Experts back Sarah Palin’s historical account

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    Jun 06, 2011 5:16 PM GMT
    http://bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view.bg?articleid=1343353
    Sarah Palin yesterday insisted her claim at the Old North Church last week that Paul Revere “warned the British” during his famed 1775 ride — remarks that Democrats and the media roundly ridiculed — is actually historically accurate. And local historians are backing her up.

    Palin prompted howls of partisan derision when she said on Boston’s Freedom Trail that Revere “warned the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms by ringing those bells and making sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free.”

    Palin insisted yesterday on Fox News Sunday she was right: “Part of his ride was to warn the British that were already there. That, hey, you’re not going to succeed. You’re not going to take American arms.”

    In fact, Revere’s own account of the ride in a 1798 letter seems to back up Palin’s claim. Revere describes how after his capture by British officers, he warned them “there would be five hundred Americans there in a short time for I had alarmed the Country all the way up.”
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    Jun 06, 2011 5:53 PM GMT
    You realize posting this will cause apoplexy among her detractors. If the threads go silent, we'll know what happened. Hopefully, there will be folks nearby who can call 911.
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    Jun 06, 2011 6:04 PM GMT
    This would be so awesome... if she actually got something right!
    I certainly don't have a problem saying so, it would be something...
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    Jun 06, 2011 6:05 PM GMT
    socalfitness saidYou realize posting this will cause apoplexy among her detractors. If the threads go silent, we'll know what happened. Hopefully, there will be folks nearby who can call 911.


    I certainly don't have any issues with facts, Socal
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    Jun 06, 2011 6:07 PM GMT
    Were bells rang? I heard it was only warning lanterns.

    Something tells me, though, that even if she got parts of it right, she had no clue if they were right or not.
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    Jun 06, 2011 6:12 PM GMT
    Who were these "experts" again?
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    Jun 06, 2011 6:17 PM GMT
    TigerTim saidWho were these "experts" again?

    Don't know, but guess they are only history professors from the other side of the Charles, so you can't rely on what they say. Plebeians.
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    Jun 06, 2011 6:18 PM GMT
    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2011/06/sarah-palin-says-paul-revere-warned-the-british.html

    "You know how Sarah Palin said Paul Revere warned the British? Well, he did. Now, who looks stupid?"
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    Jun 06, 2011 6:30 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan said
    socalfitness saidYou realize posting this will cause apoplexy among her detractors. If the threads go silent, we'll know what happened. Hopefully, there will be folks nearby who can call 911.


    I certainly don't have any issues with facts, Socal

    I know. You won't suffer apoplexy as will some of the others.
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    Jun 06, 2011 6:32 PM GMT
    Revere describes how after his capture by British officers, he warned them “there would be five hundred Americans there in a short time for I had alarmed the Country all the way up.”

    the country is the people living there [the Americans], not the British.

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    Jun 06, 2011 7:25 PM GMT
    Her statement may be technically accurate.

    But I can almost guarantee that she didn't know the whys and wherefores. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

    That said, meh. She's said a lot more idiotic things than this.