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Massachusetts Principal Takes Aim at Fall Holidays, Says They're Insensitive
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Posted on 10/15/2011 4:57:51 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

Massachusetts Principal Takes Aim at Fall Holidays, Says They're Insensitive

Published October 15, 2011 | FoxNews.com

An elementary school principal in Massachusetts has banned fall holidays, saying they’re insensitive, MyFoxBoston reported Friday.

Somerville principal: Fall holidays are insensitive: MyFoxBOSTON.com

Anne Foley, the principal at Kennedy School in Somerville, Mass., sent an email to teachers warning them about celebrating Thanksgiving, the Boston Herald reported.

"When we were young we might have been able to claim ignorance of the atrocities that Christopher Columbus committed against the indigenous peoples," Kennedy School Principal Anne Foley wrote.

"We can no longer do so. For many of us and our students celebrating this particular person is an insult and a slight to the people he annihilated. On the same lines, we need to be careful around the Thanksgiving Day time as well."

Teachers have already been told not to let students dress up for Halloween.

Parents told MyFoxBoston that they felt the principal was overreacting.

“My kids were brought up with Halloween and whatever have you. She has no right to tell these kids they can’t have it,” one woman told the station.

“The children, they need to express themselves and be children. Don’t take holidays and fun time away from them. They have so much homework. They don’t have enough play time,” another said.

Superintendant Tony Pierantozzi told The Herald that Halloween is “problematic” because of connections to witchcraft.

“I don’t think they should not be able to celebrate these holidays I mean this country was formed with the idea that everything is a free country, and they should be able to celebrate these holidays,” a Somerville woman told MyFoxBoston.

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KEYWORDS: christmas; columbusday; holiday; holidays; liberalidiots; ma; mass; massachusetts; publiceducation; publicschool; taxachusetts; thanksgiving
FIRED.............
1 posted on 10/15/2011 4:57:52 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

You kiddin me? This is Massholistan. She’ll be superintendent by the end of the year.


2 posted on 10/15/2011 5:00:15 PM PDT by OCCASparky (Steely-eyed killer of the deep.)
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To: Sub-Driver

yet another candidate for tar and feathers


3 posted on 10/15/2011 5:01:16 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: OCCASparky

Vomit! These people are crazy. Silly stupid.


4 posted on 10/15/2011 5:03:14 PM PDT by plumcrazy
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To: Sub-Driver
I prefer to discuss issues with people in a calm and rational manner, but Anne Foley seems to be incapable of that.

As a result, my response to her is you **** censored *@*#$^.

Glad I got that off my chest, and apologize if my language offended you. :)

5 posted on 10/15/2011 5:03:23 PM PDT by ken in texas
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To: Sub-Driver

There are those times when I’m sure the world has gone totally bezerk! This is one of those times........


6 posted on 10/15/2011 5:04:24 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: Sub-Driver

>> “Christopher Columbus committed against the indigenous peoples,” Kennedy School Principal Anne Foley

Yeah, that hag has first-hand knowledge of what really occurred back then...

Save the USA, bust the Marxist grip on PE.


7 posted on 10/15/2011 5:04:48 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Save a pretzel for the gas jet.)
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To: Sub-Driver

“When we were young we might have been able to claim ignorance of the atrocities that Christopher Columbus committed against the indigenous peoples,” Kennedy School Principal Anne Foley wrote.

I always confront liberals with this terrible proposition- what do they think would have happened if Genghis Khan or Tamerlane would have found their way to the Americas instead? Or, perhaps the gentle ministrations of someone like Selim the Grim? And most certainly, the “indigenous peoples” were not saints and killed each other. Powhatan, when John Smith inquired who lived in the region of Accomack on the far side of Chesapeake Bay, indicated no one lived there after he had them all killed. This crap about Columbus arriving here and destroying some sort of paradise is exactly that- crap.


8 posted on 10/15/2011 5:06:20 PM PDT by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: Sub-Driver

I guess holy-days take away from the time to teach condom mastery to elementary school kids


9 posted on 10/15/2011 5:06:33 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Sub-Driver

Is that school going to be open for classes on Thanksgiving? At the very least hat clown ought to go to work that Thursday and Friday to attend to administrative matters.


