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Calif. school to be named after murderous gangster

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Very few of the decisions made by California’s leaders make any sense to me, though some are particularly reprehensible.
Such is the case with a new elementary school set to honor Tiburcio Vasquez.

Not exactly a household name, Vasquez was executed in 1875 for the murder of two individuals and is called “probably the most notorious bandit California ever saw” by the University of Southern California library.
With a rap sheet that extended back to his early teens, Vasquez stabbed a constable at the age of 14 and experts believe he actually murdered as many as six people.
Administrators tried desperately to paint Vasquez as someone worthy of an honor, as the school district’s superintendent called him “a revolutionary” and a member of the school’s naming committee claimed “he was framed by the system at that time.”
Continuing the effort to justify naming an elementary school after him, the committee member said Vasquez “took from the rich and gave to the poor” and has seen his character sullied by “history … written by mainstream whites.”
He views the 19th century murderer as “sort of a hero” to the Mexican-American community.
“When you have individuals who have been struggling for so long, dealing with oppression and systematic oppression, then you bring up leaders who have fought against resistance,” he said, “of course they’re going to be role models to you.”
As one might expect, even in California there are many who disapprove of honoring such an infamous Californian.
The local mayor said he leads “a crime fighting city,” explaining residents “don’t want to be honoring people who are criminals. We want to honor good people.”
Responding to his comments, the naming committee member said the mayor “needs to learn history. He should not be making comments based on what he finds on Google.”
Another local leader shared the mayor’s sentiment, though.

One city councilman said there is a “big difference between naming a school after people in our history who have shown leadership and courage and those disrespectful of common law and decency.”
City and county law enforcement officials released a statement in which they expressed “extreme disappointment” with the school district’s decision.
Parents weighed in, too, as one told the school board they “would not name a school Charles Manson Elementary, Ted Bundy Middle School or Bernie Madoff High.”

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  1. thirdtwin

    December 18th, 2012

    “…then you bring up leaders who have fought against resistance…”

    Says the guy who apparently is fighting against English.

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  2. Bad Brad

    December 18th, 2012

    All symbolism with these people. Just like gun control. The truth or reality is just a minor inconvenience these days.

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  3. even steven

    December 18th, 2012

    The Jeffrey Dahmer Culinary Institute is soon to open in San Francisco. People are dying for the recipes they’ll prepare.

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  4. Mountain Dog

    December 18th, 2012

    Been to plenty of his old hideouts but never knew that much about him. You see the Vasquez Rocks in a lot of old westerns and still in current movies. I’ve climbed those rocks. I think he used to hide out in Topanga Canyon also. I used to go shooting in Texas Canyon right outside of Newhall where they caught the bastard once and locked him up for a short time.

    California really is the Fruit & Nut state.

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  5. Mountain Dog

    December 18th, 2012

    the guy was a flaming pervert too, and he may be the guy who started La Raza. A quote from wakopedia:

    ” Allegedly, Vásquez seduced and impregnated his own niece. Either the girl’s family or Greek George’s wife’s family betrayed Vásquez to Los Angeles Sheriff William R. Rowland. Rowland sent a posse to the ranch and captured Vásquez on May 14, 1874. Greek George’s adobe was situated near the present day Melrose Place in West Hollywood. This was coincidentally very close to where the movie industry would, in a few decades, set up shop.[14]

    Vásquez remained in the Los Angeles County jail for nine days. He had numerous requests for interviews by many newspaper reporters, but agreed to see only three: two from the San Francisco Chronicle and one from the Los Angeles Star.” He told them his aim was to return California to Mexican rule. “

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  6. Stranded in Sonoma

    December 18th, 2012

    …the committee member said Vasquez “took from the rich and gave to the poor”…

    Because socialism is something to be proud of.

    …his character [has been] sullied by “history…written by mainstream whites.”

    Because racism is something to be proud of.

    Parents weighed in, too, as one told the school board they “would not name a school Charles Manson Elementary, Ted Bundy Middle School or Bernie Madoff High.”

    Give the libtards time.

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  7. MAJMike

    December 18th, 2012

    Typical for California and a developing trend in the rest of the country.

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  8. Four .45's

    December 18th, 2012

    Reconquista much?

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  9. Claudia

    December 18th, 2012

    The school uniform will be Che tee-shirts.

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  10. Left Coast Dan

    December 18th, 2012

    Too soon, I guess, for Tookie Williams Elementary. Give it a few more years and there will be one in South Central. He wrote a children’s book! Of course we need to name a school after him!

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  11. thirdtwin

    December 18th, 2012

    The Atlanta School System will one day have a Wayne Williams Elementary school. Because WW was framed by The Man and everybody knows only whites are serial killers.

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  12. wth

    December 18th, 2012

    Well this is in Salinas CA which might as well rename itself to Little Tijuana.

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  13. Wyatt, Insensitive Progressive Jerk

    December 18th, 2012

    I suppose the people on this site will object to the fact that I graduated from the John Wayne Gacy School for Performing Clowns. Hey, the man was just trying new methods of house insulation and was a forerunner in the fight against global warming.

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  14. Noodengr

    December 18th, 2012

    Hey they could name after the former mayor of Fort Wayne Indiana, Harry Baals ( as in balls). The city rejected it for a community bldg even though it was the favorite in an online poll.
    He was just a typical 1920s politician that sent city street pavers 50 miles north of the city to pave the road to his sister’s lake cottage.
    As far as I know he did not kill anyone.

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  15. Tim

    December 18th, 2012

    Why not?

    We got a murderous gangster as President and nobody seems to mind.

    We got a murderous gangster as Sec. of State and nobody seems to mind.

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  16. Mr. Happy

    December 18th, 2012

    What’s wrong with naming it “Juan Corona High”?

    He killed more people.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Corona

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