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(Exploration Day)   Group works to change Columbus Day to acknowledge ALL explorers (Lewis and Clark, Jonas Salk, Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, John Glenn, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, etc.)   (explorationdayusa.org) divider line 121
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2012-10-07 02:28:43 PM
My state changed it to "Native American Day" years ago. It's such an important holiday that most of the schools around here have classes that day so that they can take an extra day off two weeks later for the opening weekend of hunting season instead.
 
2012-10-07 02:29:23 PM
What a bunch of anti-semites.
 
2012-10-07 02:29:51 PM
Assassin Day
 
2012-10-07 02:34:22 PM
Here in SD we don't have columbus day, we have Native American day. but most things are still open
 
2012-10-07 02:35:28 PM
If it's not a holiday that encourages getting drunk and/or blowing shiat up then it doesn't belong on the calendar. As it stands, there is so much cruft listed on a typical calendar because every group wants it's own special day/week/month that it looks like a roster for Jerry's Kids. Feel bad for black people month, buy pink shiat month, don't burn the books week, blow a months pay on useless crap celebration, the annual gorge yourself with family members you despise day... get rid of it all.

/grievance aired
//feats of strength next
///don't make me hit you with the pole
 
2012-10-07 02:41:09 PM
That's... actually not the worst of ideas. Columbus was not the one-dimensional villain that certain circles make him out to be today, but there are indeed many explorers who deserve to be honored for their achievements.
 
2012-10-07 02:42:16 PM
Just all American explorers evidently, not all explorers.
 
2012-10-07 02:43:51 PM

DigitalCoffee: If it's not a holiday that encourages getting drunk and/or blowing shiat up then it doesn't belong on the calendar.


Sounds like exploration to me.
 
2012-10-07 02:48:20 PM

TheOther: Mugato: Does anyone past the 4th grade even give a shiat about Columbus Day, besides having to figure out if the mail and garbage comes?

Well, Mr. 1%, you get your garbage delivered??


It's imported.
 
2012-10-07 02:48:21 PM

DigitalCoffee: If it's not a holiday that encourages getting drunk and/or blowing shiat up then it doesn't belong on the calendar. As it stands, there is so much cruft listed on a typical calendar because every group wants it's own special day/week/month that it looks like a roster for Jerry's Kids. Feel bad for black people month, buy pink shiat month, don't burn the books week, blow a months pay on useless crap celebration, the annual gorge yourself with family members you despise day... get rid of it all.

/grievance aired
//feats of strength next
///don't make me hit you with the pole


Guido Day: paint yourself orange, 'roid rage, duck face
 
2012-10-07 02:49:55 PM

JerseyTim: I hope of they recognize Dora, they also include Boots.


I'll recognize her....

i291.photobucket.com

/having a seat over there
 
2012-10-07 02:50:37 PM

DownDaRiver: Sure, and while they're are at it -
Martin Luther King day shall become a 'Black Person from History Day' in honor of;

George Washington Carver
Malcolm X
Rosa Parks
Willie Mays
Bessie Smith
Rodney King
Micheal Jackson


It was Civil Rights Day in NH for a very long time. I think they have since changed it though because the KKK would defend NH thinking it was because NH didn't like King when instead it was because more than one person helped with civil rights.
 
2012-10-07 02:50:39 PM
Are the people who say Columbus was a "mass murdering moron" idiots? Do you really believe that?

1.- Columbus requested a crew. The Catholic Monarchs gave him a bunch of criminals who were imprisoned for murder, rape and armed robbery because they didn't believe Columbus was going to get anywhere and they didn't want to lose good men.

2.- One of the first things Columbus did after discovering America? Getting himself jailed and relieved from command.

So, any genocide against the natives was made by the Spaniards, NOT Columbus.
 
2012-10-07 02:53:03 PM

DigitalCoffee: If it's not a holiday that encourages getting drunk and/or blowing shiat up then it doesn't belong on the calendar. As it stands, there is so much cruft listed on a typical calendar because every group wants it's own special day/week/month that it looks like a roster for Jerry's Kids. Feel bad for black people month, buy pink shiat month, don't burn the books week, blow a months pay on useless crap celebration, the annual gorge yourself with family members you despise day... get rid of it all.

