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    How Patriots Day Began for Boston

    About this time of day in 1775 Paul Revere & William Dawes, along with other messengers, began to prepare to ride the roads out of Boston with a warning.

    This song is to commemorate that event.

    “We had been hopelessly labouring to plough waste lands; to make nationality grow in a place full of the certainty of God… Among the tribes our creed could be only like the desert grass – a beautiful swift seeming of spring; which, after a day’s heat, fell dusty.”
    ― T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph

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    What? No mention of his spurs?

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    Well, Steve's not a native....

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    I send this as a satirical news article every now and then, still gets people's attention:

    "Boston - National Guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently
    banned assault weapons were ambushed by elements of a Para-military
    extremist faction. Military and law enforcement sources estimate that 72
    were killed and more than 200 injured before government forces were
    compelled to withdraw.

    Speaking after the clash, Massachusetts Governor Thomas Gage declared that
    the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the
    radical right-wing tax protest movement.

    Gage blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism directed
    against internal revenue offices. The governor, who described the group's
    organizers as "criminals," issued an executive order authorizing the summary
    arrest of any individual who has interfered with the government's efforts to
    secure law and order.

    The military raid on the extremist arsenal followed wide-spread refusal by
    the local citizenry to turn over recently outlawed assault weapons.

    Gage issued a ban on military-style assault weapons and ammunition earlier
    in the week. This decision followed a meeting in early this month between
    government and military leaders at which the governor authorized the
    forcible confiscation of illegal arms.

    One government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, pointed out
    that "none of these people would have been killed had the extremists obeyed
    the law and turned over their weapons voluntarily."

    Government troops initially succeeded in confiscating a large supply of
    outlawed weapons and ammunition. However, troops attempting to seize arms
    and ammunition in Lexington met with resistance from heavily-armed
    extremists who had been tipped off regarding the government's plans.

    During a tense standoff in the Lexington town park, National Guard Colonel
    Francis Smith, commander of the government operation, ordered the armed
    group to surrender and return to their homes. The impasse was broken by a
    single shot, which was reportedly fired by one of the right-wing extremists.

    Eight civilians were killed in the ensuing exchange.

    Ironically, the local citizenry blamed government forces rather than the
    extremists for the civilian deaths. Before order could be restored, armed
    citizens from surrounding areas had descended upon the guard units. Colonel
    Smith, finding his forces over matched by the armed mob, ordered a retreat.

    Governor Gage has called upon citizens to support the state/national joint
    task force in its effort to restore law and order. The governor also
    demanded the surrender of those responsible for planning and leading the
    attack against the government troops.

    Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock, who have been identified as
    "ringleaders" of the extremist faction, remain at large.

    And this fellow Americans, is how the American Revolution began, April 20,
    1775.

    On July 4th, 1776 these same extremists signed the Declaration of
    Independence, pledging to each other and their countrymen their lives,
    fortunes, and sacred honor. Many of them lost everything, including their
    families and their lives over the course of the next few years.

    Lest we forget."


    Sigh - back when Boston was truly strong - as opposed to the sheep filled city we now call "Boston Wrong".
    "Bother", said Poo, chambering another round.

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    Sorry Tuna...I don't share your opinion of my hometown.
    “We had been hopelessly labouring to plough waste lands; to make nationality grow in a place full of the certainty of God… Among the tribes our creed could be only like the desert grass – a beautiful swift seeming of spring; which, after a day’s heat, fell dusty.”
    ― T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albany Rifles View Post
    Sorry Tuna...I don't share your opinion of my hometown.

    Well, I'm from Western Mass, and have to admit I've never liked the city or the politicians who ruin the rest of the state. The actions lately, especially after last year's marathon, haven't made me any more of a fan.

    We'll just disagree on this point.
    "Bother", said Poo, chambering another round.

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    Go Habs!

    Though I am prepared to buy Buck his victory beer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Officer of Engineers View Post
    Go Habs!

    Though I am prepared to buy Buck his victory beer.
    Dear Colonel,

    As we Massholes say....GFY! And Fuck the Habs too!!!

    And as much as I hate saying this....Go Rangers!
    “We had been hopelessly labouring to plough waste lands; to make nationality grow in a place full of the certainty of God… Among the tribes our creed could be only like the desert grass – a beautiful swift seeming of spring; which, after a day’s heat, fell dusty.”
    ― T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph

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