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Saturday, January 22, 2005

And finally --- Midnight Blogging to Annoy American Archaeologists

Minimally retouched quartz flakes and cores were excavated from a statum dated 22,400 in the main part of the cave, while a unifacially retouched side scraper came from just above charcoal dated >25,000 B. P. [...] Exactly when the long process of the peopling of the Americas began will be determined by future archaeologists who are not hampered by a model with untenable assumptions that unduly restricts free scientific thought and action.

There is no end to the snarking over this one.

Saturday Night Blogging to Annoy American Archaeologists

Archaeologists put humans in North America 50,000 years ago

/end of snark

About those elections ...

We've given up on democracy, security and even electricity. Just bring back the water.

Saturday Afternoon Blogging to Annoy American Archaeologists

Oh yea, as long as we're browsing Indian Country Today, let's get back to the B.S. Theory ...

Red Earth, White Lies: Native Americans and the Myth of Scientific Fact
Red Earth, White Lies: Native Americans and the Myth of Scientific Fact

There's no one better suited than Vine Deloria to get American archaeologists in a righteous snit.

Frybread Kills

Via Indianz.com, Susan Shown Harjo blasts the culture of frybread.

Thank god. The entire culture of so-called Indian foods needs to be blasted from the face of this earth, and Harjo's article is an excellent start, as is the series she notes by Muscogee Creek/Euchee artist Steven Deo entitled "Frybread Kills."

Yea, it does. As does all the sweet tea and beans and pop and sweet cakes and commodity macaroni and most everything else characterized as a traditional diet these days. You know, I really wonder sometimes if people understand the extent and virulence of diabetes in Indian communities. I sat at a meeting the other night, for example, where the woman on the right told us her boyfriend's brother had died the day before --- on dialysis, liver shutting down, feet gangrenous and the next step, given how these things go around here, gradual amputation beginning with the feet, then mid-calve, then at the knee and finally all the way to the hip. This man was barely fifty.

On my left, a man on more diabetes drugs and suffering more complications than you can shake a stick at, yet doggedly showing down those beans and whitebread sandwiches and sweet tea and cake.

Diabetes among American Indians is a very different animal than what the rest of us get. It takes hold and kills, quickly, surely, insidiously. And the culture of frybread ensures its permanence and deadliness in all Indian communities.

From Harjo's article: [...] Frybread is bad for you? Well, let's see. It's made with white flour, salt, sugar and lard. The bonus ingredient is dried cow's milk for the large population of Native people who are both glucose and lactose intolerant. [...] Frybread was a gift of Western civilization from the days when Native people were removed from buffalo, elk, deer, salmon, turkey, corn, beans, squash, acorns, fruit, wild rice and other real food.

Frybread is emblematic of the long trails from home and freedom to confinement and rations. It's the connecting dot between healthy children and obesity, hypertension, diabetes, dialysis, blindness, amputations and slow death.

If frybread were a movie, it would be hard-core porn. No redeeming qualities. Zero nutrition.

Frybread has replaced ''firewater'' as the stereotypical Indian staple in movie land. Well-meaning non-Indians take their cues from these portrayals of Indians as simple-minded people who salute the little grease bread and get misty-eyed about it.

''Where's the frybread'' is today's social ice-breaker, replacing the decade-long frontrunner, ''What did you think of 'Dances with Wolves'?''

But, frybread is so, so Indian. Yes, some people have built their Indian identity around the deadly frybread and will blanch at the very notion of removing it from their menu and conversation.

My heavens, how will the new and deculturalized Indians and wannabes ever relate to the Native people they are paid to consult with if they don't extol the virtues of frybread?

During the opening week of the National Museum of the American Indian's museum on the Mall, a reception for contemporary Native artists ended with a good Indian band's not so great song, ''Frybread'', whose lyrics consist mainly of the title being repeated ad nauseum. When a non-Indian Smithsonian employee grabbed the microphone and brayed out, ''frybread, fryyyyyybread,'' the dignified artists and patrons ran for the nearest exits.

One Native artist, Steven Deo, is on a campaign to increase awareness about the danger of frybread and other so-called Indian foods. Deo, who is Euchee and Muscogee (Creek) and dances at the Duck Creek Grounds in Oklahoma, has made a poster with the image of the grease bread and the words ''Frybread Kills.'' ''Frybread Kills'' is part of a series called ''Art for Indians.'' The series is ''specifically aimed at our Native American community,'' said Deo, ''to create a cognitive dialogue about ourselves and our socio-economic class.''

Deo's second poster depicts lard and other commodity foods. An equals sign follows the image, so that the message essentially reads: ''Commodities = public assistance = welfare.''

In economically impoverished Indian communities, the commodities were known initially as ''poor food'' and morphed into ''Indian food.'' There's even a name for the round, doughy physique that results from the high-starch, high-calorie, high-fat and low-protein food: ''Commod bod.''

In urban areas and on many reservations, the byproducts of commods have nearly overrun traditional foods. Even week-old bread and berry pies baked in Pueblo ovens are vastly superior to frybread on its best day, but they're running a distant second at pan-Indian events in Pueblo country.


While we're at it, let's resolve to throw out all the civilization-era food in our kitchens. You know what to do with any Indian ''maidens'' or ''princesses'' or ''chiefs'' or ''braves'' on butter, honey, jerky or any products where the profits don't go to Native people. If they are Native-made products with stereotypical, cheesy images, give them a toss and let the Native manufacturers know they can and should do better.

