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Tuesday, March 2. 2010
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss.
I needed this quick refresher on Hobbes' moral and political philosophy
Our tax dollars at work: The FDA Takes on Cheerios
Hawaii elevates race, big-time. Aren't WASPs a tribe too?
Mohawks Only. Canadian Indians go for ethnic cleansing
To conservatives: Shut up. You are hurting the kids.
A new lame campaign to deal with evil talk radio
Black ministers for WalMart
We do not always vote this way, but I think this is true:
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Okay, be honest. How many readers besides me thought at first glance that that was George Soros?
Extensive apologies to Dr. Suess.
On the Mohawk thing. I believe it was David Warren (a Canadian columnist who appears in your "Anglosphere" link) who long ago wrote words to the affect that Canada's native reserves seemed determined to impose a sort of apartheid status on themselves.
The FDA/Cheerios link to the WSJ leads to an intro to the story of maybe 3 paragraphs. Because I have a dial-up connection I did not wait for the rest of the crap on the page to load, but I am wondering, are WSJ opinion columns now hidden behind a pay wall?
Not to hijack the thread, but why should I believe NASA, that the Chilean earthquake moved the globe on its axis, when they've been so wrong about AGW?
Next they'll be telling me that there's no tooth fairy.
In light of NASA's complicity in the AGW hoax, I'm stuck wondering what its angle is in making such a representation. I imagine that is not an uncommon notion after the AGW scam.
Everything changes the earth's rotation.
Just not by much.
As a Native Hawaiian, I can tell you the Akaka Bill legislation is a real problem. Apart from being a denial of the sovereignty rights assured the State of Hawaii at its admission, it is the first time that Congress has tried to establish a race-based government, based on the absurd proposition that Native Hawaiians are an Indian Tribe. But such a tribe has never existed. The Kingdom of Hawaii was a multi-racial constitutional monarchy.
The worst thing of it is that we who may end up being subject to this, as "Indians," will no longer have full citizenship rights, but under Indian law will become "wards" of the United States. On that ground alone it is fatally flawed.
Tribal Indians are not citizens of the United States under the Constitution, but only under an act of Congress in the Twenties which theoretically could be repealed or modified by Congress. All residents of Hawaii, including Native Hawaiians, were granted full U.S. citizenship at the time of annexation and have the equal rights and citizenship protections of the 14th Amendment.
I might also mention that even though tribal Indians were granted rights to federal citizenship in 1924, they did not get the right to vote in State elections until 1948.
Theoretically, as a new tribe, those issues will be in play again, as to whether Native Hawaiians will continue to have rights as citizens of the State of Hawaii. There are those that say that once the "tribe" is established, Native Hawaiians should no longer have rights and benefits extended to other State residents (voting rights, welfare, medical assistance, etc.). In a certain sense, I agree with them. You can't have it both ways.
Essentially, over time this legislation will establish a system of apartheid in Hawaii, including the requirement of racial identity cards so that law enforcement officers and others know what rights a particular person has and under whose jurisdiction does the person come.
Two interesting posts, Jim ... Evidently the Busybody Brigade in Congress, not feeling that it has enough to do restructuring the economy, healthcare, and the energy industry on the Mainland, has decided to put its busy little paws into yet one more thing it doesn't understand. You tell me one thing I didn't know before; that the original Hawaiians who settled the islands were multi-racial. I always understood, after wading through history books and James Michener, that the islands were originally settled by Polynesians, who sailed in [or rowed in] from elsewhere. After the Polynesians arrived, other races followed. And when Hawaii became a state it was indeed multiracial and a constitutional monarchy.
Now why would our Congress decide to addle the eggs further, particularly, as you point out, by redefining Native Hawaiians as "tribal", which would seem to make all sorts of trouble with voting rights, welfare, etc. and setting up two sometimes conflicting classes of citizenship?
The reason is that there is huge money involved.
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has been paid hundreds of millions of dollars by the State of Hawaii for their programs, much of which it has taken and stuck in the two largest banks in the state, by virtue of which it now has seats on the board. There are also dozens of federally funded programs for "Native Hawaiians" that could be rendered invalid at some point by a legal challenge.
For example, hundreds of millions of dollars have been provided to a phony "Native Hawaiian" corporation to install outdated phone systems on Hawaiian Home Lands.
This "high tech company" didn't even have a website or way for its customers to contact it until the last couple of months. They now have a one-page site that does nothing:
And Hawaii is the only state in the Union that still has schools that are segregated by race, the Kamehameha Schools, which is the wealthiest private school in the United States (its wealth being derived from the lands that were left to it by the Hawaiian princess who founded the school in her will--it is the largest private landowner in Hawaii).
All of this was put in jeopardy by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Rice v. Cayetano, that Hawaii could not condition participation in elections on the basis of race (to vote for the Trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, a state agency, you had to be Native Hawaiian).
This is all about maintaining money and privilege in the hands of a few, not helping oppressed indigenous people.
Marianne, I apologize if I came on too strong. I just get very emotional about this stuff. I really don't want to see Hawaii ruined by being divided into two competing racial groups. In fact, if this becomes law my family may very well leave Hawaii and move somewhere on the Mainland because we don't want to become subject to the tribe, we just want to be Americans.
Again, I apologize.
Thanks for the info on Hawaii. If the natives are legislated "indians" they should declare the Hawaiian Islands a Reservation and throw EVERYBODY out!...and of course,open heap many Casinos.
Jim ... You are already Americans, bless you. And you're among my favorites. When I could still travel, I loved visiting Hawaii, because it is such a gentle, courteous and joyful place. I feel great sympathy for you and your fellow islanders, that you are caught up in the general depravity that is political Washington today.