December 23, 2009

Positivity: Ronald Reagan’s December 23, 1981 Address to the Nation on Christmas and Poland

Filed under: Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:00 pm

I certainly didn’t appreciate the importance of this speech at the time. In fact, I recall ridiculing my late father for following Reagan’s suggestion to light a candle to show solidarity with the Polish people and taking it seriously. It seemed an empty gesture.

I was wrong, Dad.

Here’s a YouTube of part of the speech:

Important background is at this American Spectator item from December 2006 by Paul Kengor.

Full text of nationally broadcast radio/TV speech given on December 23, 1981 at 9 p.m. from the Oval Office at the White House:

Good evening.

At Christmas time, every home takes on a special beauty, a special warmth, and that’s certainly true of the White House, where so many famous Americans have spent their Christmases over the years. This fine old home, the people’s house, has seen so much, been so much a part of all our lives and history. It’s been humbling and inspiring for Nancy and me to be spending our first Christmas in this place.

We’ve lived here as your tenants for almost a year now, and what a year it’s been. As a people we’ve been through quite a lot — moments of joy, of tragedy, and of real achievement — moments that I believe have brought us all closer together. G. K. Chesterton once said that the world would never starve for wonders, but only for the want of wonder.

At this special time of year, we all renew our sense of wonder in recalling the story of the first Christmas in Bethlehem, nearly 2,000 year ago.

Some celebrate Christmas as the birthday of a great and good philosopher and teacher. Others of us believe in the divinity of the child born in Bethlehem, that he was and is the promised Prince of Peace. Yes, we’ve questioned why he who could perform miracles chose to come among us as a helpless babe, but maybe that was his first miracle, his first great lesson that we should learn to care for one another.

Tonight, in millions of American homes, the glow of the Christmas tree is a reflection of the love Jesus taught us. Like the shepherds and wise men of that first Christmas, we Americans have always tried to follow a higher light, a star, if you will. At lonely campfire vigils along the frontier, in the darkest days of the Great Depression, through war and peace, the twin beacons of faith and freedom have brightened the American sky. At times our footsteps may have faltered, but trusting in God’s help, we’ve never lost our way.

Just across the way from the White House stand the two great emblems of the holiday season: a Menorah, symbolizing the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, and the National Christmas Tree, a beautiful towering blue spruce from Pennsylvania. Like the National Christmas Tree, our country is a living, growing thing planted in rich American soil. Only our devoted care can bring it to full flower. So, let this holiday season be for us a time of rededication.

Even as we rejoice, however, let us remember that for some Americans, this will not be as happy a Christmas as it should be. I know a little of what they feel. I remember one Christmas Eve during the Great Depression, my father opening what he thought was a Christmas greeting. It was a notice that he no longer had a job.

Over the past year, we’ve begun the long, hard work of economic recovery. Our goal is an America in which every citizen who needs and wants a job can get a job. Our program for recovery has only been in place for 12 weeks now, but it is beginning to work. With your help and prayers, it will succeed. We’re winning the battle against inflation, runaway government spending and taxation, and that victory will mean more economic growth, more jobs, and more opportunity for all Americans.

A few months before he took up residence in this house, one of my predecessors, John Kennedy, tried to sum up the temper of the times with a quote from an author closely tied to Christmas, Charles Dickens. We were living, he said, in the best of times and the worst of times. Well, in some ways that’s even more true today. The world is full of peril, as well as promise. Too many of its people, even now, live in the shadow of want and tyranny.

As I speak to you tonight, the fate of a proud and ancient nation hangs in the balance. For a thousand years, Christmas has been celebrated in Poland, a land of deep religious faith, but this Christmas brings little joy to the courageous Polish people. They have been betrayed by their own government.

The men who rule them and their totalitarian allies fear the very freedom that the Polish people cherish. They have answered the stirrings of liberty with brute force, killings, mass arrests, and the setting up of concentration camps. Lech Walesa and other Solidarity leaders are imprisoned, their fate unknown. Factories, mines, universities, and homes have been assaulted.

The Polish Government has trampled underfoot solemn commitments to the UN Charter and the Helsinki accords. It has even broken the Gdansk agreement of August 1980, by which the Polish Government recognized the basic right of its people to form free trade unions and to strike.

