Manifest Destiny

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Once upon a time, before we all realized that the United State’s true purpose was rocking the casbah  – as long as grass grows or waters flow -  some of us had other goals in mind.

I sold one of these T-shirts to Larry Niven, and it showed up in one of his books, as one his protagonists was packing for impromptu astronaut training:

“A T-shirt faded almost to gray, but he recognized the print on the chest: an American flag with a whirlpool galaxy in the upper left corner.  A hundred billion stars…”

I  still have a few, and if y’aal are really interested, I could make more.

Write to gcochran9@comcast.net for info.

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49 Responses to Manifest Destiny

    • gcochran9 says:

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  1. Will says:

    I’d love to buy one.

  2. jpirving says:

    This is gold. I would buy a medium.

  3. DF says:

    But space belongs to everybody :(
    Not just the evil whites who built the spaceship and funded the expedition.

  4. A hundred billion planets hosting a hundred billion Super Bowl halftime shows and political conventions? Could be a lot worse, but I wouldn’t call it ideal.

  5. Alexi de Sadesky says:

    Put me down for a medium

  6. dearieme says:

    I don’t understand; surely there aren’t any Red Indians there?

    • syon says:

      dearieme:”I don’t understand; surely there aren’t any Red Indians there?”

      Perhaps we can find some Tasmanians; the British found them to be more than acceptable substitutes.

      • dearieme says:

        Alas, the story of the genocide of the Tasmanian abos turns out to be fake: I rather liked the idea of a few dozen soldiers forming an advancing, impenetrable barrier across the prairies of Tasmania. Supermen!

      • syon says:

        dearieme:”Alas, the story of the genocide of the Tasmanian abos turns out to be fake: I rather liked the idea of a few dozen soldiers forming an advancing, impenetrable barrier across the prairies of Tasmania. Supermen!”

        Who said anything about genocide, dear boy? I was talking about conquest……which inevitably entails a certain amount of killing.Unless, of course, you think that the Brits managed to conquer Australia without shedding any Blackfellow blood?

      • Sandgroper says:

        The idea of a bunch of guys walking across Tasmania in a skirmish line really is entertaining.

        But why waste ammo when you can just infect people?

      • syon says:

        Sandgroper:”The idea of a bunch of guys walking across Tasmania in a skirmish line really is entertaining.

        But why waste ammo when you can just infect people?”

        Not to mention the quietly lethal effects that come from stealing someone else’s land.

      • dearieme says:

        The poor old Tasmanian aborigines died out (or nearly so) from the effects of disease caught largely from the whalers, and the effect of selling their women to the whalers. Since many of the whalers were American, I suppose that makes the Tasmanians honorary Red Indians.

      • syon says:

        dearieme:”The poor old Tasmanian aborigines died out (or nearly so) from the effects of disease caught largely from the whalers, and the effect of selling their women to the whalers. Since many of the whalers were American, I suppose that makes the Tasmanians honorary Red Indians.”

        Of course, dear boy. The hands of the English were so spotless and clean…..Clearly, the extermination of the Tasmanians was their own fault….And, needless to say, they obviously had no right to their own land….

      • syon says:

        dearime:”The poor old Tasmanian aborigines died out (or nearly so) from the effects of disease caught largely from the whalers, and the effect of selling their women to the whalers. Since many of the whalers were American, I suppose that makes the Tasmanians honorary Red Indians.”

        Wait a mo, dear boy, since the you seem keen on fobbing off the blame onto the Yanks, does this mean that they get ownership of Tasmania?I mean, since the Brits are, as always, without sin…

      • syon says:

        dearime:”The poor old Tasmanian aborigines died out (or nearly so) from the effects of disease caught largely from the whalers, and the effect of selling their women to the whalers. Since many of the whalers were American, I suppose that makes the Tasmanians honorary Red Indians.”

        Gosh, the British Empire grows ever more impressive…..It must be the only Empire in history that was acquired without doing any nasty stuff to anyone.

      • syon says:

        Fun thought: Has anyone ever tried to tabulate all the people whom the English killed on their oh-so-peaceable march to Empire? The death toll from the slave trade alone runs into the millions…..Of course, dearieme old boy, you did work so hard to get the Asiento at the Treaty of Utrecht (such a plum, supplying slaves to the Spanish)….then there are the Opium Wars, the conquest of Australia proper, the Irish who died during Cromwell’s campaigns, etc, etc.

