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  • 11 Injured, 1 Critical After Ferry Heading To N.J. Hits Kayakers: Cops

    08/31/2016 4:37:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Patch ^ | August 31, 2016 | Tom Davis
    At least 11 people were injured — one critically, nearly losing an arm — when a ferry heading to New Jersey hit people kayaking, according to police. Five people were taken to hospitals near Jersey City, most with minor shoulder and back injuries after the Hudson River accident. The NYPD Harbor Unit says the instructor suffered a partially severed arm, according to WABC-TV. The incident happened just before 6 p.m. Tuesday near Pier 79 on Manhattan's west side as a group of 10 kayakers were paddling down the river, according to News12. The group was riding in eight kayaks, and...
  • Reports claim Olympic kayaker capsized after hitting underwater sofa

    08/06/2016 2:22:29 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 99 replies
    MSN Larry Brown Sports ^ | August 6, 2016
    We may already have our strangest and most amusing story to come out of the Rio Olympic games. Paul Kelso, a journalist for Sky Sports in the UK, reported on Friday that an Olympic kayaker had capsized after hitting a submerged couch.
  • Upstate New York woman ... admitted she removed drain plug, investigator testifies

    06/07/2016 8:09:22 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    Angelika Graswald removed a drain plug from Vincent Viafore's kayak last year and pushed a floating paddle away from him after his kayak capsized, authorities charge. State police Officer Aniello Moscato testified in Orange County Court that Graswald told another investigator she had pulled the plug and manipulated the ring on her fiance's paddle. ... Graswald appeared to confess to the murder last year, but later denied her guilt and said she confessed under pressure. Graswald told ABC News last year that she loved Viafore and wouldn't have done anything to kill him. Moscato testified Monday as part of a...
  • ‘My Heart Started Racing’: Kayaker Has Insanely Close Encounter With Whale in Vancouver’s Bay

    04/14/2016 11:27:35 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    ‘My heart started racing’: Kayaker has insanely close encounter with whale in Vancouver’s English Bay Instagram user johnnyvanuck had a close encounter with a whale on Monday — and has the video to prove it.
  • Founder of The North Face Dies After Kayaking Incident in Chile...

    12/09/2015 8:44:49 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    KTLA ^ | Melissa Palmer
    Doug Tompkins, the co-founder of The North Face and Esprit clothing lines, died Tuesday after a kayaking incident in Patagonia, Chile. He was 72. Tompkins appeared to have been with several other mountaineering legends from the U.S. outdoor clothing industry when he was fatally injured, names listed a statement from the Chilean Navy show. ... Tompkins had severe hypothermia after being in water under 40 degrees Fahrenheit, the New York Times reported. He was kayaking in Lago General Carrera, in Patagonia, when he went into the water, according to a statement from Tompkins Conservation. The Maritime Authority rescued three kayakers,...
  • Watch woman thank Alaska bear for not breaking her kayak moments before it breaks her kayak

    10/01/2015 5:45:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 52 replies
    National Post ^ | October 1, 2015 | Aileen Donnelly
    A woman who recorded the terrifying moment she encountered a black bear outside a cabin in Alaska has garnered international attention because of the way she begged and pleaded with the large mammal to please, please leave her kayak alone. Mary Maley was on a solo kayaking trip from Ketchikan to Petersburg, Alaska, when she decided to stop at a U.S. Forest Service cabin in Berg Bay. Before she could head out on a four-mile hike, she met her nemesis, the bear. Maley posted a video .. “I had just carried my tent, food, and all my gear into the...
  • VIDEO: Kayaker Surrounded By Killer Whales (Washington State)

    09/10/2015 6:16:07 PM PDT · by ETL · 19 replies ^ | Sept 08, 2015
    Kayaker experiences the rush of a lifetime when killer whales swim around and under her kayak as she paddles around the San Juan Islands in Washington.
  • VIDEO: Shark Pulls Florida Fisherman From Kayak, Still Lands It

