Friday, September 30, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Retired Justice says Supreme Court Likely to Uphold Health Care Law

Story found here.

Retired Justice John Paul Stevens said a 2005 U.S. Supreme Court ruling involving medical marijuana provides legal support for President Barack Obama’s health-care law.

Stevens, now 91 and more than a year into retirement, said in an interview in Washington this week that he is skeptical about contentions that Congress lacked authority to pass the health-care measure, which requires Americans to either buy insurance or pay a penalty.

Stevens wrote the court’s opinion in the 2005 case, a 6-3 ruling that let the federal government ban marijuana even when the drug doesn’t cross state lines and is used only for medicinal purposes. As with health care, that case centered on Congress’s power to regulate interstate commerce.

“To the extent that the commerce clause is an issue in the case, it just seems to me very similar” to the medical marijuana dispute, said Stevens, who served on the court for 34 years. Stevens is holding interviews with reporters to promote his book, “Five Chiefs,” which describes his impressions of the last five chief justices and is scheduled to be released next week.

Stevens wore his trademark bow tie as he sat in his office at the court, which provides spaces for retired justices. The Chicago native’s chambers are adorned with sports memorabilia, including an autographed photo of basketball great Michael Jordan. Also on display is a scorecard from a 1932 World Series game Stevens attended, when Babe Ruth pointed toward the outfield seats before hitting a home run.

Stepping Down
Stevens said he made the right decision to step down from the court even though he could have continued to function effectively. He said he began thinking about retirement after he had trouble reading a summary of his dissenting opinion in a campaign finance case last year. Stevens splits his time between Washington and Florida and said he plays tennis regularly despite a bad knee.

Even in retirement, Stevens said he hasn’t stopped reading opinions and thinking about legal cases. He said he wasn’t troubled by the way courts handled the case of Troy Davis, whose Sept. 21 execution in Georgia was the subject of worldwide demonstrations and questions about his guilt.

Stevens was among the justices who ordered a federal trial judge to reconsider whether Davis was the triggerman in the 1989 shooting death of a Savannah police officer. The judge reviewed the evidence, including recantations by witnesses who testified against Davis at trial, and concluded in a 172-page opinion that he was guilty.

“It’s my understanding that the trial judge went back and did a very thorough hearing and came up with findings that really had to be respected by an appellate court,” said Stevens, adding that he hadn’t read the opinion.

Replaced by Kagan
Stevens wrote in a 2008 opinion that he believed the death penalty to be unconstitutional, even while saying he would respect Supreme Court precedents that allowed capital punishment.

Stevens, whom Obama replaced with Justice Elena Kagan, said Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominees have become too much of a political event. His own 1975 confirmation hearing was the last not to be televised.

Stevens wrote in his book that he received no help from then- President Gerald Ford’s staff in preparing for the hearing. Stevens and his former law partner even had to hail their own taxi after leaving the session, he wrote.

“I would love to go back to the days when the nominee doesn’t need any coaching from the Department of Justice and the White House, and he just comes in and the senators ask him what they want to know and they get to the meat of things,” Stevens said in the interview. “I think it’s become much more of an exhibit or a spectacle.”

Health CareThe Obama administration this week signaled it will file a Supreme Court appeal on health care, saying it will forgo further appeals-court review in a lawsuit pressed by 26 states opposing the law. Stevens said he hadn’t read any briefs in the case.

The 2005 marijuana ruling will be a pivotal precedent when the justices consider the health-care law. In his opinion for the court then, Stevens pointed to a constitutional provision letting Congress enact laws “necessary and proper” for carrying out powers specifically mentioned in the Constitution.

The majority included Justices Antonin Scalia and Anthony Kennedy, both of whom had voted to restrict Congress’s commerce- clause power in earlier cases. Scalia didn’t adopt Stevens’s reasoning, instead providing his own analysis in a concurring opinion.

Stevens suggested Scalia might be willing to uphold the health-care law even if he disagrees with its substance.

“I would expect that the merits wouldn’t have the slightest impact on his analysis of the constitutional issue,” Stevens said. “I’m sure he’ll approach it as a judge should approach it.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Greg Stohr in Washington at
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Silva at

Friday, September 23, 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011

courtsey of
Family Fined for Home Bible Study
City: San Juan Capistrano, CA
Date: 09/13/2011
Story from

A city in Southern California is demanding that a small home Bible study group stop meeting unless they obtain a cost-prohibitive permit.

