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This Kid Has Way More Guts Than I Do

Filed under: Morons — Angry Clam @ 6:11 am

[Posted by The Angry Clam]

Farris Hassan is a 16 year old, American-born Floridian whose parents are Iraqi immigrants. He was taking a journalism class in high school that lead him to become really excited about immersion journalism. This first lead to him talking politics with some Muslims (he himself is not) until 6 A.M. at a local mosque.

That wasn’t enough for him. He then decided to go by himself to Iraq. Brilliant.

Luckily, he’s safe, and he certainly has an interesting story, which you can read in the link. However, I doubt very much that his parents will (1) ever give him more money (2) let him out of their sight for the next 10-15 years.

13 Responses to “This Kid Has Way More Guts Than I Do”

  1. You said that he had way more guts than you do, but I did notice that it was filed under Democrats morons.

    Dana (3e4784)

  2. There is a very fine line between bravery and idiocy… I’m not sure where he falls.

    Plus, I was going to say “balls” rather than “guts” but decided that may not be so good for a title of a post. Guts has more of a positive connotation though.

    Angry Clam (a7c6b1)

  3. Maybe he was firmly straddling that line, and if he fell, it would be right on his . . . guts.

    Dana (3e4784)

  4. 16 y/o males are noted for their personal immortality creed.

    See traffic fatality stats.

    This young male had access to a passport and too much money.

    Darleen (f20213)

  5. Not for long, I saw his mom on TV this afternoon and she was like “yeah, his bank account is going to be closed and he’s never leaving this house again.”

    Angry Clam (fa7fff)

  6. I don’t remember seeing the “AMBER ALERT”. He certainly has more
    courage than the journalists holed up in the Green Zone.

    This answers my question about how easy it is for suicide bombers
    from around the world to cross the border into Iraq.

    rab (12fe98)

  7. This article illustrates how safe Iraq is. 39 foreigners killed in what, 2.5 years? How does that compare to other places the size of Baghdad or Iraq? Come on, a death zone?! It’s more of the same theme that Bush’s military action in Iraq has failed; which is totally not true.

    It is amusing how these AP reporters are supposedly cowering in fear in their Baghdad office, unwilling to go out and report. My guess is these guys are just lazy and goofing off sitting on their butts playing Xbox, and this is a great excuse for filing few reports.

    Traveling on his own in a land where insurgents and jihadists have kidnapped more than 400 foreigners, killing at least 39 of them, Hassan walked straight into a death zone.

    Mike W (c20d28)

  8. You know, Mike, you’re right. It does prove how safe Iraq is! Leave it to the breathless MSM to then call it an anomaly.

    Patricia (2cc180)

  9. FYI: There have been 400-something murders in Tijuana just in the past year. Tijuana is a city about 3 feet from the United States, near San Diego. It really is difficult to grasp the outrage over 39 murders (of foreigners) over 2.5 years in all of Iraq.

    Mike W (c20d28)


    “According to estimates by Kroll, Brazil averages about 800 kidnappings a year.”

    Thanks Mike W for pointing out the lack of perspective on that 400 number.

    As far as his getting into Iraq, I think it only proves that terrorists could get into Iraq with an airline ticket to Kuwait which would be hard to get if they’re on a watch list, or just a poor bum sort of terrorist. Though I’m sure they have no problem getting into Iraq other ways.

    jc (7e6cc1)

  11. As of last night at 2300 EST, there had been 379 reported murders in foul, fetid, fuming, foggy, filthy Philadelphia.

    Dana (a9eb8b)

  12. Happy New Year ! Hope others are luckier with no rising river water and … 🙂

    Yi Ling (bcdca6)

  13. The kid was probably safer in bagdad than in south central.

    Who is this Angry Claim? Why is he so angry?

    Mark Daniels (d86eaa)

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