    07/04/2015 3:08:10 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    KHON ^ | 7/3
    A video of a shark pulling a Florida fisherman from his kayak is going viral right now. Captain Ben Chancey was grouper fishing on his kayak in Florida when he got a big surprise. He was reeling in a giant Goliath grouper but he said the fish broke free from the line and left his bait floating in front of bull sharks swimming around him. An 8 1/2-foot bull shark took the bait and Chancey hung on to the reel while he was still seated in his 14-foot kayak. The shark ended up flipping Chancey’s kayak and tipping him into...
  • Cape Coral, Florida, man in kayak reels in 552-pound Goliath Grouper

    05/27/2015 7:49:36 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 36 replies
    wptv ^ | May 27, 2015
    A man in Southwest Florida has quite a fish story to tell! Jon Black from the Crazy Lure Tackle shop in Cape Coral caught what he says is "the largest bottom fish ever from a kayak" in Sanibel, Fla. The YouTube post says the fish measured at 83 inches long and more than 73 inches in girth. They estimate it weighed 552 pounds. Not a bad haul from a kayak with a small fishing pole!
  • Coast Guard saves man trying to cross Pacific in kayak

    06/19/2014 3:51:42 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 53 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 6/11/2014 | Foxnews
    LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Coast Guard says a man is "lucky to be alive" after he was rescued 11 days into an attempted kayak voyage from California to Hawaii. A helicopter spotted the 57-year-old man, who had turned back to California, in the Pacific on Tuesday about 60 miles southwest of Santa Barbara's Point Conception after he sent a distress call indicating equipment failure, the Coast Guard said in a statement. The helicopter directed a Coast Guard cutter crew to the man, who was found in good health, the statement said. His name was not released.
  • Ultimate Descent: Paragliding From Everest's Peak, Then Kayaking to Indian Ocean

    12/17/2013 8:32:18 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    ABC/Nightline ^ | 12-5-13 | GINGER ZEE and NIELS DACHLER
    In a never before attempted feat, the two Nepali men set their sights on paragliding from Everest's summit and then taking a near 500-mile kayaking trip on the Ganges River to the Indian Ocean in 2011. It was an excursion that would take months.
  • Japanese kayaker hopes to show Kennewick Man could have traveled by boat

    04/23/2012 9:44:02 PM PDT · by Theoria · 30 replies
    Tri-City Herald ^ | 10 April 2012 | John Trumbo
    By week's end, Ryota Yamada hopes to slip his sea kayak gently into the Columbia River at Clover Island, embarking on the first leg of a 10,000-mile adventure to Japan. The retired scientist who did nanotechnological research intends to paddle downriver to the ocean, then via the Inland Passage north to Alaska, and eventually across the Bering Strait to the Asian continent. It will take him four summers, but if he succeeds in reaching his homeland, Yamada said, he will have shown that Kennewick Man could have made his way by boat 9,300 years ago from Japan to North America....
  • Dog Involved In Deadly DUI Accident Swims Half-Mile To Sarasota Kayaker

    01/10/2012 4:51:20 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 57 replies · 1+ views
    CBS Tampa ^ | 1-10-12
    SARASOTA, Fla. (CBS TAMPA) – A man fishing from his kayak a half-mile from Point of Rocks off Sarasota was shocked when a dog that was involved in a deadly DUI crash swam up to his boat terrified. Once pulled to safety, Barney shrunk into a corner of the small craft, shaking and traumatized over the event. He sustained minor injuries, including one to his paw and several cuts. The man brought Barney to a local vet, who used a tracking chip implanted in him to discover his owner was Donna L. Chen, who was struck by a Nissan Altima...
  • Whale nearly swallows kayaker and surfer