The homeowners, Chuck and Stephanie Fromm, were fined $300 for holding the Bible study. Mr. Fromm appealed the ruling to the City of San Juan Capistrano, which was founded as a mission in the late 1700’s and is home to California’s oldest building still in use, a chapel where Father Junipero Serra celebrated mass. Fromm was told by a hearing officer that regular gatherings of more than three people require a conditional use permit. Officials also stated that further religious gatherings in the home would be subject to a $500 fine per meeting. The City eventually rejected the appeal and Pacific Justice Institute has taken the next step by appealing the decision to the California Superior Court in Orange County.

The Bible study group, which met on Sunday mornings, until the City threatened further fines, was perfectly suited for his home, said Chuck Fromm. There was no noise beyond normal conversation and quiet music on the home stereo system. They met inside their family room and patio area. Many neighbors have written letters of support, denying they were disturbed by the presence of the Bible study. The group is not affiliated with any particular church, nor is it seeking to establish a church in the home.

The City of San Juan Capistrano is insisting the home Bible study is not allowed because it is a “church,” and churches require a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) in residential areas. Pacific Justice Institute represents the Bible study participants and will fight the city’s decision. In other cases, PJI has represented larger churches that have been required to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars as part of the CUP process, such as engineering and traffic studies, architectural designs and seismic retrofits. CUP’s require public hearings and can be denied outright or granted with numerous limitations.

“Imposing a heavy-handed permit requirement on a home Bible study is outrageous,” said Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute. “In a city so rich with religious history and tradition, this is particularly egregious. An informal gathering in a home cannot be treated with suspicion by the government, or worse than any other gathering of friends, just because it is religious. We cannot allow this to happen in America, and we will fight as long and as hard as it takes to restore this group’s religious freedom.”

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Obama And Reagan-No Comparison

David Winston from National Review Online Reports:

Since Barack Obama took the oath of office, inside-the-Beltway Democrats have spent the first Friday of every month trying to answer one simple question, “Where are the jobs?” It’s becoming increasingly difficult to defend what is arguably one of the worst presidential economic records in modern history and put a positive spin on the president’s reelection prospects.

Democrats’ optimistic view of President Obama’s reelection chances seems to be based on the false notion that the president’s current dire political situation is analogous to President Reagan’s at this point in his presidency. As they try to conjure up a second round of hope, this time for 2012, their mantra has become, “Not to worry. Reagan’s unemployment numbers were this bad or worse in his first two years in office and he was reelected.”

They like to point to the fact that on election day, 1984, unemployment was at 7.2 percent; if President Obama can start to bend the unemployment figures down toward 8 percent, they figure, he stands to win a second term. 

But this logic is based more on wishful thinking than economic or political reality. What they know is that Reagan, like Obama, inherited a terrible economy suffering from stagnation and high unemployment.

But that’s where the comparison ends, because Obama’s response — to embrace a Keynesian economic policy — bears no resemblance to the supply-side approach of Ronald Reagan. In fact, the two policies are mirror opposites, and so are the results. 

Comparing the two presidencies at identical moments in their first terms is a contrast in style and substance. In September 2011, President Obama has just announced yet another plan for job growth before a joint session of Congress. Last month, his economic plan managed to create zero jobs.  At this same moment in 1983, Ronald Reagan’s policies were about to create 1.1 million jobs in the month of September alone, the biggest one-month job gain since the Bureau of Labor Statistics officially began keeping track back in February 1939. 

So much for comparisons. Obama’s failed unemployment record is stark. In fact, by a wide margin, the unemployment rate has been higher under this president than his 11 predecessors. People seem to have forgotten that while there were admittedly large job losses in 2008, in January 2009, the month Obama took office, unemployment was 7.8 percent. 

Since then, unemployment has never been under 8 percent, despite Obama’s promise that passage of the 2009 trillion-dollar stimulus bill would ensure unemployment stayed below that level. Instead, in 26 of the last 28 months, unemployment has actually been 9 percent or higher. 

Reagan is the only other president to come close to Obama’s record, with 19 months of 9 percent or higher unemployment during his eight years in office. Gerald Ford was third in the record books with just one month of 9 percent unemployment. Since 1948, the country’s monthly unemployment average has been 5.8 percent, with six presidents doing a better than average on job creation and six doing worse. 

