Meanwhile, remember when you used to get Columbus Day off? How cool was that. Well, you don�t get the day off this year, either, but that doesn�t mean you can�t mark Oct. 12 with some cool folks (who'll learn ya a thing or seven). Oh, they won�t be extolling the virtues of the explorer who gave us Indians Who Aren't From India, a crappy Ohio town and a traffic-snarling Big Apple parade. This is actually the third annual Columbus Day protest at Mission San Juan Capistrano. Take it away, indigenous boosters:

Columbus did not discover 'America,' since Indigenous people were already here. What he did do was commit various crimes against us, such as: theft, genocide, ethnocide, rape, torture, slavery, and various other inhumane/terrorist acts. There should not be a holiday honoring such a vile man. Rather, this day should be used to commemorate the millions of Indigenous people who lost their lives because of this tragic invasion.

Junipero Serra is on his way to sainthood for establishing the California mission system, but what he actually created were concentration/death camps for California�s Indigenous population. The same crimes that were committed by Columbus and his men were felt throughout the allegedly �holy� missions. The continued glorification of these missions is simply not justifiable. Do not celebrate the beginning of history�s largest holocaust!

In the outskirts of the Mission, Junipero Serra High School has opened its doors to students. While we agree that there is a need to build more facilities to educate students, we do not believe they need to be built on top of a Native American burial ground. The continued disrespect of the sacred sites of our ancestors will not be tolerated. After the mission protest, we will go to the sacred site of Putiidhem to honor our ancestors and pray for their protection.

The protest is from 10 a.m. To 1 p.m. Oct. 12 at the mission, 2 1/2 blocks west of Interstate 5 on Ortega Highway, before sliding over to the Putiidhem sacred site (across from JSerra Catholic High School) from 2-4 p.m. For more info, e-mail here or call Esmeralda at (714) 270-5392.

We had an item about Vans shoe company (scroll all the way down to "Vans Can Dance"), formerly of Orange County, traveling to Texas to deliver new shoes for Hurricane Katrina victims. Well, there�s also a local company doing the same thing. Lake Forest-based Sole Technology is sending 5,000 pairs of shoes and 5,000 pieces of apparel to victims as well. Sole Technology, whose CEO, Pierre Andr� Senizergues, is a former world champ skateboarder is the creator of etnies, etnies Girl, Emerica, �S and ThirtyTwo brands.

Go to Google, type in �failure� and see what pops up. Cool, huh?

Okay, now type in �worst president ever.� Oh, that�s tres bitchen!

WAIT! WAIT! Now do �asshole� and hit the I Feel Lucky button. LOL!!!

You don�t find conservatives and environmentalists agreeing on much, which is surprising given that 'conserve' and 'conservation' are--well, that�s another blog item some time. What the two seem to be agreeing on are positive views of March of the Penguins, the surprise hit documentary and current runner-up to Fahrenheit 9/11 as the biggest-grossing doc of all time.

The fact that conservatives are going nutso for March has caught the attention of the New York Times, which relates that on conservative website, an opponent of abortion wrote that the movie 'verified the beauty of life and the rightness of protecting it,' that at a conference for young Republicans, the editor of National Review urged participants to see the movie because it promoted monogamy, that a widely circulated Christian magazine said it made 'a strong case for intelligent design,' and that gay mustachioed movie reviewer/right wing Hollywood hitman Michael Medved called it 'the motion picture this summer that most passionately affirms traditional norms like monogamy, sacrifice and child rearing.' Which means we should hate it, right? Well, Emily Gertz of the online, green-friendly Grist Magazine calls March 'the year�s most beautiful film' and 'a moral fable of love, loyalty, and bravery.' (In the same column, Gertz also plugs Werner Herzog�s Grizzly Man as 'a great film, the kind that will leave you and your friends debating humanity�s relationship with nature.')

Opera Pacific wants men--and you don�t even have to slice your nads off to hit the high notes. Orange County�s opera-producing company needs supers for its 20th anniversary season opening production of Puccini�s Tosca. Supers or supernumeraries, who DO NOT need formal opera training or stage experience, are essentially extras who wear costumes, manipulate props (ouch!) and make the kind of grand pantomimic gestures for which the art form is famous. The company needs men of any age who are between the heights of 5�11� and 6�2� with chest sizes between 38� and 46� and waist sizes between 34� and 40.�

Successful candidates will be required to attend all assigned evening and weekend rehearsals beginning October 30 and the four performance dates of November 15, 17, 19, and 20, 2005. The company offers a small stipend for rehearsals and performances, as well as complimentary tickets to the production. Interested? Email Jennifer Cook or phone 714-546-6000.

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