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Columbus, UFOs and the 2016 Election

Columbus, UFOs and the 2016 Presidential Election

At 10:00 PM on 11 October 1492 Rodrigo Triana, a seaman on the flagship Santa Maria saw what appeared to be a giant candle veil, increase in intensity before ascending skyward.  He alerted Cristobal Colon aka Christopher Columbus of this phenomenon on or near Watlings Island in Guanahani off the main island San Salvador in the Bahamas chain.  This was one of several similar sightings recorded in the navigational logs of History’s most famous voyage to the often depicted New World. The ensuing day Columbus when he saw the inhabitants of San Salvador did not utter “may the force be with you” or “take me to your leader” gleefully crying out instead, “miran a los habanos” (habanos or havanos  is Spanish for tan ones and they were not referencing cigars which have the same designation in modern parlance).  Columbus thought these inhabitants were Indios (Indians, the indigenous people of India) and his ships were south of China, the charted designation of the fleet of three ships (Nino, named for one of the co-owners of the smallest of the ships; Pinta, Pintada or “Painted One” humorously named for the hostess of a bawdy tavern / house of leisure seaman hangout (unfortunately the name stuck instead of Santa Clara) and Santa Maria, the winter mooring bay in Spain for these and many other ships).


He summoned his translator Luis de Torres, who spoke several Indio-Arabic dialects as well as Chinese and is historically acknowledged as the first Jew to set foot in the Americas.  WHAT! ---- he spoke the language of India and didn’t open a “new deli” (New Delhi)?  Sorry, but that pun was too obvious.  1492 also was the Year that the Office of the Inquisition aka “The Inquisition” via Queen Isabella decreed that Jews and Muslims should either convert to Christianity or leave Iberia (Spain and Portugal). This decree was reinforced in 1501, officially ending the 800 plus years domain of Moors that included a World conquest and the domination of most of Europe.  To Columbus´ dismay the large land mass south of the Bahamas was not mainland China, but another island ---- Cuba to be exact. He was further astonished when another large mass to the West was an island as well, Hispaniola ---- the Dominican Republic and Haiti.  Though educated at the top navigational institution in Portugal as were many of the early European explorers; Columbus had miscalculated by at least 4000 miles the circumference of the Earth and had landed in a New World.  Ever the opportunist, he enslaved the locals and began to mine the discovered gold to present to the Queen instead of the anticipated silks, porcelains and essences.


Arguably, Columbus was not a racist as his actions would infer ---- his navigator, Martín Alonso Pinzón was Black and his crew multi-national.  As subsequent voyages to the Caribbean brought enslaved Africans to augment the dwindling, massacred indigenous labor forces ---- the long often unwitting alliance of Spanish, Blacks and the oppressed began.  Some highlights of this union were:


(a)    the conquest of the known world by a Moor, Hannibal and the birth of armored warfare with the use of elephants as tanks. Descendants of the ensuing Moorish occupancy produced literary greats, classical musical icons and heads of State


 (b) Gaspar Yanga, an African nobleman sold into slavery in Veracruz Mexico with other runaways joined the oppressed indigenous and fought Spain to a standstill in a 39 year war from 1570 to 1609, land was ceded (a town in Veracruz bears his name) and this populace became known as the “First Free People in America”.  Vicente Guerrero, a descendant of Yanga became the first Black President of Mexico.



 (c) Mexican General Bernardo Galvez (City of Galveston Texas bears his name in tribute) multi-national armada controlled the waterways from Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi River to the southern tip of the Great Lakes during the Revolutionary War. Haitian fur trader, Jean Pointe DuSable established the trading post which became Chicago at this local on Lake Michigan.


 (d)  Simon Bolivar, a wealthy Black aristocrat with Iberian roots born in 1783, the year the War for Independence ended was the George Washington of South America as his forces liberated much of South America and abolished slavery decades before slavery was allegedly abolished in the USA


 (e) Afro-Cuban General Calixto Garcia was a leader of the Cuban insurgent forces that toppled Spain in the Spanish-American War


 (f) Mexico and Peru became the largest importer / exporter of African slaves (18 million compared to the 3.5 to 4 million that were imported directly to the USA from Africa)


 (g) There were freed slaves that fought for the British and were repatriated to Barbados



The alliance of Blacks and Spanish (Mexico in particular) when examining USA politics demarcates a national election force.  This was acknowledged by USA President Barack Obama as he credited Blacks and Mexicans for his re-election.  The ongoing conflict over the Budget are ruses to destroy this allegiance by placing critical policies for minorities i.e. Health Care, Immigration Reform and Jobs in abeyance.   Negative anti-Administration advertisements are saturated with distortions and key words e.g. “disappointed”, “not one of us”, “lack of leadership”, “unconcerned”; et al.


The 2014 midterm Elections are approaching, with programmed, depicted coalescing skills Republican candidate(s) supported by big corporate sponsors in critical States should emerge making 2016 very interesting.


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