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  • Anti-Capitalism, Bernie Sanders, and the Democratic Party

    06/03/2016 6:34:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 3, 2016 | Jeffrey Ludwig
    While interviewing Bernie Sanders on "Meet The Press" on October 11, 2015 Chuck Todd asked the following question: “Are you a capitalist?” Bernie answered “No. I’m a democratic socialist.” To properly understand his answer, it is helpful to go back 104 years to the candidacy of Eugene V. Debs who, in 1912, ran for president on the Socialist Party ticket. In that election, there were four candidates for President: William Howard Taft (Republican), Theodore Roosevelt (Progressive), Woodrow Wilson (Democrat), and Eugene V. Debs (Socialist). On some of the platform planks, there was an overlap between the Socialists and the Progressives....
  • And your best pirate joke is ???

    09/19/2015 7:43:04 AM PDT · by llevrok · 50 replies
    9/19/2015 | Me
    In "honor" of Talk Like A Pirate Day, What's your best or favorite pirate joke? Mine? A pirate walks into a bar with a ship's wheel attached to his belt buckle. The bartender asks him what that's all about. "I don't know", says himself. "But's it's driving me nuts!"
  • Madagascar divers find silver believed part of pirate stash [Captain Kidd]

    05/12/2015 12:09:07 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | May 08, 2015 | By Martin Vogl
    Divers in Madagascar have found a silver bar weighing about 50 kilograms (110 pounds) that they believe was part of the treasure of pirate Captain Kidd. The bar was presented to Madagascar's president, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, in a ceremony Thursday on the island of Sainte Marie, near the country's northeast coast. The bar was found in a bay off the island, the diving team said. The team was led by Barry Clifford, an American undersea explorer who has been searching for pirate treasure for many decades. Clifford believes there could be more treasure on the bay floor where he found the...
  • Pirate Capt Kidd's 'treasure' found in Madagascar

    05/07/2015 7:27:16 AM PDT · by csvset · 20 replies
    BBC ^ | 7 may 2015 | BBC
    Underwater explorers in Madagascar say they have found what is thought to be the treasure of notorious Scottish pirate William Kidd. Soldiers on Sainte Marie island have been guarding the 50kg silver bar after divers brought it to shore. Madagascar's president as well as UK and US diplomats received the suspected treasure at a ceremony on the island. Capt Kidd was executed in 1701 for piracy after returning from a voyage to the Indian Ocean.
  • Stabbing suspect says he’s a pirate from 1776

    12/04/2014 10:46:42 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 98 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 4 Dec 2014 | Harry Readhead
    A man accused of stabbing a supermarket worker with a pair of scissors told police he was a pirate from 1776. Police say they arrested Joseph Pradel after he stabbed Jacque Vino, an employee at Weis Market in Plains Township, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday. And according to police, who say Pradel was under the influence of a controlled substance at the time, the suspect told them that he was a pirate who had come to America on the Santa Maria in 1776. When asked if he regretted his alleged actions by a WNEP reported, Pradel replied: ‘Nah.’ Court papers say Mr...
  • Men charged with assaulting 'pirate' neighbor

    09/29/2014 8:42:07 PM PDT · by Moonman62 · 31 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 09/29/14 | Linda Trischitta
    Larry Harcar was swaggering down his street last week in full "Pirates of the Caribbean" regalia: Bearded, in black and with a toy gun and sword. It's what he likes doing this time of year — for entertainment, he told authorities. The fun ended when Harcar, 49, found himself face down on the ground with two loaded pistols pointed at his head. The guns were in the hands of two startled neighbors from three doors away, the Broward Sheriff's Office said, who were fearful of the "pirate's" appearance. The costume drama began Wednesday afternoon, when Harcar was spotted by Ahmed...
  • Avast! It be International Talk Like A Pirate Day!

