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We’ll keep you posted on progress and let you know about live events leading up to the Colonial Crossroads event.
We were recently in Williamsburg visiting my son, Phil and his lovely wife. I’ll have some news to share about them in a bit. While there, we caught up with our friend Jeff Kerr. If you recall, in January I announced that 50% of my proceeds from the second addition of STREET POLITICS are designated to go to Jeff’s Multiple Sclerosis event in June. Jeff not only volunteers tirelessly for folks who suffer from MS, he is battling the disease himself! And I’ll be honest, I don’t know where he finds the time to do it all.
We’re off to a sputtering start on fund raising, but we’re moving anyway. And with the book biz being what it is; slow reporting and such, June is about 10 minutes away!
So if you haven’t grabbed your copy of STREET POLITICS, you can do so here, right now. I’ve intentionally priced it well below the political market niche. If you have gotten your copy, you’re awesome and we love you for it! But please share this post on all your social media sites. I am an indie writer. YOU are all the market Jeff and I have.
If you want to know about the book, go to the end of this previous post. You’ll find that STREET POLITICS has conservative underpinnings, but it’s written so ANYONE can enjoy it and benefit from the message.
As for Jeff, he just got back from Florida, where he drove alone from Virginia, to participate in a Police Unity Tour event supporting widows and children of fallen officers – all in one weekend! The man never stops. And he spends so much time doing for others.
It was great to see him, his wife Shannon and their daughters twice over dinner this month. We did some catching up and I started to get the bike burn again. I think if we get back to Virginia, I may prepare to ride my 38 lb, recumbent, clown bike (it’s actually a trike) in the 2018 MS event. We’ll see. I’ll keep you posted on that. I have to drop a few inches of belly to do it.
Phil and his sweet wife, Ange…well…they are soon to be parents! Of twins! We couldn’t be more excited. I can tell you, as a grandparent, it never gets old. With every grandchild born, we get just as excited as the last.
My wife, Lyn is beside herself. She wants to see those babies NOW! I had to give her a quick review of the gestation process to calm her down. These will be grandbabies number 7 and 8 for us. With four sons, our daughters-in-law and all the cookie snatchers, the birthday calendar is getting a bit crowded. But I’m not complaining. It’s a good problem to have.
(I suppose I’ll have to use the term cookie snatchers more advisedly now. Caity is as tall as her grandma and Liam is driving!)
Bravely into the cold!
While we were on the east coast, we got to watch Matt IV, Ken and Pat do the Polar Plunge in Sea Isle, NJ. But it wasn’t very polar. It was about 50 degrees on the beach. But the water was cold!
It was quite a sight; a mass of people as far as the eye could see in both directions all running toward the ocean. Then they all ran even faster back onto the beach.
I don’t need a lot of reminders that I am getting older. The other day I trimmed my nose and ear hair. The sink looked like I’d given myself a crew cut. Sigh.
But that reality didn’t dampen my pride and happiness at seeing my oldest son, Matt, turn 40. 40! I can’t explain how short the time seems from when he took some of his first steps outside our house on NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. The little guy in a onesie and the baggy diaper has already completed two tours in the Army before moving on to a technical design career, now with PECO.
We celebrated his birthday at Chickie’s and Pete’s at the Parx Casino in North Philadelphia, while watching his beloved Flyers on big screens. That was a neat party. Thanks, Becky.
Never Enough Time
We also got to spend some time with the rest of the grandkids. Kenny’s kids are growing so fast. Pat’s have learned to scream at 140 db as a form of communication. They seem to find it entertaining. But they are all incredibly sweet. At least when Pop Pop and Nana are around.
So that’s the latest from the House of Jordan. I like to do these fun posts once in a while. I can’t be serious all the time. Actually, serious is not my primary nature.
Please keep in touch and please — remember to help me help Jeff help himself and others!
Look at this nasty face bad ass! How would you like to see this guy cry.Â I mean blubber like a baby?Â Yeah, me too.
This is my friend Jeff Kerr. Whenever I see him, thereâs a lot of goofing and cutting up. But if he ever stopped me and approached my truck in that Smokey Bear hat, I have to say I wouldnât be making jokes. Iâd be all, âyes sirâ and âno sirâ.
But donât let the picture fool you. Beneath that iron jaw beats the heart of a real mush ball. And thatâs where we’ve got him. [Insert evil laughter here.]Â I plan to donate 50% of my proceeds to his cause.
Jeff is a rock solid cop. He is a great husband, a devoted father and heâs active in his community. Heâs the kind of guy anyone would want their kid to emulate.
Jeff is also a bicycle fanatic. He rides several times a week from early spring to late fall. And weâre not talking wimpy rides like most people do. Weâre not talking about gently coasting along a beach road. Â No, these are real rides. Real workouts.
He does the annual Police Unity Tour from Portsmouth, VA to Washington DC in honor of officers who have died in the line of duty and to support their families. That is not a ride for the faint-hearted.