    11/11/2011 12:47:00 PM PST · by geraldmcg · 21 replies ^ | 11-11-11 |
    A whale nearly swallowed two people on a kayak and a woman on a surfboard. The humpback whale lunged from out of nowhere just several feet away, forcing thousands of anchovies to the surface, with sea gulls swarming around the scene in search of breakfast. Barbara Roettger filmed the epic near-miss event near Santa Cruz, California where recently a sailboat collided with another humpback whale and at least one kayaker capsized. Oh, and for the record, humpback whales typically are about 50 feet long and weigh 50 tons. That’s a whopping 2000 pounds for every foot of whale. Short be...
  • Dad and sons paddle around Lake Superior

    08/10/2011 7:47:34 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 4 replies
    upi ^ | Aug. 10, 2011
    HAZELHURST, Wis.- A Wisconsin man said he and his sons, ages 14, 12 and 10, have completed a 1,600-mile journey around Lake Superior in 72 days. Joe Bodewes, 45, of Hazelhurst said he and sons Will, 14, Luke, 12, and Noah, 10, set out from Black River Harbor in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in May and returned to the location two weeks ahead of schedule, The (Ironwood, Mich.) Daily Globe reported Tuesday. Bodewes said the older two boys each had their own kayaks while Noah rode with his father. He said the trip raised money for children in Tanzania...
  • Patty Cake Cats & A Kayak Fisherman vs A Great White Shark from Down Under (Videos)

    04/01/2011 10:25:56 AM PDT · by Tom Hawks · 16 replies
    Funny, Weird, & Educational Pictures or Videos | 4/1/11 | Chuck Wolk
    The first video is two cats playing pattycake. The owner of the cats says that her two cats "Goo" and "Yat Jai" are playing patty cake or Wing Chun Sticky hands! They do this all the time and that she finally caught it on video. When they realized she was filming, they stops and then resumed when they thought she wasn't looking anymore. Someone else saw the video online and added the voice over. It is the voice over that truly makes this video so great. In the second video, you will see an Australian kayaker who is fishing...
  • Video Of Kayaker Going Off 186 Ft Water Falls (Crazy Man!)

    12/08/2010 10:27:33 AM PST · by Tom Hawks · 24 replies
    (Palouse Falls) The world is full of men and women who enjoy living on the edge, those who will not back down to a challenge that seems to dangerous for most people to even consider.A person with that type of personality is said to be a reckless free spirit that has a devil-may-care attitude. They seem to project to the world that "The devil may worry about what I'm doing, but I sure as hell don't." The most popular word used to describe those individuals is, "Daredevil" Well, that would describe Tyler Bradt, a 24 year old professional whitewater kayaker...
  • Barracuda jumps into kayak, bites woman in Keys

    10/18/2010 8:25:10 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 41 replies
    tbo ^ | October 18, 2010
    KEY WEST - A woman remains hospitalized after being bitten in the chest by a barracuda while kayaking in the Florida Keys. The Coast Guard says the 45-year-old woman and a male companion were kayaking Sunday evening near Big Pine Key when the fish jumped into the vessel and bit her....
  • KAYAK (trip booking) Commercial Making Light of WW2 Veterans

    12/14/2009 7:07:08 PM PST · by Feline_AIDS · 24 replies · 1,534+ views
    If anyone hasn't seen Kayak's commercial making a joke out of the sacrifices of our soldiers on D-Day, the link is below. It disgusts me, and I finally decided to let the company know. I hope you will do the same. The commercial: Here's what I wrote to them on their "feedback" page: Hello Kayak, I just wanted you to know that after seeing your tasteless commercial featuring a man talking like a WW2 veteran about Cancun, I've decided that I will never, EVER use your site, and whenever any of my friends discuss taking or booking a trip,...
  • Coast Guard plucks French kayaker from Bering Sea

    07/05/2009 5:49:02 AM PDT · by decimon · 5 replies · 446+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 5, 2009 | Unknown
    An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Kodiak prepares the rescue of a French kayaker from the Bering Sea Saturday July 4, 2009. The crew hoisted Jean Gabriel Shelala, 28, from his kayak 40 miles north of St. Lawrence Island at about 4:15 p.m. The 28-year-old is attempting to circumnavigate the world using a specially designed kayak. He departed from Emmonak on June 27. Chelala is reportedly in good condition, but asked for the assistance Saturday. (AP Photo/US Coast Guard - Brian Myers)

