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Terrorism? Texas Schools Are Teaching Just That (And More)
CBS Houston ^ | November 20, 2012 | Mike Opelka

Posted on 11/26/2012 10:17:50 AM PST by Thurifer the Censer

“A local militia, believed to be a terrorist organization, attacked the property of private citizens today at our nation’s busiest port,” wrote the teachers in charge of organizing the curriculum about the Boston Tea Party. “Although no one was injured in the attack, a large quantity of merchandise, considered to be valuable to its owners and loathsome to the perpetrators, was destroyed. The terrorists, dressed in disguise and apparently intoxicated, were able to escape into the night with the help of local citizens who harbor these fugitives and conceal their identities from the authorities.

(Excerpt) Read more at houston.cbslocal.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: bostonteaparty; historyeducation; indoctrination; leftismoncampus; revisionism; teaparty
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Another case-in-point for the separation of School and State
1 posted on 11/26/2012 10:17:59 AM PST by Thurifer the Censer
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To: Thurifer the Censer

Isn’t that special.


2 posted on 11/26/2012 10:19:07 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Thurifer the Censer

I’m not sure what the liberal agenda is here. Do they want to reunite with Britain? It wouldn’t surprise me, seeing as it is the model for moocher, atheistic welfare states everywhere.


3 posted on 11/26/2012 10:19:59 AM PST by Viennacon
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To: Thurifer the Censer

Definition of Null set: Degree in “Education”


4 posted on 11/26/2012 10:20:02 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Thurifer the Censer

One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.


5 posted on 11/26/2012 10:20:17 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: Viennacon

I’m not sure what the liberal agenda is here. Do they want to reunite with Britain? It wouldn’t surprise me, seeing as it is the model for moocher, atheistic welfare states everywhere.

They like having a state that is their mommy or daddy, what better example than a monarchy


6 posted on 11/26/2012 10:24:01 AM PST by GraceG
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To: Thurifer the Censer

I imagine the Brits saw it that way also.


7 posted on 11/26/2012 10:25:00 AM PST by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: Thurifer the Censer

uh, I think the point is to explain how the British would have perceived the event.


8 posted on 11/26/2012 10:25:58 AM PST by socalgop
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To: Thurifer the Censer
Jimmy Carter actually said that the American Revolution was unnecessary.
9 posted on 11/26/2012 10:26:21 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment,a Matter of Fact,Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Thurifer the Censer

There is no moral equivalence between the Tea Party (either the Boston version back when the people of Massachusetts valued patriotism, or the modern version) and terrorists. Those who cannot tell the difference between the two groups, or between Hamas terrorists hiding behind children as they fire rockets at Israeli civilians and Israeli soldiers taking extra risks in order to avoid injuring civilians while stopping the terrorists, are worse than stupid. Today’s leftists choose to be blind to truth, and I find their celebration of ignorance disgusting.


10 posted on 11/26/2012 10:28:25 AM PST by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Thurifer the Censer

In the history books “Tea Party” once was a patriotic thing - a populist movement of resistance to tyrranical ways.
Today’s Tea Party is a patriotic thing - a populist movement of resistance to tyrranical ways.
OH - the left can’t have that! To them, the modern Tea Party is the worst thing that happened - they have to demonize it.


11 posted on 11/26/2012 10:29:13 AM PST by I want the USA back
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To: Thurifer the Censer

The curriculum has changed radically since I attended Houston schools. This is what you get when Communists take over education to corrupt our youth, and they have mostly succeeded.


12 posted on 11/26/2012 10:30:27 AM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: socalgop
That how the NYT would have reported it.

Impeach the kenyan or secession.


13 posted on 11/26/2012 10:31:22 AM PST by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; ONE BOX LEFT!)
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To: Thurifer the Censer

Not surprising. According to the left America was founded on racism, terrorism and genocide. Then we wonder why our young adults vote for Marxists and wear Che T-shirts. The question is, what are Texans going to do correct this situation in their schools?


