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    RS Blog 168

    2019

    Oct 7   Oct 14  

     

    The Origin of this blog and it's transformation into shining a greater light onto the abuse and corruption that runs rampant in Indian Country. The culprits are in every level of government. They are what ails us all, regardless of where we live, or who we are. Judging from events at the national & state levels, We Are ALL Indians Now. This is about them, and this is about us––ALL of us.

    Eddie Peltier/ Richard LaFuente

    Justice/ Freedom

    Richard LaFuente served almost 30 years for a crime he did not commit, while the real killers roamed free, and still do, to this day.

    Nothing "Just" Happens

    Everything we suffer now, all the suffering we see now, has roots in our untold history.  We can't know what we weren't taught unless we are willing to open our minds to the simple logic that "Nothing JUST happens."

    The greatest injustices have fallen upon Indigenous People the world over, and upon minorities in our very midst.  Unless we are willing to take on and hold accountable those who commit these injustices and those who profit from them as well as those who created the system that makes ongoing injustice "routine", we will never know Peace in our lifetime, anywhere in this world.

    It's time to QUESTION AUTHORITY and hold accountable those in power and those who benefit from a system designed by "leaders" to be unfair, unjust, and costly to all of us. This is not happening to "other" people, it is happening to People. WE ARE PEOPLE.

    Those in power will always aim our anger at someone else, even less powerful. Until we see others as equal to ourself, we will never know the true power of Unity, nor the Peace of living in a Just World.

    Introduction: The same corrupt system that wrongly accused, convicted and imprisoned eleven innocent young men is the same system, with many of the exact same players, who are currently profiting from rampant sexual abuse of children on Spirit Lake Nation Reservation in North Dakota, as well as most if not all reservations in Indian Country, and beyond.

    This Blog is documenting ongoing events at all levels of government. Events on the rez itself, often require someone to speak up and speak out, but since those who do are often abused, assaulted, threatened and intimidated by the abusers in authority, this blog is their voice.

     I ignore morons but the rest of you can reach me at: Cat West Email

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    October 14, 2019
    The World Is Screaming 
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    It’s hard to sleep at night, especially now, because the World is screaming.
    I try to wake up by going to sleep and dreaming.

    You may think you have it hard, you may think you have it really bad,
    But everywhere I turn, broken promises, broken bodies, drowning in the depths of sad,
    You know grief far deeper than I do,
     But those over there, know it deeper than you.

    The betrayals planned out, played out
    Helped by everyone who thought they should not get involved and just stayed out.

    They left the vulnerable to suffer, to hunger and to fear night
    They left the corrupt to claim only they were right.

    The whole world is screaming, and I can’t get my sleep
    We have mountains to climb, and we’re getting tired while they’re getting more steep.

    I wish I had the prayers that would bring Peace, but Peace only comes when Justice is played.
    We allowed greed and injustice, and this is the bed we’ve made.

    No Allies, No Friends

    Our country, the one that fought so hard and so long to represent all that was good and decent in this crazy world; the one that worked so hard to bring equality out of our imperfections, took a wrong turn a long time ago; in the beginning and many times along the way.

    We held up an ideal, a torch in the hand of Lady Liberty, a Beacon to the world of our intentions, and we were followed, we were believed and we were trusted, and we made allies and we became stronger and stronger…

    But those flaws from the inception, and along the way, that we let slip by, the flaws that created and enforced racism and bigotry, while honoring the greedy, the cruel and the dishonest as if they were ‘bold’ or ‘brash’ or somehow smarter than the rest of us because they didn’t play by the rules, when in fact they were breaking the laws… those flaws.

    Those were our weaknesses, our cancer, and they thrived in the dark hallways, backroom deals and corporate funded gatherings that bought and paid for politicians who would do as they were told, has brought us to where we are today: Without allies because we have betrayed those who fought beside us, and betrayed them without warning.

    The allies have all been betrayed, and those who are being slaughtered now in Syria, are a message to any present or future allies we might hope to have: The USA has no honor.

    Don’t blame Trump for this. He couldn’t do any of it if he had not been protected all the way, in every violation of every crime he committed, by party that spawned him.  Republicans built him to be their figurehead and to do everything they wanted him to do: Tax cuts for the super wealthy, while taxes for those under $100K have gone up. Tariffs that drive up our costs for goods imported, and drive away any foreign markets for our goods.

