tuschkahouma (Mike Ford)

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Letter: Socialistic move?

I always love the disconnect conservatives have with reality. Some people clutch their judgement and their interpretations of religion and use them as a weapon against the people least capable of defending themselves against baseless attacks. Being an agnostic I have no side in this discussion but as a grown preacher's kid who saw religious judgement that sounded so much like this letter when I lived in Louisiana and Mississippi that I quit religion I have to call out this attitude when I see it. The God I was taught about as child before religion was perverted by greed and racism growing up in the south cared about everyone rich and poor. People were forgiven. The helpless were helped. The blind could see and the poor were
fed. There was none of this damnation nonsense. If people have boundaries and go to religion fine. If people have no boundaries and use religion as a boundary and judgement tool you get letters like this one. If churches can invite conservative aligned politicians like one here in Baldwin City does then a large group of moderate and liberal concerned religious leaders can do the same for the betterment of society. Besides it was George W. Bush who pushed faith based initiatives to get churches to help the poor because the Conservatives were going to throw poor people and mentally ill people under the bus then as they're tying to do now and as they've done since Reagan. If you ignore a problem and judge what purpose are you serving?

May 24, 2015 at 12:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Haskell suspends football program, possibly others, to cut costs

Also in states like Connecticut, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, California, and Oregon states get millions in compact (shakedown) money from tribes. The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma generates 1.6 billion dollars into the Oklahoma economy. Oklahoma shakes down 38 tribes that it stole land from for sooners to have land between 1887 and 1906. CONGRESS NEEDS TO DO ITS JOB AND FUND INDIAN COUNTRY OR GIVE LANDS BACK.

May 22, 2015 at 11:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Haskell suspends football program, possibly others, to cut costs

There are so many uninformed and borderline racist comments on here that education is needed.

Firstly, The US Congress has plenary powers over Indian Affairs in the Commerce Clause of the US Constitution. Congress appropriates funds to tribal services to pay for the lands they took in the last 225 years so that you all could have the lands you live on. You all should go
to Kaw City, Vinita or Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and thank the Kaw, Shawnee, and Delaware
tribes for the lands they were forced to cede away between 1825 and 1869 by acts of he US
Congress so that you all have your lands to live on. The monies the US Government paid to
tribes in treaties is appropriated by the Congress to pay for Indian services. All of this welfare
talk many of you use is total nonsense. The treaty money is held by the US treasury and released by congressional appropriation. The problem since forever is that the US Congress
doesn't take it's job seriously with Indian Country unless it's stealing lands or attacking tribal sovereignty. The US Congress took it's job seriously with the Indian Removal Act of 1830,
The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, The Dawes Allotment Act of 1887, and House Resolution 108 (Termination) Act of 1954. All of these acts either stole millions of acres of lands from tribes or did away with federal recognition for hundreds of tribes between 1954 and 1966.
When land theft is involved the US Congress is expedient. When paying for this theft the
US Congress is slow. It also doesn't help when obstructionist voters send obstructionist candidates to do obstructionist work in DC which is Job #1 for the GOP for the last seven years running. If you're one of the obstructionist votes who send these seat occupiers to DC to do nothing you should be held accountable for the funding issues at Haskell. After all
Congresses job is to fund programs unless certain people want dysfunction to thwart function.
Some of you champion this right?

Secondly, it's not the gaming tribe's responsibility to take over the treaty obligations that the US Government has neglected. Few of you understand the heavy foot of colonialism and the fact that tribal gaming has only been in effect since the late 1980's. Your country had almost two centuries to wantonly destroy the infrastructure that existed before you and you're going to allow tribes less than thirty years to economically overcome the loss of 90 million acres of land to the Dawes Allotment Act of 1887 alone and thirty years of tribal gaming to overcome the mess and upheaval your culture has created. REALLY????

May 22, 2015 at 11:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Wreck highlights infrastructure needs

Can the little men living under the bridge who scare people ever answer a question or do they just do what little men under the bridge do and use words they don't understand like complex?
I love seeing 2016 GOP presidential candidates using nonsense words when there is no intelligence to answer a question either just like on here.

May 19, 2015 at 12:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Wreck highlights infrastructure needs

Keep up your complaining long enough and youll take us back to the article's of confederation. Please forget nearly bankrupting this country after the US Civil War with big government land acquisition GOP style stealing indian lands for the railroad barons for pennies on the dollar. I hope the amnesia cart has been tipped over.

May 18, 2015 at 8:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Insurance choice leads to charity plea

Gee you must be watching all of those Ron Paul paid advertisements warning about a bigger fail in the future nonsense. Better grab your tin foil hat.