14 posted on 11/26/2012 10:32:34 AM PST by Brooklyn Attitude (Obama being re-elected is the political equivalent of OJ being found not guilty.)
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To: I want the USA back

“In the history books “Tea Party” once was a patriotic thing - a populist movement of resistance to tyrranical ways.
Today’s Tea Party is a patriotic thing - a populist movement of resistance to tyrranical ways.”

I do believe you nailed it.


15 posted on 11/26/2012 10:32:34 AM PST by No Socialist
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To: Thurifer the Censer

The history books are written by the victors, and right now the leftist-fascists are winning. Get used to the propaganda.


16 posted on 11/26/2012 10:34:59 AM PST by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: Thurifer the Censer

The history books are written by the victors, and right now the leftist-fascists are winning. Get used to the propaganda.


17 posted on 11/26/2012 10:35:10 AM PST by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: Thurifer the Censer

It says the ‘ lesson plan” hasn’t been used since 2010 and I am guessing that after this article it will get taken off their web site
As a lesson plan it was quite weak although i am sure it got some of the lib teachers all exicted

I have no doubt some teachers tried to use it in their schools and had to discontinue it.

I am surprised and glad CBS in Houston exposed this


18 posted on 11/26/2012 10:37:29 AM PST by RWGinger (Simpl)
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To: Thurifer the Censer

The “people” need to start getting their a$$es kicked... its the only way they are going to stop the continued insanity to their libtard “utopia”...


19 posted on 11/26/2012 10:38:32 AM PST by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: socalgop

You could be right, but I honestly think this person sees it that way. Don’t misunderstand what’s going on in our schools today. The teachers despise our values, and will attack it at every level they can.

This is coming down from the top, and what most folks don’t understand, is that the U. N. is in no small part responsible for it.


20 posted on 11/26/2012 10:39:25 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and 48 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: Viennacon

Whoever wrote this did not know that it was a classic act of civil disobedience. Most of the town knew it was going to happen. Many went to the dock to watch it. Quietly they watched their friends and neighbors, lightly disquised, march to the ship and with only token resistence from the port authorities, quickly dump the chests of tea into the harbour. Then everyone went home. To their dying days, not a soul would tell who was involved. Which is what made the Brits even more angry and why they punished the whole town by closing the port and rescinding the charter “Terroists!” Real history often doesn’t fit the educationist template, which is to try to make the past “relevant” to the present. The real question is: how relervant is the present to the past? The dope who wrote this is entirely cut off from his roots.


21 posted on 11/26/2012 10:39:25 AM PST by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: socalgop

http://nocompromisepac.ning.com/profiles/blogs/cscope-texas-teachers-given-gag-order-by-concerned-texas

“Science teachers have reported frequent scientific errors in the CSCOPE lessons and learning activities. Other teachers have objected to the over-emphasis on pro-Islam/anti-Christian/anti-Judeo content. English teachers have complained about the lack of CSCOPE’s sequential instruction of phonemic awareness, phonics, grammar, usage, correct spelling, cursive, expository/persuasive writing, and research techniques.”

And the Gadsden flag shown? A coinky dink, just molding young minds. Nothing to see here ....


22 posted on 11/26/2012 10:41:10 AM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Thurifer the Censer
Ha! I love it. The Tea Party movement still scares the s*** out of the ruling elites.


23 posted on 11/26/2012 10:41:46 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: RobbyS

“Whoever wrote this did not know that it was a classic act of civil disobedience. Most of the town knew it was going to happen. Many went to the dock to watch it. Quietly they watched their friends and neighbors, lightly disquised, march to the ship and with only token resistence from the port authorities, quickly dump the chests of tea into the harbour. Then everyone went home. To their dying days, not a soul would tell who was involved. Which is what made the Brits even more angry and why they punished the whole town by closing the port and rescinding the charter “Terroists!” Real history often doesn’t fit the educationist template, which is to try to make the past “relevant” to the present. The real question is: how relervant is the present to the past? The dope who wrote this is entirely cut off from his roots.”

