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Somali Pirates Capture 4 Americans.
FOXNews ^ | 2-18-2011 | NA

Posted on 02/18/2011 7:06:25 PM PST by Stayfrosty

UNITED NATIONS -- Somalia's U.N. Mission said Friday that pirates hijacked a yacht carrying four U.S. citizens in the Indian Ocean off the Somali coast.

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OK - given all of the recent news on pirates, Al-Qaeda, and Al-Shabab terrorist groups operating in the Horn Of Africa why would ANYONE in their right minds go sailing around Somalia without packing a little heat? Why would you even sail in that area? People with money can sometimes be the dumbest people in the world.
1 posted on 02/18/2011 7:06:33 PM PST by Stayfrosty
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To: Stayfrosty

Time to call SEAL SIX.


2 posted on 02/18/2011 7:08:38 PM PST by wastedyears (It has nothing to do with safety, and everything to do with control.)
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To: Stayfrosty

Another chance for Obama to show the world... what a wuss he is. :-(


3 posted on 02/18/2011 7:09:34 PM PST by Liberty1970 (Thanking God for many blessings :-))
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To: wastedyears

This reminds me a little bit of that movie ‘The life aquatic with steve zissou’. In that movie their boat gets hi-jacked by pirates but they end up fighting them off. Remember interns don’t get glocks! :)


4 posted on 02/18/2011 7:10:44 PM PST by Stayfrosty
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To: Stayfrosty

>> a yacht carrying four U.S. citizens in the Indian Ocean off the Somali coast.

Wrong turn?


5 posted on 02/18/2011 7:11:13 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: Stayfrosty

I ain’t a betting man but i would put my money on they are libs.


6 posted on 02/18/2011 7:11:52 PM PST by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: Stayfrosty
I say we send an old fashioned WWII battleship over there and start indiscriminate shelling of Somalia. USS Iowa is sitting in Suisun Bay, mothballed...
7 posted on 02/18/2011 7:12:08 PM PST by americanophile ("The Constitution is the guide which I will never abandon." - George Washington)
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To: Stayfrosty

I wonder if they were on their way to break the Gaza “blockade” with the Iranians?


8 posted on 02/18/2011 7:12:35 PM PST by GeronL (Needs a new tagline. LOADING..... LOADING.....)
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To: Liberty1970

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=214w5Bh9mp4 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IV6CGOS_yo


9 posted on 02/18/2011 7:13:13 PM PST by Stayfrosty
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To: Liberty1970

Like last time? Hey look, I’m no fan of the guy, but I was a fan out the last outcome.


10 posted on 02/18/2011 7:13:59 PM PST by ILoveMyFreedom
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To: Stayfrosty

MANY wealthy folks are libs, and by default, don’t really understand the way the world works.

Only wealthy people that earned it tend to understand how things work, and therefore protect themselves and make smart moves.


11 posted on 02/18/2011 7:13:59 PM PST by elpinta (John 17:3)
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To: Stayfrosty

I haven’t seen Captain Ron in a while. I know this situation is no laughing matter, but I bet a comparison could be made.


12 posted on 02/18/2011 7:19:02 PM PST by wastedyears (It has nothing to do with safety, and everything to do with control.)
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To: elpinta

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWAxBkiKgKo&NR=1


13 posted on 02/18/2011 7:19:15 PM PST by Stayfrosty
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To: Stayfrosty

Agreed, when you do stupid stuff it is not up to the united states tax payer to bail your butt out.


14 posted on 02/18/2011 7:19:57 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: wastedyears

Yep , call the seals, announce that the pirate regions of Somalia will be attacked and let the mass of people leave, and nuke it..


15 posted on 02/18/2011 7:20:28 PM PST by aces
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To: GSP.FAN

Trust fund babies - wouldn’t even be alive if breathing weren’t involuntary.


16 posted on 02/18/2011 7:21:20 PM PST by Let's Roll (Save the world's best healthcare - REPEAL, DEFUND Obamacare!)
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To: Stayfrosty

Nice!


17 posted on 02/18/2011 7:27:21 PM PST by elpinta (John 17:3)
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To: Stayfrosty

Maybe because it’s one of the most-travelled areas in the world? Or maybe because it’s the only reasonable way to get between the south Pacific and the Med. Thousands of vessels transit there every day.

The Somali pirates operate within several hundreds of miles of Somalia. Pretty much the whole western half of the Indian ocean. Saying that it’s “dumb” to go there ignores the plain reality that it’s nearly impossible to avoid them in that part of the world.