/grievance aired
//feats of strength next
///don't make me hit you with the pole


Fireworks postponed to tomorrow night. Not Columbus as much as the end of the "Summer Season"
Plenty of drinking going on as I empty the beer in the fridge and liquor in the maid's closets,

/Football and beer on the clock, not worried about a day off.
 
2012-10-07 02:53:08 PM
Umm, Monday already is Leif Erikson Day.
 
2012-10-07 02:53:43 PM
You wouldn't have this problem if you had made it Thanksgiving like sensible people.

Columbus Day? What's that about, then? Isn't it the day they plant trees?

No, it's like all the other damnèd holidays. Everybody goes shopping. The malls are full of Canadians as far South as Watertown and everybody whines, "What are all these people doing in my mall, getting in my way and buying the third rate crap that my companies specially produce to be sold on holdiays?" Then everybody has Thanks ... I mean Columbus Day dinner at a chain restaurant with too much crap on the walls and then home to vegetate in front of the TV during some interminable football game that is replacing all the good TV shows of the week.

Happy Columbus Day!

Damn Columbus. Greasy little SOB, the Jews and the Afro-Centrists can have him. Everybody else discovered America before him any way. Romans, Greeks, Phoenicians, Basque fishermen, the Irish, Britons (minus their King, although he later paid them to rediscover it), Vikings, Africans, Muslims, the Chinese, etc.
 
2012-10-07 02:54:02 PM
The Italians won't allow it, they need their ethnic holiday that they claim isn't an ethnic holiday.
 
2012-10-07 02:54:59 PM
Presidents Day should include the Vice Presidents!
 
2012-10-07 02:55:28 PM
Good idea.
 
2012-10-07 02:56:02 PM

rocky_howard: Are the people who say Columbus was a "mass murdering moron" idiots? Do you really believe that?

1.- Columbus requested a crew. The Catholic Monarchs gave him a bunch of criminals who were imprisoned for murder, rape and armed robbery because they didn't believe Columbus was going to get anywhere and they didn't want to lose good men.

2.- One of the first things Columbus did after discovering America? Getting himself jailed and relieved from command.

So, any genocide against the natives was made by the Spaniards, NOT Columbus.


for example, King Ferdinand:

"The late Pope gave these islands and mainland of the ocean and the contents hereof to the above-mentioned King and Queen, as is certified in writing and you may see the documents if you should so desire. . . . . Therefore, we request that you understand this text, deliberate on its contents within a reasonable time, and recognize the Church and its highest priest, the Pope, as rulers of the universe, and in their name the King and Queen of Spain as rulers of this land, allowing the religious fathers to preach our holy Faith to you . . . . Should you fail to comply, or delay maliciously in so doing, we assure you that with the help of God we shall use force against you, declaring war upon you from all sides and with all possible means, and we shall bind you to the yoke of the Church and of Their Highnesses; we shall enslave your persons, wives and sons, sell you or dispose of you as the King sees fit; we shall seize your possessions and harm you as much as we can as disobedient and resisting vassals. And we declare you guilty of resulting deaths and injuries, exempting Their Highnesses of such guilt as well as ourselves and the gentlemen who accompany us."
 
2012-10-07 02:56:36 PM
Back in college we never had Columbus day off because fall break was always the week after and we got 2 days off. No idea if it was intentional because they didn't want to honor Columbus or if it was a better divider of the semester. And there was a movement by groups on campus to call it "Indigenous People's Day" anyway.
 
2012-10-07 02:59:22 PM
Then we can change a few letters and call it "Exploitation Day" In rememberance of the tens of millions of people they killed?
 
2012-10-07 03:01:20 PM

RickN99: GAT_00: As long as it takes Columbus off of that list, I'm fine with that. There is no reason we should celebrate a mass murdering moron.

Never realized he was intentionally mass-murdering people. You have a citation to where he claimed to want to kill off the natives and decided to use disease to do it? Since, you know, it was murder and all.


