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Redcoats arrive to restore order in the name of the king, huzzah!

Redcoats on a ship in Boston Harbor

Shortly after 9 a.m., more than 100 of His Majesty's troops disembarked from rowboats and one sailing ship at Long Wharf to assert control over the increasingly agitated city of Boston - exactly 250 years after the same thing happened in colonial days.

Redcoats on a boat

Of course, some allowances had to be made for our more modern times: The lobsterbacks got onto one of the floating ferry docks, then had to walk up and down a gangplank before they could assemble at the end of Long Wharf:

Redcoats on a gangplank
Redcoat on a gangplank

They were met by wary residents of the town:

Wary colonist
Wary colonists

Not all the locals were upset:

Happy native

In addition to redcoats, there was at least one redjacket:

Guy in Red Sox jacket

After they marched to the end of the wharf, they fell into formation for inspection:

Redcoats in formation

After the last of the troops had assembled, their commander addressed them in the name of King George, which brought a hearty "Huzzah!"

"We have traveled thousands of miles from home," he told them. "This is England!" They huzzahed. He mentioned George again, which brought forth a triple huzzah. And then the musicians began to play and it was off on a march to the Common, where they will set up an encampment as they ensure calm through the colony.


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I figured they were just Brexiting and needed someplace to go.

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The march might go a little different for the Butcher's Apron crowd, perhaps there may be a little more excitement a la the retreat from Lexington and Concord.

"I'm up on the hills playing little boy soldiers
Reconnaissance duty up at 5:30
Shoot shoot shoot and kill the natives
You're one of us and we love you for that
Think of honor queen and country
You're a blessed son of the British empire
Gods on our side and so is Washington
Come out on the hills with the little boy soldiers
Come on outside I'll sing you a lullaby
Or tell a tale of how goodness prevailed
We ruled the world we killed and robbed
The fucking lot but we don't feel bad
It was done beneath the flag of democracy" - Paul Weller

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diverse crowd.


Colonists don't really have much going for them either.

And I don't think even their king can save them if their muskets aren't totally fake or aren't made before 1899.

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Does that really work for you?

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It's a joke.

Red...white...it's funny.

I'm not the one with anger issues it would seem.

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Say something angry, racist, bigoted, stupid, lying, etc, and when questioned or criticized about it. ...... say it's a joke! Haha!

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Us conservatives are the humorless angry nutjobs while it's the leftists who hold the monopoly on comedy.

I don't know how I could have forgotten.

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Us conservatives are the humorless angry nutjobs

Yup. You certainly are. The only laughs you get are from victimizing other people.

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lib who not but a week ago was screaming "rapist!" at the top of his lungs for no reason other than he was told to.

I don't know what's worse: the idea that you believe half the shit you say you do, or that you don't but repeat it anyway.

Like I said: you're at the fire-and-brimstone phase of your religion. Maybe you'll get to the enlightenment, maybe you won't. Last couple of weeks a lot of people did. That gives me hope. Even for probable sock puppets such as yourself.

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Yeah, sounds about right.

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This whole “democracy” thing doesn’t seem to be working out so well lately. I’m just saying, have we TRIED monarchy? Maybe we just need to hear the redcoats out.

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...I have to say I'm rather liking the idea of an autonomous collective.

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Two if by Sea
Three never take the 'T'

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