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2007-11-13 Africa North
Barbary pirates trump an American destroyer at the BBC
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Posted by Bryan 2007-11-13 04:13|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [1107 views ]  Top

#1 Looking at the ethnic diversity of the young American sailors, it was clear that the United States is now following the Roman rather than the Greek model of empire. In ancient Greece, women, slaves and foreigners neither counted nor voted. Rome was less racist: anyone could become a Roman citizen, and even the emperor could hail from Spain or Africa.

Flea infested English Marxists need not apply.
Posted by ed 2007-11-13 08:48||   2007-11-13 08:48|| Front Page Top

#2 ed - We took the dregs of their societies, the unwanted, and lower class. We even inherited their system of slavery. We took them all. Our fathers and mothers created the largest wealthiest most open society since Rome that not only provided opportunities for its own, but have actually sacrificed its wealth and children on behave of the even the most ungrateful without real expectation of return in kind that they themselves in their own record have sought dominion. What do you expect from them? They're losers and they keep digging. This is their misery.
Posted by Procopius2k 2007-11-13 09:46||   2007-11-13 09:46|| Front Page Top

#3 Brian, I'm pretty sure that crack about imperialists is an interlineated comment from the Freeper who excerpted the article. Either the Free Republic doesn't do that color-highlight thing that Rantburg does, or else he didn't remember to italicize/highlight.
Posted by Mitch H.">Mitch H.  2007-11-13 10:05||]">[]  2007-11-13 10:05|| Front Page Top

#4 Okay, I went and read the original. The author should be on a do not travel to the USA list.
Posted by 3dc 2007-11-13 10:39||   2007-11-13 10:39|| Front Page Top

#5 Amen, Procopius2k.
Posted by DarthVader">DarthVader  2007-11-13 11:32||   2007-11-13 11:32|| Front Page Top

#6 Many things wrong with this article, mr rankin is a joke.

First, and correct me if I am wrong, Roman Citizens were prohibited by law in serving in the Navy (marine boarding party as a soldier, but not working the boat).

Barbary pirates were off of the north africa coast.

"I don't think the Americans really understand clubs," the Sikh colonel confided over curry. Thank you for the compliment your elitist bastardness.

"They returned to the ship, not from Mombasa's brothels, but from a safari..."Whoa! how did that compliment get through editing?

Sinbad, eh? Oh yeah the imaginary stories from this book "The king, Shahryar, upon discovering his former wife's infidelity had her executed and then declared all women to be unfaithful. He begins to marry a succession of virgins only to execute each one the next morning." (wiki entry)

Commander Bob Hall smilingly said it was "just a coincidence". Someone through this hack off of my ship
Posted by swksvolFF 2007-11-13 11:55||   2007-11-13 11:55|| Front Page Top

#7 "I don't think the Americans really understand clubs," the Sikh colonel confided over curry.

I suspect it's that American officers don't partake in pleasures the enlisted men and women are forbidden. But one wouldn't expect either a Sikh colonel or a BBC man to understand that sort of concern for one's people. Especially while sitting on the veranda, drink in hand, enjoying the cool breezes -- all unavailable outside the club.
Posted by trailing wife">trailing wife  2007-11-13 12:06||   2007-11-13 12:06|| Front Page Top

#8 "They returned to the ship, not from Mombasa's brothels, but from a safari..."Whoa! how did that compliment get through editing?

If Mr Rankin has an ownership percentage in the brothels it might be sour grapes. One wonders if the moral Lions of Islam visit the brothels when they come to blow up embassies?

Would that make the US Navy more moral in the peoples eyes?
Posted by 3dc 2007-11-13 12:36||   2007-11-13 12:36|| Front Page Top

#9 Great comments guys. I'm sorry I neglected this fine blog so long. Mitch H. I'm not sure what an interlineated comment is, but the bit about the "wicked imperialists" was definitely part of the original article as it first appeared on the website. That's what got me fired up enough to write this and bring it to your attention. The "Great" is being steadily driven out of Britain, with the treachorous BBC in the lead.
Posted by Bryan">Bryan  2007-11-13 17:55||   2007-11-13 17:55|| Front Page Top

#10 What a sweet guest gift. Welcome, Bryan!
Posted by trailing wife">trailing wife  2007-11-13 21:55||   2007-11-13 21:55|| Front Page Top

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