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Old 04-12-2009, 03:00 PM
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U.S. flagged ship Captain Richard Phillips Rescued

Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! What a wonderful Easter day in the U.S. of A!

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Old 04-12-2009, 03:04 PM
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What a wonderful Easter blessing!

I'm so overjoyed for Captain Phillips, his family, and those of the rest of the crew, as well!



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Old 04-12-2009, 03:09 PM
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This is GREAT news!! What a wonderful gift on Easter Sunday!!! - Go U.S.A. !!!!
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Old 04-12-2009, 03:15 PM
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The Captain looks fantastic, too!
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Richard Phillips gave himself willingly to the Pirates in exchange for the release of his crew.

He jumped overboard and attempted to swim to safety, but was recaptured under a barrage of gunfire.

He jumped overboard again, giving the Navy the opportunity to kill & capture those SOB pirates and bring him to freedom.

I'd say Richard Phillips is the embodiment of True American Spirit.

...and our Navy has again proven it's the best in the world.

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Old 04-12-2009, 03:18 PM
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You're right, Patti Ann ... Captain Richard Phillips is a True American Hero! I'm so proud of him!
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Old 04-12-2009, 03:23 PM
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The Captain looks fantastic, too!
Amazingly so! I'm stunned, but in such a good way!

P.S. Hi Liz!
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Old 04-12-2009, 03:24 PM
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They shot 3 and saved 1 to talk!

Brilliant! Excellent job!
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Old 04-12-2009, 03:29 PM
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LOL, SS

I'd say that's an understatement, too!
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Old 04-12-2009, 03:33 PM
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I am so happy for his family and for his crew!! Wow! What a wonderful Easter present for everyone!

Kudos to our Navy boys!!! (Tossing them an Easter egg filled with joy and kisses!)
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Speaking of the Maersk crew, SS .... I want them to be released!
They're kinda being held hostage by the FBI. They need to be set free, too!
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I agree!! FREE THEM ALL! It is PARTY TIME!!!

(Tossing them cases of beer and pizzas in the shape of Easter eggs)
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THIS THRILLS MY HEART! I am so HAPPY for this HERO and his family! God Bless them ALL!! And God Bless America!!!
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Wonder how this lone thug is feeling, right about now?
Damn that 20/20 hindsight, huh, Buddy? Woulda, coulda, shoulda...NOT picked on the US of A!
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I posted up thread, but I'm just sitting here in happy tears. After all the sad news we've had here lately (Sandra, Caylee, Haliegh), this wonderful, WONDERFUL news about Captain Phillips has overwhelmed me with joy. I just can't tell you how joyful it makes me that he will be able to go home to his loving family! No doubt that the reunion will be an emotional one and that their bond will be stronger than ever before. God Bless!
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Call me pessimistic, but I'm not sure this will end here. Remember Somalia is holding over 100 hostages from other hijackings. Negoliations with Somalia elders failed because they would not allow the US to take prisoners. It seems to me we should be concerned about a countermove. These people are ruthless.
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Damn that 20/20 hindsight, huh, Buddy? Woulda, coulda, shoulda...NOT picked on the US of A!

Right, didn't the pirates announce that they were not intimidated by the U.S. Navy? Whoops...

“We are not scared,” the pirates’ spokesman, Sugule Ali, said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. “You only die once.”

It kills me that pirates have spokesman.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/02/wo...02pirates.html
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Old 04-12-2009, 04:14 PM
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Somalia Foreign Minister: "We are very happy at this action and the outcome."
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Call me pessimistic, but I'm not sure this will end here. Remember Somalia is holding over 100 hostages from other hijackings. Negoliations with Somalia elders failed because they would not allow the US to take prisoners. It seems to me we should be concerned about a countermove. These people are ruthless.
Long-term, and maybe short-term, you've got a good point. As they've been mentioning, normally these pirates haven't been killing crews. That may change, but I hope not.

What this has done is bring it more to the public's knowledge (at least in the US) and I bet we'll see more tactics deployed to combat this growing international issue. At least I hope some good will come of this.

I still can't believe these little flea thugs can wreak so much havoc (sp)...
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Right, didn't the pirates announce that they were not intimidated by the U.S. Navy? Whoops...

“We are not scared,” the pirates’ spokesman, Sugule Ali, said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. “You only die once.”

It kills me that pirates have spokesman.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/02/wo...02pirates.html
Oops, today was their day (3 out of 4!)

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Call me pessimistic, but I'm not sure this will end here. Remember Somalia is holding over 100 hostages from other hijackings. Negoliations with Somalia elders failed because they would not allow the US to take prisoners. It seems to me we should be concerned about a countermove. These people are ruthless.
Buzz Kill! LOL

I know you are right, but we have to celebrate the victories over the small battles within the wars. I am sure they are concerned about a countermove, but this maneuver also puts us in a position of control over one of their own. They are out the money this was supposed to raise, too. Three hits to their organization by this recovery and capture. We are going to use this to our advantage by not stopping there, imo. I expect to hear more coming out of Somalia in the next few days.
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Right, didn't the pirates announce that they were not intimidated by the U.S. Navy? Whoops...

“We are not scared,” the pirates’ spokesman, Sugule Ali, said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. “You only die once.”

It kills me that pirates have spokesman.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/02/wo...02pirates.html
About that "pirate spokesperson", PattiAnn, I dug this quote up of his from last October:

In a 45-minute interview, Mr. Sugule spoke on everything from what the pirates wanted (“just money”) to why they were doing this (“to stop illegal fishing and dumping in our waters”) to what they had to eat on board (rice, meat, bread, spaghetti, “you know, normal human-being food”).

He said that so far, in the eyes of the world, the pirates had been misunderstood. “We don’t consider ourselves sea bandits,” he said. “We consider sea bandits those who illegally fish in our seas and dump waste in our seas and carry weapons in our seas. We are simply patrolling our seas. Think of us like a coast guard.”


Love that ... "Think of us like a coast guard"!!! (and shaking head)
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About that "pirate spokesperson", PattiAnn, I dug this quote up of his from last October:

In a 45-minute interview, Mr. Sugule spoke on everything from what the pirates wanted (“just money”) to why they were doing this (“to stop illegal fishing and dumping in our waters”) to what they had to eat on board (rice, meat, bread, spaghetti, “you know, normal human-being food”).

He said that so far, in the eyes of the world, the pirates had been misunderstood. “We don’t consider ourselves sea bandits,” he said. “We consider sea bandits those who illegally fish in our seas and dump waste in our seas and carry weapons in our seas. We are simply patrolling our seas. Think of us like a coast guard.”


Love that ... "Think of us like a coast guard"!!! (and shaking head)
So even pirate spokesmen practice spin control
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