John McJunkin produces and rides shotgun on KFYI's Sharpe In The Morning and sits in as guest host when Jim's not around. He's a Platinum award-winning audio engineer / multi-media producer with nearly 30 years of experience, and serves as the principal pro audio reviewer for both Church Production and Sound & Video Contractor magazines and is the published author of over 200 reviews and features in other publications like Remix and Mix Magazine. He has also consulted with manufacturers in the development of pro audio technology. McJunkin lectured at the 2007 and 2008 New Media Expos and the 2009 Worship Facilities Expo on the topic of advanced editing and mixing techniques for quality podcast production. He has served as a consultant and provided broadcast voice production for political candidates for US Senate, Congress, governor, and state legislature. He describes his political identity as a "defense-hawk small-L libertarian". He's an avid aviation buff who writes and records music and plays drums with the worship team at his church, and loves to spend every spare moment with his family.
Suzanne Sharer is a native of Arizona, born and raised in Conservatism. She is married and a mother to 3 fantastic children. Suzanne is in real estate working as an agent for a top National builder, Taylor Morrison Homes and is an avid political junkie. Her passion for America has led her to speaking her mind on political issues through blogs, Facebook and twitter as well as becoming active in the local political scene where she believes she can do her part to help turn our country around one opinion at a time. Suzanne's concern for the direction of America has led her to co-founding Conservative Patriot Revolution , a new media company that includes CPR: ConservativePatriotRevolution.com and the online Conservative Patriot Radio. Suzanne is also a contributor, aka a Politichick for Politichicks.tv.
Tom was born in Yonkers, NY and in 1968 was the youngest member of Mensa in the country at that time- and is to date, the highest tested individual in Mensa at that age. Educated at the University of California, Tom moved to Arizona after college in 1994, and went into the insurance business. After being a successful agent for NY Life Insurance, he decided to become an independent broker in 2005 and is now a successful entrepreneur and author of the column 'Conservative Issues from the Desert'. He calls Surprise, AZ his home, where he does volunteer work for various issues around the state, and writes for his local newspaper, The Glendale/Peoria Today. He also has been a guest Political analyst on various radio and talk shows. Conservative, funny and a candidly frank speaker, Tom is available for consultation and speaking engagements on subjects from politics to marketing. Tom writes in the style of William Buckley and George Will-- intellectual discussions about today's political topics. His complete collection of essays is now available on Amazon-- "The Conservative Chronicles" as well as various other books on modern American political thought.
Katie is a native Arizonan. She earned a degree in Communications from Grand Canyon University and worked at a resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where she became fluent in Spanish. She is a staunch advocate for the unborn, volunteers for pro-life organizations and currently serves in children’s ministry at her church. She served as the Arizona state coordinator for the Rick Santorum Presidential campaign and is currently the Arizona chairwoman for Rick Santorum’s Patriot Voices. Katie has an extensive background in television/media and was recently the Communications Director for a U.S. Congressional candidate. She writes on issues foreign and domestic on her website The Conservative Cut. She holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and enjoys singing jazz and the standards.
Exurban Kevin Creighton
Kevin Creighton (aka ExurbanKevin) is the self-described physical embodiment of NAFTA: He’s a Canadian living in the U.S. who speaks fluent Spanish. He’s also, (in ascending order of importance), a former professional photographer, recovering nerd, online marketing guru, father to two adorable boys, husband to a wonderful woman and a servant of the King. Kevin blogs about politics at Exurban League and his self-defense and gunblog is Misfires And Light Strikes. When he's not blogging (which isn't all that often...), he's probably playing with his sons or cooking a meal for his family or listening to 80's alternative music or off at a shooting range somewheres.
Leon Panetta’s announcement that women are now allowed to serve on the frontlines of combat will probably invoke some 1960’s feminists to dust off their keepsake burned bra and wave it all around again. Don’t light the fire to the straps yet ladies because I don’t think this is anything to really celebrate and it has nothing to do with erring on the side of male chauvinism. It’s simple, there are places women should and should not be. The frontline of all out war against a barbaric enemy is not one of them.
No, I have never served my country but I absolutely admire the women who do. They are truly some of the most precious gems this nation has. However, my grandma was a nurse in WWII and both my grandfathers served in combat during WWII. I wish they were alive today to ask them what they think about the changing of the gender guard in the military. Although, I can surmise from the combat stories they told me and based upon the way American culture was in their days that they too would disagree with Panetta’s decision.
It’s evident there’s a cultural difference between my grandparent’s days and now. The role plates between men and women have shifted. Over the years we’ve seen an increase of men staying at home raising the children while the mother works the nine to five to provide. Is this bad? No. Families are struggling in this economy and if the roles are forced to reverse in order to provide then it leaves a family no choice. However, these role reversals shouldn’t be first choice. It comes down to the fact that women and men are indeed equal but our innate design is distinct. Am I saying a single father can’t be the provider and the nurturer to their child or that a woman can’t be both? Absolutely not. Although, when we adhere to the design we were intended to be, it’s more advantageous to not only our families but society as a whole.
The issue of women on the frontlines of combat isn’t solely about gender roles or physical strength but about safety. Our enemies are the epitome of ruthless, barbaric animals. The world saw what the Muslim Brotherhood did to news correspondent Lara Logan in Egypt during the ‘’peaceful’’ Arab Spring. We know how our enemy treats women even of their own kind. So how can one think that these thugs won’t make an effort to capture, rape and brutalize American women for the world to see? I know that women are already serving in the military in other capacities and the danger presently exists as we saw with the capture of Jessica Lynch in Iraq of 2003. But why increase that danger for women in combat against an enemy who salivates over hurting women? It’s my fear, we will see American women being captured, rapped, brutalized and tortured on our TV screens because what better victim could a terrorist want?
The women’s movement was great in terms of equality. However, too many women turned an issue of equality into an issue of identity. Many women used the movement’s result as a means to flex their feminist muscle in order to prove that they can do anything a man can do. The truth is, we can’t and even if we could, we don’t need to.
Women must stop trying to prove their equality by putting themselves where they don’t belong. They don’t need to be filing lawsuits in order to compete in an all male golf tournament that has always been a guy’s tournament. We don’t need to be pulling a two-hundred-twenty pound man from a burning building. We don’t belong doing activities that are clearly more inclined to require a man’s strength and fortitude. This includes being on the frontlines of combat.
Men often say there’s nothing more attractive in a lady than confidence. That confidence only exposes itself when we are comfortable as is. Acknowledging our innate design as a woman isn’t accepting inequality, it means accepting our quality. That is true confidence. There’s an old saying, “boys will be boys.” Ladies, it’s time we let them be boys.