Three Democrats — Johnson, Truman and Clinton — beat the average along with three Republicans — Eisenhower, Nixon and (surprisingly, to some in the world of political punditry and certainly to Democrats) George W. Bush.  While the records of most of these former presidents are within a reasonable range of one another, President Obama’s 9.4 percent average puts him in a league by himself. What reelected Ronald Reagan was the strength of his economic policies – lower taxes and less regulation. They worked. They produced growth, the key to real recovery and significant job gains. That is the glaring difference between these two presidents. 

After two-and-a-half years of Reaganomics, by this time in 1983, second-quarter growth had hit an astounding 9.3 percent and would be followed by three more quarters of 8 percent or higher growth. In contrast, Obama’s second-quarter growth this year was an anemic 1.0 percent, with no light at the end of the tunnel.

The CBO recently revised its 2011 growth rate downward to a weak 1.5 percent for the year, while the president’s own economic advisors had forecast a 2.8 percent rate. Whichever ends up closer to reality, either projection falls far short of Reagan’s extraordinary growth rate for the same third year of his presidency. 

The lesson Democrats ought to take from this dismal comparison is simple: Keynesian policies simply can’t produce the growth that supply-side economics can. Yet this president and his supporters cling to the notion, as evidenced by his latest jobs bill, that higher taxes and more spending is the way out of the economic wilderness and toward victory in 2012.

Ronald Reagan earned a second term because he answered the question, “Where are the jobs?” by producing an extraordinary record of growth that voters understood would lead to jobs and did. When it comes to the economic records of Reagan and Obama, there is no comparison.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Wells Report Instant Poll...Please Comment Below

Would you let your 13 year old daughter out in public dressed like this?  Please comment below.
Rick Perry makes the cover of Townhall Magazine. 

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Monday, September 19, 2011

The Smallest KSKY Listener!

Kaydin Skylar is the Granddaughter of faithful listener Sander.  He wanted to share a picture of his granddaughter that they commonly refer to as K-SKY.  She has gotten off to a good start!  Watch out liberals-K-SKY is on the move!

Thanks for sharing Sander!

Thank You Elsie Schaffer For Your Service To This Country

From Alexandra Fincher, Greater Dallas Republicans thanks her Mom for her service to this country.  Alexandra shares her Mom's story:

My mom is 89 and lives in Laredo. Jewish woman joined WWII in 1942 - 1945. She was a WAF and then they became WAC's.  She is quite a lady. Served her country, and then spent over 20 years working volunteer with the Veterans in Laredo and San Antonio.

If you would like to thank a vet on The Wells Report Blog, email Vicki at

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Today's Warm Up Comedian for The Wells Report!

Mike Cutler-Former Immigration and Naturalization Service Agent,Senior Fellow for the Center for Immigration Studies sent this e-mail to The Wells Report.  He is today's warm-up comedian that comes on just before the main event to warm you up and get you thinking!  Thanks Michael!


In the year 2011, the Lord came unto Noah, Who was now living in Buffalo and said:

"Once again, the earth has become wicked and over -populated, and I see the end of all flesh before me.  Build another Ark and save 2 of every living thing along with a few good humans."

He gave Noah the blueprints, saying:

"You have 6 months to build the Ark before I will start the unending rain for 40 days and 40 nights."

Six months later, the Lord looked down and saw Noah weeping in his yard - but no Ark."Noah!,"
He roared, "I'm about to start the rain!  Where is the Ark?"

"Forgive me, Lord," begged Noah, "but things have changed.  I needed a Building Permit.  I've been arguing with the Boat Inspector about the need for a sprinkler system.  My neighbors claim that I've violated the neighborhood By-Laws by building the Ark in my back garden and exceeding the height limitations. We had to go to the Local Planning Committee for a variance.  Then the Local Council and the Electricity Company demanded a shed load of money for the future costs of moving power lines and other overhead obstructions, to clear the passage for the Ark's move to the sea. I told them that the sea would be coming to us, but they would hear nothing of it.

Getting the wood was another problem. There's a ban on cutting local trees in order to save the Greater Spotted Barn Owl.  I tried to convince the environmentalists that I needed the wood to save the owls - but no go!  When I started gathering the animals the RSPCA took me to court.