The tragic events now occurring in Poland, almost 2 years to the day after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, have been precipitated by public and secret pressure from the Soviet Union. It is no coincidence that Soviet Marshal Kulikov, chief of the Warsaw Pact forces, and other senior Red Army officers were in Poland while these outrages were being initiated. And it is no coincidence that the martial law proclamations imposed in December by the Polish Government were being printed in the Soviet Union in September.

The target of this depression [repression] is the Solidarity Movement, but in attacking Solidarity its enemies attack an entire people. Ten million of Poland’s 36 million citizens are members of Solidarity. Taken together with their families, they account for the overwhelming majority of the Polish nation. By persecuting Solidarity the Polish Government wages war against its own people.

I urge the Polish Government and its allies to consider the consequences of their actions. How can they possibly justify using naked force to crush a people who ask for nothing more than the right to lead their own lives in freedom and dignity? Brute force may intimidate, but it cannot form the basis of an enduring society, and the ailing Polish economy cannot be rebuilt with terror tactics.

Poland needs cooperation between its government and its people, not military oppression. If the Polish Government will honor the commitments it has made to human rights in documents like the Gdansk agreement, we in America will gladly do our share to help the shattered Polish economy, just as we helped the countries of Europe after both World Wars.

It’s ironic that we offered, and Poland expressed interest in accepting, our help after World War II. The Soviet Union intervened then and refused to allow such help to Poland. But if the forces of tyranny in Poland, and those who incite them from without, do not relent, they should prepare themselves for serious consequences. Already, throughout the Free World, citizens have publicly demonstrated their support for the Polish people. Our government, and those of our allies, have expressed moral revulsion at the police state tactics of Poland’s oppressors. The Church has also spoken out, in spite of threats and intimidation. But our reaction cannot stop there.

I want emphatically to state tonight that if the outrages in Poland do not cease, we cannot and will not conduct “business as usual” with the perpetrators and those who aid and abet them. Make no mistake, their crime will cost them dearly in their future dealings with America and free peoples everywhere. I do not make this statement lightly or without serious reflection.

We have been measured and deliberate in our reaction to the tragic events in Poland. We have not acted in haste, and the steps I will outline tonight and others we may take in the days ahead are firm, just, and reasonable.

In order to aid the suffering Polish people during this critical period, we will continue the shipment of food through private humanitarian channels, but only so long as we know that the Polish people themselves receive the food. The neighboring country of Austria has opened her doors to refugees from Poland. I have therefore directed that American assistance, including supplies of basic foodstuffs, be offered to aid the Austrians in providing for these refugees.

But to underscore our fundamental opposition to the repressive actions taken by the Polish Government against its own people, the administration has suspended all government-sponsored shipments of agricultural and dairy products to the Polish Government. This suspension will remain in force until absolute assurances are received that distribution of these products is monitored and guaranteed by independent agencies. We must be sure that every bit of food provided by America goes to the Polish people, not to their oppressors.

The United States is taking immediate action to suspend major elements of our economic relationships with the Polish Government. We have halted the renewal of the Export-Import Bank’s line of export credit insurance to the Polish Government. We will suspend Polish civil aviation privileges in the United States. We are suspending the right of Poland’s fishing fleet to operate in American waters. And we’re proposing to our allies the further restriction of high technology exports to Poland.

These actions are not directed against the Polish people. They are a warning to the Government of Poland that free men cannot and will not stand idly by in the face of brutal repression. To underscore this point, I’ve written a letter to General Jaruzelski, head of the Polish Government. In it, I outlined the steps we’re taking and warned of the serious consequences if the Polish Government continues to use violence against its populace. I’ve urged him to free those in arbitrary detention, to lift martial law, and to restore the internationally recognized rights of the Polish people to free speech and association.

The Soviet Union, through its threats and pressures, deserves a major share of blame for the developments in Poland. So, I have also sent a letter to President Brezhnev urging him to permit the restoration of basic human rights in Poland provided for in the Helsinki Final Act. In it, I informed him that if this repression continues, the United States will have no choice but to take further concrete political and economic measures affecting our relationship.

When 19th century Polish patriots rose against foreign oppressors, their rallying cry was, “For our freedom and yours.” Well, that motto still rings true in our time. There is a spirit of solidarity abroad in the world tonight that no physical force can crush. It crosses national boundaries and enters into the hearts of men and women everywhere. In factories, farms, and schools, in cities and towns around the globe, we the people of the Free World stand as one with our Polish brothers and sisters. Their cause is ours, and our prayers and hopes go out to them this Christmas.

