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October 08, 2012 8:30 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

Happy Columbus Day, especially to our Italian brothers and sisters! This being a federal holiday (and one that has always been celebrated a lot more thoroughly in Washington than in many locales), I will follow a somewhat more relaxed schedule today, which will also enable me to recover from the experience of watching the Braves on Friday and my Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday.

Anyway, here’s a seasonal song to kick things off today: rare video of The Kinks performing their great tribute to the drab ambitions of the British petit bourgeoisie, “Autumn Almanac.”

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

Comments

  • SadOldVet on October 08, 2012 8:58 AM:

    Thanks to Simon for his blogging over the weekend. As always, it was thought provoking.

  • Alan Tomlinson on October 08, 2012 12:53 PM:

    I had no idea that there were still assholes who celebrated genocide. Apparently I was wrong.

    Alan Tomlinson

  • OldUncleDave on October 08, 2012 1:45 PM:

    Fuck Columbus! He should be reviled, not celebrated.

  • Doug on October 08, 2012 2:51 PM:

    I see the Thought Police are out in force!
    Show me something Columbus did that WASN'T done by any Aztec, Mayan, or Inca rulers or those acting on their authority. Or by many of the various tribal groups scattered through-out the New World, for that matter.
    And no, hypotheticals aren't allowed.

  • OldUncleDave on October 08, 2012 5:02 PM:

    something Columbus did that WASN'T done by any Aztec, Mayan, or Inca rulers or those acting on their authority?

    Sailed across an ocean to enslave and commit genocide against people of a different color.

    Here, let a high school student educate you.
    http://www.iearn.org/hgp/aeti/aeti-1997/native-americans.html

  • Gingerpye on October 08, 2012 10:10 PM:

    Sorry about the Braves and the Dawgs, Ed.