Christopher Columbus; The Tyrant That Started It All

•October 21, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Christopher Columbus, “founder” of the New World, was a villain. He was indirectly responsible for the killing of thousands of Native Americans, he was a liar, and as captain, was responsible for the men in his crew.

A Nautical Captain is defined as “The captain (alt. master or shipmaster) of a merchant vessel is a licensed mariner in ultimate command of the vessel. The captain is responsible for its safe and efficient operation, including cargo operations, navigation, crew management and ensuring that the vessel complies with local and international laws, as well as company and flag state policies. All persons on board, including officers and crew, other shipboard staff members, passengers, guests and pilots, are under captain’s authority and ultimate responsibility.” Through this definition, we can see that through the acts of Columbus’ men, Columbus was directly responsible for any crime, petty theft, or capital offence that a member of his crew committed, Columbus also committed. “As soon as I arrived in the Indies, on the first Island which I found, I took some of the natives by force in order that they might learn and might give me information of whatever there is in these parts. ” Seeing as a single person could not single-handedly take people, he must have ordered his crew to do so, which shows that his crew listened to him and did not disobey his orders no matter what it was. “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 (years old) are now in demand.”How did Columbus know this? Possibly, like other captains of the time, he gathered information from the experiences of his crew, in which case, shows that hsi crew were pedophiles, and looking at the technical definition of what a Captain was, we see that Columbus is responsible for this, and the blood is on his hands.

In a letter sent to Queen Isabella, Columbus has been seen quoting:”Hispaniola is a miracle. Mountains and hills, plains and pastures, are both fertile and beautiful … the harbors are unbelievably good and there are many wide rivers of which the majority contain gold. . . . There are many spices, and great mines of gold and other metals….” The island that he was speaking of is modern day Cuba, a country that, just like The New World, did not have an abundance of gold laying about in the sun, it was sparce, and at the time, Columbus did not find gold. Columbus was very much like the explorer John Smith who used vivid exaggerations in order to obtain more money, Smith was also seen writing about “iguanas as large as crocodiles.” Large quantities of gold similiar to the ones that Christopher Columbus and john Smith were describing was not found in the United States until the Gold Rush; hundred’s of years after Columbus “founded” the New World. Another point is that Christopher lied to obtain more money and what many people do not know is that Queen Isabella has thought to have pawned her jewels in order to pay for this, she also seized and sold land from many of her citizens, not only did Columbus destroy the people in the new country, but he destroyed the lives of the people in his own. It has also been seen that near Hispaniola, after two indians refused to give up their arrows and little ornaments they had, they were “run through with swords and bled to death.” A very tolerant captain and complying crew indeed.

After Christopher Columbus landed in what he thought was India, he found people there, people who have been recorded through history as to having lived there for hundreds of years earlier. When the Vikings came, (we know this through the carbon-dating of Norse and Viking artifacts found in the north), they wrote down records and in these records was first hand accounts of finding the Indians residing there. Seeing as the Vikings came before Columbus, Columbus lied in stating that he found a new country with no people in it. After this he blatantly told the Queen that the people would be easy to convert, and also came up with the first idea of slavery that was unlike the Greek and Roman slaves.”They … brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks’ bells. They willingly traded everything they owned… . They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features…. They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane… . They would make fine servants…. With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.” This passage found from another letter to the Queen directly shows that he intended to imprison them and force a religion into their belief system. When the Europeans came over, they enslaved the people, and after a few hundred years, we have their tales of being infested with smallpox through the gifts of blankets, their lifestyle dying through the persecution of the buffalo, and the suffering they did while doing the fatal Trail of Tears.

In Conclusion, Christopher Columbus was a killer, a murderer, a liar, a thief, and not only would take from others who were thought of as savages and worthy slaves, but from his own crew and country. It has even been speculated that Columbus lied about seeing land first so as to take the money that the King and Queen promised to the first man to sight it. Christiopher Columbus was a tyrant who had no care for others, only for wealth, gold, and riches. We pretend he is a great man when we are taught in kindergarten that he sailed the ocen blue in 1492, but, if we open our eyes, we can see the truly horrible deeds that he has done.


The Cold War

•May 14, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Love Not War will gain you Peace, No war = No Cost

Citizens of the United States of all different backgrounds, cultures, and races asking for the same thing; Peace

Non-Violence will result in peace but mutually assured destruction (otherwise known as M.A.D.), will get you nowhere. The proofs in this are in the definitions of War and Peace. War is a state or period of armed hostility or active military operations, and the definition of peace are being in a state or relationship of non-belligerence or concord; not at war. Or untroubled, tranquil, and content and being in a state of mutual harmony between people or groups, especially in personal relations. So, if M.A.D. was used and you got what some people would define as “Peace”, is it in actuality true honest Peace? Peace is a state of harmony between groups, but if it was harmonic, would there really have to be a need for nuclear weapons? Peace is

The bombing of Pearl Harbor that ultimately led to the bombing of Hiroshima, it was the beginnings of destruction.

