GOP Congressman to the president: Today is TALK like a pirate day, not ACT like one

posted at 7:30 pm on September 19, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Thanks to a couple of obscure fellows named Mark and John who decided using pirate lingo made playing racquetball more fun — and even more thanks to humor columnist Dave Barry who made their antics national news, Sept. 19 (that’s today!) has been “International Talk Like a Pirate Day” since 2002.

No doubt Dave Barry himself would be pleased Barry Obama decided to play along and announce a spectacular tax plan on Sept. 19, of all dates. But so far, the only person who seems to have caught the irony is Republican Rep. Dennis Ross of Florida who today suggested maybe the president doesn’t quite understand the holiday, even though it looks as though he’s captured the spirit of it.

“Perhaps the Pres misunderstood,” Ross tweeted. “It is TALK like a pirate day…not ACT like one. Watch ye purses & bury yr loot, the taxman cometh.” Then, just to be sure followers knew he meant it good-naturedly, he added the hashtag #humor.

Ross’ comment comes across as light-hearted and funny to me, but, just to be clear, neither Ross nor I are accusing the president of actual piracy. That would be in very poor form because, as the founders of this national holiday put it, “Pirates were and are bad people. Really reprehensible. Even the most casual exploration of the history of pirates … leaves you hip deep in blood and barbarity. We recognize this, all right? We aren’t for one minute suggesting that real, honest-to-God pirates were in any way, shape or form worth emulating.” Similarly, I’m not for one minute suggesting that the president has kept pace with piratical plundering. His proposals might be reprehensible, but they’re neither violent nor illegal. Just redistributive on a grand scale.

Mostly, I’m just wishing the president would have thrown a few pirate phrases into his deficit reduction speech. It sure would have been more enjoyable to listen to.

Instead, viewers had to watch Obama say brazenly, “This is not class warfare,” and try not to snort with scorn and derision nor to cry from sheer frustration. This is not class warfare? Note that, in all his talk of the rich needing to “pay their fair share,” the president never once mentioned the 46 percent of Americans who pay no income tax at all. If this is not class warfare, then Sept. 19 is not Talk Like a Pirate Day, after all — and then won’t Mark and John be devastated?

 


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Queen Moochelle’s Revenge.

SouthernGent on September 19, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Arrrg… Truer words were never spoken matye…

sandee on September 19, 2011 at 7:33 PM

Arrr this not be class warfare…certain it’s not !!

moc23 on September 19, 2011 at 7:35 PM

This is not class warfare, but we will only tax more on those making a certain level of income.

WitchDoctor on September 19, 2011 at 7:35 PM

May his parrot poop on his shoulder.

Drained Brain on September 19, 2011 at 7:37 PM

Can we have an “Act Like a President” day? Could it be some day soon?

Paul-Cincy on September 19, 2011 at 7:38 PM

Article 1 Section 9: “The Congress shall have Power To… define and punish Piracies…”

Akzed on September 19, 2011 at 7:38 PM

I am reminded of the Pirates’ toast, from Pirates of the Caribean;

Take what ye will!
Give nothing back!

Fitting, indeed.
Savvy?

massrighty on September 19, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Section 8.

Shiver me timbers.

Akzed on September 19, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Arrrrr!

dont taze me bro on September 19, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Yo,ho,blow the man down!

katy the mean old lady on September 19, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Re: his recent proposal – Bohner should send this reply:

I’m disinclined to acquiesce to your request.
(Means no!)

massrighty on September 19, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Some charts to keep handy for those who argue about “fairness” in the progressive tax system:
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/277652/progressive-income-tax-veronique-de-rugy

onlineanalyst on September 19, 2011 at 7:41 PM

Ross’ comment comes across as light-hearted and funny to me, but, just to be clear, neither Ross nor I are accusing the president of actual piracy. That would be in very poor form because, as the founders of this national holiday put it, “Pirates were and are bad people. Really reprehensible. Even the most casual exploration of the history of pirates … leaves you hip deep in blood and barbarity. We recognize this, all right? We aren’t for one minute suggesting that real, honest-to-God pirates were in any way, shape or form worth emulating.” Similarly, I’m not for one minute suggesting that the president has kept pace with piratical plundering. His proposals might be reprehensible, but they’re neither violent nor illegal. Just redistributive on a grand scale.

