How to Nab a Pirate

 
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At approximately 3:00 p.m. this afternoon, the Marshall Islands-flagged Motor Vessel Polaris sent a distress call to all ships in the area reporting that a small skiff containing seven suspected pirates had attempted a forcible boarding of their vessel using a ladder. Polaris crewmembers removed the ladder before pirates could come aboard.

Vella Gulf closed immediately with the M/V Polaris and intercepted a skiff matching the description given by the motor vessel. The skiff contained individuals fitting the physical descriptions given by Polaris crewmembers. A Vella Gulf visit, board, search and seizure team (VBSS) conducted a consensual boarding and found several weapons.

M/V Polaris rendezvoused with Vella Gulf and provided positive visual identification of the suspected pirates. The suspected pirates were brought on board Vella Gulf, where they were processed and are being held until they transfer to a temporary holding facility onboard the supply ship USNS Lewis and Clark.

CTF 151 is a multinational task force that conducts counter-piracy operations in and around the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and the Red Sea and was established to create a lawful maritime order and develop security in the maritime environment.

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152 Responses to “How to Nab a Pirate”

  1. The US Marines will probably have a more hand’s on effort in pirate catching. I know there were some rumblings that the Marine Corps wants to reprise it’s original role, this time Somali Pirates rather than Barbary, and were discussing this with Navy leadership, since they’d have to place their squads on Navy vessels.

  2. Chalk one up for the good guys.

  3. Cool, hopefully they get the chance to get many more off the waters.

    Beautiful picture Adam!!

  4. Adam Housley Says:

    Patty-

    THANKS!! Unfortunately I can’t claim it. This fantastic photo of the ship who nabbed em….comes from the Navy.

    Adam

  5. Welll, the Navy took a might pretty pic!

    I see Greta’s format changed Adam…is that going to be yours too????
    Someday………before I’m 75? 🙂

  6. Sure am glad that some of the bad guys got nabbed.

    Becky wants you all to know that she has not fallen off the edge of the earth. She has spent most evenings with her friend Jamie out doing Photo shoots.

  7. there has been a lot of piracy going on for months now– LDG was covering many of these stories on his blog when I frequented his blog months ago…

    great story, Adam–

  8. @Susan

    What makes this report “newsworthy” is that this is the first time since the initial deployment last fall of counter-piracy forces that U.S. Navy vessels have taken a direct action of any kind.

    The official stance was until the very-recent agreements with Kenya to try detainees and the provision of U.N. legal interpretations that clearly called for international action, there was (so argued) no legal basis for U.S. action except in the defense of U.S.-flag merchant shipping… of which there is very little any more.

    @Adam Housley

    Thanks for posting this!

  9. Good Morning,
    It’s nice to know that the US is taking down pirates, but are other countries doing their fair share?

  10. Speaking of “piracy”, Greta now has people register their names to try to prevent name jacking. I knew she wouldn’t shut down her blog as she said she would do.
    I’m registered as SylviaOhio…..there are other Sylvia’s on there.

  11. @Sylvia

    re: fair share

    actually, that’s why the U.S. Navy did schwantz precious little for the past few months… there are now ~50 warships in the Gulf of Aden, from ~30 countries. The nations whose flag-carriers were the most threatened (Netherlands, India, China, France, Russia) are all down there and have been for months.

    The French and the Indians have been the prize pirate catcher/killers so far… which leads to the possibility of an interesting name for the campaign so far… ((grin))

    They’ve all be wondering when the U.S. Navy would start to pull its weight, BTW.

  12. @All

    and, good morning all around. Well, as good as it can be, heh.

  13. LDG,
    If the US has taken the lead in so many places then why not on the seas? It seems like we are everywhere else.

  14. Maybe we can get the Navy to steam up the Potomac River and take care of the “pirates” that have overtaken Capitol Hill…………….isn’t their leader from Kenya? At the very least we can get them to dump some tea in the river to try to scare the “pirates” off.
    I’ll call my buddies in US Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk and see what I can get arranged. If you don’t hear from me for a while it means I’ve had to duck underground.

  15. @Sylvia

    Other than the fact that ANYTHING to do with Somalia is pure poison to both U.S. domestic politics and on the halls of the U.N.S.C.? OK, try these ideas.

    (1) No material imperative — there is no “taking the lead” since the modern Naval and UNCLOS treaties have gone into force. A country is either acting in a declared national interest or in violation. So for example, U.S.-flagged ships are national sovereign property. An attack on a U.S. flagged ship could be stopped, even prevented in progress, and could be answered with reprisal and pursuit. Were the U.S. Navy to respond to any other ship asking for help, they would be doing so as aid to mariners and strictly constrained as to what they could do.

    (2) It was the intentional plan of the U.S. Defense Department that so long as no U.S. interests were directly harmed, to stand back and let the rest of the world get on-board the program. Now that they are there, and there is clear legal mandate on the record, the U.S. is taking what it considers to be the “lead” by forming CTF 151 last month, which provides command and communications facilities for all Allied warships in-region and ship-to-ship linkage to the Chinese, Russian, et al who are not U.S. allies to coordinate efforts.

    Besides:

    Most of the warships on patrol down there are utterly unsuited for coastal and very-small-boat warfare / enforcement. The U.S. Navy has most of its littoral craft up in the Persian Gulf on 5th Fleet assignments, and those few it has in the Gulf of Aden are less than well suited for the area of operations. This leaves the Navy sailing around in Missile Cruisers the size of Battleships, chasing pirates in 20 ft open whaleboats, that are exactly the same kind of whaleboats used by Yemeni and Somali fishing fleets… which have 100’s of boats out fishing in the Gulf of Aden every day (weather permitting).

    hope that helps

  16. @John

    heh… luck on that…

  17. Thank you LDG. You are very helpful.

  18. A pleasure to be of service, as always. Thank you for asking.

  19. John…i needed that giggle this morning. Not much to be pleased with this morning. Or I just have a bad attitude, not sure which.

