, just as they did during the Vietnam War.

I’m tired of anti-war protesters showing up at the funerals of our fallen in a just and noble cause, only to be cruelly tormented on the funeral day by cowardly protesters is beyond shameful.

I’m tired that some are more concerned about the treatment of captives then they are the slaughter and beheading of our citizens and allies.

I’m tired that when we find mass graves it is seldom reported by the press, but mistreat a prisoner and it is front page news.

Mostly, I’m tired that the people of this great nation didn’t learn from history that there is no substitute for Victory.

LTC (RET) JOSEPH REPYA, Jr. was born and raised in Gary, Indiana. He attended Western Michigan University from 1965 until graduating with a BA degree in 1969. He was an ROTC Scholarship recipient and finished first in his class at ROTC Advanced Camp, Fort Riley, KS in 1967. As a result, he received the WMU President’s Award and Sabre and served as the Cadet Brigade Commander from 1968-1969. He received his commission as a Second Lieutenant, Regular Army, in the Infantry and reported to Fort Benning, GA for the Infantry Officer’s Basic Course.

His first duty assignment upon completing IOBC and Airborne School was with the 82nd Airborne Division. There, he became Jump-master qualified and served as an infantry and weapons platoon leader. After six months, he volunteered for combat duty and attended the Jungle Warfare School in Panama en route to the Republic of Vietnam. In Vietnam, he served as a rifle platoon leader in the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division for six months.

He subsequently served as an aero rifle platoon leader in the 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment. ILT Repya returned to the USA in 1971, serving at Fort Carson, CO before attending Rotary Helicopter Flight School in 1973. Upon completion of flight training in 1974, Captain Repya was assigned once again to the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division. There he served in numerous Army aviation positions until he commanded Company B, Ist Battalion, 503 Infantry from 1975-1977. Captain Repya completed the Infantry Officer’s Advanced Course in 1978 and left active duty a year later in 1979.

He served in numerous aviation and infantry assignments in the Army National Guard and the Army Reserves from 1979 until his return to active duty in December 1990. Again, he volunteered for combat duty in Desert Shield/Desert Storm. LTC Repya became the S-2 of the 4th Brigade (Aviation) of the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, KS. LTC Repya spent five months in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq flying helicopters before returning home in June 1991. LTC Repya was credited with one of Desert Storm’s largest intelligence finds at the Iraqi airfield of Tallil, Iraq. After 1991, LTC Repya completed Command and General Staff College and additional USAR assignments with the 1st Infantry Division. LTC Repya’s final duty assignment was with the Brigade S-3, 7th Brigade, (ROTC Training), 84th Division. There he trained Senior ROTC Cadets at Fort Lewis, WA in 1997. On January 19, 1998, LTC Repya retired from active reserve status with over 28 years of service.

LTC Repya has been awarded the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal with V for Valor (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Air Medal (Numeral 2), the Army Commendation Medal (40LC), the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (individual award), the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and numerous other awards and service ribbons. LTC Repya is married to Debra Repya; he has two daughters, Robyn and Molly. LTC Repya and his family reside in Eagan, Minnesota where he works in sales in the packaging industry.

Joe Repya of Eagan, a former GOP activist and retired Army lieutenant colonel ran unsuccessfully for Republican Party chairman in 2007.

Dear Friends,

I would like to thank everyone who called and wrote me telling me that my predictions in 2007 of fiscal irresponsibility by the leadership within the MN GOP had come true. Many have asked me to run for the vacant MN GOP Chairman’s position and clean up the mess for the good of the party. You confidence in my ability to make the MN GOP once again a viable and respectable political party was very heart warming. Three factors played heavy in my decision not to run for MN GOP Party Chair.

First, many of you do not know that I’m recovering from major cervical disk surgery of four weeks ago. I’m fused from C4 to T1 because of numerous issues relating back to my thirty years of service to our nation military. It appears that my recovery will take at least another six weeks. Although the surgery was successful, it takes time to fully recover and rest is the best medicine.

Second, the commitment would be more then I could handle at this time. From speaking with party faithful and current leaders it appears the extent of the damage the previous leadership has inflicted on a once trusted party is very significant and perhaps well beyond the figure of 1.2 million dollars discussed in the press. I’m told it will take the external audit months to determine the alleged depths of the fiscal mismanagement, graft, kickbacks, corruption and possible financial theft and fraud perpetrated by those who were in charge. I’m confident that the State Executive Board will be totally transparent to the people of Minnesota and insure that no hint of a “cover up” will take place. They promise to take the necessary actions to reform the party so that this type of behavior never occurs again.

Lastly, it would place a burden on my family that I do not wish to put on their shoulders at this time. At this point in my life I believe it would be better to sit back and see if the new leadership will hold those responsible and accountable and that the reforms that are promised do actually take place. Only then will the voters of Minnesota trust the MN GOP to be the party of personal responsibility, financial accountability, and free of corruption.

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