DANIEL HERNANDEZ  1:41 pm January 10, 2011

Meet Your Arizona Superhero: Gabrielle Giffords’ Gay Latino Intern

by Sara Benincasa

KICKASS!Most modern-day interns spend a lot of time listening to hip-hop music on their iPods and refusing to perform any tasks that require actual intellectual or (gasp!) physical effort. How startling, then, that during Saturday’s awful massacre in Tuscon, one of these entitled Mileybots conclusively proved himself to be the Awesomest Intern In The History Of Ever. And in addition to being a brown, he is a gay.

This University of Arizona junior, Daniel Hernandez, was only five days into his internship in the office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) when Jared Lee Loughner allegedly opened fire at Giffords’ “Congress On Your Corner” meet-and-greet at a Tucson Safeway. The kid ran TOWARD the gunshots. Here’s one account of wha happa next:

Hernandez, a member of the City of Tucson Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues, applied pressure to Giffords’ entry wound to stop her bleeding after checking the life signs of other victims of the shooting in Tuscon, according to the Arizona Republic.

“First the neck, then the wrist,” he told the Republic. “I don’t even know if the gunfire had stopped.”

Hernandez said he made sure Giffords breathed property by holding her head in his lap before he taught a bystander how to use the same technique on the wounds of his boss, Ron Barber.

This big brown baby bear lives in a state ruled by a bloodstained harpie who stole domestic partner coverage for state workers with same-sex partners, essentially signing a death warrant for uninsured partners with life-threatening illnesses. He lives in a country where he is surrounded on all sides by people who hate his skin color, his genetic profile, his natural human desires, and the inner workings of what we, for lack of a better word, call a heart or a soul.

You can imagine a kid like this in high school — smart, gay (though maybe closeted at the time), interested in politics, maybe a bit of a nerd. You think nobody ever called him a fag behind his back? You think nobody ever called him a fag to his face? You think that as popular and likable as he may have been, he didn’t know in the core of his being that someone, somewhere was always quietly judging him and boys like him as perverted, evil, an abomination?

On Saturday, this “fag” did something bigger and better than any of the cowards who hate him and people like him have ever done or will ever do. We as Americans spend a lot of time fawning over people who signed up for a paying job that requires one to kill others and to risk being killed, all while clad in a uniform. We give them shiny medals and weep over their service when the truth is that they were just doing what their job required. True heroes risk their lives not because their contract requires it of them, but because their heart demands it of them.

Now read what the kid told his school newspaper today:

“I don’t think I’m a hero. I think doing something one off is not something heroic,” Hernandez said. “I think the heroes are people like Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Ron Barber, Dave Zimmerman, and Pam Simon. They are people who have dedicated their lives to public service so for them it wasn’t just a one time thing, it’s spending their entire lives trying to help others.”

If this kid doesn’t earn an automatic A+ in his internship course, there is no justice in this world.

Go ahead and tell him that you love him, maybe, over at this Facebook fan page. You did it for Rihanna and Drake, so you have no excuse not to do it for Daniel.

 

Hola wonkerados.

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Crank_Tango January 10, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Most modern-day interns spend a lot of time listening to hip-hop music on their iPods and refusing to perform any tasks that require actual intellectual or (gasp!) physical effort.

Is that a shot at Riley?

chascates January 10, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Riley was in Breitbart's crosshairs so he's a hero!

BaldarTFlagass January 10, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Not to worry, Riley, it's just a surveyor's symbol.

horsedreamer_1 January 11, 2011 at 9:18 am

Over the brownstar.

CZL January 10, 2011 at 1:53 pm

What is not a shot at Riley?

SorosBot January 10, 2011 at 2:13 pm

More of a shot at Benjamin (Riley's an editor now).

sarabenincasa January 10, 2011 at 7:11 pm

No, because if Pareene won't have me, Riley is next on my mawwage list.

SorosBot January 10, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Somehow that sounds weirdly incestuous.

Angry_Marmot January 16, 2011 at 7:45 am

You say that like it's a bad thing.

angryclownspawn January 10, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I've said it before and I will say it again, thank God for teh latino gays!

CthuNHu January 10, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Today, we are all big fat gay Hispanic heroes.

PsycWench January 10, 2011 at 1:46 pm

One young man has caused one hell of a lot of cognitive dissonance. I salute him.

