Broadside: all the guns on one side of a ship; also :their simultaneous discharge

“Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.”

― Thomas Paine, from “Rights of Man”, 1791



During the American Revolution, “pamphleteers” such as Thomas Paine published “broadsides.” According to the dictionary, that’s “a sheet of paper printed on one side only, forming one large page”. If you go further down, you’ll see it also means “a: all the guns on one side of a ship; also :their simultaneous discharge
b :a volley of abuse or denunciation”

None of the dictionary definitions I found mentioned the American Revolution. I think that’s some serious memory-holing, right there, performed by people who want to keep researchers from stumbling onto quotes like the one from Paine up at the top of this post.

And I think the Colonials named it to mean both the paper and the spectacularly powerful row (or rows) of guns. That latter mental image is what occurred to me as I reviewed the completed list of appended quotes below, coming right after my previous post on low levels of general belief in Establishment Bullshit.

Give them the second row…



January 24, 2017 – One out of every three Californians wants to secede from the U.S.


February 14, 2017 – Tahiti’s Temaru rebukes France in independence push | Radio New …


February 18, 2017 – In the cold North Sea, the Shetland Islands flirts with independence …


March 5, 2017 – China ‘Will Never Tolerate’ Taiwan Independence, Premier Says


March 23, 2017 – Tibet’s Independence Flames Burn Bright in 2017 too | South Asia …


June 13, 2017 – Secession movements in U.S. gaining steam – Washington Times


June 13, 2017 … Will California secede from the United States? | Fox News


June 28, 2017 – Hong Kong independence movement | The Diplomat


August 3, 2017 – Rebel Yell: Southern Nationalists Again Crying ‘Secede’ | Alabama …


August 10, 2017 – A Summer of Discontent in Scotland’s Independence Movement


September 27, 2017 – Iraq’s Kurds just voted to secede. Here’s why that could cause a new civil war …


September 29, 2017 – Catalans and Kurds Discover the Hard Truth About Secession – The …


September 29, 2017 – U.K. – From Spain to Iraq, states have to see that suppressing secession won’t work.


September 29, 2017 – Why Catalan Independence Won’t Happen Anytime Soon


September 29, 2017 – Cameroon Tries to Quash Independence Movement in English Regions


September 30, 2017 – Catalonia independence referendum: All you need to know


October 1, 2017 – Spanish Troops fire rubber bullets to prevent Catalan independence vote


October 1, 2017 – How Spain Misunderstood the Catalan Independence Movement …


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