Heroes of the Week! Well… Mostly


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Hmmm… Somehow my good heart allowed me to be drafted for this week’s Heroes post.  Not that I mind, of course. How could I say ‘no’ to such a sweet request?  Now I know I cannot even pretend to come within the margins of Marc’s prowess with the written word but I shall strive to do my best by being myself, which shall have to do.  And I know you are all so sweet, you’ll accept me with open arms!

Without further ado, shall we?

Hurricane Ida landed in Louisiana on Sunday.  You can only brace so much for such an event.  When you are part of a special task force, you are proactive. Craig Mignogno is one of forty members from the Ohio Task Force 1 who not only showed up to help with anything they could (flooding assistance, evacuation, wide-area searches), they drove down from Friday to Saturday, arriving before the storm.

“We have over 600 volunteers that are either on the ground right now working in the evacuation shelters or we have people positioned outskirts of the damage area,” Marita Salkowski with Ohio Red Cross said.

I have just realised that the video I added done “distappeared”!  So, here is the link to the story in which you can see said video!

But Ida wasn’t done.  She moved her way north and caused, at the time of my writing this, 45 deaths so far in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Connecticut.  To say the east coast was stunned, is to put it mildly.  Tornados (six!) and rainfall as has never been seen, caused flooding in places you can’t even imagine.  What happens then?  As I just read:  “There are a multitude of nicknames for those who step up at hard times to help their fellow citizens. Most of the time, “New Yorker” suffices.”  From bus drivers, to the FDNY to the NYPD to special ops, the stories jumped out.  A great article can be read right here.


I won’t go in too deeply concerning the evacuation from Afghanistan.  So many were killed needlessly including 13 service women and men.  You can read a tribute for each of the ones killed here.  I feel all of them were heroes.  The “martyrdom attack” was a heartless one.  Out of respect, I list them:

The Marines are Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover of Salt Lake City; Sgt. Johanny Rosariopichardo of Lawrence, Massachusetts; Sgt. Nicole L. Gee of Sacramento, California; Cpl. Hunter Lopez of Indio, California; Cpl. Daegan W. Page of Omaha; Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez of Logansport, Indiana; Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza of Rio Bravo, Texas; Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz of St. Charles, Missouri; Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum of Jackson, Wyoming; Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola of Rancho Cucamonga, California; and Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui of Norco, California.  Navy Hospitalman Maxton W. Soviak of Berlin Heights, Ohio, and Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss of Corryton, Tennessee.

How many times have those of us who are parents told our kids to turn off the TV and go outside and play?  What if the show they loved to watch inspired them to be heroes?  This is the case with 14-year-old Lily Swanson, of Leyland, Lancashire.  She is obsessed with 9-1-1.  This came in particularly handy when, while walking her dog Isobel, she detected a strong burning smell.  Upon investigation, she noticed the black smoke billowing out of an apartment building.  She ran home and woke her dad, Mike, and called 999 (the British version of 9-1-1).  Mike grabbed his ladders and together they ran back to the burning building just as a window blew out.  They leaned the ladders against the building near another window and people started evacuating, just as the fire brigade showed up.

“We did everything we could do and thankfully everyone got out safely, which is the best that could have happened.” How humble is she?

Now… it’s not in my habit to get political but today’s ruling forces me to give a big, fat zero to the American Supreme Court who voted 5-4 NOT to block a new Texas law banning most abortions once medical professionals can detect cardiac activity, usually around six weeks and before many women know they’re pregnant. Oh, and you or I can denounce anyone who dares try.  We can all become bounty hunters. Pays pretty well, too. $10,000. Too bad if you were raped. Too bad if you have irregular periods. And, as for the guy who got you pregnant? Crickets…

Texas Just Outlawed Abortion as We Knew It


In 2019, Oklahama mom (of 11! including 9 girls) and Harvard graduate Allyson Reneau bonded with an Afghan all-girl high school robotics team known as “the Afghan Dreamers”, at a Washington D.C.-based Humans to Mars summit. These girls, legit geniuses, invented an inexpensive new ventilator model that would be used to help the thousands of Covid-19 patients in their homeland.  Fast-forward to the Taliban takeover.  Reneau found herself worried about their safety.  Frustrated by the lack of cooperation from her own government, Reneau made her way to Qatar and with the help of  the Dreamers’ Digital Citizens Fund and Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs managed to get the process going.  So far ten of them have left Kabul, the remaining, still stuck in Kabul though efforts have not let up (as of August 25th).  Allyson Reneau considers these girls her adopted daughters (what’s ten more when you already have eleven?) and they, for the first time in their lives, feel they have a choice for their own future.

What mom doesn’t want that for her kids?  To see them be all they can be without fear…

49 thoughts on “Heroes of the Week! Well… Mostly

  1. Q

    Let me start by saying . . . you’re too humble. This Friday episode is a Game 7 Stanley Cup grand slam. Yes, I combined two sports for emphasis, because you brought “Uh huh!’ to this corner of the world, and I’m grateful as all get out.

