That is the only way to make pirates go away, you know; you kill them. You have naval vessels patrol the seas and when a pirate tries to take a ship, you sink the pirates and shoot the survivors.
If you take prisoners, you do it solely so you can hang them from the yardarm.
You train the crews of cargo ships to use firearms and you let them use the firearms to shoot pirates who try to take ships.
These pirates can function only because no one is allowed to resist them. Sound familiar? 9/11 happened because Americans weren't allowed to resist hijackers.
As nasty a buisness as this is, it's better than what they did in the ancient world. They used to skin pirates alive and put the skins on display outside harbors.
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At work the other night there was Easter candy in the break room, and someone had mixed some SweeTarts "easter shapes" into a bowl of jelly beans. I took a beverage cup and scooped me some jelly beans and got a few of the SweeTarts; I had wanted only jelly beans but couldn't avoid them.
I hardly ate any of the jelly beans, because I ate the SweeTarts and got hooked.
When I was a wee lad I really liked SweeTarts. I liked the big chewy ones when they came out. SweeTarts are just flavored sugar which has been compated into tablet form--one may as well eat Pixy Stix--but damn, I've always liked them.
...so all night long I would revisit my cup and grab another SweeTart, and I'm starting to wish I'd bought a bag of the damn things. Problem is, with my chronic hypoglycemia, I don't dare have a bag of flavored sugar lozenges laying around. *sigh*
It's fine for me to have sugar like that when I am working, because my body can use the carbohydrates. But when I'm at home and playing WoW or watching anime or indulging in any of the other geekery I do, the excess sugar just triggers a hypoglycemic episode, and then I have to eat something with protein and fat in it to stop the episode. Otherwise I can only have a few pieces of the stuff right after a meal. This is why the candy I buy tends to lay around; I can't eat much at any one time.
And this is no solution to the problem, either. Seriously, kids, WTF--snorting Smarties? What possible benefit can you garner from this ludicrously stupid activity? Jesus.
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Ron Howard is a moron. Michelle Malkin says it best:
Howard seems to be not only fooling himself but also threatening his own career (as do the majority of his Hollywood colleagues) with the assumption that a weaker America with a dramatically scaled-back military won’t have a negative effect on his “artistic freedom,” but I don’t expect Hollywood to catch on to this fact because they’re always so preoccupied with feverishly sawing off the same branch they’re sitting on.Dead-on.
What other kind of logic are we to expect from people who live their lives in a town that built its fortune on fiction? The whiffle-brainers in Hollywood will only appreciate the existence and necessity of a powerful U.S. military the day there are “progressive” Chinese tanks turning the Universal Studios lot into Tiananmen Square West. By then it might be too late to save Hollywood. And even if it isn’t, eh, whatever.
And as she also mentions, "Somebody owes George W. Bush an apology." Why? Well, because apparently the Obama administration is trying to deny habeus corpus rights to detainees from Afghanistan.
Expect the left to defend Obama on this; and in the unlikely event that someone calls them on it, expect a lot of bloviating on why it was wrong for Bush but it's okay for Obama, all of which will boil down to, "It's okay for Obama do to it because...well...he's one of the good guys!" (In other words, a Democrat.)
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Yamato, not Yamamoto.
1/4 scale Lego monstrosity is a model of the Japanese battleship Yamato.
I started this bit with that assertion because--on Fox News with Shepard Smith last week--I heard ol' Shep talking about the Japanese ship Yamamoto, and I said, "It's the Yamato, you bonehead."
It's a bit confusing because in WW2 there was a Japanese admiral named Yamamoto. He was the guy who said--allegedly--"I fear that all we have done is to rouse a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve," after Pearl Harbor. The movie Tora! Tora! Tora! attributes this quote to him. There is no evidence for this to be an actual quote; but Yamamoto knew the United States well enough to understand what a Japan-US war in the Pacific would mean. He told the Japanese leadership that he could do very well against the US for six months or a year, but after that, all bets were off.
Yamamoto opposed the construction of the Yamato and her sister ship, the Musashi.
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You can do archaeology even with relatively recent sites. This Civil War-era gun emplacement is an interesting glimpse into the past.
People do not tend to record the minutiae of their daily lives. For example, most people don't document the ins and outs of their cell phone usage, how the things interface with the telco system, what happens when you press SEND, and so on; they just say, "...so I called Betty on my cell and let her have an earful!" Likewise, people who lived in the 1860s didn't write about the hows and wherefores of hitching the old nag to the surrey.
In a larger sense, people don't bother with recording the placement of gun batteries--locals know where the thing used to be, non-locals won't care...and gradually the emplacement is forgotten.
For example, I could mention the old railroad bridge over Goose Creek...but chances are you wouldn't know (or care) where Goose Creek is, nor that the bridge there is a '30s-era relic of the Chicago and Eastern Illinois railroad line that ran through there, and which was torn up in 1981. There are still wire poles out there, buried in the trees, and a careful search will net you fragments of glass insulators on the embankment; but the tracks have been gone for decades and about ten years ago the roadbed was paved over and made into a bike path.
(Interesting aside: before the area was turned into a bike path, I could--and did--ride my motorcycle out there. That stretch of torn-up roadbed was a great place to ride your dirt bike. I miss it.)
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Dang it, I'm too tired. I think I'll go back to bed.