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Dorian de Wind
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Dorian de Wind is a former aerospace/defense executive. Dorian contributes opinion, travel and human interest articles to several newspapers and blogs.

A native of Ecuador, Dorian was educated in The Netherlands and in the U.S. (Texas A&M, University, Math/Physics, Summa Cum Laude; Univ. of Southern Mississippi, MS Telecommunications; doctoral work in Computer Science at the University of Oklahoma). His proudest awards and achievements are the Freedoms Foundation George Washington Honor Medal and having been responsible for the reception, welfare and resettlement of over 400 South Vietnamese refugees at the end of the Vietnam War. He has resided and worked extensively abroad and now lives in the USA.

Entries by Dorian de Wind

Tomorrow the World Will Be Listening to the Voices of Auschwitz

(1) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 2:29 PM

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We are all painfully aware of how the unrelenting and inexorable process of aging is taking from us hundreds of members of that Greatest Generation each and every day. The latest sad statistic provided by the Veterans Administration is that our World...

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Letters of Sacrifice

(1) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 8:25 PM

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As I watched Jenn stretch her arm to insert yet one more letter at the top of her eight-foot tall work of honor, respect and compassion, I could not help but to ask myself: How many more "I regret to inform...

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Romney: 'A Tide to Lift All Yachts'

(137) Comments | Posted January 18, 2015 | 3:17 PM

Addressing a gathering of indigent CEOs, down-and-out plutocrats and destitute Republican dignitaries on Friday, Romney promised that, if elected this time, he would lift them out of poverty.

"It's a tragedy, a human tragedy, that corporations -- and corporations are people, my friends -- by and large don't believe that...

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You're Either With Free Speech, or Against It?

(4) Comments | Posted January 11, 2015 | 4:39 PM

Four years ago I riled against a group that routinely exercises -- grossly abuses -- their, our, sacred First Amendment rights. They regularly appear at funerals of our troops and vilely -- through their shameful signs and tactics -- desecrate the funerals and the memories of our fallen heroes.

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After Paris Attacks: Aux Etats-Unis Spécialement, 'Nous Sommes Charlie'

(2) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 11:47 AM

The cry heard around the world after the cowardly massacre of at least 12 innocent people at the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo is "Nous sommes tous Charlie."

And, yes, people all over the world are Charlie Hebdo.

In the United States that cry carries special sentiment and...

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A Vast Number of Jobs to Be Created in and by New Congress

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 6:33 PM

As the 114th Congress convenes this week with a Republican "working" majority, one of their top priorities -- the GOP says -- is to create jobs.

And in order to create those millions of jobs, the GOP will make it a first order of business... no, not to fix...

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The Ebola Fighters 'TIME' Forgot

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2015 | 1:11 PM

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As most know and have applauded, TIME Magazine selected the "Ebola Fighters" as their 2014 "Person of the Year."

In explaining the choice, TIME Editor Nancy Gibbs evokes the proverb that says, "Not the glittering weapon fights the fight, but rather the...

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Jeb Bush Severing 'Problematic' Connections

(45) Comments | Posted January 2, 2015 | 10:52 AM

A sure sign that former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is planning to do more than just "explore" a run for the White House in 2016 is the fact that he is severing ties, erasing connections and extricating himself from alliances and relationships that could "complicate" a presidential campaign.

About a...

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Scalise: Help on the Way to Assess One's Audience

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 11:21 AM

As House Republicans are "poised for a celebratory takeover of Congress next week," others are trying very hard to spoil the party.

Instead of getting ready for the festivities, Republicans find themselves fighting some very unfair accusations centered on allegations that Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana -- now the...

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Once Again, Air Force Band Surprises and Delights

(3) Comments | Posted December 6, 2014 | 9:06 PM

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U.S. Air Force men and women fly and maintain some of the most sophisticated aircraft in the world. They do many other things and do them well.

One of them is playing beautiful music, and singing beautifully, as the U.S. Air Force Band...

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NORAD Goes Hi-Tech to Keep Track of Santa

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 11:31 PM

It could be my imagination, but it seems to me that the North American Aerospace Defense Command's NORAD begins preparations to track the "Santa Threat" earlier and earlier each year.

Not only that, but each year, our air and space defenders develop and use increasingly sophisticated sensors, tracking algorithms, models...

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Triumph in the Baja 1000 for the HeartGift Racing Team

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2014 | 10:44 PM

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This is the classic story of how not finishing first -- or second, or third -- or not even technically completing a racing event can still represent a triumph and be a touching story of true grit, determination and, above all,...

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'Sergeant' Hagel Steps Down

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 4:23 PM

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When announcing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's departure from the Pentagon, President Obama referred to Chuck Hagel's enlisted service.

"He's been in the dirt. He's been in the mud. And that has established a special bond. He sees himself in them. They see...

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Remember Benghazi?

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2014 | 11:20 PM

Remember the Benghazi tragedy?

Of course you do.

But do you remember the other tragedy?

The one where Republicans attempted to "turn the Benghazi tragedy into a political scandal."


The one where Republicans tried their darndest to discredit -- destroy is a better word --...

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The GOP on Immigration: Life Imitating Satire -- And Vice Versa

(4) Comments | Posted November 22, 2014 | 10:16 AM

On Thursday, New York Times best-selling author, Andy Borowitz, wrote:

In a sharp Republican rebuke to President Obama's proposed actions on immigration, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell accused the President... of "flagrantly treating immigrants like human beings, in clear defiance of the wishes of Congress."

Borowitz also said that...

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The New GOP Congress Americans Do Not 'Wish They Had'

(108) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 9:47 PM

The man who lost the last (presidential) election round and who goes around talk shows trying to pretend he did not, has some advice for the man who beat him in 2012.

Appearing on Sunday's CBS Face the Nation, failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney told Bob Schieffer, when asked...

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McConnell to Obama: You Have the Government You Have, Not the One You Wish You Had

(2) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 10:13 PM

According to The Huffington Post, incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is "very disturbed" by President Barack Obama's recent exercise of his executive powers, including the president's recent "deal" with China on climate change, his intentions to move forward on his own on immigration and his suggestion that "the...

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HeartGift Baja Racing Team Ready for 'Heartful Mission'

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 6:44 PM

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The moment of truth for the HeartGift Baja Racing Team is almost here.

The Team is already in Ensenada, Baja California, ready to cross the starting line of the grueling 1,130-mile, 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 race tomorrow, November...

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Helping Veterans at the Grassroots Level

(2) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 10:22 AM

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In his 2014 Veterans Day message, the president stressed that the responsibility to support and take care of our veterans "far exceeds the boundaries of government."

"It's a job for every American," he said. "We're all keepers of that...

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The Night the Wall Came Down

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 10:04 PM

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There are certain images to which one is an eyewitness -- images seen through one's own eyes or through the miracle of television -- that are seared into one's memory, forever. Of course 9-11, President Kennedy's assassination, the Challenger space shuttle disaster, "shock-and-awe,"...

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