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Sergeant Dennis Cabanting, a Wounded Warrior You Need to Know


This fine fellow, Army National Guard Sergeant Dennis Cabanting, was not a young pup when he was injured in Iraq -- which meant his recovery started when he was a bit older, a tad more set in his military ways, and more susceptible to complications by virtue of age. He also quite literally couldn't imagine his life without the military.

See if you don't also find this wounded warrior's story remarkable. Particularly at this shameful juncture when Congress can't even pull VA funding and reform out of their Out of Order sausage-making machine. Gaah. This is a vet you won't soon forget.

There is a terrific moment when Dennis is asked, "What does independence mean moving forward, for you ... because one of the first things you said to me was 'I don't want to live with my Mom!' [laughter]" and his 'old' personality clearly shines through.


I've mentioned it before, traumatic brain injury is something the husband and I have worked with for nearly a dozen years here in our small Vermont town, and it is one complex human condition to be in. But if you like a job where you can leave your own life complaints at the coat check, I highly recommend, and in this rather self-absorbed century that is a startlingly terrific benefit.

Rather than drills and being in command, Sarge is now spending his days fighting the battle-related Multiple Sclerosis that he came back from Iraq with the seeds of, as well as severe PTSD and the TBI that has the potential to take a returned hero from wounded soldier to tragic figure.

MSNBC weekender Patrick Murphy was wise enough to include this Hawaii native in his four part series on Taking the Hill heroes, indeed it was the final installment.

"I don't want a Mamas boy ... and he doesn't want to BE a Mama's Boy!" laughingly sputtered Cabanting's own Mama. He's a bit old at newly 40, with a son nearly 17 of his own living with his ex-wife in his home state of Hawaii.

"It's a whole new rebirth," Mama said of her courageous son's turning 40, leis everywhere and candles a' blazin'. Dennis' tremors and peculiar gait were endearingly exaggerated as he made his way up to blow them out.

Image courtesy Mark Koning

Image courtesy Mark Koning

My legs may not work all that well ... but they work!" he said with pride toward the end of the filmed thank you he wanted to do as an appreciative, powerful message and gesture of gratitude to the many that helped him on his road to recovery with TBI. That long list included The Wounded Warrior Project. Under the Radar Military online, who had this to say of Dennis on their website, also offered video, further below.

It is unaccountably important to feel one of many, to love and to be loved and to know that you have something, something unique, to contribute. The possibilities are endless when that kind of reconnection to humanity finally clicks in.

Powerfully wonderful to see Sgt. Cabanting reach forty and have a long and uplifting road ahead, with the kind of life he has reestablished for himself.

The 'Old Dennis' would absolutely be proud.



"Fiscal conservatives": Shutting Down Gitmo Would Save a 1%er's Fortune


It's costing the American people about a billion per Guantanamo detainee.

Let that sink in.

President Obama was elected in part on his promise to shut that human rights travesty down, and as we finally look toward evacuating Afghanistan of most American troops, it is past time to close the Gitmo 'detaining' facilities adjacent to Cuba and move forward with justice.

Of course Fvx Nation disagrees. They are unaccountably fond of Gitmo, practice NIMBY religiously and of course oppose anything Obama might even consider.


Up with Steve Kornacki, MSNBC's weekend early a.m. program, had a terrific panel this morning to hash out the predictably Coiffure On Fire reaction of the Tea-driven GOP to any discussion of Gitmo, non-military courts and sanity.

It included David Corn of Mother Jones and the admirable military vet slash ex-Representative slash cable reporter-pundit and host of his own Sunday show, Taking the Hill, Patrick Murphy. ['Cycle' co-host Krystal Ball is subbing for Steve, so don't think he decided to go on set in drag to celebrate Summer Solstice.]


For contrast, Fvx Noise ran endless loops of how dangerous the released, unreleased, hypothetically detained and utterly mythical 'prisoners' are our new greatest threat in the fictional War on Terror. Here 'ya go, Fox:



Rep Allen West (R- Crazy Town) Finally Concedes to Murphy


Congratulations to Rep Elect Murphy and his hard working crews. I'm guessing we'll be seeing Fox Senior Analyst Allen West here soon.

Florida Rep. Allen West — the tea party pugilist and face of the class of House Republicans that stormed to power two years ago — conceded Tuesday to 29-year-old construction executive Patrick Murphy in one of the nation’s highest-profile congressional races.

After two weeks of battle with St. Lucie County elections officials — and a recount of early votes that wound up extending Murphy’s lead — West acknowledged that he couldn’t surmount his 1,904-vote, or 0.58 percent, deficit. That difference was just outside the 0.5 percent threshold to automatically trigger a recount of all votes.


“For two weeks since Election Day, we have been working to ensure every vote is counted accurately and fairly. We have made progress towards that goal, thanks to the dedication of our supporters and their unrelenting efforts to protect the integrity of the democratic process,” West said in a statement to POLITICO. “While many questions remain unanswered, today I am announcing that I will take no further action to contest the outcome of this election.”

West congratulated Murphy, saying, “I pray he will serve his constituents with honor and integrity, and put the interests of our nation before his own.”