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Friday, 22 May 2015

22 May 2015. Whenever You Hear Talk of “America the Exceptional”, Think on This…

00 REAL Mount Rushmore. 06.05.15

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The Lakota Sioux still claim their ancestral home of the Black Hills. The Anglos drove them out, violating solemn treaties, because they found gold and silver there. In United States v. Sioux Nation of Indians, SCOTUS ruled that the government illegally took the Black Hills, so, it ordered the government to pay the Sioux the initial offering price plus interest. The Lakota refused the settlement; they wanted the Black Hills back. The money remains in an interest-bearing account, but the Lakota refuse the money. They believe that accepting the settlement would allow the government to justify taking ownership of the Black Hills. In 2012, UN Special Rapporteur James Anaya conducted a tour of Native American lands, to determine how the USA implements the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, endorsed by the Obama administration in 2010. Anaya met with Native Americans, besides members of the Obama administration and the US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Tentatively, Anaya recommended the return of lands to some nations, including the Black Hills to the Sioux. Earth to Anglos! Ȟe Sápa is sacred land to the Lakota and to the Cheyenne, too.

The First Nations were here first and they remain distinct nations in the European sense… independent cultures with their own languages, Weltanschauung, and civilisational basis. They are NOT Westerners, nor should we treat them as such. Yet, they do form a group within the larger American society… “American Indians”… with a common history of a rather sordid relationship with Anglo power (and of an equally long resistance to that power). I speak from long correspondence with members of the Tlingit, Inuit, Mohawk, and Lakota peoples. Yes, VERY distinct cultures, yet very similar in their history of relationship with the “dominant” Anglos.

There are large “peoples” such as the Russians and the Chinese… there are small peoples such as the Lakota, Sorbs, and Karens… there are middling groups such as the Magyars, Finns, and Sikhs. Yet, all are cultures in the fullest sense of the word. All are “families”… that’s why I’m loath to speak of any other group other than my own. To really speak of a group requires an “inside” voice… outsiders can learn “of” a culture, but can never quite “become” that culture. Some things are only expressible by a family member. To really speak of the Black Hills… that would require a Lakota or Cheyenne voice… I don’t have that. I did my best…

BMD

Thursday, 10 October 2013

10 October 2013. A Photo Essay. From the Russian Web… It’s Autumn!

00 It's Autumn! 01. Harrogate ENGLAND UK. 10.10.13

Harrogate (Borough of HarrogateNorth YorkshireYorkshire and the Humber Region) ENGLAND UK

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00 It's Autumn! 02. Crawford Notch NH USA. 10.10.13

Crawford Notch (Carroll/Coos Counties. Crawford Notch State Park) NH USA

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00 It's Autumn! 03. Krasnoyarsk Krai RF. 10.10.13

Krasnoyarsk Krai RF

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00 It's Autumn! 04. Potsdam GERMANY. 10.10.13

Potsdam (Bundesland Brandenburg) GERMANY

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00 It's Autumn! 05. Vail CO USA. 10.10.13

Vail (Eagle County) CO USA

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00 It's Autumn! 06. Stolby State Nature Reserve. Krasnoyarsk Krai RF. 10.10.13

Stolby State Nature Reserve. Krasnoyarsk Krai RF

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00 It's Autumn! 07. Tower Bridge. London ENGLAND UK. 10.10.13

Tower Bridge. London (Greater London Region) ENGLAND UK

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00 It's Autumn! 08. Pickering ENGLAND UK. 10.10.13

Pickering (Ryedale DistrictNorth YorkshireYorkshire and the Humber Region) ENGLAND UK

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00 It's Autumn! 09. Salem SD USA. 10.10.13

Salem (McCook CountySD USA

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00 It's Autumn! 10. Lakino. Krasnoyarsk Krai RF. 10.10.13

Night Harvesting, Lakino (Bolshemurtinsky Raion. Krasnoyarsk Krai) RF

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Saturday, 9 March 2013

9 March 2013. You Can’t Make Up Shit Like This… Gun Nutter Governor in South Dakota Signs Bill Authorising Armed Guards in Schools… WHAT A MAROON!

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On Friday, CNN reported that South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard signed a controversial bill that allows school boards in the mostly-rural state to let school employees, hired security personnel, or volunteers carry guns in schools. Under the new law, which comes into effect on 1 July, school boards will be able to establish school sentinel programmes “to secure or enhance the deterrence of physical threat and defence of the school, its students, its staff, and members of the public on the school premises against violent attack”. All “sentinels” will have to pass a weapons training course similar to the one designed for South Dakota law enforcement officers.

