RANT ALERT! Forewarning–feel free to skip the first paragraph vent if you’re easily offended by ranting that does not bother with being politically correct. Thank you for your patience, forbearance and understanding.
Ever find your patience dramatically challenged by the inability to read or comprehend the written text? Sometimes this is the result of a language barrier. Sometimes it’s the result of fatigue. Sometimes it’s the result of a cultural divide. Sometimes it’s the result of misunderstanding a word or phrase. Sometimes it’s just plain poor reading comprehension skills. Sometimes it results from psychological triggers unexpectedly being set off by a word or phrase. Sometimes it’s just plain ignorance. Sometimes it’s the result of stupidity–yes stupidity for lack of a more accurate politically correct word. Sometimes it’s the result of a mental or physical illness (I suspect my brother’s inability to comprehend simple rational concepts in English is the result of the former rather than the later impairment as he seems to be functioning on the physical level. But I could be wrong about this conclusion. A coin flip could decide the issue better than I. But it won’t stop me from sending him a visit from a straightjacket brigade when I have the funds to do so.) Sometimes it’s the result of a cunning plan to mislead and dissuade folks from realizing one’s intentions. Sometimes it’s just the nature of legal documents. I could go on with these “Sometimes” but I will spare you such speculations. But do feel free to share your own insights and expand my perspective by doing so.
Oh and let me attempt to make one thing very clear— I do NOT support passage of SB 2109. Second clarification: Links are to petitions to STOP SB 2109– NOT in support of it. Are we all chill now? If this is in any way still unclear– polite and civil requests for clarification will be politely and civilly answered to the best of my ability to do so.
The following is basically a list of some items of interest regarding the continuing saga of SB 2109 which involves a deviously ambiguously constructed senate bill introduced by Senator Jon Kyl and Senator John McCain of Arizona. Reading the full text of the bill might drive you over the edge with its definitions and legalese language. Have your favorite painkiller/food comfort readily available as you explore the contents. I needed two rounds of ibuprofen, more coffee than normally consumed and a quantity of dark chocolate that I will not divulge in order to wade through the damn thing. Yes, I do believe it was written to be confusing and hard to understand–deliberately. That’s right deliberately written for difficult reading. And that makes the easily comprehensible sections even more suspect in my paranoid brainpan. Gee, there’s a reason for writing that way–usually it’s to hide things in plain sight. O yes, asses need to be covered legally and writing such as this is great for covering asses like McCain and Kyl. I am so glad I am NOT a journalist with aspirations of total objectivity. I’d fail utterly as I am well aware of my limitations in this regard. But I’m not a reporter or journalist—soooooo ON with this blog show!
Virtual comfort food compliments of Yi-Ching Lin photography at http://yichinglin.com/2012/04/12/sweet-potato-pie/ Beware– Yi-Ching has a flare for food photos.
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Following excerpt from Anne Minard’s article at Indian Country Today Media Network. In depth piece complete with decent map and some very wishy-washy verbal moves by the likes of Stanley Pollack. Gee, I wonder what motivates folks to write hard to comprehend legislature? Could it be in order to make it harder for people to comprehend and therefore oppose such legislation? OO never! (sarcasm).
Senator Kyl acknowledges in a public video about the bill that, “Legally, the Navajo Nation and Hopi tribe may assert claims to larger quantities of water [than are outlined in the settlement] but … they do not have the means to make use of those supplies in a safe and productive manner. “
Becenti disputes that. “In reality we do have a lot of water projects that we were talking about 30 years ago,” he said. “But every time we approach the United States government to approve them, they won’t.”
And Jihan Gearon, executive director of the Black Mesa Water Coalition, says the provisions that help shore up the future of the Navajo Generating Station are a direct affront to her group’s efforts to build renewable energy capacity across the reservation.
“As an organization, our goal is to shut down the Navajo Generating Station and transition to renewable energy development,” she said. The settlement, on the other hand, appears to be “part of this big strategy to keep the Navajo Generating Station going at the lowest possible cost. These things that they’re stipulating have nothing to do with who should be offered which water. Instead, they support unsustainable development that’s happening in northern Arizona
Read more:http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2012/04/14/little-colorado-water-rights-bill-met-with-protests-from-navajo-and-hopi-communities-108320 http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2012/04/14/little-colorado-water-rights-bill-met-with-protests-from-navajo-and-hopi-communities-108320#ixzz1sPGN2xcx
Link to petition at change.org U.S. Senate Remove S 2109 from consideration. This petition currently has 7,794 signatures of 10,000 goal.
Link to full text of SB 2109 Navajo-Hope Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2012 http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/s2109/text
Link to the Native News Network http://www.nativenewsnetwork.com/ and link to Senate Bill 2109 Seeks to Extinguish Navajo Hopi Water Rigths by Ed Beccenti http://www.nativenewsnetwork.com/senate-bill-2109-seeks-to-extinguish-navajo-and-hopi-water-rights.html
Link to Native News Network on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/navajotruth/posts/388536937846648#!/nativenewsnetwork
Via Native News Network: People being turned away from meeting at Tuba City Charter Hall due to room for only 200 inside. Speakers were set up outside for those not able to enter. Click photo to visit Native News Network site. Apparently people were told to ask questions only in Navajo and some were not allowed to ask questions.
From National Native News:
The following is the schedule of public forums on the Little Colorado River Water Rights. All meetings are scheduled at 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the respective location indicated.
- April 17 Greyhills High School Auditorium, Tuba City
- April 18 Pinon High School Auditorium, Pinon
- April 19 Ganado Chapter House, Ganado
- April 20 Oak Springs Chapter House, Oak Springs
- April 24 Leupp Chapter House, Leupp
- April 25 Teesto Chapter House, Teesto
- April 26 Fort Defiance Chapter House, Fort Defiance
Take note that there are 110 Navajo communities–not just these 7 picked for meetings.
If you click on the colored sections of the map at the right of the page it will pull up the communities in each area — http://www.nndcd.org/
Navajo Nation link for Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navajo_Nation
Navajo Nation Government site link http://www.navajo-nsn.gov/ Go on visit and put faces with some names.
Climate Connections’ link to KPFK Earth segment with Jihn Gearon, Director of Black Mesa Water Coalition http://climate-connections.org/2012/04/12/kpfk-earth-segment-jihan-gearon-director-of-black-mesa-water-coalition-on-proposed-arizona-legislation-that-will-have-drastic-effects-on-native-lands-and-the-region/
Beyond the Mesas link for Hopi statements http://beyondthemesas.com/tag/hopi/
O I am so sorry if we’re NOT having fun yet. Some days just don’t cooperate. Virtual self face slap is in order as I am now annoying myself…….
Please do let me know if any links are broken or not working. Thank you.
Now I need one of those sweet potato yum yums. I don’t deserve it. Just want one.