The US government is hiding behind the excuse of wanting to eliminate ISIS and other violent regimes to act as one itself and murder and break hell on thousands of innocent men, women and children and the fact that some of you are such patriotic nationalists to the point where you see sense and reason in that is beyond inhumane and disgusting
The Defensive Play that changes Super Bowl History
New England Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower changed the momentum.
Hightower sacked Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, causing him to fumble. New England defensive tackle Alan Branch recovered the loose football at the Atlanta 25-yard line with the Patriots down by 16 points with 8:24 left in the game giving Tom Brady the chance to comeback.
The turnover set up a touchdown and sparked the Patriots to tie the game, leading to a 34-28 overtime victory in Super Bowl LI.
“I thought Hightower’s sack was a huge play for us,” New England coach Bill Belichick said. “We really needed that.”
Two years ago, Hightower stopped Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch at the New England 1-yard line with about one minute to play in Super Bowl XLIX. On the next snap, cornerback Malcolm Butler intercepted a pass, and the Patriots had a 28-24 victory over the Seahawks in the NFL championship game for the 2014 season.
Summary: Sammie and Chris go to the Super Bowl. Sammie experiences fanboy Chris at his finest.
Warnings: Smut, being a Falcons fan and having to relive this experience of losing a 28 point lead. (I am by no means a Pats fan.)
Author’s Note: Thank you to @theycallmebecca for taking the time to beta read. You’re the best!
With the Super Bowl quickly approaching, Sammie had decided to get in on fun. She had managed to get video of some of her students rooting for both the Patriots and the Falcons and planned to have Chris watch them before the big game.
She was happy with the videos from her students and couldn’t wait for show Chris.
So today for Polish women is a really black day. Again, it’s about abortion ban that’s being discussed in Polish government. Women are wearing black clothes all over the country and also abroad; there are also many strikes in the biggest cities. Even not in Poland.
There are protests in whole Europe, in Brussels, Berlin, yesterday was a protest in Paris
The photo below is from the Castle Square in Warsaw, Poland, from just a few minutes ago. It’s estimated that there are about 20 thousand people there.
Be aware of what’s going on here. Because if the world is not united we surely know how that ends. But there is a light in the dark. Today’s protests show that humanity can stand together if the situation is bad
But I think that after so many wars that have been fought and so many battles that have been lost we should learn something
We should always be united
What’s going on in Poland is exactly an example of what happens if someone who is xenophobic, homofobic and nationalistic rules the country. And I’m not saying that because I don’t like conservative people. Or that I’m not patriotic. That’s not the point. I’m saying that, because if a country stays closed to the rest of the world there will never be peace
Abortion ban is a bad thing. And it was mostly approved by men and elder women. If it becomes real, abortion will not disappear. It never does. There will only be even more problems with the illegal ones
Stay with us, as we try to prevent this from happening
Hi! Actually I'm curious about the Whiskey Rebellion. I've never heard of it, what happened? Was during the Prohibition? I'm not a fan of whiskey of any sort, but yay history!!
So this is a very quick and dirty run down of my understanding of the Whiskey Rebellion. Yay!
The Whiskey Rebellion has actually NOTHING to do with Prohibition, but everything to do with the American Revolution! Yay!
So America right? No Taxation without Representation. Remember that one, it was one of the points patriots liked to whip out as justification for the Revolution (There were a few reasons but remember that one). Now mind you a lot of Americans were just used to like, NOT paying taxes and smuggling and stuff and took it really personally when Britain started really enforcing taxation *cough* John Hancock*cough*.
ANYWAY so, there was a war right? And after the 1780s, America is all trying to get its shit together and create a government and OOOOOPS the problem with WAR is that it takes a lot of money and America owed a TON of money to various European countries and banks. We were in serious debt and over here you have my man Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton trying to deal with it while also trying to strengthen the Federal government’s power over the states. (I’m not here to debate if that was good and necessary or the worst evil of American history, that’s just how it was)
Now, no one was going to let him tax people or property, you’d have another revolution on your hands! So we start with an taxing imports, which leads to Hamilton fighting the East Coast smuggling culture with the US Custom House and the creation of the Coast Guard and we start paying off our National Debt. YAY!
But the imports were taxed to the limit and even JAMES MADISON is like “nah man we can’t tax imports anymore, we have to find another source of revenue.”
But again, you can’t tax people or property, because AMERICA.
BUT…what about Vice Taxes?
Vice taxes are what you place on items that aren’t necessary and are kinda bad, like booze and cigarettes. You can live without that shit. So Alexander Hamilton pushes for a tax on American-produced distilled spirits. Even if you’re in the back woods of Western Pennsylvania with one still, you’re going to get taxed on what you produce. Even JAMES MADISON backed this because hey, rampant alcoholism has always sort of been a problem in America (hence Prohibition).
Seems reasonable, no?
Not only are you fucking with like, AN INGRAINED AMERICAN NATIONAL PASTTIME, you are also taxing what is considered the only reasonable way for farmers in the western frontier to get their produce to eastern markets without them spoiling. Like, grain alcohol in barrels was way easier to transport and was more cost effective than transporting grain. ALSO, whiskey was used as a form of currency because money was hard to come by in the west, so you kinda sorta ended up with an Income Tax on a bartering system.
