August 7, 2009

Old post re-posted...

People are mentioning the Gadsden Flag for some reason lately. I thought I'd re-post an old post from 2002... (That kinda makes me feel old. I've been blogging since November 2001! And they haven't even given me one of those "genius grants" yet!)

The inscription is Nemo me impune lacessit, which can be translated "None Shall Provoke Me With Impunity"

Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, and then say, 'What should be the reward of such sacrifices?' Bid us and our posterity bow the knee, supplicate the friendship, and plough, and sow, and reap, to glut the avarice of the men who have let loose on us the dogs of war to riot in our blood and hunt us from the face of the earth? If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!
      --Samuel Adams




* Update: Mike Jackmin sent a link to the original of the rattlesnake image, from a twenty-dollar note of 1778.

I don't know what you call those widgets at the bottom of an e-mail, but Mike's reads:
I ain't givin' to any charity that calls it a "tragedy".
I'm only givin' to charities that call it an "attack".
Posted by John Weidner at August 7, 2009 11:53 AM
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