Freed reporter had been abducted before

Stephen Farrell a New York Times reporter was rescued by NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, known as the ISAF, this morning.

Crossfire in the rescue operation killed another reporter, civillians and a British commando.

But his was not the first time Farrell had been kidnapped, he was also kidnapped in Fallujia in 2004. He was was released then after showing photogrpahs of himself with long hair and pointing out that he was just bald and not a soldier

Mr. Farrell, it might be time to get another career, or perhaps stay behind a desk. Your dedication to your job is killing people, literally.

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Published in: on September 9, 2009 at 1:17 pm  Comments (1)  
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Alabama Jihadist Unveiled

Abu Mansour al-Amriki — or “The American” — hails from Alabama and has become one of the most recognizable and outspoken voices of terrorist propaganda.

8 years ago he told the school’s newspaper it was “difficult to believe a Muslim could have done this.” Now, he is professing to launch attacks himself and calling on others to join the fight, as terror-related charges await him at home in Alabama

I dont think he will be using his Airline Miles to come back home anytime soon

Published in: on September 4, 2009 at 11:47 am  Leave a Comment  
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Could Atlanta’s next mayor be white?

Atlanta Councilwoman Mary Norwood, who is white, is one of the front-runners for the Nov. 3 election, along with City Council President Lisa Borders and state Sen. Kasim Reed, both of whom are black.

This could be the first white mayor in Atlanta since Maynard Jackson in 1973, 36 years ago.

David Bositis of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington could not have said it any better “It’s perfectly fine if a white mayor gets elected with black support. On the other hand, it’s not a good sign if you have … a white candidate getting elected with white votes. It’s an indication of polarization.”

Best of luck to all candidates and may the best person win

Here is a good article written a couple of months ago on the candidates: Atlanta candidates

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Published in: on September 2, 2009 at 7:19 am  Leave a Comment  
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Someone asked…who is John Wilkes Booth?

I was talking about Abraham Lincoln the other day and some one asked me who John Wilkies Booth was? The guy that assisinated Abraham Lincoln. I was not only surprised that people did not know his name, but did not know his involvement in the theatre, as he was at the time a rather respected actor and came from a family of actors and his high involvement with the Government and the Secret Service.

So after a little investigation, I found a website that wraps up the story rather nicely and does not take too long to read

We are fortunate to know many things about John Wilkes Booth as he kept diaries…his last entry in his diary just after the assisination reads like this:

      Until today nothing was ever thought of sacrificing to our country’s wrongs. For six months we had worked to capture, but our cause being almost lost, something decisive and great must be done. But its failure was owing to others, who did not strike for their country with a heart. I struck boldly, and not as the papers say. I walked with a firm step through a thousand of his friends, was stopped, but pushed on. A colonel was at his side. I shouted Sic semper before I fired. In jumping broke my leg. I passed all his pickets, rode sixty miles that night with the bone of my leg tearing the flesh at every jump. I can never repent it, though we hated to kill. Our country owed all her troubles to him, and God simply made me the instrument of his punishment. The country is not what it was. This forced Union is not what I have loved. I care not what becomes of me. I have no desire to outlive my country. The night before the deed I wrote a long article and left it for one of the editors of the National Intelligencer, in which I fully set forth our reasons for our proceedings. He or the gov’r-
      After being hunted like a dog through swamps, woods, and last night being chased by gunboats till I was forced to return wet, cold, and starving, with every man’s hand against me, I am here in despair. And why? For doing what Brutus was honored for. What made Tell a hero? And yet I, for striking down a greater tyrant than they ever knew, am looked upon as a common cutthroat. My action was purer than either of theirs. One hoped to be great himself. The other had not only his country’s but his own, wrongs to avenge. I hoped for no gain. I knew no private wrong. I struck for my country and that alone. A country that groaned beneath this tyranny, and prayed for this end, and yet now behold the cold hands they extend to me. God cannot pardon me if I have done wrong. Yet I cannot see my wrong, except in serving a degenerate people. The little, the very little, I left behind to clear my name, the Government will not allow to be printed. So ends all. For my country I have given up all that makes life sweet and holy, brought misery upon my family, and am sure there is no pardon in the Heaven for me, since man condemns me so. I have only heard of what has been done (except what I did myself), and it fills me with horror. God, try and forgive me, and bless my mother. Tonight I will once more try the river with the intent to cross. Though I have a greater desire and almost a mind to return to Washington, and in a measure clear my name – which I feel I can do. I do not repent the blow I struck. I may before my God, but not to man. I think I have done well. Though I am abandoned, with the curse of Cain upon me, when, if the world knew my heart, that one blow would have made me great, though I did desire no greatness. Tonight I try to escape these bloodhounds once more. Who, who can read his fate? God’s will be done. I have too great a soul to die like a criminal. Oh, may He, may He spare me that, and let me die bravely. I bless the entire world. Have never hated or wronged anyone. This last was not a wrong, unless God deems it so, and it’s with Him to damn or bless me. As for this brave boy with me, who often prays (yes, before and since) with a true and sincere heart – was it crime in him? If so, why can he pray the same?

      I do not wish to shed a drop of blood, but ‘I must fight the course.’ ‘Tis all that’s left to me.

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Published in: on August 27, 2009 at 8:14 am  Leave a Comment  
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