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Name: Patrick not (Jefferson's Ghost 3, 5/7 etc))
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Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico
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PLIGHT OF NATIVE AMERICANS #2 The Eastern Atrocities

The Initial Invasion

It began in 1607, in an English settlement, named Jamestown, Virginia, a when a foreign force catastrophically and irrevocably changed the lives of thousands of people, who had been living on American soil since time immemorial.

The Piscataway tribe was among those who lost all of their land, their traditional culture and even most of their lives within a few decades of Jamestown's establishment. These English invaders included Capt. John Smith, who, despite the Hollywood movies, did not marry the girl nicknamed Pocahontas. In actual history Smith embarked on an exploratory expedition in 1608 to get a more detailed picture of the land. The map that he produced shows hundreds of human settlements, ranging from little hamlets to large towns governed by important chiefs. Every river and tributary swelled with these agricultural Algonquian-speaking peoples, who lived in longhouses, in extended family groups called clans. This place was anything but a no man's land.

The invaders built Jamestown right in the heart of a fertile 6,350-square-mile area, called Tsencomoco, where a powerful elder chief governed at least 14,000 individuals. This powerful chief, named Powhatan, was not unaware of Europeans, since Spaniards had been making forays into the area and kidnapping his tribesmen since the early 1500s. Less obvious to Powhatan was that this little band of struggling English colonists, seemingly unprepared to survive - for even a season - would eventually take over his world.

The technological ability of the early English to use their military might to conquer the land for their sole benefit was unprecedented from an Native point of view. Before encounters with the English, the Chesapeake native societies had never known that indiscriminately killing all the women and children in their villages was an acceptable method of conquest.

Preceding facts were documented by Dr. Gabrielle Tayac, a Piscataway Indian, with a PHD from Harvard, who works for the Smithsonian institute.

Biological Warfare used against Native Americans

“Ottawa” is from the Native American word “adawe” meaning to trade, which was appropriate because of their extensive trading with other tribes and eventual involvement with the French. In 1615, Champlain recorded meeting the Ottawa, near the French River in Canada. The Ottawa were very important to valuable French exports, from America. They traded with other tribes for their fur and then traded fur with the French. The Ottawa were allies of the Huron and the French, during the French and Indian war. The French and Indian War (1754–1758) pitted the colonies of British America against those of New France, each side supported by military units from their parent country and by Native American allies.

One of the greatest chiefs on the American continent was Chief Pontiac. Pontiac led a loose confederacy consisting of Ottawa, Ojibwa, Pottawatomies and other tribes. After the French signed a peace treaty, in 1763, Pontiac and his confederacy were left to fend for themselves against enraged settlers, supported by English troops. Immediately after the Treaty of Paris ended the war, Chief Pontiac began to organize other Native American tribes against the British, which led to the Pontiac Uprising.

During Pontiac Uprising, in 1763, Native Americans besieged Fort Pitt. They burned nearby houses, forcing the inhabitants to take refuge in the well-protected fort. The British officer in charge, Captain Simeon Ecuyer, reported that he feared the crowded conditions would result in disease. Smallpox had already broken out. On June 24, 1763, William Trent, a local trader, recorded in his journal that two Indian chiefs had visited the fort, urging the British to abandon the fight, but the British refused. Instead, when the Indians were ready to leave, Trent wrote: "Out of our regard for them, we gave them two Blankets and a Handkerchief out of the Small Pox Hospital. I hope it will have the desired effect."

It is not known who conceived the plan, but there's no doubt it met with the approval of the British military in America and may have been common practice. Sir Jeffery Amherst, commander of British forces in North America, wrote July 7, 1763, while probably unaware of the events at Fort Pitt: "Could it not be contrived to Send the Small Pox among those Disaffected Tribes of Indians? We must, on this occasion, Use Every Stratagem in our power to Reduce them." He ordered the extirpation of the Indians and said no prisoners should be taken. About a week later, he wrote to Bouquet: "You will Do well to try to Innoculate (archaic term for infect) the Indians by means of Blanketts as well as to try Every other method that can serve to Extirpate this Execrable Race."

