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Maine’s largest city will no longer celebrate Columbus Day

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  • Maine’s largest city will no longer celebrate Columbus Day

    Seems like what we are living through today is what Orwell wrote so prophetically many years ago.

    “Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”

    George Orwell, 1984


    Maine’s largest city will no longer celebrate Columbus Day as a municipal holiday.

    The Portland City Council voted unanimously Monday to designate the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The vote came after nearly an hour of public comment. Related Headlines

    Portland became the latest municipality in Maine to recognize indigenous people instead of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, who arrived in the New World on Oct. 12, 1492. Belfast was the first to make the switch in 2015, Bangor did so last month and Orono followed suit last week. Later Monday night, the Brunswick Town Council voted 8-1 to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

    While one resident at Monday’s meeting called Christopher Columbus “a murderer,” another said that eliminating the Columbus Day holiday in Portland “is like a slap in the face to the Italians who reside here.” public domain

    Columbus Day has been a federal holiday since 1937 and will continue to be.

    While the initiatives in Belfast and Bangor saw no public opposition, Italian-Americans, including representatives of the Italian Heritage Center, opposed the proposal in Portland. They said Columbus Day is less a celebration about one individual and more a celebration of Italian-American heritage.

    “This is like a slap in the face to the Italians who reside here,” said Marianne Dalfonso Reali, a past president of the heritage center, which has a statue of Columbus in its lobby in Portland.

    Steve Caminiti, who grew up in Portland and now lives in Falmouth, said he didn’t want to argue about whether Columbus was a good man or a bad man. Instead, he highlighted the fact that Portland, and America in general, is a nation of immigrants.

    “We look at that as something that celebrates our contribution to the city of Portland and the country overall,” Caminiti said. “We understand all of these things are tainted in history.”

    But others see a darker side of history – one that is rarely taught in history books.

    Maulian Dana Smith, a member of the Penobscot Nation, said Columbus committed heinous crimes, including genocide. She noted how natives literally had their native language beaten out of them.

    “You can’t ask us to gloss over that history just so people can have a day off,” Smith said.

    Portland resident Jenn Sorkin was more blunt.

    Columbus was “a murderer,” Sorkin said. “He’s a rapist. He’s an enslaver. If he were alive today there is no doubt he would be on death row. It’s absolute nonsense.”

    Western Europeans first came to the Portland peninsula back in the 1600s, when it was a part of Falmouth. However, little is known about the Wabanakis who once called this region “Aucocisco.” Historians have estimated 90 percent of them were killed by disease brought by early explorers and by warfare after settlers arrived in full force.

    City Councilor Spencer Thibodeau seemed to sum up the view of the council when he said the proposal was about including indigenous people in the historical discussion, rather than excluding Italian-Americans.

    “(It’s) more of an opportunity to celebrate this day as one chooses,” Thibodeau said. “That is what I think is most powerful about it.”

    Supporters of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, who noted that Columbus never set foot in America, called the council action a first step in correcting history books, but it’s unclear how it will affect students in Portland.

    Superintendent Xavier Botana said changing the school calendar would require a vote of the school board, which has not discussed the issue. And the district does not prescribe lesson plans for Columbus Day, Botana said.

    “It is important to note that our teachers teach about the impact of colonization on Native American tribes, including Maine Native Americans, throughout the social studies curriculum in an age-appropriate manner,” he said in an email.

    “We also teach about the interplay of enduring themes such as exploration and discovery, economic expansionism, immigration, colonialism, genocide and cultural genocide, among other concepts associated with the arrival of Europeans in the Americas,” he said.

    Recognizing indigenous people on Columbus Day is a growing trend across the U.S. A few states – Alaska, Oregon, South Dakota and Vermont – don’t recognize Columbus Day.

    A bill to make Indigenous Peoples’ Day a state holiday did not advance in the Legislature this year.

