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1  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Do you think Columbus discovered America first? on: October 15, 2013, 09:33:31 AM
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Once again, it's time to celebrate Columbus Day. Yet, the stunning truth is: If Christopher Columbus were alive today, he would be put on trial for crimes against humanity. Columbus' reign of terror, as documented by noted historians, was so bloody, his legacy so unspeakably cruel, that Columbus makes a modern villain like Saddam Hussein look like a pale codfish.

Question: Why do we honor a man who, if he were alive today, would almost certainly be sitting on Death Row awaiting execution?

If you'd like to know the true story about Christopher Columbus, please read on. But I warn you, it's not for the faint of heart.

Here's the basics. On the second Monday in October each year, we celebrate Columbus Day (this year, it's on October 11th). We teach our school kids a cute little song that goes: "In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue." It's an American tradition, as American as pizza pie. Or is it? Surprisingly, the true story of Christopher Columbus has very little in common with the myth we all learned in school.

Columbus Day, as we know it in the United States, was invented by the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal service organization. Back in the 1930s, they were looking for a Catholic hero as a role-model their kids could look up to. In 1934, as a result of lobbying by the Knights of Columbus, Congress and President Franklin Roosevelt signed Columbus Day into law as a federal holiday to honor this courageous explorer. Or so we thought.

There are several problems with this. First of all, Columbus wasn't the first European to discover America. As we all know, the Viking, Leif Ericson probably founded a Norse village on Newfoundland some 500 years earlier. So, hat's off to Leif. But if you think about it, the whole concept of discovering America is, well, arrogant. After all, the Native Americans discovered North America about 14,000 years before Columbus was even born! Surprisingly, DNA evidence now suggests that courageous Polynesian adventurers sailed dugout canoes across the Pacific and settled in South America long before the Vikings.

Second, Columbus wasn't a hero. When he set foot on that sandy beach in the Bahamas on October 12, 1492, Columbus discovered that the islands were inhabited by friendly, peaceful people called the Lucayans, Taínos and Arawaks. Writing in his diary, Columbus said they were a handsome, smart and kind people. He noted that the gentle Arawaks were remarkable for their hospitality. "They offered to share with anyone and when you ask for something, they never say no," he said. The Arawaks had no weapons; their society had neither criminals, prisons nor prisoners. They were so kind-hearted that Columbus noted in his diary that on the day the Santa Maria was shipwrecked, the Arawaks labored for hours to save his crew and cargo. The native people were so honest that not one thing was missing.

Columbus was so impressed with the hard work of these gentle islanders, that he immediately seized their land for Spain and enslaved them to work in his brutal gold mines. Within only two years, 125,000 (half of the population) of the original natives on the island were dead.

If I were a Native American, I would mark October 12, 1492, as a black day on my calendar.

Shockingly, Columbus supervised the selling of native girls into sexual slavery. Young girls of the ages 9 to 10 were the most desired by his men. In 1500, Columbus casually wrote about it in his log. He said: "A hundred castellanoes are as easily obtained for a woman as for a farm, and it is very general and there are plenty of dealers who go about looking for girls; those from nine to ten are now in demand."

He forced these peaceful natives work in his gold mines until they died of exhaustion. If an "Indian" worker did not deliver his full quota of gold dust by Columbus' deadline, soldiers would cut off the man's hands and tie them around his neck to send a message. Slavery was so intolerable for these sweet, gentle island people that at one point, 100 of them committed mass suicide. Catholic law forbade the enslavement of Christians, but Columbus solved this problem. He simply refused to baptize the native people of Hispaniola.

On his second trip to the New World, Columbus brought cannons and attack dogs. If a native resisted slavery, he would cut off a nose or an ear. If slaves tried to escape, Columbus had them burned alive. Other times, he sent attack dogs to hunt them down, and the dogs would tear off the arms and legs of the screaming natives while they were still alive. If the Spaniards ran short of meat to feed the dogs, Arawak babies were killed for dog food.

Columbus' acts of cruelty were so unspeakable and so legendary - even in his own day - that Governor Francisco De Bobadilla arrested Columbus and his two brothers, slapped them into chains, and shipped them off to Spain to answer for their crimes against the Arawaks. But the King and Queen of Spain, their treasury filling up with gold, pardoned Columbus and let him go free.

One of Columbus' men, Bartolome De Las Casas, was so mortified by Columbus' brutal atrocities against the native peoples, that he quit working for Columbus and became a Catholic priest. He described how the Spaniards under Columbus' command cut off the legs of children who ran from them, to test the sharpness of their blades. According to De Las Casas, the men made bets as to who, with one sweep of his sword, could cut a person in half. He says that Columbus' men poured people full of boiling soap. In a single day, De Las Casas was an eye witness as the Spanish soldiers dismembered, beheaded, or raped 3000 native people. "Such inhumanities and barbarisms were committed in my sight as no age can parallel," De Las Casas wrote. "My eyes have seen these acts so foreign to human nature that now I tremble as I write."