May 17, 2015 at 9:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Wreck highlights infrastructure needs

Sorry but the GOP are the undisputed champs of looting whether it's Brownback now with KDOT or the GOP with Social Security nationally. In a Lewis Black hoping to benefit from GOP idiocy moment the Brownback Administration and KDOT weren't going to fix the tracks between Newton, Dodge City, and Garden City, and the Colorado border so that the Amtrak Southwest Chief which I've ridden on could maintain speed on it's way to LA. The tracks were in bad shape. I was joking that the Brownback/KDOT temper tantrum over this issue was going to cause the train to re route to Oklahoma City and head west to Albuquerque and LA.
The Amtrak station for the Heartland Flyer in OKC is right by the OKC Thunder Stadium and Bricktown. The Heartland Flyer goes from OKC to Dallas/Fort Worth Daily so one in theory could've gone from here to OKC to Dallas Fort Worth by train and then gone either northeast back through Little Rock or southwest to San Antonio. We could've got on the train in Lawrence and rode to the OKC Thunder games we attend. Unfortunately the temper tantrum was a ruse and the "NO" party said "YES" not following their normal refusal to do the right thing. Using deflection doesn't refute facts.

May 17, 2015 at 9:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Wreck highlights infrastructure needs

Republicans have always been on the side of big business which in this case is highways, cars, and airplanes. This began with the Eisenhower administration and the interstate system in the early 1950's. It began with White flight to the suburbs and the dismantling of local and long distance train travel in the 1950's coinciding with racial integration. Locally, the Strang Line to then rural Johnson County existed until White flight to the suburbs in the late 1940's-early 1950's. White people flee forty or fifty miles west of Chicago where only the Metra goes and is operated by Big Railroad by BNSF and UP. During Reagan beating on Amtrak was en vogue as it is now. The GOP wants everyone paranoid with moats in their front yards and armed to the teeth. Who cares about infrastructure? Ironically it was Big Government during the Lincoln and US Grant Republican Administrations during the 1860's and 1870's that stole millions of acres of tribal lands in Kansas alone for the Leavenworth, Pawnee, and Western,
Leavenworth, Lawrence, and Galveston, and Union Pacific Eastern and Western Divisions
under the auspices of professional land thief and US Senator from Kansas, Samuel Pomeroy.
I've road Amtrak once or twice or year for last three years. Nothing works right if it isn't
adequately funded. Who doesn't like to fund things even though it's their job to appropriate funds? The GOP House of Representatives of course. Whose going to call them this week to complain about inadequate funding? anyone else? I did it last week.

May 17, 2015 at 3:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: GOP takes anti-government turn

Schachtmanitism.......all of these people bringing stalinist paranoia here because they want to have boogeymen to fear.nice.

May 10, 2015 at 11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: GOP takes anti-government turn

I saw this mindset in my uncle from Mississippi. These people resented federal involvement with the troops at Ole Miss in 1962. They resented FBI involvement
with the murder of three voter rights workers near Philadelphia, MS, and the subsequent
disposal of the victim's car Mississippi Choctaw lands. The Nunih Waiya Choctaw Mound
and the Nunih Waiya Mennonite Missionary Church that the Klan burned to tell the Choctaw
people their place are places I've seen not far from where the burned Ford wagon was dumped. They coined the terms "Special Rights" to misinform their low information populace in spite of the fact that the 13th, 14, and 15th amendments passed in the 1860's granted these rights to former slaves allowing voting rights, equal protection under the law, and the right to bear arms. Jim Crow legislation and the Klan curtailed this legislation from the 1860's
to the 1960's. The states especially the southern ones used states rights advocates like Andrew Jackson to pass the 1830 Indian Removal Act to steal hundreds of millions of acres of land from the Choctaws, Cherokees, Seminoles, Chickasaws, and Muscogee and affiliated Creek Confederacy tribes. I love southerners who talk about the evils of big government and yet hijacked the federal government to push state's rights land taking legislation on Indian tribes with the power of the US government.

We're going through another cycle of states rights politicians being elected by Koch $ and low information voters to stymie and choke governmental function. I heard this Mississippi uncle say racist things and talk about stymieing the federal government so that integration couldn't continue. They still remember 1870's Republican carpetbaggers pushing anti slavery initiatives and putting an African/Lumbee Man, Hiram Revels, in the US Senate in Mississippi in the 1870's. President Harry Truman's Executive Order 9938 integrated the armed forces in 1948 and pushed southern Democrat racists like Orville Faubus, Jesse Helms, George Wallace, and Strom Thurmond as young men to split into the Dixiecrat party. My ex-grandfather claimed to be a Dixiecrat. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 caused many more southerners to leave the Democratic Party. Alabama Governor George Wallace ran on an
"Angry White Male" state's rights platform and when an assassination attempt was made the Nixon Campaign adopted the Southern Strategy which is in effect to this day for the GOP.
I infiltrated this culture as an educated kid in the 1970's and witnessed it and speak of it now. It's a shame that Kansas seeks to emulate one of the worst states in the Union, Mississippi.
It's a shame that I see stars and bars here in Kansas. I remember the 1970's. I remember a school I attended that had Majority Homecoming King and Queen and Minority Homecoming King and Queen. I remember Jonesville, Louisiana, not celebrating the 4th of July in 1976
because of the July 4th Siege of Vicksburg, MS, in 1863. This nonsense has to stop.

May 10, 2015 at 1:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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