    09/19/2014 6:52:51 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 86 replies
    Ahoy, mateys! be that day once more. The day when ye can hoist the Jolly Roger and set sail for adventure (or mystify your co-workers & friends by how you are speaking). September 19th is Talk Like A Pirate Day. Given the seriousness of all the crap going on around us, it's nice...even for a little be silly and have a little fun.
  • Flashback: Failed Somali pirate prosecution fuels terror trial fears

    06/17/2014 4:08:48 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | February 10, 2014 | Josh Gerstein
    The failed prosecution of an alleged Somali pirate — and the fact that that failure could leave him living freely, and permanently, inside U.S. borders — is highlighting anew the risks of trying terror suspects in American courts. Just a few weeks ago, Ali Mohamed Ali was facing the possibility of a mandatory life sentence in a 2008 shipjacking off the coast of Yemen — an incident much like the one dramatized in the film “Captain Phillips.” Now, the Somali native is in immigration detention in Virginia and seeking permanent asylum in the United States.
  • Only under Holder

    02/19/2014 7:14:10 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | February 18, 2014 4:30 PM | Robert Delahunty & John Yoo
    A suspected pirate, freed after a civilian trial, is seeking asylum here. Chalk up yet one more legal fiasco to Attorney General Eric Holder. Apart from failing to enforce Obamacare, immigration, and the drug laws, the administration continues to endanger national security with its catch-and-release approach to terrorists. In a preview of the consequences of its plans to close Guantanamo Bay, the Obama Justice department (DOJ) is starting to apprehend terrorists abroad and free them at home.
  • Somali pirate 'Big Mouth' caught by 'film' police sting

    10/15/2013 7:10:40 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 4 replies
    The state-run British TV network BBC ^ | 10/15/2013 | Jonathan Josephs
    The offer to advise on a film about his own life was too irresistible for a retired Somali pirate. Mohammed Abdi Hassan, also known as Big Mouth, was detained at Brussels international airport on Saturday after a sting operation in which undercover agents persuaded him that they wanted to make a documentary about his acts of piracy. He is now in custody over his alleged involvement in the hijacking of a Belgian ship in 2009.
  • Hollywood-style sting nabs alleged pirate kingpin

    10/15/2013 6:05:35 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 10 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | October 15, 2013 | Raf Casert
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The alleged pirate kingpin thought he was going work in the movies. Instead he landed in jail. In a sting operation worthy of Hollywood, Mohamed Abdi Hassan was lured from Somalia to Belgium with promises of work on a documentary about high-seas crime that would "mirror his life as a pirate," federal prosecutor Johan Delmulle said Monday. But rather than being behind the camera as an expert adviser, Abdi Hassan ended up behind bars, nabbed as he landed Saturday at Brussels airport. "(He's) one of the most important and infamous kingpin pirate leaders, responsible for the hijacking...
  • Senator John McCain calls the Dodgers ‘overpaid, immature, arrogant, spoiled brats’....

    09/20/2013 2:08:20 PM PDT · by Vaquero · 67 replies
    Yahoo/Big League stew ^ | 9/20/13 | Mike Oz
    The Los Angeles Dodgers' celebratory dip in the Arizona Diamondbacks' pool after clinching the NL West on Thursday isn't just the talk of the baseball world. It's got even one of the country's most famous politicians fuming. John McCain — the Arizona senator and 2008 presidential candidate — blasted the Dodgers on Friday via Twitter, saying much the same thing that many Diamondbacks fans were saying Thursday. Although, "spoiled brats" is particularly delicious....
  • Find Your Inner Pirate

    09/17/2013 8:04:37 AM PDT · by Little Ray · 27 replies
    Talk Like A Pirate Day! ^ | Unkwno | Unknown
    The Official Talk Like a Pirate Personality Inventory (TOTLAPPI) Version 2.0 - completely revised for 2007! Arrrr! So, thar ye be, sittin' all a-lonesome on the poop deck. Comely lasses (or lads) don't notice ye, mates smite ye with thar belayin' pins ... not even a parrot to call ye "Bob." What's a pirate to do? Are ye the talk o' th'dock? Cock o' th'walk? Do the mates want to be like ye and the beauties want to be with ye - or vicey-versey? Well, thar, me Bucko, this simple little quiz will tell ye - and everyone else -...
  • To err is Human... To ARRRRR! is Pirate!!! Only three weeks till Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept 19)

