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40+ year old former teacher, linguist, interrogator, soldier, and lastly convict. We all do stupid things every once and awhile. I am an economic conservative and a firm believer in civil rights. Starting a new life now and frankly not sure what I am going to be doing.

17 April 2009

Well, it has been awhile. First off I just have to say,


I was listening to NPR yesterday and they had a story about how the governments abuse of corporations for their use of private jets was seriously hurting the industry. Not only hurting the manufacturers but also the mechanics, and small local leasers of planes. Many smaller corporations don’t own a jet. They lease time on a jet from a company that maintains a fleet of planes that so that when small businesses need one they can get one quickly and easily. These business are hurting bad right now. I don’t know about Cessna but I know that Gulfstream America has laid off several hundred workers and cut shifts back for those remaining. Way to go Government, heap scorn on businesses, hurt local economies. Good Plan.

Pirates. There is a lot of talk on what we should do about pirates now. There is a very simple answer with a long precedent in international law.


Further questions?

I am certain that Blackwater security is offering protection services to merchant vessels in the area. I am equally certain that there are many ships out there that are taking it. I am waiting for them to kill a bunch of attackers one day so we can watch all the lefties scream in horror about mercenaries and vigilante justice. Screw em.

Congressman Ron Paul has suggested that we start issuing letters of Marque and Reprisal to civilians to hunt pirates. Not a bad idea except that traditionally those who received these made their money by seizing the ships and cargo of the pirate vessels. These pirates don’t have very good ships and they don’t keep booty on the ships, they just hold things for ransom. I suppose if companies would reward people for saving ships with say1/3 to ½ of what they would pay in ransom both sides would come out ahead.

I think it would be easier though to just arm the merchant vessels. A few M-60s, or, even better, M-2s, would enable the merchants to reach out and touch the pirates while they are still out of range of their AK-47s and RPGs. Those who will say that this would just cause an arms race in the area are dense. The little boats the pirates are using have no hard point to mount these heavy(er) weapons on. And if they improved their vessels to the point where they could and did mount heavy weapons that would make them real obvious to helicopters flying overhead who could just blow them out of the water at their leisure.

The Danegeld should NEVER be paid.


Blogger The Appalachianist said...

Glad to see you back. Hope your well.

I could say a bunch here. I had a Cpt on my Companies Manning Roster. He was a Private Jet Piot. For one reason or the other he went to the IRR. The day his orders came through for the IRR, he was laid off.

The pirates...Pirates are fascinating. Everyone cheers over our great victory over a handfull of teen agers. But, if we started putting a price on their heads, and everyone get out of Somali fishing waters, we could turn them in on themselves. We need Strategy other than killing them.

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