There was no resistance offered by the Brits and there was a pretty good crowd watching and cheering the “indians” as they dumped the tea overboard. Boston harbor was closed for a year as the British demanded that the city reimburse the crown for lost taxes on the tea.

It was just townspeople, not terorists.


24 posted on 11/26/2012 10:44:29 AM PST by buffaloguy
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To: buffaloguy

Wow, wait until those Texas school kids read about a local militia that occupied a former Spanish Mission.


25 posted on 11/26/2012 10:50:55 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: buffaloguy

Wow, wait until those Texas school kids read about a local militia that occupied a former Spanish Mission.


26 posted on 11/26/2012 10:51:18 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Thurifer the Censer

Probably because the English Ambassador was raped, murdered and dragged through the streets. Oh wait...


27 posted on 11/26/2012 10:53:31 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: ex91B10
That how the NYT would have reported it.

!!! Especially in New York, too, which was a hotbed for Loyalists way back then.

28 posted on 11/26/2012 10:59:54 AM PST by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: Thurifer the Censer
You can reasonably see The Tea Party as being viewed as a terrorist attack by loyalists and The Crown.

It was actually quite different that what some people believe. They didn't dump the tea because they were mad about the tea tax. The colonists had already done a great job of “sticking it to the man” over the tea taxes. It turns out they were adept at smuggling, and famously, switching to coffee. Just how bad could that have been?Having some of my favorite coffee right now, I wonder just what it would take to make me switch to tea? It would have to be some really special tea!

The protest at Boston Harbor was over The Tea Act. That was actually a tax exemption given to The Crowns pet corporation, The British East India Company. It was designed to allow the BEIC to get their high quality tea back on the market in the colonies. That of course pissed of the colonists who hated the BEIC anyway for numerous reasons.

The equivalent of a protest like that today would definitely be seen as a terrorist attack. I'm not sure what it would have to be. Maybe some kind of sabotage of the banking system to protest the bailouts? I could see The Tea party movement people having gone along with that, at least in the first couple of months back in 2009.

29 posted on 11/26/2012 11:00:56 AM PST by brewguru
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30 posted on 11/26/2012 11:01:54 AM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Thurifer the Censer

This is what happens when we hire retards to teach our children. I suppose the Minutemen were driveby shooters and gangbangers. This country is so ****** up and it isn’t getting any better.


31 posted on 11/26/2012 11:12:16 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Criminal defense lawyers won't have the Twinkie to kick around anymore.)
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To: Thurifer the Censer

“A local militia, believed to be a terrorist organization, attacked the property of private citizens today at our nation’s busiest port,”

Cute but whose “nation”? These were just a bunch of British colonies, not a nation. They can’t even re-write history very well.


32 posted on 11/26/2012 11:16:13 AM PST by ne1410s ("We will not tolerate your intolerance!!!" ...huh?)
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To: basil

PING!!!!


33 posted on 11/26/2012 11:35:17 AM PST by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: TexasRepublic

Sam Houston would be very ashamed and annoyed at this.


34 posted on 11/26/2012 12:17:31 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Thurifer the Censer
But, what does the teacher say about John Brown's raid on the US arsenal at Harper's Ferry?

A few years later US troops were singing praises for John Brown.

John Brown's body lies a moldering in the grave.

John Brown's body lies a moldering in the grave.

John Brown's body lies a moldering in the grave.

But his soul is marching on!

35 posted on 11/26/2012 12:19:23 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (The parasites now outnumber the producers.)
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To: Thurifer the Censer

When they teach the Alamo in some Texas schools, the kids cheer the Mexican victory


36 posted on 11/26/2012 12:29:11 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Viennacon

The liberal agenda is to destroy. This helps destroy the American “myth” as they would say


37 posted on 11/26/2012 12:30:45 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Thurifer the Censer

38 posted on 11/26/2012 12:48:20 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (The parasites now outnumber the producers.)
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To: RobbyS; buffaloguy; Thurifer the Censer; Wolfie; stuartcr; Pollster1; I want the USA back; ...
The Tea Party was one of a series of punch/counterpunches between the Colonists and Parliament. To view it as a stand alone event is to ignore the big picture.

