U2’s Bono stood up for democracy in the communist island of Cuba last night when he recognized and dedicated a song to Cuban pro-democracy leader Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet.

During a concert in Miami’s Sun life Arena on Wednesday night, Bono, known for his political and human rights efforts, energized this South Florida fans as he honored Dr. Biscet, a former political prisoner who has been fighting for Freedom for the oppressed Cuban people. Bono mentioned Dr. Biscet during the song “Walk On,” asking the audience to let everyone know in Cuba that Dr. Biscet “is special to us, and we are watching.”

Capitol Hill Cuban’s blog writes:

“On a stage filled with Amnesty International candles, he dedicated a song to Dr. Biscet’s struggle for freedom, asked everyone to raise their hands in solidarity and proclaimed, “one day soon Cuba will be free.”

Watch the moving tremendously moving video clip:

The Miami Herald reports Bono recently met with Republican Florida Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, who is Cuban-American

UPDATED: I incorrectly wrote that the concert was held at the Miami’s American Airlines Arena, using the Associated Press and the Miami Herald as a source. (AP: Bono gives shout-out in Miami to Cuban dissident.)  A reader, Jose Gomez, corrected me today informing me that the concert venue was the “Marlin’s Stadium” aka Sun Life Stadium. Thank you Jose for the correction. 

Too many people spend too much time planning their lives, and not living their lives…. Our own mortality, and that of our loved ones, is enough to snap anyone out of the planning phase and into the “Let’s Do It” stage of life.

Some of my father’s childhood dreams came true yesterday, as we stepped back in time during our visit to Tombstone, Arizona. On Day 5 of our cross-country road trip we made a pit-stop in the historic Western boom town with plans of seeing the O.K. Corral, the home of the Earp brothers and adventuring around the old mining town, which once was one of the largest towns in America.

We arrived into town early Thursday morning with plans to stay the day until about 3:00 pm, to see the 2:00 pm re-enactment of the shoot out at the OK Corral. After slathering on a lot of sunblock in preparation for a scorching day in the Arizona desert, high of 104 degrees, my dad proudly placed his massive hat on his head (my father has his sombrero/ umbrella ). Not to be out done, I found my large floppy hat, and together, with our VERY large head gear, we took on Tombstone….

Our first stop during the day was the visitor center where the nicest man provided us with all the information needed to plan out our day. We chit-chatted and I told him about the cross-country trip with my dad, and why I was moving and he told me he was a fellow Republican. We then started talking Presidential politics for a moment. He is a big Palin fan…. What I realized during the trip, is that Tombstone, Arizona is a town deeply rooted in politics… even the fight at the OK Corral was part of a Republican versus Democrat struggle. MORE

Thanks to advice at the visitor center, our Tombstone visit included trips to the Birdcage Theater, the Tombstone Court House, the Epitaph Newspaper, Big Nose Kate’s Saloon, the cemetery, The O.K. Corral and a trolley visit around town.

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My father could not have been happier in Tombstone. He would stop in shops and look at the artifacts with care, as to take in each and every moment and internalize it in his memory. He really must have been in good spirits because when we made a stop at Big Nose Kate’s Saloon my father ordered a beer, a real beer, instead of his usual O’Dules non-alcoholic beer. Though his doctor told him it was ok to

drink occasionally, my dad prefers not to, just in case, but today, TODAY, was a special occasion. Sitting at the bar, he with his beer, and me with a Sarsaparilla, we made a toast to our day.

Lunch at Big Nose Kate’s was an experience. Performers played country music while staff danced and walked around in period costumes. A man dressed like an Old West Saloon manager greeted us to the establishment. He and the bartender chatted us up and made us feel right at home. Before I knew it, he was sitting me on top of the bar and posing me for pictures!!

My father got plenty of attention himself, due to the sombero/ umbrella…The hat’s very large brim stood out among the traditional cowboy hats worn my the locals. A few times people complemented his sombrero, that is, when he wasn’t chasing after it because a gust of wind had flung it off his head. Yet, he would occasionally look over at me and say the hat was a “sensación,” as he gleefully walked down the covered wooden boardwalk of old town Tombstone.

