Nemo me impune lacessit

No one provokes me with impunity


No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

Article 1, Section 9, Constitution of the United States

If this is the law of the land...why in a republic (little r) and as republicans, do we allow mere POLITICIANS to the right to use a "title of office" for the rest of their lives as if it were de facto a patent of nobility. Because, as republicans, this should NOT be the case...just saying...

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Port of Call, Pt 2

Here are some photographs I took of 2 ships of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force here in Baltimore's Inner Harbour.

Here's a bow on shot of the DDG

Close up of the  Bridge and forcastle

Both vessels...DDG on the right and an FFG (the Japanese class it as a Destroyer Escourt [DE])

DD-125 Sawayuki (it's the equivalent of an FFG)

Otobreda 76 mm guns

quad Harpoon SSM launcher mounted above a
Type 68 triple 324 mm (12.8 in) torpedo tubes

ASROC anti-submarine rocket octuple launcher mounted on the stern of the FFG

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