The Ed Morrissey Show: Guy Benson, David Bellavia

posted at 2:07 pm on May 30, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET), my Salem colleague and Townhall political director Guy Benson brings us up to date on the latest in politics. In the second half, David Bellavia returns to tell us about his new campaign for Congress. David first achieved prominence with his searing memoir of battle in Fallujah, House to House. He is running for Congress in New York’s 27th Congressional District. He is the founder of Vets for Freedom, a group which helped elect eleven Republican veterans to Congress, and the Warrior Legacy Foundation, a soldiers charity. A former US Army Staff Sergeant who served in the 1st Infantry Division, Bellavia was recommended for the Medal of Honor, nominated for the Distinguished Service Cross, and received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the Conspicuous Service Cross.

The Ed Morrissey Show and its dynamic chatroom can be seen on the permanent TEMS page — be sure to join us, and don’t forget to keep up with the debate on my Facebook page, too!

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Marizela Perez has been missing for a year.

Marizela’s case has a connection here at Hot Air, as she is the cousin of the Boss Emeritus, Michelle Malkin. Michelle is trying to spread the word through Facebook and Q13Fox/KCPQ in Seattle. We want to encourage prayers for Marizela’s family, and also try to reach anyone in the area who knows where Marizela might be and ask them to contact the police.

The search has its own website now, Find Marizela, for the latest in the efforts to bring Marizela home. There is also a fund for the family to keep the search efforts going. Be sure to check there and at Michelle’s site for further developments, and keep the family in your prayers.

America’s Most Wanted is now on the case, too.

Michelle had an update on the case on the one-year anniversary:

Exactly one year ago today, my 18-year-old cousin Marizela (known affectionately to her family and friends as “Emem” or “Mei”) Perez disappeared from the University of Washington campus in Seattle.

She is still missing.

Those words form on the computer screen with disembodied disbelief. But my heart is screaming:


The not-knowing is every parent’s worst nightmare. It brought normal life to a standstill for Marizela’s parents, Edgar and Jasmin. And yet, they have to keep living and working and praying for their only daughter. Because that is what they must do. Their strength and dignity through all the suffering has been an inspiration to me.

There have been no new developments in Emem’s case. No word from the police or the medical examiner’s office. No activity on her bank accounts or social media accounts.

And no response from the Google legal department to our request for help in January.

Keep the prayers coming.

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I’ll be in a meeting for the run of TEMS, but please let David Bellavia know that House to House is one of my favorites and would be interested to know if he’s ever received offers to adapt his powerful story into a movie.

ScottMcC on May 30, 2012 at 2:15 PM

I just followed David on twitter yesterday, and he is running for the district where I grew up in western New York. Although I no longer live there, I am informing my fellow Buffalonians to read up on David, and learn where he stands on the issues. Good grief, New York could use conservative principles.

rightside on May 30, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Listening now. ; ) Will you be saying hi to all of us in the peanut gallery today?

Bmore on May 30, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Decent FM voice, but still no shout out to the little people.

Bmore on May 30, 2012 at 4:04 PM

House to House … a must read, modern urban combat as it must be told. No one is skilled at bullet swapping with the enemy, you just survive combat. Bellivaia tells a gripping tale. I wish him the very best and hope he is elected, he will serve his constituents very well. Ready for anything in politics. His words and reflections on Fallujah were classic. After a very tough week going House to House, he and his squad were dirty, tired, exhausted, sitting, resting, licking their wounds wondering what the hell just happened when some major asks them to clean up a bit for a photo-op. Saying he’ll email the photos to them and asks Sgt. Bellivia what’s his address?
A response for the ages: “David at eatabagOshit dot com” He is ready for Washington, no question in my mind.

Missilengr on May 30, 2012 at 8:08 PM

would be interested to know if he’s ever received offers to adapt his powerful story into a movie.

ScottMcC on May 30, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Yes. Signed this month in fact. Expect it in 2014.

thomashton on May 31, 2012 at 1:45 PM


ScottMcC on May 31, 2012 at 2:09 PM