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At 1:40 we we made our way to the OK Corral for the reenactment.

The show was interesting but long … Lots of monolog that I could have done without. I did learn a lot of Tombstone history.

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Today, on Day 5 of the road trip, the goal is to make some of my Dad’s childhood dreams come true.

My father is a HUGE Old West fan. Growing up his heroes included the Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. He has told me of stories of reading countless comic books, watching hours of television shows and spent countless afternoons dreaming of these Western legends when he was growing up in Mexico.  He even dressed the part, and LOVED Western style clothing.

Can you find my dad in this picture below:

During our first road trip, we headed North and spent time in South Dakota and Wyoming finding some great Wild West history.

This time we are in Arizona and headed to some famous Old West towns… any one want to guess what is our next destination?

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The Associated Press created this video on President Obama’s short trip to Puerto Rico. The President did a quick speech to a large Puerto Rican crowd and spent three hours fund-raising on the island. Here is some reaction from Puerto Ricans on the island.
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Check out the Orlando Sentinel’s for the video and they ask: Today’s Buzz: Does Obama deserve Hispanics support?

On Tuesday Barack Obama became the first U.S. president to pay an official visit to Puerto Rico in 50 years. The trip was a way for the president to appeal for support from Puerto Ricans and other Hispanics, especially in states where they are concentrated, like Florida. Hispanics are a fast-growing voting bloc coveted by both parties. Does Obama deserve support from Hispanics for advocating immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants? How should he rate with them on other issues, including his management of the economy? Should Hispanics even look at him differently than other Americans? What do you think? Talk about it!

Click here to add your comments to the Orlando Sun Sentinel

Here is the Link: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/videobeta/6c2acca5-5698-43e1-a9a0-69992f27bc2c/News/Obama-visits-Puerto-Rico-with-eye-on-US-voters

At 5 am Central Time the iPhone alarm woke my father and I up to tackle Day 4 of the road trip. We knew that on this morning, Wednesday, was going to be a very long driving day. The night before we changed plans and decided not to RON (rest over night) in El Paso, TX as I was way too nervous about the situation occurring in Juarez, Mexico. Instead, we decided to take on the West and haul ourselves over to Arizona to be closer to the motherland of all road trip destinations – The Grand Canyon.

For over 14 hours we drove West on 1-10, stopping in small towns along the way to rest and gas up my jeep. The hot, bone dry summer air felt like a vacuüm on my skin, stripping it of any moisture. We must have had a gallon of water trying to keep hydrated as the direct sun tanned our skin through the car windows.

While the drive was long, it was enjoyable as we breezed through the beautiful South West country side driving through desert, farms and cattle ranches. To my father’s disappointment he still did not find any Texas Longhorn Cattle. Not one… We joked it was much like our first road trip two summers ago when I all I wanted to find was wild buffalo and the closest I got was Buffalo burgers in Wall, South Dakota. … I got my father a postcard of a Texas Longhorn, at least this way he can see it up close. 🙂

As we traveled West passing through usually overlooked towns nestled in the mountains, I felt that I was in Cars, the Disney cartoon movie. At one time the main highway ran through these tiny pieces of civilization, but now the only thing you can see is the rust building on the old gas station and adjacent abandoned restaurant signs.

Yet, most of the drive was just the amazing views of the America South West. Here are some shots from the drive.

In El Paso, Texas… With a few of Mexico:

Somewhere in New Mexico:

As we drove from New Mexico into Arizona we could see smoke in the distance. Here is a picture of what we later realized was horrible wildfires devastating the area. The Monument Fire has scotched hundred of thousands of acres.

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We finally arrived in Tucson, Arizona at about 6:00 pm Pacific ST. … Next up, we are making Dad’s dreams come true and visiting some Wild West Towns.