    08/29/2013 7:52:20 PM PDT · by Boiler Plate · 36 replies
    Talk Like a Pirate ^ | 8/29/2013 | Self
    Time to dust off the eye patches and pull out the gold earrings. Everybody grab a parrot and bottle of rum its time once more for Talk like a Pirate Day!
  • Resolution for 'Talk Like A Pirate Day' Introduced

    06/24/2013 6:23:32 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 19 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/19/2013 | Michael LaFaive has the details on a resolution to support "International Talk Like A Pirate Day" introduced last week by state Sen. Roger Kahn, R-Saginaw. Sen. Kahn playfully sported an eye patch while his proposal was discussed, but the moment of frivolity is bound to remind observers of how members of a full-time Legislature can be full-time mischief makers, whether they intend to or not. Another resolution introduced last week by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, officially recognizes June — and no other month! — as the "official" start of summer. Another bit of lightheartedness, but really — haven't Michiganders successfully figured...
  • Divers successfully recover cannons from Queen Anne's Revenge (Blackbeard's ship)

    06/22/2013 4:38:18 AM PDT · by csvset · 24 replies ^ | Jun 21, 2013 | WECT Staff
    ATLANTIC BEACH, NC (WECT) – Divers trying to recover cannons from Blackbeard's flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge wreck site off the coast of North Carolina were successful in their efforts Thursday. Bad weather forced the team to scrub the previous two trips, but the conditions were just right the third time around. A group from Cape Fear Community College used inflation bags to float two cannons to the surface. This is the first time the cannons have been out of the water in almost 300 years. According to David Hardin with CFCC, the cannons are estimated to weigh 2,000 pounds...
  • Somali pirate 'Big Mouth' quits (ahFReakin' piracy no longer as profitable or safe a career)

    01/10/2013 1:57:51 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/10/13 | BBC
    A man named by the UN as a pirate kingpin has said he is renouncing crime, a community leader in Somalia has confirmed to the BBC. Mohamed Abdi Hassan, nicknamed "Afweyneh" meaning Big Mouth in Somali, told reporters after eight years in the business, he had agreed to stop. He made the announcement in Adado, a town in central Somalia where pirate hostages have often been held. Successful pirate attacks off the Somali coast fell sharply last year. Analysts say this is because of the increased use of private security guards on ships and better co-ordination between naval patrols in...
  • AP IMPACT: Party seems over for Somali pirates

    09/26/2012 5:57:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    AP ^ | 25 September, 2012 | ABDI GULED and JASON STRAZIUSO
    HOBYO, Somalia (AP) — The empty whiskey bottles and overturned, sand-filled skiffs littering this once-bustling shoreline are signs the heyday of Somali piracy may be over. Most of the prostitutes are gone and the luxury cars repossessed. Pirates while away their hours playing cards or catching lobsters.
  • Former Owner of Pittsburgh Pirates Comes Out

    09/24/2012 4:01:43 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 36 replies
    abc news ^ | 9-24-12 | abby ellin
    By Abby Ellin Sep 22, 2012 9:19pm Former Owner of Pittsburgh Pirates Comes Out Email 10 Smaller Font Text Larger Text | Print (Image credit: Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images) Kevin McClatchy, the former owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, has an announcement: He’s gay. After years of soul searching and hiding his sexuality, McClatchy, now 49, came out to the New York Times. In the interview, McClatchy, who was the public face of the Pirates for 11 years, said that he felt obligated to go public. “I’ve spent 30 years — or whatever the number is specifically — not...
  • Sunken treasure off N.J.'s coast? Florida diver lays claim to ship wreck site