    04/18/2007 3:20:04 PM PDT · by onyx · 159 replies · 3,093+ views
    The White House; yahoo ^ | 1-18-07 | onyx
    Welcome to Sanity Island, where only adults are allowed. This morning, President Bush Visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. He was accompanied by some members of his administration including Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice. On hand to welcome him were museum director, Sara Bloomfield and Elie Wiesel, about whom President Bush said, "I thank very much Elie Wiesel for joining us. He is a -- he's a big figure in the life of the world, as he should be. He speaks with moral clarity. And I can't thank you enough for being a leader of talking...
  • Tributes to Kayak; She has lost Her Battle to Cancer [#238]

    04/16/2007 2:48:18 PM PDT · by Jemian · 548 replies · 17,326+ views
    April 16, 2007 | Jemian
    Kayak has been a long-time freeper, appearing on many threads, but most especially America ~ the Right Way! She is a stanch conservative, a good friend, and most especially a dear sister in Christ. In December 2006, she was diagnosed with lung cancer which was soon found to be metastasized to the brain and throughout her body.Her daughter, registered as Poppyseed, has been giving us updates when Kayak had to stop posting. This is the update posted most recently. So much has happened since my last message to you all. My whole family came down this past weekend, and my...
  • NH: Bill To Require Fees For Kayaks and Canoes Introduced

    03/12/2007 8:29:19 AM PDT · by Aglooka · 41 replies · 1,092+ views
    SENATE BILL 255-FN-A "requiring non-motorized vessels to display conservation decals issued by the fish and game department." SPONSORS: Sen. Barnes, Dist 17; Sen. Gallus, Dist 1; Sen. D'Allesandro, Dist 20 NH Senate Wildlife, Fish and Game Committee: Next/Last Hearing: WILDLIFE, FISH AND GAME     3/14/2007 1:00:00 PM     LOB 103 Text of the bill: Bill Sponsors: Barnes (Republican) Gallus (Republican) D'Allesandro (Democrat) Contact information for representatives. NH State House: NH State Senate:
  • Cav Scout putting pork on bullets

    02/08/2007 8:24:25 PM PST · by World_Events · 68 replies · 2,776+ views
    Awesome video of our troops telling it like it is. Take that muzzies!
  • Veteran's account called into question (Joshua Sparling)

    02/08/2007 5:30:55 PM PST · by cf_river_rat · 29 replies · 1,284+ views
    Fayetteville Observer Online ^ | Thursday, February 08, 2007 | Myron Pitts
    The peaceniks strike back. Last week, I wrote about Joshua Sparling, a disabled 82nd Airborne Division veteran who says he was mistreated by anti-war protestors at a Jan. 29 rally in Washington, D.C.. Sparling and a few dozen others went to the National Mall to stage a counterprotest amid the tens of thousands of people denouncing U.S. involvement in Iraq. Sparling says he was cursed at, called names and threatened with physical harm. Since then, calls and letters have come in from the other side. A number of blogs and Internet sites have detailed Sparling’s activities, too. All together, they...
  • 25 Funniest/Worst Analogies Ever Written in High School Essays

    12/26/2006 1:18:43 PM PST · by RunningWolf · 40 replies · 1,893+ views
    many | 12-26-2006 | RW
    1. Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compressed by a ThighMaster. 2. His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free. 3. He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a...
  • Prayer Request for a Dear Freeper [prayers needed for kayak - update in #1,145 ]

