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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

A Farewell to Instagrams

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 10:46 AM

Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) distinguished himself during a short, meteoric career in Congress by, among other, decorating his Capitol Hill office in a "Downton-Abbeyish" style the Sultan of Brunei would have killed for and by driving the only car in town with a cantankerous odometer that registers only half-a-mile of...

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Stamps of Honor

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 4:42 PM

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When I was a young boy I was an avid stamp collector.

Living in the Netherlands, I collected mostly Dutch stamps, but always kept my eyes open for that rare stamp of any nationality -- that stamp that would make me famous among...

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A Republican Open Letter to All the World's Leaders

(2) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 12:13 PM

Buoyed by the amazing success 47 U.S. Senators had with their Open Letter to Iran's leaders, Senator Ted Cruz writes one all by himself to all the world's leaders:


Hi Y'All,

It has come to my attention while observing your discussions and negotiations with Barack Hussein Obama that...

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The City of Austin Honors a Distinguished Texan

(2) Comments | Posted March 8, 2015 | 2:46 PM

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The resolution "approved on consent" by the Austin, Texas, City Council on Feb. 26 simply reads:

The City's Park and Recreation Department Main Office is hereby renamed "Jack W. Robinson Parks and Recreation Department Main Office."

But behind that simple resolution is the...

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Dr. Ben Carson: Congress Shows Stupidity is a Choice

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 11:24 AM

Ben Carson, one of America's top neurosurgeons and a potential Republican candidate for president, said that Congress proves stupidity is a choice.

"A lot of people who are elected to serve in Congress are perfectly sane and intelligent when they go into Congress, yet when they come out, they are...

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Jeb Bush's Satire: 'I'll Be Different From My Brother'

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 3:17 PM

In a speech today at an event hosted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the former Florida governor hammered home the theme that he is his own man and that while he respects the services to our nation by his father and brother, he will not be beholden to...

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President Obama Signs the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act: 'The Stigma Has to End...'

(8) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 10:06 PM

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A bill aimed at reducing military and veteran suicides and improving their access to quality mental health care that was doggedly opposed and blocked by a lone, "support-the-troops" senator was finally signed into law by President Obama on Thursday.

The bill, the Clay...

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'When Parents Die at War'

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 3:29 PM

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I don't recall how many times -- when writing about our casualties of war -- I have lamented over the unfathomable grief the fathers, mothers, wives and husbands, sons and daughters of the fallen must experience when they receive that "knock...

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Obama Issues Executive Order Giving Him Authority to Issue Executive Orders

(393) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 1:51 PM

In a historic early-morning ceremony in the Yellow Oval Room, attended only by Michelle Obama and pajama-clad White House dog Bo, and recorded for posterity by White Hose photographer Pete Souza, President Obama -- also pajama-clad -- signed the mother of all executive orders: an order giving him constitutional authority...

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Tomorrow the World Will Be Listening to the Voices of Auschwitz

(2) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 1:29 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 | 7:25 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 | 2:17 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 | 3:39 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 | 10:47 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 | 5:33 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

(1) Comments | Posted January 4, 2015 | 12:11 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 | 9:52 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 | 10:21 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 | 8:06 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 | 10:31 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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