    09/23/2012 8:04:55 AM PDT · by Theoria · 10 replies
    The Star-Ledger ^ | 22 Sept 2012 | Stephen Stirling
    It was buried among the legal ads in a local newspaper this week, nary two paragraphs long amid public notices from municipalities and legal name changes. It was a federal court announcement, but no ordinary one, from a treasure hunter announcing to "modern day pirates" that he was laying claim to a previously undiscovered Civil War-era shipwreck buried off the coast of Asbury Park — the maritime equivalent of a wedding officiant asking "if anyone has reason for these two not to be wed, speak now or forever hold your peace." The "groom" is Allan Gardner, a Florida diver who...
  • Gingrich: Obama Is 'Entertainer-in-Chief,' Presidency Is Like a 'Vaudeville Act' (video at link)

    09/21/2012 8:22:53 AM PDT · by tsowellfan · 11 replies
    GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: What does -- well, let me talk about our ally in the region, Israel. How does Israel sort of fit into this whole dynamic of what's going on right now? NEWT GINGRICH, FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I have to break up laughing because I was watching "FOX and Friends" this morning, and it had a picture of the president meeting with a pirate who was... VAN SUSTEREN: It was dated from '09 or something. It was an old picture, I understand. GINGRICH: Sort of "dress like a pirate" day. And they were making the point...
  • Michigan's Mormon King Photographed by One of His Assassins [Talk Like a Pirate Day]

    09/19/2012 12:19:14 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 7 replies
    J. Atkyn, James J. Strang, 1856, by one of the co-conspirators in his imminent assassination. Quarter-plate daguerreotype of Strang. Tarnished at perimeter. In oval brass cut-out mat and gilded-brass preserver frame. In original velvet-lined leather (pressed paper) floral case, mended separation at hinge, lacking one clasp. In a new half-leather and hand-marbled clamshell box. Michigan's most infamous personality has been rediscovered in one of the earliest extant photographs taken in the state. The photograph was not taken by just anyone, but by a man who later plotted his certain assassination; and it was not taken just anywhere, but on...
  • September 19th (every year)is International Talk Like A Pirate Day

    09/19/2012 6:29:45 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 36 replies
    Talk Like A pirate ^ | September 19, 2012
    [All Hope Abandon, Ye Who Enter Here] But first ... enjoy our First Annual Talk Like A Pirate Day Sing-Along! (Video at Link)
  • Divers find wreck thought to be famous 19th-century pirate ship that sank with hold full of treasure

    08/09/2012 9:30:21 AM PDT · by wildbill · 23 replies
    Mailonline ^ | 8/9/2012 | Emma Reynolds
    A shipwreck discovered in Tonga is thought to be a famous pirate vessel that sank in the 19th century with a hold full of treasure. Legend has it that the Port-au-Prince was attacked by warriors near the South Pacific archipelago in 1806 and most of its British crew massacred on the orders of King Finau 'Ulukalala II. The British had captured the ship from the French and made into a privateer - meaning it had permission to attack and plunder boats belonging to rivals Spain and France.
  • 500 year old rum? Archaeologists search for the real Captain Morgan

    07/29/2012 2:13:05 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies ^ | July 26, 2012 |
    To life, love and a legendary privateer’s lost fleet. U.S. archaeologists are continuing their search for real-life buccaneer Captain Henry Morgan’s lost fleet after the discovery of six cannons, a 17th century wooden shipwreck and even a barrel that may very well contain rum. Yo, ho ho indeed. Aptly backed by the Captain Morgan rum brand, a team of leading archaeologists led by Frederick “Fritz” Hanselmann of Texas State University hope to unlock the myth and mysteries of one of history’s most iconic sea captains. “We’re interested in telling the true story of Henry Morgan,” Hanselmann, who is a director...
  • Pirate Party Wins Again In Germany

    05/08/2012 8:41:42 AM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 10 replies
    techdirt ^ | Mon, May 7th 2012 2:48pm | Mike Masnick
    from the momentum dept It really appears that The Pirate Party is no fluke in Germany. After winning 9% of the vote in the Berlin parliament elections, and then 7.4% in Saarland, the party has now received 8.2% of the vote in Schleswig-Holstein. These are each local "state" elections, and there's another big one next week, in Northrhine-Westphalia, where they're apparently polling in a similar range. It seems clear that The Pirate Party is certainly surpassing the German Green Party as the preeminent 3rd party -- and it seems to be having an impact. As we noted, the Greens have...
  • Two German political parties attempt to disrupt Good Friday