Dashboard_Jesus January 11, 2011 at 12:27 am

as a not-too-proud U of A alum myself (class of '83, barely) I must say how very proud I am of this fine young man, running TOWARD the gunshots to help save Gabby…and he is a humble and reluctant hero at that, I want to have his illegal gay terror anchor baby! (too bad Napolitano had to satisfy her ego to be head of 'der Fatherland Security' and thus leaving the state in the hands of the evil Brewer, Jan HAD to know that no good would come from this…but I digress)

"I think it's a little strange to be calling me a hero, because the things that I did was a one-off," Hernandez said on CBS's "The Early Show" on Monday. "However, the real heroes are people like Congresswoman Giffords, who have dedicated their lives to public service and helping others."

dizzeeboy January 10, 2011 at 1:47 pm

As a longtime lurker who hardly ever comments, I just gotta say: How awesome is this?

ManchuCandidate January 10, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Somehow I don't think this is good news for Juan McCain.

horsedreamer_1 January 11, 2011 at 9:20 am

But Meghan has somebody new to give her style points.

OC_Surf_Serf January 10, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Once again: White Folks depending on the brown-skinned for help.

(still tough for snark regarding all this…hats off to Daniel)

Buzz Feedback January 10, 2011 at 1:49 pm

¡fabulous anchor bebé!

WordSaladNation January 10, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Heckuva job, brownie!

(In all seriousness—this guy is, perhaps, the only bright spot in this whole sordid series of events. Well done, Mr. Hernandez.)

MistaEko January 10, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Daniel has earned the Bill Adama Memorial "Latinos Proving Humanity is Still Worth Saving" Award.

BerkeleyBear January 10, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Frack yeah!

chilequiles January 11, 2011 at 2:03 am

50 nerd points

Texan_Bulldog January 10, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Gay and brown…and a hero to boot. Repub heads must be exploding trying to figure out if they should ask for his papers or just avoid him because of his gay cooties.

BerkeleyBear January 10, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Or just quivering with anger that he's more of a man than any of them.

horsedreamer_1 January 11, 2011 at 9:20 am

"avoid"

Serolf_Divad January 10, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Nice: a gay Mexican…. only if he were also Moslem would he more fully embody eveything that the Teabaggers despise about present day America.

Mark my words teabaggers: the future belongs to brave, gay, Mexican, moslem interns with a rudimentary understanding of basic first aid techniques.

prommie January 10, 2011 at 2:08 pm

If only his name were "Marx Marvelous."

jakegittes January 10, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Mebbe we could get him to convert.

horsedreamer_1 January 11, 2011 at 9:21 am

& we all know how well that worked out for Jose Padilla.

SorosBot January 10, 2011 at 2:34 pm

He could be an atheist; that's another group the teabaggers hate.

trampndirtdown January 10, 2011 at 9:45 pm

There's a 16% chance that he is an atheist.

MarshallBanana January 10, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Now wait until idiot reichwingers say he was actually trying to push her INTO the path of the bullet and is just covering his tracks now.

Damn it, these people just do it to me. My hatred is over 9,000 today. I saw some bloviating moron on Facebook try to equate an old DNC map that used archery targets with the SarahPAC gunsights map. Another brain-damaged nitwit claimed that every gunman in the history of the world has been a liberal. And that it, I've had it, I really do just want to shoot them all. And if nothing else this shows how rhetoric goes a long way toward making people unhinged, because my hinges are starting to fall off.

BlueStateLibel January 10, 2011 at 3:07 pm

How 'bout a joint to calm you down (oops). But anyway, the Repugnants are on the run, and they know it, that's why Saruh immediately took down her target map.

There are still enough half-way reasonable people who are repulsed by all their "lock and load" rhetoric and see the connection with this tragedy. I'd avoid the nuts on Facebook–leave it to to the FBI and Secret Service to sort them out.

doxastic January 10, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Viva La Raza!
(would make an awesome drag name)

Tommmcatt January 10, 2011 at 1:52 pm

I'm on my way over to the fan page now…you know that the reighttards are gonna be over there too, so we should represent.

4TheTurnstiles January 10, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Yeah, this guy's OK and all, but did you see Bristol on Dancing with the Stars?

Negropolis January 10, 2011 at 11:42 pm

She, like, totally threw herself in harms way in that one dance, right? Now she knows how it felt to storm the beaches of Normandy.

LionelHutzEsq January 10, 2011 at 1:53 pm

So, basically, a gay, latino (i.e. illegal) intern saved a liberal who imposed Socialism on this country.