  20. John–

    I love it when you post— may not be often but when you do, you sure make me laugh–

    I bet when Adam goes through the posts quickly, as he is scanning he is looking for your name–

    I can’t wait to see what he replies to your post– and of course LDG’s which is always full of information…

  21. I looked up CTF 151– out of curiousity

    MANAMA, Bahrain – The Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) has established Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151) specifically for counter-piracy operations.

    Naval ships and assets from more than 20 nations comprise the Combined Maritime Forces. U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Terence “Terry” McKnight has been named the commander of the new task force which will be fully operational by the middle of January.

    The CMF created the Maritime Security Patrol Area (MSPA) in the Gulf of Aden in August of 2008 to support international efforts to combat piracy. Coalition efforts included CTF-150 assets patrolling the area with ships and aircraft. However, the charter for CTF-150, established at the outset of Operation Enduring Freedom, was for the conduct of Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman, the Arabian Sea, Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. Operations included the deterrence of destabilizing activities, such as drug smuggling and weapons trafficking. The establishment of CTF-151 will allow CTF-150 assets to remain focused on those activities, giving CTF-151 the ability to focus solely on the counter-piracy mission.

    “Some navies in our coalition did not have the authority to conduct counter-piracy missions,” said Vice Adm, Bill Gortney, CMF Commander. “The establishment of CTF-151 will allow those nations to operate under the auspices of CTF-150, while allowing other nations to join CTF-151 to support our goal of deterring, disrupting and eventually bringing to justice the maritime criminals involved in piracy events.”

  22. @LDG–

    I heard some great STRAF stories yesterday—

    when I took Ken to get his teeth cleaned yesterday, a 84 year old man was waiting for his wife so we started chatting– well he did and he spent the hour telling me stories about dog fighting and his buddies in WW11– a very enlightening conversation as he got very involved with a couple stories about his friends– (so I know how you feel about your “war” buddies– it is like a bond no others share unless they experience “war” together)

    talk about time flying instead of sitting in a chair and reading old magazines…. 😀

  23. @LDG–

    I should have said: I understand how you feel about your war buddies…
    as I don’t really “know.”

  24. Did anyone see the cute story about the koala bear which had scorched his feet or paws in the Victoria …..

    updated 10:44 a.m. MT, Wed., Feb. 11, 2009
    SYDNEY – A bond between two burned koalas rescued from Australia’s deadliest wildfires has provided some heart-warming relief after days of devastation and the loss of more than 180 lives and possibly millions of animals.

    The story of the koalas emerged after volunteer firefighter David Tree used a mobile phone to photograph and film the rescue of the bewildered female, since nicknamed Sam, that was found cowering in a burned-out forest at Mirboo North, 90 miles southeast of Melbourne.

    Photos and a video of Tree, 44, approaching Sam while talking gently to her, and feeding her water from a plastic bottle as she put her burned claw in his cold, wet hand quickly hit video sharing Web site YouTube, making her an Internet sensation.

    Applause to David Tree– I am in love with him… 😀

  25. Susan,
    I am in love with the koalas!!! I wish I could see one up close….although hubby says they can bite and claw.

  26. Sylvia–

    I just watched an interview with David Tree— Sam has a boyfriend– Bob Irwin– BTW– Bob Irwin was Steve’s father– great story– setting aside what the fires there did to those others… and everything….

  27. @Susan

    Glad you had a fine time hearing tell of that gentleman’s experiences.

    You’re right, BTW. When the memories come out, there is a certain look in one’s eyes as the stories get told.

    here’s a little link for you:

    http://www.blackfive.net/main/2009/02/military-moti-7.html

    trivia, if you dare… what national service are the pictured troopies members of?

  28. Adam Housley Says:

    I have been to the Navy base in Bahrain and will try and find some of the pics I took there and post them here. You gotta give me a couple of days so I can dig them up!

    Adam

  29. Adam Housley Says:

    John-

    You are a freak. LOL

    Adam

  30. *LOL* good thing i didnt have a dew in my hand!!!!

  31. Do you have something against freaks?????

  32. I kind of think John’s the normal one here. LOL

  33. @LDG—

    Here comes my swing at your question—

    STRAF? 😀

    And that look you mentioned about memories—- so very true— this man had a very bright look in his eyes as he retold his history… he became very vibrant… as he knew what it was like to have been there and since then lost some of his buds then and now…..

    I gave him a big huge hug and I asked him to schedule DDS appts along with Ken’s … 😀

    I also asked him what he did back then– and he said to me– You will not like what I did– I was a sniper.

    You never know when you meet someone at the most unexpected moment to have a blessing… as it was yesterday…

    These men and as of these presently, did and do some combat! aka true Patroitism…. very cool..

    @Adam–
    por que no te callas? By the time you find pictures of Bahrain and post here, I CAN dig some of them up… We will give you by the year 2012– when hopefully, Chavez takes a hike to hell…. 😀

    John:
    You are not a freak… xxxx

  34. @LDG

    Marines?

  35. @Susan

    think you meant USSTAF; U.S. Strategic Army Airforces in Europe in WWII.

    as to your guess “Marines?” — nope not U.S. Marines, Royal Marines, nor anyone else’s Naval Infantry.

    ***
    On-topic

    It looks like piracy interdiction arrests are now the order of the day. CTF-151 grabbed 9 more suspected pirates yesterday.

  36. @Adam Housley

    Looking forward to the pics from Bahrain, as your time allows.

  37. LDG: Looks like it could be a vietnam era photo. Could be Australian or Army Green Berets, since they were the first to wear Boonie hats.

