The indian tribes gave Abramoff buckets of money to bribe congressmen. At least four dozen congressmen from both sides of the aisle voted in their favor during that time. It was bribe money plain and simple, paid by the tribes to buy influence in congress. It worked. Before Abramoff, the indian tribes had their own lobbyists, who were much less effective than straight out bribing congressmen through Abramoff's lobbying firm. Casinos are still easy targets for organized crime. I don't mean that they could be taken over by an italian "costa nostra". I mean that the indian tribes could create their own internal crime syndicates. That's the nature of casinos. Federal oversight of indian casinos by the NIGC works about as well as any other neglected government department manned by a skeleton crew and managed by a chairman, or currently, a chairwoman. The commission has no teeth. But it's not federal oversight I'm talking about, though, it's state and local oversight, of which there is very little. Back in 1988 the indian regulatory gaming act actually excluded states from regulating casinos. So the states hands are tied. I stand by my first post, it's a much more complicated issue than Danehy thinks, and it doesn't have anything to do with gettin' back at the round-eyes.
The BIA and its gambling cartel have never been lawful entities. Andrew Jackson issued a proclamation denying the power of the judicial department to hand down the law of the land. Jackson and Congress then enjoined an insurrection and passed the patently unlawful Indian Removal Act over the Majority Opinion of the Supreme Court. This is why we are petitioning the Government to repeal this despicable act, which should have been repealed with slavery. The Indian Citizenship Act should have included fee simple title to their ancestral lands. The BIA reservation system is simply another form of enslavement. Government Indian policy from the beginning has been one of human genocide. For proof one only need look at the stats:
Aside, from the 5 billion dollars in damages incurred by the BIA for ripping off the tribal trust and other crimes, the BIA administration has managed to oversee virtual death camps. Here are some staggering figures to mull over: BIA reservations have 8 times the U.S. rate for diabetes, 8 times the rate for tuberculosis. Unemployment as high as 90 percent, quite naturally, is followed closely by similarly high rates for alcoholism, and several other diseases. Those stats, coupled with infant mortality and juvenile suicide rates three times the national average --- it is fair to suggest that the BIA policy of genocide remains in full force and effect.
This human tragedy is being ignored by the media who launder billions of dollars for the BIA gambling cabal, helping to sustain this amoral government agency. The press does not find it newsworthy that the gambling compact, which ordered the States to negotiate with the BIA gambling cartel was subsequently ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. The case involved the State of Florida and the Seminole Tribe. Join us in demanding that the Indian Removal Act be repealed and the tribe given fee simple title to their ancestral lands --- it is long overdue for the American people to close these internment camps and allow the tribes to handle their own affairs. The Poke Player Army is circulating a 1st Amendment petition and demand that Congress formally repeal the Indian Removal Act. Visit the www.pokerplayerarmy.org and learn more.
Indian gaming is NOT unregulated as Kentop is trying to lead the readers on. In fact, there is a U.S. Govt regulatory board that is a extended arm of the U.S. Dept of Justice: National Indian Gaming Assoc. They see/review the $$$ numbers, the take and the payouts and report ANY misleading statements to the justice dept for an in-depth review. Las Vegas on the other hand, was built on Mob money and can you seriously say that they are not still involved. Let me guess, you support escorts & 24/7 stripclubs. As for Jack Abramoff: that is how the political system is set up... the other person who took money is JOEL OSTEEN. The natives gave them funds to advocate on their behalf; yet they took the money and spent it on themselves & did not give it back. If that is not a double standard, then what is... I am glad to see that this Native Tribe had the fore sight to see and invest properly in a solid long-term return; is that not the "American" dream Kentop
Casino del Sol is not directly in my backyard but it's pretty close, and I'm fine with it. My only issue with the article is calling poker "gambling," because it's a game of skill (we are still trying to convince the US Government of that however) and if the tribe's casino becomes uber successful, as I hope it will, can we convince them to buy the Coyotes? I must confess I will not drive up to Glendale and patronize the casino unless there are still Coyotes games to see.
The history of indian gaming is a lot more complicated than you make it. States want to regulate the casinos for good reasons, too. Indian casinos are just as prone to organized crime and corruption as any other gaming establishment. Corruption is the biggest problem. Just as Jack Abramoff and his lobbyist cronies. Yes, we committed genocide against native americans, and unfortunately, they lost the war and were placed in interior exile on reservations. Letting them now build casinos wherever they want, whenever they want with no state or local oversight at all is not in any way justice for past treatment. There are now very good studies that show strong connections between casinos and local crime rates. Just getting basic data on this very serious subject is tough because indian casinos do not have to report anything to the government. So, while you sip your diet soda on the gaming floor, thank your god that it isn't in your backyard.
Rant about the legislature all you want, but remember they were elected by the people of this state. We live among people who support this brand of government. Face it, Arizona is the warm weather version of Alaska - a magnet for America's misfits.
Couldn't agree more. The state legislature is an embarrassment. And they simply don't know when to sit down and think hard of something that might actually benefit the people of Arizona. That said, and it needs also to be said, things are the same but a little different here in the Baja.