Here's another resolution I urge you to adopt - to consume the ''news'' with a larger grain of salt than you have in the past. Conservative pundit Armstrong Williams was exposed recently as having been paid by the Bush Administration to promote its ''No Child Left Behind'' program. And this at a time when education is under funded and the Bushies are loathe to promote history or the arts with federal money.

The Williams' $100,000 understanding should lead us all to investigate who is trying to feed us a line and palm it off as ''news.'' Native people need to resolve to discover the origins of ''fair share'' and other current anti-Indian propaganda, and find out who gets what money from what source to spread the stories.

The next time you find yourself swallowing some leftover news du jour or get that suicidal urge for frybread, just slather lard all over the magazine or television listing and apply it directly to your midriff and backside. That way, you can have the consequence of the rotten stuff, without having to actually digest it.

/end of quote

Friday, January 21, 2005

Because spring is on the way ...

Maybe not for you, but I can definitely sense the very beginnings of Spring.

In particular, in a few weeks, I'll be starting seeds.

So, in celebration, I'm going to redo the blog and give it a green theme.

Bear with me --- the last time i did this, I crashed the whole thing and lost some stuff I really didn't want to lose. Hopefully it will go better this time.

In case you haven't already read it, The Coming Wars

You likely have already read it, if you're a blogger and if you read Kos, PBD, Rob's Blog or a host of other blogs. But still, you need to read Seymour Hersh in the original. Some snippets posted below. But read the full text.

The Coming Wars

quote: What the Pentagon can now do in secret.

Issue of 2005-01-24 and 31, Posted 2005-01-17

George W. Bush’s reëlection was not his only victory last fall. The President and his national-security advisers have consolidated control over the military and intelligence communities’ strategic analyses and covert operations to a degree unmatched since the rise of the post-Second World War national-security state. Bush has an aggressive and ambitious agenda for using that control—against the mullahs in Iran and against targets in the ongoing war on terrorism—during his second term. The C.I.A. will continue to be downgraded, and the agency will increasingly serve, as one government consultant with close ties to the Pentagon put it, as “facilitators” of policy emanating from President Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney. This process is well under way.

Despite the deteriorating security situation in Iraq, the Bush Administration has not reconsidered its basic long-range policy goal in the Middle East: the establishment of democracy throughout the region. Bush’s reëlection is regarded within the Administration as evidence of America’s support for his decision to go to war. It has reaffirmed the position of the neoconservatives in the Pentagon’s civilian leadership who advocated the invasion, including Paul Wolfowitz, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, and Douglas Feith, the Under-secretary for Policy. According to a former high-level intelligence official, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld met with the Joint Chiefs of Staff shortly after the election and told them, in essence, that the naysayers had been heard and the American people did not accept their message. Rumsfeld added that America was committed to staying in Iraq and that there would be no second-guessing.


The President has signed a series of findings and executive orders authorizing secret commando groups and other Special Forces units to conduct covert operations against suspected terrorist targets in as many as ten nations in the Middle East and South Asia.

The President’s decision enables Rumsfeld to run the operations off the books—free from legal restrictions imposed on the C.I.A. Under current law, all C.I.A. covert activities overseas must be authorized by a Presidential finding and reported to the Senate and House intelligence committees. (The laws were enacted after a series of scandals in the nineteen-seventies involving C.I.A. domestic spying and attempted assassinations of foreign leaders.) “The Pentagon doesn’t feel obligated to report any of this to Congress,” the former high-level intelligence official said. “They don’t even call it ‘covert ops’—it’s too close to the C.I.A. phrase. In their view, it’s ‘black reconnaissance.’ They’re not even going to tell the cincs”—the regional American military commanders-in-chief. (The Defense Department and the White House did not respond to requests for comment on this story.)

In my interviews, I was repeatedly told that the next strategic target was Iran. “Everyone is saying, ‘You can’t be serious about targeting Iran. Look at Iraq,’” the former intelligence official told me. “But they say, ‘We’ve got some lessons learned—not militarily, but how we did it politically. We’re not going to rely on agency pissants.’ No loose ends, and that’s why the C.I.A. is out of there.”

For more than a year, France, Germany, Britain, and other countries in the European Union have seen preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon as a race against time—and against the Bush Administration.


The Europeans have been urging the Bush Administration to join in these negotiations. The Administration has refused to do so. The civilian leadership in the Pentagon has argued that no diplomatic progress on the Iranian nuclear threat will take place unless there is a credible threat of military action. “The neocons say negotiations are a bad deal,” a senior official of the International Atomic Energy Agency (I.A.E.A.) told me. /end quote

*me banging head against wall in disbelief yet again*

back to quoting:


One Western diplomat told me that the Europeans believed they were in what he called a “lose-lose position” as long as the United States refuses to get involved. /end quote

*slapping forehead*

quoting some more: A European Ambassador noted that President Bush is scheduled to visit Europe in February, and that there has been public talk from the White House about improving the President’s relationship with America’s E.U. allies. In that context, the Ambassador told me, “I’m puzzled by the fact that the United States is not helping us in our program. How can Washington maintain its stance without seriously taking into account the weapons issue?”

The Israeli government is, not surprisingly, skeptical of the European approach. [cookie: d'oh!]


In a recent essay, Patrick Clawson ... articulated " ... The style of this Administration is to use overwhelming force—‘shock and awe.’ But we get only one bite of the apple.”


The Administration has been conducting secret reconnaissance missions inside Iran at least since last summer. Much of the focus is on the accumulation of intelligence and targeting information on Iranian nuclear, chemical, and missile sites, both declared and suspected. The goal is to identify and isolate three dozen, and perhaps more, such targets that could be destroyed by precision strikes and short-term commando raids. “The civilians in the Pentagon want to go into Iran and destroy as much of the military infrastructure as possible,” the government consultant with close ties to the Pentagon told me.


