ahonoriag  asked:

Would it be alright if you told us more about lies the Sons of Liberty told?

Yes indeed @ahonoriag. The Sons, led by Sam Adams, ran a series of articles known variously as the Journal of Occurrences, the Journal of the Times and the Journal of the Transactions in Boston, among other names. They reported, supposedly, on the misdemeanors of the British Army and government in Boston between 1768 and 1769. The passage below is typical of the sorts of tales they recounted:

A married woman living in Long Name, returning home in the night, was seized by the neck and almost strangled [by a soldier], she was then thrown upon the ground, and treated with great indecencies: Another woman at New Boston was rudely handled. Mr. N-w-l of Needham, passing near the town gates, was struck with a musket and without the least provocation, received another stroke from a drunk guard, which stunned him. 

The thing is almost none of these stories were verifiable or, indeed, appear in other literature. The Journal itself wasn’t produced in Boston, but in New York, and the reports were almost always of “events” that had happened many weeks before. To quote Thomas Leonard, “in these reports of daily outrages there was rarely a name or address… dates for the incidents gave a false appearance of documentation… the “Journal” was first published outside of Boston, where readers had no way to check the accounts… the source was usually hearsay.” The objective of the Son’s rumour-mongering was to “portray all things British as the embodiment of evil” and heighten tensions in Boston between the Army and the townsfolk. Of course, there were incidents of ill behaviour on the part of the military, but it was nowhere near to the extent made up in the Journal’s scandal-reports. On a similar note, and contrary to popular legend, British troops weren’t quartered en-masse upon the people of Boston, and nor did they conduct punitive raids or snatch operations on known dissenters. Ultimately the Journal "put revolutionary ideology into language ordinary people could understand, distilling the grand notions of democratic revolution into dramatic stories of corruption and abuse of power.“ The deliberate raising of tensions by the Sons led directly to the shootings of March 5th 1770. 


Their arguing is interrupted by the appearance of a new unfamiliar woman, who is absolutely bewildered at catching two seemingly mature adults yelling at each other at the top of their lungs.

Milena: And who the hell are you?

The newcomer raises one eye but does not respond to the question.

-This is 330 Oak Grove Road, correct? Because the cab driver brought me here and said this was the place.

Milena huffs at the new arrival, which does not seem to phase the woman in the least. Bernardo understands that this must be another parent visiting.

Bernardo: My apologies for our behavior. You must be Akemi’s mother, right? I can see she definitely takes after you.

He makes his way toward the newcomer, who is wonderfully calm under the circumstances. 

Bernardo: I’m Bernardo, Miles’s uncle. This there is Milena, Marwick’s mother. I don’t know if any of the names mean anything to you.

-Oh, they do! Akemi has told me so many things about her roommates. Mostly good things, of course! I’m Hina, by the way. Say, you look pretty familiar. Aren’t you the singer Bernardhaus?

Bernardo: Guilty as charged! It’s a surprise to be recognized here.

Hina: Oh, my closest friend in Bridgeport is a huge fan of yours. She would practically disown me if I failed to recognize her biggest idol. But speaking of my daughter, where is she? I know she works late quite often, but I thought she had an early shift today.

Milena, still looking warily at the parrot, who is now flying his rounds around the room, chokes: Late shift! What kind of low-life persons are sharing my sons accommodations!

The glare Hina shoots at Milena could rival that of Medusa.

Hina: Milena, dear, if you ever utter another questionable thing about my daughter or anyone else here, I will make it my personal duty to haul your skeletal self to the airport and force you on the first plane out of this city. Is that clear?

Milena shuts up, shocked. 

Bernardo is victorious. Looks like he is not the only “adult in charge” any longer. Hina’s arrival could be a very good thing, indeed.

Bernardo: Akemi is probably wherever Faye is, and I’m sure they’ll be home soon. But in the meanwhile, I’m sure everyone is very hungry. I can heat up some leftover omelette, if that is alright?

Milena just huffs while Hina smiles and nods

-Than would be lovely.


Injustice 2 Comic Con Trailer

Warner Bros. and NetherRealm have released a new trailer for Comic Con that reveals two new characters, Wonder Woman and Blue Beetle.

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