Archive for March, 2014

Today, 220 years ago, Congress passed the Naval Act of 1794 which authorized the creation of 6 ships to constitute a Naval fleet for the protection of US interests.  In particular they were to protect against the Barbary “pirates” who were harassing merchant shipping in the Mediterranean and eastern Atlantic oceans.   The Barbary Pirates actually were state sponsored privateers who would attack and capture ships of almost any nation, selling off the cargo, and often selling the captured men into slavery.

While the Act provides that if peace is reached with Algiers (one of the city-states on the Barbary Coast) that all funding for the ships would stop, in the end it did not.  Indeed, conflict with the Barbary coast states would go on and eventually result in war. Did you know that the first declared war by the United States of America was against a bunch of Muslims in North Africa?  A little something the text books leave out now of days.

These six ships; the Chesapeake, Constitution, President, United States, Congress and Constellation, would go to form the backbone of what would become a permanent naval fleet for the United States of America. They would all see action from a quasi-war with France, to the First (and Second) Barbary Wars, to the war of 1812.

While my current historical studies have taken me elsewhere, my love for Naval History always will be strong. On this the anniversary of a the creation of a permanent navy, I remember the heroes of centuries past, who would establish the grand tradition that is the United States Navy.


Consider this story out of Oregon

Woman Holds Burglar at Gun Point for 23 minutes until Police Arrive

Many gun control proponents are against laws that are commonly referred to as “Castle Doctrine” or “Stand Your Ground”.  Indeed, some would argue that in situations like this you either escape the house, or hide, and call for police.  After all, the police are trained for stopping bad guys, people are not.

However please notice how long it took for police to arrive.  It is a simple fact of logistics that police cannot be everywhere at every second of the day.  Most municipalities have only so many Law Enforcement Officers who can respond to a call at any given time.  In small communities, sometimes there is only 1 or 2 officers on duty at some hours of the day.  If they already are on a call(s), there may be a long wait for help to arrive.

This is one of the bedrock reasons that I believe every “responsible” family, should have a firearm in the house for protection (Please note I said responsible, if you want me to parse that out for you I will but I hope the people reading this are intelligent enough to know what I am meaning).  Telling a people to hide in their homes, and hope that help arrives in time is not a decent way to live.  A free society includes the freedom to protect oneself, your loved ones, and yes even your property.

It does not take much to ponder as to what would have happened if this woman was not armed.  We see it in the news all the time.  At best, the burglar thought the house was empty and runs when he hears someone.  More likely, this woman would have been physically (and maybe even sexually) assaulted.  A lot can happen in 23 minutes.  Thank goodness this woman had the ability to protect herself.  Thank goodness for firearms in the home.

Consider this story out of Iraq.

Iraqi Bill Would Allow 9-years Old Girls to Marry

It does not matter if this is a cultural or religious practice, this is demonic, this is evil.

However I will say, considering the history of the patriarch of Islam, Mohammad himself, this does not surprise me.  Historical records show that Mohammad married and consummated the marriage (aka raped) with a girl who was only 6 years old.  Pedophila has been apart of Islam for as long as it existed.  I am not talking about the morally ambiguous history of teens as young as 14-15 marrying which has happened even here in this Country (especially when life expectancy was barely into the 50’s for men and women).  I am talking about pre-teen sexual relations.  The only “main stream” religion that has regularly supported and practiced this is Islam.

It is good that some within Islam are recognizing that this is wrong, but there needs to be so much more resistance to this evil.  More so than resistance against islamic terrorists, more so than even “basic” rights for “adult” women.  These little girls need to be protected, and frankly, anyone who has sex with kids this young needs to have a bullet placed through their head.  No trial, no appeals, no hope for a future life.  Bullet thorough the head.