  38. I can relate to military people discussing “old times”. I have 2 friends who were in the Navy during Nam. One was in the fight off the coast of Nam and had the task of “taking out” the enemy. The loud noise of the gun battles left him with major hearing loss. The other was a supply officer on a ship in the area but not close to battle.
    When the 2 of them are at my house for dinner with their spouses they “love” discussing their Navy days.
    I asked the one on the gunner ship how he felt about killing someone. He replied, “It was better than getting killed. He would have killed me if I hadn’t got him first.” Very simple philosophy.
    I have great respect for all our military people. The one’s of my generation were treated like crap when they returned from Nam. I always resented that. I think that shaped my political views to disllike extreme liberals who disrespect our military.
    God bless all the people who wear or have worn the uniform.

  39. @Max

    Nope, but a good try. The boonie hats from the ‘Nam were a little different, and Commonwealth SAS wore “tiger stripes” just as USA SF did at that time…

    Here’s a hint: Where that was taken one speaks of being out in the “bush”, not of the “boonies”.

    @Sylvia

    Understanding is all that can be asked of. Thank you for that, and bless you as well.

  40. Now hold on a minute……Freak?…..Mois? (I think that’s French). Freaks get freaked, right? So here’s a definition of freaked, ” To experience or cause to experience frightening hallucinations or feelings of paranoia………” Dictionary.com
    Now I ask, does that sound like me? Or more like someone else, or other group, we know that spews frightening rhetoric about how we’re heading to ‘catastrophies, hardships and levels of poverty’ to the likes we’ve never seen before in the short history of this land, if we don’t do things his/their way.
    BTW, I’m still trying to get a hold of some contacts that could help rid ourselves from these ‘ pirates ‘ on The Hill, but so far no luck. It seems Samuel Adams is now more interested in throwing beer parties than tea parties, so he’s shown no interest in our quest up the Potomac.

  41. John,
    You are so funny.

  42. Good Morning all. just caught up on all the posts. Sylvia, in regard to Nam vets, two of my brothers served during that time. One Air Force the other Army. We were a lucky family, as they did not deploy to Nam. Air Force spent time in South Korea. Army served at the Pentagon. My brother in the AF did pass through many an airport and tells me now how is was spat upon and called a baby killer. Agree – no tolerance for the lefty-loonies who oppose our military. The people who serve are the best of the best.

  43. LDG: Well apprently “the bush” was slang for parts of Nam away from the cities and bases.
    Also Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Alaska.
    I think the last one can easily be ruled out.

  44. Sylvia…..excellent posts on gretawire.

  45. @LDG–

    I saw that about the pirates being nabbed– and yes, USSTAF—

    And you know I am kidding you Adam– I am still waiting for the CES pictures you were going to post awhile back– And forget the answer to the question you posted for the year 2008 in which you asked us what was in store for you this year and you were going to get back to answer.. LOL (so I kid you!!! I think it is so funny!!!— so you know I am kidding you!) (I am so guilty of this as well– hard to try to please everyone, huh, Adam?) I still haven’t sent out some Christmas gifts which I had intended to do so a few weeks ago–) But I found this when I was looking for the thread where you asked us what we thought you might be doing in 2008– Patty is going to love this– this is from 2003

    Segment broadcast on “Dayside with Linda Vester” on the FOX News Network on Monday, July 14. Guests were David J. Undis, Executive Director of LifeSharers, and Dr. Arthur Caplan, Director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Unofficial and edited transcript:

    VESTER: A question now about organ donation. If you have signed up to be a donor should you decide who gets your heart, your liver, kidneys, what have you, when you die? A national non-profit group is making that demand. They say they will only donate their organs if other group members get first crack at them. Is this right? Correspondent Adam Housley has more details on this system. He’s live in Los Angeles. Adam?

    HOUSLEY: Linda, even with the incredible strides being made with organ transplants there is still a shortage nationwide that numbers in the thousands. Last year alone, 60% of the people waiting for an organ transplant did not receive one and died as a result. Now there is a new private group, as you mentioned, that wants to change these odds at least for their own members. Founded by a man by the name of David Undis, a man who isn’t waiting for a transplant by the way, LifeSharers is the first ever private donation group. Now, so far 820 people have signed up but the medical community isn’t too happy about it. What they want to do is this: When one member of this private donation group dies, they want the national organ donation program to ensure that those organs go to another member first. If no match is made then the general public gets dibs. Now, a member of this LifeSharers group hasn’t yet died, but there is a concern that when one does and their organs are compatible, that could set up a court case. Linda, we could have a situation where life could be in the balance and there could be a court case involving a heart, a lung, or potentially even a kidney. Linda.

    VESTER: Adam Housley, live in LA. Adam, thank you very much. We want to go into more detail on this. Joining us now is Dave Undis. He is the Executive Director of this group we have been discussing, LifeSharers…

  46. KC—

    WHERE are you?

    xxxx

  47. Max—

    I am going for South Africa–

  48. Max–

    Canada is included for “the bush” term–

  49. @Susan and Max

    ..ok, Susan is going for South Africa… ya got anything to back that guess up with, or ya just wanna spin the big wheel of chance and see if youse a winnnnnnnnnar?

    ((big grin))

    ***
    On-topic

    Russian Navy bagged a boatload 10 pirates “today”. I say pirates with certainty as the Russian Helicopters videotaped them throwing weapons overboard before the small-boat team arrived.

    http://www.eaglespeak.us/2009/02/somali-pirates-russia-seizes-3-pirate.html

  50. K2,

    Are you posting as nK2 on GW?

  51. K2,
    Thanks for the comment. I’m trying to find you on GW. Are you posting now?

  52. K2,
    I found you on GW….K_2…..sounds like you.

  53. LDG: It could be legionairs from before the french withdrew from Nam.

  54. @Max

    nope, The Legion never used FN FAL’s.