The Trail of Tears

At the beginning of the 1830s, nearly 125,000 Native Americans lived on millions of acres of land in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina and Florida In some cases this was Holy Land their ancestors had occupied and cultivated for generations. By the end of the decade, very few natives remained anywhere in the southeastern United States. Working on behalf of white settlers who wanted to grow cotton on the Indians’ land, the federal government forced them to leave their homelands and walk thousands of miles to a specially designated “Indian territory” across the Mississippi River. This difficult and often deadly journey is known as the Trail of Tears.

Settlers often feared and resented Native Americans they encountered: To them, American Indians seemed to be an unfamiliar, alien people who occupied land that they wanted (and believed they deserved). Some officials in the early years of the American republic, such as President George Washington, believed that the best way to solve this “Indian problem” was simply to “civilize” the Native Americans. The goal of this civilization campaign was to make Native Americans as much like white Americans as possible by encouraging them convert to Christianity, learn to speak and read English, and adopt European-style economic practices such as the individual ownership of land and other property (including, in some instances in the South, African slaves).

In some cases, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Seminole, Creek and Cherokee people embraced these customs and became known as the “Five Civilized Tribes.” But their land, located in parts of Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee, was valuable, and it grew to be more coveted as white settlers flooded the region. Many of these whites yearned to make their fortunes by growing cotton, and they did not care how “civilized” their native neighbors were: They wanted that land and they would do almost anything to get it. They stole livestock; burned and looted houses and towns; committed mass murder; and squatted on land that did not belong to them.

State governments joined in this effort to drive Native Americans out of the South. Several states passed laws limiting Native American sovereignty and rights and encroaching on their territory. In Worcester v. Georgia (1832), the U.S. Supreme Court objected to these practices and affirmed that native nations were sovereign nations “in which the laws of Georgia [and other states] can have no force.” Even so, the maltreatment continued.

Indian Removal Act

Andrew Jackson had long been an advocate of what he called “Indian removal.” As an Army general, he had spent years leading brutal campaigns against the Creeks in Georgia and Alabama and the Seminoles in Florida–campaigns that resulted in the transfer of hundreds of thousands of acres of land from Indian nations to white farmers. As president, he continued this crusade. In 1830, he signed the Indian Removal Act, which gave the federal government the power to exchange Native-held land in the cotton kingdom east of the Mississippi for land to the west, in the “Indian colonization zone” that the United States had acquired as part of the Louisiana Purchase. (This “Indian territory” was located in present-day Oklahoma.)

The law required the government to negotiate removal treaties fairly, voluntarily and peacefully: It did not permit the president or anyone else to coerce Native nations into giving up their land. However, President Jackson and his government frequently ignored the letter of the law and forced Native Americans to vacate lands they had lived on for generations. In the winter of 1831, under threat of invasion by the U.S. Army, the Choctaw became the first nation to be expelled from its land altogether. They made the journey to Indian territory on foot (some “bound in chains and marched double file,” one historian writes) and without any food, supplies or other help from the government. Thousands of people died along the way. It was, one Choctaw leader told an Alabama newspaper, a “trail of tears and death.”

The Indian-removal process continued. In 1836, the federal government drove the Creeks from their land for the last time: 3,500 of the 15,000 Creeks who set out for Oklahoma did not survive the trip. By 1838, only about 2,000 Cherokees had left their Georgia homeland for Indian territory. President Martin Van Buren sent General Winfield Scott and 7,000 soldiers to expedite the removal process. Scott and his troops forced the Cherokee into stockades at bayonet point while whites looted their homes and belongings. Then, they marched the Indians more than 1,200 miles to Indian territory. Whooping cough, typhus, dysentery, cholera and starvation were epidemic along the way, and historians estimate that more than 5,000 Cherokee died as a result of the journey.