Right? And cutting off their hands if they were over 14 and couldn't come up with one hundred pounds of spun cotton per year wasn't intentional either.
 
2012-10-07 03:04:26 PM
Salk? Seriously?
 
2012-10-07 03:05:49 PM
that's farking stupid.
 
2012-10-07 03:09:10 PM

One Bad Apple: SFSailor: Amelia Earhart? Yeah, cuz hiding in the attic counts as exploring. Sheesh.

She wasn't hiding she was just too blind and deaf to know where she was


I think it's very vulgar of you to make jokes about Amelia Earhart. The day her Space Shuttle exploded was a tragedy, and you should be ashamed, ASHAMED of yourselves for turning it into some kind of farce.

ashamed
 
2012-10-07 03:18:24 PM
John Glenn was an explorer?? he didn't even have a steering wheel on the apparatus!!!
 
2012-10-07 03:21:55 PM
I'm a fairly conservative, traditionalist History major who's nauseated by PC idiocy.

I think this is a great idea.

Now we just need to make it like New Years, St Paddys, memorial day, July 4th, Labor day and Halloween, as one of our alcoholidays.
 
2012-10-07 03:22:07 PM
Sounds good. Christopher Columbus was a Goddamn moron. Every educated person back then knew how large the Earth was because that had been figured out two thousands years ago. They knew how far away Asia was and that sailing Westward to it was futile. Columbus however believed a different measurement that people knew was wrong. Then he arrives in the Caribbean and thinks they're in India because Columbus has no farking clue what India is actually like even though that's where he was trying to go the entire time. Then when other explorers are like "Yo dog, we're pretty sure these islands ain't India. India has like cities and shiat" Columbus continues to maintain that he had found India. Then add onto that that Columbus never reached the land that would become the United States, and that he wasn't the first European to reach America anyway there's zero reason to have a holiday to this guy.
 
2012-10-07 03:23:32 PM

tenpoundsofcheese: Going to a sound stage in Arizona is hardly being an "explorer".


Coming from any other farker, I would take that as a joke, but here I'm not so sure.....
 
2012-10-07 03:23:50 PM
What the fark is Columbus Day? Is that like Thanksgiving down there?
 
2012-10-07 03:41:45 PM
Columbus Day? More like Italian-American guilt day if you ask me.
But you won't, because I'm white.
 
2012-10-07 03:45:50 PM

Foxxinnia: Sounds good. Christopher Columbus was a Goddamn moron. Every educated person back then knew how large the Earth was because that had been figured out two thousands years ago. They knew how far away Asia was and that sailing Westward to it was futile. Columbus however believed a different measurement that people knew was wrong. Then he arrives in the Caribbean and thinks they're in India because Columbus has no farking clue what India is actually like even though that's where he was trying to go the entire time. Then when other explorers are like "Yo dog, we're pretty sure these islands ain't India. India has like cities and shiat" Columbus continues to maintain that he had found India. Then add onto that that Columbus never reached the land that would become the United States, and that he wasn't the first European to reach America anyway there's zero reason to have a holiday to this guy.


Spot on...except for one point. Clumbus knew damn well his calculation on the distance to India was wrong; he only used the lie to make Ferdinand and Isabella give him money for the voyage.
 
2012-10-07 03:46:47 PM
Normally, I hate this kind of 'inclusive' nonsense; just leave well-enough along.

But this, THIS, is pretty damned good idea (unless we have to include all the sub-groups that had minor, if any, participation in the discoveries, i.e., the gay - if there were any, porters that carried L&C's stuff onto their boat, the women that brought food to the docks for Columbus, the gay women that drove trucks around Cape Canaveral, you know, crap like that cuz if they do, fark it).
 
2012-10-07 03:47:19 PM

DownDaRiver: Sure, and while they're are at it -
Martin Luther King day shall become a 'Black Person from History Day' in honor of;

George Washington Carver
Malcolm X
Rosa Parks
Willie Mays
Bessie Smith
Rodney King
Micheal Jackson


Columbus didn't do shiat worthy of his own holiday. I'm fine with changing it. MLK earned his day.
 