10 posted on 10/15/2011 5:07:56 PM PDT by stevem
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To: Sub-Driver
I don't give a damn if they're "insensitive" or not. I reserve the right to observe them and observe them I do. I'm particularly fond of Thanksgiving - a most meaningful feast for America - Thanks to our Creator for the manifold blessings bestowed on this Nation.



Lamh Foistenach Abu!
11 posted on 10/15/2011 5:08:21 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Gene Eric

Actually, CC never landed in the US............


12 posted on 10/15/2011 5:08:35 PM PDT by Sub-Driver (Proud member of the Republican wing of the Republican Party)
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To: GenXteacher

I always refer people to the Aztecs and Mayans as examples of the peaceful Native Americans. It is ignorant to think that war and violence was an invention of Europe.


13 posted on 10/15/2011 5:08:50 PM PDT by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: Gene Eric
Save the USA, bust the Marxist grip on PE.

The crackpots are really coming out of the woodwork the last few years.

14 posted on 10/15/2011 5:10:04 PM PDT by oldbrowser (Democrats have no superego.)
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To: Sub-Driver
“I don’t think they should not be able to celebrate these holidays I mean this country was formed with the idea that everything is a free country, and they should be able to celebrate these holidays,” a Somerville woman told MyFoxBoston.

I agree...or maybe not. Somerville woman talks funny.

15 posted on 10/15/2011 5:15:59 PM PDT by socal_parrot (I hate to say I told you so, but...)
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To: Sub-Driver

A fellow FReeper provided an unbelievable accounting of alleged atrocities perpetrated by indigenous tribes of Northern America. Unfortunately, I don’t have a link to the post.


16 posted on 10/15/2011 5:18:17 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Save a pretzel for the gas jet.)
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To: oldbrowser

Well this particularly crackpot is no doubt a product of earlier crackpottery.


17 posted on 10/15/2011 5:20:53 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Save a pretzel for the gas jet.)
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To: LukeL

If even today, we met the Mayans, and Aztecs,,,and watched their slavery and human sacrifice,,,, wouldn’t we do our best to wipe them out or replace their culture with ours? It seems like a moral imperative to wipe out such a culture.

Left untouched,,the Aztecs would AT BEST evolve into a culture like the Cartels, Muslims, or gangs in Brazil.

Why the reverence for such savages?


18 posted on 10/15/2011 5:22:42 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: Sub-Driver

its’ Assachussettes- why so surprised?


19 posted on 10/15/2011 5:41:24 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: Gene Eric

From what I have read, the atrocities were demonic. There is a book by Peter Marshall/David Manuel, “The Light and the Glory” that spell it out pretty good.


20 posted on 10/15/2011 5:45:56 PM PDT by bubbacluck (Proud Hobbit with no intention of going back to Middle Earth.)
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To: All

Enjoy Thanksgiving. After that comes nameless, faceless, P.C. drab “holiday,” formerly known as Christmas. As in have you started your holiday list or holiday shopping yet?


21 posted on 10/15/2011 5:48:54 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: LukeL
Wheeling WV comes from either an Algonquian or Iroquoian word for “place of the killing, or scalping or skinning or murdered horribly” implication is always that it was people who were killed. I have seen it explained using all those meanings. Clearly its a place where a lot of people died badly! The natives called it that before the whites ever showed up. So who died then, had to be natives killing natives. The were annihilated completely by the Iroquois.
22 posted on 10/15/2011 5:50:46 PM PDT by Reily
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To: Sub-Driver

Another case of a stupid, miserable liberal trying to make everyone as wretched as she is.


23 posted on 10/15/2011 5:51:08 PM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Is she aware that the first Thanksgiving was an occasion of comity between settler and tribesman? Or is it that she is more interested in fostering resentment than in celebrating us all getting along? Or is He to Whom we give thanks the problem?

Clearly someone is being insensitive here but I don't think it's the people who want to celebrate. It's the same old tired line from the Left: "happiness is complacency, you should be angry and miserable like me." Not for me, thank you. I wonder, can I say "thank you" without getting yelled at?