They insisted that I was confining wild animals against their will. They argued the accommodations were too restrictive, and it was cruel and inhumane to put so many animals in a confined space.

Then the Environmental Agency ruled that I couldn't build the Ark until they'd conducted an environmental impact study on your proposed flood.  I'm still trying to resolve a complaint with the Human Rights Commission on how many minorities I'm supposed to hire for my building crew.  The trades unions say I can't use my sons. They insist I have to hire only Union workers with Ark-building experience. 

To make matters worse, the Inland Revenue seized all my assets, claiming I'm trying to leave the country illegally with endangered species.  So, forgive me, Lord, but it would take at least 10
years for me to finish this Ark."

Suddenly the skies cleared, the sun began to shine, and a rainbow stretched across the sky.  Noah looked up in wonder and asked, "You mean you're not going to destroy the world?"

"No," said the Lord.

"The Government beat me to it."

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Trophy Club Salutes Wounded Warriors INC Starting Friday September 30th

Wounded Warrior Project invites you to participate in the Trophy Club Salutes Wounded Warriors public event Saturday, October 1st, 2011 in an effort to raise awareness and funds for this extraordinary organization.

Expecting 5,000 people to attend the event; among many of the activities planned:

Pre-cocktail event the night before
Silent Auction
A 5K run
2 Golf tournaments
Tennis tournaments
Country and Western Concert with 4 bands
Some highlights about Wounded Warriors:
All of the funding we raise for this event will go straight to the National Organization.  82% of all of the money raised nationally, actually goes to the Wounded Warriors project, the rest is to cover administration costs.

For more information about the event, please visit us at:

The Wounded Warriors Inc is a 501 C-3 non-for profit organization that supports the U.S. troops who come back from post 9/11 campaigns. I was shocked to learn that the government only covers a certain portion of their expenses and after that limit is exhausted, our returning men and women are pretty much on their own. The Wounded Warriors Project helps our heroes pay for medical expenses, assist with job placement, and training literally helping many get back on their feet by funding prosthetic limbs and rehabilitation.
Read it without squinting or changing your resolution here.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Could the EPA turn off the Lights in Texas

Courtsey of the PUC
Jon-David spoke with PUC Chairman Donna Nelson today about the EPA working to close down 2 power plants in Texas that when closed down would assure rolling blackouts in the Winter/Summer.  She told Jon-David the PUC will bring a suit in court next week asking for stay.

Stories about the on-going war between Texas and the EPA:

At a hearing today in Austin, state power companies and members of various commissions slammed the Environmental Protection Agency because of a measure aimed at reducing emissions from power plants in 27 states, including Texas.
Critics of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule say it could cause rolling blackouts and the loss of much-needed jobs in Texas and blamed the EPA for not affording the state due process to comment before handing down a January 1, 2012 deadline.  Read more here.

Find more stories in the links below:

Courtesy of the EPA
Since being named President Obama’s cabinet member in charge of environmental protection, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has been named one Newsweek’s “Most Important People in 2010,” featured on Time Magazine’s 2010 and 2011 lists of the “100 Most Influential People in the World”, listed in Essence Magazine’s “40 Women Who Have Influenced the World,” and profiled in O Magazine for her work to protect our nation’s air, water and land from pollution that threatens human health.

Jackson leads EPA’s efforts to protect the health and environment for all Americans. She and a staff of more than 18,000 professionals are working across the nation to usher in a green economy, address health threats from pollution in our air, water and land, and renew the public’s trust in EPA’s work.  Continue to read her bio here.

You can contact Lisa P. Jackson by e-mail at


Saturday, September 10, 2011

Donate to those affected by the Wildfires

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 8, 2011
Anette Soto


Fort Worth, Texas -- September 8, 2011 -- The HWNT will join with other organizations in the Dallas, Fort Worth Metroplex -- on September 11, 2011 in hosting the DFW Texas Wildfire Donation Drive in honor of all the residents affected by the wildfires in Central Texas.

HWNT is soliciting the assistance of DFW businesses and organizations to conduct a donation drive on Sunday, September 11, 2011 from 9am to 4pm at the Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center parking lot, with the Smithville Distribution Center as a recipient of donation goods. The distribution center indicated that they do not need clothing at this time.  Rather, they are in need of 1) WATER as they currently under a boil advisory, 2) gift cards for Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart, Walgreens, etc., 3) school supplies & backpacks, and 4) pet kennels & supplies.  Persons, businesses, and organizations interested in participating in the donation drive should call Anette Soto at817-205-1159.

