Pirates

November 22: A Black(beard) Day in History

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Edward Teach, Blackbeard
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On a November 22, fading into the fog of the past, the world lost a colorful figure whose abbreviated career and death at a young age are bound to be long-remembered. I refer, of course, to Edward Teach, better known as the pirate, "Blackbeard."

From a home base in North Carolina, the British-born Teach terrorized Charleston, South Carolina, as well as ship-born victims, into submission. Literally, he terrorized them, relying on a monstrous appearance, with lit, smoking fuses inserted in his massive beard, and fears of what he might do, to separate captives from their money. History says he rarely actually hurt anybody in order to extract treasure.

This is not to say he was a good person. Like, say, a government official, he took what did not belong to him with threats of violence, subsisting on that which had actually been earned and produced by others. Unlike any government official, however, he never claimed a right to do what he did—he simply stole what he wanted from those weaker than himself.

Remarkably, Teach's piratic adventures lasted only two years, coming to an end in 1718. He is believed to have been in his late thirties when he died. The pirate's colorful personality guaranteed him a life long after death. But then, people have a certain weakness for predators.

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  1. Charleston was America’s Somalia.

      1. What’s wrong with Charleston? I have been there a few times and it doesn’t seem like Somalia to me. To be fair, I have never actually been to Somalia.

        1. Mogadishu was through most of its history a rich port city, a trading capital in that part of the pan-Arab world. It fell to ruin after a socialist revolution:

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mogadishu

          Alongside Barre, the Supreme Revolutionary Council (SRC) that assumed power after President Sharmarke’s assassination was led by Lieutenant Colonel Salaad Gabeyre Kediye and Chief of Police Jama Korshel. Kediye officially held the title of “Father of the Revolution,” and Barre shortly afterwards became the head of the SRC.[27] The SRC subsequently renamed the country the Somali Democratic Republic,[28][29] arrested members of the former civilian government, banned political parties,[30] dissolved the parliament and the Supreme Court, and suspended the constitution.[31]

          The revolutionary army established various large-scale public works programs, including the Mogadishu Stadium. In addition to a nationalization program of industry and land, the Mogadishu-based new regime’s foreign policy placed an emphasis on Somalia’s traditional and religious links with the Arab world, eventually joining the Arab League (AL) in 1974.

          Now, its best known as a libertarian paradise because FYTW.

          1. Interesting. Did not know that. Thanks

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  2. This is not to say he was a good person. Like, say, a government official, he took what did not belong to him with threats of violence, subsisting on that which had actually been earned and produced by others. Unlike any government official, however, he never claimed a right to do what he did?he simply stole what he wanted from those weaker than himself.

    Heh.

    Sarcasm mop needed in Aisle 5!

  3. Damn, that’s good snark.

    Plus, Blackbeard never risked blowing up the world due to his incompetence.

  4. This is not to say he was a good person. Like, say, a government official, he took what did not belong to him with threats of violence, subsisting on that which had actually been earned and produced by others.

    The Bloomberg drones have been hyping something called “The Robin Hood Investors Conference” or some such thing. I wonder how many of these dopes remember Robin Hood’s real mission was about easing the burden of oppressive taxation.

    1. None. Absolutely none. Even Hollywood has been more intellectually rigorous in at least four versions I have seen (I’m counting Men in Tights).

  5. Is that November 22 Old Style, or New Style? Britain didn’t use the Gregorian calendar until the 1750s. :-p

  6. the city of Dallas says you’re welcome.

    1. Disappointing. He was both a World War II vet and a politician and yet you can’t muster enough respect for President Kennedy to refrain from disrespecting him on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Disappointing.

      1. Really? Do I have to respect Nixon and joe
        McCarthy as well?

  7. In my experience predators are always cowards, only preying on those weaker than themselves.

    1. I think Blackbeard may have been more crazy than coward, but then Carolinians have always had a soft spot for him.

  8. Dare I say, we need more Blackbeards in government. XD

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