Quote of the day...er...week...umm...hey, look, a quote!!

Tibi gratias agimus quod nihil fumas.

It says "...freedom of...", not "...freedom from...".

Nolite te bastardes carburundorum!

"It's amazing to me how many people think that voting to have the government give poor people money is compassion. Helping poor and suffering people is compassion. Voting for our government to use guns to give money to help poor and suffering people is immoral self-righteous bullying laziness. People need to be fed, medicated, educated, clothed, and sheltered, and if we're compassionate we'll help them, but you get no moral credit for forcing other people to do what you think is right. There is great joy in helping people, but no joy in doing it at gunpoint." - Penn Jillette

Monday, October 12, 2009

Amerigo Who?

Mum and I were chatting about Columbus day and what a fallacious holiday it is. He didn't discover America. He didn't even make it to America.

Come to think of it, he didn't "discover" anything, since everywhere he went already seemed to have people happily inhabiting it. Doesn't "discover" imply that no one else has been there, done that??

It's been a while since I studied history, but as I recall, the first non-natives to "find" this continent were Vikings.

We discussed where the name "America" originated, and Mum wondered aloud whether kids in school today even know who Amerigo Vespucci was.

These days, it's just another day off from school, another day for the banks to deny us access to our money, another day to have a One! Day! Sale!!

We're celebrating by going in search of a costume for the Evil Genius for Samhain/Halloween. Ain't it grand to live in Vespucciland??

1 comment:

♥ Braja said...

Hey, I'm a descendent of Vikings. Does that mean Obama has my freakin' JOB???

:)