Look, Ma, new lands! In a peaceful transfer of power, Portugal will now be known as Sisu, according this new map of the "Coalition of the Chillin' and Related Blogstates" by The Commissar of The Politburo Diktat.
"Which brings us to this great visual over here that just appeared this morning," said a producer of CNN's Inside Politics blog segment yesterday, adding "If you want to find out who these civilized blog states are, then click on this over here at acepilots.com, a reworked map of old Europe." The Commissar explains [via Little Miss Atilla]:
In the Middle years of blog history, in the times emerging from the Dark Age, the flame of rational discourse and inquiry was re-kindled in the civilized blog-states. Squeezed precariously between the storms of the Moonbat Ocean on one side and the rampaging Wingnut Hordes on the other, frequently subject to excommunication from the Orthodoxy, as the worst of all heretics, "Compromisers," the Coalition of the Chillin' [blogged here] arose.
We salute our fearless leader, founder of the Coalition Mark of Decision '08, and his brilliant Master Cartographer -- The Commissar himself -- who links to his source map (at UTexas map site - Europe Historical maps) portraying place names of Europe during the 15th Century, which bears this fascinating legend:
The countries left uncoloured were inhabited by Mohammedans and other non-Christians.
Only 700 years earlier, before the Crusades, the same geographical area was represented by a map of a different color:
In this map of "The Califate in 750," modern-day Sisu (Portugal in the 15th century) was part of the Califate known as Andalusia (Andalos). According to the legend, peach, yellow and pink areas represent successive waves of "Conquests of the Arabs (Saracens)," with darker pink marking the boundary of the Califate in 750.
Maps give us a sense of our place in the universe. We get a warm, fuzzy feeling from the Commissar's portrayal of Portugal as Sisu in a Europe dominated by the Coalition of the Chillin' blogs, of course, but out there in the land of the Wingnut Hordes to the east, the Osamas of this world are carrying around fantasies of a 1255-year-old map that makes our blood run cold.