Senator Pramila Jayapal and DNR compiled a list of 48 landmarks they would like to see renamed in Washington. Jayapal says Coon Creek in King County will be targeted first for a change, with other names around the state containing the word "coon," "squaw," and "Jim Crow" up next.None of those names were meant to be offensive. PEOPLE DON'T NAME PLACES AFTER THINGS THEY HATE. People name places after stuff that happens to be there, like RACCOONS, or they name places after people who happen to live there, like a squaw or a black man.
"Jim Crow Point is named for James DeSaule, a cook for the Wilkes Expedition who deserted the U.S. Navy vessel Peacock in 1841 when it ran aground and broke up. DeSaule was a Peruvian black man, giving rise to the name for the point on which he decided to settle rather than continuing his mariner ways."It wasn't named in honor of segregation; it was named for a black man who settled there. He must have been respected. The neighbors didn't kick him out or lynch him; they named the place for him. What I find VIOLENTLY OBSCENELY OFFENSIVE is squealyfags who FORCE us to DISHONOR the people who were originally HONORED or at least NOTICED with these names. Let's rename all these places Squealyfag Hill, Squealyfag Point, and so on. Since Squealyfag delusionally believes that people name things because of hatred, this will verify his/her/its belief.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.