Why do you people go out of your way to do this? If people can’t get the joke (on talk like a pirate day), that’s their problem.

lorien1973 on September 19, 2011 at 7:41 PM

Why do you people go out of your way to do this? If people can’t get the joke (on talk like a pirate day), that’s their problem.

lorien1973 on September 19, 2011 at 7:41 PM

So we don’t have to see ernesto,bayam and crr6 whining?

katy the mean old lady on September 19, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Tina must be treading lightly before she is turned in to the brown shirts at ATTTTTTTACK WAAAAAAATCH!!!

onlineanalyst on September 19, 2011 at 7:46 PM

So we don’t have to see ernesto,bayam and crr6 whining?

katy the mean old lady on September 19, 2011 at 7:44 PM

They’ll whine either way. Why legitimize it.

lorien1973 on September 19, 2011 at 7:46 PM

Awwwwk! 12.5 percent!

RedMindBlueState on September 19, 2011 at 7:46 PM

here’s my favorite line

And I will veto any bill that changes benefits for those who rely on Medicare but does not raise serious revenues by asking the wealthiest Americans or biggest corporations to pay their fair share.

so, he’s ok with reducing medicare and increasing taxes? Well, good champ, that makes for more money he can spread to his cronies

r keller on September 19, 2011 at 7:48 PM

Just as long as no one here describes giving their woman a “Dirty Pirate”, I’m ok with this.

Lorien…I’m looking at you. o_o

Bishop on September 19, 2011 at 7:48 PM

Speaking of ‘pirates’… All current and former Chicagoans sing along!

annoyinglittletwerp on September 19, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Why do you people go out of your way to do this? If people can’t get the joke (on talk like a pirate day), that’s their problem.

lorien1973 on September 19, 2011 at 7:41 PM

That’s exactly my thought. This political correctness inserted into humor is both unattractive, and – completely spoils the joke.

It’s like trying to explain a punch line – even after people got the joke. Just kills the fun of it and leaves you thinking … WTF?

I would just say – look, if you feel like you need to have “massage” someone else’s feelings … then perhaps you should allow someone else to tell the joke?

HondaV65 on September 19, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Just as long as no one here describes giving their woman a “Dirty Pirate”, I’m ok with this.

Lorien…I’m looking at you. o_o

Bishop on September 19, 2011 at 7:48 PM

Nope, don’t even want to know.

katy the mean old lady on September 19, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Ataaaarrrrrrrk Waaaarrrrrtch!

fossten on September 19, 2011 at 7:51 PM

onlineanalyst on September 19, 2011 at 7:46 PM

I’m denouncing turning YOU in for mocking the President most fine and noble vigilant citizens group.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 19, 2011 at 7:52 PM

The Plan
===========

Living Within Our Means and Investing In The Future

The Presidents Plan For Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction
Spetember 11 2011-(PDF)
************************

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/budget/fy2012/assets/jointcommitteereport.pdf

canopfor on September 19, 2011 at 7:53 PM

arrrrrr, this is not class warfare matey…

phreshone on September 19, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Nope, don’t even want to know.

katy the mean old lady on September 19, 2011 at 7:51 PM

You googled it. You just won’t admit it.

lorien1973 on September 19, 2011 at 7:55 PM

No, no, he said Obama IS a pirate and should be made to walk the plank!
/everyone who misquotes Perry’s actual treason statement

John the Libertarian on September 19, 2011 at 7:55 PM

HondaV65 on September 19, 2011 at 7:49 PM

I would go one step further and correct Miss Tina. Obama is a very bad person and is reprehensible. Look at his actions and tell me he means well. Hugo Chavez is his alter ego and he just can’t figure out a way to make it work in the US—-but the mofo is certainly trying hard.

arnold ziffel on September 19, 2011 at 7:56 PM

obama to walk the plank in about 14 months.

