Of the many tactics used (many that we’ve reported already), there are some under-reported tactics that have been reported by the residents of the camp. These include the Police and/or Oil Security stealing, and in many cases, destroying private property. Reports of them committing acts of vandalism on private property and of the theft of many canoes that were on the banks of the Turtle Island burial grounds are beginning to grow.
The same burial grounds that police insist on standing upon right in the faces of their historically marginalized ancestors.
We would never suggest that anyone desecrate any deceased American’s grave sites. One has to wonder how the C-level executives at Energy Transfer Partners (full list found here) would feel if Water Protectors showed up to stand on, and block access to Chairman & C.E.O., Kelcy L. Warren’s parent’s graves. How would President & C.O.O, Matthew S. Ramsey do with this type of insult to his parent’s and grandparent’s final resting places? Ask the Westboro Church about how it made them feel…
An act this brazen might finally get their attention, but this would be stooping to their level. We don’t condone this action, but sticking in hyperbole, this would be the next logical step to showing the super wealthy that they are not untouchable from the rabble, the masses, and the underprivileged, that they resent so much. The police can protect the rich and their property for only so long. Ask the French about that…
1. The treaty that the Sioux tribe has is with the Federal government
2. The Oil police and the pipeline workers are not on ND land. They are on Army Corp/Sioux land. Neither are allowed on that land. Not even the governor without permission.
3. The oil company needs federal EPA permits to drill under the lake and Missouri river. They don’t have it yet and despite it being illegal, they say they are going to do it anyway.
4. Many of the Oil police are being shipped in from non-local police departments as well as the National Guard. All outsiders from ND affairs.
5. The oil police put razor wire surrounding army corp land where the tribes ancestors are buried. Preventing them from praying on their burial grounds which is guaranteed not only by the treaty, but the 1st Ammendment. Only one of the bill of rights they are violating.
https://www.gofundme.com/standing-rock-journalism-trip Above is the link to our GoFundMe page for a journalism/protest trip to Standing Rock. Details to the upcoming December 4th event include over 2000 veterans marching with Tulsi Gabbard can be found here. Help us to cover this event for our supporters and for those who care about truth in coverage.
These guys ALWAYS deliver the goods when there is a need to express their music in an innovative way. Typically with the use of the latest filming technology and camera work that has set more standards than tapping into them.
As if you needed another reason to watch, this release was created as part of a charity drive from Morton’s Salt, called #WalkHerWalk.
From the Chicago Tribune:
“As part of this campaign, Morton has partnered with organizations including GirlForward, which supports adolescent refugee girls through mentoring and educational programs; and ProjectArt, which offers art classes at public libraries around the nation.”
The video is great on its own, but the cause attached brings it to a whole new level of enjoyment.
If someone writes a story about the ensuing autocracies occurring in North Dakota, it should elicit feelings of revolution in us all. However, this has not been the case as there has been a concerted effort by the government, and their corporate media cohorts, to protect Big Oil interests. These efforts are now manifesting into civil rights violations of Native Americans and their fellow unarmed Water Protectors. Initially there was silence from cable news, despite there being enough noise to make the President feign interest enough to speak on it. Though, he didn’t really say much of anything. There have been several court challenges and requests to do land surveys before proceeding that were mostly denied to seemingly expedite construction. A treaty for these original Americans to have sovereignty over their land has been changed and ignored so often, they have been all but completely marginalized by the US Government.
Boy did they ever miscalculate while making their assessment of the situation. The oil police, and their federal and local government supporters, just had their worst nightmare occur. A 21 year-old white woman from New York City, named Sophia Wilansky, may end up losing her arm from a police percussion grenade.
Get ready to donate to hep the Water Protectors. Be especially ready to put your own body on the line, as this fight will likely not remain contained to the flats, hills and buttes of North Dakota. Be ready for more of this as the new regime takes over.
They will be pumping what seem like willfully ignorant statements like, “AllLivesMatter” while police continue to clash with protesters who have been framed by the media as violent rioting anarchists, while simultaneously ridiculing them as spoiled, whiny liberals without jobs.
Get Ready…The lid is about to blow off.
Sophia Wilansky, 21
“The doctor just said she may need as many as 20 surgeries over very many months to have any hope of saving her arm and her hand,” Wilansky’s father, Wayne Wilansky, told a group of reporters outside a Minneapolis hospital.
First of all, is Bernie even guaranteed this position? The answer is exactly “No”. Many things would need to happen before the Democrats would be able to be in a position to nominate Committee Chairs to begin with.
They would have to win the Senate majority back from the Republicans
There is nothing in the Constitution that binds anyone to appoint any particular Senator to the head of anything. Previous to the 1970’s, these positions were assigned using the Seniority Rule where seniority was the determining factor. They were automatically assigned until there was a “revolt” from the younger members that led to both parties being allowed to vote on their committee chairs. Today, seniority remains the general rule for selecting chairs, but there have been many exceptions.
I know what you’re thinking…”Hey, wouldn’t a Democratic Senator from Vermont be all but compelled to play ball with his cohort from the same state? Wouldn’t he be at risk of angering the Vermont voters he needs for his own reelection?”
You’d think that, but one has to wonder how much fear Leahy has from voter retribution when he already ignored his home state’s overwhelming support for Sanders during the primaries (they voted 86.1% for Bernie), and was one of Hillary’s unwavering pledged Super Delegates from start to finish. However, to the trusting optimist, this is a perfect scenario for Bernie to get exactly what he would be promised.