    The Republican leaders will, if you stick a red hot poker in their butts, get up and say they are ‘disappointed’ in how Trump has betrayed our allies…but they won’t lift a finger to stop him. In fact, they need him around to give them one more tax break, despite having driven up the debt and deficits to record highs, they want one more for the super wealthy, and they want a few more things: They want to be able to have lending institutions rip you off with hidden fees and unexpected jumps in interest rates; they want those fake schools that ripped off people seeking higher education, but got nothing, to go without punishment and to not have to pay back the students who took out loans, at extremely high rates, and in fact, they want those loans to be enforced, despite the schools closing…

    They want to build a wall. A f’g wall. A wall that will satisfy the monster that wants to leave his mark on this country, by erecting an edifice to hate and bigotry.  A wall he claims no one can climb, but which has been climbed many times as a demonstration, by both an eight-year old girl, who climbed it in less than 3 minutes, and a man who was juggling at the time.

    Walls were effective back in the day before airplanes. After mankind took to the air, walls were only good for gardens, and back yards.  People who come here illegally come by airplane and boat and they overstay their visas. Like his first wife and his present wife, both of whom lied on their applications.  Hypocrisy is king.

    FOX News wants to throw around the term “Regicide” or “Coup, when the topic of impeachment comes up.  For those who don’t know: Regicide is the murder of a King and a coup is a violent overthrow of a government by the military. Impeachment is the Constitutional method for holding the President accountable. It is the Senate that will hold the trial. Impeachment just gathers the evidence of High Crimes and Misdemeanors.  He is not a King, and the Military have not overthrown him, nor will they.

    Speaking of our Military, Trump has decided that he will send our military not to defend our country or our interests, but to fight the enemies of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He said that they are paying for everything. They are not. They have $100 Million to Ivanka Trump for some bullshit women’s organization she is claiming to operate in their country, but which does not exist.   The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, or KSA for short, will not be paying for our soldiers. They will not be paying their 50¢/hr wages, nor for their medical care, nor the benefits to their families and spouses when they are killed over there, but they gave Ivanka Trump $100 Million Dollars.

    Meanwhile, the Kurds, who are the ones who fought ISIS on our behalf, and who lost over 11,000 of their soldiers fighting the wars for us where we lost 6 of our servicemen, have been betrayed without warning, and are being slaughtered by Turkey, with Russian assistance.  Trump has been golfing during all of this. He’s always golfing. Over 234 days of golfing.  People are being slaughtered by the thousands, and he goes golfing.

    Everyone shocked? Surprised? “Disappointed”?  Where did you think a man spouting hate, lies, bigotry would take us? Where did you think that a party addicted to Russian money would take us? Republicans have suddenly started to run for cover now that their exposure in these Russian Money scandals is becoming known.

    Pete Sessions, in Texas took over $3M dollars from the Russians (same ones as got arrested last week) and he took several meetings with them, but he didn’t act on anything they asked… so he says, but he did.  So now, as he’s running for Senate again, he says he’ll give the money back.

    Excuse me? Give the money back? Really? He knew it was illegal campaign donations, but he took the money for years.  It’s like getting caught committing the crime and then saying you’ll give the money back, and somehow that will make it ok? 

    Example: You rob a bank, several times, for a period of years. You get away with it. You keep doing it. Suddenly, someone involved in your bank robbing gang gets caught, your name comes up, “Aw shucks, I’ll give the money back.” That doesn’t work. You commit the crime you can’t uncommit the crime by giving the money back.

    All the crimes and corruption we are seeing play out right now, will bring our country to its knees. You’re going to find out how much of it ties back to Indian Country, and the crimes and corruption that every level of government was involved in, and got away with, because no one was looking, and no one cared because it was only happening to Indians… and we had, through the magic window of entertainment and media, stereo-typed First Nations people into a cartoon version of who they really were.

    Jack Abramoff was connected to these same nexus plexus of Russians and the Mob. Remember that part.

    We didn’t want to think about it because it would mean we were taught a false history and we owed Justice to those we betrayed at the beginning.  We stereo-typed Black People to the point that police now just point and shoot, ask questions never, and get away with it if the victim is Black.  We’ve stereo typed Brown people into the most ridiculous caricatures, that we should be ashamed for being so stupid as to not laugh them off the stage for saying such fantastical, untrue, racist things.  But instead of pushing back on the lies, talk shows and news program panels, allowed them air time, over and over again, as if what they were saying had some merit.