    Now, as for the peeps who took the initiative . . who were proactive in the face of what was promising to be (and was) an historically disastrous storm . . . do you think they might consider a run for political office some day? We need more people who work ahead rather than fall behind . . just saying. And BIG thank you to all the peeps who got out there before, during and after Ida laid waste to the coast and then kept on keeping on as she moved inland. And yes, it was hairy in this neck of the woods, although most of my county was spared the worst of it, other than flooding . . which was crazy in some place.

    A prayer to all the brave men and women who were stolen away by yet another act of random, mindless violence. I agree with you in that I do not believe Afghanistan ever should have happened. We should never be putting young people with the rest of their lives ahead of them in harm’s way unless it is absolutely necessary, and we all know this ‘war’ was not what it purported to be. Not then, not now, not ever.

    Yay to Lily and her father (and hugs to that handsome fella she’s walking while I’m at it). To have the wherewithal and the courage to go where first responders go that says so much about this young lady. She was raised right, and is going to make a positive difference in a lot more lives as time goes on. Good for her, good for all of us.

    It’s sad to say but I think the people who vote for these bills do so for reasons that have NOTHING to do with preserving life and everything to do with preserving the status quo. They don’t give a fig about generational poverty or women’s rights. They exhibit no such concern the rest of the time, but for when the issue comes up. A cynic might wonder if this is their way of staying relevant.

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    • B

      I know, I know… And thank you for that!

      They are so organised and this ain’t their first rodeo. They would be good teachers to those in politics, that’s for sure! It was hairy in lotsa necks.

      Yes. So many were only twenty years old. There was no good reason to go so soon. It breaks my heart.

      Lily and her father (and she is pretty… the rottie is a girl named Isobel 😉 ) are true heroes, aren’t they? If they had simply waited for help, who knows what could have happened?

      There is NOTHING to do with preserving lives whatsoever. It’s once again, squashing women to “where they belong” which, in these ass-backward states thing is somewhere between squashed like a bug or locked up for insanity. It got me spitting mad, tell you what.

      I think Allyson and the girls SHOULD be coming to a movie theatre some day! Men in power did not have their day with this lot, thank goodness. So much potential in them that it will be beautiful to witness.

      Glad you liked my choice of song, My first one was sweet but a little too quiet 😉

      My pleasure for pinch-hitting! So glad you approved!


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      • It was refreshing to see how New Orleans was spared thanks to the levees they had built after Katrina, but there is only so much that can be done and many areas suffered greatly. Mother Nature doesn’t mess around. Too often our politicians do.

        If they had waited . . well, we will never know the answer to that question because they didn’t. And hells yes to preparation and wherewithal.

        When I talked to my aunt yesterday, she brought this up. She was enraged, as she should be. We ALL should be.

        The Taliban are a bag of dicks, yeah I said it. And they can’t deal with this kind of lineup because it brings smarts, not sticks and stones.

        I love Coldplay.

        They’re going to forget Marco! 😉

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        • Indeed. So often efforts made come to naught. Mother Nature is not playing. The politicians? Are playing a cruel game.

          Right. And right!

          We ALL MUST be.

          They are. I would so love to know where in the fuck women became lesser than.

          So do I.

          Not a chance in hell will they. 🙂

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          • Politics is a cruel game alright, and there’s no letup in sight.

            I think it’s like race. Things have changed in policy but the prevailing thoughts and opinions of too many are a tad bit harder to move forward.

            Not a chance!

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          • Policy changes structure, it doesn’t do anything to an individual’s opinion. For that to happen, it takes time. More time than seems fair. It IS frustrating and it may seem hopeless, but the thing is to keep moving forward. Change the little bit you can change and keep moving forward.


  2. Sorry but WP was acting funky by not letting me finish my comment so I posted it before they stole it. But Imma finish . .

    I think Allyson and the girls will be coming to a movie theater near us some day. What a great story this is. This story follows the last, in that it’s about men in power simply wanting to stay in power by pushing archaic agendas on human beings. They will not win in the end, because the smarts and the soul of these ladies will prevail. May they be safe and may they change the world. I think they’re going to.

    And the song for the win! Well . . it was a big win without a song but you know what I mean. 😉

    Gracias for pinch hitting for me this week. So beautifully done.


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  3. A toast to Lilly and her dad for doing what they can. How can I not love my in-state peeps at the Ohio Task Force – Michael J Fox Chapter. But for me, Allyson and the Afghan young ladies are at the top of the mountain this week. Dale – Good job serving a reserve host. It certainly isn’t easy. To me, it’s like being the next basketball coach at Duke.

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    • A toast to them for sure! I thought of you as I wrote that bit… Uh huh. Don’t even try…
      Allyson and the Afghan girls are an inspiration.
      I feel ya, Frank. They are big shoes to fill!


