Vermont gives rescued Capt. Richard Phillips a warm welcome and...

Less than two weeks after the Navy rescued him from captivity by Somali pirates, Capt. Full Story
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greg

Vermillion, SD

#1 Apr 26, 2009
glad your back, captain
Mike Brown

Howland, ME

#2 Apr 26, 2009
AS I SEE IT ------ Mike "Mainer Mike" Brown.

I've always defined the term 'hero' as someone who risks his or her life to save another.

And that's exactly what Captain Phillips did.

A hero isn't someone who won the Cy Young Award, or lead his team to several NBA championships.

I think in our society, we mislabel the word 'hero' much too often. We should all take a look and see what a true hero really is.

Richard Phillips is a true Anerican hero. He is someone we should all look up to.
Bob

Warrenville, IL

#3 Apr 26, 2009
Sully Sullenberger and Phillips in the White House 2012 ?

Why not. 2 American hero's who know how to do the right thing during very critical moments !
Cara

Chicago, IL

#4 Apr 26, 2009
Did anyone notice that Capt. Phillips had written notes and from time to time, he glanced at them during his short address.

NO TELEPROMPTER ???

He told us to thank people serving in the military everytime and everywhere we see them.

But Ms Napolitano fears military people are potential TERRORISTS ! She may have more sympathy for the motley crew that captured Capt. Phillips.

Let's cheer on and say thank you to the real American patriot, the captain from Vermont.
he now likes military

Chicago, IL

#5 Apr 26, 2009
Until the U.S. military rescued him, he shared with all New Englanders contempt for and distrust of those in uniform. Resembling a new convert, he now is vainly trying to change his neighbors minds about those torturers and baby killers. It won't work.
Jimmy

Framingham, MA

#7 Apr 26, 2009
he now likes military wrote:
Until the U.S. military rescued him, he shared with all New Englanders contempt for and distrust of those in uniform. Resembling a new convert, he now is vainly trying to change his neighbors minds about those torturers and baby killers. It won't work.
what??? all New Englanders? What about the Groton CT, New London CT, Portsmouth NH, and all the other bases and training camps in the area. It's common to see in the news that 'area families welcome home families from the Middle East'. Where do those sailors, soldiers, and airmen come from? It's not a draft. Those men and women made the decision to serve their country and leave their families to fight overseas. They did it because they love New England and the USA. If they all shared that common contempt which you say we all do, there's no one out there to help when needed. Pull your head out of the sand before you make a senseless statement like that again. Enjoy a beer for the rest of your U.S. loving neighbors, Capt. Phillips, and welcome home!
jfr

Virginia Beach, VA

#8 Apr 26, 2009
he now likes military wrote:
Until the U.S. military rescued him, he shared with all New Englanders contempt for and distrust of those in uniform. Resembling a new convert, he now is vainly trying to change his neighbors minds about those torturers and baby killers. It won't work.
And how do you know this information? Oh yea, you drink bozobama's joy juice and just ordered your new obamobile in basic black.
Bea Arthur

Naperville, IL

#9 Apr 26, 2009
Cara wrote:
Did anyone notice that Capt. Phillips had written notes and from time to time, he glanced at them during his short address.
NO TELEPROMPTER ???
He told us to thank people serving in the military everytime and everywhere we see them.
But Ms Napolitano fears military people are potential TERRORISTS ! She may have more sympathy for the motley crew that captured Capt. Phillips.
Let's cheer on and say thank you to the real American patriot, the captain from Vermont.
While on the subject, when is the good Cappy going to thank his President? He's got a lot of kudos for the military, and rightly so. Who does he think ordered the hit, Bo the Dog?
Dont_be_ridiculo us

Graniteville, VT

#10 Apr 26, 2009
How is it people can take a great story like this and either a) politicize it, or b) warp it to fit your twisted agenda? Be happy he's back, and use it as a lesson for courage.
murdering captain

Chicago, IL

#11 Apr 26, 2009
He aided and abetted the murder of 3 Black teen-agers who were in a boat being towed by the killer's ship. By jumping out of the teen-agers' boat, he was exposing them to being destroyed by one of the Navy's big guns. Luckily, President Obama prevented that from happening. The day is coming when the captain and the snipers will be brought to justice.
Troubled Waters

Glastonbury, CT

#12 Apr 26, 2009
murdering captain wrote:
He aided and abetted the murder of 3 Black teen-agers who were in a boat being towed by the killer's ship. By jumping out of the teen-agers' boat, he was exposing them to being destroyed by one of the Navy's big guns. Luckily, President Obama prevented that from happening. The day is coming when the captain and the snipers will be brought to justice.
Well maybe those "teenagers" shouldn't have been out pirating ships and kidnapping people in the first place, huh?
Troubled Waters