    04/04/2012 3:29:58 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 1 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 4 April 2012 | Cathcon
    Anti-Day of Rest Protests for Good Friday. Pirate Party Dance Party banned in Frankfurt. Green Party Youth protest in Wiesbaden The Frankfurt authorities responsible for public order have banned the demonstration of the Pirate Party, which was to take place on Good Friday. During the protest loud music was to be played to "invite people to dance," says the Pirate Party. The spokesman for the Evangelical Church in Hesse and Nassau called the project of the Pirate Party "disrespectful." The Young Greens, who organized in 2011 in the Frankfurt Römerplatz a demonstration and thus disrupted the Good Friday procession of...
  • Pirate hunter guns for Somali raiders

    07/23/2011 5:48:04 PM PDT · by Palter · 23 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 22 July 2011 | Richard Grant
    Max Hardberger, a maritime repo man who recovers stolen ships from lawless Caribbean ports, has set his sights on the notorious Somali pirates 'I don’t know why I like Haiti so much,’ Max Hardberger says, as we battle and swerve through the choking dust and chaos of Port-au-Prince traffic. 'The Haitian people are wonderful, sure, but sometimes they do bad things, especially when they get in mobs, and the country is obviously frustrating. One thing I do like is that it’s lawless here, which makes it much easier for me to operate.’ Hardberger is a 62-year-old adventurer from Louisiana who...
  • Threat of Somali pirates robbing nations of needed scientific data

    07/18/2011 8:00:49 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 10 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | July 17, 2011 | Lee Bowman
    Since the days of sail, sea captains have served as scientific field observers for shorebound researchers, turning in reports of wind and waves, water temperatures and currents. Since World War II, an armada of specially equipped scientific vessels sponsored by governments, universities and foundations has increasingly augmented the amateur observers. These ships do everything from drilling beneath the seafloor to study the Earth’s crust to counting fish to studying climate change. But in the past few years, vast swaths of the Red Sea and Indian Ocean — some 1 million square miles — have been all but emptied of fishing...
  • Internet providers to act against online pirates

    07/08/2011 10:20:43 AM PDT · by monkeyshine · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Lisa Richwine
    Consumers who illegally download copyrighted films, music or television shows might see their Internet speed slowed or access restricted under an industry anti-piracy effort announced on Thursday. U.S. Internet service providers, including Verizon Communications Inc, Comcast Corp, Time Warner Cable Inc, Cablevision Systems Corp and AT&T Inc agreed to alert customers, up to six times, when it appears their account is used for illegal downloading. Warnings will come as e-mails or pop-up messages. Read the rest here:
  • Invest Like Pirate

    06/02/2011 8:49:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 2+ views ^ | June 2, 2011 | Bill Tatro
    One of the most popular movie series of all-time has been Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean starring Johnny Depp. Fraught with action, adventure, and danger, these same words can also be used to describe the U.S. Treasury market. In fact, the similarities are almost chilling. If you’re sailing on the high seas and a storm was imminent, more than likely you would head for the nearest port. Trying to ride out the storm would probably bring death and destruction, and anything would be better than that. However, if the port within reach was occupied by Johnny Depp and his collection...
  • How to Survive a Pirate Attack

    03/07/2011 7:42:19 AM PST · by Travis McGee · 122 replies ^ | March 7, 2011 | Paul Eisenberg
    Pirates hijacked 53 ships and held a total of 1,181 hostages for ransom last year, according to the International Maritime Bureau. Forty nine of those ships and 1,016 of those hostages – from commercial and private vessels -- were seized by pirates off the coast of Somalia, a statistic that was brought into sharp relief last month when Somali pirates hijacked a yacht and on Feb. 22 murdered the four Americans aboard. Two days later, a Danish family, including three children, was taken from their yacht by Somali pirates and as of this writing had been moved to a larger...
  • USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) frees Japanese merchant ship from pirate control

