The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread. ~Mother Teresa
The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread. ~Mother Teresa
Throwing myself 28.4 meters in the air sounds pretty awesome to me…
However its the prospect of landing that would have me a bit twitchy.
[via Newslite] French rollerblader Taig Khris has set a new world record after completing a 29m jump in front of Paris’ Sacre Coeur Basilica.
The 35-year-old sped down a 150-metre long ramp before being launched into the air and flying toward a landing ramp and inflatable cushion.
On his initial jump Khris managed to jump 28.4m (breaking the previous record of 24m) but cheered on by the crowd he had another go and this time reached 29m.
Okay so he didn’t stay on his feet for long after landing, but it’s still considerably better than we could have done. Though it does look like fun… where can we find a 150-metre long ramp? [Read More]
Happy THIS guy did it.
That I could watch.
Way to go, Taig Khris, seriously…
W A Y!
Love this story!
Heard it a thousand times, as it is one story that originates from MY neck of the woods…
[via Daily Mail] Cynthia Ann Parker, aged just nine, was abducted as her family were brutally slaughtered around her.
For 24 years the blue-eyed captive remained with her abductors, marrying and bearing children – even forgetting her native English tongue.
But in an incredible quirk of fate, one of her sons – Quanah Parker – rose to become one the most feared Native American generals of the 1800s and the last of Comanche leaders to finally surrender the tribe to a life on the reservations under U.S. authorities.
The brutal tale of abduction, bloodshed and surrender – a story that was echoed in the John Wayne classic film The Searchers – is the subject of a new book, Empire Of The Summer Moon.
Author S.C. Gwynne takes up the tale of Cynthia Parker – Nautdah to her adopted Comanche family – weaving her unlikely narrative into the violent sweep of scalpings, raiding parties and bloody revenge that punctuated frontier life in the mid 1800s.
Cynthia’s grandfather was scalped and had his genitals removed as his wife was made to watch, while in an attack on another settlement Gwynne tells of a pregnant woman was gang raped before being shot with arrows. She was then scalped alive.
Gwynne begins the story of the horrors that befell the Parker family on May 19 1836.
A Comanche raiding party surrounded their ranch in frontier Texas stormed the lightly manned station – demanding a cow to sacrifice and directions to the nearest watering hole.
Suspecting a trap, the women and children fled out the back door, into cornfields, a dried river bed or open country.
As the men walked towards the saddled Comanche, unarmed and offering food, they were brutally attacked, and dismembered before their shocked family members.
Fleeing with her mother Lucy and four siblings, Cynthia was run down by the pursuing Comanche, surrounded and torn away from her mother.
Gwynne writes: ‘The Indians caught them… forced Lucy to surrender two of her children, then dragged her, the two remaining children and one of the men back to the fort.’
Meanwhile, those who remained inside to face the marauding Comanche suffered the same fate as many other frontier settlers of the time – an agonising death.Tale: S.C. Gwynne has written a bloody and detailed narrative of the Wild West
‘The logic of Comanche raids was straightforward: All the men were killed, and any men who were captured alive were tortured; the captive women were gang raped. Some were killed, some were tortured,’ he wrote.
‘Babies were invariably killed.’
The Parkers were no different – four male family members were pinned to the ground with spears and forcibly scalped.
Others who tried to run were savagely attacked: ‘Elder John Parker, his wife Sallie and her daughter Elizabeth Kellog …were surrounded and stripped of all their clothing.
‘The Indians went to work on them, attacking the old man with tomahawks…forcing Granny Parker to watch what they did to him.
‘They scalped him, cut off his genitals and killed him.’
The violence was typical of that experienced in Wild West America.
In an unrelated episode, Gwynne describes a similar attack on another settler family.
After seizing a nine-month pregnant woman, the Comanche: ‘Dragged her back to a point about two hundred yards from the cabin.
‘There she was gang raped. When they were finished , they shot several arrows into her.
‘They scalped her alive by making deep cuts below her ears and, in effect, peeling the top of her head entirely off. She lived for four days’Hunters and hunted: Texas Rangers were at the forefront of the battle for the untamed West. Pictured is Frontier Battalion ‘B’ around 1880Mounted: A Native American chief on horseback
But despite her violent introduction to the tribe, Cynthia – now known as Nautdah or ‘found one’ – eventually married a Comanche leader Peta Nocona.
Over the next 24 years she became a fully integrated member of the tribe giving birth to three children including the infamous Quanah.
As the skirmishes between Texas Rangers and native Americans became more brutal, Washington took a firmer line on the raiding tribes, sending troops in ever greater numbers to hunt down the elusive master horsemen of the plains.
It was in one of these raids in 1860 that Cynthia,- barely recognisable as a white woman except for her blue eyes – was ‘re-captured’.
In fact, so integrated was Cynthia, that the only English words she could speak were: ‘Me Cincee Ann’.
