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Saturday, May 12. 2018
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I have treated snake bites and the general rule is that most bites in the upper extremities occur when the victim is drunk. But I guess stupid is also a consideration.
When bouldering, never put your hand on a ledge that you can not see.
Rattlers love to sun on the ledges. Grab a rattler, and it gets too exciting.
All the yada, yadda Outrage. I reserve a special disdain for ankle biters and whiners.
Yes, he did! Big Time!
One would have thought that Juan Williams might have undergone the same transformation, but Juan just can't leave ol' Massa on the Liberal Plantation!
"Elizabeth Warren is helping a checkered tribe"
I don't really have a problem with Indian tribes building casinos. What I do object to is their preferential tax treatment. They are Americans!! Treat them equally not preferentially. It is so past time to end the reservation system and bring the Indians into the 21st century. We should deed their lands to them as a corporation ending the "tribal" or "reservation" system and deed land owned by individual Indians to them and not to a tribe. Stop treating them like dependents or non-citizens both the negative and positive aspects of which continue to distance them from the rest of America. Like it or not they are Americans.
Additionally I would change the regulations/laws such that if anyone can build a casino then everyone can. Either we have equality or we do not.
Yep, I absolutely agree. Plus, similarly;
if anyone can shoot a seal then everyone can,
if anyone can kill a whale then everyone can,
if anyone can possess an eagle feather then everyone can.
if anyone can harvest Devil's Club then everyone can,
more, but I'll leave it there.
Sorry, you touched a nerve.
John Hyland: if anyone can ...
Only if you ignore history. Indian tribes are recognized under the U.S. Constitution, have authority to govern their own affairs, and are considered "domestic dependent nations" under the law.
Like pets or zoo animals. We structure their existence so that they must stay on the reservation to get the "goodies". Free health care, no taxes, food stamps, free education, did I mention no taxes. But leave the reservation to try to live a normal life and the government takes that away. The tribe will in fact take your status as a "reservation Indian" away if you leave. Why? Because there is more free stuff left for those who stay. But is it a good life or is it child abuse disguised as a traditional culture? Poverty (they aren't really poor but since every thing is handed to them they value nothing and often have nothing). Drugs, alcohol, rape, domestic violence, child abuse, tribal demands and traditions that often result in violence and homicide.
They cannot live like they once did and in fact if it were possible for them to hunt and forage they don't want to. They want their monthly stipends and cradle to grave care because that's all they have ever known. The left likes to think that they are living a traditional "native American" lifestyle but they are not. Some do quite well, their share of profits from the casinos puts them in the upper middle class and they pay no taxes on any of it. Others live no better than the homeless that we all drive by in the city. Why???
If any child between the ages of birth to 18 lived as most reservation Indian children live Child Protective Services would take them away from the parents and probably charge the parents with a crime. This is what we preserve!!!
What should be done is create corporations to own and control the lands. Give each resident of the reservation an equal share and voting rights. Allow individuals to own their own land deeded and transferable if they wish so they could live where they want to. Allow the state the same jurisdiction over the land within their borders as the state has over any private or corporate lands to include legal and police jurisdiction. Correct or change any laws or regulations that allows them to not live under the same laws as the rest of Americans live under. Bring them into the 21st century for crying out loud.
GoneWithTheWind: did I mention no taxes
The Myth That Never Leaves – Indians Don’t Pay Taxes
GoneWithTheWind: What should be done is create corporations to own and control the lands.
What's another broken treaty, amirite?
Indians living on the reservation pay no taxes, period! It does not matter how many citations you look for that is a fact. Indians living off the reservation, living like the rest of Americans do, do pay taxes.
The treaties where made for different times and different people. Arguably not only the Indians but all Americans living on the frontier where hunter gathers living a proud self sufficient lifestyle. Not today. Today what you see on reservations is no future, no life worth living and outright abuse, child abuse and domestic violence. It is a welfare, drug and alcohol lifestyle that is killing them. This is what you want to maintain. Why? Because 150 years ago two men signed a paper in an effort to solve the problems of 150 years ago. Wake up! It's 2018.
GoneWithTheWind: Indians living on the reservation pay no taxes, period!
Adding a "period!" doesn't make your argument stronger. You are incorrect. Federal taxes are due no matter where they work in the U.S. State and local taxes are due if they work outside the reservation, regardless of where they live.
