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Friday, September 09, 2011

HARRY RAMOS AND VICTOR WALD

Thursday was a fairly uneventful day in Miami. For the first time in a while no one was fired from the Regional Counsel's Office.

The JAA Broward Blog broke the story that a Miami Bar Committee found probable cause to proceed against former Judge Ana Gardiner for violation of Bar Rules 3.43, 4.84(c) & (d)!!! (that (d) will get you every time). The same Miami Bar Committee also determined that the sun will rise in the east for the foreseeable future.

Manuel Valle's days appear to be dwindling down to a few. The Herald reports that the 11th Circuit lifted its stay, clearing the way for the Governor to reschedule Valle's execution. Valle was twice convicted for the 1978 murder of Coral Gables Police Officer Louis Pena.

Query: If a condition of Valle's sentence was to live out his natural life in a death row-close confinement setting, would that have been sufficient punishment? In our opinion, a numbing life without hope, where every day is the same, is much worse than facing execution.

Sunday is the start of the Football season. Get your suicide pool picks in to fbpool12 at gmail.

Sunday is also 9/11/2011. It hardly seems like ten years have passed since the day that changed our world forever.

We will never forget.



We're Americans.
You can knock us down.
We just get back up stronger.

There are many heroic stories that emerged from the tragedy of the 9/11 attack. Here is one we have always found memorable:

Victor Wald and Harry Ramos began the morning of September 11, 2001 as total strangers.

Wald, a 49-year-old stockbroker at Avalon Partners on the 84th floor of the North Tower, managed to get down as far as the 55th floor – where he encountered Ramos, head trader at the May Davis Group, a small investment bank.

Ramos, 46, stopped in the stairwell to aid Wald, who had suffered from rheumatic fever and was long bedridden as a child. Witnesses said Ramos told Wald, "I'm not going to leave you."

They were last seen sitting together before the building collapsed; now they are united once more at the request of both families at the 9/11 memorial where their names are etched together.


The entire group of 9/11 hijackers and terrorists together don't have one thousandth of the courage and humanity of Harry Ramos.

Take a moment this weekend and tell someone you love the story of Harry Ramos and Victor Wald. It's a story that should never be forgotten.


See You In Court.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

9/11 was a reminder to Americans that we are part of a bigger world...but we haven't paid attention.

Mikal said...

Rump,

Thank you for telling us about Harry Ramos and Victor Wald. It was a story that I had never heard before.

This link is to a photo of the now infamous "falling man" whose real identity has yet to be confirmed.

http://www.esquire.com/features/ESQ0903-SEP_FALLINGMAN

May all of the victims of 9/11 rest in peace and their memories be blessed.

Anonymous said...

I hope former Judge Ana Banana Gardiner gets disbarred. What she did makes us all look bad.

Anonymous said...

can we stop with all of the 9/11 shit. really. I am fucking tired of all the handwringing over this. enough move the fuck on america. every time we have more media coverage about this kid who lost their father or that husband who lost her wife all we are doing is handing the fucking terrorists victory again and again. it reinforces the fear that terrorists thrive on. lets show the fuckin assholes that we are tough and we go on with life as usual instead of sitting around whining and crying.

we should not forget 9/11 but we need to stop this media driven self flagellation every anniversary.

Anonymous said...

I hear Judge Kastrenakes in Palm Beach just skewered the Hirschy bar in a bombstic order denying those stupid Shelton motions. Great stuff.

Anonymous said...

@6:07-- we should not forget 9/11 but we need to stop this media driven self flagellation every anniversary.

-AGREED!!

Anonymous said...

Death penalty is the biggest wast of taxpayer money. We are fools to have it.

Anonymous said...

6:07 p.m.,

While I agree that some of the media does, in a way, hype the tragedy, it, nonetheless, was a loss of over 3000 lives, on American soil, in such a horrible and shocking manner and changed so much (which incredibly impacts the field of criminal law), that it cannot be minimized and warrants "never enough" memorialization.

What puzzles me is how tolerant and empathetic our country can be towards an Islamic faith that does not properly police it's own kind. There are the militants (which probably represent a small minority) and then there are those that remain silent (which represents a much larger percentage).

