Thursday, April 16, 2009

Pirates Are Testing My Patience...

Up until a few months ago, we sort of romanticized Pirates and their sailing the seven seas. We pictured them with a peg leg, patched eye and parrot on shoulder. Swinging from ropes onto ships they were about to loot for the booty. Their ship sailing a black skull and cross bones flag. You know the Pirates of the Caribbean kind of pirate.

Now we have a group of lawless Somali thugs sailing the Gulf of Aden and Indian ocean while illegally boarding and ransoming maritime shipping. These Somali nutcases currently hold 17 ships and over 300 hostages. Most of the shipping companies are willing to pay the ransoms to free their ships. That was until this past Sunday, when our Navy S.E.A.L snipers ended a week-long standoff with three dead, one captured and one in custody. I don't think that we should bring this degenerate back to the U.S. to be tried. If they did this more pirates would want to be captured for a free trip to the states for the benefits of food, clothing and shelter while awaiting trial. And in some cases may even be released to become government dependents.

Killing the three emboldened the rest of the pirate community. They indicated that they would kill any American that they take captive. They attempted to board another U.S. flagged ship today. So far only the French and the U.S. have taken the bold steps of using force against this lawlessness. Results are 5 dead hijackers and unfortunately one French hostage as well as 12 taken into custody.

It is estimated that the Somali pirates have raked in over $150 million since beginning operation in November of last year. That is pretty good as a start up enterprise. Now "Easy Button" Hillary Clinton had some tough words for the pirates. "These pirates are criminals, they are armed gangs on the sea. And those plotting attacks must be stopped." Now those are some fighting words and I am shaking in my shorts. All the while these fools have attempted to hijack another U.S. flagged ship. I guess they were not listening to the Easy Button.

Now for the whopper coming from Obama's Secretary of Status Now. We are going to seek 'diplomatic efforts to freeze the assets' of these pirates. Now what kind of stupid do they take us for? These are just rhetorical words. Last I checked Captain Jack Sparrow buried his booty in the ground not in the Bank of London. So what assets does she seek to freeze? While she did not commit to military action she did mention that we may go after their bases. My problem with this statement is the word "may". That is just a "NO" in lay-a-way. It took her boss several days to give the rules of engagement and authorization of force against those who held Captain Phillips hostage. She also wants to call for immediate meetings of international counterpiracy task force to expand naval coordination. More words that mean hurry up and wait.

I realize the Gulf of Aden as well as the Indian Ocean is a vast area to cover with our blue water navy but don't we track Al Quaeda terrorist with predator drones. Flying is faster than sailing. Put eyes in the sky and be ready to shoot the boats out of the water upon any threat of piracy. Clean up the seas by force. Soon these delays and shipping stoppages will affect our way of life on goods that travel on these ships coming to America.

End it now. Not with words but with definitive action. Capture, destruction or death!

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CNN...The Crazy News Network.

When Ted Turner first launched CNN over 28 years ago it was unthinkable that a television network dedicated only to broadcasting the news would develop into a success. I remember as a young college student knowing that network news channels would not be able to get me the information I wanted but CNN had the coverage. CNN brought us round the clock live coverage of the 1991 Gulf War. Watching the anti-aircraft tracers being fired at our warplanes was not only amazing but brought the realities of war into my living room. I tuned in daily as I had several college classmates that were military officers serving in the Saudi desert as well as my brother-in-law. My favorite part of CNN was the deep bass voice of James Earl Jones saying, "This is CNN." But that was then this is now. No longer do I watch CNN on a regular basis but only when waiting in the doctor or dentist office or some other public place.


But my has the great star fallen, fizzled and is being swept out with the trash. Not only has CNN become the editorial broadcast for the left it does not even hide it now. Watching what occurred at a Chicago area Tax Day Tea Party is just another low point for this once renowned network. CNN reporter (script reader), Susan Roesgen, not happy that she could not brow beat a protester into listening to her seemed to try to shout him down and interrupted him several times while he was attempting to answer her question. She later said that the general tenor of the protest were "anti-government, anti-CNN since it was highly promoted by the right wing conservative network, FOX." No Ms. Roesgen, it was anti-YOU.

Her premise was the Tea Party was only about taxes. She tried to tell the interviewee that he would be receiving a $400 credit. The overall point about the Tea Parties is about something that I never hear Big "O" nor anyone in his administration talk about and that is LIBERTY! Freedom is great but freedom without Liberty is nothing. And spending trillions of tax dollars on "pie in the sky" economic plans is destroying our Liberty. Our representatives do not represent us, they represent themselves and the Tea Party strategy is the same as it was in 1773. Taxation without representation.

Prior to this clip she tried to engage a nutty fellow dressed as Obama as Hitler in a discussion of whether Obama is a fascist. All I can say is what a loon this reporter made herself out to be. Being disrespectful to a group of protesters is not taught in any journalism school in the nation. But reporting the facts is obviously not being taught either.

Ms. Roesgen is the same reporter who said to Wolf Blitzer, another CNN script reader, that she cannot believe that the Catholics at the University of Notre Dame were going to pray that God would change the heart and mind of Big "O" to become pro-life. What a Loon!

Parents don't let your babies grow up to be reporters.

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