09/19 - Talk Like a (Disney) Pirate Day, Jenny


~~ R

It is Talk Like a (Disney) Pirate Day, Jenny. The whole phenomenon of ARRRR as being "pirate talk" is clarly a Disney thing. I have read some of the extant writings of several actual pirates and they were quite articulate. It has been alleged that ARRRRR isn't too farfetched because the actor who gave us that vocalization simply exaggerated a Cornwall and many pirates came from that locale (or was it that many from that locale became pirates?). I seriously doubt any Spanish, French, Portuguese or Durch pirates were from Cornwall, or even spoke English, let alone the Barbary Pirates and those from Asia and Africa. Today's pirates who engage in maritime piracy are predominantly NOT from Cornwall, and most of todays pirates are not mariners but bankers, brokers, realtors and such and certainly don't use locutions such as ARRRRR.

Yes, as through this world I've wandered
I've seen lots of funny men;
Some will rob you with a six-gun,
And some with a fountain pen.

~~ W. Guthrie

It is the anniversary of the 1676 burning of Jamestown by its colonizists in Bacon's Rebellion. Often cast as an early revolutionary rebellion against the British crown, this was really a rebellion against the local government's refusal to sanction the extirpation of all of the indigenous population of Virginia by the colonists.

It is also the anniversary of the exceedingly bizarre death of Giles Corey in 1692. He was accused of being a wizard. The standard routine was for such persons to plead one way or the other to the charge, whereupon they would be tried, convicted and hanged, with their possessions and estate passing to the local government. Mr. Corey chose not to plead which meant that they could not try him and therefore could not find him guilty, hang him and steal seize his property, which would then pass to his sons. The standard remedy for this behavior was to "press" the victim accused until he or she entered an plea and then proceed to the trial and hanging.

Pressing involved placing the victim accused naked on their back with heavy planks atop their body. Heavy stones were then piled upon said planks until the Victim accused made their plea and then it was on to the trial and hanging. Each time they paused to ask Mr. Corey to plead, however, he simply said "more weight" and so, in the fullness of time, they crushed the life out of him without a trial, allowing his estate to pass to his sons and really pissing off the savage rat-bastid christers who had tortured him to death

Aaand finally, we come to the anniversary of the death of Mary Jemison in 1833. She had been captured and adopted by the Seneca as a young girl and became fully assimilated into their culture. She went through two indigenous husbands and had seven children from them. She became known as the White Woman of the Genesee and when provided with the opportunity to "return to civilization", she contemplated the life of the average colonial woman and decided to remain an indian.

It is also the anniversary of a 2019 drone strike that killed 30 civilians in Afghanistan, but I don't see why this is at all noteworthy. That's at best a tiny fraction of the civilians killed in either Afghanistan or in drone strikes and I doubt it ia the largest civilian death toll from one of our strikes either. Sounds to me like just another day in our Greed-based War On Target peoples.



On this day in history:


1676 –- Jamestown was burned to the ground by the colonists during Bacon's Rebellion.

1778 -- The first US budget was passed by the Continental Congress

1796 -- George Washington's Farewell Address

1852 –- Annibale de Gasparis discovered the asteroid Massalia from the north dome of the Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte

1870 -- The Siege of Paris began

1893 -- Women won the right to vote in New Zealand, that deserves a Haka I should think

1944 -- Finland and the Soviet Union signed an armistice

1952 -- The US barred Charlie Chaplin from re-entering the country

1959 -- Khrushchev was barred from visiting Disneyland

1982 -- The first documented emoticons were posted to a university BBS by Scott Fahlman

1985 -- Thomas BowdlerTipper Gore and other political wives backed by Beachboy Mike Love and Joseph Coors formed the Parents Music Resource Center to try to effectively ban or otherwise control and restrict "bad music"

1991 –- Ötzi the Iceman was discovered in the Alps

2006 -- The Thai military staged a coup, revoked the Constitution and declared martial law

2010 -- The Deepwater Horizon leak was purportedly sealed

2019 –- A drone strike by the United States killed 30 civilian farmers in Afghanistan



Some people who were born on this day:

Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet.

~~ Sarah Louise Delany

1749 –- Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre, mathematician and astronomer
1759 –- William Kirby, priest and entomologist
1824 –- William Sellers, engineer, inventor, and businessperson, invented USS bolt, nut and threaded rod specification
1883 –- Mabel Vernon, educator and activist
1887 –- Lovie Austin, pianist, composer, and bandleader
1888 –- James Waddell Alexander II, mathematician and topologist
1889 –- Sarah Louise Delany, physician and author
1905 –- Judith Auer, World War II resistance fighter
1894 –- Rachel Field, author and poet
1909 -- Ferdinand (Ferry) Anton Ernst Porsche, engineer and businessman
1911 -- William Golding, author, poet, playwright
1913 –- Helen Ward, singer
1918 -- Pablita Velarde, a painter from the Santa Clara Pueblo
1920 -- Roger Angell, journalist and author
1921 –- Billy Ward, singer and songwriter
1922 -- Damon Knight, author and critic
1927 -- Helen Carter, singer
1927 -- Nick Massi, singer and bass player (
1930 -- Muhal Richard Abrams, pianist, composer, and educator
1931 -- Brook Benton, singer, songwriter and actor
1932 -- Mike Royko,journalist and author
1932 -- Stefanie Zweig,journalist and author
1933 -- Gilles Archambault, journalist and author
1936 –- Martin Fay, fiddler
1940 -- Bill Medley, singer and songwriter
1940 -- Sylvia Tyson, singer, songwriter and guitarist
1940 -- Paul Williams, singer, songwriter and actor
1941 -- Cass Elliot, singer
1942 -- Freda Payne, singer and actress
1945 -- David Bromberg, singer, songwriter and guitarist
1949 -- Barry Scheck, lawyer and co-founder of the Innocence Project
1955 -- Rex Smith, actor, singer, and guitarist
1952 –- Rhys Chatham, trumpet player, guitarist, and composer
1952 –- Henry Kaiser, guitarist and composer
1952 –- Nile Rodgers, guitarist, songwriter, and producer