The move came in the wake of a brutal shooting at a school in Connecticut in December last year that left 20 young children and 6 adult staff dead. It also reflects a deep divide between tough gun control advocates, including US President Barack Obama, and gun rights supporters backed by the powerful the National Rifle Association. Recently, Obama called for a ban on military-style assault weapons, a limit on the number of rounds in individual magazine clips, and a comprehensive background check and database for all gun buyers in the nation.

The Second Amendment of the US Constitution guarantees American citizens the “right to bear arms”. However, the historical and societal interpretation of those words is at the heart of the impassioned debate about guns in the USA today. Gun control advocates argue the Founding Fathers who drafted the Constitution and other documents didn’t necessarily mean that all citizens have the right to bear any kind of arms and have access to any amount of ammunition at any time and in any context. Gun rights supporters say the president’s proposals are unconstitutional and a violation of citizens’ rights.

8 March 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/world/20130309/179904006/South-Dakota-Arms-Teachers-Against-Violent-Attacks.html

Editor’s Note:

Let’s take a look at the text of the Second Amendment:

A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Hmm… the “right” to bear arms is linked indissolubly with “a well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state”. That means that arms-bearing and militia membership go hand-in-hand. One could argue, using “strict constructivist” guidelines, that the only people who have an untrammelled right to bear arms are those who are members of a recognised federal or state military reserve unit (such IS the modern incarnation of a “militia”, after all). There is no “right” to have guns because one “wants to own them”… nor is there a right to own guns to “oppose a tyrannical government”. The only right granted by the US Constitution is that since guns are necessary to an efficient militia for the common defence, citizens shall have the right to own them. The wording of the Amendment does NOT confer an unrestricted or unrestrained right to own weapons… that is crucial to the intent of the Founders… do note that the clause concerning a militia comes first, implying that it trumps the later (subordinate) clause. This could mean that the government could ban handgun ownership, as handguns are militarily useless.

Strict construction requires a judge to apply the text only as it is. Look at the Second Amendment… it makes explicit mention of a “militia”, and that such a militia is “necessary” for the defence of the state. Therefore, strict construction, which is beloved of the Troglodyte Right, requires judges to strike down permissive gun ownership laws. In short, all pro-gun nutter judges are actually “activist jurists”, reading meaning into the Amendment that isn’t there. In fact, since there are well-regulated and legally-established military reserve units, with appropriate stored weapons and munitions, strict construction would lead one to the inescapable conclusion that the government could (and, indeed, MUST) ban most private-ownership of weapons (with the possible exception of registered hunters), as the already-provided-for military reserve is the modern “well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state”. There’s no way around it. The wording of the Amendment is clear; it isn’t at all vague or incoherent. The maintenance of an organised militia force and arms-bearing by citizens go hand-in-hand. The NRA and Governor Daugaard are chock fulla shit. They’ve invented a “right” that the Founders never intended to confer.

Isn’t it funny when the Righties bite their own arse? They can’t get around it without using the methods and arguments of “activists”. Reflect on this… they’re so stupid and dense that they can’t see the obvious truth in the Second Amendment. Do you really want such sorts in charge of the country? I don’t… and I’m not alone…

BMD 

Sunday, 21 October 2012

George McGovern Dies at 90… Nixon Used Dirty Tricks to Defeat Him in 1972

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George McGovern, a proud liberal who argued fervently against the Vietnam War as a US Senator (DSD), and who suffered one of the most crushing defeats in presidential election history against Richard Nixon in 1972, died before dawn Sunday. He was 90. A spokesman for McGovern’s family, Steve Hildebrand, told the AP by telephone that McGovern died at 05.15 CDT (03.15 PDT 06.15 EDT 11.15 UTC 14.15 MSK 19.15 AEDT) Sunday at a hospice in Sioux Falls SD, surrounded by family and lifelong friends. A family statement released by Hildebrand said, “We’re blessed to know that our father lived a long, successful, and productive life, advocating for the hungry, being a progressive voice for millions, and fighting for peace. He continued giving speeches, writing, and advising all the way up to and past his 90th birthday, which he celebrated this summer”.

20 October 2012

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_10_21/Former-US-senator-George-McGovern-dead-at-90/

Editor’s Note:

George McGovern was no pacifist. He was a decorated bomber pilot in World War II; he willingly served his country in combat (unlike Willard Romney). He wasn’t a wild-eyed radical (again, unlike Willard Romney); as he put it simply, “You don’t get elected from South Dakota by being a radical”. He was a man of conviction, grace, and standards, defeated by an opponent with no scruples about lying about him. George McGovern was a man who stood by what he believed in… a rare commodity in politics. May God grant him rest and solace to his family…

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