    12/14/2006 7:50:21 PM PST · by Brad’s Gramma · 1,165 replies · 22,644+ views
    FRmail | 12-14-06 | Brad's Gramma
    I received a FRmail tonight from Freeper kayak regarding a health issue that her doctors have discovered. Some of you, apparently, are already aware of this. I DO have her permission to put this thread up. She will not be on here to respond as she's still working and will be starting treatments. Anyway, from kayak....Several weeks ago as part of my routine annual physical I had a chest x-ray. When it came back showing some suspicious shadows, the doc ordered a CT scan which also showed the shadows. So last week I had a bronchoscopy and got the results...
  • LIVE VIDEO: African Waterhole Cam

    12/04/2006 3:23:12 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 85 replies · 9,411+ views
    WOW! I find this LIVE CAM of an African Waterhole to be quite interesting. It is nighttime now but you can still see a few things like bright flying moths. In the daylight in a few hours big animals should appear. Right now lots of insects chirping.
  • 2006 FREEREPUBLIC LEXICON (Lingo, Dictionary, Lore Handbook)

    08/25/2006 10:19:00 AM PDT · by batter · 214 replies · 12,576+ views
    Freepers past and present | 25 August 2006 | soccer8
    The 2006 FreeRepublic LexiconAKA "The Freepism, Freepology, Lingo, Dictionary, Terminology, Lore Handbook" A revised and condensed version of The Lexicon of FreeRepublic, culled from Lexicon of FreeRepublic - 4th Edition and Freeper Lingo Thread (the history and meening of 'Freepisms' including pictures). Thanks to the many Freepers who contributed! In this latest update, I have cut the emoticons and standard acronyms (LOL etc - which are readily available on the web and previous Lexicons) for the sake of brevity. I have attempted to include all definitions and histories provided to me and give credit to those who provided me the...
  • Kayaking a dog's life

    08/20/2006 7:26:12 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 263+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Aug. 20, 2006
    Kayaking a dog's life BY CAMMY CLARK STOCK ISLAND - The boaters heading out Cow Key Channel to the Atlantic could not believe their eyes. Traveling alongside the mangroves was a fleet of 12 kayaks, all carrying four-legged passengers, most of them quite soggy. Sweetie Pie was one of the many dogs who could not wait for playtime at the sandbar. The 1-year-old Maltese, unconcerned about messing up her white curly locks, jumped out of the kayak not long after it left Hurricane Hole Marina. In the Florida Keys, dogs on boats are about as commonplace as bait, beer and...
  • "Self Congratulatory" Clooney Slammed

    06/27/2006 5:39:51 AM PDT · by paudio · 38 replies · 1,893+ views ^ | 27 June 2006
    Hollywood agent-turned-documentary maker Pat Dollard has attacked George Clooney's outspoken anti-war stance. Dollard - the former agent of regular Clooney colleague Steven Soderbergh - is currently making a pro-war documentary about Marines fighting in Iraq. He was furious when Clooney urged more Democrats to speak out against the war and 'congratulated' himself for doing so. He tells, "I read something on the Internet in which someone was patting himself on the back for having the courage to oppose the war. They actually equate bravery with speaking out against the president because (losing fans) might cost them one less servant...
  • Simple quiz you can give liberals or followers of lowbrow news.

    04/28/2006 7:23:17 AM PDT · by april15Bendovr · 4 replies · 430+ views
    4/28/06 | april15bendovr
    Multiple Choice Quiz 1. What is the Docex Project?<.B A. A new health education class taught to teens on how to use condoms in high school? B. Millions of documents sat deep within a warehouse that may shed some light on links between Saddam and Al Qaeda headquartered in Doha, Qatar. Recently they have been released by John Negroponte for bloggers to translate? C. A sequel to The Blair Witch Project coming out this fall? 2. What is Operation Able Danger? A. Its an episode of your child's favorite TV cartoon "Bob the Builder"? B. Its the name of the...
  • Orson Scott Card: American Soldiers and How We Use Them

    04/27/2006 10:54:19 AM PDT · by Tolik · 31 replies · 1,352+ views
    RhinoTimes ^ | April 20, 2006 | Orson Scott Card
    When our young men (and women) volunteer to serve in our military, it is usually with an eye to serving their country, even at the risk of their own lives. In the process of their service, they will take orders, constantly. Sometimes those orders will come from people they respect – even love. Sometimes, though, the orders will come from people they dislike, or disdain, or fear or hate. Yet the ones who last in the military learn to submerge their own will and keep silent, except when some truly outrageous or dangerous or illegal order is given – whereupon...