Getting such evidence is a pressing concern for the Bush Administration. The former high-level intelligence official told me, “They don’t want to make any W.M.D. intelligence mistakes, as in Iraq. The Republicans can’t have two of those. There’s no education in the second kick of a mule.”


There has also been close, and largely unacknowledged, coöperation with Israel. [cookie: DOH!]


The immediate goals of the attacks would be to destroy, or at least temporarily derail, Iran’s ability to go nuclear. But there are other, equally purposeful, motives at work. [cookie: D'OH!!]


A former senior C.I.A. officer depicted the agency’s eclipse as predictable. “For years, the agency bent over backward to integrate and coördinate with the Pentagon,” the former officer said. “We just caved and caved and got what we deserved. It is a fact of life today that the Pentagon is a five-hundred-pound gorilla and the C.I.A. director is a chimpanzee.”


“The White House carefully reviewed the political analyses of the D.I. so they could sort out the apostates from the true believers.” Some senior analysts in the D.I. have turned in their resignations—quietly, and without revealing the extent of the disarray.

The White House solidified its control over intelligence last month, when it forced last-minute changes in the intelligence-reform bill. The legislation, based substantially on recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, originally gave broad powers, including authority over intelligence spending, to a new national-intelligence director. (The Pentagon controls roughly eighty per cent of the intelligence budget.) A reform bill passed in the Senate by a vote of 96-2. Before the House voted, however, Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld balked. The White House publicly supported the legislation, but House Speaker Dennis Hastert refused to bring a House version of the bill to the floor for a vote—ostensibly in defiance of the President, though it was widely understood in Congress that Hastert had been delegated to stall the bill. After intense White House and Pentagon lobbying, the legislation was rewritten. The bill that Congress approved sharply reduced the new director’s power, in the name of permitting the Secretary of Defense to maintain his “statutory responsibilities.” Fred Kaplan, in the online magazine Slate, described the real issues behind Hastert’s action, quoting a congressional aide who expressed amazement as White House lobbyists bashed the Senate bill and came up “with all sorts of ludicrous reasons why it was unacceptable.”

“Rummy’s plan was to get a compromise in the bill in which the Pentagon keeps its marbles and the C.I.A. loses theirs,” the former high-level intelligence official told me. “Then all the pieces of the puzzle fall in place. He gets authority for covert action that is not attributable, the ability to directly task national-intelligence assets”—including the many intelligence satellites that constantly orbit the world.


The most insidious implication of the new system is that Rumsfeld no longer has to tell people what he’s doing so they can ask, ‘Why are you doing this?’ or ‘What are your priorities?’ Now he can keep all of the mattress mice out of it.” /end quote

End of post. Except to say they're totally nuts. Which you already knew, right?

All in all, a good day

I steered students into logical fallacies and was met by a chorus of anti-Bush rhetoric ... which I quickly contained so as to maintain an illusion of freedom of thought in the classroom --- but still. It's always good to hear spontaneous outbursts of anti-Bushism from the gigantic, bigger than you and me combined, able to toss cows over the fence, real live cowboys that the Businistas assume are in their pocket.

He. :=D

I also spent much of the afternoon observing The Physics of Backhoe. The Backhoe Dude putting in my septic is a genius, I swear. He's calculating angles, in meditative trances over the lay of the land, laying down in huge ditches he's dug to hold up a single finger and calculate how the winds are blowing --- and doing the whole thing himself. Really something.

Almost the best, however ... FAUX Pops a Gut On Air. Link via Seeing the Forest and it might take a while to catch a glimpse, due to bandwidth. But well worth the wait.

Be sure to follow the suggestions for blasting FAUX over their latest FAUX pas.

Science Friday: The B.S. Theory

In The Academe, the following is considered a given --- from Brad DeLong:

quote: Index card: Question Roughly 15000 years ago about 1000 humans made it to the Americas across the Bering Land Bridge. An unstressed preindustrial human population (whether hunter-gatherer, herder, or settled agriculture) roughly doubles in a generation of 25 years. If the incipient Amerindian population had remained unstressed, how many American Indians would there have been 14000 years ago? Answer: 1000 years is 40 generations. 2^10 is about 1000. 2^40 = (2^10)^4 = 1000^4. Population would multiply a trillionfold--implying a quadrillion, a one followed by fifteen zeros, American Indians 14000 years ago.

If hunter-gatherers walk a mile a week, they could have covered the 8000 miles needed to cover the Americas in 160 years.

Thus in less than 500 years, we think, the Americas were settled--no longer a resource-rich frontier. Food was scarce, infant mortality ferocious, immune systems frequently compromised (but people--hunter-gatherers--still relatively tall). /end quote

While The Academe --- specifically American archaeologists --- debates the details of the migration across the Bering Strait, the theory has come to be known as The Bullshit Theory in many corners of the land.

There's actually fairly good evidence of human habitation in South America many thousands of years preceding the proposed migration. And, much as American anthropologists and archaeologists scorn the possibility of any kind of historical validity to mythologies and legends, there are also a number of intriguing tales of migration from the south --- not the north, the south --- and across the oceans from Polynesian islands and similar and elsewhere.

And there is actually some good evidence to support these tales and legends and myths. Especially the movement from the south, up from Meso-America and possibly even further. And I'm not talking about the Southwestern tribes. Archaeological, linguistic, ecological evidence. Which many American scholars don't like to talk about.

Which is one of the many, many, many reasons why I am no longer in The Academe.

But I like to see it bandied about anyway.

