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Dorian de Wind
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Dorian de Wind is a rtired U.S. Air Force officer and 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

Finally a National World War I Memorial

(4) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 3:04 PM

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Our nation's capital is blessed with an abundance of splendid parks, statuary, monuments and memorials.

But, as pointed out by the World War One Centennial Commission (the Commission), most of them honor "generals, presidents, statesmen and other...

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Ghosts that Haunt Children of Latino Immigrants

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 10:41 AM

When I was a small boy living in Latin America, I was scared of "duendes y fantasmas" -- goblins and ghosts.

Fortunately, they appeared only in dreams and eventually faded away.

Over at The New York Times, Héctor Tobar writes that different monsters and ghosts haunt the dreams of...

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Where in the World Is the Berlin Wall Now?

(1) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 12:52 PM

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Thursday, August 13, a very special segment of the Berlin Wall was unveiled at the U.S. Diplomacy Center in Washington, D.C. (above), presently under construction.

It is one of approximately 54,000, 2.6 ton reinforced concrete slabs, each measuring over 10 feet high...

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The Real Scary Thing About a Trump Presidency

(7) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 11:07 AM

There are many things that should make Americans wary if not outright scared about a potential Trump presidency.

It is not necessarily his narcissism and pompousness. Sadly, there have been and there are too many self-absorbed, arrogant politicians -- one or two may even come close to Trump in this...

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A Big Thank You from Little Luxembourg

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 2:41 PM

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...and if you need an old man to clean your shoes and toilets where[ever] you are in the world to keep the freedom, I will be ready tomorrow morning to do that...

These are the words spoken by a 78-year-old gentleman...

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President Trump's 750th Press Conference

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 12:47 PM

President Trump, surrounded by his entire cabinet, held his 750th daily press conference today. The following is a rough, annotated, somewhat edited, extremely cleaned-up transcript.

FOX NEWS WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT #1: Mr. President, do you have any regrets about the drone strike that wiped out the vacation cabin of the...

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Silly Musings on an Even Sillier Presidential Election Spectacle

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 8:25 PM

As we enter the 2016 presidential election silly season, what was once the GOP presidential candidates "Clown Car" has now grown into an oversized, overladen, over ripe "Clown Bus" packed with characters trying to attract the voters' attention by competing to see who can offend the most people the most...

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Obergefell v. Hodges: The 'Silent Judge' Respectfully Dissents

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2015 | 3:29 PM

Much has already been said and written about what some call Supreme Court Justice Scalia's "unhinged" eight-page dissent on the recent Supreme Court decision on marriage equality.

Although not as colorful as his "jiggery-pokery" dissent on the "SCOTUScare" ruling, Scalia's dissent on same-sex marriage does offer some interesting...

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Memorial Day 2015: Honor to the Fallen -- Godspeed to Our Newest Soldiers

(2) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 3:00 PM

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Memorial Day is a day of remembrance, a day to remember and honor the hundreds of thousands American men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.

This author, and thousands of others, have written messages past Memorial Days, expressing...

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Jeb Bush's But 'He's My Brother' Act Goes Awry

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 2:43 PM

It has now been two days since Fox News aired the clip where GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush shamelessly tries to make Hillary Clinton share his own idiocy and stupidity -- conservative radio host Laura Ingraham's characterization, which I will reluctantly accept -- and we have not heard from...

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Best Seat in the House for V-E Anniversary Flyover

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 11:17 AM

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Friday, May 8, marks the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (V-E) Day.

May 8, 1945, was the day the Allies of World War II formally accepted Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces.

It marked the end of a long, horrible...

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'Operation Shower': Easy to Admire, Hard to Forget

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 5:43 PM

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Most of us still remember Operation "Just Cause," the December 1989 invasion of Panama ordered by President George H. W. Bush.

Of course we remember Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom and we know the...

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On Departed Friends and Fields of Poppies

(2) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 11:52 AM

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We were on our way home, driving through the Texas Hill Country and still admiring the patches of bluebonnets with clusters of Indian paintbrushes, Texas buttercups, prairie winecups and other lovely Texas wildflowers popping their heads here and there in the late Texas...

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Colin's Hope

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 10:01 AM

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When I was 6 or 7 years old, I witnessed the ocean drowning of a dear aunt.

Although too young for the full scope of the tragedy to sink in, the thoughts and the images of that event have remained with me...

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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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