Aurelio Barreto III, the Cuban-born creator of Dogloo, Inc. and a self-made millionaire, achieved the American dream through ingenuity and hard work. But that wasn't enough for him. Mr. Barreto was hungry for than money and 'wordly' successes. Here's what he shares:
"Why was I no happier now than before I’d graduated to the millionaire club? I started wondering what would happen if I were to die, and why I was even born. What was the point?
I was a responsible, moral man; I loved my family and prayed every night, but I had never heard the gospel nor did I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
In March 18, 1998, while visiting my children’s school (Woodcrest Christian in Riverside, California), I chatted with the school superintendent, Randy Thompson. He mentioned my daughter’s CoLene's faith, and I wondered out loud how a sixth-grade girl could possibly truly know God."
You can read the rest of his heart-felt story here, but some of you can already guess where this is going.
Mr. Barreto is also the founder of the C28* stores. A portion of the proceeds from purchases are donated to the ministries of Campus Crusade for Christ and Mercy Ships.
C28 stands for the Bible verse Colossians 2:8 — “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.”
Debra Medina, a native Texan and a Republican, is running for governor of Texas. She could be dubbed the "Tea Party" candidate or the "9-12" candidate. Mrs. Medina, age 47, is a well-spoken nurse, mother, wife, rancher, and homeschooler. Here's her official campaign site. She has been endorsed by U.S. Border Watch. Photos from the Open Carry BBQ.
Video 1 is her being interviewed by two (somewhat snotty) establishment journalists. She more than holds her own explaining why she wants to eliminate the property tax and why she's not a "spoiler" (She has to face Governor Rick Perry and Senator Kay Baily Hutchinson in the March 2 primary.) and why she wants to court the Latino vote. Videos 2 and 3 are her interview with Alex Jones, the antithesis of a snooty pundit. Mr. Jones, and his callers, are very excited about Debra's candidacy.
Update: Pastor Chuck Baldwin does a little cheerleading for Debra.
'Nother update: Debra's interview with G. Beck, about truthing, forces her to clarify her comments.
I don't think D.M. answered that question very well (perhaps, she was trying to be diplomatic?) given what she later said. However, Glen seemed to be indulging in a game of gotcha, because he has admitted he does enthusiastically agree with her 'states right' message.
Opportunity for an up-and-comer: “FIRE is seeking one energetic full-time Video Fellow to play an integral role in forwarding FIRE's mission using the canvas of video and the paintbrush of cutting edge technology. The position has been fully funded for one year.”
FIRE, btw, stands for The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. This is an exciting non-profit outfit whose mission it is to defend free speech, individual liberty, religious freedom, due process, and academic freedom on American college campuses.
One example of why this organization’s work is important is here. (This one has to do with the immigration debate.)
Six months ago, a mother and her daughters, from County Clare, Ireland, arrived in the United States. They settled in quiet South Hadley, Massachusetts eager to experience American culture and live near the Irish relatives who made their home in the picturesque town. (South Hadley is in the western part of the Bay State. The real estate is pricey; it's also where Mount Holyoke College is located.)
Alas and alas. Pretty Phoebe Nora Mary Prince, the 15-year-old, committed suicide, earlier this month, apparently anguished over the cyberbullying, harassment and 'dating spats' she had experienced at her new high school, South Hadley High. Several (female) students were jealous that Phoebe had become the school's new It Girl and were incessantly picking on her. (Although one took it further and committed assault and battery by throwing an object at her.)
“Criminal harassment, stalking, and threats” are prohibited under existing Massachusetts' laws, but public officials are mum as to whether any of Phoebe’s tormentors will be criminally charged. Two students, however, have been disciplined by school officials.
Equally as tragic, it was Phoebe's 12-year-old sister who found the body.
Phoebe's online obituary is here. She had so much going for her! What a shocking story.
Update: Sizeable public turn-out to discuss the bullying issue at South Hadly High School. If the problem is indeed that serious, with kids getting regularly assaulted, why aren't the cops ever called? What a lame response by the superintendent.
A Massachusetts attorney sent this comment: "If nothing else, these kinds of situations leads me to conclude that we made the right decision to home school and to send our children to schools that had more accountability than can be found in the government edu-gulags.