Someday, like everything else I'm going to talk about, I'm going to talk about this. Today, however, I have other things to do.

So I'll leave you with this, which contradicts the popular academic insistence that the Cherokee are Iroquoian and only Iroquoian and any claims to the contrary must be stamped out as quickly as possible:

quote: Upon the creation of the KEETOOWAH people, the Creator gave them mysterious powers and placed them in large settlement on an island located in the Atlantic Ocean. There were other tribes on the island which attacked the KEETOOWAH people, and the KEETOOWAHS were victorious. Another tribe watched the fierce fighting from a mountain top. The leader of the tribe watched the valley ascend toward the Heaven. The smoke divided into three paths midway in the ascension an eagle was seen holding three arrows in its claws. The leader asked his warriors if the smoke and eagle were visible to them and they replied they were. The tribal leader then told his warriors not to attack the KEETOOWAH people because they were the Creators people and they were very powerful. The tribe came down from the mountain and made friends with the KEETOOWAH people.

In later years, some of the medicine men of the tribe became selfish and used their powers to harm their own people. The Creator gave the powers to the medicine men to be used in the best interest of all the people. Other tribal members prayed to the Creator for direction and the Creator heard their prayers. The instruction was to move their fire away from the island and the medicine men. After the departure, the island sank into the ocean.

The people migrated north and settled in the southeastern part of what is now the United States.


The messenger revealed to them that a "white ball" would arrive from the east which would be an enemy to the people. The grandchildren of the KEETOOWAHS would point their feet to the west and great hardship would be placed upon them at the edge of the prairie. /end quote

End of post.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Why it is sometimes best to leave sleeping dogs lie

While reviewing the final papers of the student in question here, I discovered they had been, in large part, plagiarized. I was likely aware of this at a subconscious level when I first graded them, but simply didn't have time to pursue it.

I do now, however. :=D

So I suspect this sullen whiner and his bumptious hit squad may have finally learned their lesson: it's better to take your licks and learn from them than call up even bigger problems.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

The Fourth World

More reason blogging is good for the heart and soul in a country gone mad.

The Fourth World:

... stealthily lifted from MJ's blog:

quote: This morning I came upon some words, scrawled hurriedly and buried on my desk:

Jan Morris - People all over the world who believe in kindness are citizens of the fourth world.

The Dalai Lama - My religion is kindness

We are not alone - the only thing that counts is kindness, really.

Searching for more about the travel writer Jan Morris, I came upon quotes from her book Trieste, in which she says that Members of the Fourth World "...come in all colors. They can be Christians or Hindus or Muslims or Jews or pagans or atheists. They can be young or old, men or women, soldiers or pacifists, rich or poor. They may be patriots, but they are never chauvinists. They share with each other, across all nations, common values of humor and understanding.

Among them you know you will not be mocked or resented, because they will not care about your race, your faith, your sex or your nationality, and they suffer fools if not gladly, at least sympathetically. They laugh easily. They are easily grateful. They are never mean. They are not inhibited by fashion, public opinion or political correctness.

....always in a minority, but they form a mighty nation, if they only knew it."

Carlos Amantea, in his review of the book says that Morris... "finds a melancholy there and calls Trieste, which lies along the Adriatic, the last outpost of Italy before the Balkans, 'the Capital of Nowhere."

"And what does this have to do with Trieste, that decent city that no one can ever find on the map? Those of us in the Fourth World, she says, need a capital, our own nation. What would it be called?

It is the nation of nowhere, and I have come to think that its natural capital is Trieste." /end quote

End of post.

Whose birthday is it?

This is an issue I was going to leave alone simply because it is so absolutely unbelievable. There are things to say about it, but I suspect you all don't need me doing a bunch of repeating the obvious.

First, via Progressive Blog Digest, there is this:

The Mississippi State Tax Commission may have received an unsual number of calls yesterday thanks to a very pleasant woman's voice on the outgoing message with the following greeting: Hello, you've reached the Mississippi State Tax Commission. On Monday, January the 17th, the state tax commission offices will be closed in observance of Robert E. Lee and Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthdays. Tax Comission offices will reopen on Tuesday, January the 18th. Office hours are from eight until five. Thank you. Have a safe and happy holiday.

Now couple that with the following, snippets of a thread on a farming forum inhabited by the most insane kinds of wingers. The forum requires registration, so I will post much of the thread here, with the reminder these are the people who got the Chimperor in office --- these are the people wanting to turn back our rights and take full control --- this is what we're up against, people, and this is what the radical right is really all about.

Happy Robert E. Lee Day! More than a general!
"Robert E. Lee was born January 19, 1807. He was the only cadet to go through the academy without one demerit. His inspirations in life were God and George Washington. It showed throughout his entire life in his service to country and God. He was offered command of the union troops at the onset of the War of Northern Aggression but refused to raise a sword against his family and native state. I have read MANY of his letters and they ALL had multiple references to God and his will. His slaves were set free long before the northern generals were forced to free theirs. He maintained corrospondence with several of them. His personal black steward went on to found three churches after the genocide had been completed. God bless Robert E. Lee!

Post #2

I guess you must be offended that it is Martin Luther King day.

Is it because he is black our are you still uspet that the confederacy lost the war?

Post #3

Intolerance rearing its ugly head inside you [...]?

Post #4


Intolerance rearing its ugly head inside you [...]?

I would say it was the other way around [...] but with your poor logic I doubt you could see it.

[...] decided he needed to post a thread to compete with the Maritn Luther King one. Even phrasing the title the same.