In the end, isn't this everything that Glenn Beck and Lou Dobbs have been warning us about for years? There was once a time that congressmen were happy with their white, male interns, but no more. Now they are probably going to have to shower with this guy, which takes all of the fun out of it if you know he is willing.

x111e7thst January 10, 2011 at 1:53 pm

If this kid doesn’t earn an automatic A+ in his internship course, and get laid every fucking night this month there is no justice in this world.

assistantatlas January 10, 2011 at 2:30 pm

And John McCain should be kicked in the balls, also, for justice.

trampndirtdown January 10, 2011 at 9:47 pm

It is the policy!

CalamityJames January 10, 2011 at 5:59 pm

I'm straight, but will happily participate in teh buttsechs for this Patriot. Who's got the KY?

Zvi_Bleindmeis January 10, 2011 at 6:06 pm

I believe that would be Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).

UW8316154 January 10, 2011 at 9:02 pm

I'll step up to have his baby.

dizzeeboy January 10, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Holy sheet, my pee jumped from 2 to 54 in under a minute. At this rate, how can I realize my dream of becoming the next metamarcisf ??

jim89048 January 10, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Pee. How does it work?

Negropolis January 10, 2011 at 11:44 pm

pees go in, pees go out. You can't explain it.

natoslug January 10, 2011 at 2:26 pm

My pee is sort of purple, but that's just because of the beet, walnut and chevre panini I had last night.

Angry_Marmot January 16, 2011 at 7:54 am

It's not the panini, it's the porphyria.

natoslug January 16, 2011 at 10:14 am

That could explain why I often get mistaken for the King of England. And now I have to follow you for your username. I used to love all the stories of marmots in Spokane, climbing under peoples' cars and chewing through the various hoses. Destructive little anarchists, those things.

CalamityJames January 10, 2011 at 7:16 pm

My pee is little.

imissopus January 10, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Hey, Benjamin Frisch reads shit like RedState and BigGovernment regularly. That almost counts as bravely standing in the face of horrific trauma.

Progressiveinga January 10, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Everybody knows that all superheroes are gay. Wearing tights, covering up your nighttime identity, changing clothes in weird places, etc. Nevertheless, GO Daniel! Big, brave, handsome, latino Intern Man. Me gusta!

weejee January 10, 2011 at 1:54 pm

See John McWalnutz, a *do tell" gheyboy can be a hero! Put that in your DADT pipe & suckonit.

PublicLuxury January 10, 2011 at 1:54 pm

How can some hate a person just because of what happens in a bedroom? How perverted do you have to be to 'imagine' how other people are having secks?

HipHop0Potamus January 10, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Us regular folk just resort to watchin' good ole-fashioned porn.

GOPCrusher January 10, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Which begs the question, why is lesbian sex in movies good but gay sex bad?

horsedreamer_1 January 11, 2011 at 9:23 am

There is nothing old-fashioned about my state's greatest export, Paul Little a/k/a Max Hardcore.

baconzgood January 10, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Gay? Latino? Anchor baby? Oh well Right wing noise makers…This one is a hard one to take the glean off of. All the news will just call him "the brave intern" or somthing like that. Right now Pat Robertson is being told by his producer "No Pat, just shut the eff up on this one".

J Rbt. Oppenheiner January 10, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Today, we are all gay, large, Mexican interns.

jim89048 January 10, 2011 at 2:04 pm

He's not large, he's fluffy!

Terry January 10, 2011 at 1:55 pm

There's a star in his crown in heaven, as my Mom would say.

Come here a minute January 10, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Every internship, at one point or another, requires holding your boss's brain together.

Chet Kincaid January 10, 2011 at 2:37 pm

You ought to be ashamed of yourself!! Because that's funny.

GOPCrusher January 10, 2011 at 3:28 pm

And true.

Veritas78 January 10, 2011 at 5:55 pm

…and it's why we read Wonkette!

wapitiscat January 10, 2011 at 3:22 pm

.. or at least holding your boss's head in your lap.

sarabenincasa January 10, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Too soon…and hilarious.

Negropolis January 10, 2011 at 11:46 pm

Second.

OkieDokieDog January 10, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Gay Latino Democrat Hero + white shooter domestic terrorist = take that Teaparty/GOP/ChristianConservatives and shove yourselves up your stupid asses.

SheriffRoscoe January 10, 2011 at 2:08 pm

white STRAIGHT shooter domestic terrorist

My broad brush is even broader than your'n.
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OkieDokieDog January 10, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Thank you Sheriff for giving me the brush instead of a pistol whippin'.