Yesterday, I met in this very room with Romuald Spasowski, the distinguished former Polish Ambassador who has sought asylum in our country in protest of the suppression of his native land. He told me that one of the ways the Polish people have demonstrated their solidarity in the face of martial law is by placing lighted candles in their windows to show that the light of liberty still glows in their hearts.

Ambassador Spasowski requested that on Christmas Eve a lighted candle will burn in the White House window as a small but certain beacon of our solidarity with the Polish people. I urge all of you to do the same tomorrow night, on Christmas Eve, as a personal statement of your commitment to the steps we’re taking to support the brave people of Poland in their time of troubles.

Once, earlier in this century, an evil influence threatened that the lights were going out all over the world. Let the light of millions of candles in American homes give notice that the light of freedom is not going to be extinguished. We are blessed with a freedom and abundance denied to so many. Let those candles remind us that these blessings bring with them a solid obligation, an obligation to the God who guides us, an obligation to the heritage of liberty and dignity handed down to us by our forefathers and an obligation to the children of the world, whose future will be shaped by the way we live our lives today.

Christmas means so much because of one special child. But Christmas also reminds us that all children are special, that they are gifts from God, gifts beyond price that mean more than any presents money can buy. In their love and laughter, in our hopes for their future lies the true meaning of Christmas.

So, in a spirit of gratitude for what we’ve been able to achieve together over the past year and looking forward to all that we hope to achieve together in the years ahead, Nancy and I want to wish you all the best of holiday seasons. As Charles Dickens, whom I quoted a few moments ago, said so well in “A Christmas Carol,” “God bless us, every one.”

Good night.

GM Indefinitely Lays Off More Workers Barely a Week After It Said It Wouldn’t

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On December 8, Susan Gustafson at MLive.com proclaimed that “GM’s announcement of no more layoffs is good news after years of hemorrhaging jobs”:

General Motors’ announcement this morning that it plans no further layoffs in the immediate future is huge news for both the automaker and Michigan as a whole after years of steady erosion in the ranks of hourly and salaried workers.

…. the company doesn’t expect the numbers of hourly workers on indefinite layoff to increase.

That same day, Robert Snell at the Detroit News reported the same thing:

General Motors Co. does not plan any job cuts in the immediate future, the company’s new president of North America said this morning.

Eight days later, GM laid off additional workers indefinitely in Bowling Green, Kentucky:

As 75 more workers were indefinitely laid off from General Motors’ Corvette assembly plant in this western Kentucky city, those who remain say 2009 has been one tough year.

No one has asked how this move doesn’t break the company’s promise made eight days earlier. Does it not count because it’s “only” 75? Or because it’s “only” in Kentucky?

Though their relevance to the accuracy of the company’s promise is less clear, about 100 more GM workers lost their jobs last week:

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) ….. As of Friday, December 18th, the GM Plant in Tonawanda rolled out its last V-8 engine. Workers were told the engine line was coming to an end back in June.

…. the company’s plan was to lay off 150 employees, but it turns out some of them will continue working.

Local 774 Chairman Bob Coleman explained, “We absorbed a lot of people in the other lines. We’d seen where the need was for the bodies probably about 50 people.”

Well, GM said that the number of people on indefinite layoff would not increase on December 8, but it obviously has in both Bowling Green and Tonawanda.

According to NPR on the day of the “no more layoffs” announcement, recently fired CEO Fritz Henderson had previously said that further layoffs might be necessary:

The (no more layoff) news is a turnaround from comments made last month by former President and CEO Fritz Henderson who said GM still had too many hourly workers and could slash some of the 6,000 to 7,000 workers currently on layoff.

It turns out that Fritz Henderson was right. Perhaps saying so contributed to why he was fired.

It look like GM, which was not exactly a model of corporate clarity before it went bankrupt and became a government- and union-controlled entity, has learned a lot about government-speak in a very short time.

It also looks like the press has learned not to look for contradictions or falsehoods in anything Government Motors says or does.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

Not News: Obama EO Removes Restrictions on INTERPOL

WhiteHouseEOpic1209Here are some examples of Executive Orders issued by President Obama that have received New York Times or Associated Press coverage:

  • NYT, October 29 — “Obama Order Strengthens Spy Oversight” (the browser window title is “Obama Moves to Roll Back Bush Changes to Intelligence Oversight Board”).
  • NYT, October 2 – ”Obama Prohibits Federal Employees From Texting While Driving for Work.”
  • NYT, March 10 – ”Obama Lifts Bush’s Strict Limits on Stem Cell Research.”
  • AP, October 5 – ”Obama Puts Gov’t on Greenhouse Gas Diet.”
  • AP, November 10 – ”US starts effort to boost hiring of veterans” (the window title at the Boston Globe is “Obama encourages federal hiring of veterans”).