Electrongod on September 19, 2011 at 7:56 PM

Bwahahaha.

nickj116 on September 19, 2011 at 7:56 PM

You googled it. You just won’t admit it.

lorien1973 on September 19, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Nah, at my age there are things you live without knowing.

katy the mean old lady on September 19, 2011 at 7:57 PM

Oops,Hopey The Pirate strikes again!

Obama erases oil tax breaks in deficit plan
09/19/11 12:25 PM ET
*********************************************

President Obama is reviving his battle to kill oil-and-gas industry tax breaks and seeking billions of dollars in other energy-related revenues as part of his wider deficit-cutting and jobs proposals.

http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/677-e2-wire/182333-obama-revives-oil-tax-fight-in-deficit-and-jobs-plan

canopfor on September 19, 2011 at 7:57 PM

obama to walk the plank in about 14 months.

Electrongod on September 19, 2011 at 7:56 PM

Electrongod:Followed by, a Keel-Hauling!:)

canopfor on September 19, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Disgusting video of the day

Welcome to OBamaLand

Key West Reader on September 19, 2011 at 8:01 PM

Shiver me timbers but if’n that long-shanked landlubber of a CIC were a pirate for true the rest o’ th’ crew would be for handin’ him the black spot fer hornswaggling us all. His next landin’ wouldn’t be Bali. He’d be touring Davy Jone’s Locker.

Lily on September 19, 2011 at 8:02 PM

Disgusting video of the day

Welcome to OBamaLand

Key West Reader on September 19, 2011 at 8:01 PM

WARNING! VERY BAD LANGUAGE.

Key West Reader on September 19, 2011 at 8:03 PM

“Pirates were and are bad people. Really reprehensible. Even the most casual exploration of the history of pirates … leaves you hip deep in blood and barbarity. We recognize this, all right? We aren’t for one minute suggesting that real, honest-to-God pirates were in any way, shape or form worth emulating.”

Ah, but Privateers were Patriots.

Fallon on September 19, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Nah, at my age there are things you live without knowing.
katy the mean old lady on September 19, 2011 at 7:57 PM

Knowledge is good.

Bishop on September 19, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Speaking of Pirates,the Monty Python crew,in,

Yellowbeard part1 -1983 Cheech and Chong.avi
(Part 1)
************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXDmJZzNxF0

canopfor on September 19, 2011 at 8:04 PM

man is the lsm spinning for dear leader tonight…dear leader has the bestest ideas and those evil gop won’t COMPROMISE with him…

cmsinaz on September 19, 2011 at 8:07 PM

WARNING! VERY BAD LANGUAGE.

Key West Reader on September 19, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Key West Reader:Talk about a slam on Obama,from the Hippity
Hippity Hop,African Americans,btw,I posted the
linky,on another thread!:)
=============================================
In honour of Obama’s policies,theres a new song out,on Drudge,

YOUTUBE HIT: SONG CELEBRATES WELFARE CARD!

**WARNING CONTAINS GRAPHIC LANGUAGE**

Raw Video ” MY EBT ” by @MREBT ( OFFICAL VIDEO )
*************************************************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o64Fz-KW1Dk

canopfor on September 19, 2011 at 7:32 PM

canopfor on September 19, 2011 at 8:08 PM

“Pirates were and are bad people. Really reprehensible. Even the most casual exploration of the history of pirates … leaves you hip deep in blood and barbarity. We recognize this, all right? We aren’t for one minute suggesting that real, honest-to-God pirates were in any way, shape or form worth emulating.”

Actually, mostly not true. As we learned in the recent Wydah exhibit, pirates were quite a democratic and diverse society. Everyone was considered equal (including blacks and American natives), valued for their skills and hard work only, voluntarily signed up via contract, and received an equal share of the booty, going so far as to break up coins and jewelry in order to distribute it evenly. The captain was only senior during battle. They were also quite generous to captured crews.

