Thursday, March 24, 2011

Quote of the Day

"Why is there a Bureau of Indian Affairs? There is no Bureau of Puerto Rican Affairs or Black Affairs or Irish Affairs. And no group in America has been more helped by the government than the American Indians, because we have the treaties, we stole their land. But 200 years later, no group does worse."

-- 70s porn star look champion and humorless Ayn Rand cunnilingus aficionado John Stossel this morning on Fox and Friends

Wow. Just -- asshole.


Stephen said...

In fairness to Johnny Wadd, would a Bureau of Irish Affairs be that bad fer fooks sake???

Anonymous said...

I had never thought of it that way but Stossel is right. I demand the government create a Bureau of Irish Affairs immediately!

Capt Clown said...

And Mr. Stossel didn't even get into the fact that there practically AREN'T any Indians anyway. I don't know where they all went or why they hate America (obviously; why would they apparently defect to other countries by the millions otherwise?? I mean where else could they have gone?), but what's the point of having a bureau at all when the dresser drawers are practically empty?

Steven D Skelton said...

Maybe I'm an asshole too.

I don't see any reason to have a department of Indian Affairs.

Do we really have ongoing situations with the indigenous "nations" that require an entire federal bureaucracy to deal with?

Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

I've been waiting years for a Bureau of Cranky Old White Women's Affairs. Not that I have the energy to have an affair.

Chez said...

And Nancy gets Comment of the Week.

Anonymous said...

Steven D. Skelton,

Yes, you are an asshole.

An ignorant asshole, as well.


Curt Miller

Chez said...

Now, now, kiddies. Let's behave.

idiosynchronic said...

Steven - It's pretty simple, all native American reservations and citizens have sovereignty better than the states, but less than that of foreign nations. How many federal governmental offices deal with the states? Yeah. So one itty, bitty Dept of the Interior, Indian Affairs unit is pretty weenie and certainly justified easily.

It's amazing what you can read in the first paragraph of Wikipedia, if guys like you and Stossel would do it.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a native American or whatever, but I served with a kid that grew up on a reservation within sight of Mount Rushmore. I, along with a two other friends, did a massive road trip when we got out, hitting all the different places we grew up. I have never been to a sadder or more depressing place...and I grew up in a BAD section of Baltimore City.

We were there for about four days. There is literally nothing to jobs to speak of...just plain no hope. You know what is really popular with the kids on the res? Huffing gasoline. I will never...EVER erase from my mind what I experienced when talking to a 12 year old who had been huffing gas for about 3 years. That child was basically a walking zombie.

My buddy lasted about four months before he got back into the military. It was either going back into Iraq or drinking himself into oblivion on a daily basis.

Hell....see how the government hasn't done shit to address their needs, maybe they should just do away with it.

Anonymous said...

That man shames his moustache.

Ref said...

Nancy, I love your comment, but it seems these days like the entire Congress is functioning like a Bureau of Cranky Old White Peoples' Affairs.

SmudgeTheCat said...

"humorless Ayn Rand cunnilingus aficianado"
...priceless...lovely...just fuckin' lovely.

CNNfan said...

@John Stossel:

Thanks for pointing out how genocide is a hideous injustice even centuries later. My great, great grandmother was a Chippewa Indian.

As for people having land stolen, you could have included the Hawaiian people who had their land stolen too.

Their legitimate government was overthrown by a superior force of the United States of America in 1893.

C said...

The treaties with Native Americans are forever. Not 200 years, not 2000 years, forever. What Stossel doesn't understand is that this is a forever kind of thing. Now the U.S. government did inject one thing into the process that virtually assures that Natives won't last forever, the concept of blood quantum. To be registered as a Native American you need to have 25% blood quantum, meaning you need to prove that you are of 25% ancestry of one specific tribe, nation, what-have-you. Some tribes allow a total of 25% blood and not specifically their tribe but the simple fact is that as Natives marry out of their tribes and the Native American race they lose blood quantum. Over time the percentages slip until by 25% definition there are no legally defined Native Americans.