 impossible by definition to be gained through weapons and nuclear destruction, you can’t use violence in the hope that it will resolve war and result in Peace. What many people don’t know is that the peace sign was actually created and adopted by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Even in the 1960’s and 70’s, even in the 1980’s people had the use of nuclear weapons but they did not want to use them. They did not want to risk their lives and others just for the sake of a false sense of Peace. People from all over the world were in and combined in this campaign because countries knew what were at hand and what they could do to each other but they did not want to use them. Many people would define this as M.A.D., but in actuality it is non-violence because you are in no way, shape, or form using violence to achieve your end goal; having weapons on the side isn’t peace either because you still have them they just aren’t in action and aren’t being used. That is just a dormant war, it is not, in definable terms, Peace. The meaning of threaten is to be a menace or a source of danger to or to utter a threat against; in other words, to menace. If another country is threatening to arm their nuclear

Women’s Suffrage Movement using Non-violence to achieve their goal.

  weapons to destroy a country, in no way is that peaceful. Even with the disarmament of missiles and weapons, there is still a threat of war and death. In no way will Nuclear weapons or weapons of any kind ever gain you peace. Throughout history it has been proved time and time again that you can achieve your means, goals, and ideas through non-violence. It worked with figures throughout history ranging from Jane Goodall to John Lennon. If you want to ensure your children and your children’s children with a healthy and safe future you have to protect them today, and you can’t protect them with missiles ready to stand by at a moments notice with a few presses of a button. Just with the concept of fighting fire with fire, you can’t use violence t abolish violence, you have to know what is right, what is safe, and what will get your idea across without killing the world’s population. Non violence in no way creates violence, and it helps create peace and freedom to speech and it allows others to express their views and opinions without a gun in their hand or a  missile in your country. There are no radical measures and it’s been

The symbol adopted by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND)

 shown throughout history; the Women’s suffrage movement used it, Gandhi used it, and countries and groups around the world are still using it today. Nuclear weapons in no way will be able to ever create peace. They abolish the concept of humanity; many people of the opposing viewpoint would also argue that we formed peace through the bombing of Hiroshima. But this is a one-sided argument. It was peaceful only on one side, it gained Peace only for America. In no way did we help Japan or create Peace for them, we ruined their economic situation and showed them that even though we founded our country on oppression and equality, that we are going to kill your oppressed and ruin whatever means you have of equality. You cannot force your beliefs on other countries because they do not have the same culture and belief system that many Americans do. Their mentality is different, many subjects would rather die at their countries own hands than by another’s so not only would you be wiping out a single portion of land that is occupied by thousands possibly millions, but you would kill whoever was left too. If you can spread through out the globe what non-violence is, the concept, teachings, and proof of it, then there will not be a need for war. Non-violence changed the past of our fabric, and it opens doors for our future.


Battle of Bulge

•May 11, 2011 • Leave a Comment

The Battle of the Bule was a german offensive that occured during the end of WWII in the forests of the Ardennes mountain region. This offensive battle wa splanned with the highest level of secrecy and the Germans at the end, were left defeated. Their armies had suffered extraordinary damage, this battle was the turning point in the war. After this battle the Germans became more afraid of the ruthlessness from the American soldiers who even after being shot would keep coming at them with no stop. American resistance played a key part in this battle, and afterwards the war was changed forever, because America soon came in favor of the upper hand. During the Battle of the Bulge, many troops and batallions played significant parts driving out the German forces faster than could have been thought, and one of these companies contained Ronald N. McArthur. McArthur was the first gunner in his section of machine gunners. He was part of the 45th Division Heavy Weapons Company belonging to Patch’s 7th Army. His troop was set up on high trails n opposit sides in the wood, along with machne guns, and 30 caliber machinery, they also had a number of tanks by their side. Throughout the day while waiting in the brush jumping at every cracked twig ir sudden fall of snow, they were hit in mid-evening when they were hit by an enemy artillery troop.  

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Pictures (in order): Merry Chritmas Hitler, Forces hiding in the snow drifts, A lost soul after the battle, Identifying the dead and deceased, An American Soldier waiting in the Snow, and a Soldier waiting for the battle. 

Shrapnel was flying everywhere along with viciously shredded trees, branches, and shrubbery. McArthur at one point told his assistant to man the gun at all costs so he could go forward about 300 feet and cut some logs that had fallen from the shells so that they could be placed over his troops hidden foxhole. When he was cutting the fifth log, a German sniper that had hidden in front of a tank that was near the logs and who had stayed behind after his troop was driven out, shot out and hit McArthur clear across the face. He stumbled and collapsed in the snow that was over a foot deep; luckily the bullet was soft-nosed and left shrapnel in his face, mouth, and cheek, and it did not mortally wound him. But it still had created substantial damage, it went through one cheek and exited out of the other side taking almost all of his teeth and gums. He felt numb, and thought that his tongue was gone until he checked to see what was left and found it in his mouth intact. He had a slash on his face from beneath his eye all the way to his right ear. With the odds on McArthur’s side, the medic that was standing nearby came and patched him up with medical powder and bandages. His jeep came by shortly after and he and another GI was evacuated to aid stations and hospitals before he finally made it back home to the United States. He not only helped drive out the Germans from his section of the forces, but survived a bullet to the face and gave many men the spirit and pick me up that was needed after fighting in the snow without provisisons, boots, or adequate shelter. If the battle of the bulge had been fought in another location, could the Americans still have obtained the ace needed to turn the war if they had fought somewhere else than where they originally did?