  55. Ldg: Ah a clue!
    Hmm, maybe IDF in the six day war?

  56. Hi Sylvia. yep, K_2 is me. Sorry for the late reply….really had to clean the kitchen so i can mess it up again!

  57. @Max

    Oh, good try… the IDF wore single color battledress… but not that “Nutria” brown color…

  58. Karen,
    Do you like the new format on GW?
    I’m having a hard time following it. Also think the smaller print is harder on the eyes.
    I think there can still be name jacking because anyone can sign in without registering and comment.

  59. LDG: hmm, maybe candian then.

  60. Sylvia… still trying to figure it out. I cannot find my prior comments….. and appears some just disappear! I will go try to use your name and ssee what happens…..will report back here.

  61. Sylvia… You are correct. People can still name-jack. I used your name – just typed in ‘test’ and it posted! Oh well.

  62. Adam Housley Says:

    I know this….no matter how busy I get….heck, I could be in a Venezuelan jail and if I don’t check in at an appropriate time….Susan is coming after me! What happened to Derek and Sgt?? I think Chavez would be more scared of Susan. By the way Susan, Chuck is still afraid to meet you. 🙂 Karen2 and Sylvia are having the most productive day!

    Adam

  63. LDG……………….I have no idea about who the troops are in the blackfive link you posted above. My best guess is as others have guessed, South African Defense Force or or possibly Belgium of French forces. But, while researching the link, I came across this photo. I think it’s quite appropriate for the times………….

    WARNING: OBSCENE GESTURE……………or just telling them they’re numero uno.

  64. @John

    research is always important… ((grin))

    @All

    re: trivia picture — I was going to try and make Susan justify her guess, but since the field has narrowed since she posted… Those young soldiers pictured are (were?) in the old South African Defense Force, circa the early 1980’s. Given their apparent age at the time and half-assed camo paint and obscurement, they were likely cadets still in training.

    Thanks for playing!

    …now back to your regularly scheduled digressions.

  65. @Adam Housley

    Just glad you *aren’t* in some Venezuelan lock-up…. and glad to see you here. Luck to you on what keeps you busy.

  66. off subject…
    but since susan brought up organ donation…(that guys is an idiot btw!)
    As if Jan 16, 2009
    …2979 patients waiting for a kidney transplant
    …16471 patients waiting for a liver transplant
    …1600 patients waiting for a pancreas transplant
    …2310 patients waiting for a kidney-pancreas transplant
    …218 patients waiting for a intestine transplant
    …2723 patients waiting for a heart transplant
    …89 patients waiting for a heart-lung transplant
    …2023 patients waiting for a lung transplant

    108413 total patients waiting nationwide
    11809 total donors nationwide (jan – oct 08)

    2152 patients waiting in Kansas and Missouri

  67. **correction…the smiley face isnt suposed to be there!!!!

    its supposed to be oct 2008

    argh!!!

  68. Good Morning and Happy Valentine’s Day.
    Larry and I are taking my Mom out to lunch today. My Dad died 16 years ago today so this is a “challenging” day…..we try to keep it upbeat.

    Max and LDG……is Valentine’s Day big in your parts of the world?

  69. Patty,
    I have an organ donor card in my wallet but now I think my parts are too old to donate!!!!

  70. LDG,
    Digressions are fun!

  71. @Sylvia

    The Japanese version of St. Valentine’s Day is a bit twisted…

    The ladies give gifts (often chocolate) to the gents. Nice presents for close relationships; little trinket chocolates to co-workers / teachers / associates.

    The trick is then that on March 14th, “White Day”, the men are supposed to return presents of roughly equal merit to each lady who gave them gifts on St. Valentines.

    and yes, digressions ARE fun!

  72. Sylvia: It’s big here too. IDK how big since I’m always single. haha! 😀
    My grandfather died 5 years ago today (also a Saturday). But my Grandmother died 3 years ago, so she doesn’t need comforting on Valentines anymore.

  73. @Adam–

    😀 😀 Pay for my flight to Venezuela and watch what I can do tomorrow- tomorrow is the day for Señor Chavez— (I can cheat too– when it comes to voting time– but these votes won’t be going his way) Besides that I like to be able to relate so I might get tear gassed too while there and then we can talk about how much it burns and hurts… 😀

    Have a good day with Tamera…. and thanks for being so cool…. You read what I have in my mind– teasing you!)

    Derek aka Sgt. will get an email today from me so he can come over here and see he is missed..

    Tell Chuck to set his fears aside— 😀 He can do it, he can do it, he can do it– (Waterboy theme)

    Patty—

    I thought the interview with Adam you would find of interest– Now when Adam posted his thread on the old blog, for you, about organ donors, did he mention he did a special on organ donors? I don’t remember him stating this– and this is why I love Adam— he does not come across as an arrogant braggart posting to us about how great he truly is…. He does not tell us everything he has done in his short life here on Planet Obama.
    I think he did a special too on disability… I have to find it.

    And wow to those figures you posted!!! People having to play the wait game– life or death– Awful!

    LDG– nice tradition in Japan– everyone comes out ahead and there are two days of this Valentine’s thing… What kind of chocolates are you getting?

    I ordered some stuff from Harry and David to have delivered to Ken’s mom by Valentine’s day– I love their stuff and the presentation…. Well, to make a long story short– they screwed up and won’t have it there until Monday… boy was I pissed off… (the gift is from Ken and I had him come here on the computer and pick it out.) Their way to make it better is to give me 20% off my next order…

    I hit the stores a couple days after each of these events and buy the good chocolates @ 75% off…. I give them away and eat about four boxes throughout…. until the next event– Easter and so on and so on….

    Sylvia— I hope you have a pleasant day—

    Max and LDG– chara! I was just about ready to go find the answer to the trivia– and LDG beat me to it!!!

    KC– when you get back from the beach, hi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And I hope you all have a good day with your other half!

