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"Tensions between protestors and police outside of the courthouse have just been ramped up it appears. Here are a series of tweets from New York Times reporting intern, and Guardian contributor Ilya Mouzykantskii who is currently outside the court. He has also tweeted that (Gary) Kasparov - the former chess champion turned political activist - has also been arrested. This is yet to be confirmed fully."
"Ilya Mouzykantskii @ilyamuz
Very loud chants of "Freedom to Political Prisoners" outside courthouse cordon #freepussyriot #moscow"
Follow at the Guardian link..... or note the Twitter hashtags above."Tensions between protestors and police outside of the courthouse have just been... more
Whoever came up with House Republicans' strategy for a real-time response to President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress Wednesday night should probably have given the whole thing just a little more thought.
The original Republican plan, which was to carry in copies of various GOP-sponsored healthcare bills with the words "What bill?" written on the back in case Obama accused the opposition of not having proposed its own solutions, might not have been so bad on its own. It would have looked petty, sure, maybe a little childish -- certainly it wouldn't have been the most dignified thing to do while sitting in the House chamber as the president speaks. But it might not have gotten much attention, save a few puzzled questions, were it not for Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., who interrupted the president's speech with a shout of "You lie!"
Wilson has already put out a statement apologizing for his outburst, and even called the White House to offer his apologies to Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. (After the speech, Emanuel reportedly approached two Republican leaders and demanded that apology, saying, "No president has ever been treated like that.")
But the damage has already been done. The story now -- and, most likely, on Thursday -- is congressional Republicans looking like a bunch of townhall protesters during the speech, being generally disrespectful to the president. And there's more fodder for that story still percolating out there. There's video of Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., the Minority Whip, on his BlackBerry during the speech, for instance. And then there's this, from an article by the Washington Post's Dana Milbank:
When Obama addressed the charge that he plans "panels of bureaucrats with the power to kill off senior citizens," someone on the GOP side shouted out "shame!" The president went on: "Such a charge would be laughable if it weren't so cynical." "Read the bill!" someone shouted back. Obama mentioned those who accuse him of a government takeover of health care. "It's true," someone shouted back .... Even as Obama delivered a tribute to the late senator Ted Kennedy, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga), a leader of House conservatives, perused his BlackBerry. Shortly before the speech ended, Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) walked out to beat the rush.
All of this is a gift to the White House. All of it will serve to reinforce the impression, which reform supporters have been working hard to create and spread, that Republicans have gone around the bend, that they're more interested in attacking Obama than in reaching across the aisle to work on reform. And it makes Obama look calm, bipartisan and presidential.
There's some damage to Wilson himself, too. As of this post, his Democratic opponent for 2010, Rob Miller, had raised about $50,000 since the speech.Whoever came up with House Republicans' strategy for a real-time response to... more
Munising, MI - Northern Michigan residents helped fight American Indian teen suicide and family violence during December 13 third annual free benefit concert in northern MI.
The non-profit Turtle Island Project (TIP) in Munising organized the third annual "Cowboys and Angels" concert that was held to benefit the White Buffalo Calf Woman Society (WBCWS) in Mission, South Dakota – the first Native American domestic violence shelter in the world.
The WBCWS battles domestic violence, sexual assault and an alarming increase in teen suicides on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation, the home of the Sicangu Lakota people.
Poverty, depression, a lack of jobs, drugs, alcohol and other social problems are among the reasons behind Rosebud suicides and family violence.
Rev. Dr. Lynn Hubbard performed original songs and seasonal music during the concert on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Falling Rock Cafe and Bookstore at 104 East Munising Ave. in downtown Munising
The WBCWS was founded 30 years ago by a group of courageous Native American women including current executive director Tillie Black Bear.
"The White Buffalo Calf Woman's Society and its domestic violence shelter are vital to address social issues like teen suicide and domestic violence on the Rosebud reservation," said Dr. Hubbard, pastor of the Eden on the Bay Lutheran Church in Munising, MI. "Women and children are treated with dignity."
"The Rosebud Reservation has been described as a Third World Country in America's heartland," Hubbard said. "Social problems on the Rosebud can sometimes seem overwhelming but the answer starts with a person donating money or volunteering their time and praying for the people."
The TIP has organized numerous free benefit concerts in the U.P. and SD for the WBCWS including two by Iron County-based folk groups, White Water and Duo Borealis.
