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John Wayne Dude

It's tough to find anything positive or inspiring immediately after a tragedy. I think that Lt. General Russel Honore is a bright spot during this time. He's the three-star general leading the military aspect of the humanitarian relief effort down in New Orleans. I've heard him speak, and though he's certainly a realist about the current situtation, he is able to convey a sense of hope without sounding fake. After listening to him, I have complete confidence in this man's ability to help restore order to New Orleans.

I'm sure it's pretty clear that I think he's one of the heroes in this effort. The Mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, referred to him as a "John Wayne Dude." I can't think of a more appropriate title for the man. I've seen the video clips of him ordering troops and police around and heard his words as he described what's happening down there. I look up to people who act and put the welfare of others before their own without hesitation. This man is one of those people, and one of the few positive things I've been able to find in this disaster.

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