So just where is the intolerance now.
[...] has already stated in another thread
"At the time, I tried to keep an open mind and tutored a black girl in algebra, in lieu of a study hall. I spent a career in government and in the military with all types of people. I now live in the Ozarks amongst whites and am much happier here."

Post #5

What is intolerant about that?

Is it intolerant that black posters on here have stated they want to move to an area with black people???

Also today is NOT MLK's birthday....it was the 15th....

Post #6 ...
What is intolerant about that?

Is it intolerant that black posters on here have stated they want to move to an area with black people???

Like duh... Yes is a matter of fact it would be.
You really should invest in a dictionary.

Also today is NOT MLK's birthday....it was the 15th....

It is a day that is celebrated for him - who said it was his birthday?

Post #7

As you are ignorant of such things:

Confederate Heroes Day - On the birthday of General Robert E. Lee (1807), Confederate heroes are honored. In some states this public holiday is celebrated on the third Monday in January.

Post #8

1: impatience with annoyances; "his intolerance of interruptions" 2: unwillingness to recognize and respect differences in opinions or beliefs.

Where is there an unwillingness to recognise and respect differences in opinions or beliefs in stating you enjoy living with certain people???

You however DO seem to be intolerant of other peoples opinion and beliefs.

Post #9

are you really that dense that you can not find intolerance in copperheads statement?
"At the time, I tried to keep an open mind and tutored a black girl in algebra, in lieu of a study hall. I spent a career in government and in the military with all types of people. I now live in the Ozarks amongst whites and am much happier here."

Post #10

Not by the definition posted,however IF you use the definition of:
'Anything I don't like.'

You could then label him intolerant.

If you would like,I will find some MLK quotes showing a GREAT DEAL of intolerance,will you then label HIM intolerant???

Somehow I doubt it.

Post #11

What is intolerant about that statement? I like living around my own kind (white people). Actually, I love living around white people. You are baffling. Where you created by the teacher's union?

Post #12


What is intolerant about that statement? I like living around my own kind (white people). Actually, I love living around white people. You are baffling. Where you created by the teacher's union?

So you don't like living in neighborhoods or communities that have any people of color?
Do they all the white folks have to be Christians or are Jews OK?

Post #13

I just told you what I like... I'll let you wrestle with that. I don't have a suburban but I do drive a one ton, crew cab, 4x4! Now, are you intolerant of christians?

Post #14


I just told you what I like... I'll let you wrestle with that. I don't have a suburban but I do drive a one ton, crew cab, 4x4! Now, are you intolerant of christians?

You did not answer the question.
Do they all the white folks have to be Christians or are Jews OK?

What the heck does a suburban or 1 ton 4x4 have to do with this conversation?

Hey I have many Christian friends and relatives. As a matter of fact all my neighbors are Chirstians.

But I would gather to you the only real Chirstians are white ones!

Post #15

Lol [...], now, is Morris Dees of the Southern (should be "Southron") Poverty Law Center prompting you? So, now you've gone from race to religion?

Post #16

Not being against Blacks.But if [...] has the same people living around him,that I have.If I was black I would truly stay away.These people are truly dangerous.

Heck people around here will burn you out no matter what color you are,if they don't like you.

Post #17

If you look back.... you started the thread talking about Robert E. Lee and God.
I sure notice you do not want to answer any questions. What is the matter are you afraid to let your true colors show?
Are Jews OK in your neighborhood or just white Christians?
Seems like a pretty simple question to answer unless you feel you have something to hide.

Post #18

So what are we arguing about that multicultural is right and mono-cultural is wrong?

[...] feels enlightened as a result of growing up in a multicultural society and is now trying to persuade the obviously (deleted for name calling) Oz that such a society is the only way to achieve true enlightenment.

However, [...] on the other hand, has dipped his toe in both waters and prefers what a mono-cultural society has to provide and really doesn t give a **** what [...] thinks.

Did I get that all right?

How about we list the pros and cons of each?

Personally, I see no advantages to a multicultural society or should I say no culture society because that is what it is. People to busy telling other s what they can and can t display, what can and can t be on public land, what can and can t be taught, what can and can t be built, etc. If everyone holds the same general beliefs and values, then those problems greatly diminish. What you say, it sounds boring? Surprise surprise, some like it boring. How about some tolerance and accept these kinds of communities.

Problem is, people of other cultures move in and stir up the peaceful bliss, just like Mastiff has stired this thread. Just look through this thread, multicultralism is great isn't it?

I know not being pro-multicultural is anti-PC but someone has to call the elephant in the room.

Post #19

People with small minds do indeed belong in little corners of the world all by themselves with those that think the same.
They can go on thinking that theirs is the only way without any interference from others. They can maintain their ignorance of the rest of the world and it's cultures in total bliss.
"Ain't" segregation just grand it helps protect stupidity!

Post #20

Robert E. Lee, he was a traitor to the U.S. government and his military career ended in defeat, right?

Oh well, he's dead now.

Post #21

How come MLK has a day named after him and even Washington and Lincoln have to share a day called "President's Day"?

Post #22

I don't think they did say they want segregation............maybe it will surprise you, but often blacks are more comfortable around blacks, whites around whites. Probably because of this nonsense about what can and cannot be said around each other.

BUT, I think you have ADMITTED you want segregation............people who aren't like you "need" to be seperated. I guess there are double standards with your "tolerance", huh?

I hardly think these people are ignorant of other cultures.........but perhaps like many I know, they don't want to bother with the PC garbage from libs like you? Ever thought of that?

[...] IS intolerant towards Christians, THAT is a fact that has been proven several times.......