    • Thank you, Pam. I warned him I had to have a zero when that news came out. I was so disgusted.
      I also believe there is more good and beauty than bad and ugly! That’s why we put these posts together!

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  4. A great job showcasing so many heros. As for that bunch in Texas…there are no words. Same for the gutless Supremes. Not content with forbidding kids wearing masks in school, the powers to be want to make Texas healthcare completely non-existent. Kids and females be damned according to the governor and legislatures. 👿

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  5. The Afghan girls and the mom of 11! How amazing are these women and how great is it that they were able to leave! They’re gonna do great things and I was happy to hear that story. They have opportunity and that’s important. As for the dumbass robes in Washington filled with frat boys who assaulted women and OfMitch … they will ruin women’s future. When are we gonna have women’s choice not a man’s business. RBG where are you?! BIG FAT ZERO on that one BIG!

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    • They are so inspiring and yes, I foresee them all doing fabulous things.
      As for Washington. I have no words. But we really must have more than that, mustn’t we? How can we allow men to rule us? (Course, I’m Canadian so I’m shouting from the sidelines). RBG must be rolling in her grave.


      • That whole RBG situation is so infuriating. Such a great woman fighting for women’s rights and women’s choice to be replaced by someone who’s putting us back into the 50’s. The level of greed for power and hypocrisy the Repubs had to make this happen is of Thanos caliber. I’m glad you featured female heroes, they helped bring hope back in this struggle.

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        • It is! 50’s? I’d say closer to the 20’s! Bloody hell. I am still shaking my head and hoping some kind of something happens to reverse this.
          And yes. Absolutely will always feature female heroes 😉 We gotta!

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  6. well i did not know who was writing the post and waited to see the comments to see (because i did not see it in the intro –
    just the opening about being asked to do the post) and so as i read – i assumed it was Dale or Frank!
    and see that it is dale – and nice post dale
    cheers to the oklahoma momma and that wonderful story and Lily Swanson

    even tho not sure why the texas mandate made it to a heroes post!?
    but truly do appreciate the deep respect and honor you have to those killed in that senseless attack! the link you gave and then the listing of the names!! so well done and i have had a few moments of silence for it and will not have one again – so thanks for that and for the post!
    ❤️The Marines are Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover of Salt Lake City; Sgt. Johanny Rosariopichardo of Lawrence, Massachusetts; Sgt. Nicole L. Gee of Sacramento, California; Cpl. Hunter Lopez of Indio, California; Cpl. Daegan W. Page of Omaha; Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez of Logansport, Indiana; Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza of Rio Bravo, Texas; Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz of St. Charles, Missouri; Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum of Jackson, Wyoming; Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola of Rancho Cucamonga, California; and Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui of Norco, California. Navy Hospitalman Maxton W. Soviak of Berlin Heights, Ohio, and Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss of Corryton, Tennessee.

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    • Oh! So sorry Yvette! It’s marked under the title that it’s me but maybe it doesn’t show in the Reader? I didn’t think of putting my name. Apologies. Glad you figured it out 🙂

      And glad you enjoyed the post.

      As Marc does, occasionally, include a zero for balance. In this case it is such a huge Zero (in my eyes) I couldn’t not make reference to it.

      It was the least I could do for those poor souls lost needlessly.

      Thanks again!


      • hi dale –
        the title only said “heroes of the week- well mostly” but frank’s post has his name in the reader – and maybe it is a reader thing
        -but it was also very fun trying to guess for a second (and was very brief) but i must admit that i used to know your signature style a bit more back in the day – i did start to “feel dale” with the fun intentional play on words with grammar twists “the video done disappeared”

        and yes, fair enough on the mention of the texas situation ah yes! the zero ! now i get it completely 😊
        please tell me this won’t lead to dangerous back alley shenanigans – 🙏

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  7. The heroes are wonderful.
    The BIG ZEROS this week are those who supported the abortion ban.
    The pink bg w/ coat hanger around Texas says it all.
    I had a pal who did the coat hanger thing in the 70’s. She was raped by 2 boys in the hood. It went to trial. They were found not guilty because she had been wearing a mini-skirt. For some reason, at that time, it made it difficult for her to get an abortion. She did the hanger thing. It ruined her physically and mentally.
    A Thunderous post, for sure!

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    • Thank you, Sorceress! Big shoes to fill!
      HUMONGOUS ZERO to Texas and the Supreme Court (I feel, even more so for them). Shameful.
      And yes, I feel that pink coat hanger says it all. They are pushing women to go back to such methods and risking their lives. Oh, how horrible for your pal. Disgusting that she be blamed for their lack of restraint.
      Thank you, my friend!

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  8. Loved the decidedly feminist viewpoint on display throughout most of this post (just in case nobody else noticed!). And a shoutout to my sort of adopted region of the country. Ryan Knauss represents the best attributes of the people of East Tennessee, and his fiance who I saw in an interview, took that one step further, as a good and educated East Tennessee woman would!

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