But yes... If it were me I’d be armed to the teeth, hopefully with something long range that could keep them out of RPG range until the cavalry could arrive.


18 posted on 02/18/2011 7:28:47 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Stayfrosty

One would have thought they had learned their lesson with the previous SEALs.


19 posted on 02/18/2011 7:31:13 PM PST by Soothesayer9
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To: org.whodat
Agreed, when you do stupid stuff it is not up to the united states tax payer to bail your butt out.

I don't agree. I've seen no evidence that they did anything "stupid", but more to the point I think a big part of the mission of the U.S. Navy is to come to the defense of U.S. flagged vessels that are attacked on the high seas.

20 posted on 02/18/2011 7:31:30 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Soothesayer9

Time for lesson Two. :-)


21 posted on 02/18/2011 7:32:25 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: ILoveMyFreedom

So you are a fan of the sniper that took out the Pirates holding the Capt. of the Maersk Containership? Good. He made the right decision at just the right moment, and put the pirates out of the Captain’s misery.

It wasn’t Obama’s call.


22 posted on 02/18/2011 7:33:42 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Ramius

Wrong, wrong, it is a pleasure craft, if it was a us flagged vessel it would not be pleasure craft. Second I don’t plan on having a navy to hold peoples hands, keeps you ass home. Other than that we can send some care boxes.


23 posted on 02/18/2011 7:36:04 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: americanophile

All we deed is a couple of our new Frigates. Send over the Freedom. Lets see what she can do.


24 posted on 02/18/2011 7:39:16 PM PST by screaminsunshine (34 States)
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To: org.whodat

He’s not heavy, he’s my brother.


25 posted on 02/18/2011 7:40:29 PM PST by ILoveMyFreedom
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To: rockinqsranch

Am I under the mistaken impression that he gave the order? If so, could you provide a little background so I can correct myself?


26 posted on 02/18/2011 7:41:47 PM PST by ILoveMyFreedom
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To: Stayfrosty

Trade Jimmy Carter for the hostages now!


27 posted on 02/18/2011 7:43:11 PM PST by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: org.whodat

Sorry, but privately-owned yachts can still be “U.S. flagged”. Lots of them are.

I don’t know if you’re a sailor or not, but I guess we just disagree here.

“A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are for.” — Adm. Grace Hopper, USN.


28 posted on 02/18/2011 7:44:05 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Stayfrosty

I love that movie. It just has this rhythm to it that makes it very enjoyable. In fact most of Wes Anderson’s movies have that.


29 posted on 02/18/2011 7:44:30 PM PST by ILoveMyFreedom
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To: Stayfrosty

Bummer (just barely) had pirates gunned down in early 2009. The least he could do is call for an encore.


30 posted on 02/18/2011 7:44:40 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: americanophile
USS Iowa is sitting in Suisun Bay, mothballed... Yep. BB 61, Queen of the Sea, headed to the Port of San Pedro to be refurbished as an historic museum ship, but I'll bet the old lady still has some fight in her. Please note my tagline.
31 posted on 02/18/2011 7:46:57 PM PST by ArmyTeach (Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain ... Iowa 61)
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To: ILoveMyFreedom

I have only the memory of reading about it at the time, but Obama was attempting to get his FBI people involved at the time. There was a standing order not rescinded by subsequent Obama orders to stand down, and to not fire on the pirates. That standing order was the “excuse” the sniper, and his duty Commander needed to open fire should the safe opportunity to do so arise, and it did, and the rest is history.

Were it up to Obama the Capt. of the Maersk might still be in the hands of the pirates, or dead.


32 posted on 02/18/2011 7:57:47 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: rockinqsranch

Thanks for the info.


33 posted on 02/18/2011 8:02:38 PM PST by ILoveMyFreedom
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To: Stayfrosty

We are spending billions on African and Central command-—why no results? Who’s holding business up? We can’t even use special forces to go clean out a snakes nest? Why not?


34 posted on 02/18/2011 8:02:45 PM PST by Tea Party Reveler
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To: ArmyTeach

I’ve said it before and I’m saying it again: The Iowa class battleship is quite simply the prettiest thing ever put to sea. Great lines.

It’s probably cost prohibitive to rehab them thoroughly enough, and repower them as nuclear. But dang... if only we could build a couple of new ones... nuclear powered... armored to the hilt... some big guns... some missiles... [sigh]

The odd thing is that they’re probably the only ships in the inventory that might actually survive a modern missile strike.