  74. @LDG—

    “…now back to your regularly scheduled digressions.”

    You are soooooooooooooooo funny!!!!

  75. what is FN FALS?

  76. Susan: FN FAL is a Belgium designed Service Rifle.

  77. Adam added this on to his soccer thread-

    GAME FINAL US 2 Mexico 0

    THE VOODOO OBVIOUSLY DIDN’T WORK

    (laughing at his voodoo comment) so how do I stop my order from being delivered here?

  78. gracias Max–

    leave it to LDG to post a trivia question which has about a million facts to go with the question…. and like usual, I keep a blank look on my face–

    😀

  79. You sure must read a lot– because you are not in the military and you sure know your stuff– at your young age…..

  80. I see Fox has a story on the latest here–

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    AP

    Feb 12.: Search and seizure crews from the U.S. Navy close in on Somali pirates before apprehending them in the Gulf of Aden.
    Feb 12.: Search and seizure crews from the U.S. Navy close in on Somali pirates before apprehending them in the Gulf of Aden.
    WASHINGTON — Questions emerged Friday about whether the U.S. Navy can continue to hold a group of suspected pirates captured on the high seas and kept for now in floating jail cells ringed with barbed wire.

    At issue are nine men, probably Somalis, seized Thursday from a small skiff in the Gulf of Aden. A Navy ship fired warning shots and sailors boarded the skiff and arrested the men after a distress call from an Indian-flagged merchant ship.

    Although defense officials would not be specific, several acknowledged there may insufficient evidence to hold the men for trial and that some or all might be returned to Somalia.

    If a case can be brought, it would be among the first under a new arrangement with Kenya to take on prosecution of suspected Somali pirates.

    http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/latest/~3/Gr5sT9X_fv4/0,2933,492784,00.html

  81. and a happy Valentine’s day to Bob and Sam– the koala bears in Australia-

    Bob is her protector – as soon as she is moved, he’s on the move, too. It really looks like he’s making sure she’s OK,” Raymond said from the Mountain Ash Wildlife Shelter in Rawson, 100 miles east of Melbourne in Victoria state, where the deadly fires continue to burn. “They’re good company for each other.”

    (I hope they always stay together for they have shared and survived a horrible experience)

  82. Susan: Well from the way LDG said it I assumed it was a gun, I then looked it up to find out who used it.

  83. I see Australia has arsonists as well– He should be feed to the koala bears!

    (AP) Authorities charged a man Friday with lighting one of the wildfires that killed a total of more than 180 people in Australia, and whisked him into protective custody to guard him from public fury.

    One of those wildfires probably caused all those other ones–

    Max– you are still brilliant– xxx

  84. @LDG–

    I just watched a Youtube video on the Princess DIaries 2– My neighbor shocked me yesterday when he asked me where Fat Louie has been.

    I asked him who Fat Louie is and he told me the cat in the movie who reminds him of Maru– 😀 great strides have been made here to get the acceptance– LOL

    I told him Fat Louie is not allowed to go outside anymore– playtime in the backyard is monitored…. 😀

    Maru does look like Fat Louie– 🙄

  85. stimulus–

    A penny saved is a government oversight.

  86. my brother sent this to me–

    young cowboy from Wyoming goes off to
    college. Half way through the semester, he has foolishly squandered all his money.

    He calls home. “Dad,” he says, “You won’t believe what modern education is developing! They actually have a program here in Laramie that will teach our dog, Ol’ Blue how to talk!”
    “That’s amazing,” his Dad says.
    “How do I get Ol’ Blue in that program?”
    “Just send him down here with $1,000” the young cowboy says. “I’ll get him in the course.”
    So, his father sends the dog and $1,000.
    About two-thirds of the way through the semester, the money again runs out. The boy calls home.
    “So how’s Ol’ Blue doing son?” his father asks.
    “Awesome, Dad, he’s talking up a storm,” he says, “but you just won’t believe this – they’ve had such good results they have started to teach the animals how to read!”
    “Read!?” says his father, “No kidding! How do we get Blue in that program?”

    “Just send $2,500, I’ll get him in the class.”
    The money promptly arrives. But our hero has a problem. At the end of the year, his father will find out the dog can neither talk, nor read. So he shoots the dog.
    When he arrives home at the end of the year, his father is all excited. “Where’s Ol’ Blue? I just can’t wait to see him read
    something and talk!”
    “Dad,” the boy says, “I have some grim
    news. Yesterday morning, just before we left to drive home, Ol’ Blue was in the living room, kicked back in the recliner, reading the Wall Street Journal, like he usually
    does. Then he turned to me and asked, “So, is your daddy still messing’ around with that little redhead who lives in town?”
    The father exclaimed, “I hope you shot that son of a bitch before he talks to your Mother!”
    “I sure did, Dad!”
    “That’s my boy!”
    The kid went on to be a successful lawyer, and then he went on to become the Governor of Illinois

  87. I was curious to see where he went to school-

    Tampa, Florida — When Rod Blagojevich graduated from high school, he headed one thousand miles south — to go to college at the University of Tampa.

    Why would a guy from Chicago end up here, along the Hillsborough River?

    Even back then, UT was a baseball powerhouse, and Rod’s older brother Rob came here to play baseball, according to this article in a 2003 edition of Chicago Magazine.

    So two years later, when it was time for Rod to go to school — and he didn’t have the test scores to get into his dream school, Northwestern — he headed here to study under the minarets of UT’s Plant Hall.

  88. Susan: thank you *bows*

  89. A little Saturday afternoon entertainment. received the following email and thought I would share with you….. Click my name for the youtube.

    For years we have all heard many, many versions of ‘Amazing Grace’. But if you’ve never heard the group “Il Divo” sing it, you’re in for a very special treat.