    To further the brainwashing, the sheer stupidity, these panels consist not of experts in the fields being discussed, but of “opinionators” who have extremely unqualified credentials (read: No Credentials, no expertise, just strong opinions), to get up there and make noise, nothing backed up with facts, all to dilute the information, confuse people.  Someone who is an expert on a region of the world, is opposed on panel by someone who has no expertise, and who will shout them down, and then the viewing public is left to ‘decide’.  Let’s see: Facts versus bullshit, lies, and both are treated as if equal… I dunno, what do you think Merv? *Shrug*

    Presently, FOX News is erasing Rudy Giuliani as ever having been Trump’s attorney. Trump is acting like he barely knew the guy, and also knew nothing of the Russian born guys who were just arrested. Up pops several pictures of events with Trump and his spawn, dining with those same to Russian Born Criminals, being invited to White House State Dinners, his family partying with them… but suddenly he doesn’t know who they are and is not sure he ever knew Rudy Tooty Giuliani.  

    One woman on an opinion panel discussing this situation said “MAGA stands for MAKE ATTORNEYS GET ATTORNEYS”  And it’s true. All of Trump’s attorneys have had to get attorneys to defend themselves against the corruption they got involved in, and some of those attorneys to the attorneys have had to get attorneys.
    Not joking.

    We were warned that if we tried to impeach Trump, he would start a war to distract the nation from his corruption, and many think that he is destroying the Syrian Kurdish arrangement, to do that, exactly.

    In the process of allowing Turkey to bomb, kill, slaughter our Kurdish Allies, more than 10,000 ISIS prisoners have escaped.  We will be attacked. When we are attacked, he will claim we can’t have elections because he has to fight to save us, from the monsters he has unleashed.   And there are enough idiots out there to vote for him and attend his rallies, that people will think they have no choice but to support him.

    He wants us to be attacked so we will be afraid and confused and won’t know what to do. Why else would he destroy our greatest allies and allow for our greatest enemies to escape?

    He doesn’t make sense when he speaks. He lies when he speaks. He uses all the built in flaws of ignorance, racism, bigotry and misogyny to divide this nation and stir up his base.

    His base is really small and it’s shrinking. Why any vet would ever support him is beyond me.

    You might think that since the election, the only interviews done by any media are of Trump Voters, when in fact they were the smaller number, that only Trump Voters exist.  Media never looked for Hillary voters.  They’d go into Democratic areas and search high and low until they found one or two Trump voters and those would be the ones they’d interview and do the write up.  It’s a very misleading method. It’s akin to propaganda. It’s part and parcel of assisting propaganda to work.  It is as if the 3 Million more people who voted for Hillary, somehow, never existed.

    Ask yourself: “Have I read any magazine, newspaper pieces about Hillary voters and how they feel about how things are going? Have I seen any in-depth tv shows following anyone who voted for Hillary?” No. You haven’t. They don’t exist. 

    Now, how many interviews and shows have you seen, read, that featured the Trump voters and their opinions on how things are going? Lost count? Me too.

    We are being destroyed from within by the same people who created Nixon’s debacle (Roger Stone has a tattoo of Richard Nixon, on his back). Paul Manafort was there, and a few others. They’ve been a part of the inner workings of every Republican Administration since Nixon. A few newer guys, even worse in their lies and corruption, have been added this time around, but the nexus plexus remains firmly in place.

    Democrats will come in and clean up the mess. Republicans will claim that Democrats are wasting your money and raising taxes and taking your guns.

    Democrats are the ones who fix the economy, Republicans always scrape it for the wealthiest.
    It will be more than just a little expensive to clean up this mess. It will cost more. The wealthy who pay less in taxes now than at any time in history, will have to pay more. The middle class and the poor will have to pay less because we are the demographic that has to spend what we make, where we live: Food, rent, utilities… and we build the economy from the ground up, not from the top down.

    The Top Tier does not ‘create jobs’.  The working class creates the wealth that makes the top tier wealthy. Without labor, there is no wealth by which the wealthy can underpay labor.

    Guns? Do you need an AR-15 type assault weapon designed for war? It’s only used for killing as many people as possible in as short a period of time. You don’t hunt with them. No hunter would respect you if you tried.  Those guns will be turned in (bought back), and will not be sold to civilians again.  It will cut down the number of mass shootings. Loosening the gun laws has only increased the carnage. We’re better than that.  There will also be laws in place that will remove guns from people who are a danger to themselves or to others.  We don’t need more death.

    Will it end all murders? No. No law ends all crimes. If it’s all or nothing in your logic, then no laws apply, ever. Why make murder illegal if only murderers will kill people? Why make burglary or theft against the law if you can’t stop all burglars?  If you learn to think, you are less likely to be steered by these nonsensical memes and Social Media plays that make no sense.

