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Feb 012015
 
Climbing Frozen Niagara Falls - WIll Gadd - Action

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An amazing accomplishment!

Daredevil Will Gadd has made history by climbing a frozen Niagara Falls. Gadd used ice axes, crampons and a specially-designed ice hook to climb the falls.

Niagara Falls is the most famous waterfall in the entire world. The falls, which straddle the border of Canada and the United States, welcome 20 million visitors a year and are a national landmark for both countries – one of the world’s first tourist attractions, and simply put, a wonder of nature.

Plenty of people have gone down the falls over the years but Will Gadd – recently named a Nat Geo Adventurer of the Year – is the first person to ever go UP the falls. How? Well, he’s one of the world’s best ice climbers, and Niagara Falls was frozen.

At least, Niagara was frozen enough to climb. “I checked out the spot we were thinking of climbing in the summer,” Gadd said. “You’d be swept away by the torrential downpour then.” But this year’s cold winter slowed water flow, allowing climbable ice to form. “On a warm winter, there’s no climb here.”

The massive water flow constantly shakes the ground, and makes the ice shelves and walls around you unsteady and unpredictable

After working with NYS Parks Department and NYS Parks Police, Gadd and his team were able to create a comprehensive plan to ensure the climb could be done safely and the necessary precautions were taken to protect the natural environment, as he put the final touch on one of his most epic years ever as a climber. “It’s one of the most visited places in North America,” Gadd said. “We have to treat it as a jewel, or it won’t work.”

There were two priorities for the climb – ethics, and safety. “We’re doing it on natural protection,” Gadd said. “No bolts. There won’t be one thing left in the ice that wasn’t there to begin with, and that’s the best possible way to do it.” The line – which sits on the American side of the Horseshoe section of Niagara, near what’s known as Terrapin Point – extends approximately 147 feet from bottom to top.

It’s a harsh environment and an intense challenge to stay attached to the wall, let alone climb it

It’s not easy ice, either. “The ice is formed in layers,” Gadd said. “That means there’s a layer of ice, then snow (with a lot of air), then another layer of ice. It’s unstable, for sure.” Will estimates the grade at WI6+, as hard as it gets for this style of climbing. Tools he used include ice axes, crampons, and a specially-designed Black Diamond prototype “ice hook.”

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Feb 012015
 
Rubber Chicken A man is going to pick a girl up for a date, but before he goes his mom offers him his favorite baked beans. He couldn’t resist and ended up having 3 bowls.

He’s driving over to the girl’s house when he notices that his stomach is acting up on him. He ignores it and knocks on the door. The girl’s dad answers and tells him to wait on the couch next to the dog while the girl gets ready.

The man is waiting when he suddenly gets the urge to fart. Since he really has to let it out, he figures he could just move a little closer to the dog, Duke, and blame it on him. Well he lets it rip and it was loud and disgusting. The father walks in and yells, “DUKE!”. The man’s plan worked, so he lets out another fart. “DUKE!” the father screams again.

Now, the girl comes downstairs, so the man decides to let out one more fart to get him through the car ride, hoping the dog will take the blame once again. PPPPFFFFFFFTTTTT

“DUKE!”, the father yells, “MOVE BEFORE HE SHITS ON YOU”.

 

 

Jan 312015
 

God Bless the Great State of TEXAS!

Texas Governor Declares Chris Kyle Day

Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared February 2nd to be “Chris Kyle Day” to honor the Texan who became known the most lethal sniper in American history. Kyle was also recently immortalized in the blockbuster film “American Sniper.”

Kyle was credited with 150 sniper kills during his four tours of duty in Iraq as a Navy Seal. He was tragically shot and killed on February 2, 2013, while trying to help a fellow veteran who was allegedly suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Taya Kyle, the widow of Chris Kyle, was recently honored by the organization AmericanSnipers.org with a donation of $62,000. According to a Breitbart News article by AWR Hawkins, the group raised the money by raffling a McMillan .338 Lapua sniper rifle. She also recently made news by shooting an antelope on a hunting trip taken to honor her late husband.