    03/06/2011 9:26:02 AM PST · by csvset · 21 replies
    gCaptain ^ | 6 March 2011 | Rob
    MANAMA, Bahrain – A request for assistance from a Japanese-owned merchant vessel in the Somali Basin led to Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) warship USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) securing the release of the vessel and its 24 crew members from four suspected pirates, Mar. 6. At approximately 3.00pm local time, Mar. 5, the oil tanker MV Guanabara reported it was under attack when it was 328 nautical miles south east of Duqm, Oman. Bulkeley, assigned to CMF’s counter-piracy mission Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 was directed to intercept Guanabara, supported by the Turkish warship TCG Giresun of NATO’s counter-piracy Task Force...
  • Dealing with Somali Pirates

    02/25/2011 12:54:14 PM PST · by Starman417 · 35 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-24-11 | gyyfawkes99
    The recent murder of four Southern California missionaries off the coast of Somalia is perfect metaphor to compare President Obama's strategy in the War against Terrorism and the strategy of President Bush, or more correctly, the first president Bush. When Navy Seals captured a young Somali pirate, they took him back to the United States to a courtroom. Tried and convicted, the Somali was given 30 years in a federal penitentiary. The response? More murder and mayhem. The Gaurdian newspaper reported: "Pirates reacted angrily to the sentencing and have since vowed that they will kill hostages before being captured...
  • NY judge hits Somali pirate who attacked U.S. ship with nearly 34 years in prison

    02/16/2011 5:16:31 PM PST · by Christus_Rex · 17 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | February 16th 2011 | Scott Shifrel
    A Somali pirate who hijacked an American cargo ship received nearly 34 years behind bars Wednesday by a federal judge moved to tears by the tales of his traumatized hostages. Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse, 19, calmly apologized as he sought a lesser sentence for hijacking the Maersk Alabama and assaulting its captain and crew before before a dramatic Navy rescue.
  • Somali pirate sentenced to 33 years in US prison

    02/16/2011 9:32:54 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 15 replies
    bbc ^ | 16 February 2011
    A Somali man who pleaded guilty to piracy has been sentenced in the US to more than 33 years in prison. Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse is the only survivor of the crew of pirates who attacked the Maersk Alabama merchant ship off Somalia's coast in April 2009. He was captured by the US Navy, whose sharpshooters killed three other pirates trying to escape on a lifeboat with the Alabama's American captain.
  • Blackbeard's Sword?

    01/17/2011 3:51:15 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 41 replies
    National Geographic Society ^ | January 12, 2011 | Willie Drye
    Could this partly gilded hilt have held Blackbeard's sword? There's no way to know for sure, though it was found amid the North Carolina wreck of the Queen Anne's Revenge, the flagship of the infamous 18th-century pirate... After running aground on a sandbar in 1718 near the town of Beaufort, the ship was abandoned but likely remained intact and partly above water for as long as a year before collapsing and disintegrating... The newfound hilt may have been left behind because it was unwanted, or it may have been inaccessible, according to Moore's colleague Wendy Welsh, a conservator on the...
  • Eyewitness in Alleged Mexican Pirate Attack Case Comes Forward [ Mexico blocks US from search ]

    10/07/2010 3:46:09 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 35 replies
    ABC News ^ | Oct 7 2010 | By RYAN OWENS, GINA SUNSERI and LEE FERRAN
    An eyewitness has come forward in the case of the American who was allegedly attacked by Mexican pirates to claim he saw the man's panicked wife as she fled to the American side of the lake. As a safety precaution, the witness spoke in shadow and with voice alteration to avoid identification because he said he feared for his life. "It was hard, just remembering everything about us going in to go take pictures and enjoying the sunny day and enjoying the nice weather," Tiffany Hartley, wife of missing David Hartley, told "Good Morning America" today, just hours after returning...
  • The Magellan Star: Pirate Takedown, Force Recon Style (USMC Eyewitness Account)

