To Every Thing, Turn, Turning to Pirates

For reasons that have deep roots, the world is fascinated by Pirates (the old classical ones, not the Somali / Indonesia area muslim thug ones). There’s some good reason for it. For one thing, they are the very definition of truly free spirits. Laws need not apply… (Though, in fairness, often some of them had official authority from one Crown against the assets of another Crown… more Privateer than Pirate…)

Yet often forgotten is that the Caribbean Pirates (coining a term to differentiate the Classical Pirates from the broader generic) originated many of the things we think of as “Modern Democratic Society”. Sometimes, the Captain was elected. (It helped if you brought your own ship… but wasn’t required. They were very ‘results oriented’.) There was profit sharing (the ‘cut’ of the loot was defined ahead of time). They invented Workers Compensation (with fixed payments for things like loss of an eye or leg).

Pirate Background

From the Wiki:

Pirates had a system of hierarchy on board their ships determining how captured money was distributed. However, pirates were more “egalitarian” than any other area of employment at the time. In fact pirate quartermasters were a counterbalance to the captain and had the power to veto his orders. The majority of plunder was in the form of cargo and ship’s equipment with medicines the most highly prized. A vessel’s doctor’s chest would be worth anywhere from £300 to £400, or around $470,000 in today’s values.
[…]
Democracy among Caribbean pirates

See also:
Pirate code and distribution of justice

Unlike traditional Western societies of the time, many Caribbean pirate crews of European descent operated as limited democracies. Pirate communities were some of the first to instate a system of checks and balances similar to the one used by the present-day United States and many other countries. The first record of such a government aboard a pirate sloop dates to the 17th century.
Pirate Code

As recorded by Captain Charles Johnson regarding the articles of Bartholomew Roberts.

Every man shall have an equal vote in affairs of moment. He shall have an equal title to the fresh provisions or strong liquors at any time seized, and shall use them at pleasure unless a scarcity may make it necessary for the common good that a retrenchment may be voted.

Every man shall be called fairly in turn by the list on board of prizes, because over and above their proper share, they are allowed a shift of clothes. But if they defraud the company to the value of even one dollar in plate, jewels or money, they shall be marooned. If any man rob another he shall have his nose and ears slit, and be put ashore where he shall be sure to encounter hardships.

None shall game for money either with dice or cards.

The lights and candles should be put out at eight at night, and if any of the crew desire to drink after that hour they shall sit upon the open deck without lights.

Each man shall keep his piece, cutlass and pistols at all times clean and ready for action.

No boy or woman to be allowed amongst them. If any man shall be found seducing any of the latter sex and carrying her to sea in disguise he shall suffer death.

He that shall desert the ship or his quarters in time of battle shall be punished by death or marooning.

None shall strike another on board the ship, but every man’s quarrel shall be ended on shore by sword or pistol in this manner. At the word of command from the quartermaster, each man being previously placed back to back, shall turn and fire immediately. If any man do not, the quartermaster shall knock the piece out of his hand. If both miss their aim they shall take to their cutlasses, and he that draw the first blood shall be declared the victor.

No man shall talk of breaking up their way of living till each has a share of 1,000. Every man who shall become a cripple or lose a limb in the service shall have 800 pieces of eight from the common stock and for lesser hurts proportionately.

The captain and the quartermaster shall each receive two shares of a prize, the master gunner and boatswain, one and one half shares, all other officers one and one quarter, and private gentlemen of fortune one share each.

The musicians shall have rest on the Sabbath Day only by right. On all other days by favor only.

Now I’m not saying all this just to praise Pirates nor to pine for days long lost… (Even though I’ve got at least 3 generations of sailors in Mum’s side of the family and likely more before that… which implies a few of them might have left HMS Service and gone Pirate… but none that we know of… though some did end up in Australia…) No, I mention this just to point out that Pirate does not mean “evil” in all ways. In many ways, it was far more “just” and “fair” than the national governments of that era (which often depended on impressment, Royal Privilege and all sorts of other horrors.)

Pirates did not care what religion you were, what race or nationality, nor too much what gender. While female pirates were few, they did exist and were treated to the same share as the men. Something about it being a very bad idea to pick a fight with an armed and dangerous woman… as they have lighter build so faster more precise movement of hands, a bit critical in using the pistol and épée. That is not a sexist statement, BTW, but an observation of physics. In Karate class there was a lady brown belt who could ‘point’ on me anytime she wanted. VERY fast. Small birds out maneuver large ones. More mass comes with a large speed impact, and that ‘light sword’ in a woman’s hand moves much faster than a saber in a man’s…

Think of them as the prototype Libertarian Enterprise with Egalitarian Social Structure.

