About

MARTINL. J. Martin has written 22 novels, 5 non-fiction works, and is published in a number of periodicals. Prior to becoming a writer he was a real estate broker, specializing in farms, ranches, and development properties and selling internationally. He was also a licensed appraiser and contractor. Born and raised in the oil and ag town of Bakersfield, CA, and hailing from a long line of Okies, Missourians, and Texans, he’s traveled extensively for both work and pleasure. He’s married to an internationally published romantic suspense and historical romance author, and now lives in Montana.

His interests include reading, writing, hunting, fishing, photography, gardening, and travel. His passions, other than his wife, are his children and grandchildren, politics, history, and his country.

From The Pea Patch is one country boy’s opinion of, and reporting of, what’s happening outside, inside, and to our country. He considers himself an economic conservative and social liberal in that he is his brother’s keeper so long as his brother (in the broad sense of humanity) is legitimately in need, and not one of those far-too-many on the government tit for greed, not need. His religion is that of the high lonely and his cathedrals are the alpine, above the timber line, and the monuments to and ideas of Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln. He believes in God, Country, and Family, and in the free enterprise system which has kept the U.S.A. as the go-to country in the world…and he damn sure wants to keep it that way, and feels the responsibility to do so for his children and grandchildren, and yours. Heartfelt, he thinks compassion and political correctness have wormed their way into our society, and the psyche of our citizens, far too deeply, and it’s time we paid heed to common sense for the true common good.

15 Responses to “About”

  • Matt Martin:

    Pop, pretty cool site! I like the symbolism. I think it’s a bit of a stretch, for such a dyed in the wool Westerner, to use ole “lady liberty”, but I get the deeper meaning. If anything you have a deep appreciation for Liberty… keep up the great work.

    Your loving son,
    Matt

  • Judith Stockton:

    L.J.,
    Love you site. I like what you say, and I love that you say it. Also like your site layout, its graphics and simplicity. Proud of you, man!

  • Jeanne Cross:

    So glad to see you do this Larry. I admire the way you think and write. Charge onward!

  • L. J. Martin:

    I updated this with another post. Including lots of stuff about the export-import bank and hope you’ll check it out. Appreciate your comments and will look forward to anything you might contribute. Thanks.

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  • Suzanne McGowan:

    Larry,
    I’m sitting here with tears running down my cheeks. I’m overwhelmed with emotion. I witnessed the hell you went through fighting cancer, and look at you now.. So healthy and happy.
    I love your blog. Your so talented with so much to share. I’m so proud to know you and Kat, “the most beautiful woman inside and out”. Keep up the good work. Can’t wait to share it with all my friends.

    Hugs and love,
    Suzanne

    • L. J. Martin:

      Thank of you guys daily and hope all’s going much, much better for you. All of us, as we grow older, seem to have a rough row to hoe, and yours has been full of tough stumps. We love you both. xoxo L. J.

  • Patti Johnson:

    I am so glad you are taking the time to do this—be the voice for all of us who think what is going on in Washington is an abomination. We are headed in the WRONG DIRECTION–socialism. Wake up America and listen to what this man has to say, he happens to be right!

  • My good friend, Rich Little, told me about your great web site.

    My emphases is on abolishing the Private Federal Reserve Banking cartel that charges us interest for printing our own money. I would write off the 45% of the national debt owed to them and allow the US Treasury Department to print our money supply interest free as allowed by the constitution. This should make it possable to also abolish income tax on our personal salaries.

    At the state level I would allow only state owned banks to use “Fractional Reserve Banking.” This would allow the tax payers to reap the profits from this system rather than the private banks.

    These changes would lead to the idea of “Social Credit” that would solve many more of our social issues.

    • L. J. Martin:

      Larry F., sorry to take so long to answer, but my knowledge of the banking system is limited. In fact, as a real estate broker in California for 35 years, I stayed away from institutional financing by selling land and ranches, mostly seller financed. I did do some mortgage origination, so had some dealing, but got out of it long before the great giveaways and liar loans, and as a borrower, laughed when friends in the biz said “you’ve got to take one of these wonderful neg am loans,” etc., etc. And my wife (also a real estate broker) long predicted the crash, but not so hard as it actually fell. I appreciate your thoughts and would enjoy hearing more.

