I will say it again. I am calling B.S.

“To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships.” – W.E.B. Du Bois

Every year just before the start of the football season we get  political correctness with the term,  The Redskins.  Okay I can see how the name can be construed to be something offensive but what about tackling poverty rather than worry about the name of a football team or teams?

To put this in stark terms, counties on Native American reservations are among the poorest in the country and, according to the Economic Research Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly 60 percent of all Native Americans who live outside of metropolitan areas inhabit persistently poor counties.

http://www.spotlightonpoverty.org/ExclusiveCommentary.aspx?id=0fe5c04e-fdbf-4718-980c-0373ba823da7

Tom Rodgers is the president of Carlyle Consulting of Alexandria, Virginia. A Blackfoot tribal member, he advocates on behalf of Native American tribal governments and their people. He was previously a congressional staffer for Senator Max Baucus.

http://nativeamericannetroots.net/diary/1411

Unemployment rates are depressing with alcohol use and violence against women alarming.   The poverty rate ranges from 40-54% with about 10% in extreme poverty.   WASHINGTON—A gap in law enforcement on Native American lands creates an environment in which Native women suffer a higher rate of violence than any demographic in the United States, according to data collected by the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Census Bureau and advocacy organizations.

http://americaswire.org/drupal7/?q=content/law-enforcement-gaps-leave-native-women-vulnerable-rape-and-domestic-violence-1

I saw a program from the reservations where rapes were around 60% of the Native American women?  Do you think they care about a name when they are hungry and subjected to rape so much?   The women there had their little support group,  lamenting the violence and degradation.

Washington Redskins Defend Name With Help From Native Americans

http://time.com/3104775/redskins-video-native-americans/

“It’s a warrior’s name”

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The Washington Redskins premiered a video Monday in which Native Americans explain why they don’t think the team’s hot-button name is offensive.

In the Redskins Facts video, Native Americans argue that they have bigger issues to deal with than a football team’s name. “They’ve never asked Native Americans. It’s somebody else who knows nothing about us trying to speak for us, and it’s kind of an insult,” Wade Colliflower, Team Redskins representative from the Chippewa Cree Tribe, said before adding, “If you can help in any other way it would be greatly appreciated.”

http://www.smagnis.com/inside-the-richest-native-american-tribe-in-the-u-s-where-casino-profits-pay-1m-a-year-to-every-member/

Sadly though that money does not help those in dire need.   Have you seem some of the Alaskan Wilderness show?  Or Alaskan Troopers?   Some of those homes are barely big enough for one,  let alone a family.    And yet some tribes get one million per as the article above relates.

So yes, Native Americans are rightfully mad but that anger should be redirected to get help to the needy and not create another caste system in this country.

The drinking and violence is staggering and being homeless over a year ago,  I know the plight that faces people without a place to stay!!!

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Fix the pain and suffering and then we’ll see how I feel about women and children suffering and men with no hope and no future….

Sniping at Veterans. Media’s Left-wing agenda?

This has been talked about largely in military circles about collateral damage and the use of snipers.    But is this really about the victims of stray shots and the indiscriminate nature of explosives?

Inherent in war is the very real eventuality of innocent deaths.   Also inherent is the racist comments by veterans staring death in the eyes.    In a moment where it is kill or be killed.   Who here has been presented with the ultimatum of this kind?

So what this may boil down to is a snap judgement on the fly.  Whether to shoot or potentially  be shot.    You have teens and 20s giving themselves up for slaughter in many cases and when they do react, even in firefights,  there is the very real risk of hurting the innocent.

And remember,  fighting personnel are guns and boots on the ground or personnel in Base Towers directing air traffic in sorties, whose aim is incapacitating enemy strong holds.    The terrorists combatants become entrenched in the local communities as cover,  is mainly glossed over.   Risk losing someone because a dangerous criminal is cohabiting with innocent people or just walk away to fight another day?

I am a veteran but I was a Weather Forecaster and Observer.    The closest I got to a gun battle was my Atari or Nintendo.    In the long run my work could have implications on whether a battle is to ensue or sorties will fly.

Almost invariably fighting and support personnel do not want to die.   We do not want to lose our lives needlessly or take the life of an innocent.    To assume that is criminally-minded and speaks to me of hating the military because you do not like war.   Memo:   Veterans do not like war either.   Service members are the one’s with their butts on the line,  not the DOD and not the Pentagon.

During the Vietnam War Era,  there was a song called,  “Billy Don’t be a hero,  don’t be a fool with your life”.   When in the song,  his young girlfriend got the letter,  she just through it away.     Before anyone thinks they know what this is about,   join the military and go through the stress of service life.   Not just in war either but in the sense of a kid who fights loyally and from time to time is involved in something potentially wrong.

There are so many innocents in wars and this includes mainly young people with swords, knives and guns.   Talk to a parent who suffered this greatest tragedy or the politicians who engage our troops.  Talk to the Asian/Muslim who were in the way,  while cowards behead innocent lives for effect.

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Code Blue Goodbye – Building a Mystery

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The careworn strings of the Golden Harp

pinged and softly uttered silent tunes.

While a man hacked in his own second hand smoke

his ruddy fingers stained with history

pushed aside his last beer.

 

The whir of the fans and the stale fog of ale

covered the bar in a misty layer of melancholic dew.

Their problems lurked like angry trolls at a feast

and the bridge that creaked and moaned with

never a  holiday, sighed at the slow approach

of another broken man.

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The man with his plans nears the crossing

and the clocks chime in a foreboding resonance.

wearily warning as the bell struck decisively.

His watch seemed to have shrunk and the once supple

arms now wilted and wrinkled,  protest implacably.

 

Assented to a journey to a place he did not want to go.

The cold Coliseum stood hauntingly bare.

 

In the eyes of someone who knew him less,

they may suppose a lot of things about him

and his well-traveled highway

but death is a period in a long paragraph

filled with memorials soon enough forgotten.

 

As he entered the bridge the troll grunted

and the vapors collected in the sky

and swallowed that passing man.

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