    I know you will enjoy this music performed at the Arena. Arena is the name of the amphitheatre located in Pula, Croatia. The Arena is the only remaining Roman amphitheater to have four side towers and with all three Roman architectural orders entirely preserved. It is the sixth largest surviving Roman arena and a rare example, among the 200 Roman surviving amphitheatres of unique technological solutions.

  90. Karen,
    That was awesome. Their voices are amazing.

  91. K2—

    ONE df my favorites is Louis Armstrong– What a Wonderful World…..

    I try to listen to it at least a few times during throughout the year…

    It was one of my father’s songs who left us five years ago… He must have had some good feeling about this world.. which presently does not happen

    .http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnRqYMTpXHc

  92. And another oldie– is by U2– It is a Beautiful Day—

    some of these songs give me a lift~ especially when when I am down… music is a part of a cure… it gives you what you need to hear and music comes from wherever you want it to come from~ and how you want to use it~

    I love music! 😀

  93. Max—-

    Don’t bow– You might hurt your back– sciatica!

    You are the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xxxxx

  94. And to KC–

    when you get back…

    I missed you!

    xxx

  95. K2—

    That was way cool– thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I have a bit of Rome here in my house– thanks to my daughter…the coliseum is right here! An artifact– done in genuine albaster—

    Sadly, no one notices or knows the background to this… they just think it is just a trinket hanging out with me!!!!

    xxxx

  96. oops! in my post to K2

    ONE df my favorites is …

    now decipher “df” … 😀

  97. Susan: I’ve been doing back exercises, so now it doesn’t get painful, and I can bow with ease.

  98. @Adam—-

    Buon San Valentino

    it doesn’t have to be about sweeties– friends are included too-

    xxxxx

  99. Max—-

    I am so laughing!!!!!

    Forget the exercises— just learn to bow down here when you come to vist me…. (we might have to like pull weeds together)… I just spent two frigging days pulling weeds– I think I put in about 14 hours– or more!!!!)

    We bow either for picking stuff up or cleaning stuff up– other than that, no bowing… 😀

    Actually, squatting is the best way… you use your legs and you don’t bend… takes care of future sciatica… 😀

  100. @Adam et al

    Happy Heart Day—

    xxxx

  101. Good Morning.
    Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend.

    Susan……I love music too. When I fly I have my mp3 on the entire flight. Music is relaxing and it blocks out the noise of other passengers.
    As for the type of music……Eagles, Celine, Billy Joel, Carrie Underwood, and much more along those lines.
    I grew up listening to music even while doing homework (my grades were good so my parents didn’t care if I had music on).
    And to show you how old I am I remember the deaths of Buddy Holly, Janis Joplin, and Rick Nelson. I watched American Bandstand regularly.
    Now I watch American Idol (when it gets down to 20 contestants) and enjoy the young singers who have talent.

  102. Susan: Well the exercises help prevent siatica too by promoting a proper posture.

  103. Hello All. glad you liked Il Divo.

    Susan, I too think Louis Armstrong was one of the greatest. Thanks for that you tube. It was great.

    Sylvia, Idol is down to 36 so far. Have been watching and there is some really good talent. Time to tune in.

    Max, is the 13 year old father a huge story in the UK? Saw an article about it on Drudge…

  104. Karen: Yes, but a load of other boys claim they could be the father…
    What a slutty girl (not an insult, an observation).

  105. Hi all

    Becky and I were disappointed that the kid we knew that made the top 50 on American Idol did not make it to the 36.

    The kid in the UK, he has no clue about raising kids, he is still one himself. I was wondering where are his parents?

    Hope every one has a great week spending their extra $13 the stimulus bill is giving everyone. Did you all see Huckabee on Sat. He calls it the
    Congressional
    Relief
    Action
    Program

    That is somehow appropriate.

    Barb

  106. Hi Barb,
    Crap is a good description of the stimulus bill.
    And congress and the chosen one have only just begun to give out money we don’t have. Keep those printing presses working.

    Inflation is sure to follow. High taxes will be the end plan. Sounds like a good time will be had by all.

  107. Sylvia—

    Well dang it to all… Here

  108. oh dear== time to remove cat… (I use to think it was cute when the cat jumped here to be close to me… now it is very annoying– I gently take him off the desk and place on him the futon here and we start all over.. I think he is figuring it out… stop being a nuisance!)

    Back to where I was….

    Sylvia-

    Dang it to all…Here I thought you were not into music… and you name dropped some good names (in my opinion)— so in other words, you let your hair hang loose? 😀

    Bu you have me on this— I can’t read and listen to music at the same time… I have the size brain of a pea… true…. My focus has to be on one thing but the brilliant people can focus on more…. as I am sure you are.

    xxxx

  109. See Sylvia–

    going back to how people do “mind” stuff– I did not even see CRAP as you did with Barb’s post. I just read it but I NEVER saw CRAP— I only went horizontal and you did both– vertical and horizontal…

    xxx

  110. Yeah Susan…..I went to see the 4 Seasons and 4 Tops concerts while in college. Hubby went to Woodstock but only stayed a short time. We both saw the Who’s “Tommy” on broadway and in Cincinnati. We went to the Billy Joel play “Moving Out”. We saw Art Garfunkle and Neal Diamond concerts in Cincinnati. Also saw the play “Just Janis” which was the story of Janis Joplin complete with a fabulous actress/singer who played the part. Also went to “Hair” and “Mama Mia”(the music of ABBA). Recently saw “Jersey Boys” which was the story of the 4 Seasons. Loved the rock opera “SuperStar”. And we saw Sha Na Na on New Years Eve the night Rick Nelson died in a plane crash. The lead singer Boozer made the announcement from the stage and we were all stunned.
    Music has been a big part of our life…..and we used to do all those dances that were so popular because of Bandstand.

    See , you never really know someone just from blogging.

