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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

‘I’m Dead! Bye!’ Skydiver Films His Own 15,000 Ft. Free Fall

(By Jonathon M. Seidl, The Blaze) - Five years ago, New Zealand skydiver Michael Holmes jumped out of an airplane with a parachute attached to his back. The air whipped over his body as gravity pulled him to the ground in an exhilarating, controlled fall. At 15,000 ft. above ground, he pulled his parachute. And that’s when an awesome jump turned to awful.

At that moment, Holmes’s parachute malfunctioned. He started an incredible free fall traveling at an extreme rate of speed and headed for some vegetation. Eventually, he crashed. And survived.

The entire incident was caught on a helmet camera, where Holmes can be heard declaring “I’m dead!“ and ”Bye!”:


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