    The proposal was sponsored by Councilor Pious Ali, who participated in a workshop this year with the Maine-Wabanaki REACH program, which aims to improve the health and well-being of Wabanakis.

    Correction: This story was updated at 12:49 p.m. on Sept. 19, 2017 to correct the name of the Italian Heritage Center and to correct the spelling of Marianne Dalfonso Reali’s first name.

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  • #2
    The fascist left eviscerates Christopher Columbus while at the same time celebrating Ernesto "Che" Guevara. Their idol was nothing other than a cold blooded murdering thug who personally murdered over 20,000 people - and proclaimed that he found killing human beings to be enjoyable.

    Here is an excerpt from a World Affairs article about Guevara titled The Truth About Che Guevara:

    A whole shelf of books have been written about Che Guevara. Most are hagiographic.

    Humberto Fontova’s' Exposing the Real Che Guevara is an exception. It’s relentlessly critical, not only of the killer himself, but of his fans. He spends hundreds of pages debunking Castro’s state mythology with footnoted sources and interviews with eye-witnesses, but Che’s own words are enough to condemn him.

    “A revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate.”

    “We will bring the war to the imperialist enemies’ very home, to his places of work and recreation. We must never give him a minute of peace or tranquility. This is a total war to the death.”

    “If the nuclear missiles had remained, we would have used them against the very heart of America, including New York City…We will march the path of victory even if it costs millions of atomic victims…We must keep our hatred alive and fan it to paroxysm.”

    Here’s one more from Fontaine in France: “In his will, the graduate of the school of terror praised the ‘extremely useful hatred that turns men into effective, violent, merciless, and cold killing machines.’ He was dogmatic, cold, and intolerant, and there was almost nothing in him of the traditionally open and warm Cuban temperament.”

    Link to the above article: http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/b...ut-che-guevara

    And then there's this web page that showcases some of Guevara's hate speech: https://www.ihatethemedia.com/10-che...not-talk-about

    And another article on Guevara, one of the fascist left's supposed saints: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/p...as-a-hero.html
    "There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights." - Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler, USMC

    "The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed." - Thomas Jefferson


    • #3
      Great information Progunner. Just finished reading through your links. If you want to have a better understanding of how the left uses propaganda, I would recommend that you read these too.

      They are erasing history and 1984 seems to be their playbook. Look for news in the future on Stone Mtn Georgia. That I predict is going to be a big target for removal.


      • #4
        As FUBAR as the collectivists are, there will be no peace from them until all freedom loving people and history makers have been completely extinguished from human memory. Too bad. The Egyptians were the first to orchestrate this. They would chisel off names from obelisks and inside of tombs, as well as much of the papyrus scrolls in order to erase someone who a later pharaoh decided wasn't politically correct anymore. This is very quickly revealed when you look at anyone's history of the dynasties of ancient Egypt. Where the gaps are, is where other peoples from the east (usually some Arab group) came in and took over for a few generations. The locals put up with them for a while, but when they finally got rid of the foreigners, they did everything possible to erase the fact that the hated foreigners were ever there.

        In today's world, collectivists can't stand having history around that demonstrates the horror of their own actions. Nor are they ever sanguine when someone can easily point out what a bunch of liars, thieves, and murderers they are. Hence, they HAVE to do everything possible to erase the speech, writings, and history they are so uncomfortable with.

        If you understand how God works, you can easily see that these people are driven by Satan himself. They will never be comfortable and at peace, since Satan is never comfortable when people can exercise their own agency. Satan hates this, and cannot tolerate not having control. Hence, like thinking people, dictators and control freaks of all kinds, as well as those who think they should be able to do anything they like without consequence, will want to change the past as well as control the present.

        If you believe in the War in Heaven that happened before the earth was created, you will be able to discern that that war never ended, it just changed venue.

        Good luck all, because we'll all need all the help from God that we are worthy to receive. But after all, we are in His hands, and must acknowledge His hand in all things. Let's be sure to be standing in the right places.