    04/18/2006 1:50:17 PM PDT · by Dark Skies · 8 replies · 724+ views ^ | 4/18/2006 | Kamal Nazer Yasin
    A power struggle between Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his leading political antagonist Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani is complicating the conflict between Iran and the international community over the country’s nuclear program. Both Ahmadinejad and Rafsanjani are trying to use the nuclear issue for their maximum domestic political benefit, helping to stoke international alarm over Tehran’s intentions. Debate on the international response to Iran’s nuclear program has intensified since the April 11 announcement by Iran that it had successfully enriched a small amount of uranium. A day later, Iran’s deputy nuclear chief, Mohammad Saeedi, announced that the country would seek...
  • Rumsfeld Critic Zinni: USS Cole Blunder My Fault

    04/18/2006 10:38:57 AM PDT · by Carl/NewsMax · 87 replies · 3,550+ views ^ | April 18, 2006 | Carl Limbacher
    Former CENTCOM Commander, Gen. Anthony Zinni - who has called for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to resign because of his alleged incompetence in running the Iraq war - admitted six years ago that he made the disastrous decision to have the U.S.S. Cole use the port of Aden, Yemen for refueling, where the ship was blown up by al Qaeda terrorists. Worse still, at least one report indicates that Gen. Zinni may have played a role in an August 1998 leak that tipped off Osama bin Laden to an impending U.S. cruise missile attack - allowing the top terrorist to...
  • The "Right" to Illegality

    04/09/2006 9:01:29 AM PDT · by Salo · 31 replies · 1,354+ views
    Columbia (SC) Free Times ^ | 04/09/06 | Michael Graham
    The "Right" to Illegality "We believe that immigrants, like women and like African-Americans before them, have rights in this country, and the time is ripe for a new civil rights moment." ‹ U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy I have a dream. I have a dream that, one day, Martin Luther King Jr. is going to rise from his grave, walk up to Sen. Ted Kennedy and say "nonviolent, my ass" and punch the senator right in the mouth. "A new civil rights movement?" Immigrants are "like African-Americans before them?" Is the senile senator from Massachusetts out of his pickled little mind?...
  • Belmont Club: Pretty pictures 2 (True Picture of Situation in Iraq)

    04/02/2006 5:25:02 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 3 replies · 1,639+ views
    Belmont Club | 4/2/2006 | Wretchard
    The Belmont Club History and History in the Making Friday, March 31, 2006 Pretty pictures 2 It's kinda nice when an Iraqi resistance conference provides some confirmation for the pictures I've been drawing. Iraq the Model's latest posts throws more light on the relationship of the "political struggle" in Iraq to the insurgency. These days in Beirut, the fourth conference for supporting the "Iraqi resistance" is being held. It came only less than a year after their grand failure 3rd conference which we wrote about back in August.The most notable statement given during this conference was made by Hasan...
  • 500,000 people, and no one called me?

    03/29/2006 11:10:58 AM PST · by tbird5 · 17 replies · 1,193+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 28, 2006 | Joel Stein
    NONE OF YOU thought of calling? I mean, I could see if it was a small dinner party: You thought I wouldn't mesh well; you already had a smugly self-obsessed, attention-needy columnist, maybe Mickey Kaus — I get it. But there were 500,000 of you at Saturday's pro-immigration rally downtown, more than 13% of the city's population, the largest gathering ever in L.A. This was a snub. Did you think I didn't own a white T-shirt to symbolize peace? Because I do. And I adore immigrants. My great-grandparents were immigrants. And I'm pretty sure the guy who waters our plants...
  • Some of the people behind the "Immigration" protests. Domestic Enemies. (Get ready to get mad)

