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A UN investigator has called on the US to give back land to native Americans.

Yes, some awful crappy things were done to indians in the formative years of the US.  It was a raw deal.

When all the countries of the UN give back land that they obtained from people that had it before them, I will then consider the notion.  And I’ll still probably laugh myself silly.

Anaya said Rosebud is an example where returning land taken by the US government could improve a tribe’s fortunes as well as contribute to a “process of reconciliation”.

Process of reconciliation?

Yeah, sort of like how affirmative action was going to fix everything?

Last month, the US justice and interior departments announced a $1 billion settlement over nearly 56 million acres of Indian land held in trust by Washington but exploited by commercial interests for timber, farming, mining and other uses with little benefit to the tribes.

The attorney general, Eric Holder, said the settlement “fairly and honourably resolves historical grievances over the accounting and management of tribal trust funds, trust lands and other non-monetary trust resources that, for far too long, have been a source of conflict between Indian tribes and the United States.”

But Anaya said that was only a step in the right direction.

It’s always only a step in the right direction.

“These are important steps but we’re talking about mismanagement by the government of assets that were left to indigenous peoples,” he said. “This money for the insults on top of the injury. It’s not money for the initial problem itself, which is the taking of vast territories. This is very important and I think the administration should be commended for moving forward to settle these claims but there are these deeper issues that need to be addressed.”

READ:  Until someone gives us a sh*tload of land with lots and lots and lots of mineral resources and then pays us for all the wealth that was already taken out of the ground, we can’t move forward and begin to come together and heal.

Here’s a deeper issue to address… how about the rampant drug and alcohol problem?  I’ve found that once those get cleaned up life gets immeasurably easier.

Yeah, they’ve caught a lot of sh*tty deals.  It’s true.  At what point though, do you sober up, pick up your testicles that the cocker spaniel is gnawing on, cauterize them back on, and go out there and get a real job with real degees and take over your life.  Be a man.

Klamath region in Oregon gave lots of money to the Klamath Tribe and there were accounts of guys buying a new rig, getting liquored up, crashing the new rig, buying  a new truck that same night and crashing it, too, for a second DUI.

Repeat after me – giving a society free money when they have not fixed the problems that really drug their society down in the first place is a waste of money.

More on this later.

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Earned it.

I am not condoning theft, but if you are willing to hog a bathroom for a whole flight, crawl through panels into the cargo area, steal $200K (plus change), and then complain of heart troubles all so you can make a buck… hell, you’ve earned it.  Keep it.

Passenger steals $238,000 dollars.

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So who made Moore the official spokeswhore of the Wisconsin Losers Club?

Captain Corpulent at his best.

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Not sure who won the caption for the first photo of yesterday’s posting, but I can tell you that mrmacs got it on the last one.

We’ll get to it when we’re done with our union break.

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Update:  Shooting down drones with lasers.  Next thing you know they’ll be putting them on sharks.

I’m impressed.  The technical hurdles Raytheon needed to address in order to do that… wow.

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I know that sounds like he got a cheap prostitute but really it’s all about money.  Yes, it was steampunk for a while, lately it’s been money.  I may head back to SteamPunk Land and see if it meets money as per Aggie’s GENIUS suggestion.

A little background on this seal.  I wasn’t going to put the splatters on there, honest to God, I wasn’t.

But I got a lovely piece of trollage – and I don’t want to name names but it is tessa yakush – this morning that wanted me to engage in deep fellatio with a running chainsaw and die a more horrible death than a clubbed seal.

It doesn’t all have to be superdark bad stuff.

As apotheosis said in a later comment:

I went seal clubbing one time but I couldn’t get the stupid glow bracelets to stay on their little flipper wrists.

Bless you, apo.  The related info on your blog-posting made me laugh hard enough I had to wipe tears from my eyes.  The imagery of “cold dead shark eyes and face-rending claws” of the seal was disturbing.  Bereft of any mercy, of any warmth, of any connection with any living thing… wow.

Anyway, back to my troll, tessa could not see that I had already written multiple times in that posting and comments that I don’t care for clubbing seals just for taking fur.  But no, she wished terrible things upon me that bruised my fragile “self” and has left me a lifeless shell, and I can only fill it with the feelings that flooded in when her message touched my heart.

So… Videlicet

Bite me, tessa.

Next time I do this it will be to showcase how baby endangered animals (all baby animals, actually) taste better.

You don’t believe me?  Eggs.  Veal.  Lamb.  Squab.

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Gov’t suspends Cash for Clunkers program because it is running out of money.

This is exactly what so many of us are thinking.

“If they can’t administer a program like this, I’d be a little concerned about my health insurance,” car salesman Rob Bojaryn said.

The medical system has been built up over the years to what it is today.  It would be pure hubris to think that just a few hundreds o congress-critters could make sense of it, come up with a fix, and steer it in the right direction without breaking it.

It is equivalent to “fixing” any muslim country’s society – and I refer to the ones that support honor killings, stonings, beheadings, torture in jails, and call for the extermination of other countries.  Good luck fixing the entire complex mess.

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Another sack of shi… hammers award goes to artists that are able to express their fetishes and mental sicknesses in a “socially acceptable” way – through paintings and sculpture that are increasingly funded by extortion money – money taken from you, by the gov’t, and given to artists whose work would not be supported in any way because most people see no intrinsic worth in it.

This is not to say that the “art” in Eureka Springs, Arkansas is supported by the NEA.   I’m just ranting up to this point.

No, what bothers me is that artists create some pretty intentionally offensive crap and expect others to keep their mouths shut.  They claim that any negative criticism is “suppression of their free speech”.

Exhibit A is a painting of Alice in Wonderland, by Beth Post of Fayetteville, Ark. Titled “The Temptation of Alice,” it is a rendering of the iconic children’s book character alongside the “Drag-Queen of Hearts,” a man wearing women’s lingerie. The two of them are surrounded by rabbits that are, ahem, busy making more rabbits.

Well, naturally a small town that depends on tourism would care about their image.

Its first exhibit revolved around the theme of fruits and vegetables, which was well-received, according to city council member Joyce Zeller. But the new exhibit is no bowl of cherries, she said. “It’s just this year that the subject matter got offensive, and we started getting phone calls. We said, ‘Wow we need to do something.’”

Eureka Springs survives on tourism — more than 1 million people visit the town every year, Zeller said — so the city elders are very concerned about image.

The city wants to scrutinize the “art” by a six member panel before it goes up.  Artists are bitching.

But not everyone is happy with that arrangement. The idea of policing artwork encroaches on the quality of the art and constitutional rights of the artists, some critics are saying.

“You’ll end up with a billboard rather than art,” explained Nancy Foggo, a local artist. “It’s something that is commercial rather than artwork.”

Another local artist, John Rankine, says those who are offended by the current paintings need to “lighten up a little bit.”

“The art is a little provocative,” he said. “It’s nothing you have to shield your children from in horror.”

Besides, says Buchanan, the project’s creator, deciding what is appropriate is subjective: “Depending on your emotional background, you could see something offensive in your spaghetti,” she said.

What they invariably fail to realize is that by not wanting their stuff displayed no one has trampled on their rights.  They just don’t want the crap displayed there.  We have obscenity standards that have been upheld time and time again in public.  This is no different.

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