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today's required reading

A moving story of a true hero:

Stephan Newhouse, chairman of Morgan Stanley International, said at a memorial service in Hayle that Rescorla was spotted as high as the 72nd floor, then worked his way down, clearing floors as he went. He was telling people to stay calm, pace themselves, get off their cell phones, keep moving. At one point, he was so exhausted he had to sit for a few minutes, although he continued barking orders through his bullhorn. Morgan Stanley officials said he called headquarters shortly before the tower collapsed to say he was going back up to search for stragglers.

John Olson, a Morgan Stanley regional director, saw Rescorla reassuring colleagues in the 10th-floor stairwell. "Rick, you've got to get out, too," Olson told him. "As soon as I make sure everyone else is out," Rescorla replied.

To paraphrase Greyhawk, the author of this very moving story: this is just one single story of the tragedy that happened that day. Multiply that by three thousand.

And then try to figure out why some of us still feel the pain.


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I blogged it, too.

Men of Cornwall stop your dreaming;
Can't you see their spearpoints gleaming?
See their warriors' pennants streaming
To this battlefield.
Men of Cornwall stand ye steady;
It cannot be ever said ye
for the battle were not ready;
Stand and never yield!

Big media doesn't get it. They hate Bush. Hate. Him.

I think he is the right man at the right time. God bless him. And God bless us.

And save us from those stupid Democrats who think we should suddenly abandon our task in Iraq.