Here is a photo of a modern Pirate, no longer armed with a stylistic sword or a fancy hat with the grace of Errol Flynn. Sadly, they apparently don’t raise the Jolly Roger and duke it out with the merchant sea man, but there’s Gold in them ships, Steel Gold Russian tanks.
Piracy is a robbery conducted on the high seas, and those criminals who commit such crimes are referred to as pirates. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piracy I just read that off the coast of Somalia pirates have taken a Ukrainian vessel loaded with Russian manufactured tanks.http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article4831652.ece
Apparently the U.S. Navy has now surrounded these hoople’s who have seized the ship Faina . see http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122269752183385711.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
Pirates have often been portrayed in the movies as daring, flashing, romantic probably due to romantic notions of mysticism and that pirates are some how sympathetic souls who are just misunderstood. However it is clear to me they ruthless thugs not Robbin hood’s with sails. I had no clue but news accounts indicate that the pirates have been getting bolder and bolder. Now that sophisticated Russian tanks are on the ship, international powers like America and Russia are now apparently policing the seas.
The great actor Errol Flynn displayed the ” class ” that many have associated with Pirates. Don’t you love it when you get home on a cold day, turn on the tube pour a class of nice Cabernet and AHHHHH a Hollywood Legend appears, and you realize what a ” star ” is. I found this documentary clip on Mr. Flynn.
Sadly, today With Wall Street dropping and Congress rejecting the Wall Street Bailout, it makes me think that Paulson, Bush, Frank, Dodd are like damsels in distress. Shouting out for help crying in wolf like manner that they are captured by Pirates. If we don’t bail them out they will perish. Maybe therein lies the problem thes folks were elected to serve the public, but they engage in partisan self dealing behavior and are beholden to Lobbying Firms, and special interest groups. Now they want the SS. Taxpayer to save them and there Wall STREET buddies. Let them drown in the Ocean in Davey Jones locker. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davy_Jones’_Locker