  • William:

    This is a very good blog actually I saw a posting of this belog and I checked it out, and I am glad I did
    You’re great, Keep the hard working

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  • George Romagno:

    From the Patriot Post

    The Reagans vs. the Kennedys
    By L. Brent Bozell · Friday, February 4, 2011
    It seems rather ironic that Hollywood doesn’t want to make movies about Ronald Reagan. Perhaps it’s because virtually no one in the industry can stand his belief system. Or it could be that Hollywood’s last effort was an exercise in character assassination. A made-for-TV movie planned for CBS in late 2003 was ignominiously taken off the schedule and moved to a premium pay-cable channel after outraged conservative protests (which, full disclosure, I heartily joined).

    Hollywood liberals, editorialists, network anchors and TV critics at that time exploded in horror over what The New York Times called the “Soviet-style chill” caused by Reagan supporters. “Censorship!” was the clarion call of the day. And week. And month.

    On Jan. 8, the owners of The History Channel announced that they were scrubbing a splashy, $30 million, eight-hour miniseries on “The Kennedys,” starring Greg Kinnear as JFK and Katie Holmes (Mrs. Tom Cruise) as Jackie. The Kennedy family objected, and demanded it be pulled. On Feb. 1, it was announced that a deal was struck to unload this massive project on the ReelzChannel, a tiny network where the project will be lost. “Censorship!”? This time, the free-speech-loving critics are as quiet as church mice.

    I can offer no comment on whether this Kennedy miniseries has any redeeming historical or artistic merit. Some have complained that it traffics in unproven tabloidish details like JFK explaining that he needs to commit adultery to keep away his migraines. Some simply complained that the creator, Joel Surnow, is a conservative who made the series “24.” But where are the Hollywood “artists” screaming about creative freedom now?

    Please recall what happened with “The Reagans.” Barbra Streisand, the wife of James Brolin (who played Reagan in that production), proclaimed, “The Republicans who deify President Reagan cannot stand that some of the more unpleasant truths about his character and presidency might be depicted in the movie.” Brolin’s agent, Jeff Wald, added, “We seem to be in a very oppressive era where they can censor something before they even see it.”

    Judy Davis, the Australian actress who played Nancy Reagan as a controlling witch, also complained about censorious America. “With the climate that has been in America since September 11, it appears, from the outside anyway, to not be quite as open a society as it used to be … By open, I mean as free in terms of a critical atmosphere, and that sort of ugly specter of patriotism.”

    TV critics were livid. Robert Bianco of USA Today asserted: “If nothing else, this act of creative sabotage should put to rest the idea that the media are liberal.” Ellen Gray of the Philadelphia Daily News snapped, “If Hitler had more friends, CBS wouldn’t have aired (its Hitler miniseries) either.”

    The media went to academics like Martin Kaplan of USC (a former Mondale speechwriter), who lamented, “There’s a well-organized conservative movement in this country that’s in charge of its version of the truth, and they swing a big bat.” Syracuse professor Robert Thompson, an omnipresent TV expert for TV news shows, said conservatives would keep on killing programs: “There’s going to be a battle cry ‘Remember the Reagans’ that’s going to be like ‘Remember the Alamo.’ The idea is we got ‘The Reagans’ off the air, now let’s see what we can get off the air next.”

    None of these critics seemed to care that leaked scripts clearly demonstrated “The Reagans” had plenty of fiction, not “unpleasant truths.” Reagan declaring heartlessly that AIDS patients deserved to die. Reagan naming the names of communists to Congress. Reagan aides urging surgeons to lie about Reagan’s condition after he was shot. Nancy Reagan as a pill-abusing Mommie Dearest. Even Reagan sadly declaring, “I am the Antichrist.”

    In the case of the Kennedy miniseries, the lobbying from the Kennedy family of the media companies owning the History Channel was publicly known. Maria Shriver pressed leaders of NBC Universal, where she worked for many years. Caroline Kennedy pressed Disney, since she has a deal in the works to produce a 50-year anniversary book about her father for Disney’s book division. Nobody squealed about these women generating a “Soviet-style chill.”

    In 2003, then-CNBC anchor Brian Williams asked a TV writer, “Do you believe what has happened here with this mini-series on CBS amounts to extortion?” Katie Couric insisted then that “a lot of people are asking whether the man once known as the Teflon President remains untouchable.” But when the Kennedys squash a miniseries, Williams and Couric had nothing to say.

    Hollywood tolerates all kinds of dishonest and exploitative trash made for TV and the multiplex by insisting on its precious artistic license, including the anti-Reagan garbage. But when “America’s royal family” picks up the telephone, suddenly “art” is as disposable as dirty linen.

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