Iceland

The above discussion of Pirates is partially relevant to Iceland since it was founded by Vikings, and in many ways the whole Viking experience was one of being a Pirate / Merchant. Sometimes setting up trading villages (many cities in Russia started that way) and sometimes just raiding and pillaging. A batch of them founded Iceland (and were reputed to have raided European cities on their way and ‘taken the most beautiful women with them’). Their official history time line is a bit more prim:

http://www.iceland.is/the-big-picture/people-society/history

Timeline:

~7-8th centuries: Celtic monks sail to Iceland.
~860s: Norsemen discover Iceland.
~871: Ingólfur Arnarsson, a Norse nobleman, settles in Reykjavík.
930: The Althing, a judiciary and law-making body of chieftains, convenes for the first time at Thingvellir. Population in Iceland estimated at 30,000–40,000.
~982: Erik the Red discovers and names Greenland after being banned from Iceland.
999 or 1000: Christianity adopted in Iceland.
1000: Leifur Eiríksson discovers what is now known as North America.
1120s–1230s: Most of the Icelandic Sagas—tales of family feuds and heroics—are written.
1262–1264: Chieftains in Iceland accept the sovereignty of the King of Norway.
1402: The Black Plague infects Iceland. Over 33% of the population is wiped out.
1387: The Kalmar Act of Union unifies Iceland and Norway with Denmark.
1540s–1550s: Reformation in Iceland.
1584: The Bible is translated into Icelandic.
1703: First census is conducted; population 50,358.
1707: Bubonic plague; one third of the population dies.
1783–86: Volcanic activity destroys Icelandic farmland and leads to widespread starvation.
1800: The Danish King orders the closure of the Althing.
1843: The Althing is re-established.
1874: A new constitution is introduced by the Danish King (Christian IX).
1870s–1890s: Mass emigration to North America.
1904: Home rule is granted.
1915: Women receive the vote.
1918: Union Treaty grants Iceland full sovereignty in a royal union with Denmark.
1926: Population reaches 100,000 for the first time.
1940: Iceland is occupied by British troops.
1941: US-Icelandic defence agreement signed; US troops stay in Iceland for duration of WWII.
1944: The Republic of Iceland is formally established.
1949: Iceland becomes a founding member of NATO.
1951: Defence treaty concluded with the US; US troops return to Iceland.
1958–1961: Dispute over fishing limits, first ‘cod war’ with Britain.
1960: The number of Icelanders in Reykjavík and surrounding areas surpasses the number of habitants in the countryside for the first time.
1966: Icelandic state television begins broadcasting.
1968: Population reaches 200,000.
1970s: Two further ‘cod wars’ with Britain (and West Germany).
1980: Vigdís Finnbogadóttir elected president, the first democratically-elected female head of state.
1986: The Reykjavík Summit between US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Secretary-General of the Communist Party, Mikhail Gorbachev takes place in Höfði, Reykjavík.
1994: Iceland joins the European Economic Area, an economic arrangement with the EU.
1996: Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson elected president of Iceland
2006: US troops leave Iceland.
2008: Economic crisis, near total collapse of Iceland’s banking system.
2009: Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir becomes the country’s first female prime minister (and the world’s first openly gay prime minister).
2010: Volcanic Eruption at the Eyjafjallajökull. This same year Jón Gnarr, a known actor and comedian in Iceland, became mayor of Reykjavik (2010-2014).

But I do note in passing that my Celtic ancestors and / or relatives were apparently going to Iceland early on and then later my Viking ancestors arrived in Britain… (Mum raised me with the Norse legends, coupled with the red and blond hair in the family, coming from the Viking areas of Britain, and the seafaring heritage as far back as we can find, sort of shouts Vikings…) So we have another Celt / Germanic or Celt / Viking blend country (joining Britain, France, parts of Spain and Portugal, etc. etc…)

The Wiki is a bit more interesting, though still avoiding the old legends of Viking Pillagers looking for a nice escape… I’ve bolded the vague reference… and a bit about where some of my family may have moved back that way long long ago.

The recorded history of Iceland began with the settlement by Viking explorers and their slaves from the east, particularly Norway and the British Isles, in the late ninth century. Iceland was still uninhabited long after the rest of Western Europe had been settled. Recorded settlement has conventionally been dated back to 874, although archaeological evidence indicates Gaelic monks had settled Iceland before that date.

