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Last evening there was an intense discussion on the TV News shows by the various pundits about the proposal by the current White House Administration.  It was regarding the FCC placing "monitors" in the nations media outlets to assess the policies of the newspapers and TV stations on the news et cetera.  It seems to be a pointless exercise apart from being illegal since everything the Media does and says is fully published.  It is further appalling because the FCC has nothing to do with the publishing of newspapers and secondly there is The Constitution.  Quoting in part from the Amendment I: 

 ".....or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press..."

and again in part from the Amendment  IV.

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause supported by Oath or affirmation......."

With a former law professor as our President it is quite unbelievable that such an idea is even mentioned let alone proposed.  For this current administration The Constitution seems to be a troubling document to be ignored and twisted when it suits them.  The behaviour of the President is in complete violation of his oath of office to support and defend The Constitution of the United States.

On March 07, 1973 an event of the greatest importance took place in our family when NAUTICAL LOG became a citizen of the United States of America.  It was because of The Constitution that one wanted to become a Citizen with all its guarantees of the Bill of Rights a dream in most other nations.  Countries which may have said they had those same guarantees but had not written them down and published them for the world to see, the United Kingdom does not have a written constitution the last being the Magna Carta.  So it is with shock that one heard this discussion last evening to create media spies in the form of FCC News Police. 

It is rather naive to criticise the autocratic behavior of President Vladimir Putin when we have the same autocratic behavior from our own President of the United States of America.


It seems the current administration is not the only group afraid of free speech.  This morning NAUTICAL LOG got a warning from both Windows® and Microsoft® that there were Trojan and Malware attacks on my computer and these had been traced back to Sea Shepherd supporters.  One supposes these are in revenge for our criticism of their activities.  Very few blogs  these days address the behavior of the SSCS but we shall continue to do so when the occasion demands.  Without a free press a nation slowly throttles to its death - look around the world news this morning for some prime examples.

Good Watch.


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Should you be interested in the full explanation of this phenomenon then you might like to reference "Old Salt Blog" which has an excellent explanation of this event and uses all the correct terms - quite unlike our Media here in South Florida.

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The older vessels saw unbelievable service and value for money the first being commissioned in 1979 and continued through the '80's and 90's into the 21st. Century.  During those years in addition to patrolling the stormy seas around the rugged Irish coast they made passages across the Western Ocean to the United States and Canada, south to South America as far as Argentina, and east to Asia as far as Korea.  Such passages are really remarkable for such small vessels and show the competence of Irish seafarers who as Naval Officers and Merchant Marine Officers train together.

Good Watch.