After his death, Kyle was honored with a memorial service in the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The service along with the miles-long funeral procession were also featured in the movie honoring Kyle.

During that service, then Governor Rick Perry said, “Chris Kyle was the public face of an anonymous breed of American warrior who are handed the hardest missions and assume the largest risks,” Former Governor Rick Perry said. “Chris was among the very best at what he did, and he saved countless American lives in the process. Our state and our nation suffered a profound loss with his passing. I am honored to have known Chris and to have called him my friend. Anita and I send our deepest condolences to his wife, Taya, his children and the thousands of service members that were his extended family.”

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Chris Kyle Day - Greg Abbott

 

Jan 312015
 

Fallen Brothers

Marines pay respects to fallen brothers – A Marine says goodbye to 1st Lt. Scott J. Fleming during his memorial service at Patrol Base Jaker, Afghanistan, Sept. 25, 2010. Fleming died supporting combat operations Sept. 17, 2010. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Mark Fayloga) #USMC   #SemperFi   #USA

If you’re a veteran, serve in the military, or simply support veterans then circle our official page here: +Military Vets of America United

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Jan 312015
 

1971 De Tomaso Pantera: Pantera expert Michael Drew visits the garage to go through what may be the most unappreciated and misunderstood supercar of the 1970s.

Of all the cars that have driven through Jay Leno’s Garage, the most recent episode of the show has an ominous start when he calls his 1971 De Tomaso Pantera the most misunderstood, undervalued supercars of the 1970s. To give us more insight behind this Italian-American supercar, Jay welcomes the editor for Pantera Club Magazine, Mike Drew.

Jay calls the Pantera undervalued since most supercars from the 1970s are selling well into the six-figure price range, while he says that you can still buy a decent Pantera for around $25,000. As for owning a Pantera, it is quite surprising to learn some of the intricacies of this car, including the fact that stock, unmolested examples are less desirable than those that have had “sensible modifications.” There also seems to be a plentiful ownership community for the Pantera along the same lines as Porsche and Corvette.

In talking with Drew, Leno points out that the Pantera was the first mid-engine street car by an American automaker, which of course doesn’t take into account the Pantera was made in Italy or that the Ford GT40 was produced in street-legal versions in extremely limited numbers. The Pantera was definitely an odd mix even for today with 5,244 Panteras imported to the U.S. from 1971 to 1974, and all were powered by a Ford 351 Cleveland V-8 and sold at Lincoln-Mercury dealers.

After a fairly extensive walk around and discussion about the Pantera with Drew, Leno finally takes his car out for a spin where its true beauty is revealed. The powerful V-8 rumbles to life behind the passenger compartment, and Drew says that the car featured special tuning that combined some of the best exhaust notes the U.S. and Italy offered at the time.

It doesn’t look especially comfortable to drive a De Tomaso Pantera, but it is hard to ignore the car’s beauty or the place it holds in automotive history. Check out the full episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, whcih gives plenty of information on both.

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1971 De Tomaso Pantera - Jay Leno's Garage

 

Jan 312015
 
We are often dangerous
But to some we are fun
To others we are frightening
Causing them to run
We come together
Though we seem apart
You see me and you hear my brother
Who oft times makes little ones run to their mothers,
I am bright and my brother is loud
And it may seem that we come from a cloud, What are we?
 
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Jan 302015
 

The Trouble TreeThe carpenter I hired to help me restore an old farmhouse had just finished a rough first day on the job. A flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw quit, and now his ancient pickup truck refused to start. While I drove him home, he sat in stony silence.

On arriving, he invited me in to meet his family. As we walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands. When opening the door he underwent an amazing transformation. His tanned face was wreathed in smiles and he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss.

Afterward he walked me to the car. We passed the tree and my curiosity got the better of me. I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier.

“Oh, that’s my trouble tree,” he replied.” I know I can’t help having troubles on the job, but one thing’s for sure, troubles don’t belong in the house with my wife and the children. So I just hang them on the tree every night when I come home. Then in the morning I pick them up again.”

He paused. “Funny thing is,” he smiled, “when I come out in the morning to pick ‘em up, there ain’t nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before.”