“We need to let the families that have lost their homes caused by the Texas wildfires, know that the DFW cares, and we are here to help.” said Anette Soto of the HWNT organization, “It’s all about Texans helping Texans.”

Texas wildfires have destroyed over 1,000 homes caused by drought conditions and high winds. The damages have cost the state’s agricultural industry over $5 billion in damages

What’s Up Cindy B Radio Show host Cindy B, and DJ Vteq will be on site to help promote the event. Organizations and businesses that have already agreed to partner with HWNT include: The T- Fort Worth Transportation Authority, Artes de La Rosa, Las Comadres Para Las Americas, Professionals Supporting the Arts, Latino Young Profressionals (LYP) of Fort Worth, Mark Gonzales Farmers Insurance Agent, A&B Movers, Computers A&N, and the list continues to grow.

About the HWNT:
We are the Hispanic Women's Network of Texas, founded in Austin in 1986.  We have two chapters here in DFW- Dallas and Fort Worth.  Our mission is to promote the participation of Hispanic women in public, corporate and civic arenas. HWNT seeks to advance the educational, cultural, social, legal and economic well- being of all women through a broader awareness of their role in society, business and family.  Each of our DFW Chapters are strongly committed to mentoring high school young ladies as they prepare for college.
We are helping organize the DFW Texas Wildfire Donation Drive as a way to show our fellow Texans that have been devastated by the wildfires that we care.  Our organization is like a family and even has several generation of mothers and daughters that have grown up contributing to HWNT.  As mothers and daughters our hearts go out to those families in Bastrop and Central Texas so we're very driven to help in any way we can.  The list of organizations wanting to partner with us keeps growing, further exemplifying the how great the citizens of DFW truly are!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Life Magazine dubbs him The Saint of 9/11
Rescue workers carry mortally injured New York City Fire Department chaplain Mychal Judge from the wreckage after he was killed by falling debris while administering last rites to another victim. A Roman Catholic priest, a recovering alcoholic, a gay man, and -- as an FDNY chaplain a spiritual adviser and trusted friend to countless firefighters through the years -- "Father Mike" was the first recorded victim of the September 11 attacks. Photographer Shannon Stapleton's picture, which burns with immediacy and yet somehow feels composed, almost painterly, captures much of the day's intense incongruities in one sombre frame: the intimacy of witnessing a single death in the midst of a monumental catastrophe; brilliant sunlight shining on the chaplain's lifeless hands; devastated first responders shrugging off exhaustion, racing to the aid of helpless victims. Here is the best, and the very worst, of that day.

Photo: SHANNON STAPLETON/Reuters /Landov

The Second Plane, South Tower, 9:03 AM

The South Tower of the World Trade Center explodes in flames after being hit by the hijacked airliner now universally known as "the second plane," United Airlines Flight 175, September 11, 2001. This photo -- with its black smoke; the shocking, brilliant, colossal flames; the cloudless sky; the beautiful Brooklyn Bridge flying the American flag -- captures so much of the story of the day that, if one were to create a composite picture to illustrate the idea of "9/11," the result might look very much like this astonishing shot.

Photo: STR/Reuters /Landov

Falling Man

In a scene repeated with terrifying frequency as flames engulfed the top of the towers, a man falls (or leaps, as was evidently the case with many victims) to his death from the World Trade Center. On the morning of September 11 photographer Richard Drew, in the midst of another assignment, got the call to drop everything and head to the World Trade Center. As soon as he arrived downtown he began shooting; later in the day, as as he processed what he had shot, he was especially struck by this photo -- and with reason. One of the most recognizable pictures made on 9/11, the image from a purely photographic perspective is breathtaking: the miniscule human form caught against the massive, abstract background of the towers is so obviously helpless, and doomed, that we're tempted to reach out our hands to try and cradle the tiny anonymous figure. And while Drew himself refuses to conjecture about the man's identity ("I prefer to think of him as a sort of Unknown Soldier," he told, it's impossible not to put ourselves in the falling man's place -- with all the dread and empathy that that sort of transference commands.