By 1840, tens of thousands of Native Americans had been driven off of their land in the southeastern states and forced to move across the Mississippi to Indian territory. The federal government promised that their new land would remain unmolested forever, but as the line of white settlement pushed westward, “Indian country” shrank and shrank. In 1907, Oklahoma became a state and Indian territory was gone for good.

Posted by Jeffersons Ghost | Sun Sep 22, 2019, 08:58 PM (15 replies)

NEW! Trump's "Latest episode of vile verbal diarrhea"

MSNBC shuts down Trump rant on China with brutal cut to commercial: ‘Latest episode of vile verbal diarrhea’
Published 2 hours ago on September 1, 2019 By David Edwards

Viewers applauded MSNBC on Sunday after the network shut down remarks from President Donald Trump.

as Trump rambled in defense of his tariffs on China, MSNBCs producers cut off the president without any explanation and went directly to a commercial.

Viewers expressed approval on Twitter.

“So glad MSNBC decided to cut 45 off and not show his latest episode of vile verbal diarrhea,” one person said.

Credit for finding this news article goes to Miles Archer, a loyal Democrat and respected Democratic Underground source of reliable information.

Posted by Jeffersons Ghost | Sun Sep 1, 2019, 04:07 PM (0 replies)

Stupid Trump tweet of the day & "HOW TO SPOT A DICTATOR"

Why is this Teflon Don tweet stupid?
Run-on sentences and improper use of capital lettering, make Trump appear totally uneducated. X {x} marks the grammatical and spelling mistakes.

realDonaldTrump: Never has the press been more inaccurate, unfair or corrupt! We are not fighting the Democrats,{x} they are easy,{x} we are fighting the seriously dishonest and unhinged {x}Lamestream {x}Media. They have gone totally CRAZY. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
6:07 AM · Aug 10, 2019


Trump, without evidence, accuses Google of illegally swinging election against him in 2020
by Jesse Pound CNBC

In tweets, Trump lists evidence-free accusations by several people, including Faux News host Lou Dobbs and former (disgruntled and fired, now seeking fame) Google employee eKevin Cernekee, that the tech company has an anti-conservative bias.

President Donald Trump criticized Google on Tuesday morning, insinuating that the tech company may be working against his reelection campaign and saying “we are watching Google very closely.”

In a series of tweets, Trump listed baseless accusations by several people, including Fox News host Lou Dobbs and former Google employee Kevin Cernekee, that the tech company has an anti-conservative bias...

There’s no evidence that Google manipulates information to stifle conservative voices.
Posted by Jeffersons Ghost | Sat Aug 10, 2019, 10:17 AM (5 replies)

Trump says "BE QUIET!"

Trump tells O'Rourke to 'be quiet' in wake of El Paso shooting

President Trump late Tuesday night responded to criticism from former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas), who has repeatedly assailed the president following a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.

"Beto (phony name to indicate Hispanic heritage) O’Rourke, who is embarrassed by my last visit to the Great State of Texas, where I trounced him, and is now even more embarrassed by polling at 1% in the Democrat Primary, should respect the victims & law enforcement — & be quiet!" Trump tweeted.

In response to Trump's tweet, O'Rourke said, "22 people in my hometown are dead after an act of terror inspired by your racism. El Paso will not be quiet and neither will I." https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/456479-trump-tells-orourke-he-should-be-quiet-in-wake-of-el-paso-shooting

As for mocking people, because of their given names:

Donald Trump's ancestors changed their surname from "Drumpf" to "Trump."

Donald’s grandfather was a German immigrant named Frederick Drumpf who emigrated to the U.S. in 1885 and became a naturalized citizen in 1892.

At some point, he started calling himself “Frederick Trump,” but it is unclear if he ever changed his name officially. Some have speculated that he didn’t want to be known as “Drumpf” because of prevailing prejudice against Germans (which would heighten, of course, during World War I). https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/donald-drumpf/
Posted by Jeffersons Ghost | Wed Aug 7, 2019, 11:39 AM (46 replies)

In a phone call from a racist, defending Trump, an inarguable point was made:

I asked, "Who should go back to their "own country" and then added, "white people invaded and desecrated holy land of Native Americans." His meager response was to point out that some tribes - particularly the Apache and Comanche - were at war with other tribes.