The land was settled quickly, mainly by Norwegians who may have been fleeing conflict or seeking new land to farm. By 930, the chieftains had established a form of governance, the Althing, making it one of the world’s oldest parliaments.
[…]
Ingólfr was followed by many more Norse chieftains, their families and slaves who settled all the inhabitable areas of the island in the next decades. These people were primarily of Norwegian, Irish and Scottish origin. Some of the Irish and Scots were slaves and servants of the Norse chiefs according to the sagas of Icelanders and the Landnámabók and other documents. Some settlers coming from the British Isles were “Hiberno-Norse,” with cultural and family connections both to the coastal and island areas of Ireland and/or Scotland and to Norway.

The traditional explanation for the exodus from Norway is that people were fleeing the harsh rule of the Norwegian king Harald Fairhair, whom medieval literary sources credit with the unification of some parts of modern Norway during this period. It is also believed that the western fjords of Norway were simply overcrowded in this period. The settlement of Iceland is thoroughly recorded in the aforementioned Landnámabók, although the book was compiled in the early 12th century when at least 200 years had passed from the age of settlement.

The point simply being that the Icelandic Folk are no strangers to oppressive governments trying to force them to comply, and their answer has generally been more in the Pirate mode than in the compliant serf mode. Hey, it’s that whole Celtic / Viking thing making for a rather independent streak…

Pirate Party Flag

Pirate Party Flag

So no big surprise that Iceland has formed a Pirate Party.

The Pirate Party (Icelandic: Píratar) is a political party in Iceland. The party’s platform is based on pirate politics and direct democracy.
[…]
History

The party was cofounded on 24 November 2012 by Birgitta Jónsdóttir (previously a member of the Movement), and several prominent Internet activists, including Smári McCarthy. The party successfully applied for the ballot list letter Þ (resembling the party’s logo) in order to run in the 2013. In July 2016 the party requested and was issued the letter P for future elections.

In their first electoral participation, at the 2013 parliamentary election, the Pirate Party won 5.1% of the votes, just above the 5% threshold required to win representation in the Althing. The three members elected, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson and Jón Þór Ólafsson, were the first pirates elected to any national legislature in the world.

Following the Charlie Hebdo shooting on 7 January 2015, the Pirate Party began a campaign to repeal Iceland’s blasphemy laws. The laws, which had been introduced in 1940, were successfully repealed in early July 2015. The repeal, introduced by the Pirate Party, read: “Freedom of expression is one of the cornerstones of democracy. It is fundamental to a free society that people should be able to express themselves without fear of punishment, whether from the authorities or from other people.” During the vote on the repeal, the three Pirate Party members of the Althing stood and declared “Je suis Charlie”, in solidarity with the French satirical magazine.

For around a year from April 2015 to April 2016, the party consistently topped polling for the next Icelandic parliamentary election in 2016,
with support roughly equal to the Independence Party and the Progressive Party combined, who are currently partners in a coalition government.

An MMR opinion poll published in January 2016 put their public support at 37.8%, significantly above that of all other Icelandic political parties.

In April 2016 public protests about the Prime Minister’s role in the Panama Papers brought out a significant percentage of the whole population, and may have been among “the largest demonstrations of any kind, in any country, ever (proportionately speaking)”. In the wake of the Panama Papers scandal, polls in April 2016 showed the Pirate Party at 43% and the Independence Party at 21.6%.

A poll by the Social Science Research Institute of the University of Iceland with data from 14–19 October 2016 put the Pirate Party in first place in the general election on the 29th of October 2016 with 22.6% of the vote.

Now some of those numbers were just folks lodging a protest via the polls. In actual results, this parliamentary election was lighter. Yet the Pirate Party got 14.48% of the vote, 10 out of 63 seats, and is ranked 3rd.

Not surprisingly, the Washington Post feels they must denigrate the rise of the Pirates to Significant Player. Personally, I find a ‘triple’ of seats rather impressive:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/pirate-party-surge-falls-short-in-iceland-election/2016/10/30/0292462e-9d21-11e6-b552-b1f85e484086_story.html

By Griff Witte October 30

LONDON — The Pirate Party, a radical movement of anarchists and hackers that didn’t exist this time four years ago, surged to third place in Iceland’s national elections but fell well short of expectations that it could top the vote, according to results released Sunday.