Now, so what if soemone wants to celebrate General Lee? Are you saying that even saying something good about him is racist or something here? Now that is real logical...... Now, try to explain why liking him is being racist.........

Post #23

Robert E. Lee was a fine Christian gentlemen, and one of my heroes. MLK was a fraud. His birth name was Michael. He plagiarized his doctoral thesis. He comitted adultery . He was surrounded by Communists and shared their beliefs and agenda. There are many fine black folks to admire, but MLK is not one of them.

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Post #24

Actually I think it WAS so the holidays would be on Mondays....

And YES,MLK is the ONLY american with a holiday named after him...

AND Confederate Heroes Day WAS yesterday....

[...] according to the foundig documents of this nation,the traitor was Lincoln.He forced states to rejoin the union,he illegally made a state and he arrested without trial those that opposed him.

He was not a nice man and started the downward trend in this natio of a centralised gov't.

Post #26

[...] It's perfectly natural for people to live in areas where they can relate to the local culture. There are still towns down south that have 0% black population. No black family wants to be the first to move in. I'm not saying it's right for towns to have that type of reputation, but it doesn't make the white folks that live there wrong for staying there.

People can only "interfere" as much as you let them. Bottom line, people have different preferences in the type of environment they want to live in. This doesn't make them "ignorant of the rest of the world and its cultures". In fact, they may be very knowledgable about the world and its cultures, and they've merely found their preference in their own little corner.

Birds of a feather flock together. There's nothing wrong with that.

It isn't forced segregation if it's voluntary by all parties.

Post #27

I never knew I was ignorant of other cultures...having lived in several and travelled around the world...LOL

Silly leftists,name calling is about all they have left.

All their 'wonderful' ideas are going down the drain of reality.

Post #29

Silly leftists,name calling is about all they have left.

All their 'wonderful' ideas are going down the drain of reality.

My point exactly, [...]! I, too, have travelled the world and lived for extended periods of time in other countries. I'm certainly not culturally ignorant, but I do have my preferences. Jeez! I even think I'm pretty accepting of most cultures. After all, how else could I (good ole baptist-raised southern girl) have ended up with my SO (100% Italian with a Brooklyn accent fiery temper)?

I will soon move to my "little corner" because that's where I want to be. I will try to be accepting of the small-minded "Mastiff-types", but more than likely, I won't have to deal with many of them unless I want to. Again, purely my preference.

Post #30

Is being described as a leftist name calling???

Surely accurately describing someone cannot be name calling...LOL

Same as slander-the truth cannot be slander.

Well except to a silly leftist.

Post! # 33

(Thinking out loud...)

[...] brings up Robert E. Lee's birthday and offers praise for a great American.

[...] comes along and spews hate and venom that was totally uncalled for.

Now, which one is the (deleted for name calling)?

Post! # 34

I thought this thread was about Robert E. Lee. So how did MLK get on it? Wrong thread I think. Isn't having a MLK Day reverse discrimination? If you don't think it is, can you explain why there isn't White Heritage Month? Or American Indian Heritage Month? Or Hispanic Heritage Month?
My son and dh are proud to be named after Robert E. Lee.
I have another question. If MLK was know for his non violence, and y'all are so proud of that, why is it ok to abort unborn babies? That's the most violent act I can think of."

And yes, it gets worse. But you know, there's only so much of it I can stand before my blood starts boiling and my ears start popping.

What unbelievably ignorant and dangerous people the wingers are.

Students, Driving Crazy, All That

I mean, what's there to say, really.

I know I'm being a negligent blogger, and I certainly do apologize for my silence. But I'm being driven absolutely insane by students. It's like I'm the target of a fully premeditated carefully planned organizational effort executed by determinedly sullen 4 year olds gifted in the art of Chinese water torture.

These are people who consider themselves adults, mind you. My mistake? I gave The Local Football Player a C last semester.

He deserved a D.

But I didn't give him a D because I hadn't really given him advance notice that he'd fallen into D territory. Weird, I know, but there it is.

Unfortunately --- well, unfortunately for him, at least --- this C, in combination with any number of D's and F's and other C's he'd received in other classes, knocked him into some kind of ineligible for something er other territory. Don't ask me because I don't know.

It all goes hand in hand with the D given to the student who spent most of last spring semester shining me on and not doing half the work for the semester. Trust me, he was lucky to get a D ...

The two of them have teamed up with a gang of wimmenfolks (such as it is): 1. the campus' notoriously Bumptious Women Team ---one, a bleached blonde given to Ann-Margret hairdoes and pink lipstick, and her best friend who relies less on obvious sex appeal and more on the strong arming of her dad, the parole officer who is first cousin to half the tribal councilmembers of Cherokee Nation; 2. the campus' Beatnik Woman of Undiscernible Sexuality, although I suspect she falls into the category of pansexual --- okay, I know she does because she gave me a bunch of love poems she's written --- she is also exceptionally bumptious, but also extremely talented, although she wastes it staying up all night playing video games and smoking cigarettes with all the rest of them. Her talent however leads her to wearing black more often than Ann-Margret hairdoes and pink lipstick.

So here I am, I have my hands full as it is because my classes are full to the brim --- I've never had so many students, there's hundreds and hundreds of them I'm telling you where did they all come from --- and the backhoe dude's coming over tomorrow to put in septic (you don't want to know what's back there now --- really you don't) and if you don't know about Backhoe Dudes, they're exceptionally chatty and scientific kinds of people who also tend to be quite sensitive and emotional.

A good Backhoe Dude is a hard thing to find and my energies now need to be going to making sure the Backhoe Dude is happy while he's tearing up the Back 40 on his backhoe.

