A California school district is defending its decision to name a new elementary school after an infamous murderer – by calling him a hero and a role model to children. The decision has infuriated many parents and law enforcement officers. The Alisal Union School District in Salinas agreed to name the new school in honor of Tiburcio Vasquez – who was eventually hanged for killing at least two people in the nineteenth century. Superintendent John Ramirez defended the board’s decision telling Fox News that one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.
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In Texas we have lots of places named for freedom fighters who killed oppressive Mexicans, ie Houston, Austin, Travis County and innumerable schools. Of course you have to talk to a Texican historian to find out what really happened.
Vasquez was a gangster and a thug. He was truly a bandito and even though he did try to straighten out his life a few times, he always went back to stealing, robbing and other bad stuff. The revisionists have been turning him into a folk hero for years. They say things like he hated the Americans for good reason and was only fighting to take California back for Mexico. Nothing he did was for the people. It was all for them and their gang. Also, California was legally signed over by Mexico in a treaty after the war for some $15 million and assumed debt from Mexico of over $3+ million. California still had a majority Mexican population and that included many people in high political office. I don´t see how they can say the Mexicans were "oppressed by the Americanos". The guy was just a troublemaker and the revisionists made him their hero because he as charming--well, so was Charlie Manson.
HAIFA, Israel – Bird-brained terrorists in Lebanon have taken a suspected Israeli spy into custody – an eagle that was outfitted with a transmitter that allowed conservationists to study the raptor’s migratory patterns. In the latest case of Muslim militants seeing a secret agent with wings and a beak, Iranian-backed Hezbollah forces are keeping the eagle under lock and key after it was found by hunters near the town of Ashkout, northeast of Beirut. The bird had a ring around its leg that bore the name ‘Tel Aviv University,’ written in English, as well as a receiver device attached, according to
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Col. Bud Day, an Air Force fighter pilot who was shot down in the Vietnam War, imprisoned with John McCain in the notorious “Hanoi Hilton,” and defiantly endured more than five years of brutality without divulging sensitive information to his captors, earning him the Medal of Honor, died on Saturday in Shalimar, Fla. He was 88. His death was announced by his wife, Doris. Colonel Day was among America’s most highly decorated servicemen, having received nearly 70 medals and awards,
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