The outcome of the Saturday election more than triples the number of Pirates in the country’s parliament, the world’s oldest, and it ensures that the renegade movement will remain a force in Icelandic politics for years to come.

The Pirates, an offshoot of an international movement launched in Sweden, had campaigned on a platform of direct democracy, transparency and turning Iceland into “a digital safe haven, the Switzerland of bits.” The party’s leader, poet Birgitta Jónsdóttir, had promised Edward Snowden citizenship in a Pirate-led Iceland.

But voters stopped short of putting the Pirates in a position to govern, opting instead to give the pro-business and establishment-oriented Independence Party another shot to lead a country that was turned upside down by the 2008 financial crisis. The Independents had argued that the Pirates were a danger to the country’s economy, which has recently found its footing thanks to a tourism boom.

As expected, no party won a majority, and the Independents will struggle to form a coalition after their partner for the past three years, the pro-farmer Progressives, were punished by voters for the lingering fallout from the crash as well as this year’s disclosures in the Panama Papers. The spring revelation of an offshore firm owned by the prime minister’s wife forced his resignation and led to the calling of Saturday’s vote.

A Pirate victory in tiny, prosperous and peaceful Iceland would have offered a dramatic symbol of the anti-establishment tide sweeping the Western world this year. Polls in the lead-up to the vote had the Pirates running even with the Independents, or even topping them.

Personally, I think it is still a dramatic symbol. The youth of the world are seeing the rampant corruption under the lid of the Progressives (aka Democrats in America) and don’t like it one bit. They are seeing the crony-capitalism / 3rd Way Insider Self Dealing and more from the supposed “conservatives” and don’t like it one bit. This is a global trend, and tiny little Iceland is showing the way.

In some ways, the rise of Trump to lead a revolt in the Republican Party, and Bernie in the Democrat Party, is a similar manifestation. So, IMHO, TPTB in both the Democrat and the Republican parties better catch a clue here. There’s a new Pirate in town. We are quite capable of running our own affairs, and we don’t need you slicing off large slabs of our lives for your own gain. EVERYONE gets a fair share, and EVERYONE does their job for the good of the ship. If you don’t do that, we’ll maroon your ass… It’s the Pirate Code, laddy

III. If any Man shall steal any Thing in the Company, or game, to the Value of a Piece of Eight, he shall be marooned or shot.

So, it is my considered opinion, that right now the world needs more Pirates. Those attempting to rule us, to take the role of King George or King Harald Fairhair, might just want to ponder what Pirate Justice might mean for them in the future. Thar’s a fair wind a’blowin’ and ’tis time fer settin’ sail on-a’endeavorrr…

Go Iceland Go!

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About E.M.Smith

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22 Responses to To Every Thing, Turn, Turning to Pirates

  1. philjourdan says:

    The “mystique” of pirates is well told in tales and stories. And given they were the losers, it is hard to say they were “over” romanticized, as to the victors go the history books.

    They are to the rest of the world, what the “Cowboys” are to Americans. The independents who were both chivalrous and fair. Native Americans (aka misnamed Indians) may disagree, but the truth is the Cowboys were not out to eradicate anyone, just live a free life (the US Military had other plans).

    From the time of the first motion pictures, to the 60s and even more rarely today, the story of the noble cowboy righting wrongs and getting the bad guy was a big seller. Hence John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Burt Lancaster, etc. (of course most of today’s fops never saw a horse, much less rode one).

    Iceland has their pirates. The US has their cowboys (a title given to Ronald Reagan). They represent the desire to be free to live their own life, without an oppressive government trying to tell them what to do at every turn. Je suis un pirate! Or a cowboy (even the French use the word, although the official word is probably vache-garçon).

  2. H.R. (off saltwater fishing in S.C.) says:

    Aaarrrgg… just another form of government that was wiped out by TPTB of the times.

    Sees to me that Hillary wouldn’t have lasted long as a pirate if the penalty for the theft of a single piece-of-eight was death or being marooned.

    Oh, I just found out that buccaneers were pirates that came from a hunting background so their dress was different from the seamen-turned-pirate.