      • syon says:

        Incidentally, dearieme dear boy, I’ve always been curious as to how the Brits became the owners of Australia, since, quite clearly, they did not simply take the place…..Was it deeded to them in Adam’s will, the Abos simply being caretakers with no real claim to the continent that they had inhabited for thousands of years?

      • syon says:

        dearieme:”The poor old Tasmanian aborigines died out (or nearly so) from the effects of disease caught largely from the whalers, and the effect of selling their women to the whalers. Since many of the whalers were American, I suppose that makes the Tasmanians honorary Red Indians”

        “or nearly so”: Such a fine phrase…..Clearly, any deaths covered by the “nearly so” category simply do not count. What was it that Orwell said about hypocrisy being the chief English vice?.

      • syon says:

        Pemulwuy, Australian Dictionary of Biography:”On 1 May 1801 Governor King issued a government and general order that Aborigines near Parramatta, Georges River and Prospect could be shot on sight, ”

        A charming anecdote from Australia’s early years. Perhaps King was confused and thought that the Abos were Red Indians….

      • syon says:

        Still another charming anecdote regarding the phenomenal gentleness of the British conquest of Australia:

        The manner in which some of this killing was conducted is clear from the Burke Town Correspondent’s report in the Port Denison Times of June 4th, 1868:

        “I much regret to state that the blacks have become very troublesome about here lately. Within ten miles of this place they speared and cut steaks from the rumps of several horses. As soon as it was known, the Native Police, under Sub-Inspector Uhr, went out, and, I am informed, succeeded in shooting upwards of thirty blacks. No sooner was this done than a report came in that Mr. Cameroon had been murdered at Liddle and Hetzer’s station . . . Mr. Uhr went off immediately in that direction, and his success I hear was complete. . . .Everybody in the district is delighted with the wholesale slaughter dealt out by the native police, and thank Mr. Uhr for his energy in ridding the district of fifty-nine (59) myalls”89

  7. Dahlia says:

    It must be my Florida bias, but I thought it was a hurricane as seen from outer space and was trying to make sense of “hurricane” and “manifest destiny”: was the true manifest destiny of the U.S. to cause chaos and destruction?!
    And then I read the post, lol!

    • Portlander says:

      Hahaha. That was my first thought… Hurricane???

      Hope this doesn’t ruin it for anybody, but I bet you could wear these among your ironically hip, co-ed tree-hugger friends without incident. Obviously America’s bellicose expansionist policies are bringing about our own destruction. Just as Jared Diamond.

  8. dearieme says:

    Why not do one with an outline of Afghanistan in the corner? Or indeed Iraq?

    • syon says:

      dearieme:”Why not do one with an outline of Afghanistan in the corner? Or indeed Iraq?”

      For some reason, the galaxy seems like an easier goal than those benighted places….

  9. g2-337af867fe9cd20258bdbc586fbefd0d says:

    Didnt occur to you that you may unsettle someone with your imperialist design?

    Thank your luck that our Galaxy NGC 5195 is not on your T-shirt. It would be a casus belli.

  10. winestock says:

    Man has not walked on the moon in my lifetime.

    Blast it all, it wasn’t supposed to be this way.

    • bob sykes says:

      It was white American men, not Man, who walked on the Moon.

      Cochrane’s tee shirt is painfully ironic. The space age is over for Americans. We aren’t going back to the Moon, but the Chinese might. I hope they do.

      Right now, we no longer have the ability even to put men in low Earth orbit. We pay the Russians to do it in their 50 year-old Soyuz. And because of the entitlement-induced collapse of the federal government’s finances, we won’t ever again do it.

      Think about that. It’s now 1967 all over again, only now with the future blocked off.

  11. Your "biggest" fan says:

    <3

  12. Dave Griesemer says:

    I still have the one you gave me decades ago.

  13. The fourth doorman of the apocalypse says:

    OT, and I know that the NYT is full of ideologically inclined hacks who do not know science, but, as instapundit pointed out:

    NY Times presents the fact that many plants contain both male and female gametes on the same individual in support of same-sex marriage.

    Perhaps if these individuals were being surgically fused at the same time the analogy might make some sense.

  14. Gorbachev says:

    Which Larry Niven story?

  15. g2-337af867fe9cd20258bdbc586fbefd0d says:

    Fourth Doorman: “The view outside the Supreme Court is full of life’s beautiful sexual variegation.” That is a powerful legal argument. I’ll use it if my wife decides to decapitate me post-coitum.

  16. Abelard Lindsey says:

    It’s as jingoistic as it can be, but I like it.

  17. MT Isa Miner says:

    Any idea about mail to Australia?

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