For more info 906-202-0590 - email@example.com:
White Buffalo Calf Woman Society
Tillie Black Bear, Director
PO Box 227
Turtle Island Project
Rev. Dr. Lynn Hubbard, Director
137 East Onota Street
Munising, MI. 49862
Turtle Island TV
Rosebud Tribe official website:
Rosebud Reservation video stills by KOTA TV Sioux Falls, SD
Photos in "Sorrow on the Rosebud" graphic by photographer Lara Neel, Argus-Herald Leader newspaper
Kudos to reporter Steve Young, photographer Lara Neel & Argus Leader staff/management.
Wikipedia: Muhammed Rumi:
Wikipedia Muhammed Rumi art unknown artist:
Whirling Dervishes Rumi Fest 2007 by Diaz & Flicker
Falling Rock Café & Bookstore
Nancy & Jeff Dwyer, owners
Munising, MI 49862
http://www.fallingrockcafe.comMunising, MI - Northern Michigan residents helped fight American Indian teen suicide... more
Native Women should be treated with respect even in thought.
That was the message from a Lakota activist for women and children's rights.
This is the second in a series of videos about Tillie Black Bear, executive director and one of the founders of the White Buffalo Calf Woman Society.
For 31 years, the WBCWS has served the Lakota Sioux Rosebud Reservation in Mission, SD.
Black Bear spoke to the Northern Michigan University 2008 Uniting Neighbors in the Experience of Diversity (UNITED) Conference on Sept. 23, 2008.
"When we look at who we are as woman. We really have to look at where we come from as woman. I always encourage women from other tribes to take a look at where they were before pre-European contact. What belonged to women. Tribal women had rights. We owned property. We had our children with us. Our children belonged to the women. With the impact of colonization, those rights were skewed. Because we had our white sisters coming from Europe who were the property of the men. And the children were the property of men, as well. So you had this group of people coming and interfacing with tribal women all across Turtle I sland. Whether it was the eastern coast or the western coast. And what they found there was (tribal) women who owned property ... For our white sisters, I work for equality for them."
Great womens quotes by nations: http://www.shannonthunderbird.com/indigenous_women_rights.htm
Colonial & Native women
NMU Center for Native American Studies:
Uniting Neighbors in the Experience of Diversity (UNITED) - Northern Michigan University
Non-Profit Turtle Island Project in Munising, Michigan
Turtle Island TV (blipTV)
Turtle Island TV (youtube)
Turtle Island (myspace)
White Buffalo Calf Woman Society
Official website Rosebud Sioux Tribe Sicangu Lakota
Native Americans/European settlers:
Iroquois clan sisters and suffrages women:
Native Women should be treated with respect even in thought. That was the message... more
They've told us that chivalry was dead for generations. Now something has risen to replace it: Disrespect.
The What's The New What video crew has provided you with this clip, exploring "The New Chivalry" and providing some how-to pointers for scrubs and squires alike on what "The Old Chivalry" entailed.
They've told us that chivalry was dead for generations. Now something has risen... more
My question is simple, would Hillary Clinton ever be referred to as Bill's "Baby Mama." This is some racist crap in my opinion of course. Michelle Obama is an educated, accomplished woman in her own right, and the WIFE (not girlfriend, may I add) of the soon to be (if the Lord says the same) President of the most powerful country in the world. Can the media show a little respect?? What do you think???My question is simple, would Hillary Clinton ever be referred to as Bill's... more
Call for Proposals: NMU 2008 Indigenous Earth Day Summit
Northern Michigan University is seeking presentation proposals for the 2008 Indigenous Earth Day Summit to be held at NMU April 22-23.
This summit is made possible by the Center for Native American Studies, the Environmental Science Program and the Office of International Programs.
This summit will function as a call to action on Indigenous environmental issues in the Great Lakes area, on Turtle Island and around the world.
An Aboriginal Australian delegation from the Traditional Knowledge Revival Pathways project will be featured as keynote presenters and will provide musical entertainment.
Presentations should ultimately include ideas on how to address Indigenous environmental concerns. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following.
- Traditional Ecological Knowledge (T.E.K.)
- Education and Indigenous environmental concerns
- History of industrialism, industrial threats, Indigenous peoples and the Earth
- Economic globalization and Indigenous peoples
- Indigenous languages and the Earth
- Solutions in Indigenous cultures to environmental problems
- Indigenous subsistence rights and protection of sacred land
- Global poisoning and the impact on Indigenous peoples
- Climate change and its impact on Indigenous peoples
A variety of presentations are encouraged (music, art, films as well as papers and panels).