    03/29/2006 10:25:48 AM PST · by Jeff Head · 252 replies · 7,449+ views
    Mexica-Movement ^ | March 29, 2006 | Jeff Head
    Use the link...these people speak for themselves. Mexica-Movement - Gran Marcha If you are a loyal prepared to GET MAD!
  • Third Anniversary (Ollie North)

    03/16/2006 9:19:35 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 25 replies · 664+ views
    GOP USA ^ | 3-17-2006 | Oliver North
    Third Anniversary By Oliver North March 17, 2006 It began in the middle of the night, like so many other battles I've experienced. Here in the United States, it was still March 19 -- but along the Iraq-Kuwait border, it was already the 20th. My hastily scribbled notes for that night, scrawled in my reporter's notebook using night-vision goggles, recorded what my video camera was capturing: "Aircrew Final Briefing ... fully-loaded Royal Marines waiting for liftoff ... heavy artillery fires to northeast of LZ," and the fateful, "Dash Two down in fireball. No survivors." Inadvertently, my camera's night lens caught...
  • Freeper Research Project - Freeper Personalities: Final Results

    03/16/2006 8:45:32 PM PST · by Nita Nupress · 121 replies · 2,401+ views
    You! | Alamo-Girl & Nita Nupress
    This is Thread #4 for all FReepers who took the Jung Typology Test,also known as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI) personality test. A special thanks to the people who offered their HTML expertise on the other thread. Some of them took some significant time out of their day to help, and I really appreciate it. I couldn't have posted this without their help! Physicist, ThePythonicCow, cgk, demoRat watcher, RedBloodedAmerican, DrewsDad, Eastbound, RunningWolf, ndt, & SouthernBoyupNorth. (Skip to next section)(Go straight to the TABLES!) Previous threads: Thread #1:Freeper Research Project: Freeper personality testsPosted by Alamo-GirlOn News/Activism ^ 02/23/2006 11:20:32 AM CST · 1,008 replies ·...
  • 'The Assault On American Youth' Jay Bennish Preaches Hatred

    03/10/2006 8:20:09 AM PST · by RepublicNewbie · 9 replies · 783+ views
    The Post Chronicle ^ | 3/10/06 | Pat Buchanan
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The last Global Geographic Literacy Survey, assessing the geographic knowledge of 18-24-year-olds in nine different countries -- Canada, France, Mexico, Great Britain, Japan, Italy, Sweden, Germany and the United States -- was, at best, a disappointment. It found, for example, that only 17 percent of young Americans could locate Afghanistan on a map; 29 percent could not correctly identify the Pacific Ocean; and 11 percent were unable to find the continental United States. If high-school geography classrooms around the United States are anything like that run by "teacher" Jay Bennish, at Overland High School in Aurora, Colorado,...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: The Great Stampede. Conservatives are losing their nerve on Iraq

    03/10/2006 5:26:23 AM PST · by Tolik · 81 replies · 1,553+ views ^ | March 10, 2006 | Victor Davis Hanson
    In recent weeks prominent conservatives — William F. Buckley, Niall Ferguson, Francis Fukuyama, George Will, to a name only a very few — have, in various ways, suggested that the war in Iraq was either a mistake or unwinnable, or both. The blowing up of the shrine at Samarra, together with subsequent sectarian killings in Baghdad and the failure so far to form an executive branch, were the most recent catalysts that apparently pushed a great number of wearied observers over the edge. Sometimes such remorse is coupled with louder lamentations about the failed foreign policy of the Bush administration...
  • Dude, Where's My Civil War?