  3. pg sharrow says:

    @EMSmith, says;”Thar’s a fair wind a’blowin’ and ’tis time fer settin’ sail on-a’endeavorrr…”

    You are more correct then you know… Been a cowboy all my life, never a pirate.
    There is a time for everything…………It is time…pg

  4. pg sharrow says:

    For those that don’t know, A cowboy is the kid that walks “a foot” out into the pasture and gathers the cows for milking. The horsemen that herded and worked cattle from horseback were called Vacaro or Buckaroo or Riders. “Cowboy” was an invention of pulp novel writers and was an insult to a real horseman…pg

  5. Pouncer says:

    The pirate life and ship’s charter described above is reflected in the old movie “Captain Blood”

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0026174/

    Worth seeing. Worth pondering that the democratic rules of the movie were a cultural or non-governmental propaganda response to the totalitarian movements of the era.

  6. tom0mason says:

    Time for an old joke?

    The Navy captain looked across the empty deck to the lone pirate captain.
    “So Morgan, where’s your buccaneers now?” sneered the Navy man.
    “Under my bucking hat!” came the pirate’s sharp reply.

    I’ll get my coat …

  7. Gail Combs says:

    Better to read Captian Blood by Rafael Sabatini. Hollywood generally mucks up stories to inject communism/socialism.

    I have a 1st edition paperback sitting on the book shelf. Dad worked for the publisher and unfortunately tossed most of the 1st edition paperbacks he had. GRRrrrr

  8. philjourdan says:

    @pg – Does not matter to me. I am a Raider! So Pirate from the beginning! Personally I would like to see the Cowboys lose every game! ;-)

  9. philjourdan says:

    @Pouncer – yes, that is what most Americans think of when they think of Pirates (at least until Pirates of the Caribbean came out).

  10. Zeke says:

    In our yearly round through American history the kids and I study the lives of two Pirates, Sir Francis Drake and Jean Lafitte. Both had early experiences with the Spanish, one in the Inquisition, and the other with the Spanish at sea and their “impoundments.”

    As far as raiding the Spanish we all know the old adage of Aesop, in which the wolf takes a lamb from the flock and a lion comes and seizes it from the wolf. The wolf objects bitterly that the lion is stealing from him, to which the lion says,

    “It was yours justly no doubt. A gift from a friend, perhaps?”

    If Elizabeth had not taken that course, there would have been even more Spanish wealth for Armadas against the hated Protestant Queen.

  11. Don Mogstad says:

    Buccaneers = barbecuers. Smoking the wild pigs on the beach (I’m just guessing pigs, I don’t know what else they would catch and smoke in Tortuga and Jamaica.

  12. Graeme No.3 says:

    Wild cattle in Jamaica.

  13. pg sharrow says:

    Pigs, birds and goats were often kept on ships as live provisions…pg

  14. Gail Combs says:

    Food for thought — How to keep those pirates under control.

    kramer says:
    November 3, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    I wouldn’t be surprised if we find out someday that they are putting female hormones in our food and/or water. Suggestive evidence?:

    1) My doctor told me that men my age back 30 or so years ago had much higher T levels. He also told me that if you take a male my age from a third world country, their T levels are what ours used to be back 30 years ago.

    2) I did a google news search on animals/reptiles/birds changing gender in the wild and something like 25 out of 26 hits over a 15 year span were creatures changing from male to female.

    Quite possible given the USDA funded Epicyte bio-lab in San Diego to create Contraceptive Corn.
    http://www.fromthetrenchesworldreport.com/epicyte-contraceptive-corn/46351

    At this point I wouldn’t put anything past those b@stards. Feverything starts making sense finally when you realize the b@stards ARE out to get us!

    My comment on ‘depopulation’ over at Tony Hellers HERE

  15. pg sharrow says:

    Much more simple then that. Soybeans and Plasticisers in every thing civilised people consume. Of course being over weight doesn’t help! :-)…pg

  16. E.M.Smith says:

    @Don:

    Lots of smoked fish / kippers…

    Generally, in older times, if it moved, you ate it (if it didn’t you tried…) and any edible meat / flesh would be preserved if in excess by any of:salting, smoking, drying, pickling etc. etc.

    Folks with grass, smoked or BBQed grazers, those with shrubs did browsers (goats), and those with lots of water did fish. If available, omnivores like pigs and bear, and even dogs were on the menu. Don’t ask about long pig…

    BTW, in my old home town, some folks ate ‘possum and at least one guy tried “mud hens”, a small duck like thing named for their flavor… he reported them edible, but not desirable… rattle snakes are asserted tasty, and my sister reported squirrel is good (but didn’t save any for me, darn it…) Personally, I loved the big frogs I gigged (soak in salt water a while after skinning) but they don’t taste at all good from the grocery store (bland and not fresh enough) and the local pheasant and ducks. Oh, and gator jerky is great.. I’d expect lots of smoked and BBQ gator, cayman, turtle, and crocodile in the Caribbean…

    @Gail:

    Look up estrogen analogues, bis-phenol A and breast cancer. Part of why I’m doing more of my own canning. The coating inside commercial cans and the plastic in baby bottles were found to be estrogenic… I now buy lots of simple (not processed, no soy estrogens) foods and make my own stuff from scratch as much as possible. From bread to canned soup and frozen burittos.