  111. BTW…..I hadn’t met Larry yet when he went to Woodstock…which was probably a good thing!!!!

  112. BTW Sylvia—-You are funny and way cool– (even if you are a rich snob.., 😀 )

    And shhhh! Don’t tell anyone this but I got so high with David Crosby on his schooner in Puerto Vallarta, I almost took a dive into the ocean and he had to grab my arm to keep me from falling 😀

    Sing to” those were the days my friend, I thought they would never end…”

    Let’s do jam session once a week here? Someone post a topic of music ~ for example: Max posts a music of his choice– and we all go find something which goes with it and post the link and listen to it- and then someone else has a turn at their choice~ Hell, LDG can post his choice too– military music~ (wink to LDG)

    And Adam can tell us which one he liked the best– 😀 😀

    xxxx

  113. Barb and Sylvia—

    forget calling the stimulus CRAP… In my neck of the woods, it is just bullshit! 😀

    K2– Was not Louis the best????? I also love Ray Charles== I love the movie “Ray” because what Mr. Charles did for donations after he turned his life around was so awesome– I was so numb for a few days after watching that movie!!!

    And here is my favorite for those who want to tell a man to take a hike… 😀

    Hit the Road Jack and don’t you come back no more… I am going to send this to every weak woman who has put up with domestic crap… 😀

    Ray rocks— he turned his life around– went from being an asshole to a benevolent man—

    Yay!

  114. AND since I am doing music time— theme– telling a man to take a hike– which I don’t have this issue– but for funs–

    South Pacific– I am going to wash that man right out my hair… 😀

    http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=F81ACE7E0D971792&playnext=1&v=MbrdSD6DgO8

    but for anyone who has had a boyfriend or relationship, when growing up, I think the feelings were hurt… this is how it was… LOL

  115. And I wonder what happened in Venezuela today?

    @LDG– I know you know…

    xxx

  116. @Barb—

    The kid in the UK, he has no clue about raising kids, he is still one himself. I was wondering where are his parents?

    _______________________________________________

    I wonder this a lot when I see kids hanging out….

  117. Karen… we have a guy at church that does a spot on impression of Louie Armstrong. If you close your eyes you would not know the difference. He was even asked to sing as Louie Armstrong at a funeral.

  118. Barb: Yeah, it’s kind of sad how society here has got to a point where this could happen. Here’s a saying I’ve made up, and it seems true enough:
    You know why they call it screwing? Because if you’re not careful it screws things up.

  119. @Susan

    Music and sports are my connections to the life everyone else got to have while I was away. I even took a part-time job rigging in theaters during my 2nd visit to University life and had a blast. Listened to everything, liked most all except the “diva-style” singers. I’ve seen pretty much the whole range from The Grateful Dead ~to~ Nine Inch Nails live and had a great time. I am however most influenced by southern rock and ’80 music… esp. UK punk and post-punk …and I save a special place in my listening moods for angry women like Alanis Morrisette.

    @All

    re: Venezuela plebicite — yeah, I know. not too bloody happy about it either.

  120. LDG: What about Pre-punk UK groups like Mott The Hoople?

  121. I never cared for heavy metal, punk, or rap. I do like modern country like Carrie Underwood and the Eagles country/rock style.
    Also loved the Rightious Brothers and saw them in Vegas.

  122. morning all.
    Sure have enjoyed my mini vacation with our grandson. Will hate to see him go home tonight.
    Looks like you have been busy!
    Music hu? that covers ALOT of ground!
    I’m a classic rock girl and like sylvia… no punk, rap, or metal.
    I love Alanis ldg!
    Skynard, Pink FLoyd, The Who, Kansas, Mike Oldfield and Tubular bells and add in some Evanescence.
    Cant do the mp3 players, cant stand it that close to my head, I guess because of the migraines, just never was my thing.

    LDG, you meeting with the SOS today? 🙂

  123. @Max

    I’ve got them in there, right next to T-Rex in the stack.

    @Patty

    re: Alanis — have you listened to Michelle Branch? (first 2 albums only, specifically the “Hotel Paper” album) She was a lot of fun too until she went off on career tangents.

    Evanescence… woo, Goth-pop… but they are one of the more recent acts I’ve liked.

    re: U.S. SecState visit — no, the contract with the North Koreans prohibits conflicts of interest
    *cough*
    If I was, would I be telling you so? ((big grin))

  124. @Sylvia

    Bet you liked seeing Carrie Underwood tear it up on the last episode of American Idol season 7 (last year), then. She’s a whole lot of fun.

  125. LDG.. re sos…. *LOL* just thought i’d ask! *giggle*

    Yes, Michelle branch, i have only her first.

    Our son has thousands of songs…so he brings his external hard drive about twice a year to share a few hundred for hubbies ipod.

    Im good with the radio, as long as its rock.

  126. oh and Pat loves Carrie!!! But his choice was Nadia Turner in ’05. She gave him goosebumps! *L*
    He’s waited all this time for an album out of her, and she never has “yet”, but he continues to wait!

  127. wowie– everyone picked out some good groups– do you play an instrument LDG? You are so well rounded, I would imagine you can play something–

    President’s day stuff-who is considered to be good and who ranks low– 😀

    Lincoln was ranked in the top three in each of the 10 categories evaluated by participants.

    Compared to C-SPAN’s only other ranking of presidents, in 2000, former President Bill Clinton jumped six spots from No. 21 to 15. Other recent presidents moved positions as well: Ronald Reagan advanced from No. 11 to 10, George H.W. Bush rose from No. 20 to 18 and Jimmy Carter fell from No. 22 to 25.

    This movement illustrates that presidential reputations are influenced by present-day concerns, said survey adviser and participant Edna Medford.

    “Today’s concerns shape our views of the past, be it in the area of foreign policy, managing the economy or human rights,” Medford said in a statement.