Charles Townshend vowed revenge for the humiliation of Stamp Act repeal. To pay for the costs of fighting smuggling, Parliament initiated taxation on glass, lead, paint, paper, tea designed to raise about 40,000 pounds/year. Also, to make sure malcontents were not pardoned like the Stamp Act violators, colonial governors and judges would be salaried by the Brit government. Colonial defendants could be transported to offshore jurisdictions without pesky local juries.

Boycotts of Brit goods spread and some efforts were made to begin manufactures here. John Hancock, George Washington did not believe Parliament had right to tax us.

John Dickinson, in Letters from a Farmer in PA, called Townshend Acts unconstitutional, we are slaves, and attacked the Acts for stripping financial control over judges and governors. All colonies protested to the King and supported boycotts. VA called the taxes internal and therefore unconstitutional. [This is big, because it is the same argument the Anti-Federalists would use against the Constitution.] The King knuckled down and ordered even stricter enforcement!

May 9, 1768 John Hancock’s sloop Liberty smuggled Madeira into Boston. A month later, a British frigate took the Liberty. Mobs attacked customs officials and the fleeing governor requested help from General Thomas Gage, who ordered ten regiments to the rescue. In VA, the new governor Botetourt, flattered the people of Williamsburg on May 8, the first day of the Burgesses. Botetourt wined and dined the Burgesses. A week after convening, the Burgesses adopted four resolutions that reiterated right to tax themselves, and petitioned the King for redress of grievances. They condemned the creation of admiralty courts to try our people beyond their colonies and without juries or to call witnesses.

The Boston committee of correpondence issued a 7,000 word declaration that fell just short of promoting revolution, but MA Governor Thomas Hutchinson saw it as such. Both Hutchinson and John Adams [as well as Patrick Henry later on] did not think dual legislatures could coexist over the same state. By Adams it was an either/or situation. We were either to be independent or vassals of Parliament. [He made glancing reference to colonial charters. These were being shredded by Great Britain. Once a contract is violated by one party, the other is released.]

The British managed to drive colonial moneyed interests away. East India stock fell to 160 from 280 on reduced consumption from Townshend tea tax. Government halted tax collection landed in England for reshipment to America and granted monopoly to the company, which ruined colonial wholesalers. A half million pounds of tea set sail from England to America in September 1773. Ships Polly, London mentioned as tea carried to Boston, Philly, NYC, and Charleston. Hostile crowds turned back the ship in Philly. Sons of Liberty threatened consignees, who quickly resigned. William Tryon, NY Governor warned British Board of Trade. First of three ships arrived in Boston on December 16th 1773 and was met with protests.

Tea Party. 342 chests, at over nine thousand pounds, or $600,000 today. Great Britain's Attorney General formally charged John Hancock and Samuel Adams with high treason as well as high misdemeanors. Other tea parties in NYC, Annapolis, Greenwich NJ. George III promised retaliation against Boston.

He followed through and closed the port of Boston.

39 posted on 11/26/2012 1:14:49 PM PST by Jacquerie ("How few were left who had seen the republic!" - Tacitus, The Annals)
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To: 2nd amendment mama

Please see post #8..............

The article must be read in context.


40 posted on 11/26/2012 1:23:47 PM PST by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: Thurifer the Censer

Yeah - they were terrorists.

Unlike the great patriots today who sit on their collective asses smoking pot, listening to obnoxious music and breaking store windows in their quest for “fairness”....


41 posted on 11/26/2012 1:31:09 PM PST by Tzimisce (What do you do when every every branch of the government is corrupt and aligned against you?)
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To: Thurifer the Censer
Actually, I agree.

There are different sorts of terrorists - those intent on extinguishing liberty and those intent on establishing or preserving it. The original tea party participants were the latter.

Apparently, the only way to gain recognition and consideration of your agenda from the U.S. Government these days, is to be a terrorist

I grew up counting on stability in this country. Not sure that is an option now.