Here is an Executive Order (Number 13524) issued last week that, based on searches at the Times (on “Interpol” and “executive order” in quotes) and the AP (“interpol“; “executive order” in quotes), respectively, has not been covered:

AMENDING EXECUTIVE ORDER 12425 DESIGNATING INTERPOL
AS A PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION ENTITLED TO
ENJOY CERTAIN PRIVILEGES, EXEMPTIONS, AND IMMUNITIES

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 1 of the International Organizations Immunities Act (22 U.S.C. 288), and in order to extend the appropriate privileges, exemptions, and immunities to the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), it is hereby ordered that Executive Order 12425 of June 16, 1983, as amended, is further amended by deleting from the first sentence the words “except those provided by Section 2(c), Section 3, Section 4, Section 5, and Section 6 of that Act” and the semicolon that immediately precedes them.

Uh, this seems a little more significant than a ban on texting.

Given the obsession news organizations and Congress had with certain provisions of the Patriot Act and supposed invasions of privacy during Bush 43′s presidency, it’s more than a bit outrageous that an Executive Order such as this would go unaddressed by both groups, especially when you see exactly what it does to Ronald Reagan’s original EO 12425 of 1983 as it has stood since it was amended in 1995 (the italicized text represents what Obama’s EO removes):

International Criminal Police Organizations

By virtue of the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and statutes of the United States, including Section 1 of the International Organizations Immunities Act (59 Stat. 669, 22 U.S.C. 288), it is hereby ordered that the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), in which the United States participates pursuant to 22 U.S.C. 263a, is hereby designated as a public international organization entitled to enjoy the privileges, exemptions and immunities conferred by the International Organizations Immunities Act; except those provided by Section 2(c), Section 4, Section 5, and Section 6 of that Act. This designation is not intended to abridge in any respect the privileges, exemptions or immunities which such organization may have acquired or may acquire by international agreement or by Congressional action.

President Clinton’s EO 12971 in 1995 had already removed the following bracketed text from Reagan’s original — ["the portions of Section 2(d) and Section 3 relating to customs duties and federal internal-revenue importation taxes,"].

The point of this post is that if the establishment media were interested in performing their public watchdog function, someone in the press somewhere would have reported on the issuance of this EO. Instead, it was first noted by blogs and real watchdog groups. Andy McCarthy’s cite at the Corner is how I learned of it.

I’ll leave discussing the possible merits, demerits, and implications of the EO to commenters.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

Lucid Links (122309, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 9:16 am

This Is How Tyrants Think and Operate Update, from Andy McCarthy at the Corner:

You just can’t make up how brazen this crowd is. One week ago, President Obama quietly signed an executive order that makes an international police force immune from the restraints of American law.

…. (On December 17) for no apparent reason, President Obama issued an executive order removing the Reagan limitations. That is, Interpol’s property and assets are no longer subject to search and confiscation, and its archives are now considered inviolable. This international police force (whose U.S. headquarters is in the Justice Department in Washington) will be unrestrained by the U.S. Constitution and American law while it operates in the United States and affects both Americans and American interests outside the United States.

McCarthy does not exaggerate. The EO’s exact wording is (bold is mine):

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 1 of the International Organizations Immunities Act (22 U.S.C. 288), and in order to extend the appropriate privileges, exemptions, and immunities to the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), it is hereby ordered that Executive Order 12425 of June 16, 1983, as amended, is further amended by deleting from the first sentence the words “except those provided by Section 2(c), Section 3, Section 4, Section 5, and Section 6 of that Act” and the semicolon that immediately precedes them.

President Reagan’s original EO text, modified with Obama’s new deletions, now reads as follows (bold is mine):

By virtue of the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and statutes of the United States, including Section 1 of the International Organizations Immunities Act (59 Stat. 669, 22 U.S.C. 288), it is hereby ordered that the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), in which the United States participates pursuant to 22 U.S.C. 263a, is hereby designated as a public international organization entitled to enjoy the privileges, exemptions and immunities conferred by the International Organizations Immunities Act; except those provided by Section 2(c), the portions of Section 2(d) and Section 3 relating to customs duties and federal internal-revenue importation taxes, Section 4, Section 5, and Section 6 of that Act. This designation is not intended to abridge in any respect the privileges, exemptions or immunities which such organization may have acquired or may acquire by international agreement or by Congressional action.