    09/11/2010 4:34:54 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 9 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute Blog ^ | September 10, 2010 | Capt. Alexander Martin
    Over a 48 hour period, the 15th MEU/PELARG team conducted offensive air operations in Afghanistan resulting in the deaths of 5 confirmed enemy fighters, provided disaster relief in Pakistan to 120 victims who had been without aid since July, and seized a pirated vessel, rescuing a crew of 11 hostages and detaining 9 suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia. A busy couple of days and an impressive battle-rhythm by any standard for this dynamic Navy-Marine Corps team. (snip) The details of what happened next are important as they highlight the individual actions of 24 highly trained shooters who were...
  • Somali man pleads guilty to attack on Navy ship

    08/28/2010 6:17:48 AM PDT · by csvset · 13 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | August 28, 2010 | Jennifer Jiggetts
    NORFOLK A Somali man pleaded guilty Friday to three charges in connection with an attack on a Little Creek-based Navy ship last April off the Horn of Africa. Jama Idle Ibrahim's guilty plea amounts to "the first conviction in Norfolk for acts of piracy in more than 150 years," said Neil H. MacBride, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. However, the formal piracy charge brought against Ibrahim and five other Somalis in their attack on the Ashland was thrown out by a federal judge a week ago. Prosecutors maintain that the counts that Ibrahim pleaded guilty to amount...
  • Somali Man Pleads Guilty in Virginia to Attack on US Vessel

    08/27/2010 9:43:03 PM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | August 28, 2010 | Terry Frieden
    A Somali man Friday became the second person convicted in the United States of acts related to high-seas piracy in more than a century, although he wasn't convicted of piracy itself. Jama Idle Ibrahim pleaded guilty in a federal courtroom in Norfolk, Virginia, admitting he had intended to seize a U.S. merchant vessel on April 10 and hold it for ransom. Ibrahim and five other would-be pirates learned too late that they had instead pulled alongside a U.S. Navy dock landing ship, the USS Ashland, and they were captured. "Today marks the first conviction in Norfolk for acts of piracy...
  • U.S. Navy chopper prevents pirate attack

    08/09/2010 10:59:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    upi ^ | Aug. 9, 2010
    A helicopter from the Navy ship USS Kauffman prevented a pirate attack on a ship crossing the Gulf of Aden ... Officers aboard the Kauffman ordered the helicopter crew to pursue the pirate skiff, from which weapons and other objects were tossed into the water...An unspecified number of pirates were taken into custody, along with some "pirate paraphernalia."
  • English Summary: Rich Russians go Pirate Hunting along the Coastlines of Somalia

    07/02/2010 8:14:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 41 replies
    current ^ | 22.06.2009
    Luxury ocean liners in Russia are offering pirate hunting cruises aboard armed private yachts off the Somali coast. Wealthy punters pay 5790 Dollar per day to patrol the most dangerous waters in the world hoping to be attacked by raiders. When attacked, they retaliate with grenade launchers, machine guns and rocket launchers. Passengers, who can pay an extra 5 Dollar a day for an AK-47 machine gun and 12 Dollar for 100 rounds of ammo, are also protected by a squad of ex special forces troops. The ships deliberately cruise close to the coast at a speed of just five...
  • Piracy suspect seeks to move Norfolk trial

    06/09/2010 6:28:04 PM PDT · by csvset · 3 replies · 28+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | June 9, 2010 | Steve Szkotak
    RICHMOND One of 11 Somali nationals accused of attacking U.S. Navy ships off the coast of Africa is seeking to have his trial moved out of Norfolk, home to the world's largest naval base. An attorney for Mohammed Jamah filed the request for a change of venue Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Norfolk. The motion contends a trial within miles of Norfolk Naval Station "precludes the selection of a fair and impartial jury." "Enthusiastic, pro-Navy, and for that matter pro-armed forces sentiment is a dominant value in this community and has been for decades," wrote Robert B. Rigney, who...
  • Drug-crazed Mexican pirates terrorize boaters on Texas border lake

