sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Rainbow Gathering meets Burning Man

Reliving the victory over Custer at the Little Big Horn River
The cowboy hat was made in China. It ruins the ensemble.
The protest at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, North Dakota, of an oil pipeline that does not cross their land, is something that I've had difficulty understanding. A prog friend of mine was supporting it until I reasoned with him. Now he's quiet.
  • Oil and gas pipelines presently cross under the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers in over 440 places. This is just one more. 
  • It's not being built across tribal land. Indians are not being paid for an easement because it doesn't cross their land -- whoops - that might be the problem.
  • The protests gives the false impression that Indian tribes had no input to the project. The public record shows that they did. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held 389 meetings with 55 tribes to discuss the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe met with the corps nearly a dozen times to discuss archaeological issues and to help finalize the pipeline’s route.
Part of the problem is that there are no responsible news outlets to report the story fairly. That's why you have Virtual Mirage and its crack editorial staff.

Freak Show

Native Americans?
What started out as a protest by Indians has become a lode stone that has brought professional protesters like holy men including Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton (on his farewell tour prior to leaving the US to avoid prosecution for tax fraud). It's also brought an army of mostly aging white hippies, trying for one more go-round at protesting before they croak. Indian protesters are now voicing concerns about their Caucasian co-demonstrators. Is that racist? I think so, even though nobody asked me. 

Indians have taken to social media, claiming that social justice warriors are arriving at the Standing Rock demonstration for the “cultural experience” and are treating it like Burning Man festival. The Indians have complained that the white people are playing guitars or beating drums and interfere with that sort of music being played by official Indians. The hippies also chant at inappropriate times, and that disturbs the Indian's chi.

When the Sioux first started the protest, they didn't intend it to become a forum on gender identity speeches around their sacred campfires. And they didn't expect the hippies to eat all of their food and scat all over the reservation. But such are the ways of hippies. The Sioux elders must not be old enough to recall the sixties. Or maybe they never visited Austin, Texas or San Francisco, California.


White People are Ruining the Protest

If you are going to host a protest, you need to have a way to filter out the hippies, little better than raccoons (trash pandas), who are attracted to these sorts of gatherings.
(Washington Times) “I Need to get something off my chest that I witnessed and found very disturbing in my brief time there that I believe many others have started to speak up about as well. White people colonizing the camps,” Alicia Smith said in a Facebook post. 
“They are coming in, taking food, clothing etc and occupying space without any desire to participate in camp maintenance and without respect of tribal protocols,” she wrote. “These people are treating it like it is Burning Man or The Rainbow Gathering and I even witnessed several wandering in and out of camps comparing it to those festivals.” 
Her Nov. 14 post, now making the rounds on social media, said outsiders are “literally subsisting entirely off the generosity of native people (AND YOUR DONATIONS if you have been donating) who are fighting to protect their water just because they can.”

Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II, who is leading the protest, raised concerns about sanitation in a Nov. 23 interview with Vice, saying activists are “digging pits out there for their human waste.” “That’s a flood zone,” said Mr. Archambault, referring to camps on federal land along the Cannonball River. “So when the floodwaters come up, that waste is going to be contaminating the water. We’re no different than the oil company, if we’re fighting for water. What’s going to happen when people leave? Who has to clean it up? Who has to refurbish it? It’s going to be us, the people who live here.”
The only thing keeping the hippies from running around naked at the protest this month is the bitterly cold North Dakota winter weather (which has not been impacted by global warming yet).

A couple News reports to consider:

October 28 News Report


December 2 Hawaii gets involved.




You'll Be Sorry (Sunday Sermonette)

If you read any article in any mainstream newspaper in America, or listen to any news program on the mainstream media (which isn't really news, it's commentary designed to influence outcomes rather than report on events), you can't avoid the refrain, "YOU'LL BE SORRY". Progs in the Ministry of Truth hate nothing worse than people ignoring their erudite and illuminating prose. Such was the case with the election of President Trump - and the down-ticket race which handed the Senate and the House of Representatives to the Republican Party. America didn't care what the media had to say. Some cynics even feel that the entitled, overpaid, smug, metrosexual media convinced the homophobic, Islamophobic, sexist, deplorable people in "fly-over country" to vote for President Trump because of the media's shameless and non-stop trashing of candidate Trump.

Barack's plea to those homophobic, sexist, racist, deplorables was simple: "If you elect Donald Trump, you repudiate my legacy." Oooops.

Post-election the Democrat Party blames the failure of an entitled white (criminal) woman to ascend to the presidency due to racism. I would accept a cry of 'sexism' because Hillary Clinton (the Bitch of Benghazi) is a woman, but that's not what they're saying. The Democrats say that Hillary lost to Trump because (even though they are both white and about 70 years old) of her race. That makes no sense at all. Not even considering that the progs are saying it. 

I mentioned this to a prog that I know. He scratched his head and said (tongue in cheek), "Bill Clinton is known as 'the first black president'. Hillary married him and that makes it a mixed race marriage." It goes to show that some progs don't take the mainstream media or the Clinton campaign any more seriously than America in general did. The prog continued, "That might work for Chelsea Clinton, who is the last hope for a Clinton dynasty now. She can run for office as a half-black candidate the way that Obama did. From a Democrat's point of view, she's every bit as black as Obama."
You may be saying to yourself that the prog doesn't sound very progressive, but he's a social justice warrior, intent in waging a war on the weather and redistributing other people's money. He's just disgusted with the Clintons, who he recognized to be a 'criminal cabal'.
Returning back to the basic theme here, what of the media? I read an article this morning in the Boston Globe, wherein the "you'll be sorry" theme was pushed forward yet again to the people of Boston and Massachusetts, who ironically voted for Clinton over Trump. He preached to the choir - which is something that the Editorial Staff of Virtual Mirage does on every Sunday Sermonette. Does that mean that the Boston Globe envies VM? Maybe, when you consider the scant readership of the Globe these days.

An article on Fox News, written by a Democrat, offered an interesting perspective. Though a Democrat, he's not quite part of the mainstream media, and he's a former CIA ops officer, which is why his reasoned article makes sense. 
(Fox) During a shouting matching Thursday night between top aides of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the President-elect’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway summed up a key reason for why my Democratic Party lost – and will likely continue to lose. “There’s a difference for voters between what offends you and what affects you.”
...During the election, Secretary Hillary Clinton levied a million arguments for why Trump wasn’t fit for the presidency. He was accused of hating women, gays, Latinos, Jews, Muslims, and overweight beauty queens. He had a bad temperament. He was a Russian spy. He bankrupted contractors. He hadn’t paid taxes since the 1980s. His skin was orange and his hair fake. 
Since the election, we’ve stuck to the same script. His chief strategist is a white supremacist. His cabinet picks are Islamophobic. His business interests are in conflict with Washington protocol. 
But guess what? Most voters didn’t – and still don’t – care. In the Rust Belt and rural communities, they have bigger problems to tackle. Idle factories, saw mills, and coal mines. Families falling apart from opioid addiction. Incomes that have less buying power than 40 years ago. Kids living at home because they are swamped with student debt. 
They’re running out of hope.
America dodged a bullet. We could have been stuck with the evil and repellant Hillary Clinton and all of the damage that would have caused the nation. But I don't know that the mainstream media will ever recover.