Despite her ‘rescue’, Cynthia did not feel at home with her American relatives and tried to escape several times.
Heartbroken at never again seeing her two sons – who escaped in the 1860 raid – she grew more introvert and ill.
When her young daughter died at the age of five her health rapidly declined, and she died lonely and alone in 1870 aged 43.
Unusually tall and athletic for the usually diminutive Comanche, Quanah sealed his reputation in a number of daring raids .
His greatest victory came in 1871 when he outwitted a government force of 600 soldiers, successfully attacking their camp at night while leading an entire village to safety.
But by the mid-1870s life was becoming impossible for the nomadic Comanche, and on June 2, 1875 Quanah led his village into captivity, the last Comanche commander to do so. [Read More]
I can’t even tell you how many school trips I took here, growing up…
In just THIS:
[via tpwd.state.tx.us] History: Old Fort Parker, a 37.5-acre park between Groesbeck and Mexia in Limestone County, was deeded by private owners in 1936 and was rebuilt again in 1967. The original construction of the park was by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). It is now managed by the City of Groesbeck, the City of Mexia, and Limestone County. It was the site of the abduction of Cynthia Ann Parker (mother of Quanah Parker) on May 19, 1836, by Comanche Indians.
Old Fort Parker is a reconstructed fort that pays tribute to the Parker family and other pioneers who paid a high price to settle in Texas. The Parkers and other members of their church came to Texas from Crawford County, Illinois in 1833. In 1832, Daniel Parker, a staunch theologian, had gained permission to settle in Texas. After organizing those who wanted to go to Texas into the Predestinarian Baptist Church, they all left Illinois in July of 1833 in ox- drawn wagons. Daniel and the majority of his followers settled near the present City of Elkhart, where a replica of their Pilgrim Baptist Church still stands in their memory. Other members of the group preferred to settle farther west, near the Navasota River. Elder John Parker and three of his sons (Silas, James, and Benjamin) began in December 1833 to clear land and to construct “Parker’s Fort.”
On May 19, 1836, Comanche Indians attacked the fort; 5 were killed, 5 were captured, and the 21 survivors made their way to where Palestine is today. The most famous of the captives was Cynthia Ann Parker. She adapted to Indian ways and later married Chief Peta Nocona. Quanah Parker, the last great Comanche chief, who was involved in the Battle of Palo Duro Canyon, was the most famous of their three children.
The Fort Parker Cemetery, located 2.2 miles from the Fort, is an active cemetery and has the graves of the people killed at the Fort in 1836.
Special Events: Living History events are scheduled throughout the year; contact the park for details.
- Christmas at the Fort the 2nd weekend of December
- Fall Trailride the 3rd weekend of September
- Spring Rendezvous (pre-1840) in April
- Fall of Fort Ceremony in May
- Scottish Highlanders Camp (1800s) 1st week of February
- Spring Trailride the 1st week of April
- Thanksgiving trailride – Indian Day of Sharing – Fall
- Summer Night – lst Saturday night in June
- Special Activity by appointment: Primitive Skills classes/campout. Call or write the park for information; groups welcome.
- Tours: A self-guided, interpretive fort tour is available and fees apply.
Facilities: Facilities include the replica of the stockade fort and restrooms without showers. Water, restrooms, and fire rings furnished; electrical hookups available. Call or write the park to reserve. Primitive camping fee. Activity Building available June 2000.
Directions: To reach the park, take State Highway 14 out of Groesbeck four miles north to Park Road 35 to park headquarters.
Elevation, Weather, and Schedule Information: Elevation: 500. Weather: Average January minimum 34; average July maximum 95; average annual rainfall 38.3. Open: The park is open daily, except for Christmas Day and New Years Day. Admission fee charged.
Area Attractions: Nearby are Fort Parker State Park, Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site, Lake Limestone, and Lake Mexia. [Read More]
And every trip always left me with one distinct conclusion.
They sure don’t make women, legends, like they used to.
Shoot this POS in the face.
SILVERTON, OH (FOX19)-Bond was set on Monday for a Silverton man accused of raping a 6-month-old boy.Police say Lenny Love, 29, raped the infant in March. Police also say that Love did so while knowingly carrying HIV.
Police arrested Love Friday and charged him with 2 counts of rape, 1 count of felonious assault and 1 count of possession of marijuana.
He was in court on Monday, where his bond was set at $600,000. His case heads to the grand jury on July 11.
Copyright 2011 FOX19. All Rights Reserved. [Read More]
Scumbags like THIS? Do not deserve to live.
So, really, OH? If you are having qualms about this monster’s punishment?
I volunteer my services…
A toy for the adults
Here you can check the process of making this toy.
Here at Anguished Repose, our favorite car is our beloved Bugatti Veyron so you can imagine my excitement when I realize I can have one.
There it is
Up and down,
Up and down,
No, I didn’t think so.
To launch the rocket you have to be a rocket scientist.