42 posted on 11/26/2012 1:32:45 PM PST by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: stuartcr

Yeah. while I have no idea what if any agenda this TX Edu Organization has, I think it was characterizing the Boston Tea Party in an ironic light, from the point of view of our British Colonial Masters. So it was most likely the exact opposite of the way most posters here seem to be taking it.


43 posted on 11/26/2012 1:59:57 PM PST by supremedoctrine
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To: Thurifer the Censer
I'm surprised they didn't said that the Boston Tea Party caused Pollution...an act of Terrorism my ass...

Another reason to homeschool... LIBERAL TEACHERS

44 posted on 11/26/2012 2:47:24 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (More Republicans stayed home then the margin of victory of O's Win...)
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To: Thurifer the Censer

CNN - BOSTON, April 20 - National Guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed on April 19th by elements of a para-military extremist faction. Military and law enforcement sources estimated that 72 were killed and more than 20 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 April 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 their weapons over 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 Lexington’s 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 overmatched 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 has 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.

Colonial News Network (CNN) April 20, 1775


45 posted on 11/26/2012 3:12:03 PM PST by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: Thurifer the Censer

Time to re-adjust our education sytem.

Does anyone know where the reset button is?


46 posted on 11/26/2012 4:22:53 PM PST by Hedra (Just a former "Lewd fellow of the baser sort" Acts 17:5 (KJV))
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To: Thurifer the Censer
Well... I disagree with your point. At the time we were subjects of the King, and the Boston Tea Party was an act of terrorism against the Crown. The signers of the Declaration of Independence were all declared traitors to the Crown. Nathan Hale, made famous for his last words; "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country", was hanged as a traitor to the Crown.

Now, having said all that, I believe they are true patriots. I feel sometimes you have to look at it from the other perspective, if nothing else but to strengthen your position.

47 posted on 11/26/2012 4:46:18 PM PST by Traveler59 ( Truth is a journey, not a destination.)
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To: Thurifer the Censer

Apparently the idiots who wrote that didn’t realize that the Boston tea partiers kept a written account of what was damaged that night - down to a broken door knob or latch... and paid for it later, after their point had been made.


48 posted on 11/26/2012 5:34:07 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: elkfersupper
The critical element of terrorism is inspiring fear, and using that fear, coupled with threats, or even bloodshed directed specifically at civilians, to coerce political change.

Tossing tea into a harbor is not causing fear. No blood was shed. No threats to kill the captain, or his wife or children were made. No women and children were targetted. No women and chidlren were used as human shields. It made no British citizens 'knees quake or quiver. No redcoat peed in his trousers at the sight of blood because there was none to see. Terrorists do not pay for broken doorknobs or ponder the ethics of property destruction.

The Boston tea party is a poor example of a terrorist act because it does not meet the criterion for terrorism.

The "educators" would have been better served to find an example of mob violence against loyalists- of which there was some- if their point is that you can find people who go outside ethical behavior into the realm of terror if you look hard enough. Instead we see people go outside ethical behavior to define terrorism so loosely that they can apply it to anyone, so that they can then make moral equivalency argument to students when apologizing for Palestinian terror, etc, which is where this is headed. It ends when the word "terrorism" ceases to have meaning.

49 posted on 11/26/2012 6:01:00 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Thurifer the Censer
Terrorism. The calculated use of unlawful violence or threat of unlawful violence to inculcate fear; intended to coerce or to intimidate governments or societies in the pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious, or ideological.

I don't remember any violence or threat of violence, just the destruction of property. That property was intended to be sold and taxed so that funds were raised to support the military might of a nation and de-leverage from debts incurred due to a previous war.

Sabotage. An act or acts with intent to injure, interfere with, or obstruct the national defense of a country by willfully injuring or destroying, or attempting to injure or destroy, any national defense or war materiel, premises, or utilities, to include human and natural resources.

Perhaps the word they were looking for was saboteur?

50 posted on 11/26/2012 6:06:21 PM PST by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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