Monday, October 14, 2013

State of the USA on Columbus Day

Happy Columbus Day!

As the government shutdown continues: The Statue of Liberty reopened Sunday after New York state agreed to pay for running the site during the federal shutdown. I think we should add the word "taxpayers" after New York State, and by the way, when did we the taxpaying people agree to such a thing?

In case you haven't notice, highest-ranking US military generals have been systematically toppled - I'm not sure if it began with the Petraeus takedown, but I did have an "aha" moment on friday night when listening to the Michael Savage radio program. A caller suggested that President Obama, having grown up in the third world, holds a different point-of-view when it comes to politics vs. military. By extracting the top generals, the caller theorized, Obama is essentially "coup-proofing" the Federal government. He may be onto something! Many ultra-Conservatives have suggested Obama may be planning to declare martial law and take over control of power. This is the opposiste: Obama protecting the long-standing principles on which the USA was founded.

No deal yet in Senate as debt-ceiling talks stall

Some sources attribute the 1492-ocean-blue couplet to a 1919 poem called "The History of the U.S." by a 17-year-old intellectual prodigy named Winifred Sackville Stoner Jr. Reportedly a fluent speaker of Esperanto at age 5 (as Winifred Sr., a noted educator, informed the New York Times ), at 13 she published a book called Facts in Jingles [.pdf] , consisting of useful information rendered in easily memorizable light verse (i.e., "jingles"). 

Columbus Day Poem ::: 1492

In fourteen hundred ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

He had three ships and left from Spain; He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.

He sailed by night; he sailed by day; He used the stars to find his way.

A compass also helped him know How to find the way to go.

Ninety sailors were on board; Some men worked while others snored.

Then the workers went to sleep; And others watched the ocean deep.

Day after day they looked for land; They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.

October 12 their dream came true, You never saw a happier crew!

"Indians! Indians!" Columbus cried; His heart was filled with joyful pride.

But "India" the land was not; It was the Bahamas, and it was hot.

The Arakawa natives were very nice; They gave the sailors food and spice.

Columbus sailed on to find some gold To bring back home, as he'd been told.

He made the trip again and again, Trading gold to bring to Spain.

The first American? No, not quite. But Columbus was brave, and he was bright. Columbus Day Song (sung to the tune of "The Farmer in the Dell")

In 1492, In 1492, Columbus sailed across the sea, In 1492.

For 70 days he sailed, For 70 days he sailed, Columbus sailed across the sea, For 70 days he sailed.

He came to a new land, He came to a new land, Columbus sailed across the sea, And came to a new land.

Exploring he did go, Exploring he did go, Columbus sailed across the sea, Exploring he did go.

He sailed back home to Spain, He sailed back home to Spain, Columbus sailed across the sea, Then sailed back home to Spain.

Christopher Columbus In August 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

October 12th they sighted land, And set their feet upon new sand.

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