I replied that "other large tribes fought each other, just like European nations did." For example:
From 1716 to 1718, Blackbeard and his 40-gun flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, prowled the West Indies and the Atlantic coast of North America, preying on ships heading back to Spain laden with gold, silver and other treasures, looted from natives in Mexico and South America. French "privateers" also raided the gold-laden, Spanish galleons.

The long, sordid history behind Trump’s ‘go back’ to your country comments
By Zoe Greenberg Globe Staff,July 15, 2019, 8:22 p.m

Although his comments may be some of the most hurtful and inflammatory ones made by an American president in recent memory, historians and scholars point out that they are also part of a long history of actions by Americans and their government to draw the boundaries of citizenship so that they exclude people of color.

These comments are part of a much bigger picture. The first naturalization law of the republic in 1790 defined the privilege of citizenship as the provenance of “free white” people.

Instead of granting citizenship, many white leaders came up with another solution: a “return” to Africa, an idea popularized by the American Colonization Society.

The 14th Amendment solved the issue of freed slaves, enacting a kind of retroactive acknowledgment that anyone born in the United States was a citizen, according to Jones. But even that did not settle the question of whether all nonwhite people could become citizens. The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, for example, prevented Chinese people from becoming American citizens or immigrating here.

The rallying cry against the Chinese and against Mexicans in the late 1800s was a blunt one: “This is a white man’s country!”

The 1924 Indian Citizenship Act, for example, formally made Native Americans citizens, though they had lived on US land much longer than its original citizens.

After, I made the inarguable point that white people (and Hispanics) invaded America and destroyed Native populations, with little or no provocation, the racist said "don't ever call me;" but I didn't call him in the first place.
Posted by Jeffersons Ghost | Tue Jul 16, 2019, 10:32 AM (6 replies)

At a refugee detention camp,"Women and children 'endure rape, beatings and abuse"

Women and children ‘endure rape, beatings and abuse’ inside Dunkirk’s refugee camp
The fate of those stranded by the UK’s decision to limit taking child refugees from France

Corroborating accounts from volunteers, medics, refugees and other officials reveal that sexual abuse is common within the large camp at Dunkirk and that children and women are forced to have sex by traffickers in return for blankets or food or the offer of passage to the UK.

One of the most in-demand products distributed to women in Camp de la Linière – the Dunkirk Camp – are adult nappies. “Women are too scared to go to the toilets in the night. None of the locks in the women’s toilets in the camp work,” she said.

The volunteer also recounted several incidents where minors had been attacked: “A 12-year-old girl was groomed in the camp by a man well over twice her age. When she no longer wanted to speak with him because his behaviour towards her had become so obscene, he threatened her. A 13-year-old boy ended up returning to his home country having been raped in the camp.”

AP: Texas detention camp for teen migrants keeps growing

In June, as detention centers for migrant children overflowed, Scott Lloyd, director of HHS’s Office of Refugee Resettlement, signed a memo granting a waiver to staff up Tornillo without the required child abuse and neglect checks, which flag any potential employee who has a record of hurting a child.

Jeffrey Harp, a retired FBI assistant special agent in charge, told the AP that FBI fingerprint background checks can be completed in a few minutes and reveal much more information about job candidates than checks that simply run a person’s name against criminal history databases.

“How do you know the person is who they say they are unless you do a fingerprint check? They can’t lie about their fingerprints, but they can lie about their name or take on someone else’s identity who has a crystal clean record,” Harp said.

The tent city in Tornillo told stories, both local and global: In a sense, it reflected the marginalization of the border town in which it was briefly located... This complex of incarcerated children became perhaps the clearest physical expression of the cruelty and chaos of the Trump-era response to southern migration.


Trump Administration to Nearly Double Size of Detention Center for Migrant Teenagers

The Office of Inspector General in November criticized the facility’s failure to conduct F.B.I. fingerprint background checks on staff, and also said it had too few staff members to provide sufficient mental health care.