I often wonder if kids are nastier and more conscienceless than in the past. I suspect not, its just that in our wired, 24/7 society there is no escape from the buzzing of the bees in the hive. Certainly in our fragmented, value-free zeitgeist there exists reinforcement and validation for even the most unpleasant of behaviors. In this case, it does seem as though the worst of the tormentors were indeed sociopaths."
Peter Schiff, who is running for the U.S. Senate in Connecticut and is a financial guru of sorts, videoblogged an interesting response to the interesting CBS/60 Minutes story about football in American Samoa and how federal government mandates (regarding the minimum wage) are destroying the tuna canning industry in this tiny, peaceful island. Peter is responding to the job issue, not the NFL issue.
Here's Part 1 and Part 2 of the original 60 Minutes story. "Football Island" can be watched in its entirety here. And don't those tough guys wearing lava-lavas (skirts) look adorable?
James Ihedigbo is a special-teams player for the New York Jets. Or, as they say on Univision, Los Jets de Nueva York.
Once upon a time he was a skinny, scrappy Pop Warner football player in western Massachusetts. My husband coached James (whose mom and late dad are Nigerian) when he was a star running back for PW. One of my sons played football and lacrosse with him. James is no longer skinny. The scrappy has been transformed into swag. Maybe too much swag. Number 44 is learning.
Go James! Remember, underdogs from Massachusetts (a la Scott Brown) can become the top dog.
Mr. Whitehead, a constitutional attorney and religious liberties champion, has written a fierce column about 'the state of the nation' in which he laments the surveillance culture, unemployment rate, unprotected borders, apathetic young Americans, a Congress whose lifestyle mimics those of Hollywood celebrities, global wars - all the ingredients for a 'perfect storm.'
Here's a part of it: " ... can freedom in the United States flourish in an age when the physical movements, individual purchases, conversations and meetings of every citizen are under constant surveillance by private companies and government agencies?
We are metamorphosing into a police state. Governmental tentacles now invade virtually every facet of our lives, with agents of the government listening in on our telephone calls and reading our e-mails."
Admittedly, he's too much of a realist (or a prophet?) to be doing cartwheels over the election of a Scott Brown.
Ever watched "Cash Cab"? You know, the show where unsuspecting New Yorkers get into sly Ben Baily's taxi and become contestants in a quiz show. The questions Ben gets to ask range from super hard to fairly easy. It's always amazing to watch a solo passenger answer question after question, correctly. But, of course, the Big Apple, for all its quirks, is the home to more than a few well-read characters. The perfect locale for an engaging show which also features mobile and street shout-outs.
And it's also the perfect place for real-life dilemmas to occur in real-life taxi cabs driven by real-life drivers.
Last month Felicia Lettieri, of Italy, left $21,000 in a NYC cab.
Mukul Asadujjaman, an American-Bangladeshi cabbie, discovered the cash, and had to answer a question or two of his own:
Do I keep the money?
Or, do I return it?
He chose well. He chose wisely. In fact, he went the extra mile to track down the likely distraught passenger. Mukul drove 50 miles to return Felicia's handbag which, besides the money, also contained passports and jewelry.
Kudos to Texans for Immigration Reform for stepping up to the plate to help out this pair of men (and their families), as well as to the supporter who gave Mr. Ramos a job, as well as to all the Americans who advocated on his/their behalf. It took a village to bring justice.
The government's zeal in prosecuting these two men (while ignoring these thousands of lawbreakers) is truly bewildering.
My Belgrade-News column, about how the recession and shrinking manufacturing base, is negatively affecting the U.S. trucking industry, is here.
In the beginning: "For four years, my husband Wid worked as an over-the-road trucker.
Like the fella in the Johnny Cash song, he’s “been everywhere, man,” criss-crossing the country umpteen times.
First he worked as a company driver for Covenant Transport (The back of every Covenant truck carries a sign reading: “It is not a choice. It is a child.”); next he was an owner-operator with Landstar Ranger.
Despite the dangers of sharing the road with texting teenagers and the onerous government regulations (Truckers are required to keep a daily log book, and random inspections are not uncommon.), Wid thoroughly enjoyed owning an orange, white, and green Peterbilt 387."
Hubby even gave his truck a name - El Don. The previous owner was a nice gentleman from Missouri named Eldon.