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Birthday Week And The Admiral Of The Ocean Sea

Posted on | October 9, 2014 | 29 Comments


This week all three of us that run this here blog celebrate our birthdays, and in fact today’s my 55th birthday. As Mickey Mantle once said, “If I’d known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.” All that aside, since I can’t afford to buy everyone a beer in celebration, I did the next best thing and knocked the price of my book, The Last Falangist, down to 99 cents for the weekend, including Columbus Day, about which more momentarily. I would have given it away for free today, but apparently it costs little enough already that Amazon won’t let me do that.

On a related topic, the deranged Anglo racists of Seattle have replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day. This insults not only Italian-Americans, who have long claimed the Admiral of the Ocean Sea as a hero on account of his Genoese origins, but Latinos such as myself who realize that without him, everybody south of the Rio Grande would be speaking Portuguese, or even worse, Gaelic. Lies about Christopher Columbus abound, and since the best way to fight lies is with truth, I summon to the field of battle the eminent naval historian and retired admiral Samuel Eliot Morison, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning Admiral of the Ocean Sea is an honest look at the life and career of the great mariner who opened America to European colonization. A shorter version (the Reader’s Digest edition, if you will) is his Christopher Columbus, Mariner. Finally, if you want to go right to the source, there is Journals and Other Documents on the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus, translated and edited by Morison. Columbus may not have been a stainless hero (who is?) but he deserves better than the lies peddled by Howard Zinn and other revisionist scumballs.

The Last Falangist – 99 Cents Through Monday!


29 Responses to “Birthday Week And The Admiral Of The Ocean Sea”

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    October 9th, 2014 @ 2:10 pm

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  2. NeoWayland
    October 9th, 2014 @ 2:27 pm

    Back when Arizona first put MLK Day up to a public vote, one of the competing voter initiatives would have replaced Columbus Day with MLK Day.

    To my knowledge, Arizona is the only state to ever put MLK Day up to a public vote. Twice.

    And going by the raw numbers, it won both times.

  3. Bob Belvedere
    October 9th, 2014 @ 2:42 pm

    When will they insist that we no longer use the term ‘America’ because it’s in honor of my paisan Amerigo Vespucci, member of the Patriarchy? [-who used his member in PIV]

  4. Bob Belvedere
    October 9th, 2014 @ 2:42 pm

    Let us not forget that Smitty’s official title is: Admiral Of The Afghan Sea.

  5. Wombat_socho
    October 9th, 2014 @ 3:15 pm

    I am never to be forgetting this.

  6. Wombat_socho
    October 9th, 2014 @ 3:16 pm

    Seattle didn’t even put this up for a vote; it was decided by the City Council with (apparently) little or no debate.

  7. Wombat_socho
    October 9th, 2014 @ 3:16 pm

    I’m sure that’s coming sooner or later.

  8. Zohydro
    October 9th, 2014 @ 3:33 pm

    In the the country of the my home, we are remembering Cristobal Colón only to the bringing of the lues to a flesh marketplace by the our village of beautiful huts for many the men who dance in boys…

  9. Dianna Deeley
    October 9th, 2014 @ 3:50 pm

    A very happy birthday, Wombat! Many happy returns!

  10. Zohydro
    October 9th, 2014 @ 3:53 pm


  11. JeffS
    October 9th, 2014 @ 4:35 pm

    No debate at all. But the Italian community is more than a trifle pissed.

  12. JadedByPolitics
    October 9th, 2014 @ 5:28 pm

    Happy Birthday and I made a donation in your honor to the site!

  13. Quartermaster
    October 9th, 2014 @ 6:00 pm

    Happy Birthday, you young welp!

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  15. missred
    October 9th, 2014 @ 7:04 pm

    Happy Birthday today to you Wombat, and to Smitty and RSM!

  16. K-Bob
    October 9th, 2014 @ 7:32 pm

    Over the transom…

    History is hard. We’re going to get Obama (PBUH) to dictate an Executive Order (which is The Law, Stupid) declaring all those old, dead dudes from like, a hundred years ago, are gone, so from here on out, we’ll use newer dead dudes. Like Jeff Goldblum.

    Sincerely, the Left

  17. K-Bob
    October 9th, 2014 @ 7:37 pm

    Followup over the transom…

    Jeff Goldblum died a hundred years ago? I’ll ask my Mom. She’s probably a hundred.

    the Left’s kid brother

  18. M. Thompson
    October 9th, 2014 @ 9:45 pm

    Happy birthday.

    And, Morison deserves more respect.

  19. Wombat_socho
    October 9th, 2014 @ 10:18 pm

    I had thought nothing could be less coherent than some of Anamika’s drug-soaked contributions, but you, sir, have not only broken that barrier but reduced it to piles of quivering bosons.

  20. Wombat_socho
    October 9th, 2014 @ 10:20 pm

    He is a great, great writer. His HISTORY OF US NAVAL OPERATIONS IN WORLD WAR II makes even the most boring shit about the Navy’s part in World War II interesting. For fifteen volumes.

  21. Wombat_socho
    October 9th, 2014 @ 10:21 pm

    Thank you!

  22. Wombat_socho
    October 9th, 2014 @ 10:21 pm

    Thanks, you old fart!

  23. Wombat_socho
    October 9th, 2014 @ 10:21 pm

    Much appreciated!

  24. Wombat_socho
    October 9th, 2014 @ 10:21 pm


  25. Wombat_socho
    October 9th, 2014 @ 10:22 pm

    Thank you, it was! As for the rest, I am taking it one year at a time. 🙂

  26. Zohydro
    October 10th, 2014 @ 12:04 am

    Massless bosons?

  27. Wombat_socho
    October 10th, 2014 @ 12:05 am

    There may be a few bosons’ mates in there.

  28. M. Thompson
    October 10th, 2014 @ 9:31 am

    I know. I used parts to write papers in school.

    And don’t forget the action of the S.S. STEPHEN HOPKINS, either

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