BeWoot January 10, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Speaking of heroes … La Benincasa working on a Monday! I am so inspired I'm gonna do some work right now.

prommie January 10, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I'm thinking about it, too, but, I'm not really sure I am up to it. Plenty of time to get my work done Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday.

BaldarTFlagass January 10, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Yeah, I been out for two weeks, first on vacation, last at home nursing bruised ribs, this is my first day back at the office and I don't want to strain something by leaping right back into the whole "work" thing. Plus despite the effectiveness of the percocets, the ribs still hurt.

sarabenincasa January 10, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Gay anchor baby heroes motivate me.

SmutBoffin January 10, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Today, we are all lovers of self-effacing homosexuals.

For genuine.

Zvi_Bleindmeis January 10, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Extreme situations can bring out the best or the worst in people. Way to go, Mr. Hernandez.

Zvi_Bleindmeis January 10, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Oh, and Ms. Benincasa, nice job.

sarabenincasa January 10, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Thanks! It was a joy to write.

MinAgain January 10, 2011 at 1:59 pm

I think someone has a crush.

sarabenincasa January 10, 2011 at 7:27 pm

SQUEEEEEEEEEE!

weejee January 10, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Maybe as a tribute to Daniel Hernandez and the other heroes and heroines of this tragedy we should push our electeds to bring back the FCC *Fairness Doctrine.* When the Fairness Doctrine was killed in the the 90s Rush and the rest got a serious boost in expanding their 24/7 rants. Let's look at bringing back rebuttal time. It's a FAIR and BALANCED thing to do.

Sophist FCD January 10, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Pfft, just another anchor hero stealing one of our unpaid internships. That should have been a deserving white student getting shot at.

Ducksworthy January 10, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Well done Sara. Very moving.

Schmannnity January 10, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Huzzah for Hernandez. On another note, how does a Democrat with a gay Latin intern get elected in Arizona?

prommie January 10, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Well, latins are rare, but gay staffers are de rigeure for both parties.

guangho January 10, 2011 at 2:24 pm

By running in Tucson which along with Bisbee and Flagstaff (and possibly Yuma) make up the civilized part of Arizona.

And she is Arizona's first Jewish female representative btw.

Winnie_Cooper January 10, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Jim Kolbe used to represent that area, and he's gayer than springtime. Still an old white Methodist guy, though.

emmelemm January 10, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Gayer than springtime! Your phrase has made my day – thanks for that!

ChessieNefercat January 10, 2011 at 4:26 pm

South Pacific, right?
Younger than springtime, gayer than laughter, etc.
Good song about bigotry also, as I recall (They Have to be Carefully Taught).

Winnie_Cooper January 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Yeah, I just get all word-salad with South Pacific lyrics to get my point across, and it works pretty well. Sarah Palin does something similar but with Annie Get Your Gun.

guangho January 11, 2011 at 1:47 am

I forgot about Jim Kolbe. He was one of those "well I might get beaten to death by an angry mob but its worth the 2.4% tax cut" Republicans.

horsedreamer_1 January 11, 2011 at 9:26 am

Demographic averages will tell us that homosexual males are richer than anyone else, so of course they will (sometimes) favour the money party.

Winnie_Cooper January 11, 2011 at 10:34 am

More about the free trade than the tax cuts, but same basic concept.

Negropolis January 11, 2011 at 5:09 am

how does a Democrat with a gay Latin intern get elected in Arizona?

Umm…very carefully, maybe?

kenlayisalive January 10, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Amazing.

And aren't you all ashamed that you scoffed at Mark Foley's personal mouth-to-mouth resuscitation training courses for the congressional interns?

deelzebub January 10, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Those were pages. Sweet sexy jailbait pages.

SudsMcKenzie January 10, 2011 at 2:05 pm

meanwhile Marco Rubio got on a jet ski

obfuscator2 January 10, 2011 at 2:07 pm

i wasn't planning on getting teary eyed in public today so THANKS FOR THAT, MS. BENINCASA.

/thanks for that, ms. benincasa

sarabenincasa January 10, 2011 at 7:28 pm

YOU ARE WELCOME YOU OBFUSCATIONIST.

DataSnake January 10, 2011 at 2:07 pm

I'm straight, but for him I'd make an exception. Seriously. Talk about sheer damn manliness.

