Your comment "That's the way the world works" is disheartening for those of us who are aware that the world does not have to work that way. If more concerned citizens would take the time to demand that their rights be observed, then our country might become what we too often proclaim it to be: the land of the free and the home of the brave. Those self-absorbed citizens inconvenienced by the lady guarding her civil liberties can use the time to send off text messages to the politicos that created this government boondoggle. Oddly, those folks didn't seem to mind the inconvenience of the unlawful stop made by the Border Patrol many miles from the Border. Frankly, I lived in Tombstone and I believe the young lady did a courageous thing, regardless of the color of her skin. I also disagree that the outcome would necessarily have been different for a dark skinned person. The Border Patrol brain trust is fully aware that they are operating on thin ice by stopping and searching citizens without any probable cause. My best regards. Judge Harold Lee
Check points are a huge waste of taxpayer resources; they are a witch hunt in search of a crime. Not only is there no probable cause, for the vast majority of those being stopped or detained at police checkpoints, there is not even reasonable cause for stopping citizens. So called Border Patrol officers belong on the border and not 50 or 100 miles inland. The misnamed Border Patrol bureaucracy, along with private prisons is now a principle growth industry in the land of the free. Sadly, Cochise County is an armed militarized zone in what used to be free country.
Dear Maverick Lady the so called border check points are government boondoggles that provide no reasonable service or safety for the hundreds of millions of dollars squandered in the process. All of my ire is directed towards those frightened obtuse folks, who labor under the misapprehension that more police presence insures safety. These timid morons are on track to bankrupt a once great bastion of freedom and liberty --- the more police and military a nation has the less freedom its citizens will enjoy. Please, every now and then put down you Hollywood Magazine and read a history book.
Hey, Dogs: It was not Arizona's independence that built the State. It was and is New York and eastern establishment money (billions) that constructed the water reclamation projects, which have made the Valley of the Sun the environmental disaster that it is today. Sadly, it is bat-shit stupid leadership that continues to make the place a haven for wackos, gun nuts, and religious zealots --- why am I still here? Because, my grandchildren haven't left yet and I still hold out hope that saner minds will eventually prevail.
Common on Matt! Are you a goofy homophobic? What happened pal? Did some Webelo scout bite you weenie on an overnight sleepover?
Do you have title or date for the Wharton study? I would very much like to read it. By the way Kentop, the Indian Removal Act was not the result of a war. It was and is theft. With diabetics and TB rates 8 times the National average, not too mention astronomical rates for all other diseases, including a a suicide rate 3 times the national average, it is fair to call the BIA reservations America's killing fields. There was no Indian War the policy remains the byproduct of Andrew Jackson's Indian Removal Act. Why are you so afraid to give the tribes fee simple title to their land?
BIA tribes are not sovereign nations according to Majority opinion handed down in Cherokee vs. Georgia. The Tohono O'odham have been herded around the state like livestock. We flooded their original REZ. The BIA is solely responsible for the 90 percent unemployment astronomical rate of disease including 8 X the national rate for such diseases as diabetes and TB. They have 90 percent unemployment and a rate of alcoholism approaching the unemployment, which is likely a root cause the massive rate for that disease. Genocide is now and always has been the BIA Indian policy. These figures suggest that the Country is well on its way to eradicating the Indian. Shame on the leadership in Arizona for not fight to halt the genocide and giving the tribes fee simple title to their ancestral lands.
The Indian Gaming Association is no different than any other outlawed crime syndicate or cabal. This sub agency of the government is merely one more crime cartel with nothing to distinguish it from the drug cartel, other than the type of felony being perpetrated on the public. BIA casinos pay no revenue taxes and does not submit to police oversight, from taxpayer funded police agents. In fact, the Arizona gambling cartel pay their own enforcers (the misnamed Arizona Department of Gaming) to coerce poker players and VFW halls, while guarding the exclusive interests of the BIA’s felonious monopoly over gambling and the international sport of poker.
Tribal casinos are not "Indian". The BIA reservations are simply criminal sanctuaries that are being operated by paid government bureaucrats. Their criminal behavior has left taxpayers indebted for billions of dollars in damages, from legal actions due to the BIA pilfering the tribal trust. They are guilty of ripping off the poverty ridden tribes they claim to be protecting. This is happening despite the Supreme Court having nixed the 1988 congressional mandate that the Arizona gambling cartel continues to hide behind.
Arizona leadership could not be more obtuse. BIA casinos do not pay local taxes; yet, they dump gambling addicts on the community, while siphoning off business and revenue taxes from local entertainment venues. Don’t think for a moment you have nothing to fear from the addicts and drunk drivers the BIA casinos slough off on local communities. Join the pokerplayerarmy.org drive. Free the Native Tribes --- REPEAL THE INDIAN REMOVAL ACT.
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