    After Lincoln, the academics rated George Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt and Harry Truman as the best leaders overall. The same five received top spots in the 2000 survey, although Washington and Franklin D. Roosevelt swapped spots this year.

    Rated worst overall were James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Franklin Pierce, William Henry Harrison and Warren G. Harding.

    The survey was conducted in December and January. Participants ranked each president on a scale of one, “not effective” to 10, “very effective,” on a list of 10 leadership qualities including relations with Congress, public persuasion and moral authority.

    (I wonder how Grover Cleveland ranked? technically, we only have 43 Presidents– but he wasn’t elected consecutively so he got counted twice– 😀 )

    time to check out Venezuela….

    Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved

  128. LDG,
    I love watching Carrie perform….she has a great voice and seems to be really enjoying what she does.

  129. Venezuela– this totally sucks!!!! If Adam continues to post about Chavez. it looks like Adam will be posting for the rest of his life–

    this was well said–

    “Effectively this will become a dictatorship,” opposition leader

    Omar Barboza
    told

    The Associated Press
    . “It’s control of all the powers, lack of separation of powers, unscrupulous use of state resources, persecution of adversaries.”

  130. @Susan

    re: music — nope, I’ve not a shred of musical ability.

    re: Venezuela — u-huh, that about sums it up.

  131. @LDG—

    wow– there is something you can’t do—

    and yes to Venezuela–

    well, I am off to find a nursery where they sell rock by the ton— I am going to finish the back yard– yesterday, we planted a lime tree–

    I found two guys who will put the rock in at a very good price– Yay!!

    a good day to all!

  132. @Susan

    Just FYI, I am also (in-)famously the world’s worst basketball player.

    Rcok by the ton, eh? I’ve got just the thing for easy delivery…

    ((grin))
    have a good one.

  133. Sylvia…Carrie is so “pure” along with her voice. She hasn’t let anyone sway her wholesome ideals, its awesome to see her on stage, so sure of herself, but so innocent. And a totally natural beauty! Not many can do it all at once, but she sure does.

    oh Susan, be careful with that rock, it wasn’t long ago it laid you up!!!

    I’m jealous, getting hands dirty in the yard…i cant wait!
    Barb said her daffodils were up….I’m SO anxious to see the bulbs pat and i planted last fall. We did 100…..I’d be happy if 1/2 make an appearance.

  134. The daffodils that bloomed are some that were planted before we moved here in 1992. Some years they bloom and some they don’t, this year several have and we will see if the rest do in the next week or so. Keeps us guessing every year.

  135. Patty,
    Do the chipmunks eat your bulbs? Our tulips never seem to suvive.
    Larry does the flowers, tomatoes, peppers, and chives. This year he’s going to add radishes. He’s the farmer in the family. He loves planting stuff. I love looking at his gardens and eating his vegetables. I’m not much for digging in dirt…especially if there are worms. UGH.

    As for Carrie…I agree….she is wholesome and talented.

  136. I wish it were warm enough for flowers here. Only in the 30’s but sunny.

  137. We dont have squirrels…and no chipmunks. The dogs run loose, so they’ve never ventured into the yard.
    Hopefully that means the bulbs have 1/2 a chance. I more worry about the grubs. This yard is full of them, although we’ve been treating for 2 years now.

  138. Our daughter-in-law has that problem! They even dug up her hostas! She has a huge iron kettle that she tries to plant every year. And every year the squirrels steal it. So she started putting her bulbs in “chicken wire” cages first, then buried them, so far that has helped.

    Hubby is the farmer here too, I just do flowers, i can buy food! *L*
    (so far) He’ll do tomatoes and a few peppers for his salsa.

  139. Susan: Presidential ranking, of course the present reflects on past presidents, more so on recent ones. Since we are still living with most of their decisions (good or bad), and anyone who’s policies are seen as best for the long run will go up.

  140. Patty… hope you are not expecting a state tax refund… heard something about Kansas not having the money to give the refunds, in addition to California. What a mess.

    I am going to try tomatoes again this year. Last year I tried an experiment with them and it did not work, my big boy tomatoes were the size of my cherry tomatoes. Not good. 🙂 Our back yard has so many trees that the open area is mostly in the shade, so I have containers at the edge of the deck. Maybe this year I will plant them in the front between the porch and the driveway, that has lots of sun and water nearby. The only time I have had real success with tomatoes was when we lived in England.

  141. I just found a link on foxnews about the children in England that had the baby and the reaction to the situation and the family.

    click on my name to link to it.

    The parents are crazy or something.

  142. Adam Housley Says:

    Yes…I have been following the Venezuela election closely and am shocked there is not more international outrage at the questions surrounding the validity of this election. Meantime….I have been swamped setting up my new and every day cell phone. The other one died and this one is just a basic phone, but transferring numbers was long, tedious and annoying! Also…a new post that will outrage you!

    Adam

  143. Adam…you cell company will move those numbers for you!! But i guess that’s a lil late hu? 🙂

  144. oops
    your cell company

  145. Patty…I never knew that…live and learn.

  146. They charge $5 here, but its worth it unless you like data entry!

  147. @LDG—–

    LOL– To your video~

    I think 3 tons should take care of the yard– March 6th is the day— YAY!!!!

    Patty– I am having two guys do it for me– I am doing the flower thing right now– Marigolds went into the dirt yesterday– and then it rained last night– after I struggled to get the dirt soft!!! LOL

    xxx

  148. Adam—

    everyone is so focused on their economy, this is probably why Chavez has not been noticed by others– but like I said– as long as you continue to cover him, you might be doing this for the rest of your life– 😉

  149. @LDG—

    then I guess you won’t do a one on one with Obama? I would have placed all my bets on you! 😀

  150. um susan, water about 2 days ahead, then the dirt will be soft 😉

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