Watching this crop of ‘hippies’ protesting whatever it is they are protesting has led me once again down memory lane.
Follow along if you will?
Until 1951 the US Navy was governed by the Articles for the Government of the United States Navy, also known as Rocks and Shoals for this bit:
The punishment of death, or such other punishment as a court martial may adjudge, may be inflicted on any person in the naval service —
10. Or intentionally or willfully suffers any vessel of the Navy to be stranded, or run upon rocks or shoals, or improperly hazarded or maliciously or willfully injures any vessel of the Navy, or any part of her tackle, armament, or equipment, whereby the safety the vessel is hazarded or the lives of the crew exposed to danger.
When I was in (64-69) Rocks and Shoals was discussed freely by the old timers.
At least as late as the ’60s corporal punishment was used in schools (and yes, I know from my own experience) . Even my grandmother favored a willow switch to get my attention on occasion.
I gotta wonder if this lot of occupiers has EVER been held responsible for their actions?
Me… rather taking a swing at ’em, I’m considering finding a willow switch and putting them, one at time, across my knee.