    05/21/2010 11:51:19 AM PDT · by SoonerStorm09 · 40 replies · 1,703+ views
    KVUE TV ^ | May 20, 2010 | Christopher Heath
    With machine-guns in hand, Mexico's deadliest cartel is patrolling the waters of a Texas border lake. These pirates have already ambushed three, possibly four boats, operating with virtual impunity as they make off with cash and electronics. It's happening on Falcon Lake in Zapata, 200 yards from the Mexican border. KENS-TV's Christopher Heath has the latest on this story.
  • Pirates released after assault operation near Gulf of Aden apparently perished

    05/11/2010 1:49:15 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 41 replies · 1,716+ views
    RIA "Novosti" ^ | May, 11, 2010
    The Somali pirates who were captured in an assault operation after hijacking a Russian tanker near the Gulf of Aden and then released by Russian military officials have not reached the coast and have apparently perished, a top-ranking source in Russia's Defense Ministry told journalists on Tuesday. Russia's Moscow University tanker was hijacked last week near the Gulf of Aden. Ten pirates were captured and one was killed in the assault operation. The captured pirates were initially to be sent to Moscow for prosecution, but Russian military officials then made the decision to release them, citing the absence of a...
  • Russian sailors release Somali pirates - Defense Ministry source

    05/07/2010 12:56:05 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 19 replies · 786+ views
    RIA "Novosti" ^ | May, 6, 2010
    Russian naval task force sailors released on Thursday the Somali pirates detained after a mission to free the Moscow University tanker, a Defense Ministry source told RIA Novosti. "Unfortunately, at present there exist no legal rules for prosecuting in court the pirates operating in the region of Somali," the source said. "This means they do not fall under the jurisdiction of any state or international law." Commandos from the large anti-submarine warship Marshal Shaposhnikov freed the tanker earlier on Thursday in a 22-minute operation that saw one pirate shot dead. The vessel, on its way from the Red Sea to...
  • Russian tanker freed from Somali pirates, crew unscathed

    05/05/2010 9:56:28 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 16 replies · 889+ views
    RIA News ^ | 05/06/10 | Staff
    MOSCOW, May 6 (RIA Novosti) - Russian sailors from the anti-ship cruiser Marshal Shaposhnikov on Thursday freed a Russian tanker hijacked by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden, a high-ranking official from the maritime coalition forces has reported.
  • EU NAVFOR Warship FS Tonnerre destroys pirate mother ship

    05/01/2010 1:20:08 PM PDT · by csvset · 18 replies · 1,483+ views
    EU NAVFOR SOMALIA ^ | May 1, 2010, | Jan Thornqvist
    EU NAVFOR warship FS Tonnerre located and boarded two pirate ships early this morning, 1st May, 450 nautical miles east of Somalia. Evidence was secured, weapons and a ladder, and 11 suspected pirates were taken on board the Tonnerre. On Friday evening an EU NAVFOR maritime patrol aircraft from Sweden detected a pirate action group (PAG) of one mother ship and two skiffs. The Force Commander, Rear Admiral Jan Thörnqvist, ordered the nearest EU NAVFOR vessel, the French warship Tonnerre, to interdict the PAG. Early this morning Tonnerre located the PAG and deployed her helicopter. When the suspected pirates realised...
  • 'There was only ever going to be one winner': Six pirates in a skiff take on a giant U.S. warship

    04/16/2010 9:40:22 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 33 replies · 1,281+ views ^ | 15th April 2010 | Carol Driver
    When six pirates launched an attack on a giant U.S. warship off the Horn of Africa, there was only ever going to be one winner. The bandits began shooting at the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland just before dawn about 380 miles off Djibouti. The Navy said the Ashland returned fire and the suspected pirate skiff was destroyed. All six people on board were rescued and taken aboard the Ashland. The Ashland suffered no injuries or damage in the attack on Saturday morning. The Navy has taken at least 21 suspected pirates since March 31 in the violence-plagued waters...