swordwhale has fun with history

In this age of American divisiveness, and pure retarded assinine expletives deleted moronity in DC my tendency is to converse like a mariner (aka; swear like a sailor) and consider whether Canada or New Zealand would accept me (yaaaaaaaaas, universal health care).

However, my ancestors came here with purpose, as did all my friends’ ancestors, and we believed that this land had Something Special.

At the UU church n York, our interim minister delivered a sermon which will be posted here:


It was about us, US, USa… where we came from and who we really are and what we are actually about.

And how our very diversity is our greatest strength.

When it’s posted, take a look, or listen. And meanwhile check out Carla’s “Caretaking Joy” talk.


Meanwhile, America’s past hasn’t been all rosy light and Leave It To Beaver (that version of the 50s didn’t really exist, I was there). We’ve had some storms, and we got through them.

I’ll leave you with some kind of inspiring moments… back in 1812, the Brits had the biggest navy the world had ever seen, and a very small pain in the butt called Napoleon. We and our parent country had some typical teen vs adult arguments, they were settled, and now we’re allies.

But we had to make our statement, and one of the ways was this boat…

The Pride of Baltimore II is a reproduction of the wicked swift and agile privateers (Baltimore Clippers) that made a statement in the War of 1812. Rockets red glare, Fort McHenry and all that.

We faced the world’s greatest navy ever with a few privately owned ships… ships spawned in the twisting shoally waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Wild black horses with sharp fast hulls and clouds of sail… dangerous beasts unless you knew how to handle them.

Outrun what you can’t outgun, outgun what you can’t outrun.

Ingenuity. Invention.



be inspired…

go out there and find a way to make your statement, kick butt, speak truth to power.


I’ll leave you with the 7 UU principles…

1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.


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