Some people who died on this day:

Aristotle was famous for knowing everything. He taught that the brain exists merely to cool the blood and is not involved in the process of thinking. This is true only of certain persons.

~~ Will Cuppy

1692 –- Giles Corey, farmer and accused wizard pressed to death
1710 –- Ole Rømer, Dastronomer and instrument maker
1833 -- Mary Jemison, a frontierswoman captured and adopted by the Seneca who later chose to remain Seneca
1843 -- Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis, a mathematician, physicist, and engineer
1935 –- Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, scientist and engineer
1936 –- Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande, singer and musicologist
1942 –- Condé Montrose Nast, publisher, founded Condé Nast Publications
1949 -- Will Cuppy, a brilliant author and critic
1968 -- Red Foley, singer, songwriter and actor
1973 -- Gram Parsons, singer, songwriter and guitarist
1985 –- Italo Calvino, novelist, short story writer, and journalist
2003 -- Slim Dusty, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer
2004 -- Skeeter Davis, singer & songwriter
2006 -- Danny Flores, singer, songwriter and saxophonist
2008 –- Earl Palmer, drummer
2009 -- Arthur Ferrante, pianist, half of Ferrante & Teicher, masters of elevator music
2015 –- Jackie Collins, novelist



Some Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:

International Talk Like A Pirate Day




Today's Tunes


Talk like A Pirate (Jenny)



Helen Carter


Nick Massi


Brook Benton


Bill Medley


Sylvia Tyson


Paul Williams


Cass Elliot


Freda Payne


David Bromberg


Red Foley


Gram Parsons


Slim Dusty


Skeeter Davis


Danny Flores


Speaking of Pirates --





Ok, it's an open thread, so it's up to you folks now. So what's on your mind?


I won't be here when this posts

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I'm not much of an opera fan, but this episode is mildly entertaining.

I am the very Model of a Modern Major General - Pirates of Penzance (1983)
The Pirates of Penzance is a comic opera from 1879 by Gilbert & Sullivan. This clip is from the 1983 film adaptation of the opera, starring the cast of the Broadway production:

Major General Stanley - George Rose
The Pirate King - Kevin Kline
Frederic - Rex Smith
Mabel - Linda Ronstadt

The Corey and Jemison stories were interesting.

Hope you all have a good day, and thanks for the OT.

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”


As in the Jamestown, wizard hunt and naturalized Genesee woman stories. How much of history
is modified to present a white-washed version?

Hoping EL enjoys their excursion!


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Another take on the pirate profession.
edited to add...
As the great Balzac said; "Behind every great fortune there is a pirate crime.

Thanks for the OT, have a good one.

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The World Economic Forum has praised the “billions” of people around the world who complied with draconian Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, before claiming the same people will comply with social-credit schemes including carbon allowances.

In an article titled ‘My Carbon’: An approach for inclusive and sustainable cities’ by Mridul Kaushik, the WEF admit that Covid-19 lockdowns were a “test.”

I never voted for any of the guys and gals in that evil organization nor did I vote for the people who trying to implement their plan. Destroying the working guts of America should be considered treason especially because the government is working against the people they’re hired to represent.

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Which AIPAC/MIC/pharma/bank bought politician are you going to vote for? Don’t be surprised when nothing changes.


the pols we 'elect' are not running the show at all. They are quite fat and happy to let the
rulers dictate their positions and none of the so called rulers do we have the option to vote
for or against. We can scream and protest about our needs and priorities, but it comes to
naught. The contrived hot button issues - race, gender, R vs. D, religion etc. are only used
to distract us from this notion.

Thanks for commenting!

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the pols we 'elect' are not running the show at all.

And very few have spilled the beans on it. Massie did when he said that congress doesn’t write their own bills anymore, but gets them handed to them from lobbyists and that Pelosi guard dawgs the house from debating the bills. How many times have we read that congress got a 5,000 page bill with only hours to read it? The reason more aren’t speaking up about it is that they are getting paid too much not to. Congress legalized bribery the same way they legalized insider trading.

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Which AIPAC/MIC/pharma/bank bought politician are you going to vote for? Don’t be surprised when nothing changes.

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What makes you so certain it started with Disney?

most of todays pirates are not mariners but bankers, brokers, realtors and such and certainly don't use locutions such as ARRRRR.

Be great if they did, though....

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In the Land of the Blind, the One-Eyed Man is declared mentally ill for describing colors.

Yes Virginia, there is a Global Banking Conspiracy!