“It’s a shell game of moving kids from one facility to another,” Mr. Merkley said in a telephone interview.

“Homestead has the same maladies that Tornillo suffered from,” said Holly Cooper, a co-director of the immigration law clinic at the University of California at Davis.
Posted by Jeffersons Ghost | Sat Feb 23, 2019, 05:02 PM (8 replies)

In memory of Andy Warhol and a unique interview w/ Rod Serling:

Check out this unique Rod Serling interview w/ music!!!!

Posted by Jeffersons Ghost | Thu Feb 21, 2019, 05:26 AM (6 replies)

please save my dog

Firefighter, save my dog: Thursday was the last day for legislators to introduce bills for this 60-day session. Some 100 additional bills - including Roxy's Law - were introduced in the House of Representatives before the deadline.

One of them, House Bill 598, is intended to give first responders the right to provide emergency care to dogs and cats.

Officers charge Chimayó man in case that prompted ‘Roxy’s Law’ bill

Feb 14, 2019 | 2019 Legislative Session, Ban Traps on Public Lands, Dog, HB 366, Illegal Trapping, NM Department of Game and Fish, Public Lands, Roxy's Law, Trapping on Public Lands

State Game and Fish Department officers have charged a Chimayó man with more than 30 criminal counts in connection with illegal trapping — a case spurred by an investigation into how an Española man’s dog had been killed by an illegal snare trap at Santa Cruz Lake....

Indiscriminate traps kill, injure endangered Mexican wolves, impeding recovery

Four endangered Mexican wolves caught in traps in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – Defenders of Wildlife has learned that four more Mexican gray wolves were trapped in New Mexico on land managed by the U.S. Forest Service over the last two months. The four endangered wolves included a breeding-age female that died and a male that was taken into captivity only to have his injured leg amputated. These two wolves are from the Prieto Pack.

According to USFWS information, at least 42 Mexican gray wolves have been caught in traps since 2003, just four in Arizona and the remainder all in New Mexico. At last count in January 2017, [ONLY] 114 Mexican gray wolves roamed the wild in Arizona and New Mexico. Those wolves are the result of a reintroduction program that began in 1998 with the releases of family groups of well-bonded male and female pairs and their pups.

Posted by Jeffersons Ghost | Fri Feb 15, 2019, 11:26 AM (6 replies)

Kamala Harris Entire video "Don't sit around and complain; do something."

She will fix Trump's foreign-policy fiasco.

How to win friends and influence people worldwide!
With comments like: "A harm against one of us harms all of us" and "We all stand together, she is winning international support, which could assist with their US Oil Corporations, unlike a traitor still taking bribes from Russia.

On edit:
Kamala Harris' big challenge
By David Axelrod, CNN Senior Political Commentator
Updated 1:00 PM ET, Mon January 28, 2019

"We must answer a fundamental question; WHO ARE WE?"

"When we have leaders, who bully and attack a free press and undermine Democratic institutions: THAT'S NOT AMERICA!"

"When white supremacists massacre innocent worshipers in a Pittsburgh synagogue; THAT'S NOT OUR AMERICA!"


She didn't really yell it; but we should. If the youtube link, by CNN, gets lots of hits We the People get more Democrats like her in upcoming US Senate races.
Posted by Jeffersons Ghost | Mon Jan 28, 2019, 10:10 PM (11 replies)

Lunar Eclipse update; w/ multi-media video and comedy:

Eclipses in Albuquerque, NM, USA
Jan 20, 2019 at 10:12 pm

Global Event: Total Lunar Eclipse

Local Type: Total Lunar Eclipse, in Albuquerque

Begins: Sun, Jan 20, 2019 at 7:36 pm

Maximum: Sun, Jan 20, 2019 at 10:12 pm 1.20 Magnitude

Ends: Mon, Jan 21, 2019 at 12:48 am

Duration: 5 hours, 12 minutes
video later...
Posted by Jeffersons Ghost | Mon Jan 21, 2019, 02:00 AM (28 replies)
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