GoneWithTheWind: It does not matter how many citations you look for that is a fact.
If facts don't matter, then not sure how else to help you.
GoneWithTheWind: Wake up! It's 2018.
That would be something that the Indians themselves would have to decide. It's called self-determination. Not sure most would agree that turning tribal property over to corporations would be in their best interests.
You are wrong. They are exempt from federal, state and local taxes. I don't know where you are getting your information from but it is wrong.
"the Indians themselves would have to decide. It's called self-determination."
I am OK if they decide to squat in the dust. BUT we/our government should stop supporting them. No more free healthcare, food stamps, education, and they would start paying taxes. THEN they can come to the table and negotiate a way into the 21st century. If, as you seem to think, they wish to squat in the dust then so be it. But I suspect once the free stuff is gone they will be eager to come to the table. It's time the liberals let them live like humans.
GoneWithTheWind: You are wrong. They are exempt from federal, state and local taxes. I don't know where you are getting your information from but it is wrong.
We provided a citation from Indian Country Today. Here's an authoritative citation from the Bureau of Indian Affairs:
Do American Indians and Alaska Natives pay taxes?
Yes. They pay the same taxes as other citizens with the following exceptions:
• Federal income taxes are not levied on income from trust lands held for them by the U.S.
• State income taxes are not paid on income earned on a federal Indian reservation.
• State sales taxes are not paid by Indians on transactions made on a federal Indian reservation.
• Local property taxes are not paid on reservation or trust land.
A lot of exceptions there. In other words you agree they do not pay federal, state and local taxes.
GoneWithTheWind: In other words you agree they do not pay federal, state and local taxes.
We provided two citations, including an authoritative citation. You waved your hands.
Federal taxes on income are due no matter where an Indian lives or works. State and local taxes are due if they work outside the reservation, regardless of where they live.
YOU ARE WRONG. I do not even understand why it seems important to you to win this that you feel the need to cover up unless it is just the left wing knee jerk reaction. Indians who live on the reservation pay no federal income taxes (or state or local taxes of any kind) Simple as that. Your "exceptions" and citations are convoluted and do not address "personal" taxes. Individual Indians residing on reservations do not pay taxes!!!
GoneWithTheWind: YOU ARE WRONG.
You keep repeating that. We provided two citations; Indian Country Today, and the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs. Here's another citation: IRS: "As a general rule, Native Americans are subject to federal income tax just like every other American."
Dershowitz Wow, how often do you get to use the words rectitude and principled lately.
Who is paying Michael Avenatti?
Michael Avenatti: The next time you see a "journalist" ask this same question, please join me in mocking them for their inability to do basic research.
She took the 130k and agreed to the terms.
Now she has breached the agreement.
Sorry, sugartitz, it doesn't work that way.
Even her former lawyer told her so.
Venomous snakes kill six people a year in the U.S. Dogs kill 28, bees wasps and hornets kill 58. Cows kill 20 but it is unclear if this includes rodeos. Spiders kill only 7 a year.
7000 to 8000 bites per year, and only six deaths! Per the CDC. I was pretty amazed at that. At 30k plus deaths per year, I’m more likely to be killed by a car while walking down the street.
They will ban pencil cases because it might divide us but Burka's are allowed?
yeah, well.... no pockets, no pencils - right? C'mon man, get with the program.
" Liberals are perpetually offended by just about everything."
Please stop referring to them as liberals. They're not. There is nothing liberal about them.
They are leftists. Totalitarian leftists.
I calls 'em Progressives, which always and immediately makes me think of cancer.
jimg: Please stop referring to them as liberals. They're not. There is nothing liberal about them. They are leftists.
You are correct that there is a valid distinction between liberal and leftists. Leftists advocate equality, while liberals attempt to balance equality and liberty. Leftist is the more inclusive group, and can mean anyone from the avowed liberal JFK to the decidedly non-liberal Mao.
jimg: Totalitarian leftists.
Hyperbole. Free speech means you can say "N!gger, n!gger!". It also means you can be criticized for saying it.
Zzzzz: "N!gger, n!gger!"
Then why did y'all write it, kiddiez?
Because you can or because you're assholes?
Back to your sandbox.
Lemon Squeeze... Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope. I can't even handle an MRI well.