So, farmers in the west felt that not only was that tax against the very “NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION” that the Revolution was fought for, but that they as poor farmers were being unfairly targeted by this tax, and flipped their fucking shit against the tax collectors that Hamilton sent out there to get it done. Like, one dude almost got his nose ground off on a whetstone. It was some scary hardcore mob shit. It got so bad GEORGE MOTHERFUCKING WASHINGTON had to ride out to Western PA as the COMMANDER OF THE FUCKING ARMY to settle this shit.
Luckily, once he showed up everyone was like “OH FUCK IT’S THE PRESIDENT” and things were calmed down without actual bloodshed. Because it’s literally there in the Constitution that the Federal government had the authority to pass this tax:
The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
This badass motherfuck’s name is Titus Cornelius, but if you were living in New Jersey in the late 1770s you’d know him as Colonel Tye. If you’re looking for a Revolutionary War-era Django, he’s your man.
Titus was born a slave sometime in 1753. His owner was one John Corles, a Quaker who owned three slaves and lived in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Unlike most Quakers, Corles didn’t educate his slaves and refused to free them at the age of 21. He was fond of using the whip.
On November 8th 1775 the enterprising young Titus escaped his cruel master and fled towards New York. Corles issued a bounty of three pounds for his capture, describing Titus as “not very black, about six feet high.” Events, however, had gotten ahead of the vengeful Corles. The day before Titus’s escape Lord Dunmore, the Royal Governor of Virginia, had issued a proclamation stating that any slaves and indentured servants who fled masters supporting the budding American Revolution and joined the British would be granted their freedom.
Titus did exactly that. He enlisted in Dunmore’s black “Ethiopian Regiment” and first saw battle in 1778 at Monmouth Courthouse. There he immediately distinguished himself with the capture of a Patriot captain. By this point he was calling himself “Tye.”
Tye was clearly an enterprising and active soldier. The British recognized this and gave him leave to assemble an informal band of Loyalists to strike at Patriots throughout New Jersey. Although blacks were not given officer’s commissions in the British Army, Tye was soon universally known as “Colonel Tye."
Throughout the summer if 1779 Tye and his mixed force of black and white Loyalist guerrillas launched a ferocious campaign against the rebels of New Jersey. They burned and looted homes, captured supplies which they sent back to the British, destroyed weapons, and seized or executed well-known Patriots. Most notably, they freed black slaves across the region, an act that infuriated the Patriots. His largest and most successful raid was against the Patriots in Shrewsbury, New Jersey.
That winter Tye and his men, now known as the "Black Brigade” were attached to one of the most successful Loyalist outfits, the Queen’s Rangers, led by Major John Graves Simcoe. Alongside the Rangers and Tarleton’s newly formed British Legion they spent the winter of ‘79-80 raiding rebel lines and defending the British stronghold of New York.
In June 1780 Colonel Tye was still leading his guerrillas. They captured and executed Patriot Joseph Murray, who was well known for murdering Loyalists in the Monmouth area. Next they attached the Patriot militia forces of Barnes Smock, capturing a number of his men and destroying his artillery. Finally, in September 1780 they attacked the home of Patriot captain Joshua Huddy. Huddy and his servant girl resisted Tye’s attacks for two hours before surrendering. However, one of Huddy’s musket balls struck Tye in the wrist. Gangrene soon set in, and Tye died. Huddy initially escaped, but was recaptured and hung by Loyalists in 1782.
Tye played a vital role in helping the British withstand the winter siege of New York in 1779. Even more importantly, he acts as a rare figurehead representative of the tens of thousands of black slaves who fled their masters and joined the British during the American Revolution. Had he fought for the other side his actions would surely be celebrate to this day. Unfortunately, history has largely forgotten the actions of Tye and the Black Brigade.
Friday we saw Matt graduate from Navy “A” school (technical training). It was really neat meeting the kids in his class and talking to some of his instructors.
I call them “kids” but I shouldn’t. They’re all supporting themselves now. It’s interesting how on one hand they have their own full-time incomes. You can see that somewhat by all the Mustangs, Chargers and big pickup trucks in the parking lot at the school. On the other hand they still have acne and look about 15-years-old with the buzz haircuts. One sailor I saw in the Navy Exchange store looked younger than a bottle of Macallan 12-year-old Scotch.
We got to see a little of the base. Everyone called Sheila and me ma'am and sir. The sailors are extremely polite and well spoken.
Good afternoon, sir. Would you like me to take the picture so you and your wife can be in it with your son?
The college students we saw in Charleston stores weren’t bums but in comparison to the sailors they looked laid back with long hair and skinny jeans.
Like omigod, Caitlyn, look at these shoes! Like, so cute!
We stayed in the historic part of Charleston. I loved walking around looking at houses that were built in the 1700 or 1800s. The place had somewhat of a college-town feel with so many non-chain restaurants and interesting stores all within walking distance.
Before flying home we went to the Patriots Point naval museum. Like, omigod, that was the best ever!
Seriously, I loved Patriots Point. I'mn fascinated with WW II history. The aircraft carrier USS Yorktown is moored there as a museum ship. We were able to walk all through it. As big as the Yorktown is, it’s amazing how 2,600 men could live in all those tiny compartments. Next to the Yorktown is a WW II era destroyer and a diesel submarine that we also got to tour. I could have walked through the ships and that sub all day.
We’ll be back in six months when Matt finishes “power school.” I’m looking forward to it.