24 posted on 10/15/2011 5:58:55 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Sub-Driver
Anne Foley, the principal at Kennedy School in Somerville, Mass.,
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

I bet Anne Foley is gay.

25 posted on 10/15/2011 5:59:06 PM PDT by wintertime (I am a Constitutional Restorationist!!! Yes!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Of course he didn’t......but how dare you allow historical fact to interfere with a mindless liberal diatribe....or school policy??? I mean, just who do you think you are?????


26 posted on 10/15/2011 6:04:35 PM PDT by RightOnline
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To: Sub-Driver

With all due respect - screw you, Anne.


27 posted on 10/15/2011 6:06:08 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (A communist is just a liberal in a hurry)
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To: Allegra

MA = Romney = 0pansyCARE = Death Panels = Loss of Liberty = the USSKA where Pelosi is your Mom, and Reid is your daddy.

I pray that I never see the day that this happens.
God save our Country.


28 posted on 10/15/2011 6:10:01 PM PDT by redshawk (Hey 0pansy you dang liar....SCREW YOU)
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To: redshawk

Amen.


29 posted on 10/15/2011 6:12:52 PM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I don’t know much about Massachusetts, but in my state the school board decides what days the kids go to school.

How can a Middle school principal pick what days kids get to stay home?

If all the kids show up in costume, will she send them all home?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlwVvuduWgE


30 posted on 10/15/2011 6:18:27 PM PDT by Venturer
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Are You A Whining FReeper?

Got A Gripe So You Won't Donate?


Click The Pic

Isn't That Like Setting Fire To Your Own Home?

When FR Is Gone, Where Will You Go Then?

31 posted on 10/15/2011 6:19:47 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: GenXteacher

“This crap about Columbus arriving here and destroying some sort of paradise is exactly that- crap.”

Don’t you know that if Columbus hadn’t made his trip the North and South American continents would never have been discovered? Then it would have been all puppies and rainbows for the stone age savages that lived there.


32 posted on 10/15/2011 6:20:12 PM PDT by Hacklehead (The purpose of political correctness is to hide the truth.)
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To: Allegra
May you and your ‘goblins’ have a Happy Halloween and a very thankful, Thanks Giving. Carve those pumpkins.

Also, my Family, while decorating the tree, I insist, and always win the ensuing fight, to watch the silly movie, Christmas Vacation starring the silly Chevy Chase. I always cry like a babe when he is stuck in the attic. Just a great day and a great tradition.

May God Bless you and yours Allegra. May God Bless you with happy memories. Redshawk.

Happy every holiday.

33 posted on 10/15/2011 6:36:00 PM PDT by redshawk (Hey 0pansy you dang liar....SCREW YOU)
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To: GenXteacher
I always confront liberals with this terrible proposition- what do they think would have happened if Genghis Khan or Tamerlane would have found their way to the Americas instead? Or, perhaps the gentle ministrations of someone like Selim the Grim?

Or darlings of the left like Lenin, Stalin, Khrushchev, Mao Tse-tung, Zhou Enlai, Idi Amin, Che Guevara, Robert Mugabe, Jorge Acosta, Pol Pot.......


34 posted on 10/15/2011 6:43:38 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Obama's secret: "Once you learn to fake sincerity you've got it made")
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To: Sub-Driver
This is about disconnecting Americans from their history.

Then they will disconnect Americans from the land itself.

The Left isn't protecting the envirnoment by preventing drilling, they're hoarding the resources until the Americans are ousted from the land, and then they'll exploit the oil for their own purposes.

-PJ

35 posted on 10/15/2011 6:44:23 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day, Mexican on Cinco de Mayo, and American on Election Day.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Anne Foley, Obama voter and child mind-poisoner.


36 posted on 10/15/2011 6:56:38 PM PDT by WOSG (“Legion of Acceptibility”)
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To: Sub-Driver

Didn’t they used to hang bitches in Massachusetts?

Oh wait a minute.....that was WITCHES. Never mind.


37 posted on 10/15/2011 7:03:56 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (Obama inherited a mild recession from George W. Bush and turned it into a major depression.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Maybe she has a point

Because of Halloween I almost became a witch in kindergarten

But then I became Woody Woodpecker instead


38 posted on 10/15/2011 7:19:54 PM PDT by silverleaf (Common sense is not so common - Voltaire)
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To: Political Junkie Too
This is about disconnecting Americans from their history.
Then they will disconnect Americans from the land itself.