Use your ire towards this maligned religion that so easily can be interpreted to permit such a tragegy and promotes archaic and hateful violence.

Anonymous said...

I concur with 6:07 and add: What America is the OP talking about? The U.S. has come back stronger? Has stood up defiant in the face of terrorism? That America?

No evidence of it. Move on counselor.

Anonymous said...

6:07, I agree with you. Let's never forget, but it's been a decade. too many innocent lives have been shed by our young men and women in the military over this. It is seriously time to get over it. Americans love to relive tragedy over and over. It's not an anniversary, okay?????

Depressed Guy said...

Look somewhere above her
Pretend you don't love her
Pretend you don't see her at all

Pretend you don't see her my heart
Although she is coming our way
Pretend you don't need her my heart
But smile and pretend to be gay

Its too late for running my heart
Chin up if the tears start to fall
Look somewhere above her
Pretend you don't love her
Pretend you don't see her at all

Pretend you don't see her my heart
Although she is coming our way
Pretend you don't need her my heart
But smile and pretend to be gay

Its too late for running my heart
Chin up if the tears start to fall
Look somewhere above her
Pretend you don't love her
Pretend you don't see her at all

Anonymous said...

Lovely poem for a Saturday night.

Let me guess: one hand on a beer, teardrops on your chest, and your other hand in your shorts?

Another great night in the fun and sun capital of the world?

Anonymous said...

@9:15-- you still use Brylcreem on your hair?

Anonymous said...

"Use your ire towards this maligned religion that so easily can be interpreted to permit such a tragegy and promotes archaic and hateful violence."

Whoa, somebody does not like christians.

Sad Male said...

When I want you in my arms
When I want you and all your charms
Whenever I want you, all I have to do is dream
Dream, dream, dream
When I feel blue in the night
And I want you to hold me tight
Whenever I want you, all I have to do is dream

I can make you mine, taste your lips of wine
Anytime night or day
Only trouble is, gee whiz
I'm dreamin' my life away

I need you so that I could die
I love you so and that is why
Whenever I want you, all I have to do is dream
Dream, dream, dream, dream
Dream, dream
Whenever I want you, all I have to do is dream

I need you so that I could die
I love you so and that is why
Whenever I want you, all I have to do is dream
Dream, dream, dream, dream
Dream, dream
Whenever I want you, all I have to do is dream

Dream, dream, dream
Dream

Anonymous said...

"Media Driven Self Flagellation" and "can we stop with this 9/11 shit"? "This is not an anniversary"?
I'm saddened to see this response coming from well-educated, supposedly intelligent individuals.
Should we ignore it instead? Shall we ignore the day that so many innocent Americans were killed just because they were Americans? Should we ignore the day that so many of America's first responders went into harms way, knowing that there was a good chance they weren't coming out, yet they knew it was the right thing to do? Should we forget so many stories of courage of just regular individuals who rose to the occasion and risked their lives, some of them dying in the World Trade Center or on Flight 93, or in the Pentagon, because they had the courage to look out for someone other than themselves?
9/11/11 is the 10th Anniversary of a very tragic day. (If you don't think it's an anniversary, then I suggest you buy a dictionary). It is the Anniversary of the slaughter of more than 3,000 Americans who did nothing to their attackers. It is the Anniversary of when America was faced with a challenge. It is the Anniversary of when America became united. Does anyone else remember seeing all the members of Congress and the Senate put aside all their differences and join together to sing the National Anthem and God Bless America.
They say those that do not know their history are doomed to repeat it. I for one do not want to repeat 9/11. I have family in the NYFD. I have family in the military. I know the sacrifice that some made, and the sacrifices that some continue to make to keep all of us safe and free from attack. Shall we ignore what they do and did? If so, then let's forget about the Holocaust. Let's forget about Pearl Harbor (another day that is an anniversary of an attack on America).
I for one, will continue to recognize the anniversary of 9/11 every year. I will continue to pray for those who died. I will continue to honor the memory of those that rose to the challenge and showed remarkable courage. I will continue to remember that there will always be people who want to attack us because of our way of life and our beliefs. I will never forget the sacrifices that were made and the sacrifices that will continue to be made. And I will not take this life or my freedom for granted. I hope I'm not the only one......
That's what the anniversary of 9/11 is about.