    Stop arguing with your co-workers and relatives. If they can’t use logic, you can’t play with them.

    Meanwhile, the Kurds are being slaughtered. Mothers & fathers are carrying their dead children because they can’t leave them behind and they have no way to bury them.  The terror is unfathomable.  We did this. Our country did this. Our illegitimate president did this in our name and we can’t fix this without investing generations to repair our wrongs. We need to make an apology tour around the world.

    We need to fix what was wrong with our system from the beginning. Because, if we don’t, we’ll fail again, even worse.

    Don’t think it won’t happen, it is happening now. It will happen again. Defy racism, bigotry, misogyny. You’ll find you personally are stronger for it. You will begin to respect yourself. You will realize that seeking and pursuing Justice for others, is the only way we can find Peace and Prosperity, Strength and Respect personally and throughout the world.  The world knows our flaws. They have always known our hypocrisy. Admitting it is not weakness, it’s the first step to fixing it.  Justice is key. Injustice at any level, to anyone, weakens us all. Justice should be our mission in this world.

    We owe a lot. We will not be able to pay off our debts until we acknowledge our debts. 

    Carrot & Stick

    Reminder: Both Democrats and Republicans got hacked by Russians in 2016. We saw what they exposed on Democrats: Leon Panetta’s Risotto  recipe was overplayed as crime of the century, the emails from Hillary, if you read them, revealed a woman who genuinely cared about the people she was working for. She cared about the injured, the sick, the struggling. Media just rolled their eyes but they never read her emails aloud, because it revealed her as a warm hearted Human and that destroyed the stereo type they had been cultivating of her for 20 years.

    But they never exposed the Republican emails and texts. They kept those quiet so they could dangle them over the heads of any Republican who would dare defy them. Carrot and Stick.  Here’s a bunch of Russian Money for your campaign, if you play ball with us. Here’s what we can expose of your private life, your corruption, if you don’t. Which would you choose?

    This is why, even as our greatest allies are being slaughtered, and as other allies are taking note that we are not worth our word on anything, Republicans do nothing. They still defend and remain loyal to 45.

    Lindsey Graham is carrying a petition around to his fellow Republican Senators, asking them to sign that they will not impeach Trump no matter what the House investigation reveals. They’re loyalty to Trump, not to the Constitution.  Party over Country. And it’s blatant.  And they are signing it. That’s some carrot or some stick, iddnit?

    Yeah, proudly tell me you aren’t going to vote because you can’t vote for a Republican or you’re too confused. That’s how we got here. That’s why the world is screaming. You just can’t hear it.

    You know where to find me.

    ~Cat

    Reading List:

    Alan Dershowitz and the Wheel of Pain Columbia Journalism Review

    Pete Sessions is "Congressman 1" in Indictment of Rudy Giuliani Associates  Texas Tribune

    The FBI Lost Our Son, Wall Street Journal (behind a Paywall but gives you an inside view of how FBI fails those who trust it the most

    Arizona Elected Official indicted in Human Trafficking (Of course he's a Republican)

    Anglican Church Apologizes to Victims, Star Tribune.

    Ron Johnson says he was blocked by Trump from telling Ukraine that the Aid was on the way.  Journal Sentinal

     

     

     

     

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    October 7, 2019

    Corruption & Greed, Over and Over Again -- Print (3)

    This theme will never quit. Our country was founded on corruption: The wealthiest having the rights, the poorest having no rights, the slaves doing all the work and the Indians being robbed of everything. 

    I pointed it out, for years and years, how corrupt things were in Indian Country, and how good & decent people were forced to suffer a system that deprived them at every turn, of a chance at life.

    Children are raised in violent communities; families suffer generations of addictions, sexual abuse and violence as well as grinding poverty, while the wealthiest among them seem to get more and more of everything, and no one can really account for it.

    They didn’t do this to themselves. This was inflicted upon them as a way to control the resources wealthy corporations wanted to extract from their lands.  Mining, drilling, dumping of toxic wastes, medical wastes, heavy metals waste, and radioactive wastes is common. 

    What is rare is clean water, decent buildings, good roads, enough heat in winter, and programs run by the qualified.  Money designated for agencies such as housing or suicide, or water treatment, going to the least qualified but politically connected is how taxpayers lose millions and in fact billions of dollars in Indian Country, while those in need of basic services, get nothing but more grief.   