De Las Casas spent the rest of his life trying to protect the helpless native people. But after a while, there were no more natives to protect. Experts generally agree that before 1492, the population on the island of Hispaniola probably numbered above 3 million. Within 20 years of Spanish arrival, it was reduced to only 60,000. Within 50 years, not a single original native inhabitant could be found.

In 1516, Spanish historian Peter Martyr wrote: "... a ship without compass, chart, or guide, but only following the trail of dead Indians who had been thrown from the ships could find its way from the Bahamas to Hispaniola."

Christopher Columbus derived most of his income from slavery, De Las Casas noted. In fact, Columbus was the first slave trader in the Americas. As the native slaves died off, they were replaced with black slaves. Columbus' son became the first African slave trader in 1505.

Are you surprised you never learned about any of this in school? I am too. Why do we have this extraordinary gap in our American ethos? Columbus himself kept detailed diaries, as did some of his men including De Las Casas and Michele de Cuneo. (If you don't believe me, just Google the words Columbus, sex slave, and gold mine.)

Columbus' reign of terror is one of the darkest chapters in our history. The REAL question is: Why do we celebrate a holiday in honor of this man? (Take three deep breaths. If you're like me, your stomach is heaving at this point. I'm sorry. Sometimes the truth hurts. That said, I'd like to turn in a more positive direction.)

Call me crazy, but I think holidays ought to honor people who are worthy of our admiration, true heroes who are positive role models for our children. If we're looking for heroes we can truly admire, I'd like to offer a few candidates. Foremost among them are school kids.

Let me tell you about some school kids who are changing the world. I think they are worthy of a holiday. My friend Nan Peterson is the director of the Blake School, a K-12 school in Minnesota. She recently visited Kenya. Nan says there are 33 million people in Kenya... and 11 million of them are orphans! Can you imagine that? She went to Kibera, the slum outside Nairobi, and a boy walked up to her and handed her a baby. He said: My father died. My mother died... and I'm not feeling so good myself. Here, take my sister. If I die, they will throw her into the street to die.

There are so many orphans in Kenya, the baby girls are throwaways!

Nan visited an orphanage for girls. The girls were starving to death. They had one old cow that only gave one cup of milk a day. So each girl only got ONE TEASPOON of milk a day!

After this heartbreaking experience, Nan went home to her school in Minnesota and asked the kids... what can we do? The kids got the idea to make homemade paper and sell it to buy a cow. So they made a bunch of paper, and sold the paper, and when they were done they had enough money to buy... FOUR COWS! And enough food to feed all of the cows for ONE FULL YEAR! These are kids... from 6 years old to 18... saving the lives of kids halfway around the world. And I thought: If a 6-year-old could do that... what could I do?

At Casady School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, seemingly "average" school kids raised $20,000 to dig clean water wells for children in Ethiopia. These kids are heroes. Why don't we celebrate "Kids Who Are Changing the Planet" Day?

Let me ask you a question: Would we celebrate Columbus Day if the story of Christopher Columbus were told from the point-of-view of his victims? No way!

The truth about Columbus is going to be a hard pill for some folks to swallow. Please, don't think I'm picking on Catholics. All the Catholics I know are wonderful people. I don't want to take away their holiday or their hero. But if we're looking for a Catholic our kids can admire, the Catholic church has many, many amazing people we could name a holiday after. How about Mother Teresa day? Or St. Francis of Assisi day? Or Betty Williams day (another Catholic Nobel Peace Prize winner). These men and women are truly heroes of peace, not just for Catholics, but for all of us.

Let's come clean. Let's tell the truth about Christopher Columbus. Let's boycott this outrageous holiday because it honors a mass murderer. If we skip the cute song about "In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue," I don't think our first graders will miss it much, do you? True, Columbus' brutal treatment of peaceful Native Americans was so horrific... maybe we should hide the truth about Columbus until our kids reach at least High School age. Let's teach it to them about the same time we tell them about the Nazi death camps.

While we're at it, let's rewrite our history books. From now on, instead of glorifying the exploits of mass murderers like Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Genghis Khan, and Napoleon Bonaparte, let's teach our kids about true heroes, men and women of courage and kindness who devoted their lives to the good of others. There's a long list, starting with Florence Nightingale, Mahatma Gandhi, Rev. Martin Luther King, and John F. Kennedy.

