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Cuban refugee has a sacred mission

My dear friend Fernando Marquet: Humanitarian, great patriot, freedom fighter, wonderful family man and friend,  has a great write up in a local newspaper, The Downey Patriot.  People such as Fernando are those who make our world a better place. I am very proud and honored to have worked with him on a number of his […]

Do What’s Right, Online.

Read any Cuban newspaper or magazine from the early and late fifties you'll learn that fidel castro and his Rebeldes were the best thing since sliced bread. Almost every major media source in Cuba supported his campaign and published accolades about the man and his "fight for change." Many major American news sources followed suit, […]


This need for selflessness - and the blessings that come with it - sharpened for me almost four years ago when I was given the gift of broader horizons, clarified priorities, and more commitment to justice and compassion for my fellow man who faces challenges and fears. I was granted this through a gift that […]

Oh Wow!

This is a must read. It is the eulogy writer Mona Simpson, the sister of Steve Jobs, wrote for her beloved brother. I don't want to truncate its context here with a short excerpt. It needs read from beginning to end. It is perhaps one of the most beautiful things I believe I have ever […]

Remembering Laura Pollán

I will forever hold in my heart the image of Laura Pollán, dressed in white, carrying gladiolus, leading the column of  Las Damas de Blanco. How many of us waited every Sunday for news of their weekly act of brave resistance, their peaceful, dignified walk down Havana’s 5th Avenue, as we prayed for their safety, […]

The Nation’s Loyal Retrievers of 9/11

I know ... One more 9/11 Tenth Anniversary story. One I hadn't thought of, however. I know dogs were brought in from around the nation to search the mountains of rubble and debris for days and weeks after the terror attacks. First looking for survivors ... then retrieving remains. I even remember a story on […]

“Untouched”: From Rescue To Redefining Recovery

You hear it in accidents and disasters, and on 9/11 ... This has gone from a rescue to a recovery. That means there is no hope to find anyone alive. The job now is to find the victims' remains and bring them home to their families. I stumbled across another hidden story of 9/11. This […]

We are less for never having known them, but so much more because of them

One of our Navy SEALS killed in the Chinook chopper crash over the weekend, U.S. Navy SEAL Aaron Vaughn, is remembered by his parents and his wife. I am struck by the legacy of patriotism Aaron left behind with his family. It gives his family great fortitude and comfort knowing he did this nation a […]

Medal of Honor Recipient SSG Sal Giunta: “I Could Feel The Weight In My Ruck …”

"My name in lights doesn't look that good ... but if I can bring everyone else's name with me then ... cool. I think that looks good with everyone else's name there ..." Medal of Honor Recipient SSG Sal Giunta recounts the battle where he and his men were ambushed, and friends were lost ... […]

The Ronald Reagan Centennial (UPDATED)

Here a selection of pieces published on the occasion of Reagan's centennial. Feel free to add links to other tributes in the comments. Official Reagan Centennial Page Michelle Malkin has a great page up with the Gipper's own words The Classical Virtues of Ronald Reagan (from the Heritage Foundation); Revealing Reagan’s true legacy (from the […]

Livin’ The Dream: Otto Padron Is Superman

Otto Padron is one of America's heroes with two careers, a mission, and an ultimate dream: By day he works for the Univision television network, by night he flies through Florida’s night sky as a U.S. Army reserve officer. If that weren’t enough, he is marrying his leading lady --the star of the Mexican version […]

Hey “Progressives,” We’re Not Dead Yet

From YouTube: Elizabeth's debut singing the national anthem on January 7, 2011 at the Norfolk Admirals game. The good news is that she did a wonderful job. The bad news is that the mike died after "gave proof." However, the crowd picked up the song and she kept her composure and stood there singing. But […]

The Voice of Clear Reason In The Choking Fog

This sweet and beautiful little lady was one of many babies born in the scorching fog of horrific tragedy on 9-11-01, and now has left this world in the blinding blast of another. Her father is one of the only clear-headed voices I have heard to date, and his heart and soul are sick with […]

A Hero Makes His Last Jump

Easy Company 101st AB's leader on D-Day and throughout the European campaign in WWII Maj. Dick Winters. UPDATE: Obituary below the fold ... I am being informed Maj. Winters has passed away, though it is unclear exactly what day, but it looks like last Sunday. My fellow Bandheads who are in close contact with the […]

Rudy! And 14 Steps

You're gonna cry ... More on Rudy and Sam here and here.