I notice the school's calendar of events for November lists "Islamic New Year", right after Thanksgiving. How odd that Principal Dumbass didn't include that in her memo.

39 posted on 10/15/2011 8:06:59 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: liege

Thanks for the reference.


40 posted on 10/15/2011 8:29:32 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Save a pretzel for the gas jet.)
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To: redshawk
Thank you so much for your very kind post. I wish you and your family the very same, redshawk, to include God's abundant blessings upon you all.

It's funny - my family also watches National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation when we get together in the D.C area each year (OK, I've missed a few here and there since 2003...) usually a couple of days before Christmas while sipping holiday cocktails.

I plan on making it this year.

Good to know that this tradition is more popular than we thought. :-)

41 posted on 10/15/2011 9:14:00 PM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: Venturer
In Massachusetts Democrats are divided into two factions, moonbats and hacks. This principle is definitely a moonbat. But her ideas on holidays will be resisted by the pinkie ringed hacks. You see the Hacks would love to declare everyday a paid holiday, for the public sector, not the dreaded private sector. That way they get paid for not working. Massachusetts will never be in danger of losing any holidays. They will compromise with this moonbat by declaring more holidays, and let the moonbats name them.
42 posted on 10/15/2011 9:36:42 PM PDT by gusty
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To: driftdiver

Will somebody please burn this Bitch’s broom, or use it to clean her out of office?

Another Massachusetts Marxist. Thanks Romney.


43 posted on 10/15/2011 9:48:47 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Sub-Driver
Christopher Columbus?

129 years apart?

Christopher Columbus... Really?

Christopher Columbus never made it to the United States, but he did make it as far north as Cuba...

Atrocities?

Christopher Columbus was an Italian sailing for money from the Spanish.

He thought he was in China or India...

The "atrocities" were from the "Conquistadors," a coalition army of Spanish conquistadors and Tlaxcalan warriors led by Hernán Cortés and Xicotencatl the Younger against the Aztec Empire, 1519-1521.

http://www.mexconnect.com/photos/5986-h2-postclassic-period-900-1521-a-d-world-of-trade-large.jpg?1236899188

While the Aztec account of the Spanish Conquest of Mexico does not basically change the facts we are already familiar with, it does detail brutality and massacres on the part of the Spaniards that historians have simply glossed over. Rather than bewailing the Spanish atrocities, we must accept that the way the Conquistadors conducted warfare was normal in the 1500's and earlier centuries. We have but to read the accounts of battles as revealed in the Old Testament, The Illiad of Homer, or Greek and Roman History, to recognize that the Spaniards were relatively merciful.

What the Aztec records do is give us an insight into their mind-set. They explain why they were unable to defeat the comparatively few invaders. Even with their Indian allies the Conquistadors never numbered more that 25,000 armed men in their initial move toward the Aztec Capital. Approximately 500 Spaniards with only 16 horses, plus their Indian Allies, engaged armies that outnumbered them at least ten to one. The Aztec account of the Conquest reveals a philosophy of war that explains this.

What is most remarkable is that the Aztec account of the Conquest, is almost completely non-judgmental. Although they describe Spanish atrocities in gory detail, it is done factually, with little emotion. Additionally, they give Cortes credit for attempting to negotiate peace with the various tribes he met en-route to Tenochtitlan, the Aztec Capital. Even in Cholula, the single city in which the Spaniards actually massacred most of the inhabitants, the Aztec report of the event includes the possibility that it may have been provoked by falsehoods spread by the Tlaxcalan allies of the Conquistadors. Nowhere in the Aztec accounts of the Conquest do we find any effort to paint the Spaniards as monsters. Actually, these records reveal more about the Aztecs themselves than about the Spaniards. They explain the way the Aztecs viewed the invaders and how their rulers attempted to handle them. We see Moctezuma himself and his people living in fear of the future and the very Gods they worshiped. In the end, perhaps their fears were justified.