These people were not adventurers who "discovered" an island in the Caribbean. They were noble souls who discovered what is best in the human spirit.

Why don't we create a holiday to replace Columbus Day?
2  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / try and pay attention!!!!!!!! on: December 15, 2010, 11:52:50 AM
3  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Who is this Guy/Girl? on: November 04, 2010, 11:32:30 AM
Stark when he had some size?
4  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Ding Ding !! We have another supernatural cum NFL type sprinter on Getbig :))) on: November 03, 2010, 01:42:25 PM



Hand timing is BS in a 40 yard sprint.  Way to much human error for such a short distance. I can go to any high school and find 10 kids who claim a 4.6 or better 40 yard. They are all delusional.  If they could really do that their college would be paid for at a division I school for a track scholarship  .  I was a sprinter in high school and college.  Anyone who can break 4.5 legit is an elite athlete.

I forgot this is GetBig where everyone is an elite bodybuilder, rich; drives a 100K car and has such good looks that they have to turn down woman left and right.
5  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Ding Ding !! We have another supernatural cum NFL type sprinter on Getbig :))) on: November 03, 2010, 01:37:36 PM
i know, the Hawk was awesome.....David Thompson was a guy who wasted his career with drug use too.....sad.
6  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Ding Ding !! We have another supernatural cum NFL type sprinter on Getbig :))) on: November 03, 2010, 01:33:49 PM
Uh, Connie Hawkins played in the NBA......I'm talking about the ones who "woulda been all-pro" yet never made it out of hs....
i don't think he made to the NBA till he was 29.....dude is in the HOF and missed his best years....
7  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Ding Ding !! We have another supernatural cum NFL type sprinter on Getbig :))) on: November 03, 2010, 01:28:46 PM
Everybody in da hood knows "some guy" who was better than Jordan, but just got caught up in something..... Roll Eyes
look up connie hawkins....
8  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Ding Ding !! We have another supernatural cum NFL type sprinter on Getbig :))) on: November 03, 2010, 12:38:48 PM
with stop watches u can confuse yourself

4.6 is blindingly fast if legit 
jerry rice ran that ona good day and is considered best reciever of all time
9  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Industry Business Technology Board / Re: I'm Gonna Get a Job on: November 03, 2010, 12:34:04 PM
be a community organizer.....big upside to that career
10  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Industry Business Technology Board / Re: I'm Gonna Get a Job on: November 03, 2010, 12:20:14 PM


"The only man that makes no mistake
is the man who does nothing."

- Theodore Roosevelt
11  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / Sports Discussion Boards / Re: For all the Randy Moss haters on: November 03, 2010, 12:17:53 PM
i hope he likes the cold in northern NY
12  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Hahahaha!! - Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman: Two evil witches LOSE THEIR ASSES! on: November 03, 2010, 12:07:43 PM
lmao.. ok ok, both of these women do know about business. of course they do. but to what extent can one know about business? the idea that it takes a special education to run a company is retarded. i know about 20 drug drealers under the age of 30 who could run a multinational corporation tomorrow with no problems. pretty much anyone with the slightest understanding of supply/demand, basic mathematics, and sales could do so. these two bitches dont have any kind of special knowledge on how to balance budgets or anything else that might be worthy in a politician
first lesson in dealing is:don't smoke you're own shit....you must be bankrupt
13  Getbig Main Boards / Politics and Political Issues Board / Re: Hahahaha!! - Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman: Two evil witches LOSE THEIR ASSES! on: November 03, 2010, 12:01:52 PM


"The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people,
it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government
-- lest it come to dominate our lives and interests."

- Patrick Henry

14  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Industry Business Technology Board / Re: I'm Gonna Get a Job on: November 03, 2010, 11:39:53 AM
Get a job at a cigar shop - there was one next to my place, the guy working there looked so happy and loved life lol
15  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Ding Ding !! We have another supernatural cum NFL type sprinter on Getbig :))) on: November 03, 2010, 11:37:09 AM
here's what i had to contend with at state track meets


The Fearsome Foursome
The Morris brothers of Ayer, Mass. are perhaps the most spectacular quartet of siblings who ever laced up football cleats and track spikes
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So, Joe, how does it feel to be in this kind of company?

"Well, that's some company to be in, but, really, I'm not in it."

How do you compare with them?

"I won't compare," Morris says, "because I don't compare."

But, of course, he does. No less an authority than Ben Schwartzwalder, the Syracuse coach for 25 years, who retired after the 1973 season and who coached all the great Orange backs except Morris, says, "He is in their class, yes sir. He's like something out of a cannon."