35 posted on 02/18/2011 8:03:18 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: GSP.FAN
I ain’t a betting man but i would put my money on they are libs.

Being captured by pirates counts as being 'mugged' - they might be ex-liberals by now...

36 posted on 02/18/2011 8:04:56 PM PST by GOPJ (http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php - It's only uncivil when someone on the right does it.- Laz)
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To: Ramius

It really doesn’t matter, it is still not the business of the government, you nanny stater’s get me. I did not send them over there so it is not my problem. If you are dumb enough to climb out on a window ledge on a 100 story building, i’ll be the guy yelling jump.


37 posted on 02/18/2011 8:06:48 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: Ramius

It really doesn’t matter, it is still not the business of the government, you nanny stater’s get me. I did not send them over there so it is not my problem. If you are dumb enough to climb out on a window ledge on a 100 story building, i’ll be the guy yelling jump.


38 posted on 02/18/2011 8:08:25 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: Stayfrosty

People that do stupid things deserve what they get.


39 posted on 02/18/2011 8:10:58 PM PST by anton
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To: Ramius
She spoke at my college graduation...great speaker!


40 posted on 02/18/2011 8:12:20 PM PST by rlmorel (Now I have to change this tagline: "Weakness is provocative." Donald Rumsfeld)
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To: GSP.FAN

They are Christians:

Omar Jamal, first secretary at the Somali mission, identified the yacht as the S/V Quest.

Jamal said the hijacking raises “serious concern” as it follows the sentencing in New York on Thursday of a Somali pirate who kidnapped and brutalized the captain of a U.S.-flagged merchant ship off the coast of Africa in 2009. Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse was sentenced to 33 years in prison.

A website chronicling the voyage of a yacht named S/V Quest describes it as being the home of Jean and Scott Adam. The couple has been sailing around the world since December 2004, according to the website. “This is planned to be an eight or ten year voyage,” it states.

The Adams run a Bible ministry, according to their website, and have been distributing Bibles to schools and churches in remote villages in areas including the Fiji Islands, Alaska, New Zealand, Central America and French Polynesia.

The couple are members of the Marina del Rey Yacht Club in Marina del Rey, California, according to the website. A woman who answered the phone there Friday night would not confirm that the couple are members and said the club could not release any information.

http://www.startribune.com/nation/116506813.html


41 posted on 02/18/2011 8:16:59 PM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: rlmorel

Are you suggesting that bombarding the pirates with spaghetti COBOL code might be a way to defeat them? An interesting ideer! (I’ve seen it defeating many a man.)


42 posted on 02/18/2011 8:19:00 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Stayfrosty

pirates hijacked a yacht carrying four U.S. citizens in the Indian Ocean off the Somali coast.

Are these the same 4 just released by North Korea recently after 4 years in prison for sailing near their coast?


43 posted on 02/18/2011 8:20:22 PM PST by Joan Kerrey
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Bummer (just barely) had pirates gunned down in early 2009.

#41

44 posted on 02/18/2011 8:21:11 PM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: Stayfrosty

...there is more to the story... see below 41


45 posted on 02/18/2011 8:22:10 PM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: Ramius
You sound like you might be interested...great book: "Neptune's Inferno" about the naval battles around Guadalcanal in 1942-43.

It was a fascinating, graphic look at those battles so many people know so little about.

46 posted on 02/18/2011 8:24:55 PM PST by rlmorel (Now I have to change this tagline: "Weakness is provocative." Donald Rumsfeld)
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To: Revolting cat!

LOL! A man who knows of what he speaks!


47 posted on 02/18/2011 8:32:22 PM PST by rlmorel (Now I have to change this tagline: "Weakness is provocative." Donald Rumsfeld)
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To: anton

I cannot believe these people would be so clueless as to go sailing through those waters not knowing the risk.

People seem to be implying they have a history of getting boarded.

Sounds like a bully magnet with canvas sails...


48 posted on 02/18/2011 8:35:12 PM PST by rlmorel (Now I have to change this tagline: "Weakness is provocative." Donald Rumsfeld)
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To: rlmorel

Very cool. Thanks! Will look that up.


49 posted on 02/18/2011 8:38:13 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Ramius

Anyone with that appreciation of the beauty of the Iowa class...:)


50 posted on 02/18/2011 8:45:36 PM PST by rlmorel (Now I have to change this tagline: "Weakness is provocative." Donald Rumsfeld)
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