Friday, October 8, 2010

SHOULDN'T WE CELEBRATE CHARLES MANSON TOO?

It seems only fair that we introduce a Serial Killers Day here in America.

I mean, this Monday is Columbus Day. That SOB killed more people than Manson, Ted Bundy, Richard Ramirez and their whole sick crew could ever have dreamed. Still, a country should honor its homegrown maniacs, don't youth think?

You could throw in our war-mongering politicians and Lockheed Martin and the whole tax-funded global killing machine. Make it a mighty Death Extravaganza Day. See what I'm sayin'?

If that sounds a bit twisted, you're right. It's very twisted. Having a mass murderer, slave merchant, disease spreader and general piece of garbage from the 15th century celebrated each year is a national disgrace. But no, it's a public holiday.

Columbus hit the Americas like the Black Death and yet he still gets a red letter day on our calendars.

How about this: Instead of Columbus Day, we have National Humanitarian Day? Or Indigenous People's Day? Or a National Day of Regret? Y'know, something with positive connotations. It's pretty sad that such a notion passes as radical thinking.

Christopher Columbus wasn't much different to any other genocidal maniac in history. Except he arrived on a boat and found a way to reconcile Christianity and dismemberment (though he was neither the first nor last in that regard).

Problem is, Chris kept a journal. And a roomful of crooked cops couldn't beat a better confession out of a man.

So let's teach our kids the real history of the planet. Deal? Glossing this stuff over only gives them a distorted, ethnocentric view of things.

Howard Zinn

For some solid info on the real Columbus, the late historian Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States" is essential reading. (Or, for younger folk, his "A Young People's History of the United States.")

Here Zinn talks about his "Young People's" version of the book and about Columbus and others. I urge you to buy this book for your kids and tell the local schools to add Zinn's history books to the curriculum.

I'm going to side with truth, not lies this holiday weekend. For me, Monday shall be Howard Zinn Day.

Enjoy the extra day off and find something better to celebrate,
Adrian Zupp

COLUMBUS DAY UPDATE: FOX NEWS HAS DONE IT AGAIN! Read my response FOX NEWS: SCUM NEVER SLEEPS, IT JUST BLOCKS FEEDBACK.

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8 comments:

  1. Absolutely on target. Great post!

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  2. I must say, why do we have an Independence Day then? Shouldn't that be banned as well? What the Heck are we all doing in America if we know what Columbus did was wrong? - Why not all go back to our respective countries going back 200+ years? What about Thanksgiving, should we get rid of that too? Talk about a lie of a holiday. Peaceful Turkey eating, yeah sure.

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  3. Historian: Columbus Was a Portuguese Agent
    By Alexandra Vilchez
    CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – The life of Christopher Columbus remains largely shrouded in mystery because he was in fact a James Bond-style secret agent for King John II of Portugal.
    That is the thesis of the book “Colon: La Historia Nunca Contada” (Columbus: The Untold Story) by Portuguese historian Manuel Rosa, who lives in Durham, North Carolina.
    Beginning this week, the historian will present his book in Badajoz, Spain, and will take part in several conferences in Portugal and Brussels.
    Rosa began studying the discoverer in 1991 after reading a book claiming that Columbus married a woman of the Portuguese nobility.
    “I realized that the whole story had been invented by historians, that in truth Columbus was a ‘secret agent’ like James Bond for King John II of Portugal, and that he fooled the Spanish royalty with the promise that he could reach India sailing west,” he said.
    According to Rosa, the Spanish explorer convinced Spain’s King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella to open a new route to the “false India” to clear the way for the Portuguese to round Africa and reach the real India, where there were deposits of gold.
    Since a rivalry existed between Castile and Portugal to achieve hegemony over the Atlantic trade route, in 1483 Isabella planned the assassination of John II with the aid of two highly placed Portuguese nobles, nephews of Columbus.
    This moved the Portuguese king to work out a conspiracy with the help of the admiral, who infiltrated the court of Castile accompanying his traitorous nephews.
    For Rosa, the most controversial part of the story is where Columbus originally came from. Most theories accept the idea that he was born in the Italian city of Genova, and that he was a “very poor” weaver who rose to become a captain.
    “Colon married Filipa Moniz 15 years before becoming famous, something that would not have been possible for a plebeian because she was a Portuguese noblewoman who lived in an exclusive monastery and was commander of the military order of St. James of the Sword in that country,” he said.
    The author adds in his book that Columbus was a Portuguese nobleman, son of Poland’s King Wladyslaw III, who lived in exile on the Portuguese island of Madeira after a battle with the Turks.
    The historian presents in the book nine documents related to the discovery of America that were “overlooked” by Portugal, including the image of the document proving that Felipa Moniz was a member of the order of St. James.
    Rosa followed closely the DNA analysis of Columbus’s bones, which was compared with those from blood samples of Portuguese individuals including Duke Duarte of Braganza.
    The genetic identification of the skeletal remains showed that none of the Colombo family in Italy, France or Spain had DNA compatible with Columbus’ bones, so that it was “impossible that the admiral was the Italian Cristoforo Colombo, Genoese by blood.”
    “He could not have been Italian because he never wrote a letter in that language, all were in Spanish with Portuguese phrases, which shows that it was his first language. And in a letter to Ferdinand and Isabella he called Portugal ‘the land of my birth,’” he said.
    Some academics like Antonio Vicente, a professor at the University of Lisbon, say that Rosa’s book is the “first to be written about Columbus without being influenced by previous accounts and which develops each hypothesis point by point.”
    The weightiest commentary comes from Joaquim Verissimo Serrao, a Portuguese historian and recipient of the 1995 Asturias Prize for Social Sciences, who wrote the book’s prologue.
    “Rosa has woven a story about the discoverer of the New World, in a work of revision that deserves to be described as serious and diligent…he has given himself up completely to the greatest dream of his life. And that dream is the new biography of Cristopher Columbus,” Verissimo writes. EFE

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  4. I very much appreciate everyone who has taken the time to comment. Healthy, intelligent discussion of serious issues is always important and a step towards positive change.

    Take care,
    Adrian

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  5. I'd also like to invite you to sign up for my blog. Adrian :-)

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  6. I'd be very happy if that dreadful holiday is abolished!. I don't celebrate murderers and thieves and Christopher Columbus is both !. I fucking hate the genocidal Christopher Columbus
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