Activists, Native elders and Native community members are strongly encouraged to submit proposals.
Proposals should be 150-300 words in length. Deadline for submissions has been extended to Monday, March 17, 2008.
(attachments should only be in Microsoft Word or as a PDF)
Subject line: Indigenous Earth Day Summit Proposal
Center for Native American Studies
Northern Michigan University
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette, MI 49855
For more information call 906-227-1397
Call for Proposals: NMU 2008 Indigenous Earth Day Summit EXTENDED DEADLINE!... more
The Turtle Island Project in northern Michigan was founded in August 2007 by two Midwest pastors who believe the future of mankind and world is at a crossroads.
Rev. Dr. Lynn Hubbard and Rev. Dr. George Cairns believe that Christians could learn a lot about nature and the environment by listening to Earth-based cultures like Native Americans, Celts, and other Indigenous peoples.
Rev. Hubbard is a Lutheran pastor, and Rev. Cairns is an ordained United Church of Christ minister.
Both have extensive backgrounds in interfaith and multicultural work.
The Turtle Island Project (TIP), based in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, promotes respect for the environment and Native Americans.
Two Midwest pastors created the TIP to foster a national discussion and debate on a wide variety of issues involving the future of the planet and mankind including encouraging Christians to learn how to appreciate nature like Earth-based religions such as American Indians, Celts and other Indigenous peoples.
Turtle Island Project volunteer media advisor Greg Peterson has more on the founders and their goals.
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Turtle Island TV (blipTV)
Turtle Island TV (youtube)
Turtle Island (myspace)
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TurtleIslandProject@charter.net The Turtle Island Project in northern Michigan was founded in August 2007 by two... more
Washingtonians - and others with big egos - have a portrait fetish that is obscene especially when it involves taxpayers money.
Even half that nealry 50 grand could have been significant funding for the non-profit Native American and environment projects I volunteer for in northern Michigan.
More comment after a few sentences of the article and a look at this portrait:
Portrait Cost Indian Museum $48,500: Senators, Trustees Question Spending By Former Director
By James V. Grimaldi
Washington Post Staff Writer
W. Richard West Jr., the founding director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, spent $48,500 in museum funds to commission a portrait of himself.
The portrait of West by New York artist Burton Silverman hangs in the patrons' lounge on the fourth floor of the flagship museum, which is dedicated to the arts and culture of American Indians.
Silverman said West picked him after he saw a portrait Silverman had done of former Smithsonian secretary Robert McCormick Adams.
The Adams portrait, completed about a decade earlier, was smaller and cost about half as much.
Rest of the Washington Post story:
Native American on Native American crime - much like black on black crime - is especially insidious because so much good could have been done for First Nations peoples heritage with this wasted and misappropriated money.
It's also a crime against taxpayers and common decency.
Spending $48,500 on a self portrait is among the disgraceful financial crimes of W. Richard West Jr., the founding director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.
For this crime to occur in the hallowed halls of the Smithsonian shows again thievery knows no class boundaries - and should be treated just as severely as the poor man who sticks a gun into the face of a 7-11 clerk.
The Smithsonian needs to be thoroughly audited from top to bottom as this is at least the second huge scandal to tarnish its once respected reputation.
No doubt it's only the tip of the fiduciary iceberg that's tearing through the Smithsonian's highbrow richly-protected hull.
I do volunteer work for several Native American related non-profits whose budgets are much smaller than even the cost of that disgraceful portrait.
And the suggestion that it could not have been painted by an American Indian artist is as laughable as it is sickening with a hint of racism against one's own culture.
Even the portrait stance is borrowed and unoriginal, as a buttoned-down Mr. West gazes thoughtfully off to the east, his coat hanging on a crooked forefinger and tossed over suspenders with his soft thumb and the remaining fingers forming the "OK" sign.
The Washington ego commands that a portrait much be painted to prove one's importance.
No doubt many law offices, banking institutions and the halls of officialdom are plastered with the self-aggrandizing crafty art.
Prior to the Polaroid, a self-portrait may have been necessary to preserve one's historic legacy but in today's world it's merely a measure of one's self-importance that is more often scoffed at than admired by those it's meant to impress. Perhaps, a modern definition of irony.
Maybe the next exhibit at the Smithsonian will be portraits of former executives doing the proverbial "perp walk" - cuffed and stuffed for perp-etuity. Washingtonians - and others with big egos - have a portrait fetish that is obscene... more