I also have grading to do while I'm preparing for the arrival of the Backhoe Dude.

But instead, it's a nonstop stream of emails and questions and hangup calls and sullen looks.


Tornadoes and fences falling down are much, much easier to deal with.

There is no crisis

Via Seeing the Forest: a new website --- bookmark it!

There is no crisis.

Monday, January 17, 2005

The Necessary Acts

I stopped by to see some friends on my way home today, hoping to catch up on the latest news and grab a cup of coffee for the road. The news wasn't so good --- some people who ran a desperately needed halfway house lost all of their funding and had to shut down. Meanwhile, our group is having more and more difficulty coming up with any kind of funding to repair the roofs of elders living in shacks, or find temporary housing for fire victims --- because the idea of household insurance in these parts is absurd, when you barely make enough to feed yourself --- or even help with food and shelter for those most desperately in need.

My friends, in fact --- an older couple on a fixed income --- spent last week looking high and low, going through all the necessary channels, trying to find enough money to help a local Indian kid pay tuition for his first year of college. They ended up withdrawing it from their own bank account and giving it to him because the funds just weren't available any other way.

They asked me if I'd noticed an unusual number of people walking the highways. In fact, I have. Those are our disabled --- our veterans of war and life --- whose funding has been slashed to the minimum --- and our homeless working poor who no longer have anywhere to go because our shelters are closing --- and our lost kids.

While the current political and economic circumstances impact everyone to at least some extent, their effects here have already come down hard and fast. And this is happening in an especially vulnerable area, a place of unusual beauty largely unknown to the rest of the world, a place inhabited by some of the last remnants of a significant part of this country's greatest heritage --- the real cowboys and real Indians.

But for all the lipservice paid to the cowboys and Indians, no one cares but us. And there is no one more desperate to stem the tide than us --- we're under virtual siege by agribusiness and the threat of suburban sprawl and wealthy vacationers from Texas in their cowboy hats from Dallas' finest stores and Indian outfits from the most chic boutiques in Sante Fe speeding down our twisty turny mountain roads in their shiny black Humvees. It's as though this were an imposed Depression carefully planned to clean us out so this can become a gated resort community for Texas oil barons --- the hillbilly Milagro Beanfield War.

We're scrambling here --- charitable groups, outreach organizations, community development organizations, families and friends, everyone is scrambling. This is a place where teachers keep closets full of shoes and coats and shirts and healthy snacks for those kids showing up without shoes and without having eaten since before the weekend.

And no one wants to talk about it. CNN, FOX, ABC, NBC, not a one of them. Instead, we hear *cautiously optimistic* and *132,000 jobs added last month* and *the indicators are good* and all the other mumbo-jumbo conjured up economic hoodoo. It's meaningless. Completely meaningless. And it's lies.

So, when I got home today and turned the computer on and did my daily stroll through the blogosphere, the first thing I saw was the continuation of the WSJ/Kos/Armstrong scandal over at Kos: Elitism, The Right and Blogging. And this:

The people attacking the blogs on the left do not want people to sort out the information.  They do not want people without credentials presenting facts and arguments that haven't been vetted and neutered.  And they don't want a sense of democracy.  They want compliance.  

It's true. And it isn't by reading that I know it's true. It's by seeing with my own eyes the complete disconnect between what they claim and what really is.

Dave Johnson at Seeing the Forest puts it this way:

America's political elite live in an information bubble. It's like the Right has set up a "conventional wisdom machine" that is targeted at opinion leaders, legislators, their staffs and the circles they associate with. Heavily-funded right-wing organizations work to infiltrate their message into the information that these "leadership elite" receive. They achieve this in many ways. One way, of course, is that they have their very own bought-and-paid-for media outlets like Fox, the Washington Times, and most of AM radio. But they also have worked to get the more mainstream opinion leaders under their influence. Influential columnists and reporters receive large speaking fees from corporations and trade associations. They get free "retreats" where they learn about "market solutions." And everyone is certainly afraid of the shame and humiliation should they become the target of the character assassination machine. That acts as a powerful incentive to toe the line and reject "marginalized" information sources -- people like Scott Ritter and Michael Moore, constituents complaining about election fraud, and Progressive online news sources or blogs (those terrible things that leaked the exit polls) -- and stick to "credible" sources.


Marginalizing sources like blogs is one way to scare Washington types away from the info they contain. Reading blogs is a way to break through that bubble.

I know it seems a stretch to connect the happenings in this obscure little corner of the world with the smear on Kos and Armstrong and the bloggers and with the BushCo disinformation campaign. But it isn't.

You see, us here --- we'll be the first to go. If the draft is reinstated, our boys will be the first called up --- they're BushCo cannon fodder, servants to the Neocon agenda, nothing more, nothing less.

There's a reason there's so many teachers like me back here scrambling to save these guys. We know exactly what lies ahead for them.

The fragility of our economy means the first shocks of economic depression are already being felt here --- and not only by rising prices and fewer jobs, but the losses of HUD grants and community development funds and grants for charitable and cultural purposes, as this is an area which thrives on community and service.

The most difficult for me to accept, however, is the growing apathy and downright hatred for the kind of cultural and ethnic diversity which has always been the reason we are we, and you are you. Our cowboys and Indians --- no one wants to admit it, but truth is, this is, without a doubt, the last generation of them, unless something happens and happens fast. And our natural environment is in profound jeopardy. We are fortunate to possess some particularly unique ecosystems in this area, beautiful rivers and lakes and forests, and many, many, many varieties of endangered creatures. But not for long.

