Monday, April 27, 2009

Fighting Back, Fighting Back 2, -and- Bad Sport

Fighting Back - 84-year-old man stops carjackers with groin kick
Fighting Back 2 - cruise ship fends off pirate attack with gunfire
Bad Sport - Rangers coach nails fan with water bottle

On this day in history: April 27, 1986 - During a live TV special, journalist Geraldo Rivera opens Al Capone's vault beneath the Lexington Hotel in Chicago. He finds nothing inside, apart from a few empty bottles.

Born on this day in history: April 27, 1927 - Coretta Scott King (1927-2006) Born in Marion, AL, civil rights activist Coretta Scott King may be best known as widow of slain leader Martin Luther King, Jr., yet she had a distinguished career in activism in her own right. Her memoir, "My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr.," was published in 1969. After her husband's 1968 assassination, King worked at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, and was a TV commentator on CNN.

Scripture of the Day: The LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. - Psalm 121:8

Video of the Day: Miniatur Wunderland - largest model railroad in the world - submitted by Jay

Imagine my surprise when I encountered this scene while driving to my office this morning! Click to enlarge.

Broken Toes! I was walking through our living room Saturday, when Zeus darted between my feet—as he often does. I adjusted my step in mid-stride and managed to strike the coffee table with my left foot, crumbling and breaking the four small toes of that foot. The balance of the weekend, walking was painful. The pain continues today. Zeus was unharmed.

We erected a Kittywalk for Zeus and Thor. We set it up in the house on Saturday and allowed the cats to acclimate to it. We then moved it outside and let them explore it without the doors in place.

Sunday, I affixed the unit firmly to the ground, and Laur affixed the doors. Zeus quickly took to cavorting in the Kittywalk, but Thor contented himself to lounge nearby and watch Zeus.

The Cruise

While searching the net for vacation spots, I found a Somali cruise package that departs from Sawakin (in the Sudan) and docks at Bagamoya (in Tanzania).

The cost is a bit high @ $800 US per person double occupancy but I didn't find that too offensive. What I found enticing is that the cruise company is encouraging people to bring their 'High powered weapons' along on the cruise. If you don't have weapons you can rent them right there on the boat.

They claim to have a master gunsmith on board and will have reloading parties every afternoon. The cruise lasts from 4-8 days and nights and costs a maximum of $3200 per person double occupancy (4 days). All the boat does is sail up and down the coast of Somalia waiting to get hijacked by pirates.

Here are some of the costs and claims associated with the package.

$800.00 US/per day double occupancy (4 day max billing)

M-16 full auto rental $ 25.00/day ammo at 100 rounds of 5.56 armor piercing ammo at 15.95

Ak-47 rifle @ No charge. ammo at 100 rounds of 7.62 com block ball ammo at 14.95

Barretta M-107 .50 cal sniper rifle rental 55.00/day ammo at 25 rounds 50 cal armor piercing at 9.95

Crew members can double as spotters for 30.00 per hour (spotting scope included).

We even offer RPG's at 75 bucks and 200 dollars for 3 standard loads

"Everyone gets use of free complimentary night vision equipment and coffee and snacks on the top deck from 7pm-6am."

Meals are not included but are reasonable.

Most cruises offer a mini-bar... We also offer......... get this.....

"MOUNTED MINIGUN AVAILABLE @ 450.00 per 30 seconds of sustained fire"

Group rates and corporate discounts......"FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY"

Partial money back if not satisfied....

"We guarantee that you will experience at least two hijacking attempts by pirates or we will refund back half your money including gun rental charges and any unused ammo (mini gun charges not included).. How can we guarantee you will experience a hijacking? We operate at 5 knots within 12 miles of the coast of Somalia. If an attempted Hijacking does not occur we will turn the boat around and cruise by at 4 knots. We will repeat this for up to 8 days making three passes a day along the entire length of Somalia. At night the boat is fully lit and bottle rockets are shot off at intervals and loud disco music beamed shore side to attract attention. Cabin space is limited so respond quickly. Reserve your package before Feb 29 and get 100 rounds of free tracer ammo in the caliber of your choice."

As if all that isn't enough to whet your appetite, here are a few testimonials.....

"I got three confirmed kills on my last trip. I'LL never hunt big game in Africa again. I felt like the Komandant in Schindlers list!"---- Lars, Hamburg Germany

"Six attacks in 4 days was more than I expected. I bagged three pirates and my 12 yr old son sank two rowboats with the minigun. PIRATES 0 -PASSENGERS-32! Well worth the trip. Just make sure your spotter speaks English"
----Ned, Salt Lake city, Utah USA

"I haven't had this much fun since flying choppers in NAM. Don't worry about getting shot by pirates as they never even got close to the ship with those weapons they use and their shitty aim--reminds me of a drunken 'juicer' door gunner we picked up from the motor pool back in Nam"
----"chopper' Dan, Toledo USA.

"Like ducks in a barrel. They turned the ship around and we saw them bleed and cry in the water like little girls. Saw one wounded pirate eaten by sharks--what a laugh riot!! This is a must do.
---Zeke-Minnahaw Springs Kentucky USA