Pirates

22 02 2011

To: America. Or WORLD shall I say.

What is the big deal about pirates? I remember when I was a kid and we would play like we were pirates, and it was fun to dress up like a pirate, have pirate themed birthday parties with jolly roger napkins, and fake peg legs. The flag is pretty cool I guess. Black, with a skull, pretty BA right? We have several movies about pirates, to include the “Pirates of the Caribbean” trilogy (soon to be quadrogy). Looks pretty fun to be a pirate, make your own rules, do whatever you want, steal from the poor and unsuspecting.

But why ARE we so obsessed with pirates? Who was it that decided to glamorize piracy?

They are not cool. The lifestyle is not glamorous, or legal, or admirable. They don’t steal from merchant vessels and give to the poor. They steal from innocent people who want nothing to do with piracy or crime and they keep the money for themselves, to fund future piracy missions. This is happening all over the world.

Here, I’ll give you an example of how “hip” and glamorous pirates are:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/22/AR2011022202451.html?hpid=topnews

You gonna dress your kids up as pirates for Halloween this year? Not me.

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