    03/08/2006 7:20:17 AM PST · by citizensgratitude · 20 replies · 1,246+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 5, 2006 | Ralph Peters in Iraq
    <p>DUDE, WHERE'S MY CIVIL WAR? From Ralph Peters in Iraq March 5, 2006 -- BAGHDAD I'M trying. I've been trying all week. The other day, I drove another 30 miles or so on the streets and alleys of Baghdad. I'm looking for the civil war that The New York Times declared. And I just can't find it.</p>
  • The Da Vinci Hoax: A Tour de Distortion

    03/08/2006 6:14:03 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 128 replies · 2,092+ views
    Breakpoint with Charles Colson ^ | March 8, 2006 | Charles Colson
    G. K. Chesterton famously said something to this effect: When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing—they believe in anything. A good example of this is Umberto Eco’s novel Foucault’s Pendulum, in which a group of friends program a computer to “write” a book about secret hidden knowledge. Titled The Plan, the book is the result of random links between things like Kabbalah, Rosicrucianism, the Knights Templar, and other crackpot ideas. While The Plan was intended as a prank, other people take it seriously, with tragic results. Well, Foucault’s Pendulum shows us how gullible unbelieving people are....
  • Guantanamo - Torture Revealed! (SOMEONE ATE MY PEANUTBUTTER! NOT A JOKE!)

    03/07/2006 9:34:51 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 28 replies · 513+ views
    Guantanamo - Torture Revealed Scott Burgess has been combing through the newly released Guantanamo hearing transcripts, uncovering a horror beyond words: Guantanamo - Torture Revealed. During his time in Guantanamo, Mr. Abbasi (writing in the third person) alleges that he was: * subject to [unspecified] “mental stress and pressure” * “willfully misdirected ... to pray north” * deprived of “comfort items” * subjected to an [apparently failed] “attempt to withdraw Qur’an” * able to hear two guards having sex, while they “assumed he was asleep” * distracted from his prayer by the “sharp intake of breath” of a female...
  • Athletes Behaving Badly: What Happened to America’s Olympians?

    03/07/2006 5:57:37 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 41 replies · 1,944+ views
    Breakpoint with Charles Colson ^ | March 6, 2006 | Charles Colson
    Every two years, America looks to its Olympic athletes for an unparalleled display of drive, sacrifice, team spirit, and patriotism. Unfortunately, this year, many of our country’s best athletes provided us with a very different kind of display. Drive and sacrifice? Much-hyped skier Bode Miller barely managed to step out of the local bars long enough to participate in his events. Not surprising, then, that he didn’t win a single medal. Team spirit? Speedskaters Chad Hedrick and Shani Davis provided a whole new twist on that concept, with their very public bickering. Patriotism? How about figure skater Johnny Weir attending...
  • A Peculiar People: Crunchy Cons

    03/07/2006 6:08:18 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 95 replies · 1,527+ views
    Breakpoint with Charles Colson ^ | March 7, 2006 | Charles Colson
    If you encountered someone who made his own granola, bought his veggies at a food co-op, wore Birkenstock sandals, and wanted to save the environment, if you’re like me, you’d probably think, well, there goes a lefty, or a liberal, or maybe an aging hippie. But the author of a new book says someone like that is just as likely to be a conservative Republican. In his book, Crunchy Cons, journalist Rod Dreher writes about a group of people he calls “crunchy conservatives,” a group that includes, among others, “hip homeschooling mamas,” “Birkenstocked Burkeans,” “gun-loving organic” farmers, and “right-wing nature...

    03/05/2006 7:00:14 PM PST · by freedom4me · 81 replies · 3,446+ views
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  • Mardi Gras in Iraq

    02/28/2006 11:13:13 AM PST · by jonascord · 16 replies · 762+ views
    Vanity ^ | Feb. 28, 2006 | Lainey Poche
    Mardi Gras in Iraq you say? That's right, who better to pull it off than a bunch of cajuns from the Louisiana National Guard! We had a parade and everyone was out there to watch the floats, catch beads, and have a good time...just another event that made soldiers feel more at home. We were even given the opportunity to drink a couple of beers, yes real beer...courtesy of the great folks at Budweiser! The photos are a combination of the parade and the beer drinking in the DFAC afterwards.