Side Note: We are unaware of any actual promises to Bernie Sanders from the Hillary campaign. In fact, many of these promises would be considered illegal. Something no Democrat, or Republican would ever do. Try to suspend your beliefs for a few moments regarding this hypothetical, “Paul Ryan Creepy Nightmare Fueled Tragedy” if you can.
So, while Paul Ryan is enjoying this scare tactic to keep his party’s Senate majority, there are no guarantees on who is appointed as a Committee Chair. The Budget Committee is no different. The advantage for Bernie to be elected to this position is that he is the current “Ranking Member” of the committee. This is who the minority party elects to be their leader of the committee. Though as we will discuss, it’s the Committee Chair, and their majority of party representatives, that have the real power in a particular committee or subcommittee.
If everything goes according to Speaker Ryan’s spooky prognostications, Bernie would be in a great position to be a thorn in the side of any tax cuts that are too aggressive or tax hikes that are too extraneous. He would be able to protect a lot of programs and appropriations that exist, however, according to a Center on Budget and Policy PrioritiesPDF found on their website entitled, “Policy Basics: Introduction to the Federal Budget Process”, there are several ways that any individual in the Senate can raise a budget “point of order” on the floor to block such legislation. In the House, these points of order can be easily defeated by a simple majority, however, in the Senate, they carry much more weight. A budget “point of order” requires 60 Senate votes to override.
By the way, if you are desperate to read this enthralling policy PDF, but are short on time, (or perhaps you recently finished getting your MBA with mountains of debt, thinking one of your newly gained entitlements is to have policy PDF’s summarized for you instead of reading them) go ahead and skip to the Conclusion found at the bottom of the document.
So what power would this role really give to the Independent Senator from Vermont?
What problems could he cause for Republicans?
For the generations of Americans that are still scared of that historically notorious word known as “SOCIALISM“?
So many directions we could go on the last question, but for those of you already beginning to glaze over reading or hearing about budgets and government procedural talk, we’ll leave that one alone this time.
To begin with, we should go over some of the basic Committee Chair’s privileges and duties.
To briefly summarize, the primary privilege of any Committee Chair is that they get to set the agenda. They also get to set the topics for informative hearings which determines what a good amount of Congressional time is spent on. These Chairs also have certain tools at their disposal to help garner their preferred policy outcomes.
They get a large say on who is on their committee, though not always the final word.
According to Budget.Senate.gov, there are 12 Majority members and 10 Minority members assigned to the Budget Committee. This type of majority allows the party in control of the Senate to get many of their preferred policy outcomes through their various committees and subcommittees, and to a Senate floor vote to pass.
They are entitled to use the “Chairman’s Mark“. Which has best been described as the first draft of legislation introduced by the chairman of a committee that is then debated and amended by committee colleagues. This ability to decide the starting point for all further work on this piece of legislation is an important part of the chair’s power.
These powers do not necessarily allow Bernie to be a “problem” to either party, but he does get to be a gatekeeper of sorts. “Nothing gets past Old Man Bernie”, they’ll say…well except for the key master.
There is a responsibility of the Budget Committee to oversee the House and Senate on budgetary issues, and they work on approving and passing the President’s annual budget, but there are actually some other committees that have more to do with Bernie’s core Presidential platform. Some of the issues that he ran on for President included expanding Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, along with some other so-called “entitlements”.
The Budget Committee is often confused with the Finance Committee and the Appropriations Committee. For example, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid legislation is handled by the Finance Committee. They also deal with tariffs and reciprocal trade agreements like the TPP and NAFTA.
The Appropriations Committee has legislative jurisdiction over appropriations bills, which provide funding for government programs and the discretionary spending legislation. They are among the most powerful of all the committees, largely due to having jurisdiction and control over budgets for the other committees. They vote on all the mandatory and discretionary spending, which encompasses the entire Federal Budget.
So, Bernie’s committee sets out a broad blueprint for the Congress with respect to the total levels of revenues and spending for the government as a whole. These other two committees prepare the legislation that actually enacts specific tax and spending policies. Basically setting and enforcing limits for each department to spend. These limits, like many things, can also be overturned with a vote of 60 Senators.
It goes without saying, Bernie could have had a much easier time working against the bad trade deals and Social Security and Medicare, from the Executive Branch. However, now, he must rely on the word of Hillary Clinton and her Democrat colleagues, (especially if Donald Trump somehow wins a national election without the support of minorities or women) to award him a position of power within their Senate after they no longer need him. He also will have to try to enact his Progressive ideals from a position where his reach and leverage may be limited if he is shut out of all such leadership roles in the Senate by Democrats. On the other hand, if they were to take care of Bernie and place him in the position of Chair of the Senate Budget Committee, he would become an even more powerful Senator than ever before.
This ends up being highly contingent on the Democrats even wanting someone they lamented as not being one of their own, having any power over their policy plans and budget proposals.
I want to know what you think about the following:
Do you think the Democrats will reward Bernie for getting in line behind Hillary with a position like Chairman of the Budget Committee?
Do you think Sen. Patrick Leahy will be willing to take the blame in his state, for his party, if they lock Bernie out?
If Bernie is appointed to Chair, do you think he will be able to better fight Republicans and reign in Corporate Democrats?
Will they be able to keep Bernie away from the Committees that handle Social Security and Trade Deals? Or will his position allow him to influence these issues despite apparent jurisdiction?
Does Bernie have any leverage in his current position and would that be made greater or lessened by promoting him to Chair of the Budget Committee?