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Re: Is flying a pirate flag lame?
Good post Dave.
The "Pirate Flags" mean nothing beyond a simple 'even if I don't know you, swing by and introduce yourself, I'm bound to offer you a cold one'.
Everyone should have a pretty clear understanding that when you pull into an anchorage you are not going to fire cannons, pillage, or anything else that might risk spilling your cocktail. The silly "SURRENDER THE BOOTY" or "PREPARE TO BE BOARDED" or "TIME FLIES WHEN YOU ARE HAVING RUM" have absolutely nothing to do with piracy, historical, modern, or in your imagination. It's a flipping joke.
You want to preach history based on West Marine end of isle nylon junk marketed to make one giggle? Really history? Slave ships have sailed under the US Ensign. Some pirates/privateers operated with impunity from multiple governments. Navy recruiters lied to get young men sign themselves into indentured servitude, it went on for hundreds of years and has nothing to do with anything on this thread.
You want to say they are lame because they are immature or a bad investment or you hope Walt Disney's frozen head cracks, fine. The fact that you read a book and now get to educate the masses on how pirates did bad things to their fellow man and assume those who buy cheap nylon flags are ignorant or slept through world history is just plain silly.
Anyone who thinks that flying a pirate flag is making some sort of political or historical statement is, well, is lame. Lame, lame, lame.
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