Photo: AP Photo/Richard Drew
Woman from iconic 9/11 photo overcomes decade of hardship

By Mike Krumboltz
The Upshot – Tue, Sep 6, 2011
Photo: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images

The attacks on 9/11 changed the lives of billions -- and few more so than Marcy Borders. Soon after the World Trade Center attacks, Borders was photographed covered in dust and ash from the fallout. The photo, taken by Stan Honda of AFP, was one of the iconic images from that terrible day.

Borders has been through a lot in the 10 years since. There have been problems with depression and substance abuse, as well as lingering nightmares about Sept. 11. She recently spoke with the New York Post about her life's ups and downs over the past decade.

On Sept. 11, 2001, Borders had been working at her new bank job for just a month. The planes hit the World Trade Center, and a panicked Borders left her desk on the 81st floor of the north tower to go out into the street to see what was happening.

Just as she got to the street, the south tower fell, and Borders couldn't see much of anything. "I couldn't see my hand in front of my face. The world went silent," she remarked. Eventually, someone pulled her into a building's lobby, where a photographer captured the haunting photo of her surrounded by harsh yellowish dust. According to the U.K.'s Telegraph, Borders still has the clothes she wore that day, "still unwashed and coated in the dust of the twin towers."

Marcy Borders with son Zay-den (Photo: Coleman-Rayner)

In her talk with the Post, Borders details some of the difficulties she's faced since then: "My life spiraled out of control. I didn't do a day's work in nearly 10 years, and by 2011 I was a complete mess. Every time I saw an aircraft, I panicked. If I saw a man on a building, I was convinced he was going to shoot me."
This past April, she checked herself into rehab, after realizing that she would die if she stayed on her current path. A little more than a week later, she got the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed by American forces. The news, along with her new clean and sober lifestyle, did a lot to help silence her inner demons. "I used to lose sleep over him, have bad dreams about bin Laden bombing my house, but now I have peace of mind."

Firefighter's Gaze

An unidentified New York City fireman walks away from Ground Zero after the collapse of the towers. Photographer Anthony Correia told of this picture: "He just looked so exhausted, so beat up." Correia knelt down and took his shot as the man walked by. "I acknowledged him, and he acknowledged me. But he never stopped." The steady gaze, meanwhile, of this lone firefighter allows us a window into the experience of literally thousands of rescue workers and first responders. I was in there, his eyes seem to say. Be thankful that you can't imagine what I saw.

Photo: Anthony Correia/Getty Images

Local 9/11 Anniversary Events in Your Area

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Help a Marine get to the Military Ball

Founded in 2011, Ryan’s Project is an outreach organization dedicated to coordinating 2011 Marine Corps Ball attendance for wounded, disabled veterans residing in both the VA Healthcare System and at home. Ryan’s Project will seek to remind veterans that they have not been forgotten. In memory of Ryan Matthew Robinson, USMC. Whether coordinating special events or daily needs, Ryan’s Project reminds our nation’s veterans that their sacrifices have not been forgotten.
If you are veteran’s organization seeking affiliation, or a veteran interested in contacting Ryan’s Project, please email us today.

Ryan's Dad Doug, tells the story:
My name is Doug Robinson and I am the proud father of Sgt. Ryan M. Robinson, USMC. Ryan passed away on September 1st, 2008 as a result of injuries received while in combat serving in Iraq in 2006. Ryan loved the Marine Corps Ball and was deeply concerned about wounded Marines that were unable to attend due to their injuries. He said to me, “Dad, wouldn’t it be great if there was an organization that could get these wounded Marines to the Ball. An all-expenses-paid night out of the hospital or their homes with fitted dress blues, an escort, and a limousine. It would remind them they have not been forgotten, that their sacrifice is remembered.”

Ryan is gone now but in his memory, Ryan’s Project aims to fulfill Ryan’s vision by sponsoring and coordinating the attendance for wounded North Texas Marines to the 2011 Marine Cor ps Ball in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. This debut project will seek to provide the admission fee, transportation, and custom uniform tailoring. Later as we grow, Ryan’s Project will reach out to active and veteran service members, collaborating with other veteran organizations in an effort to meet the needs of our wounded heroes. We hope to touch the lives of those wounded after sacrificing so much for their country.

Listener Mike from Moody's dog Auger passed away from Cancer. Keep him in your prayers. His words are below


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