BaldarTFlagass January 10, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Yo Daniel, I'm really happy for you, and I'ma let you finish, but Jesse Jackson has one of the best "tending to a just-shot political figure" photo ops of all time!

Seriously, bravo zulu to this dude.

AngryBlakGuy January 10, 2011 at 2:08 pm

…wait a second?! You are telling me that the second he heard gunshots, he didn't spontaneously pop a monster boner and ravenously hunt down and hump anything with a penis?! FAKE: We all know that DADT was put into place to protect our soldiers from situations just like this!!!

ChessieNefercat January 10, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Good point! Wouldn't any sane soldier reading about this be thinking "that is definitely who I want sharing my foxhole."

Poo on you, John McCain.

AngryBlakGuy January 10, 2011 at 4:44 pm

…heh heh heh, you said “foxhole”!!!

Limeylizzie January 10, 2011 at 2:11 pm

As someone who has always adored the gheys , it's that brassy actress thing we flock to each other, I have always just relied on my homo pals to be witty, fun, stylish, sensitive and fantastic company now I know they can also be relied on to rescue me from danger…fucking fan-fucking-tastic!

ttommyunger January 10, 2011 at 3:37 pm

I've known that for years. Gay men can and often will, fight like motherfuckers.

BarackMyWorld January 10, 2011 at 2:12 pm
Mojopo January 10, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I'm IN! Awesome article. It's a day-maker, feel-good, warm fuzzy Snuggie of a story! Thank you!

SorosBot January 10, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Yeah, he may have saved the life of a Congresswoman, but it's not like this guy did anything like get pregnant and then use his mom's fame to become a highly paid abstinence spokesperson and go on a reality TV show; that's the type of young person who's really admirable.

jakegittes January 10, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Don't forget not going to college, too. Who's the bigger success? Pfffft.

ChessieNefercat January 10, 2011 at 4:29 pm

And being a homophobic potty-mouth.

MozakiBlocks January 10, 2011 at 2:19 pm

If ever there was a time for the word "FABULOUS", this is it!!!!!

Neoyorquino January 10, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Nice post, Sara. I think this is an Edward R. Murrow moment for you (no snark, to be absolutely clear).

sarabenincasa January 10, 2011 at 7:29 pm

GIVE ME A PEABODY OR PULITZER OR WHATEVER RIGHT THE FUCK NOW.

nappyduggs January 10, 2011 at 8:11 pm

I think that, with this one, you have earned all of the letters on your "POOP" chain. This one gets a Peabody, an O. Henry, an Obie (for advertising, oh, I dunno, the AWESOME SAUCE) *and* a Pulitzer. This post is right on the ball, mama.

sarabenincasa January 10, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Grazie, lady.

CherryGarCAhhh January 10, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Que viva Daniel!

slithytoves January 10, 2011 at 2:31 pm

It was a proud day for the olds and the gays – Daniel with his triage and Patricia Maisch who sat on Jared's knees and grabbed the magazine. Both seem to have drunk deeply from the rivers of courage and common sense.

johnnymeatworth January 10, 2011 at 2:31 pm

So Westboro Baptist Church can just eat shit and die? Cool.

notreelyhelping January 10, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Okay. Now I fuckin' cried. Thanks.

Redhead January 10, 2011 at 2:45 pm

"Meet Your Arizona Superhero: Gabrielle Giffords’ Gay Latino Intern"

Arizona just imploded.

emmelemm January 10, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Sara, thank you for writing this. It needed to be said, every word.

Thank you, Daniel Hernandez.

Sheesko January 10, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Whoa! Gay, Latino AND a vampire? Faux Nooz is gonna plotz.

ChessieNefercat January 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Please tell me "plotz" means "go off the air forever."

Eve8Apples January 10, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Sure, he saved a life and acted calm in the face of unspeakable horror. But until he gets knocked up, drops out of school and becomes an unemployed, dancing grifter, he'll never be elected Real America's sweetheart, prom queen. .

Asa_Hawks January 10, 2011 at 3:06 pm

This is absolutely the best news coming out of this. That's fucking awesome.

ms_mcgee January 10, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Eat it, Westboro Baptist Church.

Guppy06 January 10, 2011 at 3:21 pm

In b4 "He could have done more if he were white and straight."

EDIT: Oh, wait, I forgot! This actually means that gay latinos can now graduate to be the good stereotype, just like those number-crunching Orientals!

DaSandman January 10, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Thank you Dan, thank you very much. I dunno what else to say to a real life hero. What can you say?

