Monday, October 14, 2013

14 October 2013 Columbus drops by for a brief visit

Cassi Creek:
          “ Palin called the government shutdown an act of disrespect against military families whose paychecks and death benefits were delayed. U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, whose death in June prompted this election, "was the last World War II veteran to serve in Congress. His memory is dishonored, along with all of our military veterans."
          "Bottom line, guys: The politicians are using the military as pawns," she added.”
When push comes to shove, I’d rather not become a participant in the teavangelist oil wars.  Palin, Cruz, and company complain about troops being used as pawns while encouraging vets to voluntarily become cannon fodder for the far right.
          Today, we celebrate the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the “New World.”  His voyages and those of the other great explorers brought about the invasion of the Americas by countless missionaries to subjugate the native population in a manner far more devastating than the damage done by the Conquistadors. 
          Diseases brought to the new world, such as measles wiped out whole tribal groups of people who had no innate immunity to European illnesses.
          There is, of course, the New World’s revenge, Syphilis, remains active worldwide today.  Well done, Christopher!

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