I'm not talking about weird political ideas, although we certainly have more than a few floated from time to time. But what's with the unremarked upon outright theft of hundreds of millions of tax dollars that disappear like rain into the caliche with nothing to show for it? Of course I am referring to the bloated carcass of Rio Nuevo, The Tucson Bus on Tracks and every major project that sets the dim bulbs of the City Council, mayor and administration glimmering. And why are these same folks voted into office in perpetuity?
Yeah, those bozos up north really are awful. But down in the Baja, we can always match their act with non-random acts of fraud, theft, venality and corruption.
And yeah, Tom, I'm one of those fence-sitting independents who chooses to remain non-aligned because both tribes disgust me. That may be sacrilege, but hey, we are the fastest growing political party in the US representing approximately a third of all voters.
Fun thing is guns are not the only thing that kill people. Idiots with an agenda do as well. IE Boston marathon. We spend more time trying to justify what is gun control. Here is a clue for all of us. Bombs, rocket, mines, fertilizer, poisons, guns, knives, rope, trains, bats, pillows, nails, rocks, cars, motorcycles, oh and my favorite, bare hands. They all can be used for murder. No matter what, a person wants you dead it will happen. Trying to use gun control to stop others from causing harm is just the tip of the iceberg. We live in a dangerous world. Americans need to wake up and realize that monsters are now adapted and so should we. I own one gun does that make me a gun fetish freak. By the way, if criminals want all the banned stuff, they would still find a way to get it.
We love the "Hill" and go up almost once a weekend. It is an effort to get to the top, but so worth it scenic wise and health wise. I am as others mentioned, amazed at the cross section of people that we see - those in great shape (some do in multiple times while we are on our one and only time) those in less than great shape, but damnit they are trying - kids - people even older than I - all on their quest to the top.
Tom, I remember you as being in shape. But that was years ago (okay, decades). Yes, I am in the worst shape I've ever been in as well. It comes with age I believe. But I do walk a lot: at least two miles a day, back and forth from the subway. No, I'm not in Tucson, just a little further east. Okay, way further east. A long way from San Fernando.
It is a neat place to climb. Talk with one of the archaeology professors at the U of A to get to see the pit houses and rock art. It is worth your time and effort.
Try "the Hill" after a summer "monsoon" rain. Higher humidity, much the same heat, and when you get to the top, EVERYTHING is covered with other-wordly crawling critters. Enough up there to not allow sleep, even after the hike!
'three-fourths of an eternity' will almost get you to the 'window' too - bring lots of water...
What a great editorial. I hope you've sent an enlarged laminated copy to the "FLAKE".
Dear Editor: after reading your piece, and the posts above, I shall not attempt any civil discourse, none will get through. Everyone's mind is deeply sunk in their own point of view, but I do offer some thoughts as I see it: Gun owners fear confiscation, fact. It will never be successful, fugheddaboutit. About as successful as the "war on drugs" I calculate. Passing more laws? Ok, but the idea is - effective"Will they CHANGE anything? Lastly, let's say you kill one of the Bill of Rights - 2nd Amendment. If that happens, any thought to what's next on the "slippery slope?" Like maybe - the First Amendment? Like your sacred right to "flip off" anybody you feel like? Then, you may be in danger if you do. Adolph took that away, mein fruend.
@cempiremtn would go to war against his/her neighbors to keep a gun.
Exactly. The madness of gun ownership: destructive power without a point.
Gee, ZKen thanks for telling me how I should spend the money that I earned by my own efforts. Perhaps you should spend your money on a visectomy. It could only help.
The NRA is run by the "Gun Hole" Chapter. What are the "qualifications", to belong? Well, the the first is a deep seated inferiority complex. The next is greed. The third is no sense of proportion. Just think of all the things you could spend $1500 dollars on. A vacation, food for your animals or children, a refrigerator, car repairs, martial arts training, clothes, donations to programs for Military amputees, wives and children of firemen, police, first responders, mental health evaluations for their own children, etc. etc. It is all about justification. Justification for all the wasted money spent on "Assault weapons', that are useless in most excusable defense situations and which serve only to bolster a cowardly sense of inadequacy. Buy yourself a "golden Gun" for a golden future day of super heroic self delusion. Of course, there is the last and greatest group of "Gun Holes". These are the people that make mass kill guns, buy the people that vote for their greed, and the people that pander to and sell to the selfishly deluded who feel that they can't defend themselves with less than ten bullets. There you are, heroically mowing down the hordes of burglars, trespassers, neighbors dogs, teenagers, commies, tax collectors, immigrants, atheists, proctologists and all others who seek to invade the nether regions. What do mean honey, I'm a donkeyhole? If you had just bought those drum magazines we could have got em all!
cempiremtn, Civil War? Really? Which side are you on? The second Amendment is so out of date it needs to be Amended.
Old Man.... I will license my guns just after the last Criminal does....How bad do you want American Citizens disarmed...enough for a civil war? Really?
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