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U.S. court declares Sea Shepherd a ‘pirate’ group

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

“You don’t need a peg leg or an eye patch,” begins Judge Alex Kozinski, launching into a scathing ruling against Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which the judge calls a “pirate” organization.

Kozinski, chief judge for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, concluded in a ruling today that U.S. District Judge Richard Jones had made “numerous, serious and obvious errors” when he declined to issue an injunction against Sea Shepherd for its high-seas battle against Japanese whalers.

The three-judge panel ordered that the case be removed from Jones’ jurisdiction and turned over to another Seattle district judge drawn at random.

Meanwhile, the Institute of Cetacean Research — the Japanese whaling organization — continues its effort to get a contempt-of-court citation issued against Sea Shepherd, which has increased its efforts to disrupt Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean.

Sea Shepherd remains under a U.S. Court of Appeals injunction, which requires that the organization’s ships operate safely and stay 500 yards away from the Japanese vessels.

I’ll provide an update on Sea Shepherd’s activities in a separate blog post, but let me first tell you more about Kozinski’s ruling (PDF 238 kb), which finds nothing commendable about any of Sea Shepherd’s actions.

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Amusing Monday: It’s ‘Talk Like a Pirate Day’ today

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Shiver me timbers! It’s that time of year again. A special day to talk like a pirate.

We be plunderin’ the Internet for amusing scraps on this International Talk Like a Pirate Day. If ye want to know how this special day came to be, heave ho and go back to “Watching Our Water Ways” from last year, or visit the official website of the scurvy dogs who started it all.

This year, I be offering ye some video treasure, songs and such. Patrick Penzance kicks up a yarn in the video player on this page. And the videos below should bring ye round to the spirit of the event.

What You Ought to Know

The Five A’s from the pirate guys

‘Talk Like a Pirate Day’ song

I be wishin’ that “Freaking News” would continue the Photoshop theme “If pirates ruled the world,” with well-known folks dressed as pirates. But here be some galleries of images submitted in the past:

Gallery 1, 2007
Gallery 2, 2008
Gallery 3, 2009


Amusing Monday: Sunday is ‘Talk Like a Pirate Day’

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Shiver me timbers and avast you landlubbers!

“Talk Like a Pirate Day” is almost here. It will be this Sunday, Sept. 19. All folks, good and bad, are called on to, well, talk like a pirate for a day.

Strangely enough, this international event started out with a couple of guys — John “Ol’ Chumbucket” Baur and Mark “Cap’n Slappy” Summers joking around while playing racquetball. They started poking fun and encouraging each other in pirate lingo. The two celebrated the annual occasion of talking like pirates somewhat quietly among friends for seven years until 2002, when they sent the idea to syndicated columnist Dave Barry, who made it an international event.

So now these two guys have a website, TalkLikeaPirate.com, which has grown through the years and includes tips and all manner of fun and games.

There’s also the official “International Talk Like a Pirate Fan Page” on Facebook, and I’m sure this crazy idea has started producing some major booty for them and a good number of other folks who have jumped aboard the Jolly Roger. I’ll leave you to investigate these treasures on your own.

In the spirit of Amusing Monday, I’d like to share with you this video about Robot Pirates, which I found amusing, though it probably has nothing to do with Talk Like a Pirate Day.

But the event was clearly being celebrated by Freaking News and a bunch of folks who created Photoshop images on the theme “If pirates ruled the world.” Most include some well-known people dressed as pirates in various situations, which I think you’ll find amusing. Since the contest has been going on several years, there are a lot of photos, organized here in galleries:

Gallery 1, 2007
Gallery 2, 2008
Gallery 3, 2009


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