Daily Archives: March 4, 2007

Cherokee Nation Revokes Citizenship Of Slaves’ Descendants

EVEN IN BARBADOS there are those who say that there is nothing wrong with dispensing societal benefits based upon race and / or skin colour.

The members of the Cherokee Nation are just taking that philosophy to it’s natural conclusion when they now revoke the “tribal citizenship” of a certain group based upon racial criteria.

Before, the Cherokee Nation was happy to enjoy enhanced government status and funding because the descendants of the slaves once owned by the tribe boosted the population figures.

That was before Indian Casinos though…. Now they don’t want to share the profits with folks who are not as pure of race as they would like them to be.

My Son’s Skin Is Not Dark Enough

My son’s skin colour is not dark enough to suit many on this island who want to dispense societal benefits based upon race. The upside is that society sets higher performance expectations for my son based upon his light skin colour – that will naturally cause him to rise to the expectations just as any person rises to expectations.

The folks on this island who wish to dispense benefits based upon skin colour are the same people who set the lower expectations for people with darker skin. The benefits based upon skin colour only reinforce the lower expectations for some in our society.

There.

Said it again and it felt good.

Tribe Revokes Freed Slaves’ Membership

OKLAHOMA CITY – Cherokee Nation members voted Saturday to revoke the tribal citizenship of an estimated 2,800 descendants of the people the Cherokee once owned as slaves.

With all 32 precincts reporting, 76.6 percent had voted in favor of an amendment to the tribal constitution that would limit citizenship to descendants of “by blood” tribe members as listed on the federal Dawes Commission’s rolls from more than 100 years ago.

The commission, set up by a Congress bent on breaking up Indians’ collective lands and parceling them out to tribal citizens, drew up two rolls, one listing Cherokees by blood and the other listing freedmen, a roll of blacks regardless of whether they had Indian blood.

Some opponents of the ballot question argued that attempts to remove freedmen from the tribe were motivated by racism.

“I’m very disappointed that people bought into a lot of rhetoric and falsehoods by tribal leaders,” said Marilyn Vann, president of the Oklahoma City-based Descendants of Freedmen of Five Civilized Tribes…

… continue reading this article at Yahoo News (link here)

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Light Aircraft From Barbados Crashes Near Australia Cricket Team In St. Vincent – Cricket World Cup Security? Don’t Ask!

No, it wasn’t a repeat of 9/11…

… but it could have been a group of terrorists landing at the field to attack the Australian team and nobody would have been able to do a thing.

Airplane = 1

Cricket World Cup Security = 0

Hussey tells of plane crash drama

By Greg Buckle in Kingstown, St Vincent

AUSTRALIA’S official World Cup campaign lasted only 30 minutes today before its first dramatic incident, when a light plane crashed 200m from where the world champions were having their first training session.

The Arnos Vale ground on the island of St Vincent in the West Indies was a scene of frenzied activity as the pilot and two passengers emerged from the wreckage of the plane.

“Two men and one woman were rescued. Everyone is alive and that is the most important thing,” one eyewitness said.

A spokesman for the nearby Joshua Airport confirmed three people had been on board and no one was killed.

“They were all taken to hospital. The plane was landing. I think it was coming from Barbados,” he said…

… continue reading this article at News.com.au (link here)

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More Labour Troubles Because Barbados Government Can’t Meet Payroll Again

You know how it is, folks. Every six weeks, another group goes on strike or work action because government hasn’t paid them what is owed.

If it isn’t Ministry of Health workers, or the Pharmacy Owners Association not being paid then, it is contract workers who are being stiffed by Government. Or maybe business folks waiting a year or more for Inland Revenue rebates.

Today, the sewerage treatment workers went on job action over unpaid monies.

Hey Mama… put the mortgage payment on the charge card – then get a loan for your wedding ring. We’ll buy some groceries ‘an some rum and have a great weekend.

Nevermind paying the loan for the car. We’ll park it at Auntie Moses’ place ‘an the bank they never find it! Eat, Drink ‘an be Merry, for tomorrow the World Bank or Japan or China will bail us out!

Now where’s that bottle ‘a Mount Gay, Darlin’ ?

CBC News: Work Stoppage At Sewerage Plants

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When Amateurs Play With Millions Of Dollars…

Tourism industry watchers and taxpayers should read Roy Morris’s article (Daily Nation 2nd March 2007) headlined Little legroom at new airport , very carefully and really question if we, the general public are really playing our part in ensuring these Government private companies are being managed by the most capable people?

Take the statement by new deputy chairman of GAIA Inc, Mr Elvin Sealy for instance, ‘the problem, he noted was exacerbated because the four original buses, bought by a previous board were not ideal for airport work’.

Wait a minute, wasn’t the previous chairman, the CEO or chairman of an aircraft handling company? Wasn’t another director a former President of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association?

It was obvious to any frequent travelers, that the buses were unsuitable. It was like climbing a mountain to get into them, yet a decision by at least two seasoned tourism ‘professionals’ was taken to purchase them.

Of course, the same board ordered the much discussed trolleys, accepted delivery, put them in service and then decided to discuss them with the redcaps.

And other statement, ‘No one could have seen that level of growth (home porting) coming so quickly, and how you spend to cater for it’.

So are you telling us the spending of a yet undisclosed amount to subsidise Carnival Corporation cruise ships to ‘guarantee 400,000 passengers’ per annum wasn’t planned or the numbers anticipated?

Plus if we are looking a huge increase in numbers for air arrivals, exactly where are these people coming from?

We have lost 10,000 seats out of London each year alone, plus the combined loss of seats in the 75% reduction of service by the BWIA replacement, Caribbean Airlines.

Mr Elvin Sealy is a seasoned airline professional that has spent three decades in the industry. Surely, he said something to the board when they ordered the wrong buses? I won’t even go into inadequate seating capacity or air conditioning.

The question has to be asked, are we really letting the right people make the decisions involving hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars?

Adrian Loveridge
2 March 2007

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