So Obama got rid of ALL of Reagan’s exceptions, making INTERPOL a fully privileged entity (i.e., “appropriate” to Obama means “full”). An almost up-to-date list of “Public International Organizations Entitled To Enjoy Certain Privileges, Exemptions, and Immunities” is here.

What compelling, undisclosed, undiscussed, undebated, unexplained need motivated this action?

A key point, followed by a conclusion, at Threatswatch:

Section 2c of the United States International Organizations Immunities Act is the crucial piece.

“Property and assets of international organizations, wherever located and by whomsoever held, shall be immune from search, unless such immunity be expressly waived, and from confiscation. The archives of international organizations shall be inviolable.”

In light of what we know and can observe, it is our logical conclusion that President Obama’s Executive Order amending President Ronald Reagans’ 1983 EO 12425 and placing INTERPOL above the United States Constitution and beyond the legal reach of our own top law enforcement is a precursor to more damaging moves.

Unless someone has a defensible alternative conclusion, I would say that’s the default. Even if the conclusion is wrong, the move itself is damaging enough.

Update, December 26: At Patriot Room — “INTERPOL the only police authority entity exempt from S&S (search and seizure) under 1945 Act”

Update 2, December 26: From the “imagine that” Dept.

Though the expression “modern day SS” sounds like a hyperbolic metaphor, an examination of Interpol’s roots shows that it is, in fact, more literally true than that.

I was in Europe in 1973 when an expose was published, revealing that many, if not all, of the presidents of Interpol from the late 1930s or early ’40s until at least 1972 were Nazi Gestapo and SS officers. Reinhard (”The Hangman”), Heydrich (also head of Nazi SS Intelligence Service) and Gestapo chief Ernst Kaltenbrunner. By 1942 Interpol was consolidated with the Nazi Central Police, run by the Gestapo. As the Nazis invaded cities throughout Europe, police files from each were seized and evidently integrated into Interpol’s files. In 1972 the sitting Interpol President was Paul Dickopf, former Nazi SS officer (SS #337259).

The source on this? The Simon Wiesenthal Center. Simon Wiesenthal is pretty much the most famous of the post-war Nazi hunters, having impressively thorough files.

…. Interpol are not the good guys. Nothing good can come from giving them any domain at all in our country.

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Polling news at Rasmussen (HT Gateway Pundit):

  • Obama’s strong approval vs. strong disapproval is 25% v. 46%, yielding a “Presidential Approval Index” of -21%, his worst yet.
  • Bush 43′s strong disapproval in early January, just before he left office, was 43%.
  • “For the second straight day, the update shows the highest level of Strong Disapproval yet recorded for this President. That negative rating had never topped 42% before yesterday. However, it has risen dramatically since the Senate found 60 votes to move forward with the proposed health care reform legislation.”

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More Globaloney refutation (HT Roger Simon), with a troubling implication (internal links added by me) –

Cosmic rays and chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), both already implicated in depleting the Earth’s ozone layer, are also responsible for changes in the global climate, a University of Waterloo scientist reports in a new peer-reviewed paper (PDF).

…. “My findings do not agree with the climate models that conventionally thought that greenhouse gases, mainly CO2, are the major culprits for the global warming seen in the late 20th century,” (University of Waterloo professor of physics and astronomy Qing-Bin) Lu said. “Instead, the observed data show that CFCs conspiring with cosmic rays most likely caused both the Antarctic ozone hole and global warming. These findings are totally unexpected and striking, as I was focused on studying the mechanism for the formation of the ozone hole, rather than global warming.”

His conclusions are based on observations that from 1950 up to now, the climate in the Arctic and Antarctic atmospheres has been completely controlled by CFCs and cosmic rays, with no CO2 impact.

“Most remarkably, the total amount of CFCs, ozone-depleting molecules that are well-known greenhouse gases, has decreased around 2000,” Lu said. “Correspondingly, the global surface temperature has also dropped. In striking contrast, the CO2 level has kept rising since 1850 and now is at its largest growth rate.”

