October Holiday

October Holiday
Today, October 13, 2014, the Federal Office of Management and Budget observes the invasion of the Americas by Christophorus Columbus (aka Christoffa Corombo, Cristoforo Colombo, Cristóvão Colombo, Christovam Colom, and Cristóbal Colón), a Genoese private contractor working for the government of Castille.  Federal employees have Monday off. Even at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Of course, senators and congressmen have every Monday off. Every Friday, too.

God Bless America.

Note: Monday, October 13, 2014 is Indigenous Peoples Day in cities from Seattle to Skowhegan. In Minneapolis, too. It’s Native American Day in South Dakota and Explorers Day in Hawaii.


“Why you should celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving instead of Columbus Day,” Max Fisher, Vox

“Columbus – Hero or Villain?” Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, History Today

“North America is a crime scene: The untold history of America this Columbus Day,” Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Salon

“What to tell your kid about Christopher Columbus,” David M. Perry, CNN

“9 reasons Christopher Columbus was a murderer, tyrant, and scoundrel,” Dylan Matthews, Vox

“Columbus, greed, slavery, and genocide: what really happened to the American Indians,” Dominic Selwood, The Telegraph


Short link: http://wp.me/p6sb6-k2N

Image (First Invasion of The Americas, after Dioscoro Teofilo de la Puebla Tolin) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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