GOPCrusher January 10, 2011 at 3:36 pm

I have to wonder where all the people with the conceal weapons permits were at, since usually they are the first ones to say, "If (insert name of victim here) was carrying, this might not have happened." or, my personal favorite "If I would have been there, I would have sent him to Hell with a double-tap to the forehead with my .50 cal Desert Eagle."
Instead, we have an unarmed, gay, Latino that is the hero of the day.

Sheesko January 10, 2011 at 3:39 pm

One of the citizens who restrained the shooter told the media he was indeed armed, but decided, given the chaotic atmosphere, not to use his weapon.

Negropolis January 10, 2011 at 11:52 pm

That always makes me mad. Truth is, in a situation like this, you're much more likely to not be able to get your gun out in ready in time before most of the damage has already been done. And, even in the case that you do, you're just as likely to end up shooting someone else in the crossfire as you are the gunman.

ttommyunger January 10, 2011 at 3:39 pm

I want to see this young man's face on every channel available every hour of every day for a week. Think it will happen? Me neither.

AutomaticPilot January 10, 2011 at 3:47 pm

We as Americans spend a lot of time fawning over people who signed up for a paying job that requires one to kill others and to risk being killed, all while clad in a uniform. We give them shiny medals and weep over their service when the truth is that they were just doing what their job required. True heroes risk their lives not because their contract requires it of them, but because their heart demands it of them.

Thank you for saying what I would not have the guts to say in a less… open-minded forum. So true.

speakurmind January 10, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Thank you Daniel for doing for others even though the majority fail to do for you.

DeLand_DeLakes January 10, 2011 at 4:03 pm

HELLS to the YES, Preacherman!

voodooeconomics January 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Brown Latino Gay Dude in Arizona abides man!!!

TheSheriffsNear January 10, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I've just scrolled through all the commnets and there is absolutely NO recognition of our hero's status as a fatty-American.

I'd bet my brother fatty took just as much grief for not being a Bowflex model as for being ghey. (Particularly, from snotty, disdainful twinks.)

God bless his Chunky Monkey clogged heart.

PS – Good move Sara. Heartwarming is a nice change-up from the smashmouth.

donner_froh January 10, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Daniel Hernandez is the epitome of handsome, chubby, mahogany-hued cool Latino dudes.

A lovely man.

PalinPussyPower January 10, 2011 at 5:28 pm

I'd give him a beej for his heroics but sadly I don't do it for him. One of you fellas needs to step up to the plate and volunteer your services.

CalamityJames January 11, 2011 at 2:28 am

Broke out the chap-stick. Just waiting for my call up to the big show.

Sunfire2109 January 10, 2011 at 5:42 pm

He knew first aid from training he received in high school to be a certified nursing assistant. Arizona does not deserve this guy.

Mrs. Bitch January 10, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Is there any possibility, any at all, that Daniel is also transgender and intersexed? Oh hell, most of the righty-tighties would have to have it explained to them anyway. Never mind.

Daniel, you're a hero whether you like it or not.

Steverino247 January 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Let's see what's different about him that he has no control over…

He can't help but be gay, Latino, large, near-sighted… And heroic.
He couldn't do anything else but run to help.

His actions can make us proud to be human again.

sarabenincasa January 10, 2011 at 7:08 pm

For anybody who wants to join the FB fan page: http://www.facebook.com/sarabenincasa#!/pages/Dan

Negropolis January 10, 2011 at 11:43 pm

What is "Gay AIDS?" Is it more fabulous than the regular AIDS, or something?

Negropolis January 10, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Now, let's do this all over en español, y'all.

CalamityJames January 11, 2011 at 2:47 am

Whose intern-junk do you have to fellate to get Benincasa'd around here?

horsedreamer_1 January 11, 2011 at 9:28 am

This is why Molotov got a pass for "Puto".

lulzmonger January 12, 2011 at 2:52 am

Hear that? Off in the distance, a sound kind of like a dull saw going through a tin can?

That's the sound of Sarah Palin, cutting.

BruceMajor January 16, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Mr. Hernandez says he is not a hero.

SheriffRoscoe January 10, 2011 at 2:49 pm

We don't know for sure, I suppose, but sadly, 99% of violence committed with guns by young gay males is on themselves. Angry, pissed that the world will not bend to their will, psychopathically obsessed with firearms, these things usually add up to the guy being of the hetero persuasion. But I cede your point, we don't know, and it's just as likely that he had no interest in sex at all.

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