Archive for April 12, 2009

Muslems kill people? NEVER!

Posted: April 12, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news
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Try not to go Kryten when you read these two paragraphs that believe it or not are from the same story one directly after the other:

“If you bother us again, we will order someone in Mogadishu to meet you,” a gang member added before the line went dead.

Often, though, the pirates are friendly and helpful, though they detest use of the p-word. “We never kill people. We are Muslims. We are marines, coastguards — not pirates,” one said.

Maybe it is because although I was born in 63 my parents were born in the early 20’s and my father served in the pacific during World War II but I just can’t wrap my head around this stuff or the ability of people to let this stuff go.

Has anyone every heard of a convoy?

Posted: April 12, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news

These guys seem to have no idea how to thwart the pirates, hasn’t anyone ever heard of a convoy? They were very popular during WWII and during the heyday of piracy.

Bits of this have been promoted from this earlier post, but MSNBC has to be heard to be believed this Easter Afternoon:

3:24 p.m. Unbelievable MSNBC is complaining that now the pirates will become more violent. They are bringing up Black Hawk Down, does anyone remember that casualty wise we killed and wounded the enemy more than 15 to 1. The anchor woman calls it great news but the reporter on the phone is all doom and gloom, what if we hurt people they will get angry.

Jim Miklaszewski followed that up describing the captain as jumping off the boat to as trying to “save his own skin”. The tone was to my ears distinctly derogatory. Can someone explain to me why trying to save his skin is a bad thing here?

They followed up with the anchor stressing that shooting the pirates was only done as a last resort. At 4:07 pm. The Anchor described the pirate in custody as being “taken hostage”. According to the press conference the pirate in custody (or the “hostage” as MSNBC puts it) might have surrendered but its unclear from the conference if the pirate surrendered or no.

In addition we heard about root causes and all the trouble that will happen if we defend our ships, the entire attitude is very amazing to me. I don’t know if these people actually belief this or if they are trying to play to their niche audience of talk left readers.

Update: 4:50 p.m. The pirates really don’t want to kill people says the anchor. They fear more violence. Their terror experts now is afraid that the pirates will now become violent.

MSNBC breaks away for Meet the press, interesting to see what they said before all this went down. Apparently this is a “law enforcement issue” I always thought that piracy was a military issue.

And if I already didn’t say it…

Posted: April 12, 2009 by datechguy in Uncategorized

…a happy and Blessed Easter to one and all!