Interesting. I do not see the name Christopher Columbus in there anywhere. According to the maps he was hundreds of miles away from the "atrocities" and it was decades apart. Christopher Columbus died in 1506 and the "atrocities" of Spanish conquistadors and Tlaxcalan warriors Mizzz Anne Foley attributes to him did not occur until 13 YEARS after he was dead.

More fun... This first celebration of Thanksgiving was over a thousand miles away, 129 years LATER in 1621 and was not related to either Christopher Columbus or Hernán Cortés.

Of course, these mere facts will do nothing to deter the self-righteous indignation of Mizzz Anne Foley against the evil, vile and offensive practice of celebrating Thanksgiving.

Oh no, no, no.

It is FAR too PC to be a mindless slug of a human being and point fingers at an American tradition branding it "Insensitive" (never says to whom) to the "Oppression / Atrocities" claim based on an idiotic fabrication of three totally separate historical events occurring over a hundred years apart and separated by over a thousand miles, in which the vile WHITE MEN were not even alive at the same time.

And, Of COURSE, this twit is an Elementary School Principal in Massachusetts.

OF. COURSE.

There is actually a video of her reading from a script about how great they all are at the school website.

Video

Prepare yourself for a non-stop verbal PC vomit fest of "inclusiveness and diversity."

.

44 posted on 10/15/2011 9:50:04 PM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: Sub-Driver

This doesn’t surprise me because I was reading comments on a liberal site the other day voicing this same thing. I’m reading a text book now geared towards AP high school or college students, and it really tends to focus on white people as people who brought the Indians disease, war, manipulated them, pitted them against each other at times, took their land, and (in some cases) enslaved them.

As for me, I think Columbus Day and Thanksgiving are holidays that are important and celebrate our history.


45 posted on 10/16/2011 2:43:30 AM PDT by Pinkbell
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To: OCCASparky

Come on now, Sparky. Everyone knows that when Christopher Columbus and the Pilgrims in the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock, the first thing they did was kill anyone whose skin wasn’t white. And that’s why you never see any people with dark skin anywhere to this very day.


46 posted on 10/16/2011 4:56:30 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (I'm sticking with Herman. No more second terms!)
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To: Past Your Eyes

Correction.

the first thing they did was kill anyone whose skin wasn’t white. And that’s why they had to import dark skinned
workers from Africa later on, to pick their cotton
and make mixed drinks.


47 posted on 10/16/2011 5:05:06 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Past Your Eyes

Haven’t been to Dorcester lately, have ya?


48 posted on 10/16/2011 5:07:58 PM PDT by OCCASparky (Steely-eyed killer of the deep.)
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To: OCCASparky

Nope. No plans to go, neither!


49 posted on 10/16/2011 6:25:45 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (I'm sticking with Herman. No more second terms!)
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To: Allegra
I hope you make it home this year. Time, as you know, is running out. Always is as we age.

I hope you do the ‘Christmas Vacation’ tradition this year. Even if you are by yourself. What I find amazing is that, as silly as that movie is, it speaks the TRUTH, and the average folk can be associated with it. Remember that crazy Uncle or Aunt?) She wrapped up the cat for crying out loud. My Aunt did that too, except it was a squirrel. Too funny. God Bless.

Hang your flag proudly. Fight for our Country and VOTE.

Also, Merry Christmas, Easter, and all the other great traditions of the Mighty USA. Traditions that soon will be banned by the Govt. under the 0pansy watch.

I just heard that Halloween will be banned in the 0pasny state of CA. I'm still confirming that. However, if true, it shows you the direction our Mighty USA is leaning twards. For as you know, should 0pansy win in 2012, you, me, and our familys will end up in the ‘goo-log’. AKA, the Mighty USA will be ‘fundementally transformed’ (by 0pansy).

Our tradition will then be lost. Dang, I cry just thinking about this.

Hey, remember, In the movie when Chevy plugged in the exterior lights? And the support his wife gave him. Even when the lights did not work. Now, that's Love. I have that love for our Country.

From the Fiddler on the Roof, “Tradition”.

God Bless you and yours. Hope you get home this year. Family is too important.
redshawk.

50 posted on 10/18/2011 10:32:54 PM PDT by redshawk (0pansy is a Liar)
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