United States Navy Seal snipers opened fire and killed three of the four Somali pirates holding American captain Richard Phillips at gunpoint, delivering the skipper unharmed and ending a five-day high-seas hostage drama on Easter Sunday. The Seal snipers shot and killed the three pirates with three individual shots to the head by three individual snipers.The fourth pirate, who had come aboard a nearby US warship for negotiations, was captured immediately.
Defense Department twice asked Obama for permission to use military force to rescue Phillips, most recently late Friday evening, U.S. officials said. On Saturday morning, Obama finally signed off on the Pentagon's request.
This is exactly what the navy should have done and I hope it sends a clear message to the Somali street monkeys that this is the fate they should look forward to when messing with Americans. The only thing that I would have done differently would have been to immediately shoot the captured Somali pirate in the head and hang his sorry ass from the yardarms.
We should not allow any lawless nation or groups to ever hold America at ransom and I'm proud of the U.S. Navy Seals, the Navy and all of our military for handling the situation properly. The 2009 Masters Golf Champion is Angel Cabrera, who won the tournament on the second hole of a sudden death playoff at the Augusta National Golf Club Sunday afternoon. Cabrera defeated 48 year old Kenny Perry, who blew a two stroke lead, bogeying the last two holes and forcing a three way playoff. Chad Cambell, Perry and Cabrera began the playoff with Campbell falling by the wayside on the first playoff hole. Cabrera becomes the first Masters Champion from Argentina.
This Date In History: 1829; The Catholic Emancipation Act gets royal assent, granting full political and civil liberties to Roman Catholics. 1919; The Amritsar Massacre sees hundreds of Indian civilians killed by soldiers of the British Empire. 1964; Sidney Poitier becomes the first Black American actor to win an Academy Award, for his performance in Lilies of the Field. 1970; An oxygen tank explodes aboard Apollo 13 as it nears the Moon, forcing the astronauts to return to Earth. Picture Of The Day: Augusta National Golf Club, the host of the Masters Golf Tournament is the subject of today's pictures. We are entering a two month window of excitement, beauty and elegance in America. It began with the Masters Golf Tournament, and the next event is the Triple Crown of horse racing, highlighted by the Kentucky Derby. It ends with the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day Weekend.
Fortunately, we are finished with television coverage of professional and college basketball with the exception of CNN's continuing coverage of Obama's basketball pick-up games. The months of April and May should provide a wealth of beautiful pictures, beginning with today's stunning pictures of Augusta National Golf Club. Birthdays: Catherine de Medici, French queen 1519, Thomas Jefferson, American revolutionary and president 1743, Frank Winfield Woolworth, American merchant 1852, Robert Watson-Watt, pioneer of radar 1892, Samuel Beckett, Irish playwright 1906.
Printable Things I Never Told You: 1) I have played golf for years. My handicap is that I play golf. 2) My favorite hole on the golf course is the 19th hole (for those you who do not follow the sport, a golf course has 18 holes. The 19th hole is the clubhouse bar). 3) I attempted to teach a girlfriend of mine to play golf but she had a distinct distain for walking long distances chasing white balls. I asked her if she was a racist. 4) I shot a two over par 74 on my first trip to the golf course. Then I played the second hole. 5) One of my fondest golf memories was dating a beautiful blond bartender named Sofia. It went well for three months until she learned that I wasn't a golf pro. I often wonder where she got that idea in the first place...... I've added three great songs to my playlist, "You Don't Know Me," by Michael Buble, "Suds In The Bucket" by Sara Evans and "You Were Mine," by the Dixie Chicks. You can search the playlist and click to hear them. You may also want to listen to an excellent rendition of "Easter Parade," by the inimitable Oscar Peterson.
The Hits Just Keep On Coming:
A lady is golfing with some friends. After sinking her first putt, she's on her way down the path to the second tee when she gets stung by a bee. She rushes the short distance back to the clubhouse, hoping to find a doctor.
She bumps into the resident golf pro, who says "What can I help you with?" The woman tells him she's been stung by a bee. The pro asks, "Oh really, where?" The lady replies, "Between the first and second hole." The golf pro says, "Your stance is probably too wide!" Last summer, John met a woman while on vacation and fell head over heels in love with her. On the last night of his vacation, the two of them went to dinner and had a serious talk about how they would continue the relationship. John said, "It's only fair to warn you, I'm a total golf nut. I eat, sleep, think and breathe golf, so if that's a problem, you'd better say so now."
The woman says, "Well, as long as we're being honest with each other, here goes...I'm a hooker." John was quiet for a moment, then he replied, "You know, it's probably because you're not keeping your left wrist straight on your follow-through." A golfer was involved in a terrible car crash and was rushed to the hospital. Just before he was put under, the surgeon said, "I have some good news and some bad news, says the surgeon. "The bad news is that I have to remove your right arm!" The man cries, "Oh, no! My golfing is over! Please Doc, what’s the good news?" "The doctor said, The good news is, I have another one to replace it with, but it's a woman’s arm! I'll need your permission before I go ahead with the transplant." The man agrees and the operation does well.
A year later the man was out on the golf course when he bumped into the surgeon. The surgeon asks, "Hi, how's the new arm?" The businessman replies, "Great, I'm playing the best golf of my life. My new arm has a much finer touch and my putting has really improved." The surgeon says that's great!"
The golfer continued, "Not only that, my handwriting has improved, I’ve learned how to sew my own clothes and I've even taken up painting landscapes in watercolors." The surgeon says, "I'm so glad to hear the transplant was such a great success. I'm glad you didn't have side affects." The golfer said, "Well, there's just one problem. Every time I get an erection, I also get a headache!"
That's Jimmy's Journal for today my little Easter peeps. Look for my take on Bo, the new White House puppy and more on Wednesday.
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