    Their leaders make deals with murderers, and corporations that destroy the environment, clean up nothing, leave a trail of destruction, while pocketing profits and not paying taxes, …. And now, you don’t know if I’m still talking about Indian Country or the Entire Country, do you?

    The destruction is planned. If you destroy people’s only means of survival, whether it be slaughtering the buffalo or bankrupting the family farms, the beneficiaries are always the wealthy and wealthiest who divide up the spoils for themselves and use their accumulated wealth to buy the government that serves them while hurting everyone else.

    Stand up to the bullies, and you stand alone in Indian Country. You risk everything. Or you sit down and try to get by, watching it get worse and worse every year.  We have a chance now to unite and save our democracy, but it comes at a price: We must go back to rectify the flaws in the system that thrived on dividing us through racism, misogyny, bigotry and ignorance.

    We can take to the streets. We already have and we will again.  We will elect better representatives and flush out all the corrupt.  We will rebuild, and it will take generations, our standing in the world, and our economy.

    And it will all be for nothing unless we actively hold accountable those we elect at every level of government: From Dog Catcher to President and every level in between.

    One more thing: Reparations.  We must put in place a system to rectify and repay those from whom the wealth of this nation was stolen.  We must restructure our relationship with Treaty Lands that will drastically change who has control over those lands and cities.  It can be done. It just won’t be simple or easy.

    The “R” Word

    The other part is reparations for the system of racism that literally stole people, stole children, stole labors and properties of people and enforced a system of Jim Crow mostly in the South, but in every aspect of every community throughout the land.

    You cringe. I feel it from here. “That will cost billions and billions….!”  Yes, yes it will.  We have trillions of dollars we spend on Military, and trillions more that are not taxed because wealthy billionaires hide it offshore.  We’ll start with those two and then work our way throughout the system.

    Not just a cash payment, but a system that favors and lifts up those who were denied, for generations, a chance at equal education, equal employment, housing, property ownership, business building, etc.

    Too complicated? I think not. We managed for hundreds of years to have special laws and rules to keep people of Color, especially Black People down; rules that only applied to them, from curfews to redlining and other forms of discrimination.  We can instead make rules that, for the next 7 generations, give advantage to those whom we robbed for 400 years.  We’re a nation of smart people, and we can do this.

    And, when we do, there will be big ugly tears from those who feel they are being discriminated against, simply because to them, equality is oppression. Tough.  The advantages of Reparations is a gift to us all. It will raise up the standard of living in every community. More businesses, more goods, more taxes paid, more services rendered, more infrastructure maintained.

    Right now, it’s a battle to get anyone to care that children in Indian Country don’t have proper
    food, their water is contaminated, and their homes are substandard.

    Those who have benefited over generations of unearned inherited wealth stolen from the labors of slaves and the stolen lands and resources of First Nations, won’t be poor, but they won’t be able to continue unearned wealth accumulation at the expense of The Red Man, The Brown Man, The Black Man.

    Who, Me?

    Me? I’m hoping our school systems and the curriculum will drastically improve.  Better methods of teaching, cultural curriculum included, multiple languages offered (The US remains one of the most ignorant nations when it comes to understanding or speaking even a second language. It’s one of the things other countries find laughable about our country.

    True History. Get curriculum lined up with facts. This whole White, Male, Christian centric crap we have been fed for generations, left us completely unprepared for the fascist takeover presently in process.  We must teach in our schools where we made mistakes, where we were the bad guys, and make it possible for our society to move into the future, unhobbled by fables of fantastic White Male Christians that never existed.  Fables have crippled us, and have enabled our Corporate Overlords to more easily manipulate us against one another.

    We should be standing up for one another, not fighting to defend the mindless, corrupt rantings of a man who shits in a Gold toilet. He is not one of us.

    We need, desperately, to learn and understand the value of Science in our society. Science is what will help us to save ourselves as this Climate Crisis overtakes us (because we didn’t listen to science in the 70’s, as they tried to warn us).  Denial only serves those corporations who are getting richer and richer by depleting our resources, damaging our environment.

    We have so much work to do. We have so much damage to UNDO.  We need to find our Humanity and our courage.  Our strength will come from Unity.

    Most of all, we must stop fooling ourselves. We’re in a world of crap, and we have politicians telling us it’s roses.  We must hold our government accountable. We must hold the Press accountable. 

    It’s time to stop making celebrities out of serpents. It’s time to find the kind of values that will make us stronger.  They don’t come in packages of racism, bigotry, sexism, misogyny.  Ignorance is not a good look. It got us here, and it broke us along the way.

    You know where to find me.
    ~Cat

     

     

     

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