The blogs have given me reason to hope, however. Oh sure, I have friends and family who understand --- and people throughout this area are profoundly concerned. But it's been difficult to find any kind of understandng on a larger scale beyond the predatory gaze of the academics and the occasional reporter-slash-author looking for a good story and a promotion.

Through the blogs, however, I've found entire networks of people throughout the country whose concerns might vary somewhat from mine. But those concerns are rooted in exactly the same things. And the bloggers see what I see and fear what I fear.

I'm a person of tremendous optimism and strength --- it's very difficult to get me down. But, truth be known, before discovered the blogs, I was beginning to feel the worst kinds of despair. The situation here is fragile enough on its own --- add to that, however, the insanity of this adminstration and the stripping of our most basic rights and the horrors we're perpetuating in Iraq and elsewhere --- and it was all finally getting to be too, too much.

And it isn't something you can really discuss here. For as bad as it is for me, it's worse for most people I know. I sit in meetings with fullbloods carrying the last names of some of the most renowned --- and infamous --- Cherokees in history. As friends and as people, you won't find any better. But from time to time, I see in their eyes the knowledge that, for everything they hold inside of them, they're scared because they know that this is it. And I see flashes of the same thing in the eyes of the cowboys --- they may ride the most beautiful pony, perhaps that paint that they birthed themselves from the mother they birthed and that they raised and trained and fed, and when caught unawares, you can see it in their eyes --- this is it. It will be no more after them.

But maybe, just maybe, if the bloggers can stand tall against the monoliths --- maybe.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

McDonald's Former Chief Executive Bell Dies of Cancer

Charlie Bell, the former chief executive of McDonald's Corp., the world's largest restaurant chain, died today of cancer. He was 44. Bell was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in May.

What an extraordinary irony, although I find it doubtful Bell subsisted on a fastfood diet.

According to the CDC, more than 90% of colorectal cancers are found in people 50 and over. And, risk factors include "lack of regular physical activity, low fruit and vegetable intake, a low-fiber and high-fat diet" --- in other words, a McDonalds' lifestyle.

I wouldn't wish cancer on anyone. But I do find this ironic, at the very least.

Repeat after me ...

There is no social security crisis --- but there s a crisis in the general fund.

But the disinformation campaign continues.

The official policy brief, analyzing the consequences of inaction, was written by Andrew G. Biggs, the associate commissioner of Social Security for retirement policy. Mr. Biggs, 37, joined President Bush in making the case for private accounts at a White House forum this week.

When he was an analyst at the Cato Institute, Mr. Biggs championed private accounts, saying they "would pay substantially higher retirement benefits than the current Social Security program" because some payroll taxes could be invested in stocks and corporate bonds rather than in government securities.

And we all know the Cato Institute stands tall as an impartial, nonpartisan research institute.


Marginalizing the Bloggers: Class Warfare

You know, institutions, especially those governed and inhabited by the upper classes, will do pretty much anything to ensure the appearances of diversity and inclusiveness and expansiveness, while vigorously maintaining the status quo in every way possible.

Case in point: a few years back, an absolutely lily white student came to me wanting references from me. I mean, not that's there's anything wrong with lily white --- but read on. This person kept asking me and an American Indian person I was working with to come to his parents' house, to sign odd pieces of paper, to type up and send in letters of reference and whatnot.

I was pleasant to this fellow, but a bit confused by his motivations. So I didn't sign anything. And I'm glad I didn't. Because, turns out, this jackass had joined a fictional Native American tribe --- a tribe by which membership consists not of blood and relationship and community and shared history and language, but by membership fees alone --- AND HE WAS AWARDED A FULL SCHOLARSHIP TO STANFORD LAW SCHOOL ON THE BASIS OF HIS MEMBERSHIP IN A NONEXISTENT, FICTIONAL INDIAN TRIBE and he needed all these letters and recommendations and whatnot --- even a freaking picture of him with me and this fullblood fellow I worked with --- as additional *proof* he was Indian.

And it isn't that Stanford was conned. Not at all. Stanford merely wanted the appearance of having a Native Law program and Native students. But they didn't really want people who were culturally and historically and ethnically *Indian* so to speak, because people who are culturally and ethnically and historically and etc etc etc American Indian are just way too much trouble. So this nice white upper class (because, let me tell you, his family had some bucks!) fellow fit right in to The Stanford Club.

In addition, this fellow was (and is still , I assume) a radical right Christian.

*banging head against wall*

This is far from an isolated incident. In fact, there is a long history of the pointed, yet hushed, exclusion of American Indians from the Academe, meaning that until very recently, Native American history and sociology and linguistics and etc. have been written entirely by non-Native people and entirely in the control of non-Native peoples. Yet another form of colonialism, and yet another way of ensuring the class structure remains intact.

So the doings of WSJ and Harvard concerning Kos and Jerome Armstrong and blogging in general merely follow a precedent of maintaining the illusions of inclusiveness and expansiveness and etc etc etc ad nauseam, while at the same time, casting what they hope will be fatal blows to the competition.

Kos has too much power. Jerome Armstrong has too much power. The blogs have too much power. And so they become a threat not simply to the Academy of So-Called Respected Journalism, but to an entire class system.

This is an important story, not simply because WSJ has been caught in a lie and not simply because Harvard is complicit with the lie --- but because it shows quite clearly, to me at least, this is about class and maintaining the status quo. Bush and the radicals are almost secondary to the equation, except insofar as they are necessary to strengthening the boundaries between the upper classes and the rest of us.

For that reason, this is a story which needs to be shouted from the rooftops and brought up at every opportunity. It won't be the only time it happens. It will continue happening until the Academe realizes they have no choice but to let the Indians in the door and listen to them.