We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
...according to a history channel program a couple years ago, visiting the great religious buildings of Europe, it was those expelled Spanish (& Portugese?) Jews who eventually built the great Dohany Street synagogue in Budapest --from whence, under nazi pressure eventually came to New York and joined the builders of Temple Emanu-El.
There is a surprising and interesting Christopher Columbus connection in little Boalsburg, Pennsylvania. The Lee and Boal families are descendants of Christopher Columbus, Napoleon, Bolivar,and a number of other notables, they maintain a Columbus Chapel that includes Christopher Columbus's desk, family Bible, and numerous other objects.
Their family tree has many branches with a lot of history, quite amazing. Very unexpected, and fascinating.
instapundit has a interesting Columbus post this morning:
Here's a snip (from his snip, snipped from Samuel Eliot Morison):
"At the end of 1492 most men in Western Europe felt exceedingly gloomy about the future. Christian civilization appeared to be shrinking in area and dividing into hostile units as its sphere contracted. For over a century there had been no important advance in natural science and registration in the universities dwindled as the instruction they offered became increasingly jejune and lifeless. Institutions were decaying, well-meaning people were growing cynical or desperate, and many intelligent men, for want of something better to do, were endeavoring to escape the present through studying the pagan past. . . .
Yet, even as the chroniclers of Nuremberg were correcting their proofs from Kobergerís press, a Spanish caravel named Nina scudded before a winter gale into Lisbon with news of a discovery that was to give old Europe another chance. In a few years we find the mental picture completely changed. Strong monarchs are stamping out privy conspiracy and rebellion; the Church, purged and chastened by the Protestant Reformation, puts her house in order; new ideas flare up throughout Italy, France, Germany and the northern nations; faith in God revives and the human spirit is renewed. The change is complete and startling: ďA new envisagement of the world has begun, and men are no longer sighing after the imaginary golden age that lay in the distant past, but speculating as to the golden age that might possibly lie in the oncoming future.Ē
Columbus Day is one of me favorite holy days despised and usurped at the same time by envious louts.
Msr Bennett has added some insight as to the reactionaries then who correspond to present day louts;
This is primarily an effect of the Calvinist Puritan roots of American progressivism. Just as Calvinists believed in the centrality of the depravity of man, with the exception of a minuscule contingent of the Elect of God, their secularized descendants believe in the depravity and cursedness of Western civilization, with their own enlightened selves in the role of the Elect.
Agree about the Morison bio. He took a boat a year before WWII started for America and retraced the 4 voyages so there is a feel for his seamanship and what he might have seen coming to America. Great read, actually I listened to it as a on book on CD.