In his research, Lu discovers that while there was global warming from 1950 to 2000, there has been global cooling since 2002. The cooling trend will continue for the next 50 years, according to his new research observations.

Lu’s Selected Publications (31 listed) and Conference Abstracts (22 listed) page is here.

Here’s the troubling implication:

  • CFCs were widely used for a while.
  • The science supported the idea that CFCs were depleting the ozone layer (Update: See Comment 2 below; even that’s not necessarily clear).
  • Despite initial industry objections, industry came around, and CFCs were banned.
  • The foundation of the ability to ban them was based on the supposed credibility of the science.
  • The man-made/anthropogenic global warming (AGW) alarmists spent up to two decades creating bogus, not-credible “science,” covering their dishonest tracks, and attempting to intimidate and silence critics in support of what became a political cause (or was one all along) instead of a legitimate scientific pursuit. (Added at 7:45 p.m.) They have NO credibility. Climategate’s body of evidence has destroyed it. It can’t be recovered, at least by the crew that has been involved up to now.
  • When the next valid scientific claim such as the danger of CFCs requiring change in how things are made or done comes along, the skepticism will likely be higher. That’s because the fundamentally dishonest, character-assassinating AGW alarmists — assisted by others who for decades have questioned the validity of any scientific findings solely on the basis that they don’t like the people who funded the work — have seriously poisoned the well of presumptive scientific credibility.
  • Too-slow reaction to valid concerns may cause harm that otherwise would not have occurred.

As brilliant as Phelim McAleer’s globaloney-debunking work has been, I believe his film’s title (“Not Evil Just Wrong“) understates the globalarmists’ treacherous mind-set and its potentially harmful long-term consequences.

Positivity: 8-year-old’s plight has saved lives

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:58 am

From Brentwood, New Hampshire, and many other places:

December 20, 2009 2:00 AM

The cancer that has riddled Jordyn Boucher’s blood since she was 15 months old is progressing.

Santa made a special trip to Brentwood last week so Jordyn’s family could celebrate Christmas before they traveled to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., where Jordyn will receive a bone marrow transplant from her father, Brian.

Jordyn’s family is praying for a Christmas miracle. But for many other cancer patients, Jordyn was their miracle.

One of them is Cary Hill, a 39-year-old father of two from China Grove, N.C.

Hill was never one to go to the doctor for anything. He fought what he thought were flu symptoms for more than a week, but on March 19, 2006, the pain was just too intense. He went to the doctor hoping for some medication to make him better. Instead, he was told he was within 24 hours of having a massive heart attack because the number of white blood cells in his body was off the charts.

Hill had acute lymphoblastic leukemia and a 15 percent chance of surviving. A stem cell transplant and chemotherapy treatments were ordered and Hill’s life changed forever.

“The doctor said it was important that this transplant happened immediately,” said Hill, now 42. “I had never been sick in my life. It was very scary.”

Nine hundred and fourteen miles north, Ned Raynolds, a Portsmouth city councilor at the time, read a story about a family living in Stratham that was holding a bone marrow drive with the hope of finding a match for their 5-year-old daughter Jordyn. A 41-year-old father of three, Raynolds reacted like many other parents.

“At the time one of my daughters was close to Jordyn’s age …; I saw the picture of Jordyn and thought, ‘that could be my daughter,’”‰” said Raynolds. “I found out, hey, that could be me.”

Raynolds was one of more than 1,000 people who became part of the Be The Match Registry of the National Marrow Donor Program because of Jordyn’s story. Many came — from throughout New England — but not one was a match. Still, at least six people who became part of the registry in February 2006 were matched with other cancer patients across the country. The six are only the people who have contacted Jordyn’s family afterwards. There are likely many more.

As it turns out, Raynolds was a perfect match for Hill. Graft-versus-host disease is a common and serious complication in which there is a reaction of the donated marrow or cells against the patient’s own tissue. But Hill just got better and better. A year later, he was given Raynolds’ contact information, if he wanted to call and say thank you.

“I told him I was 100 percent. He got real teary. I told him I really appreciated what he’d done for me. I said if it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t be here today,” said Hill. “It seemed like we knew each other after we kept talking. He’s like a brother to me now.”

“It was an amazing feeling,” said Raynolds. “It was originally the thought of perhaps my 5-year-old being stricken with cancer and wanting other people to donate to save her. Instead, I saved another father and saved his family from losing him. That has been very meaningful.” ….

Go here for the rest of the story.