2012-10-07 03:57:17 PM
Revisionist history by Bugs Bunny.

She's a-round like my head
She's flat like your head....
 
2012-10-07 03:58:23 PM
Bring back the Adventurers' Club!

KUNGALOOSH!

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-10-07 04:09:36 PM

RickN99: GAT_00: As long as it takes Columbus off of that list, I'm fine with that. There is no reason we should celebrate a mass murdering moron.

Never realized he was intentionally mass-murdering people. You have a citation to where he claimed to want to kill off the natives and decided to use disease to do it? Since, you know, it was murder and all.


You do realize he intentionally handed out smallpox blankets because they knew they would kill natives, right?
 
2012-10-07 04:14:06 PM

One Bad Apple: SFSailor: Amelia Earhart? Yeah, cuz hiding in the attic counts as exploring. Sheesh.

She wasn't hiding she was just too blind and deaf to know where she was


Pretty sure she also was one that sat on that bus and ran the underground railroad
 
2012-10-07 04:20:09 PM
Columbus? Isn't he that guy that Native Americans discovered lost at sea in 1492?

Zebulon Pike Day, now there is one we need to frigth for.
 
2012-10-07 04:20:54 PM
Sure whatever, I don't think anyone cares that much.
 
2012-10-07 04:28:59 PM

basemetal: Columbus day isn't a highly celebrated day around my neck of the woods.


It's more important for some people than for others....

www.suprmchaos.com
 
2012-10-07 04:35:09 PM
I kinda like what they do here in South Dakota, it is "Native American Day" here. Since it is celebrating the "discoverer" of America.
 
2012-10-07 04:38:20 PM

GAT_00: RickN99: GAT_00: As long as it takes Columbus off of that list, I'm fine with that. There is no reason we should celebrate a mass murdering moron.

Never realized he was intentionally mass-murdering people. You have a citation to where he claimed to want to kill off the natives and decided to use disease to do it? Since, you know, it was murder and all.

You do realize he intentionally handed out smallpox blankets because they knew they would kill natives, right?


Are you trolling or do you really believe that?

Blankets? Really? In the Caribbean? LOL

You're thinking of the Englishmen.
 
2012-10-07 04:56:37 PM
I don't see any need to restrict the celebration to explorers. Let's just make it Everybody Day, Which Up Until Recently Was Columbus's and celebrate everyone who is remembered for anything: Nebuchadnezzar, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, Casper Van Dien, Erasmus of Rotterdam, Eddie the Eagle, Zoroaster, Seve Ballesteros ...
 
2012-10-07 04:59:10 PM

GAT_00: As long as it takes Columbus off of that list, I'm fine with that. There is no reason we should celebrate a mass murdering moron.


For connecting Europe and the Americas, and turning the world upside down. Its not like his life got too much better from doing it.
Also why would Columbus want to kill of his potential slave work force? Not to forget, the day he died he thought he had just found Asia.

/what about Washington or Lincoln?
//war is somewhat subjective
 
2012-10-07 05:02:25 PM
I say we have Multicultural Week right after Apologist's Day, which would be after Give a Lot of Money to Raise Awareness of Some Dumb Bullshiat month.

I'm sure this would do a lot of good or something.
 
2012-10-07 05:24:10 PM
In Scotland's Knights Templar Rosslyn Chapel, there are clear depictions of corn and aloe cactus found on the archways and ceiling.These plants were officially discovered in America and first brought to Europe in the 16th century.How then did the Masons building Rosslyn Chapel, completed in 1486, know about these plants at least 6 years before Columbus set sail?
Therefore, Columbust must of been a time traveler and a Templar or a time traveling Templar.
 
2012-10-07 05:36:50 PM
I don't care what they call it so long as they still give me a floating holiday

/yay working for a bank
//using the float day for Black Friday
 
2012-10-07 05:48:48 PM

Thanks for the Meme-ries: JerseyTim: I hope of they recognize Dora, they also include Boots.

I'll recognize her....

[i291.photobucket.com image 480x360]

/having a seat over there


As if the cartoon wasn't sexy enough already.
 
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