A Lowell, Mass. newspaper reporter wrote, " Joe Morris is not able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. He does, however, give a speeding bullet a good run for its money." And he gives every other back in the country a good run for his money. In fact, if only Syracuse were a better football team—the Orangemen may have to play above their heads to achieve a .500 mark this year—Morris would be an even-money Heisman pick.

In sum, Joe Morris—so tough, so fast, so strong, so willing, so straight, so modest, so dedicated—ranks among the very best all-round football players in the land. He is, however, perhaps only the fourth best player in his own family. True. If they chose up sides in the Morris family, Joe just might be the last choice. Nobody understands that better than Joe, who, when told once by a reporter, "You're the greatest," responded, "No, sir, I'm just the latest."

These days he's even losing his grip on being the latest, because two of his three brothers are scholarship football players as freshmen at Syracuse. Larry Morris, 19, is a devastating runner who obliterated Joe's rushing records at Ayer High. Larry got 5,758 yards; Joe had a school-record 3,367. Larry scored 72 touchdowns, Joe 49. Mike Morris, 18, is an extraordinarily fast sprinter who runs holes in the wind (he broke all of Joe's track records at Ayer) but loves football best.

Then there's Jamie, 16, a 5'6�", 155-pound 10th-grader this fall, who has everything his brothers have—only more. When Joe was a senior at Ayer High, he ran a creditable 51.2 440; last year, as a freshman, Jamie broke Joe's school record with a 48.9, and he wasn't going all-out.

In fact, every one of Joe's football records and every one of Joe's track records at Ayer have been broken by his brothers. "I ain't got nothing left," sighs Joe from a green and white sofa at home.




Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1124705/2/index.htm#ixzz14FJBIeRo
16  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Ding Ding !! We have another supernatural cum NFL type sprinter on Getbig :))) on: November 03, 2010, 09:47:44 AM
4.6 isn't really that fast imo
17  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Ding Ding !! We have another supernatural cum NFL type sprinter on Getbig :))) on: November 03, 2010, 09:18:09 AM
Well blacks are faster due to the fact they have an extra muscle in their thighs.. Or that is at least what Jimmy the Greek said back in the 90's.... It got him fired... Smiley
i used to run track against Jamie,Joe and Larry Morris....now those are some fast muthafuckahz
18  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Ding Ding !! We have another supernatural cum NFL type sprinter on Getbig :))) on: November 03, 2010, 08:52:54 AM
4.5 and i'm white
19  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / Sports Discussion Boards / Re: For all the Randy Moss haters on: November 03, 2010, 06:42:36 AM
wheres the clips of him taking plays off ,or walking to the locker room with time still on the clock....or expecting prime at 33 years old?
20  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / Sports Discussion Boards / Re: Celtics Fan Celebration (of of the funniest shit ive ever seen haha) on: November 03, 2010, 06:38:38 AM
Typical.

You don't think of the world class cancer centers/hospitals.

The 75 colleges and universities.

The top ten median income.

The rich history.

The 7 sports titles since 2000.

The cape and the beaches.

The hundreds of thousands of coeds that come in each fall.

The great heath care.

You think of the gays. The first thing you think of is homosexuals.

I'd dispute your claims. I don't see a lot of gay and lesbians at all. And even if I did, who gives a shit? It'd be a testament to the quality of life within the city...Gays tend to be high income and successful.

With movies out there like the towne and the departed... the JFK connection, Harvard, MIT - etc... Gay is hardly the projection of this city.


i was just giving you a stat......oh no not homo shit around here.......you must be so fuckin proud



21  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / Sports Discussion Boards / Re: Celtics Fan Celebration (of of the funniest shit ive ever seen haha) on: November 02, 2010, 01:44:36 PM
We have the same kind of douche at dodger stadium he is there every game doing the same routine day in and day out ... it was funny the first 50 games but now its just annoying


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ro0HdY0z_m8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ro0HdY0z_m8</a>
i wanna smash that douche bag in the face with a shovel
22  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / Sports Discussion Boards / Re: Celtics Fan Celebration (of of the funniest shit ive ever seen haha) on: November 02, 2010, 01:13:25 PM
whats your obsession with gay boston people?  Huh
i live here and see all the fags everyday
23  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / Sports Discussion Boards / Re: Celtics Fan Celebration (of of the funniest shit ive ever seen haha) on: November 02, 2010, 11:29:28 AM
a shitload of great comics came outta boston
that's cuz they tell gay jokes
24  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Would you rather be a multimillionaire or have a 12 inch cock? on: November 02, 2010, 07:06:05 AM
it's fantastic
25  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / Sports Discussion Boards / Re: Celtics Fan Celebration (of of the funniest shit ive ever seen haha) on: November 02, 2010, 06:59:54 AM
Boston :second highest per capita homosexual population in the country
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