Glastonbury, CT

#13 Apr 26, 2009
Bea Arthur wrote:
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While on the subject, when is the good Cappy going to thank his President? He's got a lot of kudos for the military, and rightly so. Who does he think ordered the hit, Bo the Dog?
Yeah, Obama did a lot by listening to his advisors and picking up the phone to call the navy. Does everything now have to revolve around Obama all the time?
greg

Vermillion, SD

#14 Apr 26, 2009
murdering captain wrote:
He aided and abetted the murder of 3 Black teen-agers who were in a boat being towed by the killer's ship. By jumping out of the teen-agers' boat, he was exposing them to being destroyed by one of the Navy's big guns. Luckily, President Obama prevented that from happening. The day is coming when the captain and the snipers will be brought to justice.
three's a good start, lets see how many we can get the next time!!!
Dont_be_ridiculo us

Graniteville, VT

#15 Apr 26, 2009
murdering captain wrote:
He aided and abetted the murder of 3 Black teen-agers who were in a boat being towed by the killer's ship. By jumping out of the teen-agers' boat, he was exposing them to being destroyed by one of the Navy's big guns. Luckily, President Obama prevented that from happening. The day is coming when the captain and the snipers will be brought to justice.
Those "black teen-agers" knew fully what they were doing when they took their automatic weapons and held US Citizens hostage. They also had plenty of chances to end the confrontation without further bloodshed. Here's hoping they give the remaining one the penalty for piracy - life in prison. Maybe it will be a deterrent for the rest of those "innocent" "black teen-agers".

Of course, if you feel differently, perhaps you'd like to take a cruise around the Horn and see how well you're treated by them?
Patrick

United States

#17 Apr 26, 2009
So, how well-liked do you think Rush Limbaugh is? Shane Murphy, who was kidnapped by the Somalian Pirates, isn't one of his fans:

Shane Murphy, the second-in-command aboard the American merchant ship seized by pirates, lashed out at Rush Limbaugh for the talk show host's racial characterization in discussing the rescue of the ship's captain by the Navy.

Murphy, who returned to his Seekonk, Mass., home Friday, called Limbaugh a purveyor of "hate speech."

In commenting on the rescue of Capt. Richard Phillips by the Navy Seals who shot and killed the three Somali pirates who were holding him captive, Limbaugh generated controversy when he called the pirates "black teenagers."

"There you have it, three teenagers shot on the high seas at the order of President Obama," said Limbaugh according to a transcript of an April 14 broadcast on his Web site.

"Just imagine the hue and cry had a Republican president ordered the shooting of black teenagers on the high seas," Limbaugh said.

Murphy said Limbaugh's remarks were unacceptable.

"It feels great to be home," Murphy said. "With the exception of Rush Limbaugh who is trying to make this into a race issue. It's disgusting."

"The president did the right thing. It's a war. It's about good versus evil. And what you (Limbaugh) said is evil, that is hate speech. I won't tolerate it," Murphy said.

Good for Shane, because what Limbaugh said was disgusting. But then, that's what we long ago learned to expect from RushBo.
likeIsaid

Addison, IL

#18 Apr 26, 2009
murdering captain wrote:
He aided and abetted the murder of 3 Black teen-agers who were in a boat being towed by the killer's ship. By jumping out of the teen-agers' boat, he was exposing them to being destroyed by one of the Navy's big guns. Luckily, President Obama prevented that from happening. The day is coming when the captain and the snipers will be brought to justice.
Settle down, son. Rush Limbaugh gets paid millions of dollars to say stupid things like this. You're doing it for FREE!
Sam Adams

Chicago, IL

#19 Apr 26, 2009
and a six-pack of his favorite beer, Labatt Blue, from Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.).

And this guy calls himself an American...drinking Canadian beer owned by a Belgian company?
bea arthur

United States

#20 Apr 27, 2009
Troubled Waters wrote:
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Yeah, Obama did a lot by listening to his advisors and picking up the phone to call the navy. Does everything now have to revolve around Obama all the time?
Correct Waters. He listened to his advisors and the Navy on site. He assessed it, made a decision, and ordered the hit on the Somali thugs. My point is it's no skin off the Captain to thank the Commander in Chief, I'd like to see him do it.
Troubled Waters

Glastonbury, CT

#21 Apr 27, 2009
bea arthur wrote:
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Correct Waters. He listened to his advisors and the Navy on site. He assessed it, made a decision, and ordered the hit on the Somali thugs. My point is it's no skin off the Captain to thank the Commander in Chief, I'd like to see him do it.
I wouldn't. The captain is an American citizen and a taxpayer and he was the one who suffered through a harrowing ordeal while Obie sat in his cushy office. Obie is here to serve the people.
David

Show Low, AZ

#23 Apr 27, 2009
Troubled Waters wrote:
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I wouldn't. The captain is an American citizen and a taxpayer and he was the one who suffered through a harrowing ordeal while Obie sat in his cushy office. Obie is here to serve the people.
I think Phillips knows who saved his rear end. It wasn't Obama pulling the trigger.

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