Thursday, June 22, 2006


June 22, 2006


Too often people confer the title "hero" to people that don't really fit the definition.
You know, like a football player for running a winning touchdown or
someone like Bruce Lee who "turned the little guy into a tough guy";
or Angelina Jolie who adopts kids left and right. Sure, these people can be considered heroes. I guess the term "hero" is subjective.

I have found some heroes lately in the local news.

There's the 81 year old River Ridge man who kept his cool while being
held hostage by a scum sucking police killing madman.

Here's a link to an audio/video
story of his experience
- kudos to Jennifer Zdon of the TP for this story.

I think Mr. Lala's a hero.

The hostage situation ended peacefully. Before breaking into this elderly man's home, the criminal (scumbag muthaf___er),
Johnny Cheeks, shot a local sheriff three times in the back. This young cop had a wife and two small

I think Captain Gonzalez is a hero.

The National Guard is arriving in New Orleans this week.

These guys are gung ho about helping the city push back on crime. For their bravery,
dedication and all around great attitude, I think they are ALL heroes.

To the critics out there, who have "katrina fatigue", read this

Since Katrina, there have been countless volunteers coming down to the Gulf Coast to help tear down ruined buildings, clean up debris, serve food and help Katrina's victims in innumerable ways. These people use their vacations and their own money to do this. These folks are truly heroes.

For the past 9+ months we the people of the Storm's legacy have had to co-exist with the huge trucks hauling debris away. There are still a lot of these people around, picking up and hauling away tree stumps and other miscellaneous Katrina debris. Sure they're making a scad of money, but this is hard work and they do it 7 days a week.

These people are heroes to me.

So many people have had to rebuild their homes and their lives after losing everything to the storm. They live in tents, FEMA trailers, with friends and family. They have to deal with FEMA, mortgage companies, lawyers, contractors and their day-to-day chores. All of the people I've met and observed are doing this with a "can do" attitude. Sure, they get down once in a while; they're human. But they carry on.
They are surely heroes.

If you get a chance,go to the Discovery Channel and look for the program "Drowning New Orleans".

Excellent program detailing the timeline of events that led to the flooding of NOLA from Katrina. Riveting.

Discontent is the first necessity of progress.
Thomas A. Edison

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