He and his beautiful wife, Shannon are raising their kids to be champions as well. They are actively involved in youth sports and Jeff is a great example for them.
This guy seems to have something going every day. He never stops. Like I said, heâs a bad ass.
But then, he has to beâ¦
Jeff Kerr has to move every day. He has to be in peak condition and work his ass off in order to keep fighting. Jeff has Multiple Sclerosis.
Most of us have heard of MS, but not all of us are familiar with what it does to people.Â Â From the time you learn you have it, you are locked in a constant battle with a disease bent on wrecking your body and someday taking your life.
I was teasing Jeff about this picture on FB, telling him this was where he got his bad ass juice. But, sadly, this treatment is a routine part of his life now.
I met Jeff when he took part in my sonâs wedding several years ago. Shortly thereafter, I rode with him in my first MS 150 event on the Eastern Shore. Multiple Sclerosis events are another of his passions, understandably. He is the captain of team Heroes Live Forever.
It was on this ride I found out what a bad ass he really is. I say I rode with him, but that only lasted the first 200 yards or so. Each day of the event, I wouldnât see him again until I got to the finish line. Heâd be showered and rested by the time I rolled in. It was kind of embarrassing.
I enjoyed those rides and always enjoyed hanging out with my son, Phil and Jeff. But I moved from Virginia and except for what they call a ghost ride, I havenât really been on a real MS ride since. I havenât seen Jeff in a while.
Recently I found myself wondering how I might get involved with the ride again, or at least how I might support it. It seemed lame to just send the team a small check. I used to raise $1200 dollars or more per event.
But as I neared the release of a new edition of my book, I got an idea. I had an excellent instrument to expose my work and help Jeff. Thatâs where you come into Jeffâs story.
Iâve decided to contribute 50% of all author proceeds of my book to Team Heroes Live Forever. In June 2017, the team will be riding 150 miles in the Colonial Crossroads event in Virginia.
It was originally intended to be just the Kindle proceeds, but I thought, well, go big or stay home, right? So it will include 50% of all sales, paper and electronic, from any outlet. I hope to hand Jeff a big, fat check from all of us.
The book is brash, funny, informative and prophetic. I even make jokes in the end notes. But after the circus we had last year, getting people to read about politics without an incentive is like pulling teeth. Iâll post a description below. And if your local bookstore isnât carrying it, give them the what-for! Go all postal on them.
If we are successful, if I can move a lot of books, Jeff wonât be able to play this one off with a smart-ass line. That bad ass Lieutenant in the York-Poquoson Sheriffâs Department, will be blubbering. Hah!
I have two simple goals here. One is to support Jeffâs team in their stalwart fight against MS and the other is to sell books. But the real goal is to be a part of that day when Jeff calls my son and says, âGuess what dude! They found the cure. I wonât have to put up with this shit any more.â
Iâll provide a link for you to make a straight donation to the team if youâd rather not buy the book.
(Butâ¦no waitâ¦you wouldnât really do thatâ¦would you?)
And I wonât put up a progress chart here. Iâll keep you informed by email so Jeff wonât see what weâve done until the night of the event.
Click on the book to support Jeff and have some fun.Â Here is where we get a chance to take a breath and reinvigorate our civic pride.
Street Politics: It Ain’t Your Daddy’s GOP Anymore!
If there were no Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders, Jordan would have invented them; or perhaps better versions of them.
Over a year has passed since the release of 16 20 24: A Path to Consistent Conservative Victory. As you read this book, youâll be thumping your forehead and talking to yourself. âThatâs true! I remember that!â Or, âDamn! Why didnât my candidate do that? He/She would be the nominee right now!â Or maybe, âEverything Jordan said more than a year ago the âexpertsâ are just saying now!â
In this updated rework of 16 20 24, the author presents a timeless prescription for the modern political campaign. Any politician who follows it, will get traction, build name recognition and control the news cycle. Trump and Sanders stand as stark proof of that claim. Any voter that follows it will demand better politicians. Using this book and associated writings at www.streetpolitics.us, a roadmap to ongoing success can be found for anyone, of any party, seeking future election. It is a must-read for people wanting to be a part of a healthier America. Thatâs anyone of any party. You can disagree with me philosophically, but the process remains the same.
Jordan remains true to the original message here. The only changes are the title, forward, the updated conclusions. The book remains a primer for a much deeper look at what America is. In later works Matt Jordan will boldly demonstrate how conservatism can flourish in our society, brightly and without rancor. Thatâs not to say anything here is sugarcoated. The author is unapologetically brash in his appraisal of the existing (dying?) political zoo.
Here and now, in this book, we have the invaluable lessons we continue to learn as this election unfolds. These lessons will be the historical bedrock upon which we can build better towns, states and a nationâ¦IF anyone is paying attention.