    I think it more likely folks just didn’t know than a grand conspiracy, but now that they know, failure to act is clearly a decision… the person who discovered the problem was a female researcher in breast cancer. Plated some cells in a plastic petri dish and they went wild (estrogen stimulated growth). She then started looking at plastics and coatings and the great BisPhenol-A Scandal errupted.

    Now figure most folks eat canned food and / or plastic wrapped microwaved stuff while guzzling canned sodas and plastic pottled juice or milk…. it is all that stuff leaching into the environment (and more commercial chemicals) causing low sperm counts and atrophied testicles in wild animal populations too (look up Florida Panther / mountain lion).

    So buy meat from farmers who raise them clean and cook with natural whole fruits, vegetables, and grains. Avoid plastics in cooking and food storage (I use glass and ceramic tubs with plastic lids, but the lids don’t touch the food… Corning and Pyrex).

    FWIW, I first heard of this about 20 years ago. I had a high sperm count and was accepted as a donor. Seems many guys didn’t… I think it likely in part from my country origins, wild and simple food selection, and a family tradition from the restaurant of “make it youself from scratch”. Not a lot of packaged processed foods in my history. As is usually my pattern, that flag caused me to dig into it. IMHO, mostly just stupidity intersecting with greed not wanting to pay for change away from the cheap established ways and materials. Look how many years (decades) it has taken to get partially hydrogenated oils out of food processing (and even now it is sneaking in as mono and di-glycerides…). Palm Oil is expensive, soy oil cheap… so health loses. Only a few months back I noticed store bread once again saying Potassium Iodate instead of Potassium Bromate. It’s been decades to get bromate recognized as bad…

  17. philjourdan says:

    @E.M. – I had squirrel – a lot of work for a little meat. Had Possum too. Edible, not tasty sums it up.

  18. H.R. (off saltwater fishing in S.C.) says:

    Groundhog is delicious! People just don’t eat ’em anymore (or squirrels or ‘wabbits’, it seems). I had them all from time to time in my single-digit youth. The last time I had groundhog was in my mid-twenties. A lady at work brought in a crock-pot of groundhog fixed much like a Yankee pot roast. YUM! doesn’t begin to describe the comfort food flavor. In my state, there’s no season on groundhog and just about any farmer will let you set up for groundhogs with a varmint rifle on the edge of his fields if you look like you’re safe and serious.

    @philjourdan – my wife likes squirrel very much along with rabbit. It was own home cookin’ at her granny’s house. What is bizarre is that it took me years to get my wife to eat anything other than hamburger, turkey, Colonel Sanders chicken, and frozen corn, peas, and green beans. Heck! We were married 25 years before I got her to eat broccoli or tomatoes and 35 years before she would eat an avocado. But squirrel or rabbit; she’s all over that.

  19. Gail Combs says:

    THE WRATH OF THE AWAKENED SAXON
    by Rudyard Kipling

    It was not part of their blood,
    It came to them very late,
    With long arrears to make good,
    When the Saxon began to hate.

    They were not easily moved,
    They were icy — willing to wait
    Till every count should be proved,
    Ere the Saxon began to hate.

    Their voices were even and low.
    Their eyes were level and straight.
    There was neither sign nor show
    When the Saxon began to hate.

    It was not preached to the crowd.
    It was not taught by the state.
    No man spoke it aloud
    When the Saxon began to hate.

    It was not suddently bred.
    It will not swiftly abate.
    Through the chilled years ahead,
    When Time shall count from the date
    That the Saxon began to hate.

    Stolen shamelessly from the TreeHouse — COLD ANGER, It’s Too Late To Appologize!

  20. Verity Jones says:

    Well I tried to post:

  21. E.M.Smith says:

    I remember when Jobs selected a special group of developers and raised a Pirate Flag over their building…

    Their signatures are moulded into the plastic inside their work product, the first Macintosh…

    I miss those Pirate Days ;-)

    When anything was possible if your idea was good enough.

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