They come out especially good when compared to the British Navy, where shanghai was common and conditions were barbaric. The ‘blood and barbarity’ was really just part of the times and not just the pervue of the pirates.

Whydah

Common Sense on September 19, 2011 at 8:09 PM

man is the lsm spinning for dear leader tonight…dear leader has the bestest ideas and those evil gop won’t COMPROMISE with him…

cmsinaz on September 19, 2011 at 8:07 PM

cmsinaz:Lol……bestest ideas:)

canopfor on September 19, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Should have finished by saying that the Obama Administration should more accurately be compared to the British Navy at the time, rather than the pirates.

Common Sense on September 19, 2011 at 8:10 PM

Instead, viewers had to watch Obama say

The Obama spoke today? Huh. Shame I missed it. /

txhsmom on September 19, 2011 at 8:16 PM

Arrrrr!

dont taze me bro on September 19, 2011 at 7:39 PM

dont taze me bro:Kudo’s for the image score,I forgot about
the young Obama,dressed as a pirate,good
recall!

canopfor on September 19, 2011 at 8:16 PM

canopfor on September 19, 2011 at 8:09 PM

tee hee :)

cmsinaz on September 19, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Obligatory.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX61PUZ3xkI

I could never get my M&A professor to show this in class….

RedMindBlueState on September 19, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Yo Ho (that’s you barry) !!

Tim_CA on September 19, 2011 at 8:21 PM

His proposals might be reprehensible, but they’re neither violent nor illegal.

It all depends on how you define violent.

chemman on September 19, 2011 at 8:25 PM

I’m not for one minute suggesting that the president has kept pace with piratical plundering.

Kept pace with? Certainly not.

His piratical plundering left historical pirates blushing at their amateurish accomplishments.

His proposals might be reprehensible, but they’re neither violent nor illegal.

Wow, where to begin; okay, I’ll give you simply “Fast and Furious” and we’ll call it a day, shall we?

Midas on September 19, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Why do you people go out of your way to do this? If people can’t get the joke (on talk like a pirate day), that’s their problem.

lorien1973 on September 19, 2011 at 7:41 PM

What freekin’ “joke”?

Osama Obama, the SCoaMF, exhibits many of the traits traditionally associated with pirates. He is amoral, greedy, ruthless and willing to steal from anyone who crosses his path.

Granted, pirates of old may have been more clever than the Traitor-in-Chief, more willing to engage in the hard labor that accompanied their thieving and probably far more trustworthy and likable in person, but I’d rate the Chicago Jesus more like to those old-time marauders of the sea than a patriotic, law-abiding American citizen.

In other words, I think it’s time for even Hot Air to admit that this man is no longer a joke, and that his foibles and felonies are no longer “funny” as Ed and the gang try to make some out to be.

For God’s sake, stop giving this man a free pass. On anything.

MrScribbler on September 19, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Earlier today, a pirate walked into a waterfront saloon. He had a ship’s wheel protruding from the button-fly of his pantaloons.

The baaaartender said, “Why ye be a-wearin’ yon ship’s wheel out o’ yer pantaloons, ye scalawag?”

The pirate replied, “The ship’s wheel be named Obama. It’s drivin’ me nuts!”

Maaark
p.s. happy Talk Like A Pirate Day!

CatchAll on September 19, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Here ya go. (Language)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNvbrRvQgmE&#t=8m55s

mrt721 on September 19, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Arrrrr!

dont taze me bro on September 19, 2011 at 7:39 PM

He started young, didn’t he?

Red State State of Mind on September 19, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Can we have an “Act Like a President” day? Could it be some day soon?

Until January 2013, that’s fantasy day :-(

skanter on September 19, 2011 at 9:19 PM

he wants to steal more money from US citizens than pirates ever dreamt of, aye he are a fark’n pirate, no doubt about it!

rgranger on September 19, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Today is TALK like a pirate day,

Jeez! What a lead in.

TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY (19th Sept.) DICTIONARY

By
Charles G. Waugh, Sandy Sibert, and Joseph Leff
(unless otherwise noted)

ALPHA PIRATE: Main man.
BEAUTIFUL PIRATE CAPTAIN: Davy Jones’ looker.
CANNONADES: Powder and shot.
COLD-BLOODED PIRATE: Long John Shiver.
CROSS A NATIVE AMERICAN WITH A PIRATE: Get an Eye-patchy. (Based on a Q&A from http://www.piratejokes.net/jokes/oneliners?pg=14)

CROSS PIRATES WITH ZUCCHINIS: Get squashbuckers. (Based on a Q&A from http://www.piratejokes.net/jokes/oneliners?pg=1)
IT HOLDS THE PIRATE’S PARROT ON: Poligrip®.
PIRATE: Wolf in ship’s clothing.
PIRATE ANTEATER: Aarrgh-vark.
PIRATE GHOST: Boo beard.

PIRATE HISTORIAN: Rogues’ scholar.
PIRATE PUKE: Pieces of ate. (Based on a Q&A from http://www.piratejokes.net/jokes/oneliners?pg=11)
PIRACY: (1) Shiplifting. (Based on a statement in Leopold Fechtner, comp., A Crazy Dictionary with 6000 Definitions, 1999, pg. 159)
(2) Skull-thuggery.
PIRATE SHIP: Thugboat. (Variation of a statement in Dominic Procoplo)

PIRATE UNION FEES: An arm and a leg. . (Based on a Q&A from http://www.piratejokes.net/jokes/oneliners?pg=3)
PIRATE’S CHILD: Anchor baby.
PIRATES’ MARIHUANA: Sea weed. (Based on a Q&A from http://www.piratejokes.net/jokes/oneliners?pg=3)
PIRATE’S SLANG: Arrgh!-ot.
VERY YOUNG PIRATE: Brigand teen.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on September 19, 2011 at 9:24 PM

His proposals might be reprehensible, but they’re neither violent nor illegal.

Sorry, Tina. SOME of his proposals may not be violent and Some may not be illegal, but there are quite a few of his ACTIONS are both violent AND illegal.

Gunwalker, Gangwalker and the ‘Arab Spring’ immediately come to mind. The way he gives ‘stimulus money’ to unions and Dems and condones violence from the same. Just because there is no one with the guts to do anything about it, doesn’t mean that what the Bamster is doing isn’t illegal.

Sporty1946 on September 19, 2011 at 9:35 PM

canopfor on September 19, 2011 at 8:09 PM
tee hee :)

cmsinaz on September 19, 2011 at 8:17 PM

cmsinaz:–:)

canopfor on September 19, 2011 at 11:52 PM

All the pirate booty taken in history doesn’t come close to what Obama is planning on taking with his “jobs bill.” And yes, Obama isn’t violent but then again most pirates weren’t either (if they could help it). That is, if their victims didn’t fight back they usually wheren’t harmed. Harming your victims was a bad business model in the piracy game because the next ship robbed might decide it had nothing to lose and fight. Fighting, even winning, ment taking casualties and they were in it for the loot, not the fight.

Fred 2 on September 20, 2011 at 1:48 AM

I can understand wanting to maintain an air of professionalism and the desire to distance yourself from the “extremes” of the right side of the political spectrum, Tina, but damn, girl! All that convoluted verbiage just says “I’m scared”. You may think you’re walking on eggshells, but remember whose eggshells they are. Stomp on em!

Extrafishy on September 20, 2011 at 6:53 AM

Was yesterday Talk like a Pirate Day again?? I missed it! That is one of my favorite holidays.

jeffn21 on September 20, 2011 at 8:45 AM

I never heard a pirate talk.

Herb on September 20, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Obama say brazenly, “This is not class warfare,” and try not to snort with scorn and derision nor to cry from sheer frustration.

Is that the way a pirate talks?

Herb on September 20, 2011 at 11:31 AM

In case this thread is be not dead yet, arrgh:

Q. How much did the pirate pay to have his ears pierced?
A. A buck an ear!

:-D

Mary in LA on September 22, 2011 at 6:53 PM