Holocaust Story

•April 20, 2011 • 2 Comments

Anne Frank, the author of the diary that would reduce millions of readers to tears and feel heartache for her struggles and philosophies on life was sent to Auschwitz at the age of 15 after having her family’s location betrayed and being sent to  Westerbork transit camp. After being through so much, she passed away from disease and exhaustion before Jews were rescued from camps by soldiers. Her father was the only survivor in the fazmily and went on to publish her diary about the Secret Annex. But her stories about her own Holocaust and camp were never published. After much work and findings, he was able to find out that she worked in Auschwitz for many months, the winter of 1914 to 1915 comes and the conditions deteriorate. Anne and her sister comes down with typhus, only a few weeks before Auschwitz was taken down, she dies of typhus. This story makes me feel extremely sad, because if you’ve ever read her diary you bonded with her and you want her to perservere and withstand and survive the Holocaust, but once you find out her fate it feels like someone you actually know has passed away. If I was in her situation I don’t know if I could have lasted as long as she did, especially with my family dying all around me. To make sure an event like this never happens again you have to promote equality for all, no matter what race, gender, sexuality, or age. We also have to make sure that another dictator doesn’t come into power and that all countries has a democratic government. If Anne Frank had not died, do you think that her diary would have been as emotional and would have promoted perserverance and equality as much as when she did die?

The Great Depression

•April 20, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Many people looking at me would assume that I was rummaging for food, when in reality I was actually picking up the yard in front of my house, no I didn’t live in the run down apartment building behind the picket fence, I lived in the flimsy cardboard, stolen drapery, rummaged scraps in the empty lot that was my home. I do not feel proud of where I am, and I’m not proud of where I came from. Once an honest businessman who helped the poor, desperate, and lonely, I now find myself in the very ranks of the people that I helped. In the run down streets of once provishing streets full of laughing children, prosperous couples, and smiling faces, I live with my brother. I never was supposed to be here, we’re supposed to trust our banks, but here I am building up barriers so I don’t lose what is left of my life, so that I don’t have to brawl with another woman and her brother. After I lost all of my settlements and went bankrupt on my grocery store, my wife took my kids and went to live with her parents. She looked down on me, she was used to living in upscale places and refused to let our own children live in a less than proper home. What was left of our accounts she took with her, even what was left from my father’s will for me when he shot himself after the stock market crashed. I now live with my brother, we alternate between the empty lot and soup kitchens throughout the day, trying to administer first aid when we get in a fight with once good friends of ours over posessions, land, and property. Life was never supposed to be like this, and the economy never was supposed to either. How will we get out of this?

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Freedom and Liberty During War

•April 6, 2011 • Leave a Comment

The freedom and liberties of Americans are often restricted in times of war, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor Japanese descendants and families were sent to camps because many citizens thought that they might get bombed again and that they would be safer if they were sent away. Citizens of the united States who had simply had ancestors of the same descent as people who decades later, bombed Pearl Harbor.  The camps had nearly nonexistent medical care and food was poor. All of this because of how they looked, it was the idea of many to do that to Muslims after the bombing of 9/11 and to put them in camps. No matter what happens, you cannot blame someone for their race, gender, or religion. In times of war, no matter what, the freedoms and liberties of Americans should not be restricted in any way. Many people will argue that in WWII, food was restricted from Americans using food stamps, but it wasn’t restricted the U.S. wasn’t telling them that they can’t eat they were telling them that they had to limit their use of certain products because the Army needed it or was already using it. If you take away freedoms and liberties than you cannot abide by the Constitution, and you cannot believe that people are entitled to “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”. If you take way someone’s rights, than the establishment crumbles and you cannot listen to the laws set down by our forefathers. Taking away freedoms and liberties takes away America.

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Pictures (in order): Lady Liberty the first thing that Immigrants would see on their way to Ellis Island; Free Speech and Free Rights; How the Japanese were treated after the bombing, not as U.S. Citizens but as terrorists; Children in Japanese Imprisonment Camps reciting the Pledge of Allegiance; and the instructions for all people of Japanese Descent to go to camps.

The Red Baron

•March 30, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, aka the Red Baron; one of the greatest pilots in not only the history of German warfare, but in American history. Red Baron made one of the greatest impacts during the roaring 1920′s because he gave so many people the inspiration to fight for their countries after he had accomplished his wide range of victories from the time of World War I. Many people looked up to him whether they were American, German, or part of any other nationality because of all the things that he had accomplished. He had won over eighty air combat victories compared to meager two or three victories with other soldiers and pilots from other countries. The biggest things in war that drive the people are often pride and spirit, that’s why the Hiroshima bombing wasn’t thought of as a malicious and conniving act; because of all the patriotism produced from times of war. The Red Baron gave victories, pride, and spirit to Germany and was one of the most influential people in the roaring twenties and in World War One.

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